February Currently Reading!

Happy February! Right now I’m reading some neato books! This is what they are:

Hood by Stephen R Lawhead – This is my current audio book! It’s a retelling of Robin Hood (obviously). So far it’s pretty decent! I’m luke-warm to Robin Hood to begin with, so I wasn’t sure how I was going to take to this one. But so far, I like it!

The Book of the Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick – I’ve been reading this one since the day after Christmas. The ‘Dead Days’ in the book are the days between Christmas and New Year’s, so I was hoping to finish it during those days. But hey, it didn’t happen, and that’s ok. This is about a magician that makes a deal that comes back to bite him, and he has only until the end of the dead days to set it right. So far it’s pretty good! It’s a bit slow paced, but it’s very interesting and atmospheric.

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – This is one of two buddy reads I have going right now, and man I love this book. I’m only a tad over half way through so far but I am absolutely smitten. If I’m being honest, I was a bit unsure of this one, mostly because of the hype, but augh it totally deserves it. This story follows a thief and a written magic and a heist and ancient beings and… and and it’s so good! It’s awesome! And it’s funny to boot.

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin – This is my other buddy read and I’m pretty smitten with this one, too. I’m very late to the bandwagon with this book and I wish I would have read it sooner. It’s so interesting – the world, the characters, the magic, the society, the history, all of it. I don’t even know how to describe this. Uh… This book is set in a world that ends over and over, and it’s about the people who live in it. I don’t really wanna saw more than that. It’s. Fantastic. I’m about three-fourths through it, and hope to finish this week!

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And that’s it! Four books that I’m currently reading, and I have many more planned for this month. Let me know if you’ve read any of these!

January Currently Reading! ’21

Well hi! Today is my first post after Blogmas, and it’s what I’m currently reading!

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – I’m only a couple chapters into this one, and I’m reading it with my buddy Meredith @allboutthembooksandstuff!

So far it’s definitely interesting, and I’m already picking up on some humor laced throughout the narrative that I really like. I’m hoping this becomes a new favorite!

The Book of the Dead Days by Marcus Sedgwick – Technically I was aiming to finish this during the dead days – between Christmas and New Year’s – but I didn’t finish in time. It’s pretty good though. It has a nice rich tone to it that I really like.

Hood by Stephen R Lawhead – This is one of the oldest books I own. I’ve had it since I was about fifteen years old and never read it. Soooo I picked it up on audio book and am listening to it. So far it’s pretty decent. The writing at the beginning was a bit difficult to get into but now that I’m into it, I’m enjoying it.

And that’s it! I do plan on picking up another buddy read here in a couple days but as I’m not ‘currently’ reading it, it doesn’t make the list. 😛 So it’ll either show up on the wrap up if I finish it this month or on next month’s currently reading. We’ll see!

Happy reading friends.

10 in 2021

It’s that time of year again – time to make a list of books I wanna read the most. It’s funny  – this will be the seventh year I’ve made one of these lists, and I have yet to actually complete one.

Maybe 2021 will be my lucky year (for reading, I’m too jaded to hope for more than that :p)

As of right now, out of the books on my physical TBR, these are the ones I want to read the most in 2021:

And that’s it! Caliban’s War I’m almost through already but I haven’t touched it in months, so I’m counting it. I need to actually finish that bugger. 😛 I also have buddy reads set up for a couple of these, so I’m sure I’ll get to them. For the rest, we’ll see, now won’t we.

If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know!

December Currently Reading! ’20

Happy December! Today is my Friday, as I took tomorrow off work, so I’m hoping I get a good chunk farther into everything I mention today this weekend. And then next week, I have a full five day work week, and then a normal weekend, and then another work week, and then I’m on vacation until January 4th. I’m so excited.

This is what I’m currently reading!

Mogworld by Yahtzee Croshaw – This is my current audio book! Last month, I made a pile of books where I wasn’t sure if I wanted them anymore. So basically what I’m doing is I start one, read a chapter or two, and make a decision to either keep reading or just get rid of it it if doesn’t immediately catch my interest. This one was in that pile and passed with flying colors. I’m so, so, so entertained by this. It follows a magic student who dies immediately, and then get revived by a necromancer and then is really grumpy about it. It’s absolutely hilarious, and it’s probably gonna be five stars unless it randomly takes a nose dive.

The Moth Diaries by Rachel Klein – This is another one of those books on that pile, and this one aaaalso passed. I’m not 100% invested yet but I’m definitely fascinated and want to keep reading. It follows a girl at a boarding school who is convinced her classmate is a vampire… but she’s telling the story through journal entries that her therapist recommended she share, because she was diagnosed with some sort of delusionary disorder. So it’s fascinating. Is the classmate a vampire, or is her mind playing tricks on her? It reads almost like a gothic horror, it’s neat!

Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb – This is a buddy read I’m doing with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! So far, I’m rather enjoying it. I’m not as emotionally invested as I usually am with a Hobb book, but it’s still pretty good. I’m waiting for this explosive emotional ending that I know is coming. She never ends books without making me go ‘;~; buh’. This is the third book in the Soldier Son trilogy and the last Hobb novel I have yet to finish. So after this, I think we’re gonna pick up Margaret Weis’s books. I just need something long and invest-y, man. I need it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – This is another buddy read! This one I’m doing with an irl friend. It’s something we decided to start on December 1st (though technically I haven’t picked it up yet, bad Emily bad) as a way to celebrate both of us winning Nanowrimo (which we both did, yay!) I’m hoping I like this. I’ve heard good things.

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And that’s it for books. I did decided to do an instagram challenge for December, so those pictures might pop up in future posts – we’ll see. Though if you do wanna be buddies on ig, add me! (Shameless plug, shh)

Happy reading!

TBR Lows and Highs #5

Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is another TBR Lows and Highs, which apparently I haven’t done since April. Woops.

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”)

I decided to do one of these because recently I’ve decided to purge a bunch of books. The ones I’m going to list aren’t all of them. I did get rid of more, but they were already taken by a buddy and I don’t remember what they were. So bear with me, you get to see some, pbtbt.

The lows

I’m not gonna go through each of these individually, but overall, my motivation for this purge was to meet my tbr goal. I set a goal in January to have my fictional tbr down to 200 by the end of the year. After this purge, it’s sitting at 212 or something, which I think is doable. There are a few books in there that I did read and disliked or DNF’d as well, but most of these are unread.

The highs

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is a bit outside my normal genre but not by much. I’m really in the mood for a fast paced, kind ridiculous book and this seems to be it.

Goodreads synopsis: A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson – I think I missed my window to read this, as it’s now November. Buuut you never know, creepy books are fun year round.

Goodreads synopsis: In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

Prosper’s Demon by K. J. Parker – This one popped onto my radar thanks to Katy @bookbinderway. It sounds neat!

Goodreads synopsis: In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.

The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out—he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.

Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.

In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu – This one doesn’t have a cover yet! All I know is that it’s a fantasy 1984 – sounds neat!

Goodreads synopsis: None. Literally, all I know is ‘fantasy 1984’.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – I haven’t actually read a Matt Haig yet but there are a few of his books on my list at this point. This one is just the latest.

Goodreads synopsis: Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

And that’s it! Lemme know what you think! Happy reading!

October Currently Reading! ’20

Happy Halloween Eve*26! Today’s post will be about the books I am currently reading!

Hotel Africa vol 2 by Hee Jung Park – this is the second volume in this really great manhwa I picked up last year. I reread vol 1 last month in preparation for this and loved it. So far I’m liking this one just as much.

Armada by Ernest Cline – So I did a thing recently: in addition to giving myself a book buying ban, I’ve also done a purge. I have the purge books divided into two sections: books I’m definitely getting rid of and books that might still go if they don’t hook me fairly quickly. This book is in section two. So if it doesn’t strike me as something great soon here I’m gonna dnf it (and the same for all the books in section two of my purge, which is about 30 books). So far it’s ok. The plot is interesting enough but the main character is driving me nuts. I’m gonna give it another 50 pages.

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko – This is a buddy read I’ve started with Katy @bookbinderway and another buddy! Honestly I haven’t actually started this yet, but it’s during the current ‘read this far’ window soooo.

The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux – This is my latest audio book and I’m really, really liking it. It’s so haunting and lilting and unexpectedly funny. It’s surprised me with how much I’m liking it!

And that’s it! Four books currently – I have twenty eight books to go before reaching my 2020 TBR goal, so wish me luck! Happy reading!

Top 10 books on my Fall TBR!

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! Today’s topic is books on my fall tbr. So I want to start off by saying I don’t really do tbrs, except during readathons. So this is definitely a tentative list. So at the time of writing this, these are the ten books that are calling to me the most:

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams

These three are all on my 10 in 2020 list. Luckily for me, they’re still at the top of my ‘want to read’s. The first one I have a buddy read lined up for. The other two, to be honest, are intimidating. One’s a Stephenson book, and the other is a brick. I’m hoping I enjoy both though!

The Scar by China Mieville
Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
Renegade’s Magic by Robin Hobb

The Scar is another 10 in 2020 book. Caliban’s War I’m actually most of the way through, it’s just on the back-burner. Renegade’s Magic is gonna be bitter sweet. It’s the last full-length novel I have to read of Robin Hobb’s. When I’m done with it I’m not sure when I’m gonna do. It will, as always, be buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks :”D

Hunted by Meagan Spooner
The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter

The ones on the ends are somewhat recent purchases, and I wanna pick them up, they’ve been on my mind! The middle is another 10 in 2010 book, the last of them. I’m gonna finish that list this year, dammit. I’m gonna.

Vita Nostra by Marina & Sergey Dyachenko

This is the final book I wanna read this fall, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be picking it up soon-ish, as I have a buddy read set up with Katy @Bookbinderway :”D We’re both rather looking forward to this one!

And that’s it! Ten books I really wanna read. Will I get to them? Well, I mean I hope so. Pbtbt.

Happy reading!

September Currently Reading! ’20

Happy September! This is what I’m currently reading!

Forest Mage by Robin Hobb – This is my current buddy read with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks, and honestly it’s putting me through a number. It’s such emotional turmoil! But weirdly I’m still liking it. But man, my heart.

A Dance With Fate by Juliet Marillier – This book came out on Sept 1st, and I picked it up right away. Me and a buddy read the first one together and we made a special trip to the store together to get the second one! And now we’re reading that too! So far it’s pretty good. I love Marillier’s stuff.

1776 by David McCullough – This is my current audiobook and a nonfiction to boot. I like nonfiction but I definitely have to be in the mood for it. Right now, this is fitting the bill! I’m a bit over half way through it, and am rather enjoying it.

The Wolf by Leo Carew – To be honest, I haven’t picked this up in a bit. I’m very hesitant to put it back on my back-burner list though – I want to finish it. Other books just keep getting in the way, particularly buddy reads where I have an obligation to put them first, y’know? But I am enjoying this, I just need to make the time for it. I’m hoping to get it done this month.

And that’s it! I’m also in the middle of a few manga series, but I’m not mid-volume in any, so I’m not including them above 😛 They’ll be in my wrap up at the end of the month.

Happy reading!

August Currently Reading! ’20

Currently Reading

Happy Sunday! Today I’m gonna talk about the books I’m currently reading!

The Wolf (Under the Northern Sky, #1)

The Wolf by Leo Carew – I’m reading this for Finishathon, and today is actually the last day for it. Finishathon was kind of a bust – I literally just read this or not at all, haha. Welp, I’m rusty when it comes to readathons, so hopefully the next one will go better. I do intend on finishing this though – I’m rather liking it.

The Harp of Kings (Warrior Bards, #1)

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – This book is not part of the readathon, which was my demise. I got farther in this than I did my readathon book! So far it’s pretty decent, and I’m hoping Juliet Marillier puts her characters through some nice development arcs. We’ll see!

Reamde

Reamde by Neal Stephenson – This one I’m developing a love-hate relationship with. The story is awesome. Hell even the four page long tangents I really enjoy. I’m not a huge fan of the writing though, particularly the vocabulary the author uses. I’ll get more into that later though because I already know I want to write a full thing for this. Overall though, it’s decent.


And that’s it! Short and sweet this month. Happy reading!

I separated and reorganized my books by read and unread

Coffee Time

Hi! I went a bit stir crazy a couple weeks ago and re-arranged my fiction books. I decided to split them up by read and unread which is something I’ve never done before. I further subdivided them by author, but otherwise that’s it. Here was the process and end result!

This is the beginnings of the piles – left is read, right is unread, middle is cat.

This happened one evening when I had gone to unload the two book cases behind the chair. Needless to say I waited.

These are my unread. The stack over to the left are all books that are sequels where I’ve read the first or more and just haven’t caught up yet. The right are all standalones/new series to start.

These are all my read books, back on the shelves. I decided to put them in the cases behind the chair because I won’t need to access them as often as the unread books. Robin Hobb almost has an entire shelf to herself and it cracks me up.

These are the unread books. You’ll notice these shelves are a bit fuller than my read shelves. That surprised me too, as I own almost 1000 books and only have 230 or so unread ones. It took me a second to realize, but that’s because of manga. About 90% of the manga I own is read, and only about 10% is unread. Meaning most of my unread books are fiction, but also my unread fiction makes up about 25% of my collection, the rest being read fiction and manga.

I also got some tree spirits and now they live on my shelves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! During this process I also purged about ten or so books from my collection, a mix of read and unread. I didn’t bother taking pictures of them because well, I didn’t bother. I also didn’t touch the manga cases or the nonfiction case – all this was done to fiction only.

Lemme know what you think – happy reading!