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December Currently Reading! | ’17

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Hello! Happy December 3rd! 😀

Now that nanowrimo is over, I’m hoping head first back into reading. It’s been lacking for the last month, so I wanna read as many books as possible!

Currently, I am reading three:

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)This is my buddy read with Zezee. She’s patiently waiting for me to get off my ass and finish the book so we can talk about it (thank you much, friend :D).

I am almost done! I’m pre-writing this post a bit, so at the time of writing, I am 3/4ths of the way through it. I’m seriously digging it so far. I’ve just come to enjoy Robin Hobb books I think. She could write about a rock and I’d read it.

 

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)This has been on my currently reading for forever and honestly last month I even removed it because I hadn’t touched it in ages. Welp, I’ve picked it up again. But! This time around, I’m listening to it on audibook. I never realized how much I associated Simon Vance’s tone of voice with this series until I heard it again. He really puts the whole book together and I wish he could narrate my life.

But I’m loving this book, just as I’ve loved the first two. I have the fourth as a physical book and I know the fifth comes out soon if it’s not already out. This is seriously one of my all-time favorite series. I love it so much.

The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

The Beauty of Darkness (The Remnant Chronicles, #3)This is another buddy read I’m in, started on December 1st with my buddy pal Ace and another friend of ours (whom I don’t think has a blog. Ace, link me if she does!). This is the third and final book in a trilogy and I’m rather liking it so far. It’s amusing and though it tries to be dark, I still kinda find it light and fluffy, haha. I like it. 😀

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading! Thank you all my buddy reader pals for being patient with me. 😀

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Posted by on 12/03/2017 in Blogmas, Books, Currently Reading

 

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November Currently Reading | ’17

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Hello! Happy November.

I’m slowly getting back on track with my regular posting schedule (Sun-Wed-Sat). I say ‘slowly’ because hey, this post is a day late.

If you haven’t read any posts in a while, I moved recently. I’m still unpacking, still running into things that I realize I don’t have until I need them direly (like a tube to drain the washing machine. Why that never occurred to me I don’t know).

So recently I haven’t been reading much. Today was the first day I picked up a physical book in about two or three weeks.

So I’m ‘reading’ a couple things actively:

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)This is my main focus at the moment. It’s a buddy reading I’m doing with Zezee and my goal is to get through chapter 14 tonight. I’m in the middle of 13 at the time of writing this. (So more realistically, I’ll hit my goal tomorrow. Sorry Zezee friend for slowing us down!)

So far I’m really liking it. 😀

 

 

Ready, Set, Novel!: A Workbook by Lindsey Grant

Ready, Set, Novel!: A WorkbookI’m participating in Nanowrimo! At the moment, I’m exactly one day’s worth of words behind (I ended up not writing today. I was on track and planned on taking today to write and read my Hobb book but then I realized all my cat’s vet stuff was never transferred from the move and then one of my book cases broke so I had to buy a new one, and… today was a long day, and I didn’t get to read much nor did I write at all. 0 words for today, woo)

But anyways, this book is… okay, I guess. I feel like it would be a lot more helpful if I was writing a different kind of novel, I guess. A lot of the prompts are very geared towards a certain kind of book and it’s not the kind that I’m writing. Sooo unfortunately a lot of the prompts in here are irrelevant to what I’m making. I’m doing everything that would help me though, and those are pretty neat.

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one I started on audio, switched to physical and now I’m back on audio. I found that when switching to physical, that the audio copy I was listening to was missing the prologue. Since I’ve read that, I’m now back on audio – it allows me to read while during my (shorter now since moving!) commute to work. I’m liking it a lot more now that I have that context the prologue provided.

 

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And that’s it! If you’d look at my goodreads ‘currently reading’ list, you’d also see The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks on there. I didn’t include it here because it’s currently still packed in a box. I haven’t touched the thing in months. I was enjoying it when I was reading it though. I’ll pick it back up again once things settle down I think. Maybe after the buddy read is over.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/06/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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GetGraphic Readathon TBR

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Hello! Last week, I made a post about my participation in the GetGraphic readathon that’s coming up on October 6th! Today I’ll be posting my TBR. 😀

If you’d like more detail about the dates and challenges, check out Sam’s announcement video for all the details.

As of today, I’ve completed one of the instagram challenges (today’s isn’t up yet I don’t think), so I’m on track so far. :”D

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I’m going to try to complete the all the challenges associated with this thing as well.

1. Read from a new-to-you series: Descenders vol 1 by Jeff Lemire
2. Read two installments of the same series: Attack on Titan vols 13 and 14 by Hajime Isayama
3. Read a work over 300 pages: Blankets by Craig Thompson
4. Read a work with black and white art: (fulfilled by choices for 2 and 5)
5. Read a work picked out by a friend: Merman in my Tub by Itokichi
6. Read at least 5 works.

Descender, Vol. 1: Tin StarsAttack on Titan, Volume 13Attack on Titan, Volume 14BlanketsMerman in My Tub, Vol. 1 (Merman in My Tub, #1)

If I get done with these, which I might, I’ll likely continue ‘Merman’ if I like it. My friend who recommended it to me literally lent me a huge bag full of manga. There are probably thirty volumes in there of various series I need to work though, so that’ll be my goal.

If you’re participating in the readathon, let me know! Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 10/03/2017 in Books, Readathon, TBR

 

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October Currently Reading | ’17

October Currently Reading

Hello! From yesterday’s post if you read it, you’ll know I didn’t finish any books this month. Well, I’m reading quite a few, all of them really effin big. So there’s that.


The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually picked this one up, recently. It’s fallen on the backburner, which is unfortunate since both of the previous books in the series were five star reads for me. Will I read this eventually? Yes. Soon? ….Maybe.

 

 

 

 

Embassytown by China Mieville

EmbassytownThis one last month I switched over to a physical copy to read because I really wasn’t digging the audiobook. Well guess what. I discovered why I didn’t like the audiobook.

Guess why.

THE AUDIOBOOK IS MISSING THE TEN PAGE PROLOGUE. I WAS MISSING SO MUCH CONTEXT. NO WONDER I WAS TOTALLY OUT OF JIVE WITH THAT DAMN THING.

Am liking the physical book much better.

Fool’s Errand by Robin Hobb

Fool's Errand (Tawny Man, #1)I’ve started a new buddy read!! 😀 I’m reading this book with Zezee, who has been slowly going through Hobb’s collected works with me! This is our I think fifth or sixth buddy read together. She’s a good buddier. She’s a good reader. She’s a good buddy-reader.

The book is pretty wonderful so far, too. Apparently I love Hobb’s books to the point that I actually got nostalgia when I read from Fitz’ POV again. It was like coming home. 🙂

Also, I make a point to get the corniest Hobb covers I can find. I think they’re swell!

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)So, funny thing with this book. I heard going into it that it was polarizing among fans, that you’d either like it or you wouldn’t.

Well, lemme tell ya. I’m seeing it, dude. I’m seeing it.

This book. This book. I’m about 600-something pages into it (audiobook so not certain) and it is completely ridiculous. It will be getting a full-length spoilery blabber that will be written likely while I’m drunk off my ass. I’m so looking forward to it. I need to finish it at this point. I have to. I wanna tear it a new butt.

 

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And that’s it! 😀 Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 10/01/2017 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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The TBR of Terror: My entire physical TBR

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Guess who finally counted up all the books I own but haven’t read yet. Time’s up, it’s me.

I’ll start with the statement that I’ve read over 50% of the books I own. 53% to be exact. I own a lot of books – I’ve been buying them since I was in grade school. I’d go through bouts of buying tons at a time, then bouts of buying none for a year. It all depended on my job status.

Recently, I made this post stating that I’d be putting a stop to my recent spree of buying books in hopes of increasing the percentage of books that I own and have actually read.

And in that post, I also stated that I had the goal to count up my physical TBR and determine exactly how many books I have that I haven’t read yet, vs ones I have that I have read. I’ve done that.

Today I present to you my physical TBR:

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Some of the covers might be different than the ones I own, but the books are all the same.

313 books. I have 313 unread books. I’ve got a lot of reading to do, yo. If there are any listed above that you feel I should get to pronto or feel that I should take a second to consider if I should even read it, do let me know.

Happy reading, friends.

 
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Posted by on 09/16/2017 in Book Discussion, Books, TBR

 

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My brain told me I have enough books

So, a funny thing happened to me recently. Any of you who normally poke at my posts now and then saw that last month I went to a book clearance sale and got a pile of books. Before that, I did two or three library sales and got tons more… well, tomorrow I’ll be doing yet another book haul. This one, a normal one. No clearance or library sales here, so it’ll be about 6ish books or so. All of these books in the last few hauls were bought within what, four months? Five?

The funny thing happened this past Thursday: A friend and I went to a library sale together. It was $5 for a bag full of however many books you could stuff in there.

I didn’t buy a single book. I feel that I’ve finally finally hit that mental wall of ‘maybe I actually have enough’.

It was a really, really weird feeling. I found books that I’ve been looking for in that sale, but I had zero motivation to buy them. I think the trigger was my husband and I were discussing moving the other day (we’re doing it next month) and I mentioned that I would likely have to get a 6th book case in the process. The mental image of six book cases full of books was and is a lovely one, but I knew a huge portion of those would be unread for a long time, especially if I kept buying at my normal pace.

I guess my subconscious decided that ‘this is enough for now, you have plenty to read for years’ and therefore I felt no pleasure at the idea of buying a bag full of books at this library sale.

So guess who is putting myself on a ban. Time’s up, it me!

So from now until I’m going to say… Christmas, I will be buying zero books for myself, with one exception: The third illustrated Harry Potter book comes out in October. I’ve planned on getting that for months and will still get that. Other than that, 0 books. None.

Tomorrow’s post will be my last book haul until Christmas time. The Harry Potter book I get won’t get its own dedicated haul, but will likely just be mentioned in a wrap up or something. Tomorrow’s haul will have 6ish books in it and then next Saturday’s post (Wed being a T5W post…) will be a TBR post. I want to quantify exactly how many unread books I have. Most people (at least in the book community online) know or have an idea of this number. I honestly have no clue. It’s got to be over 200 at this point.

I want to see what my TBR is like now and then what it’s like at the end of the year. I want to see if and by how much this ban decreases it. I think from there one of my 2018 reading goals will be to decrease it further, the exact number to be decided.

I see a lot of book ban posts being made with a feeling of shame or determination or… whatever positive/negative energy that the person is feeling. I feel… neither of those. It’s weird. I don’t feel shame for having so many, I don’t feel super motivated to keep myself from buying books. I just… don’t feel any motivation to buy books at this point.

Apathy is the drive behind this one folks, woo.

So wish me luck. I both hope this lack-luster feeling lasts and that hope that it doesn’t. I don’t like the feeling. I’d much rather feel motivated to maintain self-control, haha.

Happy reading!

 

 

 
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Posted by on 09/09/2017 in Book Discussion, Books

 

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Books for the plane!

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Hello! At this time this is posted, it’s August 5th! But now as I’m currently writing, it’s July 27th!

I’m pre-writing a bunch of posts because (as I’ve likely mentioned a couple times now) on August 1st, I’m getting married! And then August 2nd, I’m hopping on a plane to go to Hawaii for my honeymoon! And me being me, I’m gonna read on the plane ride there and back (and maybe during downtime, too, but we’ll see).

So I’ve decided to write a post about the books I plan on bringing with me (assuming any that I’m currently reading don’t get finished before my flight).


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All three are books on my 17 in 2017 list, so if I’m able to finish them all, that would be swell. :”D

Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman – I found this one randomly in my old college’s ‘two for a dollar’ sale shelf. I acutlaly found all the books in the series except the second one (which I’ve since acquired…). I’ve heard this series is super good, so I’m hoping I’ll love it.

14 by Peter Clines – I read The Fold by Clines a year or two ago and it has become one of my favorite books. Apparently this book is a companion novel-prequel kind of thing. Like, I was supposed to read this one first. Whoops. Well, I’m gonna read it now instead. 😛

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness – I bought this book as soon as it came out but never actually picked it up (whoops). Considering I’ve loved everything I’ve read by Ness so far, I’m hoping this one follows the pattern. :”DThe Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

(Not pictured) The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Not pictured because it’s an audiobook and I used my phone to take the above photo… can’t really use phone to take picture of cover in phone. 😛 So not pictured. Currently, I’m about 1/3 through this, so I’m not sure how far I’ll be into it by the 2nd of August. I’m hoping to finish this super soon – I’m loving it so far, it’s just so great! 😀


And that’s it! Ideally, I’ll finish all of these. Whatever I don’t get to will become an informal TBR or sorts. Wish me luck and see you all on August 16th when I get back. :”D

 
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Posted by on 08/06/2017 in Books

 

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