Sunday, February 07, 2016

Week in Review - Week 6

Random Thoughts

We are into February and I have managed to blog a bit. Yay! There is no reason why I shouldn't be able to post at least once a week, but things tend to happen and the blog gets neglected. If I enter a reading slump that won't help, either. So far, though, the reading is trekking right along and I am reading lots of good stuff! I pulled the next book in some series off of my shelves and made a little pile. When I finish a book, I grab the next book in the series off of my shelves. It is my hopes to either finish or read a great deal in series in 2016. We will see how that plays out. I am hoping by reading graphic novels and standalone books in the midst of things, I will be able to keep the momentum up. This won't necessarily mean reading something for the first time, either. I plan to reread older books before getting to newer books. Wish me luck!

Graphic Novel Year

It is #ComicsFebruary and my goal is to read 29 graphic novels in February. I was doing really well reading one a day until last night when I waited too late and was too tired. I will just read two today to make up for it!

Morning Glories - Volume 5: Tests
Lazarus - Volume 2: Lift
The Sculptor 
Lazarus - Volume 3: Conclave
Jupiter's Legacy -  Volume 1
Shutter - Volume 2: Way of the World
Shutter - Volume 3: Quo Vadis

Currently Reading

Weekly Reading

I continue to really like this series! This sort of was a conclusion in some ways to all the events so far, but at the same time there is still so much to be explained and likely happen. I am glad I decided to get back to this series in 2016 and plan to read the next two volumes I have in the series today. Strongly recommended!

(reread) One of the projects I have had in my mind for years is a reread, or read for the first time, of all of Robin Hobb's books. That is a huge project for a person that is so scattered with their series reading. It shouldn't be, though, because I always love whatever I read by her. This reread started me off and I can't wait to get to more! Strongly recommended!

I started this series on a whim and am so far really liking it! The first volume sort of set things up, but now things are getting interesting and building to some events I am looking forward to seeing play out. The Lazarus, Forever, is a strong female character that I am thinking will be exciting to watch develop. Definitely worth checking out this series! Strongly recommended!

I have wanted this book since it came out, so I was so excited to find out some other bloggers were reading it this month and use the excuse of joining in to justify finally buying it! I have read his non-fiction and enjoyed it, but guys... This was so good! It is the story of love, art, time, family, and so much more. I started out reading a chapter a day, but wound up getting sucked in and reading the last few chapters in one sitting. This will likely make my best of list for 2016. Loved it!

When I got a chance to grab this volume, I jumped at it! It is rare for me to be caught up in a series, so sometimes you just need to keep the momentum going. So much happened in this volume and then the ending... I simply cannot wait until volume 4 to see how things play out. I am so glad that I took a chance on this series! It is definitely worth it. Strongly recommended!

After reading so much awesome stuff, I suppose it was bound to happen that something wouldn't blow my socks off. And, this was the book that did that. As I am writing this post, I hardly remember anything about the comic. It just wasn't memorable and didn't really stand out in everything else I have read this year. I didn't hate it, but it was just okay...

I think I was too tired when I read this and that was a mistake. I loved the first volume in this series, but now there is just so much happening and lots of jumping around... I feel you have to get to the end of the series to fully understand everything. Plus, I loved Alarm Cat and I have no idea what is happening with him at the moment. I imagine when Volume 4 has a release date I will do a reread of the series and see if I want to continue.

I discovered how little I retained of Volume 2 in this series when I followed up with Volume 3 the next evening. I got to the end of this volume and I just wasn't sure what I thought at all. I am not sure if I am invested enough in the characters to care, you know? There are too many characters and too much jumping around to really get a chance to care about a character before something else happens. Like I said above, I will reread before Volume 4 and decide if I want to continue.

After some disappointing reading, I finally got a chance to get back to some novel reading and let me tell you, I love this series! Atticus and Oberon are a great pairing. There is all the gods, vampires, werewolves, etc that seem like a fresh take compared to other paranormal type series. There is the widow that is a fun interlude to add some humour when things get too dark. I just love the series and am excited I have more of the books on my TBR to get to in 2016. Strongly recommended!

Look! I actually read a Terry Pratchett! Terry Pratchett is an author I pick up whenever I see him second hand, own basically all of his books, and neglect him every year. But, this year I am determined to get to him. I will have to decide what to do when I get to books I don't own yet, but this was the first book in the Death storyline and I believe I own all the rest, so be a while before I encounter something I don't own. Pratchett is just so fun and I really need to stop neglecting him! Recommended!

New Additions

Lazarus Volume 3: Conclave (gift)
Tricked (The Iron Druid Series, Book 4) (gift)
Trapped (The Iron Druid Series, Book 5) (gift)

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 5

Weekly Pictures

Monday, February 01, 2016

January in Review

What I Learned
I just have to make time for reading. I have a really hard time dropping things and reading the last few years. I end up feeling guilty because there is likely something better I can be doing with my time. I think breaking my ankle and the recovery time reminded me of how much I enjoy reading. And, rearranging my bookshelves as I do a huge purge has reminded me of all the books sitting unread on my shelves. I just want to have a consistent reading year that doesn't have months where nothing is read at all. It is time for me to pay attention to all the books I bought with such excitement and then never got around to reading. And, if I am largely blogging for myself... Oh, well, at least I am keeping a record and brushing off the dust, right?

The Books

1. American Vampire - Volume 1 by Scott Snyder (reread)
2. A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, Book 1) by Daniel Abraham
3. American Vampire - Volume 2 by Scott Snyder (reread)
4. Star Wars - Princess Leia by Mark Waid
5. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
6. Alias - Jessica Jones - Volume 3 by Brian Michael Bendis
7. Alias - Jessica Jones - Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis
8. The Fade Out - Volume 1: Act One by Ed Brubaker
9. The Fade Out - Volume 2: Act Two by Ed Brubaker
10. Trees - Volume 1: In Shadow by Warren Ellis
11. Wytches -Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
12. Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1) by Kevin Hearne
13. Morning Glories - Volume 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer (reread)
14. Morning Glories - Volume 2: All Will be Free by Nick Spencer (reread)
15. Morning Glories - Volume 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer
16. Morning Glories - Volume 4: Truants by Nick Spencer
17. Lady Killer by Joelle Jones
18. Lazarus - Volume 1: Family by Greg Rucka
19. Giant Days - Volume 1 by John Allison
20. Outcast - Volume 1 by Robert Kirkman
21. Phonogram - Volume 1: Rue Britannia by Kieron Gillen
22. Wayward - Volume 1: String Theory by Jim Zub
23. American Vampire - Volume 3 by Scott Snyder
24. Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart
25. Hexed - Volume 1 by Michael Alan Nelson
26. Hexed - Volume 2 by Michael Alan Nelson
27. Jem and the Holograms - Volume 1: Showtime by Kelly Thompson
28. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
29. Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) by Robin Hobb (reread)
30. Lazarus - Volume 2: Lift by Greg Rucka
31. Morning Glories - Volume 5: Tests by Nick Spencer

The Source

Bought: 19
Marvel: 1
Humble Bundle: 4
Gift: 3

In the theme of #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, hosted by Andi, only 5 books I read this month didn't technically belong to me. 

Series Talk

American Vampire - 3/7
Long Price Quartet - 1/4
Alias - 4/4 - FINISHED!
The Fade Out - 2/3
Trees - 1/1 - Caught up!
The Iron Druid Series - 1/8
Morning Glories - 5/9
Lazarus - 2/4
Giant Days - 1/1 - Caught up!
Batgirl 1/1 - Caught up!
Hexed 2/2 - Caught up! (Really, I am FINISHED this series...)
Jem and the Holograms - 1/1 - Caught up!
Farseer Trilogy - 1/3

New To Me Authors

Genevieve Valentine (The Girls at the Kingfisher Club)
Kevin Hearne (Hounded)
John Allison (Giant Days - Volume 1)
Cameron Stewart (Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside)
Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms - Volume 1: Showtime)
Carol Rifka Brunt (Tell the Wolves I'm Home)

Books Added to the TBR
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree, Jr.
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Wayward Volume 1 (read)
Lady Killer (read)
Giant Days - Volume 1 (read)
Lazarus - Volume 1: Family (read)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
The Kingdom's Blood by Daniel Abraham
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
Lazarus - Volume 2: Lift (read)
The Sculptor
Hammered by Kevin Hearne (gift)
Hexed by Kevin Hearne (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 5 (gift) (read)
Morning Glories - Volume 6 (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 7 (gift)
Wayward - Volume 2 (gift)
Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (gift) (read)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week in Review - Week 5

Random Thoughts

It is hard to believe the first month of 2016 is over with! I have some reading time hopefully ahead of me, so I will save my reading recap until I make sure I won't finish anything else in the meantime. We had a stormy weekend which I had hoped meant lots of reading time, but something else always crops up. I am also finding now that I have been going through my books that there are a lot of things that I have neglected forever and really want to get around to reading. Not to mention on the series I started and never got around to finishing... My first project is Robin Hobb. It would be awesome to finish 2016 having read/reread all of her books. I could have lots of projects like that... While I did get rid of some series that I started ages ago and feel no excitement to get back to, there are still many others on my shelves. Then there are the ones that I have never started...

Graphic Novel Year

Phonogram - Volume 1: Rue Britannia (e-book)
Wayward - Volume 1 (reread)
American Vampire - Volume 3
Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside
Jem and the Holograms - Volume 1: Showtime (Scribd)
Hexed - Volume 1 (Scribd)
Hexed - Volume 2 (Scribd)

Currently Reading 

Weekly Reading

(e-book) I wanted to love this, but this was just weird and I am not sure what to think of it. It was part of a recent Image Humble Bundle so I also have book 2 to see if the series grabs me or not. 

(reread) I read this last year and loved it, so I of course had to own it. It is being compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Saga. That is what grabbed my attention in the first place. In reality, it is a glimpse of Japan with charges I enjoy visiting with and adventures that are worth checking in on. Plus, there are cats on the cover...

I bought this for Christmas because I read volume 1 and 2 and then stalled on the series. I like this series, but it is not my favourite series I am in the midst of. I imagine for Christmas I will grab the next two volumes. There are other series I am in the midst of I want to get more from first. I do have Volume 4 here to read, though, so I might change my mind. 

I may have got some books as my early Valentine's Day gift... And I may have read some all ready. Like this one! I neglect DC because they are not as easy to read as the easiness that is Marvel Unlimited. I look forward to more from this series and checking out other DC series in the future. 

(Scribd) I figured I would finally see what all the buzz about this series was about. I remember the show and the general storyline, but I am not sure I ever watched it that much and wouldn't consider myself a big fan. But, I liked this comic and am glad I gave it a try. I am sure I will read more in the series! Recommended!

(Scribd) I read the first 7 issues in this series back in 2015 thanks to Scribd. They didn't have any more, though, so I stalled while I waited to get the trades. Then I randomly noticed that Scribd had the whole series! So, I binged and I just love this series. It is definitely one of my favourite comic book series and I wish it was longer! That being said it ends with an ending that works. Strongly Recommended!

Finally! This book had so much buzz when it came out. I likely bought a copy soon after... (Or this might have been a gift...). I finally read it! And I loved it!! I thought it was a fantasy novel so imagine my surprise when I settled in with a book that takes place in the 1980's and talks about AIDs and how it was handled back then. It was a pleasant surprise, though! Strongly recommended!

New Additions

Lazarus - Volume 2: Lift
The Sculptor
Hammered by Kevin Hearne (gift)
Hexed by Kevin Hearne (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 5 (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 6 (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 7 (gift)
Wayward - Volume 2 (gift)
Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (gift)

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 4

Weekly Pictures

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Women I Met in 2015 (Thanks to Marvel!)

In 2015 I splurged and joined Marvel Unlimited. As a result... 2015 was all about the comic books! I had planned to maybe post something about them, but I don't really blog that much. BUT, the Top Ten Tuesday this week is a freebie and this seemed like a fun idea!

Princess Leia - Yes, I have met her before... But, she kicked ass in this mini-series and I loved it! 

Gamora - I had seen the movie, but the comics show a very interesting, hard-ass Gamora. I love her!

Thor - A female Thor. Sign. Me. Up! 

Squirrel Girl - College student with unusually powers. Definitely a good role-model for young girls!

Agent Carter - She is awesome on the big screen, small screen, and in comic books. I hope there will be more about her!

Black Widow - Well, another one that isn't really a surprise... But, this series based around her gives you a great view of the awesomeness that is her!

Spider-Woman - Love her! Way better than Spider-man... He annoys me...

She-Hulk - I am sad her series didn't go very long. I really like her and look forward to seeing more from her.

Ms. Marvel - I had read Carol as Captain Marvel and read the newer Ms. Marvel series, but this older one was really good. Carol is one of my favourite characters!

Silk - We are still getting introduced to her, but I am really liking what I have seen so far!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week in Review - Week 4

Random Thoughts

I need to stay away from online bookstores. I was so proud of myself for buying less than I normally do around Christmas... But I made up for that in January! I find December and January are usually when I buy books that have been out for a while. The rest of the year I tend towards pre-orders. There are a couple comic book series I would like to keep reading but that will depend on the book budget as the new releases start trickling out. I am not off to a great start. The first book I pre-ordered for 2016 was Shutter Volume 3. It came out last week, but all ready says it is temporarily unavailable and I never got a copy. I remember when pre-ordering was a for sure thing and you would get the books before the store... Times have changed!

Graphic Novel Year

Morning Glories - Volume 1: For a Better Future (reread)
Morning Glories - Volume 2: All Will be Free (reread)
Morning Glories - Volume 3: P.E.
Morning Glories - Volume 4: Truants
Lady Killer - Volume 1
Lazarus - Volume 1: Family
Giant Days - Volume 1
Outcast - Volume 1 (e-book)

Currently Reading

Weekly Reading

(reread) I really liked this series when I started it, but it took me a while to get around to more from it so I decided to revisit the ones that I had read. They are just as good with a reread!

(reread) I originally read this one in January of 2015, so it took me a while to move on! So, here I am almost exactly a year later rereading this series so that I can finally move on to the next two volumes in the series.

I finally got this edition with my Christmas money. And, I have to say, this series definitely gets better as it gets going. When I read the first two volumes I enjoyed them, but was not feeling a pressing desire to rush on. Now there are lots of things happening and I am curious to see how things are going to progress!

I also got this volume with my Christmas money and I will point out that the series continues to get better and better. I think it is probably a good thing that I never went to boarding school because look at all the creepy things that happen at them!

This comic has been popping up on a lot of best of lists, so I had to check it out. I mean, look at that cover? I loved it! I am all for strong female characters and it is especially interesting considering it is set in a time where women often play a background role. It was a great idea and I am so glad I read it.

This was a fun comic! And compared to what else I read this month... Very different! There was no magic or fantasy or horror. It was just a real life comic about college students. It might be exaggerated a bit, but the adventures were fun in nature and I can't wait to read the next volume!

Another series that I decided to start... Because I don't have enough series on the go! And, another one where there is strong, ass-kicking woman. There was an accidental theme in my comic purchases recently! I really liked this and I can't wait to see what happens next!

Of everything I have read this week, this was likely my least favourite. I read the first issue in this series last year and it didn't really blow me away... But, I had a chance to read the first volume thanks to Humble Bundle. It's good, don't get me wrong, but not something I feel like rushing out and getting the next volume of immediately. Maybe it will be in a future Humble Bundle!

New Additions
Wayward Volume 1
Lady Killer
Giant Days - Volume 1
Lazarus - Volume 1: Family

Trip to the second hand store:

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
The Kingdom's Blood by Daniel Abraham
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 3

Weekly Pictures