7 in 7 readathon WRAP UP (2017)

Last week I participated in the 7 in 7 readathon. For the first time. My first readathon ever! It was fun.

For you who don’t know, the 7 in 7 readathon is a readathon in which you try to read 7 books in 7 days. I write TRY because I tried. I really did. I experienced some reading fatigue around Friday because I got distracted on Wednesday and read about 30 pages or so. But I pushed through and I am really satisfied with my result.

I put up my TBR for this readathon in a previous post so you can chek it out there.

Here is what I ended up reading and how I liked it.

  1. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza  – I got this book in a Fairy Loot box and their description of this was Arya Stark in space. NOPE. I mean, Arya Stark was never such a fail ninja like the main character of this book, Rhee, who apparently spent most of her life preparing to avenge the death of her family. And then she failed so miserably…. A typical teenage YA character but in space. I gave it three stars on Goodreads because I liked the side characters. The plot was predictable when you get to know all the characters and their positions in this universe. I did like the universe map at the beginning of the book.
  2. Roar by Cora Carmack – this book was such a pleasant surprise. So entertaining, such a fun read. It is about Aurora, a royal without magic, who decides to find storm magic by joining a group of storm hunters. There is an arranged marriage plot in the beginning that read like a great STEREK fic (but it was F/M) and then later the banter between the main character and her love interest, and then between the entire hunter group. SO MUCH FUN. Can’t wait for the sequel. Gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.
  3. Given to the sea by Mindy McGinnis. I DID NOT LIKE this book. When I first read the synopsis I thought it was a romance novel and the cover of that book looks like a romance book cover. The book is about this girl whose name I can’t remember who is supposed to dance her way into the sea to prevent it from drowning her town. Before she does that she has “to breed” (the expression used in the book, and used a lot) so that her daughter can do the same when she grows up. There are also two other nations who want to destroy the city because the sea levels are rising and they need more land. The writing is bad, the characters are bad, there is a love triangle, and apparently a sequel which I will not read. I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads because I didn’t hate it. I didn’t like it, but I didn’t hate it.
  4. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody. This book has and interesting premise and some very interesting characters. It is about Sorina who lives and works in a traveling carneval city. She runs the freak show with her illusions. She makes them up and creates them, there is a big tree like human, a two headed child, a girl without bones, a strong girl, a man who has sharp spike / nails growing out of his body instead of hair and so on… One day, someone starts killing her illusions. It’s like a crime novel set in a fantastical carnival. There is also some political intrigue and a cute boy. It was an interesting read.
  5. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. To be honest I did not think I would like this book because I am having the worst and hardest time finishing her Wrath and the Dawn book. I’m listening to it on audiobook and am about to give up on it. But this one…. This is a loose Mulan retelling. And a freaking awesome one! I had a lot of fun reading this book. I admit it took a while to figure out who is who outside of our main characters. But the story follows Mariko who is attacked on her way to marry the emperor’s son. She then decides to find out why the Black Clan attacked her convoy by joining them. Dresses up as a boy, talks back, invents some stuff, kinda falls in love… It was awesome!! Gave it four stars.

Empress of a Thousand Skies (Empress of a Thousand Skies, #1) Roar (Stormheart, #1) Given to the Sea (Given Duet, #1) Daughter of the Burning City Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)

Also, I reached my Goodreads goal. I’ve read 52 books already!!! I’ve moved it to 65.

 

7 in 7 readathon TBR

I decided to participate in the 7 in 7 readathon that is happening the week of 14th to 20th August. The goal of this readathon is to read 7 books in 7 days. Which is doable.

So here is my TBR.

  1. Empress of a Thousand Skies by Rhoda Belleza
  2. Roar by Cora Carmack
  3. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  4. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody
  5. Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
  6. Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis
  7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Most of these are books I got in Fairy Loot boxes that I haven’t read yet and I saw this as an opportunity to remedy that. I’m not sure how many I will be able to read because I’m afraid that if I don’t like a book it will take me longer to read it. But we’ll see.

Good luck to everybody participating in the readathon!

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2017)

Hello, it is the middle of the year so it is time for the Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag. This is my first time participating in this tag and I’m so excited. So let’s do it.
I’ve read 35 books so far which is amazing. It’s been a good reading half of the year. Not June, but the rest of the months have been really good. June’s wrap up is coming soon. It will be short. 2 books.
1. Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2017?
I’ve rated three books 5 stars so far but my absolute favorite is Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor.  It is so good. Such beautiful writing. And Lazlo Strange is my favorite book character ever.
Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)
2. Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2017?
I’ve read three or four sequels so far. My favorite is Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo. This is the sequel to Six of Crows and it continues right where the first one ended. I loved everything about it, the plot, the development of characters but… I did not like what happened to Mathias. SO STUPID!!!
Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
3. New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?
ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas. The Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3)     A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3)
4. Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2017?
Artemis by Andy Weir.  The dude who wrote The Martian wrote another book that is set on the Moon. It’s a heist story. With a female main character.
Artemis
5. Biggest Disappointment?
Bad Idea by Damon Suede. I had so much fun reading his book Hot Head so I was so looking forward to this one. But it was so frustrating. The characters were weird, the plot, the writing… Ufff….
Bad Idea (Itch #1)
6. Biggest Surprise?

I will put two books here. The first one One Hundred Years of Solitude. I was very intimidated by this book and it was sometimes difficult to follow all the characters and the plot but in the end the book was very enjoyable. The second book would be Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them Screenplay. It was such a fun read and it definitely made the movie more interesting.

One Hundred Years of Solitude  Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

7. Favourite New Author?
Naomi Novik and Benjamin Alire Sáenz. I’m currently very much enjoying Novik’s Temmaraire series. And Aristotle and Dante is one of the three books I gave five stars to this year. I can’t wait to read more of his books.
8. Newest Fictional Crush?
Lazlo Strange.
9. Newest Favourite Character?
Will Lawrence and Temmaraire from Naomi Novik’s book series. Those two are fantastic and amazing. A dude and his pet dragon (so to speak). It’s much more than that. Their relationship is definitely one of my favorite things about this series.
10. Book That Made You Cry?
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)   Aristotle and Dante. Man, the feels!!
11. Book That Made You Happy?
Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone     This collection of poems is so funny and it filled me with joy.
12. Favourite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
13. Favourite Review You’ve Written This Year?
This one for Bad Idea by Damon Suede. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1918443847?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
14. Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

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15. What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

ACOWAR, A Conjuring of Light, Way of Kings…

April and May 2017 Wrap Up

I am late with this but better late than never. Here is my April and May wrap up.

In April I read 8 books. They are:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  – it was ok, I liked the second half of the book after Jane leaves Rochester and meets the preacher with his sister and then her later return. This first part was infuriating.

Quidditch Through the Ages by J.K.Rowling – it’s a cute little book for Potter fans. It was a fun read.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Allire Saenz – This book was part of my Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge under the theme YA or MiddleGrade book by an Author who identifies as LGBTQ+. I love this book. The writing was simple and beautiful. The story is amazing. Everybody should read this.

His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik. – I started this series because Sam on Thomes on youtube talked about it and it sounded very interesting. It’s such fun. It’s about a sea captain who finds a dragon egg and when the egg hatches he becomes the dragons captain and the two of them go on an adventure to fight Napoleon’s army. Temaraire, the dragon, is hillarious and so inquisitive. This book is a fantasy of manner. BTW, it is part of r/Fantasy bingo challenge under Subgenre: Fantasy of Manners.

Windwitch by Susan Dennard – A sequel to Truthwitch. A bit slower than the first one. Nothing really happens, it’s just about expanding on the known characters and then adding a couple of new ones. And expanding on the world building and its folklore and legends.

Skin Game by Jim Butcher – I finally read this. I have been listening to it for over a year. It’s also a part of r/Fantasy BINGO challenge under Format AUDIOBOOK. This is book 15 in the Dresden Files.

The Technology of Orgasm by Rachel P. Maines – this was part of the Read Harder Challenge under Read a NonFiction book about Technology. It is such an interesting topic but it was done too scientificly so it was like reading a text book about vibrators and how people in the past thought about hysteria and such. Boring as fuck.

The Daily Show: An Oral History by a bunch of people who worked there and guests – it was very interesting. Anybody who is a fan of the show and of Jon Stewart would find this book an interesting look at behind the scene of the show.

Jane EyreQuidditch Through the Ages (Hogwarts Library)Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, #1)His Majesty's Dragon (Temeraire, #1)Windwitch (The Witchlands, #2)Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15)The Technology of Orgasm: "Hysteria," the Vibrator, and Women's Sexual SatisfactionThe Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests

 

In May I’ve read 6 book. They are:

What if? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe – The book is what its title says. It was interesting and fun.

Throne of Jade by Naomi Novik – this is a sequel to His Majesty’s Dragon. This series is fun and it has talking dragons. In this one, they go to China.

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest. – part of r/Fantasy BINGO under Subgenre: Steampunk. It took about 200 pages for it to pick up but the ending got very interesting. This book has zombies, zeppelins, and a machine that can burrow through anything.

Gola Istina by Nives Celzijus. – read this for Read Harder Challenge for topic Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country. The book depict the life of a Croatian starlet. It’s shit.

Black Powder War by Naomi Novik – book three in the Temaraire series. In this one they fly over the Asian continent to Turkey. They end up in Prussia fighting Napoelon’s army.

Strange the Dreamer by Taylor Laini – this book!!! IS SO GOOD!!! Just take it and read it. So, so good.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical QuestionsThrone of Jade (Temeraire, #2)Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1)Gola istinaBlack Powder War (Temeraire, #3)Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer, #1)

And that’s it for April and May.

A to Z Bookish Survey

It’s Tuesday, so let’s do a tag. 🙂

I recently came across this tag which was started by Jamie from the Perpetual Page Turner. Here is a link to her post (http://www.perpetualpageturner.com/2013/08/some-friday-fun.html) and this is her graphic as well.

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So let’s do this.

Author you’ve read the most books from: Jim Butcher.

Best Sequel Ever: I have TWO books for this. First, Fool Moon by Jim Butcher and second Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Currently Reading: Jim Bucher – Skin Game (The Dresden Files, #15), Cherie Priest – Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) and Rachel P. Maines – The Technology of Orgasm: “Hysteria,” the Vibrator, and Women’s Sexual Satisfaction

Drink of Choice While Reading:  Nothing.
E-reader or Physical Book?: Both. If I really like an e-book I read I will buy a physical copy of it.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School: Since I didn’t date in high school I don’t really have an answer for this. Also, nobody comes to mind.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance: A hundred years of solitude by Gabriel García Márquez.

Hidden Gem Book: Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone by Bo Burnham

Important Moment in your Reading Life: Discovering the Dresden files during high-school, discovering Kate Daniels novels during college and discovering Goodreads and BookTube.

Just Finished: Susan Dennard – The Windwitch.

Kinds of Books You Won’t Read: YA contemporary romances.

Longest Book You’ve Read: Goodread says Outlander by Diana Gabaldon.

Major book hangover because of: I can’t remember. I was looking through my READ list and nothing jumped out at me.

Number of Bookcases You Own: 2

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times: The Harry Potter series.

Preferred Place To Read: My bed, my couch, my desk.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read: When fear arrives, something is about to happen. from Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo.

Reading Regret: My TBR is way too long.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series): The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books: The Martian by Andy Weir, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Universe by B.A. Saenz and … I can’t think of a third one.

Unapologetic Fangirl For: Harry Dresden from the Dresden Files. Dude rides a zombified dinosaur around Chicago!!!! How freaking cool is that?!?!?!

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others: ACOWAR by Sarah J. Maas.

Worst Bookish Habit: Reading too many books at once.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book: Ilona Andrews – Magic Bites.

Your latest book purchase: Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Aristotle and Dante…. The only reason I stopped reading it so that the book wouldn’t end.

So that is it for me. Like and comment if you wish. If you are reading this consider yourself tagged. Bye.

T5W Top SFF books on your TBR

Another Wednesday, another Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s topic : Top SFF Books on Your TBR *Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic!*

  1. Temeraire series by Naomi Novik – I am currently reading the first book in this series, His Majesty’s Dragon, and I am really enjoying it. From Goodreads: “Capt. Will Laurence is serving with honor in the British Navy when his ship captures a French frigate harboring most a unusual cargo–an incalculably valuable dragon egg. When the egg hatches, Laurence unexpectedly becomes the master of the young dragon Temeraire and finds himself on an extraordinary journey that will shatter his orderly, respectable life and alter the course of his nation’s history.” I’m sooooo looking forward to the rest of the series. Dragons, man!!!!! DRAGONS!!! Cute, baby dragons!!!!
  2. Anything from John Scalzi – really anything. I think I am going to start with Old Man’s War.
  3. Windwitch by Susan Dennard – I’ve read Truthwitch last month and it was so good. I really liked it and can’t wait to read the sequel.
  4. Ancilliary Justice by Ann Leckie – I’ve heard so many good things about this book on booktube and it sound so interesting.
  5. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch – it sound very interesting, Six of Crows got me into bantering bands of criminals so I’m really excited to get into this.

March Wrap Up

In the month of March I’ve read 4 books. I’ve read:

  1. Illuminae by Amie Kaufamn and Jay Kristoff – this book is so overhyped!! Everybody on booktube really like this book, but for me it wasn’t anything new or special. I’ve read in on my Kindle so maybe I lost out on some of the graphic elements of the book. Also this was not my first “collected recollations” book. I’ve read a couple of zombie books that were like this so the whole “it’s so good because it is so different” argument really did nothing for me. The story was pretty simple and the main characters unrealistic and sometimes really annoying. Seeing everything through texts and chat logs made it all seem impersonal. I was hoping for more than hacking conversations and is the AI good or evil. It’s an AI, it’s always going to kill people. Gave it 2 stars on Goodreads.
  2. There once lived a woman who tried to kill her neighbor’s baby: Scary fairytales by Ludmilla Petrushevskaya – this book was part of the Book Riot’s read harder challenge and was for the topic “Read a collection of stories by a woman”. I choose this book because of its title. I didn’t know what it was about and the title just spoke to me. It is a collection of short stories with elements of the supernatural, some are urban legends. The collection had several very interesting and creepy stories which I really enjoyed. I gave the book 3 stars on Goodreads,
  3. Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers – this was also part of Book Riot’s challenge. The topic was “Read a book published between 1900 and 1950”. Everybody knows the story of Mary Poppins from the Disney movie. But the book is different. While reading it I felt as if I was reading a horror story. That part where the main villain is still acting semi-normally right before they go crazy and kill people. You know there is something wrong with them but you can’t put your finger on it. That is Marry Poppins to me. She was very unlikable and I don’t understand why the children missed her at the end.  Gave it two stars on Goodreads.
  4. Truthwitch by Susan Dennard – OMG I really liked this one!! It’s my new current YA Fanatasy obsession. It was fast paced, interesting world, interesting magic system, great two main characters with a fantastic friendship, interesting plot. Safi and Merik’s dance at the ball!!! So good! Gave it four start on Goodread.

 

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)        There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried to Kill Her Neighbor's Baby: Scary Fairy Tales        Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, #1)       Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Sci-Fi and Fantasy

Hello. Another T5W post. Let’s get on with it.

Before I go on with my list I have to preface it by explaining my relationship with SCI FI and FANTASY books. I come from a family of readers. My mother reads everything, my father is a huge fan of science fiction and spy novels and my brother is a huge fan of epic fantasy – so I borrowed books from both my father and brother. I spent my entire collage years reading fantasy and sci-fi. It was difficult to narrow the list to five.

  1. The Martian by Andy Weir. This amazing book is so good. It is about a stranded astronaut on Mars and how he uses his knowledge to survive the harsh environment. There is science, humor and a movie with Matt Damon.
  2. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. I’ve read the LOTR books in high school as the movies were coming out and I prefer the movies because they were visually so impressive. With the Hobbit I like both the book and the movies. Richard Armitage and Martin Freeman did such an amazing job with their roles that they make up for the stupidity of the elf/dwarf love bullshit I have to suffer through every time I watch the Hobbit movies.
  3. Harry Potter series. What is there to say that hasn’t been said already? Great books. People should read them.
  4. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas. This is a book series I got into because of BookTube and I don’t regret it. I like the earlier books better before the main character decided to win back her kingdom. Anyway, awesome female lead, there is magic, evil people, witches, princes, Mave…
  5. The Hyperion Omnibus by Dan Simmons. I think an ex-boyfriend got me my first Dan Simmons book and I’ve been reading his books ever since. I love the Hyperion and Endymion duologies. Fucking science with space battles. And mythical creatures. Awesome!!!

 

And that is it for my list. If you are interested in the books on my list, check them out on Goodreads or in your local libraries. If you want leave a comment. Bye.

February Wrap Up 2017

Here is my February wrap up. I’ve read 7 books this month. Two books were for my Memoir theme, two were for Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge and the rest were not connected to any challenge.

For my Memoir theme I read Miranda Hart‘s Is it just me? and Kate Mulgrew‘s Born with Teeth. I rated both of them 3 stars on Goodreads. I liked Miranda’s book a tiny bit better because I giggled while listening to the audiobook. Mulgrew’s book got a bit repetitive with her love troubles. But it was very interesting to learn about her career before Star Trek. That was what I first saw her in and Captain Janeway is one of my favourites in the Star Trek universe.

Is It Just Me?    Born with Teeth

For the Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge, my friend and I read Jenny Moyer’s Flashfall and Damon Suede‘s Bad Idea. I gave them 2 stars on Goodreads because both made me angry and annoyed. Flashfall made me realize that I am soooo over dystopian literature. All the familiar tropes were there which made the plot predictable and I found the main character annoying and completely clueless. Which annoyed me even further. Suede’s Bad Idea was even more annoying. I shall leave a link for my Goodreads review of the book. (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1918443847?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1 )

Flashfall (Flashfall, #1)      Bad Idea (Itch #1)

The last three books are Leigh Bardugo‘s Crooked Kingdom, J. K. Rowling‘s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay and Bo Burnham‘s  Egghead: Or, You Can’t Survive on Ideas Alone.

I love Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology and I really enjoyed Crooked Kingdom. Wasn’t a big fan of the ending and that was why I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads. A friend let me borrow her Valentines present and thus I’ve read Fantastic Beasts screenplay. I loved the illustrations. Gave it 3 stars on Goodreads. And the last book I read in the month of February was Bo Burnham’s collection of humorous poetry. Also another illustrated book. It was so funny and entertaining. I spent a whole night taking pictures of the poems on my Kindle and sending them to my friends. Great book. Gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)        Egghead: Or, You Can't Survive on Ideas Alone         Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

And that is it for my February wrap up. Feel free to comment down below if you’ve read any of these books or if you just want to say hi.