The #TBRTakeDown readathon is finito

This past week, I participated in the tbrtakedown readathon and overall, I think I did decently. I had planned to read five books and got through about three and a half of them.

Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama – Complete!

Mushishi vol 1 by Yuki Urushibara – Complete!

Y: The Last Man vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan – Complete!

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – In progress

Joyland by Stephen King – Not started

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Mushishi, Vol. 1Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)The Traitor Baru CormorantJoyland

 

 

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I’m still currently reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant and am really enjoying it. I’m hoping to finish it soon but it’s just so damn dense, man. Dense in a good way, but wowwy I’ll feel like I’ve read 200 pages and I’m only at 50. Really. This book is jam packed. Really like it though, but hoo-boy.

After, I have a readathon or two planned so Joyland will likely fall to the wayside, at least for a little bit. I’ll get to it eventually. :”D


Happy reading!

#TBRTakeDown progress update

Hello! Today is February 9th, the half way point in the tbrtakedown readathon. If you saw my previous post, I made a TBR that listed five books fulfilling five challenges. Here is my progress on them as of this morning:

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama – Complete!

Mushishi, Vol. 1Mushishi vol 1 by Yuki Urushibara – Complete!

The Traitor Baru CormorantThe Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – In progress

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)Y: The Last Man vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan – Not yet started

JoylandJoyland by Stephen King – Not yet started

 

 

 

 

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Honestly at this point, I’ll be happy if I finish one of the two novels I have listed. I plan on definitely getting through Y: The Last Man so all the graphic novels and manga will be done, but I’m not sure I can swing both those novels. I started The Traitor Baru Cormorant the other day and so far am very much enjoying it. It’s one of those novels though where you feel like you read 200 pages of information and it turns out you’ve only read 50. This book is dense, man. I love it, but it’s soooo dense to me. My goal is to finish it by Sunday night when the readathon ends. Wish me luck!

#TBRTakeDown 5.0 TBR!

I have decided (with 3 1/2 hours to spare) to participate in the TBRTakeDown readathon! :”D It begins February 6th and runs through the 12th. It has various challenges which can be found here, if you’d like to participate as well! I’ve decided to try to accomplish them.

For the challenges, my TBR is below:

TBR shelf for over a year

The Traitor Baru CormorantThe Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. This book has been on my TBR since Jan 6, 2016. I’ve owned it since midway through last year or so. This book is also my #1 book on my Top 5 Books I Want To Read in 2017 list and in my 17 in 2017 list. So I’m hoping to get through the majority of this one, if not finish it outright!

From Goodreads:

THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT is an epic geopolitical fantasy about one woman’s mission to tear down an empire by learning how to rule it.

Tomorrow, on the beach, Baru Cormorant will look up from the sand of her home and see red sails on the horizon.

The Empire of Masks is coming, armed with coin and ink, doctrine and compass, soap and lies. They’ll conquer Baru’s island, rewrite her culture, criminalize her customs, and dispose of one of her fathers. But Baru is patient. She’ll swallow her hate, prove her talent, and join the Masquerade. She will learn the secrets of empire. She’ll be exactly what they need. And she’ll claw her way high enough up the rungs of power to set her people free.

In a final test of her loyalty, the Masquerade will send Baru to bring order to distant Aurdwynn, a snakepit of rebels, informants, and seditious dukes. Aurdwynn kills everyone who tries to rule it. To survive, Baru will need to untangle this land’s intricate web of treachery – and conceal her attraction to the dangerously fascinating Duchess Tain Hu.

But Baru is a savant in games of power, as ruthless in her tactics as she is fixated on her goals. In the calculus of her schemes, all ledgers must be balanced, and the price of liberation paid in full.

Most recent book haul

Attack on Titan, Volume 11

Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama. Continuing this series, might read further if time allows. Not going to post a synopsis for this one. Spoilers, people.

First book in a series

Mushishi, Vol. 1

Mushishi vol 1 by Yuki Urushibara. Another manga that I’ll continue on, time depending. I’ve had this one for a while and technically this is a reread for me. I read it probably a decade ago, long before I had goodreads. I’ve since forgotten everything about it.

From Goodreads:

THEY HAVE EXISTED SINCE THE DAWN OF TIME.

Some live in the deep darkness behind your eyelids. Some eat silence. Some thoughtlessly kill. Some simply drive men mad. Shortly after life emerged from the primordial ooze, these deadly creatures, mushi, came into terrifying being. And they still exist and wreak havoc in the world today. Ginko, a young man with a sardonic smile, has the knowledge and skill to save those plagued by mushi . . . perhaps.

Catch up on a series

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)

Y: The Last Man vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan. I’ve been reading this series for a while and have the last four volumes here with me. My friendy was so kind as to let me borrow them. So hopefully I can get through this one and hopefully all of them. Again, no synopsis due to spoilers.

Out of your comfort zone

Joyland

Joyland by Stephen King. I’m not a King fan typically, so this is definitely out of my comfort zone. This is another one of the books my mother lent me that I’d like to read. The first unfortunately was DNFd but I’m hoping this one and the other one will end on a lot more positive of a note. Wish me luck!

From Goodreads:

College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that would change his world forever.

A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old—and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time—Joyland is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all of the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, Joyland is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.


And that’s it! Challenges and my answers. I’m hoping this will go well. I haven’t started my coding projects yet for the semester so hopefully I’ll have time to get through as many book as I’d like to. Wish me luck and if you’re participating as well, let me know! Happy reading!

May Wrap-Up and June Currently Reading

I think I had a fantastic reading month. 😀 I participated in two readathons – my first ones ever. The first, I did alright. The second, I did great 😀 Total, I read 22 things. …1 of them was a novel. The rest were manga and graphic novels. :”D But whatever, I read, and I enjoyed mostly everything I did.

My TBR Jar Challenge for May was ‘reread a favorite book’, and I succeeded in that as well. Two of the manga I read were rereads (and they’re both awesome btw)

In May, I read the following:

Y by Brian K. VaughanY by Brian K. VaughanWolf's Rain, Vol. 1 by BONESWolf's Rain, Vol. 2 by BONES, Keiko Nobumoto, Tosh...Samurai Champloo by Masaru GotsuboAngels & Demons by Dan BrownPriest, Volume 2 by Min-Woo HyungPriest, Volume 1. Prelude for the Deceased by Min-Woo HyungSaiyuki Reload Volume 1 by Kazuya MinekuraSaiyuki Reload, Volume 4 by Kazuya MinekuraSaiyuki Reload, Volume 2 by Kazuya MinekuraSaiyuki Reload, Volume 3 by Kazuya MinekuraSaiyuki Reload, Volume 5 by Kazuya MinekuraTrigun by Yasuhiro NightowTrigun by Yasuhiro NightowTrigun Maximum Volume 2 by Yasuhiro NightowTrigun Maximum Volume 1 by Yasuhiro NightowTrigun Maximum Volume 3 by Yasuhiro NightowThe Demon Ororon, Vol. 1 by Mizuki HakaseThe Demon Ororon, Volume 4 by Hakase MizukiThe Demon Ororon, Volume 3 by Hakase MizukiThe Demon Ororon, Volume 2 by Mizuki Hakase

So yeah, I read a lot of comics, and it was wonderful. In case the covers aren’t large enough to read, they are Y: The Last Man volumes 4 and 5, Wolf’s Rain 1 and 2, Samurai Champloo: The Complete Series, Angels and Demons, Priest 1 and 2, Saiyuki Reload 1-5, Trigun 1 and 2(these were the rereads. They. Are. Fantastic. Ohmygosh), Trigun Maximum 1-3, and The Demon Ororon 1-4.

My favorite reads this month were Trigun 1 and 2, coming in at 5 billion stars, and I feel my least favorite read this month was Wolf’s Rain (though I didn’t dislike it by any means) coming in at 3 stars for the series. I’ve posted a review of Angels and Demons, as that was my only novel this month (huh huh).

So needless to say, I do well with a readathon as motivation. Speaking of which, onto my June Currently Reading!

Guess what’s happening during June. 😀 Another readathon, yayay. This one is called TBRTakedown and is hosted by leaninglights. Here is the announcement video if you’d like to read along! (It starts today and goes through the 7th) I’ve made a post about the challenges for this readathon and the books I will be reading for it. And other than that, I’m still chugging through A Clockwork Orange and Life, The Universe, and Everything. I’ve actually started listening to a podcast as well. It’s a 12 part series telling a true story of a murder mystery (it’s a spin-off of This American Life by NPR if you’ve ever listened to that), and it’s on goodreads, so I’m counting that as well. It’s called Serial and is totally free to listen to if you’d like to check it out.

And then, there’s my TBRJar pick for June: IMG_1533Read an Award-Winning Novel. This one I’m not sure what I’ll do about yet. I think I might have one, maybe. I’ll have to scour my bookshelves for one. This is the first challenge I’m actually unsure if I’ll even be able to attempt, haha.

AND GUESS WHAT. As I was writing this post, I was notified of another readathon. I guess I’m doing two this month! It’s called the RainbowReadathon, and here is the announcement video and the twitter feed for the thing. The point of this one is to read books to make up a rainbow. This TBR, I have no clue on. I’ll probably make a post about this later in the month. This readathon takes place between June 15th and 21st.

Huff, that’s a lot of reading. Well, wish me luck! Have you read any of the books I’ve mentioned above? Let me know!

TBRTakedown Participation Announcement!

Guess what, another readathon :”D

This one is newly created (I think) by leaninglights on youtube. Here is her original announcement video if you’d like to participate too.

The point of this one is to read books that you already physically own. It takes place between June 1 and June 7th. And there are some challenges you can try to complete as well. They are:

1. A book that’s been on your TBR for over a year
2. An unread sequel sitting on your shelf
3. A first book in a series sitting on your shelf
4. An out of your comfort zone book on your TBR
5. A book from your most recent book haul.

My TBR for this is:

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The numbers on the books correlate with the challenge it fills. Wish me luck!