Down The TBR Hole Week #7

It’s that time again. Time to curb the goodreads tbr list with this weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Lia at Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

Now here we go:

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Dragonflight | by: Anne Mcaffrey

I really have no excuse for not reading any of this series. It’s been on my dad’s bookshelf since before I can remember. I also think I have it on my kindle so I should probably read this one soon.

Judgement: Keep!

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Top 5 Wednesdays | Favorite Non-Written Novels

This was a hard topic to name, but this is about all books that are not ‘written’ novels! So graphic novels, comics, manga, audiobooks, etc. Shed some light on books in other forms.

  • Angel Sanctuary by Kaori Yuki

I can’t make a top anything list without including this manga series. Kaori Yuki’s art style is gorgeous, the story is amazing, and there isn’t a single character that you can’t, if not love, then have some kind of feelings for. I haven’t read this in years and I’m always telling myself to fix that. It’s always one of those series that I practically throw at people who show even the slightest amount of interest in trying out some manga reading. If any of you ever have a chance to read this, I highly recommend that you do so.

  • Clover by CLAMP

It’s really hard to pick a series by CLAMP to include on this list. They’re an amazingly talented group of women and I love every piece of their work that I have read. Their art is beautiful and I think that’s one of the things that stand out the most in Clover. The art style in this series is a lot more simplified than usual, leaving a lot of negative space on each page. What this does is leave the reader a lot less overwhelmed to that they can truly appreciate the small bursts of beauty that they do give you. The story is interesting though unfinished. I never felt that it left you unsatisfied in the least though.

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The Gift Of Giving

So I recently did what I like to call a purge of my bookshelves. There was a lot of book that went this time, mostly manga that I hadn’t touched in years but there was some novels too. I ended up bringing most of the books to Savers, since my schedule couldn’t match with library hours, but I did manage to bring some of the book to my job for the residents.

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Everything but the Shakespeare went within the first hour and everyone who took one was so thankful. A lot of them even asked when I could bring more in.

For anyone who is thinking about getting rid of  books that you are done with, let me make a suggestion. Why not donate them to one of your local Nursing or Rest homes? If you’re not sure where the nearest one is then I’m sure that you can google it. Make sure that you contact the home first to double-check what their donation policy is first. Most places will have limited space and so they may not be able to take everything you’re getting rid of. Some may only be interested in certain kind of books.

And don’t just stop at books either. Clothes would likely be welcome as well as some basic toiletries (tooth/hair brushes, disposable razors, shampoo and body wash, those sorts of things). Most of the patients or residents won’t have the money to get themselves everything that they need or want so anything you can bring in would likely brighten their day.

Down The TBR Hole Week #6

It’s time once again for this weekly meme host by the lovely Lia over at Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

The Wizard Knight #1 & 2 | by: Gene Wolfe

This is a series that was recommended to me by one of my very best friends. He has never steered me wrong and (at least when it comes to books) I trust him completely.

Judgement: Keep!

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Top 5 Wednesday | Book Trends You’re Tired Of

What are some things you are tired of seeing that are trends in publishing? Maybe something that pops up on a lot of covers these days, or the popularity of certain tropes in a particular genre? Let it out!

  • Love Triangles!! Right there at the start, I am so sick and tired of almost every YA novel I read featuring a love triangle. Maybe if authors could at least change the formula up a bit every once in a while I wouldn’t hate them so much. They’re very rarely done well. Girl meets two guys, has an existential crisis over who she’s going to choose and then picks the one you knew from page one that she was going to go with in the first place. That isn’t to say it can’t be done well though. The love triangle in The Infernal Devises I thought was done really good.
  • Love at first sight. This is another one that mostly YA novels are guilty of but I’ve read it in a few different genres and reading levels. I get that teenagers and young adults are supposed to be “filled with raging hormones”, but that doesn’t mean that they all fall head over heals with the first thing that they see. In the real world, most of our relationships build and evolve over time. I’d like to see more of that in what I’m reading.
  • Main female character, falling madly in love with main male character after he saves her. This sort of goes along with the above one but it drives me into such a rage when I see it that I just had to include it separately. This is a trope that I see far more in fantasy than anywhere else. It drives me up a wall and even my favorite authors are guilty of this one. Women don’t have to be rescued by dashing knights all the damn time and they most certainly don’t need to sleep with them when they do.
  • The trilogy. Does every story have to come in three books now? Is that a new rule? Multiple volume stories are nice and all but they most certainly are not a requirement. No many times I’ll fall in love with a book and be all excited for the next one only to read and feel that the story has lost its steam. Many times the story feels as though it’s just dragging on for the sake of the word count. So much could just be left behind to make for the faster paced, more crisp story. I love subplots as much as the next girl but sometimes you need to know when to quit.(looks pointedly at GRRM.)
  • The Chosen One! That’s right, I’m looking at you Harry Potter. This is a trope that I’ve been reading since I first started reading. Only one character, usually as told by prophesy, is the one who can beat the bad guy and bring the world peace. Why? Why does this still have to be a thing? I haven’t read as many of these lately but they still annoy the crap out of me when I find them.

These are just the ones that came to mind the fastest. The list most certainly could go on forever. There’s a lot of books that I’ve read that use most of these to good effect though, so they’re not all bad. (I’m sorry Harry Potter, I’ll never speak ill of you again.)

What are some of the trends you’re tired of seeing in books?

Top 5 Wednesday group can found here on Goodreads.

Down The TBR Hole #5

So I’m just going to go ahead and drop this here…you know, like I haven’t fallen behind maybe four or five weeks now.

This is (supposed to be) a weekly meme hosted by the wonderful Lia at Lost In A Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when youre scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well thats going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if youre feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

 

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The Heir of Night | by: Helen Lowe

The summary on Goodreads doesn’t actually really say what this book is about, and for the life of me I can’t remember why I even put this on my TBR list to begin with. Maybe I thought the cover looked nice. It wouldn’t be the first book I wanted to read for that reason. Still, I don’t think I’m going to pick this one up any time soon, so I might as well take it off the list.

Judgement: Go

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Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood | by: Oliver Bowden

I have mixed feelings about novelizations of other media. On the one hand, you usually get a lot more details than you got in the original, but on the other there’s no real surprise as to the outcome of the story. I read the first novelization of the Assassin’s Creed games and while I loved the bit of extra they gave, most notably the friendship between Ezio and Leonardo, it was still a boring read. I had played the games and so I knew how the story ended. When you know how that story ends, it hardly feels worth the effort to pick the book up and continue reading.

Judgement: Go

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January Wrap-up & February’s TBR List

I have actually managed to get quit a bit of reading done this month. Mostly during my down time at work so I guess I haven’t had that much to keep me busy this month.

Cress & Winter, by Marissa Meyer, finishes off The Lunar Chronicles and oh my goodness let me tell you how much I really LOVED this series. Winter took me a lot longer to read than I thought it would, partly because I took a small break to read the other two on this lost, but also I there were a lot of part I found myself starting to feel bored. I guess I was just super anxious to see Queen Levana get what was coming to her.

As for the other two, The Princess Saves Herself In This One, by Amanda Lovelace, and My Spiritual Journey, by the Dalai Lama, they were ones I began reading on a whim one day when I had thought that Eat Pray Love was downloaded onto my kindle. Turns out it wasn’t and I have no internet connection at work so I had to choose something else. I don’t regret it though. I loved both of them and they were both short so it didn’t throw me off too bad.

Maybe I’m being a little delusional in thinking that I can get another four books read in a month but hey, I did it once already so a girl can dream right? Eat Pray Love I’m already half done with so that shouldn’t take me to long to finish. Farenheit 451 has been on my TBR list forever and I think it’s about time I finally read it. I got The Sun Is Also A Star in my Book of the Month box a couple of months ago and it looks too good to keep on my self any longer so I’m going to definitely try to get that one read. Ice Massacre I’ve read a few reviews for recently and it sounds interesting. Definitely a good book for my diverse books new years resolution.

Top 5 Wednesday: Current Favorites that Aren’t Books

Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from books and talk about some other things you’ve been obsessed with. These all don’t have to be in the same category. Mix it up! What TV shows have you been enjoying, makeup you’ve been wearing, food you’ve been eating, etc.??

For this I’m actually going to be sticking to one category; video games!!

When I’m not doing something with my daughter or reading a book, I can usually be found playing video games. I’m definitely a more casual gamer than I used to be but there are still several games that I have loved the heck out of recently.

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5. Bioshock: The Collection

My wonderful husband got me this for Christmas. I had never played the first two games before but had pick up Bioshock Infinite not long after it had originally been released and I fell in love. So far, I’ve finished the first game and it was just as amazing as I thought it would be. I’m maybe about 1/3 of the way through the second one and am still just as impressed so far. This T5W has also remanded me that it’s been a couple weeks since I’ve played this as well.

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4. The Sims

Specifically, The Sims 3. I’ve been a Sims junky since the first game came out when I was still in high school. I’ve always considered it one of my guilty pleasures, mostly because of the teasing I get when I tell people how much I freaking love these games. I haven’t made the jump up to The Sims 4 yet. I’m not sure if I ever will since I love 3 so damn much and I don’t have a lot of money to invest in all of the explanation packs.

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3. Dragon Age: Inquisition

This one I’ve been playing less and less of now that I’ve played through it at least a dozen times but that doesn’t mean I love it any less. Thedas ranks high on my list of favorite game worlds and I have to admit that have a weakness for rich fantasy worlds filled with tons of lore.

2. The Elder Scrolls and Fallout

I’m putting these two together because they both deserve to be on this list and they both rank at about the same spot on my favorites list. I put Skyrim down a while ago and haven’t played it in a while but I will always love and be ready to jump into it. Fallout 4 was my crack for a while. I loved everything it had added to the game and the fact that it was set in Boston (my most favorite city) was only an added bonus.

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1. The Mass Effect Trilogy

I have no words to describe how much I love these games. I have played through the entire trilogy more times than I can count and every time I fall more and more in love with all of these amazing characters. I can’t tell you how excited I am for Mass Effect: Andromeda’s release next month. You will all probably lose me come March 21st.

Top 5 Wednesday group can be found here on Goodreads.