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The Books So Far

As you know, I do a lot of reading. I am part of the Goodreads Challenge and have already updated my total 3 times to keep up with all of the titles that I have come across. I have been devouring children’s books over the last couple of months since working more in the children’s wing at my library and am highly enjoying many of them including:

dragons love tacosZ is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

Carnivores by Aaron Reynolds

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri

Tea Rex by Molly Idle

Frog Trouble…And Eleven Other Pretty Serious Songs by Sandra Boynton (with musical CD!)

Sparky by Jenny Offill

The Boy Who Was Raised by Librarians by Carla Morris

I think my total books read to date is around 60, with 82 being my Challenge total and it looks likely that I will have to push that higher. I have been trying to expand my boundaries this year: read more adult fiction, contemporary fiction, murder and government mysteries, graphic novels, and taking recommendations from coworkers and friends. Highlights include:

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh (already mentioned a few times and worth the read)

morning starThe Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas (a compilation of the short stories from the Throne of Glass series)

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

Fallout by Gwenda Bond

Morning Star by Pierce Brown (final book in the Red Rising Trilogy)

Star Wars: Jedi Academy by Jeffrey Brown (graphic novel!)

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (finally a new Mercy Thompson!)

Invision by Sherrilyn Kenyon (the next Chronicles of Nick!)

a tyranny of petticoatsThe Obsession by Nora Roberts

A Tyranny of Petticoats edited by Jessica Spotswood (a set of short stories by authors like Y.S. Lee, Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, and Andrea Cremer about badass young women)

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses)

The Forgotten Room by Karen WhiteBeatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig

Overall, it’s been a good year for books so far. Not too many disappointing titles were picked up in the couple of months or since the beginning of January. I am excited to see what this next batch will bring. And of course, there are always new titles at the library. I am waiting on The Hidden Oracle and The Crown’s Game as well as The Scorpion Game and Paper Magician. With summer coming, I might not read as much if the weather is nice but it’s always good to keep a book or two handy for a rainy day or chilly night!

For more on what I have read this year or want to read in the coming months, check out my Goodreads page.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

Also always, brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish. Because I don’t care for this week’s topic, I’m going to use last week’s for this one – March 1: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For (fill in the blank)

I’m going to do kickass fight scenes, often interspersed with fantasy elements in the rest of the book and set in another world altogether

  1. Night Play by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  2. The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima
  3. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  4. The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  5. The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud
  6. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  7. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  8. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  9. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  10. Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Bonus! These are all series which means there are other awesome fight scenes throughout the other books! Kenyon, Chima, Maas, Raash, Brown, Aveyard, and Paolini for sure. Enjoy!

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday

I’m going to do a throwback since I missed this one. Here we go – February 23:  Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)

  1. The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow (5 stars)
  2. Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding (5 stars)
  3. Witches: The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem by Rosalyn Schanzer (4 stars)
  4. Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher (4 stars)
  5. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight (5 stars)
  6. The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (5 stars)
  7. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (4 stars)
  8. Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen (5 stars)
  9. The Incarnations by Susan Barker (4 stars)
  10. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (4 stars)

Most of these are either reality based fiction, nonfiction, or styles of fiction I don’t read that often. All are definitely worth a read, some are even laugh out loud funny!

March Update

Greetings faithful readers!

How lovely to see you all again 🙂 I have been remiss in my duties of writing but grad school is taking its toll…and pound of flesh for that matter. Since my last post, I have been working 6 days a week, interning and at my regular job, plus doing homework and writing papers, not to mention fitting in family events and you know, hanging out with my significant other. I have a lot on my plate and hopefully that load will be lightened in a few weeks! I am also applying for jobs, which I’m sure many of you know, can be very stressful. Applying a degree in the real world can be trying. Keeping my fingers crossed that the right opportunity and I cross paths soon.

In other more bookish news, there have been several publications recently which have caught my eye and I feel obliged to update you on, whether I have read them yet or not.

  1. Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh (much anticipated and currently am tearing through it)
  2. The Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky
  3. Morning Star by Pierce Brown (waiting for my copy to arrive!)
  4. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

Also, the soon to be released!

  1. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (screen play) by J.K. Rowling
  2. Demigods & Magicians by Rick Riordan
  3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
  4. FROST LIKE NIGHT by Sara Raasch (which just had a major cover release and I’m so excited I can’t stand it!)
  5. FLAMECASTER by Cinda Williams Chima (first new book in 4 years and she is giving away signed copies!!! I need this on pre-order, especially since it comes out just before my birthday!!)

Phew…that was a lot of excitement at the end there, I almost didn’t make it. As always, check out my Goodreads for more updates on what I’ve been reading. Post to follow with what I am currently reading next.

 

Happy New Year!

Well I managed to make it through finals and the holidays without exploding into nothingness but I have severely neglected you, my readers. I know I keep promising to do better but adulting has become particularly difficult as of late. I am trying to get my internship for the upcoming semester situated. Plus preparations for the final wedding of three are under way as it is less than a week from now, so busy, busy, busy.

In light of this, I have several things to share with you over the next couple of posts, here, I will give my Top Ten Tuesdays that I wanted to do before the New Year, but didn’t get to, and then the newest Top Ten Tuesdays followed by what I am reading now (or have just finished).
Top Ten Books I Wish Santa Will Bring
Cress by Marissa Meyer
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan (graphic novel version)
Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (yes, I know, I should really own this by now)
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (my copy was lost to an errant loan)
The new illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by Jim Kay
As a side note: Santa did actually bring the new Illustrated Harry Potter and Cress for me! I also received a beautiful 1870 edition of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice. Whew. I am a lucky, lucky bookworm.
Top Ten Books I Read in 2015
Wake of Vultures* by Lila Bowen
The Little Paris Bookshop* by Nina George
Queen of Shadows* by Sarah J. Maas (Book 4 in Throne of Glass)
Winter* by Marissa Meyer
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
Wicked Appetite by Janet Evanovich
Fat Chance by Nick Spaulding
Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis
The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow
The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
Blameless by Gail Carriger (Book 3 in Parasol Protectorate)
The Lightning Thief (graphic novel) by Rick Riordan
The books with the asterisk were also published in 2015 in addition to having been read then. If I had to choose an all time top pick for 2015, it would be a tie between The Little Paris Bookshop and Queen of Shadows, one adult fiction, the other YA fantasy. Both incredibly written and moving in different ways. George’s novel was an emotionally compelling tale without much action but plenty of drama and history. Maas’ typical writing style had me clinging to my seat to know what would happen next to one of my favorite heroines. Both were brilliantly done.
Honorable mentions include:
A Thousand Nights* by E.K. Johnston
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms* by George R.R. Martin
Six of Crows* by Leigh Bardugo
Luckiest Girl Alive* by Jessica Knoll
The Girl on the Train* by Paula Hawkins
Ice like Fire* by Sara Raasch
Silver in the Blood* by Jessica Day George
Part-Time Princesses by Monica Gallagher
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Dead Heat* by Patricia Briggs
Instinct* by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Red Queen* by Victoria Aveyard
Fairest* by Marissa Meyer
And if you would like to look at the entire list of 94 books I read last year, here is a link to everything I read in 2015 via Goodreads.

Top Ten Tuesday: Dec 1

I’m trying to keep up to date with all of these, honestly, but with finals starting I feel behind again, so here is the Top Ten Tuesday from last week for you 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday

December 1: Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To. I altered mine a bit and haven’t heard of enough titles to create a full list but here it is.

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh – YA debut novel, magical spheres that give powers, teens in a race against time, a new discovery that could change the world

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye – The last two enchanters left in the world pitted against one another in a fight to the death for power and privilege

Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims – Twin sisters try to uncover the truth of what happened to an assaulter, one is being blackmailed, and both must make sacrifices

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfield – A modern retelling of the classic Pride & Prejudice, a contemporary twist on a personal favorite featuring the same colorful cast in a new way

Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson – Not a new author but a new series about a boy, a bag of sand, and a secret society out to steal it from him

The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan – Also not a new author, but an all time favorite. This new series will be about the trials and difficulties of Apollo, an interesting character for sure.

I also read about a new upcoming book, which is currently in manuscript form but I can’t seem to find my note about it. The title is Word World and is about a reality where words can shape and change the world around people based on use. They have actual power. Sounds incredible and if I find out more, I will let you know!

November Update

I can’t believe it’s been nearly 2 months since I have posted! Even last semester when I was taking 4 classes didn’t feel this hectic. You may know by now, I am a bridesmaid in 3 weddings in 6 months and I am in grad school and working, so life has been crazy. There has been lots of planning and parties, dinners and long text battles to hammer out the details of things. I have barely been able to keep up with friends and my reading, let alone find time for sleeping and blogging. I unfortunately have been unable to participate in NaNoWriMo this month (shout out to all of you impressive people who have been able to do it!) which fills me with great sadness, though I have been writing some poems and jotting down story ideas on the side. I have also met a new special someone so making time for him in between the madness has been trying for both of us.  However, I am now 2 successful weddings and most of the fall semester down and in a short lulling moment before the holiday rush so it’s a good time for an update I think.

Let’s start with what I’m currently reading:
currently reading 11.24.15
I am completely spazzing out over Winter, of course. I am about halfway done and losing my mine. This finale is shaping up to be a great ending to the series. There is emotion and action, failures and triumphs, bloodshed and relationship ties; basically everything a girl could want. I have just started Carry On and already have high hopes for it. I am just about to start A Thousand Nights and hope that it is as impressive as it sounds. The Christmas Wedding is just for fun, something I am reading in my down time at the library, lighter and fluffier but with emotional substance. The Rest of Us Just Live Here so far has been weird, which I’m told is par for the course with Ness, and might be because I have no idea which YA book he is referencing in the first few chapters so I’m a little confused. Hopefully, that shapes up soon.
What else have I read in the last couple of months, you might be wondering? Lots of wonderful, delightful things, including a few much anticipated titles from my favorites! Here is the list:
Silver in the Blood by Jessica Day George
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
Magnus Chase: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan
The Hollow Boy by Jonathan Stroud
Ice Like Fire by Sara Raasch
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Rose Society by Marie Lu
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George
And I think all of these, with the exception of Queen of Shadows which received 5, achieved 4 stars on the general Goodreads Scale. I have been trying to keep my reviews updated on there since I have not been blogging them so you may want to check those out for further info on my thoughts! https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/7786191-kat