Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Can't Wait Wednesday

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about what we have yet to read. Generally they are books that have yet to be released, but don't have to be. It is based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous at Breaking the Spine. 

Release Date: February 6, 2018
Author: Derek K. Wilson
Genre: Non-Fiction
Pages: 320

Spanning some of the most vibrant and fascinating eras in European history, Cambridge historian Derek Wilson reveals a society filled with an ardent desire for knowledge and astounding discoveries—and the fantastic discoveries that flowered from it. There was the discovery of the movement of blood around the body; the movement of the earth around the sun; the velocity of falling objects (and why those objects fell).   

Why I'm Waiting: This just sounds like a really interesting read about the lines between science and magic!


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


Series: Red Rising #4
Author: Pierce Brown
Pages: 480

A decade ago, Darrow was the hero of the revolution he believed would break the chains of the Society. But the Rising has shattered everything: Instead of peace and freedom, it has brought endless war. Now he must risk everything he has fought for on one last desperate mission. Darrow still believes he can save everyone, but can he save himself?

And throughout the worlds, other destinies entwine with Darrow’s to change his fate forever: 

A young Red girl flees tragedy in her refugee camp and achieves for herself a new life she could never have imagined.

An ex-soldier broken by grief is forced to steal the most valuable thing in the galaxy—or pay with his life.

And Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile to the sovereign, wanders the stars with his mentor, Cassius, haunted by the loss of the world that Darrow transformed, and dreaming of what will rise from its ashes.

Okay, so I know I'm behind by two books, but in my defense the first book hurt. Which is no excuse because Red Rising was amazing and I need to suck it up! Also, because the fourth book is out today!! Which means now I'm three books behind.. Story of my life. But, if you haven't checked this series out, I cannot recommend it enough. If you need me I'll be in the corner finally finishing this series crying into the pages.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by the Broke and the Bookish, but is not run by That Artsy Reader Girl.  Each week they chose a new meme and bloggers pick their Top Ten Books, TV Shows, Movies, etc that fit that theme. This week the theme is: Bookish Goals/Resolutions for 2018!

  • Read 55 books. 
    • I'm already 4, almost 5, books into this goal!
  • Read Less Graphic Novels
    • and, read more actual books! 
  • Read More Non-Fiction
    • I have so many intriguing Non-Fiction books on my "To Read" Shelf. Some of started to collect dust!
  • Put a dent in my Physical TBR 
    • This means cutting the library out of my life from Jan. 12th to March 12th.
    • Then again over the summer!
  • Meet Tamora Pierce
    • I already bought my tickets!! Eeeh!
  • Catch up on the Riyria Series
    • I've already started on this one, the Crown Tower is my at home book.
  • Actually BINGO this year
    • I danced around a BINGO last year, but never managed to pick up a book that actually got me one. This year I plan better!
  • Read More!
    • I let Netflix and life get in the way last year and pull me into reading slumps. But not this year!
  • More Historical Fiction outside of the Victorian Era
    • I need to step outside of my comfort zone. There are other time periods, Kayla!
  • Blog more
    • Write more bookish post, and have more faith in my writing
I feel like all of these are obtainable by the end of the year. Though I'm a little nervous about reading 55 books. I got close that last year, but it's a challenge for a reason! Good luck to everyone on their goals!


Monday, January 15, 2018

Bout of Books 21 Wrap-up

Bout of Books

Well that's a wrap folks! First read-a-thon of the year is down and with awesome results on my end. The weekend was a little rough on the reading front because work was busy. Still I managed a handful of pages and that is all that matters. I hope everyone had a great weak reading!! And if you missed this round of Bout of Books, it'll be back in May from the 14th and 20th. Now onto some stats!

Books Read: 

Pages Read: 552

I'm halfway through The Further Adventure of Sherlock Holmes: the Man from Hell and the Crown Tower. Hoping I can finish Sherlock on the bus going to and from my shift since it is my bus book. My plan is curl up on my next day off and finish Crown Tower. I think this is the first time I've read a stack, albeit a small stack, of books during Bout of Books. It was awesome! Can't wait to see however else do it!!  See everyone in May!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Mini Reviews

One of my goals for Bookish Whispers was to review more of things that I read. Which basically meant for me to review the Graphic Novels by volume and not wait until I finished the series. Mostly because I good number of the ones I'm reading are either still on going, or there are a few volumes to read between books. Personally I never felt I had enough to say to warrant a full review so this year I thought I'd do small reviews of the Graphic Novels I finish throughout the year. And, maybe a few novellas will slip in here and there.

(Huge thanks to my friend Sio for the graphics!!)

Okay, so this issue sneaked up on me. I was unaware that there was going to be another volume to I Hate Fairyland, let alone that it had come out in October of 2017. But, the knowledge couldn't have come had a better time. It was an amazing start to my year of reading! Gert is back, and still looking for a way home, and wouldn't you know Larry was holding out on her. It's everything I loved about the first two volumes. In so many ways Gert is my spirit animal and my fingers are crossed that this wasn't the last we've seen of Fairyland!

I love the Anno Dracula Series, and I do not have the words to describe how excited I am that it's got a Graphic Novel. It was so cool to have actual faces to characters I love, and it was a great way to help ease my patience for the next book. It was everything I love about the series but with an added bonus of amazing art by Paul Mccaffrey. The story was amazing and a great way to slide back into the Anno Dracula world. Totally worth the wait, but definitely one I'll be adding to my collection so I can re-read it again.

Oh my gosh! This, right here, is my life! Only I don't have an adorable little bunny, but two felines who judge my life choices. Adulthood is a Myth was hilarious and I laughed out loud several times. The artwork was adorable! Why did I wait so long to pick this up?! It's so good to know I'm not the only who decides to wear the same hoodie day in, and day out, and that someone else hates putting away laundry as much as I do. This was so much fun!


Friday, January 12, 2018

Tackle TBR

So this year my flatmate and decided it was time to read through the physical books we own. Mostly because if we don't the books might over take us, or my cat will finally eat a whole one in the middle of the middle night when he wants fed. Which means for the two months no books from the library, and no buying books. For two straight months we'll read only the books we own that have been sitting on our TBRs for at least a year, or longer. I had the smart idea of turning this into a blog event for Bookish Whispers.

(Huge thanks to my friend Sio for the graphics!!)

Here are the Guidelines:

  • Runs from Jan 12 to March 12 
  • Books have to be ones we physically own (which includes any Kindle books)
  • I'll be posting my weekly stats on what I've read, reading, and if anything was DNF'ed
We waited for the 12th of January so we could finish off what we already had checked out from the library before starting. If anyone wants to join up, you are more than welcome, just link up in the comments. 

Currently Reading: the Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan


Thursday, January 11, 2018

Cover Release - Delilah Dirk: Pillars of Hercules

Finally the time as come! Tony Cliff has announced anther addition to the Delilah Dirk Series. Book 3 is coming out in August. Which in my opinion is way too long to wait, but if you've never read anything about Delilah Dirk, you're seriously missing out! It's an amazing series and you can catch up Tony Cliff's blog for Delilah Dirk, here. In the meantime I think it's time for a quick reread of the Turkish Lieutenant and the King's Shilling.

Having survived a close shave in England, where she was falsely accused of spying for the French, Delilah has set out with her companion Selim for more agreeable adventures in central Asia. But when she stumbles on an artifact that may be a clue about the location of the legendary third pillar of Hercules, Delilah and Selim are drawn back to Europe on an Indiana-Jones-style archaeological caper that pits her against a ruthless enemy . . . and forces her to team up with the most unlikely partner of all time: her sworn enemy, Jason Merrick, the man who framed her for espionage!