The Next Nine

Books Read

1. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (Paul Boehmer)     4 Stars

2. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Xanthe Elbrick)     4 Stars

3. Hex Hall by Rachal Hawkins (Cris Dukehart)     3.5 Stars

4. Failure is not an Option by Gene Kranz (Danny Campbell)     3.5 Stars

5. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (Cris Dukehart)     3 Stars

6. Sabriel by Garth Nix (Tim Curry)     4 Stars

7. 101 Dalmations by Dotie Smith (BBC production)     4 Stars

8. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan     2 Stars

9 Dancing Barefooot by Wil Wheaton (Wil Wheaton)     4 Stars

Average Rating: 3.56

Audiobooks: 8

Re-reads: 1.3

Indy/self-published: 0, I believe

Number Reviewed on blog: Also 0, and none really planned and I’m behind on Goodreads reviews…

Number of my owned books read (for my personal reading goal): 1

Comments:

Obviously a lot of audiobooks!  I am a convert.  Since I have roughly an hour of walking commute time to work every day I can get a lot of reading done, so that is where the majority of my reading has occurred and will for the foreseeable future until I learn to manage my time outside of work better and have to start biking to work.  However, considering the changes in my life the past month and a half, I consider this a great amount of books read!

I’m also well ahead of my semi-randomly picked Goodreads goal, which implies I can up it to another semi-randomly picked goal, however, I predict based on past experience a lull in reading starting in about a month, so I will wait for now. 

The books I read this round were good, as evidenced by the decent ratings and average, but nothing really amazed me of blew me away.  I hope the next group of books will have some of those.

Finally, I ‘read’ one of the unread books on my self, though I did it by audiobook not reading the physical book I own….  Since I have also bought another book I have not read and discovered a few others when moving that I didn’t want donate, my reading goal to reduce the number of unread books on my self by half of the starting number at the beginning of the year (aka have max of 6 unread books on my shelf by the end of 2017) is going quite terribly.  However, I have a hold on the audiobook for another book on my shelf for commute reading and once I finish off the last library book I have had forever and want to read, there is another I want to immediately start on my shelf.  After that my plan gets a little fuzzy…

What’s next:

I think I answered this nicely, if rather non-specifically.  So as a shameless plug, you can find out my what’s next if you follow or friend my on Goodreads!  Link is in my about page. 

 

Big Book Recommendations

The topic of this post was kindly provided by Trina and her Monthly Recommendations group on Goodreads.

This is pretty self-explanatory, so onto the recommendations!

1. The Illuminae Series by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – big book, quick read

2. The Inda Series by Sherwood Smith – so, so good!

3. Green Rider Series by Kristen Britain – kind of a cheat here since most versions of the first book are just under 500 pages, but the hardcover is 504!  And the series grows as it goes on with the newest one being something like 800 pages.

4. The Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce – can’t have a list without her on it!

5. The Farsala Triology by Hilari Bell – haven’t read in a while but loved it at the time

6. The Naming by Alison Croggan – again, haven’t read in a while and sits just under 500 pages, but I thought it was very good when I read it years ago.

Books I want to re-read (2)

An updated list of books I want to re-read!  There are a lot of them as I’m in the mood for re-reads at the moment!

First, I want to continue on with my re-read of the Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner: 

-The Queen of Attolia (#2)

-The King of Attolia (#3)

-A Conspiracy of Kings (#4)

Next, I was reminded of the Farsala Trilogy by Hilari Bell recently, and remember loving it and I want to revisit it:

-Fall of a Kingdom (#1)

-Rise of a Hero (#2)

-Foraging the Sword (#3)

Hilari’s Knight and Rogue series is great for younger readers!

Additionally, I (mostly) loved the Books of Pellinor series by Alison Croggon, who has a new book out.  I didn’t like the last book as much as the others but I want to re-read and see if that has changed:

-The Naming

-The Riddle

-The Crow

-The Singing

A carry-over from the last post, I still want to re-read Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman and Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Finally, I have wanted to re-read this book since I read the second one in this series early this year, to see which I love more, plus I’m told the audiobook is fantastic!

-Illuminae (Kaufman and Kristoff)

That’s a lot of books on my plate!  Anything you want to re-read?

Books I attempted but never continued

These are not DNF books because I never got past the 2nd chapter, which is too short of a length to really decide I’m never going to finish the book.  None of these books I stopped because I hated them, it was just the wrong time or I just wasn’t interested in the book.  That latter case makes it seem like it should be a DNF but because I never got a significant portion of the way through the book I consider these books as ‘attempted’ not DNF.  Kind of like the first chapter challenge, you wouldn’t say that you DNF’ed the books you didn’t end of reading because you were determining your next read based on a small part of the book.

Matched – Ally Condi

Allegiant – Veronica Roth**

Kiss of Deception – Mary E Pearson

Sabriel – Garth Nix

The Diviner – Melanie Rawn

Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Starflight – Melissa Landers

Pathfinder – Orson Scott Card

A Mortal Song – Megan Crewe

The Defender’s Apprentice – Amelia Smith

**This one is actually likely a DNF because I got about a page in and decided I couldn’t stand reading another book in the weird 1st person PoV with the weird verb tenses Roth uses.  But I decided this based on less then a page of reading…

 

 

 

Bookish Pet Peeves #4

A miscellaneous assortment of more pet peeves of mine that relate to books!  Didn’t realize I had so many strong feels about this sort of thing.

1. Double stacking bookshelves.  This is a personal thing, but I like to see all my books, so I could never stack books in front of other books on my shelf!

2. Lack of physical descriptions, or descriptions being told more then 50 pages after character is introduced.  Sure, I rarely ever picture characters (with the exceptions being when there is good cover art of the character, typically hand-drawn art (TP example here)), but I still like to know what they look like!  And not after I have had the chance to picture them wrong for chapters before being told.

3. Vague descriptions of characters.  Similar to above, I hate vague descriptions.  If your character is black, say so!  Don’t hint at things (she is dark/swarthy or his skin was a different shade then mine) in the hopes that your readers will figure it out because everyone will interpret it differently and that is why there are arguments about whether Hermione is black.  Authors/editors might think it will make the characters more relatable because you get to picture whatever, but that is part of why I can never picture characters in my head as anything more then a bloob.

4. When a book does not clearly state that it is in a series and which book in the series it is.  First books will sometimes get a pass if the author and publisher didn’t know at the time there was going to be more, but this is often a rare case, and does not apply when the covers are remade.  I get the reasons for NOT clearly indicating these things: you sell more books.  But you also catch more flies with sugar water then vinegar. 

5. Unpronounceable names.  This is a me problem that is based on my lack of language skills and my terrible ability to spell and pronounce unknown words.  Basically I’m talking about names with letters in an arrangement I’m not familiar with because it’s more typical of a language I cannot speak and I acknowledge this is a me problem, a person that learned English from birth and only has a bit of other language experience, but that is French which has similar letter arrangements and predictable pronunciations as English (kinda?).  Now when names are inspired by other languages with different letter arrangements I get confused and don’t know how to pronounce the character’s name and I don’t like it.  But it’s a me problem.  

The first ten eleven

Books Read: 

1. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff     5 Stars

2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (Libba Bray)     1 Star

3. Eve: the Awakening by Jenna Moreci     2.5 Stars

4. Ready Player One by Ernst Cline (Wil Wheton)     2.5 Stars

5. Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Dr. Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell (Tanya Eby)     4 Stars

6. Queen of the Tearling     Erika Johansen     4 Stars

7. The Martian by Andy Weir     4.5 Stars

8. First Test by Tamora Pierce (Bernadette Dunne)     5 Stars

9. Page by Tamora Pierce (Bernadette Dunne)     5 Stars

10. Squire by Tamora Pierce (Bernadette Dunne)     5 Stars

11. Lady Knight by Tamora Pierce (Bernadette Dunne)     5 Stars

Average Rating: 3.95

Audiobooks: 7 (Narrators in brackets after author name)

Re-reads: 5

Indy/self published: 1.5 (The Martian was originally Indy published, but is now traditionally published due to the response, so I give that a 0.5 rating)

Number of books reviewed on this blog: Currently 3 are formally reviewed, with another one reviewed in an atypical fashion.  I have plans for an audiobook-centric review of the Protector of the Small Quartet that should be up soon.  Finally, I have 2 reviews to write for Goodreads that I don’t plan to have on here, but might end up that way.  

Comments: 

It seems I’m more likely to review books on this blog I didn’t like (Beauty Queens, Ready Player One and Eve: The Awakening) then those that I do like.  I’m trying to be better about this and to review the good and the bad always, but I can improve.  Additionally, books like Gemina, being in the middle of series, are less likely to get reviews because I prefer to do a series review for second books and on wards.  Regardless, I review every book in some form on Goodreads (she says, knowing that she is currently behind in 2 reviews, outside of the Tamora Pierce re-reads).

I have been trying to make a conscious effort to review the audiobook as well as the book when I read audiobooks since audiobooks and their narrators need more love.  Plus it’s good information for people to have.  I read many audiobooks in section of my reading, partially because I was unpacking, which is a good task to listen to audiobooks to, and without internet for a time. 

Love Tamora Pierce and was in the mood for something familiar because of a move and the stress of that and a new job (plus lack of internet).  Also it seems that March and April are times of the year I really need to re-read some or all of her books, or so Facebook’s look back feature tells me.  This makes since as it’s spring and I’m often avoiding exams and need to read something of comfort that I can put down to study when I really need to.  No exams this year, though.  

I’m on track with my randomly picked number of books to read that was less then 50.  Which is good, I guess?  I’m telling myself I’m not attached to the number but I’m also keeping an eye on it, so that is mostly lies.  

What’s next?

With new job things will be weird for a time meaning I have no idea how this reading thing will fit into my new life at this time.  I will, however, be working regular predictable hours for like the first time ever, without school to boot.  This could be very good for my reading, or I could watch too much TV.  I shall see.

As for what’s next reading-wise, I recently posted my library book haul, so that is a good indicator of what I’m looking to read.  I also have a list of unread books on my shelves I want to cut in half, but have yet to read any.  Finally, I have Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore, another re-read and then final in the Graceling Trilogy I have been working through, signed out and really want to finally finish off The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks, a book I have been reading for literal years.  And if none of that fits my fancy, I have a mile long list of books I want to read over on Goodreads to get around to reading. 

Buying Books?

Due to Big Life Changes (TM) I will soon have a (small) budget for buying books and because of this I started a list of books I would like to buy to add to my shelves!  It was a personal list but then I was thinking it would be an interesting one to share with people because these are the books I have read recently that I have deemed good enough to be bought.  This means they are books I know I will read again (and again and again).

However, this list is a bit larger then I would like, having taken a look at all the books I own and have had to move recently.  So while I will be able to spend money on books a bit more regularly then I previously have, I want and need to keep the amount of books that I own to a minimum.

The books:

Night Study and Dawn Study by Maria V Synder

Illuminae and Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson (but only a certain cover, because I like it best)

(Preorder) Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce, Julie Holderman, Timothy Leibe, Magan Messinger and Cora Colville