T5W: Future Classics

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

July 11th: Future Classics
–What books do you think will stand the test of time?

I think this was more stressful than it should have been haha. I first sat down and couldn’t come up with anything. It was one of those “I can’t remember a single book I’ve ever read” kinds of moments (ok, more like half an hour, during which time I just sat and stared at my shelves and actually almost cried, but let’s not talk about that).

But I finally came up with 5, so yay! In no particular order, as usual…




The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan–
I think his books are going to stick. Maybe not all of them, but I have a feeling that in another 10ish years, they’re going to be considered modern classics, as Harry Potter is now.

 


Exit West by Mohsin Hamid– I read this last summer and I still think about it a lot. I still hate the description because it makes it sound different from what it was actually like, but it was really good, very timely, and I hope it makes it as a classic. (My review.)

 

 


Gone Girl
by Gillian Flynn– Confession: I haven’t read this one. I tried (several times, ugh), and couldn’t get into it. I also didn’t like the movie, or Sharp Objects (which I actually did manage to finish, but barely). I think Gillian Flynn’s writing just isn’t for me, idk. But this book exploded a few years ago, and people are still talking about it and referencing it regularly, so I have a feeling it’s eventually going to be considered a classic.

 



A Darker Shade of Magic
by V.E. Schwab– Maaaaaybe it won’t become a fantasy classic, but I think it should, and I hope it does ❤ (Do I need to explain this one, and why I chose it?)

 

 


The Night Circus
by Erin Morgenstern–
I feel like I don’t have to explain this one, either. The writing, the story, the cover ❤ It’s still a really popular book, and I see it as a lot of people’s favorite/in their list of favorites pretty regularly. I honestly can’t remember a time (since I became aware of the bookish parts of the internet a few years ago) when I haven’t seen this book pop up on social media at least once a week.


What are some books you think are destined to become classics?

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Mid-Year Freak-Out Book Tag

I was not tagged for this, but I’ve seen it everywhere (here, tumblr, youtube…) for about a month now, and I kept wanting to do it, and now I am. I think this originated on Youtube, but I saw it most recently on Lia @LostInAStory’s blog.

Here we go!


The best book you’ve read so far in 2017

I hate this one because I’ve read several books I loved, but I narrowed it down to 2 (it was originally 3 until I read the next category)…which is probably cheating, but I love them pretty equally, so I’m going with it.

  

 

Your favourite sequel of the year

I love this book, I love this series, and I am still pushing it on everyone every chance I get 😛

 

A new release that you haven’t read but really want to

So. Many. For this one, because there are probably a dozen I could pick from, I’m just going with a new(ish) release that I own but haven’t read yet.

I actually hadn’t even heard of this one (how??) until last month when I saw it on social media. I grabbed a copy last time I was at a bookstore and I’m hoping to get to it really soon because it sounds like something I’m going to love.

 

Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

I thought this was going to be super hard to narrow down, but then I remembered that this is coming out in October!

 

Your biggest disappointment

It’s a tossup between these two. I’ve heard amazing things about both, and I really disliked both. I won’t say I hated them, but it was really close. I gave both a grudging 2 stars (actual 1.5 rating, I think), and kinda wish I hadn’t read either of them because I feel like my time could have been spent much better.

  

 

Biggest surprise

I’m going more negative here because I expected to like this more than I did :/ I still did enjoy it, but I went into it expecting to really love it and it fell a little short of my high expectations.

 

Favourite new to you (or debut) author

No thought needed for this one. I absolutely loved this book and I can not wait for more books ❤ (I reviewed it here if you want to check out my full thoughts.)

 

Your new fictional crush

I don’t think I have any.

 

New favourite character

Oh gosh, pretty much everyone from The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

 

A book that made you cry

This one. (Reviewed over here.)

 

A book that made you happy

I loved this book and it was so satisfying ❤

 

Your favourite book to movie adaptation that you’ve seen this year

I didn’t read it this year, but I finally watched The Martian a few weeks ago and loved it. Not as much as the book, but I think both are great.

 

Favourite book post you’ve done this year

I’m not even sure why, but I think it was a Top 5 Wednesday and my first post of the year: 2018 Reading Resolutions. I think it might be my favorite because I’m actually not doing too bad with sticking to my goals, yay!

 

The most beautiful book you’ve bought/received this year

This gem ❤

I’ve seen these editions online (they’re the Harper Collins ones with “interactive elements,” and I know they have at least two others besides The Beauty and the Beast) but holy crap are they so much more amazing in person! (Confession: This was still in the plastic until 2 minutes before I took the pictures :/ So…I still haven’t even actually really looked closely at this gorgeous book and all the cool stuff that’s inside it, like that door. That door opens and there’s all kinds of other nifty things to explore.)

 

Books I want to read by the end of the year

I just did a T5W about this, so I’ll just leave that link here (and also because I am very lazy right now, sorry).


What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

Do you have any goals for the second half of the year?

If you did this tag, let me know and I’ll check it out 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I Want to Finish

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


This week’s topic is actually supposed to be about series you don’t plan to finish, but I did a Top 5 Wednesday about that recently, so I decided to switch it up and go with series I do want to finish.



Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor– I read the first two books years ago, but that was shortly before the third (and final) book came out. I wasn’t able to get my hands on it, so I never finished the trilogy. Now, I have them all, I just need to re-read one and two, then finally finish the series.

 



All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness–
I think this was a similar situation to DOSAB, and I also finally have all three of these, but need to do a re-read of the first two so I can finish it.

 

 


The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger–
Another series I’ve only read the first two books from (and need to re-read because I’ve forgotten so much), but now own the entire series. I managed to snag most of the series on sale a year or so ago, finally completing my collection, and I’m thinking about finishing this series this summer.

 


The Delirium Trilogy by Lauren Oliver–
I’ve only read the first one, but I really liked it and still want to finish the trilogy. I think the only reason I never did was because my library didn’t have the other two books. Blessedly, I think I remember the first well enough to skip the re-read.

 


The Red Queen series by Victoria Aveyard– I’ve only read the first book, but I own the first 3, and now that the last book is out, I want to re-read Red Queen and binge my way through the rest. As soon as I get War Storm.

 

 


The Valiant by Lesley Livingston– Only the first two books are out so far, and I’ve only read the first, but I loved it and I am so excited for this series! I just finally finally finally ordered the sequel, The Defiant, and I can’t wait to dive in after it gets here.

 

 


The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher– This series is still ongoing, and I am a couple books behind, but I love it. It’s one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series, and I’m planning to do a re-read of the series whenever the next book comes out, so I can finally catch back up.

 

 


The Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris–
*dramatic sigh* I’ve read all but the 13th–and final–book in the series. I started a re-read at the end of 2017 so I could finally finish it, but my last two books were destroyed (long story) and I still haven’t finished. And of course those are the only two books my library doesn’t have from the series :/

 


Cemetery of Forgotten Books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón–
I’ve only read The Shadow of the Wind, but I absolutely loved it. Last summer, I scored big-time at a used bookstore when I found the first 3 books, in hardcover, for less than $5 each! I’m really looking forward to a re-read and then finishing this series, but I think there’s actually a fourth book out now, too, so I might wait a bit.

 


The Stacy Justice Mysteries by Barbra Annino– I’ve read the first 3 of these books, I think, and I really liked them. They’re fun paranormal mysteries, and I’m looking forward to finishing the series since I finished collecting the main books.

 

 


Are there any series you really want to finish? Or how about the opposite–series you don’t want to finish?

If you’ve read any of these and think I should prioritize them, let me know 🙂

F is for Friday: May 18th

I’ve wanted to do this weekly meme for ages, but for some reason I thought this was one that wasn’t active anymore :/ I think I confused it with a different Friday meme or something. But I finally actually checked, and yay, it’s still going strong!


How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (that would be Nomadic Worlds, go check ’em out!) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

Questions:
F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)
I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.
F – Favorite quote of the week/day
F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.


F – Feature your latest book obsession (it doesn’t have to be your current read)

That would probably be…

I don’t have a review for this one yet, but hopefully soon. And now I can not wait for The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, due out in October!

 

I – Indicate which book/s you are looking forward to reading this weekend.

I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be reading this weekend, but right now it’s looking like…

  and 

I just started The Two Towers, (edit: oops, just realized I originally said Return of the King :/ ) so I’m hoping to get through a chunk of it. And I just read the first chapter of The Rosie Project, so I’m hoping to finish this because it’s been on my shelf/tbr for soooo looooong.

 

F – Favorite quote of the week/day

Hmmm… I think my favorite quote from reading this week was probably this one from Everything Leads to You by Nina Lacour:

“People talk about coming out as though it’s this big one-time event. But really, most people have to come out over and over to basically every new person they meet.”

 

F – Five things you’re happy or grateful for this week.

This was not a good week, but I’m trying to appreciate the little things.

  1. Seeing my BFF for the first time (for more than a few seconds) in over 6 months.
  2. Finding The Color of Magic on my library’s OverDrive (finally!!).
  3. Discovering a new favorite coffee brand.
  4. Getting in a little writing time.
  5. This little angel

This is Cashmere, one of the stray kittens we adopted last November


Happy Friday, folks, and I hope you have a great weekend 🙂

Possible new blog series?

This is going to be a bit long, sorry.

I’ve unshelved a ton of books over the last two or three years, thanks in large part to Sam (Thoughts on Tomes over on youtube).

For years, I couldn’t stand the thought of getting rid of books, because I grew up only getting new books maybe on my birthday and Christmas. Plus, I rarely got to go to the library, and both the nearest public library and my school library were jokes. So, books were precious. I had to hold on to them for dear life.

Then my bookshelves filled up. So I bought a new one. Then it filled up. I bought a new one. It filled up. I couldn’t buy a new one. Uh oh…

*Cue panicking*

That’s when I finally started looking at the books I was hoarding, and thinking about which ones I could live without seeing on my shelves. I took down about a shelf’s space, maybe shed a few tears, and packed them away.

Eventually that space filled up, and it was sometime after I’d watched some video of Sam’s in which she talked about unhauling books. I was inspired. I felt like I was finally given permission to stop clinging to all my books for no good reason. (As though a 20-something married woman needed anyone’s permission to get rid of books she didn’t want to keep, ugh.)

I started seriously taking stock of what was on my shelves, and I was surprised by how many books I just no longer cared about having, for various reasons. I pulled them off, small stack by small stack, and carted them out to my storage building. I wanted to immediately get rid of them, but they’ve been sitting in those plastic boxes for like two years, and I keep adding to them.

There are a lot of books out there. Like, waaay too many to even try to get rid of in one go, or even several trips to a bookstore. It’s probably going to take me no less than 10 trips to get rid of the ones that are in a good enough condition to sell. (I’m not too hard on most of my books, but some are very old from one of my relatives, and a few I ended up annotating back when I thought I would want to keep them.) It doesn’t help that it’s about a 2 hour drive in light traffic and good weather to the nearest bookstore that accepts used books :/

So, I’m thinking about making a new series on this blog. Something like “Bookish Rejects: Unhauling My Books.” It wouldn’t be a regular feature because I don’t get to go to the city too often, but maybe a seasonal thing? Would anyone care about that at all?

I wanted to do a post about the books I’m unhauling, but…there are so many. So. Many. It would probably take me hours just to get them all out and arranged to take pictures, so that’s why I’m thinking about doing it this way. If I do it in small posts, as I go through them to take away to sell, there would be few enough so I could talk a little about why I’m getting rid of them and stuff.

This is probably a stupid idea, and maybe no one else would care. But I might do it anyway, just so I have a record to look back on.


If you are interested, definitely let me know in the comments!

Do you unhaul books?
If so, what’s your system like? (Do you unhaul everything once you’ve read it? Do you unhaul things you rated below a certain point? etc.)

T5W: Most Recent Additions to My Bookish Wishlist

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

For May, we get to choose from previous topics which is super exciting because I’ve only been doing T5W for about a year and a half. It has been difficult to narrow down my list of topics I want to do, though.

This week, my chosen topic is from July 2016.

July 20th: Most Recent Additions to Your Wishlist 
— Books you are dying to get your hands on for your collection, or if you are a library-exclusive reader, books you recently added to your list there.

For this one, I picked 4 books from my Amazon wishlist, and one that’s just on my goodreads TBR, and I excluded books that have not been released yet.

In no particular order…


Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins by Emma Donoghue– I think I saw this on Jean Bookishthoughts’ youtube a while back, but I could be mistaken. I’m pretty sure I’d heard of it before then, but I looked it up and instantly added it to my wishlist.

 

 

 

Gather the Daughters by Jennie Melamed– I have no clue how this one landed on my radar because I don’t think I’ve actually heard much about it. I want to say I remember it from a podcast ad for Audible, but I’m not sure. Anyway, sounds interesting and I’d like to find a copy eventually.

 

 

The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden– This is another one I haven’t heard much about, but I think I saw it on someone’s booktube, maybe? Love the cover, the synopsis sounds interesting, and like just the kind of sci-fi I’d be into, so I’m excited to try to get a copy ASAP.

 

 


The Queens of Innis Lear
by Tessa Gratton– This one is, I think, the only one I’ve seen hyped up online, probably because it’s only been out a few weeks. I haven’t read King Lear yet (I know, I know! I will soon…probably…), but this sounds really good and I’ve heard great things so far.

 

 


The Gracekeepers
by Kirsty Logan– I think I actually heard about this one from Sam (Thoughts on Tomes), but I’m not sure now. This one sounds like just my kind of possibly a bit weird, and it’s described as something for people who loved The Night Circus, so I’m sold.

 

 


I’m tempted to split this and do 5 more that are upcoming releases because I just realized I still have 5+ for this year that haven’t already come out.

Ok, I’m doing it, but I’ll skip the covers and make it short.

Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor (expected publication: October 2018)

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (expected publication: September 2018)

To Make Monsters Out of Girls by Amanda Lovelace (expected publication: autumn 2018)

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs (expected publication: October 2018)

(Don’t) Call Me Crazy by a bunch of people (expected publication: October 2018)

I’m anticipating two sequels to books I haven’t read yet 😂 That’s ok. I’ve been waiting for Vengeful so I can finally read Vicious for-freaking-ever, and the time is coming. Soooon.


What are some of your recent wishlist additions?

Book Review: It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett


Genres/Descriptors:
YA; Fantasy

Why I read it: I won a copy in a goodreads giveaway.

Who I’d recommend it to: If you liked the movie Knights of Badassdom, or if you think you’d like reading about LARP-ing gone wrong, check this out.

My rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (maybe 3.5 stars)

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Description (from goodreads):

When Allison’s best friend, TJ, convinces her to come along for an epic game of LARP (live-action role-playing), she reluctantly agrees despite her reservations about the geeky pastime. TJ’s weekends are filled with powerful wizardry, mystical creatures, and intense battles with his LARP group. Each adventure is full of surprises, but the goal is always the same: to defeat the monsters and find the treasure. 

Not long after their quest begins, the friends discover that something has gone wrong. The fantasy world they’ve built has transformed, and the battle they’re in the midst of is no longer make-believe. 
Now they must fight for survival against brigands, kobolds, and other deadly mythical creatures that come to life. Fortunately, the group’s once-fictional magical powers have also become real – including Allison’s newly acquired gifts as a healer. They’ll need everything in their arsenal if they hope to make it home alive.


Review:

I still remember when I came across the giveaway for this book on goodreads. I read the description and knew I wanted to read it, and since the Kindle edition is only $0.99, I figured even if I didn’t win a copy, I would still end up getting it.

The description reminded me a lot of Knights of Badassdom:

This movie was not amazing and awe inspiring or anything, and honestly, when I first came across it on Netflix, I was not impressed by the description. It sounded pretty stupid. And it was, in the best possible ways. Husband and I watched it together and it was a fun time. I recommend checking it out if it’s still on Netflix.

Back to the book, though…

The book didn’t blow me away, but, like Knights of Badassdom, it was a fun read. I was a little annoyed by the main (and only, I think) female character–Allison–being a newbie to all the LARPing stuff (and by the thing that finally persuaded her to go with TJ), because it felt so cliche, but honestly it could have been much worse. Allison, in the beginning, kind of served as a way for those of us who haven’t participated in stuff like this to get a quick breakdown of how it works and what the rules are, as things happened, without it being overwhelming or boring.

I appreciated that a lot because I haven’t LARP-ed before (is that even right? “LARP-ed?” sorry :/ ), but I do have a vague idea of how it works because of people I follow online. Dave Barrett didn’t really make Allison into the damsel in distress that she so easily could have been, or anything else like that, and I ended up really liking her character at times. She was pretty smart, caught on to things quickly, and the boys in her group didn’t treat her very different from each other just because she was a girl.

Things start off pretty normal and innocent, with the group assembling and getting acquainted, hearing their mission from the “king,” and setting off. At first things are just a pretty normal LARPing experience (as far as I can tell), but then all hell breaks loose. The shift from our world to the game world was not my favorite transition. It was so sudden and jarring that it broke my immersion in the story and it took a few pages for me to get back into it. Once I did, it was pretty much smooth sailing for the rest of the book. I ended up finishing this in a day during a read a thon because it’s short and fast paced.

I don’t want to talk much about what happens with the characters, and their LARP characters, because ~spoilers~ and all that, but I thought it was an interesting idea. I think we get pretty equal times getting to know most of the characters, and I liked them all well enough. I think my favorite was probably Chuck, though. I think he was the most interesting and I kind of wish this book had been longer, with more of his backstory.

What I did not know, going into this book, is that it was meant to be the first in a series. I have no idea if there ever will be a sequel or not (I hope so), but I haven’t been able to find any info about it if it’s in the works. Because it’s an opening novel, we don’t really get the whole story. There are a lot of unanswered questions at the end, including **potential spoiler alert** exactly how these kids ended up in this other world. 

This was a fun, quick, action-packed read. But, I never got very attached to any of the characters, and I think that lessened the impact of the potential danger. While I was flipping pages as quickly as I could to find out what happened next, I never felt too concerned with anyone’s fate like I did with, for example, Six of Crows.

I would definitely read the sequel, if it came out before I’d completely forgotten this first book, and I feel like this was a solid 3-4 star read (I’m giving it 3.5 and rounding up to 4). But I won’t cry if I never get to find out what happens next.