November ’18 Reading Recap

My favorite reads this month were Between the Firmaments by J.Y. Yang and The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (both fantasy). And yes, I reread The Goblin Emperor in both October and November….I hadn’t read it in a while and it is SO GOOD.

Graphic Novels

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Volumes 1-5 by CLAMP (4/5 stars)

Black Butler Volumes 24-26 by Yana Toboso

The Royal Tutor Volume 1 by Higasa Akai (4/5 stars)

Fiction

Spellswept by Stephanie Burgis (3/5 stars)

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (5/5 stars)

Circe by Madeline Miller (3/5 stars)

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (2/5 stars)

Between the Firmaments by J.Y. Yang (4/5 stars)

The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker (3/5 stars)

Audiobooks

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5 stars)

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (5/5 stars)

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (5/5 stars)

The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (5/5 stars)

The King of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner (5/5 stars)

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (4/5 stars)

Proto Zoa by Lois McMaster Bujold (5/5 stars)

Od Magic by Patricia McKillip (4/5 stars)

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October ’18 Reading Recap

My favorite reads this month were easily Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (science fiction) and The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (steampunk/historical fiction). The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells was a reread.

Graphic Novels

Black Panther: Long Live the King by Nnedi Okorafor (3/5 stars)

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars by Michael Dante DiMartino (3/5 stars)

Runaways: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell (5/5 stars)

Fiction

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (4/5 stars)

Bilgewater by Jane Gardam (3/5 stars)

Adventures in Middle-Earth: Players Guide (4/5 stars)

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (5/5 stars)

Star Wars: A New Dawn by John Jackson Miller (3/5 stars)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Thirteen Days: A Memoir of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Robert F. Kennedy (5/5 stars)

Echoes of Contempt: A History of Judeophobia in the Christian Church by Bruce D. Thompson (4/5 stars)

Win Forever: Live, Work, and Play Like a Champion by Pete Carroll (3/5 stars)

How the Irish Invented Slang by Daniel Cassidy (4/5 stars)

Audiobooks

Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery (5/5 stars)

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (5/5 stars)

Penric’s Fox by Lois McMaster Bujold (4/5 stars)

The Prisoner of Lumnos by Lois McMaster Bujold (3/5 stars)

September ’18 Reading Recap

My favorite reads this month were easily The Descent of Monsters (J.Y. Yang) and Rogue Protocol (Martha Wells). If I were a rich lady 300 years ago I would be their rich patron and keep them in my house and feed them while they wrote me all of the books.

Fiction

Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson (4/5 stars)

The Unknown Weapon by Andrew Forrester (3/5 stars)

My Lady’s Money by Wilkie Collins (3/5 stars)

The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill (3/5 stars)

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro (4/5 stars)

The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro (3/5 stars)

The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro (4/5 stars)

The Cobbler’s Boy by Elizabeth Bear and Katherine Addison (5/5 stars)

Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare (3/5 stars)

William Shakespeare’s the Clones Doth Attacketh by Ian Doescher  (5/5 stars)

Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray (3/5 stars)

The Descent of Monsters by J.Y. Yang (5/5 stars)

Sam & Ilsa’s Last Hurrah by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (2/5 stars)

The Dead Secret by Wilkie Collins (4/5 stars)

Graphic Novels

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: My Best Friend’s Squirrel by Ryan North (4/5 stars)

Lumberjanes: On a Roll by Shannon Watters (4/5 stars)

Wonder Woman: Godwatch by Greg Rucka (4/5 stars)

The Mighty Thor: Lords of Midgard by Jason Aaron (3/5 stars)

Giant Days Volume 5 by John Allison (5/5 stars)

Giant Days Volume 6 by John Allison (5/5 stars)

DC Bombshells: Queens by Marguerite Bennett (3/5 stars)

Ms. Marvel: Teenage Wasteland by G. Willow Wilson (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction

Dressing a Galaxy: The Costumes of Star Wars by Trisha Biggar (4/5 stars)

Spark Joy by Marie Kondo (4/5 stars)

The SBL Handbook of Style

Alexander the Great and His Time by Agnes Savill (2/5 stars)

Audiobooks

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery (5/5 stars)

 

August ’18 Reading Recap

All right, here’s my last back-dated reading recap.

Reminder for everyone to read Martha Wells immediately.

Rereads this month were all of the Ilona Andrews and all of the audiobooks.

Fiction:

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare (2/5 stars)

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews (4/5 stars)

Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (5/5 stars)

Magic Slays by Ilona Andrews (3/5 stars)

Squirrel Meets World by Shannon Hale (4/5 stars)

Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly (3/5 stars)

Artificial Condition by Martha Wells (5/5 stars)

Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray (2/5 stars)

Witchmark by C.L. Polk (4/5 stars)

Running With Lions by Julian Winters (no rating)

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley (4/5 stars)

Last Shot by Daniel Jose Older (2/5 stars)

Graphic Novels:

Poe Dameron: Legend Found by Charles Soule (2/5 stars)

Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part Two by Michael Dante DiMartino (3/5 stars)

Nightschool Vol. 1 by Svetlana Chmakova (5/5 stars)

Han Solo by Marjorie M. Liu (5/5 stars)

Hawkeye: Kate Bishop: Masks by Kelly Thompson (5/5 stars)

Hawkeye Kate Bishop: Family Reunion by Kelly Thompson (4/5 stars)

Star Wars: The Screaming Citadel by Kieron Gillen (4/5 stars)

Real Friends by Shannon Hale (4/5 stars)

Fruits Basket: Another Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya (4/5 stars)

DC Bombshells: Allies by Marguerite Bennett (4/5 stars)

DC Bombshells: Uprising by Marguerite Bennett (4/5 stars)

The Broken Vow by Scott Westerfeld (5/5 stars)

Nonfiction:

Wallflower at the Orgy by Nora Ephron (3/5 stars)

Audiobooks:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (4/5 stars)

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (3/5 stars)

Thick as Thieves by Megan Whalen Turner (4/5 stars)

July ’18 Reading Recap

I’m still catching up on these monthly reading recaps. I was trying to finish off some series and trilogies I started a long time ago, with some success. Rereads were In Other Lands, Timekeeper, and Chainbreaker.

 

Fiction:

Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (3/5 stars)

True Letters From a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan (3/5 stars)

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi (1/5 stars)

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera (4/5 stars)

Bright We Burn by Kiersten White (5/5 stars)

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (3/5 stars)

Dragon and Liberator by Timothy Zahn (4/5 stars)

How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel by Cressida Cowell (5/5 stars)

The Fourth Wish by Lindsey Ribar (1/5 stars)

Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi (4/5 stars)

The Aspern Papers, The Beast in the Jungle, and The Jolly Corner by Henry James (5/5 stars)

Little Man, Little Man by James Baldwin (5/5 stars)

Rebel by Amy Tintera (3/5 stars)

How to Betray a Dragon’s Hero by Cressida Cowell (4/5 stars)

How to Fight a Dragon’s Fury by Cressida Cowell (4/5 stars)

Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake (3/5 stars)

Thrawn: Alliances by Timothy Zahn (5/5 stars)

Graphic Novels:

Lumberjanes: Stone Cold by Shannon Watters (3/5 stars)

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet Vol. 3 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (4/5 stars)

Black Panther: Avengers of the New World Part 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (4/5 stars)

Black Panther: Avengers of the New World Part 2 by Ta-Nehisi Coates (5/5 stars)

DC Bombshells: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett (4/5 stars)

The Legend of Korra: Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante DiMartino (3/5 stars)

Spinning by Tillie Walden (4/5 stars)

Nonfiction:

The Portland Black Panthers by Lucas N. Burke (4/5 stars)

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi by Phil Sztozak (4/5 stars)

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (5/5 stars)

Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown (5/5 stars)

The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by Josh Kushins (5/5 stars)

Really Old Stuff:

Electra and The Phoenician Women by Euripides (4/5 stars)

Audiobooks:

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (5/5 stars)

Penric’s Mission by Lois McMaster Bujold (4/5 stars)

Mira’s Last Dance by Lois McMaster Bujold (3/5 stars)

Timekeeper by Tara Sim (4/5 stars)

Chainbreaker by Tara Sim (4/5 stars)

 

 

June ’18 Reading Recap

It’s been months since I’ve blogged, but I do want to catch up on my reading recaps in case I want to look back at them later.

Rereads were The Return of the King, The Do-Over, and The Song of Achilles.

Fiction:

Point of Sighs by Melissa Scott (5/5 stars)

Silver Bullet by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham (4/5 stars)

Windraker by Melissa Scott and Jo Graham (4/5 stars)

Charlotte Sometimes by Penelope Farmer (4/5 stars)

Forces of Destiny: Daring Adventures Vol. 2 by Emma Carlson Berne (3/5 stars)

The Leia Chronicles by Emma Carlson Berne (3/5 stars)

Now I Rise by Kiersten White (5/5 stars)

The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien (5/5 stars)

The Rules and Regulations for Mediating Myths and Magic by F.T. Lukens (4/5 stars)

Graphic Novels:

Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! Vol. 1 by Kate Lethe (3/5 stars)

Nonfiction:

The Book Group Book ed. by Ellen Slezak (4/5 stars)

il Colosseo by Angelo Bottini (4/5 stars)

A Journey to Rome by Daniele Ohnheiser (5/5 stars)

Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman (4/5 stars)

Really Old Stuff:

Three Greek Romances trans. by Moses Hadas (3/5 stars)

Ajax, Women of Trachis, Elextra, and Philoctetes by Sophocles (4/5 stars)

Alcestis, The Heracleidae, Hippolytus, Hecuba, Andromache, and Ion by Euripides (4/5 stars)

Audiobooks:

The Do-Over by Jon Acuff (5/5 stars)

The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown (5/5 stars)

Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold (4/5 stars)

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (3/5 stars)

Winterfair Gifts by Lois McMaster Bujold (5/5 stars)

 

Currently Listening: Do-Over by Jon Acuff

My friends will tell you that I’m a real bad listener…at least when it comes to podcasts, audiobooks, sermons, lectures, and other valuable educational experiences.

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Nope. I didn’t.

I have to be doing something with my hands while I listen and even then my comprehension and retention levels are NOT GREAT.  I get frustrated if I miss something, I get frustrated if I get distracted, I get frustrated if I space out, and most of all, I hate not knowing how to spell characters’ names (this is a huge problem in SFF or if the reader has an accent).

Basically I’m a big baby.

But I am trying to do better. Here’s what I’ve learned works the best for me to get some audiobook listening in:

Bahnreads’ Top 3 Ways to Find an Audiobook She Can Actually Listen To:

  1. Choose really really suspenseful or compelling fiction: Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons series was a hit for me (although I still don’t know how to spell most of the character’s names) because there is so much going on and lots of questions raised.
  2. Listen to books I’ve read before in paper copy: This is a really fun way to reread old favorites or books I particularly enjoyed. It also means that if I miss something or get distracted, I don’t get stressed out because I’ve read it before and I know what’s going on.
  3. Listen to books with dramatized casts: The variety of voices holds my attention better and helps me to differentiate characters. The audiobook of Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner is a great example; I’ve actually listened to that one MORE THAN ONCE.

So all of that leads to the book I’m currently listening to, which is Do-Over by Jon Acuff. This audiobook falls under Way #2. I read Do-Over last year in hard copy and found it full of really good information for strengthening or building any career. I like Acuff’s positivity and empathy. I appreciate his emphasis on showing generosity to others but also placing smart boundaries for yourself so you aren’t taken advantage of. Listening to it on audiobook is helping me to internalize the information more and repetition is always good for learning, right?

Jon Acuff also reads his own audiobook. Authors narrating their audiobooks doesn’t always have great results but Acuff does a good job and makes it more personal as if he’s imparting the information directly to you in a conversation.

Do you enjoy audiobooks, and if so, why? What audiobooks are you most drawn to?