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Second Annual Book Buying Ban Time

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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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Books to take on the plane

Books for the plane

Hello! This coming Wednesday is my one year anniversary with my husband! So to celebrate, the two of us are going to Chicago to see Wait, Wait, Don’t tell me! recorded live! And we’ll be there just under a week, so we’ll do other stuff too like eat pizza and check out some Chicago-brewed beer.

If you’ve ever been to Chicago or live there and have some suggestions of stuff to do, lemme know!

Otherwise, I plan to read on the plane trip and maybe down time while there. These are the books I’m going to bring with me:

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel, #1)

I won this book as an ebook for completing the r/Fantasy Bingo Challenge this past year. I started it about a week or so ago and am roughly 25% through it so far.

Guys, I love this book. It reads almost like a classic epic. It’s full of allegory and quotable passages… and I’m only 90 pages in! Like I feel like this will be read in classrooms in fifty years. It’s just so cool. It follows a man named Thomas Senlin, who arrives at the foot of the Tower of Babel – a giant stone construction that shoots up into the sky, so high that nobody has seen the top, nor is it knows if the top is even a finished product – with his wife. He shortly loses her in the crowd and has to ascend the tower himself to find her. Each level of the tower is something fantastically different than the one before. It’s. So. Cool.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

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

This book, I’m buddy reading with a friend. Both of us have gotten a tad distracted from it recently, so I’m hoping that me focusing on it again and telling her that will motivate her to read it more, too. I’m liking this one so far, but I’m not a huge fan of the main character. She’s not awful, but she reminds me a lot of the main character from The Throne of Glass series, whom I find irritating. Hopefully the plot of this one ends up making up for it.


Part of me wants to bring another physical book, The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, which I’m also currently reading. Another part wants to conserve space for souvenirs… the likelihood of me completing the two above is small, especially when I tend to not read as much during down time as I plan. So, if I somehow get a good chunk of either of these done by Wednesday, I’ll bring another. If not, I won’t.

Posts for Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday of this coming week will be pre-written, and any comment replies on my end will be a bit delayed – sorry!

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/29/2018 in Books

 

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Top 5 books I removed from my TBR

Copy of Top 5 Wednesday Banner

https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHappy Hump Day! Today’s topic is books that I used to want to read but lost interest in. Should be neat.

If you’d like to participate in T5W, you can do so here.

 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2)

Once upon a time I had the box set of this series. I read the first one and if I remember, I think I actually liked it. I gave it four stars or something. But every time I’d go to read the second one I kinda… decided to just read something else. After five or six times of pointedly choosing not to read the next book I just got rid of them.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

I owned this book very, very briefly. I had originally decided it didn’t interest me, but then saw it in a clearance sale for a dollar… so I bought it, thinking ‘maybe’, because it’s J. K. Rowling. It did not survive the next unhaul three weeks later.

The Last Star by Rick Yancey

The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)

This book suffered the consequences of time. I bought and read the first book when it came out… liked it enough. I didn’t care for the romance at all. But overall, was ok. By the time the second came out and I got around to buying it, I had forgotten the contents of the first book… so I reread book one and then book two. Also ok – better than the first in my opinion, because of the different character focus. Aaaaand then this book came out and I realized I had forgotten the contents of the first two books. I decided I didn’t care enough to reread the first two, so I just got rid of them and never bought this.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)

This is a ‘book blog/booktube’ buy. I’m not huge into middle grade. The ones I do have were ones I read when I was little. Bought these because of peer pressure, didn’t read them for the three years I had them, then got rid of them, because hey, I’m not into middle grade.

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, #2)

Out of all of them, this is the one where there is a slight chance I’ll change my mind. I read The Diviners ages ago and liked it. I think I gave it four stars? Maybe? I remember not liking how the romantic subplot plot twisted at the end of the book, so I was a bit disenchanted when this second book came out. I got rid of my copy of the first book shortly after the third book came out, but then everyone’s been raving about it. Soooo I figured if I ever wanna finish this, I’ll get them from the library. But… I don’t have any even half-baked near or far future plans to do so. But who knows. Either way, wasn’t a series I cared enough to own.


And that’s it! Have you read any of these? Did I make a grave mistake? Will I regret it for the rest of my days? 😀 Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/18/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday, Uncategorized

 

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July Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

I’ve added a fourth weekly post! Well, at least for a few weeks – we’ll see how long I can get content put together for four posts. My reading speed has picked up, so I’m hoping it’ll last at least a couple months.

Today’s post is what I’m currently reading as of today – for those unfamiliar with my blog, I don’t write TBR posts because I’m rather awful at sticking to them. Instead, at the beginning of every month, I make a post about what I’m tackling at the moment.

Anyways, these are the books that I’m nose-deep in:


Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik

Empire of Ivory (Temeraire, #4)

I’ve been rereading all of the Temeraire series in prep for reading the last three books – I’m enjoying this just as much as I did when I read it back in high school. This is my current audiobook and the narration is being done by Simon Vance, my absolute fave ❤ This series, if you haven’t picked it up, you totally should. It’s a historical fantasy about dragon warfare during the Napoleonic era. It’s so, so so good. As of right now, I’m about 25% through of it.

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This book’s been on my ‘currently reading’ the longest, but that doesn’t mean I’m not enjoying it. I just keep getting distracted. The fourth book in Weeks’ Lightbringer series, I’m loving it just as much as I did the first three. It’s become one of my all-time favorite series. Here is a link to the blurb of the first one, should you be interested.

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu

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

This one I originally picked up as an audiobook, but I’ve since switched over to reading it physically and am enjoying so much more. I can see why this one has gotten the hype it has. I’m hoping I end up liking it the whole way through – I’m on a few chapters in so far. I really like the setting – the fantasy its set in is based on various Asian cultures instead of your typical medieval european ones. It’s pretty neato.

Twelve Kings in Sharakhai by Bradley P Beaulieu

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

This one I originally hadn’t intended on picking up so soon, but when I mentioned I was doing the Tome Topple readathon and said I didn’t have any reading buddies, one of my friendos contacted me and said she had this book as well if we wanted to buddy read it. So here we are. 😀 So far I’m digging the plot and the setting, but I’m a tad iffy on the main character. I’ll give her the benefit of the doubt until she gets some opportunity for character growth though.


And that’s it! For now, my posting schedule will be Tues-Wed-Sat-Sun. Wish me luck. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 07/03/2018 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR

 

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Tome Topple Readathon TBR!

Readathons

Hello! The Tome Topple Readathon started yesterday! Me being me, didn’t realize it. So I’m starting a day late. Whatevs. The dates this time run from June 29th – July 12th. The point of the readathon is to read books over 500 pages, be it graphic novels or novels themselves.

For all the details on it, you can see Sam’s announcement video.

There are a few challenges that you can participate in as well:

1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read a graphic novel (still over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Buddy read a tome
5. Read an adult novel

I think with the tbr posted below I’ll hit all of those except the buddy reading one. NO BUDDIES FOR ME. ;~;

There are also instagram challenges to participate in every day, and I made my first post about it this morning (shameless plug).

My TBR:

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If you’re participating in the readathon (and if you’re reading any of the ones I am especially) let me know! We can buddy read.

Happy reading!!

 
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Posted by on 06/30/2018 in Books, Readathon

 

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Manga Readathon TBR

Readathons

Hello! I’ve decided to participate in the Manga Readathon! It starts today and runs through June 23rd. Here is where you can find the full details on it!

I will be participating mostly through twitter, where I’ve also posted a tbr pic. These are the manga I plan on reading:

The link I gave above lists seven challenges, of which I think my selection will fulfill most of them.

1. Read a manga that’s been on your TBR the longest

  • s-CRY-ed v1 by Yosuke Kuroda

2. Catch-up reading a series

  • Livingstone v4 by Maekawa Kataoka

3. Read your shortest series

  • Orange v2 and Future by Ichigo Takano

4. Read a new manga

  • Demon Diary v4+ by Lee Yun Hee

5. Re-Read a manga

  • Demon Diary v1-3 by Lee Yun Hee

6. Read a manga out of your comfort zone

  • Just Around the Corner by Toko Kawai

7. Read a recommended manga

  • Seraph of the End v1-2 by Takaya Kagami

Going through and picking out manga for this made me realize just how many I own that are unread and how many I’ve been itching to reread. Perhaps 2018 will be the year of manga for me. If you’re participating in this readathon, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 06/17/2018 in Books, Readathon, TBR

 

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