Thursday, August 17, 2017

Book Review: Takeover (#1)

Title(s): Takeover (Takeover Series #1)
Author: Anna Zabo
Genre: Romance/Erotica (m/m romance) (BDSM)
Rating: 4/5
Page Count: 229
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014

Plot:
This is a story about Michael and Sam who meet and have a fantastic one night stand in Curacao. Michael wants to let some steam off, as does Sam. Before Michael returns back to his job he's passionate about but being screwed over in, and not in the fun way. And Sam returns back to fixing companies and being firmly in the closet.

And then Michael's new CEO ends up being Sam. What will they do? Try and stay as professional as possible? Sam might not be able to get work if people know he's gay, he's seen it happen. But is it worth it to be unhappy if that means missing out on Michael?

Review:
(Trigger warnings, for this book and review(at end): assault, homophobic language, internalized homophobia, D/s + sadist/masochist (healthy relationship but still could be triggering) )
If I've missed any - for book or review, please, please let me know
This book. whew boy. It's hot as hell, first of all. If you're not into sex scenes, this book - or series, isn't for you. But if you don't mind them, carry on.

Honestly, some of the best scenes were the two of them flirting, while trying to remain professional but also plainly flirting. There's a lot of chemistry and some feelings, but I really don't think this is an insta love story. Instant lust, definitely, and maybe some infatuation, but this book takes place over quite a few months and I was interested with how it moved forward.

Sam and Michael are both fantastic characters, I loved both of them, and I'm so glad we get to see them more in the rest of the series because I would of honestly missed them if that wasn't the case. I already want to go back and reread this one because of that very reason and it's barely been a week.

This book is definitely about a D/s relationship and it was a hell of a good one, in my opinion. If you're wary of picking this book up because of that, feel free to ask me any questions here - in the comments or, if you don't feel comfortable with it being public, my private email in in my abouts (mostly for review requests, but feel free to use it for things like this, as well).

I have never entered into a D/s or a sadist/masochist relationship, so I can't speak for that. However, none of it came across as abusive or manipulative to me. They're both consenting adults, and they're really damn enjoying themselves. There's some abuse in Sam's past but it's not related to a past relationship.

I highly, highly recommend this series. It's a ton of fun, hot as hell, and the characters are all fleshed out really well (in my opinion).

If you've read this, let's chat in the comments, or if you're planning on picking it up let me know. (if you think I missed a trigger warning, let me know.

Happy Reading!

Goodreads
Kindle
Kobo

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Book Review: Every Heart a Doorway

Title(s): Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1)
Author: Seanan McGuire
Genre: Fantasy (Young Adult)
Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 169
Publication Date: April 5th, 2016

Plot:
This is an incredible, beautiful book about kids post coming back from other worlds. AKA: what happens post all of your fav portal fantasies. High nonsense or high logic?

Our main character just came back from an underworld-esque world and can stand so still she appears to become a statue. The women of the home has gone back and forth between her world and ours, but can't now she's an adult - though it's made her age faster. And all the kids are amazing


Review:
I'm not super in love with portal fantasies, so I really didn't expect to love this book as much as I did. It's freaking incredible. And I cannot wait until we end up back at the school in the third book, because I think it's so interesting being surrounded by these people.

One of the main things running through this book is that people normally only get a door once. It's very usual for their door to appear again so they can go back, but that's what everyone wants. It's about how their parents sent them there because they aren't getting use to being "home," when all of them feel like they've left home and are somewhere strange.

And I just - my heart, I loved them all. These poor damn kids.

Our main character is ace, which shout out for that, and then there's a tran side character - who I adore? And I want more about and his world, as well.

Overall - love this book/world. It's so simply made but so interesting, and I definitely recommend checking it out. They're short, yes, but they're so good.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Recently Read, Watch, Other | August 14th, 2017

I've read quite a few things this first two weeks and I just wanted to quickly talk about some of them, especially because I did reviews - either here or on goodreads. And I really miss doing weekly wrap ups? It's so much fun to talk about what I've read and watched or whatever, but I think every two weeks might be a better plan?

Reading: (finished this week)
Deceptive (illusive #2) by Emily Lloyd-Jones (3/5)
I'm really sad this didn't get more books in the series, because I feel like they could of gotten much better, and there's definitely stories I'm sad we didn't get. (I ship Kit/Magnus and no one can tell me that didn't happen). And this duology wasn't amazing, but it was pretty good, fun, and interesting.


If My Dogs Were a Pair of Middle Aged Men by Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) (4/5)
I reviewed this on goodreads - mostly fun but not incredible.

Lumberjanes: UNICORN POWER! by Mariko Tamaki (3.5/5)
I'll have a review up closer to the release date, but mostly: enjoyed it a lot. If you're a fan of the comics, or not, I'd suggest checking it out - but if you haven't read the comics, I highly, highly recommend them. They're all 4/5 or 5/5 for me. (goodreads link)

Takeover (Takeover Series #1) and Just Business (#2) by Anna Zabo
I've got a review for the first in this series going up this week - will be linked when up - but overall this is a fantastic m/m BDSM erotica series so far, highly recommend. The first one is mostly fluff. but not all fluff, and the second one almost made me cry a few times. Both very good (any questions about trigger warnings let me know, and I'll try to answer your questions to the best of my abilities, this goes for any book, really)

The Little Red Wolf by Amélie Fléchais
Goodreads Review - this is an adorable graphic novel that turns the little red riding hood story on it's head, and is out October 3rd!

Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
Takes place in his Stormlight series - I'd say universe but... cosmere - and some have said you don't have to of read Words of Radiance to read this one but I highly disagree? There's.... so many spoilers, but it's also so damn good. Lift is a fantatic character and I hope we get more of her in Oathbringer.

Lady Stuff: Secrets to Being a Women by Loryn Brantz (4/5)
Goodreads Review again! (trying harder on this) this is pretty fluffy, and kind of feels like a might lighter version of Hyperbole and a Half, but still enjoyed)

The Tea Dragon Society by Emily O'Neill (5/5)
Blog review, and also on goodreads. Basically: in-fucking-credible, I'm definitely going to be picking up a copy on October 31st when it comes out and so should you. The author has another graphic novel you should check out in the mean time but this one - SO GOOD.


What Does Consent Really Mean? by Pete Wallis, Thalia Wallis (4/5)
Review will be up on blog closer to release date but already up on goodreads, too many things to say to sum it up. Complicated feelings, but overall: super fucking important.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet by Bernie Su, Kate Rorick (3.5/5)
If you haven't heard of the Lizzie Bennet Diaries it was a webseries and it is really, really great. This is a book, written by two of the writers of the webseries, that is based on the videos but has more in-depth in the thoughts. I think I'm going to write a full review of this one but I'm still not sure yet?

Grinder (Seattle Sharks #1)  by Samantha Whiskey (4/5)
This is just almost boring m/f romance novel about this single dad hockey player and yet.... I loved it? Second time reading it because there was a sequel that came out and wanted to dive into that (more on that below). I go back and forth on doing a review on this but - it's a ton of fun, the child is adorable, it's a little melodramatic but I honestly would of been disappointed if it wasn't, and I didn't cringe too much through any of the sex scenes. I just had a craving for a silly romance book and here this was!


Stuff: (currently-reading, watching, crafting, such)

I'm currently reading a few things, so I'll be quick. Enforcer, the sequel to Grinder, which is twice as long but I am enjoying so far? It's just a lot different and not what I was expecting, but I don't think in a bad way? seems more complex.

I've started Dear Martin by Nic Stone, which is amazing so far but I had to put it down because I've already almost cried a handful of times and it made my chest heavy? It's a heavy, important book but, whew, is it hard to read. So important, though, and I'm really enjoying the writing style.

I've read probably literally less then 10 pages of There's Someone Inside Your House as I'm typing this, but I'm hoping to get further before the day's over. I am enjoying it so far, though? I've seen some negative reviews but... my expectations are a Steph-esque slasher and that seems to be what I'm going to get, so I'm so damn excited.

And, finally, I'm also currently reading City of Strife, which if taking me a ridiculously long time and I'm not sure why? I'm loving it but it is heavy high fantasy. However, also (I believe) all the POV/MC's are queer, which I am so into. I'm really, really loving it so far just... I don't know, guess I'm having a hard time concentrating it on because life.

For watching - this week I watched The Wedding Party on Netflix, which was fun but not as fun I expected (it's not a good movie, though. I'm someone who may or may not seek out not great movies to watch because they're entertaining.... no judgement, right? And if you've got recommendations...).

Speaking of things that aren't good, Pretty Little Liars ended, so I decided to give it another shot. I only got like 3 episodes in the last time I tried, but this time I'm like 7/8 episodes in. It's definitely not good but it's entertaining, fun, I like that there's some diversity. (I cringe at the teacher/student thing but, ah well, pretty sure it'll be there forever). It does have some good stuff, at least stuff that could be good, I'm hopeful.

As always I'm watching RoosterTeeth/Achievement Hunter stuff and also YouTube stuff - booktubers primarily but also other people, I don't think I've done one of these since I started watching Simmers, but I watch those now. Ah, how fun. My favorite BookTuber at the moment, has been my fav for a while and is: BooksandLala. She's fantastic, highly recommend her readathon vlogs.

For crafting, I'm still crocheting. Currently working on a large granny square blanket - which will never end probably - and some hats. Do any of you guys craft? I'm really working on moving my blog not just book focused, although It'll always primarily be books because, well, I love books a lot. Especially talking about them.

I'm also thinking of taking part in a month long (about) readathon kind of thing that's like DnD but for reading? It's called The Reading Quest and was created by readatmidnight (info post), and it is super cute. However, I'll also be traveling for 10 of the days during it so we'll see how that goes.

What've you been reading, watching, or whatever?

Happy reading! (and watching, crafting...)

On the blog:

Monday, August 7, 2017

Comic Review: The Tea Dragon Society

Title(s): The Tea Dragon Society
Author: Emily O'Neill
Genre: Fantasy - Graphic Novel
Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 72
Publication Date: October 31st, 2017

Disclaimer: ecopy provided in exchange for an honest review through NetGalley.

Plot:
This is less then 80 pages, so I'm not going to say much, but I will say: tiny tea dragons, who get very attached to their owners. And are adorable.

Why can't I have a tea dragon?

Review:
I read the authors first graphic novel, Princess Princess Ever After, in 2016 I believe. And I loved the art, and the story, and it was just overall adorable. (it's f/f, and there's also a dragon but a bigger one).

This one I didn't read anything about before I picked it up. I saw someone post about reading it and thought the art style was familiar - alas, that's because it was - and ended up seeing when it came out, and then heading to NetGalley to see if I could snag it to read.

I don't normally do a full review for graphic novels - just because they're so short, so there isn't much to say before spoiling it - but this one was just so good, and so cute. First off, the art is gorgeous, as is the coloring. And I teared up at one point, because this is very much about loosing art forms because they take time. 

It's, also, however about tiny tea dragons. We start off with our main character rescuing one from dogs and bringing the poor thing back to it's owner, who offers to teach her the art of it since she's so enthralled with them. (have I mentioned tiny tea dragons? how couldn't you be enthralled with tiny tea dragons. I'm actually upset that I can't one day have one as a companion).

There's more I want to talk about, but I don't want to spoil anything. Like her first, this is also a queer book with an m/m couple, and the girls are young but I think it could be read as a crush or whatever (which is how I read it, just realized typing this that everyone might not read it that way).

Overall - I'd highly recommend checking this graphic novel out, along with her first one. They're gorgeous and heartwarming, but not in a pure fluff kind of way. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

July 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

Whoops, this is a few days late. Mostly because I was pretty much reading up until the last possible moment of the month, wanting to try (for some reason?) to get as much reading into the month as possible. And I had a lot of fun doing that? I wasn't really trying to do that until BookTubeAThon started - I vlogged for it, I'm hoping to get it up sometime next week.

Anyway - it was a good reading month in quantity but also in quality. I read a lot of things, sure, but I also read a lot of good things. And even managed to check off a few Diversity Bingo challenges, which is great because I'm officially behind. Reading challenges is when being a mood reader bites me in the ass.

Onto the books and then some thoughts - probably a good few because, well like I said, a lot in general but also a lot of good.

Books:
  • Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba #1) by Daniel Jose Older (4/5)
  • A Christmas Carroll: A Strangely Beautiful Novella by Leanna Renee Hieber (5/5)
  • The King by Tiffany Reisz (5/5)
  • Coffee Boy by Austin Chant (5/5)
  • Knit One, Girl Two by Shira Glassman (5/5)
  • The Blue Horses by Mary Oliver (4/5)
  • Wizards in Space, Volume 1 edited by Olivia Dolphin (4/5)
  • Queer, There, and Everywhere by Sarah Prager (5/5)
  • Want (Want #1) by Cindy Pon (4/5)
  • Adaptation (Adaptation #1) by Malinda Lo (5/5)
  • Dog Songs: Poems by Mary Oliver (4/5)
  • Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher (2/5)
  • Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuirre (5/5)
  • Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (4/5)
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where the Find them: Original Screenplay by J.K Rowling (4/5)
  • The Gauntlet by Karuna Riaza (4/5)
  • Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward Children #2) by Seanan McGuire (4.5/5)
  • Exit, Pursued by Bear by E.K Johnston (5/5)
  • The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord (5/5)
  • The Gunslinger (Dark Tower #1) by Stephen King (4/5)
  • Illusive (Illusive #1) by Emily Lloyd-Jones (3.5/5)
Graphic novels/comic/manga:

  • Kill or Be Killed, Volume 1 by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips
  • Dimension W, Volume(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, + 5 by Yuji Iwahara (4.5 average)
  • Giant Days, Volume 5 by John Allison, Max Sarin (4/5)
So I read a lot of good, good stuff this month. You can see a bunch of 5 stars up there, but also a bunch of 4 stars. And the 4 stars were really fucking good in their own right, excuse the language. I normally try not to swear on blog but I'm tired, and also amped up about books. As always. I read 21 books, 7 graphic novels. Which equals to a total of: 5,902 pages with the graphic novels - 4,846 without gn.

I'm going to try and be super brief about most of the ones I loved, only going into depth about a few, just because there's so many but I live giving my mini-thoughts about the books I read.

I'm kind of mad at myself that I waited so long to read Half-Ressurection Blues? I've had it since just after it came out and it was so good and so much fun, and listening to the author narrate it was an experience. I don't know if this is weird to say, but he's got a good voice. And the way it's written feels conversation - highly recommend the book, and the audiobook if you're into that. 

The King - do I need to spew lover about Tiffany Reisz again? A Christmas Carroll was really, really adorable and I'm glad we got that last piece of closure. I'm loving Mary Olivers poems, which should be unsurprising since I read two of her collections this month.

The Gauntlet. Everyone was right about it being like jumanji and I highly recommend it - interesting, surprised me, and a ton of fun. Coffee Boy and Knit One, Girl Two were both short, adorable romances and I'd recommend them both, definitely going to be checking out more from the authors. 

Finally, the last few I really loved. First: Every Heart a Doorway and Down Among the Sticks and Bones. I feel like I'm one of the last people to start this novella series but if you haven't, it's incredible. It's so damn interesting and just so good? I love fantasy, portal fantasy included, and I loved the idea of this book and also loved the way she wrote it. Would highly recommend both, cannot wait until the third comes out.

The Names They Gave Us was heartfelt and sad. It deals with cancer, though, just to warn you - the MC's mom has agressive breast cancer. It also deals with a whole slew of other problems and it's really, really good. I want to read the spinoff about Anna, I don't think it'll happen but I'd 100% read it.

(trigger warnings for sexual assault/rape discussion, just the below paragraph)

Exit, Pursued by Bear. This book. I cried through probably at least 60% of it. It's so well done, though. I'm not a survivor of an assault so I can't speak for that, but... I can't read books about rape, so I wasn't going to pick this one up. It makes me sick to read, especially when the writer feels like we need a detailed description of it happening? None of that is in this book. This book handles our main character with respect, but also lets her be confused. She doesn't know to feel, she doesn't remember it. I think I want to write a full review, but one last thing: how respectful every adult she encountered was incredible, how supportive her best friend was and mostly everyone in her life who was a friend. I just... if you can stomach it, I'd recommend reading this book. It's on a horrible subject matter, but it's an incredible read. 

Finally, we're ending on a lighter note because I feel like we should. Adaptation by Malinda Lo. There's mixed opinions about this book but holy shit, I loved it. I loved it in a way that I haven't a book in a while. It's fun, a little ridiculous, and deals with conspiracy theories - remember when there were those bird problems? And then conspiracy theories? Well - what if they were real? Oh, and also aliens? Haven't read book two yet - it's a duology - but I am definitely planning on doing so, I'm just kind of nervous about how it's going to end. This was only my second book by Malinda Lo but I think she might be an auto buy author now for me? (I read Ash by her last year, which is incredible)

Whew, that was a lot of words, took me a while to figure out what I wanted to say. And I don't feel like I did most of these books justice, I also don't feel like I really correctly articulated what I wanted to say about Exit, Pursued by Bear. Either way - if you've read any of these books let me know, or if me talking about them made you want to pick them up! (if you end up reading any, please come back or let me know on twitter)

And with that -
Happy Reading!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bibliothon Day Six | 25 Facts About Me

I don't know if I can come up with 25 fun facts about myself, but I'm going to try. This is, of course, for day six of the Biannual Bibliothon, day six challenge, this challenge is being hosted by Mary (I think that's her name? Some people names are hard to figure out).

  1. I've always been a reader.
  2. My mom and I use to go to Borders every weekend (RIP).
  3. I have chronic pain in my back that's believe to be scoliosis.
  4. I've been to seven (?) Harry Potter conventions.
  5. I'm flying to London and then Dublin with friends for the next one later this summer. 
  6. I have a Harry Potter tattoo.
  7. I want so many more tattoos.
  8. I play too much of the Sims 4 - way too much.
  9. Watch too much YouTube.
  10. And RoosterTeeth/Achievement Hunter. 
  11. I started crocheting in September of 2015.
  12. I really like doing it, it's soothing, and I'm considering opening an Etsy shop.
  13. 85% (about) of my friends live too far away to see regularly.
  14. I've been to BEA three times and would love to go again.
  15. Reading has been hard the last year+ because my vision is getting worse.
  16. I don't need reading glasses, though, just the astigmatism becoming a problem.
  17. I once visited New York for the day and was in the city for six and a half hours before taking the train home. 
  18. I don't own a dog but would like to in a future.
  19. A pitbull because that's what my aunt had and I grew up with him (RIP Diego. Dogs are good).
  20. I had a rabbit for almost a year but couldn't keep her because thought was a dwarf, turned out to be a meat rabbit (IDK actual breed, but the rabbit people breed to eat which WHY). I get pictures from the friend of a friend who has her though. Bunnies are fantastic pets, but high maintenance (the way she followed me literally everywhere, though, was worth it).
  21. I live by myself.
  22. But my mom has an apartment in the same building.
  23. Which is good because: I don't drive.
  24. I'm 22 (I realized this might not be known by you guys widely? Turned 22 a month ago).
  25. I am always tired. Be it depression, chronic fatigue, medicine side effects. There's always something.
Those are some random facts for you. Don't know if they're fun facts but I'm not an overly complicated person and didn't want to do really anything about books/reading that I think you might know just from following me here or on twitter/instagram.

If you took part in this challenge, please link me your post so I can see it.

Andddd Happy Readathoning!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Three Star Reads | Discussion (Bibliothon day 4)

It's day four of the bibiliothon and today's prompt? Challenge? is to talk about book(s) you've rated three or less stars. This challenge is being hosted by burstingwithbooks. I use to be, and still kind of am, pretty lenient in my ratings towards most books. Unless it has something that really annoys me or rubs be the wrong way.

I'm going to mention one in particular - Zom-B by Darren Shan I rated one star. Now, it was so long ago that I don't quite remember the scene but I do remember the why. I mean, first of all, it was just a meh book to begin with, but then it got racist and that's fucked up. Yes, they're teenagers, blah, blah - whatever, I wasn't a racist shithead when I was a teenager. If you have racist characters it needs to be corrected/commented on by the end of the book - someone calling them out, come on.

Wow, it's been over three years and I'm still full of salt about that one, but I mean - racist bullshit, I will always be salty over. (disclaimer, I guess, but I'm white. So if you feel differently, let me know).

Examples of more one (1) star reads (I don't have a lot): The Girl in the Park, Twilight series, Opal Fire

Two stars are a low rating for me, but they're not I hated it. And, also, normally I only rate books I got at least 50% into it. Though, if I DNF a book I normally didn't really hold on that long. And I have a surprising amount of two star reads, but a book has to make me angry at how bad it is to get a 1 star.

Examples of two (2) star reads: Heir of Fire, Cold Kiss, Girl with Guitar, 172 Hours on the Moon, Monument 14, Dead Ever After, 

Overall, though, a three stars isn't really a low rating for me. It can be, if it's a book I was really hyped for and it fell flat. However, romances get a three from me a lot and I'm not sure why, but I definitely think of it as just "i liked it." It was good, but there wasn't anything that made me go: I loved that part, it was just a good, solid book.

For example, I gave two of the Vampire Academy books I've read three stars but - I enjoyed them, and I am planning on continuing with the series. I think that's why half stars and such can come in so handy when rating something, but since I mostly use goodreads I guess it doesn't matter (I do normally put half stars in my review, though, if I do them. And they're also in my spreadsheet. Yes, I keep track of what I've read in a spreadsheet).

Examples of three (3) star reads: Wife by Wednesday, If it Ain't Love, All Our Yesterdays, Lord of Shadows, The Screaming Staircase

I'm not going to list more because I have a lot of three stars - and my rating system has gotten more strict as I've read more things. I would of never rated Lord of Shadows three stars even just last year, probably, I would of felt guilty about it since I loved Lady Midnight and her other books (also didn't want the haters clawing at my throat). But now - meh. And, actually, going through those ratings I'd change some - bump them down, mostly, just because I really feel meh about the book in general.

I don't think this is exactly what the challenge/prompt was suppose to be but it's what I thought of for it. And I don't think I've ever really talked about how I rate books, mostly because at the beginning I was still kind of new to it all.

How do you rate books? Is three a bad rating from you? If you did this same challenge, let me know so I can see how you did it.

Happy readathoning!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Bibliothon Day 3 | The Villain's Synopsis

It is day three! Well, presumably, I'm prewriting these so hopefully it is. This challenge is being hosted by Dominique over at Pirates and Pixie Dust. And the idea behind it is to take your favorite book - or just as book, I guess - and rewrite the synposis from the villain's perspective. So. Let's do this.

(There isn't a lot of books I read, apparently, with one focused villain. So this was harder then expected but please enjoy - I definitely went the humor route)

Spoilers for: Harry Potter (kinda?), The Grisha Trilogy, 

Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone by J.K. Rowling (as soon from Voldemorts POV)
This women did a thing and made it look like her baby defeated me and now I have to live on the back of a dude's head. Ow! Someone hit with me something! Ugh, I hate dealing with Snape. (This is not how I imagine Voldemort's internal monologue but it's too amusing).

Want by Cindy Pon
I am so cool. I am the coolest. The 1% with flourish in our bubbles and the peasants will die. Global warming? The skies use to be blue? HA, fantasy (why do people not believe in global warming??)

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brook
(Zombies) grrrr arghhh bleeee grrrrr

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
(The Darkling) This seems fun, let's destory the world because my mommy doesn't love me. Why do all these fangirls love me? Even though I literally want to destroy the world an am never sorry about it whoops.

Duma Key by Stephen King
Fuck that one guy in particular.

Alright, that last one is probably funny to like one person who clicks on this link but I don't care it made me laugh. Honestly, none of them are very funny. And the Grisha one is me just being salty about how much the fandom loves the Darkling (why? honestly why are you guys like this?). I don't read a lot of books with specific villains, I guess, and these were the only ones I could remmeber clearly enough to even try. And they're not really synopsis of the books, more just like internal monologue for the books.

I mean you don't really see the "villain" in Want all that much, and zombies.

Anyway - hopefully you were a bit better at this then I was, definitely link me if you did this one, I had fun!

Happy readathoning!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Book Review: Tash Hearts Tolstoy (Bibliothon Day 2)

Titles: Tash Hearts Tolstoy
Author: Kathryn Ormsbee
Genre: Contemporary YA
Rating: 4/5
Page Count: 367
Publication Date: June 6th, 2017

Plot (from goodreads):
After a shout-out from one of the Internet’s superstar vloggers, Natasha “Tash” Zelenka finds herself and her obscure, amateur web series, Unhappy Families, thrust into the limelight: She’s gone viral.

Her show is a modern adaptation of Anna Karenina—written by Tash’s literary love Count Lev Nikolayevich “Leo” Tolstoy. Tash is a fan of the forty thousand new subscribers, their gushing tweets, and flashy Tumblr GIFs. Not so much the pressure to deliver the best web series ever.

And when Unhappy Families is nominated for a Golden Tuba award, Tash’s cyber-flirtation with Thom Causer, a fellow award nominee, suddenly has the potential to become something IRL—if she can figure out how to tell said crush that she’s romantic asexual.

Tash wants to enjoy her newfound fame, but will she lose her friends in her rise to the top? What would Tolstoy do?

Review:

First off - I've never read any Tolstoy, so if that's why you're putting off this book then don't bother. Yes, they do mention it at points and I had no real clue what they were talking about it, but it didn't really take away form the story for me? It was like - ah, yes, ships, good. And then his work isn't that important to the plot, though I do love that she has conversations with her poster of him. I felt that.

Tash is our main character and she definitely acts like a teenager - which isn't a bad thing considering she's suppose to be a teenager. It drove me crazy a time or two, as happens in all YA novels, but I remember being a teenager like it was yesterday (how did I turn 22 recently? That feels fake). Anyway - what I mean is that she is so focused on her that she doesn't take others feelings into account or notice things right in front of her. And that doesn't make her a bad person, I'm not saying she's selfish, she's just... trying to figure herself and everything else out at the same time.

Now. The miniseries. I don't know if this was like an 'official' quote, but I've heard a few people make the reference and I definitely felt it - their webseries made me think so much of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries (which I rewatched on the fifth anniversary. If you haven't watched it's a retelling of Pride and Prejudice through vlog form and is incredible. Love it so much). I'm getting off topic again, but - if you watch any actually webseries I think it'll bring a smile to your face to see them filming it.

The main thing I loved about this book, which I have saved for last, is our main character is asexual. And they use the word in the text - she even talks about how, when she was trying to figure out what she identified as, she came across demisexual and greysexual. I just appreciated it, and loved how it was handled, so much. She's heteroromantic asexual, just to be clear, and I hope we start getting more and more books with all kinds of LGBTQIA+ characters.

Overall - this book was a good, fun young adult novel. The writing didn't stick out too much for me, her best friend Jack I want a whole book about (if you agree, let's talk in the comments, I kind of want her to bench press me?). It was cool, though, that she was a vegetarian and, I believe, a buddist. There was also talk about how her family came to be where they are - talk about her mom's family living so far away, their Czech history.

That's where this book was completely solid - the charaters. I really loved Tash, her two best friends, the cast of the webseries. And the way social media was handled seemed very realistic.

I'd definitely recommend checking this out out if you're interested in something like that - rich characters, some ace rep, webseries production, teen angst. 

(if you know of any reviews by heteroromantic aces let me know so I can link them here to speak on the ace rep, or just asexual)

This challenge is being hosted by Kassie over at MissSassyKassie.

Happy Readathoning!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Biannual Bibliothon + BookTubeAThon | Update Post

My update post for both of these readathons! I don't know how much I'm going to focus on getting the challenges done, probably not too hard. There's a few I'll just get to no matter what: finish a book in a day, LGBTQIA+ book, throwback: graphic novel. For everything else, I have no idea, and am trying not to stress about it because I don't actually really need to do the challenges, but for some reason I feel like I do? (Ah, anxiety).

Anyway - I'll be updating daily. And I'll definitely add if any of the books match the challenges in my updates. The dates don't match up completely, they're one day off. So this is what the dates look like for the three readathons in one week (three, Casey? WTF? Yes - 24in48 the weekend before/you'll see):

  • 24in48 - July 22nd + 23rd
  • Biannual Bibliothon - July 23rd - 29th
  • BookTubeAThon - July 24th - July 30th

So, basically from the 22nd - thee 30th, my life is a readathon. Also, I'm going to start my period like the weekend of the 24in48 so I'm not going to want to do anything, anyway, because of excruciating pain. (which is why audiobooks) And if you're like - ew, TMI - then I cannot help you, because I've been having this happen to be about every month for 10+ years and have no sympathy for you.

Oh, also! Almost forgot. The Bibliothon has prompts for blog posts every day (I believe) tags/discussion posts/to post a review - and so far I'm writing a post for all of them, 4/7, so I'll probably post those in the notes here of the day they go up I guess? If you're doing them, let me know. And if you're updating on your blog - or social media - let me know!


Sunday, July 23rd (start of bibliothon!)
Books:
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (started and finished - 108 pages)
Dimension W, Volume 3 Yuji Iwahara (started and finished - 208)
Dimension W, Volume 4 Yuji Iwahara (started and finished - 208)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (started and finished - 293 pages)
The Gauntlet by Karuan Riazi (started and finished - 294 pages)
The Gunslinger by Stephen King (continued - 20 pages)

# of pages read: 1,131
# books read: 5
time spend reading: 5 hours, 8 minutes

Notes:
It was the 2nd day of the 24in48 readathon, so not every day will look like this at all, though starting the week of readathons with this made me feel super inspired to read more this week? Which is great because, while I've been reading, I haven't been reading a lot.

If you want my general thoughts, you can check out my #24in48 update post.

Monday, July 24th (start of booktubeathon!)
Books:
Down Among the Sticks and Bones (Wayward #2) by Seanan McGuire (started and finished - 187 pages)
Exit, Pursued by Bear by E.K. Johnston (started and finished - 242 pages)

# of pages read: 429
total # of pages: 1,560
# books read: 2
total # of books:
time spend reading: 3 hours, 32 minutes
total time spent reading: 8 hours, 40 minutes

Notes:
I didn't expect to have a great reading day after the 24in48, but really the 24in48 just kind of reminded me why I love reading so much? Also how much I fell in love with Adaptation - right book, right time. Anyway - Down Among the Sticks and Bones was good and I now love Jack even damn more then I did before, but overall it didn't give me that same feeling as the first book did. Still a solid 4 stars, maybe 4.5. Highly recommend this series.

Exit, Pursued By Bear was just... heartbreaking and heartwarming all at the same time? Trigger warning for rape. I don't normally read books about rape because the word makes me nauseous, and normally the book thinks it's important to show you the rape - which, no, no it isn't. At least in my opinion. This book, though, was incredible. A solid 5 stars. I cried through most of it, to give you a full depth of how much I loved this book, and mostly from how much I loved her friendship/relationships? Not everyone, of course, was incredible but most people were. And I loved it a whole hell of a lot, best girl friendship I've ever damn read. Check this one out if you can.

Tuesday, July 25th
Notes:
Didn't read anything cause had a doctors appointment that went longer then expected, and then politics and just... it wasn't a good day for my mental health. I did get a book in the mail I'm really excited about, which is why I didn't really set a TBR.

Wednesday, July 26th
Books:


# of pages read: 
total # of pages: 
# books read: 
total # of books: 
time spend reading: 
total time spent reading: 



Notes:

Thursday, July 27th
Books:


# of pages read: 
total # of pages: 
# books read: 
total # of books: 
time spend reading: 
total time spent reading: 



Notes:

Friday, July 28th
Books:


# of pages read: 
total # of pages: 
# books read: 
total # of books: 
time spend reading: 
total time spent reading: 



Notes:

Saturday, July 29th (end of bibliothon!)
Books:


# of pages read: 
total # of pages: 
# books read: 
total # of books: 
time spend reading: 
total time spent reading: 



Notes:

Sunday, July 30th (end of booktubeathon!)
Books:


# of pages read: 
total # of pages: 
# books read: 
total # of books: 
time spend reading: 
total time spent reading: 



Notes:

Bibliothon Day 1 | Blogger Tag

It is the beginning of the Biannual Bibliothon - summer edition! I'm pretty sure I've never taken part in this readathon before in a serious way, but I've been craving a readathon and I'm so glad there are are blog post challenges. How cool! I'm probably not going to do all seven, if there are seven? i think there are? Anyway - probably won't do all of them because if I'm not feeling it, it'll probably be boring to read.

Love these tiny surveys, though, no idea why. So let's start off the week with some questions and my reading plans for the week, which is the first question.

This challenge is being hosted by 4TeenReaders, more info should be up their blog today.

  •  What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?
Hopefully all the things! Day one of this readathon is day 2/2 of the 24in48 readathon - which I adore, if you haven't heard of it they host it twice a year - and so I'll still probably be reading small things on day one. But then hoping to dive into some of these:

  • What is your favorite genre to read in summer?
I'd say contemporary, cause that's what I think of when I think of summer. I'm a mood reader, though, and I'll read pretty much anything at any point.
  • What is your favorite place to read in summer?
Inside, in the AC. Listen. It's hot, anything above 77 is way too hot for me, I'm Irish. And also has asthma, and we've having more and more air quality alerts (aka: why am I gasping just going up one flight of stairs? Ohhhh). I do like sitting outside when it's perfect out, but... then people interrupt my reading.
  • What if your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual bibliothon?
I don't really know, since we haven't really started, but I like the blog challenges in general! And I'm sure I'll like the instagram ones, whether I'll take part or not depends how many spoons I have. I love the idea of the video challenges - and definitely love watching people do them - but, alas, not this year.
  • What fictional character would you hang out with in the summer if you could?
Fictional? I mean just my friends would be pretty cool - so many live so far away. I don't know, I never really think of fictional characters as wanting to meet them, which is probably weird, but maybe because most of my fav fictional characters are... sad?
  • What are you plans for the summer?
No real plans for the rest of the summer unless end of August into September counts because I'm flying to London for a few days, before heading to Dublin for a Harry Potter convention. 19 years later in Dublin, with a bunch of friends, in a hotel that looks like a castle? Hell yes.
  • Do you have a summer playlist? If not, what would be on it?
I guess I kind of do, actually. There are certain songs/artists that make me feel summer-y, and I'll play their music as soon as we get a nice day. Owl City - older stuff, nothing new - and anything by The Mowgili's. Wrock music, obviously, cause cons. And I guess Maybe Trapped, Mostly Troubled by Tessa Violet?
  • What is your favorite summer movie?
I'm not a big movie person in general. And I can't really think of a movie I associate with sumer - like Harry Potter I associate with winter. Um... I mean Jaws? But I don't think it's my favorite, though I do really like that movie. Maybe Ferris Bueller's Day Off? 
  • What book do you read every summer? If not, what thing do you do every summer?
I don't think there's a specific book I read every summer - though IT would be a good one to read every summer, I normally end up rereading it once a year or so, anyway. Or Duma Key. Weirdly enough both Stephen King books, but that's how it goes, I guess
  • What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?
Um, I guess none? Wow, all of my answers are boring. I don't really end up doing tags here on the blog, don't know why, maybe I'll try one or two out, though!


Happy Readathoning! (if you did this, post yours in the comments so I can read it!)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

#24in48 | Update Post

Obviously, this is where I'm going to be updating my progress during the forty eight hours of the 24in48 readathon. I like having a kind of easy place to do it all and have it all in one place. And, sure, I don't have to update on my blog considering I normally post on twitter, instagram, trying to remember litsy, but I really like doing it? it just doesn't feel right unless I'm updating my blog periodically with how much reading I got done.

For 24 hour readathons I usually do 4 hour chunks, but I don't have a set plan for when I'm updating for this readathon. Probably twice a day, maybe three if I get a lot of reading done. I'm probably going to spend most of one of the days listening to an audiobook to save my eyes because going to try and read a lot for the biannual bibliothon - which will have it's own update post!

Saturday - July 22nd
Time updating: 10:30am
Books:
Adaptation (#1) by Malinda Lo (finished -  )
Dog Songs by Mary Oliver (started and finished - 121 pages)
Kill or Be Killed, Volume 1 by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips (started and finished - 128 pages)
Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher (started and finished - 226 pages)

# of pages read: 639
# books read: 4
time spent reading: 3 hours, 29 minutes

Notes:
I loved Adaptation - no idea what it was about it, probably just right book, perfect time. I'd recommend checking it out, though, definitely enjoy Malinda Lo. Dog Songs was really good - and how couldn't I like a poetry collection completely about dogs? Kill or Be Killed was super interesting and kinda weird. Postcards from the Edge was something I didn't fully understand, but I enjoyed listening to her read it.

This updates kind of just for me, since I know people don't really read them - which is understandable, considering it is READING TIME. But if you are reading - let me know what you're currently reading / how the readathon is going for you.

Time updating: 7:30pm
Books:
Dimension W, Volume 1 by Yuji Iwahara (started and finished - 208)
Dimension W, Volume 2 by Yuji Iwahara (started and finished - 192 pages)
Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuirre (started and finished - 169 pages)
The Gunslinger (Dar Tower #1) by Stephen King (started - 120 pages)

# of pages read: 520
total # of pages: 1,328
# books read: 3
total # of books: 7  
total time spent reading: 7 hours, 53 minutes

Notes:
I forgot how good Dimension W is - have read volume 1 before, after watching the whole first season of the show, but that was a while ago so didn't remember much. Reading The Gunslinger for the third time - mix of audio and physical - and I'm determined this time to move onto the rest of the series.

Every Heart a Doorway was so fucking good? I loved it way more then I expected to - I've been seeing the hype since it came out, I just didn't expect to love it so much? I like portal fantasy, but I don't love it over anything else. Definitely recommend checking this one out.

end of day total books: 7
page count: 1,328
time: 7 hours, 53 minutes

Sunday - July 23rd
Time updating: 10:00pm
Books:
Hold Your Own by Kate Tempest (started and finished - 108 pages)
Dimension W, Volume 3 Yuji Iwahara (started and finished - 208)
Dimension W, Volume 4 Yuji Iwahara (started and finished - 208)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Screenplay by J.K. Rowling (started and finished - 293 pages)
The Gauntlet by Karuan Riazi (started and finished - 294 pages)
The Gunslinger by Stephen King (continued - 20 pages)

# of pages read: 1,131
# books read: 5
time spend reading: 5 hours, 8 minutes

Notes:
I am very tired and loopy, even though I got enough sleep. My brain is so full of stories now with everything I read in the last two days. Loved both Dimension W volumes, and The Gauntlet. Enjoying The Gunslinger but didn't want to try and rush through to finish it, I could of it isn't a long book, but want to try and remember and move on with the series.

I think my one downfall with this readathon is I seem to only be able to read so much before my brain is like: no, cannot do this.

I had a fantastic time, as always, if you participated link me to your wrap up/update! As always, cannot wait for the next one.

Happy Readathoning!

total # of pages: 2,459
total # of books: 12
total time spent reading: 13 hours, 1 minute

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Readathons! | BookTubeAThon + Biannual Bibliothon (#summerbibib)

Ah yes, more readathons. I am addicted and love a good readathon. These readathons are taking place the same week so I thought I might as well take part in both of them. I'll probably end up participating more in the Biannual Bibliothon just because they have daily (I believe) blog post challenges - which I think is so cool! Both have instagram and video challenges, I'll probably take part in the instagram ones but probably not the video ones? My ability to upload at the moment isn't great though I really want to vlog this readathon we shall see.

BookTubeAThon - self explanatory, I think. Takes place from July 24th - July 30th. More information here: YouTube, Twitter. There are reading challenges, which I may or may not find things to fit (I'm such a mood reader that these things are hard for me. I respect people that just make a TBR and read it, also kind of fear them.

Reading challenges (for you, and my own, convience cause I keep having to go back to the video):

  • Book with a person on the cover
  • Hyped book
  • a book in a day
  • with a MC different then you
  • read completely outdoors
  • a cover buy
  • 7 books in total
They're pretty loose, though I think a lot of people are like why for the "read outside" one since it's like the hottest days of summer (I agree, fuck that). And seven books can be a lot of graphic novels count and short things, you can do it!


Biannual Bibliothon - (say that five times fast). Taking place from July 23rd - 29th, a bit of overlap with 24in48). This is a readathon hosted by a bunch of people that happened, I believe, twice a year? Winter and Summer. I have kind of taken part before but not really thrown myself in it and it looks fun this year!

And I'm super excited to take part in the blog challenges, which they're announcing on instagram this week, and also watch the crazy/insane responses to the video challenges that people put out. YouTube, Twitter, Instagram
  • Group Read (Flame in the Mists by Renee Adieh)
  • A Host's Favorite Genre (a list in the description of video but, examples: high/epic fantasy, diverse books, paranormal romance...)
  • Banned Book
  • Throwback challenge (I think I'm going to go graphic novel, but there's a bunch)
  • Book to movie adaptation
  • a book you've seen somewhere other then booktube
  • one with LGBTQIA+ themes (this is my fav, I approve)
I know both of these are more BookTube focused then blog focused - which is why I love that the Biannual Bibliothon is trying to be more inclusive - but I hope you'll think of taking part! If you do plan to, let me know the comments so I can stop by and cheer you on during the week.

Happy Reading (marathoning)!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Book Review: Dreadnought (Nemesis #1)

Title(s): Dreadnought (Nemesis #1)
Author: April Daniels
Genre: MG/YA SFF
Rating: 5/5
Page Count: 276
Publication Date: January 24th, 2017

Plot (from goodreads):
Danny Tozer has a problem: she just inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero.

Until Dreadnought fell out of the sky and died right in front of her, Danny was trying to keep people from finding out she’s transgender. But before he expired, Dreadnought passed his mantle to her, and those secondhand superpowers transformed Danny’s body into what she’s always thought it should be. Now there’s no hiding that she’s a girl.

It should be the happiest time of her life, but Danny’s first weeks finally living in a body that fits her are more difficult and complicated than she could have imagined. Between her father’s dangerous obsession with “curing” her girlhood, her best friend suddenly acting like he’s entitled to date her, and her fellow superheroes arguing over her place in their ranks, Danny feels like she’s in over her head.

She doesn’t have much time to adjust. Dreadnought’s murderer—a cyborg named Utopia—still haunts the streets of New Port City, threatening destruction. If Danny can’t sort through the confusion of coming out, master her powers, and stop Utopia in time, humanity faces extinction.

Review:
First of all, a disclaimer: I'm not transgender myself so my thoughts on this book should be taken with a grain of salt/that in mind. However, some reviews by transgender or genderqueer individuals: Cheryl Morgan + Nicole Field.

I wanted to write a review of this book for myself, though, to just get word out there. I want more people to see this book / hear about it and maybe pick it up. And you should pick it up. It's a book that straddles the line between middle grade and young adult with a protagonist at fifteen, and I've heard it labeled as both but apparently it's YA (but it's fine for MG, in my opinion).

Anyway - Danny is our main character and right off the bat Dreadnought is dead. Less then ten pages, I think, and there is a bit of info dumping in there at the beginning just because that with a world that, while like ours, is also vastly different there's some things we need to know.

We learn how superheroes came to be in the world, the many ways in which they did, and also the Dreadnoughts who came before, how the mantle is one that is passed from person to person.

The first half of this book is heartbreaking as it's Danny - who chooses to go by Danielle later in the book, but seems to want to keep the nickname? She's probably unsure, we're unsure. Anyway - heartbreaking. I mean I literally was sitting on a train with my hand over my heart and trying not to cry.

Danny's parents aren't supportive or her only real friend. Hell, even the league of heroes isn't exactly super accepting, either. And it sucks and it hurts but then - she hooks up with a "greycape" she'd met at the beginning and the classic crime fighting begins, that ends up with a fast paced end with twists and surprises, and an epic battle.

The one thing I do want to point out about Danielle as a character is that she's angry at points. She flies up and screams her heart out she's so angry, and she just generally is feeling things more. And there's a line about that even though it hurts, she likes it, feeling things. Sometimes that's something I need to remind myself, so it was good to see. Also fantastic to see unapologetic female anger/rage, always here for that. I'm not kidding, it felt good as hell to read.

I didn't talk much about the representation of a trans main character just because I really don't feel like I'm the right person to talk about it. However, I will say that reading from a cis perspective there were some simple things about the beginning, when she's struggling against everyone, that made my heart hurt. And I hope this book is able to help someone realize they aren't alone.

(I haven't seen any reviews bashing the rep or I would of scrapped my idea to do a full review, no matter how much I, personally, love the book. If you do have problems with it, though, please tell me in the comments and give me links if you've done a full review so I can add that to this post as well)

If you've read, or now want to pick up, Dreadnought please let me know!

Cheryl Morgan (trans women writer)
Nicole Field (multigender writer)
Goodreads

Happy reading, friends.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Short Book Recommendations | 24in48 Readathon

I've been meaning to post more recommendation lists and, I thought, this would be the perfect chance to post a list since it's the perfect chance to read some over the weekend for the 24in48 readathon (website for more information). It's a little last minute, sure, but most of the stuff I'm recommending is kindle based, anyway.

This is a long post so I've separated out genres with a lot in them. If you don't like romance/erotica then don't go there, or SFF/Fantasy - you get the idea. Also if you've got any recommendations for me, then please leave those in the comments! I'm always up for more books to add to my never ending TBR.

Romance/Erotica - my favorite super quick read for readathons

Coffee Boy by Austin Grant - short (60+ pages) of romance, there's a sex scene at the end that's pretty graphic but the only one. Kind of an enemies to lovers premise? Oh with a trans main character. Highly recommend checking this out even if not for this readathon, just in life. (goodreads)

Defying Convention by Cecil Wilde - this is super fucking cute? Two friends meeting (if I remember correctly, for the first time) at a convention and feelingssssssss. One is a bi trans man, the other is genderqueer/nonbinary. This story is so damn cute I couldn't handle it? (sex is also not as involved in this until the end) (trigger warnings: MC is dead named) (goodreads)

By My Fantasy duology by Alisha Rai - these are hot and kinky as hell, so far warning if you're not super into the sex thing. Super well written, though, and a lot of fun. Alisha Rai's a fantastic author (wouldn't know where to start with trigger warnings so be careful or just ask me in the comments/twitter and I'll get back to you ASAP) (m/f) (goodreads)

So Sweet by Rebekah Weatherspoon - this is the first in a series but I haven't read the rest. Girl is chubby and guy is older, and it's a 'sugar daddy' kind of situation but real feelings and I feel like it was handled super well? (about 100 pages) (goodreads)

Grinder by Samantha Whiskey - this is about hockey players and because of a certain webcomic (checkplease) I've been super interested. This also has a guy that's a single father and an adorable child - super damn cute romance (there's explicit sex but not erotica levels) (goodreads)

Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair - this is has a little bit of dubious consent, I'd say but others might not agree? Either way, I super enjoyed it, it was was, one, hot as hell and, two, kinky as hell. Haven't read more in the series but I would like to considering how good this one is. (150+ pages) (goodreads)

SFF/Fantasy - some insanely good and short genre fiction

Binti + Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor - This is a SciFi novella series (I think just a trilogy, the third one comes out early 2018) and they go places I didn't see coming a mile away and are just incredible. The first ones about 90 pages, the second about 170. Both fantastic (series goodreads)

Forest of Memory by Mary Robinette Kowal - I read this months ago and I'm still not over how much is packed into less then 100 pages. Its incredible and my first read by this author, definitely should check this one out. (goodreads)

The Secret Lives of Rockstars by Suzanne Lazear - I read this the beginning of the year and loved it, considering rereading it (maybe for this readathon?). It's more YA leaning and steampunk and adorable as all hell. Highly recommend and I can't wait until we get more. (goodreads)

Love Beyond Body, Space, and Time: An Indigenous LGBT Sci-Fi Anthology - This anthology. I can't even explain how much I loved it? (And I'm not qualified to, so here's people who are: Nicole Field, Polenth Blake, Bogi) (goodreads)

The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson - this was one of the first Sanderson things I read and it's incredible. I'd definitely highly recommend checking it out, it's just so unique? (170+ pages) (goodreads)

Short audio - for giving your eyes that much needed break, also there are probably things you need to do that aren't reading (blasphemy)

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi - This was an interesting book, it was far from my favorite Scalzi, but I did enjoy it (3/5). It's really weird book about people not dying... correctly? Audiobook is 2+ hours and read by Zachary Quinto. (goodreads)

Legion + Legion: Skin Deep by Brandon Sanderson - a strange series of novellas about a man who solves mysteries with the help of his hallucinations. Though, are they hallucinations? These are super fun, and Sanderson. The first audio is about 2 hours, the second I think around 4. They're available both for listening and on ereaders. (series goodreads)

The Breathing Method by Stephen King - this was a weird as hell audiobook? And, actually, now that I'm thinking about it I think I want to relisten to it. Creepy, unsettling, fun read (maybe don't listen/read when it's night out?) (goodreads)

MISC -

The Machine Stops by E.M. Forester - An older one, that I listened to so that's always an option, but I really enjoyed this and wanted to know what the hell was going on so I couldn't stop listening until I knew. Surprised me how much I enjoyed this. (goodreads)

A Thousand Mornings: Poems by Mary Oliver - read this recently, so damn good. Only 96 pages and good as hell poetry. (goodreads)

Sex Object by Jessica Valenti - this was an incredible memoir and different then anything I'd ever, and probably will ever, experience. I didn't know about Jessica before reading this but I was blown away by how much she was willing to share of super personal experiences (trigger warnings: drug use, abortion, depression) (goodreads)

I had more I could of added but decided to not keep going forever. If you end up reading any of the ones I recommended then please let me know, I love hearing my book pushing ways are doing well. Let me know if you liked it or didn't, everyones different! And I hope, if you are taking part in the 24in48 readathon this was helpful (link me to where you're updating for it, if possible!).

Once again, if you want to recommend me anything based on this or just short things, feel free to because too many books isn't something I comprehend.

Happy reading!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

24in48 | Readathon (July 22-23)

It's that time of year again! Time for the 24in48 readathon - a readathon where you try to read for 24 out of the 48 hours that the weekend entails. I've never made it to 24 hours and, honestly, probably never will with how bad my eyes have become (thanks astigmatism for giving me eye strain at the worst possible time always).

Anyway - I don't have a TBR ready or anything, just wanted to post about it so if you didn't know it was coming up, now you do, and also to post my sign up. I'll be posting mainly on twitter and instagram, of course.

However, I am planning to post a recommendation list on Thursday or Friday before the readathon of short novellas/books to help you try and power through. Some people can read the same book all day, both days, but I like to complete a few short things early on to feel like I'm getting shit done!

Let me know if you're taking part, and where you'll be posting. My favorite thing for readathons is seeing everyone reading!

24n48 website + Sign Ups

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

June 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

June was a hell of a month - I forget how busy summer gets. There was BEA and then friends visiting and me going to NYC to visit friends/book even for friend. Oh and my birthday, my moms birthday. It's a tad bit of a crazy month.

I did, however, find a new bookstore that's like twenty minutes away and glorious, I love it a lot. I can't wait to go back, I'm dying to but also want to try and read some of the things I bought before going back. But also want to try and dive into the pile of ARCS I have from BEA. Oh and all the books that've come out in the last few months that I haven't gotten to yet. Does anyone else have this problem?

Now, onto what this post is actually suppose to be about, what I read in June.

Books:

  • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright (5/5)
  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton (3/5)
  • Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (3/5)
  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee (4/5)
  • Not Your Sidekick by C.B. Lee (4/5)
  • On Thin Ice by Dana Burkey (2/5)
  • A Thousand Morning: Poems by Mary Oliver (4/5)
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim (4.5/5)
  • Dreadnought by April Daniels (5/5)
  • Strangely Beautiful by Leanna Renee Hieber (5/5)

First off - I've been spewing love for 27 Hours around the internet since I finished it and it's not out until October. On one hand, I feel bad about that, but it is worth the wait. And I will continue to spew love for it (and have a review up closer to the release date).

Lord of Shadows was just meh for me - I didn't care about Julian/Emma as much, but did care about Cristina/Mark/Keiran. My new OT3, please let it be a real thing that's going to happen.

You might be seeing a theme in my reading. It was Pride month, of course, so I was trying to read as much LGBTQIA+ books as possible. And, trust me, I am not lacking in books I own with those themes (though I am always looking for me, rec me some). And, honestly, most of the straight stuff I read wasn't that great this month - except for one, which we'll get to.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy was so damn good, and also adorable, and I want to read more ace characters, I need them in my life. Not Your Sidekick was really damn good, as well, and I cannot wait for the next one. I really can't wait to see from Bells' perspective. Timekeeper - okay, so the ship in this is without a doubt adorable, but also the world is so interesting? And we get to see, more close up, how the time magic works and I was like loosing my mind, I cannot wait to get my hands on boo two. I highly recommend all three of these - hell, all the queer books I read this month were four to five stars, obviously I'd recommend them.

Dreadnought. I want to write a full review of this one - I'm not trans so I'm currently planning to link to at least one review by a trans female reviewer. I loved this book, though, a whole hell of a lot. I bought it and immediately started reading it and kind of never wanted to put it down? The way it ended was bonkers and I need more. I wasn't going to mention this until my full review but one of my favorite things was how angry Danielle is - the female rage is real. And also the feelings in general? I don't know, I just - I loved it?

And last, but not least, Strangely Beautiful. This series has a lot of nostalgia for me and is written by a friend, but that doesn't affect my opinion of this. The first time I read anything of Strangely Beautiful was right after meeting Leanna at a signing that we went to to hang out with Robyn and there was pretty much just us there. This book is richly written and, of course, gothic. It's definitely a romance, though, above all else. I love it, though, and love our cast of characters. I'm a sucker for a group of friends and their banter. Also a twist on the Persephone/Hades myth.

If you've read any of these, let me know. Have recs based on what I read. Or, of course, did your own wrap up - especially, but not only, if you tried to focus on LGBTQIA+ books as well - link me in the comments!

On the Blog:

May 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up
#30DayBookBinge Challenge + June Reading Plans
Top Ten Tuesday: Top 2017 Reads (so far)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 2017 Reads (so far)

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature/meme run by The Broke and the Bookish every week - I've taken part a few times previously but not in a while. And this weeks theme, as you can tell by the title, is a midway favorite books check in. I've read some great books so far this year and so am super looking forward to doing this list.

These are in any particular order - besides kinda being in the order I read them. (Also no rereads will be on this list) (and this is as of Monday June 26th, and I'm currently reading one I think could be on this list but not done quite yet)

  • The Secret Lives of Rockstars by Suzanne Lazear
 I don't know what it was about this book that just made it click so much with me but I freaking loved this book. It was a little weird and I was just so into it. Our main character, Bitsy, is part of like a steampunk / punk band - there are costumes - and they're currently on tour. Also there's a whole underworld of fantasy creatures and shenanigans ensure (of course). And, for some reason, I just loved it? (goodreads)
  • Binti + Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
You've probably heard people waxing poetry about Binti by now and it is nowhere near not deserved. This series, so far, has blown me away. It's gone in directions I didn't expect it to go, and just thoroughly amazed me. I am dying to read the third one and, also, to read something else by this author. I'm pretty sure she's officially an autobuy for me. After two novella's. (series goodreads)
  • Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde
This came out - I had no idea it was coming out - and so many people were freaking out about it that I just ended up picking it up because I knew: bi girl, conventions/YTers. And I go to, and love, conventions. And this didn't let me down? It was adorable and incredible. One of the characters is bisexual and Asian, another has anxiety and is on the autism spectrum. And I just - loved this? It was so cute at points I think I got cavities. (goodreads)
  • Even This Page is White by Vivek Shraya
Whew. This was... a read. It was incredible - obviously, or it wouldn't be on this list - but it really reminded me to check myself. I'm constantly trying to better myself (I guess is the way to put it) and unlearn things society has tried to force on me. Generally, just be a person with empathy and I think I'm to that, but this poetry collection reminded me of how much I can't know because I'm white. Definitely recommend this one for all (goodreads)
  • Radio Silence by Alice Oseman
This book. It's a YA contemporary and, for some reason, I never expect those to hit me in the gut but some of them do. This one, especially, for some reason. I think, probably, because there was no romance between our two main characters - one is bi, the other is demi. And it's said, on the page. He's still figuring it out but by the end: demisexual. I think I ascended to a higher plain of being? The friendships in this book, the characters, the WTNV references. Highly, highly recommend
(Trigger warnings: parental abuse (not to our POV character), dog death) (goodreads)
  • Words of Radiance + Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
The Stormlight Archive series. Somehow, I' just never got around to the second one - I think I was mostly just terrified it couldn't live up to the first for me but also I get anxiety about books if I think about it too hard and never read them. The same with Bands of Mourning - Mistborn / Wax and Wayne #6. Neither disappointed, though, both were incredible. If you haven't checked out Sanderson yet: start with the original Mistborn trilogy, I promise it isn't as scary as it seems. Ignore the whole cosmere thing - just jump into that world first, you won't regret it. (stormlight) (mistborn)
  • Injection, Volumes 1 + 2 by Warren Ellis, 
This series is fucking weird. And I love it. Technically I've read volume 1 previously but it felt weird to add volume 2 without 1, especially considering I can't really talk about volume 2. I don't even think I can explain the plot of this one. It's Warren Ellis and it has weird, fucked up elements. And I'm really, really hoping there's more? (series goodreads)
  • Lumberjanes, Volumes 5 + 6 by Noelle Stevenson, 
This comic series is so good. It's just... so happy? It makes me feel like everything isn't going horribly wrong? They're battling problems but they can figure them out together and they're all adorable. There are bigger things lurking around the edges but, honestly, I'm fine with continuing with their camp adventures forever (literally forever. please never stop, Boom!) (series goodreads)
  • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
One of, if not my number one, most anticipated books of the year. It comes out in October and you've all have got to keep your eyes out for it. This book features five characters - 4/5 are PoC, 5/5 are queer (ones pan, ones gay, one ace, ones bi, one is trans and also not straight). And the plot isn't lacking in anyway, but the characters definitely kept me reading. They're just so... I love them? I want them to all be happy, together, and I just love them all together? For the actual plot - it's SciFi - goodreads.

(Honestly, I've read a lot of good books so far this read. Really good books. And I'm pretty sure this is my favorite of the whole year so far. And I'm sorry I'm shouting about it months before it comes out but I have a lot of feelings about it - October 3rd!!)


  • Tash Hearts Tolstoy by Kathryn Ormsbee
I just was trying to decide between this one and others so I'm going to put honorable mentions down below. Anyway - this one. An asexual main character - the labels used. And there's a great flashback of her like basically googling and finding forums and just generally trying to learn about herself. (If memory serves both demisexual and greysexual are mentioned). And I just... this book was so fucking cute. And it made me so happy at the end even though it was predictable. (It also gave me severe Lizzie Bennet Diary vibes because of the webseries thing). (goodreads)

Friday, June 2, 2017

#30DayBookBinge Challenge + June Reading Plans

This is an idea/challenge from The Book Rat, Misty - her post with the video, printables. And it's a low stress (to me, at least) 30 day challenge to read every day for the month of June, because my month wasn't going to busy enough anyway without adding this, right?

I'm hoping I can read something every day but considering I leave the day this posts for NYC/BEA and don't get back until Monday night, and then have friends visiting two weeks later. Oh, and also have a business trip coming up after that. Yeah, it's going to be a little intense/crazy of a month.

Oh, and it's my birthday month, I keep forgetting that (There's also a book release at the end of the month in NY I want to get to).

I guess that's all I've got to say on that - try and read every day, the printables Misty put up are super pretty (also her latest book haul had kittens in it, recommend her YouTube in general but also kittens).

Now, general June reading plans!

I have probably like 10+ books that's I'm currently reading, so I'd really like to knock a few of them off. The first I'll probably finish is Lord of Shadows since I've only got about 200 pages left - don't know why I haven't finished it yet, just not feeling it (probably because I have a feeling both my ships aren't going to be a thing, and I like Emma as a character but meh about their romance) (also I miss Jem and Tessa).

I've also started Stranger than Fanfiction by Chris Colfer - cause it sounded fun and my library had it - but I might DNF it (I'm trying to do this more?). Maybe one of you knows if it gets better but the way he's talking about fanfic authors and also kind of YouTubers (though the seconds a little different just cause of the characters POV). Still, neither made me feel comfortable as someone who has written and read fic, it honestly pissed me off a little.

I've also started Elantris - the last cosmere book I haven't read before - and also have bookmarks in: Two Boys Kissing, Timekeeper, Neverwhere, Heir to the Shadows, IT, and probably others I just can't think of at the moment.

However, it's also Pride month and so I want to read, at least, a few LGBTQIA+ books - at least two of my currently reading actually fit that, so that's good. I would want to read primarily queer books, and I own more then enough, but I'm too much of a mood reader to ever do that for anything. It'd be kind of cool if there was like a week long readathon, though, I think.

I'm going to try and post individual reviews that I haven't posted yet for LGBTQIA+ books to celebrate - here and then cross-posting on Amazon and goodreads to help the author, it's one of my goals this month.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017 | Monthly Wrap Up

Another month gone and I'm already stressing about how crazy busy June is going to be - two trips, a weekend of friends staying with me. It's going to be awesome but super stressful. Before w get to the wrap up, the first trip I'm going on is BEA/BookCon. BEA changed it's rules for bloggers - they can still go, technically, but man is it hard. I'm going on Friday under my family's business and then BookCon.

I'm kind of worried about how crazy BookCon is going to be? (So if you've gone, let me know your experience). I was at BEA for the first year they did BookCon and left pretty fast on that BookCon day because honestly terrifying. I've only got a few books in mind that I want to pick up - specifically 27 Hours by Tristina Wright. And, of course, I've seen ARCS of Holly Black's The Cruel Prince but I don't even have hopes to get up.

Anyway - I'll definitely have a wrap up post after BEA and maybe a vlog to go with it? I'm kind of hoping to also finally visit The Strand? I've been to NYC too many times to count, at this point, for cons or whatever and, somehow, I've never gotten to The Strand. I'm ashamed. Hopefully this time!!

Books:

  • Words of Radiance (Stormlight Archives #2) by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • The Allow of Law (Wax and Wayne, #1) by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • Shadows of Self (Wax and Wayne #2) by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • The Bands of Mourning (Wax and Wayne #3) by Brandon Sanderson (5/5)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (4/5)
  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (5/5)
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins (4/5)
  • Going Through the Motions (Stake Sauce Stories #1) by RoAnna Sylver (4/5)
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
I finished Words of Radiance this month, which seems impossible. And then got caught up on the other Mistborn series - two were rereads - and it's been weeks now and the ending of The Bands of Mourning still has me broken? I love all the stuff he's written and I've read so far - Stormlight is definitely at the top just because of the scale of it but god Mistborn is also good, was going to reread this month but didn't end up happening - hopefully next month?

Besides fangirling about Sanderson, I think I do that enough, I also ended up rereading Perkin's companion series because one of my best friends mentioned it and... and then I had accidentally reread all three of them? That's normal right?

The first Stake Sauce story I rated so high mostly because - well, obviously, I really dam enjoyed it? Way more then I expected to, actually, but also I can see how as we get more stories and the world gets bigger it could be awesome. (Also one of the vamps we see has bubblegum pink hair? And I kind of want to be his best friend?) (Also there's bat turning, into it).

Another reread - American Gods. I've been loving the show so much until this last episode made me hesitant about how far it's drifting from the book? It's still really damn amazing even if it is, honestly, and I know Gaiman's been involved in the show so I've got hope for it still being good. (Ricky Whittle is amazing as Shadow. And Gillian Anderson as Media, I could probably write a whole post just explaining how much I love her?)

So it was a fantastic reading month in my opinion, even though I didn't read as much as I could of, it was still quite a bit and pretty quality. Let me know what you read this month or are currently reading! And if you're going to be in New York for this book event.

On the Blog: