Sunday, April 24, 2016

Dewey's 24 hour readathon | Full Wrap Up

Ah, sadly, another Dewey's is over and done with (it takes forever to get here and always seems to be over in a flash). I didn't last very long, for a few reasons, but I was still more then okay with how much reading I got done even considering that. (My body apparently has, cruelly, forsaken caffeine. Also the night before there were assholes firing off fireworks, so that kept me up later then expected).

Now for the full wrap up - I do this every time, and it's always kind of fun, but there's really no point to it besides me liking to put everything together neatly.

Deadman Wonderland, Volume 1 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou
Deadman Wonderland, Volume 2 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou
Deadpool, Volume 2: Soul Hunter by Brian Posehn, Scott Coblish, +
The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz
Legend by Marie Lu
Suicide Squad, Volume 1 by Adam Glass, +
Captive Prince (CP Trilogy #1) by C.S. Pascat
Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest

total # of pages: 1,440
total # of books: 8
total time spent reading: 9 hours, 7 minutes

I really need to strengthen my reading muscles, I guess, give my brain a work out. Bout of Books is coming up in two weeks, as well (yay! My two favorite readathons), and I'm hoping to get a lot of reading done purely because there's just so many things coming out this year I want to read, so many books I want to reread. 

Surprisingly, I didn't end up rereading anything this readathon, but it was mostly because I just love the idea of putting a stack of books together and then reading as much from that as I could. I'm really hoping to try and pick two more days this week to read as much as I physically can (probably less then this, because I did almost nothing else).

And with those random thoughts - how did your readathon go? What did you read?

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dewey's 24 hour readathon | April 2016

And here we are, at another Dewey's readathon! I decided this year that all my Dewey's stuff would just be all in this one post (since no announcement post, might as well). If you have no idea what I'm talking about - FAQ - and I hope you'll end up joining us.

Now for this readathon there's less a "TBR" and more just "pile of things I want to read soon anyway and graphic novels for small boosts," which is kind of how I approach readathons in general (probably because Dewey's was one of my first, and that idea just stuck with me, I guess). I'm probably not going to list all the books in my stack from the get go because there's always way too many of them - I'll add a bunch, the ones I really think I'll get to, and then we'll go from there.

So down below is going to split into three sections - Stack, Goals, and Updates - and so it should be pretty easy to see what's what. For the updates, I'll probably update in 4 hour chunks, it's normally how I do it and it seems to work pretty well. And then the normally the next morning I'd type up a full wrap up, but it depends on how much I read (because I do a weekly wrap up now, but I'll probably do it anyway because it doesn't normally have my thoughts).

The Stack:

  • Legend by Marie Lu 
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassie Clare, +
  • Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest
  • The Confessions by Tiffanzy Reisz
  • Deadman Wonderland - Volumes 1 &2
  • Deadpool, Volume Two: Soul Hunter
  • Captive Prince by P.C. Pacat
  • (am going to add more - crossed out ones are ones I've finished because who knows what I'll pick up and I don't feel like listening everything)

The Goals:

  • Read. Rest eyes. Social media. Read more. (oh and eat, eating is probably important).
  • Finish at least 2 book books (I don't know yet if I'm going to just drop my currently-reading for the weekend of try to finish them, we'll see in the moment. Hello the epitome of mood reading).
  • Cheer people on on twitter even though I'm not signed up as a cheerleader (because it's always fun to interact with people during readathons, and if we go by last year there's so many readers).
  • Have fun, don't get eye strain. (And also, hopefully, keep the momentum going. That's normally what I fail at, because by the end of the readathon I'm in such a reading mood, but if I stay up too late then I'm too tired to read the next day and all that is lost. I have a good feeling about this year).

The Updates:

8am - 12pm


Deadman Wonderland, Volume 1 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou (started and finished - 215 pages)
Deadman Wonderland, Volume 2 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou (started and finished - 208 pages)
Deadpool, Volume 2: Soul Hunter (started and finished - 136 pages)
Legend by Marie Lu (continues - 58 pages)

# of pages read: 617
# books read: 3
time spent reading: 2 hours, 27 minutes

Well I got off to a good start with the manga, but I'll be slowing down after that (unless I decide to jump into some other manga volume I have but I doubt it). For some reason Legend is just so slow for me, I had started it before the readathon (got to page 80), but it just feels so damn slow. I'm determine to finish it, though (might read something else before getting back to it, though).

12pm - 4pm

The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz (started and finished - 140 pages)
Legend by Marie Lu (finished - 167 pages)

# of pages read: 307
total # of pages: 924
# books read: 2
total # of books: 5
time spend reading: 2 hours, 31 minutes
total time spent reading: 4 hours, 58 minutes

Anything Tiffany Reisz writes is just so damn good, honestly. And I'm so attached to those characters now. Legend was... kind of a let down? Though I think the second one should be way more interesting, just don't think I'm going to risk it today (but who knows).

4pm - 8pm

Suicide Squad, Volume 1 by Adam Glass, + (started and finished - 160 pages)
Captive Prince (CP Trilogy #1) by C.S. Pascat (started and finished - 270)

# of pages read: 430
total # of pages: 1,354
# books read: 2
total # of books: 7
time spend reading: 3 hours, 1 minute
total time spent reading: 7 hours, 59 minutes

Whew - struggled a bit with what the hell to read during that time. And I definitely will not be making it all night but I'm going to try as long as I can (my body, apparently, doesn't like caffeine. Not that it normally wakes me up much anyway, but it's the thought). Suicide Squad  - ehhh. Captive Prince - good, it didn't blow me away but it was very good.

8pm - 12am

Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest (started and finished - 64 pages)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (continued - 22 pages)

# of pages read: 86
total # of pages: 1,440
# books read: 1
total # of books: 8
time spend reading: 1 hours, 8 minutes
total time spent reading: 9 hours, 7 minutes

Normally I make it to, at least, midnight - but I can't have caffeine right now. It makes my eye twitch, which is very, very irritating and distracting - haven't been able to have coffee for months to begin with. Anyway - not the point.

I'm going to try to wake up in the morning and read a little more before the readathon is officially over. Either way, I'll have a full wrap up probably up by midmorning or so (not that it'll be any different from this if I don't read anything, but I like putting everything in on post - all my ducks in a row, I guess).

If you're still reading - I wish you the best of luck, a body that can handle caffeine, and no reading positions that cause you pain. Also good books! (Let me know what you're reading). I am going to watch something calming)

Monday, April 18, 2016

April 18th | #genrethon wrap up

I ended up taking part in genrethon this week - which I made a post about earlier in the week - and I'm so glad I did because I really needed to give my reading a kind of kick. I didn't get as much reading done as I wanted to, but then again I never do. Is anyone else super hard on themselves in that area? I mean I'm hard on myself in all areas, but readathons I'm always just like 'could of read way more.'

Honestly, I'd just like to have never-ending readathons, all back to back. (The Booktube community seems to think the same because there's another themed one from April 18th - 24h, authorathon, probably won't take part because the end of that is Dewey's and I need to be ultra focused for Dewey's).

Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley (5/5)
I am not an easily scared person with horror books, but apparently fear of animatronics can be terrifying even in writing, when you can't see the animatronics. Of course, I know exactly what they look like because of my obsessive watching of a let's play of this game - it's so good, the lore is so interesting, which was the main reason I read this. The fact it honestly scared me was just a bonus point for it (might have to do with reading it after dark, maybe don't do that - highly recommended otherwise).

Dimension, W: Volume 1 by Yuji Iwahara (5/5)
This was so good. I'd watched the first episode of the anime before realizing manga (duh, of course there's a manga). After reading this I accidentally marathoned the rest of the twelve episodes. Whoops, except it was fantastic. Next volume doesn't come out in the US until May, though, sadly - but that's okay. Technically, I don't have to read it because I know what happens, but also I do have to read it because so damn good.

The Type by Sarah Kay (5/5)
I'm not sure this should even count? it's a small, gorgeous little book of one of Sarah Kay's poems, illustrated. And it's amazing and gorgeous - if you don't know who Sarah Kay is, she's an incredible spoken word poet, go to youtube immediately - but it only took me two minutes to read. Well, four, because I immediately read it again (and then listened to read it because yes).

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5)
Ah, this series, especially how this book seems to happen. I don't know what it is about it, because it's actually kind out a diversion from the story arc in general - but it also isn't? This whole series is just so good (The Raven King is so soon!!)

This is How You Lose Her by Junot Díaz (5/5)
I picked this up on a whim in a Barnes and Noble - I've heard a lot about his other novel, but next to nothing about this one. So I picked it up. And was not disappointed. I still can't put my finger on my I loved this book so damn, it might just because I haven't read anything like it in a while and the writing was just really enjoyable (it was beautifully written but not in a flowery language kind of way?)

The first thing on my mind is how close the release of The Raven King is. Is anyone else ready for that? I'm not ready, at all, my chest hurts when I think about it. That's one of the few series I've honestly fell in love with, and I'll be so sad when it's over. But it's also one I can probably reread, and relisten, to hundreds of times.

Besides that - I mentioned above next weekend is Dewey's 24 hour readathon, which I will probably put a post up later in the week (so I can include my TBR). I love this readathon. It's such a focused amount of reading time and it's so great to see everyone freaking out on twitter and such. I won't make it all 24 hours but I'd like to read for a good percent of the time I'm awake - but also spend time on twitter/such because that's a large part of the fun.

Anyway, all of that is for a post all about the readathon. If you're going to be participating, though, feel free to let me know!

I've been logging my time - which is and isn't a good thing to do - which started because a few weeks ago I was trying to log how long I spent reading (hello finally using a time logging app I had downloaded). So update for you, this week I spent 8 hours, 48 minutes reading, which I'm very pleased with.

Besides that it's been a pretty quiet few weeks here, which is exactly what I wanted. Though, I'm honestly looking forward to locking myself in my apartment for the weekend to read. What have you been up to?

Monday, April 11, 2016

April 11th | Weekly Wrap Up #32

I meant to put up a weekly wrap up last week and then it completely slipped my mind - weekends go by so fast no matter what - but I wanted to definitely make sure to put one up this week since yesterday (today as I'm typing this) is the beginning of a week long read-a-thon, which I'm hoping to get a lot of reading done it.

Disney After Dark (Kingdom Keepers #1) by Ridley Pearson (4/5)
I decided to reread this series so I can finally finish it - it's a 7 book series and I have the last one to read, but these books are fun. And I honestly remember nothing from this series. Also there's a spin-off series now. This is one of those, not guilty pleasures, but they're just not really... good. They're fun to read, Disney related with the characters, but mostly it's just fun. (finished at the very end of march so including it)

Disney at Dawn (Kingdom Keepers #2) by Ridley Pearson (3/5)
Mildly regretting the reread, but the rule normally is that series like this get better. This one is just a little too drawn out, maybe way too drawn out, it's ridiculous. Either way, I'm going to keep going - because I do enjoy this series, and I like the characters.

The Raven Boys (TRC #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5)
I think it was my third time reading this book - honestly I thought I'd read it more, but probably just because of my love for this series. I'm not sure how much I've talked about it on here, but I am literally in love with this series, these characters. It's been a long time since I've felt like this about a series, it might be my second favorite series of all time (And it's not done yet! The Raven King comes out this month, though!! I am excited and terrified and very sad - but I'll be able to reread all four in a row all the time, which I'll be doing a lot, probably).

Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers #3) by Ridley Pearson (3/5)
This one way way better then the second, but still dragged. It just had more happening during that dragging out of things, but it was also longer. Not regretting the reread as much after finishing this one, hopefully I get to the point where I don't regret it anymore.

Mostly not much has been going on since I got back from Ithaca - I went to Ithaca, by the way, I don't remember if I mentioned this here, probably in passing. Saw friends, shopped, drove for miles where there is nothing to see but trees/rocks. It was a lot of fun, though, and I'm glad I went.

Not so glad for how I was not feeling so good after, but thankfully I'm better now (hopefully). However, vitamin D thing still kind of has be knocked on my ass. I definitely don't think I've mentioned that here yet - the lowest vitamin d my doctor has ever seen, obviously I strive to hit new lows. Joking aside - never, I keep telling people that - it explains some of my not feeling so hot recently, a surprising amount of them, but most notably: exhaustion, brain being cloudy/memory not so good (though, my memory is normally not so good), but hopefully I'll be back to normal soon. I've taken 3 doses of the 50,000 whatever capsules, just 5 more to go.

Besides my random health problems - which are still not solved magically with learning that, not that I expected them to be, but it would of been nice - I haven't been up to much. I finally started working out again after being too tired/in too much pain to, and have more energy from that. Hopefully that continues.

I also went to a random wizard rock, kind of, show that was during a libraries' Harry Potter day. Sometimes I forget how many small children are into Harry Potter, might be because I haven't been to a show outside of a house party in over a year, not even a con. My first library show, though! (I'm pretty sure, unless I'm forgetting something, which is possible). It was so strange it was surreal.

So it's been a quiet two weeks, but I'm okay with that. I'm hoping for it to be a mostly quiet month, which it looks like it's going to be - some stuff to get done, start on, but no big plans or anything.

What have you been up to? Reading?

Let me know, happy reading!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

#Genrethon (readathon) TBR + kick-off

I meant to write up and put up a post talking about TBRTakedown and genrethon but, as you can probably tell, I didn't do that. It's currently the last day of TBRTakedown and the first day of the genrethon. They're both readathons started and run by booktubers, different ones and the later many.

This is about genrethon, though, since the other is already over. (I'm never sure if I should put the hastag when just talking about the readathon, but it looks weird when i do. Also never sure about writing 'read-a-thon' or 'readathon.') Besides all of that, genrethon is - you probably guessed - all about reading different genres.

Technically about trying to read things out of your comfort zone, but I'm a reader whose pretty much up for anything. And, so far, haven't found anything I haven't liked enough that it's put me off a genre. There are some I don't read a lot, though. So my TBR is more like a pile of things I want to read right now that I'll end up choosing from, no where near what I'll be reading entirely.

First off, I'm currently rereading the Kingdom Keepers series by Ridley Pearson, so I'll keep going with that, but I also want to take a breaks/read other things along side them. So there's a large stack:

  • The Bands of Mourning (Wax and Wayne #3) by Brandon Sanderson (I know... I know, I can't believe I haven't this yet either, but might not get to it this week because want to be able to focus on it but who knows)
  • Captive Prince (Captive Prince #1) by C.S. Pacat (I have the others if I want to keep going, keep hearing rave things about this - but also not so good. Considering what I know, though, I think I'll be more on the rave side).
  • Dimension W, Volume 1 by Yuji Iwahara (Manga! Haven't read one in a while and I miss it, and watched the first episode of this show, which was really good. A tad... fan-servicey, but still good).
  • A Criminal Magic by Lee Kelly (I heard someone rave about this and ended up buying it and now, for the life of me, I can't remember who or find the review. Dammit, ah well, still sounds really good).
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley (This came out at some point recently, and my slight obsession with these games is pretty extreme for only have slightly played the 1st one. Watching someone else play it is way better, made me jump more but not I'm almost use to them. Still awesome, as is the story. Now to read this one, in the middle of the day, probably)
Besides that, I've got a thought to read some poetry, a collection probably, and also a graphic novel or two (genrethon, here I come). It's been a surprising amount of time since I've read both, obviously a graphic novel more recently but still a while. 

I've got my "spring" TBR about ready to go, just got to finish it up and post it, these will be included in that list, too, so if I don't read them in this week, hopefully soon. Besides that - taking part in this readathon? Whether you are or not, let me know what you're currently-reading/planning to read next!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

March 2016 | Monthly Wrap Up

I didn't, honestly, do much reading during the month. And I did pretty much no blogging since the only thing that went up was my monthly wrap up for February. I'm not all together sure what happened, I guess I just wasn't in the mood for blogging? And also just wasn't in a very good headspace and ended up marathoning like 5 seasons of Gilmore Girls (still have two left!)

Anyway - also took a small trip at the end of the month for a friends birthday party and such. And I've just been in a better mindset overall. I don't know what changed, but I did learn about 1/3rd of what was wrong with me, causing the most symptoms. I had .5 vitamin D, apparently the lowest the doctor has ever seen (thank you, thank you, I know, so very impressive). So now I'm taking one 50,000 pull a week for eight weeks, and then 2,000 a day (which is the daily intake). I might no longer be consistently and always exhausted, that'd be interesting.

Besides medical things, I did end up reading some, and also book shopping while up in Ithaca (I took almost no pictures, not sure why, but I didn't so there's that). I'm thinking of finally making videos again, i think it's been since October since I've put one up.

Onto the books I read and then what I thought, since I've done zero monthly wrap ups.

City of Fallen Angels (TMI #4) by Cassie Clare (4/5)
City of Lost Souls (TMI #5) by Cassie Clare (4/5)
City of Heavenly Fire (TMI #6) by Cassie Clare (5/5)
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassie Clare (5/5)
Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark by Ridley Pearson (4/5)

Single Issues:
I Hate Fairyland #1 by Scottie Young, Jean-François Beaulieu (3/5)
Mirror #1 by Emma Rios (4/5)

To start with the books - obviously The Mortal Instruments four through six were all rereads. And I'm not sure I'll be reading them all the way through again, but who really knows. They're addicting and entertaining (fun fact: one of the posts I tried to work on this month was about this series and my feelings about it - negative and positive, how bleh all the Clare stuff makes me feel. But I didn't finish it, don't think I ever will, it all sounded weird). Heavenly Fire is ridiculous, at points, but I also love it? A lot? I've learned my taste in books is a tad strange.

Lady Midnight was definitely more then I expected - and I played with writing a full review of it, or maybe a full discussion with full spoilers. But I just can't put my thoughts together that much about it, even a good bit after finishing it. I did really enjoy it, though, and how it was more mature, and all the kids were kick ass. We weren't being re-introduced to the world, either, because she's grown up in this world. Is like female Jace - all Shadowhunters do seem to either have a death wish or just no concern regarding it.

Kingdom Keepers was a reread - I wanted to finally finish off this series, and there's a new spinoff series. However, I only really remember a few random scenes from the six books, so rereading was a necessity. Apparently I reread this one, the first one, in 2014 but I have no memory of that. Otherwise I read them all in 2013, almost three years ago.

Onto the single issues, I enjoyed both, but something about the main character in Fairyland just erked me. I don't normally honestly not like unlikeable characters, but she is literally the villain and I'd rather see from the point of view of someone else, I guess. (The art is gorgeous, though, I loved it. And the story does promise to be strange and interesting).

Mirror was different - I picked it up on w him and had no idea what to expect and it was incredible, seriously incredible. It's definitely confusing at points, and I can't wait to read the second issue, but overall I really just plain enjoyed it. And the art is completely gorgeous.

That about wraps up my month, in reading and otherwise. How was your month? What did you read? Do anything exciting?