Monday, February 01, 2016

January in Review

What I Learned
I just have to make time for reading. I have a really hard time dropping things and reading the last few years. I end up feeling guilty because there is likely something better I can be doing with my time. I think breaking my ankle and the recovery time reminded me of how much I enjoy reading. And, rearranging my bookshelves as I do a huge purge has reminded me of all the books sitting unread on my shelves. I just want to have a consistent reading year that doesn't have months where nothing is read at all. It is time for me to pay attention to all the books I bought with such excitement and then never got around to reading. And, if I am largely blogging for myself... Oh, well, at least I am keeping a record and brushing off the dust, right?

The Books

1. American Vampire - Volume 1 by Scott Snyder (reread)
2. A Shadow in Summer (Long Price Quartet, Book 1) by Daniel Abraham
3. American Vampire - Volume 2 by Scott Snyder (reread)
4. Star Wars - Princess Leia by Mark Waid
5. The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine
6. Alias - Jessica Jones - Volume 3 by Brian Michael Bendis
7. Alias - Jessica Jones - Volume 4 by Brian Michael Bendis
8. The Fade Out - Volume 1: Act One by Ed Brubaker
9. The Fade Out - Volume 2: Act Two by Ed Brubaker
10. Trees - Volume 1: In Shadow by Warren Ellis
11. Wytches -Volume 1 by Scott Snyder
12. Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1) by Kevin Hearne
13. Morning Glories - Volume 1: For a Better Future by Nick Spencer (reread)
14. Morning Glories - Volume 2: All Will be Free by Nick Spencer (reread)
15. Morning Glories - Volume 3: P.E. by Nick Spencer
16. Morning Glories - Volume 4: Truants by Nick Spencer
17. Lady Killer by Joelle Jones
18. Lazarus - Volume 1: Family by Greg Rucka
19. Giant Days - Volume 1 by John Allison
20. Outcast - Volume 1 by Robert Kirkman
21. Phonogram - Volume 1: Rue Britannia by Kieron Gillen
22. Wayward - Volume 1: String Theory by Jim Zub
23. American Vampire - Volume 3 by Scott Snyder
24. Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart
25. Hexed - Volume 1 by Michael Alan Nelson
26. Hexed - Volume 2 by Michael Alan Nelson
27. Jem and the Holograms - Volume 1: Showtime by Kelly Thompson
28. Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
29. Assassin's Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy, Book 1) by Robin Hobb (reread)
30. Lazarus - Volume 2: Lift by Greg Rucka
31. Morning Glories - Volume 5: Tests by Nick Spencer

The Source

Bought: 19
Marvel: 1
Humble Bundle: 4
Gift: 3

In the theme of #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks, hosted by Andi, only 5 books I read this month didn't technically belong to me. 

Series Talk

American Vampire - 3/7
Long Price Quartet - 1/4
Alias - 4/4 - FINISHED!
The Fade Out - 2/3
Trees - 1/1 - Caught up!
The Iron Druid Series - 1/8
Morning Glories - 5/9
Lazarus - 2/4
Giant Days - 1/1 - Caught up!
Batgirl 1/1 - Caught up!
Hexed 2/2 - Caught up! (Really, I am FINISHED this series...)
Jem and the Holograms - 1/1 - Caught up!
Farseer Trilogy - 1/3

New To Me Authors

Genevieve Valentine (The Girls at the Kingfisher Club)
Kevin Hearne (Hounded)
John Allison (Giant Days - Volume 1)
Cameron Stewart (Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside)
Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms - Volume 1: Showtime)
Carol Rifka Brunt (Tell the Wolves I'm Home)

Books Added to the TBR
Midnight Riot by Ben Aaronovitch
Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire
Warchild by Karin Lowachee
Brightness Falls from the Air by James Tiptree, Jr.
All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
Wayward Volume 1 (read)
Lady Killer (read)
Giant Days - Volume 1 (read)
Lazarus - Volume 1: Family (read)
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
The Kingdom's Blood by Daniel Abraham
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye
Lazarus - Volume 2: Lift (read)
The Sculptor
Hammered by Kevin Hearne (gift)
Hexed by Kevin Hearne (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 5 (gift) (read)
Morning Glories - Volume 6 (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 7 (gift)
Wayward - Volume 2 (gift)
Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (gift) (read)

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Week in Review - Week 5

Random Thoughts

It is hard to believe the first month of 2016 is over with! I have some reading time hopefully ahead of me, so I will save my reading recap until I make sure I won't finish anything else in the meantime. We had a stormy weekend which I had hoped meant lots of reading time, but something else always crops up. I am also finding now that I have been going through my books that there are a lot of things that I have neglected forever and really want to get around to reading. Not to mention on the series I started and never got around to finishing... My first project is Robin Hobb. It would be awesome to finish 2016 having read/reread all of her books. I could have lots of projects like that... While I did get rid of some series that I started ages ago and feel no excitement to get back to, there are still many others on my shelves. Then there are the ones that I have never started...

Graphic Novel Year

Phonogram - Volume 1: Rue Britannia (e-book)
Wayward - Volume 1 (reread)
American Vampire - Volume 3
Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside
Jem and the Holograms - Volume 1: Showtime (Scribd)
Hexed - Volume 1 (Scribd)
Hexed - Volume 2 (Scribd)

Currently Reading 

Weekly Reading

(e-book) I wanted to love this, but this was just weird and I am not sure what to think of it. It was part of a recent Image Humble Bundle so I also have book 2 to see if the series grabs me or not. 

(reread) I read this last year and loved it, so I of course had to own it. It is being compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Saga. That is what grabbed my attention in the first place. In reality, it is a glimpse of Japan with charges I enjoy visiting with and adventures that are worth checking in on. Plus, there are cats on the cover...

I bought this for Christmas because I read volume 1 and 2 and then stalled on the series. I like this series, but it is not my favourite series I am in the midst of. I imagine for Christmas I will grab the next two volumes. There are other series I am in the midst of I want to get more from first. I do have Volume 4 here to read, though, so I might change my mind. 

I may have got some books as my early Valentine's Day gift... And I may have read some all ready. Like this one! I neglect DC because they are not as easy to read as the easiness that is Marvel Unlimited. I look forward to more from this series and checking out other DC series in the future. 

(Scribd) I figured I would finally see what all the buzz about this series was about. I remember the show and the general storyline, but I am not sure I ever watched it that much and wouldn't consider myself a big fan. But, I liked this comic and am glad I gave it a try. I am sure I will read more in the series! Recommended!

(Scribd) I read the first 7 issues in this series back in 2015 thanks to Scribd. They didn't have any more, though, so I stalled while I waited to get the trades. Then I randomly noticed that Scribd had the whole series! So, I binged and I just love this series. It is definitely one of my favourite comic book series and I wish it was longer! That being said it ends with an ending that works. Strongly Recommended!

Finally! This book had so much buzz when it came out. I likely bought a copy soon after... (Or this might have been a gift...). I finally read it! And I loved it!! I thought it was a fantasy novel so imagine my surprise when I settled in with a book that takes place in the 1980's and talks about AIDs and how it was handled back then. It was a pleasant surprise, though! Strongly recommended!

New Additions

Lazarus - Volume 2: Lift
The Sculptor
Hammered by Kevin Hearne (gift)
Hexed by Kevin Hearne (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 5 (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 6 (gift)
Morning Glories - Volume 7 (gift)
Wayward - Volume 2 (gift)
Batgirl - Volume 1: The Batgirl of Burnside (gift)

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 4

Weekly Pictures

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Women I Met in 2015 (Thanks to Marvel!)

In 2015 I splurged and joined Marvel Unlimited. As a result... 2015 was all about the comic books! I had planned to maybe post something about them, but I don't really blog that much. BUT, the Top Ten Tuesday this week is a freebie and this seemed like a fun idea!

Princess Leia - Yes, I have met her before... But, she kicked ass in this mini-series and I loved it! 

Gamora - I had seen the movie, but the comics show a very interesting, hard-ass Gamora. I love her!

Thor - A female Thor. Sign. Me. Up! 

Squirrel Girl - College student with unusually powers. Definitely a good role-model for young girls!

Agent Carter - She is awesome on the big screen, small screen, and in comic books. I hope there will be more about her!

Black Widow - Well, another one that isn't really a surprise... But, this series based around her gives you a great view of the awesomeness that is her!

Spider-Woman - Love her! Way better than Spider-man... He annoys me...

She-Hulk - I am sad her series didn't go very long. I really like her and look forward to seeing more from her.

Ms. Marvel - I had read Carol as Captain Marvel and read the newer Ms. Marvel series, but this older one was really good. Carol is one of my favourite characters!

Silk - We are still getting introduced to her, but I am really liking what I have seen so far!

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Week in Review - Week 4

Random Thoughts

I need to stay away from online bookstores. I was so proud of myself for buying less than I normally do around Christmas... But I made up for that in January! I find December and January are usually when I buy books that have been out for a while. The rest of the year I tend towards pre-orders. There are a couple comic book series I would like to keep reading but that will depend on the book budget as the new releases start trickling out. I am not off to a great start. The first book I pre-ordered for 2016 was Shutter Volume 3. It came out last week, but all ready says it is temporarily unavailable and I never got a copy. I remember when pre-ordering was a for sure thing and you would get the books before the store... Times have changed!

Graphic Novel Year

Morning Glories - Volume 1: For a Better Future (reread)
Morning Glories - Volume 2: All Will be Free (reread)
Morning Glories - Volume 3: P.E.
Morning Glories - Volume 4: Truants
Lady Killer - Volume 1
Lazarus - Volume 1: Family
Giant Days - Volume 1
Outcast - Volume 1 (e-book)

Currently Reading

Weekly Reading

(reread) I really liked this series when I started it, but it took me a while to get around to more from it so I decided to revisit the ones that I had read. They are just as good with a reread!

(reread) I originally read this one in January of 2015, so it took me a while to move on! So, here I am almost exactly a year later rereading this series so that I can finally move on to the next two volumes in the series.

I finally got this edition with my Christmas money. And, I have to say, this series definitely gets better as it gets going. When I read the first two volumes I enjoyed them, but was not feeling a pressing desire to rush on. Now there are lots of things happening and I am curious to see how things are going to progress!

I also got this volume with my Christmas money and I will point out that the series continues to get better and better. I think it is probably a good thing that I never went to boarding school because look at all the creepy things that happen at them!

This comic has been popping up on a lot of best of lists, so I had to check it out. I mean, look at that cover? I loved it! I am all for strong female characters and it is especially interesting considering it is set in a time where women often play a background role. It was a great idea and I am so glad I read it.

This was a fun comic! And compared to what else I read this month... Very different! There was no magic or fantasy or horror. It was just a real life comic about college students. It might be exaggerated a bit, but the adventures were fun in nature and I can't wait to read the next volume!

Another series that I decided to start... Because I don't have enough series on the go! And, another one where there is strong, ass-kicking woman. There was an accidental theme in my comic purchases recently! I really liked this and I can't wait to see what happens next!

Of everything I have read this week, this was likely my least favourite. I read the first issue in this series last year and it didn't really blow me away... But, I had a chance to read the first volume thanks to Humble Bundle. It's good, don't get me wrong, but not something I feel like rushing out and getting the next volume of immediately. Maybe it will be in a future Humble Bundle!

New Additions
Wayward Volume 1
Lady Killer
Giant Days - Volume 1
Lazarus - Volume 1: Family

Trip to the second hand store:

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
By Nightfall by Michael Cunningham
The Kingdom's Blood by Daniel Abraham
Seven for a Secret by Lyndsay Faye

Weekly Posts

Week in Review - Week 3

Weekly Pictures