Tuesday, May 31, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 8


Day 8 ~ Most Overrated Book

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I can't tell you mine because it would lead to spammers and cranky people... So, I am going to tweak this and go with 'Overrated Plot Element'. LOVE TRIANGLES! I literally will DNF a book for that alone. I am sick of it because it was so overdone. And, most of the books I would love to include for this topic have love triangles... So, you can probably guess what a few of them are, right? 

What would your answer for this be?

Monday, May 30, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 7


Day 7 ~ Most Underrated Book


I loved this book when I read it like exactly 10 years ago... It is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera and essentially tells the story of the man that would become the Phantom. I thought it was a wonderful retelling when I first read it and don't even hate my review too much, so you can read it if you want. I knew a couple other people that read it before I read it, but I can't remember the last time I have come across this book and that is really a shame! Published in 1990, it just has fallen off the radar of readers and here is your friendly reminder that it exists! You should read it and I am going to add it to my reread potentials for this year.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Week in Review - Week 22


Random Thoughts

The great reading continues. I was a bit worried because sometimes it is hard to keep on reading after you read books that you really love... The others dull in comparison. But, I think reading so much and blogging over the years has made me know my reading to a point where if I have a DNF book it is because of my mood and not the book. Otherwise, nothing has really not worked for me this year. (Stuff has to start, though, because I need to get rid of more books! lol) I am excited to see where my reading takes me next!

Graphic Novel Year

Rat Queens - Volume 3: Demons
The Tithe Volume 1

Currently Reading


Audiobook


Weekly Reading

Rat Queens - Volume 3 ~ Okay, I lied in my opening post. I didn't really like this. I love the idea of this series, but this one just seemed all over the place and I had a hard time connecting with the story. I read Volume 2 not that long ago, but I felt like I had no idea what was even happening in this one. And, then there is drama happening with the writer and the artists. So, I don't know if I will read Volume 4... There are just better series out there!


Blue Lily, Lily Blue ~ I am so proud of myself... The third book in a series read soon after reading books 1 and 2. Normally it takes me forever to accomplish this and then I have no idea what is going on. But, I was determined to not let that happen and read this one right after finishing The Dream Thieves. I really enjoyed this one! I read it a bit slower than the other books in the series, but not because it was bad... Just because life happens! So happy I read it! Strongly recommended!

The Raven King ~ Well, I read this book on Friday... The whole thing. I haven't done that in ages because work, life, etc happens. But, once I hit a certain point, I stayed up way too late to see what happened. I loved it. I loved this series. I am so glad that I finally read a series straight through and got the enjoyment that I always seem to miss by letting too much time go by. And, while I wish I had discovered this series before now, I think waiting worked out. Strongly recommended!


The Tithe - Volume 1 ~ One thing I am trying to do is not neglect my books on my e-reader. This is a book from a Humble Bundle. And, since I just bought another Humble Bundle *cough*, I really need to read the stragglers left over from other ones. I had heard good things about this comic and am surprised it took me so long to get to it. I enjoyed it! It reminded me a bit of Genius, and I think it would appeal to fans of that. Recommended!


New Additions

Nothing this week!

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 21
30 Days of Books ~ Day 1
30 Days of Books ~ Day 2
30 Days of Books ~ Day 3
30 Days of Books ~ Day 4
30 Days of Books ~ Day 5
30 Days of Books ~ Day 6

Weekly Pictures













Saturday, May 28, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 6


Day 6 ~ A book that makes you sad


One of my favourite books of all time, but even though I expect it... The ending always makes me sad. It really got to me the first time. It is definitely an ending that sticks with you. 


I had all ready used The Time Traveler's Wife in this event, so I decided to add a bonus one. This is another one of my all time favourite books. I actually could have used it for the book you have read more than 3 times category because definitely one I have reread a lot. It is basically one of those instances where you are rooting for the underdog and everything is great, and then you get really depressed for him when things start to fall apart. It does a great job about making you feel sad for the world in general.

Now I want to reread both of these!

Friday, May 27, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 5


Day 5 ~ A book that makes you happy


So far this series makes me happy... Atticus manages to find humour in the most dire situations. And, there is a dog as a main character. That always makes me love a series more. I also think that it makes me happy just because it handles what could be ridiculous ideas really well. It is definitely not everyday that I enjoy a series that manages to include Jesus as a character. And Hearne, through Atticus, just makes fun of the world in general. There are definitely current events, pop culture references, etc that get brought up and commented on. Plus, Atticus is a Neil Gaiman fan. 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

30 Days of Books ~ Day 4


Day 4 ~ Favourite Book of Your Favourite Series


I don't even know. When a series is 22 books long and is really just a large story broken up... They start to run together. And, I am atrocious at reviewing books so it is not like I can go back to my archives and reread my thoughts on all 22 of them... I do know that there were strong volumes and then there were weaker volumes. I found around volume 13, after the big crossover, there were some hiccups as they tried to come up with a new main storyline. That happened again once those events started to die down. I can also safely say the spin off series never appealed to me as much as the main series. I have read them all, but they were never as good for me. 

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