Monday, April 27, 2015

April 27th | Weekly Wrap Up #17

This was definitely a good week. It felt ridiculously long, but I'm really pleased with what I got done. There was some rereading and an awesome read-a-thon. And, considering that, we're just going to go straight into the books because that's all that happened and it'd be a long post if I rambled (more then I am).

Reading: (finished this week and actively currently-reading)
IT by Stephen King (5/5)
A reread. (For the... 20+ time? I don't think I'm exaggerating, if I am it's not by much). God, I love this book. As I love all of King's work that I've read so far, which is less then I'd of liked because I keep going back and rereading what I've already read.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (5/5)
So cute, oh my god. I've got a minor problem with some of the things this MC thinks in the beginning, but he's a teenager. Also - it's fluffy fun, alright?

Predator: Fire and Stone by Joshua Williamson, Christopher Mooneyham (3/5)
Eh. This whole event is really strange and really interesting, but they're a little throwaway? Still enjoying them, but also I'm not too fond of the guy that's the MC in this one, bit of a dick.

Birthright, Volume 1: Homecoming by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan (4/5)
I was getting this in single issues, but for some reason wasn't reading it. I don't even quite remember why, it just looked really interesting, and I was not disappointed. I adored this, seriously, completely adored.

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (5/5)
I really, really enjoyed this. I wasn't sure what to expect, going into it, I just knew some stuff. And I was really pleasantly surprised, and I also think this is a great place to start with this author (having only read two of her books, this being the first, I'd take that with a grain of salt), but it seems to have less magical realism then some of her others - more on that in a few books.

Sex Criminals, Volume 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky (5/5)
I already knew I was going to read anything Fraction put out ever - ha, put out - but I'm thinking that officially includes Zdarsky as well. God, this series is good, and I get the feeling it is just getting started and is going to be really fucking good. I'm seriously excited and it's so good. If you don't like dick jokes, you won't enjoy this, but it's also way more then that - it's much deeper, stop laughing, and surprised me at a few points. It's definitely a step up from volume one, and I adored volume 1.

Ms. Marvel, Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt (5/5)
Superheroes and commentaries on the world - and not just that. An MC POC badass female superhero who is smart, sure of herself, and unapologetically a teenager of the 21st century. I love her, I really do, and I love the other characters, too, even though I wish we'd gotten a little more. Also - don't have much experience with Wolverine, but them together was kind of fucking awesome. This whole thing was kind of awesome. Seriously - read Ms Marvel (and Sex Criminals) and be a happier person.

Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (5/5)
I read two of her books in, well, less then 12 hours actually, I think. I couldn't say which I enjoyed more, but I really enjoyed that the magical realism was more in this book. More present and there and really interesting.

The Angel by Tiffany Reisz (5/5)
Some accidental rereading occurred here. (Seriously, though, I highly recommend this series, but definitely not for the faint of heart).

I'm just going to add this because it's a fun fact - well, a book nerd fun fact - considering all the things I read (IT being so long, Dewey's) I thought I'd see how much I'd read the whole week. So I read 3,263 pages this week! Insane, right? Whew.

Letter to a Young Reader - maybe some things some of you need to hear. It never hurts to hear some things.

Eisner Award Nominations! I've never really payed any attention to this, and will probably only give it a curious look when the winners are announced, but still cool. (Comic awards)

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Update | Wrap Up

And that is another Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon out, I guess. I'm technically typing this up before it ends, but I think my brain had shut off from reading for a little while (I'm planning on reading later, using the time I missed then, I'm in a reading mood after this).

I always read a lot during read-a-thons. So, on one hand, I'm not that surprised, because I normally just push myself towards some impossible/ridiculous goal and, while I don't always make that goal (which is why it's impossible/ridiculous) I still get a lot done in the middle.

Also - I'm just glad to have read a whole book without feeling annoyed at how long it was taking or whatever else, because this recent reading.... drought or whatever has been killing me. So I'm so pleased to be out of it. And I know part of it is all in my head - I mean, technically it's probably all in my head, as it's reading, but whatever - and I've just got to do it, but sometimes that's hard. I find my best reading is when I don't give myself time to think about my next read - I have to just pick it up and read it (great for read-a-thons).

I'm thinking of, in a few days, doing this again. Not as intense - and I'm not waking up at 7:30am - but taking the whole day to read because I can sounds pretty nice to me.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (started and finished - 303 pages)
Predator: Fire and Stone by Joshua Williamson, Christopher Mooneyham (started and finished - 126 pages)
Birthright, Volume 1: Homecoming by Joshua Williamson, Andrei Bressan (started and finished - 128 pages)
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (started and finished - 293 pages)
Sex Criminals, Volume 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky (started and finished - 128 pages)
Ms. Marvel, Volume 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt (started and finished - 136 pages)
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (started and finished - 279)
(Also started Sex and Violence but didn't get very far)
Total # Pages Read: 1,476   
Total # Books Read: 8
Total Time Spent Reading: 10 hours, 45 minutes

On the whole, that really doesn't feel like A lot of time. I was up for a full twelve hours, but I guess it would of been literally physically impossible to read for that long. Still - it feels like I could of read for more time, since I normally try to stay awake and read for the 24 hours.

I'm kind of glad my alarm didn't wake me up from my nap, though, because I've got to tell you I tried to read upon waking and it almost happened, but I have read a lot in such a short amount of time, I need a small break.

Anyway - either way, I'm really pleased with how it went, the reading. I'm pleased with how much I read and also with what I read, it was all mostly really good.

I hope your read-a-thon / Saturday went well, I hope you got some reading done or just had some fun. Read anything good recently?

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Update | 8pm - 12am

I mostly just read, got a bit distracted at points. But am now starting to drag, am definitely feeling it more. It's like - story fatigue? I mean I've also been up for over... however many hours. And while I'd really, really like to try and beat my record (which is from April 2014 and was 1,636 pages), I just don't think it's going to happen this time. Mostly because of the giant slump I've been in until this moment.

I'm going to try and nap and, hopefully, come back refreshed and be able to at least read something more. I'm too competitive (against myself) to just let myself go to sleep. Time to read! Stuff to be done.

Definitely let me know what YOU are up to - currently reading, last snacked on, don't forget to stretch.

Everybody Sees The Ants by A.S. King (finished - 234 pages)
# of Pages Read: 234
# of Books Read: 1
Time Spent Reading: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Total # Pages Read: 1,476
Total # Books Read: 8  
Total Time Spent Reading: 10 hours, 45 minutes

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Update | 4pm - 8pm

I took a longer break this time around - I really do take this day just four hours at a time, it makes everything slightly less terrifying - and had a real meal, watched a YT video, wrote 1k. And then got back into reading before 8 was upon me.

Sex Criminals, Volume 2: Two Worlds, One Cop by Fraction, Zdarsky (started and finished - 128 pages)
Ms. Marvel, Volume 2 by G. Willow Wilson (started and finished - 136 pages)
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (started - 47 pages)

# of Pages Read: 311

# of Books Read: 2

Time Spent Reading: 1 hours, 55 minutes

Total # Pages Read: 1,242  

Total # Books Read: 7

Total Time Spent Reading: 8 hours, 25 minutes

I've been saving Sex Criminals and Ms. Marvel and I have no regrets on saving them, or in reading them in such a small amount of time. They were both fucking incredible, I highly recommend both of these series - Sex Criminals if the humor is your thing (dick jokes, mostly) and then Ms. Marvel if you like kick-ass super heroes who is a teenager in in 2014/2015.

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Update | 12pm - 4pm

I'm not sure how to count single issues, but since I've technically only read one (the others I'm counting as their trades because I read all of them, anyway, easier), I'm just going to count it as one. And we will go from there. So it was a good four hours.

Prometheus: Fire and Flood OMEGA by Kelly Sue DeConnick (started and finished - 44 pages)
Birthright, Vol 1: Homecoming by Joshua Williamson (started and finished - 128 pages)
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (finished - 253 pages)
Sex and Violence by Carrie Mesrobian (started - 37 pages)

# of Pages Read: 462

# of Books Read: 3

Time Spent Reading: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Total # Pages Read: 931

Total # Books Read: 5

Time Spent Reading: 3 hours, 30 minutes

This read-a-thon is going shockingly good so far, considering how much reading wasn't happening for me. Although, I did also finish my reread of IT in four days, so I guess I was pre-gaming for this a little. Really loved Ask the Passengers, and I'm intrigued by Sex and Violence but not too far into it. I don't really know what to expect, I might pick up something else, we shall see in a few hours when I update here again.

Hope your read-a-thon (or just day) is going great. Reading anything good? (I hope so)

Dewey's Read-A-Thon Update | 8am - 12pm

I started reading at just about 8am and set my stopwatch on my phone and started reading. And didn't stop until I finished the first book and didn't feel like I had to push myself through it, which was a relief considering how my reading has been going lately.

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (started and finished - 303 pages)
Predator: Fire and Stone by Joshua Williamson (started and finished - 126 pages)
Ask the Passangers by A.S. King (started - 40 pages)

# of Pages Read: 469

# of Books Read: 2

Time Spent Reading: 3 hours

I really enjoyed Simon and the Homo Sapiens Agenda - I had some minor problems with it at the beginning, but it was also just so painfully adorable at points I didn't know what to do. Ask the Passangers is definitely a more serious YA contemporary, but I guess it's a LGBTQA+ reading time or something? (I actually just picked it up without a thought, and then went... ooh yeah. Well, cool, I guess. So we are just going with it).

And then Predator: Fire and Stone - eh, but almost done with this event thing. I'm enjoying it over all, but it's not amazing or anything.

How are YOU doing? What are you currently-reading?

The Beginning (&stack) | Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon

And so it begins, another read-a-thon. Dewey's is a fantastic one and I hope you're all ready for it! I've got coffee, snacks, I think I am prepared. Oh, right, and a giant stack of books to pick from.

This is scheduled to go up, so I hope I'm actually awake (and curled up with a book and tea, let's do this!) I said before that I didn't have any real goals, and I don't, but that doesn't mean I also am not hoping towards some goals. I'm a goals kind of person and competitive, I've learned almost especially against myself.

So I have a huge stack of books that are possibilities for this read-a-thon. Novels, graphic novels, some ebooks.

I have so many comics/graphic novels/such in my possession that are unread that it's honestly becoming a problem. However, at the top for this read-a-thon are these:

  • Sex Criminals, Vol 2 by Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
  • Ms. Marvel, Vol 2 by G. Willow Wilson
  • And then more single issues stuff - I have the end of the Alien Fire and Stone event, still haven't read that, and also issues #1-3 of Bitch Planet.
  • The Runaways: The Complete Collection, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
And then on the physical book side, I'm going much more young adult just because I read YA faster. And it's getting warmer now - finally - and I've started to kind of crave YA contemporary. So I've got that, some more fantasy YA, some completely off of that. It's a big stack of stuff that I might read because I've just found this is the best way to do it. And, really, my real stack is just the hundreds of unread books in the house plus ebooks plus what I could get on Scribd/Oyster. I'm a mood reader, and with a read-a-thon - just go with the flow. However, some possibilities:

  • Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Bucky Albertalli
  • Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian
  • Salt and Stone by Victoria Scott
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Fortune's Pawn by Rachel Bach
  • The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Ask the Passangers by A.S. King
  • Early to Death, Early to Rise and Something Deadly This Way Comes by Kim Harrison
  • A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
  • Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman OR Trigger Warnings - short story collection to dig in and out of. 
Who knows what of that will be read, what won't, what I'll end up reading. But here we are - hour zero, I guess. What are you picking up first? / currently reading?

Friday, April 24, 2015

Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon | Tomorrow! (April 25th)

Tomorrow (Saturday, April 25th) is the Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon! Well, most it as it carries into Sunday (24 hours, see). And I'm going to go with how I did it last time in terms of updates. Of course, there's always social medias - twitter, goodreads, instagram - but I'll also be updating here in four hour chunks. In separate posts, mostly so I don't fuck anything up formatting wise. Which is very possible, especially as it gets later and later.

Basically, this post is just a reminder, but it's also kind of a - hey, I'm doing this thing, if you're also doing this thing comment and let know. It's also normally a goal post. I'll probably be posting my stack of what I'll be choosing from the morning of, just because it'll probably change so freaking much.

I say normally, because I don't really have any specific goals for this read-a-thon, I'm going to very low stress route. I'd like to, and always aim to, stay awake as long as I can and read as much as possible. And I'd also like to hop around to as many blogs as I can, hopefully leaving comments in my wake, and hang out in the hashtag on twitter for a little while. It definitely is my favorite part of read-a-thons - talking to everyone.

As to how much I'd like to get read? No idea. I'm still kind of getting back into reading, tentatively, and I'm hopeful that this will give me the last shove I need. I tend to make a giant pile of stuff that'll sit next to me and I'll pick through it as I go. I have a tentative plan to make a book book pile and then a single issue/trade/graphic novel stack and just kind of see how far I can burn through them both. I tend to pick YA, because I just read YA faster, and I've got a pretty good stack of YA contemporaries piling up, so that's one idea. And no shortage of graphic novels and such. I've also got Scibd and Oyster.

So I'm a go for so many books.

So, to wrap it up, what are your plans? Your book stacks? Let me know! Leave a link to your own post, however you want to tell me. Read-a-thons are all about the fun and the reading.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

April 20th | Weekly Wrap Up #16

It was a strange week, but definitely a good one. I finished the same amount of books as I did comics, which felt fucking fantastic. Man, the not reading thing was going to make me throw myself out a window soon or something. I'm not even sure I'm being overly dramatic there, it was getting to a point where I was loosing it a little.

Don't want to jinx it or push myself too hard, but I did finally finish some books, novels to be precise. And whatever you'd consider What If? and I think I have a kind of just social media (I think) read-a-thon that popped up last minute by some Booktubers. Sometimes seeing people read can just help, you know?

So I'm optimistic, but cautious. Anyway - books.

Reading: (finished this week and actively currently-reading)
Namesless #3 by Grant Morrison (2/5)
I'm still not sure fully how I feel about this series. I'd like some real explanation of something soon. I reread #1 and #2 before this one, and - yeah, give me something, anything.

Descender #2 by Jeff Lemire (4/5)
I'm super excited to see what is going to come of this series, honestly super excited. It's interesting and seems to be going to be very complex.

All New Hawkeye #2 by Jeff Lemire (4/5)
I loved this issue to much before of the circus flashbacks, and how the flashback parts are all watercolor and completely gorgeous. The artist/colorist is currently the main reason I'm sticking with this - also it is still Hawkeye. I think I want more of Fraction's world, the kind of "aw, ___, no" Hawkeye. I'm going to stick with it, hope for the best, I have some faith in this writer.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (5/5)
This book was just kind of freaking awesome. It had so many weird interesting scenarios and random facts. And definitely recommend it to people who like some theoretical scenarios/physics kind of thing. Go forth and science.

Duma Key by Stephen King (5/5)
Jesus christ. It'd been 2 years since I've read this and, while I remembered the plots and such, I'd just kind of forgotten how much I freaking love this book. And this is definitely going to kick me off on a King reread, I think. (IT is next. Have you read IT? Listen, I know it's long, but it's so good).

Cthulhurotica edited by Carrie Cuinn (3/5)
Yes, this is a thing I read. I picked it up... a while ago, unsure when I'll check hopefully before this goes up (August 2012, thanks, Amazon). Anyway - it was fora Felicia Day's book club and I just didn't end up getting around to it. And so, tail end of January, at three in the morning, I went - I should read that. And now here we are. Some of the stories were surprisingly good, maybe not fantastic but good, others were just why or a bit of a slog. A good portion were good, and I really enjoyed the last essay about the genre new weird and such, interesting stuff. Solid three stars, fun and even good at points but not amazing.

Jen's Favorite Book Dedications - this is fun, I like things like this.

YA Book Riot Unboxing - I have been convinced to subscribe for next month, see how I feel about it. Books, fun times.

Someone I follow (Sarah Says Read) posted a comics wrap up type of thing - and it reminded me I'd been thinking of some comic related posts. Also, now I want to read Lady Killer.

I - don't have anything else really to offer? I haven't really been internet-ing much. And I'm trying not to put one Rooster Teeth/Achievement Hunter video here every week, which is mostly what I watched this week as I'd fallen behind. Oh, and Daredevil. I'm taking it slow, because I know it's going to probably be a hell of a wait. I'm really loving it so far. Slower paced, but I don't mind that. And fighting, explosions, fantastic actors and actresses - what more can you want, really?

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Why Can't I Read? | Discussion Post

This might seem like a really strange title to a discussion post, and I guess it kind of is a strange title, but it's how I've been referring to this for weeks. At the beginning, I was just like - whatever, I've been reading non-stop for like a year, I can take a break. And now, over a month later, and fighting my way back to into reading - I'm just kind of... gah. Like an angry, annoyed - gah is how I'm feelings.

You've probably all noticed how I haven't been here. A lack of reading always, for me, leads to a lack of blogging as I feel like I don't have anything to talk about. Which isn't true, I could talk about other things I'm doing, but I just haven't figured out how to integrate more then just books into this blog (though, I think the other stuff section on my weekly wrap ups is probably helping).

And the weirdest thing about this thing is that - I am reading. I have read so much fan fiction that it might actually be a problem now. I'm in a weird space of wanting to do these things and not wanting to get off the computer, or not having the motivation to read, the attention span. Which obviously I have because have I mentioned - so much fan fiction. (Hey, if you need any recs for Steve/Bucky MCU fan fiction - I've got your back, friend).

Anyway - so I haven't been reading books. I've been trying, I've been pushing myself to try. And I have read some. I think I've read three books since this reading slump started - a ton of graphic novels and single issues, but those are so quick - and it might be starting to drive me crazy. Last year I fully realized how much better reading made me feel, it felt like it balanced me out, made me relax more. I'd always used reading as a kind of escape, but it became way more then that last year, so much more important to me.

And I'm glad it did, I'm so glad I fall I've fallen into the whole thing, but it's hard when I'm not reading. And I want to read, I've got books everywhere (no, really, this isn't a lie. If I ever disappear from the internet, I'm buried under a book avalanche). And it's stressful, yeah, but I could be reading if I just - just did it. Just sat down and read.

Now this next part might sound weird, but I'm curious if anyone ever gets like this. So the main reason I stall out on series is because I'm scared to see where that character goes next, like honestly scared. This is actually why I stall out on most things, if I do. I just am scared about what's going to happen next, where they're going next, and just... can't. It's such a weird problem to have, because I want to read, but I don't? But I do? But - feelings. Yeah, that's what it is.

So, friends, now I'm curious, of course. How is your reading going in general? And how is it going in general? Also - am i completely crazy? Do you ever stall out on things because of that? When was the last time you just couldn't read?

Monday, April 13, 2015

April 13th | Weekly Wrap Up #15

I don't know what this week was. It was a weird week. And I'm slowly realizing that I can't snap back that easily, but I don't want to fully go on hiatus, I'll loose weeks without realizing it. I like keeping track of things week to week and going around and reading other peoples weekly updates (or whatever else people call them), even though I very, very rarely comment on them. (I'm sorry about that, I know everyone loves comments, they're really nice, but I'm barely having the energy to fully type this up).

So, I guess I'm going to just keep doing what I can and go from there, which I guess is the best I can do anywhere. Or something equally profound.

I get more loose with words when I haven't slept in almost 24 hours. More free with feelings. Which might not be a bad thing, since I'm so bad with feelings.

Reading: (finished this week and actively currently-reading)
Aliens: Fire and Stone by Chris Roberson, Patric Reynolds (3/5)
I'm enjoying this strange interconnecting thing that's happening. And I'm also glad I waited until they were all out and everything because I would be so annoyed at the end of every issue otherwise.

Alien vs Predator: Fire and Stone by Christopher Sebela, Ariel Olivetti (3/5)
Strange, interesting. I'd only suggest checking these out if you're interested in more of this world. I'm interested and, even then, at points I find myself not caring. Of course, that's something I've always had a problem with with certain horror things, it takes a special person to make you care about someone you know is probably going to die. Either way - fun, strange, weird, horror.

I made some project in Southern Reach trilogy and I also started What If?: Serious Scientific Questions to Absurd Hypotherical Questions. I'm enjoying both, but my reading fell off again at the end of the week, don't know what happened. Everything kind of fell off. There was a lot of sleeping and then insomnia.

It's been a weird week, I haven't really been up to much internet wise - mostly been writing and/or trying to read. However, I have been rewatching random episodes of Leverage. And I hope you all have at least given this show a try, god I miss it so much, all five seasons are fantastic, though.

Also - Daredevil was released on Netflix on the 10th. And oh god it's good. So good. I didn't know... anything about Matt as a character going in, and I debated reading some of the comics (like the most recent run or whatever) but ultimately decided against it. I've been introduced by most Marvel stuff by movies/TV so far, might as well continue that trend, I don't think it ruins it at all. I'm only on episode like 4 or 5, stuff is starting to really get good. It's a little slow at the beginning, building up all the characters before getting into the plot, but that definitely isn't a bad thing. And I'm excited to watch more! (Listen, I'm pacing myself)

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon | April 25th, 2015

Dewey's 24 hour read-a-thon is a read-a-thon that happens twice a year - April and October - and obviously the title explains that this years 24 hours in April starts on the 25th. These start at a certain time, not midnight in your timezone. Since it's such a condensed period of time, it's more fun if everyone has the same start and end times.

For me, personally, it's starting at 8am! (8am eastern. But there's a list if you want to know your own time). This is always such a fun event. Surprisingly, I normally tend to get a lot of reading done, but I also want to try and comment more this year, though it's still all going to count on mood. For instance - if I'm in a reading mood, I'm going to read because that's rare at the moment.

Anyway - if you're joining in, definitely let me know in the comments so I can pop by to see how you're doing. Or @ me on twitter, friend me on goodreads. It's suppose to be a fun, hectic twenty four hours, I suggest getting in on the fun! Even if, or especially, if you can't read for the full 24 hours.

And off topic to this readathon - I'm very sorry there's been nothing going on here. I promise I haven't forgotten about you, it's just been a rough few months and I'm trying, I just can't seem to concentrate a lot.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

April 6th | Weekly Wrap Up #14

It was a surprisingly good week for me! It was full of comics, just full of them. Also playing some of the Sims new expansion pack, which was how I started The Picture of Dorian Gray and then picking up listening to Welcome to Night Vale (I remembered how much I loved it, I forgot that it was for a very good reason) and also the Book Riot Podcast.

And, concerning comics, I've been considering doing... something? I might do a post about my pull list or something. I get two deliveries a month of comics from my pull list from Midtown Comics (sometimes I change it, depending on what is happening and such, but every two weeks seems to be the norm for me). If you've got any thoughts/ideas I'd love to hear it - pull list, hauls? Opinions would be nice because I'm just so up in the air about it. (I also want to do some recommendations - comics, graphic novels related, but also other related).

Anyway - now that I've gone off about comics a little. There's one more thing I want to mention before we get into the books. I picked up a free month of Scribd - subscription service to read books, comics, and listen to audiobooks - and so I kind of felt like that's what dragged me back into reading (after I spent way too long just scrolling through what they have to offer. So many things I want to read!).

Reading: (finished this week and actively currently-reading)
The Woods, Volume 1: The Arrow by James Tynion lV, Michael Dialynas (3/5)
I liked the art, the characters were okay. And I'm interested in a few things, intrigued. However - I also just didn't really care? And I was glad I didn't buy it, and probably won't be continuing on. Unless I can get it for free, as well. (Read it on Scribd)

East of West #18 by Jonathan Hickman, Nick Dragotta (5/5)
I really am loving this series. I'm not overly sure what it is, but good god - loving it. Obviously, I'm not going to say anything specific about this issue because it's #18, but futuristic western apocalyptic kind of thing.

Wayward #6 Jim Zub, Steve Cummings (5/5)
Wayward is back! And it's the start of a new story arc! There was a new character introductions of hints of what's to come. And I've raved about this (and East of West) probably too much, but I'm also probably going to keep doing it. Once again, the essay on Japanese culture was super interesting and added to the story. Highly recommend this series - volume one is out (#1-5 collected)!

All New Hawkeye #1 Jeff Lemire, Ramón Pérez (5/5)
Hawkeye! More Hawkeye! I am a fan of the Hawkeye... Hawkeyes. I'm really looking forward to where this is going because of... well Hawkeye.

Descender #1 by Jeff Lemire, Dustin Nguyen (5/5)
I'm really looking forward to more of this. I enjoyed this one, but the world promises some really cool things. Also the cover of this is just freaking gorgeous.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (5/5)
For some reason, I really did not expect to enjoy this book as much as I did? Over the years, I've tried to start it a few times and it's, apparently, just never been the right time. This time I started with audio, but switched the physical pretty quickly (which seems to be a good way for me to get into classics). Anyway - I loved this, really enjoyed it.

The Wicked and the Divine #7,#8,#9 by Kiernon Gillen, Jamie McKelvie (5/5)
I fell a bit behind, obviously, with all comics not just these. And as you can tell I'm trying to catch up some. This series - I still don't know what it is, why I love it so much, but I just do. I know it's not for everyone, but the characters are so interesting and everything is gorgeous. I am terrified and excited to see how this arc closes.

Spider-Gwen #1,#2,#3 by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez (3/5)
I'm not crazy about this series. I didn't read the Edge of the Spider-Verse event that happened (and now it's like impossible to get your hands on those comics). It's not like it's hard to figure out what happened related to her. Either way, I'm just... kind of eh, nothings really happened yet, I'll keep it on my pull list for now.

I also made a very small amount of progress on The Southern Reach trilogy and Stiff. I'm going to try and make more progress on both this coming week and read more comics, because yes I still have way more to read after that binge reading two days.

Stuff That I Found Interesting/Fun:
Jen and Sanne Recommend Apocalyptic Fiction! - two of my favorite people that make book videos, talking 'bout some books. Apocalyptic in nature. It was hard to watch this video and not buy all the things, though, fair warning.

5 Books to Watch for in April - I love these videos from BookRiot, they normally include all books I've never heard of before. Which can be a good and bad thing.

Related to the Sims 4, there's someone I watch who does Sim videos and she just started a new series for Get to Work (the new expansion pack) so if you you're interesting in let's play type of things.

I mentioned it last week, but I'm mentioning it again because I stumbled across it looking through things - Spore.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

March 2015 | Monthly Wrap Up

March was... not a good month, probably the worst month I've had in a while. It goes up and down in ways that just are not preditable. Anyway, so that means I didn't get a lot of reading done. Honestly I am actually a little stunned to learn it was the end of the month, considering it felt like it couldn't possibly have been a month (right? right?!).

  • Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife by Mary Roach (4/5)
  • Trees, Vol 1 by Warren Ellis (5/5)
  • Nameless #1 #2 by Grant Morrison (3/5)
  • The Fade Out, Act One by Ed Brubaker (4/5)
  • I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (4/5)
  • Prometheus: Fire and Stone by Paul Tobin, Juan Ferreyra (4/5)

I did still, as you can see, read a handful of things, though. I finally finished Spook by Mary Roach - which I really, really enjoyed, but I knocked down a star just just a few reasons. I enjoyed her writing style, though, the way things flowed, even though sometimes it felt like too much information at once. Would still highly recommend and have already (barely) started Stiff by her.

And then I read a good few comics - volume one of Trees might be one of the best things I've read so far this year, definitely the best comic, and that's saying something. I'd highly recommend it, you need to go and check it out. The characters are so different and interesting, and their stories are as well, and the art is freaking gorgeous as hell, seriously. I'm tempted to now read anything and everything Warren Ellis has ever put out.
And I finished an actual fiction novel as one, just one. I'll Meet You There - a young adult novel about a girl from a middle of no where town and a boy she knew whose back from war. It wasn't as intense as I expected, but it is still very intense. I'd suggest it to people who know they'll be fine with it. It's heartbreaking at points, but she never digs very deep into the guys subconscious. Still - fantastic, important read. Especially considering it's YA.

I finally feel like reading again, though, the last few days. However, I'm not sure what'll happen with that for a few days as there was just an expansion released for the Sims 4 - aliens, playable jobs, fun stuff all around. I've already playing a little of it.

So what have you recently finished? Currently reading? (Sims expansion talk?)

I hope you all had a great month! I'm hopeful April will be better.

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