2017 End of Year Book Survey

I’m late, I know. I wanted to get this up in the first week of January, but…life. And a bit of laziness, and panic because I still haven’t made new featured images. *sigh* Oh well, I’m here now and I’m ready to do this thing!


The end of year book survey is hosted by Jamie (Perpetual Page Turner), so go check out her blog to see all the other people who have done the survey and linked up, and don’t forget to add your own link if you participate 🙂


2017 Reading Stats:

Number Of Books You Read: 105! (But, a few of those were short stories, so it was more like 98-100 books, I think.)
Number of Re-Reads: 15 if I counted right.
Genre You Read The Most From: Fantasy, with poetry coming in as a close second.


Best in Books:

1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Ok, I’m cheating and not answering this one yet, because I’m working on a big post about favorite reads from last year. So, when that’s done, I’ll link it here.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Cinder by Marissa Meyer :/ I really wanted to love it, but I just didn’t. I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t a fan and I think I gave it 2.5 or 3 out of 5 stars.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

Hmm… Ok, I’m going with “good” surprising and say Everything Must Go by Jennie Fran Davis. I was prepared to really dislike it and the protagonist, but I ended up really loving both.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio!!! ❤ (I have no clue if anyone actually read it, but I haven’t shut up about it all year. Let me know in the comments if you read it because I pushed it so hard 😛 )

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

Can I cheat and not answer this one, since these are categories for my big post of 2017 faves? Ok, I’ll partially answer with a 2017 released series ender that I read: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Oh gosh, this one is tough, too. I’m just going to go with poetry for this one and say Kat Savage. (*stops self from adding 4 more poets*)

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I’m going with cute, YA, contemporary books for this one and saying When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon. If any book were going to convince me to give more contemporaries a try, this is it.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I’m cheating and using two (one adult, one YA) that were both new to me and read within a day: The Martian by Andy Weir, and 27 Hours by Tristina Wright.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

Uuuh…. Ok, either one of the Shades of Magic books (or the whole series), or the Six of Crows duology… Or maybe The Valiant because the sequel (The Defiant) comes out soon.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

 
(Do comics count? I’m counting it.)

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

So. Many. I’ll say Kaz Brekker, though, because I swear I think I think about him every day.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

I have to go with My Invented Country by Isabel Allende. The translation was beautifully written, so I can only imagine how great the original Spanish was.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I’m not sure I read many books that would fit for this one, but I’m going to say Exit West by Mohsin Hamid because it’s very timely.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

The Martian by Andy Weir! I’d had a copy for over 2 years, and it was out for like 5 years before I finally got to it.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

I don’t have any written down, but it was probably something potentially obscene from The Martian 😛

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

I’m not bothering to try to figure out what the shortest novel or novella or poetry collection was, so I’m including short stories for this. My shortest was The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (12 pages), and the longest was East of Eden by John Steinbeck (778 pages).

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

There was a thing that happened in Winter People by Jennifer McMahon that I still kinda remember, a year later, that totally caught me by surprise. Like, I usually see things coming, but that one thing…

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

Holland (Shades of Magic) + PEACE 😥 I’m really not a shipper, sorry.

Ok, ok, to actually give two characters, I have to dig into my re-reads because it’s the only time I can even remember shipping characters, on my own, without the influence of the bookish community: Sookie + Eric from the Southern Vampire Mysteries by Charlaine Harris.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Hm, probably Fallon and Elka from The Valiant by Lesley Livingston.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

The Six of Crows duology from Leigh Bardugo! I’d read the Grisha trilogy before, and she’s become one of my absolute favorite authors ❤

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

Uuuh… I actually don’t think of any. Can I count something I only read because everyone was talking about it? I’ll go with A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. (This book solidified my opinion that hyped books are really not always good books. I mean, if you like it, great, and I hope the rest of the series doesn’t disappoint you. It just really wasn’t for me.)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

I’m not sure I had any. If I were still a teenager, it would probably have been Nina Zenik, though.

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

I can’t pick just one, and this is another for my big list (that will be broken down into categories).

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Probably the Shades of Magic world by V.E. Schwab.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Maybe it’s a weird choice, but Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher was the first book that came to mind.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez ❤ I loved it and teared up a lot, cried once or twice, and then felt healed and better than I was before reading it by the time I got to the end.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Love, and You by Gretchen Gomez!! Not enough people are talking about it, and I think they should be. (For poetry readers, that is, or people who are looking to get into poetry.)

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

Damn it, I can’t use Love, and You for everything -_- Uuh… A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab, probably. I remember coming out of reading it feeling like I’d been pulverized then poured into a vaguely me-shaped mold and recast.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

I’m going with Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis because the formatting was really cool and fun to read. The whole book was also pretty unique, at least in my reading experience.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

I’m going with something I really didn’t like for this one, and I’m mad because I really wanted to like it: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. *ducks and covers head to avoid rocks* I know, I know! I just couldn’t love it, and I’m sorry. It was almost my least favorite book of the year :/


Your Blogging/Bookish Life:

1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

No, no, no, can’t choose! I’ve found so many absolutely wonderful blogs in the last year, and I can’t pick a favorite, sorry. I 

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Oh gosh, none of them? :/ I’m so critical of my own stuff, and I always doubt that I’ve written anything good, even if I thought it sounded good as I wrote it. *sigh* That said… If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio, probably, because I loved the book so much that the review ended up being super easy to write, and I had fun writing.

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

Hmm… I really don’t know, sorry. There were tons of things I really enjoyed, like doing T5W and Blogtober, but I’m not sure I could pick a “best” post. I will say one of my favorite bookish posts was my Spooky Book Recs & Discussion: A Mixed Bag (which links to my two other posts for spooky recs during Blogtober last year). I had a lot of fun with that series, and Blogtober in general.

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

Ha, Blogtober! I loved it, even though it was a little challenging and hard to keep up with. I think I’ll participate again this year.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Uh…I’m really not sure. Maybe getting a few spam comments. I felt like I’d finally “made it” haha. 

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Oh definitely the surgery, ugh. That prevented me from reading for weeks for various reasons (pain, stress, meds, etc.), and kinda killed my reading motivation and desire to blog for a while.

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

By views, it was The New Disney Princess Tag (I’d forgotten about it, but it was really fun).

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Most of them 😛 Kidding (well, mostly haha). I’m not really sure about specific posts, off the top of my head, but I know there were a few I’d worked hard on that didn’t really get any interaction, which was a little disappointing. Maybe some of my reviews, or lists of book recommendations.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I’m not sure if it counts as a discovery, since I’d been aware of its existence for years, but I finally got to make a trip to the closest used bookstore

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes! I set a low-stress goodreads goal of 12 books and finished 105, whoo! I also did pretty well with the Fall Bookish Bingo and other autumn challenges I participated in.

I came pretty close to succeeding with my #RockMyTBR goal (every month read at least 1 book I’ve had for at least a year but haven’t read). I ended up getting 9/12 months, and at least 17 books. There might have been more I never shelved, though. I call that a win because I still managed to read more than 12, even if I missed months, and reading more from my personal library was the ultimate goal, so… *shrugs*


Looking Ahead:

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

Eh, there were a few that are really high priority for me, including a few backlist titles I’d wanted to read last year, but never managed to get to (like Hidden Figures, which I’m currently reading, and This Savage Song). I’ll say The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, though, because I really wanted to read it last year.

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

So many! Probably Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, and The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace are highest on my list right now, though.

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

The only debut I can think of right now that I’m eagerly awaiting is DROPKICKromance by Cyrus Parker, but I’m sure I’ll find a few more soon.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I…don’t think I’m actually that caught up on series that are ending or getting a new book this year :/ I’m at least one or two books behind for all the in-progress series I’m interested in, or haven’t even started them yet. It’s probably still Obsidio, though. I’ve only read Illuminae, but I’m dying to jump into Gemina when I get Obsidio so I can marathon them.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

I did the T5W last week that was about bookish resolutions, but I think my number one thing to do/accomplish is to just have a good time reading. I spent a couple of years putting way too much pressure on myself, and I want to relax with books again.

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I thought I had a book in mind for this, but it actually came out late 2017. I’ve got a few ARCs, though, so hopefully I’ll have a few recs soon.


Aaannndd we’re done! Whew.

Anyone still awake? (Ha, I’m just kidding. I doubt anyone slogged through that whole post 😛 If you did, oh my gosh, are you okay? And also, thank you ❤ ) As you can see, my reading and blogging life is just super thrilling.

Oh well, I enjoyed doing this anyway, and I’m probably going to do it next year. The difference will be that I’ll be prepared next time, and will have fewer vague answers and the like.


If you did this survey, too, let me know in the comments and I’ll check yours out 🙂 Happy 2018, everyone!

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Weekly Wrap Up: Jan. 01-Jan.07

I seriously doubt I’ll stick to weekly wrap ups because A) I don’t have the time, focus, or patience for it, and B) my life (including my reading life) is pretty boring honestly. But, I felt like trying something new, and I wanted to make a blog post.


Reading stuff:

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2018 started off strong, and then tapered off dramatically in like two days.

Why? Well, at the end of 2017, I decided to try to finish series I’ve started but never finished. I have quite a few of these (or at least parts of them) sitting on my shelves, and it’s time I finally get through the ones that are complete, or will be soon.

I was excited about re-reading The Southern Vampire Mysteries (aka the Sookie Stackhouse series, aka the books True Blood is based on) because I’d just finished True Blood and I (finally!) had all the books. Yay! (I’d read all but the 13th a few years ago, and have since forgotten basically everything :/ )

But no. I read up to Dead Reckoning, finishing it in the wee hours, and got up later and reached for my copy of Deadlocked (the 12th of 13 books in the series)…and it wasn’t there.

I tore my house apart all day looking for it. No luck finding it, but I did find about 6 billion spiderwebs, 5 missing DVD,s, a few other missing books, and a partridge in a pear tree. (Ok, not the partridge, but everything else.)

Then I checked Overdrive. Huzzah! The entire series is there! But no. The license for just the last two books has expired.

But wait! My library has a physical copy! Nope. That was when the below freezing weather began and husband has been working snow removal, and heck if I’m driving an hour one way across a mountain in the snow and ice just to check out one book.

Finally, I looked on goodreads to see what the edition I’d read previously was (I’m obsessive about getting the right edition shelved, except in rare instances, like back before we had the re-read option). Hardcover. No, that can’t be right! I only owned books 9 and 10 in hardcover!

So, it turns out I never actually bought book 12. *sigh* I have books 1-11 and book 13, as well as the complete stories, but not book 12. That frustration kinda killed my desire to keep reading.

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But all is not lost! I’m starting a buddy read of Hidden Figures with one of my friends, now that we’ve both managed to get a copy.

Hopefully, since the days are supposed to warm back up a bit this week, I’ll be able to finish it, get to the library and check out Deadlocked, and get back on track. (Bonus Timon! 😛 )

 

 


Life stuff:

You really don’t want to hear about it. Basically, this is me right now:


Blog stuff:

I’m working on figuring out a new schedule because some of the weekly meme things I used to participate in don’t seem to be active anymore.

I’m also reading an ARC I should have read last year (my surgery, the kittens, and NaNo really threw off my reading and reviewing, eek) and will hopefully have finished and reviewed around the middle of the month. 

I’ve gone through my files and deleted pretty much all my (ugly) original featured image things. I’m planning to take some pictures, maybe doodle some, and play around a bit more with GIMP. Hopefully, I’ll have new ones that look better on posts by mid-February.

That’s a project I’ve been meaning to work on for almost a year, and it’s really not something I’m looking forward to because I have a lot of ideas, I’m not particularly talented, I’m a little lazy, and I tend to lose interest in projects like that halfway through. (There’s a reason I have a few scrapbooks and the like with only a few pages finished. *sigh*)

Lastly, I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do for my 2017 wrap up -_- That should be up in a few days.


On the agenda for today:

Hopefully knocking out a chunk of Hidden Figures, not freezing to death (it’s actually not that cold, it’s only like 0-ish outside and between 50-60 degrees inside), and getting started with those featured images. And getting pictures I’ve been meaning to take since Christmas, of my holiday book haul, because I’m sick of looking at my tree and meant to take it down on the 1st, but keep putting it off because I want it for those pictures.


How’s your 2018 going so far?

Have you finished any books?

What are you reading now?

Autumn Wrap Up

I’ll try to keep this as short as possible, but it might get a little long (and repetitive, sorry :/ ), so I’ll bold anything important, like challenge names and the like.

So, I decided not to do a November wrap up because…well, not much happened in November, except NaNoWriMo. Let’s start there.


For NaNoWriMo… *imagine there’s a drum roll here*

I WON!!!

I still can’t believe it, but I wrote 50,611 words in the month of November, and won NaNoWriMo for the first time!

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I got all the badges I could for NaNo this time, and I’m still in shock. Every. Single. Day, I wrote. A few days, it was literally only a sentence or two, but I did it. I wrote every day, I wrote just a bit over 50k words, and I have a huge chunk of a very rough first draft of a novel completed. I’m exhausted still, and feel like I might never write again (I will, and I am), but I’m also just a tiny bit proud, even though I know thousands of people win this every year, and this is probably nothing to actual authors, so what I accomplished isn’t really that big of a deal. But still, it was new for me, and I’m very slightly proud, and pleased with what I accomplished.


Reading? What’s that? Seriously, I only read a little over half of a graphic novel in November :/ (Spoiler: I still haven’t finished it. *sighs forever*) I don’t think I did an October wrap up, either, now that I think of it. October was a better month for reading, for me. Here’s how I did:

october books read

  • Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (4.5/5 stars)
  • Persepolis 2: The Return by Marjane Satrapi (5/5 stars)
  • The Canterville Ghost by Oscar Wilde (5/5 stars…I love Oscar ❤ )
  • Peper Girls, vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan (5/5 stars)
  • Hellboy, vol. 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola and John Byrne (4.5/5 stars)
  • My Invented Country by Isabel Allende (5/5 stars)
  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman (4/5 stars)
  • Aberrations by Jeremy C. Shipp, et al (2/5 stars)
  • A Night in Terror Tower by R.L. Stine (4/5 stars)
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (3/5 stars)
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (3/5 stars)
  • Outcast, vol. 1: A Darkness Surrounds Him by Robert Kirkman (3/5 stars)
  • The Duality Paradigm (Blood & Bone trilogy #1) by Lia Cooper (3/5 stars…maybe 3.5/5)
  • A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (4/5 stars)
  • Why I’m Afraid of Bees by R.L. Stine (3/5 stars)
  • The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (5/5 stars)

Time to wrap-up the challenges I participated in during the autumn months! Here’s my original sign up post for the challenges below.


Fall Bookish Bingo

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What I read for each space

  • Person on cover: Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher
  • Poetry or Verse: Blue Horses by Mary Oliver
  • Co-Authored: Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman (reviewed here)
  • Horror: Halloween Carnival, Vol. 1 Edited by Brian James Freeman (reviewed here)
  • First in a Series: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Set at a School: Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (reviewed here)
  • Illustrations: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Magic in the Real World: The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (reviewed here)
  • Different Culture: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
  • Ensemble Cast: 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (reviewed here)
  • Mental Health: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Set in Another Country: A Night in Terror Tower by R.L. Stine
  • Paranormal: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Black Cover: Bird Box by Josh Malerman
  • Translated: My Invented Country by Isabel Allende
  • LGBT: The Duality Paradigm by Lia Cooper
  • Required Reading: The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe (Is this cheating because it was “required reading” back when I was in school?)

I got 2 bingos, which isn’t amazing, or as good as I’d hoped, but I’m satisfied. I can’t wait for the winter one!


Then there was the R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril Challenge

This was hosted by My Capricious Life and Estella’s Revenge.

I chose “Peril the First,” which was to read at least 4 books for the challenge. I succeeded! I read:

  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill 
  • A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay
  • Bird Box by Josh Malerman

I probably could count a couple others, but I’ll leave it at those.


#FrightFall Readathon

The only requirement for this readathon was to read at least one scary book during the month of October. I read more than one, but since I’ve already listed everything I read for October and other challenges, I won’t repeat them here.


Lastly, I did the Halloween Read-A-Thon 

I did all the prompts, whoo! I never posted a wrap up of this one, but meant to. I just got absorbed in other things :/ I read:

  • Costume Party: Aberrations by Jeremy C. Shipp
  • Haunted House: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • Urban Legends: Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • Witching Hour: I think both Goosebumps books counted for this. I read a lot at night, but I think I decided to read a whole book in a night for this one.
  • Scary Movie: I didn’t get the bonus challenge (reading a book then watching the movie), but I do a month-long horror movie marathon every October (watching at least 1 horror movie every day), so this one was super easy.
  • Trick or Treat: I read A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay for this one. I’d had it on my TBR for ages and finally read it.
  • All Hallow’s Eve: I did read 7 books for this, but I’ve already listed all of them. Basically, everything in the image of my books from Aberrations on, minus (I think) The Duality Paradigm, which is 8 things (one short story).

Normally, I would conclude this with a book haul pic, but…I can’t remember what I bought and my books are all messy right now, and this post has gone on for about three centuries already. Plus, I’m too lazy to check my last haul and then look for everything I’ve bought since then. But I’ll probably make a different post for that once I’ve finished sorting my books out.

If you’ve stuck around since the beginning of this post, please drink some water and stretch. You’ve probably been sitting, looking at this, for way too long :p


Tell me know about your autumn reading in the comments 😀

Did you join any challenges? Was it a good season for books, for you? What was your favorite autumn read?

September Wrap Up + Book Haul

The last 8 days or so of September, I read like my life depended on absorbing as many books as possible. It was crazy. From the 22nd-30th, I read 9 books and 3 short stories, bringing my total things read in September to 4 short stories (for the Gothic September Poe read along) and 14 books.

It wasn’t exactly record-breaking, but I was impressed, especially since I’d been in a genre slump all year, and was falling into a general reading slump.

The Martian saved me, though. Something about the real/realistic science from it, coupled with the tone and pace, acted as a bridge between non-fiction and sci-fi for me. It was great, and I think I’m mostly out of my sci-fi/fantasy slump (as long as I don’t read too much of either close together).


I read…

september wrap up goodreads

Book, rating, link to reviews, and what Bookish Bingo square I used them for…

  • Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore (3.5/5 stars)
  • “Berenice” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
  • Basic Witches by Jaya Saxena & Jess Zimmerman (4/5 stars, but I’m considering lowering it to 3.5/5) // My review //Co-Authored
  • Wishful Drinking by Carrie Fisher (4.5/5 stars) // “Person on Cover”
  • Blue Horses by Mary Oliver (4/5 stars) //Poetry or Verse
  • Halloween Carnival vol. 1 edited by Brian James Freeman (3/5 stars) // My review // “Horror
  • The Martian by Andy Weir (5/5 stars)
  • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (3.5/5 stars) // My review // “LGBT
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle (2/5 stars) // “First in a Series
  • Everything Must Go by Jenny Fran Davis (4.5/5 stars) // My review // “Set at a School
  • “William Wilson” by Edgar Allan Poe (3/5 stars)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (3/5 stars) // “Illustrations
  • Lumberjanes vol. 1 by Noelle Stevens (3/5 stars)
  • Horoscopes for the Dead by Billy Collins (3.5/5 stars)
  • “The Imp of the Perverse” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
  • “A Descent Into the Maelstrom” by Edgar Allan Poe (4/5 stars)
  • The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor (3.5/5 stars) // My review //Magic in the Real World
  • Quidditch Through the Ages by Kennilworthy Whisp (5/5 stars)

For the autumn challenges below, here’s my first post about them which has links to the origins.


I finished the Poe read along, but I ended up reading 3/4 stories in the last week or so, instead of one per week. It was fun and I should definitely get back to reading Poe more regularly.


Fall Bookish Bingo

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I’m so close to a Bingo already, yay!


R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril didn’t work out so well for me in September, so I need to step it up for October to reach my goal of 4 books. The only one I read (and counted) for R.I.P. in September was The Graveyard Book, which was one of the books I listed as a possible choice in my original post.


Yearly challenges updates:

For #RockMyTBR, I read The Killing Joke, but The Graveyard Book or The Martian would have counted, too.

And, finally, I got to check off a couple of tasks for both the PopSugar reading challenge, and the Book Riot Read Harder challenge. (I’ll post both lists at the end of the year, because I might swap some things around between now and then.)


Book Haul!

september haul

Left to right: 5 Goosebumps books! In a tin! (That I didn’t want to take the plastic off of yet, which I now realize was a mistake because the picture is garbage, ugh.) // Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay // Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly // The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan // Girls Burn Brighter by Shobha Rao (ARC) // Fever by Deon Meyer (ARC) // Doctor Who: City of Death by James Goss (ok, this one is technically husband’s, but I’m going to read it, to) // Caraval by Stephanie Garber // The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo.


Both of my grown-up cats were very interested in what I was doing. At least I managed to get one shot that didn’t have my other cat’s butt blocking 3/4 of the frame. Of course, I got this one shot because she decided to try to sit on my head while I was on my stomach on the ground taking the photo:/ 


How was your September, and what was your favorite read last month?

Are you participating in any autumn (or all-year) reading challenges?

Is there anything from my haul that you think I should read ASAP?

August Wrap Up (psst! kitten pictures!)

August was a slow reading month for me, partially because I was still healing from surgery, partially because I’ve been in a weird multi-genre-slump all year, and partially because we found two abandoned kittens and I’ve been caring for them. (I swear these are almost harder to take care of than a newborn baby :/ )

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pic from a few days after we found them; they’re bigger now and harder to photograph because they move too much

These little demons now have names: Timon & Pumbaa. The one in the top pic was the one we found first, and he was bigger than than the second one, and he makes little grunting sounds when he eats. The smaller one would sit up on his hind feet to eat from the bottle, and kinda looked like a meerkat, so, Pumbaa and Timon seemed fitting. I tried out some other names, but they actually started responding to Timon & Pumbaa, so it stuck.


As far as books are concerned, I read 4, plus a Buzz Books sampler (which I did count for my reading goal because that was several hundred pages).

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Escapism: Words + Photos by Candice Lee (review here), a poetry/photographs books, which I gave 3/5 stars.

Cicada Summer by Maureen Leurck (review here), which I gave 3.5/5 stars.

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh, which I gave 5/5 stars.

The Awakening by Kate Chopin, which I gave 4/5 stars.


The Awakening counted for the #RockMyTBR Challenge (my goal was just to read at least one book that’s been on my shelf/Kindle for a year or more).

Back when I did the New Year’s Resolution Book Tag, I selected Anna Karenina as a big book I’d like to read, and my goal for it is to finish it by the end of the year. I made decent progress this month, but I’m still only about 250 pages into it. I’m not sure if it’s me or what, but I’m not loving it 😦


On the writing side of things, I finally worked more on my poetry collection. I’ve typed up everything I’ve written and edited, did more editing, and I think I’m close to having everything arranged the way I want it. I still want to write a little more for it, do a bit more editing, and (the big thing) find a title.

But, I made progress and I feel pretty good about it. I’m terrified of finishing it, though, because that means I might actually have to do something with it, like try to get it published traditionally, or take the plunge with self-publishing :O Scary stuff for someone who’s always been terrified of sharing their writing.


How was your August? Did you read anything really great?

(Ridiculously Late) June Wrap Up + Book Haul

Well, at least I did this before the month was officially half over? :/ Onward!

So June wasn’t really a great reading month for me, but that’s ok because I made up for it by buying a ton of new books…That makes sense, right? Terrifying TBR + slow reading month = buy more books! (I might have failed a math class once…)

Anyway, in June, I managed to finally get through some things I’m ashamed for having not read yet, found a new couple of favorites, and crossed an item or two off my PopSugar 2017 Reading Challenge, and completed my goal for #RockMyTBR. So, all things considered, it wasn’t a bad month. Plus, shiny new books!


I read:

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid (reviewed here) and I gave it 3.75/5 stars (rounded up to 4/5 stars).

 

 

 

 

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Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (reviewed here) and I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

 

 

 

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The Haunted and The Hunted by Cassie Alexander (reviewed together here), and I gave The Haunted a tentative 2.75 stars (rounded up to 3/5) and The Hunted 2.5/5 stars (rounded down to 2/5)

 

 

 

 

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La Douleur Exquise by J.R. Rogue which I gave 4/5 stars, and I highly recommend Rogue’s work in general!

 

 

 

 

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Slammed by Colleen Hoover which I gave 2/5 stars. I wanted to like it, but it really wasn’t my thing at all, so sorry to any fans out there :/

 

 

 

 

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Macbeth by William Shakespeare which I gave 5/5 stars (but maybe 4.5/5? I’m not sure yet), and this is one I was ashamed that I hadn’t read yet. I love Shakespeare and I feel like this should have been required high school reading.

 

 

 

And, finally, I read

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The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen for the first time. I think. I gave it 2/5 stars. I had a bunch of classic fairy tales when I was a kid, but I don’t remember if I had this one or not. If I did read it then, it didn’t leave an impression, and I’m still just not a fan. I think I’m more of a Grimm’s fan.

 

 


Book Haul!

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From top to bottom: Equal Rites by Terry Pratchett; Hans Christian Andersen Tales (Word Cloud Classics edition because I love those and have a few others); The Girl in the Castle by Santa Montefiore; It’s All Fun and Games by Dave Barrett; Everything Must Go (ARC) by Jenny Fran Davis; Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour; Burial Rites by Hannah Kent; Blue Horses by Mary Oliver; Irish Folk and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats; Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel; The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell; If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio; The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon; The Complete Poetry of Maya Angelou

Husband picked out Equal Rites, mostly for me, because I didn’t get along well with The Color of Magic and, for a change, he wants to get me into a series. So, I read a page or so of Equal Rites, declared it to be more to my tastes, and here we are. He also found the W.B. Yeats book and thought I’d be interested (he knows me so well ❤ ).

I’m long overdue having some Andersen fairy tales, so I jumped at the chance to get this edition when I found it.

The Girl in the CastleIt’s All Fun and Games, and Everything Must Go were goodreads giveaway wins that arrived last month.

Everything Leads to YouBurial RitesBlue Horses, Station Eleven, The Bone Clocks, The Bone Season, and anything/everything Maya Angelou have all been on my wishlist and TBR for ages.

If We Were Villainshad to get because I won the audiobook a couple of months ago (review here) and became absolutely obsessed with it. I’ve been scouring B&N since then, but the closest to me doesn’t stock it. I actually–amazingly–found it at BAM, which blew my mind. Husband made me buy it because I’d finally found it (and had been talking non-stop about it for weeks by then). It’s definitely a contender for my favorite book read in 2017 and I highly recommend it!

Also, I think I should mention that while this looks like I spent an obscene amount of money, almost all of these (that I bought) were on sale. Like, under $5 kind of on sale. I felt like I’d died and gone to bibliophile heaven because I hadn’t even planned on going to the bookstore, but we did, and it was amazing. I really don’t usually buy as many books as I have this year, I’ve just come across great deals at opportune times. The only thing that bugs me a little is that a lot were on shelves outside, so they have a bit of dirt and slightly more wear than most of the inside books. But for the prices, I’m fine with that.


What was your June reading month like? See any books you loved (or hated!) on my lists?

 

May Wrap Up + Book Haul

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May was a surprisingly good reading month for me, but I’ve fallen behind on reviewing things. I read 15 books, but most of those were short (poetry collections). However, I did, finally, make it through East of Eden, which I started waaaay back for Tome Topple.

 


Books read:

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I Am More Than a Daydream by Jennae Cecelia– A collection of poetry I gave 4.5/5 stars.

 

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Burntown by Jennifer McMahon– I had an ARC of this, and reviewed it. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

 

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Tell Me Where it Hurts by J.R. Rogue– A very emotional, raw poetry book. I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

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Poems I Found in My Closet by Evette Blue– More poetry. I gave it 3.5/5 stars.

 

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Growth by Karin Cox– Poetry. I gave it 2.5/5 stars.

 

 

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the three o’clock in the morning sessions by Angie Martin– Yep, more poetry. I gave this one 3/5 stars.

 

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams– This was a re-read, and I gave it 4/5 stars again. I love this series, but for some reason I don’t “5/5 stars” love the first couple of books in the “trilogy in 5 parts.”

 

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Mad Woman by Kat Savage– Poetry again (are you seeing the pattern yet? :P), which I gave 5/5 stars and it landed Kat Savage on my list of favorite poets. I reviewed it, too.

 

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love, and you by Gretchen Gomez– Yep, another lovely book of poetry. I gave it 5/5 stars and can’t wait to see what else Gretchen writes. Reviewed here.

 

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The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams– The second Hitchhiker’s Guide book, which was also a re-read and got 4.5/5 stars.

 

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If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio– AKA “The Book I WILL NOT SHUT UP ABOUT” because I freaking loved it and am now obsessed. 5/5 stars, reviewed here.

 

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East of Eden by John Steinbeck– The tome I did not topple during the read a thon, but finally finished. I gave it 4/5 stars and it also counted for #RockMyTBR, yay!

 

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Good Bones and Simple Murders by Margaret Atwood– Short stories, which I will possibly be reviewing eventually. I gave it 5/5 stars.

 

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Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff– This was on my TBR before it released, and I really enjoyed it. I reviewed it, and gave it 4/5 stars.

 

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Throes by Kat Savage– The last book, and another collection of poetry. I also gave this one 5/5 stars.

 

 


Book Haul!

Full disclosure: Not all of these are mine (my book obsession might be contagious, so husband might have caught it), but I’m including the ones that aren’t exactly/exclusively mine anyway because I know I’ll be reading them.

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From left to right: Hamlet (this edition ❤ ); The Girl on the Road; NW; The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden; Welcome to Night Vale; The Divine Comedy; Furiously Happy; Fates and Furies; The Beautiful and Damned; This Side of Paradise; Perfume: The Story of a Murderer; love, & you; Simulacra; La Douleur Exquise; Mad Woman; Redamancy; Throes; Good Bones and Simple Murders; and the boxed set of Time Lord Fairy Tales.

I’m not including my Kindle books because this post would take about 5 days to assemble if I did that :/ (I might have purchased, like, 20 Agatha Christie ebooks…and a bunch of others…because for some reason May was the month of book sales…)

Last month was ridiculous, and I never buy this many books. Like, there have been spans of two years when I haven’t bought this many books. But seriously, the sales. It was unbelievable. I got so many books for less than $2, and, like I said, they’re not all technically mine.