October Wrap Up | ’18

October Wrap up

Hello! Happy Halloween! Currently I’m still in Disney, likely in Epcot as this post goes up. Tomorrow, November 1st, I’ll be going over to Universal to experience one of their fright nights! And Harry Potter world! I’m gonna get a Hagrid wand if I can, man.

Anyways, here’s all the books and stuff I read this month!


Books

Gravitation vols 9-12 by Maki Murakami

Gravitation, Volume 09I mentioned last month how I’d read the first eight volumes and they were sitting between 2.5 and 3 stars for me, and that I was hoping the ending of the series would get better.

Well.

It got better. But it got a lot worse before it turned around and redeemed itself a bit. The final volume saved it in my eyes, and even then, wasn’t a perfect ending. Volumes 9 – 11 were just chaos. All over the place. So overall, this series gets a 2.5/5 stars from me. This is the danger of rereading things you loved in high school, man.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount CharMan, I loved this book. I buddy read it with Katy @BookBinderWay and we both really thought it was the bee’s knees. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, should you want to check it out. But overall, 5/5 stars from me, and it’s now one of my favorite books. Ugh it was just so great.

 

 

 

Monster vols 1-3 by Naoki Urasawa

Naoki Urasawa's Monster, Volume 1: Herr Dr. Tenma (Naoki Urasawa's Monster, #1)I read this manga as part of Spookathon and I gotta say, I own the first four volumes, but I think the remaining 14 will make the short list of my ‘BUY IT NOW’ books when my ban is up. This series is amazing, and I love it. If you’re looking for a good thriller, this is the one.

 

 

 

Other Things

  • As mentioned, am in Disney. Will be going to Universal as well. I’ve never been to either and so far I’ve already spent too much money on souvenirs. It’s okay though. It’s just money right? RIGHT? D:

Reading Goals

  • Complete my Goodreads Challenge of 40 books: 74/40
  • 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: 1
  • Get my physical TBR down to 270 books: 290
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

Fantasy Bingo 2018


And that’s it! I hope you had a lovely reading month!

Spookathon Wrap Up

Spookathon

HAHAHAHA guess who was totally distracted. October is a busy month for me, man.

Last week I participated in Spookathon, and I had made a whole post about my TBR, yada yada yada… well.

What I wanted to read was the first four volumes of Monster and then Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice. Welp, I got through the first two and a half volumes of Monster, and maybe fifty pages of Interview With the Vampire.

There are a couple reasons for this: I didn’t really have much free time last week, and what free time I did have I tended to dedicate to my buddy read, which has been ongoing for a bit now. Unfortunately the buddy read book can’t really be used for any of the Spookathon prompts. But, with the two and a half volumes of manga, I was still able to complete:

  • Read a thriller
  • Read a book with pictures
  • Read a book set in a different time period
  • Read a book with a spooky word in the title.

And if I would have gotten to volume four, I would have had the purple color prompt down too. Bwah.

Always next year, I suppose. I still had fun, even if I didn’t get too far in the reading. Until next time!

Spookathon TBR

Spookathon

Hello, today I want to talk about the books I plan on reading for Spookathon! Spookathon is a readathon that takes place between October 15th and October 21st. You can find the host announcement videos here and the twitter account here!

The whole point, as the title indicates, is to read spooky books. There are also a few challenges you can try to accomplish as well. They are:

  1. Read a thriller
  2. Read a book with purple on the cover
  3. Read a book not set in the current time period
  4. Read a book with a spooky word in the title
  5. Read a book with pictures

Considering I and many other people likely won’t be able to read five books in a week, you can double up on challenges and fulfill multiple with one book.

These are the books I plan on reading:

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Monster volumes 1-4 by Naoki Urasawa – These manga will fulfill ‘Read a thriller’, ‘Read a book with pictures’ and volume four will fulfill ‘Read a book with purple on the cover’. I’ve owned these for forever and actually read them about a decade ago. But, I’ve forgotten everything about them, aside from it’s a serial killer psychological thriller. So I’m hoping it’s wonderful.

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – This book fulfills ‘Read a book with a spooky word in the title’ and ‘Read a book not set in the current time period’. Again, I’ve had this for forever and read part of it back in high school. From what I remember, I liked it. Hopefully I still will.


And that’s it! Are you participating? Let me know! Happy reading!

October Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Hello! Happy October! Yada yada best time of the year yada yada. This is what I’m currently reading!


Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai (The Song of the Shattered Sands #1)This is a buddy read I’m currently buzzing through with Amanda. We both kinda put it down for a while but have picked it back up recently. So far I’m a bit indifferent to it. Something about it isn’t gripping me. It’s not bad, but… just, isn’t doing anything I guess.

We’re nearing the end of it, maybe a bit over 100 pages left, so I’m hoping the ending blows me away.

 

 

 

 

The Gray House by Mariam Petrosyan

The Gray HouseThis book I am reading as part of the r/Fantasy book of the month read-along. I’ve never participated in one before, so I’m rather pumped. It’ll count towards the hard mode of the bingo square as well! I’m not too far into it so far, but my opinion of it is good. It seems interesting. Listening to it on audio, so I didn’t realize how big it was when I started it – over 700 pages! I hope it stays good!

 

 

 

 

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

The Library at Mount CharI’m reading this book as a buddy read with Katy! So far it’s REALLY UNNERVING OH MY GOSH but I’m rather enjoying it. It’s really well written and very atmospheric. Perfect for Halloween!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

Sooo sometimes I pick up so many books that some of them kinda… fade into the background while I’m distracted by the most recent ones. This month, there are three. I’m ‘currently reading’ them but I likely won’t look at them again until the top three books are done.

  • The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I’ve been reading this one for ages because it’s huge. I’m loving it but it’s more of a ‘pick up in between books’ book
  • The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu – I started this on audio and wasn’t digging the narration. I switched to physical but like the one above, tend to just pick it up when I have some time
  • First Strike by Eric Nylund – I borrowed this book from a friend, who didn’t realize it takes me forever to read books that I’ve borrowed. When I get to these three books again, this one will get priority.

If I get time, I also plan on participating in the Spookathon, which starts on October 15th. It’ll get a separate TBR. I also want to pick up The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson to reread it before its sequel comes out on October 30th. Wish me luck!

What are you reading? Have you read any of the above?