MAILBOX MONDAY #12 | A Mini Book Outlet Haul

Does that even exist? I sure it does but I don’t do that quite often. I haven’t posted a haul in a while so I guess I’m due one. Although, these aren’t the only books that I bought in the last week or two. 😉

This week’s Mailbox Monday consists of two shipments: a Book Outlet haul and a pre-order. Four books, all hardcovers, two of them signed. I love me some signed stuff and I’m not above buying them signed. I recently met Marie Lu and had my copy of Champion signed. I now want all my Marie Lu books signed in possible. When I saw a signed copy of The Rose Society on Book Outlet that is cheaper than the unsigned one, I jumped on it. I might buy the rest of the trilogy signed if I can find it at an okay price. I have a library binding of Legend and an ARC of Prodigy so I’ll bring them to author signing events if I can swing it.

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Of course, one does not buy only ONE book from Book Outlet. Right around the same time, they restocked on Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. It’s part of their GoodReads Best of 2016 category, as well as A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard. I first heard of this book from the amazing true crime podcast Sword and Scale. I own quite a few titles from the ones they mention on the show. I almost bought this full price at Amazon; the premise sounds so interesting. It’s non-fiction and hopefully, I can read it this year.

Speaking of signed copies… I pre-ordered A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab signed. Therefore, all 3 of my Shades of Magic books are signed!

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I also signed up for the book hugger thing but my copy of A Darker Shade of Magic is a paperback. I might get one in hardcover… and have it signed. 😉

Yep. How many times did I type out “signed” in this post?

 

MUSING MAILBOX MONDAYS (#11) | Watching or Reading?

It’s been a while since my last Musing Monday post. The first one since it changed hosts for sure. I missed it. Also, I finally got my Book Outlet Boxing Day sale order in so you know what that means… Mailbox Mondays!

But it’s Wednesday. I know. I fail at this. 😄

musing

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I finally am getting to A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. The 3rd and final book, Conjuring of Light, is coming out very soon so I should be done with this one by the end of this week. My first read of 2017 is The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson and it was amazing. I cannot wait to get to the next books in the Mistborn trilogy. I also just finished listening to Subterranean by James Rollins, narrated by John Meagher. I realized that my audiobook genre of choice is mystery/thriller/sci-fi. I’m loving it.

For this week’s random question: What do you think about books being made into movies or tv shows and do you always read the book first?

Hollywood seems like it is running out of original ideas. A good chunk of movies nowadays are adapted from books. TV is the same thing. At this point, it’s no longer a new thing. The question now is “Did these film people do it justice?” Then it comes down to the viewer’s personal taste.

When I hear that a book is going to be made into a movie or TV show, I have one hope. I hope they do it right. It boggles the mind how some adaptations turn out so wrong that it’s like a completely different story. The Scorch Trials, anyone? The casting was great but what the hell was that movie? Then there are times when they get it right like The Hunger Games trilogy. And the Outlander TV show. The recent Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was a little hard to swallow. I mean, it was okay but it took away everything that I liked in the books. Why change the children’s peculiarities? That is what makes them unique and recognizable jumping from the book to the screen. Idgi.

And no, I’ve given up on that. I used to make it a point to read the book first before watching the movie but that’s just not feasible anymore to me. What if your friends want to watch Me Before You but you haven’t read that yet? I found that for some movies, reading the book before watching is only setting yourself up for disappointment. But hey, you do you. I’m just saying that I’ve let it go. I’ve done it both ways – watched then read, vice-versa – and I enjoyed one or the other or both in their own ways.

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MAILBOX MONDAYS #11 | Book Outlet Boxing Day Sale

Here is my first haul. Technically, I bought these at the tail end of 2016 on Book Outlet’s Boxing Day sale and one from Kinokuniya Los Angeles last week. I’m running out of Japanese fiction to purchase from that heavenly store. I might need to start on that Haruki Murakami collection after all.

I got another bookmark coupon from this package. It reminds me that I have to use the previous one that I got. Hey, I know that I don’t have to use it but I’m that person who feels like I should use a coupon rather than it going to waste. Counter intuitive, I know. 😉

I guess I can say that all of these books are legit in my wishlist. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor and The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski finish off two trilogies on my shelf. I’m the kind of person who wants to acquire whole series in the hopes that I could binge read them… which, never happens. Or will it?

Every time I go to Target, I see The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler. I need more books about books. I’ve heard this is good. I hope this is good. After reading and falling in love with the Wolf by Wolf duology by Ryan Graudin, I went ahead and picked up The Walled City in a pretty cover (that you can’t see in this photo). I still like historical fiction after all. Everyone on booktube was talking about Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and around Halloween time, The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy. You gotta be picky when it comes to booktube recommendations so I hope I made the right choice with these.

The books on the bottom, The Death’s Head Chess Club by John Donoghue and Love in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Judd Trichter are both blurb buys. I’ve never heard of them prior to seeing them on Book Outlet but their blurbs completely sold me. I’m actually pretty excited to get to them.

And finally, Honeymoon to Nowhere by Akimitsu Takagi. This was acquired at full price. I saw this the week before at Kinokuniya Los Angeles, read the blurb and was intrigued yet passed on it. But I couldn’t get it out of my head. So the next week, I hoped it was still there. It was so I picked it up. The last copy in the store.

So here’s to another year of book-buying. And hopefully, a good year of reading as well!

MUSING MONDAYS | New Releases

What time is it really? I lost track.

Musing

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

My answers to both prompts are the same two books:

Who says I don’t buy new releases? 😉

I read Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff last month. It was in one of my Book Outlet impulse hauls. Then after that, I read Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin. I loved both of them. Coincidentally, their sequels recently came out. I preordered Blood for Blood. Barnes & Noble waited for the November 1 book birthday before sending both of these out to me. Hey, I opted for free shipping. What can you do?

I just finished Zoo by Otsuichi and frankly, I don’t want to talk or think about that right now. That collection of short stories was freaky as hell and it definitely played on my worst fears. It’s true that I don’t get scared easy but this definitely did. In between stories, I managed to finish two volumes of the Gekkan Shoujo, Nozaki-kun manga by Izumi Tsubaki. It’s an ongoing manga but the anime is completed and I absolutely loved it. I’m definitely more a manga girl than graphic novels.

For this week’s random question: Do you prefer fast-paced novels, or slow, descriptive novels?

If you can find a balance between the two, I’ll take that. In general, I prefer fast books. Super detailed books tend to be chunky and very wordy. But that’s not bad, don’t get me wrong. The whole Parasitology trilogy by Mira Grant wasn’t fast nor slow. It went by steadily and it worked for the subject matter. It had science talk and I thought the slower pace benefited the story. There are also books with such detail, from what the character is wearing to the single leaf blowing across the surface of the abandoned swimming pool. I love that it sets the mood but do we really need all those? And when it comes to fast paced novels, just don’t leave anything out. All in moderation.

#BookmarkMonday | Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! 🙂 Are you dressing up tonight? I dressed up two days ago at the Stan Lee’s LA Comic Con as a Slytherin student. I wore that whole ensemble on the muggle train. I would do it again, for sure. I love that this convention falls on the Halloween weekend or close to it. Last year, I was Shiina Mayuri of Steins;Gate.

I’m trying a new-to-me weekly tag. Bookmark Monday is hosted by Guiltless Reading. Every Monday, we share a bookmark that looks interesting. That’s it.

I have quite a collection of very random bookmarks. I usually try to pick up free ones from conventions or look for stuff in between pages of used books. Before, I would use just about anything as a bookmark – receipts, business cards, phone cards, tickets… anything. But lately, I’ve been using legit bookmarks.

This is one of those used bookstore finds. It’s from The PaperAmmo Company. I used this when I was reading Eon by Alison Goodman. I’m using another bookmark now that I’m reading Eona. On the back, I believe there is a Tyrion Lannister quote about reading. But I love this front graphic. I’m thinking that image on the right side is a Tyrion caricature. I would like a few more like this but I don’t think they have an online store.

So who is your favorite “scary” author? Or “scary” book? I think every meme today has that prompt. I’ve already given a few horror novel recommendations in past posts. As for author, I don’t know. I prefer to watch my horror stuff. Reading them is great too but I like the whole package of mood music (or lack thereof, if you’re watching Asian horror), long black hair, creepy eyes, and jump scares.

What’s your favorite horror movie?

MUSING MONDAYS | What will happen?

It’s a rainy Monday here in Southern California. Or what counts as “rainy” here anyway.

Musing

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I’m not really sure what to blog about today. I guess that’s what these prompts are for, right? I’ve done quite a bit of reading this past week/weekend and I’m pretty happy about that. I’m all caught up with the Saga collected volumes. I need more graphic novel recommendations!

And thanks to Saga, Vol. 6, I borrowed my first ever book from the library. Sorta.

The app is called Hoopla. I have heard of this from several booktubers but I only tried it yesterday. I saw that they have Saga, Vol. 6 in their online catalog and I just could not wait. I have a library card from the Los Angeles Public Library so I might as well use it. And I did. It’s a pretty awesome app. You can borrow 15 items per month whether it be a book, audiobook, music, movie, TV show. I’m thinking I could rediscover audio books this way.

One of the things I realized this reading year is that duologies are best read back-to-back. I’m not saying you have to… but it’s better if you do. Earlier this year, I read The Wrath and the Dawn duology back-to-back. It felt like one whole story and I enjoyed it a lot. I was still in that world when I picked up The Rose and the Dagger, all details still fresh in my mind.

Then I found Eon by Alison Goodman. Oh boy… what an adventure. It has everything: a strong female character, a transgender character that is more than just her label, a warrior eunuch, rich cultural references, dragons, magic, and all those fantastical elements that make a YA novel great. I wish I had 24 hours just dedicated to reading; no sleeping, no other distractions. Except food. I was racing through Eon and I’m just so glad that I have Eona waiting in the wings. I read two Saga volumes in between but it’s pretty much back-to-back reading. I’m only about 50 pages into Eona but I’m having so many feelz already!

So I finally bought a copy of The Girl With All the Gifts by MR Carey. And I want to read it asap. But I can’t right now because I’m still in my Eon(a) mindset. But mark my words, I will get to that book in November. I just can’t squeeze it in on the final week of October because I have Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con aka Comikaze Expo this weekend.

For this week’s random question: Take a guess at what might happen in the book you’re currently reading.

Oooh, well. I’m trying not to spoil myself. The temptation is all from me… the tension gets too much that I sneak a peek at the end of the book. But I’ve been a good girl so far. Like I said, I’m barely 50 pages in so I can’t really tell where this book is going. Still, I hope it’s going to be a satisfying ending. I just want good things to happen to Lady Dela.

MUSING MONDAYS | I Was Born a Reader

I’m off work today. It feels strange blogging from home LOL. Where the hell did the long weekend go?

Musing

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I think I’ve shaken off my reading slump. I mean, I managed to escape resorting to reading a bunch of graphic novels to add to my GoodReads goal (that I’ve almost doubled at this point). They’re fun, don’t get me wrong. I still have a couple of graphic novels and some manga that I would want to read. But after my birthday book haul, I want to clear a bit of that too. My reads towards the end of August and most of September threw me into this weird funk and I’m glad I got over that now.

I know I just posted a huge haul but these came in over the past week. I pre-ordered these early September but the illustrated version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets just came out. I opted for both books to be shipped in one package. I mean, no rush.

We all need a little magic – and peculiarity – in our lives. Yeah, yeah… I’ve yet to do a Harry Potter re-read. It’s gonna happen. I don’t know when but it will.

I still haven’t finished Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson. I am loving it but I’m not feeling the format that I have. It’s a mass market paperback. Normally, it doesn’t bother me; I’m pretty careful with my books. But I think I’m spoiled by these nice floppy trade paperbacks. I tend to read faster when I have those vs mass market paperbacks. I’m a little more than halfway through but it’s taking me so long. So instead of speeding through it, I’ve decided to savor reading it… giving myself until the end of the year to finish it. After all, I only set a goal of reading just one Sanderson book before the year end, remember?

Instead, I’m speeding through Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin. This is one of those “Booktube Made Me Read It” titles. I first heard this from Peruse Project. The setting is what sold me. The Axis Powers won World War II and to celebrate their victory, Hitler and Japanese Emperor Hirohito hold a motorcycle race across their territories. As you know, my favorite part of history to read is Holocaust/WWII. My copy is an ARC that I spotted at my local Goodwill. It’s been sitting on my shelf for months and for some reason, it called out to me. I’m loving it so far. With the sequel coming out soon, you bet I’m going to pick that up as well.

For this week’s random question: Can you recall a time when you weren’t an avid reader?

Nope. And it’s not selective amnesia. I remember being able to read as early as three years old. Definitely at 4-5 because I remember reading to my younger brother then. I grew up in a house with a lot of books, reference materials mostly. There was no shortage of fairytales and penny comics. Hell, I would read the newspaper when I was a kid. I was born a reader. And I wouldn’t have it any other way.

MAILBOX MONDAY (MUSINGS) #10 | No Book-Buying Ban

Gasp! I’m blogging from my house? This is… so foreign to me. 😄

Happy Labor Day to those who celebrate. I personally dread it because that means I have to go back to hel- I mean, work – tomorrow. I needed this weekend. I need more of this weekend. A lot has happened in the past week; most of it bad but I live for the little good things that made me smile even for just a second.

This is another two-in-one. It’s been a while since the last one and I have a lot to talk about!

Musing

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

I’m back to reading Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch. And I think I figured out what is bothering me about it hence the sort of slump I’m experiencing with it. The writing. It sounds so… simple? Amateurish? No, not really that but I feel like the writing is inconsistent, as if written by a kid. But then again, the author did mention that she started the draft when she was 12 years old or something. I don’t know, don’t quote me on that. I am enjoying the story but the writing is so off-putting. It’s like reading a middle-grade Graceling.

Over the weekend, I participated and completed my first readathon. It’s the Read-A-Theme Read-A-Thon. I was able to read three “Quick Reads”, the theme of the month, two comic compilations and one novel. I was halfway through a third graphic novel but I sort of DNF’d because I wasn’t enjoying it and I had somewhere else to go before I was able to finish it. Still up in the air if I’m counting that to my 2016 numbers. But I did finish Saga Volumes 2 and 3 as well as Audition by Ryu Murakami. Yep, that’s my 3rd Ryu Murakami book this year. That’s 503 pages so almost like one long novel. I’m glad I participated and look forward to joining this readathon again next year!

Last Friday was an especially tough day for me so I decided to go on a little book shopping at my local Goodwill. You know, a couple of dollars for good books won’t hurt. So I ended up with Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and of course, another copy of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. Then, I beelined to Vroman’s Bookstore for more feel-better vibes. I wasn’t planning on buying anything there; I just wanted inspiration. But then I saw Calamity by Brandon Sanderson. Signed. Special edition. Discounted. I wanted to buy this fromBook Outlet every single time I see it but it sells out so fast. But sometimes, coughing up $$ for books isn’t such a bad thing after all.

Also, I didn’t realize until I took this photo that the three books I picked up last Friday were all shades of purple. Is this in homage to my poor bruised soul? Here’s to hoping this week is a better one.

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