Mid-November Update: a.k.a. a lengthy rant about life

(Really, this is basically just a really long and random post where I complain about life and share what’s happening with me right now. You are warned. My English might not be very good, it might not be very coherent and there might be some cursing, but hey, do I look like I care?) 

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Short Review: The Midnight Sea

The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross

 

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[ Goodreads ] They are the light against the darkness.

The steel against the necromancy of the Druj.

And they use demons to hunt demons….

Nazafareen lives for revenge. A girl of the isolated Four-Legs Clan, all she knows about the King’s elite Water Dogs is that they leash wicked creatures called daevas to protect the empire from the Undead. But when scouts arrive to recruit young people with the gift, she leaps at the chance to join their ranks. To hunt the monsters that killed her sister.

Scarred by grief, she’s willing to pay any price, even if it requires linking with a daeva named Darius. Human in body, he’s possessed of a terrifying power, one that Nazafareen controls. But the golden cuffs that join them have an unwanted side effect. Each experiences the other’s emotions, and human and daeva start to grow dangerously close.

As they pursue a deadly foe across the arid waste of the Great Salt Plain to the glittering capital of Persepolae, unearthing the secrets of Darius’s past along the way, Nazafareen is forced to question his slavery—and her own loyalty to the empire. But with an ancient evil stirring in the north, and a young conqueror sweeping in from the west, the fate of an entire civilization may be at stake…

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Short Review: The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids

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[GoodreadsWhen a day that you happen to know is Wednesday starts off by sounding like Sunday, there is something seriously wrong somewhere.’ When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth’s population blind, Bill Masen – one of the lucky few to keep his sight – finds himself trapped in a London jammed with sightless mobs who prey on those who can still see. But another menace stalks blind and sighted alike. With nobody to stop them the Triffids – walking carnivorous plants with lethal stingers – rise up as humanity stumbles and falls… 

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October Wrap Up, Book Haul & Blog Anniversary

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I had a lovely and terribly busy month and let me warn you that this is going to be a very long post. 

Reading Wrap Up:

Let me, first of all, tell you of all the great and exciting books I read this month. I was very lucky to have read such wonderful books. I loved ALL of them, some more than others, of course, but I strongly recommend all of them. 

  1. Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor – 4.5 stars
  2. Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor – 5 stars 
  3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 stars
  4. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater – 5 stars
  5. The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham – 4 stars
  6. Turtles All The Way Down by John Green – 5 stars all the goddamn stars

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I won’t be reading as much this month as I have quite a few assignments and I’m also going to try to focus on writing. Although I won’t be participating in NaNoWriMo this year (and I shouldn’t have tried to last year), I am hoping to catch some of that motivation and inspiration.

So, the reviews for these books and the reviews I’m still missing for the books I read in September should partly if not all be published in November and December. I’d really like to start the year with an empty drafts folder. 

 

Book Haul:

I bought seven books this month! I’d like to say I shouldn’t have or I didn’t want to, but of course, I wanted to buy them and I wanted to read them. I’ve been thinking about selling some of my books (the ones that I disliked or some of my older books) though I’m not sure where and how yet (but there is this one local second-hand stuff fair open to all who want to participate so I might try there). 

  1. Turtles All The Way Down – John Green
  2. Call Me By Your Name – André Aciman
  3. Lord of Shadows – Cassandra Clare
  4. Godsgrave – Jay Kristoff *
  5. The Psychopath Test – Jon Ronson *
  6. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy – Cassandra Clare *
  7. The Last Namsara – Kristen Ciccarelli *

(Ever since I read Danielle’s (@thechroniclesofdanielle) review of The Last Namsara, I’ve been super intrigued and excited about it. Go check it out!) 

*My latest order that I literally placed yesterday that won’t arrive for another two weeks, probably. 

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Blog Anniversary: 1 Year Blogging

This won’t be a very large comment but I’d just like to say that I quite enjoyed this year of blogging and that I plan to continue and get better at it (and more consistent too). I started it to get free ARCs and so I really wanted to get lots of followers fast, to be honest, but I don’t really care about that anymore and I’m really enjoying not caring what other people think and just sharing my thoughts (though I’m definitely censoring myself in the swearing aspect of my reviews – which is to say I’m not – but I do quite a lot of it in real life). 

Here are some of my posts from this month (actually these are the only posts from this past month because I was very busy and in London at one point.)

 

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Review: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

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[ Goodreads ] Around the world, black hand prints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grows dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When beautiful, haunted Akiva fixes fiery eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

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Review: Crown of Midnight

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

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[Goodreads]

Crowned by Evil.
Bound by Duty.
Divided by Love.

Celaena Sardothien, royal assassin, is the King of Adarlan’s deadliest weapon. She must win her freedom through his enemies’ blood – but she cannot bear to kill for the crown. And every death Celaena fakes, every lie she tells, put those she loves at risk.

Torn between her two protectors – a captain and a prince – and battling a dark force far greater than the king, Celaena must decide what she will fight for: her liberty, her heart or the fate of a kingdom…

 

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Review: Strange The Dreamer

Strange The Dreamer by Laini Taylor

 

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 [ Goodreads The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

Welcome to Weep. 

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September Wrap Up

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This was a hectic first month of the semester for me and I’m not looking forward to continuing all that much, to be honest. I started uni classes and driving classes and I have so much homework, and barely any time to eat a proper lunch. I’m so glad September’s over, and I’m so glad I still managed to post so much. I hope I can keep that up. If only I could skip October and all the tests and assignments I have to do… Oh well, better get started with the wrap-up!

 

Books Read: 

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I was on a book ban but I ordered Tower of Dawn because I can’t stop thinking about Rowaelin, Elide and Lochan, Manon and Dorian, and Aedion and Lysandra! THEY’RE ALL SO PRECIOUS, ESPECIALLY ABRAXOS! I read these four TOG books on my first week of classes. I had sooo much time that week, every teacher canceled at least one class and there one or two days when I didn’t have classes at all!

The Midnight Sea wasn’t as good as I expected but it was definitely entertaining and I’m looking forward to reading the next one. 

  1. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
  2. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars (2nd favorite)
  3. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars
  4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas – 5 stars (favorite)
  5. The Midnight Sea by Kat Ross – 3.5-4 stars

 

Reviews & Some Other Posts: 

 

Here’s a list of some of the movies I watched this month (for the first time) that I really enjoyed and strongly recommend: 

  • The Innocents – 4 stars
  • Kong: Skull Island – 3.5 stars
  • The Empire Strikes Back – 3.5 stars
  • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword – 4.5 stars  (one of my favorites of all the movies I watched this month; I would just like to thank god for Charlie Hunnam)
  • IT – 4 stars

Unpopular opinion of the month: I really disliked Baby Driver and it was painful to finish, and I don’t see what all the hype is about.

 

Reading Ebooks: Pros, Cons & Personal Preferences

This month was off to a great start for me in terms of reading but as the semester progresses, the workload increases and it seems I underestimated how much work I would actually have to do this month…

It’s in these times that I turn to ebooks! Most of my classes require me to carry my tablet or computer around as it’s simply not practical to just carry a notebook or use my phone. To those who have light MAC computers, maybe you can carry a physical book with you everywhere but those of us who have a medium sized laptop (I’ve got a 13-15 inch one, I think? the measures may be different), it’s too much weight. Ebooks are practical as hell, though. 

Personally, I prefer physical books, but I love any type of book. (I love owning a physical copy of the book because of the feel and the reading experience, in general.) In the past, I’ve read ebook versions of some books that I ended up buying a physical copy of and rereading several times (like The Young Elites and The Song of Achilles). 

However, when I’m extremely busy with college, I read ebooks. Plural, yes, as in several a week/day, depending on the size and/or of my free time. I’ll admit one of the perks of reading ebooks is that you can read them in class and your teacher might not even notice anything unusual. Back in March, I read Hollow City, The Foxhole Court, Heartless and Boy Meets Boy (all ebooks), most of them in class and/or in the bus. Sadly, ebooks do take a lot of my tablet’s battery. 

Ideally, all ebooks would have a clean, simple format with good margins. Sadly, some are so badly-formatted, it’s actually painful to read. Of course, that is because of the origin of the ebook (which may or may not be an illegal pdf from the internet). I won’t comment any further than this but apparently, Guttenberg.org offers lots of free ebooks. Smashwords also has free ebooks (put there by their authors) and very cheap ebooks.  

At the moment, I’d like to read my physical copies of Traitor to the Throne, Spice &Wolf Light Novel Vol. 2 or The Raven Boys. Too much weight for my back and shoulders, though, so I’m currently considering to read one or more of the following books (that I have in ebook format): 

  • The Midnight Sea – Kat Ross (The Fourth Element book 1 of 3)
  • The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn book 1 of 7?)
  • Talon – Julie Kagawa (Talon book 1 of 5)
  • Three Dark Crowns -Kendare Blake
  • Siena – Zoe Blessing
  • The Near Witch – V.E. Schwab
  • Soundless – Richelle Mead
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go – Patrick Ness (Chaos Walking book 1 of 3)
  • Lover Reborn – J.R. Ward (Black Dagger Brotherhood book 10 of ?)

 

What are some of your thoughts on ebooks? Do you prefer them over physical copies? Do you read on your phone or kindle or nook or…? Comment your thoughts!