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

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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

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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!

Finishathon TBR!

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Hi! I’m gonna participate in a readathon at the end of the month! The point of it – as hinted by the title – is to finish the books you started but never finished for some reason. So I’m gonna pick up the books on my back burner and finish out a series lent to me by a friend literally years ago.

The readathon dates are from July 27th – August 2nd, and if you’d like to participate, all the details can be found here.

This is what I’m gonna read!

The Wolf by Leo Carew – This is going to be my first priority. I received it as a Christmas gift from a friend, and then started it and promptly got distracted. It’s a fantasy and from what I’ve gotten into so far, I dig it.

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – This is actually going to be my third priority, just because at this point I’ve watched the tv show and I’m past this point plot-wise, so it’s a be repetitive. So if I don’t totally finish this one I won’t be heartbroken. I hope to, though.

Y: The Last Man vols 8-10 by Brian K Vaughan – I borrowed this series forever ago from my friend and it’s about time I finish it. This’ll be my second priority/first priority when I don’t feel like actually reading a novel.

If things go well, I should be able to finish all of the above. I have the most left to go in The Wolf, but the graphic novels should be quick, as should Caliban’s War, as I only have about 200 pages left in that. If you’re participating, let me know!

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my summer tbr!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by ThatArtsyReaderGirl!

Happy Tuesday! I haven’t done one of these in a few weeks, so I’m pumped about it.

I don’t really do TBRs, first off. I never stick to them. I’m definitely one to just pick up a book I feel like reading and read it, unless it’s for a readathon or a buddy read. So the books I’ll be listing today are ones I have lined up for buddy reads or that my mind is currently telling me I feel like reading! Whether I read them or not remains to be seen. But as of today, this is what I wanna read.

The Monster Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – This will be a reread for me. The third book in the series, The Tyrant Baru Cormorant, comes out in August and I want a refresher. This series has quickly become an all-time favorite and I’m so, so very excited for the new one!

The Harp of Kings by Juliet Marillier – I fell in love with Marillier’s writing when I read Daughter of the Forest last year, so when I saw this in stores I snatched it up. Honestly I couldn’t even tell you what this is about, only that I wanna read it because of who it’s by.

The Tropic of Serpents by Marie Brennan – This is the sequel to A Natural History of Dragons, which I read in April and really liked. I haven’t been able to stop thinking about this world, and I’m itching to get into this one.

Goblin Slayer by Kousuke Kurose – This one I’ll be starting by rereading vols 1 and 2, since it’s been a while, and then picking up on volume 3 as a new read, which is what I have shown above. Goblin Slayer surprised me with how much I liked the anime of it last year, and I’ve been slowly collecting the manga as I see it. Now I just gotta read it all.

What’s Michael? by Makoto Kobayashi – This is a bindup of the first half of the What’s Michael issues, which I read as a teen. What’s Michael is a humorous, episodic manga about a cat named Michael and just… him being himself. It’s super cute and I really look forward to finishing this.

Demon Slayer by Koyoharu Gotouge – So, I watched the anime of this last season and fell in love with it. The aesthetic, the plot, the music, the animation, the colors, all of it. The music I still think about daily, honestly. So I picked up the manga to hopefully fill the void. Seriously, the opening theme song is really great (and this clip shows off the animation and vibrancy of the colors really well, too):

 

The Rage of Dragons by Evan Winter – This one’s on my 10 in 2020 list and considering we’re nearly half way through the year and I still haven’t read it, I should really get a move on.

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – I reread The Hunger Games recently, in prep for reading the prequel that came out, so obviously I gotta finish the trilogy first!

The Burning White by Brent Weeks – I can finally say I’m actually looking forward to picking this one up. I finished the fourth one recently, after reading it for two years. I’ve been ‘looking forward’ to this one for a while, but now I’m really looking forward to it, man.

Shaman’s Crossing by Robin Hobb – I’m gonna buddy-read this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks! We recently finished Hobb’s Realm of the Elderling series and now we’re on to this one. I’m really excited, I hope I love this book as much as I love all her other ones!


And that’s it! I’m tempted to do a wrap up at the end of the summer to see if I’ve actually read any of these. I mean as of now it’s my intent but… books coming out all the time, you know. It’s easy to get distracted.

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

June Currently Reading!

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Today is almost June and it’s blowing my mind, people. This is what I’m currently reading:

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks – I feel like I’ve been talking about this one for ages, but I’m still chuggin along. I rather like it so I’m hoping to finish it this month.

The Inheritance & Other Stories

The Inheritance & Other Stories by Robin Hobb/Megan Lindholm – I’m buddy reading this with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and I’m bad because I was supposed to have it done today. In theory by the time this goes up it’ll actually be done – I only have about fifty pages left and I can knock that out in an hour. Regardless though, this is a short story collection and usually that’s not my jam, but I’m rather enjoying these. Probably because they’re Hobb-y.

If We Were Villains

If We Were Villains by M. L. Rio – This one is my current audio book and a bit outside my usual genre. I’m liking it so far though – the narration is compelling and the characters are interesting!


And that’s it! I’m keeping my currently reading books minimum right now – my ‘main’ read, a buddy read, and an audio book. The format is helping me keep books from falling to the wayside and get stuck on the back burner for years. If you’ve read any of the above, lemme know! Happy reading!

TBR Lows and Highs #4

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Hi! It’s been a long while since I’ve done one of these, and I think my Goodreads lists needs a good clean-out, so the lows are going to go over ten books.

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

As I said, there are a lot. I’m purging 114 books this time around. Because of that, I’m not going to go into them, just show their covers:

114 books, luckily none of them I actually own. All of these are books that I went ‘huh that might be neat’ to over the years, but obviously never got to them. Some of them I’ve held in my hands at the store and ended up putting back on the shelf. So if that doesn’t say ‘I don’t wanna read this’ then I don’t know what does.

The highs

Pandora Hearts, Volume 2

Pandora Hearts vol 2 by Jun Mochizuki – I picked up the first volume of this a couple weeks ago or so and really enjoyed it. Due to the plague I haven’t been out to get more yet but this is definitely high on the list.

Goodreads synopsis of vol 1: The air of celebration surrounding fifteen-year-old Oz Vessalius’ coming-of-age ceremony quickly turns to horror when he is condemned for a sin about which he knows nothing.

Thrown into the Abyss – an eternal prison from which there is no escape – Oz meets a young girl named Alice who is not what she seems. Now that the relentless cogs of fate have begun to turn, will they lead only to crushing despair for Oz, or will Alice provide him with some shred of hope?

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, #2)

A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor by Hank Green – I added this right after finishing the first book, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. I believe this comes out this summer so I’m pretty pumped about it.

Goodreads synopsis of book 1: The Carls just appeared.

Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship–like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor–April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world–from Beijing to Buenos Aires–and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight.

Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us.

Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

Devolution: A First Hand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre by Max Brooks – This is the same guy who wrote World War Z, which is also on my list. This just sounds utterly bizarre though and I’m fascinated.

Goodreads synopsis: As the ash and chaos from Mount Rainier’s eruption swirled and finally settled, the story of the Greenloop massacre has passed unnoticed, unexamined . . . until now.

But the journals of resident Kate Holland, recovered from the town’s bloody wreckage, capture a tale too harrowing–and too earth-shattering in its implications–to be forgotten.

In these pages, Max Brooks brings Kate’s extraordinary account to light for the first time, faithfully reproducing her words alongside his own extensive investigations into the massacre and the legendary beasts behind it.

Kate’s is a tale of unexpected strength and resilience, of humanity’s defiance in the face of a terrible predator’s gaze, and inevitably, of savagery and death.

Yet it is also far more than that.

Because if what Kate Holland saw in those days is real, then we must accept the impossible. We must accept that the creature known as Bigfoot walks among us–and that it is a beast of terrible strength and ferocity.

Harpy's Flight (Windsingers, #1)

Harpy’s Flight by Megan Lindholm – It’s Robin Hobb, how could I not?

Amazon synopsis: Harpies don’t give up of blood debts. Neither do the men who serve them. A life must be given in return. Devastated by the slaughter of her family and haunted by memories of her own violent revenge, Ki rejects the comfort of her husband’s gypsy people and wants only to wander in solitude as an outcast. Across mountains sheathed with ice, through the treacherous shadow of the impassable Sisters, Ki finds herself running for her life, pursued by frenzied Harpies sworn to vengeance; and by one stubborn, dark-haired man who seems intent on being part of her future.

What's Michael?: Fatcat Collection Volume 1

What’s Michael? Fatcat Collection vol 1 by Makoto Kobayashi – I’ve actually started reading this one! I never had the whole series when I was younger, just bits and pieces, but man it’s so nostalgic. It’s just a collection of Japanese one-off comics about this cat named Michael and the people he’s around. It’s cute and funny and I love it so far.

Goodreads synopsis: What’s Michael? FatCat Collection Volume 1 contains the out-of-print original What’s Michael? Volumes 1 to 6. Over 500 pages of tumultuous fun, including the out-of-print volumes Michael’s Album, Living Together, Off the Deep End, A Hard Day’s Life, Michael’s Favorite Spot, and Michael’s Mambo.


And that’s it! I shaved enough books off my list now that I have more listed as ‘Read’ on my Goodreads than ‘Want to Read’ and this is the first time that’s ever happened. I think it’s kind of neat! The next time I post one of these, it’ll definitely be back to five and five.

Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 | Fourth and Fifth Row Picks

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Happy Easter! Today I’m going to go over my fourth and fifth row of potential picks for r/Fantasy’s Bingo Challenge.

For the full details of the challenge, check out r/Fantasy’s 2020 Bingo Announcement thread.

For my first row picks, look here. For my second and third row picks, look here.

The card:

Fourth row picks:

A book that made you laugh. Hard mode: Not Pratchett

  • I feel like this one’s gonna have to wait to fill. I mean how am I gonna know ahead of time if it’ll make me laugh or not?

Five short stories. Hard mode: An entire anthology

  • This one’s always hard for me because I’m not a huge short story person (it’s a me problem, not a book problem). I do have one anthology though: The Time Traveler’s Almanac edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, which is about, you guessed it, time travel stories. Hard mode!

Big dumb object. Hard mode: The classic golden-age of science fiction definition of Big Dumb Object

  • Right now I’m thinking either Sphere by Michael Chrichton. Or if I actually finish Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey, then Caliban’s War!

Feminist novel. Hard mode: Feminist novel by a person of color or Indigeous author.

Novel by a Canadian author. Hard mode: Book from an Canadian small press OR self-published Canadian author

Fifth row picks:

Novel with a number in the title. Hard mode: Also features a color in the title.

Romantic fantasy/Paranormal romance. Hard Mode: Read and participate in HEA Book Club pick

  • For hard mode, obviously I’ll have to wait and see what the picks end up being, but otherwise I’ve got Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Soulless by Gail Carriger which would work

Novel with a magical pet. Hard mode: Magical pet can also speak

  • Yet again The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden would fit for this one. And honestly that’s all I can think of for this one. If I find one by a happy accident, yay.

Graphic novel/audio book. Hard mode: Stand-alone graphic novel/Audio book over 25 hours long

  • I’m not even gonna put something here, there are endless possibilities

Novel featuring politics. Hard mode: Not featuring royalty

  • I don’t own this yet but it’s probably going to be The Tyrant Baru Cormorant, which is my most anticipated release for this year. I. am. SO. PUMPED.

And that’s it! All five rows more or less given ideas. I’m really hoping to actually finish the square this year. If you’re participating, lemme know! Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo 2020-21 | Second and Third Row Picks

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Happy Tuesday! Today I’m going to go over my second and third row of potential picks for r/Fantasy’s Bingo Challenge.

For the full details of the challenge, check out r/Fantasy’s 2020 Bingo Announcement thread.

For my first row picks, check out my post about it.

The card:

Second row potential picks:

Novel featuring a ghost. Hard mode: At least one main protagonist is a ghost

  • Right now, the only one I have that I think would work is Joyland by Stephen King. I borrowed this from my mom, which asking her was the only way I knew it had a ghost. I don’t think it’s a protagonist though so no hard mode for this one.

Novel featuring explanation. Hard mode: The exploration is the central plot

  • A Natural History of Dragons is probably going to be my book. I mentioned it as a possibility for another square already but as this is the only one I can think of for this one, well, that kinda answers itself. I’m not sure if this is hard mode or not yet, I’ll have to wait til I finish it to see.

Climate fiction. Hard mode: Not post-apocalyptic

Novel with a color in the title. Hard mode: Not black, red, gray or white

Any r/Fantasy book club book of the month or read-along book. Hard mode: Must read a current selection and participate in the discussion

  • I don’t think I wanna pick one for this. My goal is to do hard mode and obviously I don’t know what the books will be yet!

Third row potential picks:

Self-published novel. Hard mode: Fewer than 50 ratings on Goodreads

  • This is another one that’s hard to pick ahead of time. I have a few self-pub’d ebooks on my kindle app I know. But honestly I’ll probably have to go looking for one to fulfill this prompt.

Novel with chapter epigraphs. Hard mode: Original to the novel (not quotes, etc from elsewhere)

Novel published in 2020. Hard mode: Debut novel

  • There are so many good books coming out this year, man. So many. I’m not gonna pick now, I don’t wanna limit myself

Novel set in a school or university. Hard mode: Harry Potter or The Magicians

  • Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. Hard mode! I’m rather pumped for this one

Book about books. Hard mode: Does not feature a library, public or private


And that’s it! Compared to past years, I’m weirdly having a harder time coming up with books that fit, despite my original impression that the prompts were ‘easier’ and that I have more books now than I did before. Weird, huh? Fourth and fifth row picks will be out soon! Happy reading!