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Review: Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Hey all, Dani here.

My progress on my backlog of reviews continues. I am trying to balance newer reviews with older ones, so thankfully this is a book I read last month. Though it is also a really late NetGalley review. I literally have a list on a sheet of paper of NetGalley books I need to read and review as soon as possible. My feedback ratio has dropped far lower than I would like it to be. I think it is 67% right now, which is awful. So I’d like to get it up closer to 80% again.

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Summary

A simple but forgotten truth: Where harbingers of death appear, the morgues will soon be full.

Angie Dovage can tell there’s more to Reece Fernandez than just the tall, brooding athlete who has her classmates swooning, but she can’t imagine his presence signals a tragedy that will devastate her small town. When something supernatural tries to attack her, Angie is thrown into a battle between good and evil she never saw coming. Right in the center of it is Reece—and he’s not human.

What’s more, she knows something most don’t. That the secrets her town holds could kill them all. But that’s only half as dangerous as falling in love with a harbinger of death.

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

I had wanted to read this book ever since I saw the cover early last summer. The gorgeous cover paired with the interesting story summary made me really intrigued by it. But as life seemingly often goes for us reader/blogger types, I got distracted by a bunch of other books and releases. This is especially not good when this was a NetGalley read. Oops.

So I finally decided that I would read this book, so that I could read the newly released sequel. And I flew through this book pretty quickly. The characters were pretty interesting, and I was definitely intrigued by the plot.

However, there was something that kept me from completely loving this book and giving it a 5 star rating, but if you asked me to point out a specific reason why, I wouldn’t exactly be able to give you a detailed answer. I just feel like it could have been a little more. The story was good, and I stayed interested the whole time.

Maybe I was just slightly disappointed because I set me expectations at a certain level thanks to my love for the cover. That could be it, but I don’t know.

I can definitely say that I will be picking up the sequel/companion story soon, because I am utterly fascinated by the harbingers and the bee keepers and all the culture and lore behind these beings.

Where to Buy

You can pick up Black Bird of the Gallows from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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What I’m Reading (39)

Hey all, Dani here.

Greetings and welcome to yet another Wednesday reading update post. I’m just a couple months away from this post series being a year old. I’m really glad that doing a weekly reading check-in has helped me keep posting, even as I continue to struggle to find a good balance between work, life, reading, and blogging. But I guess this is the new normal.

I think I’m going to end up prepping up a ton of posts soon-ish. Thanksgiving is coming, so holiday from work, but then Black Friday is the next day, and I try to avoid going anywhere near a store. Then in December the factory is pretty much closed from Christmas to the New Year, so I should have some days/time to try and catch up on my massive backlog of reviews and the like. Hopefully.

Anyway, this post is where I talk about the books I have finished reading over the past week, the books I am currently reading, and the books I hope to start reading soon. So, let’s just start talking about books.

I don’t really have many books to report in this post. All I can say is that I re-read Amazing Fantastic Incredible A Marvelous Memoir by Stan Lee and Peter David and Colleen Doran. This was an absolutely necessary read for me right now, considering that the wonderful Mr. Lee passed away on Monday.

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I’ll likely have a review for his memoir up this week because I’m grieving his loss and need to talk about him and what Marvel comics have meant to me.

I’m still working on reading the same books I was last week: Escaping From Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco and Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. But I have added one of my most highly anticipated releases to my current reading list: Seasons Turning by Donaya Haymond.

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Have I technically read this book a few times already? Well, yes, but Donaya has informed me that she made a few big changes in editing since the last time I read it. So I am very much looking forward to enjoying this story all over again.

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Review: Terminal Alliance by Jim C Hines

Hey all, Dani here.

It is the start of my book review backlog! This particular book I was approved for by NetGalley in August 2017, with the book set to be released November 7, 2017. I actually finally got around to reading this book in July 2018, and the review is coming up now. Why did it take me so long to do all of this? I don’t know. Jim C. Hines is an author who I really enjoy, and the concept for this book sounded really fun. Oh, and the sequel is expected to come out in 2019, so I guess I’m posting at the perfect time for that.

Anyway, thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for approving me for this book. I actually ended up reading my hardcover copy.

Let’s jump into the review.

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Summary

When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species.

This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn their ships around and go home. After all, it’s hard to establish diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.

Their second impulse was to try to fix us.

A century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack by an alien race wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her assortment of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance.

A conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago… 

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

Let me start off by saying one thing: Space Janitors.

Seriously, that alone makes the concept of this story super entertaining. And speaking of Space Janitors, that was a really fun web-series picked up by Geek & Sundry, so I can recommend going to check that out too. It is sort of a Star Wars parody following janitors for the Empire.

This was a pretty entertaining read, and I especially love some of the pieced together details for the human race. A lot of it was really wrong, but that only made it more amusing. Like, the ships are named for feared creatures from earth…you know, like the fierce and deadly pufferfish. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the rest of the story, but seeing these details like what history of the human race these aliens put together was the highlight of this book for me.

Honestly, even though it made me super super late on my ARC review for NetGalley, I’m glad I waited until now to read this one, because the sequel will be out…early next year, I think…so I don’t have to wait as long to read that one. It will make all the details a little more fresh in my mind, which is nice.

I love Jim C. Hines as an author, and I think he makes awesome characters that I am compelled to care about or want to know more about them. This is no less true when it comes to the alien characters in this one. There was action galore, and a crew who is a little out of their league when it comes to running a ship…or fighting…or doing most things that aren’t focused on keeping the ship clean. But I think they did a pretty good job considering.

So I can’t wait to see where the sequel takes this janitorial squad next.

Where to Buy

You can pick up Terminal Alliance from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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Manga Review: My Hero Academia Vol 12

Hey all, Dani here.

It is Monday once again, and that means it is time for another Manga Monday review post. I really should sit down for a couple hours and write up a bunch of these posts, because I read quite a few volumes of manga, and sometimes it leads to weeks or months before I get around to writing and posting the review. So sometimes I feel like the reviews could be a lot better instead of good yet generic.

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Summary

Midoriya inherits the superpower of the world’s greatest hero, but greatness won’t come easy.

What would the world be like if 80 percent of the population manifested superpowers called “Quirks”? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20 percent who were born Quirkless?

Class 1-A is working on developing their ultimate moves—a process that will test their strength and creativity in all-new ways! To help them out, Mei Hatsume, a student from the Support Class, is brought in to develop improvements to their costumes. The attention from Mei might be more than Midoriya can handle, but he’ll need every edge he can get to pass the next hurdle for the students of U.A.—the Provisional Licensing Exam!

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

Ultimate moves. The return of Mei from the Support Class. The preparation for the Provisional Licensing Exam. Things are getting really interesting in this series, not that they weren’t interesting before. I just continue to be hooked by this series.

Oh, and to bring up my point about needing to be better about at least writing these reviews out closer to the time I finish reading volumes, I read this one back in July. Welcome to November, when the review is finally going up. I guess, on the plus side, I was also keeping up with the anime, so I experienced this part twice, so it isn’t completely shoved into the back of my mind.

I think working on their ultimate moves and figuring out what changes need to be made to their outfits is an intriguing one. It is cool to see the characters think about everything they have been through, and to see them identify strengths and weaknesses in their own abilities so they can find decent countermeasures.

Midoriya now focusing on his legs more than his arms leads him to some training with Iida, which I think is a pretty smart move.

And oh my goodness, Mei is such a persistent and slightly crazy character. But I enjoy her so much. She is obviously very into making all sorts of gadgets to help heroes. Making good products only means that she will be more successful in her own life and career. Even when she goes overboard, it is absolutely fascinating. And her interactions with her teacher because of all of it is amusing to me.

When I read this I remember being excited to see what would come in the Provisional Licensing Exam. I have gotten so attached to pretty much all of the characters, and it just makes it to where I want to see them succeed, even when the stakes seem pretty high or near impossible. It keeps me waiting for the release of the next volume so I can learn more. Quite simply, I love this series.

Where to Buy

You can pick up this and all other released volumes of My Hero Academia from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

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NaNoWriMo 2018 Update 2

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow…somehow it is already November 11th. Yikes. And since it is Sunday, I guess it is time for my to give another NaNoWriMo update. Again, as this post is going up in the morning, I will measure my progress against the word count I needed for the 10th of the month. That means 16,666 words is where I am supposed to be to be on track for the month.

Oh boy. I wish I had a great update to give you all. However, I can say that I did actually manage to write some words. Specifically I wrote some words on my nerdy contemporary romance I’ve been wanting to write. I helped my region’s Municipal Liaison host a write-in this past week while she was out of town.

It was at the write-in, on Wednesday, November 7th. We met up at Panera. Well, I would say we, but the only ones who showed up were myself and my fiance. He started drafting a fantasy series he’s been thinking of writing for a while. It should be a great story; the characters are pretty darn awesome.

As for me, I managed to write 465 words…which I know, isn’t a lot. And it certainly didn’t bring me anywhere close to where I needed to be for the month. But as I looked over the scene I wrote, I felt so darn good, everyone. Seriously. I think I can add a little more detail and substance to the scene in future drafts, but for right now I am pretty happy with what I wrote. And it felt so nice to put words on the page again.

That little burst of writing put my total words written for the month at 607 words. In comparison, I have written 2903 words for blog posts in the past week. Oh, and that total doesn’t count what I’ve written for this post.

So, I definitely need to prioritize my writing for the rest of the month. There is still plenty of time to catch up, but I need to actually set aside time each day to work on creative writing.

With any luck, my update next week will show that I’ve actually been writing.

How are you lovely writers out there doing with your writing projects? I hope you are doing well. That is all from me today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (38)

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, it’s Wednesday again already. Awesome. Welcome back to me talking about my reading for the last week…which is probably not going to be the most exciting post, because I don’t think that I have a whole lot to talk about.

What I do want to talk about first is all the lovely people who made comments on my NaNoWriMo update from a few days ago. Thank you all so much for caring and encouraging me. I’ve been away from creative writing for a little longer than I would like to admit, and it was so great to have so many of you help motivate me. So thank you, thank you, thank you.

At the time this post goes live, I will just be getting off work, and then I have to go home and pack up all of my writing gear so I can go to Panera for a local write-in.

But first let’s talk about the little bit I have read in the last week. Well, I have read about another 20 pages of Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. And then I managed to get to around the 200 page mark with Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Mansicalco.

For right now, I don’t think I’m going to make plans for books I want to start in the next week. I still have some NaNoWriMo writing to catch up on, and I think these books are going to occupy me for a little bit longer.

How is your week going? Let me know in the comments. I will be back soon with more bookish content.

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The Library Lover’s Book Tag

Hey all, Dani here.

My blog backlog isn’t just a bunch of reviews. I actually have a few different tags to finish up as well. So once again, I have to thank Katie at Never Not Reading for tagging me in a fun little book tag. What I especially love about this one is that it has a focus on libraries. Considering that I do have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, and of course being a bookworm, libraries are a big part of my life.

So let’s not waste any time, and I’ll just jump into the questions.

How often do you visit your local library?

Not nearly as often as I did when I was younger. I did go to the library once last month, but that was to use their access to Ancestry to do some genealogical work for my fiance. I don’t really use my library for book borrowing any more. There are so many books I have in my home library that I need to read. Not to mention all the galleys and ARCs I get as well. But I may have to put myself on a bit of a book buying restriction, so my library may just be seeing me a lot more frequently in the near future.

Are you the type of person who checks out more books than you can read or are you someone who checks out the exact amount of books you intend to read before they are due?

Well, I check out as many books as I should be able to read in the time before they are due. BUT, some days I end up not getting to read as much as I would like, which means that it sometimes seems like I check out more than I can read in that time.

How old were you when you got your first library card?

When I was little, the library rules were that you couldn’t have your own card until you were 5 years old. So I have had my first library card since then, so for 25 years now. But my library has changed their rules so that parents can get kids books out on their children’s cards; I think the age limit is 6 months or older now.

Do you go to your library for a particular book or do you check out anything that piques your interest?

A little bit of both, depending. Sometimes I’ll go there for a specific book, sometimes I’ll wander through both the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section and the YA section, and sometimes I’ll do a little bit of both.

Do you only check out books or do you also get DVDs, audiobooks, etc.?

Books and DVDs, though there was a little while when I just went online and borrowed e-books.

From what section of the library do you check out most of your books?

Sci-Fi/Fantasy and YA

What is your favorite part of using your local library?

The library was my happy place when I was growing up. I discovered so many wonderful stories because of being an avid user of the library. So even now when I don’t make frequent visits, I still have fond memories of all my time there. What is really great about using a library is being able to try out a book that you may or may not enjoy without having to go buy it at the store. Libraries are accessible to pretty much everyone, and I like that they make the books easy to access as well.


At this point I am supposed to tag others to do this book tag, but I don’t know who has or has not done it already, so if you would like to do this quick little set of questions then you are TAGGED!

Thanks for reading everyone, and I will be back soon with more bookish content.

 

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Calendar Girls: November 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome back to another month of Calendar Girls. As always I’ll start this post by saying that Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was started by Flavia and Melanie, but is now being hosted by Katie and Adrienne. They are all wonderful ladies, and you should check out their lovely blogs. Oh, and if you go to either Katie or Adrienne‘s Calendar Girls post each month, they will have links to all the other wonderful book bloggers participating in this event. It’s a great way to find new bookish friends, and also possibly add some more books to your TBR.

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First, more about the Calendar Girls. It is designed to ignite bookish discussions among readers, and was inspired by the 1961 Neil Sedaka song, Calendar Girl.

Just like the song, each month has a different theme. Each blogger picks their favorite book from the theme, and on the first Monday of the month reveals their pick in a Calendar Girls post. Make sure to post back to the hostess’s post, and both Katie and Adrienne will make a master list for the month. The master lists allow everyone to see the other Calendar Girls’ picks and to pop on over to their blogs. Thus, we all get to chat about books and even make some new friends!

Now it is time for the November theme…

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Favorite Middle Book in a Series

Once again, this was a difficult choice for me. There are so many wonderful options. So, as per usual, I will be listing off a few honorable mentions before I get into my actual pick for this month. Oh, and there is a series that I could easily have picked for this month, but I’m really hoping the category I voted for as December’s theme wins, because then I don’t have to worry about what book to pick, because it is a book I recommend all the time.

Anyway, let’s jump into the honorable mentions.

First up: The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa. Now this one is the middle book of the spin-off trilogy for the Iron Fey series, so I’m still counting it as the middle book of a series, event though as part of the larger series it is next to the final book. But man, oh man. This book delivered the adventure and then the cliffhanger at the ending. I remember reading this book right after it was released, and I realized I had to wait a whole year just wondering how that ending was going to be resolved. It was fantastic. Also, torture. But mostly fantastic.

Then, I feel like I have to mention A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas, because that is the best book in the Feyre/Rhysand trilogy portion of the series. It did so well with character dynamics and development, and I so very much enjoyed exploring the Night Court.

Next, I absolutely have to talk about A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Now, I’ll be honest, this series was my introduction into Victoria Schwab, and I was blown away. Discovering all about the parallel Londons, and following Kell and Lila was just a fantastic adventure. And this second book introduces us to more of the world of Red London, and brings in a magic tournament that was just really darn cool. Plus, even more character development. Oh, and don’t forget the fallout from the events of the first book. Actually, talking about this right now is making me want to go re-read the books. If only I weren’t occupied with NaNoWriMo.

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead also has to make my list of honorable mentions. This fourth book in the Bloodlines series was where things really got ramped up. Yes, the first three books were great, and I loved spending more time with Sydney and Adrian, but this book was absolutely amazing. It got me going not just with the romance, but also with the complications around them because of their relationship. It made the wait for the last two books even more intense for me. I love both the Vampire Academy series and the Bloodlines series.

Finally, my last honorable mention goes to The House of Hades by Rick Riordan. Now, don’t get me wrong. Uncle Rick’s books are all pretty much amazing. But there’s just something about this middle-ish book of The Heroes of Olympus series–yes, I know that The Mark of Athena is technically the middle book of this series–that was just completely outstanding. The last time I read through all of Rick Riordan, I was literally reading one book each day, and it led to a month where I read 31 books, which was ridiculous. But I am obsessed with all things Rick Riordan. Does it matter that I am a 30 year old woman and therefore not the target audience? Nope, not at all. I first discovered Rick Riordan’s books in my library in the summer of 2007, and I have been hooked ever since. Yes, I first read The Lightning Thief when I was turning 19 years old. It was shelved in the YA section (though it is Middle Grade), and it was based on mythology, which I will always be interested in reading.

Okay, now with all that gushing about a few other middle books in the series, I’m sure you’re wondering what book I have as my pick this month. Trust me, there will be a lot of gushing for this one as well.

All right, you’ve waited long enough.

My choice for Favorite Middle Book in a Series is….

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The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco

Yes, this is the middle book of a trilogy, and the third book will be out March 5, 2019. The first book is The Bone Witch, and I absolutely raved about it after I read it, and the same is definitely true for The Heart Forger.

I was able to read an early copy of the first book thanks to NetGalley, and then for the second book, I was sent a very lovely print ARC a couple months early. It was a complete surprise when it showed up on my doorstep one day.

The world created for this trilogy is a fascinating one. I enjoy the culture of it all, and the descriptions are absolutely wonderful. Then there is the magic system. Now look, generally I am not much of a fan of either zombie stories or necromancy, and this story pretty much has both. The main character is a Bone Witch, and at the beginning of the trilogy, her brother dies and she brings him back to life. But just the way the story is written, with the main character telling her story to a bard and how it jumps between the current story, and then the past where she is still learning and growing, I was just enraptured by it all. Oh, and the way it jumps back and forth really helps to add to the suspense of figuring out what exactly happened to make Tea this way, and also figure out which guy is her true love.

The second book brings in journeys or dealings with several other countries, which means even more hua designs, more lush descriptions of zivars, and learning even more about how different ashas wield their abilities. Plus there is even more interaction with the powerful daeva creatures, and so much more intrigue and action. And the character development as you get pulled even farther into the story. Seriously, both of these books have landed on my favorite reads lists, and I’m pretty sure the third book will as well. There’s just a few more months to wait. Thank goodness.

Whew, that was a lot of gushing about books for one post. Please check out the links to both Katie’s and Adrienne’s blogs, and they will have the links for the other Calendar Girls posts for this month. I’m really looking forward to seeing what everyone else chose.

That is all for today, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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NaNoWriMo 2018 Update 1

Hey all, Dani here.

So am I just going to keep doing NaNoWriMo posts on Sundays? Well, yes, I suppose I am. They may not always be 500+ word posts, because obviously it is November and I need to be focusing my words on my novel, but I also need the accountability of talking about my progress.

Today is the fourth day of November, which means that going by the NaNoWriMo goal of writing 1,667 words per day, I should be at a total of 6,668 words by the end of the day. But since this post will be going up in the morning, to be on track so far this month, I need to be at 5,001 words right now.

Let’s talk about how I’ve done so far this month with my writing.

Day 1 – November 1 – Well, I woke up at 4:30 am to get ready for work, and then I worked from 5:30 am until 4:00 pm. Oh, and it rained all day. It has actually been raining for most of the last few days. Did I mention that rain has a tendency to make me sleepy? So by the time I got home, made dinner, and then settled down to write, I was pretty darn tired. I think I wrote a grand total of 142 words. So, not the best start to NaNoWriMo, but not the worst either.

Day 2 – November 2 – I woke up at 7:00 am, because I get 3 day weekends every week, so Friday is not a work day. Oh, yeah, and the continued rain let me sleep for pretty much 8 hours, which doesn’t happen all that often. I’m still looking for my story notebook. It has my list of the scenes I need to write to finally finish one of my books, and I decided to work on that before focusing on my new writing project. But after cleaning the apartment yesterday, not everything is where I remember it. So yeah, I need to find this notebook so I can get writing.

End of day update…still no luck finding the notebook. Oh, and there was that five hour chunk of time where we went to our local nerd store to run our bi-weekly D&D sessions.

Day 3 – November 3 – Woke up around 6:30 am today. Still no notebook, but there is blog prep work to do, so let’s get to writing some of those. If only I could count blog words towards my monthly total. My November Calendar Girls post is well over 1000 words. Sadly I can’t do that.

The other bi-weekly D&D session we are in is today, and one of our fellow players likes to come over two hours before the session begins. So, he’s here at like 10:30 am. He and one other player stay after the session to just talk and stuff too. They don’t leave until 8:30 pm. That is a huge chunk of my day gone, especially since the sessions are supposed to be from noon to maybe 5:30/6:00 pm.

Still no actual novel writing accomplished. Three days in and I have 142 words. This is really starting to suck. I think this may be my worst start for NaNoWriMo…and this is my 13th year doing it.

Day 4 – November 4 – Again, I wake up at 6:30 am. Well the clock says 6:30, but we just did the whole Daylight Savings thing, so the clocks fell back an hour at like 2:00 am, so really, my body feels like it is 7:30 am.

For the record, my Calendar Girls post stands currently at 1355 words. Yeah, that is almost what I would need for one day’s worth of writing.

Okay, we went to my mom’s house and I managed to find a backup notebook with my outline so I think I can finally get into writing. I have a lot of catching up to do. It’s time to get writing.

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October Wrap Up and November TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

I had to mostly pre-write this post, because it is now (or will be when this post goes live) November and I need to prioritize writing my novel over writing my blog or reading for fun. So I don’t know if I’m going to have a huge TBR for this month. But that’s okay, because my wrap-up for October should show that I did plenty of reading.

Endless Quest: Big Trouble by Matt Forbeck (5 stars)

Endless Quest: To Catch A Thief by Matt Forbeck (5 stars)

Fierce Fairytales: Poems and Stories to Stir Your Soul by Nikita Gill (5 stars)

Wild Embers: Poems of Rebellion Fire and Beauty (4 stars)

My Hero Academia, Volume 15 by Hideo Horikoshi (5 stars)

My Hero Academia Vigilantes, Volume 2 by Hideyuki Furuhashi (5 stars)

Fairy Tail Zero by Hiro Mashima (5 stars)

Fairy Tail, Volume 3 by Hiro Mashima (5 stars)

Rule by Ellen Goodlett (4.5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 1 by Nagabe (5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 2 by Nagabe (5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 3 by Nagabe (5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 4 by Nagabe (5 stars)

The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil a Run, Volume 5 by Nagabe (5 stars)

All the Feels by Danika Stone (5 stars)

Black Clover, Volume 2 by Yuki Tabata (5 stars)

Black Clover, Volume 3 by Yuki Tabata (5 stars)

Estranged by Ethan M Aldridge (4 stars)

The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell (4 stars)

The Monster of Selkirk: The Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton (4.5 stars)

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa (5 stars)

Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel (4 stars)

Make a Nerdy Living: How to Turn Your Passions Into Profit, with Advice from Nerds Around the Globe by Alex Langley (4 stars)

Whew…that was a nice list of books finished this month. I am also trying to prep up a bunch of reviews from all of these reads so they can be posted throughout the month and beyond. I actually have a huge list of reviews I need to write, so I may have quite a few posts coming for the rest of the year.

Okay, now onto what I’ve watched this month. Honestly, not nearly as much as everything I’ve read. So let’s just jump into the list: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl — 4.5 stars, The Magicians, season 2 — 5 stars, Hocus Pocus — 5 stars, Halloweentown — 5 stars, Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge — 5 stars, The Spiderwick Chronicles — 4.5 stars.

Obviously I have my usual ongoing watches, namely Fairy Tail and Critical Role Campaign 2. The Fairy Tail watch has slowed down a little bit, because I watch it with my fiance and he has recently been distracted by the new Spider-Man video game.

It’s book haul time!

Oh, and if I’m talking about my book haul from October, I guess I should also briefly mention my unhaul from October as well. I ended up removing 94 books from my library.

Now this is where my wrap-up post usually features my monthly Owlcrate unboxing…but my post office delivered my Owlcrate to another apartment in my building, and the package was apparently stolen from that other apartment’s doorstep. I was so excited about the October box too. It featured exclusive Owlcrate editions of both Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa and Pride by Ibi Zoboi. So I have filed a stolen package claim because the package was insured, but since the box was sold out, I’m betting I won’t be able to get the lovely signed editions anymore.

Finally, it is time for my November TBR. This is definitely a tentative TBR, because I should spend more time focusing on writing than reading. But the next round of the Manga Madness readathon is coming up next week, and I still have a decent stack of books I’d really like to read, so…these are books that I may or may not get around to this month.

Okay, well that is all for today, but I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.