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Top 5 books I removed from my TBR

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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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June Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Happy June! This is what I’m currently reading:

Fool’s Fate by Robin Hobb

Fool's Fate (Tawny Man, #3)This is my buddy read with Zezee and I’m totally loving it. I’m in the middle of chapter 12 currently, will try to be through 17 by the end of the day – we’ll see how much time I actually get to read, here.

Robin Hobb at this point has securely claimed a place in my favorite authors list. She’s just so great. ❤

 

 

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik

Black Powder War (Temeraire, #3)The third book in the Temeraire series, I’m mostly through it at this point. I probably have about an hour or so of listening left. And then on to Empire of Ivory! 😀

 

 

 

 

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Frost and Starlight (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3.1)This is okay so far. I haven’t really gotten to the plot yet, if there is one, so at the moment it’s kinda reading like a fanfiction. We’ll see how it goes I suppose.

 

 

 

 

The books that have taken a back seat:

These books I’m technically currently reading, but I haven’t touched them in a while. I made a post a bit back about reading multiple books at once, and when it gets to this amount, I tend to read them like a stack. Think programming stack, or stack of plates at a buffet. The first goes on, the second on top of it, the third on top of that, so on and so forth. When you try to get them off, you have to take the most recently placed ones first before you can get down to the original. So these four are the lowest on the stack right now, hence have been untouched for a while:

Once I finish the above three, these ones will once again take main focus. I’m particularly keen to get back to the Halo book and the Brent Weeks book. 😀


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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May Currently Reading | ’18

Currently Reading

Happy May! I’m currently reading a lot of books at the same time. All of them I’m digging.


The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

This is the fourth and most recent book in Weeks’ Lightbringer quintet – the fifth and final book comes out late next year and you can bet your butt I’m buying that on release day. I picked up this series on a whim last year and it’s quickly become one of my all-time favorite series. I can’t get enough of it, it’s just so great.

A River in Darkness: One Man’s Escape From North Korea by Masaji Ishikawa

A River in Darkness:  One Man's Escape from North Korea

I picked this up from Amazon’s world book day, where they were giving out free ebooks of various genres from authors all over the world. I tried my hardest to just not grab all of them but I couldn’t resist this one. This is the third memoir that I’ve read written by a North Korean defector. With all the news about the country lately, I thought it was fitting to pick up right away.

Halo: The Flood by William C. Dietz

Halo: The Flood

Following up from The Fall of Reach that I read this past month, I picked up this book, which is the second in the Halo prequel trilogy. From what I’ve been told though, this book actually goes through the events of the first Halo game. I’m rather enjoying it so far. Seriously, I’m ending up a huge fan of the game without having actually ever playing the game.

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik

Throne of Jade (Temeraire, #2)

Continuing my audio book reread of Novik’s Temeraire series in prep for finishing the thing out, I’m just shy of half way through this. Simon Vance is narrating and yet again he’s doing an absolutely fantastic job. I love his narrations, man. And I’m loving this book just as much as I did the first time I read it about a decade ago.

House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

House of Leaves

This is by far the most slow-going read for me. I’m enjoying it but it’s one of those books I can only read a few pages at a time before my brain gets burned out. I’ll finish it eventually.


And that’s it! I know I’ll be starting a buddy read or two pretty soon, so another book will likely be added to this list.

If you’re reading any of these or have read them, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 05/05/2018 in Currently Reading, TBR

 

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Top 5 TBR Benchwarmers

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Happy Wednesday! This month, Top 5 Wednedsay is doing a rewind where you go through and pick past topics that you’d like to do that you might have missed the first time. I personally started doing TFW late 2014, so most of my picks will be from before that.

So the topic I chose for this week is TBR Benchwarmers: Books that have been on your TBR the longest, which is the topic from January 2014.


5 – The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1)

My parents bought me the box set of the first three books in this series what… four years ago? Five years ago? There are a lot of books that have been on my TBR for ten years or more but this one has a bit of a guilt trip associated with it, just because it was a gift from the parentals. I’ll get to it. Eventually.

4 – Hood by Stephen R. Lawhead

Hood (King Raven, #1)

This is one of those ‘I’ve owned it for a decade’ books. I remember it being on my shelf when I was a teenager in my parents’ house back when I had only one book case (I have seven now). I’ve had this for a while. I’ll read it, I will. Especially now that huge fantasy is exciting to me instead of intimidating. I’ll definitely get to it.

3 – The War of the Flowers by Tad Williams

The War of the Flowers

This is another one in the decade club. I bought this on impulse when I was fourteen. I had never read fantasy before (well, adult fantasy) and had never heard of the guy. But the plot sounded good. And then I brought it home and it looked like a brick and teenager me got intimidated. But now I’ve read all five Martin books, I can handle this baby.

2 – Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice

Interview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)

This one I’ve tried to read once already. I borrowed it from a friend back when I was 14 in 9th grade, got half way through it and then gave up. I’m hoping 27 year old me likes it more. This book is weirdly nostalgic for me, even though I never finished it. I think it’s because the copy I borrowed had a certain book smell to it – one that I haven’t found in any other books. I think it was a combo of old paperback mixed with my friend’s house smell. It was unique and I miss it, hahaha. (Though oddly none of her other books I’ve borrowed smelled this way)

1 – Dreams of Joy by Lisa See

Dreams of Joy (Shanghai Girls #2)

This one comes with the caveat of rereading Shanghai Girls, which is the prequel to this one. I remember really liking it back when I read it at 18 buuut I don’t remember why. This book I bought back when I was first really starting to branch out in my reading. It was I think the second or third historical fiction I’d ever read… and then I never actually finished the series. So this book is number one because it’s been one of my longest unfinished series.


And that’s it! If you’ve read any of these let me know!

 
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Posted by on 05/02/2018 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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