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Bout of Books 24!

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Hello, Bout of Books 24 starts tomorrow! I’ve been doing this readathon since BoB 11, and I’ve rather enjoyed it. I’ll be participating in this overlapping the Tome Infinity readathon that I posted about yesterday, and will count the same books towards each one, should they fit the prompts and goals, yada yada.

About Bout of Books:

The 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, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th 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 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

For this readathon, my TBR will be all willy-nilly, to match that of the Tome Infinity one. Currently I am reading Six of Crows, so that’ll be the first one up.

Otherwise, my goals are as follows:

  • Read every day
  • Finish two books
  • Finish two manga

If you’re participating in Bout of Books, let me know! Happy reading!

 

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Posted by on 01/06/2019 in Books, Readathon

 

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Tome Infinity And Beyond Readathon| January Currently Reading ’18

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Hello! There are a lot of things happening this month! Let’s start with the readathon.

Tome Infinity and Beyond Round 2

Tome Infinity has started! It actually began back on January 1st, but since I haven’t completed any books yet this month, I figured it’s not too late to hop on the bandwagon. This is a readathon where you traverse the solar system, looking for a habitable home. To get to a new planet, you must read a book fitting a prompt. At the end of the last round, I settled on Mercury. Round two introduces the process of settling on the planet – finding basic necessities such as food, water and shelter, and then slowly growing your civilization into a flourishing society.

This readathon runs from January 1st through the 31st, so it’s not too late if you’d like to join! If you didn’t participate in Round 1 and want to do Round 2, you can do so! Check out my original post on Round 1, where I link the account that runs the thing, the rules, etc. Basically, you’ll start as if you were in Round 1, settle on a planet you want, and then move into the Round 2 settling prompts. Here is the Goodreads group and the Twitter account where everything is organized, and here is the google doc with all the prompts!

For this readathon, instead of making a strict TBR, I’m just going to wing it – I plan to finish City of Dragons by Robin Hobb, which I know will fulfill some of the basic necessities prompts, and then I’ll just… go from there. I’ll either continue with the other books I’m already reading, or I’ll pick up new ones as I find out what prompts I still need to fulfill.

In that google docs link, there are also Instagram challenges, which I’ll be participating in here. I probably won’t do every one, but it’s always nice to have an excuse to pull books off the shelves and look at them. If you are participating in this readathon, let me know!

Now onto the books I’m currently reading!

Currently Reading

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsAs mentioned above, currently reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. Augh I’m adoring it. At the time of writing this (Friday night) I wanna finish it tonight. Will I? Maybe. We’ll see. If not tonight, definitely tomorrow.

 

 

Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants (Temeraire, #8)This is the eighth book in the Temeraire series. I finally got over my mental block about it and scooped it up on audio. The narrator is helping me deal with the trope I’m not crazy about. The book overall is weirdly handling the trope well though, so fingers crossed!

 

 

Back-burner books

This list gets bigger every month, people! These are all the books I’m currently ‘reading’ but aren’t the focus at the moment. I really wanna hop back to, well, all of them. I’ll get to them, I’ll get to them. None of them will I DNF – I definitely wanna get to the end of them all. Wish me luck. And I say this, with the readathon going on and potentially new books being picked up. (I’m also going to do Bout of Books 24 starting Monday, but that’s a post for tomorrow. :”D). So, it might be a bit, but I will read them. Huff.


And that’s it! Are you participating in the readathon? Have you read any of the above? Lemme know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 01/05/2019 in Books, Currently Reading, Readathon

 

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10 in 2019

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Hello! Today’s post will be about the top ten books I want to read in 2019. I do a post on this topic every year, but I’ve never actually completed the list. Funny, you’d think since they’re the ‘top’ books I wanna read, that they would be the first ten books I’d read. It never turns out that way, though.

So, I want to take a closer look at why I’m putting something on the list, and I want to look at past lists and determine why those books were never read.


A closer look

Looking at 2018‘s and 2017‘s lists, there are a lot of duplicates. Books I didn’t get to one year went onto the next year’s list. Were they still my top of the top books I wanted to read? At the time, I thought so. But now, I’m thinking they were moved over out of guilt, out of saying that they were the top and then feeling bad that I didn’t actually read them. It’s not that I don’t want to read them anymore – I still do – but I don’t know if I want to read them the most anymore.

And looking more closely still, there are five books I didn’t get to in my 10 in 2018 list. I finished three others, and two of them I’m currently reading. Out of the five I didn’t get to, four of them were on my 17 in 2017 list. They’ve been on the list for two years, and I still haven’t picked them up. I feel like the message is loud and clear: apparently they’re not the top books I want to read. The other unread book was acquired at Christmas last year, so it has only been on the list once. But if I go from my apparent pattern here, it likely won’t get read next year either if I re-add it.

So this year, I’m going to pick ten different titles. Do I still wanna read these unread books? Yes. But I feel like adding them to this year’s list will be self-sabotage. So this year’s list will consist of the following:


10 in 2019

  1. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente
  2. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  3. The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  4. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  5. City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
  6. Blood of Tyrants by Naomi Novik
  7. You by Caroline Kepnes
  8. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  9. Interview With the Vampire by Anne Rice
  10. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

All of these books I physically own already, hopefully it’ll be an easy ten-book drop from my physical TBR. Wish me luck! If you’ve read any of the above, let me know!

 
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Posted by on 12/27/2018 in Books, Coffee Time

 

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Christmas Vacation TBR

Blogmas 2018

Happy Friday! Today is THE Friday! The last Friday I have to work this year! After today, I’m on vacation from December 22nd through January 3rd! I return for work Friday, Jan 4th, and then get a weekend right after. So, I figured I’ll make a TBR for these two-ish weeks!

Also! Meredith @Allboutthembooksandstuff is going to come visit me! We’ve known each other for a decade – made friends online back when we were teenagers. On December 26th, I’ll meet her face to face for the first time, and she’ll stay with me for a week and a bit. How neat is that! I’M SO EXCITED AUGH.

But anyways! The books I plan to read!


The Christmas Box by Richard Paul Evans

The Christmas Box (The Christmas Box, #1)

I try to read a Christmas book every year, and this is the one I’ve picked up. I started it yesterday, and aside from the weird in-your-face blatant traditional gender roles, it’s not bad.

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit volumes 4-6 by Motoro Mase

Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit, Volume 4 (Ikigami, #4)

I’ve owned these forever, and while I really have enjoyed the first three volumes, I have never picked these up. Who knows why.

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of Dragons (Rain Wild Chronicles, #3)

Another one I’ve already started (though I won’t finish during break). I’m buddyreading this one with Zezee, and we’re both diggin’ it so far.

Mushishi volume 2-4 by Yuki Urushibara

Mushishi, Vol. 2

All of the manga I’m going to list – including this one – are ones that I own multiple volumes of, and have only read the first or the first couple. So. Here we are.

Halo: First Strike by Eric S Nylund

Halo: First Strike

I’ve been reading these Halo books because my coworker lent them to me. I honestly haven’t really ever played the Halo games, but I find myself rather enjoying these. The world building in the book is enough to make up for my lack of game knowledge. And apparently I like military scifi. Who knew? I’m about half way through this one, and want to be able to give it back to him after break is over.

Priest volumes 1-6 by Min-Woo Hyung

Priest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased

I read the first… two or three volumes of this a long time ago, but I think I need a reread before I can continue. And then I’ll be caught up (to what I own)!

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Monster Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #2)

I’LL FINISH IT ONE DAY I SWEAR. I am adoring this book, but it’s one I’m savoring, so I’m going slow. One day. :”D


And that’s it! I’m sure my brain will be like ‘also pick this up’ to random other books, so we’ll see how this goes. Happy reading! And happy vacation (to me… and you if you have it!)

 
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Posted by on 12/21/2018 in Blogmas, Books, TBR, Uncategorized

 

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TBR Lows and Highs #1

Blogmas 2018

Hello, Happy Saturday! I’m starting a new posting series today! I saw this on Sionna @BooksInHerEyes‘ page, and thought it looked neato. So I’m gonna try it. I’ve been on Goodreads since 2011, and I’ve been adding books to my TBR since then as well. Most of them I never read (shocker). So this will be interesting.

Rules:
  • Link back to the original post at Howling Libraries
  • Sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, ascending
  • Find 5-10 (or more, if you feel ambitious!) titles to purge from your TBR (the “lows”)
    • ALTERNATIVE OPTION: Find 5+ titles that are at the BOTTOM of your TBR—books you want to read someday, just not right now!
  • Post those 5 books in the list, with a brief explanation
  • Next, sort your Goodreads TBR shelf by date added, descending
  • List the last 5 (or more!) books you added to your TBR, with a synopsis or your brief summary of why you added it (the “highs”)

The Lows

How the Mind Works by Stephen Pinker – I love neuroscience, psychology, brain physiology, etc etc. I am removing this one for one reason: The publication year. This book debuted in 1999. The information we’ve learned about the brain over the past two decades is astounding, and I feel like reading this book at this point be a bit pointless. I’m sure Steven Pinker has a newer book out that I could read.

The Map of Time by Felix J Palma – This book is a victim of a change of taste. I added it to my TBR back in 2011, when I was 21, and since then the synopsis just doesn’t pick my interest anymore.

The Edinburgh Dead by Brian Ruckly – Same as above. In 2011 I was caught up in The Walking Dead, so zombies were very much on my radar. Not so much anymore. But, for any of you that do like zombies, it’s not a general ‘zombie apocalypse’ book – it has more to it than that. Check it out if it’s your thing.

The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson – Once upon a time, I read The Girl With the Dragon Tatoo and actually rather enjoyed it. I think I gave it four stars or something. This book is just a victim of time. Too much time has passed for me – I’ve lost interest.

Whitechapel Gods by S. M. Peters – can you tell, by this first list here, that is 2011 I was on a bit of a steampunk kick? Can you tell? While I still like steampunk occasionally I’m a bit more picky now. This one’s synopsis doesn’t do much for me anymore, unfortunately.

The Highs

I tend to add books to my TBR in spurts – five books here, ten books there, and then I don’t add any for months. What I’m going to do is base my posting of this series on this pattern. Therefore, these posts will be irregular, waiting on new books to be added to my TBR (because I’m not going to add them just because to get one of these babies up)

The Gender Games by Juno Dawson

The Gender Games: The Problem with Men and Women, from Someone Who Has Been Both

Goodreads Synopsis: Why we are all being messed up by gender, and what we can do about it.

‘It’s a boy!’ or ‘It’s a girl!’ are the first words almost all of us hear when we enter the world. Before our names, before we have likes and dislikes – before we, or anyone else, has any idea who we are. And two years ago, as Juno Dawson went to tell her mother she was (and actually, always had been) a woman, she started to realise just how wrong we’ve been getting it.

Gender isn’t just screwing over trans people, it’s messing with everyone. From little girls who think they can’t be doctors to teenagers who come to expect street harassment. From exclusionist feminists to ‘alt-right’ young men. From men who can’t cry to the women who think they shouldn’t. As her body gets in line with her mind, Juno tells not only her own story, but the story of everyone who is shaped by society’s expectations of gender – and what we can do about it.

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper and Fire (Girls of Paper and Fire, #1)

Goodreads synopsis: Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It’s the highest honor they could hope for…and the most cruel.

But this year, there’s a ninth girl. And instead of paper, she’s made of fire.

In this lush fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most oppressed class in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards still haunts her. Now, the guards are back, and this time it’s Lei they’re after–the girl whose golden eyes have piqued the king’s interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but stifling palace, Lei and eight other girls learn the skills and charm that befit being a king’s consort. But Lei isn’t content to watch her fate consume her. Instead, she does the unthinkable–she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens the very foundation of Ikhara, and Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide just how far she’s willing to go for justice and revenge.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

Goodreads synopsis: Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ’80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Written with Reid’s signature talent for creating “complex, likable characters” (Real Simple), this is a mesmerizing journey through the splendor of old Hollywood into the harsh realities of the present day as two women struggle with what it means -and what it costs- to face the truth.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

Goodreads synopsis: The Rules of Blackheath

Evelyn Hardcastle will be murdered at 11:00 p.m.
There are eight days, and eight witnesses for you to inhabit.
We will only let you escape once you tell us the name of the killer.
Understood? Then let’s begin…

Evelyn Hardcastle will die. Every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others…

The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery of such unexpected creativity it will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

The Humans by Matt Haig

The Humans

Goodreads synopsis: Body-snatching has never been so heartwarming . . .

The Humans is a funny, compulsively readable novel about alien abduction, mathematics, and that most interesting subject of all: ourselves. Combine Douglas Adams’s irreverent take on life, the universe, and everything with a genuinely moving love story, and you have some idea of the humor, originality, and poignancy of Matt Haig’s latest novel.

Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn’t a very nice man–as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family, and “the humans” than he ever expected. When he begins to fall for his own wife and son–who have no idea he’s not the real Andrew–the alien must choose between completing his mission and returning home or finding a new home right here on Earth.


And that’s it for today! I’ve decided I rather like this type of post. I hope to do more of them. Happy reading! 😀

 
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Posted by on 12/15/2018 in Blogmas, Books

 

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Top 5 largest books on my tbr

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https://i.imgur.com/XS0XVS1.gifHello, I’m very aware that it’s Thursday. Nano distracted me, baw. I liked this topic though, so I figured a day late wasn’t a terrible thing. Also, the books I’m going to list will be ones that I already physically own.

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

Lord of Chaos by Robert Jordan

Lord of Chaos (Wheel of Time, #6)1011 pages. This is the sixth book in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Have a read the first one? …No. Hehe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive, #1)1007 pages. I’ve only ever read Elantris by Sanderson and kinda wanna tackle his books in publication order. Sooo it might be a bit before I get to this one.

 

 

 

 

 

The Owner’s Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research by Pierce J Howard

The Owner's Manual for the Brain: Everyday Applications from Mind-Brain Research1007 pages. One day my friend bought me a really big brain book and I may or may not have peed. Brains are so cool, man.

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell1006 pages. I’ve had this book for nearly ten years. I remember distinctly bringing it with me to Paris when I went in 2009 and attempting to read it. I think I got fifty pages in and got distracted. Ahahaha.

 

 

 

 

 

The Terror by Dan Simmons

The Terror960 pages. Again, I’ve attempted this book a few times over the past decade. I’ll get to in eventually.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! There are a lot of other books I own hovering around 900ish pages, but I love big books and I cannot lie, so it’s totally fine. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/08/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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November Currently Reading |’18

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Hello, welcome to November! Today is my last day in Florida, and right after writing this, I’ll be packing up to get on a plane. I’m due to walk back into my home around 9 or 9:30pm tonight, between checking out of the hotel by 11am, waiting for the shuttle to the airport, waiting at the airport, the flight home, and the drive home after that. So… long day full of waiting ahead of me. Hopefully I’ll be able to use the time to read and get ahead on my Nano project.

Anyways, this is what I’m currently reading:

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade, #1)This is a reread for me, and I had planned on having it done by now, but with Nano and vacation, it kinda didn’t happen. The sequel, The Monster Baru Cormorant, came out this past Tuesday. I’ll go buy it as soon as I finish this one. I want the instant gratification of finishing this and going ‘oh hey I’m gonna go buy the sequel right now’. Loving it just as much as I did the last time.

 

 

 

 

Dragon Haven by Robin Hobb

Dragon Haven (The Rain Wild Chronicles, #2)Another buddy read with Zezee, I’m rather adoring this book. Aaaand it was another one I was to have done by this weekend, which still may or may not happen depending on how nano goes today at the airport, hehe. If possible I’ll buzz through the ending tomorrow. But buh, I love this series, man. The whole thing, it’s great.

 

 

 

 

 

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)I picked this up as part of Spookathon but didn’t finish it. I’m enjoying it so far, but it’ll likely end up being a back-burner book for me this month, considering everything. I’ll get to it though! One day! Wah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 reading with Amanda. At this point I feel it should be categorized as a back-burner book, but who knows. Amanda! When are we reading more! When!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.Teeechnically it ended up the end of October so I’m very behind, but I’ll finish it eventually. It’s just so slow going, I’m having a hard time really getting into it. It’ll pick up for parts and then slow down again.

 

 

 

 

 

Back-burner books

Same ones as last month. I’ve started a bunch of new books but haven’t like.. finished any. Haha.

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

 
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Posted by on 11/03/2018 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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