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What I’m Reading (10)

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to another Wednesday.

Sadly I wasn’t very productive this past week of reading. I got pretty sick over the weekend and even ended up missing work. Normally a sick day is a good reason to just lay around reading, but I pretty much just ended up doing a whole lot of sleeping.

One of my most recent reads is Vox Machina Origins #6, which is the final issue of the Critical Role comic (for now). Seeing as how it was ranked one of the top comics in 2017, I’m sincerely hoping that Dark Horse decides to order more of them. This issue actually just came out today, but they are only like 20 or so pages so they read really quickly. I’ll have a review up soon.

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My current read is still Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. I’m not getting into this story as quickly as her other books, but I’m still quite hopeful that things will get really good soon enough.

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What I’m hoping to start reading soon is…well, same as last week. I still want to read Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg.

That’s it for now. When I’m feeling back to normal I’m sure my post schedule will ramp up again so I can catch up on all of these backlog reviews, as well as keep up with some of my new ones.

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What I’m Reading (9)

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, it is Wednesday again already. It feels like the weeks are just starting to go by faster and faster. Soon enough I’ll be working on my favorite reads of January-June 2018, and that is crazy to think about.

Anyway, today I’m here with my short weekly post where I talk about what books I have finished in the past week, what books I’m currently reading, and of course, the books I’m hoping to start very soon.

I’m actually liking this little weekly post series. In some ways I feel like it is helping me finish off books a bit faster. Plus I have a day each week where I know what I’m blogging about, so I don’t have to stress about which post to plan or write or whatever.

Let’s just talk about books now.

Okay, so in the books I’ve finished reading in the past week category, I have Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi, and Now a Major Motion Picture by Cori McCarthy.

 

As for what I am currently reading, I have just picked up my copy of Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett. I’m in a bit of a contemporary mood at the moment, but since I don’t have many of those waiting to be read at the moment, I’m sure I’ll be back to fantasy after I’ve finished this.

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Finally, what I am hoping to start soon, provided I can finish my current reads quickly, is Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi. With everything I’ve heard about this book, and how interesting it sounds, I’d really like to read it soon. Of course, I don’t think this is a book I want to take with me to work. I think I’ll end up getting so lost in it that I’ll really forget that I have to get back to work.

Then again, I also really need to read The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg. It isn’t a very long book, so I imagine I won’t need too long to read it. We’ll see what happens.

All right, well that’s all I have for today. Let me know what books are at the top of your recent reads or your TBR. I’d love to chat about books in the comments.

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March Wrap Up and April TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, where did March go? Seriously. I am trying to figure out how we are 25% through 2018 already. Time is flying by so quickly now, and that is crazy to me.

Anyway, let’s just jump into what I read in the month of March. As always, if I have a review already posted on my blog, I will include the link to that post just in case you missed it or want to check it out. I’m working on clearing out my backlog of reviews so expect many more in the upcoming months.

The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg (4.5 stars)

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (4 stars)

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (4 stars)

Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones (4 stars)

Vox Machina Origins Issue #5 by Matthew Colville, Matthew Mercer, Olivia Samson, and Chris Northrop (5 stars)

The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace (3 stars)

My Hero Academia Vol 11 by Kohei Horikoshi (5 stars)

Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (5 stars)

Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen (5 stars)

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner (4.5 stars)

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (5 stars)

Overall not a bad month, though I probably could have and should have read more Middle Grade novels.

All right. Well with the wrap up complete, it is time to move on to my March book haul. There were a lot of great releases in March, so obviously I ended up getting quite a few books, but overall I didn’t go overboard and have a massive haul, which is nice. This is the part where I share my book haul photos and then show off my monthly OwlCrate unboxing–and spoiler alert: I loved this month’s box.

Seriously, I managed to get through the month only buying a handful of books. That is pretty impressive.

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I’ve always wondered if I would like an infinity scarf or not, and now that I have one, I can honestly say that I rather like it. Oh, and this OwlCrate edition of Heart of Iron is so lovely. I mean, did you see the purple stained pages? So awesome. I got the Hanna Donnelly candle, but apparently there was a Kady Grant one as well. The mug is pretty great too; I’m excited to have another mug in the same size/style as the Harry Potter one from a couple months ago. Oh, and the book is actually signed this month, instead of just being a signed book plate. OwlCrate, you guys are doing wonderful things with your subscription box. I’m glad to be a subscriber. And I’m looking forward to the April box as well, because yet again the book is one on my highly anticipated list, which is excellent.

Finally, I suppose it is time to share my April TBR. Now I’ve done okay with my TBRs so far this year, reading typically around half or so of the books I mention, so I’m feeling decent about continuing to share the books I’d like to read in the month. Plus, the next session of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon will be taking place on April 28th, so I’m thinking it should be a pretty good month of reading. But as usual, the readathon TBR will be up closer to the event, because I may change my mind on what I’m reading for the day. Actually I’m kind of hoping I can convince my fiance to participate in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon with me.

Anyway, here is my tentative April TBR.

Of course the TBR can always change, grow, and/or shrink based on my reading mood. But there are a few of these that I really want to read, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to do it.

Then again, I’m also trying to get back into writing, so I am doing Camp NaNoWriMo in April as well. I’ve set a really low goal of writing 10,000 words on my novel over the course of the month, and hopefully I’ll be able to accomplish that while also keeping up with my reading.

I hope you all had wonderfully productive reading months in March. And if you feel like talking books with me in the comments, let me know what book you are most looking forward to reading in April.

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What I’m Reading (7)

Hey all, Dani here.

Welcome to the middle of the week all over again, and my weekly post where I talk about the books I’ve read recently, the books I am currently reading, and the books that I am hoping to start very soon.

I’ve actually accomplished some pretty decent reading since my post last week. I finished re-reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, and I flew through Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner. I’ll probably end up doing a book/movie review for RPO fairly soon, and I’m already working on writing up a review for CG, so expect those and various other reviews in the next days/weeks/months (because my backlist of reviews will keep me busy for a while).

My current read is Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston. I have been waiting on this book for so long, and I even had to wait until a couple weeks after the release day because this book was the one included in my March OwlCrate, so expect photos of this beautiful book in my March Wrap Up post coming soon.

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And what I am hoping to start reading soon is probably The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw, though I might start Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi first. I’m not sure. I’ll see what kind of mood I’m in after Heart of Iron.

Well, that’s all for me today. I’ll be back soon with another post. Until then, what books have you read recently and what are you currently reading? Let’s talk about books in the comments.

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What I’m Reading (6)

Hey all, Dani here.

It’s Wednesday again already. Welcome to another post where I briefly talk about what I’ve been reading recently, what I’m currently reading, and what I hope to start reading very soon.

As for my recently finished reads, I have finished Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen, and I’ll be trying to get a review up for that sometime in the near future. This was a gripping story, and I am already awaiting news about the next book in the series.

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My current reads are Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, and a re-read of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline since the movie will be out next week. I’m not trying to rush through Sky in the Deep, but the first few chapters were so easy to fly through because of all of the action already. And with Ready Player One, when I read it the first time I was actually mostly listening to the audiobook (which I really enjoyed). So this time I’m actually just reading the book. Though, I can honestly admit that I can still hear Wil Wheaton’s voice reading the book to me.

Finally there is what I am hoping to start reading soon, and for that I am probably going to say Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner. I have been super excited about this book since I first learned of it. This book sounds like an adorable geeky contemporary story, hopefully with some romance in it as well. Plus the cover is really cute as well.

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I think that is all for my post today. Have you read anything interesting lately? Or is there a book you’re excited to be reading right now? Let me know in the comments.

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Most Anticipated Releases Spring 2018

Hey all, Dani here.

Wow, I am somewhat failing here on my posts for 2018. I was doing so well for a couple years at having this particular post series up each season where I talk about my most anticipated releases each season. And my Spring post should have come out towards the end of February to cover the months of March, April, and May…but here we are halfway through March and I just now realized that I did not do this post.

But I am fixing that now. So, obviously, a couple of these books will have technically been released already, but I’m still going to mention them.

Let’s just jump into the post.

First up is the month of March. There are quite a few book releases I’m excited for this month, though I don’t think my bank account agrees with me, so it may take me a bit to collect all of these books, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not excited for them. There are some new releases from authors I enjoy, some that just sound interesting or cute, and there’s even one an old college friend of mine recommended because he knows the author. So March seems like a pretty good book month to me.

Obsidio by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (March 6), Inkmistress by Audrey Coulthurst (March 6), Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner (March 13), To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo (March 6), The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (March 6), Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins (March 6), More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer (March 6), Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker (March 13), Weaver’s Folly by Sarah Madsen (March 15)

Next up is April. I’ve just finished reading one of these books and will have a review up soon, and I’ll be reading another one very soon. As for the other four, one is a rather hyped up fantasy, one is a second novel by an author I met at BookExpo and the debut novel was amazing so I’m expecting this one to be great, one is a contemporary by an author I rather enjoy, and one just sounds interesting and has a really cool cover. So I’m also very excited about April, and the books I’ll get to read.

Of course the other reason I’m excited for April is that it marks one year of being with my wonderful fiance, who totally supports my book addiction…and he’s been reading more again since we started dating, so that’s great too.

Beyond a Darkened Shore by Jessica Leake (April 10), Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz (April 17), Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young (April 24), Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian, Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody (April 10), Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett (April 3)

Finally we have May. There are not many releases I’m anticipating this time around, but I’m still hoping that they’ll be great reads. Now, I’ll be honest, I liked ACOTAR, loved ACOMAF, and found ACOWAR to be a slight let-down after the second installment, so I guess we’ll see what ACOFAS does for the series. I am more looking forward to seeing what the future installments bring as we focus on some of the other characters and their relationships. And I am absolutely looking forward to reading Furyborn. Sadly I couldn’t get an early copy through NetGalley, but that happens sometimes. I still really want to read this book because it sounds AMAZING. Plus there is a continuation to the Paper Magician series to look forward to reading, as well as the conclusion to the Ruined trilogy, so all in all, it should still be a really good month of reading.

A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas (May 1), Allied by Amy Tinterra (May 1), Furyborn by Claire Legrand (May 22), The Plastic Magician by Charlie N Holmberg (May 15)

Well, I do believe that is all for today. If you are excited for these books, or for any others, feel free to let me know about them in the comments. I love talking about books, and sometimes it leads me to find even more great reads to add to my never-ending TBR. Have a great weekend everyone and happy reading!

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What I’m Reading (5)

Hey all, Dani here.

Once again I am back to talk about what books I’ve read recently, what books I’m currently reading, and what books I hope to read soon.

In the past week I have finished four books: Vox Machina Origins Issue #5, The Witch Doesn’t Burn in This One by Amanda Lovelace, My Hero Academia Vol 11, and, most recently Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story by Melissa de la Cruz. I definitely need to get some more comic and manga reviews up, because that to-do list is actually longer than my other need-to-write-reviews list. Of course both lists are getting pretty long at this point. I need a couple free days to just write up all of my posts.

My current read is Reign the Earth by A.C. Gaughen, and I am really enjoying it so far. The world is intriguing and I’m enjoying learning about the characters, especially because of the cultures and the magic system and the politics.

Next on my reading list is probably going to be a middle grade read, but I’m also tempted to read The Master Magician by Charlie N Holmberg, just so I can jump into the upcoming fourth novel before it is released in May. Then again, I’m really starting to want to read Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young, and that has a publication date in April, so maybe I should read it before I worry about reading The Plastic Magician. Of course, The Waking Land‘s concept has intrigued me since I learned of it last year, so I’ll see what kind of mood I’m in after I finish my current read.

If I jump into a middle grade next, it will probably be either The Lost Rainforest or York, both of which I had on my TBR for Readathon by Zoe. They both just sound really cute.

So my reading life looks pretty good right now. I am still ahead of my Goodreads reading goal (by 1 or 2 books), and I’m mostly enjoying what I read.

Are you reading anything awesome right now? Or is there a book you are really excited to read soon? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be back soon with another post…maybe even a couple of these reviews or tags sitting on my to-write list.

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What I’m Reading (4)

Hey all, Dani here.

As has been my tradition the past few weeks, I’m just going to use Wednesday as a quick update on what I’m reading right now, what I’ve read since the last post, and what I’m hoping to read very soon.

Obviously since my last post, I participated in Readathon by Zoe, and I ended up reading four books, so I think that’s a pretty good number.

Today I also read Vox Machina Origins Issue #5, so March is turning out to be a great month for reading for me.

Currently I am reading Love & War by Melissa de la Cruz. I am roughly halfway finished and I am absolutely loving it so far, so definitely expect a review very soon. I also recently started reading Hamilton and Peggy! by L.M. Elliott, so obviously I am in a bit of Hamilton mood.

My next read will be Impostor Syndrome by Mishell Baker, and I’m hoping it will be a thrilling final (for now) installment to the Arcadia Project series.

So…have you read any great books lately, or are you reading any good books right now? Let me know in the comments. I’ll be back soon with more posts (most likely reviews).

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February Wrap Up and March TBR

Hey all, Dani here.

I can’t believe that February is over already. It went by so quickly, and because of that I feel like I’m not really as successful as I would have wanted to be. On the other hand, this was also the month where I reached 300 followers, which was a super exciting moment for me. So once again, thank you to each and every one of you who has joined me on this adventure of bookish and nerdy conversation.

With that being said, let’s just jump into my wrap up. I did not read very many books in February, but I still think it was a pretty good month.

Saga, Volume 8 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples (4 stars)

The Wicked + The Divine, Vol 6 by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvin, and Matt Wilson (5 stars)

The Heart Forger by Rin Chupeco (5 stars)

Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker (5 stars)

Like I said, not a very high books read number for this month, but I’ve been really distracted with learning a new job at work, playing video games, and life in general. Still, I guess four books isn’t that bad. At least I was reading. And I have two books currently in progress, so that bodes well for my March wrap up. Expect a review up for Phantom Pains next week because I NEED to gush about the book.

Moving on to my book haul for the month. It was a pretty good month for releases and purchases in general, including a couple impulse buys as I went to the store.

Okay, and now I guess it is time for my monthly OwlCrate unboxing, and unlike my normal ones…I definitely needed two photos for this one because one item in particular was a bit larger than anything I would expect from a subscription box. But it is absolutely gorgeous so I am not complaining at all.

I am so happy with the box this month, and I am really looking forward to the March box, because it features one of my most anticipated releases for 2018…namely Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston. I absolutely adored Geekerella so I expect great things from this next book. Now if I can just hold off until my March box arrives, because I had planned to buy this book already.

Finally, I suppose it is time to talk about my March TBR. Obviously I am not including any of my 24 Hour Readathon books on this list, but I have a few others that I’m hoping to read this month, and hopefully I’ll be able to read more than I did in February.

So, I obviously have a very ambitious TBR this month, but they all sound just so interesting that I am looking forward to reading them. Hopefully starting off this month with a readathon will help me with my total book count. I’m only sitting at 15 books read for the year, which according to Goodreads is one book behind schedule. I don’t like it telling me that I’m behind, so I hope to get ahead with these books.

Expect more reviews and such soon. Have a great day everyone!

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What I’m Reading (3)

Hey all, Dani here.

I guess I’m just going to make this my regular Wednesday thing…to just briefly talk about what I have finished reading, am currently reading, or will be starting to read in the upcoming days. It is an easy post to put together, and it means I’m at least having some sort of regular content.

Obviously, what is weird about the post today is that it is the end of the month and my wrap up post will be coming tomorrow.

Oh well. It happens sometimes.

Anyway, let’s just jump into my reading discussion.

I am still currently reading Daughters of the Storm by Kim Wilkins. It is a good read, but I’m not feeling like I want to read it every free chance I get, so I’m only about 40% or so finished right now. So maybe I’ll finish this week.

My other current read is Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker. I absolutely loved the first book, and with the third one out in just a couple more weeks, now is the perfect time to read this. Expect a review coming soon.

I really want to try and squeeze More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer in this week so I can have a review up by release day.

And if you haven’t checked out my post from Monday, it will give you an idea of all of the books I may or may not read this weekend.

But I am adding one more book to that readathon TBR…because I had an ARC waiting at my door when I got home from work on Monday.

I loved the first book and now I get to read book two early. Yay! I love being a reader and a book blogger.

That’s all for today. Happy reading everyone!