October TBR list

So we’ve reached my favorite time of the year again. Autumn leaves, sweaters, pumpkin spice everything. I figured there was no better time to reread one of my all time favorite series. That’s right, I’m doing the classic, and probably cliché, Harry Potter reread!!

I’ve only ever read the books once about ten years ago so I figured it was about time to pick them up again. My, very easy, goal is to read through them by the end of this year.

So October’s TBR is looking like:

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone | by: JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets | by: JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban | by JK: Rowling

Dracula | by: Bram Stoker (the book club read)

What’s everyone else reading this month?

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September Reading Wrap-up

Another month, another FOUR books read. Not to bad if I do say so myself.

Kitchen Witchcraft: Crafts of a Kitchen Witch | by: Rachel Patterson ★★★☆☆

Kitchen Witchcraft seems to be a popular trend within the pagan community as of late. I’ve seen a fair few books about the topic and so decided to pick one up and give it a try. This one came off as more of a general basic witchcraft book than something that’s specifically kitchen witchery. It’s also very Wiccan influenced if, like me, that’s not the sort of thing you’re looking for. It wasn’t a bad book as an introduction to witchcraft with a bit of a kitchen witch flair.

The Clockwork Dynasty | by: Daniel H. Wilson ★★★★★

This was an amazing book. Steampunk is one of my favorite genres that I haven’t read enough of and this was definitely one of the better ones I’ve read. I’ve had a few days to process it but i still have no words to describe how much I loved it.

In the Night Garden | by: Catherynne M. Valente ★★★★★

Another five star book. This one was a bit slow at times, and sometimes even hard to follow with it’s format sometimes. I’ll have to try to get the continuation of this one soon so that I can see how the stories end.

The Hobbit | by: J.R.R. Tolkien ★★★★★

This is probably the fifth or sixth time I’ve read this book so I already knew I love it. It is the first time I’ve read it since the movies were released though so it was interesting to reread it with those in mind.

Goodreads challenge: 31/35 (If I keep this up I may have to raise it again.)

So that was it for this month. What did the rest of you read?

September’s TBR

I’m not feeling very sure what I’m doing with myself as far as reading this month. A couple of my friends and I started a book club but if I’m going to be honest I don’t really see it working out that well. (Our first book was decided upon without them even asking me my opinion, just as an example.) I also want to try and get back into reading some pagan non-fiction books again but finding non-Wicca material that I haven’t read yet sometimes feels impossible.

In short, I’m in the middle of a reading slump and I don’t like it. Either way I’m going to try and make it through these books:

In The Night Garden (The Orphan’s Tales #1) | by: Catherynne M. Valente

The Hobbit | by: J.R.R. Tolkien (re-read, book club)

The Clockwork Dynasty | by: Daniel H. Wilson (Book of the Month box)

Also, I increased my Goodreads reading challenge up to 36 books. That’s only eight more books for the rest of the year so it shouldn’t be to hard.

August Reading Wrap-Up

So I’m going to go back to separating this and my TBR posts. Feels like less work (if that makes any sense) and I can put more emphasis on the mini reviews for the books I’ve read. Also it gives me a few more days to think of what I want to read next month.

This month I read through three books, or two books depending on how you count them.

A Walk to Remember | by: Nicholas Sparks ★★★★★

I’m not embarrassed to admit that I loved the movie adaptation when it first came out. Sparks’ books are not my usual sort of thing but the kindle version was on sale recently and I figured it was worth a try. It was definitely good for when I was just in the mood for some light reading. I really enjoyed reading the story how it was originally told although I think I’m always going to prefer the movie just a bit more since it’s been one of my favorites for so long. I still loved it though.

Ready Player One | by: Ernest Cline ★★★☆☆

This is one I’ve wanted to read for a little while. I figured a book filled with video game and 80’s pop culture references would be a book I thoroughly enjoyed. I was so disappointed that this wasn’t the case. I spent most of the time reading this bored out of my mind. The only reason I didn’t put it down is because I really wanted to find out how they found the damn easter egg. It kept me interested just enough but there was way too much exposition for my liking, and while it was filled with the awesome video game and 80’s references I was so looking forward to, the author felt the need to explain just about every single one of them.

Doctor Who: Who-ology | by: Cavan Scott, Mark Wright ★★★★☆

Okay, so this isn’t a novel but it was still a fun book to peruse through. It’s been on my shelf for a while and I’ve picked it up to look at random bits of it here and there but this was the first time I’ve flipped through the whole thing. No I didn’t read every word in it (this thing was filled with a lot of charts) but for someone who loves this show it was full of a lot of interesting information.

Goodreads Challenge: 27/24

July Wrap-Up and August TBR

I managed to get a lot of reading done this month. Vacations are amazing like that sometimes.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban | by: Malala Yousafzai

I didn’t think it was possible for me to admire this young woman any more than I already did but reading this book did just that. Before the day that she was almost killed by the Taliban, I had never heard of her before so this book was a great and inspirational read.

A Million Junes | by: Emily Henry

This was a cute story. Magical realism is always great when it is done well and I think that this book did it very well. The end had me rolling my eyes a little but it was still an enjoyable read.

The Grownup | by: Gillian Flynn

This one is a short story that I had gotten in one of my Book of the Month boxes. It was a couple days before we left for our trip and my new books hadn’t arrived in the mail yet and I was looking for something quick to read. It was certainly a good story and not at all what I thought it was going to be. I recommend it.

Men Explain Things To Me | by: Rebecca Solnit

I haven’t read too many feminist books and this one has been on my radar for a while. I found it for a decent price and so figured it was about time. It was also a title that I knew would annoy the crap out of my father so it seemed the perfect choice for our vacation.

Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto | Jessa Crispin

This book I came across while I was looking at the one above. I have to admit that I didn’t agree with everything that she said but I can’t deny that she does bring up a few good points.

Crooked Kingdom | by: Leigh Bardugo

And last but not least, the conclusion to the Six of Crows duology. I loved this book just as much as I loved the first one, and it killed me a little when it was over. I won’t spoil any of it for you guys but even though I had already been spoiled for the ending I was still not ready.

With those six books finished I am happy to say that my reading goal of 24 books has been complete, and with five months left in the year. *Happy dance*

For this month I think I’m mostly just going to wing it. I can’t really decide what I want to read so I’ll just pick them up as I feel like it. I have already started reading one book though:

Ready Player One

Ready Player One | by: Ernest Cline

This one has been on my book shelf for a little while and one that I want to get read before the movie comes out next year. Plus it was sort of calling me when I was staring at my self last night.

So that’s it for now. What are all of you guys planning to read this month?

I Made It Home But Then FFXII Kidnapped Me

I meant to post a few days ago when we got home from our camping trip but Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age was here waiting for me. It’s my favorite Final Fantasy and it came out for the PS4 this past Tuesday. I’ve been pretty excited to play it again so I may have been lost to it for a couple of days.

I thought about maybe making some Let’s Play videos for the game but I’m not sure if anyone would be interested in that. Maybe, I still haven’t decided.

I really have nothing else to write here. Sorry for wasting time and internet space.

Day Three of our Maine adventure

I have learned some very valuable lessons on this adventure so far.

  1. Do not expect your toddler to sleep by themselves while on a camping trip.
  2. No matter how small the tiny person is, a camping cot will not be large enough to fit the two of you.
  3. No matter how low your expectations for toddler cleanliness are, the toddler will push it past the limits.
  4. Be adaptable.

We went down to the beach yesterday and walked along the water on our way to the pier. The ocean scared the crap out of her but she loved the sand.

Today it’s supposed to rain off and on. My parents do not seem to believe in finding indoor fun that might cost money so it’s looking to be a boring day.

We’re alive!!

Well I am happy to announce that we; my husband, daughter, and both my parents; all made it safely to Maine. We have not tried to kill each other yet and for my father and I that should be counted as a miracle.

Currently I am sitting by a fire that my mother keeps poking at and yelling Paw Patrol fire safety at my two year old who wishes to poke at the flames like her dear grandmother. I don’t know what I should have expected but I don’t think I thought the motto for this trip was going to be, “What would Marshall do?” (The answer is that he would not be trying to touch the fire kid now cut the shit!!!)

Campfire tip #1: If there are flames do not blow on them as you will very likely BLOW THE FIRE OUT!!#@%@!

There really hasn’t been a lot happening today. Mostly we just sat in the car for about three hours and then set up camp, walked around a bit, played on the playground, and messed around on our various tablets and phones. Obviously we’re really roughing it over here.

The munchkin is having a blast, which means that she is tiring her dad out.

Quote of the night: “Munchkin, how are you not dead?” (The toddler in question has not napped at all today. She has never slept in a tent either so bedtime is a frightening concept right about now.)

Given her insistence at dragging her dad all over the campground I am getting plenty of time for reading and writing so I will probably try to come back and let you guys know that I’m alive. Now excuse me while I try to come up with some proper scary campfire stories. (for after the the toddler is asleep of course.)

June Wrap- Up and July TBR

I really have to get better about this blogging thing.

I had completely forgotten that Terry Brooks’ new book was coming out last month. So when I found the five hundred e-mails in my inbox box telling me it was available for purchase I had no choice; I had to buy it, and then I had to read it. So my Wrap-Up for the month is:

Six Of Crows | by: Leigh Bardugo

This was so flipping good. I can’t wait to read the next book (except I have to wait since I didn’t have the $10 or so to buy it this week). I knew the hype over it couldn’t be for nothing but for some stupid reason I didn’t think I was going to be as in love with it as I am. I’m so very glad that I was wrong.

The Back Elfstone | by: Terry Brooks

Brooks has been my favorite author since I was in high school. His Shannara series is one of the reasons I love fantasy as much as I do. So when he announced that he was going to be writing it’s conclusion I knew I was going to have to read it. I’m still nine books behind but I made a promise to myself that I would pick up each of these books the day they’re released and read them. So that’s what I did.

For July’s TBR list I’m going smallish again. I’m actually going on vacation this month so that can either be really good or really bad for the reading list. A five night camping trip with a toddler should be interesting.

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban | by: Malala Yousafzai

A Million Junes | by: Emily Henry (going to try this one again)

Crooked Kingdom | by: Leigh Bardugo

I started reading I Am Malala earlier this week so I’m already a bit over half done with it and should be finished before we leave for our trip. Crooked Kingdom will be purchased with my next paycheck and will probably not last through the car trip. There may be other titles I read this month I just haven’t decided what I want to take with me yet.

Any good beach reads you guys are looking forward to reading this summer?

May Wrap-Up and June TBR

So another month has passed and some really good books have been read. I mostly made it through the four books I had lined up to read last month. So here we go.

The Alchemist | by: Paulo Coelho

This was a reread of one of my most favorite books written by one of my most favorite authors. There are no words I think I can say to express how amazing this book is So I’m just going to have to leave it at that.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane | by: Neil Gaiman

This book was really, really good…but also pretty terrifying. I though I was going to have nightmare from it.

Uprooted | by: Naomi Novik

Even after I had read most of this book a while ago, this book was still a page turner. I couldn’t wait to read what was going to happen next.

The Leavers | by: Lisa Ko

This was the title I had chosen for my Book of the Month. I really wanted to like it, I really did but it bored me so much I had no choice but to put it down. Just wasn’t the book for me I suppose.

This month I’m going to go with a smaller list. I can sort of feel myself entering a reading slump so I’m not going to push myself to hard.

Six Of Crows | by: Leigh Bardugo

A Million Junes | by: Emily Henry (Book of the Month)

I also picked out White Fur for my June BOTM box so if I do read both of these I may read that one as well. Or Maybe I’ll purchase Crooked Kingdom instead. I haven’t decided yet.

What is everyone else reading this month? Let me know in the comments.