Scripture Sunday (46)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

-Revelation 21:1-5

Why I chose it:

Am I glad this year is over! As I watch the old year pass and the new year begin, it’s good to get some perspective and a glimpse of “the old order of things” being replaced by a bright new future.

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Best* Reads of 2017

I tried and failed to narrow this list down to a top ten. The books listed (and vaguely categorized) below are the best books I read this year, but not necessarily published this year. I read 256 books this year so they had to be PRETTY DANG GREAT to make this list.

I tried and failed to pick a grand prize winner. So.

Best Fiction

The Fire’s Stone by Tanya Huff

File under: Found Family; That’s So Wizard; I Had To Many Feelings To Catalog Them Properly;

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

File under: Monster Humans and Human Monsters; Beautiful Prose; Flailing;

Point of Hopes, Point of Dreams, Point of Knives, and Fairs’ Point by Melissa Scott and Lisa Barnett

File under: Fantasy/Mystery Series of Joy; I Want Ten More Please and Immediately; They’re All Good Boys Brent!;

The Adventures of Charls, the Veretian Cloth Merchant by C.S. Pacat

File under: An Absolute Delight, Hilarity

Thick As Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner

File under: Books I Have a Book’s Worth of Thoughts On; F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E; Casual Perfection;

So You Want To Be A Robot and Other Stories by Merc Rustad

File under: Hope; Found Family; I Want To Reread Immediately;

A Choice of Destinies by Melissa Scott

File under: Alexander; Good AUs; Why Didn’t Anyone Tell Me This Book Existed;

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan

File under: I Want To Reread Immediately; Found Family; Laugh or Cry or BOTH on every page;

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

File under: Human Monsters and Hero Robots; Smart Protagonists; I Want Ten More and A Movie Please

The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang

File under: Epic Fantasy But The Good Kind; Protags I Would Die For;

The Innkeeper Chronicles books 1-3 by Ilona Andrews

File under: An Absolute Delight; Space Werewolves;

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Hypothetically for Kids But I am 27** Years Old and I Do What I Want

Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy by Tui T. Sutherland

File under: Found Family; All The Dragons That Love Can Buy; Protag I Would Die For;

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

File under: Well-Crafted Books; Maybe The Real Princesses Were The Friends We Made Along The Way; We Will Go Together;

Guardians of the Whills by Greg Rucka

File under: Grace Under Pressure, Hope in Dark Times

The Dragon With A Chocolate Heart by Stephanie Burgis

File under: CHOCOLATE; DRAGONS; DRAGONS AND CHOCOLATE; CHOCOLATE AND DRAGONS; FAMILY;

Best Nonfiction

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly

File under: Why Didn’t We Know This; Do What Must Be Done; Amazing Women;

My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

File under: Making Sense of Nonfiction Via Fiction; Books About Books;

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

File under: Amazing Women; Seriously An Amazing Woman; How Does This Woman Exist;

Best Books With Pictures

Wires and Nerve by Marissa Meyer

File under: Androids With Feelings; Human Monsters and Hero Robots;

Ms. Marvel: Super Famous, Civil War II, and Damage Per Second by G. Willow Wilson

File under: An Absolute Delight; Heroes; We Will Go Together;

Wonder Woman: The Lies by Greg Rucka

File under: Who Gave DC My Wish List?; Diana Prince, Light of My Life Fire of My Loins;

March: Book One and Two by John Lewis (I haven’t read Book Three yet)

File under: Good Books; Why Didn’t I Know This?;

*”Best” as determined by Science and Reason, and definitely not by my own feelings and personal preferences definitely not

**ish

Update on Readalongs

I’ve been trying to put together a Readalong schedule for 2018, but after actual weeks of brainstorming, I’m giving up on it. Readalongs used to be fun work for me to do but just thinking about them makes me kind of depressed, so I’m not making any plans at this point to do them. That being said, I do love reading along with people! If you or someone you know is doing a Readalong, please link me! I might join in.

I will be blogging in 2018 but I’m keeping my plans loose and my goals big. I’ll be posting the usual nonsense of books, mythology, quotes, and reviews.

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I wish you all the Happiest and Warmest of New Years!

Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Releases!

I know, I know, I haven’t done Top Ten Tuesday for ages, but I really wanted to look at books coming out next year and pick the ones I’m most excited for.

In order of release date:

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim (1/2): the sequel to Timekeeper, a steampunk debut I loved!

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black (1/2): HOLLY BLACK WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

The Descent of Monsters/To Ascend to Godhood by JY Yang (I’m not completely sure on release dates?): I adore this fantasy series which starts with The Black Tides of Heaven.

Wires and Nerve: Gone Rogue by Marissa Meyer (1/30): I loved the first volume of this graphic novel series, centered on an android named Iko.

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (3/27): One of the first books coming out from Rick Riordan’s new imprint!

White Rabbit by Caleb Roehrig (4/24): I loved his debut novel, Last Seen Leaving, and this mystery/thriller sounds awesome.

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (5/8): The first Murderbot book, All Systems Red, was one of my favorite 2017 reads!

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (5/8): THIS SERIES IS THE BEST!!!!!

Alliances by Timothy Zahn (6/26): THRAWWWWWWN

The Golden Tower by Cassandra Clare/Holly Black (9/?): The final book in the Magisterium series.

 

2017 Reading Wrap-up

Here’s a quick run-down of my 2017 reading goals and whether or not I accomplished them.

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Readalongs

I aimed to keep doing readalongs, and succeeded! Here at Bahnreads we did 5 readalongs of public domain novels, listed below with links to the blog posts:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Silas Marner by George Eliot

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James 

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge

Modern Mrs. Darcy had a couple of 2017 reading challenges, and I aimed to complete one of them: “Reading for Growth.” Below I’ve listed the categories and a book I read (or didn’t read) for each one. I definitely read more than one applicable book for some of these categories, so I listed one that I particularly loved.

  • A Newbery Award winner or Honor book: Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • A book in translation: The Awakening of Miss Prim by Natalia Sanmartín Fenollera
  • A book over 600 pages: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection: The Oresteian Trilogy by Aeschylus
  • A book of any genre that addresses current events: Words Are My Matter by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • An immigrant story: Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  • A book published before you were born: Silas Marner by George Eliot
  • Three books by the same author: Ilona Andrews
  • A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author: So You Want To Be A Robot by Merc Rustad
  • A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending: The Legends of Luke Skywalker by Ken Liu
  • A book nominated for an award in 2017: In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (Goodreads Choice Awards)
  • A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner: I think I was planning to read Beloved by Toni Morrison for this category but I forgot! Soooo put that on the top of my stack for 2018.

Mythology

I challenged myself to re-read some of Rick Riordan’s books and do Myth Monday posts for them: SUCCESS!

Other excellent mythology-related books that I read this year were:

Bull by David Elliott

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Myths From Mesopotamia ed. by Stephanie Dalley

Onward to 2018!

 

 

Scripture Sunday (45)

Scripture Sunday is a weekly quote-post to highlight Bible passages I’ve read recently that I found particularly interesting. My translation is the New International Version.

From my reading this week:

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

We love because he first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

Why I chose it:

WOW 1 JOHN IS AWESOME. I always forget how awesome it is. I get distracted by John and forget about the tiny numbered Johns.

Anyway.

I’ve been watching a lot of Christmas movies lately (tis the season), and a big running theme in those is selfless unconditional love for friends/family/random strangers. These verses are talking about that, but this kind of love is for every day, not just Christmas, and in every circumstance, not just festive.

A Holiday Post of Some Kind!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my blog to YOU!

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May your holidays be warm

May you have a book to cozy up with

May you be grateful for the stories you’ve read

May you be grateful for the story you’re in

May we hear joyful stories and tell joyful stories this holiday season

 

 

Thanks for reading Bahnreads this year.