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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!

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Posted by on 10/13/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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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?

 
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Posted by on 10/06/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon!

Readathons

I found out about this super neat readathon yesterday, and I’m jumping on board! It starts tomorrow, September 7th and runs through the 21st, so if you decide you’d like to participate as well, do it! Get on it!

For full detail, check out the Twitter account.


Basically, the premise of the readathon is that Earth has become a craphole (shocker) and you need to escape on one of four shuttles that will traverse the solar system, visiting planets to determine where to live. Each shuttle has a reading challenge, and then each planet has one as well. So, depending on which shuttle you choose, you’ll be participating in the challenges in different order. My goal is to read books that are physically in my house – no buying, no borrowing (…ones that aren’t already borrowed) from friends.

At this time, I’m not positive which shuttle I’ll choose, so I’ve decided to come up with books for all the prompts, just in case. Will I get to all of them? Hah. HAH. But it’ll be fun trying anyways.

Here are the prompts and the map, as seen on the twitter I’ve linked above:

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Potential Books

Shuttle A: Read a book over 500 pages

  • This one will either be The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks or The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, both of which I’m ‘currently reading’ but still have over 500 pages left to read, so I figure it’d be ok.

Shuttle B: Read a book set on Mars

  • I don’t think I can do this path. The only book I have that’s set on Mars is The Martian, and I’ve watched the movie too recently. I love this book, but I feel like the recent exposure would make it drag. So I’m going to eliminate this path right now, I think.

Shuttle C: Read a book of short stories

  • Off the top of my head, I have two possibilities. There’s a PKD collection of short stories my husband owns, and I also have The Time Traveler’s Almanac. It’s super chunky though, so I’m leeaaaaning towards the first one.

Shuttle D: Read a new-to-you author

  • This one would be Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. Again, currently reading, but early enough in it still that it could count.

Sun: Contains a solar-based event

  • This one took me forever to come up with a book. Eventually, I landed on one my husband owns. Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, which is about… well, I’m just going to post the goodreads synopsis, because it sounds absolutely amazing:

Imagine living on a planet with six suns that never experiences Darkness. Imagine never having seen the Stars. Then, one by one your suns start to set, gradually leading you into Darkness for the first time ever. Image the terror of such a Nightfall.

Scientists on the planet Kalgash discover that an eclipse – an event that occurs only every 2049 years – is imminent, and that a society unfamiliar with Darkness will be plunged into madness and chaos. They realize that their civilization will end, for the people of Kalgash have a proven fear of Darkness, but they are unable to predict the insanity and destruction that will accompany the awesome splendor of Nightfall.

Mercury: A book under 250 pages

  • I feel like picking a single book for this would be hard. It’ll be one of the million and a half manga I own that I haven’t read yet.

Venus: Contains a bold female main character

Mars: A book features aliens

  • This one if I get to it will be The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin. As it takes place on a different planet about a race that has no gender… yeah, I’d say there are aliens.

Asteroid belt: A space opera adventure

  • This would have to be Caliban’s War, book two in the Expanse series. Gosh I love this series, man. Buh

Jupiter: A book containing giants

  • I can’t think of one for this planet, so hopefully I won’t end up here or I’ll be SOL.

Saturn: A book with circles on the cover

  • I feel like this is the easiest prompt… but I don’t think I own a book that fits. If I find myself at this planet, I’ll hunt through Chris’s books and hopefully find one. Or maybe I have a manga that will work. Honestly I have no idea.

Uranus: A book featuring comic relief

  • I’ll choose Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I know the fire character is a goofball from watching the film, so this book should do nicely.

Neptune: Sci-fi with fantasy themes or visa versa

  • This is another one I’m not absolutely positive about, just because I don’t have all the synopses of all my unread books memorized, hehe… well, here is my list of unreads that I physically own. Any of these fit the bill, do you know?

Pluto: Vintage sci-fi


And that’s it! I’m very much looking forward to this readathon – I think it’s a super neat concept. If you decide to join, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 09/06/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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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!

 

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Bout of Books Readathon 23! | TBR and Goals

Readathons

Hello! It’s the time again for the Bout of Books readathon! This is the 23rd time this readathon has happened and maybe the tenth time I’ve participated. This is a good one, I liked it a lot.

Bout of BooksThe Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 20th and runs through Sunday, August 26th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 23 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

So as stated above, the readathon starts on Monday the 20th and runs through the 26th. As per usual, they have a list of challenges to complete, which can be found here, and I plan on trying at least a few of them – this will be done here if it warrants a post, on instagram, and on twitter. If you’d like to participate, the sign-up link is here!

Goals

  • Participate in at least half of the challenges
  • Read at least 60 pages every day of the challenge

TBR

And that’s it! My main goal is to get through the Y: The Last Man series. I borrowed it from a friend back during the jurassic period and I should really give it back.

Wish me luck! If you’re participating, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/18/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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Second Annual Book Buying Ban Time

Coffee Time

Hello! Today’s post will detail on the book buying ban I have placed myself on.

Last year, around September or so, I made a post called ‘My brain told me I have enough books‘, where I talked about going to a library sale and not having the urge to buy a single book. Shortly after, I placed myself on a ban that lasted from then until after Christmas. And it actually worked – aside from the one book I mentioned in the post that I planned on buying that October, I bought 0 books the rest of 2017.

Well, I just went to Half Price Book’s clearance sale, and I’ve decided to make this ban an annual thing because holy cow did I get some books. This time, I’m starting now, in August. As you read this, I’m in Chicago. I might visit a book store there and buy a book. I don’t know. I might. But after this trip, I’m placing myself again on this ban. Again, I have an October exception: Wotakoi volume 3 and The Monster Baru Cormorant. These two books, I am buying.

And that is all. Between Now and Christmas, I will get nothing else.

Keep in mind, this book buying bonanza I just finished at the clearance sale still needs to be hauled, so I will have one more haul post and the end of September, but they will all be books purchased today or earlier. And the two books I plan on getting in October will be hauled at the end of December. Unless I get books as Christmas gifts, those two books will be the only ones in the haul.

I know I can do this, as I’ve done it before. And man, it does wonders for my TBR. (And lemme tell ya, walking into a bookstore on January 1st after not buying books for four months is heaven)

Wish me luck! If you plan on doing a full or partial ban anytime soon, tell me about it!

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/05/2018 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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August Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Hello! Today is my first anniversary with my husband! If you’re reading this, I’m currently on a plane, bound for Chicago! This is what I’m currently reading:


The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This is one of my two back-burner books – ones that I’m ‘reading’ but haven’t actually touched in a while. What I have read of it, I’ve very much enjoyed. I think I’m mentally delaying this book because I don’t wanna have to wait super long for the fifth one. ;~;

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

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

This is the other back-burner book. I’m also enjoying this one a lot, too. I had began it on audio book and decided it wasn’t for me. Instead of DNFing it though, I picked it up as a physical copy and went from there. Oh it was so so so much better. Will likely end up adoring this one.

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, but we haven’t touched it lately. After I finish the next book I’ll be listing, this one will be my full focus again. Hopefully both of us end up enjoying it.

Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

Spinning Silver

This is going to end up being one of my favorite books. it’s just so atmospheric and I adore it to pieces. This is what has distracted me from all my other books. It’s just so lovely. If you haven’t read anything by Novik yet, what are you even doing with your life.

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

This is another one, that if it keeps going in the direction that it is, will end up being one of my favorite books. I’m reading it as an ebook and it’s just absolutely fantastic. It’s so full of allegory and quotable passages – I adore it.

Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik

Victory of Eagles (Temeraire, #5)

This is the fifth book in Novik’s Temeraire series and I’ve officially reached the point in the series where it’s no longer a reread for me. I hope it continues to be just as wonderful as its predecessors!


And that’s it! Now do you see why I only finished four books last month? It’s because I’m reading everything and their moms at the same time.

I’ll be in Chicago until the 6th, so responses may be a bit delayed – sorry! Thank you for taking using your time to read my blog – I appreciate you. 😀

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/01/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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