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October Wrap Up | ’17

Wrap Up

After moving last weekend and spending all this past week and this weekend unpacking, I’m back to the blogging thing. Still not done unpacking, but it’s gotten to the point where it’s not chaos anymore.

Also, full disclosure: Aside from the audiobook I was listening to going to and from work, I haven’t picked up a book at all within the last week or two. Just haven’t had the time. So this wrap-up will be a bit top-heavy.


Books

Attack on Titan volumes 13 and 14 by Hajime Isayama

Attack on Titan, Volume 13 by Hajime IsayamaAttack on Titan, Volume 14 by Hajime IsayamaThis series just keeps getting better and better. I very much enjoyed both of these volumes and as soon as my buying ban is lessened in January, the continuations will be near the top of my list as ‘stuff to buy next’.

5/5 stars each

Descender volume 1 by Jeff Lemire

Tin Stars (Descender, #1)This is one that I wasn’t expecting to love as much as I did. I knew I’d like it, but the art combined with the story has landed this one on my favorites list. Volume 2 is also on my ‘gotta buy next’ list, haha.

5/5 stars

 

 

The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss

The Wise Man's Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2)And thus ends all the ‘good books’ I read this month. From here on, the ratings for the books I read drop dramatically. This book, man. This book was pretty terrible. Mostly, anyway. I wrote a full, spoilerly rant blabber on it, if you’re interested. The short version is that I found this book completely ridiculous.

2.75/5 stars

 

 

Blankets by Craig Thompson

BlanketsI feel like my main issue with this is that I wanted it to be something other than it was. Namely, I wanted it to have a point. I feel like the ending of this was the stupidest thing, and I know I’m being a bit unfair about a memoir, but really, if you’re going to write a story about your life, at least choice a story that’s not this meandering mess that ends abruptly and leaves the reader with the feeling of ‘and why was this so important it had to be written down? Because I couldn’t see it.’

2.5/5 stars

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

The GunslingerThis is the audiobook I listened to this month and the only thing I’ve read in about a week and a half. I picked it up because it’s the start of my mom’s favorite series and chose audio because I have a history of hating SK’s writing style. Again this was no different but it was a made a bit easier by the narration. I’m torn over this book. Parts of me dislike the weird fascination King has with genticals, part of me dislikes the main character, part of me was bored throughout the thing and part of me feels like the set-up for the second book is too much of a draw to not pick it up and at least try it.

So overall I didn’t find this book great but I feel like the series has a lot of potential. I’ll likely grab the second book at some point and give it a try.

3/5 stars


r/Fantasy Bingo 2017

This bingo challenge runs from March 2017 to March 2018!

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

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Blog Activity

8 posts total


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 – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  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: 43/50

Count how many books I own and determine how many are not yet read – Complete! Currently physical TBR: 300 even

Discard books I don’t like or lose interest in reading – (Ongoing) About 30 or so this month.

Read all of the books on my 17 in 2017 list – 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

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August Wrap Up | ’17

August Wrap Up

Happy Day-After-19-Years-Later-Day!

A lot happened this month for me. And still, somehow I managed to read a few books along the way. It was wonderful. 😀

August 1st, I got married. August 2nd, I left for honeymoon and didn’t return ’til August 15th. August 16th, I resumed work. August 20th, we started apartment hunting (we already lived together, just need something with a better location). We did that every day after work ’til August 28th, when we put a security deposit down on a lovely townhouse. 😀 We move in October! So… September and October are both gonna be a tad hectic with prepping for the move and all the other stuff that’s planned. Today, for instance: Going to a friend’s wedding. :”D

Wish me luck! I hope your August was lovely.


Books

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

The Rest of Us Just Live HereI picked this book up while on honeymoon and was very excited for it: It’s Patrick Ness, man. I love his Chaos Walking trilogy – it was my favorite of his writings. And after reading this book, I’d have to say that Chaos Walking still holds that title. After that great trilogy and the wonderfulness of A Monster Calls, this book kinda fell flat for me. I mean, it’s not bad by any means, it’s pretty much exactly what I expected going into the book. I just didn’t like it because I hated all the characters. I’m not talking a passionate hate or anything, it’s just they were all annoyingly one-dimensional, I guess. I don’t know. This book didn’t do anything for me.

Rating: 3/5 stars

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by JK Rowling and Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)I finally read this, after pre-ordering it when it came out two years ago. I did so both because it’s on my 17 in 2017 list and because I actually like, want to read the things, y’know? With the third one coming out next month, I figured I should jump on it. Ideally I’ll get to the second one this month as well. As per usual, loved it. Illustrations are beautiful. Story is wonderful. Yada yada Harry Potter yada.

Rating: 5/5 stars

14 by Peter Clines

14This is definitely the weirdest book I read this month. Well, this year. 14 is one of those books you pick up knowing ahead of time that it’s supposed to be bizarre but then it still blows away your expectations with how incredibly odd it is. I really liked it! I wrote a blabber on it as well, if you’d like to know my full thoughts, but in summary, if you’re looking for something out of the norm, pick this one up. It was good.

Rating: 4/5 stars

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)Okay, I’m on this bandwagon now. I see why there’s so much hype about this series. It was really good! But, it wasn’t quite a five star read for me – that might change in the second book, we’ll see.

My main problem is the main character. He grinds my gears. In my mind, he’s pretty much a Mary Sue character. Gah. I mean, he’s not a bad character, he’s just too good I guess. There are a lot of tropes in the book that stuck out me, a lot of them relating because to the ‘Kvoth has no flaws’ thing. Buh. So, I like it so far, but that main character needs some major character development.

Rating: 4/5 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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Blog Activity

11 posts created

14 posts – Yeah buddy


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 – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  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 – Complete!
  16. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated) by J. K. Rowling – Complete!
  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: 37/50

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 – 9/17


And that’s it! Happy reading!

 
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Bout of Books 20 | Wrap Up

Bout of Books
Happy (boo) Monday! It’s 4:15 and I have to leave for work in an hour, yayay. Also, bout of books is over!

Reading Completed:

 

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – 240 pages(ish), 9.5 hours listened – finished book!

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks – 73 pages

Embassytown by China Mieville – 103 pages(ish), 3.75 hours listened

25 chapters of fanfiction (which… is seriously wonderful. I feel like a teenager again :”D)

 


And that’s it! Looking at it, I don’t think I read as much as I usually do during a readathon, but I definitely read more than I have been lately at all. It’s a nice change. Plus, finished a book, so woot.

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 08/28/2017 in Books, Readathon, Wrap-up

 

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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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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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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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