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July Wrap Up | ’17

July Wrap Up

Happy August! 😀 Yesterday, August 1st, I got married! And as this post is published, I’ll be on a plane to Hawaii for honeymoon! Therefore, this marks the beginning of my pre-written posts. I don’t know how my internet will be, so please forgive me if replies are delayed by a couple of weeks.

Onto the post though – this month, I actually read a decent bit!


Books

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The HobbitI finally did it, I finally read this book… and honestly I was very underwhelmed. I’m going to commit treason here and say the movies are far far superior to the books. I’m going to forgive the fact that there are zero female characters by falling back on the ‘it’s a dated book’ excuse… but yeesh, for all the talk I’ve heard about Tolkien’s detail and flowery writing, I didn’t see any of that, man. If anything, I feel like there wasn’t enough detail. Events went way too fast, there was a lot of hand-waving… it was really disappointing.

Case in point (mild spoiler): At one point, they were chased out of a cave, climbed a tree, threw some rocks (or potatoes or something) and then were swept away by giant birds. The writing more or was written exactly how I wrote it, plus maybe 100 words. It was a very quick scene that should have been way longer. And to top it off, the whole birds thing has something like ‘Birds that Galdalf saved that one time swooped in and saved them all’. What? This is classic writing? This is considered a hallmark? WHAT?

It was not great. 2.5/5 stars

Orange: The Complete Collection vol 1 by Ichigo Takano

Orange: The Complete Collection, Vol. 1This one, unlike the previous book I just mentioned, was a pleasant surprise. I picked this up on a whim because I had been seeing it around and found myself rather enjoying it. Aside from the goofy naming convention (The Complete Collection vol 1, what?) this manga was a breath of fresh air! It was cute and fluffy and light-hearted… and kinda grim at the same time. It was a weird combination and I really dug it.

4/5 stars

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

A Tale for the Time BeingThis one… was an interesting read. Some parts of I really really liked. Other parts I didn’t. I think my main biff with this story was the whole ten-minute explanation of all the magical realism elements at the very end. It was like ‘Wow wow wow all this neat stuff happened! I wonder how it was possible!” “Oh, it was totes this”. The End.

It was a lot of build up for such a big let down and it really made me dislike the book as a whole if that’s the explanation they decided to go with without taking the time to fully set it up. Yikes. I mean, the plot of this book is really good – that I really liked. The exposition of it was not great. I wrote a review on it if you’d like to know my full thoughts.

3.5/5 stars

Ship of Destiny by Robin Hobb

Ship of Destiny (Liveship Traders, #3)This book, this book killed me. I adored this book, mostly because it was a wonderful ending to a three-book series. Endings are make or break and this book made it so, so bad. It was wonderful!

I have a full review on this one written up and scheduled for next week, so I won’t go into more detail here. But gah ❤ It was so great. 😀

4.5/5 stars

 

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r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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LOOK I made a bingo!! 😀


Blog Activity

11 posts created

A regular posting schedule (plus or minus some) works wonders, yo.


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – Currently Reading
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki – Complete!
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Currently Reading
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 33/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 5(7)/17


And that’s it! Happy reading! :”D

 
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June Wrap Up | ’17

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June zoomed by, people. I’ve been working full-time now for a month and a half and it still feels like my second week, haha. I feel like I’m slipping into monotony, yay 😀


Books:

This month, I didn’t read too much as far as number of books, but I did as far as pages. So I’m okay with it. :”D

Bungo Stray Dogs vol 1 by Kafka Asagiri

Bungo Stray Dogs, Vol. 1This manga I picked up at a recommendation from a friend. She found a person offering book suggestions for one’s friends. You had to send the person a list of manga, books and series that your friend liked and she (I’m assuming it was a she, anyways) would recommend a book based on the given likes. Welp, this is the book that my friend got recommended to tell me, so I picked it up and tried it out.

It follows a young boy (the front blonde dude), an orphan down on his luck, who runs into the dude with the black hair and the trench coat, who turns out to be part of an agency that handles the weird, odd cases that police don’t want to handle. Each member of this organization has a peculiar special ability which helps them solve these cases. It reminded me a lot of the ‘newcomer to the secret society’ trope.

It was pretty decent! A solid 3.5 stars. First volumes of manga (at least for me) are really hard to give five stars. I feel like I’d need to read a few more before deciding whether or not I really like the series or not. But for the first volume, I liked it. It had a decent bit of humor in it – I’d be open to reading more.

3.5/5 stars

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting by Ed Greenwood

Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting (Forgotten Realms)I FINALLY FINISHED IT! Well… didn’t read it cover to cover, but I read it enough to feel like I have a decent grasp on the Forgotten Realms, plus some plot bunnies for a campaign, so yay.

This is a companion book for Dungeons and Dragons – it explains the land called ‘The Forgotten Realms’, a popular world for dnd campaigns. It goes into the creatures that live there, the landscape, the history and lore.. it’s pretty neat! I really liked it. The art in it was absolutely lovely – my favorite part!

4/5 stars

A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)I did it. I’m caught up.

And you know what’s awful? This book became a chore to read after a while, but at the same time, I’m still probably going to read the next one when (if) it comes out. Let me uh… let me break it down I guess.

The story itself is great – I love it. This is what’s keeping me reading the books. The story Martin is weaving is huge. It’s the tale of a world, not of characters. Westeros, the free cities.. it’s all great.

The characters are pretty good too – there are definitely good ones and bad ones and gray area ones, and I feel like each one of them, while not always super interesting to read from, plays a part in this world. Earlier in the books, you couldn’t really tell – sometimes the storylines wouldn’t interact at all. But now, five books in, even new POVs can be quickly determined how they entangle into the world. I think one of my favorite POVs to read from (mild spoiler) is Barristan Selmy. He’s just.. I wanna hug him, haha. Other POVs I cared just as much about, some none at all, but now I can see why all of them are there, at least.

The thing that made this book a chore and why I’ve decided I like the tv show better (blasphemy!) is the writing. Aside from all of the issues I went into in my review of A Feast for Crows (there were a lot), the writing in this book particular stood out to me as uh… unnecessarily detailed. Like, the characters will be talking – on a road, in and inn, at a war camp, etc… okay, so you’d expect the characters and then the background which is full of ‘army guys’ or whatever. But the background characters remain just that. Nope, not in this book. Consistently, Martin goes through each bloody character present whether they’re relevant to the scene or not and gives their name, their nickname, their house, and sometimes even a short history about them. And then poof! They’re never mentioned again. Never.

AUGH IT WAS INFURIATING. I swear – the copy I have is 1125 pages (the audiobook I listened to was 27ish hours). If there wouldn’t have been any irrelevant character introduction (I’m not talking ones that were brought up again later – I’m talking ones that were literally never mentioned again), this book could have been 250 pages shorter. Really.

So this book was alright, I suppose. My irritation at it kinda ruined my enjoyment of it, unfortunately. I still really like the plot and the world and everything, but gah, Martin. Gah.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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I’m getting there! Look, I almost have a bingo! 😀


Blog Activity

4 posted created

Apparently I posted less this month than I thought… I want to get a regular posting schedule going, yeesh. @@


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Complete!
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 29/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 4/17


And June is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.

 
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May Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-May! This month a bunch of stuff happened – I graduated college (again), I got a salary position as a software developer, I planned out a vacation… all sorts of stuff. And I still have a lot of stuff left to go, yeesh.

Speaking of, I need an oil change. Guess who’s going to the mechanic after I finish writing this, woo.

ANYWAYS. This month I read one non-fiction, two novels and two manga/graphic novels


The Mad Ship by Robin Hobb

The Mad Ship (Liveship Traders, #2)This is the second book in Hobb’s Liveship Traders trilogy and the fifth in her Realm of the Elderlings world. I wrote a blabber on the thing of you’d like to know more fully about it, but it sums up to: I really like this series, but it kills my brain and heart more with every chapter.

4/5 stars

Chew vol 1 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 1: Taster's ChoiceThis is one of those series that I’ve known about for a while but never really popped into my ‘wanna read this’ list. I found it for super cheap and picked it up on a whim… and honestly, most of the way through it, it basically was what I expected. It was okay. I enjoyed it but it wasn’t anything special… until the end. And dammit, now I want volume two. It lead me into a false sense of ‘this is decent’ security when it was really hiding how good it was ’til the end. Well butts. Now I’m buying this series, too.

4/5 stars

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)This was probably my most anticipated release for this month and I started reading it the day I came out. It was decent! I rather liked it. I wrote a blabber on this one too, if you’re interested. I feel like it was a rather solid (if not predictable) ending to the series.

4/5 stars

Attack on Titan vol 12 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 12I’m slowly workin’ my way through this series. One day I’ll catch up. One day. ONE DAY.

4/5 stars

The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Gene: An Intimate HistoryAnd the non-fiction for the month. I’m really bad with non-fiction usually – it doesn’t hold my attention for very long. It’s not the book’s fault most of the time, it’s my own. I just… lose focus. But this one, I listened to on audio and while it did indeed go into the history of the gene and all sorts of experiments and conferences and breakthroughs, it did so in almost a narrative format. It was really neat and I was able to stay focused on it. 😛 So.. props to him for writing a non-fiction a dunderhead can follow? 😀 It was really good and I really enjoyed it. I learned a lot, too!

4/5 stars

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Everything was 4 stars this month. Hooda thunk.


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’m the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. 😀

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So two out of the five books I read this month qualify. Woot woot :”D


Blog Activity

12 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Currently reading
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete!
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 26/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 3/17, gonna be 4.


And May is done, man. That’s it. Time for sleep.

Happy reading!

 
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April Wrap Up | ’17

Happy end-of-April!

This month was bananas. Between coding projects being due and prepping for graduation and starting to plan a honeymoon, my reading has kinda pattered out a bit. Woops. But! I still got some reading done, haah.

This month, I finished one novel and one graphic novel


The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson

The Traitor Baru CormorantI seriously enjoyed this book. I wrote a blabber on it, going into all the reasons why I enjoyed this book. It’s a geopolitical fantasy following a main character’s who’s as sharp as a tack as she tries to take down an empire from within. I seriously seriously recommend it (and btw, check out the blabber. Shameless plug! :”D)

5/5 stars

 

 

Saga volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 7A friend told me today that she can never give a book that makes her feel sad a five star rating. I found that interesting, because that’s the reason this book got such a rating from me. Continuing the Saga series, the volume holds up just as well as the previous ones. I really enjoyed it.

5/5 stars

 

 

 

 

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r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

I’ve decided to use the template provided by Millenium_Dodo here, which you can as well if you’re participating. :”D I’ve noticed my progression looks like it’s going in-order of the challenges… totally not intended, hawhaw. But woot, 2 out of 2 books I read this month qualify for the challenge!

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Blog Activity

12 posts created (including this one):


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson – Complete!
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete! (kinda)
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 21/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Was complete, need to do again.

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None this month, but I kept my eye out.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 3/17


And that’s it for April. I was right to predict at the end of last month’s wrap-up that I wouldn’t read too much. Hopefully in May I can read more. I’ve finished my project for classes so all my workload has essentially vanished. Just need to put the finishing touches on some stuff today and then that’s it, yo.

Happy reading!

 
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January Wrap Up | ’17

Hello!

Happy February! Last year, I did wrap ups and currently reading posts in the same post, but I feel like doing so made me give less detail in my wrap ups since I didn’t want to make the posts too long. So I’m splitting them up this year. Yay organization.

This past month has been my best reading month in well, months. It’s given me a solid start to my 2017 reading goal and I’m very happy with all the books I’ve read. :”D


This month, I read a total of nine books: Two manga, six YA fantasy, one DNF’d fantasy.

Manga

Attack on Titan vols 9 and 10 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 9 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 10 by Hajime IsayamaContinuing the series from where I left off in 2016, I’ve finally surpassed where the first season of the anime left off. Let me tell you what, son. The second season is going to be awesome! I can’t even begin to give a synopsis for these volumes without just vomiting out spoilers. I’m thinking I’m going to do a blabber on these, maybe ten volumes at a time. It’s been ages since I’ve been this obsessed with a manga – the last one I can remember was when I was buying Fullmetal Alchemist. I was reading them as they were first being released and kept getting more and more frustrated when the releases were a month apart, then two months, then three, then six… it was awful haha. It was great though, too. This series makes me feel the same. Luckily, I haven’t caught up to where they’ve been released yet – I’m still about six volumes behind on that (I own up through 14). Ahhh it’s so good.

5/5 stars each

Books

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh BardugoSiege and Storm by Leigh BardugoI read all three of these books rapid fire and have blabbers for each one (during which I developed the name ‘blabber’ for my book talky reviewy things). If you’re interested in myRuin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo full thoughts on each book, you can find the blabbers on the first, second and third books linked below. Overall though, I
thought this was a pretty solid series. I rather liked it but as I said in my Ruin and Rising blabber, the ending wasn’t what I wanted. It was good, it was solid, it made sense, but it totally missed the mark for me.It’s definitely made me want to jump on that Six of Crows bandwagon though. Maybe I’ll do that soon.

4.5/5, 4/5, and 4/5 stars respectively

A Court of Thorns and Roses and A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. MaasA Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. MaasGuess who jumped on this bandwagon late! It’s me! But I’m glad I did. This series has become one of my favorites, I think, especially the second book. I liked the first one but the second one, man. The second one. My first non-manga 5 star rating of the year. I think it’s going to make it’s way onto my ‘favorite books’ list, too. Not the first, just the second. But anyways, I had avoided these books for the longest time, both due to hype and a lot of mixed reviews. I remember even watching a spoilery gripe on the first book that made me not want to read it even more… but when I found both for cheap in a Half Price Books I kinda bought them anyways. Luckily for me, that gripe had been watched so long ago that I had forgotten all the plot points. So yay me, I went in blind. And I surprisingly liked the first one -I can see where there are issues in it though, but those issues are definitely addressed in the second book and corrected, which is why I feel I love the second one so much. So yeah, I’ve become ‘another one of those people obsessed with Sarah J Maas’.

One thing though – Maas’s sex scenes are kinda totally 100% awkward sometimes. Quit using the word ‘shattered’ to mean ‘orgasm’. Bro, you make me think of a breaking glass window when you say that – totally flings me out of the book. Buh.

Awaiting the third one on bated breath.

4.5/5 and 5/5 stars respectively

Weaveworld by Clive Barker

Weaveworld by Clive BarkerThis one, I DNFd at just slightly less than 50%. It just wasn’t jiving with me. I feel really bad for putting it down too – it’s one of my mom’s favorite books and she lent it to me hoping I’d love it too, and I just… didn’t. Like, it wasn’t bad it was just, I don’t know, boring? I guess? I wasn’t invested in the characters, the plot kinda told me ‘hey I’m pretty awesome’ without showing me that it was. I just couldn’t get into it! Honestly I wanted to drop it about a hundred pages in but I forced myself through more of it in hopes I’d see what my mom did. I just didn’t. 😦 She’s lent me two other books though, so I’m hoping I’ll like both or at least one of those so I don’t give them all back saying I disliked them all. Fingers crossed. She doesn’t know I put this one down yet and if possible I’m not going to tell her unless I am able to also say that I liked the other two. Waaaah.

DNFd at <50%, no rating

Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. PearsonAfter the DNF, I was worried I’d fall into a reading slump. I tend to do that after dragging a book out and ultimately not finishing it. Luckily though, Ace offered to buddy read this one with me along with another of her friends, and all three of us blew through it pretty damn quickly. This book is honestly the one that got me into book blogging. When I first started reading book blogs and watching booktube, this book was everywhere. I didn’t end up actually getting my own copy though until this past fall, two years after I started in the community. And now I’ve just read it – I feel like I’ve completed a huge task or something, haha, like I’ve been working towards it for years. 😛 Overall, this book was pretty decent! I liked it a lot – enough to get the second book, which will also be buddy read when it arrives in the mail. I think my main problem with this book is that it’s nothing that I haven’t read before. Nothing really blew me away plot-wise or character-wise. I feel like if I had read it two years ago, it would have gotten a 5 star rating from me but at this point, I’ve read parts of this plot already in 100 other books. So like I said, I like it but I’m hoping it strikes into original ground here pretty soon.

4/5 stars


Blog Activity

12 posts created:


Reading Goals

Progress on 17 in 2017:

  1. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin – Currently Reading
  2. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson – Complete!
  3. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  4. Caliban’s War by James S. A. Corey
  5. The Traitor Comorant Baru by Seth Dickinson
  6. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  7. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. Weaveworld by Clive Barker – Complete! (kinda)
  9. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
  10. Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis
  11. 14 by Peter Clines
  12. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  13. The Edge of the World by Kevin J Anderson
  14. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
  15. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling

Progress on 2017 Reading Goals:

Complete a Goodreads Reading Challenge of 50 Books: 9/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete!
As of Jan 31st, it’s… 264 unread, 590 total… :”D Heeeh. I need to uh… I need to work on that.

 

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – None yet, but 2 or 3 are currently lined up to be booted. Just need to get to the nearest HPB.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 2/17


And that’s it! As I said at the beginning of the post, my currently reading posts will now be separate, so that’ll be up either tomorrow or Saturday, depending on how much work burns me out. Happy reading!

 
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February Wrap Up and March Currently Reading

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Welcome to March! This past month, I wasn’t very activate in posting, nor was I very active in reading. At least, not as active as January. But I still read a few good things, so I’m rather content.

Overview of Blog Activity for the Month:

Otherwise, I made no other posts. No readathons this month!

Total posts for February: 6


Reading Overview for February:

I completed four books this month. One children’s book, one graphic novel, one memoir and one collection of essays.

I am a Pole (And So Can You!)Through the WoodsStars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to FreedomBad Feminist

I am a Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert – 4 stars
I don’t own this book, nor did I borrow it from the library. I actually saw it at the bookstore and stood there for five minutes and read it all. It was really entertaining, as Stephen Colbert’s work tends to be. And it is a children’s book… kinda. I guess. Anyways, it was pretty funny.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – 3.5 stars
This was a library rental. A nice, quick read. Kinda creepy, rather enjoyed it, but I feel like the hype got to me on this one. I didn’t find it to be anything special.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon by Lucia Jang – 5 stars
This was a memoir written by a woman who escaped from North Korea and has since resettled in Canada. It was really interesting and devastating. This is the second North Korean memoir I’ve read and this one was just as powerful as the first. Definitely worth a read, highly highly recommended.

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay – 4.5 stars
This was a highly educational read for me. I consider myself a feminist and going into the book, I knew I was going to agree with a lot of the author’s standpoints, but I didn’t expect just how much. And since the author is a different race than myself, she opened my eyes to a whole new level of stuff that I didn’t even think about before. It was a very humbling, eye opening and re-affirming read, and I highly recommend you check this out regardless of what your beliefs are. It’ll either help you broaden your views or better understand different ones.


Favorite book of the month: Stars Between the Sun and Moon
Least favorite book of the month: Through the Woods (Not saying this was bad, just that it got the lowest rating out of the four)


Progress on 2016 Reading Goals:

  • Read 15/50 books
  • Picked up books out of interest instead of hype: 3/4 (Through the Woods was a hype grab)
  • Put books together in one room: Not yet!
  • Books unhauled from disinterest or dislike: 0
  • 0/16 16 in 2016 books completed

Progress on Book Riot Read Harder/TBR Jar Challenge:

Read a collection of Essays: Bad Feminist
Read a book under 100 pages: I am a Pole (And So Can You!)
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years: Through the Woods (2014)
Read a non-fiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes: Bad Feminist

4/24 prompts completed this month
6/24 prompts completed total.

And that’s it for February!


March Currently Reading:

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)The Queen of the Tearling (The Queen of the Tearling, #1)Life, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide, #3)Leviathan Wakes (Expanse, #1)

Basically the same as last month with one addition.

Life as We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas Adams
Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

And that’s it! Happy reading!

 

 
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Pixar Book Tag! (Original)

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Hello! Here is an original book tag created by Shivii at Shiviigoesrawr and myself. Her post will be up shortly if it isn’t already, and this post will be edited to link to her original post as well! This tag was her brain child, not mine. I’m just lucky enough that she asked me to work on it with her :”D So thank you for providing me this opportunity – I really appreciate it!


Toy Story – A book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)For this one, I’m going with Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. I first read this series when I was 10 or so – this book was as much as my childhood as Harry Potter was. I lost count how many times I’ve reread it. Particularly, I want to be friends with Butler. He just seems like such a cool guy. For those who haven’t read this series, Artemis Fowl is a young adult or middle grade (depending on who you ask) series about a 12 year old criminal genius named Artemis who captures a fairy and holds her for ransom. Butler, the character I mentioned, is Artemis’s bodyguard. When I was younger, I’d day dream about completing schemes and adventures with Artemis and Butler. I thought about it as often as going to Hogwarts, haha. So Butler was and is definitely a character I’d like to meet in real life.

A Bug’s Life – Big beautiful butterfly. Name a character that goes through a wonderful transformation or Ella Enchanteddevelopment arc

Ella from Ella EnchantedAt the beginning of the novel, Ella is a rather bland character. She’s cursed with always having to be obedient as honestly doesn’t seem to be that upset about it. Like if it were me I’d deal with the stomach aches and so on that came with trying not to listen to every single command ever given. But she just kinda goes along with it but has a ‘woe is me’ attitude. By the middle of the end and definitely towards the end, she definitely realizes her attitude about it sucks and actually tries to do something about it. She makes decisions for herself, she stands up for herself… it’s wonderful. This book I first read when I was ten or eleven, around the same time as Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl and I’ve lost count of the rereads for this one, too. I highly recommend it to young girls looking for something positive to read. Also, don’t watch the movie. It’s horrid.


Monster’s Inc –  Name a book where a strong or scary character develops a soft spot for someone else.

This one is easy peasy and he happens to be one of my favorite characters ever because of it. :”D I’m picking Sesshoumaru from Inuyasha. Inuyasha is set in Feudal Japan when all of the Japanese mythology of demon spirits and magic were prominent. Sesshoumaru is the main character Inuyasha’s older brother. He is the Lord of the Western Lands, a ruthless killer and his personality is an ice cube. He loathes humans due to family history and in the canon universe, barely tolerates Inuyasha, who is half human. And then, when once recovering from an injury and unable to move, he runs across a little human girl. Through a set of circumstances he ends up taking this girl as his ward. Let me tell you, my heart melted. I would love a side-series focused on Sesshoumaru and Rin (the little girl). It would be so awesome.

Finding Nemo – P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. Name a book that has an address or other quote within that’s been burned into your memory forever.

“I’ll be in my room making no noise and pretending I don’t exist.”

Take a wild guess.

The Incredibles – Name the coolest book family.

This one is super easy! The Weasleys! I’d love to be a part of their family or even a friend of the family. I feel like we’d all get along swell. :”D

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Cars – 1,2 and now 3. Name a book that keeps getting sequels that you feel are not needed.Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1)

As much as I hate to admit since I already used it as a good book, I’m going to say Artemis Fowl again. The first three to four books are pretty good. After that though man. I feel like Eoin Colfer loves his characters too much to stop writing about them and it’s resulting in flat plot lines. I mean the characters are still good as ever, but the plots got weird.

Ratatouille – Name a book whose main character is not a human nor a humanoid figure.

Island of the Giant Pokemon (Pokemon Chapter Book, #2)It took me a lot longer to come up with an answer for this question than I had anticipated. I kept coming up with characters that were angels or demons or some kind of animal morph – all were bipedal, wore clothes, etc. It was a while before I remembered that Pokemon exists. So I chose Island of Giant Pokemon by Tracey West. :”D The main characters are pokemon! So there!

I’m noticing I’m choosing a lot of books I read when I was little. I guess I must be in a nostalgic mood or something.

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Wall-E – Name a book that made you feel lonely.The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

I’m choosing The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne. If you’ve read this book and it didn’t rip your soul a little bit, make you isolate yourself for an hour or two, cry into a pillow, well… you just might not be a human.

If you’ve never read this book, I highly recommend it. It follows a young boy who is the son of a Nazi general running a concentration camp during WW2. This boy meets another boy on the other side of a fence one day and develops a friendship. This book is just… crippling. Heartbreaking.

Up – Name a book whose characters you became very quickly emotionally invested in.Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

I really grew attached to the characters from Fullmetal Alchemist very quickly. I feel it was a combination of how they were characterized, how expressions showed on their faces in the manga and generally the struggle they were putting through from the get-go. The Elric Brothers are emotional beacons for me, haah.

Brave – Name a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship

Fruits Basket, Vol. 1 (Fruits Basket, #1)Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. This series is about a young girl whose mother passes away, and after losing her home and being discovered living in a tent in her schoolmate’s backyard, is taken into their home to live. This family though has a secret that she soon discovers, mainly when one of them turns into a rat by mistake. This is a wonderful series, btw. It’s very heart warming and makes me nostalgic.

Anyways, the mother-daughter relationship as I’ve said is between the main character Tohru, and her mother, who is passed away. Through a series of flashbacks and Tohru talking to her mom’s picture, one can see their relationship was wonderful, strong and loving. It was so nice to see a strong parent-child relationship, even if just through flashbacks. I highly recommend this series.

Inside Out – Name a book that you would say could be one of your core memories.

Harry Potter, of course :”D PS. I totally pre-ordered the illustrated edition, and it’s been released! So hopefully it’ll show up soon :”D

 


Well that’s it for this tag. Hopefully you liked the questions that Shivii and I came up with :”D So since it’s original, I’m gonna tag a whole bunch of you, and if you want to do this and I don’t tag you, do it! Peer pressure!

Also if I’ve tagged you and you have no interest in doing it, dun worry ’bout it. It’s not gonna hurt my feelings, promise. But if you do do it, link to me so I can read it!

I tag:

Ladycorvinous
ABookishOwl
MyTinyObsessions
Writersmania
HalfBloodFanGirl
Zezee With Books
FieittyReads
SpacedWords
Books At Dawn
Q’s Book Blog
The Farrago Post
Kacie’s Bookshelf
Book Club Mom
The Worn Bookmark
Ranty Runt of a Reader
Trey Schnarr Books
The Book’s the Thing
Wander-ful Worlds
The Book Boulevard
Wanderlusty Writer
Panda’s Books
Book Snacks
Infinite Passion
AllBoutThemBooksAndStuff
Estefany The Book Addict

So like I said, if I’ve missed you and you’d like to do this tag, go bananas! Happy reading!

List of Blank Questions:

Toy Story – A book where you wanted the characters to come to life.

A Bug’s Life – Big beautiful butterfly. Name a character that goes through a wonderful transformation or development arc

Monster’s Inc –  Name a book where a strong or scary character develops a soft spot for someone else.

Finding Nemo – P. Sherman 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. Name a book that has an address or other quote within that’s been burned into your memory forever.

The Incredibles – Name the coolest book family.

Cars – 1,2 and now 3. Name a book that keeps getting sequels that you feel are not needed.

Ratatouille – Name a book whose main character is not a human nor a humanoid figure.

Wall-E – Name a book that made you feel lonely.

Up – Name a book whose characters you became very quickly emotionally invested in.

Brave – Name a book with a strong mother/daughter relationship

Inside Out – Name a book that you would say could be one of your core memories.

 
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