Top Ten Tuesday January 16: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

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January 16: Bookish Resolutions/Goals

1. To listen to more audiobooks and earn all the badges on audible.

2. To spend less time watching TV and more time reading physicals books or listening to audible.

3. To significantly dwindle the piles of TBR books before going to the next convention.

4. Read any fan fiction I have bookmarked for later.

5. To read the TBR e-books on my nook.

6. To weed out the books on my shelves that I didn’t love and don’t intend to read again.

7. To reread old favorites like She’s Come Undone, Riding in Cars with Boys, The Night Circus and Phantom.

8. If all these get done perhaps I will finally reach a 50 books goal of my book challenge.

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Top Ten Tuesday January 9: Ten Books I Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

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January 9: Ten Books We Meant To Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To (and totallyyyy plan to get to in 2018!!)

I still have some books I picked up from NYCC 2016:

1) The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton

2) A Crucible of Souls by Mitchell Hogan

3) Lightless by C.A. Higgins

And there are books from this year’s Book Con:

4) The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

5) Caraval by Stephanie Garber

6) Satellite by Nick Lake

7) Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

8) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova

And the books I purchased at the book store.

9) Alone by Scott Sigler

10) Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

2017 Book Challenge

1) The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer (Graphic Novel)
by Sebastian A. Jones, Joshua Cozine (Editor), Andrew Cosby (Foreword), Peter Bergting (Illustrator), Darrell May (Illustrator); January 1; 260 pages; 3.5 out of 5 runes.
2) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden; February 4; 312 pages; 4 out 5 witchy women.
3) Beheld by Alex Flinn; February 20; 360 pages; 2 out of 5 men in the mirror.
4) Gilded Cage by Vic James; March 12; 310 pages; 4 out 5 Years of Servitude.
5) The Valiant by Lesley Livingston; March 30; 371 pages; 3 out of 5 Female Gladiators.
6) Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves; May 6; 407; 3 out 5 broken spells.
7) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares 1 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, art by Eli Powell; May 10; 4 out of 5 Sons.
8) The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon; May 15; 344 pages; 5 out of 5 suns that are also stars.
9) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares 2 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, and Eli Powell; June 20; 4 out of 5 scars.
10) Nemesis by Brendan Reichs; July 10; 440 pages; 4 out of 5 Resets.
11) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares Issue 3 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; July 12; 4.5 out of 5 scythes.
12) The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier; July 28; 376 pages; 3 out of 5 Jacobites.
13) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley; 536 pages; August 13; 4.5 out 5 White Sails.
14) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares Issue 4, by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; August 16; 4.5 out of 5.
15) Delicious! by Ruth Reichl; August 26; 396 pages; 4.5 out of 5 gingerbread cakes.
16) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares 5, by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; September 20; 5 out of 5 Goblins.
17) The Blue Tattoo by Steven Laffoley; September 23; 286 pages; 3.5 out of 5 Ships.
18) Bellwether by Connie Willis; October 16; 247 pages; 3 out of 5 sheep.
19) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares 6 by Pierce Brown , Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell (Illustrator); October 26; 4 out of 5 Sons.
20) The Tournament by Matthew Reilly; 310 pages; November 1; 4 out of 5 Chess pieces.
21) Bonfire by Krysten Ritter; 276 pages; November 10; 3 out of 5 Optimal Scholarships.
22) Star Wars – From a Certain Point of View by 40 various authors; 459 pages, December 31; 5 out of 5 Galaxies.

Audiobooks:
1) Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, Marc Thompson (Narrator); June 19; 17 hours, 4 out of 5 Glowing Red Eyes.
2) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Jennifer Ikeda (Narrator), Real Time Reading September 18-October 31.
3) The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); October 31;
5 out of 5 beating hearts.
4) The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); October 31; 5 out of 5 bricks.
5) The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf by O. Henry, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); December 25; 5 out of 5 locks of hair.

Top Ten Tuesday January 2: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

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January 2: Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2017

Some I really enjoyed their work and would read more of their stories. Others are a one and done. I’ll let you guess which based on my reviews.

1) Katherine Arden
2) Vic James
3) Susanna Kearsley
4) Ruth Reichl
5) Connie Willis
6) Matthew Reilly
7) Lesley Livingston
8) Alex Flinn
9) Shelley Sackier
10) Steven Laffoley

Star Wars – From a Certain Point of View by 40 various authors

In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.

This was a New York Comic Con 2017 special edition cover

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Experience Star Wars: A New Hope from a whole new point of view.

On May 25, 1977, the world was introduced to Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, C-3PO, R2-D2, Chewbacca, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and a galaxy full of possibilities. In honor of the 40th anniversary, more than 40 contributors lend their vision to this retelling of Star Wars. Each of the 40 short stories reimagines a moment from the original film, but through the eyes of a supporting character. From a Certain Point of View features contributions by best-selling authors, trendsetting artists, and treasured voices from the literary history of Star Wars:

Gary Whitta bridges the gap from Rogue One to A New Hope through the eyes of Captain Antilles.
Aunt Beru finds her voice in an intimate character study by Meg Cabot.
Nnedi Okorofor brings dignity and depth to a most unlikely character: the monster in the trash compactor.
Pablo Hidalgo provides a chilling glimpse inside the mind of Grand Moff Tarkin.
Pierce Brown chronicles Biggs Darklighter’s final flight during the Rebellion’s harrowing attack on the Death Star.
Wil Wheaton spins a poignant tale of the rebels left behind on Yavin.
Plus 34 more hilarious, heartbreaking, and astonishing tales from Ben Acker, Renée Ahdieh, Tom Angleberger, Ben Blacker, Jeffrey Brown, Rae Carson, Adam Christopher, Zoraida Córdova, Delilah S. Dawson, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Paul Dini, Ian Doescher, Ashley Eckstein, Matt Fraction, Alexander Freed, Jason Fry, Kieron Gillen, Christie Golden, Claudia Gray, E. K. Johnston, Paul S. Kemp, Mur Lafferty, Ken Liu, Griffin McElroy, John Jackson Miller, Daniel José Older, Mallory Ortberg, Beth Revis, Madeleine Roux, Greg Rucka, Gary D. Schmidt, Cavan Scott, Charles Soule, Sabaa Tahir, Elizabeth Wein, Glen Weldon, Chuck Wendig

Narrated by a full cast, including:

Jonathan Davis
Ashley Eckstein
Janina Gavankar
Jon Hamm
Neil Patrick Harris
January LaVoy
Saskia Maarleveld
Carol Monda
Daniel José Older
Marc Thompson
All participating authors have generously forgone any compensation for their stories. Instead, their proceeds will be donated to First Book – a leading nonprofit that provides new books, learning materials, and other essentials to educators and organizations serving children in need. To further celebrate the launch of this book and both companies’ longstanding relationships with First Book, Penguin Random House has donated $100,000 to First Book, and Disney/Lucasfilm has donated 100,000 children’s books – valued at $1 million – to support First Book and their mission of providing equal access to quality education. Over the past 16 years, Disney and Penguin Random House combined have donated more than 88 million books to First Book.

I bought the NYCC edition and read most of it, but mostly I listened to the audiobook. Sometimes I followed along as I listened.

I’m trying to decide how to write up this review. I loved the stories, so this is not a negative review. It’s just I feel like I have to talk about all 40 stories.

Overall, I enjoyed every one of the stories. Mostly the stories are told in chronological order of the movie, though some jump back and forth to set up a character or setting. You can feel the authors’ different personalities and styles. You can also tell the authors didn’t communicate because events in the stories of the same setting (e.g. the Cantina) contradict one another. However, this is just for fun. A chance to see A New Hope from other characters’ eyes and it’s a beautiful way for fans to relive that feeling of experiencing ANH for the very first time again.

5 out of 5 Galaxies.

Now for my thoughts for each story. All 40 of them.

“A long, long time ago in a galaxy far away.”

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Top Ten Tuesday December 26: Top Three Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018

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December 26: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018 (These could be new releases, or books you resolve to read, ten debuts we are looking forward to, etc.)

  1. Iron Gold (Red Rising Saga Book 4) by Pierce Brown.I am so anticipating this book. I’m a huge fan of the saga. I already have the hardcover and ebook pre-ordered. And after I read it I am getting the audiobook to read it again. All before the NYC signing at the end of January.292170272.
    THE WORLD OF ALL SOULS: A COMPLETE GUIDE TO A DISCOVERY OF WITCHES, SHADOW OF NIGHT, AND THE BOOK OF LIFE by Deborah Harkness 9780735220744_p0_v4_s600x595

In The World of All Souls, Harkness shares the rich sources of inspiration behind her bewitching novels. She draws together synopses, character bios, maps, recipes, and even the science behind creatures, magic, and alchemy–all with her signature historian’s touch.

Bursting with fascinating facts and original artwork, this is an essential handbook is a must-have for longtime fans and eager newcomers alike. The book will be released on 8 May 2018.

3) There is another book set in the All Souls world coming out in 2018 that is still untitled. It’s about Marcus and takes place a year or so after the event in The Book of Life. Here’s more about it in an announcement on Deborah’s Facebook.

This is a more recent post about what she has in store for 2018.

She also spoke about The Serpent’s Mirror being on hold, and only having written one sentence for a book about Gallowglass. But that was in another post I cannot find.

So yea, the Marcus book and the book tour. Yay!

I’m sure I’ll get more books in 2018 but these are two fandoms that I am already involved in and so they’re my top 3 most anticipated. If I hear other authors I like are coming out with new books I’ll get those too.

Movie review of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi

This is going to be loooong! And filled with spoilers under the cut.

I’ll start by saying I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. When I walked out at the end I didn’t have that feeling like I did with the prequels (or the OT I had on VHS as a kid) that I want to watch it again immediately. It was more like “I have to think on this to analyze what I really liked and what I really can’t stand.”

So here are the ups and downs.

May the spoilers be with you:

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