September Wrap Up! ’20

Happy October! It’s officially ‘Emily can use all her spooky banners’ season (which… will start with the post after this :p)

I read a decent amount this month, both books and manga.

Books

1776 by David McCullough – This is a nonfiction read, which I picked up on audio book. It follows – well, the year 1776, in America. It goes over the battles and reads from diary entries of those alive during those times. I learned a lot that I don’t remember learning in school at all. I rather enjoyed this.

4 stars

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – I did it, I finished my Hunger Games reread! I wrote a full post about my thoughts on this, if you’re interested but long story short: I liked it more this time than I did ten years ago.

4 stars

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – So I picked this one up on audio and buzzed through it in one day. Honestly despite it being a classic, I knew basically nothing about it aside from what pop culture has told me.

I ended up really enjoying this. It was so morbid in a classic horror kind of way.

 4 stars

A Dance with Fate by Juliet Marillier – I picked this book up with my buddy on release day, after finishing Harp of Kings last month! I ended up really enjoying this too – the character development in it was awesome. I really can’t wait til the third one comes out… a year from now. Cry.

4 stars

Manga

Hotel Africa vol 1 by Hee Jung Park – This was a reread for me, in prep to read volume 2, which I’m currently in the middle of. The first time I read this, I loved it. I gave it a 4 point something. Upon reread, I liked it even more!

5 stars

act-age vols 1-2 by Tatsuya Matsuki – Shortly after getting this series, I heard that the author was arrested for being a terrible human. So we’ll see if the rest of this gets translated or not, though honestly I don’t know if I’d pick up anymore.

For what this was though, it was pretty good. It follows a young girl, trying to get into acting. She’s a method actor though, and has issues with emotions during her roles. It was a really fascinating read.

4 stars and 3.5 stars, respectively

Hands Off! vols 3-4 by Kasane Katsumoto – Continuing this series from last month, I’m still enjoying it. I can’t tell what this series is trying to be, though. Parts of it are light fluff and other parts are pretty morbid. Parts of funny and others are super dramatic. I have no idea! I’m enjoying it though. It’s cute.

3.75 and 3.5 stars respectively

Graineliers vol 1 by Rihito Takarai – I picked this one up because this is the author that wrote Ten Count, which I really liked. This however is totally different, and definitely one of the weirdest manga I’ve read. It’s a weird… dystopian series about seeds with fantastical powers on the black market. It’s neat!  – 4 stars

Shaman King vol 8 by Hiroyuki Takei – Sloooowly reading through this series. It follows a boy trying to become the king of Shamans in late 90s Japan. It’s funny and entertaining, and one of my sister’s favorite series, which is why I’m reading it. This one was pretty good! – 4 stars

And that’s it! My goal this coming month is to cut down on my tbr is quickly as I can. That might mean more DNFs, which I rarely do, so don’t be surprised if those pop up in October’s wrap up. Happy reading!

September book and manga haul #44 – and a book buying ban!

So September, I got more books – particularly manga – than I planned. I mean, I planned on getting them anyways, don’t get me wrong, but a good chunk of these I was planning on getting in August. They just didn’t come in time. I turned 30 last month and in lieu of a party (plague aaaaah) I made myself two huge book orders online. I made these orders in July mind you, so I could have them for my bday. But the one didn’t show up until mid-September, so technically they’re birthday books. So keep that in mind. I’ll point them out when I get to them.

The rest though? Yeah no totally went nutso this month, hence the ban, which I’ll get to at the end of the post.

This is everything I got this month:

The Books

  • The Dark Mirror by Juliet Marillier – Honestly I don’t know what this is about. It’s Juliet Marillier though and she’s basically auto-buy for me. I’m positive I’m gonna love this, considering I’ve loved every other book I’ve read by her.
  • The Luminous Dead by Caitlin Starling – This one I’ve heard pretty creepy things about. It’s like a scifi horror thriller? Halloween read? If anyone has this and wants to buddy read, do let me know!
  • I also got a cat bookmark. I like it, it’s a cat.

  • A Dance With Fate by Juliet Marillier – Again, Juliet Marillier. I bought this on release day with my buddy and we’re currently buddy reading it – should be finishing up within the next day or so!
  • A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir – I’ve been waiting for this one to come out in paperback. When it did I picked it up right away, and now I can binge the three books that are out so far. I’ve already read the first one but it’s been years. I remember loving it though so hopefully I like the next two as well.

  • The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This is one of my most anticipated books of the year, man. I love this series so far, and with my ban coming up, I knew I wanted to get this one before it started, so I did. I do need to reread the second book before getting into this one, but man I am so excited. It arrived today and it’s so thiiiiiiick ❤

  • Too Like the Lightning by Ada Palmer – This one has been on my radar for literally years. I saw it used and about gasped. I snatched up this puppy so fast, man.
  • My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand – Again, a used purchase. I’ve heard this book is pretty funny, and that it’s based off of historical events? Should be entertaining.

The Manga

  • Waiting For Spring vols 5-7 by Anashin – I really enjoyed vols 1-4 of this, so I’m hoping it keeps being all fluffy like it has been! These were all birthday manga.
  • Spy x Family vols 1-2 by Tatsuya Endo – This is a new one for me: I’ve heard only good things about it so my hopes are high! Vol 1 of this was birthday manga.

  • Kakuriyo vols 4-6 by Waco Ioka – This is a series I’ve been raving about recently. I wrote a blabber on the first two volumes if you’re interested. I am very, very happy to have these. These were all birthday manga.
  • Silver Spoon vols 5-6 by Hiromu Arakawa – This is a series I’ve been slowly making my way through for a while. I wrote a blabber on vol 1 back when I first started it. Since then it’s only gotten better! These were all birthday manga.

  • Noragami vol 4 by Adachitoka – This is another series I’m slowly making my way through. I hasn’t 100% gripped me yet but it’s interesting and definitely has potential, so I know I could still end up loving it!
  • Kamisama Kiss vol 1 by Julietta Suzuki – This is a new one, purchased totally on a whim, if I’m being honest. I find some of the best manga that way so hopefully this is one of those.
  • The Way of the House Husband vol 4 by Kousuke Oono – Continuing this series, I love it. It’s so wholesome and hilarious.

  • Candy Color Paradox vols 3-4 by Isoku Natsume –  Another series I’ve grown rather fond of. It’s nice and cute. These were all birthday manga.
  • Yarichin Bitch Club vol 3 by Tanaka Ogeretsu – This is a series that’s so entertaining. It’s absolutely insane, so don’t go into expecting like… plot. Hah. This was a birthday manga.
  • Given vols 2-3 by Natsuki Kizu – This is the opposite though: Lots of plot and wonderfulness. I really, really like this series. These were all birthday manga.

  • Takane & Hana vol 4 by Yuki Shiwasu – This is another one of those ‘has potential but not 100% sold’ series. I’m getting this one vol at a time because of that. It’s decent so far though.
  • Graineliers vol 1 by Rihito Takarai – This was a really, really interesting one, I’m glad I picked it up. It’s definitely not quite what I was expecting, but I ended up really liking it at the same time. Definitely gonna get more of this one after the ban.
  • Act-Age vol 2 by Tatsuya Matsuki – This one I picked up after rather enjoying the first one. I ended up liking this one too, though not quite as much as volume 1. We’ll see if vol 3 ever is even translated.
  • A Man & His Cat vol 2 by Umi Sakurai – This one I was really looking forward to. Volume 1 was so sweet and cute and wholesome, and I’m sure those themes continue here.

And that’s it for books and manga! As you can see, I got a fair few. Hence:

The Book Buying Ban

So, for the last few years, I made it a reading resolution to do a 2-3 month book buying ban. I think a few years ago, I even did a 4 month one. I’m actually really good at sticking to the bans. I figured I’d give myself a break this year, and didn’t schedule one, didn’t think I needed one.

Well, apparently, I do. My TBR goal this year is in danger of being failed, so this ban is to help me out with that.

I’ve never broken one, and I don’t expect it to change this time either. After this latest haul, my unread physical novels number at 241. My goal for end of year is 200. So obviously if I keep buying books I’m not gonna make that. (And honestly I might not make it now. In addition to needing to really focus on reading more, I will also likely need to do a purge.)

If I do a purge, I can already think of a handful of books I’ll probably drop: ones I’ve owned for literal years and never picked up. We’ll see what happens.

Regardless, I need to just not buy anymore books for a while.

So from today until December 15th, I’m on a ban. And because of that there won’t be any hauls in October or November. December will likely have one because of Christmas, but I’ll be off my ban by then anyways, and won’t be counting Christmas gifts towards this year’s goal. I’ll throw them on Jan 1st for next year’s goal instead.

As stated, I’ve never failed one of these. If you go through my post history, you can see past bans and see that I’ve always completed them. So if you do see me hauling books this fall, do call me out on it. I mean I’m pretty certain I’ll be fine, but there’s nothing like the threat of internet shame to keep me in line, right?

So lemme know what you think about these books! Lemme know what you think about the ban! Happy reading!

 

September Currently Reading! ’20

Happy September! This is what I’m currently reading!

Forest Mage by Robin Hobb – This is my current buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks, and honestly it’s putting me through a number. It’s such emotional turmoil! But weirdly I’m still liking it. But man, my heart.

A Dance With Fate by Juliet Marillier – This book came out on Sept 1st, and I picked it up right away. Me and a buddy read the first one together and we made a special trip to the store together to get the second one! And now we’re reading that too! So far it’s pretty good. I love Marillier’s stuff.

1776 by David McCullough – This is my current audiobook and a nonfiction to boot. I like nonfiction but I definitely have to be in the mood for it. Right now, this is fitting the bill! I’m a bit over half way through it, and am rather enjoying it.

The Wolf by Leo Carew – To be honest, I haven’t picked this up in a bit. I’m very hesitant to put it back on my back-burner list though – I want to finish it. Other books just keep getting in the way, particularly buddy reads where I have an obligation to put them first, y’know? But I am enjoying this, I just need to make the time for it. I’m hoping to get it done this month.

And that’s it! I’m also in the middle of a few manga series, but I’m not mid-volume in any, so I’m not including them above 😛 They’ll be in my wrap up at the end of the month.

Happy reading!

September Wrap Up | ’19

Wrap Up

Happy end of September! This past month was weird, as far as my reading went. If you remember, I made a post announcing that I would be participating in Space Opera September – well, I kinda did, and then my mood went ‘I’m done!’ and then I read whatever I felt like. So I got like… 35% into the readathon. My b.

Anyways:

Books

Wild Ones, Vol. 1 (Wild Ones, #1)

Wild Ones vols 1-10 by Kiyo Fujiwara – I read this entire series this month, and I very much enjoyed it. It follows a high school student whose mother dies. Right as she’s realizing she has nowhere to go, her estranged grandfather shows up at the funeral and offers her a place to stay. When she gets to his house, she realizes he’s a yakuza boss, and all of the people now living with her are members of his clan. It takes off from there, as she navigates the new environment. This series is a shojo one, so it was no surprised when it turned out to essentially be a rom-com, exactly what I wanted. I borrowed this series from the library, but I think I want to get my own copies. I can definitely see myself re-reading it. It’s out of print though, so I’ll have to find used ones. But yes, if you’re looking for a fluffy romance, this would be it.

All volumes between 3-4 stars

O Maidens in Your Savage Season 1

O Maidens in Your Savage Season vols 1-3 by Mari Okada – I think this is one of my new favorite series – It got my third five star rating of the year! It’s ongoing, with vol 4 coming out later in October, so for now I’m caught up. This is a slice of life manga following a group of fifteen year old girls in a literature club who are beginning to get feelings towards boys and just have absolutely no idea how to handle that. It makes for a lot of comedy, awkwardness, and relatable mindsets. Reading it reminded me of being fifteen, but I don’t think I was as uh… comedic about it, ahaha. I did write a full spoiler-free blabber on vol 1 if you’re interested, but man, I love this series and can’t wait to get more.

5, 4.5 and 4.5 stars respectively

Binti (Binti, #1)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – This is the one book I managed to finish towards Space Opera September. I did start another one, but I didn’t get to finishing it yet. It was too big, aha. But this novella, I’ve heard a lot about for ages, and I was very keen on reading it. It follows Binti, who is accepted into a prestigious school across space, and now has to find a way there from her own planet. For such a short book, it deals with a lot of topics: prejudice, linguistics, mathematics, all sorts of things. A lot of things packed into here, and it made for a really good read.

3.5 stars

Land of the Lustrous, Vol. 1 (Land of the Lustrous, #1)

Land of the Lustrous vols 1-5 by Haruko Ichikawa – The first two volumes of this were rereads for me, but it had been so long since I’d read them, I needed to in order to read the next three. This series follows a set of humanoid creatures called the Lustrous. Gem-based things, they live on the land that humans once did, and are constantly battling and running from the Lunarians, these creepy looking things from the moon that are constantly attacking them and using their bodies as the jewels instead of the living creatures they are. I gotta say, this series took me a bit to get into – it was in volume 3 really that I got hooked. The lore to this I think is more than we know so far, and it’s really intriguing. I’m looking forward to learning more. I have vols 6-8 borrowed from a friend, and I plan on continuing them soon.

3-4 stars each

Song of the Hanging Sky, Volume 1

Song of the Hanging Sky vol 1 by Toriko Gin – This was definitely an interesting start to a series. It follows a combat medic who has run from the battlefield and hidden in the wilderness, where he finds a bird-child – a boy with feathers and wings. The bird child doesn’t speak his language, but the medic takes him in anyways, nursing him back to health. The story goes from there, introducing this bird-humanoid culture, and the prejudices between them and humans. I borrowed this first volume from a friend and if she has any more, I’ll likely pick those up too.

3 stars

Hotel Africa, Volume 1

Hotel Africa vol 1 by Hee Jung Park – Man, I was not expecting to love this as much as I did. This manga follows a young man named Elvis, and goes back and forth between different times in his life. One timeline is him as an adult, struggling like we all do, to make it. The other timeline is back when he was four years old, living at Hotel Africa, a hotel his mother started out in the middle of the desert in I believe Nevada. This story is a slow one, very character driven, and full of almost nostalgia-like heartstring tugs. I adored this – it made me happy, it made me sad. It explored the things that people go through in their lives, unfortunate events, and how people cope with them. I really love this. At the time I rated it a 4.5 but upon a reread if I ever get there I could easily see it going up to a 5.

4.5 stars

And that’s it for books! I consider any month where I don’t rate anything under a 3 to be a really good month. I even had a 5 this month! I’m so pumped about it!


Other Things

  • Nothing! September was very status quo.

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 85/50 – Complete!
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 7/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F – 6 | M – 7 | A – 0 | M – 0 | J – 3 | J – 5 | A – 5 | S – 4| O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – Complete!
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – Currently 248 – Complete (now maintaining)
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019 – Complete!
  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A (on ban) | M(on ban) | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

September Book Haul! | #32

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Happy end of September! This month, I purchased four books and a buttload of manga. I’ve also put myself on a mini-ban since buying these, around mid-Sept, and it’ll last basically until we can save up enough for my husband to buy a new computer monitor, so about a month or so. Gotta give and take, y’know.

Anyways, here are the books!

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The Girl From the Other Side vols 1-3 by Nagare – I originally borrowed vol 1 from a friend, and ended up reading it and giving it four stars. I decided I wanted to get the series myself and continue it, so here we are!

That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime vol 1 by Fuse – This is actually the light novel, and I picked it up to fulfill the LitRPG square in Fantasy Bingo. I needed a game world, man! Isekai! I liked the anime well enough so I figured this’d be perfect.

Inuyasha vol 23 by Rumiko Takahashi – I’ve had a lot of volumes of this forever, picking them up second-handed when I see them. With this addition, I now have 1-24, 26 and 39. One day I’ll have them all, dammit.

Fruits Basket vols 14-17, 19-21 by Natsuki Takaya – Same as Inuyasha above, I picked these up second-hand. They didn’t have vols 18, 22 or 23, or I would have gotten those too. Next time!

O Maidens in Your Savage Season by Mari Okada – I am absolutely in love with this series. It’s so heartwarming and funny and cringey, and reminds me of how I was when I was 14 or 15 years old. It’s just so great. Currently I have all the volumes that are out, but I think volume 4 comes out in October. I’ll pick it up as soon as the ban is done. I wrote a review of the first volume, if you’re interested.

The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Adieh – I liked the first one juuust enough to get this. I saw it for six bucks on the bargain shelf, so I scooped it up. 😀

Girls with Sharp Sticks by Suzanne Young – This book sounded really good. I’m hoping I can buzz through it quickly!

Alice by Christina Henry – I’ve heard so many good things about this book. A few of my coworkers have read it at this point and really enjoyed it, so I’m hoping I like it too!

Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames – I bought this for two reasons. The first is it was a personal rec from the users of r/Fantasy, so it fulfills that bingo square for me. Second, it’s a comedy fantasy. My nanowrimo project – sneak peak – is a comedy fantasy, so I plan on reading some others just to get a feel of how people are incorporating humor and world building. So I plan on getting to this one within the next month!


And that’s it! I think I got some pretty damn good ones this month. Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

Space Opera September TBR!

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Hello!

Happy almost-September. Today I want to talk about all the books I’m going to read for Space Opera September, a readathon hosted by Thomas at SFF180.

During the readathon, I’ll be reading books to unlock ranks and ships along a set track. My goal is to become a space pirate!

The readathon lasts the entire month of September.

For the specifics – rules, prompts, tracks, rankings, prizes, etc etc, check out the announcement video:

If you decide to join, check out the Goodreads group here! (And add me on Goodreads if you haven’t already – shameless plug, shhh)


For the rank that I want to achieve – Space Pirate – I have to read four books and  complete the following prompts:

1 – Read a space opera novella

Binti (Binti, #1)

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor – I’m very late to this train. I’ve heard this series is good and it seems like something I’d gravitate towards, so I’m hoping I like it. My buddypal Katy @BookbinderWay will be lending this to me (thanks friend!)

2b – Read a space opera by a diverse author featuring a diverse protagonist and/or major characters

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (Wayfarers, #1)

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – Really, this readathon should be named, ‘Emily reads all the backlist books that she should have read years ago’. Again, hopping on this train. I believe this book has lgbt+ rep, but correct me if I’m wrong so I can swap it out.

3 – Read a space opera published before you were born

The Faded Sun Trilogy (The Faded Sun #1-3)

Kesrith by C. J. Cherryh – I was born in 1990, and this book was first published in 1978, so perfecto. I have the bind up edition of all three novels in the trilogy, which is what’s shown above, but for this I’m only planning on reading the first one (unless of course I finish all the other books for this readathon and have some time leftover, then I’ll read the whole bind up).

4 – Read a space opera 500 pages or longer

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – This is by far the easiest prompt for me to fill. I’ve been holding off on watching season 3 of The Expanse purely so I can read this first, so I should really get on with it. My edition has 595 pages, so good to go.


And that’s it! With these four books, I also fulfill the 2a prompt of ‘Read two books by women’, but since that’s not the track I’m focusing on, I didn’t really highlight it.

If you’re participating in the readathon, lemme know! Happy reading!

September Wrap Up | ’18

Wrap Up

Hello! I read thirteen things this month!


Books

Victory of Eagles and Tongues of Serpents by Naomi Novik

Victory of Eagles by Naomi NovikTongues of Serpents by Naomi NovikBooks five and six of Novik’s Temeraire series, I rather enjoyed both of them. I’ve talked about this series a lot, but if you somehow haven’t seen my word vomit on it before, this series is a historical fantasy, following Captain William Laurence and Temeraire, a dragon, during the Napoleonic Wars. Yep. Dragon warfare during the Napoleonic Era. This series is very well put together – everything is wonderfully researched, dragon dynamics are seemlessly blended into battle and culture. It’s just all absolutely fantastic.

For these two most recent installments, I think that the series overall has started going in a different direction, pointedly in book six, Tongues of Serpents. I adored Victory of Eagles, but Tongues of Serpents felt almost more like a filler or transition book. It was still good, but it was basically just a pivot, while Laurence and Temeraire wondered around in the Australian wilderness. I’ve started reading the seventh book and the plot and direction have solidified again and I’m enjoying it much more again.

5/5 and 4/5 stars, respectively

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)I read this book as part of the Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon, and ended up adoring it. It’s one of my new favorites and I need a physical copy, man. (I read an ebook copy). I wanna reread it already. THE ALLEGORY. I wrote a full review on it, if you’re interested.

5/5 stars

 

 

 

Saga volume 8 by Brian K Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 8 (Saga, #8)As with every previous installment of this series, I adored it. I don’t really have much to say that won’t be a spoiler, so just know I loved it. It’s good. If you haven’t picked up this series, it’s worth jumping on the bandwagon, I promise. This was also read as part of the Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon.

4.5/5 stars

 

 

 

Gravitation volumes 1-8 by Maku Murakami

Gravitation, Volume 01This was the final set of books read for the Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon. I’ve been picking this series up slowly during library sales and clearance sales. It’s a shonen-ai series, twelve volumes long, that came out in the late 90s/early 2000s. I remembered reading it back during high school and the nostalgia I got reading this series was nice. However, some elements of the series have not aged well. The main character, 18 or 19 years old at the beginning of the series and in a rock band, finds himself falling in love with a moody romance writer, who at first is not very nice at all. Reading this book, even though it’s about a romance between two men, there are various hints of homophobia. Reading it, I tried keeping in mind that it was written in and set during 2000 or 2001 or something like that, and the cultural mindset towards gay romance then was not what it is now.

So it was a bit hard to come to terms with the mindset. Even the main characters themselves kind of poke fun at their own romance at times, and it was really weird. The romance itself isn’t 100% healthy either, and holy cow does the 18-year-old character act like a typical teenager. He bugs me, but maybe that means he’s written well? Or it could be that he’s just a walking stereotype. The love interest as well isn’t my favorite – he starts off as a jerk and kind of morphs into a more caring… jerk. Buh. This is why I hesitate with rereading series I loved as a teenager. The first time I read through it, I must have been wearing rose glasses. All the red flags just looked like flags.

There are four volumes left for me in the series and I plan on finishing it. All the books so far have hovered between 2.5 and 3.5 stars, most of them solidly on three. Here’s hoping the ending is super good and redeems the overall themes a bit.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)Book one in the Rain Wild Chronicles and book ten in the Realm of the Elderlings series, I rather liked it. I buddy-read it with Zezee, whom I’ve read almost every Robin Hobb book with now – I think I read maybe the first two on my own. Maybe just the first. I don’t fully remember. It’s been a good time, though. 😀

This book is a solid opening to what could potentially be another all-star series within Hobb’s Elderlings world. Fair to say though, it was following my beloved Tawny Man trilogy, so I might have gone in with unrealistic expectations. It was good though overall, and I’ve written a full spoiler-free review on it that will be out on Oct 7th, so check that out when it pops up. I’m very much looking forward to the second book!

3.75/5 stars


Other Things

  • My husband’s grandmother passed away this month. She was a real sweet woman. She crocheted me a blanket, and I have it over my shoulders every day at work all day. I wanna learn how to crochet now so I can make other people blankets. Rest in peace, Anne.
  • I bought a recliner chair for my book room! I’ve been talking about getting one every since we moved into our current place October last year, and I finally got one! In fact, I’m sitting in it right now. Look-it!

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Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 65/40
  • Complete my 10 in 2018 list of books: 3/10
  • Keep book buying low (6-8 books/season):
    • January-March purchases: 9
    • April-June purchases: 12
    • July-September purchases: I don’t wanna talk about it
    • October-December purchases:
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 290
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019


And that’s it! How was your reading month?

Happy reading!

September Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This is my main focus right not, not including my buddy reads I’ll mention lower. It had been on the back-burner for ages, but recently I came out of a big-blook slump and picked this up again. Much enjoying it.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

The Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty, #1)

Thiiiiis is still on the back-burner. I’ll likely focus on this one again when I finish The Blood Mirror

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)

This one I am buddy reading with a friend, and surprisingly, neither of us have really touched it lately. We don’t really wanna DNF it or anything, but it’s not really drawing us in if that makes sense.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

I am absolutely adoring this one. I’m reading it a bit slower than usual, because it’s an ebook and I tend to read it only when I don’t have a physical book around, but gosh I LOVE IT. I NEED A PHYSICAL COPY.

Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)

I’m about 2/3rds through this one at this point, hoping to finish it up within a week and then start Tongues of Serpents. I loooove this series, guys.

Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb

Dragon Keeper (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #1)

This is my latest buddy read and I’m so excited! I’m reading this with Zezee and this is the… ninth? eighth? Hobb book we’ve read together. Ugh I love Robin Hobb so much and am hoping to love this book too.


And that’s it! Notice a lot of the books I’m reading now are the same one I was reading last month – as I mentioned, I hit a bit of a slump, so while I did read a lot of books in August, they were mostly manga because they were quick. Slump is hopefully gone now so goal is to completely change this list come October. Wish me luck! Happy reading!

September Wrap Up | ’17

August Wrap Up(1)

Happy almost-October! And you know what October means! That’s right! Delicious beers for everyone.

In fact, yesterday my work had a beer exchange – 24 of us went in with a case of beer each and swapped, grabbing one of everyone else’s beer. We each left with essentially a two-dozen-beer sampler of fall deliciousness.

I brought Dogfish Head Punkin Ale (which… if you like pumpkin or beer at all, this is definitely one of the better pumpkin beers)

Why am I talking so much about beer? Because I didn’t actually finish any books this month, therefore have no books to talk about. 😀 Oop.

I’ll tell you what though, son. Give you a tiny preview. I’m about 2/3rds through The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss, and it’s driving me crazy. I’m already writing out the ranting review I’ll have for it. Yeesh. IT’S SO RIDICULOUS.

Onto fantasy bingo and blog activity


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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Blog Activity

12 posts including this one – Yeah buddy


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Complete!
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines – Complete!
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Complete!
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 37/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

September Currently Reading

September Currently ReadingSo, it has dropped from about 85 degrees F to maybe 55 degrees F here in the last two days. It’s full-on fall weather now AND I HOPE IT STAYS THIS WAY. I hate the heat so much. I’m very much a fall and winter person.

Chilly weather makes me wanna be under a blanket with fluffy socks, coffee and a book. It’s perfect reading weather. :”D


Currently, I am reading two novels:

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one I feel like I should be loving, but I’m not. I’m honestly on the verge of putting it down. Not DNFing it, just… changing my reading format. Currently, I’m listening on audiobook and usually that’s all fine and dandy, but the narrator has the most irritating voice and the quality of the recording is kinda flat, like all the ‘s’ sounds comes out almost like a static noise. I feel like if I would pick it up via physical copy, all my irritations with the thing would totally disappear. I’m too busy being annoyed by the narrator that I’m barely paying attention to the plot… hence it’s not sticking with me, hence I’m not liking it, blah de blah.

And honestly writing this out has solidified my choice of switching formats. I’ve had a physical copy forever so I’ll just read that one. I’ll eat the scribd credit I spent on the thing I guess. Better than forcing myself through 6 more hours of that.

Aside from my irritations, this book sounds pretty decent: It’s about a woman who is used as a simile by an alien race whose language has no concept of things that aren’t currently present. Like, if they need to make a comparison, the object in question and the comparator both need to be present, hence, she’s always dragged around with them. The language itself is fascinating too: That’s the one thing I do like about the audiobook. The language sounds so neat! It’s like two voices layered on top of each other – the aliens have two mouths and speak simultaneously. For humans to speak it, they need a partner with a close mind-connection, enough so that they can each speak out one voice of the word in perfect harmony at all times.

Like I said, really cool. I really like the concept. I just… wanna change formats to enjoy it. Woof.

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This one, I’ve been reading for ages. I’ve likely gone over the synopsis of this series a billion times at this point. Needless to say, I’m loving it. Just need to actually finish it.


And since I’m going to drop Embassytown as an audiobook, I’ll likely pick up another one pretty quick. I’m thinking The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss but not 100% positive yet. Otherwise, that’s it. :”D Happy reading!