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Who is Seshat in Modern Days?

To clear things up now, Seshat is not my real name but rather a nom de plume, and I will use it until I get more comfortable around here. For mythology lovers, she is the Egyptian Goddess of writing and wisdom. The last part in Modern Days, is pretty straightforward, I am reviewing books today.

Please note this name does not mean to copy any other book reviewers or bloggers out there, it’s just used for convince and keeping my real name off the web. I also use it because Seshat is an Egyptian Goddess, and I love Egyptian Mythology, although I haven’t read much good fiction books on it sadly. I should also point out this is not my fist blog, I had another one with this site, but do to forgetting the password, and previously deleting my extra email, I have chosen to start fresh with the occasional post (I mean there wasn’t much to begin with) from my old blog.

 

July Camp NaNoWriMo – Midpoint

It has been 20 days since the start of Camp NaNoWriMo and I have made a lot of changes.

For starters my computer’s battery had died, so as I waited for a replacement I decided to type out Dilemma on my phone with Microsoft Word. And let me tell you it was not easy (quotation marks suck), but I am determined not to repeat the failure of Camp NaNoWriMo April.

The second problem I faced was not being able to access my Escape files as I didn’t save them under OneDrive, however instead of guessing where I was in Escape I instead choose to type up the second book, Dilemma instead.

The third problem I’ve faced was not being able to properly time my progress. Originally I wanted to write for 31 hours but sometimes I would forget to hit the timer and sometimes I would write for less than an hour, so to fix this problem I scraped my goal of writing for 31 hours and replaced it to typing out 62 pages.

Writing Project: Dilemma (The 2nd novel in a series)

Current Stage: Typing up & Making notes on what to add/fix for future draft

Current Status: Draft 1 (By completion I will be on Draft 2)

Camp NaNoWriMo Goal: 62 Pages (2 pgs/per day)

Amount of Pages Compleated: 22/62 Pages (Thus I need to write 40 more pgs [about 4                                                                 pgs/per day])

The fourth and still current problem I’m facing is finding the time to write. I am participating in the Summer Goodread’s Challenge so my Tbr consists of reading 15 books before the end of July, which I am already behind with. and During the first two weeks of July I spent preparing for my Grandparents’s 50th Anniversary, and not to forget I recently started a new job, so finding the time to write is not easy. It also doesn’t help that I am watching all 6 seasons of httyd rtte. Honestly it is a miracle I got any writing done at all.

So that is where I am now in Camp NaNoWriMo, way behind, but if I can at least do 4 pages a day I just might be able to meet my goal…hopefully…

                                                                                                              Seshat

June Wrap Up

So this is a little late but better late than never. For June I started the Ultimate Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge which basically meant I had to read 15 books in June. In reality I only managed to read 14 books, which completed 13/15 of June’s Challenges. The numbers will make more sense later on, I swear. I only read one worthy of 5 Stars, the rest were a mixture of really good and downright awful. So without further ado here is what I managed to get to:

The first challenge I conquered was Poet at Heart (read poetry), and for this I read all the poetry in 1917: Stories and Poems from the Russian Revolution selected by Boris Dralyuk, which overall I gave 4/5 Stars. I liked some poems over others, but I found them all beautiful and impactful in their own ways. I also greatly enjoyed the little introductions that gave some information about the authors of the poems and their feelings about the revolution. I am a little sad that I didn’t get to read the prose, so I am going to come back and read the short stories in August to meet another challenge. If you love Russia or are fascinated by the 1917 Revolution then I highly recommend this collection as a must have.

The second challenge I beat was Dear Pen Pal (read a book that features letters or journal entries),and for that I re-read Sightwitch by Susan Dennard. As always Dennard’s writing was fantastic and I think I appreciated more the second time around because I knew where the story was going so I could just enjoy the ride and look for all the little hints to where the story was heading. Again I gave this novella 5/5 Stars and God I cannot wait for Bloodwitch to come out next year. It’s so exciting.

The third challenge I tackled was School’s Out for Summer (re-read a book that I was forced to read in school), which I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The amount of times I’ve read this story is ridiculous, but there is something about the prose, symbolism and contrast between Nick and Gatsby that I love. Within the first 3 pages it was easy to remember why I enjoyed reading this high school. 4/5 Stars (it was a great classic but it is not my favourite classic, probably sixth as I’ve read a lot of great classics).

For Hook ’em (read a fishing story) I read The Old Man & The Sea by Ernest Hemingway. Now my Writer’s Life teacher frickin loves Hemingway so I had to read quite a bit of his works, which meant I knew exactly what kind of writing style to expect going into this. Problem was I have zero knowledge about fishing so while all the terms being thrown around makes it clear that the old man is a fisherman I had no idea what the heck he was talking about. I had to do all sorts of googling from fishing terms to the different kinds of sharks, thus 2/5 stars. While I can see why it won the Pulitzer prize for fiction, I don’t recommend it to anyone who has zero understanding of fishing but instead consider a different book that explains most of the terms.

The fifth challenge I tackled was Childhood Reboot (yes, I know this is an adult book but the challenge was to read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book). Now I knew I wanted to read Romeo &/or Juliet by Ryan North, but unfortunately I couldn’t get my hands on it after many attempts so I settled with taking Banana Hammock by J.A.Konrath from the library and oh mY GOD I HATED IT. To say I have issues with this “book” is an understatement. Like there was a warning at the very beginning that said don’t read if easily offended and I dismissed it because who even takes those warning into account (I love dark humor) but wow, I should have listened or better yet the warning should have been more accurate as in Warning: Not even the author thinks this is a great book, read at risk of screaming, hair pulling and constant confusion. I have made a review for this,  and will hopefully get it out soon if I can just organize all my thoughts on this “book”, but for some context if you ever thought it was impossible to do a Choose-your-own-novel badly/terribly/wrong, then clearly you haven’t been introduced to the horror of Banana Hammock. Not worth the $2.99 on amazon (thank god it was a library “book”). 0.5/5 Stars and I only boosted my rating up because I am somewhat horrified and impressed that it was possible to seriously f*ck up a choose-your-own-novel.

So after that disaster I opted for a book about a topic that would make me calmer; Zombies. I know that sounds messed up but for some reason I find the idea of the zombie apocalypses hilarious and soothing? (yeah I know its weird). I was going to originally going to read Sick by Tom Leveen (Because I lost my copy of Rule of 3 by Eric Walters), but my library didn’t have a copy. It did however have The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection From The Living Dead by Max Brooks, which is what I read to meet The End Of The World Challenge (read an apocalypse book). This one was interesting. The prose was told in a matter of fact tone and it covered a lot of ground such as the pros & cons of majority of weapons, terrain, and transportation, all which can change depending on defensive or offensive approach. It also made a clear distinction between Virus Zombies and Voodoo Zombies (this being said it dismissed fast zombies as Hollywood Zombies). While it was fun to read, it was missing some information for example how to fight with disabilities, what about the invertible sex and possible babies (when is it a good time to repopulate the human race when there is a horde of zombies around?). I just feel it could have been more in-depth for a guide. All that said it was a fun read, so I gave it 4/5 Stars.

Next I read The Odyssey by Homer (translated by D.C.H.Rieu – I just like the cover of this version better) to meet the challenge Ocean Blue (read a book that takes place on water), and I gave this book 4.5/5 Stars. This book was everything I expected it to be. A man just trying to get home while his wife and son deal with a horde of suitors. The only reason why I did not give it 5 stars is because every time someone new showed up I had to learn their backstory and I honestly don’t remember which name match up with most of the stories, which made the fight scene a little confusing. There was also some inconsistencies such as Athene being all for revenge only to be the one to call off the feud at the end. However my version of The Odyssey had little footnotes that were actually super helpful as they pointed out theses inconsistencies as well as explained what some things are and who some people were. Still it was super enjoyable and it is definitely a greek story everyone should read (you don’t need to read the Iliad, but it’s recommended).

113991Then I read Goal!: The Dream Begins by Robert Rigby to meet Sports-a-holic challenge (read about a popular summer sport). I was starting to enter a reading slump during The Odyssey, and this movie tie in book was exactly what I needed to get out of it. This is by no means the best written book. It jumped from character point of views, the prose was simple with accurate soccer terms thrown in (which would confuse someone who doesn’t know soccer terms), the soccer scenes were not as long as I wish there were and there was not a lot of dialogue. All this said I am giving it 4/5 Stars, the book is exactly what it is supposed to be, a movie tie in, and the story itself was a hopeful one, an illegal immigrant from Mexico that lives in L.A is a extremely talented soccer player who also has asthma tries to live out his dream in England. If you are interested then I will recommend the movie over the book but no matter what you choose, DON’T go on to read or watch the second or third ones, because they ruin everything that made Goal! magical.

Afterwards I immediately read The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee to complete the Take Pride challenge (Either the author or protagonist is LGBTQIAP). I had some trouble in getting through this book as I didn’t really care for Mounty. I was also let down by the climax because it just made the entire trip pointless (as well as it was only 3 chapters long). However I think it tackled some great things, and its descriptions were great. Most of all I absolutely loved Percy & Felicity (which is the only reason why I will be picking up The Ladies Guide To Petticoats & Piracy). Overall 3.5/5 Stars.

The next book I read was sort of disappointment and that was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I’ve been meaning to read this one for some time now and as it fell under Sick Day (School book that I’ve never read) I thought what better time to read it then in June. The thing was I constantly found myself counting down how many pages until the next chapter (which is not a good sign), and I kept looking for excuses not to read Wuthering Heights (which seriously put me behind my tbr). All the characters were awful (except Lockheart) and while I knew it was supposed to be dark tale of passion, for me it missed it’s mark. The thing is while you could see where the hatred and revenge aspect came from (all based on childish pride), it didn’t come off as passionate because the love aspect was easily dismissed by everyone (including the lovers). Basically it is a balancing act, both love & hate need to be strong or they both end up weak (not as impactful as it was intended to be). Why should I care about Heathcliff’s revenge if his motive doesn’t quite match up with what I’ve seen (read). Overall it was just very underwhelming. Seriously I’ve read 700+ books and they didn’t feel as long as this one. The only redeemable qualities was the descriptions and how they story was told. Thus 1.5/5 Stars and that’s being generous.

After the let down of Wuthering Heights I moved on to the Into The Great Wide Open (literally what is said) challenge, Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman. So I read this one to replace Blood Red Road by Moira Young (as it didn’t really interest me). This one I had mixed feelings about. The writing was basic but the language made it easy to remember Kate’s southern accent (which unsettled me at first but I got used to it). The plot and characters were good but they all were missing depth. It’s hard to explain because on one hand I enjoyed it but on the other I wish the author made it longer with more dialogue and time spent flushing out the characters. Don’t get me wrong I liked the characters but I wasn’t that concerned when they got shot. Time also passed by quickly, making it some times coming off as a Wikipedia summary. Then there was the vengeance aspect, while it was present I think I would have enjoyed seeing Kate killing more of Rose’s gang because that was kind of the point of the novel – Kate wanting to get justice for her father’s death. What was given though (the scenes that were flushed out) were great, I enjoyed the banter, distrust, morals and Kate going undercover was as equally funny as perfect. Overall you could tell it was Bowman’s first novel and I honestly believe that the companion novel Rebellion Rails she just published will be better as authors writing styles tend to develop more as they continue writing despite books being apart of the same series (ex. Cassandra Clare) and I do want to read more YA Westerns. 3.5/5 Stars.

Then I read both Vader’s Little Princess & Darth Vader & Son by Jeffrey Brown, and gave both 4/5 Stars. I was originally going to read Inkheart by Conelia Funke for Father Knows Best(Read a book that features a father), but because of my reading slump I ended up having two days left to read 5 books. My heart was not really into reading Inkheart so I decided to put it back down. I recently marathon Star Wars for the upcoming movie so to replace Inkheart I decided to read two of Brown’s books instead. There were short with iconic lines/scenes thrown in with detailed drawings. Both were very cute fast reads, and I gave the 4.5/5 Stars.

The last book I read I read in July was The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (Illustrated by Gris Grimly), which I gave 5/5 Stars. I was originally going to read Meddling Kids for Campfire Story (read a scary story), but as I was pressed for time I opted for this instead. I loved this short story? novel? It is not very clear  what the story is considered as, but either way I loved it. First of all Grimly’s illustrations were beautiful. They had sort of a Tim Burton feel while being completely original; they also matched up with Irving’s descriptions incredibly well. The story itself was a little ambiguous as you don’t know if the Headless Horsemen is real, if Ichabod survived, and why the legends are so keenly believed to be real. All I know is that I would love to read more of Sleepy Hollow’s legends and Irving’s writing. Perfect for a campfire story or an October read.

So those were the 14 books I read for 13 Challenges. There were quite a few books I had to switch with because of time but I still do want to read some of them hopefully this year as there were some I  was very intrested in:

  • Sick by Tom Leveen
  • Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North
  • Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero
  • The Agency; The Traitor in the Tunnel (The Agency Book 3) by Y.S.Lee. (Which I was suppose to read for TBRing It [read a book from the bottom of my tbr pile] but I couldn’t get to in time)
  • Ferran’s Map (The Cat’s Eye Chronicles Book 4) by T.L.Shreffler (Which I was supposed to read for Unshelve It [read a book that’s been sitting on my Goodreads shelves for a while], but again I couldn’t get to it in time)

Now as the last two were originally apart of Read During Any Month Challenges, so I am going to try to squeeze them in July/August. Basically I’m just going to treat these two as only-read-if-I-finish-my-TBR-early books. While I am a little sad I couldn’t get to all 15, I’m still very happy with the 14 I did read except Banana Hammock, I would have been happier without it.

                                                                                                                    Seshat 

9-ish Books That Altered My Life

So with the reading challenge going on and Camp NaNoWriMo Take Two, I’ve decided to post something quick. It is by no means a review, but just reflects on my personal experiences with books and I thought it would be fun to reminisce.

As an avid reader I’ve memorized my bookshelves. In stores I know which book to buy, what month it comes out, what I already own, and what I am not interested in from reading the blurb on Goodreads. My mother on the other hand cannot for the love of her remember what I already own and always asked me growing up if we owned that book – which half the time I would say yes, and when she didn’t ask we would end up with multiple copies.

So while my mother can’t remember if we own a copy of a book, she can remember musicians and their work. Play any classical song for 7 seconds and my mother can tell you what song it is, who composed it and if it is the original or variation of that song.

It’s weird what we remember, which got me thinking about all the books I’ve read and which ones changed my life. Though it should be noted no book affected my opinions of equality, race, religion, war and politics (that was my family), but I would be lying if I didn’t say they changed my hobbies and reading habits shaping me into who I am today (how cheesy). So without further ado here are 9-ish Books That Altered My Life:

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July TBR

Happy Canada’s Day!!! We are midway through the Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge and like last month I intend to tackle 15 books this month, the majority I am looking forward to and some I am a little more hesitant in reading, but there is no turning back now.

Challenge #1 – Backyard BBQ: Read a book that features a family reuniting or hanging out for the summer. I decided to interrupt this as family reunites for a wedding and shenanigans ensue, which means Save The Date by Morgan Matson sounds perfect for this challenge. I have never read a Morgan Matson book, mainly because I can’t get into contemporary but this one’s synopsis sounds like so much fun.

Challenge #2 – Get Your Grill On: Read a book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities. Originally I wanted to find a fiction book about food/cooking/picnics/BBQ, but I could find one that I liked the premise of, so I opted to focus on outdoor summer activity aspect, and nothing screams outdoor summer activity like camping. For this challenge I’m going to read Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett.

Challenge #3 – Embrace Your Inner Geek: Read a book about geek culture. For this challenge I am going to read the OG book of geek culture, Fangirl by Ranbow Rowell. Maybe I am wrong, but in my eyes, ever since this book came out more and more books about geek culture (particularly about conventions) came out and I’m pretty sure the success of Fangirl helped contribute to this.

Challenge #4 – Funny Bone: Read a humorous book. My Lady Jane was halerious, so I’m assuming the next installment My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton, will match that of My Lady Jane. I mean ghost hunting, an ambitious Charlotte Bronte, and a Jane Eyre retelling, it is just bound to be a fun read.

Challenge #5 – The Colors of Summer: Read a book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover. Thank the book gods I decided to organize my book shelves rainbow scheme. While Unhooked by Lisa Maxwell is not covered in green, it’s font is and gosh darn it I am counting it.

Challenge #6 – Red, White, and Blue: Read a book with the words red, white or blue in the title. When I read this challenge the first thing that came to mind was Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier. I haven’t read this book since four years ago, so it would be nice to re-read it but after giving it some thought I relized that the entire point of these challenges is to read something new, so instead of a time traveling romance I am going to read Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce or perhaps Red Sister by Mark Lawrence depending on how ahead or far behind I am with this month’s reading.

Challenge #7 – Forefathers: Read a book about your country’s independence. This was  a real struggle to find a book for this challenge that wasn’t a textbook. To anyone who didn’t know, I live in Canada and there are not a lot of books about Canada’s Independence, so I decided on Dear Canada: A Rebel’s Daughter by Janet Lunn, at least until I relized I lost my copy, so instead I will be trying to read Miss Confederation: The Diary of Mercy Anne Coles by Anne McDonald. The premise of it sounds interesting enough as it accounts the creation of the Confederation and the men behind it through the eyes of a women.

Challenge #8 – Sun, Moon, and Stars: Read a book that takes place in outer space. This challenge is the perfect excuse for me to read Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne, which is Jane Eyre in space
(if you haven’t noticed I am on a huge Jane Eyre retelling kick).

Challenge #9 – I Feel A Breeze: Read a book that takes place at a nudist colony or features nudist. Thank god for Goodreads lists else I wouldn’t even know where to find Naked Alliances: A Richard Noggin Novel by S.K. Nicholls. The main story is about a private detective and women who go undercover at a nudist resort – the mystery element should make up for the obvious nudity in this book.

Challenge #10 – Beach Bum: Read a book that could be considered a “beach read”.  Literally any chick lit or Harlequin novel would work here (specifically any book you wouldn’t mind getting sand or water on. For this I chose Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa, which is published by Harlequin, it just isn’t their famously bad/cheap Harlequin novels with swooning women and jacked shirtless men on the covers. Either way I wouldn’t be devastated if sand or water splashed on my copy of Iron Knight. 

Challenge #11 – Sand Between My Toes: Read a book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean. Once again this is sort of a cheat, because Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson is on my Classics-I-Want-To-Read-Monthly Tbr, but Treasure Island works beautifully in this case.

[Reading-outside-my-comfort-zone challenges I’ve decided to read in July]

Challenge #12 – The book is always better: Read a book that is becoming a movie this year. After seeing the awesome trailer for the movie, I just knew I have to read Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan before the movie comes out next month (which is giving me serious K-Drama feels).

Challenge #13 – Diversify Yourself: Read a book by an author of Colour. There are so many great books that came out recently by authors of colour, however I am opting for Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova as I already own it and it is NOT contemporary (a genre which I find very hard to enjoy).

Challenge #14 – Listen To Me: Listen to an audiobook. Going by the first rule of Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk I shall refrain from discussing my reasoning for this any further.

Challenge #15 – High Noon: Read a classic or Contemporary Western. Last year I read The Hobbit and enjoyed it immensely, this year I wanted to at least tackle The Fellowship of the Ring (Lord of the Rings) by J. R. R. Tolkien. And just maybe if I find the time I can binge watch the movies as well.

So that’s my TBR for the month of July which I am immensely looking forward to.                                                                                                                      Seshat

Camp NaNoWriMo Take Two

So in April I attempted my first Camp NaNoWriMo, which without a doubt was a fail. I had so many plans but the sheer craziness of that month made it impossible.

Thus Take Two.

Everything I wanted to do in April & even May I am doing now, in July. Yes, I have a Tbr of 15 books, but it has been so long since I have written and lately I have been seeing a lot of writing vlogs. While I am happy at their success, there something about someone writing a book and sending it to a publisher in two years that just bugs me because I have been at this snice I was 11. That is no fault of theirs, and it’s about time I stop letting the opportunity pass me by.

Hence Take Two and there will be no Take Three…hopefully.

Seshat

*If you are curious what I’ll be doing here is the link ( Camp NaNoWriMo Begins!!! ) to what I wanted to do in April but failed to do so now I am doing all that I wanted to do in July.

**There will be only one update on the 15th or 16th & a Wrap Up on either the 31st or August 1st depending on how much writing I get done on the 31st.

***I really hope this doesn’t badly…

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

So I’ve been seeing this tag going around in Book Community, and it just looked like a short and fun way to go over everything I read and what I need to get to before the end of the year. *I think I did pretty well not to be spolierly for this Tag, so if you spot one that’s remotely interesting you can look it up and see if it worth picking up.

Best Book of 2018 So Far?

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. After reading and absolutely loving this classic I have been obsessed with getting my hands on any retelling of Jane Eyre that I could fine. I knew I would love this classic when I picked it up but I underestimated how much I ended up loving it or how great Jane is. It is easily my second favourite classic of all time (Dracula for the Win, Always).

Best Book Sequel of 2018 So Far?

Hands down the best sequel was Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. It’s very rare for me to find series where every book in it ends up be 5 Stars, let alone for the last book to blow the previous books out of the sky. Just when I thought the authors can’t add anything more, they do, making this one of those Sci Fi series that nearly has it all and execute them perfectly. Seriously if you have not read Obsidio or started the Illuminae Files yet, then start it because this series won’t disappoint.

New Releases You Wanted To Get To But Haven’t Yet?

For this I’ve have 3 books for and all I already own but am saving to read next month, and that is Save The Date by Morgan Matson (Because I am a sucker for Weddings), Brightly Burning By Alexa Donne (Because Jane Eyre in Space), and Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (Romeo & Juliet get lost while Camping in Modern Day California. It sounds fluffy as hell but for some reason I really need this in my life)

Most Anticipated Releases of This Year?

I narrowed it down to 4 books which are My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, & Brodi Ashton (Because Jane Eyre Sees Ghosts & the release of this is what spurred me to read Jane Eyre), Vengeful by V.E. Schwab (Because Vicious wasn’t supposed to get a sequel but it did and it’s Victoria Schwab), City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab (Again it is Victoria Schwab what other reason do I need?), Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft Edited By Tess Sharpe (Because I have a growing obsession with witch books and anthologies)

Biggest Disappointment of the Year?

For this I have two books, the first was Banana Hammock by J.A. Konrath, which I thought was going to be fun until I made it 19 pages in and relized how much I hate everything about this book (the so called “humor”, the idiot protagonist who is just a terrible human being and not even a great terrible human being (like Professor Moriaty, he’s great), even the cases fell flat. There’s just so much about this book I hate, and the only reason why I am saying I was disappointed was because I was expecting quality content. Seriously you think being a choose-your-own-adventure nothing could go wrong, but then this happened. The second book that disappointed me was Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. I knew the story, I knew was going to be dark, and I absolutely loved Jane Eyre written by her sister, but I just found it pretty much annoying. A easy reminder why high expectations can suck at times.

The Biggest Surprise of the Year?

This would have to be Goal!: The Dream Begins by Robert Rigby. I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did. There was no real format for when point of views would change, there was barely any dialogue, and the actually soccer games where not long enough nor in-depth, but for some reason I had a really fun time reading this one. It is without a doubt a movie Tie-In and I have such nostalgia for the movie, but there was something just so heartwarming about it which made me want to re-watch the first movie (if you read this the pick up the movie, but don’t under any circumstances go to the second of third movie/movie tie-in book because they just ruin the magic of the first).

My Favourite New Author?

I actually don’t have a new favourite author, however I recently remembered my love for A.G.Howard’s twisted gothic romances after reading Roseblood (A Phantom of the Opera Retelling), and immediately shelved The Architect of Song (an original story with ghosts) and Stain (A Princess & The Pea retelling slated for 2019) as must buys. While her romances are insta-love, the worlds and characters Howard creates feel distinct, fresh, but still reminds me of an old Gothic novel with it’s dark takes and lush descriptions.

A Book That Made You Cry?

So far I haven’t read any books that made me cry.

Newest Fictional Crush?

Again none that really stand out.

A Book That Made You Happy?

The first wasn’t so much a book, but an entire manga series (15 volumes) called Happy Café by Kou Matsuzuki. I honestly don’t know how to express my feeling on the series, but it made me laugh and cherish all the physical copies I do own (as TokyoPop went out of Business which meant the end of physical copies of this story). I loved the artwork and arcs equally, which is how it should be when reading Manga, Graphic Novels, & Comics. The second was Beastly Bones by William Ritter which was another incredible sequel and it was everything I didn’t know I needed but absolutely needed in my life.

My Favourite Book To Film Adaptation This Year?

One of my favourite stories as a child was Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, and recently a full length movie came out and oh my god did I love it. Everything about this movie was amazing, from the characters and visuals to the music and voice actors. What really stood out to me was something the book and the Disney short film did not address and that was the horror of Bullfighting and the possibility of “inept” Bulls going to the Slaughterhouse. It was not something I expected from a children’s movie, but I am really glad that it wasn’t brushed over, as it is something people should be aware of (or at least spur them into looking the information up). This being said Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians will most likely be a favourite if it is anything like the movie trailer suggests.

Favourite Blog You’ve Done This Year?

It had to be announcing I was doing the Ultimate Summer Goodreads Challenge. There is just something so exciting about meeting challenges and hunting for books that normally I would never reach for (but maybe end up enjoying) in order to meet challenges.

The Most Beautiful Book You Bought/Received This Year?

Hands down The Sleeper & The Spindle by Neil Gaiman. Not only does the cover look beautiful, but the illustrations inside it are so detailed yet remain simple because it is just black, grey, and white, with the occasionally pop of gold (which makes the artiest in me sing). I haven’t read it yet, but I am very much looking forward to delving into it.

Books I Need To Read Before The End Of The Year?

Okay, stick with me here, because the list is very long. Obviously I want to get to all the new releases I am anticipating, as well as the new releases I already own that I have yet to read that I mentioned above, but beside those there is The Complete Works of H.P.Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe Stories, Essays & Poems, To Be or Not To Be: A Chooseable-Path Adventure by Ryan North, Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, Stalking Jack The Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco, Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor, Crooke Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, & Harry Potter And The Order of The Phoenix by J.K.Rowling.

And that is only a taste of all the books I want to read this year. In an Ideal world I would clear my tbr completely by the end of the year, but seeing as that’s about 170+ books I’m doubtful that will happen, so instead I will just settle for getting to these ones.

 

So that was the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, and to say I am freaking out about getting to all the books I want to read before 2018 is up is an understatement, as I am sure I will encounter more books I want to add to my Tbr before the month is up.

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June TBR

It’s finally June, which means this years Goodreads Summer Reading Challenge has officially started!!! This month I have to read a total of 15 books so you can bet another 24 hour Read-A-Thon is in the works. As a reminder I re-typed out the challenges, then gave the book title and reasoning behind its choice.

Challenge #1 – School’s Out for Summer: Read a book you were forced to read in school. Out of all the books I had to read for school The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is the one I don’t mind re-reading. It’s short and I actually quite enjoyed reading it which makes this the perfect re-read during this challenge.

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