Wrap Up

Middle Mark | March 2021

Hello and welcome to my middle of the month reading check in! This month my reading is kind of slumpy. I think because I have so much going on this month I am just so exhausted when I do have some down time. But, I have managed to make some progress in quite a few books. Anyway, here is what I read and what I am in the middle of.


This Little Dark PlaceThis Little Dark Place by A.S. Hatch
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

A long winded dark tale told through letters that jumps around in time. I did a full review on this book as a separate post earlier this month. I was not a huge fan overall, but it had some good aspects to it.

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Royal Assassin: The Illustrated Edition by Robin Hobb, I am currently at 22% through this book and I am still enjoying this series very much. I might even pick up the second book in the series right after I finish this one. It is a very interesting world and I really like the characters as well. I am truly invested in this trilogy!

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon, this is the 7th book in the Outlander series and what a tome it is! I am currently 13% into it this one and I invested it this one as well. I keep switching between the two of my current reads. Since this is the 7th book, I don’t want to talk about what is happening, but this series really is a blast because it touches on so much history.


What have you read so far this month or what are you currently reading?

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Lets Talk · Lists & Recommendations

Let’s Talk | Series I Read or Started in 2020

Hello and welcome to a post where I share a few of the book series I finished or started in 2020. Now, to be honest I don’t read too many series so the ones I start I really have to be interested in. I have realized that series reading is not something to take lightly because of the commitment. I have realized that type of reading is generally not for me as the years have passed, but there are a few exceptions and here they are!


Series I Started

Assassination Classroom by Yūsei Matsui

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 01

Now, I will be honest here. I have watched the entirety of the anime and loved it. The next logical step for this reader was to read the manga. So, I finally decided to start reading them this year and at this point in time I have read the first two volumes and I have a few waiting for me on my shelf. This series takes place in a school where the students are tasked by the government to assassinate their teacher who seems to be a monster or alien that blew up the moon and promises to do the same to Earth. The funny thing is, this teacher is probably the best teacher ever and really cares about the kids and helps train them to try and get him. It really is hard to explain but I cried a few times and it takes a lot for me to cry.

Frankenstein by Dean Koontz

Prodigal Son (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein #1)

This series I started as a buddy read with Jenna and Reg. We all read the first book, Prodigal Son, in the series together but we have all stalled funny enough. It was a good start for sure, but just something I am in the mood for currently. It has a mixture of horror with an immortal and also has aspects of a thriller with a serial killer on the loose. It really left off on a great point in the plot so I really do want to continue one day.

Series I Continued

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

An Echo in the Bone (Outlander, #7)

I have been reading this series over the last few years and I have been enjoying it, but I have been reading about two a year. At this point in time I am up to An Echo in the Bone, which his book 7. I am hoping to read it the last week of December or early January. I tend to read one in the Winter and one in the Summer. Since I am so far in the series I don’t want to say too much at this point.

Series I Finished

Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi

Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Café

I read the first two books in this series, that is all that is available in English at this time so I am going to count this as completed. I do hope the third installment of this whimsical, emotional, and magical collection of short tales. I don’t want to say too much about these because I feel like the less you know the better, but do know that these are amazing!

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

The Magicians Trilogy Boxed Set

This year I started and finished Th Magicians Series. I have to say I really loved this series throughout. If fact it got better as it went on. I really loved that the characters started learning magic in college and that it took place in a world hidden within our own. I also loved the fact that his fantasy novel is new adult as well. I also liked that the main character isn’t perfect, it really makes all of the characters feel like actual humans with flaws and all. I really feel like I might reread this series in the future as well. I also read these with Jenna and Reg!

Margaret Harkness and Arthur Conan Doyle Series by Bradley Harper

Queen's Gambit

This last series I read this year because I was part of a blog tour of the first book, A Knife in the Fog. I then decided to continue the series because I enjoyed the first one. This fast paced historical mystery was a ton of fun and gave off a ton of Sherlock Holmes vibes.


What series have you read this year?

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Wrap Up

#ReadThemAllThon| Week One Wrap Up

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Reading overview of August 14th- August 20th

Finished Books:

  • We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Started Books:

  • The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Seven Visions of a Wildly Better Future by Alexandra Brodsky(Editor) and  Rachel Kauder Nalebuff (Editor)
  • Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

My Pokemon:

My Abra evolved into Kadabra thanks to my progress into the started books!

Reflection:

This Readathon didn’t start off to an amazing start, but it is progressing so that is always a nice bonus. As I write this a few days into the second week I am happy to say I have made nice progress and have started a few more books.


 

How is your reading progressing? What are you currently reading?

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To Be Read

#ReadThemAllThon TBR Pile

 

 

ReadThemAllThon

This read-a-thon runs from August 14th – September 4th, an entire 3 weeks to read some glorious books.

For more info on the Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon go to readingatmidnight’s original post. Here you will find more info on CP and leveling your pokemon.

Chosen Pokemon: Abra 10 CP

A three stage pokemon which means at 150 CP he will turn into Kadabra and at 400 CP will evolve into Alakazam.

 

TBR Pile:

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For the Boulder Badge I plan on reading Night from the Night Trilogy by Elie Wiesel. I am going to extend this and read the entire trilogy because of I have this bind up.

352 pages, potential +35CP.
ReadThemAllThon-Badge02-Cascader

For the Cascade Badge I am going to read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes because from what I hear it leaves many readers teary eyed.

400 pages, potential 40 CP

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard is one of the most hyped books that is still on my TBR list so I plan on reading this to earn the Thunder Badge. I hope it lives up to the expectations.

416 pages, potential 41 CP

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To gain the Rainbow Badge I plan on reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I have heard a lot of good things about it and I can’t wait to get to it.

320 pages, potential 32 CP

ReadThemAllThon-Badge05-Soul

For the Soul Badge I plan on reading Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld, I mean it had a huge engagement ring and is a retelling of Pride and Prejudice how can it not be an epic romance?

512 pages, potential 51 CPReadThemAllThon-Badge06-Marsh

For the Marsh Badge I plan on reading The Shining by Stephen King one of the most supernatural ghost stories I have on my TBR. When I was younger this was actually my favorite movie, it still is high on my list, but I never read the book. So I think it is finally time.

464 pages, potential of 46 CP

ReadThemAllThon-Badge07-Flame

For the Flame Badge I plan on reading Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, the sequel to The Shining. How can I not read both?

560 pages, potential of 56 CPReadThemAllThon-Badge08-Earth

For the Earth Badge I plan on reading Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin, I know this is an alternate history type book, but I am pretty it is an apocalyptic type setting.

400 pages, potential of 40 CP

Potential Points If I Finish ALL Books (includes completed book bonus) = 501 CP


 

All I know is I am very excited that I will be able to participate in this read-a-thon after all. I mean it combines reading and Pokemon, how can anyone not be excited?

Have you read any of these books? Are you planning on participating? Let me know down below!

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To Be Read

August 2016 | TBR

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Where did the Summer go? I can’t believe that it is already August and I am building my TBR. This month my goal is to get through some monsters I have on my shelf before work gets overwhelming for me and only short and sweet novels  keep me sane. I plan on reading 5 books in total. Who knows if I will stick to this, but right now it is my plan.

  1. The Shining by Stephen King
  2. Sleep Doctor by Stephen King
  3. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  4. The Silver Witch by Paula Brockton
  5. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

I am going on a bit of a vacation so I am packing at least two of these bad boys into my bag. What are you reading this month?

Reviews

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

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This is the second book in the Outlander Series written by Diana Gabaldon. I would say that it definitely added to the series, it expanded the world and on the characters we love and hate, while added a few new ones.

I have to say, over all I did enjoy the second installment. I will say this book starts off on the slower side; I had to push through the first 75 pages or so. I am glad I pushed through and didn’t give up. You follow Clare on a new adventure and you hear and see characters you never thought you would hear from. Diana Gabaldon is good at surprising readers in this way. All I have to say is I did not expect what was coming when I started this book and honestly it is refreshing to be surprised by books lately, because so many have the same troupes. That is not to say that this series is free of them, but is it less predictable in that way.

I would say if you enjoyed the first one in the series you will enjoy this one as well, but do be warned it does start a tad bit slowly so it might be a little difficult to get into right away. I gave this book a solid 4 out of 5 stars.

Reviews

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

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I read Falling Kingdoms with a book club in April 2016. Honestly, I would not have picked up this book if it were not for the book club. The reason for this is that as of late I have been moving away from YA books, the summary and other reviews I had read were all very positive and interesting.

This book is often described as the YA version of Game of Thrones and honestly this is not an over statement. It is very, very similar in a few ways. They follow different houses throughout the book, has many points of view, it mostly discusses war and love, and it takes place in a fantasy made up world. The author does not use the same characters, world, or anything along that manner, but it is very similar. There is a lot of conflict and a lot of surprise killings of characters you begin to love. Both of these are common in Game of Thrones.

I will say without comparing the two Falling Kingdoms is a very good book. It is a beautifully created world, although at times it seems that enough is not explained. They characters at least in the first book of this series seem very predictable, but still surprise you from time to time. This is a very well done first book in a series.

Honestly I do not see myself picking up the next book in this series any time soon, not because it isn’t book. The main reason is that I want to read other books more. I may pick it up down the line, but as I said I am moving away from YA. I ended up rating this book 4/5 starts. It currently sits at 3.86 out of 24,398 ratings, so not far off my own thoughts. If you like fantasy, conflict , and multiple perspectives I would say give this book a try.

Wrap Up

Currently Reading: May 30th, 2016

The last month or so have been very busy indeed. I have taken on quite a bit of responsibilities and I am loving it. I am finally starting to fully find my new balance between these responsibilities, family & friend time, and me time.

I thought I would share what I am currently reading since I am actually read again.

  1. Mouthful of Forevers by Clementine von Radics, I am about 21 pages in and I am really enjoying the style of this poet.
  2. Poems of Osip Mandelstam Translated by Peter France, I am 15 pages in and I am still on the fence as to how I feel about these poems.
  3. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, I have about 100 pages left. I do love the story of this series, but from time to time I feel like there is a bit to much “fluff”.

What are you currently reading?

 

Reviews

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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This is the first book in the beloved Shatter Me series. I picked this book up for two reasons. The first reason is that I have been recommended this book numerous times by different people. I mean how bad could it be if upwards of 5 people have told me to read a book? The second reason is that the cover is breathtaking, I can see this book being a total cover buy for many people.

This book follows Juliette who has been locked away from society with no contact with her family, friends, or anyone. The reason is for the safety of everyone else because her touch is deadly. Sounds really awesome right? She ends up being removed from isolation to be used as a weapon. The story follows her struggle to keep her compassion and gain her freedom with a bit some romance thrown in.

I had to say I really liked the idea of the book. It has so much potential to be an awesome SciFi, paranormal, dystopian. I personally felt that this felt flat. The main character didn’t seem to stay true to herself, what I mean by this is that sometimes it seems like she is a different person not reacting how you think she should be. There is a bit of insta-love, which I am not a fan of. I guess in a way they have a “history”, but they literally never talked before this so I wouldn’t even count it. I also feel like we were thrown into a world with no explanation of how it works really. We do get a bit, but I do not feel like it is enough for my taste and a bit rushed.

I do see why people like and enjoy this book, it is fast paced and has a great deal going for it, but it was not my taste at all. I feel like my reading has morphed over the past few months and I think if I read this when I bought it I would have liked it more. I ended up giving this book 1 out of 5 stars, but my rating is way off the average on GoodReads. It currently sits at of 4.03 from a total of 159,921 ratings. Over all I would say read a few other reviews before you pick up the book, maybe even read a preview before you make up your mind.