A Weekly Update

My lack of regular posting (again) this week has also been accompanied by very slow reading progress. I’ve used my Top Ten Tuesday as a guide for choosing what book(s) to read next and it’s been going fairly well…but I DNF’d Ancillary Justice. I DIDN’T WANT TO, I swear, it just got to the point where I didn’t know what was going on. Part of it was due to the fact that the Radchai were not obvious enough to me: what they were, how they operated. About a hundred pages in, I was still lost so I looked up The Book Smugglers’ review of it that added a whole new perspective I didn’t even know I needed. And I gave it another hundred pages before I began to feel like I’d missed something in the beginning before I understood what was happening. I put it down around page 200. I fully intend to begin reading again from the beginning, just not for a little while.

Aside from my attempt at Ancillary Justice, this past week I’ve read:

  • The Bloody Chamber, by Angela Carter
  • For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund

I’m working on catching up on the Bloglovin’ posts I’ve missed out on this week so I’ll have some newly discovered favorite posts to share next week!

Happy reading!

New TBR Additions (24)

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Again, not much free time this past week as I had oddly scheduled shifts at my retail job. A good amount of hours lately, too, which is excellent since I now have a trip approaching for which I promised I’d pitch in some finances. In what little browsing time I had, these are the books that stuck out to me enough to add to my Goodreads to-read shelf.

  • Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne. It’s a monster of a book, but it’s one of those that I feel I should read, since I like sci-fi and the mysteries of the deep sea!
  • White Cat, by Holly Black. I’ve only read one middle-grade Holly Black book and that was Doll Bones. For an MG book it certainly held my interest! I just haven’t thought of adding this series to my TBR until now.
  • The False Prince, by Jennifer A. Nielsen. Always in the mood for more fantasy! Especially when it comes to “puppet” royalty! Color me intrigued.
  • Rooms, by Lauren Oliver. I never read her Delirium series, but I enjoyed Panic a fair amount. Maybe I should try her adult novels?

What have you added to your TBR lists recently?

A Short and Sweet Review: Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

Details: 422pp, Random House paperback
Series: Daughter of the Lionness, book 1
Rating: 3/5
Buy: BN.comBooks-a-MillionBook Depository

Summary (from Goodreads): Aly: a slave with the talents of a master spy, a fabled lineage she must conceal, and the dubious blessing of a trickster god.

Sarai: a passionate, charming teenage noblewoman who, according to prophecy, will bring an end to a cruel dynasty.

Dove: the younger sister of Sarai; she has a calculating mind and hidden depths that have yet to be plumbed.

Nawat: a magical young man with a strangely innocent outlook and an even stranger past; Aly’s one true friend in a world where trust can cost you your life. Continue reading

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Details: 348pp, Razorbill hardcover
Series: Bloodlines, book 6
Rating: Review first, then I’ll share my Goodreads rating.
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Summary (from Goodreads): Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world. Continue reading

Since my February update….

My main goal in the past month has been to come up with some version of a schedule, and I think I’ve generally succeeded Mondays through Thursdays. The challenge is whenever I have my days off and don’t have a post scheduled, I usually don’t turn on my computer until later in the day when I’m feeling too lazy to write a post! But for reference, here’s my (ROUGH) schedule:

  • Sundays: Update posts. Last week in blogging, last month, etc.
  • Mondays: Book review!
  • Tuesdays: some kind of bookish meme, usually Top Ten or First Chapter, First Paragraph
  • Wednesdays: bookish discussion. One place I have difficulty because I feel like my ideas are waning! Hard to come up with topics.
  • Thursdays: Another book review!
  • Fridays: Book haul posts! Another place I have some not-so-serious trouble because I don’t buy books every single week. I’m trying so hard to buy fewer books! I guess I need to come up with a back up plan for Fridays.
  • Saturdays: TBR Addition Saturday, a meme I created myself. Yet another I don’t do every week because I don’t always have the time to go through my bloglovin’ feed to find books to add to my TBR. But generally I think the meme helps me to validate why I’m continuing to add books to my 350-books-long TBR list!

With my newfound desire for sticking to a schedule, I’ve run across a couple blog posts this past week that discuss tools used in blogging.

  • Renae over at Respiring Thoughts wrote about how she organizes her Goodreads shelves for better reading records. (Feb 28)
  • Hannah of So Obsessed With discussed a couple of tools she uses to keep her blogging ideas organized. (Mar 12)

And I can’t forget to thank Oh, the Books! for mentioning me in their Weekly Recap post last Sunday! Thanks, you guys! I’m so behind in my bloglovin’ feed I just haven’t come across it to comment a thank-you yet. Oops.

Speaking of… the “one book” Goodreads challenge

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At the beginning of 2015, many book bloggers (excluding myself) posted their reading stats from 2014, including whether or not they had met their Goodreads goal and then declared one or a couple of their 2015 challenges. Two or three bloggers I follow on Bloglovin’ specifically noted that they were setting their Goodreads goals to ONE book — just one — so they could focus on the enjoyment of reading and not get bogged down in speed-reading or reading specifically to review. I’m here to say that yesterday, March 17, I jumped into the “one book” challenge.

In the middle of reading Zodiac by Romina Russell, I found myself thinking two things. One: why is it taking me so long to read this one book? Two: Wait a minute — why do I care how long it’s taking because I’m so enjoying it?! And I realized that I was feeling pressured by my inanimate Goodreads goal. Reading should not be a stressful hobby, nor should I feel pressure to reach a goal that *most likely* will not affect my life overall. I read because I love it and if being a book blogger means sometimes losing sight of that then I’ll experiment to bring back my 100% enjoyment — this new challenge is one of those experiments!

Now that I’m not feeling pressure from Goodreads, I have to wonder how it’ll affect my end-of-year number. Will it be higher? Much lower? What kind of results have you guys had if/when you tried this experiment?

Top Ten Tuesday (3)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR List

A mix of books that I own and books that I don’t own yet (but probably will quite soon). These are not quite in any particular order. I wish I could say I have will power when it comes for choosing my next book(s) ahead of time! Most of the time when I try I end up changing my mind at the drop of a dime.

The Winner’s Crime, by Marie Rutkoski. Not yet owned and I DON’T KNOW WHY. Actually I do. I’m trying so hard to manage my money better when it comes to books. I think I’ll end up ordering this on BN.com with my 20% off coupon to get the best deal, but my goodness do I need it soon!

The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey. Very similar situation to TWC except I just finished The Fifth Wave about a week ago. Very, very rarely do I buy whole series without reading just one of the books. Also will probably buy on BN.com.

Trickster’s Queen, by Tamora Pierce. Owned for several years now…. My dad gifted this one to me shortly after Trickster’s Choice though I hadn’t yet read that one. Part of me is curious what happens in the second and final book in the Daughter of the Lioness duology, but I’m also worried that it’ll be a sluggish read like TC was.

Trigger Warning, by Neil Gaiman. Owned for about two weeks — it was a birthday gift from my Mimi (grandma on Dad’s side). I have only read two other Gaiman books and the experiences I had were polar opposites, but when I add in the Doctor Who episodes he’s written, I generally favor him! Very excited for some of his short stories.

Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. Owned for about two weeks — a birthday present from Mom and Dad. I’ve been reading somewhat mixed reviews, most about how it’s too similar to Red Rising. But I haven’t read that one yet, either, so that will probably act in my favor. I’m still so curious!

The Red Pyramid, by Rick Riordan. Mr. Riordan is one of my exceptions to owning whole series before reading a book. PJO and HoO are loves of mine so I figured The Kane Chronicles were a safe bet too! The box set was a Christmas gift a couple months ago.

For Darkness Shows the Stars, by Diana Peterfreund. I have more guilt for this one because in the ten months I’ve owned it, I’ve almost picked it up about as many times. It needs to happen already.

Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie. Almost the same situation as FDStS, but guiltier because SCI-FI! And space opera? And multiple awards? I am ashamed of my belatedness with this one. NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

The Mime Order, by Samantha Shannon. I was so excited to buy this book on release day…and I still haven’t read it. I guess work and general life keeps getting in the way? Also I know it’ll be somewhat of a time commitment. Not a huge one, but still.

Out of all these, is there one in particular that you would recommend I read next?? I need some guidance! (: