Books

Aug./Sept. Reading Wrap Up

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Man oh man, I really suck at writing up Wrap ups, but in my defense after I decided to start writing these up, my life sort of went on this downhill tumble for a minute. Things are looking up and I am finally getting back into the swing of things. I didn’t read as much as I would have liked this summer. In fact in the month of August (the month we moved) I only got around to reading Manga volumes. September was a little better, but the end of the month was a bit busy, so I didn’t get around to finishing a couple of books that I thought I would. Let’s begin!

August

Death Note Volumes 2-9

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Oh Death Note, you started off so strong, and then I have no idea what the fuck happened. I really loved the dynamic in the beginning of this story. It was thrilling, and just well done, but the further into the story I got, the less I enjoyed it. It became such a convoluted mess that by the time I finished Volume 9 I decided not to continue the series. I googled how it ends, and felt satisfied doing so. It could have been done in such a better way, and I am still mad as hell at how they fucked it up so bad at the end.

Rating: ratethree (average for the entire series)

September 

Warbreaker

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Warbreaker was a great book!! Brandon Sanderson is becoming one of my top ten favorite writers, even though for some reason I wasn’t a huge fan of the Mistborn series, or at least not the first novel. I have enjoyed his other books a lot more so far. Warbreaker has a wonderful magic system, gorgeous world building, and the best characters. It was a bit slow paced compared to some of his other stories but I still thoroughly enjoyed it.

Rating: ratefour

The Female of the Species

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The Female of the Species took me by surprise. It was sent to me by Harper Collins INTL, and I wasn’t sure what to expect from it, but in the end I loved it so very much. It takes a very hard look at rape culture, and how females are perceived in these situations. It faces these hard topics head on, and takes you into a whirlwind of emotion. It’s an important read and I think many young women and MEN should be reading this novel.

Rating: ratefive

Pottermore Short Stories

Oh you know by now anything Harry Potter and I have to get my hands on it instantly! These short story collections weren’t exactly anything particularly new as they all came from the Pottermore archives and info, but I never had the chance to fully read everything from the site so a lot of it was simply amazing for me to read. I love how expansive the wizarding world is, and how much information J.K. Rowling has for us. Some people keep bitching (including some authors out there) that if it wasn’t in the original series then it doesn’t count, but I say FUCK YOU to that bullshit. Here’s why: J.K. Rowling spent YEARS writing very detailed background information about each character, even the smallest of the small characters have some back story, and they’re her characters it’s her world and she can expand upon it, say whatever she wants about it and you can like it or you can shut it. People were mad about Dumbledore being gay,and how it was never included in the story but then wanted her to clearly state that Sirius was gay and when she said he was straight and crushed everyone’s fan fiction dreams, they got mad as well. Make up your minds, is she allowed to talk about her characters or not? Well, actually let me reiterate that SHE CAN DO WHAT SHE WANTS BECAUSE THE STORY IS HERS. I personally love all the things she adds to it, and I loved reading this three short ebooks. I am all about PROMOTING what I love, and IGNORING what I hate.

Rating: ratefive

The Sea of Monsters

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This is the second book in the original Percy Jackson series, and I have never read the full series. When I read the first book I actually wasn’t sure if I would continue on because I didn’t really love it. Then when I wanted to read the new Trials of Apollo book that was released, most fans said that I should Read this series, and the second series in the same world before jumping into that novel. So here I am trying to get through this series. I still don’t know how I feel about Percy Jackson. This book was more enjoyable than the first, but lacked something for me as well.

Rating: ratefour

Orange: The Complete Collection Vol.1

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I enjoyed this Manga. Orange has a bit of a Sci-Fi touch to it that makes the story really intriguing. There are really sweet moments, but also extremely sad moments as well. It certainly hooked me in instantly and I will hopefully read the second complete volume as well in October. It did lose a star because some aspects of the plot felt a little repetitive. I do recommend this one to any Manga lovers out there, or even anyone looking to get into Manga.

Rating: ratefour

Cold-Forged Flame

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This was a short story that I bought on my Kindle. It starts off pretty mysterious and it hooks you in rather quickly, but as a continued to read it, my interest began to wane. It’s a little over 100 pages long, and It felt rushed and almost a little bit pointless towards the end of the story. I would categorize it as fantasy. I have read Brennan’s work in the past and I think maybe I am not a fan of her writing style. It’s a quick read if you’re looking for something to entertain you on a short train trip or plane ride, and maybe you will enjoy it more than I did.  I just think that with a strong main character (which shall remain nameless since that is revealed way into the story) this could have been seriously fleshed out into a much bigger and better story.

Rating: ratethree

So That is what I read the past couple of months. I think October in general will be a better reading month, as I now have a bit of a commute on the train to work, and can get some more reading time in during the day. I currently have My Lady Jane, More Happy than Not, How it went down, and a Head Full of Ghosts going, and should finish them all this month. Let me know what you read in September and if you read any of the things mentioned above! 🙂 I love to hear other points of view.

 

 

Books

April 2016 Reading Wrap Up

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April was a weird reading month for me. I had too much going on to be able to read tons of full novels. I turned to graphic novels a bit this month to fill in those gaps. I don’t care about numbers, I do care about throwing myself into fictional worlds, and graphic novels are easy and wonderful reads when things are too crazy. I won’t go into super details about the ratings for each right now. I am still trying to catch up with all the reviews I am missing. Eventually guys, I will have this shit together. Today is not that day. Here we go! This is my April Reading Wrap Up!

The Conspiracy of Us

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I received this book about a month ago, and it took me a while to finally pick it up and read it. The premise just seemed so far fetched. This was being promoted as The Da Vinci Code for Young Adults, which sounded cheesy. Well I finally read it, and finished it in the beginning of April. I was right, it was completely far fetched, and cheesy, but somehow I flew through it. It had enough suspense and mystery to keep me hooked. I didn’t love it, but I certainly didn’t hate it.

Rating: ratethree

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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Do I really need to go into this? It’s one of the most heart breaking installments of the series, and one of my favorites. Sigh…Dumbledore.

Rating:ratefive

Deathnote Vol.1

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Deathnote was the first anime I ever watched. I really loved the story behind it so decided to read the manga. It was pretty good! I think I will continue onto the next volumes when I get a chance. I think this is a good “entry level” manga.

Rating:ratefour

Gotham Academy Issues #14&15

I have been trying to catch up with Gotham Academy. This series is definitely aimed at a younger crowd, but I find it really entertaining. These issues were especially cool because the had different artists illustrate these memory scenes from the characters. The art is drastically different with each memory. I loved it!

Rating:ratefive

Paper Girls Vol.1

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My initial reaction to this was a bit of confusion. The story itself is unique, and I read it quickly, but I didn’t really connect with it and thinking back now it wasn’t really all that memorable. I think I have to lower my original rating of 4…

Rating: ratethree

Half the World 25744617

If you have been paying attention to my posts or tweets then you know I love this series!!! Half the world introduced one of the best female characters I have read in quite some time!! Check it out if you can!

 

Rating: ratefive

Amulet Vol.1 & 2

I finally checked out the first volume of the Amulet Graphic novel series, and WOW! I love it so much. The imagination behind it is wonderful, and I immediately jumped into the second volume. I will be jumping into the other volumes as soon as possible! Highly Recommend!

Rating: ratefive

Adulthood is a Myth

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I love Sarah Andersen’s illustrations so much!! I sometimes wonder if she’s living in my mind. They always make me laugh, but also I connect with a lot of them. Being an anxious and awkward human being, it’s nice to know I am not alone.

Rating: ratefive

Birthright Vol.1

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I told you I read too many graphic novels this month! This was a great one as well. It has an epic fantasy storyline, and the art is pretty cool! I think if you’re a fantasy fan, but have never really gotten into graphic novels, that this might be a good place to start.

Rating: ratefour

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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I still cry when Dobby dies. I love the ending to this series, and it’s always sad when I get there. I just love learning more about Snape, and come on, its Harry Potter!!! I love it!

Rating: ratefive

So that’s what I read this month! I also started My Brilliant Friend and Half a War! Should finish those early in May!! What did you read this month? What would you recommend?