Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week in Review (8)

Random Thoughts

February has been one of my best reading months in ages! I feel a little guilty because it is mostly comic books and manga, but, still... YAY! I have been in a reading slump for ages and lately I am excited to read. I hope that means that 2015 will be a good year, but I am trying not to put too much pressure on myself. (Playing around on Scribd has helped!)

Graphic Novel Year
I am kind of lazy, so a list instead of pictures:
Blue is the Warmest Color
The Woods: Volume 1 - The Arrow
The Woods: Issue 6
Bizenghast Volume 1
Bizenghast Volume 2
Bizenghast Volume 3
Bizenghast Volume 4
Bizenghast Volume 5
Bizenghast Volume 6
Bizenghast Volume 7
Bizenghast Volume 8
Splendour in the Snow
Alex + Ada: Volume 1
Kat & Mouse: Volume 1 - Teacher Torture
Kat & Mouse: Volume 2 - Tripped
Kat & Mouse: Volume 3 - The Ice Storm
Kat & Mouse: Volume 4 - The Knave of Diamonds
This One Summer
Rat Queens: Volume 1 - Sass & Sorcery

Audiobooks

I am a graphic novel kick at the moment...

Currently Reading

Prosperity by Alexis Hall

Weekly Reading

(February 16, 2015) - I loved this one! The art and the writing were fantastic.








(February 16, 2015) - This, and issue 6, were a good introduction to a series I have been curious about but haven't checked out before now. Science fiction and a bit more. I look forward to more!






(February 17-18, 2015) - I really all 8 volumes of this manga over two days. I loved it! A young female that grows into its own and interesting take on ghosts.







(February 17, 2015) - I read August Moon by this author at one point so was curious about this one. Plus, we have had lots of snow and the title seemed fitting! It was cute!







(February 19, 2015) - I have heard so much good things about this series so I had to check it out. It ended just when it was getting really good and I can't wait to see what happens when the sequel comes out in March!






(February 19, 2015) - Ass-kicking women for the win!









(February 19-20, 2015) - I really like books that take place at schools for the most part, so I decided to check this one out. It was nothing amazing, but I like the series overall and read all four volumes.






(February 20, 2015) - I have read and enjoyed this author before and this was on a lot of best of lists. I am glad I read it and think it might be my favourite so far by this Canadian duo!







Weekly Posts


New Additions

I have been good!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Book Tag: Would You Rather...?

~I saw this at The Paperback Stash and decided it was fun.~

1. Read Only Trilogies or stand-a-lones?
~ Well, I mostly only read trilogies or series. I do get excited when I manage to actually read a stand-a-lone book, though. I am torn on the subject. I like how trilogies there is more to look forward to, but I am in the middle of so many series and trilogies that I know I will never finish most of them. 

2. Read Only Female or Male Authors?
~ I know that many people pay attention to this, but I just kind of read whatever looks interesting. If I had to pick, though, I would go with female.

3. Show at Barnes-n-Noble or Amazon?
~ This one is easy... I can't shop at Barnes-n-Noble in Canada. (Unless something has changed.) I used to shop from them, though. I would order used books and my step-father, a Texan, would collect them for me when he went home. This is how I have basically every Madeleine L'Engle book ever. The ones I didn't order online I bought on a trip to Texas at Barnes-n-Noble.

4. All books become movies or TV shows?
~ I am atrocious at watching either, but I find that TV shows give more chance to develop the books because they are not as limited by time. 

5. Read 5 pages per day or 5 books per week?
~ 5 books per week, of course!

6. Be a professional reviewer or author?
~ I think I would pick professional reviewer...

7. Only read your top 20 favourite books over and over or always read new ones you haven't read before?
~ I am a terrible re-reader, so definitely read new books.

8. Be a librarian or a bookseller?
~ I have always wanted to work at a bookstore but have refrained because I figured I would spend my pay cheque on books...

9. Only read your favourite genre, or every genre except your favourite?
~ Well, this is a hard question... I primarily only read fantasy most of the time, anyway, but I don't want to be limited by it. I think I would miss it if gave it up, though... I really don't think I could decide on this question. I don't like either option and think I would be unhappy with either choice.

10. Only read physical books or e-books?
~ If I had to choose, physical books all the way!

~~ I am not going to tag anyway, but feel free to join if you would like! ~~

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

#ComicsFebruary - Post the First

So, February is #ComicsFebruary. I was really excited about it, but then I kind of didn't get into it at first. Mood reading, you know... Debi and Chris have had it the last few years and I try to join in. So, I had to read something. I have mentioned before that I joined Scribd. They now have lots of comics, but the first day I was on there I found Hyperbole and a Half. I had heard lots about it, but I have to admit that upon reading it... I had no idea what it was even about!
 Hyperbole and a Half: unfortunate situations, flawed coping mechanisms, mayhem and other things that happened by Allie Brosh

Completion Date: February 8, 2015
Length: 369 Pages
This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative--like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it--but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book:
Pictures
Words
Stories about things that happened to me
Stories about things that happened to other people because of me
Eight billion dollars*
Stories about dogs
The secret to eternal happiness*
*These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!
So, I basically didn't read the back cover or the subtitle. It was just kind of around (Walmart even had it) and I wanted to give it a try. Imagine my delight when I can read it for free unexpectedly! (I like free.) And, then I discovered that it is a memoir and there are dogs... (The cover should have gave away the dog part). In any case it was an enjoyable book that I am glad I took a chance and read. The art is very simplistic, but it is effective! And, I enjoyed her stories. It is one of those books where you are going to laugh, but also feel sad. It was a great way to start off #ComicsFebruary!

Then, Scribd added comic books for real! Lots of them! It is not like I don't have a very nice TBR of physical comic books, but I had a new toy and I had to explore... Next up was March: Book 1. Andi mentioned it and it was pure chance that I had the chance to read it the very next day!
March: Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

Completion Date: February 10, 2015
Length: 128 Pages
Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.
Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).
March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.
Book One spans John Lewis’ youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall.
Many years ago, John Lewis and other student activists drew inspiration from the 1950s comic book "Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story." Now, his own comics bring those days to life for a new audience, testifying to a movement whose echoes will be heard for generations.
Well, I have to admit that when I heard of this comic I had no idea what it was even about. Now that I have read, what a wonderful idea! It is one thing to tell your story first hand, but I love that John Lewis chose a comic book as his medium. (Or, well, someone did, anyway!) It really makes the story come alive to have the pictures. It makes the history more real, I think. Not that I have a problem with regular non-fiction, of course. I just think this was a way to impact and I am so happy that I read it. It covers a very important part of history and I cannot wait until I read the sequels.

Then, I really shook things up and went from historical non-fiction about the Civil Rights Movement to a spin-off from X-Men.
X-23: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M. Liu & Alina Urusov

Completion Date: February 10, 2015
Length: 152 Pages
X-23 has spent her short life being used by those in power, from the military to the X-Men. But when she is forced to confront a being who can control her life with nothing but a thought, will X-23 finally learn how to fight -- not for others, but herself? Guest-starring NYX! COLLECTING: X-23 #1-6
I mainly went with this comic because it is always nice to read a comic about a girl that is written by a girl. I have no prior knowledge of the character; but I found that this was a pretty good mixture of a new story and a look back at who she is with a bit of back-story. And a bit different than the other female-driven comics I have read so far this year. The art was really good, too! I am glad I got a chance to read this one and recommend it!

Then, I got a chance to read a comic that has been on my wish list for a while because Fiona Staples is the artist!
The Mystery Society by Steve Niles & Fiona Staples

Completion Date: February 11, 2015
Length: 132 Pages
Nick Hammond and Anastasia Collins are the Mystery Society - and bring new meaning to "underground cult" status! Stealthily avoiding the authorities, this skulduggery duo spend their time and money righting wrongs committed in the world's underbellies.
I had no idea what this comic was about, to be honest. It just came on my radar one day because Fiona Staples, of Saga fame, is the artist and I was curious about it. Then, it just sort of got lost in the long list of books that I want to read... But, thanks to Scribd, it came up on a search and I knew I had to finally try it. And, it was good. The Mystery Society is essentially a group that investigates the world's mysteries. It's a little bit superhero, a little bit fantasy, and then there is some science-fiction and I would like to say steam-punk thrown in the mix. Sadly it looks like a standalone, though, which makes me sad. (But also, yay, I didn't start a new series!)


I think four comics are enough for today. I have read a bunch more that I will hopefully get to another day!

Monday, February 16, 2015

The TBR Tag!

Andi and Heather did this and since we are having a snowstorm that will take a few days to shovel out from... I am, too!
This is our garage...

1. How do you keep track of your TBR pile? Um, I really don't... I keep getting in a mood to figure it out, but then I start and never finish... I honestly have no idea how many unread books I own! If I did know it would probably be a lot...

2. Is your TBR mostly print or eBook? Print. I do have e-books but they are out of sight and out of mind so they kind of get forgotten...

3. How do you determine which book from your TBR to read next? Mood! I try to make it that way, anyway. I don't set goals or commitments any more. Reading is supposed to be fun!

4. A book that's been on your TBR list the longest? I don't really have a list... My oldest book on my TBR pile is probably A Fine Balance...
5. A book you recently added to your TBR? The Just City by Jo Walton and First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. (And Fairest by Marissa Meyer but I read it all ready!)
6. A book on your TBR strictly because of its beautiful cover. I am not actually sure... I love the covers for many of the books I own, but I am not sure if the cover is why I bought them...

7. A book on your TBR that you never plan on reading. I would love to read them all... I am not sure if that will ever happen!

8. An unpublished book on your TBR that you're excited for. I don't really do ARC lately...

9. A book on your TBR that basically everyone has read by you. That's a lot of books... Let's go with Gone Girl.

10. A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you. Probably many... um... I don't know what to answer!

11. A book on your TBR that you are dying to read? First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen. The Just City by Jo Walton. And many many more.

12. How many books are on your Goodreads TBR shelf? 229. I didn't even know I had a TBR on Goodreads. lol

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Week in Review (7)

Random Thoughts

So, this last week I had one of the best reading weeks I have had in a VERY long time. The books/comics were mostly on the shorter side, but I don't care. I was so excited and it made for a fun week of reading. I joined Scribd and have had so much fun browsing! It is so nice, especially in the winter, to have a library at your fingertips that you don't have to go anywhere for. It also gives me a chance to read lots of books that I want to read and just haven't got around to getting a copy of yet.

Graphic Novel Year




 Audiobooks

Okay, I totally neglected audiobooks lately because I have been actually READING! Need to get back to them...

Currently Reading

I am not sure. I have sort of been too busy to read the last couple days, so I haven't really sat down with anything. Hopefully tonight!

Weekly Reading

(February 8, 2015) - I even reviewed this here.









(February 8, 2015) - I reviewed this one as well here.









(February 8, 2015) - Finally! I am not sure if I even knew what this was about, but I have seen it around and wanted to check it. It was good! And it included dogs!







(February 9, 2015) - I loved this! I am so happy I finally read it. I love fairy tale re-tellings! I have had it out from the library before but just never got around to it.







(February 10, 2015) - I got this because Memory had it on her best of list for 2014. It was a little different from my normal reading, but fairy tale retelling! And once you sat down with it, page turner! So glad I grabbed a copy!






(February 10, 2015) - Andi mentioned this when I was looking for some new graphic novels. (Not that I needed any...) Anyway, Scribd added graphic novels this week (best time to join) and this was one of them. And, it was so good!!






(February 10, 2015) - Memory recommended this one and I have always wanted to get into X-Men. This seemed like as good a place as any to start. I really liked it!







(February 11, 2015) - I love Fiona Staples so I was curious about this one. Another Scribd addition. I really liked it, actually. I wasn't entirely sure what it was even about, but I definitely would like to read more. I am not sure if there is even more...





(February 12, 2015) - There are 15 Volumes of this on Scribd and I figured it was as good as place to start as any... The first volume was good! It is sort of a retelling of the original story from what I can tell? I haven't read enough X-Men to know for sure, though.





(February 12, 2015)  - Yay! Jeff Lemire! I really like him and I was so happy to see this on Scribd. It was really good, like he always is, and I was so happy it took place in Nova Scotia and on the coast of it.






(February 12, 2015) - I totally read this for the title... I have been meaning to read the author anyway, but this came up when I was looking for something else and I was curious. It was good! A collection of short stories that will make you think.





(February 12, 2015) - I have always wanted to read Ayn Rand but was kind of scared of her... This was a bit shorter work by her that I consider a good introduction. I really liked it and am not less nervous about trying some of her longer works.






(February 12, 2015) - I kind of goofed with this book. I think it works better if you don't read it and then set it aside for a bit... I didn't think I was going to like it at all, but by the end it was really good. I think I need to reread it and not set it aside partway through.






Weekly Posts


New Additions

Nothing! Amazingly!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Review: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer:

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer


Originally Read: February 9, 2012 (Not Reviewed)
Completion Date: January 30, 2015
Length: 390 Pages

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
I remember buying this book when it first came out. We were at Walmart and it caught my eye. I read it almost immediately and promptly added her to my auto-buy list. Fairest, a novella in the series, was recently released and I knew it was time to revisit Cinder and finally read the rest of the series. I really enjoyed this reread. Cinder is young, so she bugs me sometimes, but it is nice to see a series of books essentially centred around strong women and rewriting the damsel in distress stereotype. And, Marissa does it so well. She makes Cinder 'different' and looked down on by society so that it tackles prejudice and discrimination without coming right out with how it can relate to our own society. She just makes Cinder's story that much better because she has further to rise. Obviously there is more to Cinder than meets the eye, but I was very happy that I decided to go back and reread this one before moving on to the rest.

Strongly recommended!

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 2) by Marissa Meyer


Completion Date: February 1, 2015
Length: 452 Pages

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She's trying to break out of prison--even though if she succeeds, she'll be the Commonwealth's most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit's grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn't know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother's whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Moving on to Scarlet. I started this book when it first came out, but it just didn't call to me at the time and I put it aside until now apparently. I read it very quickly this time around, so I am glad it clicked with me finally. Frankly, Scarlet tries too hard to be a 'tough' girl and she annoys me. She got better as the book got going, but she is older than Cinder and does things that I find myself rolling my eyes about. She just didn't click with me at first. In the end I felt that the series grew in this book and I enjoyed seeing how all the stories were going to come together. It definitely turned into a page-turner of a book. I am glad I decided to undertake this journey through the series. This book made me even more excited about the series as a whole and I couldn't wait to see what happened next in Cress.

Strongly Recommended!

Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3) by Marissa Meyer


Completion Date: February 8, 2015
Length: 550 Pages

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In this third book in the Lunar Chronicles, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.
Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl imprisoned on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.
Then I moved on to Cress. It took me a lot longer to get through this one than the first two books. It wasn't because I liked it less, it was more time constraints and the fact that I am not good at reading books by the same author in a row. So, I slowed down... I still really enjoyed the book, though, and I was so proud of myself for finishing it and catching up on a series. Cress is exactly what you would expect from a girl that has been isolated and locked up. She is a bit naive and innocent, but there is a backbone there. I enjoyed getting to know her better because she only sort of lurked in the first two books. This was her time to shine and come together with the other characters. I will enjoy seeing how things play out in the next book and how she grows as a character. In Scarlet, the characters were in a group for most of the book, but circumstances pushed them apart in this one so we got a chance to spend time with them individually before they started coming back together again. I am really enjoying them all individually and as a group. I am really excited to see how it all plays out in the final volume later this year!

Strongly Recommended!

Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 3.5) by Marissa Meyer


Completion Date: February 8, 2015
Length: 222 Pages

Synopsis from Goodreads:
In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.
Mirror, mirror on the wall 
Who is the fairest of them all?
Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.
Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.
Okay, if I had been paying attention I probably wouldn't have bought this... I was behind on the series and the new book always comes out at the beginning of the year, so I just grabbed this and didn't pay attention to the fact it was a novella and the last book wasn't out until later this year. When it arrived I couldn't be bothered to send it back, so I read it instead. And, I am glad that it exists. It is the story of Levana. She is the Lunar Queen that has played a role in all of the other books, but we never really got a chance to know her. Now that I do... All I can say is 'Wow!'. Marissa has definitely come up with a very interesting back-story for the Queen. And, let's face it... Sometimes I feel bad for her, but other times she got what she deserved. I will be interested to see how this will influence my reading of Winter when everything will come to a head.

Strongly Recommended!

And that concludes my rambling post about this series...

Monday, February 09, 2015

Week in Review (6) - I Have Been...

Another week of only one read... But, so far this week I have read 3. Hopefully next week's recap will be more interesting! For this week, though, I read Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. Finally!

Writing... Well, I wrote a Week in Review post last week and then wrapped up my January in reading. Not a terrible week of blogging.

Reading... The only book I actually finished last week was Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. The rest of the week was taken up with trying to find time to read Cress. I think I partly read it a bit slower because of time constraints but also because I am not used to reading three books in a row by the same author. (Ended up being four because I read Fairest on Sunday, but that counts for next week...)

Listening... I am still making my way through The Hero's Guide to Saving your Kingdom. It would be nice to finish that today or tomorrow. I have been slacking. Not sure what will be up next... I have no shortage of things to choose from! I also have been managing to keep up with the Books on the Nightstand podcast. I would like to branch out to more, but I have a hard time keeping up with one.

Looking... At a winter wonderland. We had three storms in a row, so we have a lot of snow at the moment. And, it has been cold so what we have is not diminishing. This is mainly a problem because we are running out of places to put the snow. We were supposed to have a storm tomorrow, but the latest weather reports haven't mentioned it again. 

Learning... About new temptations online. I really want to get Marvel Unlimited, but the U.S. dollar is kicking the Canadian dollars butt right now. Instead I got Scribd free for two months. I have been avoiding the site, but I actually think that a site where I can just download whatever instead of buying e-books separately will actually work better for me. It might be a subscription I keep... We will see!

Anticipating... A reading day. My work computer is broken, so I basically have to wait around for a tech person to call me today. I have decided that since it is turning out to be a day off, I am going to read. I started Silently and Very Fast by Catherynne Valente this morning, but I am not sure if I really like it... I just wanted something short and not part of a series. I think I will read a couple standalone books and then tackle another series.

Loving... How many ways there are to read nowadays. I remember when I used to have go to the bookstore or the library to get a new book. Then, I remember the whole idea of ordering online and the fun that I had with that. (And continue to!) And then, the world exploded... The library is online, there are e-books, there are sites like Scribd where you can read tonnes of books, there is Audible for audiobooks... The list goes on! With all the opportunities there is no reason why I should have quiet reading years!

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

January in Review

What I Learned

I think it is funny that last January I said that January is always a rough reading month for me... In 2015 I am happy to have read what I have read because the end of 2014 was very very quiet. I am keeping my reading low-key this year and it seems to be working for me. Hopefully I will be able to keep a consistent number for the rest of the year...

The Books
1. Ms. Marvel - Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson
2. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami
3. The Unwritten - Volume 3: Dead Man's Knock by Mike Carey (reread)
4. The Unwritten - Volume 4: Levitahan by Mike Carey (reread)
5. The Unwritten - Volume 5: On to Genesis by Mike Carey (reread)
6. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
7. Fables - Volume 20: Camelot by Bill Willingham
8. Through the Woods by Emily Carroll
9. Captain Marvel - Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick
10. Pretty Deadly - Volume 1: The Shrike by Kelly Sue DeConnick
11. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey (Audio)
12. Morning Glories - Volume 2: All Will Be Free by Nick Spencer
13. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
14. Clean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, Book 1) by Ilona Andrews (Audio)
15. Alphabet of Thorns by Patricia McKillip
16. Shine by Lauren Myracle
17. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) by Marissa Meyer (reread)

The Source

Christmas: 7
Reread: 4
Bought: 3
Audio: 2
Gift: 1

New To Me Authors

G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel)
Emily St. John Mandel (Station Eleven)
Emily Carroll (Through the Woods)
Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel)
Eowyn Ivey (The Snow Child)

Series Talk
Ms. Marvel Series -  1/1
The Unwritten - 5/11
Fables - 20/21
Captain Marvel - 1/1
Pretty Deadly - 1/1
Morning Glories - 2/8
Innkeeper Chronicles - 1/1
Lunar Chronicles - 1/3

Books Added to the TBR

Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Just City by Jo Walton
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Through the Woods
Captain Marvel - Volume 1: Higher, Faster, Further, More
Pretty Deadly - Volume 1: The Shrike
Fables - Volume 20: Camelot
Morning Glories - Volume 2: All Will Be Free
100 Bullets - Volume 2: Split Second Chance
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry (One of my favourite books in 2014... It was Costco... I didn't own it...)
After the War is Over
Ms. Marvel - Volume 1: No Normal
By the Book
Fool's Assassin: Book One of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy
Station Eleven
The Secret History of Wonder Woman
The Strange Library
The Paying Guests
How Star Wars Conquered the Universe
Visions: The Cainesville Series
The Back of the Turtle
All the Light we Cannot See


Sunday, February 01, 2015

Week in Review (5)

Random Thoughts
Well, we have definitely hit winter. We had cold temps before, but this is more snow than we have got the rest of the winter in just a few days! And there is another storm headed here tomorrow. Needless to say, Mackie has had lots of fun running around outside in the snow. He got a new toy and enjoys chasing it around. I am glad it worked out! Plus the combination of snow and his new toy has left him rather tired afterwards. I am glad to see him actually burning off some of his excess energy!

Graphic Novel Year

I had planned to do a post of what was on my TBR for Graphic Novel Month, but I didn't get a chance to put the post together. Hopefully I will before the month is over and actually read some of the books, too!

Audiobooks

I am still making my way through The Hero's Guide to Saving the Kingdom. I had heard good things about this and am glad I am finally checking it out myself! I have been saving some Audible credits so I can get more in the series...

Currently Reading

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer. I had planned to finish this yesterday, but some adventures with snow, plows, and my car getting stuck killed that. Hopefully tonight!

Weekly Reading

(January 29, 2015) - I bought this book with my Christmas gift cards from 2013. I had it out from the library a few times and just wasn't getting to it... So glad I finally did! This is a good example of getting to books that I have wanted to read for ages and just never got around to before...





(January 30, 2015) - This was a reread. I originally read it soon after it came out in 2012, but wanted to refresh my memory after the sequel arrived the other day... I liked it just as much with a reread as I did the first time. I can't wait to finally work my way through the other books!





Weekly Posts


New Additions

Fairest: The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
The Just City by Jo Walton
First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

Friday, January 30, 2015

Reading in the Here and Now...

On December 16, 2005, I posted my very first post on The Written World. I was all ready starting to see my reading being influenced by the online world, that's why I read The Red Tent in 2005, but I was just reading books that looked and sounded good. My reading back then was way different than it is 10 years later, though. For example, in 2005 I read at least 7 books by Anita Shreve. That was the year I read The Pilot's Wife, loved it, and then ran out and got a bunch of her other books at the second hand bookstore. And, actually read a bunch of them!

That's how I used to read. I would find a new author, go on a buying spree at the second hand bookstore, and then proceed to read their backlist. In 2005 I probably had a TBR pile, but it was nothing like it would become as the years went on. I had a lot of books all ready, but I remember having a little tiny bookcase in my bedroom that contained my unread books and then all the rest of the shelves were read books. I only really blogged for one month in 2005, so in many ways 2006 was the first year... And, it is when things started to change for me as a reader...

In 2006 I commented on a blog and the blogger turned out to work for Random House Canada. A few quick emails back and forth and I entered my foray into review copies. And, it was a blessing. I was in university and review copies kept me in books until I graduated without doing bad things to my tiny bank account. But, between the review copies and the blogging, my reading was changing. In the early months of 2006 there are all ready posts about books I am hoping to get to soon and books that I haven't had a chance to read yet. And, I believe, 2006 is one of the last years of reading multiple books by the same authors. (In most recent years only really graphic novel series and Susanna Kearsley spring to mind.)

Blogging and getting review copies was a very fun experience. I loved hearing about new books and the constant parcels in the mail. In the beginning it was nothing like it would become... I actually was able to keep up! And then blogging and reviewing books for publishers became a lot bigger and I started to put more and more pressure on myself. It lead to reading more in the 'now' and less with exploring older books and backlists. I am sure there are many years where I mostly only read books published that year. It was fun always knowing what was going on and having read the 'big' books before they were really big. But, it started to get too overwhelming and lead to many long hiatuses from the blog and really spurred out of control last year when I hardly read at all.

Now it is 2015 and there is always that feeling that with a new year comes a fresh start. And, I have been trying to make that apply to my reading and blogging. I will likely always be tempted by the new and shiny books, but this year is also about all that backlist that I never got around to reading... Over the years I have posted big lists of books that I have bought. I bet I have hardly read any of them... Favourite authors come out with new books and they just gather dust on my shelves because often I haven't read the book before it.

So, 2015 is quickly becoming the year of 'no pressure'. I wander over to my shelves and just pick something... And, if it doesn't work for me, I put it aside and grab something else. I have probably started 30 books in 2015 so far and only actually finished 16. I am sure many of the others will call to me later, but they were not at the time. And, I am finally getting to books I just HAD to have and backlists from authors I have loved and never read again. For example, finally reading another book by Patricia McKillip like 2 years after I read her for the first time. Or, yesterday, I finished Shine by Lauren Myracle because it was one of those books I bought because I had to have it. I am hoping this mixture will finish for the rest of the year...

When you look back, how has your reading and blogging changed over the years?