The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast


I don’t know what the woohoo is for. I just felt like saying that. So. Um. Yeah. Reading report for the past week. I read..a lot. Many of the books I read were picturebooks so that accounts for the high number of books read. Others were MG novels and some I managed to finish after an age spent reading them. Here are the titles:

  1. Mighty Jack – Ben Hatke
  2. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Friday Barnes, Girl Detective – R. A. Spratt
  4. Look – Solmaz Sharif
  5. Goodnight, Firefly – Gabriel Alborozo
  6. Friday Barnes Under Suspicion – R. A. Spratt
  7. Journey – Aaron Becker
  8. The King and the Sea – Heinz Janisch
  9. Quest – Aaron Becker
  10. Vasilia the Beautiful – Anna Morgunova
  11. Sonya’s Chickens – Phoebe Wahl
  12. Strictly No Elephants – Lisa Mantchev
  13. Double Trouble – Atinuke
  14. The Land of Forgotten Girls – Erin Entrada Kelly
  15. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
    Yesss! I finished it. It nearly destroyed me with sadness but I finished it.
  16. Dreamers often Lie – Jacqueline West
  17. All Four Stars – Tara Dairman

So those were all the books I read last week. I am currently reading:

  1. Mayday – Gretchen Marquette
    A collection of poems that I may as well admit here are going over my head simply because I feel removed from everything she says. Or perhaps her style is not mine. Maybe I’m not a poetry kinda person. I don’t know.
  2. The Treasure of Maria Mamoun – Michelle Chalfoun
    I don’t know why it is taking me quite so long to get through this book. It’s MG and a fairly quick read but for some reason after the first quarter it has become significantly less gripping.
  3. The Disappearance of Ember Crow – Ambelin Kwaymullina
    This is a refreshing change from the usual North-American dystopian books. Should be a quick read also.
  4. Bone Queen – Alison Croggon
    Still enjoying this very much.
  5. Blackass – A. Igone Barrett
    I just started this so cannot really say much about it. I think I’m going to enjoy it though. At least I hope I will.


And that’s all folks. At least for another week. Cheers.

KDrama Check-In: Let’s Fight, Ghost/Bring It On Ghost

Bring it on Ghost

I’m going to assume that you, my dear Reader, watch Kdramas or at least have a working knowledge of them. If not, then I apologise, this may seem a wee bit esoteric.

If you have been watching Bring it On, Ghost or the literal translation of the Korean title which is Let’s Fight, Ghost(ess), you will have watched the last ten episodes with increasing skepticism. Kim So Hyun is doing a decent job and for once Ok Taecyon doesn’t want to make me hit stuff but their performances seem a bit wasted considering the writing of this drama.

The biggest obstacle to my enjoyment of this series is the lack of established rules where ghosts are concerned. I work on the premise that the ghosts in the drama will follow the universal (or okay, general) rule of incorporeal-ness and intangible-ness. And okay, I will suspend my disbelief and accept that Bong Pal (Taecyon’s character) is able to touch ghosts because that’s all I have been told.

What I don’t get and am most annoyed by is the inconsistency in Kin Hyun-Ji’s apparent ghostliness. If she is, indeed, a ghost, that usually means she is dead and for her to be tired or need sleep is a giant vat of hogwash. Her getting hurt or drunk or needing to be saved from another ghost–why couldn’t she just disappear in that episode under water? Or did being underwater curtail her disappearingness? Why was the other dude able to see her? Why does she get hungry?

The problem with this drama is that it hasn’t established any sort of ground rules where ghosts are concerned. And with the advent of the most ridiculous trope in the history of dramas, the noble idiot trope, where one person leaves the beloved person in order to save him/her from himself or herself, I confess my interest in this drama may be lagging. The only thing that keeps me watching is the mystery of that very creepy professor who seemed like a serial murderer in all the dramas I saw him in before and is only fulfilling my initial evaluation of his face. Hur.

The romance is…strangely palatable. This may be due to the fact that KSH is acting close to her age and does not have to act older though I have such faith in her skills that I don’t doubt she could have carried that off. It would have been interesting to see her behaving as an older woman stuck in a younger woman’s body kinda like Shim Eun Kang did in Miss Granny but oh well.

There are six more episodes left in this admittedly less than stellar drama. Let’s hope some questions get answered and we find out that Kim Hyun Ji is, as we have all suspected, lying in a coma somewhere waiting for her soul to return to her body.


The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

Time for a reading report, folks. I don’t have much else to say to be honest. It’s too hot to be loquacious.

Last week I read:

  1. The Safest Lies – Megan Miranda
    I enjoyed this mostly. Didn’t much care for the love interest though. I felt he was forgiven way too easily.
  2. Bera the One-Headed Troll – Eric Orchard
    I just wrote a review for this one. You will see it up on the book wars closer to release date or soon. Soon, let’s say soon.
  3. Kestrel’s Voyages – Misty Massey
    I wish someone would pick up this series. It’s so well written and a delight to read.
  4. Hey Coach – Linda Ashman
  5. If a T.Rex Crashes Your Birthday Party – Jill Esbaum
  6. Small Magics – Ilona Andrews
  7. Thrill Me – Benjamin Percy
  8. Bad Girls Throughout History – Ann Shen
  9. The Creepy Case of Margo Maloo – Drew Weing
  10. Death at Wentwater Court – Carola Dunn
  11. Cloudwish – Fiona Wood

I am currently reading:

  1. The Bone Queen – Alison Croggon
    Things are gaining momentum but I’m still only a 100 pages or so in. A long way to go.
  2. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
    Yeah, I haven’t been brave enough to continue this collection. Maybe soon.
  3. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    I read this out loud to myself which is why it’s taking me a while. It’s a very sombre read and makes me think often angry thoughts about the hegemonic group.
  4. The Treasure of Maria Mamoun – Michelle Chalfoun
    Hm. I’m only 46 pages in so cannot really say much about it.
  5. Look: Poems – Solmaz Sharif
    This is very dense, very complex, and very angry.
  6. My Lady Jane – Cynthia Hand
    This is so FUNNEH. I am about 20 pages in and enjoying it very much.

To read in the coming week:

Whatever I feel like. *cheese*

The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

I realized, belatedly, that Saturday is almost gone and I have yet to write my reading report for the week so here I am. These are the books I read last week:

  1. Point of Honour – Madeline E. Robins
    Yep, now I have another series I am reading. This was really good and I enjoyed it immensely.
  2. So Much for that Winter – Dorthe Nors
    Two novellas in this volume. More in my review on book wars.
  3. Missy Piggle Wiggle and the Whatever Cure – Ann M. Martin
    More on this in a review.
  4. Other-Wordly – Yee-Lum Mak
    Gorgeous book is gorgeous.
  5. Magic Stars – Ilona Andrews
  6. They All Saw a Cat – Brendan Wenzel
  7. The Wish Tree – Kyo Maclear
  8. Dreaming Death – J. Kathleen Cheney

I am currently reading:

  1. Bad Girls Throughout History – Ann Shen
    This is excellent so far and I’m looking forward to more awesome things.
  2. Thrill Me – Benjamin Percy
    I’m learning lots but I feel like it’s a bit too long so I’m hoping it will end soon. Ha. Should finish by the end of this week.
  3. Nettle King – Katherine Harbour
    The third one in the Night and Nothing series and I’m not sure what to expect but I’m certainly hoping for the best.
  4. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    I’m really liking this so far.
  5. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
    So I finally mustered up courage to read another story and he broke my heart. AGAIN. Damnit Ken Liu. I can’t handle the pain.
  6. The Bone Queen – Alison Croggon
    It’s Alison Croggon. What can I say?

To read in the coming week:

These books and some excellent graphic novels. I’m super excited.

July Book Haul

An unexpected windfall. Here are the books I got in July, some were for review, others were purchased.

july hail 1

july haul 2

Not pictured: ebooks

  1. The Bird and the Sword – Amy Harmon
  2. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
  3. Crossed – Eliza Crewe

July Wrap-Up

July just whirled past us with all the grace of a grey elephant (not that elephants are any other colour). Here are the deets:

In July, I read 29 books. Of these:

  • 13 were from the TBR
  • 16 were from the library.
  • 6 of the 29 were e-books.

I acquired 18 books this month. Of these:

  • 4 are ebooks.
  • 4 I have already read.
  • 8 were for review.
  • I purchased 10.

The TBR pile stands (sadly) at 500 (not including ebooks, let’s not include those).

Books I read in July:

  1. From the Charred Remains – Susanna Calkins
  2. The Rose Garden – Susanna Kearsley
  3. Saga vol. 3. – Fiona Staples
  4. Saga vol. 4 – Fiona Staples
  5. Saga vol. 5 – Fiona Staples
  6. Bonfire Night – Deanna Raybourn
  7. Grief is the Thing With Feathers – Max Porter
  8. Bright Smoke, Cold Fire – Rosamund Hodge
  9. Gotham Academy vol. 2: Calamity – Becky Cloonan
  10. 100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le
  11. Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
  12. Waistcoats and Weaponry – Gail Carriger
  13. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
  14. The Bird and the Sword – Amy Harmon
  15. Manners and Mutiny – Gail Carriger
  16. Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley
  17. salt. – Nayyirah Waheed
  18. Clean Sweep – Ilona Andrews
  19. Sweep in Peace – Ilona Andrews
  20. The Summer of Ubume – Natsuhiko Kyogoku
  21. The Art of Perspective – Christopher Castellani
  22. Home – Sarah Prineas
  23. Nobody’s Baby But Mine – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  24. The Masque of a Murderer – Susanna Calkins
  25. The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
  26. The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan
  27. Ink andย  Bone – Lisa Unger
  28. Point of Honour – Madeleine E. Robins
  29. Devil and the Bluebird- Jennifer Mason-Black

The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

Hello, my lovelies. It’s a beautifully sunny summer day and I just finished a rather harrowing novel. I liked it but whew, the emotional pay-off was intense. Here are the books I consumed with great glee last week:

  1. The Art of Perspective – Christopher Castellani
    I enjoyed this a lot. The lit major in me was dying of happiness. More on this later in a review on the book wars.
  2. Home (Magic Thief #4) – Sarah Prineas
    The final installment in the Magic Thief series and I enjoyed the way the series was resolved.
  3. Nobody’s Baby But Mine – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    Nothing like a well-pitched romantic comedy to make you feel better about a crappy day.
  4. Masque of the Murderer – Susanna Calkins
    This was an interesting installment to the series but the romance just lost me so I won’t be continuing with it. I don’t know. There’s nothing wrong with the writing or the characters but for some reason, I no longer care about any of them.
  5. The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
    This was fun but Percy’s romantic woes were super annoying.
  6. The Last Olympian – Rick Riordan
    Ugh. The white male saviour who is full of sacrifices and wins the world. Percy’s written with a really heavy hand and I just wasn’t his fan. Sorry folks who love him to pieces.
  7. Ink and Bone – Lisa Unger
    This is the harrowing read I mentioned. It is super good but at the same time, it is super brutal. I enjoyed it but dang.

Currently Reading:

  1. Point of Honour – Madeleine E. Robins
    One of my historical mysteries featuring a female protagonist set in a whorehouse…maybe? I think? I don’t know. I haven’t read much yet but I look forward to finding out. Please be good, book.
  2. Thrill Me – Benjamin Percy
    This has some excellent writing advice so I’m enjoying it and learning a lot in the process.
  3. Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
    Damn. This book is I’m only 15 pages in but already hooked by Coates’s rhetoric.
  4. So Much For that Winter – Dorthe Nors
    Can’t tell you much about this, have barely cracked open the book yet but I expect grand things from it.
  5. The Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison
    This promises to be another harrowing read. I don’t know when I’ll get to this, it being an e-book. We’ll see.
  6. The Paper Menagerie – Ken Liu
    Still no progress but I’ll be reading some stories from this one this coming week.

To Read in the Coming Week:

Obviously the books I’m currently reading but I think I’ll be picking up some lighter books to accompany the more intense ones I’m reading right now.

Happy reading to you as well!