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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!

 
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Posted by on 04/19/2020 in Books, TBR

 

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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!

 
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Posted by on 04/07/2020 in Books

 

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OWLs Magical Readathon 2020 TBR!

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It has come again! The OWLs for the Magical Readathon start April 1st, and I’m pumped about it. If you’ve noticed, I kinda fell off of doing readathons lately. This one is too much fun to not do, though.

For the full info on how the readathon works, please watch the announcement video:

So I’m not going into all the details on how this thing works, that’s what the video is for. What I am going to do is going into my chosen career and my TBR for it.

Last year, I chose Alchemist, which was crazy, as it was the most challenging career out of all available at the time, and surprisingly, I achieved all the requirements for it, both in the OWLs and the NEWTs. This year though I’m going for an easier one, because I’m also planning on participating in Camp Nanowrimo in April so I need to be able to balance.

This year, I’m going to go with

Magizoologist

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Magizoologist focuses on working with neato animals, and it has four OWL prompts, so I figured it was totally doable. In addition to my career, I’ve picked up an extra training that only Magizoologists can do!

Dragon Tamer Training

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This training adds one additional prompt to my TBR, so that’ll be five total. I plan to read manga for as many as I can to make it easier on myself: I really plan to dive into Nano with full force.

So my prompts for the OWLs are:

Care of Magical Creatures: Hippogriffs – creature with a beak on the cover

Charms: Lumos Maxima – white cover

Herbology: Mimbulus Mimbletonia – title starts with M

Potions: Shrinking Solution – book under 150 pages

Dragon Tamer Training: A book containing dragons

And my TBR to fulfill these prompts is:

I Hate Fairyland vol 1 by Skottie Young – This books is under 150 pages, so it’ll fulfill my Potions prompt!

Pandora Hearts vol 1 by Jun Mochizuki – White cover, Charms!

Model vol 1 by Lee So-Young – Starts with M so it fulfills my Herbology prompt!

A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan – I’ve owned this one for ages and am pumped to be picking it up. And considering it’s literally about a woman studying dragons, it’ll be perfect for my Dragon Tamer Training!

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson – It has a raven on the front, aka a beak-ed creature, so it fulfills my Care of Magical Creatures prompt!

None of these books are super long. The dragon book is by far the longest, and it’s only 330-something pages. So with these two books, two manga and one graphic novel, I feel like I can finish both the OWLs readathon and my Camp Nanowrimo project, which I’ll post about later on.

Let me know if you’re participating. Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/22/2020 in Books, Readathon, TBR

 

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I want to read next

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Hi! Today’s post is books on my spring TBR, but I tend to not really do TBRs, so… I’m editing this a bit to ‘books I want to read next‘. Whether or not I actually read them remains to be seen, because as I said, I don’t really follow TBRs. But at the point of writing this, these are the books that I look at and go ‘yeah I’m totally in the mood for that’.

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl!

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Wild Adapter by Kazuya Minekura – This series is by the same author who wrote Saiyuki, which I bring up every so often and rather adore. This one’s a more mature series and I remember reading it in high school and loving it. So I’ve picked up the first three volumes recently and plan to jump into it.

Again!! by Mitsurou Kubo – This is a neat series I started recently (hence me posting a pic of volume 2) about a student who falls down the stairs on his final day of high school and wakes up to find he’s been sent back to his first day. It’s pretty interesting so far!

5 Centimeters Per Second by Makota Shinkai – This one I’ve heard a lot of good things about. It’s actually based off an animated movie of the same name, which people seem to love so I’m rather excited for it.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – This one is one the list for two reasons: One is I recently finished collecting it – I have all 23 volumes of the original series and all 3 volumes of the sequel, which means I can binge the whoooooole thiiiiiiing. The other is that season 2 of the anime reboot is premiering April 6th and I’m getting all pumped for it!

Inuyasha by Rumiko Takahashi – If I’m being honest I’m always in the mood for Inuyasha. I tend to rewatch the anime every few months or so. It’s been a while since I reread the manga though. I still need to finish collecting it, too.

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Confidential Confessions by Reiko Momochi – This is a recent buy, and again one I read back when I was in high school. It deals with serious topics and is not a happy manga. But I think I’m in the mood for that kind of thing.

Black Butler by Yana Toboso – This manga I’ve recently become hooked to. I bought and read the first three volumes this month, so I’m listing showing volume four as the pic because now I need that one. This is a period drama fantasy paranormal comedy manga and it’s hilarious and I love it.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – One of the few books on my list. I haven’t stopped thinking about reading this since I picked it up, man. I wannnnnnaaaaaaa.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – Sometimes I just get on YA kicks, man. And I feel myself at the brink of one with wanting to pick this up.

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – This one is pretty far outside my typical genres but it’s just calling to me. I feel like I’d fly through it, too!


And that’s it! If you couldn’t tell, I’m on a manga kick right now. Out of all the 30-something books I’ve read this year so far, about 75% of them have been manga. I’m sure I’ll hover towards another genre at some point but right now man, I want pictures.

 

 
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Posted by on 03/17/2020 in Books, Top Ten Tuesday

 

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The intimidating TBR tag!

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A tag today! Have I done this already? Maybe! I don’t remember! I found this here, but honestly I have no idea where it originates so if you know lemme know.

What book have you just not been able to finish?

The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer, #4)

The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks. Honestly I have no idea why this book has been so slow-going for me. I’ve literally been reading it for over a year, and I’ve actually restarted it once because there was a gap so big where I didn’t touch it that I forgot what was happening. And right now I also haven’t touched it in months. But really though I don’t know why: It’s probably gonna be a 4 or 5 star book for me, from what I’ve read.

What book haven’t you read because you haven’t had the time?

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey. Technically I have started reading this. I’m about 2/3rds through it, but it’s currently on the back burner. I keep getting distracted by other books! And honestly right now I’m really in a manga kick and haven’t read too many normal books period lately. But this book, so far, is also a 4 or 5 star read, so why I haven’t found the time to prioritize it, I don’t know.

What book haven’t you read because it’s a sequel?

The Dragon Republic (The Poppy War, #2)

The Dragon Republic by R. F. Kuang. I think I bought this book on release day or something. Shame on me.

What book haven’t you read because it’s brand new?

Seven Blades in Black (The Grave of Empires, #1)

Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes. I mean it’s brand new to me. This is my most recent book purchase and technically I’ve started it, but I’m only a chapter or two into it so far and as I’ve mentioned, I’m much more in a manga kick right now.

What book haven’t you read because you’ve read another book by the same author and didn’t care for it?

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. I realize it’s a bit of a bandwagon thing to say ‘I didn’t like Shiver,’ but I didn’t, unfortunately. I have heard that this book and all her other works show great improvement over that one but I still have trouble with overcoming the mental block. I’ll get there though: I need a readathon or something for it.

What book haven’t you read because you’re just not in the mood for it?

Saving Fish from Drowning

I feel like this is more of a genre instead of an individual book, but a good example is Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan. Basically any serious-themes literary fiction that will probably just crush my soul. I do want to read them, but man, I feel like I need a buddy read for these kinds of books so I can share my pain.

What book haven’t you read because it’s humongous?

Jerusalem

Jerusalem by Alan Moore. This is the guy who wrote V For Vendetta and The Watchmen and stuff like that, and this is basically his magnum opus, something he’d worked on for a decade or something, and man, it’s 1266 pages. My main hesitation with its length is… I’m not sure I’m going to love this. Like, I don’t know if I want to sacrifice 1300 pages of reading time for something I find just ok, y’know? I mean I hope I do love it, but I’m hesitant.

What book haven’t you read because it was a cover buy and you’ve seen heard mixed reviews?

Ninth House (Alex Stern, #1)

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo. This wasn’t necessarily a cover buy so much as a ‘I like this author’ buy, but I know I’m not the only one who’s been hesitating due to the reviews for this that seem to be all over the place. So we’ll see. I’ll get to it. Eventually.

What book haven’t you read because it’s the most intimidating book on your TBR?

S.

S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. This is one of those multiple layer stories. You have the book, The Ship of Thesues, and then you have the footnotes by the author, Straka, and then you have a conversation happening between two readers as they write notes in the margins to each other. And this comes in a box and within the pages are folded notes and maps and stuff that come out. I’ve given this a shot once already and got a bit overwhelmed, so I’m intimidated. And the other most recent multiple layer book I read, House of Leaves, turned out to by a disappointment. I know they’re nothing alike but in my mind they’re both up there at the same level. hm hm hm


And that’s it! I tag Katy and Zezee. But if you’d like to do this tag, consider yourself tagged!

 
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Posted by on 03/10/2020 in Book Tag, Books

 

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February Currently Reading ’20

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Happy February! This past month, since I always seem to have ‘back-burner’ books, I actually made an exclusive shelf on my Goodreads called ‘back-burner’ where the books that I’m ‘currently reading but not currently reading’ will go.

It’s a neater organization system I think, than having eight books on my currently reading shelf. At least it eases my mind, pbtbt.

This is what I’m currently reading!


Heaven's Devils (StarCraft II, #1)

Heaven’s Devils by William C. Dietz – This is my currently audiobook. I’m listening to it for three reasons: It’s been on my tbr for literal years, it’s a 10 in 2020 book, and it fits the ‘Read a Media Tie-In Novel’ bingo square for Fantasy Bingo.

So far, it’s decent. I’ve read military sci-fi before and have enjoyed it, and this is no different. I’m not a huge fan about the characterization of like… any of the female characters in here though. They’re all very one dimensional and being used as nothing more than eye candy so far. But plot-wise, the story is decent. Depending on how bad the female rep gets, this book may go farther and farther down in rating.

This book tells the origin story of Jim Raynor, one of the main figures in the StarCraft universe. So far it’s pretty neat.

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

Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice – This is a bit of a fail for me, that this book still isn’t finished. I picked this up in December to try to finish off my 10 in 2019 list and didn’t quite get there. And a month later I still haven’t finished it. This book, when I do get through it, will count for the ‘Read a book about a vampire’ square for Fantasy Bingo.

So far, I’m rather liking the book. It’s eerie and captivating and completely immersive. It’s so neat!

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – This is a buddy read that I started in January with two of my buddies! This is my first time ever reading this story and while it started it just ok, I’ve just passed the half way point and have found myself really invested. I’m digging this so far, which is a surprise considering my track record with classics. Maybe this’ll be my gateway classic!


And that’s it! These are the books I’m actively currently reading. For anyone interested, here are all the books that are on the back-burner. I’ll get to them… eventually. Probably after Fantasy Bingo has ended, as all the ones there don’t count towards a square. I have like ten books to read towards the thing still, so it’s crunch time.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/02/2020 in Books, Currently Reading

 

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Christmas Vacation TBR!

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Happy Friday! If you are reading this the morning it comes out, I’m currently at work, but today is my last work day of the year! I saved up six PTO days, and between them, holidays, and weekends, I’m getting twelve days off in a row and I’m so ready for it, man. I’M SO READY.

So I’m gonna celebrate by hopefully reading a lot. This is what I plan to read for the rest of the year:

Daughter of the Forest  (Sevenwaters, #1)

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier – I’m buddy reading this, and should have it done by next weekend if all goes well. I’m about 3/4ths through it, and I’m really enjoying it.

Deathless (Leningrad Diptych, #1)

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente – I’ve been in the middle of this book for a while, it just hasn’t been a focus recently, but I’m hoping to finish it as it’s a 10 in 2019 book.

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

Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice – In addition to fulfilling the ‘read a book about a vampire’ prompt in Fantasy Bingo, it’s also the last remaining 10 in 2019 book on my list, so if I get this one and the one above done, I’ll be happy.

Bloodwitch (The Witchlands, #3)

Bloodwitch by Susan Dennard – This is my current audio book, and it’d be nice to finish it honestly. I like it so far, I just haven’t focused on it recently.

Caliban's War (The Expanse, #2)

Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey – This is one of the many ‘I’ve been reading this forever’ books that I’d like to finish. Out of all the ones listed, this has the lowest priority, so I’ll get to it if I have time, but otherwise it’ll be a 2020 read.


And that’s it! Twelve days, five books. Doable? Maybe!

 
 

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