April Wrap Up and May CR!

Better later than never xD As I keep telling myself with everything lately haha

April Wrap Up

魔界王子 devils and realist 1 [Makai Ouji by Madoka TakadonoBranded by Abi Ketner

I was hella busy the last two or so weeks of April so didn’t get much time to read but I did finish one manga volume and the book Branded, which I gave 2 stars to even though it had an amazing start.

May Currently Reading

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson魔界王子 devils and realist 2 [Makai Ouji by Madoka TakadonoOyasumi Jack the Ripper

For May I’ve already finished Elantris (which I LOVED!) and one more manga volume which I’ll continue reading cos I’m seeing the Stage of it next month so I must be all caught up on i << that’s how my OCD works xD I’m also still working on the Japanese version of Oyasumi Jack the Ripper which I like anyay but it’s so weird!

And that’s all. How was your April and May?

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The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

So my last review was way back in November which means I’m 8 reviews behind. So I best start of from where I left off!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)

Quickie Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars

I put off reading this book for SO long because I was SO worried it wouldn’t live up to book one but oh my god; the was so good!

Brandon Sanderson has such a way of weaving in little clues and things along the way and create these MASSIVE reveals and shockers at the end. Seriously, the last 100/200 pages were INSANE! At the beginning of the story I was like ‘I know where this is going’ and some things that I predicted came true straight away but in true Sanderson style, he ADDS something that you don’t expect to it and it just blows up!! I was completely hooked, so invested, loved every moment of it and holy hell – that ending!

I have to say though; I’m still not a fan of the main romance (but I seriously shipped the other couple in this book though! Y’know Zane!!) but that’s just me not liking romance in books that I read. I prefer books (and movies I think) without romance, especially when they’re fantasy and/or action.

Spoilers (and less coherent thoughts):

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November WU, December CR + NaNoWriMo!

We are in the final month of the year which is exceedingly crazy! This year has gone FAST!

Wrap Up:

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (4.5/5)

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)

I’ve also read about 25% of Well of Ascension and I am really enjoying it but I was more preoccupied with TV and NaNo in November to seriously stick my teeth into it.

Currently Reading:

The Well of Ascension and I started Heroin Shikakku Volume 4 today too!

The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)

I have less than 30 days to read about 10 books – that ain’t gunna happen and I ain’t worried. I’ll have about 12 days off work this month so fingers crossed I can get some serious reading done in that time!

Also, NaNoWriMo!

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I did not complete NaNoWrimo, I only got about 12,000ish words BUT I don’t feel guilty or unaccomplished xD It was close to my personal goal which was 15,000 words so that’s great! I wanna finally get serious about writing and so between now and Camp NaNoWriMo, I wanna finish the story I began this NaNo and then once Camp comes around, I wanna start a new story for that and then work on that until the next NaNo and – you see the cycle plan I have going – but we will see. I always have LOTS of goals every year and never really complete any of them. So we’ll see.

How was your November Reading Month? What is your December TBR or Currently Reading? Are you freaking out that it’s the last month of the year?!

Top Ten Tuesday #36

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This Week’s Theme: Top Ten ALL TIME Favourite Authors – not gunna lie. Don’t think I’ve even got ten! =/ I mean, I have to find authors that aren’t only autobuys but like find the ones that I personally think are awesome too!

1. J.R.R.Tolkien – the man, the master! What he wrote was so beautiful and so epic at the same time. He’s the reason I’m into fantasy! [pretty sure I read The Hobbit before Harry Potter!] and omg he was just a genius. Granted the reasons and reality behind his stories is heartbreaking but that also is what makes them that much more amazing!

J.R.R. Tolkien

2. Brandon Sanderson – he is a god! His writing is amazing, his stories epic- yes, yes, I’ve only read one of his books (shh!) but I knew even not 200 pages into the books, that this man was gunna do great things in the fantasy genre. And I’ve been proven right so far!

Brandon Sanderson

3. William Shakespeare – This is probably an odd one but I have to admit: I am a huge Shakespeare fan! I love the way he writes and because of the way he writes, the meaning sometimes seem completely different to what is written. He can do humour well, sarcasm well, existentialism.. I just really enjoy his work and need to read more of it!

William Shakespeare

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Not gunna lie, that is my list. C.S.Lewis isn’t on there because I was only interested in Narnia not him and his works. Same with JK Rowling; never gunna read anything she brings out that isn’t HP related. Lemoney Snicket: loved his books to death growing up but it’s been years and not read anything of his outside ASOUE. Terry Pratchett isn’t on here because I feel I need to read at least 10 of his books before I can be solid on him; I do love his writing and everything he stood up for etc. but I personally don’t feel I qualify to have him as a fav author just yet.

Same Time, Next Week!

Top Ten Tuesday #35

ImageThis Week’s Theme: Top Ten Inspiring Quotes from Books

Ready for LoTR galore? Because that’s what I’m expecting xD I don’t think any of these need explanations really. It’s either it’s clearly obvious why they’re a favourite (either a famous life or an beautifully written line or both) or because they mean a hell of a lot to me or both! xD

1. A Dance with Dragons – George. R.R. Martin

A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.

2. Something Like An Autobiography – Akira Kurosawa

There is nothing that says more about its creator than the work itself.

3. The Hobbit –  J.R.R.Tolkien

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

4. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.

5. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo.
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

6. The Final Empire – Brandon Sanderson

There’s always another secret.

7. Sourcery – Terry Pratchet

“And what would humans be without love?”
RARE, said Death.

8. The Hobbit – J.R.R.Tolkien

The road goes ever on and on.

9. A Song of Ice and Fire – George. R.R. Tolkien

Winter is coming.

10. The Fellowship of the Ring – J.R.R.Tolkien

All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.

What do you think? Got any better ones?

Disney Song Book Tag

It’s Tag Thursday!! Enjoy!

1) A Whole New World – a book that made you see the world differently.

The Rain (The Rain, #1)

The Rain; but in a bad way. I was cautious of the actual rain for ages and was like ‘mother, I am not leaving this house if it’s raining’ and she was like ‘out of all your excuses not to leave the house, this is the most ridiculous. Come on!’ xD

2) Cruella DeVil Favourite villain.

Saruman? Perhaps…

Or gollum? But I really really hate him with a passion…

I don’t know! In books I don’t really think about the villain except they’re evil! With tv however, always rooting and loving the bad guys…

3) I Won’t Say I’m in Love A book you don’t wanna admit you loved.

I don’t have one. I either love a book or I don’t and everyone gets to know my opinion xD

4) Gaston A character you couldn’t stand.

Katniss Everdeen. (waiting for the haters and JLaw fangirls rage)

5) Part of your WorldA world you wish you could live in.

Middle Earth baby! But in the 4th age please? No more wars!

6) A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes – Book of your dreams would be…?

An epic fantasy written by Brandon Sanderson with no romance, kickass pirates and no whiney characters, no YA characters, enjoyable, funny, descriptive (like Tolkien), huge amazing world with awesome magic system and interesting religions and cultures and seedy politics (like House of Cards xD), what else do I want in my ideal book.. dragons? Talking dragons! But not mind talkers like Eragon. O yeah; no white/Caucasian characters, not set in an English speaking country and I want the majority of characters to be gay or bisexual (being white and straight in books is hella boring and repetitive. I’m all for all the colours – even purple aliens – and all the tastes!). Got any like this? Haha xD

Don’t you go stealing my ideas again like you did yesterday! xD

7) Someday my Prince will ComeBook character you would marry if you could?

I don’t get book crushes. I don’t read the books for the romance so why would I read a book in search of characters to fall in love with? … I’m gunna have to pick an epic character for this… Kelsier from Mistborn perhaps… Aragorn perhaps…

8) I see the light A book that changed your life.

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)

Mistborn? It didn’t change my life per say but it definitely opened and changed my book-life.
Death Note definitely opened my eyes to logic/crime/thriller tv and books…

9) When you wish upon a star A book you wish you could reread for the first time?

Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3)The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)The End (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #13)Bridge to TerabithiaThe Hobbit

Mistborn, Harry Potter, The Hobbit, His Dark Materials, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Bridge to Terabithia (I’d have to erase the movie from my mind as well though)…

10) Just can’t wait to be king A book with some kind of monarchy in it.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The Selection.

11) Colours of the winda book with a beautiful colourful cover.

Elantris Ensnared

Not colourful technically but a book with colours that look good together xD

It’s all mental and crazy and confusing with all the gifs and stuff but o well! xD

I tag… YOU!

February Wrap Up and March TBR!

This monthly (kinda thankfully) went rather slow but I don’t feel I did nearly as much reading =[ but as we all know my work is seriously taking priority (only got 2 and a half months of this stupid university – yes, I hate uni) as I want it done and gone asap.

Wrap Up

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett
The Storm by Virginia Bergin

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett The Storm by Virginia Bergin

If anyone wants to know I also finished this book:

Understanding School Bullying by Peter K Smith

Great if you’re doing research into bullying – it’s become a pain in my ass tbh!

TBR

I seriously need to cut down on my reading until May so I’ve gone down to three books (two I’ve already been reading for weeks anyway and one because of #yearofcosmere!)

Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy, #2) The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2)

Back to my dissertation -_-

How did you do this month? Got a favourite book?