Wednesday, May 25, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 3


Day 3 ~ Your Favourite Series


I don't think that anyone that reads my blog would be surprised to see my answer is Fables. I started the series in 2009 with some Christmas gift cards. I was never sure if I was a graphic novel fan back then. And, my library has never been big on graphic novels that I could try first. I ended up loving the series and catching up before 2009 was over. The last volume came out last year and I am still sad about it. I used to expect a Volume or 2 a year and now to have none... It's sad! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 2


Day 2 ~ A Book That You Have Read More Than 3 Times


I remember grabbing this book entirely on a whim and loving it. It is the book I tend to grab when I am in a slump and want a comfort read. If you told me before I read it that I would enjoy it as much as I do, I would have laughed. To read what it is about it doesn't entirely sound like me at all, but it is a favourite now and I am so happy I bought it on a whim. I really must reread it soon! I have been thinking about it lately, but haven't picked it up and settled in yet. I will. The movie wasn't horrible either, so that was a plus. You always have to worry about those things. Definitely a book I enjoy reading over and over again!

Monday, May 23, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 1


Day 1 ~ Best Book You Read Last Year

2015 was kind of a scattered reading year... I started out reading a lot, had a slump, and then became obsessed with Marvel comics for the rest of the year. As a result the year doesn't really stand out for me. There are other years where I can say that is the year I finally read such and such. 2015 was the year when I was just happy when I read anything. But, one book I really enjoyed was Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I read this the first part of the year before life got weird. I really should read more by her, but haven't had a chance to yet. It was definitely a page turner and worth all the praise it has received!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Week in Review - Week 21


Random Thoughts

Guys... I have had an amazing reading week! I loved everything that I read and I am all excited about up-coming reading. My reading year has been good in general, but this week probably included books that will be on my best of list for the year. And, more than one. So, I count that as a good reading week! I am writing this very first thing or I would get caught up in another book and accomplish nothing today. It is a long weekend and kind of rainy out, so it will likely be a reading day! (And some cleaning... Always cleaning...) I hope this burst of awesome reading continues! 

Graphic Novel Year

Amazingly, nothing...

Currently Reading


Audiobook

(Reread)

Weekly Reading

A Gathering of Shadows ~ I finished this last Sunday after speeding through it last week. I loved it!! It took me a couple tries to actually settle in with it, but I think that was more fear it wouldn't live up to the first book than anything else. I had to wait for the right mood to hit me. But, I think this book is better than book 1 and am so happy that I took a chance on this series after hearing so much about it. I cannot wait for book 3 next year. I wish it was sooner! Strongly recommended!

The Wee Free Men (reread) ~ I decided to reread this because I have book 4 in the series now and wanted to refresh my memory. It was just as fun the second time as it was the first. Unfortunately I don't own book 2 and 3, so not sure if I am going to grab copies and reread them too, or just hope I remember enough to read book 4. I have to read some other stuff first anyway. But, as always, I strongly recommended Terry Pratchett!


Shadow and Bone (reread) ~ When Audible has sales I will grab books from series I have all ready read because I never read the sequels and want to refresh my memory. I originally read this in 2012 and never got around to the sequels... Since I am enjoying her new series, I figured it was time to find out what else happened in this trilogy. I definitely needed the refresher! There was a lot I had forgotten. But, it was still really good and I enjoyed the audio performance. Now to read books 2 and 3 before 4 years go by again! Strongly recommended!
Hammered ~ Look! I actually read book 3 in this series before 6 years had passed! Actually, before 6 months had passed! I might be getting better at this series reading thing... I would love to finish some series this year... The best part is that this is such a good series, that I find myself really enjoying each instalment and looking forward to what happens next. This volume had characters like Jesus and Thor. What more can you ask for! Strongly recommended!


The Dream Thieves ~ I mentioned last week how my audio experience with this book was a disaster... I am so glad that it didn't ruin my chance with this book, though! I loved it! I am finally seeing why so many people love this series. I am sad it took me so long to get around to reading it. But, as you can see, I am all ready moved on to the next book... I love all of the characters in this series and you really get to know them, so that makes this series something you want to know all the details about and all the outcomes. I can't wait to see what happens next! Strongly Recommended!

New Additions

The Wrath and the Dawn (gift)
The Raven King
Dreams of Gods & Monsters
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Dream Thieves
Days of Blood & Starlight

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 20
30 Days of Books ~ The Announcement

Weekly Pictures















Saturday, May 21, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ The Announcement

Jenny, from Alternate Readality, is doing this 30 Days of Books list. The list started at Jenni Elyse's blog if you want to go to the source and meet others that are doing it, too! I want to blog more, but seem to never know what to talk about; so, I decided to give this a try! I think I will skip Sunday's because that is the one day I manage to blog now, but expect me to follow this list starting on Monday:

Day 1: The best book you read last year
Day 2: A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 3: Your favorite series
Day 4: Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 5: A book that makes you happy
Day 6: A book that makes you sad
Day 7: Most underrated book
Day 8: Most overrated book
Day 9: A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10: Favorite classic
Day 11: A book you hated
Day 12: A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13: Your favorite writer
Day 14: Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15: Favorite male character
Day 16: Favorite female character
Day 17: Favorite quote(s) from your favorite book(s)
Day 18: A book that disappointed you
Day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20: Favorite romance book
Day 21: Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22: Favorite book you own
Day 23: A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24: A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25: A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26: A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27: The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28: Favorite title(s)
Day 29: A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30: Your favorite book of all time

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Week in Review - Week 20


Random Thoughts

Every week I write in my Bullet Journal, blog something... And most weeks this is the only post that actually happens. I am proud of myself that this post means that I have blogged at least 20 times so far this year. That is better than 0, right? But, I would like to blog more... I just can't seem to find my mojo. I have posts started and saved as drafts, but just can't seem to finish them. I guess it is a work in progress. In the meantime, I write my one weekly post that was my official goal for this year and I manage to visit blogs. That will have to work for now!

This week was a quieter reading week because my main read was A Gathering of Shadows and it was over 500 pages! I finished it this morning, but I cut off my weeks on Saturday so you will have to wait until next weekend to find out what I thought! I also had major issues with audio this week. I am listening to The Dream Thieves on a different app than I normally use. The app keeps crashing and slowing down in speed. Plus, I just don't find the volume that great on my phone compared to my iPod. (My iPod is 'old' and won't update to the newer operating systems, so now new apps won't download. I am so torn. It works fine, but I likely need to get a new one... I hate that!) So, I bought a paper copy and think I am going to DNF the audio for now. It is not the narrator AT ALL. I just have high hopes for this book and the technical issues are ruining it. I was pretty tempted to reactivate Audible and get the audios through there, but I promised myself I would work through my backlist first. I am not sure if buying the books in paperback really was a better plan than getting Audible back. In both cases I spend money... lol

Graphic Novel Year

Wonder Woman - Volume 1: Blood

Currently Reading


Audiobook


Currently Watching


Weekly Reading

Wonder Woman - Vol 1 ~ I liked this first volume of the series, but haven't had a chance to read on because of other things happening this week. I have to admit I have heard of Wonder Woman, but I have never actually read a book about her before. This explains where she comes from and sets her up for some adventures. I am looking forward to the next volume. Recommended!



Rebel in the Sands ~ I blamed A Gathering of Shadows for my slow reading week, but considering how short this was in comparison... This book took forever it seemed. I had read a lot of really good books and this book didn't knock my socks off in the beginning. I am happy to report, though, that it got way better as it went and I ended up enjoying it. It just wasn't as amazing as other books I have read lately. I think the series has a lot of potential, though, and look forward to the next book. Recommended!

New Additions

Rat Queens - Volume 3: Demons

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 19

Weekly Pictures