Since I’ve Been Gone: Part II

In this second installment of things Hannah has liked in the last few years I’m going to focus on book series. More specifically book series I’ve started and haven’t finished yet. Some of these series are still being written, but some of these are going to be quite shameful because there is at least one series I started when I was here over 6 six years ago and never finished – such classic Hannah.

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The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs: I marathoned the first seven or eight books of this series back in 2014 and absolutely loved them. I really enjoy the world and the characters that Briggs created here, and there are still bits of these books I think about even now, but I am not caught up at all.

Blood Rights

House of Comarre by Kristin Painter: Painter came up with a very interesting take on the vampire world in this series by creating this idea of the Comarre. A group of specially trained exquisite humans that are sold to aristocratic vampires for the purpose of giving their blood. They are the best of the best. The series follows one Comarre in particular along with a cursed vampire, a shifter who’s not really into the politics of it all, and a ghost who’s tied to them both as they navigate this world of intrigue so to speak. The connections and relationships in this book are really what make it for me, yet I never finished the last two books.

The Siren

The Original Sinners series by Tiffany Reisz: These books are certainly not for everyone, but I love them because of how not politically correct and gritty they are. These books are very much in your face, the characters are so flawed and have their own secrets. I really enjoyed the few of these that I read and I really should read on.

These next two series are probably my most shameful because I read them a very long time ago, but then never actually read the final book in either series when they came out even though I’m pretty sure I pre-ordered both.

Bloodlines

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead: This series is an offshoot of Mead’s Vampire Academy series which I really enjoyed. In this we follow the Alchemist Sydney as she gets pulled into the politics of the vampire court. Book 5 ended on a major cliffhanger, but despite the last book coming out in 2015 (I cannot believe it’s been that long), I still don’t know how it ends.

Obsidian

Lux by Jennifer L. Armentrout: I lapped up the first four books in this series once I finally decided to give the series a chance. It had been quite hyped up from what I remember back in the day, and I was hesitant to read these because I was afraid they would not be enjoyable, but I actually found the premise really quite interesting. Lux is the product of the ‘aliens on earth’ wave of YA, and for a book with such non-human characters I was quite surprised at how well the main characters were fleshed out. But again…. book 5 came out in 2014. I have not read it. The hell.

When I was compiling my list for this post, I was surprised to see how many series there were that I had read only the first book, but hadn’t yet read on in the series. Particularly in some of them in which I absolutely adored those first books. Without further adieu…

The Black Prism

The Lightbringer series by Brent Weeks: I love, love, love this world. The idea of magic manifesting as being able to control certain colors of light and the costs associated with using the magic, plus the intrigue, the characters, even the family drama, just everything in this first book The Black Prism was so good. I have to read on.

Hounded

The Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne: This first book was very intriguing and I really enjoyed his take on druidism and this focus on the importance of nature. I am very curious to see where he takes this series.

The Unleashing

Call of Crows by Shelly Laurenston: This book is based completely in myth with a twist. After all who doesn’t love some romance and mythology all wrapped up into one? I loved it. That is all.

Anno Dracula

Anno Dracula series by Kim Newman: I read this first book with a couple of friends of mine and all of us gushed about it. Genevieve and Charles sold this for us. The series seems to continue across time, so I am looking forward to reading on in this series and just going along with the ride.

Tell me, have you ready any of these? Do you have any good series you’ve read recently? Until next time, Happy Reading!

Since I’ve Been Gone: Part I

Shockingly enough, a lot has happened since I was last here, so I want to take the opportunity to highlight some of the stuff I loved/did while I was gone. I’m going to start with a mixture of random stuff here to be followed by some more cohesive groupings.

As far as everyday life is concerned the last six years saw me complete my bachelors, go back to school for a certificate in public health while I contemplated what I want to be when I grow up, and then start my masters this past January because I finally have a general idea. I’m extremely fortunate to still be working both of my jobs as they are both deemed essential, though I’m not doing any traveling this year which I’m bumming about – presently I’m supposed to be in Sweden, but alas COVID. Instead I’ll keep adding to the list of future travel plans, and reading, and occasionally doing some homework in a semi-timely fashion while getting the odd extra hour of sleep. Now into the good stuff…

First up, my favorite book of 2019 and probably even the decade.

A Gentleman in Moscow

Book: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. This is going first because I still think about this book all the time even though I read it about eight months ago now. This book was an accident, because I didn’t expect to finish the book I had been reading on my way to Phoenix, so I had to grab a new one at the airport when I was coming home and the synopsis sounded interesting enough. I proceeded to read about half of the book on the way. It was so good and I could not stop reading it. From the setting, to the characters, to just the feel of the book and the writing. Every single thing about it took my breath away. I absolutely adored it and I want everyone to read it.  

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire, #5)

Book/TV Show: A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones, let’s talk (very briefly) about it, because everyone has an opinion. I read the first book in the span of a week back in 2014. I started book 2 soon after, got distracted and didn’t go back to it until last year because the show was ending and I could finally just binge the whole show, so if ever there was a time to get to it and read the damn books, last year was it. And I was insistent upon reading the books before watching. The quick version of my feelings are, the books are better, 955%. However, there were some parts that I really enjoyed watching the scenes more than reading them, but that was not the case most of the time. The other thing is the ending of the show. I won’t spoil anything, but I’m not mad at what happened and I understand why it was done the way it was. That said, I am mad that they rushed it. That last season should have been longer than it was, so I feel like they did not do justice to the story because of it. I’ll still read the last two books when they come out though, and I’m sure they will be 955% better than the show too.  

TV Show: The Repair Shop. This is a much more recent find, but a few months ago we happened across this show on Netflix and it is one of the most wonderful and fulfilling shows I’ve ever watched. It’s literally a group of people who repair everything from furniture, clocks, toys, leatherwork, paintings, ceramics, and on and on. If I have a half hour to sit down and chillax, this is probably what I’m watching. My only gripe (NETFLIX!) is that I can only get two of the seasons. I went so far as to see if I could buy the other seasons on DVD from BBC and have them shipped over…. NOPE. Sigh.  

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Movie: Dunkirk. If you’ve seen this movie, you probably know. It really is one of a kind and it was so well done. There are not many movies that I can say I’ve watched that have unsettled me quite like Dunkirk and despite only seeing it once while it was still in IMAX (even though I totally bought it when it came out), I still remember it like it was yesterday. The sheer lack of dialogue, the use of sound, and the way everything was put together just stuck with me. Absolutely one of the best and most memorable films I’ve ever seen.

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Place I’ve Been: Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, Poland. I’ve been traveling as often as possible the last few years, so it’s difficult to pick a single favorite place that I’ve been. However, if there is a single place I’ve been so far that is more memorable than anywhere else, it is certainly Auschwitz. I went in 2018 and I remember the feeling of getting off that train and walking across town to the camp of my own volition. Being there is like feeling the energy and history of the place, of the horrifying things that happened. It’s such a strange dichotomy because in a lot of ways it’s almost peaceful there now. I don’t know if I’ll ever really have the right words to describe it, but it’s one of those experiences that will stick with me forever.

Until next time!

Bout of Books: Day 3 Progress

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With Day 3 of Bout of Books come and gone it’s time to talk about reading progress! Which sadly isn’t much.

I ended up reading for maybe 2 hours yesterday and if I’m not mistaken only read a few pages of Silver by Rhiannon Held. All that time I had yesterday afternoon/evening was spent doing laundry and cleaning and browsing the interwebs. So yeah. Fail there.

Today has been a better day, regardless of my crappy shift at work so off I go to get in a few more hours of reading today!

Totals for day 3:

Hours reading: 7
Pages read: 509

Happy Reading!

Bout of Books Read-a-thon: Goals and Progress So Far

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So, I know this post is going up extremely late, but well, what can you do? The read-a-thon is officially here, and I’m sad to say that I didn’t get off to as great a start as I had hoped to. I do have some goals which I’ll share first, then I’ll quickly talk about my progress for the first two days.

My Goals:

As far as time is concerned, I’d like to read about 5 hours a day. I know that some days I won’t read that long and others I’ll probably read a lot more, but the least I can do is give it a shot.

As far as what I want to read… so much. So friggin’ much. I forced myself to pick enough choices that I would be able to switch it up if I needed to. Also, one of my goals is to read at least one non-fiction book during the read-a-thon. Here’s the list I came up with, the last three books on the list are the non-fiction.

– Walking Disaster by Jamie McGuire
– Bloodlines by Richelle Mead
– American Gods by Neil Gaiman
– King of the Class by Gila Green
– Silver by Rhiannon Held
– Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
– The Awakening by Kate Chopin
– Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
– Triangles by Ellen Hopkins
– Shades of Gray by Jasper Fforde
– Sex with Kings by Eleanor Herman
– Death at the Priory by James Ruddick
– House to House by David Bellavia

So those are the books I’m planning to read from for the remainder of the read-a-thon.

Day 1:

On Monday I read for about four hours on my nook. I read and finished one book and one novella.
– Because of You by Jessica Scott
– Anything for You by Jessica Scott

Day 2:

Yesterday was far less impressive as far as reading goes. I only read for about an hour and a half in the early morning. Unfortunately, when I got home from work I had a massive headache so I went right to sleep.
I read 104 pages of Silver by Rhiannon Held.

I’m planning to spend the rest of today reading for the most part since I slept in this morning, so here’s hoping to some better numbers by the end of the day.

How’s your read-a-thonning going, or your reading in general? Do share.

Bout of Books: More Read-a-thonning!!!

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I’ve been seeing posts all around the blogosphere for a read-a-thon that’s coming up and I decided that with the end of my semester here it’s only right to reward myself by participating in a week long read-a-thon! Heck yeah.

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 7.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I don’t have any goals as yet other than trying to read at least 5 hours a day. I only have one full day to myself this week and my work schedule is all over the place, but I’m going to do my best to hit that goal. If you’re curious, there’s more information about the Bout of Books read-a-thon here!

Happy ‘thonning!

Wicked Valentines RAT Wrap-up and What’s Coming Up

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First order of business: WWRead-a-thon

Yesterday saw the closing of the week long read-a-thon hosted over at My Shelf Confessions. I love read-a-thon’s – even when I don’t get to read or participate as much as I’d like to – and this one was no different.

I definitely didn’t meet all of my goals, but I still got some (err, intended) reading done:

  • I got a couple more chapters of Phantoms in the Brain by V.S. Ramachandran read and will finish it shortly
  • I started two of my ‘review catch-up’ books – A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan and Escape Artist by Ed Ifkovic

As for what wasn’t on my list I read and completed Glory in Death by J.D. Robb, the second of the In Death series. Also, towards the end of the read-a-thon I got caught up in a couple of suggestions from a Goodreads group and read Feral Sins by Suzanne Wright and also The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton. Can I just say before continuing… I didn’t believe everyone saying Dalton’s book was basically a tearjerker so I read it so I could (to myself) be like… ‘psht, I’m right. no tears.’ In reality that book left me more like…

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Only with a bigger pile of tissues. Point being… I was so very wrong and I paid for it because I was sad, and in a funk, and I couldn’t settle down to read any books for a whole day after which for me is extremely unusual. So, yeah – the book was amazing and sad and I was wrong and moving on.

Next order of business: What’s coming up

Blog-wise: I’m still trying to settle into a routine and having the end of my online class fast approaching, what with the papers and the homework and the academic buckets of fun that go along with all that, I’m working on getting my groove back. I have lots of half written reviews that I’m planning to finish up and get out of the way so I can focus on the now stuff. I’m thinking about condensing a lot of it and just doing posts with a few reviews at once, but all that will be determined in time.

Also! I’m planning to write up a post (or, possibly a couple of posts depending) on this whole erotic literature bang that happened while I was away from the blog. Partly because I just want to share my feelings, partly because I want the thoughts floating around in my head about it finally written down, and partly because I so desperately want to talk about 50 Shades and since I read it while away I didn’t get to be all critical and mean about it and such then.

Book-wise: I’ve got the four books I’m reading now to finish up plus six other library books I want to get to in the next couple of weeks. Not to mention the review catch-up reads I keep mentioning. Aside from that, I’m working through a pretty tentative list of bookish priorities so I’m not going to worry too much about specifics there, but rather share as I go.

With all that… Happy Reading!!

Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-thon: Update 1

 

 

 

 

 

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Firstly, hope everyone dealing with the Blizzard is doing well! It’s definitely going to be a hell of a clean up.

We’re now into the third day of the Wicked Valentines read-a-thon, hosted over at My Shelf Confessions!

I haven’t read as much for the Read-a-thon as I’d hoped I would, unless textbooks count, lol. That’s okay though. I’m not planning on going anywhere in the next few hours. We got nearly 3 feet of snow in 24 hours, so needless to say, I’m going to lay low for the day and keep reading. As for what I’ve read so far:

In the review catch up category I’ve gotten a bit of Escape Artist by Ed Ifkovic read. I’ve also got Phantom Evil by Heather Graham and A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan lined up.

Not on the original list of books, but something I randomly picked up is Glory in Death by J.D. Robb. I’ve got a bit of reading to do to catch up with that series so why not get to work on it while I’m snowed in. Plus, Eve and Rourke are awesome. I love it.

How’s your reading, ‘thon or otherwise, going? Do tell and happy reading!!

Read-a-thonning!

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In the past I’ve always loved a good read-a-thon, so when I checked my Google Reader this morning and saw many, many blogs alight with #WWReadathon… Well, I just couldn’t resist! A huge plus is that the storm that’s supposed to hit for the next two days is going to free up a lot of my schedule so I can start off with a bang!

About the Read-a-thon:

The Wicked Valentine’s Read-a-thon lasts from Feb 7-14 and is all about reading as much as possible in that time. Anyone can participate, even if you only have one day to dedicate to reading! There’s more information about the ‘thon itself and the different mini-challenges and such for anyone interested here!

My Goals:

Okay, so I’d like to say that I’m totally going to power through this HUGE pile of books sitting on my desk in the next week and get a bunch reviews written or started before the read-a-thon is over, but I have to be realistic. I’ve got a research paper calling my name and a bunch of other homework and I can’t totally neglect all that much as I might wish to. So… my tentative goals:

  • Finish Phantoms in the Brain!!
  • Read two of the four books I got this week in the review catch-up from long ago category
  • Read the first book in the Mistborn trilogy
  • Read second book in the Chronicles of Narnia

I think that’s a pretty reasonable goal for myself, but of course, I’ll do updates throughout the week.

Happy Reading!!!

Coming Out of a Slump and Recent Reads

I know I’m not the first reader to find themselves in that place where no matter what book you pick up you just can’t get into it, or maybe you just don’t want to pick up a book. That’s a frustrating place to be and having spent a year there I can honestly say it was pretty awful. Thankfully, I’m finally out of that epic slump of mine and back into my normal reading mode.

Personally, getting out of that slump wasn’t all that difficult once I finally found something to grab my attention. It was actually a blog post from an author talking about a couple of books she’d recently read that did it and a short mention of the recent influx of darker edged romance/erotica novels available. While I’m sure that’s got a lot to do with the popularity of the 50 Shades trilogy, which I did read and I’m so not going to get into now, the important thing is that these books piqued my interest and got me reading again!

So… now that I’m reading, what exactly have I been reading? I started out with all romance. It wasn’t until the end of January that I started delving back into other stuff. I finished 18 books in January, all of them romance either from series/authors I’ve been following for a while now or from that newer ‘edgy’ group of books I mentioned.

My favorite reads from January were:

Shades of Gray by Maya Banks. This is the sixth book in her KGI series and to say I’ve been anxiously awaiting P.J. and Cole’s story would be an understatement and a half.

My other favorites would be Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series. These books were, for lack of a better term, messed the hell up. They were crazy, addicting, mind-blowing, and all out awesomesauce. I’m literally shaking at the edge of my seat for book four (I’ve only got to wait until the end of July… only).

My least favorite read was Honor Student by Teresa Mummert which was just weird and unbelievable and I’m sure I’ll whine about that later.

As for what I’m reading now, I’ve literally just finished Fatal Affair, the first in Marie Force’s Fatal series. I’ve started reading the Chronicles of Narnia, finally!, and will be finishing up The Magician’s Nephew this weekend. In non-fiction, the first I’ve read in a long while, I’m reading V.S. Ramachandran’s Phantoms in the Brain which is insanely interesting.

In the up and coming list I’ve got Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn trilogy as it came highly recommended from a friend, hopefully I’ll finally start the A Song of Fire and Ice series, and I’ll also be rereading and posting reviews of the first in my series of books I received for review forever ago, A Watershed Year and Bedbugs.

With all that said, ever been in a reading slump? How’d you get out of it? Read any good books lately or have anything you’re looking forward to? Feel free to share.

Read-a-Thon Wrap-Up

The read-a-thon has come to an end, a few hours ago actually. Unfortunately, I must admit that I did not finished. I ending up passing out on my couch at about 6 am or so and when I woke up the read-a-thon was over. However, I’m back to finish the end of the event meme!

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
    Hour 22 definitely, that’s when I really started to feel tired.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?
    It’s hard to say, I think it depends entirely upon the reader and what they like as far as genre is concerned.
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?
    I do not, everything seems to be working quite well.
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?
    I have to say I love the hourly posts and updates on the website.  It’s a good way to keep everyone ‘thonning together.
  5. How many books did you read?
    I read two and a half books.
  6. What were the names of the books you read?
    I finished:
    A Billion Wicked Thoughts by Ogi Ogas and Sai Gaddam
    Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough
    I started:
    Rembrandt’s Whore by Sylvie Matton
  7. Which book did you enjoy most?
    I found A Billion Wicked Thoughts to be the most interesting of my reads.
  8. Which did you enjoy least?
    I actually enjoyed them all.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?
    I was not a cheerleader.
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?
    I will definitely be participating in the read-a-thon again. I’ve really enjoyed it these last two times.
I hope you all had a great read-a-thon and thanks to those who cheered us on!