Monday, January 7, 2019

Bout of Books 24 | Goals, Stack, Update Post

Another January, another bout of books. I'm going to be trying to implement a few of the goals I'm aiming to complete in 2019 - get back into graphic novels/comics, romanceopoly, and also just making reading more of a priority. I'm going to be trying to read every day in 2019 and it'll be great.

The Goals
  • Read! Read! Read! But also have fun
  • Finish some of the books I've been currently reading for forever
  • Finish at least one comic/graphic novel
  • Visit blogs and cheer on readings on twitter/instagram

The Stack
  • The Red Threads of Fortune by J.Y. Yang
  • Toil & Trouble edited by Tess Sharpe (friday update: almost finished! less then 100 pages left)
  • A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole
  • The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang
  • From Scratch by Katrina Jackson

Updates

Monday
Number of books I've read today: 0
Pages read: 11
Time Spent Reading: 13 minutes
Books:
The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner (continues - 11 pages)

Notes:
Uhhh... so one of my friends may have been like "you wanna try Talisman digitally?" and it's not like I could say no. I still haven't missed a day in 2019, though, of reading something. Hopefully Tuesday will go better, but also I'm being visited by a puppy.


Tuesday
Number of books I've read today: 1
Total # of books I've read: 1
Pages read: 100
Total # of pages:  111
Time Spent Reading: 38 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 51 minutes
Books:
The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang (finished - 100 pages)

Notes:
Once again, not much reading done, but I really loved Red Threads, and just been loving this series so much. It's so good, I highly recommend.


Wednesday to Sunday
Number of books I've read in these days: 9
Total # of books I've read:10
Pages read: 2,752
Total # of pages: 2,863
Total Time Spent Reading: 9 hours, 36 minutes


Notes:
I'm not listing all the books because I'm tired but I've got to tell you - starting to reread Fruits Basket is possibly one of the best things I've ever done. I reread this series whenever I feel like it, which tends to be every 2/3 years, and it's still always so good.

And then also From Scratch by Katrina Jackson was amazing, seriously I loved it so much, and then finally finished The Red Threads of Fortune by J.Y. Yang, it was also amazing.

Now tell me about your reading from the week - if you were taking part in this readathon or not.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bout of Book 24 | Announcement + TBR plans

Another January, another Bout of Books! And, yes, I haven't really posted here in months and months, and I'm planning on putting a post up about what's been going on - mostly just life. However, bout of books is soon enough this is going up first.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 24 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.
- From the Bout of Books team

Join me and a bunch of other people in starting the reading year off with a bang! I normally have a vague TBR plan and this year is no different. I don't have specific books in mind but I'd like to finish as many books as I'm "currently-reading" as possible. I have a bad habit of starting books and then putting them aside to read something else. And I've got literally probably two dozen, if not more, books that I've started and just haven't finished yet.

And, also, hopefully I finish my first romanceopoly book this week and can start my second one next week. (One of my 2019 reading challenges, that post will be up soon as well. As long as everything goes as planned).

If you're taking part, please let me know in the comments so we can cheer each other on! And, also, let me know your reading plans.


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Monday, November 5, 2018

Book Review: Picture Perfect Cowboy

Title(s): Picture Perfect Cowboy
Author: TIffany Reisz
Genre: romance/erotica
Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 266
Publication Date: November 5th, 2018

Plot (from goodreads):
Jason "Still" Waters' life looks perfect from the outside—money, fame, and the words "World Champion Bull-Rider" after his name. But Jason has a secret, one he never planned on telling anybody...until he meets Simone. She's the kinky girl of his dreams...and his conservative family's worst nightmare.

"Picture Perfect Cowboy" is a standalone erotic romance from Tiffany Reisz, set in her bestselling Original Sinners series. An abridged version was previously published in "Exposed: A Romance Anthology" as the novella "The Watermark."

Review:
Disclaimer: I received this from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. Also, I love all of Reisz' previous books. 

(trigger/content warnings: BDSM, Dom/sub relationship, 'ownership,' everything that could come with that I guess? Along with Jason's past childhood abuse from his father)

If you're starting with this one, I guess you technically could, but you would definitely not get as much out of it. It made me stupidly happy to see Simone getting a HFN and to see how she turns to Nora when she doesn't know what to do.

And how this all feels very realistic. They just met, sure, and they're heavily in lust and like each other a lot - but neither of them think they can change their lives because of this , supposedly, small thing. And they're trying to be logical about it.

I love Simone, I'm not sure when I got so attached to her and I didn't realize until I was reading this book, but it was a ton of fun to get to see from her POV. And to get to see Sora (+ Nora) from her POV, as well. And Jason was fun - I've missed the horses and such, it was nice to be back, and this was a much lower stress environment. And he's just such a genuinely good guy, he wants to do the best he can and never wants to hurt anyone.

If you want to just jump into this, I'd say go for it, but also - the whole Original Sinners series is fucking incredible. The characters are some of my favorite, you can't convince me they're not real.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Book Review: Fresh Ink (anthology

Title: Fresh Ink
Editor: Lamar Giles
Authors: Malinda Lo, Melissa de la Cruz, Daniel Jose Older, Gene Luen Yang, Nicola Yoon, Sara Farizan, Eric Gansworth, Walter Dean Meyers, Thien Pham, Jason Reynolds, Sharon G. Flake, Schuyler Bailar, Aminah Mae Safi
Rating: 4/5
Page Count: 208
Publication Date: August 14th, 2018

Plot (from goodreads):
In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

Careful--you are holding fresh ink. And not hot-off-the-press, still-drying-in-your-hands ink. Instead, you are holding twelve stories with endings that are still being written--whose next chapters are up to you.

Because these stories are meant to be read. And shared.

Thirteen of the most accomplished YA authors deliver a label-defying anthology that includes ten short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play. This collection will inspire you to break conventions, bend the rules, and color outside the lines. All you need is fresh ink.

Review:
(disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher, through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review).

Overall, this was a solid collection. There were some I loved more then others, but none of them was I 'meh' on, which is pretty rare for an anthology with more then a handful of authors. The idea behind this anthology and the stories inside are so important. 

And the stories are good as hell. There's a few that I wish we could see full stories of, but I also like the idea of people getting to imagine the next part, create their own end for the story. All the authors I'd read from before were, of course, amazing and I was glad to return to their work. (For example: love Malinda Lo's everything. DJ Older's + Jason Reynolds's writing. And the others I've read. 

And was blown away by some of the people I hadn't read yet - We'll talk about my favorite story last, and I don't want to just talk about a few but also don't want to get too in depth. These are, obviously, short stories so I feel like mentioning anything gives almost too much away. I just want to say that these writers are all incredible and this anthology blew me away. Especially, honestly, considering how short it was, I was left wanting more but definitely not in a bad way.

Especially from the last story in the collection by Nicola Yoon - about a black kid whose a superhero. I was a little confused at first but as soon as I learned what was going on, my heart joke broke. And, to be honest, this is the one that I was about a whole series about. It hit my hard and is so important and was incredible. 

Monday, February 5, 2018

January 2018 | Monthly Wrap Up

The first month of 2018 has come and gone and, let me tell you, it felt like a long one to me. it's hard to be like "I think this will be a good year" with what's going on in the world politically, but in 2017 I saw friends more then I ever have before and I'm hoping to continue to see them regularly in 2018. Probably not as often, because money is a thing, but I'm still hopeful.

Anyway, on to what I read! I didn't read a lot ofr the first two weeks or so of the year, just because I was so drained from New Years with friends. I love that time, and wouldn't change our new tradtion for the world, but I need time to recover afterwards. I did end up reading quite a bit in January, though, I'm not sure what happened but I read a lot.

Books:
  • Ripped Pages by M. Hollis (2.5 stars)
  • The Doctor's Discretion by E.E. Ottoman(4 stars)
  • Let Them Eat Chaos by Kate Tempest (3 stars)
  • Think of England by K.J. Charles (3 stars)
  • The Ruin of Gabriel Ashleigh (Society of Gentleman #0.5) by K.J. Charles (3.5 stars)
  • A Fashionable Indulgence (Society of Gentleman #1) BY K.J. Charles (4 stars)
  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (5 stars)
  • Shadows of Self by Brandon Sanderson (5 stars)
  • The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare (4 stars)
  • A Seditious Affair (SoG #2) by K.J. Charles (4 stars)
  • Kings and Butterflies by Lina Langley (3.5 stars)
  • A Gentleman's Position (SoG #3) by J.K. Charles (4 stars)
  • A Private Miscellany (SoG #3.5) by K.J. Charles (3.5 stars)
  • Trade Me (Cyclone #1) by Courtney Milan (4.5 stars)
  • Let's Talk About Love by Clair Kann (5 stars)
  • Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan (3 stars)
  • Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann (3 stars)
Comics/Graphic Novels:
  • Giant Days, Volume 6 by John Allison (4 stars)
  • Misfit City, Volume 1 by (4 stars)
It was a really good reading month, as I mentioned. I read a lot of romance because, apparently, that's what I was in the mood for? Which is weird for a lot of personal reasons, and I'm still working on fully figuring it out myself but there's a discussion post on the way. Mostly, though, I think it's just I know what's going to happen, and I know it's going to end happy. I do, however, like my romance with more then just the romance - it's the main plot, of course, but not the only plot.

Besides that, I read a lot of really good stuff this month! It was my first time diving into K.J. Charles, Courtney Milan, and Tessa Dare. I enjoyed books by all three and will definitely be reading more by all of them - as already shown by my K.J. Charles spree, whoops, and the two Milan books I read.

I'm also continuing my Mistborn reread at a much slower pace, having just reread Shadows of Self this month, which I'd started last month. I'm looking forward to continuing with it, just also impatient and I know Bands is going to hurt as much the second time around as the first.

I, also, read Let's Talk About Love this month, which came out this month and I, actually, sat down and read it the day it came out, literally the same day. Black ace MC was enough to make me go yes, but there's also the friendships. Her relationship with her best friends, who are dating each other, just gave me a lot of feelings and I loved how much they loved each other? Like they all just love each other a lot and phew, feelings.

So that's what I read in January, good start to the new year reading wise, at the very least. Let me know if you've read any of these books and how your reading is going.

Happy reading!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

October, November, December | Monthly Wrap Up

The last three months I didn't end up doing a wrap up, it's been a busy few months. NaNo, of course, happened and then the holidays are always crazy, are they not? Either way, I didn't want to not wrap up the last few months of the year, and I didn't read a ridiculous amount so decided to just throw them all together into one post.

Books:
  • The Wrath and the Dawn (#1) by Renee Ahdieh (4/5)
  • Mischief by Tiffany Reisz (5/5)
  • The Rose and the Dagger (#2) by Renee Ahdieh (4/5)
  • Don't Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith (5/5)
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Carey (4/5)
  • Not Your Villain by C.B. Lee (4.5/5)
  • Smoke & Mirrors by Michael Faudet (3/5)
  • Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim (4/5)
  • Still Can't Do My Daughters Hair by William Evans (4/5)
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • Oathrbinger by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • The Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (4/5)
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Karu (4/5)
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • The Christmas Truce by Tiffany Reisz (5/5)
It was a weird few months of reading - one of my best friends and I accidentally started out Mistborn reread. Neither of us had reread since the first time we read, and we remembered so very little, but it's such an amazing series. 

Mistborn rereads and poetry was apparently the theme of the last few months of 2017. Oathbringer, also by Sanderson, also came out in November and that was a giant, incredible, and insane book.

The Long Way Down was incredible and heartwrenching. I will definitely be reading more things by Reynolds' in the future (already bought a copy of Miles Morales). Not Your Villain was amazing and I highly recommend this series. Besides that I'm not really sure what else to comment on, it was a weird few months for reading for me, that's for sure.

Sorry for the late as hell wrap up, but better late then never right?

Happy Reading!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Snow Day Reading List | Winter Bibliothon Day 1

It's officially day one of the winter biannual biblithon and I am actually typing this on day one, the timing of this readathon might of gotten away from me just a little bit? I don't know how, but I just wasn't expecting it to get here so soon, and don't even get me started on how unprepared I am for the 24in48 next weekend.

Today, though, the challenge is to write about your snow day reading list. I feel like there's a few different ways this could be interoperated in a few different ways. My way is going to be what I'd recommend someone spend a snow day, or two, reading. 

First off: KJ Charles. I haven't read all of their work yet, and some of it is problematic, but it's also just snuggle down and read some slightly ridiculous historical romances, as it should be. 

And, as always, I feel like a classic of a winter day is Harry Potter. I think if you follow me anywhere online, you know my love of HP, so I'm not going to continue more. (If you don't: I regularly go to HP conventions and have two tattoos, I'm holding myself back for your benefit).

However, another really good idea for a snow day reading list, I feel like, would be long as hell books. So you can just sit down, with one book, and try to knock it out, or at least a large chunk of it. The first one that comes to mind for this one, for me, is IT by Stephen King, a favorite of mine, and while a good chunk of it takes place in summer, there's one scene in particular that takes place in the winter that'll stick with you. 

Let me know what your's would be, link me if you also posted, and I hope your readathon has started off on a good note. Happy reading!