Top Ten Tuesday – Book Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme started by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week’s theme was series that you want to read but just haven’t managed to get to yet. Boy this was quite the job.  See I only have 2667 books on my Goodreads TBR so you can imagine it was a problem of deciding which ones to include. 😉 So I decided to just start at the beginning of my list (which was started in 2010) and go from there. Here is the list, quite at random.

1.First Kill. Find on Goodreads. 

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2. Inside Out. Find on Goodreads. 

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3. Poison Study. Find on Goodreads. 

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4. Murder At the Vicarage. Find on Goodreads. 

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5. Speaker For the Dead. Find on Goodreads. 

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6. The Witch’s Daughter. Find on Goodreads. 

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7. Shatter Me. Find on Goodreads. 

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8. Hourglass. Find on Goodreads.

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9. The Mysterious Howling. Find on Goodreads. 

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10. Sisters Red. Find on Goodreads. 

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What’s on your list? Post a link to your TTT in the comments so I can read it! 🙂

OwlCrate Unboxing

OwlCrate is a YA book subscription box that I’ve been getting for several months now, and I absolutely love it! So today I’m going to do an unboxing post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The theme of May’s box was Comic Explosion. So everything in the book themed around comics and it was really fun. This box came with all sorts of goodies including coffee candy from Kafe Candy, an exclusive look at Image Comics’ new series AFAR  and more below!

This month came with a zipper pull, which I accidentally put on my key chain first because I didn’t realize what it was.

There was also a cool pen, which you can see featured in the middle of my comic collection (only part of it!) and in the middle of one of AFAR’s pages. Btw I really liked the first chapter of this comic and I plan on eventually buying it.

I also got a Wonder Woman Candle, which was made by Dio Candle Company. Candles are my favorite thing to get and this one smells amazing!

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Also in this box were various different Funko Pops, I got Deadpool. 😀

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And then last but never least, the book with this box was Eliza and her Monsters by  Francesca Zappia.  I’ve already read it and I’ll be posting a review soon!

So what’d you think? Should I do a monthly post about the OwlCrate boxes?

Top Ten Tuesday – Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR

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I had forgotten how much fun this post could be! I would have posted it yesterday, but I didn’t even think about it till after I had already posted my movie review. Oh well.

This blog meme was started by The Broke and Bookish.  The idea for this week was to show books of the same genre that the reader has recently added to their TBR. But I don’t really add by genre? My tastes are varied and often random, as you’ll probably be able to tell in a minute. So I decided to just tell y’all about the most recent 10 books I’ve added on Goodreads.

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1) Elektra, Vol 1: Bloodlines. In the past couple years I’ve gotten into comics, Image is currently my favorite publisher generally but I’m always looking for new and interesting ideas. I’m not a huge fan of superhero comics, they tend to be less well written, but the inside of Elektra looks beautiful! And I can never say no to pretty books.

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2) My Soul To Lose.  Someone on my goodreads feed (I can’t remember who now) was reading and loving a later book in this series. So I thought why not put it on my list? It’s fantasy and those tend to be fun books.

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3) When Dimple Met Rishi. Everyone has been talking about how amazing this book is. And it honestly looks like it will be adorable.

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4) Can We Be Good Without God? This book was mentioned in The God Delusion, a book that I just finished two days ago.  It seemed interesting because it brings up a relevant question to my life right now.

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5) The Sins of Scripture: Exposing the Bible’s Texts of Hate to Reveal the God of Love. This book was also mentioned in The God Delusion.

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6) The Changing Faces of Jesus. The third and last book from The God Delusion. I’ve been doing a lot of studying lately, thus why this book interested me.

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7) Oryx and Crake. I’ve always wanted to read more books by Margaret Atwood, so this one seemed interesting. Plus the cover is really cool!

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8) Vanishing Point. A couple years back I read Wittgenstein’s Mistress by this same author. I loved that book and experimental novels are my thing. Thus this book got added to my list.

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9) This Is Not A Novel. Added for the same reason as the previous book.

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10) The You I’ve Never Known. This book was on a list of LGBTQA+ books and so obviously had to go in my list.

That’s all for now.  What books have you added recently to your list? Would you read any of the books on mine? 

 

What’s Up Next For Me

My birthday is coming up soon.  August is right around the corner. I’m going to be twenty-two.  Honestly this scares me. But that’s no surprise, I’m scared of a lot of things (heh it’s great living with anxiety *sarcasm*)

It’s not just the age that scares me (I’M GOING TO BE TWENTY-TWO. LIKE I HAVE TO PRETEND I’M AN ADULT AND THAT I KNOW WHAT I’M DOING) it’s also the feeling of not having done much with my life.   I mean I’ve published a few things things, not that many people read them.  I’ve got a wonderful partner that I’ve been in a healthy relationship with for almost three years. But…what else have I done? Gods and fates that question scares the hell out of me.

So for the next two months, until my dreaded day of birth, I’m going to be frantically writing and trying to get my stuff out into the world.  That said here is what’s on the agenda to be published next.

A Mad Woman’s Voice – I’ve put this darling baby off for too long. She’s been through four drafts, well five is coming up, and she’s starting to feel old enough to be out in the world on her own.  It’s scary letting go of one’s children but dammit I need to stop being so afraid all the time.  My tentative date for this is my birthday, 8/10/17.

The King, The Adviser & The Peasant – But Abi! You were going to release Miracle next, what is this random short story???  Yes. I know. I’m a terrible person.  It’s just that Miracle is not working with me. It’s a terrible child that has been throwing a tantrum for weeks…no longer than that! And I’m done. Miracle can go into timeout for awhile.  In the meantime I’m going to give you my good child.  It will be dedicated to one of my patreon supporters, who has been waiting so patiently for a story.  Please accept this child in Miracle’s place.  The date for this story is June 24th.

That said be on the look out for posts with cover reveals and more info!

May Reading Wrap-Up

I know there’s still four more days left in the month, but I have some posts planned for the later days and thought it would be a good idea to get this one out of the way.

I’ve been doing a ton of reading lately.  Currently I have 33 books out on loan from the library, have finished a total of 120 books for the year and read 21 books this month.

4 Star Reads: 

A fantastic total of 8 four star books this month!  I was able to read some non-fiction this month, which was fun. Most of them were books on writing since I’ve had some writer’s block and I was hoping for inspiration.  I also read a translation of Sappho’s poetry which was really beautiful, probably my favorite of all these books.  Though Georgia Peaches and Other Forbidden Fruit was also a pretty great read.

3 Star Reads: 

Of course I usually have more 3 star reads than anything. This month’s total is 10. There were some fairly good reads in here, despite the 3 star rating.  Miss Jane was intriguing but it wasn’t as emotional as I wanted it to me. Once In Loudres was interesting but disturbing. Some of the books were predictable, others just didn’t hold my interest as much as I wanted them to.

2-1 Star Reads: 

Only three books! I’m always happy when my 2 star or lower ratings are few. Art is Spiritual Path was rambly and boring, I was hoping it would be more insightful. Caraval was the most predictable book I’ve read in awhile, as well as all the YA stereotypes thrown together. And Saffire made me uncomfortable, it’s about a white man saving a black slave girl and it just felt a little racist so I stopped reading.

 

What did you read this month? 

 

More Comic Books Reads in 2017

Sex Criminals 2-3: 

Synopsis: Collecting 6-15 these two comics continue the story about two humans who can freeze time when they orgasm. 

Find both on Goodreads. 

I was able to get these for a really great price at my local used bookstore, but I found that I was sort of disappointed in the continuation of the story.  The first volume was hilarious, it didn’t take itself seriously and it was just a really great read overall. I felt like these next two books didn’t have the same hilarity. Instead they took a more “realistic” turn. The second volume was a lot about depression and thus I found it very depressing. Which was not what I wanted to read about.  The third volume was very meta and I honestly found it more annoying that entertaining. Overall both volumes were a 2.5 read.

Nimona:

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Goodreads Synopsis: Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

Find on Goodreads and Amazon.  

My brother-in-law had a copy of this fantastic novel and lent it to me. I admit I read this in just a couple hours because it was so good. Nimona is everything you want in a fantasy adventure story for young adults. It’s fun, it’s magical and the art style is simply stunning.  I don’t want to give too much away, so I’ll just say that this was a five star read for me and I highly highly recommend it.

Low Vol 2:

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Goodreads Synopsis: Will Stel Caine rise from the depths to become first human in millennia to set foot on the surface of the Earth? Who is the relentless Minister of Thought on a quest to put an end to Stel’s attempt to restore the light to a dying world?

Collecting: Low 7-10

Find on Goodreads and Amazon. 

This collection was three stars compared to the first one’s four star rating by me. Though the artwork is still lovely, and the characters are pretty great as well, I felt like the plot was a little slow.  It dragged in a few places, and thus the reason for the lower rating. I still think this series is still interesting though, and I plan on reading the third volume.