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Bout of Books 19 | Wrap Up

Bout of Books

The bout of books readathon is over! I actually… read more than I thought I would, hawhaw.

Reading completed:

A Court of Wings and Ruin: 467 pages (and a blabber)

Chew vol 1: 128 pages

Attack on Titan vol 12: 192 pages

The Gene: An Intimate History: 25 minutes

787 pages, 25 minutes total

I’ll see you all in August for Bout of Books 20! :”D

 
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Posted by on 05/15/2017 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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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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Posted by on 04/30/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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March Wrap Up | ’17

Helloooo it’s the end of March and it’s the first post in a while that didn’t have a camel in it.

This month, I read a decent bit. I don’t feel like I did though – I feel like I’ve been swamped with coursework but apparently I had more free-time that I actually utilized to read than I thought, so woo.

This month, I finished one novel, two comic books and one audiobook.


The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E Pearson

The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles, #2)This one was a buddy read done with Ace and another friend. The second book in the Remnant Chronicles trilogy, it far out-shined the first. No middle-book syndrome with this one. This book I think I liked so much because we got a more solid view of the setting. In the first book, all that was known was that it was set in a land that had ruins from a bunch of ancients, but otherwise didn’t go into detail. This book did, though not directly. It was obvious though if you picked up on the descriptions of the scenery AND IT WAS COOL. I LOVED IT.

Plotwise, I dig this book. I’m still not smitten with the main character though, which is a bit of a disappointment. She’s good, I like her, but to me she still feels a bit flat. Hopefully book three will give her a bit more character development.

4/5 stars

Adulthood is a Myth and Big Mushy Happy Lump by Sarah Andersen

Adulthood Is a Myth (Sarah's Scribbles, #1)Big Mushy Happy Lump (Sarah's Scribbles, #2)These two comics I flew threw. I am obsessed with Sarah Andersen’s sense of humor and when I heard the second edition would be released, I pre-ordered it and bought the first book along with it. They were both fantastic and I loved them. :”D Can’t really write a review otherwise, honestly. If you haven’t heard of these books, google ‘Sarah Scribbles’ and widen your view on life.

4/5 stars each

The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks

The Blinding Knife (Lightbringer, #2)This is the audiobook I mentioned and it’s still my current obsession. Book two was just as good, if not better than book one. I’ve been yapping about the first book, The Black Prism for a month or so, and that’s because I just can’t get over it man. Every so often you find a series and you think “Yep this is it. This is my new favorite series”. Well. Guess what.

The Blinding Knife continues where the first book left off, following the Prism and his son Kip and a few other characters, all of whom in my opinion are rather memorable. The humor in this book is still there, especially when reading from Kip’s POV, and the lore of the magic in this world deepens considerably. I really like the image that Weeks is painting here. I’ve since bought physical copies of books three and four and plan on continuing the series in physical copy…. though I might default back to the audiobook. The narrator is just that good, man.

Also, I’m in love with these covers. They’re just so lovely.

5/5 stars

And that’s it for readings from this month. As said above, I got more than I had expected to read, but at the same time, it’s a bit below my norm. On the plus side, I very much enjoyed everything I picked up. 😀


Blog Activity

10 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 – Currently Reading
  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: 19/50

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

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – Got rid of ten or so this month, I think.

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


And that’s it for March. I don’t expect to get too much reading done in April… this coding project (which will likely get it’s own post. It’s a doozy, man) is killing me and is taking up the majority of my time at this point. I’m soooo excited for it to be over, man. SO EXCITED.

On the plus-side, my nephew-to-be has asked me about the robot I’m working on, so this is my chance to get into interested in coding and robotics. 😀 I see a demo in my future.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 03/31/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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February Wrap Up | ’17

Hello! Tomorrow is March! This month, I read six things: one physical novel, two manga, two audiobooks and one graphic novel. I kept it light this month, apparently. But I still read some pretty great things 😀 I’ve also started a lot of new books, but those’ll be covered in my March Currently Reading post that’ll pop up on Thursday.


Manga

Attack on Titan volume 11 by Hajima Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Read for the TBRTakeDown readathon! I’m almost caught up on this series. Only about ten volumes behind now.

…”Almost” is relative.

Either way, very much enjoying it 😀

4/5 stars

 

Mushishi volume 1 by Yuki UrushibaraMushishi, Vol. 1

Also read for the TBRTakeDown readathon, this was actually a re-read for me. I first read this probably eight or so years ago when I first bought it, long before goodreads was a thing. I remember liking it then and I liked it now. I have four volumes of it I think – not sure how many there are. Hopefully will get through them by the end of the year. Mushishi is a very trippy, slow-paced manga about spirit-y beings that inhabit the world and the man who interacts with them. It’s definitely a series that’s not for fans of action-packed adventure, but it’s interesting and thought-provoking. I definitely recommend it.

3/5 stars

Graphic Novels

Y: The Last Man volume 7 by Brian K Vaughan

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)Still working on this series – it’s pretty decent! The concept is pretty cool. This series follows a man named Yorick and his monkey, the last two males on the planet after something wiped the rest of them out. It’s sci-fi, it delves into politics and really just human character. It’s really great.

3/5 stars

 

Books

Life, The Universe and Everything by Douglas AdamsLife, the Universe and Everything (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #3)

If you’ve followed my blog for any amount of time, you’ve seen this on my currently reading posts for a while now… two years to be exact. I’ve been reading this book for two years. Two years. And I’ve finally finished it, woo!

I was reading this book out loud with my SO and it honestly just took us this long to get through it. It was definitely enjoyable but man, I’ve never ever spent so long reading a book. It was crazy. But it’s over! And I loved it.

4.5/5 stars

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, #1)Hey would you look at that – I finished the third book in this series after two years, then I re-read the first one in the span of two days. Weird. I listened to this one with my SO and a friend as an audiobook on a roadtrip I took two weeks ago. We got through the whole thing in the span of the drive. It was pretty great. 😀 If you have been thinking about picking up this series, do it. Seriously, it’s a classic.

5/5 stars

The Black Prism by Brent WeeksThe Black Prism (Lightbringer, #1)

This is definitely my favorite read of the month. I loved this book. I loved this book. I actually wrote a full blabber about it if you’d like to look into it. But this series man. This series is going to be one of my favorites ever. I’m currently in the middle of the second book and loving it just as much if not more than this first one. Ahh it’s just so great.I can’t even go into it without spoiling the butt off you so if you’d like non-spoilery thoughts, seriously check out the blabber. I think I do a decent job of not spoiling. I hope.

5/5 stars, easily


Blog Activity

10 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 – Currently Reading
  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: 15/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete, minus incoming February book haul

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

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


And that’s it! Tentative schedule for the next few days includes a T5W post, March Currently Reading and a Feb book haul. I don’t think I’m tagged in anything currently, I don’t think. So any tags that’ll be posted will just be me striving to feel included. :”D Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/28/2017 in Books, Wrap-up

 

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The #TBRTakeDown readathon is finito

This past week, I participated in the tbrtakedown readathon and overall, I think I did decently. I had planned to read five books and got through about three and a half of them.

Attack on Titan vol 11 by Hajime Isayama – Complete!

Mushishi vol 1 by Yuki Urushibara – Complete!

Y: The Last Man vol 7 by Brian K Vaughan – Complete!

The Traitor Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson – In progress

Joyland by Stephen King – Not started

Attack on Titan, Volume 11Mushishi, Vol. 1Y: The Last Man, Vol. 7: Paper Dolls (Y: The Last Man, #7)The Traitor Baru CormorantJoyland

 

 

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I’m still currently reading The Traitor Baru Cormorant and am really enjoying it. I’m hoping to finish it soon but it’s just so damn dense, man. Dense in a good way, but wowwy I’ll feel like I’ve read 200 pages and I’m only at 50. Really. This book is jam packed. Really like it though, but hoo-boy.

After, I have a readathon or two planned so Joyland will likely fall to the wayside, at least for a little bit. I’ll get to it eventually. :”D


Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 02/13/2017 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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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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Posted by on 02/02/2017 in Books, Uncategorized

 

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A Year in Review | 2016

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Hello! Welcome to the end of 2016, which really at this point just needs to go away. So here we are!

I had a decent reading year this year and a decent year overall (I mean hey, the world was kinda shitty this year but my personal year was pretty nice. That’s something I guess). So here’s my reading and blogging year in review:

My Year in Books:

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Total books DNF’d this year: 1


Stats for the Embuhleeliest Blog:

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So what this is showing me is that I got really lazy in early summer and stayed that way ’til mid fall. I can guess why this occurred honestly it’ll probably just sound like an excuse, so I’m not even gonna try to explain this one away haha. Next year I’ll try harder!

Total posts published: 111
Reviews:
12
Tags:
27
Top 5 Wednesdays: 15
Most popular post of 2016: New Year’s Resolutions Book Tag (Original!)

Wrap Ups:

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September & October | November

December:

Saga Vol. 4 by Brian K. VaughanSaga Volume 5 by Brian K. VaughanSaga, Volume 6 by Brian K. VaughanJurassic Park by Michael CrichtonThe Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen    CollinsShip of Magic by Robin HobbAttack on Titan, Volume 2 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 3 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 4 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 5 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 6 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 7 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 8

Saga vols 4-6 by Brian K Vaughan – 5/5 stars
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton – 4.5/5 stars
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by by Stephen Collins – 3.5/5 stars
Ship of Magic by Robin Hobb – 4/5 stars
Attack on Titan vols 2-8 by Hajime Isayama – 4/5 stars to 5/5 stars


Results of 2016 Reading Resolutions and Challenges:

I made a few different posts towards the end of ’15 that detail my goals. If you want to see the originals, they’ll be linked below. Otherwise, enjoy my lack of… everything. :”D

2016 Reading Resolutions:

  • Read 50 books –Complete
  • Complete at least half of the Read Harder reading challenge –Complete
  • Pick up books because they interest me, not just because they’re super hyped – Complete
  • Put all my books together – Complete
  • Get rid of books I disliked and/or will never reread again – Complete

100% of goals accomplished this year!

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:

Challenges completed –

Read a book over 500 pages: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Read a horror book: Locke & Key volume 1 by Joe Hill
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
Read a Dystopian or Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Life As We Knew It
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born: Assassin’s Apprentice
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie: Flowers for Algernon (movie in progress)
Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness: Flowers for Algernon
Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction): The Egg by Andy Weir
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

12/24 complete – Goal of 50% is accomplished!

16 in 2016:

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – Nope
Weave World by Clive Barker – Currently Reading
Storm of Swords by George RR Martin – Yep!
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan – Nope
The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku – Nope
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – Nope
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon – Nope
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by JK Rowling – Nope
14 by Peter Clines –Nope
The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey – Nope
Sea of Ghosts by Alan Campbell –Nope
Breakable by Tammara Webber – Yep!
Fired Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag – Nope
Across the Nightingale Floor by Gillian Rubinstein – Nope
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami – Nope
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Nope

So like… 2.5 out of 16 books. I told you that I’m usually really bad with these. :”D That’s why I made it one of my 2017 goals to actually finish my 17 in 2017 list, something I didn’t do in 2016. Woot?


End of Year Survey

Like last year, I’m going to do the End of Year Survey. If you’d like to do this as well, consider yourself tagged.

Reading Stats

Number Of Books You Read: 56
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Graphic novels and manga

Best in Books

Best Book You Read In 2016?
Uprooted by Naomi Novik, Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going to Love But Didn’t
Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie
Most Surprising (in a good way) book you read?
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb
Book You “Pushed” the Most People to Read (And they Did)?
Monstress by Marjorie Liu
Best series you started in 2015? Sequel? Ender?
Starter: Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey
Sequel: Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb
Ender: Assassin’s Quest by Robin Hobb (literally the only ender I read this year)
Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
Robin Hobb
Best books from a genre you don’t typically read/out of comfort zone
Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay
Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas
Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Favorite cover of a book you read in 2015?
Rest, Volume 1 by Mark Powers
Most memorable character of 2016?
Brienne of Tarth from the A Song of Ice and Fire series
Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Most thought-provoking/life-changing book of 2016?
Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang
Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Favorite Passage/Quote from a book read in 2016?
“The internet is amazing because it connects us with one another. But it’s also horrific because . . . it connects us with one another.” – You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Longest and Shortest books read in 2016?
Longest: A Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin
Shortest: The Egg by Andy Weir
Book that shocked you the most
Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom by Lucia Jang
OTP of the Year
Agnieszka and Sarkan, woot woot
Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship of the Year
Hakkai and Gojyo from Saiyuki (Saaaame as last year!)
Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Favorite book of 2016 read based soley on a recommendation from another
Monstress by Marjorie Liu
Newest fictional crush of 2016
Sarkan from Uprooted (weirdly)
Best 2016 debut
You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day
Best Worldbuilding/vivid setting of the year
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Book that put a smile on your face/most fun to read
Saga by Brian K Vaughan
Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016
None, actually
Hidden Gem of the year
The Egg by Andy Weir
Book that crushed your soul
None, actually. None of these books really super killed me this year.
Most Unique Book Read in 2016
I Am a Pole (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
Book that made you the most mad
Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie

Looking Ahead

Book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be a 2017 priority?
A Dance With Dragons by George R. R. Martin
Most anticipated non-debut 2017 release?
Haven’t looked into it yet honestly
Most anticipated 2017 debut?
Same as above
Most anticipated 2017 series ender/sequel release?
Saaaaame as above
One thing you hope to accomplish in your 2017 reading/blogging life
Be more consistent
A 2017 release you’ve already read and recommend to everyone
Guys, I’m a little blog and it’s still 2016. You silly.


And that’s my yearly review! I hope I didn’t bore you all to tears, thank you for reading! :”D

 
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