January/Tome Infinity Wrap Up | ’19

Wrap Up

Writing ’19’ at the end of the title was weird.

Today I wanna wrap up the books I read, all of which were part of the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon, which took place from January 1st – 31st, so I figured why not do it all at once. I read eight things this month, three novels and four manga and one graphic novel.

Books

Tome Infinity Round 2

So for Round 2 of Tome Infinity, I had settled on Mercury and began to build my colony. Each book read had to fulfill the prompts in the different tiers, starting with Tier 1 and then moving upwards. I almost completed tier two (there were five total). Each book you read could count for up to two prompts. Many of the books I read could have easily filled four or five, but that wasn’t the nature of the readathon, so with what I had and what it was allowed to fill, I’ve basically gotten the necessities down. The colonists just can’t go anywhere yet because travel isn’t a thing. I’ll highlight the titles with the corresponding colors on the boxes so you can tell what filled what.

City of Dragons by Robin Hobb

City of DragonsFulfilled Tier 1’s Water and Shelter

Man oh man, I already want to reread Robin Hobb’s books, and I haven’t even finished them yet. While not all of them have been five stars, each one, including this one, has enriched the world in which they take place. I’ve said this many times before now, but reading a Robin Hobb book is like going home. They give me a feeling of nostalgia, but I can’t fathom why. I love them.

This book is no different. I buddy read it with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks and together we rather enjoyed it. This book continues the trek of the last book, and it allows for character development and world building, Robin Hobb’s specialities. I really enjoyed this, and at the time of writing, I’m a bit over half way through the fourth one as well, and it’s only gotten better. I’m not going to go into plot because spoilers, but I will say if you’ve been thinking of picking of Robin Hobb’s books, do it. Do iiiiiit.

4.25/5 stars

Silver Spoon vol 1 by Hiromu Arakawa

Silver Spoon, Vol. 1Fulfilled Tier 1’s Sleep and Food

This manga I really enjoyed. It’s a slice of life manga, following a young man as he goes to agricultural school and learns the ins and outs of farming and dairy science and yada yada.

It was light, refreshing, funny, and had a bit of grit to it as well. I wrote a full spoiler-free blabber on it, should you like to hear me jib jab on about it.

4.25/5 stars

 

 

Fruits Basket Another vols 1-2 by Natsuki Takaya

Fruits Basket Another, Vol. 2Didn’t fulfill any Tier 1 prompts

These two are the only reads this month that didn’t fulfill any prompts. They could have counted for later ones, but you have to do the tiers in order, so I couldn’t do anything about it.

They were both good reads, though. The only downside to these was that I was hoping for a long series, like the original Fruits Basket was. But the end of volume 2 hinted that the next volume would be the last. Baw I wanted more emotional investment. If anyone can confirm or deny this, please let me know.

4/5 and 4.25/5 stars respectively

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)Fulfilled Tier 1’s Air and Fire, completing the tier.

As mentioned in my full spoiler-free blabber of this book, it suffered from over-hype. So many people came out of this screaming about it like it was the second coming, so I… was a bit disappointed. It was still a solidly good book, but it just wasn’t great, mostly because of the characters I think.

That seems to be peoples’ favorites though. Who knows. Maybe I just don’t like heist books, which is another thing that people seem to love. Whatever the combination of things, I didn’t love this book. (I liked it, though)

3.75/5 stars

Tokyo Ghoul vol 1 by Sui Ishida

Tokyo Ghoul, Vol. 1 (Tokyo Ghoul, #1)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Education and Procreation

I’ve been told by a few different people now to pick this up. I finally did when my husband mentioned wanting to watch the anime. We don’t have any streaming services that have this available, so we’d have to buy it on dvd or blu-ray or something. So, I decided to pick up the first volume of the manga first, to see if it’s something I’m even interested in watching. I figured I’d rather chance twelve bucks instead of thirty. I liked it though, and we’ll likely buy the anime now. (And I wanna buy more of the manga, too).

3.5/5 stars

 

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Medicine and Trading

I wrote a blabber on this one too, and I must say that I liked it more than the first book in the duology. The characters were better written, and the plot was more realistic. Honestly I have nothing else to say about it that I didn’t already write, so check out the blabber, pbtbt.

4/5 stars

 

 

 

 

Fence vol 2 by C. S. Pacat

Fence Vol. 2 (Fence #5-8)Fulfilled Tier 2’s Oral Communication

I feel like vol 1 could have fulfilled Travel but I didn’t read that one this month, pbtbt. They pretty much all stayed in basically the same building this entire volume so I couldn’t even stretch it.

I like this series so far, but it hasn’t hooked me like Pacat’s Captive Prince series did. I’m giving it more time, though, since well, it is C. S. Pacat. I’m still hoping she’ll do something that’ll throw me for a loop and make me fall in love with the series.

Fingers crossed.

3.75/5 stars

 

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And that’s it for the books and the readathon! I rather like the structure of this. I know they’re thinking about doing a round three and are currently gathering ideas, so I will be participating in that as soon as it’s officially announced. 😀


Other Things

  • My husband and I started saving for a house this month. Fingers crossed, we’ll buy one by the end of 2020, early 2021!

Reading Goals

  • Read 50 books – 8/50
  • Finish the 10 in 2019 list – 1/10
  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month
    • J – 5 | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban – planned for April-June
  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books – currently at 282
  • Finish the r/Fantasy Book Bingo Challenge by Mar 31, 2019

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  • Post monthly book hauls
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D
  • Keep track of statistics
    • J | F | M | A | M | J | J | A | S | O | N | D

And that’s it! I think I’ve started 2019 pretty strong as far as reading goes. I hope you all had a good reading month!

Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon Wrap Up

Readathons

Hello! For the past two weeks or so, I’ve been participating in the Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon!

Due to unexpected family issues, I ended up not having as much time to read as I wanted. Family comes first. But, I did get to travel to a couple different planets!

For my original post announcing my participation, giving the details on the readathon, and my anticipated TBR, go here! Otherwise, here is the prompts and planets, along with the route I ended up taking:

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My Route:

  • Shuttle D: Read a new-to-you author

For this one, I chose Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. I ended up very much enjoying it and it’ll definitely be getting a full review from me soon.

  • Asteroid Belt: Read a space opera adventure

I was going to read Caliban’s War but decided for a shorter route. I ended up picking up Saga volume 8 by Brian K Vaughan and loved it.

  • Mercury: Read a book under 250 pages

This is where I ended up stalling. Originally, I took this route to buzz through so I could get to the sun and read the book I had picked out for that, but I never got there. Two main reasons for this: Family issue as I stated earlier, and when I picked up Gravitation volume 1 by Maku Murakami for Mercury, I kinda got the urge to binge read the whole series instead of moving on to the next planet. So between reading a 12 volume manga series (I finished up through volume 8) and having really no time to think let alone read, Mercury ended up being my final destination.

Overall, considering what kind of week I’ve had, I’d say I did pretty decent. Read one book, one graphic novel, and eight manga. Eventually I want to get to the book I had picked out for the sun: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg. It just sounds so neat! One day man. For now, I’ve got two, soon to be three buddy reads going on, plus I wanna reread The Traitor Baru Cormorant before its sequel comes out on October 30th, so Nightfall is gonna take the back burner for a while.


If you participated in the readathon, how did you do? What planet do you live on now? Happy reading!

Tome Infinity and Beyond Readathon!

Readathons

I found out about this super neat readathon yesterday, and I’m jumping on board! It starts tomorrow, September 7th and runs through the 21st, so if you decide you’d like to participate as well, do it! Get on it!

For full detail, check out the Twitter account.


Basically, the premise of the readathon is that Earth has become a craphole (shocker) and you need to escape on one of four shuttles that will traverse the solar system, visiting planets to determine where to live. Each shuttle has a reading challenge, and then each planet has one as well. So, depending on which shuttle you choose, you’ll be participating in the challenges in different order. My goal is to read books that are physically in my house – no buying, no borrowing (…ones that aren’t already borrowed) from friends.

At this time, I’m not positive which shuttle I’ll choose, so I’ve decided to come up with books for all the prompts, just in case. Will I get to all of them? Hah. HAH. But it’ll be fun trying anyways.

Here are the prompts and the map, as seen on the twitter I’ve linked above:

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Potential Books

Shuttle A: Read a book over 500 pages

  • This one will either be The Blood Mirror by Brent Weeks or The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu, both of which I’m ‘currently reading’ but still have over 500 pages left to read, so I figure it’d be ok.

Shuttle B: Read a book set on Mars

  • I don’t think I can do this path. The only book I have that’s set on Mars is The Martian, and I’ve watched the movie too recently. I love this book, but I feel like the recent exposure would make it drag. So I’m going to eliminate this path right now, I think.

Shuttle C: Read a book of short stories

  • Off the top of my head, I have two possibilities. There’s a PKD collection of short stories my husband owns, and I also have The Time Traveler’s Almanac. It’s super chunky though, so I’m leeaaaaning towards the first one.

Shuttle D: Read a new-to-you author

  • This one would be Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. Again, currently reading, but early enough in it still that it could count.

Sun: Contains a solar-based event

  • This one took me forever to come up with a book. Eventually, I landed on one my husband owns. Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg, which is about… well, I’m just going to post the goodreads synopsis, because it sounds absolutely amazing:

Imagine living on a planet with six suns that never experiences Darkness. Imagine never having seen the Stars. Then, one by one your suns start to set, gradually leading you into Darkness for the first time ever. Image the terror of such a Nightfall.

Scientists on the planet Kalgash discover that an eclipse – an event that occurs only every 2049 years – is imminent, and that a society unfamiliar with Darkness will be plunged into madness and chaos. They realize that their civilization will end, for the people of Kalgash have a proven fear of Darkness, but they are unable to predict the insanity and destruction that will accompany the awesome splendor of Nightfall.

Mercury: A book under 250 pages

  • I feel like picking a single book for this would be hard. It’ll be one of the million and a half manga I own that I haven’t read yet.

Venus: Contains a bold female main character

Mars: A book features aliens

  • This one if I get to it will be The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K Le Guin. As it takes place on a different planet about a race that has no gender… yeah, I’d say there are aliens.

Asteroid belt: A space opera adventure

  • This would have to be Caliban’s War, book two in the Expanse series. Gosh I love this series, man. Buh

Jupiter: A book containing giants

  • I can’t think of one for this planet, so hopefully I won’t end up here or I’ll be SOL.

Saturn: A book with circles on the cover

  • I feel like this is the easiest prompt… but I don’t think I own a book that fits. If I find myself at this planet, I’ll hunt through Chris’s books and hopefully find one. Or maybe I have a manga that will work. Honestly I have no idea.

Uranus: A book featuring comic relief

  • I’ll choose Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I know the fire character is a goofball from watching the film, so this book should do nicely.

Neptune: Sci-fi with fantasy themes or visa versa

  • This is another one I’m not absolutely positive about, just because I don’t have all the synopses of all my unread books memorized, hehe… well, here is my list of unreads that I physically own. Any of these fit the bill, do you know?

Pluto: Vintage sci-fi


And that’s it! I’m very much looking forward to this readathon – I think it’s a super neat concept. If you decide to join, let me know! Happy reading!