Monday, December 30, 2013

Top Ten Books I Read in 2013

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. 

The topic this week is the top 10 books we read in 2013, continuing on the end-of-year theme of 2013's top dogs. Not all of these books were published in 2013, and I had to flip through my Goodreads "read" shelf to recall all of the books I had read. :) 

1. Cracked by Eliza Crewe

A sassy main character who isn't exactly a "good" person, caught in the middle of a battle between demons and Templars.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Sunday Scoop #11

An early wish of a happy new year to you, since this week contains the very first days of 2014! 

I've gotten stuck in a book I'm trying to finish. It's not really holding my interest, to be honest. I'm not sure whether to abort the mission or to just start reading a book that I've started reading on the side. 

This week contains a lot of excitement. Let's see:

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Hope you are having a blast with family and friends! 
Happy holidays.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Top Ten Books I Wouldn't Mind Santa Bringing Me

Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish
As much as I would love to just buy whatever book I want to read, my tiny bookshelf would never be able to support all those books! The tomes I do have in physical form are usually the ones I choose to collect. Therefore, for this list I'll include books I definitely wouldn't mind having on my shelf or Kindle from Santa...that I don't own already. ;) 

Going off topic for a sec: I just did 14 minutes' worth of step exercises on my ottoman and I'm a bit sore. Oh, the wonderful uses of an ottoman! 

Book Review: SAGA by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Volume 2)

Saga (Volume 2) by Brian K. Vaughan (writer) and Fiona Staples (artist)

Genres: Comics / Fantasy / Romance / Sci-Fi

I'm going to start by saying that I am in no way immersed in the comic book world. As someone who can probably count all the graphic novels she has read with the fingers of both her hands, I've barely dipped my toes into the waters of the giant ocean of ink, paint, and other media. Most of the comics I've read were introduced to me by a friend who works in a bookstore, Saga included. Since I'm not a collector, I usually wait until the comics I love have been collected into a trade volume. Saga (Vol. 2) was gifted to me by this special friend, and it's taken me at least six months to get to reading it. Yay!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Sunday Scoop #10

Happy holidays! Welcome to the Sunday Scoop, which contains a weekly list of fun reads from around the Internet.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Speculation: World of Warcraft: War Crimes by Christie Golden

Warning: Spoilers

The official cover hasn't been released yet, but there has been talk about the next World of Warcraft novel, War Crimes, which will be written by Christie Golden. 

Release date: June 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Top Ten New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the Broke and the Bookish

This book has been a great year for reading for me. I've fallen in love with the works of many authors, especially in the YA genre. A few are established authors that I have only recently met, but there are many debut authors that knocked my socks off.

1. H.G. Wells

I read: The Time Machine
Well. I am, embarrassingly, a century or so late. Not that I could really help it, since I didn't even exist for most of the belated century. ;) Wells's vision of the distant future is eerie and speculates on the future of the class division between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie. I got scared reading the scenes between the protagonist and the Morlocks at night. 

2. Rainbow Rowell

I read: Eleanor & Park 
This is the sort of book that I wish existed when I was in high school. I could totally relate. It's not the sugar-coated, escapist version of high school that you get here; you get real teenagers with real conflicts in their lives. It's realistic but still leaves you with a sense of hope about the good people in the world.

3. Lauren Nicolle Taylor

I read: The Woodlands, The Wall (currently reading)
I don't remember how I came across Woodlands but the cover definitely attracted my attention. This is a dystopian novel, and I just love Rosa as a fierce main character. 

4. Cristin Terrill 

I read: All Our Yesterdays
So good. A well-plotted time travel novel. It's a mind-boggler. 

5. Eliza Crewe

I read: Cracked 
The main character is so sassy and made the novel so fun to read.

6. Sarah J. Maas

I read: Throne of Glass 
I also plan on reading Crown of Midnight. Ooh. *shivers* 

7. Dmitry Glukhovsky 

I read: Metro 2033 
A chilling post-apocalyptic novel about survivors of nuclear war who hide and live in the old Russian subway tunnels. Their biggest enemy are the dangerous mutants who compete with them for space and food, and threaten to destroy the last bastions of humanity in eastern Europe.

8. Brent Weeks 

I read: Way of the Shadows
A novel in a fantasy setting about assassins, or more specifically, wetboys. It fits within the deep fantasy genre, as it contains a lot of standard fantasy tropes and doesn't deviate too much from it. The power plays and intrigue along with the physical training kept me reading. It's so good. After I read it, I went on Paperbackswap and requested the other two books in this trilogy. 

9. Ken Dahl

I read: Monsters
His graphic novel made me giggle and cringe. It's great. I look forward to reading more from him.

10. Brian K. Vaughan (Writer) & Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

I read: Saga (Vol. 1)
The dialogue and artwork in this series is breathtakingly good. I can start reading in the middle and get hooked in the addictive narrative. It's a beautifully done series centered around two likable characters. 


Thanks for reading! What were some authors that you were new to this year?

Monday, December 16, 2013

It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (#7)

Hosted by BookJourney. 

Ahh, the first Monday of winter break. I don't even know where to start, really. There are many, many books on my reading list. But this week, I'll start with:

This is the sequel to The Woodlands, an amazing dystopian novel that I read this fall (Woodlands is free for download on Amazon, by the way). I've heard that this is even more action-packed than the first one. I wanted to read this book for a long time but had school. 

I'm almost hesitant to start reading it because I know I won't be able to put it down until I finish. 

(War of the Ancients #1)

Chronologically, this is the first Warcraft novel. It takes place thousands of years ago from present-day Azeroth, in the continent of Kalimdor. We get a close-up view of the nocturnal and ancient night elf culture, which would be alien to many Warcraft readers if it were not grounded by the familiar perspectives of a human mage named Rhonin, who finds himself transported back in time. 

I'm re-reading this as part of my winter break goals. I already know it's good. :)

Thanks for reading! What are you up to this Monday?

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Winter Break and Free Time: Setting Goals

San Diego will never look like this.
Photo Credit: Nouse

So after two weeks of all-nighters (both failed and successful), stress eating, and final exams, I am on winter break. As someone who usually has something to study for, I am once again floundering around. It feels so weird to not have an essay to write, a passage to read for a lecture, or concepts to study for. Sleeping in is fantastic, and so is having the leisure time to meet up and have dinner with a friend, or to chat with my in-laws when I leave the bedroom. Lying on the bed and sleeping and dreaming and eating and lying o the bed some more is fun, but if that's all my break consists of then it will start to feel hollow. I need structure and goals to feel like I'm not wasting my time away. 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Sunday Scoop #9

Happy December, and welcome to the Sunday Scoop, in which I will be showing you a weekly list of reads from around the net. Thanksgiving is over, so I made a new Sunday Scoop board, which you can see above. So festive!