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What I’m Reading (18)

Hey all, Dani here.

We are seriously already about halfway through June. This feels like the fastest year I can remember experiencing. I hope you all have been reading some awesome books this year, because I certainly have. In fact, I am looking forward to sharing my top ten reads from January to June with you all very soon.

Before I jump into the actual content of today’s post, first I have to talk about a book cover I saw earlier today. Honestly, I don’t know how I missed this stunningly gorgeous cover, especially since it is a book I am very much anticipating, but now that I have seen it, I am so very excited to have it in my hands. Okay, so they had a cover for the ARCs of the second book and they ended up changing it a tiny bit before the official release, mostly the coloring. So that might happen again, but no matter what, I think the cover is beautiful and I definitely needed to take this minute to gush about it. The book I’m talking about is The Shadow Glass by Rin Chupeco.

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Do you see why I am drooling over the cover? It perfectly goes alongside the other two books in the series, and I already know the story within will definitely live up to the wonderful cover. I’m excited to see where the story goes, though I’m pretty sure I have to wait until 2019 for this book.

So…I have been a bad little reader the past week. I’ve only managed to read something like 100 pages. Because, see, I’ll be honest…my fiance and I downloaded game emulators on our phones so we could play Gameboy Advanced versions of Pokemon. I’ve been playing that quite a bit lately, and it has been fun. But I feel a little guilty for ignoring my TBR, especially with all the great books I keep hearing about and want to get to soon.

But I have read about another 100 pages in Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, and I am really enjoying the story, so I’m hoping to keep going and finish that book soon. I also need to finish reading The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara so I can get a review up for it soon.

Okay, so that means that all I have left to discuss is what I’m hoping to read next. I think I am feeling like I want to read a science fiction story, so I’m probably going to pick up one of my Pride month TBR books, but then I’m also sort of in a swashbuckling adventure type mood, and I just bought this fantasy book that is inspired by The Three Musketeers, so it should be arriving to my apartment on Saturday or possibly Monday. With any luck I’ll fly through the rest of my current reads and then get through A Closed and Common Orbit so I can dive into The Traitor’s Blade as soon as I get it.

Oh, I guess I should just go ahead and bookend this post with another announcement, since I started this with that lovely cover reveal. I have been talking with my fiance, and he may be starting to write up some posts for this blog as well. Most of his will likely be manga reviews, but there could be some other content as well. He’s still trying to figure out his rating system and review style, so it might be a little bit before his posts start showing up, but I’m excited to have him join me here on the blog.

And that is all for today. Let me know in the comments if you are reading anything awesome, because I’m always looking to add to my TBR.

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What I’m Reading (17)

Hey all, Dani here.

Well, here we are at the midpoint of yet another week, which means that it is time to talk about books…the books we’ve finished reading recently, the books we are currently reading, and the books we are hoping to start reading soon.

So, I haven’t actually finished any books in the last week, but that’s okay. The month is just getting started and I’m really enjoying my current reads, so I predict that next week’s post will be filled with lots of fun reading progress. Honestly, I guess that means we should just move on to the current reads section of this post and I can talk about where I am in my reading at the moment.

My current reads are: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, The Unbinding of Mary Reade by Miriam McNamara, and Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon. Hmm…I guess I was in a historical reading mood without really realizing it.

Dread Nation is doing a fine job of setting up this alternate history, where the dead started to rise and now there are actually young women who are trained in etiquette as well as combat, who are hired by wealthy families to serve and protect them. The main character is pretty good at the combat portion of the job, but struggles with the poise and etiquette stuff. I’m really enjoying it and look forward to seeing what sort of trouble she’s going to get herself into.

I just started The Unbinding of Mary Reade yesterday, but it is proving to be a very quick read. I am liking the dual timeline of the novel too, because we get to see more of Mary’s past, while also enjoying her current pirate adventures with Anne Bonny and Calico Jack.

Finally, I am still working on Dragonfly in Amber. I’m fine taking my time with this series. I know that if I sat down and put my mind to it, I could finish a book each weekend, but then I would completely catch up on the series and have to wait a few more years for the next installment. But, I would like to at least get myself caught up on the show, and I’m not letting myself watch season 2 until I’ve finished this book, so I probably need to spend a little more time reading this one.

As for what I’m hoping to start reading soon, I think my next read will probably be either The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli or A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers. After all the historical fictions, I think I will need either a contemporary or a science fiction for a nice change of pace. This is especially true seeing as how I actually have two other historical fiction reads on my June TBR– The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee and And I Darken by Kiersten White.

I suppose that is all for today. I will be back soon with more bookish content. Until then, let me know what book(s) you’re reading right now.

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May Wrap Up and June TBR

 

Hey all, Dani here.

Just one more month until I’m releasing my top ten reads of 2018 (so far) post. Wow, we are seriously almost halfway through the year. It has been a pretty darn good year so far, both in terms of books read and released and in the goings on of life.

If I’m being truthful, for at least half of the month I thought that I would not have a very good reading month, because I wasn’t completing a lot of books. But I started to hit my stride there at the end and I think it really helped. I may not have done as well as I did in May 2017 (31 books in 31 days), but I still did really good.

So let’s jump into the wrap up portion of this post.

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol 2 by Kame Yamazaki (5 stars)

The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol 3 by Kame Yamazaki (5 stars)

Ship It! by Britta Lundin (3.5 stars) — review coming June 8th

Final Draft by Riley Redgate (4 stars) — review coming June 5th

The Ancient Magus’ Bride, Vol 4 by Kame Yamazaki (5 stars)

One-Punch Man, Vol 4 by ONE (5 stars)

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (4 stars)

Blue Exorcist, Vol 1 by Kazue Kato (5 stars)

Blue Exorcist, Vol 2 by Kazue Kato (5 stars)

The Fandom by Anna Day (4 stars)

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde (5 stars) — review coming June 12

Furyborn by Claire Legrand (5 stars) — review coming June 15

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (5 stars) — review coming June 19

And now it is time for the book haul and OwlCrate unboxing portion of this post. Considering I started with a book haul at the very beginning of the month, I ended up getting quite a few books this time around, but you know what, it is okay, because I also did a pretty decent unhaul this month as well.

As for the Owlcrate this month, it came with two books, so that is pretty darn exciting. I have already read Sky in the Deep and I absolutely loved it. The wall hanging and the print of Inej are both fantastic, and I’m really looking forward to relaxing in the tub with the bath bomb. And I think I know what book will be in June’s box, so I’m excited to get it as well.

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Finally, it is time to announce my TBR for the month. Now, just as a heads up, June is GLBT Book Month. I have participated in it for the last couple of years, so I’m still going to try and do my best with it this year. I’ll be trying to read some books with characters across the LGBTQIAP+ community, and also posting up reviews for them (which is why my reviews for a few books weren’t posted this month). So, if you have any LGBTQIAP+ books to recommend, let me know in the comments. I have a recommendations post here as well, in case you are looking for some book recs.

And I do believe that is all for this post. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed my blog and/or left comments on posts. I try to like or respond back to all of my comments at the very least. I wish I had the time to go and keep up with all of your blogs in return. I know last year I spent pretty much 1-2 hours each day (Monday thru Friday) reading and commenting on other blogs. Last year I worked in a position that gave me that extra time, but my position this year just leaves me feeling physically drained by the end of the day, so I haven’t been able to focus as much on being super active in the book blogging community. I’m just waiting until I can get one of my backup jobs to become a permanent one…or you know, to find a job in a library. That would definitely work as well.

All right, well I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (16)

Hey all, Dani here.

This past week was actually pretty darn productive for me, at least when it comes to reading and such. Of course, this is because of an extended holiday weekend in a place where I wasn’t really able to play around on my phone or the internet for most of it. I packed 5 books with me, and I ended up spending quite a bit of time reading, which was actually really nice.

Okay, so let’s just jump into my weekly post where I talk about what I’ve recently read, what I’m currently reading, and what I hope to start reading very soon.

My weekend of reading included starting and finishing The Fandom by Anna Day, The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde, Furyborn by Claire Legrand, and Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody. Then I continued working on reading more of Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon, but I didn’t make it all that far at all. Oh well, it isn’t a high priority read for me, just something I’m casually reading when the mood strikes.

Currently, I am reading Dread Nation by Justina Ireland, because it has been taunting me from where it was shelved in my library. This book just sounds really interesting, and I’m not really a fan of zombie books, movies, or TV shows, so I’m hoping it is as awesome as the cover makes it look.

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Pretty soon I think I am hoping to start some of my reads for GLBT Book Month, but I haven’t decided which one I’m starting with. It depends on my mood after I finish my current read.

Well, that is all for today, and I will be back soon with more bookish content. Let me know in the comments if you have any great books you’re reading now.

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Why Are These Still On My TBR?!

Hey all, Dani here.

Okay, so today’s post is maybe a bit different from some of my other ones, mostly because I just wasn’t in the mood to prep up a couple more book reviews. Instead I want to talk about the bane of a book lover…the never-ending TBR. Because it is a growing problem for many of us.

More specifically, today I want to talk about a few of the books that I really REALLY wanted to read before they were released (or as soon as I found out about them)…and yet somehow they are still sitting on the shelves of my home library, just waiting to be picked up and read.

Why do I do this to myself? Why do I put off books that I’m pretty certain will be amazing to read? I don’t know. And I’m sure that is actually a long conversation–likely a rambling one–for another day.

Today I’m going to talk about five reads (and one re-read) that I probably need to try and squeeze into an upcoming monthly TBR or something.

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Each of the books on this list is intimidating for one reason or another, so let’s just get talking about them. Obviously they are all pretty much an intimidating size–I think they are all at least 500 pages, but book size isn’t that big of a deterrent for me. It just makes me enjoy the book longer.

I suppose I’ll start with the re-read: Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. I read this one a number of years ago, and it actually took me a few months to finish, and I had to pretty much force myself to keep going so I could finally reach the end. But see, here’s the thing, I had really been enjoying it before I put it down for a couple months. I think if I gave it another go, and tried to read through the whole thing without weeks between the beginning and the end, I would probably enjoy it enough to continue on with the series. This would also be really good considering that I already have books two and three sitting on one of my shelves.

Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley is the next book I’ll talk about here. For a few years now I have heard many in the fantasy realm rave about Hurley and her apparently amazing epic fantasy, so I picked up the first one…and I still haven’t read it. I love fantasy, and I really enjoy epic fantasy, so why haven’t I read this one yet? Honestly, I have no clue, but maybe I can try to squeeze that in sometime soon-ish (like maybe I can try to read all of these before the end of this year).

Next up, I have to talk about A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. First off, technically I have started reading this one. Well, all right, I read something like 100 pages last year, so I’ll probably need to re-read them now. Why did I never finish this? Well, at the time it was because I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to these characters and this world. But then I heard the announcement that there would be more books set in the world. So what excuse to I have for putting off this book even longer? I need more Rhy in my life, so I’m hopefully going to read this one very soon.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor was definitely a hype buy, though the cover is really nice, and I think the concept sounds interesting. But this book has pretty much been sitting on my shelf since shortly after release day. For this one I know why I keep putting it off. I was not a huge fan of Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and though I have decided to give that book a reread to see if I just wasn’t in the right mood to read it, I’m still worried that this book might end up disappointing me. But, with the sequel coming, I might need to get over that worry and just read it.

Fine, so this next one is actually probably the most recent release and that is Renegades by Marissa Meyer. I’ve actually still never read a single Meyer book, so it’s possible that I should have put the Lunar Chronicles on here instead. Maybe I’ll do a post for series I still need to read. But I actually read the first few chapters of this book thanks to a sampler I received at Book Expo in 2017, and I liked what I read, so I was looking forward to reading this when it came out. Only, it has just been sitting on my shelves instead. Of course now it has been announced that this will be a trilogy instead of a duology, so I probably need to read this before the second one comes out so I don’t fall even farther behind.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss is the final book I’ll talk about today, and I haven’t started reading this one because I’m worried that I’ll love both it and the sequel, and then be stuck waiting like pretty much every other fan, hoping that the announcement will come that Rothfuss has finally completed the trilogy. But I keep hearing everyone talk about how great this book is, and Rothfuss seems like an awesome guy, and I just want to read it. Plus, look at the 10th anniversary edition. It is absolutely stunning. Why wouldn’t I want to read such a gorgeous book?

That’s all for me today. I’m curious though, are you in the same situation as me? Are there books you’ve been wanting to read but they’ve just ended up sitting on your bookshelves for months, and then you wonder why you put them off for so long? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll be back on Monday with another Manga Monday review. Have a great weekend everyone!

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Most Anticipated Releases Summer 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

I can’t believe it is already time to talk about the books I am really excited for this summer. I feel like I just wrote up the spring post and yet, here we are. As per the usual, these posts are set up to cover a particular season, and this one will go through the books in the months of June, July, and August, that I am highly anticipating the release of.

Now, I will just go ahead and say this…the book release schedule I keep in my blogging notebook has several more books than I will talk about here. This is because some of them are sequels to books I haven’t read. I am still excited about them, but they aren’t books that I’ll be trying to read pretty much as soon as they’re released. This post is for the ones that I need to get my grabby little hands on so I can read them.

Honestly, this season includes my #1 most anticipated book release of the year. And I try not to rank books, but it is the sequel of my absolute favorite book from last year, and I would love to have this particular book in my hands right now. I have a signed ARC of the first book from BookExpo last year, and I bought a first edition hardcover on release day as well.

Okay, let’s just get this party started.

First up, let’s talk about the month of June.

Release Dates: Save the Date by Morgan Matson (June 5), Smoke in the Sun by Renee Ahdieh (June 5), Little Do We Know by Tamara Ireland Stone (June 5), My Hero Academia Vol 13 by Kohei Horikoshi (June 5), Final Draft by Riley Redgate (June 12), The Emerald Sea by Richelle Mead (June 26).

So, clearly for the month of June there are a few contemporary books I’m looking forward to. Technically, I have actually read Final Draft already, so I should have a review up for that soon. But I have enjoyed every Morgan Matson book I’ve read, so I’m eager to see how cute this one will be. Of course I am so ready for the next volume of My Hero Academia because things are getting really good and I need to know what happens next. And of course I need the finale of The Glittering Court trilogy. Hmm…actually, I might need to do a Glittering Court re-read in preparation for this release.

And now let’s move on to the month of July.

Release Dates: Smoke and Iron by Rachel Caine (July 3), One Punch Man Vol 14 by ONE (July 3), Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (July 10), Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (July 10), European Travel for the Monstrous Gentlewoman by Theodora Goss (July 10), Record of a Spaceborn Few by Becky Chambers (July 24)

I absolutely adore The Great Library series, so this fourth book naturally had to be on this anticipated list. When it comes to One Punch Man, it technically breaks my rule of needing to be caught up on a series to anticipate an upcoming release, but I read volumes of manga super quickly so I will definitely be caught up before this one is released. When I read Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I was pretty much hooked on the book, and this new release has a similar cover design, and also seems to be sort of a folklore/fairy tale reimagining, so I am so ready to read it. Last year I read the first book of Theodora Goss’ series and I enjoyed following the daughters of some famous gothic/horror characters, so give me the next one already. Especially with that cover. Seriously, the July releases have some great covers. Honestly, I think Record of a Spaceborn Few might be my favorite cover of the Wayfinders series so far, though they are all stunning–well, the UK covers are stunning; I can’t stand the US covers.

Finally, let’s talk about August.

Release Dates: Dance of Thieves by Mary E Pearson (August 7), These Rebel Waves by Sara Raasch (August 7), My Hero Academia Vol 14 by Kohei Horikoshi (August 7), Access Restricted by Gregory Scott Katsoulis (August 28).

Okay, so Dance of Thieves is the start of a new series that takes place in the same world as the Remnant Chronicles series. I still need to finish that trilogy, but I’m still really excited about this one. I’m just a bit worried about potential spoilers, so this probably won’t be a book I read immediately after release. Plus I own the Remnant Chronicles in paperback and this is a hardcover release. And I guess I don’t need to talk about My Hero Academia in this section of the post, because you guys already know that I love the series. Then there is The Towering Sky, which is the final book in the Thousandth Floor trilogy. This series was not one I normally would have picked up, but I am legitimately trash for these books.

The final book I’m looking forward to in August is Access Restricted, which is my #! most anticipated release of 2018. The first book, All Rights Reserved, was my favorite read of 2017, and I will just continue to rave about how amazing it was and how everyone should pick it up. I read All Rights Reserved as an ARC, so this wait for book two has seemed extra long for me. I am so ready to devour this book already.

Okay, well, that is all I have for today. What books are you looking forward to this summer? Let’s talk books in the comments, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (15)

Hey all, Dani here.

I am trying to prep up some of my posts for this upcoming weekend. See, in the US, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend, and normally I don’t actually do much (aside from maybe grill up burgers or something like that). But this year, my fiance wants to take me to his grandmother’s home for the weekend because the village she lives in holds a moonshine festival and he wants to show me around. The good thing (or not so good depending on how you look at it) is that this village is in a very hilly and forested area of Ohio and there is pretty much no cell phone signal at all. Which means no calling, no texting, no internet.

So I’ll pretty much be going phone free from Friday afternoon until Monday afternoon. This means that I might not be able to respond to comments and such until I get back home, but my fiance has told me that his grandma does have a computer…and a landline phone. Perhaps I’ll pop on once or twice over the weekend just to check in.

But it also means that hopefully I’ll be able to get in some pretty good reading time.

And honestly, that’s what I’m here to talk about today…reading. I’m really enjoying these weekly reading update posts because it has helped me keep up on a blogging schedule, and for the most part has kept me focused on reading more so I can actually have an update. Add this series of posts to my reoccuring Manga Monday reviews, and I’m almost feeling like a good book blogger again. If I try to keep myself to a minimum of three posts each week, I only truly need to come up with one extra review or book tag or whatever each week. Though I still want to catch up on reviews as well, so bonus posts are definitely possible.

Anyway, let’s talk books. In the past week I have finished The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. I’m going to try and have a review up soon-ish, but I don’t know exactly when it will be up. I am adding it to my list of reviews-to-write. I also managed to read Blue Exorcist, Volumes 1 & 2, and my reviews for this manga as well as for The Ancient Magus’ Bride will probably be up after I have caught up with all of my reviews for My Hero Academia and One Punch Man.

My current reads include Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon. Still…but I’m making more progress. I do hope to finish this book over the weekend. I am also trying to read through the first volume of Overlord, though this is the original light novel, not the manga. This was one of the books my fiance picked for my May TBR, and I do enjoy the anime, so I’m hoping that the novel will be awesome as well.

Finally, what I plan on taking with me this weekend to read is Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody, Furyborn by Claire Legrand, and The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde. I have been wanting to read Ace of Shades since I finished Foody’s first book and heard she was working on another one. And the story just sounds so interesting. Speaking of interesting books, I only heard about Furyborn a few months ago while watching a subscription box unboxing, but I have been super excited to read it ever since. First off, look at that cover. And then take in the story synopsis; it sounds so darn good. Finally there is the newest release by Jen Wilde. I adored Queens of Geek when I read it last year, so of course I’m excited to read it. Also, it is probably good to have a contemporary read in my weekend TBR as well, right?

Yes, I realize that none of the books I’m taking with me this weekend are on the May TBR my fiance gave me. Look, guys, I am sometimes awful at following TBRs. I have gotten through like half of the TBR…I think anyway. Besides, I mean, goodness, I actually somehow forgot that the third book in The Trials of Apollo came out in May, and now I need to reread the first two books so I can jump in it, because I think I need a bit of a refresher on what Apollo/Lester (lol) has been up to.

Oh, and I’ll be back tomorrow with my Most Anticipated Releases of Summer 2018 post. Because apparently it is actually almost summertime already. That is crazy.

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GLBT Book Month is coming!

Hey all, Dani here.

What I love about the online book community, about so many of you amazing readers/reviewers/bloggers/vloggers, is that we have seen this increase in the past couple of years of a desire to read more diversely and to expand our reading habits. We try books outside of our preferred genres and we try books with characters we might not have otherwise picked up on our own. We read more books about different cultures or races and certainly we have seen more books coming out with main characters who are POCs or who have a different gender or sexual identity. And that is great. I love that we can expand our world by taking in the stories of people who are different from us (or the same as us).

It is fantastic, and so once again, I plan on for the most part, focusing my reviews in June to GLBT book month, and highlighting reads that have characters and/or authors who fall on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum. GLBT Book Month started in the early 1990s as National Lesbian and Gay Book Month. Starting in 2015, the American Library Association branded it as GLBT Book Month, though honestly that name doesn’t quite do the month justice as it excludes many in the community.

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The main point is that it is a celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community. I expand that out to aesexual, pansexual, intersex, queer, those who are questioning their identity, and more.

Right now I have two books that I have read in May where I am setting up the reviews to be released in June, as they feature characters who are questioning their sexuality and I think they will be great stories to highlight for GLBT Book Month. And I have a few other books already planned for my June TBR that should also be in the spotlight a bit more.

If you are looking for books that fall on the LGBTQIAP+ spectrum, you can always look up the Rainbow Book List, or the Over the Rainbow Books. There are a lot of great suggestions and recommendations there. I made a recommendations post of my own last year, so you can check that out as well if you’re interested.

Now, to make sure we are all on the same page with my June blog posts, I will still be doing my Manga Mondays review posts, and my What I’m Reading posts on Wednesdays. You’ll just find that at least one day a week–probably Fridays–I’ll be posting reviews for GLBT Book Month reads. I know the reviews for Ship It and Final Draft will be coming on Tuesday June 5th and Friday June 8th.

Other books I’m hoping to get to in the month of June include:

Of course, I will also take any recommendations from all of you wonderful book friends for books that also fit in this amazing and diverse category of reads.

And I do believe that is all I have to say for today. Have you read any great LGBTQIAP+ books this year? Are you planning on reading some in June? Let me know in the comments. Have a fantastic weekend everyone, and I’ll be back soon with more bookish content.

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What I’m Reading (14)

Hey all, Dani here.

Well another week has come and gone. I have to say that I am still feeling pretty tired. We have had so much to do lately, and it was made more of a hectic and full schedule because one of our buddies is home for two weeks from the Marines and we have all missed seeing him, so we are trying to fill this time with all of the board game nights and D&D sessions that we have missed with him over the past several months.

So…I thought that I was going to fall even more behind on my reading and I made the decision to try and bump up my progress with some manga reads. And then I ended up having to do a bunch of running with my mom and such, and I managed to get through a decent chunk of a couple novels as well. It was an unexpected bit of awesome reading.

Oh, and can I say that I really need to get started on my May TBR that my fiance gave me? Yeah, I haven’t even started on them yet…you know, because of my co-worker talking to me about the Outlander series.

At least I can say that I’m starting to get better at posting at bit more again. Right now I’m pretty much trying to do a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule. But I have so many backlogged posts that if I can manage to get them typed up, you all will probably see some Tuesday or Thursday posts as well.

I’ve told myself before that I would not allow myself to get this behind on posts again, and clearly I have failed at that promise to myself. All I can promise now is that I am trying to be better about getting my posts up.

Anyway, let’s just get into the actual substance of this post: what I’ve read in the last week, what I’m currently reading, and what I’m hoping to read soon.

In the past week I managed to read The Ancient Magus’ Bride Volumes 3 and 4 and One Punch Man Volume 4. I also read Ship It! by Britta Lundin and Final Draft by Riley Redgate. So it was a very productive week of reading for me, and it is about time. I have been feeling pretty down about my reading progress these past few weeks.

My current reads are Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon (still–I mean, it is a rather large book), and The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, because it is time to make progress on my TBR. If I’m going to be honest, I don’t know that I’ll finish Galbadon’s book this month. When I have the time to just sit around and read, I can actually get through up to a couple hundred pages of it, but I don’t know how much reading time I’ll actually be able to sneak into my schedule. And obviously my TBR should take priority. So depending on my time availability, I might have a super awesome wrap up for the month.

What I’m hoping to read next…well, I should read another book or two from the TBR my fiance gave me, so…I guess I will probably try and read Between Two Thorns by Emma Newman. But then again, I might pick up Sparks of Light because that should be a decently quick read. Ooh…that would be a decent amount of time travel reads for the month. Totally worth it. I like well done time travel books.

All right, well I do believe that is all for today. Let me know if you have recently read or are currently reading any good books. Every bookworm/book blogger could always use more additions to the never-ending TBR pile, right?

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What I’m Reading (13)

Hey all, Dani here.

We’re at the middle of the week already? Where is the time going? I feel like this year keeps speeding by faster and faster. According to my Goodreads for my reading challenge I am at 40 books read, which technially puts me roughly 6 books ahead for my goal of 100 books, but I somehow feel like I’m behind. That’s probably because of precisely how many books I read last year, so I’m not close to where I was at this time last year.

But my social life has gotten a bit more full compared to last year. This year I work a good shift at work and it gives me evenings and weekends free, so I’m able to do stuff with friends. Sadly that also means it is a bit harder to schedule in reading time…and I prioritize reading time over writing up blog posts, so I end up with a massive backlog of posts I want to write and it makes it seem like I’ll never have enough time to actually catch up.

I’m trying though. Honestly if I can manage to figure out time in my week where I can fit in about two hours of blogging time, I could probably write up 3 or 4 posts, which would be really nice.

Anyway, welcome back to my What I’m Reading series of posts, where I talk about what I’ve read recently, what I am currently reading, and what I am hoping to read soon.

When it comes to the books I’ve read since this post last week, I finished The Ancient Magus’ Bride Vol 2.

Okay, so for current reads, I can honestly blame one of my co-workers for changing all of my reading plans. Last week for laundry day I legitimately planned to read through three volumes of manga…and then I asked a co-worker how she was doing with her progress reading the Outlander series by Diana Galbadon. This led to over an hour of talking about the books and the TV series, and I had to admit that I had stopped 100 pages into Dragonfly in Amber because I got distracted by other books. And I haven’t watched season 2 of the show yet, either.

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So, my laundry day reading plans changed, and I took my awesome big floppy paperback edition with me…and then promptly realized that I didn’t remember enough of what actually happened in that 100 pages I had read previously, so I had to start over from the beginning.

This is really fun because this book is definitely not on the TBR my fiance picked out for me for the month of May. What also doesn’t help with my reading through that TBR is the fact that my fiance and I met up with Signy Cullen on Friday and we ended up at Barnes & Noble…so I bought a decent stack of books, a few of them that I would love to be reading right now.

For what I would like to start reading soon, I really should get started on my May TBR, but I also have been really looking forward to one of the books I just picked up, so I’m going to make a deal with myself. My next read will be a TBR read, and then when I finish that, I can read Ship It by Britta Lundin. The TBR read I will read will probably be The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen, because I have heard great things about the trilogy and have been meaning to read it for a while now.