TTT: Books Read in One Sitting

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I used to read books in one sitting often when I was younger, mostly because I liked staying up late at night to finish a book. Nowadays, it hits 11 o’clock and I’m dozing off whether or not the book is super-interesting. However! There are definitely times when I will sit down on my bed and then refuse to get off until I have finished a story. Normally this happens on books that aren’t massive, and it’s almost always the case when I pick up a graphic novel to read. That said, I’m discounting manga, children’s picture books, and graphic novels, only because yes, they do take faster to get through than a regular book.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read In One Sitting

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Hah, remember when we had to wait an actual year for the next installment of the Harry Potter series? Well, my wait wasn’t so bad. Books 1-4 were already out by the time I got on the bandwagon, though when OotP finally came out, I was one of the nerds lined up in front of a bookstore just to get myself a copy. Which I then proceeded to read without interruptions for an entire day. Gone went breakfast and lunch, and when I emerged during dinnertime…well, I sulked in the corner. Lawd, this book took me places.

Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier – Oh, this book was lovely. And so was its spinoff. I also cried by the end of this, though I’m not sure if it was because I was sad that the book ended or super-happy at the result. In any case, I’m pretty sure someone found me curled up reading in the basement at 4 am and wondered why the hell I was still up. Oops?

Sorcery and Cecelia by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermere – I’m pretty sure I had a Computer Science exam the next day. I ended up reading this and pulling an all-nighter to finish reading the story of Cecelia and Kate. So worth it! (But double oops?)

Iron Kissed, Silver Borne, River Marked, and Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs – Hah, and just about every other Mercy Thompson book out there. Honestly, I’m pretty sure I marathon-read the first four books over one weekend, and then subsequently read its sequels within a day. Not necessarily one sitting, but they really were just so addicting!

Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause – One of my first introductions to YA supernatural fiction. I’m not sure I’d actually have enjoyed this book now if I read it again, but I did spend an entire day arguing about this with a friend because she and I were on different ships. That said! It was far better than the silly movie that was loosely based off it.

Cress by Marissa Meyer – Alright, strictly speaking, Cress took me at most two days with breaks. However, that was mostly due to me starting the first ten pages, and then going to work. But then the weekend happened and I lay in bed reading all of Cress until I’d finished. So. Damn. Good.

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – I would not recommend reading this at night. I say this out of experience. The funny thing about Ocean is that it is a story of a child, though I don’t believe it is a children’s book in any sense. I suppose the best way to describe it will always be that it’s a children’s book written for adults, and that’s why I added this on the list. It was such a great read, and Gaiman has always been a wizard. So there.

Do you often read books in one sitting? What books kept you up all night?

Of Book Hauls and Signings

I shall keep this post sweet and short, because honestly all I want to do this morning is play Final Fantasy XV and read A Conjuring of Light (but let’s face it, I’m probably doing neither because I have lesson plans to write and papers to grade *sobs*).

Last week and the week before I was lucky enough to attend two book signings at my favorite book shop! Of course, this meant a breakage in the bank, but OMG my haul is pretty lovely. And the authors were fantabulous.

From the Tor side of things…

So um. A Conjuring of Light came out late February, and obviously the first thing I was thinking was: “WHEN IS SCHWAB COMING TO TOWN AND I CANNOT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK.” The lines for Schwab were absolutely ridiculous that I was getting paranoid about making it on time. Thankfully, I managed to dash out of work without having to inflict any physical injury on other persons on my way there, hah.

Seriously, you guys, I’m 300 pages into ACOL and LOVING IT. I mean…I totally cried at least once already. Maybe twice. And I totally squeed several times already. And yelled at characters to get a room (an advice they seemed to have heeded occasionally *COUGHSQUEECOUGH*) because my god that tension. And and and…oh god, okay, I’ll review this at some point.

Also! I had been oggling Truthwitch for ages, and borrowed a library copy to read prior to Dennard showing up at Books of Wonder. Unfortunately, the reading didn’t happen on time, but I decided I wanted a copy of at least the first book anyway, because hell, I’ve bought books in the past that I don’t plan on reading at all, and honestly, I feel like I’d actually like Truthwitch. Susan Dennard should totally be my friend. Not only is she a Dragon Age fan, but like Schwab, she’s also an Avatar: The Last Airbender fan. She’s ALSO a Zutara fan. (YES SOMEONE I KNOW IN PERSON IS A ZUTARA FAN, I MEAN, WHAT.)

Not pictured, but I also got a signed copy of Goldenhand by Garth Nix, because I mean, let’s complete that signed Abhorsen hardcover collection I have sitting prettily on my shelf. No, really, though, I do want to read this next book. Eventually.

God, I just love authors.

From the Penguin side of things…

Let’s be honest here, I was totally hoping Flame in the Mist galleys would be thrown at the audience during this tour, but hell, there was a stellar set of ladies kicking off their tours, and I’ve been meaning to get Rebel of the Sands for the longest time. Alwyn Hamilton’s sequel also came out, but I opted to get just the first book for now. Lesley Livingston’s The Valiant also caught my eye because um, hello, princess-turned-gladiator? Yaaaaaas. Livingston herself was such a dork, I loved her.

AND I AM A LITTLE JEALOUS of the girl who actually DID get an ARC of Flame in the Mist from Renee Ahdieh. But omgah, Ahdieh was awesome enough to let me take some swag and a signed poster! I cannot wait to Food and Fandomize Ahdieh’s next book…though I am still trying to figure out the best opportunity to make myself a full-blown Persian meal…

Mini Reviews: Hamilton, Legenderry

Ugh, balancing time between work and hobbies have become almost impossible at this rate, especially when I find myself constantly thinking about grading papers instead of doing other, more sane things. *shudders*

That said, books must be read, reviews must be written! At least, I try to get as many reviews written as I can.

One of which is a nonfiction. Yay! I need to add more of these in my life, and I do have a few more lined up somewhere. Audiobook-style.

This other one was a bit disappointing after a time. I try not to dwell on it, because it’d be my first attempt at steampunk this year and the results were lukewarm at best. (And I usually am biased for my steampunk, so that’s saying something…)

Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure counts as #1 on my Steampunk Reading Challenge.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

Wrap-Up: February 2017

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Teaching the bigger voldies has given me quite the perspective on time management. Where “time management” equates to “no time at all” for the most part. Seriously, how do fellow teachers deal all the time?! I swear I’ve only managed to rack in a couple hours of video game this weekend, and then it was back to grading, lesson planning, and browsing other math and science resources. Not to mention the fact that I’m also trying to keep regular schedule with reading and blogging…

Sigh. At best, it’s going to be an interesting next few months. At worst, I’ll not have done any writing or editing at all.

But it’s not all fatigue and sadness! Lots of good stuff this month, too!

Books Read

I was in a bit of a slump over the month, to a point where I’ve even gotten bored with audiobooks to a point where I just DNF it after the first few chapters. Hopefully I’ll find a balance of being able to read AND get other work done in the coming weeks.

Avatar: The Last Airbender, Smoke and Shadow, Vols. 1-3 by Gene Luen Yang || An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir || Legenderry: A Steampunk Adventure by Bill Willingham || Gilded Cage by Vic James

Currently Reading

Let’s be honest here. I’ve probably pushed all books back in light of Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light being out. Sorry not sorry.

Portal of a Thousand Worlds by Dave Duncan || Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson || Truthwitch by Susan Dennard || A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

Writing

Unless I’m counting blog posts and lesson plans, writing has pretty much been nonexistent. Not a good thing, but I don’t think that’s going to change until I’ve got a decent system in place to get through my regular workdays without being utterly drained of any motivation whatsoever, lol.

Movies

February is always my busiest month for movies, and for good reason! Now that the Oscars are over, I can finally take it easy with watching the other movies I wanted to get to this year. That said, there were some very good movies on the list that I watched this month. And, uh, I totally watched more than 8 movies, I just didn’t have room to add the rest…

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Moana || Hacksaw Ridge || Lion || Kubo and the Two Strings || Florence Foster Jenkins || Fences || Jackie || Hell or High Water || Nocturnal Animals (not pictured) || The Red Turtle (not pictured) || Captain Fantastic (not pictured)

Television

The Magicians, Season 1 – Honestly, this had something going for it, up until the characters kept doing stupid things, and I was just so over it.

Arrow, Season 3 – Yeah, still on this season, but I’m getting to the point where I had stopped a long way back!

Flash, Season 1 – Ditto.

Outlander, Season 2 – So I subscribed to a free week of Starz, which meant I totally binged a majority of the second Outlander season. I may have to resort to other streaming services to get to the rest of the episodes, though…

The Great British Bake Off, Season 3 – NETFLIX FINALLY HAS MORE SEASONS UP. Naturally, I just had to watch it.

Video Games

Dishonored 2 – Took me much longer to finish a stealthy, non-lethal run with Corvo, but that’s mostly because I haven’t been binge-playing video games in a while. I plan to do a couple more runs on this game, but I might wait another time.

Batman: Arkham Knight – A ways back, I totally rage-quit this game and stopped playing it for a while because the effing Batmobile Riddler challenges DROVE ME NUTS. I just went back into the swing of things, though. Might as well try to finish the game…before I contemplate heading back to Dragon Age

Fooding and Drinking

Last month there was a severe lack of food and drink pictures gracing my blog. This month, I needed to separate food AND drink apart, because there was a lot of both happening due to Valentine’s Day and it being my mother’s birthday among other things.

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Thin Mint Oreo and Kit Kat Brownies || Tutti Frutti Waffles || Apple Pirozhki || Pineapple BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza || Tiramisu || Waffle Fries || Marinated Prime Rib BBQ || Harvey Wallbanger Cake

I’d also visited The Way Station, which was the dorkiest bar I’d ever seen. And this is a good thing! I ended up ordering a few Doctor Who-inspired drinks, and they were LOVELY.

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Galliano || 4th Doctor || 10th Doctor || River’s Red Mark || Barefoot Moscato || Mocha Madness || Moroccan Mint Tea || Vodka (for baking!)

Miscellany

Valentine’s Day was a pretty good day, considering. My bestie and I ended up just reserving a table at Max Brenners and fed on food and chocolate for the rest of the day. Soooo delicious.

I did do another Food and Fandom post, which means I’m good for the month. But now the cycle begins again and I probably need to start thinking about another F&F project to do in order to stay on top of my own Reading Challenge…

Nerdy News

I honestly don’t know why I insist on following up on the Mass Effect hype, because every single time I see an article, like character profiles (YES FEMALE TURIAN COMPANION RAAAAAAH), voice actor announcements (Margery Tyrell joins The Tempest crew as an asari, WHAAAT), and the fact that you can still actually decide which Commander Shepard is YOUR Shepard in ME: Andromeda (FemShep all the way!) only gets me overexcited about this game. And it’s not like I’m even planning to get it in March! I’m going to have to wait much longer than that, otherwise NO work is getting done…

On another space-related note: I am so eagerly awaiting for our First Contact with turians. NASA, make this happen. You’ve found the planets, so find the aliens. Just don’t try to wage war, please. 😄

WHAT IS THIS NEVERWHERE SEQUEL, GAIMAN YOU ARE KILLING ME HERE I MUST HAVE IT.

You know what, I’d actually be interested in the Ford, Bernard, and Maeve Westworld Funkos. I wouldn’t mind if they suddenly came up with a Hector Funko. Rodrigo Santoro is a beautiful man.

Hayao Miyazaki getting bored of retirement and coming back to make more movies is really not surprising. He’s pretty much a workaholic, which is a good thing, because YAY MORE MIYAZAKI MOVIES!

My first reaction to there being a possible A Darker Shade of Magic movie was practically, “OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG EEEEEEEEEEEEE.” My second one is, quite naturally, “OH GOD PLEASE DON’T EFF THIS UP I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH.” So yeah. Excited and REALLY hoping for the best. And super happy for Schwab, who must be super-stoked about this news.

Bookademy Awards

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Whoo Academy Awards! If there’s anything else I love other than books and video games (and baking and reading…), it’s definitely watching movies. So imagine my excitement every year when I turn to my friend and start watching as many of the award-nominated movies as possible in order to cast in our own predictions of which movie will rake in the gold.

Well, considering tonight IS Academy Award night, I figure I could do a list of “Bookademy” Awards to commemorate it. Because, heck, this blog is largely book-related, right? I suppose I *could* throw in my movie predictions as well, but I can throw that in at the end. Um. Maybe.

So yes. Books. For the sake of saving time and not having to go back to all of my favorite reads, I’m going to be basing this year’s Bookademy Awards to what I’ve personally read in 2016.

2017 Bookademy Awards

Best Male Protagonist

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I talk of Kell in the second book because he’s become much more multi-faceted after his showdown with Holland. Plus, he pretty much went into an entire spectrum of emotions in this book, considering the situations he’s had to deal with.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Kaladin Stormblessed (The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson)
James Fraser (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)
Parzival (Ready Player One by Ernest Cline)
Khalid Ibn al-Rashid (The Rose & and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh)

Best Female Protagonist

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It’s always difficult to just pick one female protag amidst the plethora of female main characters I’ve been reading about in books. They’re all so friggin’ awesome in their roles! Yelena, though, remains my favorite of 2016, because she has undergone so much throughout the Study books, and at the prime of her power, she still remains adamant in her quest to continue learning. Plus, while she’s probably one of the few fantasy females I know who is shown to balance both her work and love life well.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Cress (Cress by Marissa Meyer)
Maika Halfwolf (Monstress by Marjorie Liu)
Lada (And I Darken by Kiersten White)
Shahrzad Al-Khayzuran (The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh),

Best Secondary Male

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Four books of sass-mouthing and motivational speeches. I don’t even need to say anything else.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Scorpius Malfoy (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany)
Murtagh (Outlander by Diana Gabaldon)
Warren (Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs)
Alucard Emery (A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab)

Best Secondary Female

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Limelight Ladies galore! Reagan takes the cake because of her dialogue. She’s pretty much that character that prods and goads the protagonist into action for the most part, and honestly, she made me laugh way too much throughout Fangirl.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Iko (Cress by Marissa Meyer)
Ivy Tamwood (Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harrison)
Minny (The Help by Kathryn Stockett)
Ilsa Flynn (This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab)

Best Villainous Villains

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I’ve mushed together male and female villains, because honestly only one of them took the cake. Astrid friggin’ Dane. I would have also put her brother here, but honestly, I remember Astrid much more because she’d been crueler, subtler, and more conniving with her actions. Athos was pretty straightforward cruel. Astrid, on the other hand, was straight-up psychotic.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Naughty John (The Diviners by Libba Bray)
Eli Ever (Vicious by V.E. Schwab)
Queen Levana (Winter by Marissa Meyer)
Pernicia (Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley)

Best Graphic Novel/Manga

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The first volume of this female-centric graphic novel packed such a punch that everything else paled in comparison.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 3 by Jinsei Kataoka
The Way of Shadows: The Graphic Novel by Brent Weeks
The Exile: An Outlander Graphic Novel by Diana Gabaldon

Best Adaptation of a Book

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I still love watching The Help movie whenever I can. It was done so well.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Best Retelling

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It was a tight race between Ahdieh’s The Wrath and the Dawn and Cress, but Cress won out because the tale stayed true to the fairy tale amidst a science fiction world.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Winter by Marissa Meyer
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley
William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher

Best in Magical Systems

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Was there any question? Sanderson has always been stellar at telling the story and creating in-depth magical systems. And heck, he doesn’t just make one. Oh, no. Sometimes books will have multiple magical systems.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

Best in Worldbuilding

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Same vein as the above category. His worlds are superbly vivid, and his descriptions have often made it so easy to get transported into the middle of the scene.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
Monstress, Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu
The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Best “Must Buy” Author

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Seriously, Schwab. Just stahp.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Renee Ahdieh
Patricia Briggs
Marissa Meyer
Brandon Sanderson

Best Books of a Humorous Nature

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I believe Whil Wheaton’s narration had a lot to do with me finding the story geeky and adorable, but yes, I did laugh a lot with this book.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
William Shakespeare’s The Jedi Doth Return by Ian Doescher
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Best Books of an OMG Nature

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Alright, so there are just going to be those books that have the flair for the dramatics. Fire Touched was pretty much a turning point for Mercy and her family, and for that, the book takes the cake on dramatic events.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Fair Game by Patricia Briggs
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Best Squee-Worthy Book

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I still sigh and squee over this duology. The first book had some of the best lines, though let it be said that I also squeed lots over its sequel.

HONORARY NOMINEES:
A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
Winter by Marissa Meyer
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder

And as a bonus, my Academy Award movie predictions.

Best PictureLa La Land

Best Actor (Leading Role) – Denzel Washington, Fences

Best Actor (Supporting Role) – Mahershala Ali, Moonlight

Best Actress (Leading Role) – Emma Stone, La La Land

Best Actress (Supporting Role) – Viola Davis, Fences

Best Animated Feature – Zootopia

Best Cinematography – Linus Sandgren, La La Land

Best Costume Design – Madeline Fontaine, Jackie

Best Directing – Damien Chazelle, La La Land

Best Documentary FeatureO.J.: Made in America

Best Documentary ShortJoe’s Violin

Best Film EditingHacksaw Ridge

Best Foreign Language FilmThe Salesman

Best Makeup and Hairstyling – Star Trek Beyond

Best Original Score – La La Land

Best Original Song – “City of Stars,” La La Land

Best Production Design – La La Land

Best Live Action ShortEnnemis Interieurs

Best Animated Short – Piper

Best Sound Editing – Hacksaw Ridge

Best Sound Mixing – Hacksaw Ridge

Best Visual Effects – Kubo and the Two Strings

Best Adapted Screenplay – Fences

Best Original Screenplay – La La Land

Do you have anyone you would have awarded Bookademy Awards to? And how about movies? Do you have an Academy Award prediction?