Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #11

Happy Friday! :”D

Today is another book haul fate post, where I look at book hauls from the past and see if I’ve actually read the buggers, and whether I even still have them.

Today is the 11th post of this variety, so we’ll be doing book haul #11, which was originally posted on July 31st, 2016.

This is what I originally hauled:

  • Inuyasha vols 22 and 24 – Owned, read. I mean technically these specific copies are unread, but I read them before I got my own copies, so they’re not ‘unread’
  • Scryed vol 1 – Unhauled, read. I did read this and decided not to continue with it and got rid of it. Honestly though I feel like I should have held onto it. I’ve since stopped unhauling manga, period.
  • Gravitation vols 5 and 6 – Owned, read. This is a super weird series, I need to say. It starts of pretty decent and then goes weird, and I’m not sure if it’s in a good way, haw.
  • The Forever War – Owned, read. I technically listened to this on audio, but I’ve read it, dammit.
  • Changeless – Owned, unread. This is the second book in a series and I stiiiiill haven’t gotten to the first. It’s on the cutting block tho – one of those on the ‘read a chapter or two and either read it all or get rid of it’ pile. We’ll see!
  • The Burning Land – Unhauled, unread. I didn’t realize for a while after owning this one that it’s like book 5 in a series. Not invested enough, got rid of it.
  • Warbreaker – Owned, unread. I wanna read the Mistborn trilogy before getting to this one, which hopefully be picked up in January.
  • Red Seas Under Red Skies – Owned, unread. I still haven’t read the first one. I’m getting there, I’m getting there. I’ve since stopped buying sequels before reading the first one in the series. I’ve learned my lesson.
  • Ship of Magic and Shaman’s Crossing – Owned, read. Both of them, read. I’m on the last Hobb novel now I have yet to finish: Renegade’s Magic. I’ve basically adored everything I’ve read by her.
  • The Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes – Owned, read. Again, I haven’t read this specific copy. My dad has this copy and growing up I read his (multiple times). And now I have my own!
  • Pokemon: Deluxe Essential Handbook – Owned, read. Yep, cover to cover, read this. I’m so out of touch with the newer generations, that when Pokemon Go came out, I bought this to catch myself up. I was (and am again) really into pokemon when I was a kid and a teen, but I had kind lost touch and didn’t know there were like 300 new ones to learn. Well now I know them.
  • Heir of Fire – Owned, read. I read this one I think in 2017 or so, and rather enjoyed it. I think this series gets better as it goes on. So far, I’ve read up through book four.
  • Saga vol 6 – Owned, read. I think I read this the day I bought it, to be honest. Or definitely within the week. I miss this series, man.
  • Ralph and the Pixie – Owned, read. I received this one from the author actually! I originally read it as a fictionpress story and was singing its praises on this blog, aaaand I was contacted and sent one in exchange for an amazon review! It was such a nice surprise, and I really enjoyed rereading it!

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And that’s it! I think this is the first book haul where I’ve read the majority of the books. If you look at past posts, you’ll see many are still unread and most were unhauled. It’s an interesting this. I think mid 2016 was about when I really honed in on what specific types of books I liked, and it reflects in the fact that I’ve kept most of them. It’s neat!

Lemme know what you think! Happy Blogmas!

TBR Lows and Highs #5

Happy Tuesday! Today’s post is another TBR Lows and Highs, which apparently I haven’t done since April. Woops.

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”)

I decided to do one of these because recently I’ve decided to purge a bunch of books. The ones I’m going to list aren’t all of them. I did get rid of more, but they were already taken by a buddy and I don’t remember what they were. So bear with me, you get to see some, pbtbt.

The lows

I’m not gonna go through each of these individually, but overall, my motivation for this purge was to meet my tbr goal. I set a goal in January to have my fictional tbr down to 200 by the end of the year. After this purge, it’s sitting at 212 or something, which I think is doable. There are a few books in there that I did read and disliked or DNF’d as well, but most of these are unread.

The highs

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This is a bit outside my normal genre but not by much. I’m really in the mood for a fast paced, kind ridiculous book and this seems to be it.

Goodreads synopsis: A Maiden…

Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…

The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…

Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

The Year of the Witching by Alexis Henderson – I think I missed my window to read this, as it’s now November. Buuut you never know, creepy books are fun year round.

Goodreads synopsis: In the lands of Bethel, where the Prophet’s word is law, Immanuelle Moore’s very existence is blasphemy. Her mother’s union with an outsider of a different race cast her once-proud family into disgrace, so Immanuelle does her best to worship the Father, follow Holy Protocol, and lead a life of submission, devotion, and absolute conformity, like all the other women in the settlement.

But a mishap lures her into the forbidden Darkwood surrounding Bethel, where the first prophet once chased and killed four powerful witches. Their spirits are still lurking there, and they bestow a gift on Immanuelle: the journal of her dead mother, who Immanuelle is shocked to learn once sought sanctuary in the wood.

Fascinated by the secrets in the diary, Immanuelle finds herself struggling to understand how her mother could have consorted with the witches. But when she begins to learn grim truths about the Church and its history, she realizes the true threat to Bethel is its own darkness. And she starts to understand that if Bethel is to change, it must begin with her.

Prosper’s Demon by K. J. Parker – This one popped onto my radar thanks to Katy @bookbinderway. It sounds neat!

Goodreads synopsis: In a botched demonic extraction, they say the demon feels it ten times worse than the man. But they don’t die, and we do. Equilibrium.

The unnamed and morally questionable narrator is an exorcist with great follow-through and few doubts. His methods aren’t delicate but they’re undeniably effective: he’ll get the demon out—he just doesn’t particularly care what happens to the person.

Prosper of Schanz is a man of science, determined to raise the world’s first philosopher-king, reared according to the purest principles. Too bad he’s demonically possessed.

In the Watchful City by S. Qiouyi Lu – This one doesn’t have a cover yet! All I know is that it’s a fantasy 1984 – sounds neat!

Goodreads synopsis: None. Literally, all I know is ‘fantasy 1984’.

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig – I haven’t actually read a Matt Haig yet but there are a few of his books on my list at this point. This one is just the latest.

Goodreads synopsis: Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

And that’s it! Lemme know what you think! Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #10

Happy Sunday! Today’s post is another book haul fate post, where I look at book hauls of the past and see if I ever read them, or if I still even have them. This is the tenth time I’ve done this so we’ll be looking at book haul number 10, which was originally posted on July 3, 2016.

Looking at it, it’s a pretty modest haul. Around that time I was on a read-5-buy-1 thing, so I must have been reading like bananas to get four books in a month. This is what I got:

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Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb – Owned, Read

This ended up being one of my favorite reads of the year, and I think this was around when I started buddy reading with Zezee @Zezeewithbooks. (Or was it the third one, I don’t remember).

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Owned, Read

I gotta tell ya, my willingness to read Winds of Winter dwindles every year. When (if) it finally does come out, I can’t really say if I’ll be keen on it or not. This book here was alright though, so we’ll see.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Owned, Unread

This one (and the unread book right below this) have both survived multiple purges at this point. I’m still solidly in the ‘I want to read these’ camp, so that’s nice. Though to be honest I don’t know much about this one, other than it’s like… dystopian-y in space? And has something to do with blood color or caste color or something.

Emperor of Eight Islands by Lian Hearn – Owned, Unread

Out of both of these unread books, I know the least about this one. Honestly I can’t even tell you if this is historical fiction or historical fantasy. I’m hoping it’s the latter but I’ll be happy with the former as well. I do wanna read it though, the cover just draws me in.

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And that’s it! If you’ve read any of the above, let me know! Happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books #8

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Today’s post is another book haul fate post, where I look at books hauls of the past and see where the books are now. Did I read them? Did I get read of them? Did they end up lost somewhere in a hotel room on a vacation? We shall see.

This is the eighth post, so we will be looking at book haul #8, which was originally posted on May 1, 2016.

This is what I got:

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Assassin’s Blade, Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas – Owned, read

I’ve read the third and fourth ones as well, and do intend on finishing the series… eventually.

Uprooted by Naomi Novik – Owned, read

This book actually ended up being one of my favorite books of all time. Currently it’s lent out to one of my buddies, and I’m hoping it becomes a favorite of hers, too.

Slab vol 11 – Unhauled, unread

This was a poetry collection written by the students at the university I attended. I held onto it for a while out of a sense of obligation but eventually I just got rid of it. I’m not a huge poetry person.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – Owned, unread

This one’s still on the tbr. It’s been almost-purged a few times now, so we’ll see what happens to it.

Peony in Love by Lisa See – Owned, unread

This one is also still on the tbr, but this one has never been in danger of being unhauled. I definitely still wanna read this.

The Confusion by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

I have a lot of Neal Stephenson books but weirdly I’ve only read a couple. This is not one of them. I will get there, as what I’ve read from him so far, I’ve liked.

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And that’s it! Tomorrow is a new haul, and new books to maybe read. Happy reading!

I separated and reorganized my books by read and unread

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Hi! I went a bit stir crazy a couple weeks ago and re-arranged my fiction books. I decided to split them up by read and unread which is something I’ve never done before. I further subdivided them by author, but otherwise that’s it. Here was the process and end result!

This is the beginnings of the piles – left is read, right is unread, middle is cat.

This happened one evening when I had gone to unload the two book cases behind the chair. Needless to say I waited.

These are my unread. The stack over to the left are all books that are sequels where I’ve read the first or more and just haven’t caught up yet. The right are all standalones/new series to start.

These are all my read books, back on the shelves. I decided to put them in the cases behind the chair because I won’t need to access them as often as the unread books. Robin Hobb almost has an entire shelf to herself and it cracks me up.

These are the unread books. You’ll notice these shelves are a bit fuller than my read shelves. That surprised me too, as I own almost 1000 books and only have 230 or so unread ones. It took me a second to realize, but that’s because of manga. About 90% of the manga I own is read, and only about 10% is unread. Meaning most of my unread books are fiction, but also my unread fiction makes up about 25% of my collection, the rest being read fiction and manga.

I also got some tree spirits and now they live on my shelves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! During this process I also purged about ten or so books from my collection, a mix of read and unread. I didn’t bother taking pictures of them because well, I didn’t bother. I also didn’t touch the manga cases or the nonfiction case – all this was done to fiction only.

Lemme know what you think – happy reading!

Coffee Time: The fate of my book haul books | #3

Coffee Time

Hello, happy Sunday! Today I want to do another fate of my book haul books post. I started this series a couple months ago, where I go over my book hauls since the beginning of my blog and tell you what has happened to those books.

Today’s book haul I originally posted on November 26th, 2015. These were the books that I had hauled:

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The Final Empire, The Well of Ascension and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson – Owned, unread

I’ve still only read the one Sanderson novel, Elantris. I liked it, and I own a good bit of his books now, including these three, I just haven’t gotten to them yet. Four years, man.

The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson – Owned, unread

Yet another ‘I’ve read one book by this author but have a lot of other books by them, all unread’. I’ll get to it, I’ll get to it.

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel – Owned, unread

This one, I’m hoping I really like. I’ve heard literally zero bad things about it.

The Glass Sentence by SE Grove – Owned, unread

I really like the premise of this one – each country is in a different time period. Other than that, I know nothing about it. I have the second one too… I’ll get to them. I will, dammit.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac by a buttload of authors – Owned, unread

So, problem. I bought this before I realized that I don’t like short story collections. This is the only one I still own that I haven’t read yet, and I’m afraid, honestly. I don’t want to dislike it, but I’ve disliked literally every other short story collection I’ve read. I just think the format is not for me, regardless of the content. I’ll probably pick this up as a challenge for a readathon. I’m nervous, ahaha.

My True Love Gave to Me by a buttload of other authors – Unhauled, read

This one I did read! And then I got rid of it because iiiiit’s a short story collection and I didn’t care for it. heeh.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor – Unhauled, unread

This one I ended up getting rid of due to disinterest before I read it. I read the first one in the series ages ago and thought it was just ok. And by the time I got around to looking at this one, I had forgotten the contents of the first one and didn’t want to reread it. So.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl – Owned, unread

Honestly, this one just intimidates me. I’ll get there eventually.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – Owned, read

Literally the only ‘owned, read’ one this haul, I’ve read this book so many times! Almost every year, and I think I’m due for a reread.


And that’s it! As you can see, the majority of these are ‘yes, still have it, no, still haven’t read it. hm hm hm

Happy reading!

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!

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.