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.

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.

May TBR List

I’ve been slowly catching up with the pile of books I have collected on my shelf, most of which came from my Book of the Month subscription. The last couple of months I’ve actually opened the book and started reading as soon as I’ve taken it out of the box which is something that I think I’m going to try to continue. It’s a good habit to get into; otherwise, they just pile up on my shelf.

So this month I’m going to try to get through:

The Leavers | by: Lisa Ko (BOTM)

The Alchemist | by: Paulo Coelho (re-read)

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

Uprooted | by: Naomi Novik (sort of a re-read)

Two of these are pretty short so reading them all shouldn’t be a problem for me. I’ve actually been able to get some reading time in during the day when my daughter is watching Paw Patrol so I’ve been pretty thankful for that (even thought those puppies are literally driving me insane most days).

Uprooted is only sort of a re-read because it’s a book I tried reading shortly after my daughter was born which was not a thing that actually happened. Not sure why I thought it would be back then but you know what they say about hindsight and all that. Anyway, I managed to read a little over half of it but then the year long phase of her only taking her naps while being held started and that killed the idea of me doing just about anything for a while. It’ll be really awesome to find out how it ends.

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?

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