What to Read During a Hurricane

This list is being made in honor of Irma. As of this post, Irma is scheduled to pay me a visit this Sunday (9/10/17). If you’re missing out on Irma, this can be applied to future hurricanes, too.  Continue reading

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4TheWords Review

4thewords is a site that aims to make writing into a video game. It accomplishes this through users battling monsters and completing quests through writing words. 

The game provides a variety of monsters to be defeated by writing a certain number of words in a given time period. Both these and the quests can be ignored by clicking on the “write” menu tab instead of the “play” menu tab if a user chooses to focus on writing instead of the game. 
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Most anticipated Book Releases of 2017

This is a list of the books I’m most looking forward to releasing this year. There are definitely more coming out I want to read, but these are the books that I think about often and want my hands on … Continue reading

2016 Reading Statistics

I loved making this post last year and seeing everything I read that year in visual form, so I decided to do the same for 2016. This will exclude most of the statistics already listed in Goodreads’ beautiful “My 2016 in … Continue reading

BEA 2016 Experiences Part 2: Books and more Books

This is part two of posts on my experience at Bookexpo America. To see part one click here. The second day of BEA there were two books I wanted more than any others provided for the day. They were Heartless … Continue reading

BEA 2016 Experiences Part 1: I fail at traveling

This post will be detailing my experiences at Bookexpo America 2016 held at McCormick Place in Chicago from May 11 to May 13th. This post will cover the day I was in Chicago before the event, and the first day … Continue reading

Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Title: Morning Star (Red Rising #3) Author: Pierce Brown Published: Febuary 9, 2016 Genre: Adult Science Fiction Note: Because I find it impossible to write a synopsis of this book it is being left out of this review. I’ve kept this review as … Continue reading

2015 Reading Statistics

2015 was a really good reading year for me. In 2014 I didn’t feel entirely satisfied with the books I was reading, and struggled to chose favorites. In 2015 I tried to focus more on trying to love everything I read, and in this I was very successful. It’s the cause of my average rating of books I read in 2015 is 4.3 as opposed to the 3.99 average I had before the year started bring my overall rating to 4.04 on goodreads.

For this list I’m going to try to focus on statistics not already covered in goodreads gorgeous “my 2015 in books feature.”

Pages Read in 2015 Vs. 2014

2015 Statistics Pages

In spite of the fact that I read fewer books in total in 2015 than I did the previous year (73 as opposed to 77) I read slightly more pages in 2015, so I consider the amount read to be a success.

Age Groups

2015 Statistics Age Groups

These statistics surprised me a little, I’d thought I’d read more middle grade books. Next year I’d like to read more of those, but since most of the eight middle grade books I read were completed towards the end of the year I suspect this goal will be easily achieved.

This year I read far more adult fiction than I have in previous years though I do not have statistics to confirm this. I was always scared off by all of the content I was told there was in adult books. While most of the adult books I read this year were probably on the tamer side of the genre, I’m glad I decided to read more adult books as some of them are new favorites.

I’d like to see the division between intended audience look more evenly divided into thirds.

Genre

2015 Statistics Genres

This graph is a little disappointing, but not all that surprising. This year I discovered my love for epic fantasy novels, particularly those written by a certain author. Hence, the fantasy section being so large. I also decided to focus more on trying to read what I enjoy in 2015, and this graph reflects that. I think I’ll continue with this goal for next year and see how my preferences towards genres change naturally.

Where Books Took Place

2015 Statistics Locations

I made this chart because I was curious about where the books I was reading took place. I was expecting more books to take place in space, fictional locations, and North America. I was expecting fewer to take place in all of the slices not previously mentioned.

All but one of the books taking place in North America took place in the US or alternative worlds/future equivalents thereof. I considered Mexico/alternative future equivalents thereof as part of North America as that is where the book that did not take place in the US counted in that segment took place. A significant number of the books taking place in the section labeled “Europe/UK” took place in London.

It is interesting to note that I read more books that took place off of Earth than on it.

The reason the books do not add to the total number I read this year is because several books had significant portions taking place in more than one location.

Most Read Author

Brandon Sanderson: 12 Books

I’m actually surprised this number is this low. As many of the Sanderson books I read were over 600 pages, it feels like I read more than 12 of them in 2015.

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

15724396Title: The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Published: October 6, 2015

Genre: Young Adult Mythological/Urban Fantasy

Synopsis: Magnus didn’t plan to die on his sixteenth birthday. He actually didn’t plan anything at all.

Magnus has spent the last year homeless on the streets of Boston after the mysterious death of his mother. Finding the source of his next meal is higher than his birthday on Magnus’s priority list, but when Magnus discovers he is the son of a Norse god his life is changed drastically minutes before his death where Magnus finds himself in a strange afterlife he hadn’t known existed.

Review: Magnus Chase has one of the strongest voices of any character I have read for some time. This being the author of Percy Jackson that comes as little surprise. While I normally hate it when authors break third wall, Rick Riordan does so in a way that somehow manages to add to the story.

There appears to be much concern about this book being too much like Riordan’s Percy Jackson books. There were some major parallelisms, Magnus is even the cousin of on of the main characters from the Percy Jackson book and it is clear there will be more overlap between characters of Riordan’s various series in future books.

That said, readers do not need to have read any of Riordan’s other books to read The Sword of Summer. The series stands on its own thus far in spite of the sometimes not so subtle callbacks to Riordan’s previous books.

The similarities between this book and other books by this author don’t really bother me. Whenever I read several books by one author I start seeing common themes and character arcs throughout their works and even see the same in my own writing. The similarities between Riordan’s books just happen to be more obvious than most.

Perhaps my favorite thing the Percy Jackson books and this series have in common are the hilarious chapter titles. I missed the chapter titles in The Heroes of Olympus.

Some of the side characters were very well developed while others felt like they didn’t get enough development. *slight spoiler* There was one side character in particular that died in this book, but didn’t get all that much development. I feel her death would have been more meaningful had the reader been given a chance to get to know her.

Rating: Really enjoyed reading this book, but it doesn’t standout in my memory as life changing. For that reason it gets a four out of five.

4 blue jays

September 2015 Wrap-Up

Reading

In September I read six books and a novella. Of those one was adult, three were YA, two were arguably either YA or middle grade, and one was definitely middle grade. All but two were fantasy with one being magical realism and the other being sci-fi/dystopian.

Short Synopsis: “The monster showed up just after midnight. As they do.”–A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness

Thoughts: If I had known this book was from the perspective of a boy whose mother is dying of cancer I wouldn’t have read it, but even though as a general rule I don’t read books featuring cancer, I’ll admit that this is a well written, amazing quick read. I highly recommend it to people looking for a book along those lines, but do be aware that this book is a very emotional read.

Rating:

five blue jays

Short Synopsis: A thief is offered her freedom in exchange for forging an emperor a new soul.

 Thoughts: I had no idea a novella could be this good. Then again, it was written by Brandon Sanderson, so I’m not all that surprised.

Rating: 

five blue jays

Short Synopsis: Matt must figure out why he is the only intelligent clone in a society where clone’s brains are permanently damaged at birth.

Thoughts: A thought provoking read that deals with many real world issues. It may also be the only book I’ve ever read set in Mexico. I think this would be a great book to read in a book club or classroom setting.

Rating: 

4.5 blue jays

Short Synopsis: Child genius, Sophie, discovers she is an elf.

Thoughts: I think twelve-year-old me would have loved this book, and I’ve already recommended it to an eleven-year-old. As of when I read this, however, I found the first half of the book read a little too much like info-dumping and almost stopped reading, but enjoyed the mystery element of the second half much better.

Rating: 

3.5 blue jays

Short Synopsis: When rithmatist students start disappearing from an elitist school Joel, the non-rithmatist son of a cleaning lady, is determined to learn who is responsible.

Thoughts: Really enjoyed this, though not as much as some of Sanderson’s other works. Part of that is the concept of rithmatists, magicians whose chalk drawings come to life, seems a little ridiculous though Sanderson did a great job developing it. The other reason is it takes a while to get to the action. I would be upset that the sequel won’t be out until 2017, but I want Sanderson’s other books just as much if not more.

Rating: 

4 blue jays

Short Synopsis: The fourth book in the Throne of Glass series.

Thoughts: Definitely enjoyed this one, but I’m having a hard time putting my feelings about it into words.

Rating: 

4 blue jays

Short Synopsis: When Alina discovers she has magical abilities her life changes forever.

Thoughts: Flew through this book, and some of the characters were really well developed. However, there were times when I felt that although I was still very engaged not a lot was happening.

Rating: 

4 blue jays

Writing

I’m still working on revising my high-fantasy work in progress. My goal for October is to have finished with part one, but I’m in college and have midterms in October, so I’m not sure how practical that is.

I’ve decided that I am probably going to participate in NaNoWriMo again this November. There is a new idea I’ve been longing to write so I’ll be taking a break from my revising for the month. The first draft is unlikely to make it to 50K because I’ll be writing a middle grade novel and tend to underwrite. For this reason, my current goal for November is to finish the entire first draft in a month as opposed to the usual 50,000 words/month.

In other news, I’ve printed out about the first fourth of my YA sci-fi work in progress and plan to print out the rest soon. This is the first time I’ve seen any of my novel length works in physical form so I’m ridiculously excited about this. Once I get the whole manuscript printed I’ll probably be carrying it around everywhere with a huge grin on my face like I do when I get my most anticipated book releases of the year.

Blog

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