Most Anticipated of 2017: Did I read them?

Here were the 6 books I was anticipating and whether or not I got to them (in the order they were listed in my original post found here):

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder – I’ve owned this for about 6 months have have not read it…..

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers – Have also owned for months and have yet to read….This is going so well, hahaha

Firebrand by Kristen Britain – Have attempted to obtain from the library, but no dice.  Hardcover is 40$ so I’m waiting for the soft cover (which also matches my set). 0/3 so far…

Third Illuminae book [aka Obsidio] by Kaufman and Kristoff – was  not released, is on my 2018 list.

A Spy’s Guide to Tortall by Tamora Pierce – I READ THIS ONE! And actually have 2 copies of it….

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – Have bought and read this one!  Was going to reread but I’ll do that in 2018. 

Grand total: 2/5.  Very bad of me, especially since I own 2 of the unread ones!  Oh the life of a reader!


Mid-Year Freak Out Tag

Note: wherever possible, I avoid adding re-reads to these kind of tag posts.  

1. Best book you’ve read so far in 2017. 

None have really forced me to put them on my exclusive favourites list so far this year, but a few have if forced to pick one Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy.

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2017.

Gemina by Kaufman and Kristoff, with Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane coming 2nd 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire (library just informed me they have a copy for me!)

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

Tortall: A Spy’s Guide by Tamora Pierce, Juile Holderman, Timothy Liebe and Megan Messinger

5. Biggest disappointment.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.  I was promised big things but they never happened.  The great setting could have used a better plot and characters.

6. Biggest surprise.

I didn’t expect to love Learning to Swear in America as much as I did.  I also didn’t expect to not like Eve: the Awakening my Jenna Moraci as much as I did.  Or HATE Beauty Queens by Libby Bray so much. 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

No one has really forced be to need to pay attention, but Andy Weir‘s book was good and the blurb for the newest one has me interested.  Also I like Queen of the Tearling (Erika Johansen) enough to want to continue. 

8. Newest fictional crush.

None of my new reads this year have had crush material, but I have a newer appreciation for Raoul of Goldenlake and Nealan of Queenscove

9. Newest favourite character.

Again, no one really stands out here.

10. Book that made you cry.

None, I rarely cry reading books (mostly because I avoid the type of book that would make me cry).  

11. Book that made you happy.

The Martian made me laugh a tonne.  So did Learning to Swear in America and Gemina.

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year. 

I’ve seen (as far as I know) one movie adaptation, The Martian, and one TV adaptation, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and both were great!

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

None of my reviews really sticks out to me. 

14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Did I need it? No.  But it is beautiful inside and out.

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

Oh there are a tonne, and I really should make a list.  I’m still trying to read as many books on my shelves as I can in attempt to reduce the unread total to 6.  But I keep buying books….

Highly anticipated 2017 reads

There will be more then these coming out this year that I’ll want to read and this list is basically all sequels or finales , but so far here is my list:

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder (out now, I believe) – I’ve needed this for months

A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers (might have actually been released in 2016? I’ve heard conflicting reports on this) – a companion not a sequel, however still highly anticipated

Firebrand by Kristen Britain (March 9th) – its been like 2 years since the last one and I really need to know where the story goes

Third Illuminae book by Kaufman and Kristoff (supposed to be out in October) – Well I need to know how it ends, of course!  Plus there was a kind of cliffhanger at the end that makes me need more, now!


Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire – another companion, but still of interest! 

Books I read because of Booktube #3

listSome more books that Booktube caused me to pick up.  Some of these were because of glowing reviews, others were mentioned in passing but piqued my curiosity enough to look them up on Goodreads and eventually read them.  One was just straight-up and author giving writing advice and being generally awesome so I picked up her book. 

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire (3.5-4 stars)

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (4.5 stars)

In Real Life by Jessica Love (4 stars)

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee (4.5 stars)

Eve: the Awakening by Jenna Moresi (not yet finished)

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (1 star)


What Cats Do Book Tag

tagI saw this post over on Icebreaker694’s blog and thought I’d give it a try since I looooove cats and the questions on this were great!  Thanks to Kate at meltingpotsandothercalamities for creating this tag! If you do this tag, be sure to tag her in this as those are the rules!

PURR- What is the book that makes you happiest or relaxed?

Squire (third book in the Protector of the Small series) by Tamora Pierce and Harry Potter #1 and #3.

SLEEP- What is a book that put you to sleep or was just boring?

I read a handful of these recently, they include: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, A Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane, Saga by Conor Kostick and The Magicians by Lev Grossman.  There are more, but I’m going to stop there.

TWITCH WHILE DREAMING- A book you dreamt about? 

Dream about owning: all the new, unreleased books by Tamora Pierce

Dream about visiting: Hogwarts or Tortall

Actually dream about: none as far as I know, though a case could be made for Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire, because all that takes is crossing a door….

SEEMS TO PLAY NICE…UNTIL THE CLAWS ARE OUT- Which book had the biggest plot twist? 

The one the threw me the most that I was not expecting happened in Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce.  Also Lupin being a warewolf.

CUDDLES- Which book character would you give a hug to?

Basically all the animal characters ever.  Also the Darkings.

CATNIP- What’s a book that made you have warm and fuzzy feels?

There are many.  Most of them written by Tamora Pierce.  Do I sound like a broken record yet?  Also Harry Potter #1 and #3.

CAT BREEDS- What are your favourite books?

You can take a look at my mostly complete favourites shelf here.

GETTING THE CAT- How did you find your favourite books?

A Librarian introduced my to Tamora Pierce when I was about 8 years old.  Then I was introduced to my next favourite author when I asked for a recommendation for books similar to hers on an online forum when I was 18.  Other childhood favourites were blurbed by TP and then Booktube has given me a few good recommendations recently.  Funny how that works out since I’m terrible for actually reading and liking hyped and recommended books to the point where I almost didn’t read the Tamora Pierce book from the librarian, the once the was basically my childhood. 

THE VET’S OFFICE- Your least favourite book

I had some winners last year for least favourite books.  Most of these were books I read for school like Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger and Fifth Business by Roberson Davies.  There were some others that were boring but I didn’t hate.  One that I HATED was Spy Glass by Maria V Snyder. 

BEING IN PLACES THEY SHOULDN’T- Least favourite clichÉ

There are a lot but bland female main characters with the depth of paper is one. 

THE GOOD OLD CARDBOARD BOX- Most underrated book series

In this age of discussion about male privilege and badass female leads, I never understood why Tamora Pierce’s Protector of the Small series isn’t more popular.

2016 Book awards

It’s (about to be?) award season!  So I thought I would award some of the books I read this year and some of the characters that have read more about this year.  These are not books released in 2016, they are books I have read in 2016.  Also, priority has been given to books that are new to me this year.  

Here we go!

Best Actor aka Best Male Protagonist

Leif (Maria V Synder)

Best Actress aka Best Female Protagonist

Hermione Granger (JK Rowling)

Best Cinematography aka Best Plot Twist

One of the ones in Night Study by Maria V Synder, obviously I can’t tell because spoilers.  Sure I saw it coming about 2 chapters early, but I was sooooo excited for it to happen and for the consequences of it happening. 

Best Costume Design aka Best Book cover

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Best Supporting Actress and Actor aka Best M/F side character

Janco (Maria V Synder)

Professor McGonagall (JK Rowling)

Best Original screen play aka most unique world/setting

The World(s) of The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers.  This is a very expansive and complex world and I love it. 

Best Adapted screen ply aka best book-to-movie adaption

So, I haven’t actually seen a movie adaptation this year (that I know of??) but I suspect after reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling that the movie was much better (if imperfect) then the novella.

Best animated feature aka a book you want to see animated

HARRY POTTER.  Make it allllll the creepy/creative/quarky/Harry Potter-esque animation!

Best director aka best new writer discovered

Becky Chambers

Best short film aka best short story/novella

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Best visual effects aka best action

Epic by Conor Kostick.  Not necessarily most action-packed book, but good ‘visual effects’ in the gaming world described.  

Best documentary aka best historical fiction/non-fiction

N/A (unless you count scientific literature, which I guess you could, but I’m not going to name off that sort of thing here)

Best picture aka best book

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Top Five Wednesday: Polarizing Reads

topThese are supposed to be book you love that people either love or hate, but several books on this list are books that I hated, but I could see how others love.

Top 5 Wednesday is host over on Goodreads by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes.

1. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray – this is a satirical book that just did not work for me but I can see why people would like it.

2. Spy Glass by Maria V Synder – the main character is in a relationship which started off abusive and squicks me out sooooo much and is hand waved away.  Also there are certain scene in this novel that I’m not a fan of and the over abundance of kidnapping in this book annoys me.  However, some people can over look all these flaws and love it?

3. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – not as polarizing as others, but most people that dislike this book have and issue with the epistolary nature of how it’s written, which is not for everyone.  I, personally, loved this book.

4. Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire – another one I liked but not everyone does and I can see why.  Part is the graphic nature of the plot and frank talk about sex and gender identity.  

5. The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee – It’s compared to gossip girl and is a guilty-pleasure type read, so it’s definitely not for everyone, but I enjoyed it. 

Honourable mention: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – its not action paced which many people want in SciFi, also has frank talk of sex and sexuality that not everyone is is comfortable with.