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Book Ban Check-in #4

All right, so it has been two weeks, and it’s time to chat. First off, I didn’t buy ANY books these past two weeks. Not a single one. The downside? Didn’t read as much as the previous weeks (classes have been mental, so so so crazy). In fact, let’s look at the pathetic number of physical books I read:

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Yeah, only four. I’m a little sad by this as well. If it’s any consolation, I really liked all four books I read? Part of why this number is so low is because I went on a bit of a graphic novel binge at the library and I mostly read those for the last few weeks. If you haven’t read Y: The Last Man and you love Brian K. Vaughn’s other works? Get on that. Such a rewarding and amazing series from start to finish. Also reads some Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi and I am loving where that series is going, and for my exercise routine I finally managed to finish up Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith, which I enjoyed quite a bit and I thought the narrator for the audiobook was pretty fabulous.

Anywho, I made friends with the library. It meant I didn’t do as good a job on the TBR pile. Let’s go through what was read:

Earth & Sky by Megan Crewe – I was a part of the blog tour for this one. Check out my my review!

Batwoman: To Drown the World by by J.H. Williams III, et al. — I LOVE the direction that Batwoman is being taken in. This particular instalment was broken up into various points of view, all on one subject matter and the events leading up to it. Kate Kane seriously doesn’t get enough love and I think she tries so hard to use her best judgement in tough situation. Seriously, I love her, I love her backstory, buuuut… I wanted a bit more from this. I’m looking forward to how the story will advance in volume 3. 4/5 Stars.

The Metro Dogs of Moscow by Rachelle Delaney — LOVED THIS BOOK. Rachelle Delaney has an insane knack for writing animals to BE ANIMALS, yet have a good blend of being animals and having emotions. J.R is such a cutie and it was great to finally read his first adventure (I had read The Circus Dogs of Prague first as part of a blog tour). Also POOR PIE! Poor, poor, Pie. He ran into some heartbreaking troubles in this book. I hope Rachelle writes another book in this series because it’s such a great series for younger readers. 4/5 Stars.

Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn  — My first Sharon Shinn book and for sure it won’t be my last. Admittedly, I wasn’t too sure about this book, but overall I enjoyed it. I think Shinn has some beautiful prose that borderlines on purple-ish at times.The female characters were absolutely wonderful in this book, but I oddly didn’t find myself connected to any of the men (in fact, they were pretty dull or too full of themselves for my tastes). I thought how the elements were handled were interesting, though I’m a bit bored with fantasy novels were the elements are the defining aspect to either the characters or the world. Still, I think I’ll definitely be checking out more of her books in the future (especially because I’ve heard Mystic and Rider is fabulous). 3.5/5 Stars.

Ebooks Read:

All three were ARCs this time…

Not Otherwise Specified by Hannah Moskowitz — You won’t get to read my review of this book for quite sometime, but if you love gritty, realistic fiction, this one shines. Etta has the perfect voice, she’s got enough troubles, and she felt so real. I’m not going to score this one, you’ll just have to wait for then the review appears! But seriously, ADD IT TO YOUR TBR! I want to read all of Hannah Moskowitz’s books now thanks to this one.

Waistcoats and Weaponry by Gail Carriger — Not spoiling this one either, but check back on October 27th because that is when the review will be going live.

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater — It was perfect, perfect, perfect.

Number of books bought on the ban: 9 (None purchased these last two weeks, I blame Word on the Street for me failing!)

Number of (owned) books read on the ban: 26

Well, the book ban officially ends on November 3rd, so I hope to get more of my own books read within that time. Two more weeks doesn’t seem like a lot of time, but I hope I can make a decent sized dent in the pile. I’m going to try for the month of November to keep cutting back the book purchasing, though it may be hard with the Inspire! Book Fair happening in a few weeks (which I will be there!). Keep cheering me on, I hope to keep the pace going, especially because November is going to be a mess and reading time is definitely going to take a big hit thanks to all the tests and assignments coming up. We shall see! Wish me luck.

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Book Ban Check-in #3

Has it really been two weeks since the last book ban update? It might have been. I’m not going to lie, I bought more books, though the husband said anything I got from Word on the Street didn’t count (what a nice husband), plus I received lots of new ARCs and gifts from River and Melissa. Oh and there’s that Lauren Oliver book I bought and got signed, which you already saw. Needless to say, I gotta stop. Hopefully October will be a better month, though I will probably buy at least one book for sure because, HELLO! New Maggie Stiefvater book. I MUST HAVE IT. Even if I buy that one book, I’ve got to make up what I kinda, sorta got at the events I went to…

Here’s a picture of the physical books I read these last two weeks:

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Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King — Read this for Backseat Book Club and felt very indifferent towards it. I get that it’s supposed to be a fairy tale (it’s completely written this way) but holy crap, everyone was so STUPID in this book. It upset me too because I just didn’t like any of these characters (which makes sense because they are more cartoons than characters). I really liked the writing style of this one as it’s really different from his other books (yay!) and that’s I think ultimately kept me going. Also, very little dragons in this. THE TITLE LIED. 2.5/5 Stars,

Love is a Four-Letter Word by Vikki VanSickle — I wish Vikki’s books were more widely recognized. She writes some wonderfully realistic and totally awesome middler graders. I adore Clarissa, and I love her antics. I also love the new conflicts she faced in this story, especially with her mom and her new beau. Benji still hands down is my favourite character, but goodness Clarissa does a number on some of her friends and family in this one. I’ll probably talk about the three Clarissa books in a full post once I read the last one. 4/5 Stars.

Except the Dying, by Maureen Jennings — MUDOCH MYSTERIES! Admittedly, I haven’t had the chance to watch the show, but I love me a good mystery and the characters in this story were SO AWESOME (Crabtree <3). Plus, I love how Jennings weaves a mystery because she only gives tiny pieces — you really have to do a good chunk of the work. 4/5 Stars.

The Haunting of Heck House by Lesley Livingston & Jonathan Llyr — Not going to say much about this one since the review is going live, TOMORROW. Only hint I will give you: just as fun as the first book.

Rooms by Lauren Oliver — I am the biggest sucker for Lauren Oliver’s stories. Even with some of the novel’s flaws I find myself so deeply invested with her characters and the situations they end up in. I think if you are a very patient reader, there’s a lot to love her. Everything about this book is a slow burn (no pun intended) and that’s part of the joy that comes with the story. Everything is gradual, slow, methodical, and if you are the type of person who can’t settle into that type of pacing, I’d avoid this book. Otherwise, it’s wonderfully spooky with some really wonderful characters. 4/5 Stars,

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll — HOLY CREEPY FACTOR BATMAN. The artwork coupled with the beautiful writing? Great, creepy stuff here. A perfect Halloween read. 4.5/5 Stars,

Ebooks Read:

Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas — Mini-Review

The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place by Julie Berry — Review

The Good Sister by Julie Kain — Review to go live 09/08. (This is a good one guys).

Number of books bought on the ban: 9 (AHHHHHH NOT GOOD! BUT WORD ON THE STREET DOESN’T…oh who am I kidding, yes it does. >>;)

Number of (owned) books read on the ban: 19 (Uhhh… slightly better?)


 

Note to self: STOP BUYING BOOKS… unless it’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue. That’s allowed, right?

Personal Post – Book Buying Ban

BcQ63rzCYAA7nu7It’s weird how the words “Book Buying Ban” has been flying around as of late. It seems like that rush of awesome Winter 2014 releases is still on the move, and I admit I’ve gone a bit crazier than I have meant to, having grabbed a lot of new books recently from Amazon, used book stores and the soon-to-be-lost, World’s Biggest Book Store.

But I’m freaking out: I own way too many books, and while I’m always reading, I feel like as of late I’ve been accumulating more than I can handle. It also doesn’t help that I’m acquiring review books and library books like a crazy cat lady. So, I need to combat this problem, I need all of you out there to try and keep me on the straight and narrow. I can’t take credit for this idea as I was completely inspired by The Little Book Owl and her video on bans. I think, like she said, sometimes you know when it’s time, no matter how hard it may be.

As of April 1 until May 31, I am going on a book and library ban. I have to find a way to combat this problem and this is the hardest way to do it, but it also might stop me from going a bit crazy considering I’m a full time student again (in Library Science, so I lie to myself a lot and say it’s research… it totally is research. Totally.) Every two weeks on the blog, I will update you all on my progress, and what I’ve decided to do is make a bit of a challenge for myself for those two months. The goal is to knock out at least fifteen books from my backlog that I own and are not review.

  • 5 Adult Books
  • 5 YA Books
  • 5 Middle Grade Books
  • 1 of these must come from the borrowed pile.

And then review books will be throw around here and there. In the two week report, I will update you on what I read, if I enjoyed it or not and all that good stuff. If it’s a book I can’t see myself loaning out or rereading, it’s going to library donation bin or to the Odette Centre for Cancer Research where they have those free book tables (that I may or may not peruse when I am there).

To my friends who I see on a regular basis, your challenge is to tell me NO when we are out when it comes to books. To those who read this blog, all I ask from you is your encouragement, recommendations, and support. In fact, if you want help, feel free to look at my to-read shelf on Goodreads and scream “OMGREADTHATONE” at me.

At this end of this ban, if I succeed (and if I don’t), I’ll be hosting a giveaway, where in I will giveaway some of my favourites I read during the ban. Obviously I don’t know which books those will be, but we will cross that bridge when we get there. It’s just getting terrible that I’m pushing 400 books unread books and seriously, I gotta stop.

How do you combat the problem of owning or buying too many books? Let me know in the comments!