Fantasy Bingo | Update 3

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Happy Thursday! Today I’m updating my progress on Fantasy Bingo, which runs from April 1st 2019 – March 31st, 2020.

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Only two new additions this update. I’ve been reading a lot of manga recently. In January, I’m gonna point my reading directly at this, and hopefully update 4 will have more oomph.

SFF novel of a title with 4 or more words: The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht. This was a good fit for this square, but unfortunately, I didn’t love the read itself.

Personal recommendation from r/Fantasy: Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames. I posted a while ago in r/Fantasy asking for comedy recs, and this seemed to be the popular one, so I picked it! I ended up rather enjoying this, too.


And that’s it! If you’re participating in fantasy bingo, lemme know!

Nanowrimo Week 3!

This is the last weekend before Nano, and if I’m being honest folks, I think I’m going to win today.

As of this moment, I’m sitting at 45030 words. I have fewer than 5k to write, and I feel like I can do them all today. All of them. I’m so excited for it.

I’ve won Nanowrimo a handful of times before this, but I’ve never done it this early –  a whole week ahead of schedule. So unless something happens today that I get no chance to write, I’m winning. If not today, tomorrow for sure.

This is where I was as of Friday evening, the 22nd:

My highest writing day was Sunday, where I wrote over 7k words. With that in mind, this last 5k is gonna be easy peasy lemon squeezy.


If you’re doing Nano, lemme know how you’re doing! Happy writing!

Nanowrimo Week 1!

Happy Saturday! We are nine days into Nanowrimo, and this is my progress. Note, I’m writing this post before I’ve written any words towards Nano today, so all of today’s numbers will be 0. They’ll obviously reflect what I am able to write later today next week during the next update. 😛

As of writing this, I’m sitting at 16284 words. Even if I wrote nothing today, I’d still be on track, as today’s on-track count is 15000. But! I am going to two write-ins today, so I’m hoping to get a good 4k written, which will be a nice cushion for the work week to come.

I’ve already deviated from my outline. I added a talking cat on a whim, and he’s now a main protagonist. It’s fine, it’s all fine.

If you’re doing nano this year, how are you doing? Happy writing!

Fantasy Bingo 2019 | Update 2

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Hi! Back in March/April, I declared I was participating in Fantasy Bingo this year, and earlier this summer, I made my first update. Well, here’s update number two!

If you are interested in participating (It runs from April 1st 2019 – March 31st 2020 and you can add books you’ve read between April 1st and now retroactively), check out the full announcement post here for the rules and whatnot. Also, check out the huge post of recommendations if you need ideas to fill topics.

Here is this year’s card:

Keep in mind I might juggle squares around as the months go by, but here is my progress so far.

Fantasy Bingo 2019

New additions for this update:

SFF Novella: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This was pretty good. I had heard a lot of hype about this one

Graphic Novel or Audiobook: The Girl From the Other Side vol 1 by Nagabe (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) I actually ended up reading two volumes of this, and I have a third as well. It counts for hard mode because it was new to me!

Second Chance: City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This was second chance because I’d tried this series once before and thought it was just okay. This second book though I ended up liking a lot more than the first.

Middle Grade SFF Novel: Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This one achieved hard mode because I’d never read it before. I liked it!


And that’s it! Four more books. To be fair, I’ve been reading a lot (read: a lot) of manga recently, so while I’m up to 90 things read this year, that’s why not many of them qualify for bingo. There are a couple I read that I might add at the end if I don’t read a book that fits, but I’m gonna keep it skim because well… can only add one or two. So I wanna wait and see which ones I need.

Are you participating in bingo? Lemme know!

N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon Midway Update!

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Hello, happy still-August! Today I will post about my progress so far in the N.E.W.T.s Magical Readathon!

Based on the TBR I posted back before the readathon began (which has all the info about the readathon too, if you’re interested), this is what I’ve accomplished so far. I’m going after Alchemist, which requires the following:

What I’ve completed:

Ancient Runes

  • A: Read a book recommended by a friend – Complete!

Saga vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 9 (Saga, #9)

  • E: Book in past tense – Complete!

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

Howl's Moving Castle (Howl's Moving Castle, #1)

  • O: Book that has been on your TBR for ages – Complete!

Bitch Planet vol 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine

Arithmancy

  • A: Book that ends on an even page number – Complete!

Chew vol 3 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 3: Just Desserts

  • E: Read a stand alone – In Progress!

Nod by Adrian Barnes

Nod

  • O: Books that’s longer than 350 pages – Not Started

You by Caroline Kepnes

You

Herbology

  • A: Audiobook – In Progress!

Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)

  • E: Book between 350-390 pages – Not Started

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

  • O: Book with a flower on the cover – Not Started

The Girl From the Other Side vol 1 by Nagabe

The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún, Volume 1 (The Girl from the Other Side, #1)

Potions

  • A: Read your friend’s favorite book – Not started

Dorohedoro vol 1 by Q. Hayashida

Dorohedoro, Vol. 1

  • E: Book with cover in Hogwart’s house color – Not started

Chew vol 4 by John Layman

Chew, Vol. 4: Flambé

  • O: Book that starts with a prologue – Not started

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1)

Transfiguration

  • A: Read a book the LGBT+ representation – Complete!

City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

City of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments, #2)

  • E: Read a sequel – Complete!

Delicious in Dungeon vol 3 by Ryoko Kui

Delicious in Dungeon, Vol. 3

  • Read a book over 500 pages – Not started

Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas

Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Astronomy

  • A: Moon on cover/title – Not started

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2.5)

  • E: Night in title/series name – Not started

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


So as of right now, I’ve completed 6 out of 17. I’m a taaaad behind. :”D Wish me luck.

2019 Reading Resolutions Check In

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So to start, this originally was going to be a resolutions check in and a reading stats post. But it’s not, now. I’ll get to that below. But man, am I baffled.


At the beginning of the year, I made a post about my 2019 Reading Resolutions. Today I’m gonna let you know how I’m doing.

  • Read 50 books

In progress – I’m 100% I’m gonna hit this one. As it stands, I’m at 47.

In progress – I am right on schedule – 5/10 complete!

  • Keep book purchases around 4-5 books per month

In progress – I fudged a bit in March when I got 7, but otherwise I’m sticking to this!

  • Go on a 2 to 3 month buying ban

Complete! I did a 2.5 month ban from April 1st – June 15th!

  • Reduce physical TBR to 250 books.

In progress – I’ve gotten it down to 267. When I wrote this, it was 283, so… doing ok? I guess?

Complete! Look here if you’re interested in the post about it.

  • Post monthly book hauls

In progress – Haven’t missed a month yet (aside from ban months, but obviously I wouldn’t have books to haul)

  • Maintain a S-W-S posting schedule

In progress, with a bit of an update. The W in the S-W-S schedule was to be Top 5 Wednesdays, but with that currently on hiatus, I don’t have any material. So for the time being, it’s S-S, and it’ll return to S-W-S when T5W picks up.

  • Keep track of statistics

So about that. I was doing it for the first two or three months of the year, and then I utterly stopped because… I stopped. I logged on right before writing this (Friday) to go and update the stats list with all the books I’ve read, purchased, etc, to throw stats into this post, and…. I can’t find it. I cannot find the file. At first I thought I deleted it, so I checked my recycle bin, but it’s not there. I have files I deleted back in 2018 in there, so it’s not like I deleted it and then emptied the recycle bin. But really, I have no idea where this file went! It’s annoying! And it’s not like I don’t know how to look for these things – I write software for a living, I know a trick or two on how to find missing/deleted files. It’s like the file never existed. I’m utterly baffled.

So I’m marking this in progress for now, because I might decide to make another file and have it ready by the end of the year. If I do that, I’ll count it complete. If I don’t, then obviously this one will be a fail. But right now, I’m too mad to go about making a new one, and if I do, it’ll be after I stop being a grouch at my documents folder.


And that’s it! So far, I’m fairly happy with my progress in everything. The only one I really wanna focus on more is the TBR one. How are you doing with any goals you’ve set? Happy reading!

Fantasy Bingo 2019 | Update 1

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Hi! Back in March/April, I mentioned that I had completed Fantasy Bingo 2018, which is a year-long reading challenge hosted by r/Fantasy over on reddit. On April 1st, the new bingo challenge began, and I’ve been reading books towards in since. Last year, I did monthly updates in my wrap up posts but I noticed I didn’t always read towards it every month, so this year I’m going to do more sporadic updates when I actually have new books to add onto the thing.

If you are interested in participating (It runs from April 1st 2019 – March 31st 2020 and you can add books you’ve read between April 1st and now retroactively), check out the full announcement post here for the rules and whatnot. Also, check out the huge post of recommendations if you need ideas to fill topics.

Here is this year’s card:

When I signed up, I decided to attempt Hard Mode when possible, which is when the prompts are further restricted (hard mode prompts can be found in the post I linked) and I also wanna do Hero Mode, which is where I write a review for each book read. Now if you’ve been following my blog lately you’ll notice I haven’t written many reviews in the past couple months. I’ll get there… They’ll show up, hehe. If they’re not written yet, the Hero Mode will be shown as not struck out, but also not bolded.

Keep in mind I might juggle squares around as the months go by, but here is my progress so far:

Fantasy Bingo 2019

Novel featuring a character with a disability: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) I didn’t expect this book to count for really anything, buuuuut one of the characters ended up being injured, resulting in the loss of one of their senses. I won’t say who or why or what, for spoilers. But it made this book count for this square.

SFF novel by a local to you author: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) According to Goodreads, this author lives about 400 miles from me. Being from the United States, 400 miles is a 7 hour car ride and would definitely be considered ‘local’. I didn’t go out of my way to find a closer author though, so no hard mode for this one.

Novel featuring an AI character: Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) One of the main character’s friends is a robot with a witty AI personality. So, totally counts.

Retelling: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is a retelling of a Russian folktale!

SFF novel by an Australian author: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) Pretty sure both authors are Australian, but I know at least Jay Kristoff is.

Final book of a series: League of Dragons by Naomi Novik (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is the ninth and final book in Novik’s Temeraire series. It was a long time coming and I’m pining for it now. I miss it.

#OwnVoices: The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) This is a fantasy book based on the events of the Rape of Nanjing. It was really good and rather intense.

Five SFF Short Stories: A Thousand Beginnings and Endings by a buttload of authors (Hard Mode | Hero Mode) To be honest I kinda dreaded this square. I’m not a huge fan of short stories and this collection just reiterated that to me.


And that’s it so far. All future posts will only mention new books added, and if any books have been moved to different squares. Happy reading!

Book buying ban check-in

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Hi! I’ve been on a buying ban since April 1st. Today is my check-in on my progress. 😀

I chose today because it’s roughly half way through. My ban is April 1st – June 15th. Anyways.

I mentioned in my 2019 Reading Goals that I go on a buying ban every year. I do – this is the third year in a row that I’ve done it. The difference this year though is that I’m doing it in the spring instead of the fall. I wanted to get it over and done with more quickly this year, so I bumped it up. And from each of my conclusion posts (here and here) you’ll see that I’ve never failed at it. My ban will is actually pretty good.

And this year is no different. So far, I’ve purchased 0 books during the ban. However, I did receive one book as a gift. I can’t really do anything about that though. (And thank you friend Brady for the gift :”D)

This is it:

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Inuyasha profiles by Rumiko Takahashi. This is a companion book to the Inuyasha manga series. I love Inuyasha, so am very happy to have this.

So, since the above was a gift and this is a buying ban, I’m still doin pretty good. Just a little over a month and a week left, and then I’m free. What I think is funny is that my dad requested I take him to the bookstore and buy him a book for Father’s Day this year, and Father’s Day in the US falls on June 16th – perfect timing. I might get myself a book too. :”D

Happy reading!

O.W.L.s Magical Readathon |Mid-month check-in

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Hello, it’s about half way through April now (damn space time continuum, etc) and I wanted to look at my OWLs goals and where I am.


If you’re unfamiliar, here is the announcement video of the OWLs Readathon, which take place from April 1st through the 30th. Basically, you pass the month reading books to fit prompts, and each you complete counts as an OWL examination you take and pass at Hogwarts. After April is over, there will be another readathon in August for the NEWTs, and the end goal is to plan your reading to get the right OWLs/NEWTs to get a wizarding career.

In the announcement post I made back at the end of last month, I announced I was going to try for Alchemist, and do a backup of really any other career should I fail it. The Alchemist requires all twelve possible OWLs. This is my progress so far:

Ancient Runes: Retelling

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden – In progress. I’m about half way through this book so far, and while it took me a bit to get into, I’m rather liking it now.

Arithmancy: Work written by more than one author

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – Not started.

Astronomy: “Star” in the title

StarCraft: Frontline, Volume 1 (Starcaft)

StarCraft: Frontline vol 1 by Richard A. Knaak – Not started.

Care of Magical Creatures: Land animal on the cover

The Meowmorphosis

The Meowmorphosis by Coleridge Cook and Franz Kafka – Not started.

Charms: Age-line, an adult work

Not started. I mentioned that I was going to leave this open and just fill it in with a book when I came to it, because I owned so many that fit. I still have no idea what I wanna do for this one.

Defense Against the Dark Arts: Reducto – title starts with ‘R’

Rave Master, Vol. 01

Rave Master vol 1 by Hiro Mashima – Not started.

Divination: Set in the future

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Not started.

Herbology: Plant on the cover

Attack on Titan, Vol. 17

Attack on Titan vol 17 by Hajime Isayama – Not started.

History of Magic: Published at least ten years ago

Case Closed, Vol. 2

Case Closed vol 2 by Gosho Aoyama – Not started.

Muggle studies: Contemporary

Fangirl

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – Finished. I wrote a review for this one, which went up yesterday. Thought it was pretty decent. 3/5 stars

Potions: Next ingredient – sequel

Case Closed, Vol. 3

Case Closed vol 3 by Gosho Aoyama – Not started.

Transfiguration: Sprayed edges or red cover

Dark Matter

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch – Finished. 4/5 stars. A review of this one will be up soon… maybe?


So.. as you can see, I’ve finished two out of twelve OWLs half way through the month. But also notice that five of the ten remaining are manga. All those manga, I plan on reading on April 30th, and instead I’ll use the month leading up to it focusing on the actual books. So the stats are gonna look skewed in the mean time. Granted I still am a tad behind. I should probably have The Bear and the Nightingale done at this point, but as mentioned above, it was a bit slow, so it slowed me down. -_-

At this point, I don’t feel like my goal is unattainable. I feel like I can still get all twelve OWLs, so wish me luck in doing so! If you’re participating in the OWLs Readathon, lemme know how you’re doing!

Bout of Books 20 | Day 5 Update

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Hello! Welcome to Saturday. :”D My last update was on Wednesday, so I have about three days worth of reading to cover.

Since then, I’ve read:

  • 5 chapters of fanfiction
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – audiobook: 6ish hours ~140 pages (finished it!)
  • The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 53 pages
  • Embassytown by China Mieville – audiobook: 2ish hours ~90 pages

So, not too much page-wise but 8 hours of audio in 3 days is a lot. :”D Hope anyone who’s participating is doing well! Happy reading