29 December 2013

In My Mailbox (114)

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
I loved the movie, and it's obvious to me that the movie was so good because it's so close to the book.  Ender's story is not what I imagined it would be and it's all the better for it.  I'm so glad I am finally taking the time to read it.

The Shamer's Daughter by Lene Kaaberbol
I saw this one in Half-Price Books a year ago or so and made a note of it, and just now checked it out from the library.  Excited to start!

Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn
I was very tempted to pick this up at Half-Price Books when I first saw it but I decided to check it out at the library this week.  It looks very intriguing.  Something about it keeps reminding me of Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff.  (Not that I know of any actual similarities between the two.  We shall see.)

The Emperor's Knife by Mazarkis Williams
I wanted to pick this up as soon as it came out several years ago, but I settled on following Mazarkis Williams on Facebook.  I have been impressed with his witty posts and so I finally got his first book from the library.

what did you get in your mailbox?

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09 December 2013

In My Mailbox (113)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
This is my second time reading this book and it is absolutely fabulous.  There is something about Seraphina that I identify with on a basic level.  On top of that, Rachel Hartman has built up a gloriously detailed world that is so easy to slip into.  I read the first hundred pages in a day.  So good.

what did you get in your mailbox?

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01 December 2013

In My Mailbox (112)

I've been truly horrible about updating le blog, I know.  College is just ridiculous.  And it doesn't help that I don't have a way to post from my iPad, which is doubling for a laptop, while I'm at my dorm.  So the only chance to post is on the weekends, and I'm typically either busy with something else or uninspired.  I apologize from the depths of my dusty soul for making you suffer, deprived as you are of my posts.

But I shall share with you today what dropped onto my shelves this past week:

I am super psyched for this haul.  So psyched, that I am resolved to bring them with me to my dorm, even though I haven't the faintest idea where I'll put them.

From top to bottom:

The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan
Ranger's Apprentice #12
The Ranger's Apprentice series has been a favorite of mine since I was twelve, and now, I am faced with the very last book in the series.  The thing is about series I love is that I don't like to finish them. To me, I can better handle the suspense of not knowing what happens in the end compared to finishing and then never having a new story.  So I still haven't read the 10th Ranger's Apprentice book, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja.  It took me a year just to get myself to read Halt's Peril.  I don't know how long it will be until I finally crack into this one.

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna #1
Lawd y'all, I can't even tell you how excited I am to have this for my shelves.  I reviewed Anna Dressed in Blood a long, long time ago but didn't get it for my shelves.  When I saw it in Half-Price Books, I just had to have it, especially since it was in such good condition.

The Will of the Empress by Tamora Pierce
Circle Reforged #1
It seems like HPB always has a copy of this book.  I was so excited to pick it up.  I read it a very long time ago, before the time of le blog.  A truly fantastic book.  I'm psyched to start rereading it.

Daja's Book by Tamora Pierce
Circle of Magic #3
Again, read this forever ago and I don't remember much of it.  So, along with The Will of the Empress, I'm excited to get to rereading it.

Champion by Marie Lu
Legend #3
Because this is one of those series where I couldn't read them all straight through, I'm going to go back and reread Legend and Prodigy before diving head first into Champion.

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
So far, this is a great book.  There's really nothing more to be said.  I'm excited to keep reading it.

A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull
Beyonders #1
I had seen the term "Beyonders" many times before, enough to where I knew that Brandon Mull was nearly as popular as Rick Riordan.  But what really got me to pick this up at HPB was the title: A World Without Heroes.  I thought, "Really?  Let's take a look at that."  And so far, it's brilliant.

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge
The Iron Codex #1
I had my eye on this when it came out back in 2011.  I distinctly remember seeing it on the shelves at Borders but passing it up because I had a phobia (more like a bad habit) of picking up books at the store without reading them first and then having to either return them or let them growl and grumble on my shelf until I got rid of them.  I'm glad I finally picked this one up, because it's really good so far.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
This is one of them mysteeeeerious books.  I haven't started to read it yet but something about it intrigued me when I saw it at the bookstore.

Icons by Margaret Stohl
Icons #1
I was a little hesitant to get this when I first saw it because it seems a lot like a typical, run of the mill dystopian.  Also, I wasn't a ginormous fan of Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia's Beautiful Creatures series.  But something intrigued me enough to where I bought it.  Let's see how it goes.

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Heart of Dread #1
I was not a fan of Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Blood series.  I couldn't even get fifty pages into that first book.  But a long time has passed since then, and after seeing Melissa and Mike at YALLFest this past year, I'm intrigued by what they've come up with together in this dystopian.  I've started and it's pretty good so far.  We'll see.

what did you get in your mailbox?

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What I'm reading this week

I'm a bit of a freak, I know.  I prefer to read a whole stack of books at once whenever I don't have a must-have read on my shelf.  (I do currently have a must-read on my shelf, Champion by Marie Lu, but I'm planning on rereading the first two Legend books before starting on Champion.  So that's for winter break.)  The only two books that I haven't actually started yet are Icons by Margaret Stohl and A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge.

So from top to bottom:

Lioness Rampant by Tamora Pierce | In the past week, I've already reread the first three books of the Song of the Lioness series: Alanna: The First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, and Woman Who Rides Like A Man.  Tamora Pierce is one of my all-time favorite fantasy authors and since my current writing project is an elaborate fantasy, I'm sniffing for inspiration.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling | Another reread.  (Obviously.)  Again, I'm plumbing the depths for inspiration.  I'm attempting to identify what exactly Tamora Pierce and JK Rowling do that makes their stories so wonderful.  How do I bring that into my story?

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull | Picked this up, along with the rest of these mentioned, from Half-Price Books during their Black Friday event.  I had seen Brandon Mull's Beyonders book before, but had never given it much thought.  When I saw the first book there on the shelf, and in good condition, I figured, "Why not?"  So far, it is fabulous.

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge | I will be quite frank.  I was fascinated with this book when it first came out, but it was one of those books I never picked up because there was something stopping me from actually getting it.  After seeing it at HPB, I just thought I needed a change up in material, some small break from all the fantasy swirling around in my head.  So far, it is coming together as a fantastic world.  Loving the first fifty pages.

A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge | I had never heard of this before I saw it in HPB and even now, after turning it over and nearly starting it for the past day, I don't have much of an impression of it.  We'll see how it goes.  It looks great.

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver | A couple of months ago, I had resolved myself to the fact that I wouldn't be getting myself around to picking this up, but upon seeing it at a decent price at HPB, I figured I should get it.  And so far, it's wonderfully intoxicating and compelling.

Icons by Margaret Stohl | I'm iffy with this, but that's just a first impression.  I haven't actually started it yet.  We'll see.

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston | I was not a fan of de la Cruz's Blue Blood series when I first tried reading it a long time ago, but after seeing Melissa at YALLFest for two years in a row, I figured I should pick up her book when I saw it at a good price at HPB.  So far, it's proving very promising.  Many good signs.