Monday, August 1, 2016

August Hiatus

I've been thinking about this for awhile now - most of last month - and as much as I love this blog, I think I need some time off.

Nearly everything I post last month had been scheduled since June or before and I believe I haven't replied to any of my comments since at least the first of July. I also haven't been reading anything - unless you count fanfic.

So, for the entire month of August, I am going on hiatus. I might manage a few posts, like Top Ten Tuesdays, and I definitely want to still have my wrap-up at the end of the month.

I'm going to use this time both to recharge my batteries and to decide, exactly, what I want to do with my blog going forward, because lately it feels like I've only been posting because it's expected of me.

Hopefully by the end of the month, I will be fully back, but if not, I might be extending this hiatus to take in most or all of September.

I want to thank you guys for being such awesome readers and for being patient with me!

Friday, July 29, 2016

July Wrap-Up

This month has been...absolutely unproductive for reading or anything to do with my blog. I do feel somewhat bad about this - especially the comments that I haven't responded to yet, I will, I promise! - but also I just have no energy or desire to do much of anything.

I do wish there was some way I could add my fanfiction stories I've been reading, because in the past month, I bet I've read 2000 pages of that. At least. Because when it comes time to read, that's all I really want to read. (At least I have been reading things anyway, and it's not like I completely stopped.)

So, there's a shift coming on, that I'll bring up next month.

What I've read...

Pandora Hearts Vol. 6 by Jun Mochizuki - *****
Pandora Hearts Vol. 7 by Jun Mochizuki - *****
More Than A Man by Emily Ryan-Davis & Elise Logan - **

I'm currently 'in the middle of' two books that, no matter how much I think I like or should like, I have no interest in picking them up when I have an extra five minutes.

What I've Watched...

So, this month I watched Teen Wolf season 2 at a rate of at least two episodes a night, every night. (At least it's a short season, because otherwise...) I can't explain it, but there's something so compelling about that show. (Though I could do without all the Scott/Allison drama and the Argent family is almost entirely a bunch of nutjobs!)

Also watched season six of Rizzoli & Isles (almost as quickly as Teen Wolf). I hear that next season is supposed to be the last and while I am glad that the show won't stretch on until I can't even watch it anymore, I will miss it because these six season have been awesome!

I've been making my way through the X-Men animated series from back in the '90's and I probably won't be able to finish it because - wow - some of these people are insufferable. I mean, I never liked Scott or Jean (seriously, in the movies they were terrible) but even some of my favorites like Wolverine and Gambit are starting to get on my nerves. And I could do without all the stuff that last episode had with Rouge. At least I still like Storm. And Beast. They are awesome. (And this had made my re-think my desire to rewatch all the live action movies in preparation for Apocalypse when it hits DVD.)

I also finally finished Birds of Prey which I, sadly, do not like anywhere near as much as I did the first time around. Oh well, it's still worth a watch for most episodes. (And the always stellar Harley Quinn.)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

July Book Haul

So, I'm not going to get into my month or my upcoming plans in this post, but all I bought was one book. Which is kind of great considering I've been reading barely anything.

The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson
There is an unseen world of good and evil where nightmares are fought and hope is reborn. Enter The Door Within.

Aidan Thomas is miserable. Within two weeks, Aidan’s life is completely uprooted as his parents move the family across the country to care for his ailing grandfather. The quiet but imaginative Aidan is struggling with attending a new school and fitting in with a new group of friends. But when he begins having nightmares and eerie events occur around his neighborhood, Aidan finds himself drawn to his grandfather's basement—where he discovers three ancient scrolls and a mysterious invitation to another world.

No longer confined to the realm of his own imagination, Aidan embarks on an adventure where he discovers a long-fought war between good and evil. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, Aidan faces Paragory, the eternal enemy with unfathomable power. Will Aidan be willing to risk everything and trust the unseen hand of the one true King?

This was a spur-of-the-moment buy, I'd never even seen/heard of the book before.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines

Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
Series: Magic ex Libris
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Contemporary
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Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic...

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Review: Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas

Kingdom of Ashes by Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #2
Genre: Fantasy/Retelling
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Asleep for a hundred years, awoken by a kiss, Aurora’s life was supposed to be a fairytale. But since discovering that loyalty to the crown and loyalty to her country are two very different things, Aurora knows she can only dream of happily ever after. Once the enchanted princess, savior of her people, she is now branded a traitor.

Aurora is determined to free her home from the king’s tyrannical rule, even if it means traveling across the sea to the kingdom of the handsome and devious Prince Finnegan—someone who seems to know far more about her magic than he should. However, Finnegan’s kingdom has perils of its own, and any help he gives Aurora will come at a price.

As Aurora and Finnegan work together to harness her power—something so fiery and dangerous that is as likely to destroy those close to Aurora as it is to save them—she begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding the curse that was placed on her over a century before…and uncover the truth about the destiny she was always meant to fulfill.

Brimming with captivating fantasy and life-threatening danger, the sequel to A Wicked Thing takes Sleeping Beauty on an adventure unlike any she’s ever had before.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Top Ten Books Set OUTSIDE the US

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

Okay, I kind of fail at this. Most of the books I read don't take place in the US - because most of them don't even take place on earth. Somehow, I don't think that's what this prompt wants. So, I went to work. And ignored the thought that I could easily make this a top ten list of books that take place in England. Because I read a lot of them.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Amy's 14 Steps to Reading City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Step 1: Fear
Okay, I've heard a lot of talk about it - but why is there a picture of a half-naked guy on the cover? And what is up with his skin? Seriously, I don't read those type of books. I'll pass.

Step 2: Disinterest
Wow, that series is getting long. Hmm, I'll find something else to read.

Step 3: Cover Love
What's this? 'Clockwork Angel'? Look at that cover... But it's by the same author as City of Bones.

Step 4: Cover Love Killed the Reader
Fine! I'll buy it. I won't like it. But I'll buy it.

Step 5: Surprise
Okay... It was better than I thought it'd be - not that that actually says much.

Step 6: Shut Up
*Reading Clockwork Prince*

Step 7: Vague Interest
City of Bones movie? I guess I could watch it. If I find the dvd in the five bucks bin.

Step 8: Giving Up
But... I don't want a hardback copy of Clockwork Princess. Fine, I'll buy it.

Step 9: Emotions

Step 10: Denial
I'm not going to read The Chronicles of Magnus Bane.

*One Week Later*

Step 11: Well, That Happened
What? Don't give me that look. I don't even know who half these people are.

Step 12: Giving In
Okay, fine, I'll buy the book.

Step 13: Indifference
So, I bought it. And it only took me 13 months to start it.

Step 14: Blerg
You'd think one day I'd learn that no matter how urban fantasy is dressed up, it's just not my genre. (Unless it's historical UF, because that's a whole other subject.)

So, ladies and gents, this is the vague process I went through from first seeing this book on the shelf to where I stand now. (And, no, I have no intent of continuing this series.) (And, in truth, I wanted to finally get this post finished and off my computer.)