The Reading Forecast

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Now on to the reading forecast!

Reading Forecast

So last week was a pretty slow reading week for me. I don’t know why. Maybe I just didn’t feel like reading or perhaps I read stuff that were denser (no I didn’t) but for whatever reason, I only managed to read 5 books and of those two were novellas. They are:

  1. Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley
    SO FREAKING GOOD. I can’t wait to gush over it for Australian Author month over at The Book Wars next month.
  2. salt. – Nayyirah Waheed
    I will do a review of this too. At The Book Wars, I mean.
  3. Clean Sweep – Ilona Andrews
    Man, I love the way the Andrews duo writes. This was the first one in their free online serial and I basically inhaled it.
  4. Sweep in Peace – Ilona Andrews
    Would you believe this was even better? Because it totally was.
  5. The Summer of Ubume – Natsuhiko Kyogoku
    This was largely fascinating though a bit esoteric. I enjoyed it mostly.

Currently Reading:

  1. Home – Sarah Prineas
    The last one in her excellent Magic Thief series and from the first page forward, I know I’m going to enjoy it. I’m cutting things a bit too close as the library wants it almost immediately but I will finish it soon even though I’m only about 10 pages in.
  2. The Art of Perspective – Christopher Castellani
    I am three quarters done with this and ah, this was such an interesting read. Made me think about stories and storytelling in deeper ways.
  3. Ink and Bone – Lisa Unger
    I have only about a 100 pages in but I accidentally spoiled myself and found out that a sad ending awaits me so now I’m reluctant to finish this.
  4. The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
    For some reason, I haven’t picked this up so there has been no progress since last week.
  5. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
    No progress since last week.

To Read in the Coming Week:

To be honest, I read whatever I want to when I have time to. But you knew that already. I will finish at least three of the books I’m currently reading in the next week or so I hope, I mean barring the apocalypse or death. I will start Born of Deception by Teri Brownan ebook I borrowed from the library. I will also begin Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction by Benjamin Percy. Other than that, I will pick up whatever I feel like.

Happy reading!

The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

It’s time for my weekly reading report and I do apologise that it’s all I’m doing over here at Bibliophilic Monologues but I just haven’t got the time to do more though that’s bound to change in two weeks. But let’s get on with things.

Last week, I read 7 books. They are:

  1. 100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le
    I enjoyed this quite a bit though I’m not sure the book is for everyone. His tone is chatty and his research thorough so reading the book felt more like listening to a particularly impassioned professor talk than reading a dry text. Plus, food is always fascinating to me so…
  2. Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
    I adored this. I will talk about it more in a review in August on The Book Wars.
  3. Waistcoats and Weaponry – Gail Carriger
    This was a fun edition to The Finishing School series and I think the one in which I seriously started shipping Soap and Sophronia.
  4. Devil and the Bluebird – Jennifer Mason-Black
    This one surprised me by how enjoyable it ended up being. I will be reviewing this next week on The Book Wars.
  5. The Perilous Life of Jade Yeo – Zen Cho
    Once again, I made a wonderful life choice by purchasing this e-novella. This was short, fun, and a great introduction to Cho’s writing. I can’t wait to read her novel.
  6. The Bird and the Sword – Amy Harmon
    This one was amazing and I don’t say that lightly. Between this book and Finnikin, I had an excellent reading week. Actually, all the books I read last week were amazing.
  7. Manners and Mutiny – Gail Carriger
    And this finished the series on a very good note. I do love Sophronia as a character and I hope we can catch a glimpse of her in the newest Carriger series.

Moving on to what I’m reading next which can also function as what I plan to read next because I like to list all the books I have planned for the week as currently reading because I’m strange like that. Whew, long sentence is long. Anyway, here are the books I’m reading:

  1. The Art of Perspective – Christopher Castellani
    I’m only 34 pages in but gosh, I love this already.
  2. The Paper Menagerie – Ken Liu
    Still only 234 pages in. I haven’t felt like reading short stories yet and with me it’s better to read when I feel like reading something rather than forcing myself to read something.
  3. The Summer of Ubume – Natsuhiko Kyogoku
    I’ve been thirsting to read this for a while and so I finally picked this up. I’m 40 pages in and really enjoying this.
  4. Graffiti Moon – Cath Crowley
    This one is a reread for Australian book month coming up at The Book Wars and can I say how much I am looking forward to reading this?
  5. Ink and Bone – Lisa Unger
    I only intended to read the first chapter but I am so intrigued I have to read the rest of the book.
  6. The Battle of the Labyrinth – Rick Riordan
    Admittedly, this is not my favourite series but I have all the books and before I ship them to Fiji for my niece and nephew, I figure I should read them if only to say I have.
  7. Clean Sweep – Ilona Andrews
    I adore the Kate Daniels series by Andrews so I hope I enjoy this novella series by them as well.

The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

We had the Eid open house yesterday and even though I don’t drink, I feel like after today I’m intimately acquainted with what a hangover feels like. Ahh. Okay, now for a reading report.

Here’s what I read last week:

  1. From the Charred Remains – Susanna Calkins
  2. The Rose Garden – Susanna Kearsley
  3. Saga vol 3 – Brian K. Vaughan
  4. Saga vol 4 – Brian K. Vaughan
  5. Saga vol 5 – Brian K. Vaughan
  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

Currently Reading:

  1. The Paper Menagerie – Ken Liu
    (234/450) So there’s been decent progress since last week. Hopefully, I’ll be in the mood to read a few more stories this coming week. I haven’t been feeling short stories these past few days but hopefully as things return to normal, my reading interest will surge again.
  2. 100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le
    (185/320) This one is almost done and hopefully one more week takes care of the remaining pages. I’m still enjoying it so that’s saying something.
  3. The Devil and the Bluebird – Jennifer Mason Black
    (10%) Off to a promising start.
  4. Finnikin of the Rock – Melina Marchetta
    Hooked. Yep. Completely.

To read in the coming week:

More of what I’m reading. Plus, I’d like to get cracking on some library books. We’ll see.

The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

I suppose it’s that time again. And time, oh how it flies. Whooshing away from a to b with scarcely a breath in between. Ramadan is almost over and this has probably been the saddest Ramadan for me ever but as the Koreans say, fighting!

Here are the books I read last week:

  1. Midsummer Night – Deanna Raybourn
  2. Alex + Ada vol. 2 – Jonathan Luna
  3. Alex + Ada vol. 3 – Jonathan Luna
  4. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle – Betty MacDonald
  5. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol. 11 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  6. Silent Night – Deanna Raybourn
  7. The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman
  8. Twelfth Night – Deanna Raybourn
  9. Rapture – Sjohnna McCray
  10. The Sword in the Stacks – Jen Swann Downey

A lot of those were novellas and shorter pieces of fiction. I cannot concentrate on anything for too long when I’m fasting and *shrug* it’s a wonder I get any reading done at all, to be honest.

So now on to the currently reading pile which saw some changes as I put some books on hold and others on the “working on” shelf.

  1. The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
    I’m on page 302 out of 441 and I don’t know why I’m dragging my feet but that’s the way I’m reading this. Super slowly.
  2. 100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le
    (103/320). I’ll never look at vegetables the same way again, haha. I’m enjoying this. It’s a slow read for me but then nonfiction generally is and if no one requests this at the library, I should be able to finish it before I have to return it. Fingers crossed!
  3. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
    (193/450) So I read the titular story in this one and it just about destroyed me. Thanks Mr. Liu. I still have a number of stories to go so here’s hoping they are a bit lighter in tone than Paper Menagerie because *weep*.
  4. Outrun the Moon – Stacey Lee
    I have been wanting to read this for ages and from the little preview I gave myself, I’m going to enjoy this a lot.

To read in the coming week:

I want to finish Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee, start and finish The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters and Dream on by Kerstin Gier. I may also read some Saga volumes.

June Book Haul!

Since I have a temporary job, I am temporarily able to buy books. Hah. So I bought more books than I would be able to otherwise. I was sent the majority of books for review and I was gifted some. Here are the pictures!

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June Wrap-Up

Half of the year is gone way too fast. I’d say more but I’m fasting and I have no energy. So let’s get on with this wrap up.

In June I read 34 books. Of these:

  • 20 were from the library.
  • 14 were books from the TBR, either new additions or older ones.

I acquired 21 books this month. Of these:

  • I have read 8.
  • 8 books I purchased.
  • 1 book I received as a gift.
  • 12 books are review copies.

The TBR pile stands at 498 as of today. And okay, it went down one number but I’m still celebrating.

Books I read in June

  1. A Drop of Night – Stefan Bachmann
  2. The Dragons of Heavens – Alyc Helms
  3. Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
  4. Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! – Laura Amy Schlitz
  5. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente
  6. 738 Days – Stacey Kade
  7. The Sea of Monsters – Rick Riordan
  8. A Fierce and Subtle Poison – Samantha Mabry
  9. A Murder at Rosamund’s Gate – Susanna Calkins
  10. And Only to Deceive – Tasha Alexander
  11. The Magical Fantastical Fridge – Harlan Coben
  12. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol 8 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  13. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol 9 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  14. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol 10 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  15. Skip Beat 3-in-1 edition vol 11 – Yoshiki Nakamura
  16. The Gilded Shroud – Elizabeth Bailey
  17. Humans of New York: Stories – Brandon Stanton
  18. Thunder Boy Jr. – Sherman Alexie
  19. Silence is Goldfish – Annabel Pitcher
  20. Murder at Brightwell – Ashley Weaver
  21. I Remember You – Yrsa Sigurdardottir
  22. A Conspiracy of Kings – Megan Whalen Turner
  23. A Poisoned Season – Tasha Alexander
  24. Masks and Shadows – Stephanie Burgis
  25. The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan
  26. Midsummer Night – Deanna Raybourn
  27. Alex + Ada vol 2 – Jonathan Luna
  28. Alex + Ada vol 3 – Jonathan Luna
  29. Mrs. Piggle Wiggle – Betty MacDonald
  30. Silent Night – Deanna Raybourn
  31. The Invisible Library – Genevieve Cogman
  32. Twelfth Night – Deanna Raybourn
  33. Rapture – Sjohnna McCray
  34. Sword in the Stacks – Jenn Swann Downey

The Reading Forecast

Reading Forecast

That time of the week again. And hmm. Let’s get straight into the reading report.

Strangely, even though it didn’t feel like I got much reading done last week, I ended up reading 6 books which I guess is no mean feat. Here is a list:

  1. Skip Beat 3-in-1 Edition vol 10 (28-29-30) – Yoshiki Nakamura
    I always appreciate Skip Beat’s bound-up versions because the narrative is infinitely more satisfying when read in one gulp rather than a measly 30 pages/month as I have been doing for the past 3 years. Things I hadn’t noticed before, connections I hadn’t made before, all become clear and the story is far richer for it.
  2. I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, Philip Roughton (Translator)
    I finished this one last week and to be honest, it was atmospheric as hell but the ending was quite cliche and almost ruined the book for me. Still, I can now say I’ve read a book originally written in Icelandic so…
  3. A Conspiracy of Kings – Megan Whalen Turner
    Glorious, as usual. Now I join the wait to the fifth novel.
  4. A Poisoned Season – Tasha Alexander
    Far better than the first one in the series. Good enough to convince me to read the third one anyway. I still don’t much like the romance.
  5. Masks and Shadows – Stephanie Burgis
    Set in the ostentatious luxury of European royalty, this book boasts one of the more intriguing characters in a musico, a man who is castrated before puberty so he can retain his pure singing voice. The female protagonist is rather refreshingly uncomplicated and their love story, though unconventional, is supremely interesting to read. The writing confidently directs the narrative to a very satisfying conclusion. I recommend this one.
  6. The Titan’s Curse – Rick Riordan
    The stakes are higher in this third installment of the beloved Percy Jackson series and while I am not the biggest fan of the series (they’re a bit too young for me) I appreciated this book a lot.

So those were the books I read. Here are the ones I’m reading (and there are quite a few of those):

  1. Julia Vanishes – Catherine Egan
    I’m not sure how much I like this one. I’m only 19% in but it has yet to grip me. Thankfully, it’s rather short so won’t take me too long to get through. (74/384)
  2. The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories – Ken Liu
    I’m thoroughly enjoying this collection. All the stories have been gems so far and I am super impressed by Liu’s creativity. (74/450)
  3. The Rose Garden – Susanna Kearsley
    I decide to continue with this because I do like the writing even if the story is not really to my taste. Maybe things will change. (170/440)
  4. A Hundred Thousand Worlds – Bob Proehl
    I need to give this all my attention for an hour or two so I can make some serious inroads into the novel. Right now I can only say that the writing is lovely and I am enjoying the characters. (34/368)
  5. A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
    I read a bit more of this and yep, it’s going to take me super long to read this. 52/688
  6. 100 Million Years of Food – Stephen Le
    Okay, this one is turning to be a lot more interesting than I thought it would be.
  7. Sword in the Stacks – Jen Swann Downey
  8. Black Wolves – Kate Elliott

To read in the coming week:

I hope to finish Sword in the Stacks though I haven’t yet really started it. I also want to make major progress in all the others I’m reading though I don’t know if I’m going to finish any one book. I’m also going to read and hopefully finish a Lady Julia novella A Midsummer Night and read  The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman. I also have some comic volumes to read so I’m going to have a lot on my plate.