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Saturday, April 28, 2012

In My Mailbox (13)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

I've been kind of bad this month (or at least that's how I feel). I was pretty good with the not buying too many books.... I may need to cut back like I was before.... Here are some books I bought earlier this week and finally came in the mail. I have to be honest about two things, first I'm obsessed with Pokemon and second I only bought one book (Mr. Stuffins) because of the title (and I mean look at the cover!).

      

On My Wishlist (12)

On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted now hosted at Cosy Books.

The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
by N.K. Jemisin
Description (from GoodReads): Yeine Darr is an outcast from the barbarian north. But when her mother dies under mysterious circumstances, she is summoned to the majestic city of Sky. There, to her shock, Yeine is named an heiress to the king. But the throne of the Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is not easily won, and Yeine is thrust into a vicious power struggle with cousins she never knew she had. As she fights for her life, she draws ever closer to the secrets of her mother's death and her family's bloody history.

With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Yeine will learn how perilous it can be when love and hate - and gods and mortals - are bound inseparably together.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Operation: TBR Reduction

Operation TBR Reduction Button

I sometimes expect to come home and find an "intervention banner" hanging in the living room.... Well, I know it'll probably be there for two reasons, but the reason I'm talking about now is because of my giant TBR pile. I can't help it, I like buying books. Seriously it's still ridiculous, I'm ashamed of how many are on my TBR pile. On GoodReads it says 337 but that's not including some of the more recent books (or even some of the older ones) I have.

Crying about this problem, however, isn't going to do anything to fix it. I already tried that. Yesterday come upon Once Upon a Chapter, who had just come up with the Operation: TBR Reduction. I think it's a great idea and really one I should take part in.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Another Read-a-thon!

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Finding this made me really happy for some reason. Ah, the simple things that make my day.... This is a week long read-a-thon! I wasn't really sure what kind of goals I should set for this read-a-thon, however, I finally came up with reading at least two hours a day. Sometimes I do more than that one day and then the next I do no reading (ex: I did little to none today). So, making myself read for a few hours a day should be okay. I think I can handle it....

Top Ten Tuesday


This weekly meme is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish.

Top Ten Favorite characters. There's actually a problem with this... I'm not sure I have just ten. So in no real order, or even really top, here are the first ten favorite characters I can think of:

  • Breeze from the Mistborn series. I just started making my way through the third book (so I hope he's okay), but he's definitely one of my favorite character in the whole series. I love his smart-aleck comments. And I find his relationship with Allrianne amusing. 
  • Calcifer from Howl's Moving Castle. He might have cried and complained about how Howl treats him like a slave, but even when he had his chance to leave, he stuck around.
  • Howl from Howl's Moving Castle. I think that Sophie is probably the best person to describe him (from Castle in the Air): "[...] he's sly and selfish and vain as a peacock and cowardly, and you can't pin him down for anything." [...] "What do you mean vices? I was just describing Howl."
  • And of course Sophie from Howl's Moving Castle. I'm not sure what I can say about her, she's just awesome.
  • Carmela Rodriguez from the Young Wizards series. I can't remember which of the books she was introduced in, but she's been a favorite from that moment (if I'm not mistaken she was watching Pokemon the first time). Mela is just an average teenage girl with a good hold on languages. She proves that she doesn't have to be a Wizard to kick major butt, though I'm still waiting for her to become one....
  • Kit Rodriguez from the Young Wizard series. For the most part I love both Kit and Nita. However, I have to admit I like Kit a little more. When they argue I usually feel like it's Nita's fault and she just needs to shut up and agree with him. Which is why I like Kit slightly more. He's smart, a little moody, and can't stand Carmela, but that's okay, siblings are like that. I can't wait for the next book to find out how his relationship with Nita is going, and how he reacts to the things that are going to happen to his sister (I really hope she becomes a wizard *fingers crossed*).
  • Yelena from Poison Study (yup just the first one, for some reason I liked her slightly less in the other two books). She's been through so much but she still manages to be a strong character. 
  • Sirius Black from the Harry Potter series. Okay, I'll admit it, Sirius was a jerk. It's out there now, happy? However, that doesn't mean that he isn't my favorite character. And I still cry like a baby every time I read the fifth book.
  • Sonea from the Kyralia series. I don't know why but I've always like Sonea. She's loyal and won't stand any injustice. I still have mixed feelings about her and Akkarin.
  • Regin from the Kyralia series. I didn't like him for the first two books. The third one I was indifferent. But I really began to like him in The Ambassador's Mission and was sad to see him go in The Rogue. I'm hoping he'll be back for the next book.
  • Dannyl from the Kyralia series. (Wait what? I've already done ten? Yeah, well, eleven is a better number anyway!) I've just really liked him and all I know is I really hope that he better fix things with Tayend in The Traitor Queen because then I'll be really sad.

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's Monday! What are you reading? (2)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey. I've decided that I'll probably do this meme, every two weeks.

Last Two Weeks:
I'm beginning to think I need to lay off the manga for a while. Anyway, I finished the Special A series, and read Peach Girl: Sae's Story. For actual novels and not graphic novels, I finished the first two books in the Mistborn series and Deep Wizardry.

          


Currently Reading:
I've just started High Wizardry by Diane Duane and The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson.

  


Next:
I have so many books I want/need to get to. Warbreaker being one of them considering I'm borrowing it. However, that doesn't stop me from wanting to reread The Magician's Apprentice (which I only read a few months ago)... which I think I'll do...  because I want to... I also plan on reading Cold Magic and A Wizard Abroad (a reread as well).

  
 

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

The Well of Ascension takes place about a year after Mistborn: The Final Empire. Elend Venture is now king with Kelsier's Crew as his advisors. Building up a government proves to be much more difficult than destroying what the Lord Ruler had done. It doesn't help that there are three other kings waiting with their armies to take over the Central Dominance. One of those kings being Elend's father. In The Well of Ascension, there will be some dethroning, failed assassin attempts (thanks to Vin), characters who get pretty close to death and some actual casualties, a wedding (sort of), a ton of lies and deceit, and an honest man will learn a number of things.

I couldn't put this book down, I didn't want to. Though it felt much longer than the first. I'd read for hours and feel like there was so much that happened, then I would see how many pages I read and it felt like I didn't read many. There were a a couple of things I was a little disappointed with, one of them being the ending... I don't know, the battle with the other armies was great, but once it got past that... I felt like there wasn't really much to look forward to. Another was Dockson, who I liked for the most part in the first book, however, maybe it was his hate of a noblemen being king, but I really didn't like the way his character turned out in this one. For the most part I liked the new characters that were introduced, of them, my favorite had to be Allrianne.

On GoodReads, I rounded up to a five. But I would give it a 4.5.

 


This is a book from my own personal library.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

... and I cave...

I had planned to staying up a little later, I was even going to allow myself to sleep in later than usual tomorrow today. I knew there was no way I'd be able to make it the full 24 hours, but I thought I would be able to stay up a little later. However, it seems that the sleeping habits I've been trying to get myself into has finally kicked in. I'm half asleep as I write this... Zzzzzzzzzzz...... Ughn....

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Another Break and a Re-Reading Mini-Challenge!

Yay! Just finished The Well of Ascension! I think it's time to get up and do some stretching before I sit back down and do some more reading. Hmm... and maybe get something to eat while I'm at it (probably not one of those egg croissants without cheese I have -.-).

This Mini-Challenge is hosted by The Bluestocking Society.
Go back to your blog, and tell us about a book you’re rereading during the read-a-thon. Maybe post a picture of the book and describe why you love it enough to reread it.
Having now finished one book, I've set my sights back to Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane. I've read this one a few times in the past. I just simply love it, there's really no reason behind that. I adore the series as a whole. Okay, really I just want to reread all of them. Especially because the last part in A Wizard of Mars, it makes it all worth it.





Lunch Time!

It's past lunch time, but I've been late with everything else today so what's new? Time and this Read-A-Thon seem to be going by quickly, I've lost track of a lot of time. I think it might be time to switch books... I've been reading The Well of Ascension since 9 this morning... and it doesn't feel like I'm getting anywhere (not with the story, no that's great). Nah... I think I'll stick with this one for now. Now to heat up my food and continue reading!

In My Mailbox (12)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

I bought a few, won a few, borrowed one from a friend.

       

On My Wishlist (11)


On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted now hosted at Cosy Books.

The Ladies of Mandrigyn
By Barbara Hambly
Description (from GoodReads): A brilliant mercenary must lead his army against the forces of the most powerful wizard alive.

Gifted with courage, strength, and the intelligence to know when to fight, Sun Wolf is the greatest mercenary in a land overrun by war. With his first lieutenant, Starhawk—a woman more deadly than any man—at his side, he has laid waste to countless cities, taking the best of their treasures for himself, and distributing the rest among his bloodthirsty crew.

Then a woman comes to him, an emissary from the town of Mandrigyn, a lush port city recently sacked by a powerful, mad wizard of unmatched abilities. She offers Sun Wolf untold riches for the use of his army, but the captain is not fool enough to wage war against a magician. He refuses her offer, but that is not the end of it. The women of Mandrigyn can be very persuasive.

A little late but who cares?

I knew 8 was pushing it lightly, I probably shouldn't have taken those sleep aids last night either. BUT! Now I'm ready for the Read-A-Thon! Yay! But first I thought I'd do this questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? 
Southern New England

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? 
I'm not sure though I have a small pile of books on my floor, I think I'm more looking forward to finishing The Well of Ascension.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? 
Snacks? Who needs snacks?

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! 
I have a kitty named Mufasa who likes to cuddle when I read.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
N/A.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

Oh my, oh my, oh my, I don't even know what to say about this book, just wow. I've had this book since '08. '08 what was I thinking and why hadn't a picked this book up before? I don't think there is anything I can say that would give this book justice. But I guess I could try.

Kelsier, is the survivor of the pits of Hathsin (were most skaa, including his wife Mare, don't live much longer after entering). However, the death of his wife caused him to Snap, allowing to use his abilities as a Mistborn. Mistings have the ability to "burn" a metal and use the power it gives them. Mistborn are able to burn all eight-plus metals. Kelsier is given the job by Yeden a skaa rebellion leader to help overthrow The Final Empire and it's leader, Lord Ruler. Joining Kelsier's crew is; Dockson, who's organizing skills, helps Kelsier's dreams become realities; Ham a Thug, who has the ability to burn Pewter; Breeze, a Soother who has the ability to burn Zinc; Clubs, a Smoker, with the ability to burn Copper; Marsh, Kelsier's older brother, and a Seeker with the ability to burn Bronze; And lastly Vin, who is Mistborn as well, and who would act as a spy among the nobility. The fight for freedom isn't pretty and there are a number of casualties.

There is so much more, but I don't know how to say it without going too much into it. Again, just wow. I really hate myself right now for not having read it sooner. I loved the characters (Breeze is my absolute favorite character), there was always so much going on, but it went at a decent pace. I laughed and even cried (even when I had known it was going to happen ahead of time). When I was reading it I didn't want to put it down. One of the things I really liked was at the beginning of the chapter, we were given a look at the one who was to be a Hero's past, and his journey to "defeat the Deepness." And there is always another secret. Now I am off to start the second one.



This is a book from my own personal library.