Intimidating TBR Tag

Waiting on Wednesday 09/21/16

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I’ve read almost all of Lauren Oliver’s books. I was on the fence for this one but read an amazing review and a suggested reading style for it. It hyped me a bit and I believe she’ll be at Yall Fest. The only thing I’m not sure about is if I want to pre-order it or picked up a signed copy at Yall Fest!

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Replicaby Lauren Oliver

Publishing Date : October 4th, 2016

Publisher : HarperCollins

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Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

DiverseAThon! TBR and Recommendations

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    I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain why diversity is important, but here we are. People are still making disgusting videos and posts fighting against diversity and representation. It almost makes my brain short circuit, I simply do not understand the want to read the same characters over and over in the same stories. I can’t understand not want to represent everyone. This world is a quilt of cultures and colors and beliefs, how can we NOT look for that in our books and media? There are untold multitudes of Diversity, I would love to see more if it reflected in literature – YA, Adult, SFF, etc.  I struggle myself finding my own sexuality represented, to me that’s a small part of me – but the fact that people out there can’t find their race or their culture, that’s the heart breaking part. I’m not going to link to anything that doesn’t support Diversity in this post, especially not the highly offensive video that triggered the DiverseAThon’s creation (check out the announcement video from Joce with links to all creators). Just take my word, it’s out there. You can find plenty of transcripts of the video (I wouldn’t recommend watching it to give it the supporting views) or posts with summaries of things said.
This post is to celebrate Diversity – I want to see more of it, and I’m purposely seeking it out this week (have been and will continue to do so) for the #DiverseAThon. Some amazing Booktubers created this readathon in response to the above mentioned video. I’ve been cooking up a TBR for it and as this is the first day I thought it’d be appropriate to share that as well as some recommendations. In fact, I’m going to skim through everything in my house/on my Kindle and just list anything and everything I can find with diversity in it.
I’m looking a Diversity in a very wide lens. I’m looking for Persons of Color, Gender Diversity, Cultural Diversity, Mental Health/Physical Diversity, Learning Diversity, Religious Diversity,  etc. I’m also looking at author and/or story for sources of these. I
grayflaghave an especially keen interest in anything that might possibly have individuals of the Asexual Spectrum (#pride), and anything with learning disorders. I unfortunately only have one read on this list that hits the Ace Spectrum (that I know of) but if anyone has more please send them my way. That’s where I sit (as a Demi/Gray leaning into full Ace) and I would LOVE to see more of that. I also only have one book representing my own personal learning disorder (Dyscalculia) – I may have representation of others. Again, please bring on the recommendations.
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Waiting on Wednesday 09/07/2016

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spines.

I am SUPER excited about this particular release, I have  NetGalley arc to read and will have a review up a few weeks before the release! This one looks so amazing.

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by Marie Brennan

 

Publishing Date : September 13th, 2016

Publisher : Tor.com

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The sound of the horn pierces the apeiron, shattering the stillness of that realm. Its clarion call creates ripples, substance, something more. It is a summons, a command. There is will. There is need.
And so, in reply, there is a woman.

At the beginning—no—at the end—she appears, full of fury and bound by chains of prophecy.

Setting off on an unexplained quest from which she is compelled to complete, and facing unnatural challenges in a land that doesn’t seem to exist, she will discover the secrets of herself, or die trying. But along the way, the obstacles will grow to a seemingly insurmountable point, and the final choice will be the biggest sacrifice yet.

This is the story of a woman’s struggle against her very existence, an epic tale of the adventure and emotional upheaval on the way to face an ancient enigmatic foe. This could only spun from the imagination of Marie Brennan, award-winning author and beloved fantasist, beginning a new series about the consequences of war—and of fate.

June Library TBR

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I’m really bad at TBRs. Real bad guys. So bad. BUT I’ve discovered I’m much better at reading a TBR if I have to actually get rid of the book. So for the past two months I’ve been doing library trips to test this. It works. I had to hang overs from last month – The Familiar Volume 2 and All The Birds In The Sky (which I have started).

I got way to many! I’m SO EXCITED about almost all of these but a little worried about getting to it. Still! Plans! I’ve made them! I’ll conquer at least part of these, because come on – this pile is full of amazing.

#TomeTopple Read-a-thon TBR

Tome Topple is a TBR created by Sam over at ThoughtsOnTomes on Youtube, and this is a two week read-a-thon with a focus on reading big books.

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Not that I need an excuse to read big books, but I’ve been a bit bad about it lately. It’s satisfying to burn through a bunch of little books and make my Goodreads numbers jump up but it leaves my awesome chunky books that just want love alone on the shelves. SO! I decided to jump on this band wagon!
There 5 challenges, as below:
1. Read more than one tome (500+ pages)
2. Take a graphic novel break (doesn’t need to be over 500 pages!)
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Read over 500 pages in one week
5. Read an adult novel
And the read-a-thon runs from June 2- June 19th.

So what am I reading!?
Otherland : City of Golden Shadow by Tad Williams – This series has been on my shelf so long I have the later books in hardback, acquired not long after publishing by my mother. I have heard amazing things about this so I’m pretty excited to actually try this one.
Star Wars : Kanan Volume 2 This one isn’t actually in my grubby paws yet but it’s on it’s way (got the shipping notification from Amazon yesterday). I love Star Wars Rebels and Kanan is a great character, I can’t wait to pick back up with this graphic novel series. 
Impulse by Ellen HopkinsThis is kind of a cheese read. Ellen Hopkins books are prose and read super, super quick for me. In fact I almost used this one as my sub for the Graphic Novel challenge since these are usually such a quick read.
Deep Fathom by James Rollins I really enjoy James Rollins books just for pure escapism of them. However this one seems to take place under the ocean. Have I ever mentioned I’m thalassophobic? I’m sure it’ll be fine, psssh, nothing like reading a book about the depths of the sea to help me get over it right? Right?!
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins – I’m already reading this bad boy on Audio so I thought I should throw this one in, since it’s quite a chunker. I have it in paperback and I’ll be bouncing between the two versions. Spooky Victorian mystery! Fun (no, really, Wilkie Collins is cracking me up)!

With all of these I think I have met all the challenges. Fingers crossed I’ll get at least one or two of these done! Is anyone else doing this one? What’re you reading?

Authors I Want to Complete

There are certain authors I definitely want to finish reading everything they have. I’m not good at this sort of thing but a few have made this list. I have read at least one

  • ·Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    I think this one is obvious. I love Sherlock Holmes, in fact I love any ‘Great Detective’
    trope. This is something I’ve come to realize. I want to dig up and read anything related to Holmes. To me Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also lived an interesting life. Just from my cursory research of course. I’m just so easily enchanted with anything on this topic, so I’d love to dig through everything he’s written.
  • ·Jane Austen
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    This is another obvious one for me. I’ve always enjoyed Austen’s writing, especially listening to Austen. There is a limited pool of books unfortunately and I’ve read most of them, but I’d like to finish rereading and reading the last of those I’ve missed.
  • Stephen King
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    This may never happen, I may never get through King’s whole
    bibliography and not because he has too many. I have Terry Pratchett coming up and that’s a reasonable goal for me. King’s books just take me a while. They’re slow burns, slow reads. At the same time I love them. I also can’t read more than one King every few weeks or it’s almost overwhelming. But I do want to get through his books.
  • Neil Gaiman
    Books read : 15
    I could be missing some here since Gaiman has written quite a few children’s books and short stories. Gaiman is definitely one of my auto buy authors so I own most if Gaimannot all of his recently published works. He has a certain dry and dark humor at times
    that I can’t help seeking it out more. I need to finish Sandman but graphic novels are expensive guys! And my local library doesn’t stock them! >< Also I just love Gaiman as a person, he seems like a genuine person and just great. I can’t formulate just how I feel about him but I really look up to the man.
  • Terry Pratchett
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    Pratchett has what 44 books in Discworld alone? So many… but I’m in no hurry. I
    don’t want to finish all his work and then be sitting around sad. This is another one that I feel like is not going to be a surprise and thus does not need to be explained. #WishILivedOnTheDisc
  • Zen Cho
    Books Read : 1 Novel, 3 short storieszen cho
    Most of Zen Cho’s work is in short stories so far, and a lot of that is hard to get your hands on because it’s in anthologies and not available online. I’ve read what I can
    find, and I’ve got several used copies of anthologies bookmarked for purchase. I love her short fiction and I really enjoyed Sorcerer to the Crown that I read last month. There is just something fresh and refreshing about her short fiction especially, with it’s folklore and setting.
  • Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant
    Books Read : 9/1SeananMcGuire
    I have shockingly few of Seanan’s books and this shame I carry sadly. I love urban
    fantasy so it would stand to reason I would love her October Daye series. I’m just so hesitant to get addicted to it and not have the books! I’ve been accumulating them slowly though. I also really need to catch up on her work as Mira, I loved Parasite.

Waiting on Wednesday 4/27/2016

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June is going to be a good month. It really is. This fantasy collection of Patricia McKillip has guaranteed it. I can’t wait.
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Dreams of Distant Shores by Patricia A. McKillip

Publishing Date : June 14, 2016

Publisher : Tachyon Publishing

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Featuring three brand-new stories and an original introduction by Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn.

Bestselling author Patricia A. McKillip (The Riddle-Master of Hed) is one of the most lyrical writers gracing the fantasy genre. With the debut of her newest work, Dreams of Distant Shores is a true ode to her many talents. Within these pages you will find a youthful artist possessed by both his painting and his muse and seductive travelers from the sea enrapturing distant lovers. The statue of a mermaid comes suddenly to life, and two friends are transfixed by a haunted estate.

Fans of McKillip’s ethereal fiction will find much to delight them; those lucky enough to be discovering her work will find much to enchant them.

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-thon TBR!

We’re back at it ladies and gents. These are the things I’m going to pretend to read during Dewey’s (I’ve a long history of not being able to get a lot done during the Dewey’s, but I give it a shot every time I can)!

illidanI’m reading out loud to my husband the new World of Warcraft : Illidan novel, and since we plan on playing a little WoW tomorrow I’ll likely do this as he flies us around and we wait on LFR queues.
Additionally I finally got my copy of I Hate Fairyland : Volume 1 by Skottie Young. That should be a quick and easy read, as graphic novels never last me more than an hour.
As far as full length novels for just me I have started American AmericanSlave
Slave, which was written by a childhood friend, and intend to get a bit further into that one. I also want to work on SkinWalker and if by some freak event that I finish one of those two over the course of the day I’ll probably pick up The Familiar (volume 1).

Fingers crossed on this one. I have no prior engagements, besides a Library Book Sale early in the morning. Hopefully I’ll be able to get up nice and early to get a head start on this one as well!
As usual with my TBRs though I’m not going to beat myself up if I fail. I’m in it for the fun!

Waiting on Wednesday 4/20/2016

WaitingOnWednesdayadored Pretty Deadly Volume 1, in fact I’ve been meaning to post a review of it – hopefully it’ll be up by the time this goes up. It was fantastical but gritty and dark and perfection. Volume 2 cannot be here soon enough for my taste!
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Pretty Deadly Volume 2: The Bear by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Emma Rios

Publishing Date : July 19th, 2016

Publisher : Image

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“Grand and majestic storytelling.” (Warren Ellis (Gun Machine, Red)).
Kelly Sue DeConnick (Captain Marvel, Bitch Planet) and Emma Rios (Island, Mirror) present the follow up to the Eisner-nominated, New York Times best-selling Pretty Deadly Vol. 1: The Shrike. Sarah Fields is dying and her children strike a bargain with the Immortals: give them one month more, until the moon is full again, to find their little brother so that he may see his mother one last time. But the boy is far, far away, in the trenches of France, stalked by the Reapers of Vengeance and Cruelty. As beautifully lush as it is unflinchingly savage, The Bear collects Issue 6-10.