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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).


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. πŸ˜›

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. πŸ˜› 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! πŸ˜€

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


Posted by on 08/06/2017 in Books


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August Currently Reading | ’17

August Currently Reading

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)STILL READING IT. I’LL GET THERE.







The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the wWindw because it’s on audio.This one I picked up on audiobook. I’m about 1/3 through it(ish) and am totally smitten so far. I feel like this could end up being one of my new favorite books! πŸ˜€





Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J. K. Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)So, the third one of these illustrated version is coming out in October and it made me realize that while I own the first two, I’ve never read them. I’ve lent both out multiple times to be read by others, but I haven’t done so myself… so here I am. :”D





And that’s it! As this is posted, I’m in Hawaii on honeymoon. The only one out of the above three I’ve brought with me is The Name of the Wind because it’s on audio… I’ve grabbed a couple other books too (post is pre-written, to be posted soon) but they’re smaller than the ones above and easier to transport, hawhaw.

Happy reading!


Posted by on 08/05/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR


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July Currently Reading

July Currently Reading

Happy July! Guess what, guess what. :”D I got an engagement thingy yesterday! I’ve been engaged for about six months now, but we finally went out and got a ring. It’s neato!

19620918_10209949746473536_1241093298569675453_oThe reason for the delay was I had originally proposed to him, so I wasn’t gonna be all ‘Hey marry me, also I’m getting myself a ring to give myself while I propose to you’. Because yikes. Also, if you ever want a post on the engagement story… it’s a doozy. Like, gummy bears, hysterical sobbing, everything. I’m never, ever doing that ever again.

The main gem is a lotus garnet, the little ones are diamonds and the band is rose gold. SO’s wedding band and my own are also rose gold so everything fits together nice-like. πŸ˜€

So yeah, just wanted to share. It’s weird having a thing constrict my finger 24/7. I usually don’t wear any jewelry at all, ever.


Currently Reading

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)This is a buddy-read I’m doing with Zezee (at the time of writing this, I’m about five pages away from where I’m supposed to be for today, so I’m doing that after I’m done here! :”D)

This is the third book in the Liveship Trader’s trilogy and the sixth book set in the Realm of the Elderlings series. This book, this series, man. I love it but it exhausts me.


The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I haven’t actually touched this one in a couple weeks… I’ve been buzzing through GRRM’s fifth book, which I finished the other day, on audio and in combination with Ship of Destiny, I haven’t had much time for this one. It’s unfortunate, because I’m smitten with it. I suppose I should pick it up soon and get it off the cat’s cat tree so she can actually jump up there again…


Orange – The Complete Collection v1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1Aside from there being multiple volumes of ‘The Complete Collection’ (you goofy naming convention people) this manga is pretty interesting. It follows a young girl who one day receives a letter from her future self, telling her of things to come and urging her to try to change her future. It’s a magical-realism type series, and I’m seriously digging it so far.



That’s it for what I’m currently reading.

In other news, I’ve been on a graphic novel/manga kick, so expect a haul soon. Also, the annual Half Price Books Clearance Sale near me is occuring at the end of the month, so I’m going to try really hard not to buy anything else between now and then. But then after that, expect likely another decent sized haul. Everything is two bucks, man. I’m gonna go bananas. If you’re near the Pittsburgh area, hit me up. I’m gathering a small army to go there, buy books and then gloat over them while eating lunch together.

In other other news, I’m going to try my hand at a normal posting schedule (gasp). My goal is two-three times a week: Saturday, Sunday and (sometimes) Wednesdays. I realized that writing on the weekend is the easiest for me to manage and I’m thinking I can pull at least one post off during the middle of the week. Obviously this schedule will not be solid if say, I’m doing a readathon that requires multiple posts per day, or doing Blogmas or something. But yeah, that’s my goal. Wish me luck.



Posted by on 07/02/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR


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June Currently Reading

June Currently Reading

I made a new banner theme! It’s coffee in medieval times now. Thanks to Analee for writing a post about how to create neato banners. Maybe at some point I’ll make it fancier, but for now, it’s caffeine and swirly writing and I’m happy with it. Woot. :”D

At the moment, I’m reading four books, though I’ll likely pick up a few manga in between them. Yesterday, my friend lent me about fifty volumes of it, so I’ll buzz through that too at some point.

But for books:

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks

The Broken Eye (Lightbringer, #3)I think this was on my Currently Reading from last month as well. It’s a chunker of a book, so it’s taking me a while. The third book in the Lightbringer series, it’s proving itself just as good as its predecessors. I wrote a blabber on the first book in the series, if you’re interested. This series is becoming one of my favorites. Ever. It’s just so good – it’s funny, it’s action-packed, it’s well thought-out. I love it!


Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)I picked this one up last week and am currently about six chapters into it (I need to read another today :”D). This one I’m buddy reading with Zezee with Books – we’ve been slowly buzzing through Hobb’s books now – this is the sixth one in her Realm of the Elderlings series, the third in the Liveship Traders trilogy. So we’re what… nearly half way through the Elderings Realm books? Ish? Somethin’ like that.



A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I had started reading this a while ago and put it aside – I was reading too many books and kept having to restart this bugger because I would forget what was happening. I’ve now picked it up on audiobook though, so I’m getting about 13 hours a week of listening in – it’s still gonna take a while to finish it though – it’s a really really long audiobook. I’ll get there though. And then I can be on the ‘Winds of Winter’ bandwagon with the rest of ’em.


Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)As usual, still flipping through this. I’ll mark it ‘read’ at some point, most likely when I’ve read all the passages I find interesting. I dig it so far – it’s helping me flesh out my gnome. :”D





And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

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Posted by on 06/04/2017 in Books, Currently Reading, TBR


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Fantasy Bingo 2017 Possible Picks | Fifth Row

Happy Easter!! πŸ˜€ I hope everyone has a lovely day today. Today I’m posting the last of my ‘possible picks’ things for r/Fantasy’s 2017 Bingo Sheet. For the reddit announcement page, click here. And here are also my posts on: my original announcement post, first row, second row, third row and fourth row picks.

Onto the fifth and final one now.

Quick reminder as to what the sheet looks like:

  • Fantasy novel featuring seafaring

The Edge of the World (Terra Incognita, #1)I’m thinking either continuing with Robin Hobb’s series and sticking Mad Ship or Ship of Destiny in here. Another possibility could be At the Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson. Considering Hobb’s books could fit into other categories, I must just go with the Anderson one.



  • Subgenre: Steampunk

Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2)The only ‘steampunk’ books I think I own that I haven’t read yet are the first two books in the Parasol Protectorate series… I’ve listed Soulless for another category already, so maybe Changeless for this one? I don’t know. I might pick up a book or two in the meantime for this series – not even the rec thread is helping me out for this one, haha.

Also, if any of you need a book for this category, read Scar Night by Alan Campbell. I’ve already read it or I would’ve just picked that one, haha.

  • Five Fantasy Short Stories

I’m gonna have to scour the internet for this one. I’m sure I’ll find some. If anyone knows of any websites hosting short fiction, do tell me. I’m rather unaware of stuff like this.

  • Novel by an author from an r/fantasy Author Appreciation post

This is likely going to be a square that I’ll have to buy or borrow a book for. This list of qualifying authors is here and honestly I don’t have a single book by any of them, haha. So much for being prepared, Emily. If any of the authors are ones you recognize, shoot me a suggestion, would ya?

  • Getting to old for this crap: Fantasy novel featuring an older (50+) protagonist

The Buried GiantThere are two I could read for this one, though one of those is technically sci-fi and not fantasy… but whatevs. That would be Old Man’s War by John Scalzi. The other, most fantasy-ish choice is The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro. I’m leaning towards picking up the latter over the former, just because it’s more fantasy than the first. But we’ll see.



Posted by on 04/16/2017 in Books, TBR, Uncategorized


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/r/Fantasy Bingo Possible Picks | Second Row

Welcome to another round of ‘I should read this book this year’. :”D Today I’ll be discussing the books I might use for the second row ofΒ  /r/Fantasy Bingo 2017. For more details about this, please check out my original post, where you can find the source material linked for the bingo sheet and my post about first row picks, which details the rules for the bingo game and links a list of recommendations.

  • I’d also like to put an update in here: Since posting the ‘First Row’ list of picks, I’ve since finished one of those categories with a book that I hadn’t originally picked… so woo? :”D It was the graphic novel slot, and I read Saga vol 7 for it. Oh my gosh, guys. I need volume 8 now, stat.

But otherwise, onward with the post!

Nonfiction fantasy-related book

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I keep lucking out and having topics be books I’m currently in the middle of reading. This is no exception to that. I’m going to go with The Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood. I’ve been reading this book for months, but honestly I haven’t gotten very far into it – maybe 10% or so. SO I think it qualifies :”D

Fantasy novel that’s been on your ‘To-be-read’ list for over a year

Honestly, any of them. I have soooo many unread books. I’m not even going to narrow it down and pick a title or two for this one – there are easily 60 or 70 that fit the bill. I’m going to leave this one open-ended and read a book that strikes my fancy at the time I go to tackle this square.

Award winning fantasy novel

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The one that pops to my mind first and foremost is The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. This was my ‘gotta cope with this now so gonna buy a book’ impulse buy when whats his face took office. Hahahaaaa and I still haven’t read it. So I’d like to read it and jump on the bandwagon. As for awards, it won the 2007 Quill Award, the 2008 Alex Award and Publisher Weekly’s 2007 ‘Best Books of the Year’ award. So I think it qualifies. :”D

Sub-genre: Dystopian/Post-apocalyptic/Apocalyptic/Dying-earth

1Q84There are a few different ones I could do here. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami could work – it’s a dystopian I believe. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel could work. The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen could work… there are a lot here. :”D

/r/Fantasy Big List 2016: Underrated/Underread

Sea of Ghosts (The Gravedigger Chronicles, #1)That list, for your convenience, can be found here. Looking at it and comparing it to the books I already own, the ones I’m leaning towards currently are Twelve Kings of Sharakhai by Bradley Beaulieu and Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell. And by ‘leaning towards’, I mean ‘they’re the only two on that list that I own’. But hey. I’ve been meaning to read them anyways, so I should get a jump on that.

And that’s it for row two! The more I do this, the more it’s hitting me that I’m basically dictating my entire TBR for the next year. xD It’s gonna be a doozy. See you in a bit with row three!


Posted by on 04/10/2017 in Books, TBR


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/r/Fantasy Bingo Possible Picks | First Row

Hola! I mentioned the other day that I’m participating in /r/Fantasy’s bingo game for this year. I also mentioned that I needed to go through my books to pick out a few for each category. (Also, as mentioned in last post, I’m going to stick to books I already own as much as possible… and books I put on my 17 in 2017 list as much as possible, too)

From the reddit post, the rules to know about:


  • 2017 Bingo Period lasts from April 1st 2017 – end of day March 31st 2018
  • You can’t use the same book or author more than once on the card. One square=one book/author.
  • Re-reads: You can only use one square for a re-read–all other books must be first time reads. The point of bingo is to explore new grounds, so get out there and explore books you haven’t read before. πŸ™‚
  • The mods will assign ‘Reading Champion’ flair to anyone that completes the entire card by the end of the challenge.
  • Anyone completing five squares in a row will be entered into a drawing at the end of the challenge for whatever prizes we can get together. Note: since I put this together I will exempt myself from winning any prizes.
  • Not a hard rule, but I would encourage everyone to post about what you’re reading, progress, etc, in at least one of /u/MikeOfThePalace’s monthly book discussion threads. Let us know what you think of the books you’re reading! Also, if you’re looking for recommendations, the monthly threads are a goldmine for finding new reading material.


For that last rule, I’ll be doing that as well – I’ve been on reddit since 2011 or so, but posting in /r/fantasy will be new for me. I’m usually just a lurker there, hawhaw.

And again, for reference, here is the card that we’re all working with this year:

So, if you’re interested in participating, or at least interesting in thinking about participaing, I highly recommend reading the original post, where each tile is broken down as to what is and is not fitting and the recommendations thread, which helped me out a lot in making my list below.

The Traitor Baru CormorantAny /r/Fantasy Goodreads Group Book of the Month

Guess who just joined this group, haha. I was looking back through the past books they’ve done and I came across The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson. Gueeesss who’s currently reading that! πŸ˜€ I’m currently sitting at just around 50%, which the rule above states I need to be there as of April 1st to count the book for the bingo, so I’m good, woo! Not even other possibilities for this one. I’m just going with it for sure.

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)Format: Graphic Novel (at least one volume) or audiobook

This category I think will be to easiest to fill. There are so many audiobooks at my disposal thanks to my scribd account. Going to try to stick to my original goal though and listen to one I already own as a physical copy. What comes to mind is A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin first and foremost. I’m currently listening to The Gene: An Intimate History but had planned on picking ADWD up next already. So it’ll work out, I think. πŸ˜€

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)Novel Featuring Time Travel

This one’s hard. I’m either going to go with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (illustrated version) or Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I don’t have PoA yet, but I have it pre-ordered already, so it should be fine. I’ve been meaning to read Outlander for ages, too. It’s been sitting on my shelf for a couple years now.

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)Fantasy Novel Published in 2017

This one is easy – it’s the only 2017 novel I can think of that I own (…that I don’t actually own yet, but is pre-ordered, woo) and that’s A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah. J Maas. I’m chewin’ at the bit for this one, guys. My life’s blood demands it.


Elantris (Elantris, #1)An Author’s Debut Fantasy Novel

There are a few different ones I could choose for this category I think. Both Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Elantris by Brandon Sanderson come to mind. I don’t know though – the rules don’t really count rereads except for one…. but all the Harry Potters I’d be reading would be the illustrateds, which I haven’t read before. So who knows what I’ll do for ths one.

I’ve decided to cut this down and do it by row – I feel like doing all 25 categories in one post will bore you guys to death. xD This way I can slowly drain you by stretching it out instead.

Anyone who’s participating, what are you reading for these categories?

Happy reading! See you soon with row 2.


Posted by on 04/07/2017 in Books, TBR


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