Monday, May 9, 2016

Bout of Book 16 | Update Post

Bout of Books is one of my favorite readathons, if not just plain my favorite. It's a ton of fun, and I'm always excited when it's time for another one (so glad this one isn't only once of year, I'd go insane waiting).

And so it's time for the May bout of Bout of Books (see what I did there?), and I've got stacks of books I want to read, we'll see how far I can get through them. If you're confused, you can check out the website, and definitely join in - there will be mini challenges, and twitter chats (I heart the twitter chats, everyones awesome).

Now onto the important stuff! I'm using the same set up as last time, the suggested template, and I enjoyed using it last time so here we go again. (I won't be finish my full TBR this time, though, or ever again).

Feel free to leave me comments letting me know if you're participating - how you feel about anything I'm planning on reading, or really just anything book related. And I hope, if you're participating, you have a fantastic week!

My Goals
  • Read. Read. Read.
  • Twitter chats! (should be able to make both of them)
  • Visit blogs, comment, interact with people in the hashtag on the medias. (Basically: talk to the awesome people)
  • Have fun! (Flailing, not failing)
Books to Read (I have so many books that I want to read that I'm going to just list a handful and then add in what I end up reading, crossed out is finished):
  • Deadman Wonderland, Vol 3 ++
  • Crush by Richard Silken
  • Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan
  • World War Z by Max Brooks
  • Lumberjanes, Volume 1 by Noelle Stevenson, +
  • Lumberjanes, Vol 2 by Noelle Stevenson, +
  • Lumberjanes, Vol 3 by Noelle Stevenson, +
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson


Number of books I've read today: 2
Pages read: 328
Time Spent Reading: 2 hours, 7 minutes
Lumberjanes, Volume One: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Brooke Allen (started and finished - 128 pages)
Lumberjanes, Volume Two: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson, + (started and finished - 112 pages)
The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan (continued - 88 pages)

Lumberjanes is so damn good, and they're all adorable characters (And I kind of want to dress up as April?) It's amazing, highly recommended, I ordered volume three so I'll be reading that this week, too.

Had started The Hidden Oracle - just couldn't wait - and feeling a little eh about it. Would of probably just set it aside if not for favorite characters being back or mentioned. I've missed Camp.

Number of books I've read today: 2
Total # of books I've read: 4
Pages read: 480
Total # of pages: 808
Time Spent Reading: 2 hours, 17 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 4 hours, 24 minutes
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (started and finished - 272 pages)
Deadman Wonderland, Volume 3 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou (started and finished - 208 pages)

I totally forgot to add yesterday, and am not really sure where to add it besides in time spent reading - but have also been listening to the World War Z audio. One of my favorite audiobooks and it's been a while since I've listened to it, so damn good.

Nimona was amazing, so damn good, and Deadman Wonderland is so fucked up and weird but I'm going to keep reading it because of that.

Also I've been struggling reading because hello my old friend eye strain - it feels like whenever a readathon happens, I've got eye strain. I think it's because I spend the few days before doing a lot of reading over stuff and writing on my computer and my eyes want to implode. Bleh.

Wednesday & Thursday
Number of books I've read today: 2
Total # of books I've read: 6
Pages read: 333
Total # of pages: 1,141
Time Spent Reading: 7 hours, 27 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 11 hours, 51 minutes
World War Z by Max Brooks (finished - 221 pages)
Lumberjanes, Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak (started and finished - 112 pages)

I could finally stand a few minutes on the computer to update here! Yayyy! It's been the only thing I've been tweeting about, but if you didn't know - eye strain sucks. It's the worst. And I've mostly been listening to audiobooks.

Wednesday was over six hours of listening to World War Z, I just couldn't do anything else. It was hurting to even have my eyes open. And still is at points yesterday and still today, it's been a long week, honestly.

Number of books I've read today: 1 (and a single issue)
Total # of books I've read: 7
Pages read: 374
Total # of pages: 1,515
Time Spent Reading: 5 hours, 22 minutes
Total Time Spent Reading: 17 hours, 13 minutes
The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan (Finished - 235 pages)
Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Brian Stelfreeze (started and finished - 32 pages)
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (started - 107 pages)

I'm really enjoying my reread of The Name of the Wind - the audiobook is incredible - but I had been hoping to reread in physical. I guess it doesn't matter, it's gorgeous either way.

Mostly just eh about The Hidden Oracle - it was fun at parts, mostly the parts where we were seeign characters we already knew - but I was relieved that Apollo was less annoying by the end of the book. Maybe he'll actually learn something at some point.

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May 9th | Weekly Wrap Up #33

The first week of May started off with a kick in my reading that honestly surprised me, but I was just in the mood for reading. (And then the real caffeine withdrawal set in, which I've never experienced before but I do not recommend).

I also keep forgetting to include this, but I've been tracking my time (which I mentioned recently in my April wrap up). And so I know how much time I've been spending reading. Since I haven't done a weekly wrap up since the beginning of the month, and it's one day off, I'm going to just include all eight days of May so far. 13 hours, 4 minutes. Which I think is the most I've read in a week since starting to track my time, and I might of figured out a routine that works, as soon as I'm feeling better I can try and get back to it.

Besides that - onto the books, I guess!

Reading: (finished this week and actively currently-reading)
The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5)
And that's all there is.
I think I might be in shock, which is why I read so much after. Is that really the end?

Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince #2) by C.S Pacat (5/5)
Way different then the first book, for sure. I'm working on writing a full review for the whole series, speaking of....

Kings Rising (Captive Prince #3) by C.S. Pacat (5/5)
This series. I read it shockingly fast, though I was told to expect that, and damn that was good. (It's a dark series, though, I'd suggest looking into it before diving in). I really enjoyed it, though, it was interesting and fun.

I've been either reading or almost too damn tired to see straight, so I haven't been collecting anything for here. And I guess I don't have to, I've just chatted here before, but I'm still in the tired/muddled face of the caffeine withdrawal. I'm really hoping I feel better tomorrow for Bout of Books.

I guess I could mention that? Talk about it? If you didn't know - Bout of Books 16 starts tomorrow, week long readathon, my favorite honestly (I need sleep, guys, right now like all the sleep). Besides that, I'm not really sure what I'll end up reading during the week. I've got some things I'm currently reading and a stack to choose from - but there's also a back up stack, and also just generally my apartment is full of books.

And that's a little stressful in itself - I totally understand why people stick to TBRs, I wish I could just do that - but I'm still hopeful of getting a lot of reading done if I just don't think about it too hard. (my secret to everything I ever get done - not thinking about it too hard).

Besides that, it's been pretty run of the mill around here since the spur of the moment New York trip. And I want like one day without having to interact with people, generally - people are seriously exhausting.

Oh - well I saw Civil War, but I'm not going to say anything about it? Because I know people probably haven't had the time yet and most people don't like spoilers. It's Steve and Bucky focused, obviously I enjoyed it.

What have you been up to, read this week? Let me know!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Bout of Books 16 | May 9th - 15th (sign up)

It is May, which means it's time for another Bout of Books. Definitely my favorite weeklong readathon. (Possibly my favorite ever, but I've pretty fond of Dewey's, too). To explain to you what this readathon is, here's a blurb from the team:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 9th and runs through Sunday, May 15th 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 16 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog
                                    - From the Bout of Books team

That's mostly all the information you need to know: low pressure, readathon, weeklong. What isn't included in that blurb is the best part of this readathon: the community. The twitter chats - and the general social media interactions during the week - is my favorite part of these readathons. Everyone is just plain awesome, and loves books as much as you do.

This is just my sign up post so I'll keep it short and week - but I'll be posting a kick off post with goals / TBR probably the day before it starts. And probably just add my updates to that post - I've done that before, and then done a different post every day, still not sure which one I like better.

Let me know if you'll be participating! And happy reading.

Bout of Books blog
Sign up post

Sunday, May 1, 2016

April 2016 | Monthly Wrap Up

Another month is over - how is it so many months into 2016 already? Where has the time gone? April was a really good month reading month, and a pretty good one overall (we'll get to that). First off, I participated in Genrethon and Dewey's 24 hours readathon, so ended up reading more then expected, but also was mostly reading more even outside of those read-a-thons (my posts about them will be below).

Disney At Dawn (Kingdom Keepers #2) by Ridley Pearson (3/5)
The Raven Boys (TRC #1) by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5)
Disney in Shadow (Kingdom Keepers #3) by Ridley Pearson (3/5)
Five Nights at Freddy's: The Silver Eyes by Scott Cawthon, Kira Breed-Wrisley (5/5)
The Type by Sarah Kay (5/5)
The Dream Thieves (TRC #2) by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5)
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz (5/5)
The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz (5/5)
Legend by Marie Lu (3/5)
Captive Prince (CP Trilogy #1) by C.S. Pascat (4/5)
Brand New Ancients by Kate Tempest (4/5)
Blue Lily, Lily Blue (TRC #3) by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5)

Graphic Novels/Trades/Manga:
Dimension W, Volume 1 by Yuji Iwahara (5/5) (!)
Deadman Wonderland, Volume 1 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou (4/5)
Deadman Wonderland, Volume 2 by Jinsei Kataoka, Kazuma Kondou (4/5)
Deadpool, Volume 2: Soul Hunter by Brian Posehn, Scott Coblish, + (4/5)
Suicide Squad, Volume 1 by Adam Glass, + (2/5)

First off - reread 1-3 of The Raven Cycle this month in preparation for The Raven King. Which I haven't even really started yet! For multiple reasons and then I ended up going to New York for the day (I was like I'll bring it on the train! And then I thought about the real possibility of crying in public and noped out of that). I love the series so damn much, it's so good. I'm going to start it after I finish writing this, hopefully not finish because I want to take it slow (also I need sleep).

Besides that, I also read a good amount of other things. Mostly good things, even. I picked up This is How You Lose Her on a whim, and started reading it almost immediately - I knew the author but wanted one of his lesser known works, and it'd been forever since I'd done that. Just bought something and started reading it.

Rereading the Kingdom Keepers books has been interesting, and I think I'm kind of taking a break from it, but interesting. And Legend was fine but I guess I wanted more then what I knew was going to happen, if that makes sense.

And I knew I was going to like the Five Nights at Freddy's book because I'm a sucker for those games, but I didn't expect to be scared of it. Possibly, terrified. I probably should of been because of my fear of animatronics - which is why the games scare me, and why I like them. Ah, horror.

And in that same vein, but a totally different not - Captive Prince. I knew I'd like it because, from what I could pick up from people talking about it (and tumblr, mostly tumblr), it seemed very fan fiction-y. And I've talked on here briefly about reading fan fiction, and I could see people not liking it as it got more popular. It did feel like a fan fiction - for what characters, no idea, but it did - and that's not a bad thing. A lot of the fic I read can be seriously well written - Not Easily Conquered is the first thing that comes to mind but a lot of what I read is just good writing. (And fluff - happy fluff).

I think that's all I've got to say about the books - besides the books I ended up taking a day trip to New York on a whim to basically visit a friend for a few hours. Also to see a workshop, seems like th right term, of the in the works Percy Jackson musical - which I was pleasantly surprised about. My friend Jenn filmed out thoughts, so when that's up I'll link it here (and probably tweet it).

Six hours in New York, six hours on a train. A very, very tired Casey - who was very freaked out about seeing my name on a building with some weird symbol as the "a". I'm pretty sure it was a storage company now, but it was almost midnight and I'd woken up at seven after not some good sleep, so my conspiracy theories might not be too wrong.

Let me know what you've been reading, been up to. What the most ridiculous spur of the moment thing you've ever done.

On the Blog:
March 2016 | Monthly Wrap Up
#Genrethon (readathon) TBR + kickoff
April 11th | Weekly Wrap Up #32
April 18th | Genrethon wrap up
Dewey's 24 hour readathon | April 2016
Dewey's 24 hour readathon | Full Wrap Up