Halloween Book Tag!

Tag creator can be found here!

Happy Halloween! I’m doing a tag today! I wasn’t tagged, but I linked the creator above, if you’re interested. The last time I did this tag was I think in 2015, so I figured it was okay to repeat at this point.

1. Carving pumpkins- what book would you carve up and light on fire?

Honestly I don’t think I’d do that, unless it was necessary to stay alive. Five years ago I had an answer, but now it’s just… I don’t know, I don’t feel the hate anymore, haha. Even for books I hate, if that makes sense.

2. Trick or treat- what character is a treat, what character is a trick?

Trick: Erik from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. I read this very recently and this guy is such a sneaksy person!

Treat: Spink from Forest Mage by Robin Hobb. Spink is such a wholesome little button, I love him.

3. Candy corn- what book is always sweet?

 

A Man & His Cat by Umi Sakurai – This is such a nice, wholesome story about exactly what the title says. It’s such a joy.

4. Ghosts- what character would you love to visit you as a ghost?

To be honest I’d rather do without a ghostly encounter of any kind, thanks.

5. Dressing up in costume- what character would you want to be for a day?

Honestly I’m going to go with the same thing I said five years ago: Someone from Dragon Ball Z by Akira Toriyama. It’d be cool to be that strong and be able to fly and stuff.

6. Wizards and witches- what is your favorite Harry Potter moment?

Proooobaby the whole time-turner business at the end of the book three. I really like how that played out.

7. Blood and gore- what book was so creepy that you had to take a break from it for awhile?

Apologies again for duplicate answers, but there’s really only ever been one book I had to put down because of too much gore, and that’s MPD Psycho by Eiji Otsuka. It was just a tad too much for me.

And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged! Happy spooky day!

Spoopy Memes Book Tag v2! [Original]

Around this time last year, I created the original Spoopy Memes Book Tag, and I think it went over pretty well – I got to see a lot of answers and found a bunch of new bloggers to follow! So this year I’m re-creating it with all new questions and memes!

If you’d like to check out the original tag, go here! If you’d like to do that tag, do it!

  • If you do this year’s tag, please link back to me so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner (and I highly recommend also copying the memes. That’s the whole point!)

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Name a character that keeps repeating the same mistakes, despite having multiple opportunities to prevent them

I’m choosing Fitz from Robin Hobb’s Farseer trilogy (and every other book he’s in by her). Fitz has this habit of getting an idea in his head and going with it, despite those around him making other well thought out plans. He consistently feels like his impulsive actions will have better results than anything anyone else comes up with. He’s annoyingly consistent with this, despite his impulsivity often being his downfall.

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Name a book where the characters got their just desserts

I’m definitely going with Goblin Slayer by Kousuke Kurose, and the characters I’m referring to are the goblins themselves. I mean, what did they think was gonna happen after consistently stealing people and killing people and doing terrible things to people?

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Name a book that tries to put a positive spin on something terrible

Hands Off! by Kasane Katsumoto does this pretty well I think. One of the characters in this series can see images of the past. For instance, he avoids hospitals and the like because every time he’s in there, he just sees and hears people dying and the cries of the families around them. He’s a rather disturbed character as a result of always seeing these phantoms of past violent acts, understandably. The book spins it though, as because of this skill, this character is often also able to track down people that have gone missing and prevent further acts of violence, by seeing where they were beforehand and who they were with. This is a pretty interesting series, honestly.

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Name a book that delves into an existential topic

I chose I Want to Eat Your Pancreas by Yoru Sumino, because despite the title of the thing, this is a pretty serious manga. The main character comes across the journal of a girl who has terminal pancreatic disease, and knows she is going to die. The story deals with the mentality of someone who knows their life is almost over, and also deals with being that person’s loved one. Obviously this book is a tear jerker, and it’s definitely worth reading.

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What trope or theme in a book do you really like that you don’t feel gets enough attention?

It’s kinda hard to put it into just a few words to give this trope an actual name, but I really love it when a book dives into the thought process of a character that originally you feel like is going to be a hero, but then turns out to be an anti-hero. I get that the anti-hero trope is pretty common, but I haven’t really read too much where you can see them turning into one enough so that the character themselves realizes they fully aren’t ‘good’ anymore, and has to deal with the mental crisis that they themselves might be a monster. I’ve chosen The Traitor Baru Cormorant as my example here, because I’m seeing heavy, heavy hints of this in books one and two. Three is out now and I haven’t read it yet, but my hopes are high man.

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Name a characters whose humor is consistently underappreciated by those around them

I chose Kip from Brent Weeks’ Lightbringer series. Now, Kip is written to be funny. I think he’s hilarious and I’m sure so do many others, but a lot of the characters don’t really react to his sense of humor, which is rather self-deprecating. Personally, I think he’s a hoot. Most of the characters things he’s weird.

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Name a book (or two or three) that has helped you get through this year

Black Butler, The Harp of Kings and Shaman’s Crossing all have. This year obviously has been a rough one for everyone, but I gotta tell ya, I’ve read some really good books this year. The three I’ve named here are really up there among them. They’re just so engrossing and I got obsessed with them to the point where it helped me pass the time. And boom, now it’s October. There are so many more books I could name here as well, but honestly that might be a separate post.

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What are your plans for Halloween this year if you celebrate it? How do you plan on spending what’s left of October?

I decorated my house this year, moreso than just putting up a pumpkin, which I’ve never done before. I will also likely going to be seeing a buddy and watching a scary movie. Other than that, nothing really. I haven’t decided if I’m gonna give out candy for trick or treat or not this year because of the plague. Maybe I’ll just throw snickers at children from the second story window? :”D

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And that’s it! I’m going to tag people below, but if I miss you and you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

I tag (also, you should follow):

Peer pressure, do it

Hocus Pocus Book Tag!

Good morning, a tag today! I was tagged by Katy @Bookbinderway. Thanks friend!

Rules:

There are no rules. It’s YOUR blog. But it would be nice if you linked back to Never Not Reading (tag creator), and maybe the person who tagged you too. Share the love folks.
Feel free to use the GIFs used by Never Not Reading, the graphics made by Flavia the Bibliophile if you would like, both, or make and use your own visuals!

This is my favorite trilogy out of Robin Hobb’s Elderling series. The first one was 4 stars (in retrospect it should have been five. I’ll fix that on the reread) and books two and three were both five stars. If you wanna read this though, you’ll have to read the first two trilogies in the world first that set this up. (But trust me man, it’s worth it)

 

The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen – This was a difficult prompt, and I didn’t realize it until I started looking. Even this book doesn’t fully fulfill it. Turns out, I don’t read a lot of books that have ‘truly evil’ characters. There’s usually some nuance or something that gives logic to their actions, and they end up being something else. So for this book, I think the villain here fits the prompt for… one and a half or two books out of the trilogy. Then she gets some development and you start to feel for her. PS Read this.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling – Copying Katy’s answer because duh.

What's Michael?, Vol. 3: Off the Deep End

What’s Michael by Makoto Kobayashi – Apparently this is vol 3, but I didn’t know this until recently. It reads like a standalone because none of the comic skits are related. Basically this is just about a cat being a cat. It’s cute and completely goofy.

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Unpopular opinion here but Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Don’t get me wrong, I like this book. But I didn’t love it, and one of the reasons I didn’t love it because it felt like.. well it felt like the prompt says to me. I did write a spoiler-free blabber if you’re interested.

The Poppy War (The Poppy War, #1)

The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang – Like Katy said about her choice, ‘this book pulls no punches’.

One Piece: Romance Dawn (One Piece, #1)

One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – Now I’ve only read a few volumes of this, but man did this series take forever to finish. …I heard it had finished anyways, but looking at goodreads, volume 95 is expected to be published in 2020, so…

Demon Diary, Volume 01

Demon Diary by Kara – This main character in this is a bit of an idiot.. he’s a lovable idiot, but an idiot nonetheless. This series is so cute.

Saiyuki Reload Volume 1

Saiyuki Reload by Kazuya Minekura – I believe this series was actually finished in Japan (I think) but it was dropped by US publishers one volume before completion. Kills me. If you live in Europe and randomly come across vol 10 of Saiyuki Reload in English (hell, even German, I’ll learn, dammit) SEND IT TO ME PLEASE.

The Nature of Monsters

The Nature of Monsters by Clare Clark – I chose this because it has a 3.16 avg rating on Goodreads, which is pretty low, and I rated it 4. It’s been a while since I’ve read it, but I remember rather enjoying it. There are some graphic scenes, which looking at reviews from readers, but them off, but going by the title and theme of the books, it fits. You gotta be ready for uncomfortable stuff in here.

Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – This has a cameo of a place, and I chose it because I’ve been there! Midway through the book, the main character goes to Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, which is a tea farm. I went there back in 2016 and when it showed up in the book, I went ‘hah!’. So I’m picking this.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

The Spoopy Memes Book Tag! [Original]

Spoopy Memes Book Tag

Happy Spoopy Season, I’ve made a tag! I don’t know about you, but to me, memes are my favorite part about any cultural phenomenon, so I figured I’d incorporate them into a book tag. Buckle your butts, here we go!

  • If you’d like to do this tag, please link back to this post so I can see your answers!
  • Feel free to use the banner above if you’d like, and I highly suggest you copy over the memes, as they give the questions context.

Time to get spooky! What books will you be reading to celebrate this time of year?

I hope to get to the three above books, which are also the last three remaining books on my 10 in 2019 list. The first, Deathless by Catherynne M Valente was actually also on my Five Star Predictions list, so I’m hoping I’ll love it. The other two I also hope I really like, but if I end up not liking Deathless I think I’ll be crushed, haha.

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Do you put up decorations for Halloween? If so, describe them! Even better, show them!

Right now I only have the one decoration. I’m spoopy, dammit.

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What is the scariest book you’ve ever read? What made it so scary?

House of LeavesHouse of Leaves by Mark. Z Danielewski – While I didn’t end up loving every aspect of this book, the horror elements were on point. There weren’t any huge jump scares or anything like that, but this book made me feel weird. Unsettled. You read the writings about found footage of a man who lived in a house that was bigger on the inside than it was on the outside, and the rambling of the man who found the footage. You seem him, as he goes through it all, slowly succumbing to it. It’s just… unsettling. I know I said that already but it’s really the best word for it.

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What’s the last book you read that truly shocked you, made your jaw drop, or made you chuck the book across the room?

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan – Since it’s volume 9 and obviously a spoiler, I can’t tell you what shocked me exactly, but man. MAN. I finished this volume and immediately started pining. I was not expecting that. And now the series is on haitus and it makes me sad.

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What’s a book that’s fallen out of the spotlight that you still really like and try get people to read?

Scar Night (Deepgate Codex, #1)Scar Night by Alan Campbell – I picked this book up back when I was a teenager and loved it. I’ve been able to talk a few people into reading it, but I don’t think it ever got the recognition it deserved. This book follows a young angel, an assassin, false gods, a seemingly bottomless abyss, and the city suspended over it by chains. It has hints of steampunk as well. Really, read this.

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Are you dressing up this year? If so, what as? If not, what would be your costume if you were?

I am not dressing up! But if I was, I’d be oatmeal.

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What is your opinion on the word ‘spoopy’, and memes that follow its theme?

I think it’s all great, personally. Memes, dumb stuff, I love it all.


And that’s it! If you’d like to do this tagged and I haven’t tagged you, please consider yourself tagged!

Otherwise, I tag:

Peer pressure, do it.

 

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!

Halloween Creatures 2.0 Book Tag

Halloween Creatures

Hello, a tag today! I saw this tag on Anthony @KeepReadingForward‘s blog and thought it was neat. And hey, he created it too! So go check out his original. I don’t remember if I’ve ever done the original version of this tag or not – it’s been years if I have. But, as said, this one looked neato.

Rules are: Answers the questions, tag some friendos, link your tagger and the creator!

So here we go!

Witch
A Magical Character or Book.

Miryem from Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik. In the beginning of the book, Miryem gets the reputation for turning silver into gold from her moneylending skills… and soon enough the rumor becomes true in the most literal sense.

Spinning Silver

Werewolf
The Perfect Book to Read at Night.

House of Leaves by Mark Z Danielewski. This book is eerie during the day. It’s about a house that’s bigger on the inside than it is on the outside, and it’s told through almost a found-footage kind of way. It’s unsettling, and only more so when it’s dark out.

House of Leaves

Frankenstein
A Book that Truly Shocked You.

My most recent read, The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins, did that. Multiple chapters ended with me going ‘what the efffff’. It was great.

The Library at Mount Char

The Devil
A Dark, Evil Character.

I feel like I’m hard-pressed not to say ‘The Darkling’, so the Darkling, from Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. He’s just so deliciously malicious, I love him.

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

Grim Reaper
A Character that Should Never Have Died.

Spoilers for A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1: A Game of Thrones

Ned Stark. He was such a bean, and I was so sad when he was killed off. I feel like the books would be going very differently if he had survived.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

Zombie
A Book that Made You “Hungry” for More.

Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat. Man I could read that series forever.

Captive Prince (Captive Prince, #1)

Gargoyle
A Character that You Would Protect at All Cost.

The Fool from Robin Hobb’s Realm of the Elderlings overarching series. The Fool appears in multiple series within the overarching one, each time showing up a bit differently. But he’s such a precious little pudding pop and I adore him.

Golden Fool (Tawny Man, #2)

Vampire
A Book that Sucked the Life Out of You.

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape from North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa. This memoir is draining, man. It’s really good, really important, and really humbling… but it just killed me.

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North Korea

Ghost
A Book that Still Haunts You.

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. The ending of this book, man. It just ripped my soul a bit. Every time I think about it I get sad. Ugh this is such a good book.

Perdido Street Station (New Crobuzon, #1)

Demon
A Book that Really Scared You.

I don’t really get scared by books, fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on how you wanna look at it), so I have no answer for this one.

Skeleton
A Character You Have a Bone to Pick With.

Kvothe from Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles, particularly in book two. Book one, he’s okay. Book two, he drives me insane. Gah, can’t stand the guy. Really like the world/plot/etc etc. But Kvothe? Barf. I wanna grab him and shout ‘STOP IT YOU WEENER’

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

Mummy
A Book You Would Preserve Throughout Time.

I mean, considering I already am preserving it, I’m picking this psychology manual I have that was published back in 1895. It’s in decent condition for how old it is, and seeing just the differences in ideologies and theories between then and now is fascinating.

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Creepy Doll
A Cover too Scary to Look At.

Again, books don’t really do much to my ‘fraidy cat’ psyche. Sorry friendos.

The Monster Mash
It’s Fun to Be with Friends on Halloween!
Tag Your Friends!

I am tagging people today!

Katy @bookbinderway! Sarah @WindsorWrites!
Meredith @AllBoutThemBooksAndStuff!
Kathy @PagesBelowtheVaultedSky!
Amanda @MetalPhantasmReads! Sionna @BooksInHerEyes!

And you! PEER PRESSURE DO IT.

The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins | Blabber

The Library at Mount CharThe Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins
Fantasy/Horror
388 pages
Hardback
Read Oct 1 – Oct 12
Spoiler-free blabber

This book is a bit unlike anything I’ve ever read before. The closest I can think of is 14 by Peter Clines, but even then, it’s more. I buddy-read this book with Katy @TheBibliobibuliOnBookbinderWay and we both really liked it.

The book opens on the main character, Carolyn, walking down the side of a highway, coated in blood. While the scene itself ends up not being super duper significant in the overall plot, it definitely sets the tone. It feels weird and unsettling and when a good samaritan pulls over to ask if she’s okay, my brain went ‘Nope leave her there’ immediately, already on alert that she was not someone you wanted to be around.

From there, the plot starts to slowly unfold – Carolyn and her ‘siblings’ are being blocked from entering their dwelling, the mysterious library, and their Father has disappeared. The library and what exactly Father is largely remains a mystery until the end of the book, and it creates a feel of uncertainty as you read. Too, the catalogues that each of the siblings studies as librarians are a bit outside the norm of what a normal library would hold.

All of this, together with the intense writing and out-there plot developments makes this book a very gritty, dark read. This isn’t a book you’d want to let your ten year old into, as it contains scenes of violence against children. I won’t go into what, for spoilers, but reading those scenes was difficult for me. The book is written in a way that doesn’t glorify the events, and they are relevant to the plot. But just so you know, they’re in there. So head’s up.

I think one of my favorite things about this book was the author’s ability to make me say ‘what the hell’ after the end of almost every chapter. The events of the book, as stated, are a bit out there. Things happen that are so bizarre and it takes a bit to get used to, but they’re bizarre in a consistent manner. There’s an order to how weird everything is, and I think that’s what made me love this book. I’m ok with suspending my disbelief if the author can paint a picture and make it all-encompassing, and that’s what Scott Hawkins does.

Character-wise, I didn’t like any of them except Dresden and Erwin. But when I say I didn’t like them, I don’t mean they were badly written. I mean they’re well written, but just awful people. Don’t go into this expecting to root for people, they’ll all leave a foul taste in your mouth. It kept me reading – watching these characters be who they were, and part of me hoped they all would just fail at everything. So not hate-reading, but reading while hating the characters as people, not as single-dimensional tropes. See the difference? I loved this book.

Finally, the ending of a book is make or break for me. I could absolutely adore the first 5/6ths of a book but if the ending is shit, the book will drop a star rating, sometimes two. But the ending of this, while just as totally insane as the rest of the book, was a solid ending in my opinion. I didn’t like the outcome of a lot of the characters, but it also fit really well with how Carolyn and the others were colored to act. It wasn’t outside their normal range of behavior. So while I wasn’t overly fond of how some seemed to just get away with awful deeds and others paid dearly for minor ones, it still fit the story.

So. Loved this book. Can definitely see me rereading it. Going on favorites list.

5/5 stars

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 Wrap Up | ’17

Wrap Up

After moving last weekend and spending all this past week and this weekend unpacking, I’m back to the blogging thing. Still not done unpacking, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s not chaos anymore.

Also, full disclosure: Aside from the audiobook I was listening to going to and from work, I haven’t picked up a book at all within the last week or two. Just haven’t had the time. So this wrap-up will be a bit top-heavy.


Books

Attack on Titan volumes 13 and 14 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 13 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 14 by Hajime IsayamaThis series just keeps getting better and better. I very much enjoyed both of these volumes and as soon as my buying ban is lessened in January, the continuations will be near the top of my list as ‘stuff to buy next’.

5/5 stars each

Descender volume 1 by Jeff Lemire

Tin Stars (Descender, #1)This is one that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. I knew I’d like it, but the art combined with the story has landed this one on my favorites list. Volume 2 is also on my ‘gotta buy next’ list, haha.

5/5 stars

 

 

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)And thus ends all the ‘good books’ I read this month. From here on, the ratings for the books I read drop dramatically. This book, man. This book was pretty terrible. Mostly, anyway. I wrote a full, spoilerly rant blabber on it, if you’re interested. The short version is that I found this book completely ridiculous.

2.75/5 stars

 

 

Blankets by Craig Thompson

BlanketsI feel like my main issue with this is that I wanted it to be something other than it was. Namely, I wanted it to have a point. I feel like the ending of this was the stupidest thing, and I know I’m being a bit unfair about a memoir, but really, if you’re going to write a story about your life, at least choice a story that’s not this meandering mess that ends abruptly and leaves the reader with the feeling of ‘and why was this so important it had to be written down? Because I couldn’t see it.’

2.5/5 stars

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The GunslingerThis is the audiobook I listened to this month and the only thing I’ve read in about a week and a half. I picked it up because it’s the start of my mom’s favorite series and chose audio because I have a history of hating SK’s writing style. Again this was no different but it was a made a bit easier by the narration. I’m torn over this book. Parts of me dislike the weird fascination King has with genticals, part of me dislikes the main character, part of me was bored throughout the thing and part of me feels like the set-up for the second book is too much of a draw to not pick it up and at least try it.

So overall I didn’t find this book great but I feel like the series has a lot of potential. I’ll likely grab the second book at some point and give it a try.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

This bingo challenge runs from March 2017 to March 2018!

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

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Blog Activity

8 posts total


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: 43/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete! Currently physical TBR: 300 even

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – (Ongoing) About 30 or so this month.

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


And that’s it! Happy reading!