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Reading Wrap-Up (11/3/19 – 11/9/19)

Posts This Week







1 post per day this week, my bookblogging semi-break is over now and I’m looking forward to being more active again. Doing a lot of reading again and am pretty much back in the swing of things! Hope everyone has been having a good weekend and upcoming week. ~ Kitty

Reading Wrap-Up (10/27/19 – 11/2/19)

Posts This Week

Goodreads Monday : 10/28/19

Top 10 Tuesday – 10 Horror, Thriller, Or Mystery Novels I Want To Read Next October

Can’t Wait Wednesday – (Manga) Rose of Versailles by Riyoko Ikeda

Manga Review – Orange by Ichigo Takano (Complete Collection 1 – Volume 1-3)

Book Review – The Shining by Stephen King

Book Review – Song of the Crimson Flower by Julie C. Dao

October Reading Wrap-Up + Reading Challenge Results.

I’m still on a semi-break, semi as in fewer posts than usual. The start of a new month really feels like a fresh new reading start, I’m in the middle of two right now. Reviews coming out hopefully this week or whenever else I’ve finished them. :’D

  • Unnatural Magic by C.M. Waggoner, a fantasy release coming out November 5. This is the first time I’ve ever read a book that is almost 90% about trolls. I am trying not to picture troll dolls, lol. Google image search results show a wide gamut of what people consider trolls to be so I’m pretty much envisioning elves but way bulkier.
  • The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren, romance. The waiting list for this one on my library’s overdrive was long, still can’t believe it was finally my turn lol. I liked The Hating Game by Sally Thorne more, but it’s worth mentioning that the two books are thematically similar and could be bookish sisters.

Thanks so much for your likes and comments! Still checking out everyone’s blogs, at a slower rate than usual but still here. 😀 Hope you’ve had a great week! ~ Kitty

Reading Wrap-Up (10/20/19 – 10/26/19)

Posts This Week

Goodreads Monday : 10/21/19

Book Review : Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

1 Hour Of Reading #Kindle Unlimited Books / Tried 5 #Books / Which Is The Best? #001

WWW Wednesday (10/23/19)

Beautiful Book Covers #002

Book Review : We Have Always Lived In The Castle by Shirley Jackson

Book Review : Depths Awakened by Persephone Autumn

First Line Fridays (10/25/19)

Book Review : Escaping Exodus

BookBlogger Bookmarks : 10 Great Posts I’ve Read This Week (#004)

10 posts this week! Getting this post together quite later than usual, but still keeping the daily posting goal going. Glad to finally get the Kindle Unlimited sampling post out, when my KU expires will probably keep it going with library books instead. There are so many titles at my local library that aren’t quite TBR’d but look interesting.

On the reading front I finished The Shining yesterday and have been watching a few book-to-movie adaptations and planning to make a post on that as well, likely this week.

Hope everyone is having a great and fun weekend! And thanks as always for your support in my blogging endeavors. ~ Kitty

Beautiful Book Covers #002

A couple months ago I gushed about some beautiful book covers, this is a part two of that post and possible on-again off-again series.

This is a mostly random assortment, but hoping it makes for a fun and aesthetically pleasing post. Also hoping to show off some lesser known titles that decorate the halls of my frankly absurd 4,300+ to-read list on Goodreads. :’D Not sure whether to do a massive and committed house cleaning of that hoard of a list or get it to 5000.

1.) Escaping Exodus by Nicky Drayden

This was an October 15th, 2019 release. Am reading it now and the first chapter is sublime. Packed with unique world building. But seriously, that cover. 😮 I almost wish this were a graphic novel.

2.) A Thousand Years to Wait by L. Ryan Storms

I have no idea what this book is, why I added it, nor anything about it. It was released in April of 2019 and the cover is just so pretty, and what I would do for an IRL necklace like that omg.

3.) Red Winter Trilogy by Annette Marie

I know absolutely nothing about this series either and pretty sure I stumbled upon it completely by chance just perusing the Kindle Unlimited selection. Has anyone read books by this author? She seems to have several. Anyway these covers. The colors, the weirdly flowing skirts of the kimonos, do love, would gaze at.

4.) Crier’s War by Nina Varela

That shimmery-shiny embossed look of the cover? Yeah, it looks like that in real life. I’m lucky enough to own the HC of this new release and it is beyond gorgeous. The style reminds me of those lovely Barnes and Nobles hardcover classics, but shinier.

5.) Plum Crazy! Tales of a Tiger-Striped Cat by Natsumi Hoshino (Manga / Graphic Novels)

First of all, it has been 2 years since this series came out. As a cat lover and manga lover I am all kinds of shocked at not having heard of this one until a few days ago, when randomly browsing Bookoutlet. (Which has awesome prices on this series btw.) Thank you to whoever bought something from there using my referral code (or any who buy using the referral code at the link above) that $10 will likely go toward some of these volumes on a next order. That third cover omg. T_T I am curious about the origins of the title. This manga should be called Cutest Manga Kittens Ever instead, to really drive the point home.

Thanks so much for reading this post! Have you read any of these books or other books by these authors, or want to? I eagerly welcome your comments. ~ Kitty

Goodreads Monday : 10/21/19

Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. The meme is pretty easy to follow, to participate simply choose a random book from your TBR and explain why you want to read it!

After randomizing via Goodreads (going to my to-read shelf, scrolling down and putting sort order by random) the following book tumbled first from that crowded shelf-

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age—and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns that love for herself, the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

Need to re-read this book so much! Think I’d tried reading it at 9-10 years old and didn’t remember or fully understand much of it. But I do recall being moved by some passages and feeling a strong compassion for the main character. This is one of the 1001-books-to-read-before-you-die books. I’ve been thinking of making a more personalized TBR version (maybe just calling it Books To Read Before I Die?) and this would be right up there with titles like Man’s Search For Meaning, Siddhartha, Flowers for Algernon, just ones that I’ve heard are deeply meaningful and deserve undivided attention.

If you’ve read this book before or want to, please do share your thoughts. I am always eager to read them and thanks in advance! ~ Kitty

Top Ten Tuesday – Character Traits

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

October 8: Character Traits I Love (submitted by Hannah @ Books Life and Other Oddities)

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I am rushing to complete this topic in time because this is a really fun theme! It will probably reveal a little too much of how weird I am when it comes to tastes in characters though, lol. In my ideal reading scenario, characters challenge the reader, themselves, and each other as much as possible. Most of these terms were picked from the following list at this blog post here– 5 from positive traits and, (!) 5 from the negative traits section. Because, again, I am weird and often like unlikable characters lol.

First, the positive traits.

1.) Witty

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If a character can deliver quick-witted witty banter, I am here for them. Might actually start googling most witty book characters to make sure to read all those types because I love love witty characters. Many props to the authors who write them capably, I figure it’s not always that easy to do.

2.) Creative

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When characters come up with creative ways out of their predicaments and give me that “ah ha” moment, it’s always nice and becomes easier to bond with and admire the characterization. By the way, character mentioning that they paint or draw and never ever bringing it up again in any compelling way doesn’t count lol.

3.) Passionate

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I know I’m reading a good book when it makes me want to do whatever the character is doing or being where they are. Showing keen interest in their life’s work or a hobby or some larger plot that enthralls them usually ends up enthralling me too.

4.) Protective

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Particularly in the context of high-stress plotlines, characters who are protective over a child/sibling/loved one/lover/pet/sandwich; I don’t care, just be protective. It usually makes for some major feels.

5.) Versatile

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I think of this as being linked potentially to character growth? Love seeing a weak character get strong, a stupid character get smarter, that sort of thing. Or even better, to realize that I’ve short-changed a character and they’re much more than meets the eye- also very nice.

Now for the negative traits.

6.) Unreliable (as in unreliable narrator)

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So this one requires a bit more explaining. Long story short, I like when a story or character is much more than meets the eye- and this often involves information that is kept from the reader or misconstrued. Would love to provide examples of this but it gets spoilery to do so. Point is, if I’m not sure whether a character’s point of view is trustworthy, this can sometimes lead to a nicely puzzling storyline worthy of extra thought.

7.) Vengeful

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Revenge stories with good-characters-gone-bad. Can’t recall the last time I read something like this but the concept already sounds like an easy sell for me. Imagine a book with flashbacks when the main character was “good” and then bringing us back to the present when they’re “bad.” Just a thought. But yeah, revenge stories with a vengeful character at the center are often intense or interesting so I’m here for it.

8.) Enigmatic / Secretive

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I like not being sure what to make of a character or what their true goal is. When they have an aura of mystery or layers to peel back- it’s the best.

9.) Obsessive

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Passionate but with a more negative connotation. I’m often fine with each. Characters that are driven to the point of obsession, whether protagonist or antagonist, are often memorable.

10.) Quixotic

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First of all, this is my new favorite word, second of all- its synonyms are starry-eyed, unrealistic, and extravagant. Or naively honorable. I can see where this can go wrong but I like when characters are visionaries with high hopes. And when it’s set to fail I can’t help but feel bad for them.

Many thanks for checking out this week’s Top 10 Tuesday, really hoping these cat gifs display correctly lol. I hope this post is fun to read . Very much looking forward to reading your Top 10 Tuesday Traits Post, if you make one. What kind of character traits do you like? It’s nice to see some positive vibes post topics. Thanks as always for reading. ~ Kitty

Discussion Post : Bookish Websites #001 (BookishFirst and BookSirens)

When it comes to bookish things I typically go to the main sources- Goodreads, Amazon, and nowadays WordPress, Twitter, and Youtube. If I’m interested in a particular series and am not afraid of spoilers, Tumblr tags and some simple googling can be fun too. I am curious about some other large bookish sites that are out there and that people might be visiting daily or weekly. Today I’ll be talking about two that I’ve added to my regular roster, and will be giving some thoughts about them. Both sites are strongly recommendable resources for book reviewers/book bloggers.

1.) BookishFirst (Here’s my referral code if you sign up- 1635d64fd0a72d2b8 would greatly appreciate anyone using it as we’ll both get some bonus points.)

BookishFirst is a site for people to read samples of ARCs (advance reading copies) of books coming out soon. Each sample is about 20-50 pages or 1-2 first chapters of a book. After reading, you can leave a short paragraph of your thoughts that will be viewed by other users and the publishers so they can get an idea for interest levels of upcoming titles. This is a great way to find out about upcoming books that may be of interest.

This week’s books. Patron Saints of Nothing was an INCREDIBLE preview, added it to my Goodreads TBR.

But the neatest feature of this site is that each thought you share is an entry into contests for getting a free book (a free ARC of the book featured) and 100 points to put toward redeeming for a free ARC of your choice. 2000 points = A free book you can choose. I’m at almost 1000 points after leaving my thoughts on 3 titles and getting bonus points for joining.

I won an ARC already! It’s called Song of the Crimson Flower, can’t wait to get it in the mail soon.

You can also get points for sharing your reviews on the service and giving links as proof. For Amazon reviewers, leaving a review on the book’s release day will net a whopping 300 points. I’ve done that math for myself and will probably get 2000 points in a week or two. New samples are posted every monday, so this has become my must-visit-each-monday site. Definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for ARCs to read and are actively writing bookish thoughts.

2.) BookSirens

I wish I featured this site sooner because it is the first bookish website I’ve come across that literally made me laugh out loud. First a brief summary, this is a resource that takes your Goodreads shelf information (books you’ve read, reviews you’ve written) and puts out wonderful graphs and info about your reading preferences, genres you’re keen on, and other misc info. It’s also a resource for publishers and authors to find reviewers to approach for ARCs. Here is what my reading habits on Goodreads apparently say about me..

I like alpha males AND alpha females?! WHAT? LMFAO. Honestly though if The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is any indication, I do like the idea of a guy and girl, evenly matched in feistiness, fighting entertainingly in romance. I’m confused by animals being so high on this list and wedged between the two types. But after Richard Parker from Life of Pi stole my heart it shouldn’t be that surprising.

I’m a bit confused by this chart but it looks about right. Except alphas, I only read about alphas to watch them grovel.

I knew I read more female than male authors but wow at these stats. O___O

I really like these type of graph and pie chart dealies in general, I was very surprised to find such a detailed resource like this that works through Goodreads, definitely a hidden gem feature. BookSirens is really worth checking out if you’re active on Goodreads and looking network with authors/publishers.

Lets Discuss!

  • What bookish websites do you most often visit? While the theme of this post is mainly geared toward readers, feel free to mention any even slightly bookish corner that is notable.
  • Is there a “hidden gem” of a bookish site that you can recommend? Basically a site you think is underrated and lesser known.

Book Tag : The Book Addiction Tag

I was tagged to do this super fun book tag by Gabby from Boundless Pages. Definitely check out her blog, her blog post on this topic is here.

So here are the questions:
1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?
2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?
3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?
4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?
5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?
6. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?
7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?
8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?
9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?
10. Is there a book you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e searching bookshops, online digging, etc.)?
11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?
12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?
13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?
14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.

1. What is the longest amount of time you can comfortably go without picking up a book?

So funny thing about this, I had taken a long time away from books. Only in the past 10 months or so have I been reading every day. I can go comfortably without it due to that long time away, but am SO much better off with reading in my life.

2. How many books do you carry on your person (or kindle) at any one time?

Oh my gosh my Kindle. I used to overload it with books but nowadays I just keep a few TBR titles on to keep me focused. As for physical books, I’ll take 1-2 since they’d add extra weight and my current bag setup actually doesn’t work well with books unless they’re teeny paperbacks or those neat little miniaturized books.

3. Do you keep every book you buy/receive or are you happy to pass them on to make space for more?

I tend to keep every book, for now. I do see myself doing some de-hauling someday though!

4. How long would you spend in a bookshop on a standard visit?

I love going to bookstores so much! If it’s a larger type, probably an hour. For a small bookstore without much to see then.. probably an hour again, haha.

5. How much time per day do you actually spend reading?

I approach reading like I approach Netflix. I’m either barely there with it (maybe 0-15 minutes in a day?) or binging books for an absurd number of hours straight. I should probably read more healthily.

6. Where does the task ‘picking up a book’ appear on your daily to-do list?

I never put that on my to do list since it’s just an automatic thing right now lol.

7. How many books do you reckon you own in total (including e-books)?

Well over 200, but including my family’s library we have over 800. Many older books.

8. Approximately how often do you bring up books in conversation?

These days, frequently! Books are an amazing topic for conversation.

9. What is the biggest book (page count) you have finished reading?

A Game Of Thrones by George R.R. Martin. Funny thing is that I was not tired of it at all, could have marathoned right into the second book.

10. Is there a book that you had to get your hands on against all odds (i.e. searching the bookshops, online digging, etc.)?

I have not had this situation yet, though there are some rare books I’d love to own or have wishlisted. The Lost Princess by George MacDonald in hardcover format in perfect condition would be a dream. I think I would need a time machine for that one since the edition I’m thinking of is quite old, lol.

11. A book you struggled to finish but refused to DNF?

Thoughtless by S.C. Stephens. Should have DNF’d but I was very curious about how it would end.

12. What are 3 of your main book goals for 2019?

  1. Get my collection of books sorted and shelved. (This might need a few years though tbh.)
  2. Read 100 books. (not including graphic novels/manga, counting those separately since I zoom through each volume pretty fast.)
  3. Keep writing book reviews/blogging. I have been putting a lot of energy into this hobby and hoping to stay consistent.

13. Have you ever had the privilege of converting someone into a reader (maybe via inspiration or incessant nagging)?

Wow, I have not had the honor of this sort of accomplishment! Of anything I was the one converted by people who are active readers, and various booktubers. Replacing my Youtube background nonsense videos with booktuber videos last year made such a difference and inspired that enthusiasm for checking out a lot of new books.

14. Describe what books mean to you in five words.

A door into another world.

This was a fun bookish Q&A! I’m quite late in posting it, seems to have already made the rounds with many bloggers. If you haven’t done it yet and want to, consider yourself tagged and I’d love to read your responses.

Top 10 Tuesday : Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

September 10: Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why (maybe you’re scared of it, worried it won’t live up to the hype, etc.) (submitted by Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea)

This is a neat topic! I’m going to mainly use books I really want to read, they’re high on my TBR, but there is just something- some reason why I’m putting it off. Most of these are LONG books, giant time investments, energy investments, etc. I’m numbering these but they’re not really in any particular order. Also, a very random selection of titles in terms of genre.

1.) The Harry Potter Series – Goblet Of Fire and onward. by J.K. Rowling

The only reason I’m putting this one off really is that I want to experience the illustrated versions that have been released in recent years. Goblet of Fire in particular is coming out very soon, in October. It probably seems silly to wait specifically for the illustrated ones but the art style employed is so BEAUTIFUL and I noticed while reading the first three books that I wasn’t really envisioning the setting as creatively as I could be. Basically, wasn’t affording the color and whimsy that the setting really embodies. Maybe I’m getting old and uncreative. ;-; But nonetheless, I’m looking forward to continuing this one!

2.) A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. Martin

This one also has an illustrated version (just 20 pictures strewn about, beautiful art style though) coming out in November, though that’s not the reason I’m putting it off. To my understanding, we may be waiting years and years for a full conclusion to this series? So spreading out my experience seems ideal instead of glomming it and going into a reading depression slump at having no more, lol. I could totally marathon this series, after A Game Of Thrones I wanted to immediately just read this next one. So good!

3.) Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Super curious about this series, have been for years. Wish to have read it much, much earlier. Once I do finally jump in and if becoming enamored with it, this will be quite the time and energy investment. This series (and the fandom, and the TV series..) seems like a rabbit hole that could take over someone’s life if they love it.

4.) Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Keeping this book for a critical moment when it is most needed in my life. This is the book that saved my dad’s life, so I figure someday it will be of great value. Kind of scared of that, but glad to have it and figuring the first read-through will be precious.

5.) Verity by Colleen Hoover

Waiting to buddy read this one with an IRL friend when she’s less busy and has some time for it. From what I’ve heard this is a sensational buddy read!

6.) Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Planning on getting the annotated version. Probably will stalk eBay for a version that is in as good condition as possible since the annotated version is a bit older.

7.) The Books Of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin

This is a whopping 1008 pages (all of the books, combined in one volume) this definitive version looks so gorgeous so I’ll probably aim to get it, but when it comes to fantasy series that are well known for their quality, I tend to want to wait until a special time. Such as, when eagerly yearning to read one after time away.

8.) Into The Wilderness by Sara Donati

At 898 pages this is another imposing saga of a book! Really hoping to get into the writing style, have been curious about this title for years.

9.) The Annotated Alice by Lewis Carroll

I keep checking this beautiful book out from the library and something happens that prevents me from reading it in time. Will probably buy it at this point and commit to reading. Alice In Wonderland has been a massive influence on so much that I’ve enjoyed over the years in terms of story and even just aesthetic.

10.) I Am A Cat by Soseki Natsume

I read the first 50 or so pages and love the concept, but the writing is.. exhausting? If that makes any sense. Not overly complicated but literary and makes you think in ways that I wasn’t up for at the time. I do read literary fiction, but rarely older works (this is from 1904) and rarely quite long ones that approach 500 pages as this does. Still determined to get to it someday though!

As always, thank you for checking out this week’s Tuesday Top 10 post and I’d like to ask-

  • Do any of you have any of these titles on your TBR?
  • Have any of you read any of these books? Curious to hear your thoughts.