May TBR

It’s been a long time.  I have still been reading, but my posting has been nonexistent for a while.  Just didn’t have the motivation.  But I decided to get back into it with my May TBR.

I am currently listening to Elantris by Brandon Sanderson.  This is my first Brandon Sanderson and I know it was his first novel so I’m not expecting it to be his greatest work.  It is 24 disks long so I think it should last me the month on my drives to and from work.

I started Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames and Assassin’s Apprentice By Robin Hobb late in April and I am really enjoying both.  Kings of the Wyld is a really fun read and I pick it up when I need a laugh and some action.  Assassin’s Apprentice is my first Robin Hobb book and so far it doesn’t look like it will be my last.

To round out my novels for the month I picked up the new John Scalzi novel The Collapsing Empire and Updraft by Fran Wilde from my library.  I just recently became a Scalzi fan having read Redshirts last month and loving it.  I picked up Updraft because that cover just drew me in.

And last is 2 graphic novels that I need to get to.  I have had them both out from my library for over a month.  Low Vol. 1 by Rick Remender and Superman Action Comics Rebirth Vol. 1 Path of Doom by Dan Jurgens.

So it looks like May is going to be a Sci-fi/fantasy month.  Hope it’s a good one.

Let me know what you are reading this month and if you have read any of these what were your thoughts on them.

 Review: The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers 

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

What a wonderful experience reading this novel was. This is a sci-fi book for those that aren’t fans of science fiction. It gave me feelings similar to the first time I read Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. You also get Firefly vibes from this book.  There are multiple characters that are distinct and all lovable. There was not one of the main characters that I disliked in any way,  each had their own charm and something to offer,  an insight,  wisdom or observation on life,  love,  family and friendship. The story allows you to get to know these characters and the world and that is really it. But it does it in a way that was captivating and fun.  There was no part of the story I felt I could do without. Looking forward to reading the next book,  A Close and Common Orbit. 

Happy reading!! 


February TBR

February is my birth month and as another year passes in my life I will celebrate by reading some hopefully very fun books. 

I have a lot of graphic novels on the list so let’s start with them.  

Lumberjanes: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson and Shannon Waters

Gotham Academy Vol. 2: Calamity by Becky Claimant and Brendan Fletcher

Ms.  Marvel: Super Famous by G.  Willow Wilson

Grizzly Shark by Ryan Ottley

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Power by Ryan North

Next is my continuing adventures into A Series of Unfortunate Events  by Lemony Snickett 

#9 The Carnivorous Caravel 

#10 The Slippery Slope

#11 the Grim GGrotto

I am also currently listening to The Magicians by Lev Grossman

And last for the month I should be finishing up 

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Happy Reading! 

Janurary Wrap-Up

In January I read 6 books and had 1 DNF.  I think I am off to a good start for the year. 

First off is my DNF

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A.  Heinlein 

I feel really bad about not finishing this one.  It has been on my TBR for years.  The book was just not what I expected.  It was more a philosophical and religious tale than sci-fi and just bored me and was not what I wanted. 

Now on to the book I actually finished last month. 

The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket

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This was my continuing adventures into The Series of Unfortunate Events. The same basic story,  different location. Continuing clues as to the V.F.D. is keeping me interested in this saga. 

You Can’t Touch My Hair  by Phoebe Robinson

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Some really funny, thought-provoking, and inspiring essays on topics,mostly about race and being female. Some parts dragged on the topic for a bit too long but overall great read. 

The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato

⭐⭐⭐

Just an average read. This steampunk story has a good female main character,  has a mix of tech and naturalism and political intrigue. 

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

⭐⭐⭐

This collection of short graphic stories gave a definite creepy vibe.  The artwork is amazing but the stories all feel short,  most ending abruptly and leaving me feeling empty. 

Return of the Jedi-Beware the Power of the Dark Side by Tom Angleberger

⭐⭐⭐⭐

The 3rd book in this series.  And it was a good retelling.  Not the best of the series, just seemed a straightforward retelling,  but it’s Star Wars so it’s still great. 

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

⭐⭐⭐

I had decided to read this book after I had a patient that was having delusions that she was a character from this world.  I thought it was a great way to introduce young readers to Greek Mythology but I was just not the target audience for this book.  Don’t know if I will continue with this series. 
Well,  that is all for the books of January. Soon will be my post of February TBR. 

Top 5 Wednesday: 2017 Reading Goals

1. My basic Goodreads goal is to read 100 books this year.  In 2016 I read 117 which was far more than I ever expected I would be able to read.  Granted the majority of them were graphic novels and audiobooks, but it is still more than I thought I could read. 

2. On the note of audiobooks and graphic novels I would like to read 30 physical novels this year.  In 2016 I read 27, so I’m hoping to surpassed that this year. 

3. I would like to read 5 classics/modern classics.  I have never been much on the classics so this will be a very tough one for me. 

4. Read the few books I actually own that I have not read/finished. Last year all of the books I read were borrowed from the library and I neglected the books I had purchased in years prior. It’s time to get my money’s worth. 

5. Read for pleasure! If I am not liking a book I will put it away for something more enjoyable.  Life is too short to waste time on books that do not make me happy and I enjoy.  

Book Review: Station Eleven

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization’s collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.
One snowy night Arthur Leander, a famous actor, has a heart attack onstage during a production of King Lear. Jeevan Chaudhary, a paparazzo-turned-EMT, is in the audience and leaps to his aid. A child actress named Kirsten Raymonde watches in horror as Jeevan performs CPR, pumping Arthur’s chest as the curtain drops, but Arthur is dead. That same night, as Jeevan walks home from the theater, a terrible flu begins to spread. Hospitals are flooded and Jeevan and his brother barricade themselves inside an apartment, watching out the window as cars clog the highways, gunshots ring out, and life disintegrates around them.
Twenty years later, Kirsten is an actress with the Traveling Symphony. Together, this small troupe moves between the settlements of an altered world, performing Shakespeare and music for scattered communities of survivors. Written on their caravan, and tattooed on Kirsten’s arm is a line from Star Trek: “Because survival is insufficient.” But when they arrive in St. Deborah by the Water, they encounter a violent prophet who digs graves for anyone who dares to leave.
Spanning decades, moving back and forth in time, and vividly depicting life before and after the pandemic, this suspenseful, elegiac novel is rife with beauty. As Arthur falls in and out of love, as Jeevan watches the newscasters say their final good-byes, and as Kirsten finds herself caught in the crosshairs of the prophet, we see the strange twists of fate that connect them all. A novel of art, memory, and ambition, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it

Station Eleven follows the events before and after an epidemic flu kills 99% of the world.  It follows a few people that are all loosely tied together.  Two of the people that it follows are an actor and a little girl (primarily an adult through most of the book) 

that acted with him on his final performance. 

This book takes us all over and spans over 20 years. It can jump back and forth and between characters that things can get a little confusing.  We also never really get to know any of the characters too well which makes it difficult to care what happens to any of them. 

I did enjoy the random connectedness between the characters that show whether in a small or largely populated world the six degrees of separation rule can still apply. 

I listened to the audiobooks version of this and the narrator did a good job,  nothing fantastic, but well read. 

Overall I give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars. The extra .5 is a bonus for the book taking place in my home state of Michigan and the general Great Lakes area. If you are a fan of post apocalyptic books this may not be the book for you as that is not really the main focus of the book and only about half of the book takes place in the “post” world

T5W: Books I FINALLY want to read in 2017

I recently thinned out my TBR but there are still books I haven’t gotten to yet.  

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest by Sting Larsson

I read the first two books and really enjoyed them.  But have yet to get to the third.  I will have to wait to get in the right mindset for this book though. Such terrible things happen in his books and it can be hard to stomach at times. 

Drama by Raina Telgemeier

I own this book.  I started reading it but got distracted by other things.  I really need to pick it up again and finish it this time. 

Maplecroft by Cherie Priest

This is another book I own and started to read but never finished.  Lizzie Borden mixed in with Lovecraft creatures.  Why did I not finish it?  I will next year. 

Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

I bought this book planning to read it and just never got around to it.  I have heard nothing but praise for this series and I really need to get with it. 

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A.  Heinlein

This one has been on my TBR the longest.  Probably since 2002. It’s time to move it to the “read” pile.

Here’s to hoping I can actually reach this goal in 2017. 

Have you read any of these? Which should I get to first in 2017?