The State of the Reader: 5/31/17

<–The State of the Reader: 5/24/17          The State of the Reader: 6/7/17–>

A weekly post updated every Wednesday detailing my current reading projects and where I am with them in addition to what new titles I’ve added to my to-read list.  Title links go to Goodreads to make it easier for interested parties to add any books that might strike their fancy.  I attempt to use the covers for the edition I’m reading, and I’ll mention if this is not the case.  If you have a Goodreads account feel free to friend me!  I’d love to see what you’re reading and/or planning to read.

Samples Read This Week

  1. The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmburg: Kept/Purchased – Interesting enough to warrant a read.  The main character wants to work with steel, but her teacher informs her they don’t have enough paper magicians, so that’s where she’s going to apprentice.  It’s making me think of this anime that I’ve never seen, but I know is about a character who can manipulate   paper.  Read or Die, I think that’s the name of it?  Since the book was cheap on Kindle, I also purchased it.  I can never tell whether or not the price is static or on sale.
  2. Dawn of Wonder by Jonathan Renshaw: Passed – This is going to sound awful, and lord knows I understand how frustrating market saturation is, but I just don’t feel like reading a story where the main character is a young man with a fated destiny.  If the writing had pulled me in, I’d probably consider it, but it wasn’t really my style.
  3. Charmed Life by Diana Wynne Jones: Kept – I liked the language/writing style, so me keeping this seems counter to what I said above, because this one seems like a “young man with a fated destiny” story, too, but the focus seems to be more on his more talented, witchy sister.
  4. Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen: Kept – I’ve been only reading a page of two of my samples (unless they’re like Radiance and I can’t put it down) before I make my decision if I’m going to keep it, and this one about a talented young singer trying to live in the cold of her opera diva mother’s shadow seems worthy of my time.
  5. The Greenstone Grail by Amanda Hemingway: Kept – Again I only read a few pages of this, but I’ve read the author before under her other name Jan Siegel.  She wrote Prospero’s Children with that moniker, and I loved that series, so I’m sure I’ll find this novel more than adequate. Interesting…so I went to add the link for this, and I have the book on my TBR list twice: once under Jan Siegel and once under Amanda Hemingway.  Let me check Amazon to see what name she’s using…it’s under Hemingway so that’s what I’m going to keep.
  6. The Book of Earth by Marjorie B, Kellogg: Kept – The sleeping dragons keeping the balance instantly reminded me of Mother 3, though in that there was just one, but seven pins (or swords?) that you had to draw in order to awaken it.  I like the unconventional young noble lady, too, even though that’s a tried trope as well.
  7. The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black: Kept (RWTR) – This book is everything I could ask for.  Fairy enchantment in a world where iPods exist.  I love the blending of either genres or when genres take place in non-traditional time periods (most people think of sword and sorcery or high fantasy that generally occurs in some medieval era), and the fact that there’s a mother so bad ass she not only figured out her baby was a changeling, but refused to give the fae child back when the fairy woman returned her own.
  8. Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow: Kept by Jessica Day George: Kept (RWTR) – I’d already had this on my really-want-to-read list.  I love stories about the dark, cold north (I mean my favorite story’s beginning and conclusion occurs in the north, and depending on how ASOIAF concludes, I may be double talking), and I love fairy tales.  This story does both.
  9. Ice by Sarah Beth Durst: Kept (RWTR) – I was surprised, but not upset to find this book takes place in more modern times where research teams are sent to the Arctic and snow mobiles exist.  Stories like this usually have the quality of disbelief for its characters in seeing magic happen before their eyes, so they share something with those who are reading the tale.  If this book and the prior had been less expensive, I would’ve bought them immediately.
  10. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau: Kept (RWTR) – This was one of those samples that only had a few pages, but I am beyond curious to know what’s going on with it.  It starts off with a prologue, which is always a risky move in any story, but it explains how 200 years ago, the builders of the eponymous city left instructions for the people, and they were supposed to be passed down through successive generations, held by the cities mayors, but one of the mayors was corrupted, took home the box the instructions were housed in, and tried to break it open with a hammer.  The sample stopped there, but I want to know why these builders said the people would have to say hidden for at least 200 years.  What the hell happened to the surface above?
  11. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon: Kept – Even though I’m worried this book might be a touch on the religious side (as in favoring one over the other), I’m still interested in what the daughter does with her mother’s gift.
  12. Adventure Begins by Colin Dann: Kept – So I actually downloaded a different book from the one I had on my TBR list.  I had The Animals of Farthing Wood there or something like that, but I think this one is the first in the series?  I’m not really sure, but since this is what I downloaded, and since it seems to be the first in a series, this is the one I’m going to keep.  Going by my rules of one author per book on my TBR list, I removed Animals for this.  The premise is interesting and definitely something I would’ve read in my younger days.  There’s a feud between the foxes and the otters, because the otters have encroached on the foxes’ hunting territory due to a shortage of fish in the stream.  This issue is further compounded by the fact that otters are rare in this part of England (?), so wherever they live has been declared a sanctuary by humans who won’t chop down and develop the wood due to their presence.  The otters know this and take advantage of it, so I’m curious how the foxes are going to resolve this dilemma.

Books Purchased This Week: 4

Title: The Paper Magician
Series Title: The Paper Magician Trilogy
Author: Charlie N. Holmberg
Date Added: June 17, 2016
Date Purchased: May 25, 2017

Paper Magician, The

Media: eBook/Kindle
Price: $1.50
Retailer: Amazon

Title: Stone & Iris
Author: Jonathan Ballagh
Illustrator: Ben J. Adams
Date Added: May 25, 2017
Date Purchased: May 27, 2017

Media: eBook/Kindle
Price: $0.99
Retailer: Amazon

Title: Saga, Volume 3
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: May 29, 2017
Date Purchased: May 29, 2017

Media: Paperback
Price: $11.47
Retailer: Amazon

Title: Saga, Volume 4
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: May 29, 2017
Date Purchased: May 29, 2017

Media: Paperback
Price: $11.48
Retailer: Amazon

I just received the last two (Saga 3 and 4) in the mail today (5/31/17).  I may order 5 when I start reading 3, so that I won’t have to wait.

Total: $25.44
Average Price: $6.36


Books Finished This Week: 4

Title: The Raven King
Series Title: The Raven Cycle
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Date Added: April 4, 2017
Date Started: April 8, 2017
Date Finished: May 24, 2017
Reading Duration: 46 days

The ending was not what I expected.  Maggie Stiefvater keeps you on your toes the entire time, and the way she maintains the suspense throughout the entire novel is absolute genius.  I actually didn’t get exactly what happened when I first read it, but there’s a reason the series title is The Raven Cycle.

Title: Eidolon
Series Title: Wraith Kings
Author: Grace Draven
Date Added: May 23, 2017
Date Purchased: May 23, 2017
Date Started: May 24, 2017
Date Finished: May 25, 2017
Reading Duration: 1 day

I had a sleep study from Wednesday night until Thursday afternoon, and in between the naps they make you take, I read this freaking masterpiece.  Holy lord am I in love with Brishen and Idilko.  They are my new favorite canon couple lol.  I’m so happy I pretty much had nothing to do all day besides sleep and read (a Taurus paradise!), because I don’t know how I would’ve gone to work without snatching moments away to delve back into this.  I don’t know how I’m going to survive the fact that the third book isn’t out yet, and I’m more eager for this than The Winds of Winter (even though I still think ASOIAF is the superior series).  Prior to these series, I would’ve said hands down that The Raven Cycle was going to be my favorite one of 2017, but I can’t deny as much as loved Gansey, Blue, Adam, Ronan, Noah, and Henry, I’m in love with Brishen and Ildiko’s perfect relationship.  I cannot wait to review this book and the one prior.  Like Ms. Draven depicted the best possible way to deal with an arranged marriage, and I want this to stand out as a paragon of that.  I have never read a novel so quickly.

Title: A Father’s Protection
Author: K. J. Hawkins
Date Added: October 21, 2015
Date Purchased: April 8, 2017
Date Started: May 26, 2017
Date Finished: May 26, 2017
Reading Duration: 1 day

I technically think the reading duration should be less than a day, but it doesn’t make sense to do that.  One day is the lowest I’ll go, but in reality it only took me fifteen minutes to finish this 9 page short.  It was interesting and had paradigms that reminded me of ASOIAF but in reverse.  I’ll elaborate more when I review it.

Title: Saga, Volume. 2
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: May 23, 2017
Date Started: May 27, 2017
Date Finished: May 29, 2017
Reading Duration: 2 days

It didn’t even take me a week to read this one, which I’m happy about since it’s a pain in the ass trying to figure out progress since graphic novels (or at least this one) don’t have page numbers.  It’s just as good as the first one, and I’ve already ordered the second and third.


Books Currently Reading: 6

Title: Half a King
Series Title: Shattered Sea
Author: Joe Abercrombie
Date Added: July 14, 2015
Date Purchased: March 3, 2017
Date Started: May 27, 2017

Media: Kindle
Progress: 13%

I feel I was more excited about the sample than I am the book.  Yarvi, the reluctant, essentially one-handed king, is the most interesting character, and it’s painful to watch how he’s so scorned due to something he cannot control.  One of his hands (I’m not sure if it’s the right or left or whether or not it’s his dominant) is shriveled and deformed.  He was born this way into a Viking-like society where weakness is derided and those who can’t defend themselves are slaughtered.  He was never supposed to be king.  That task should have fallen to his brother who was better suited for it per the parameters of their society, but both his brother and father were killed in an ambush so the title of monarch falls on poor Yarvi who was going to be a priest.  His mother is pitiless.  No one cares about his wishes, and despite the fact he can’t really wield a sword, he’s expected to lead a battalion to avenge his family.  The writing is very lovely, and the reader definitely feels Yarvi’s pain, but I honestly hope he either escapes this situation or figures out a way to rule without having to fight all the time.  Maybe he’ll be a different type of king, not a warmongering one, but I suppose time will tell.

Title: Silent Child
Author: Sarah A. Denzil
Date Added: March 13, 2017
Date Started: May 26, 2017

Media: Kindle
Progress: 20%

I already suspect the main character’s husband lol.  Something about him rubs me the wrong way.  I didn’t like him from the get-go, and the way he behaves is utterly incongruent to how Emma describes him.  So this story is about a woman who believes her only son drowned in a flood at the age of six, but ten years later, she receives a call from a hospital with news that they’ve found him.  No one knows where he was for that decade, because Aidan either cannot or will not speak.  It appears he can understand, but he is stricken with mutism.  They can tell that he was confined due to marks on his ankle, and there has been some…abuse, which obviously horrifies Emma.  Her husband Jake isn’t Aidan’s father; his paternity belongs to her ex Rob, and again, there’s just something about Jake that bothers me, and I think the author is writing Emma in a way that she doesn’t quite see it.

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Series Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Date Added: December 30, 2015
Date Started: May 17, 2017

Media: Paperback
Progress: 41%

What can I even say about this book.  It’s amazing.  The back and forth between Laia and Elias’s chapter raises the tension to points where I nearly break.  It’s why I’ll read at least two or three chapters a session.  I almost wish I’d bought this on Kindle so I could read more of it lol.

Title: The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes
Author: Anonymous
Date Added: June 19, 2016
Date Started: May 8, 2017

Media: Paperback
Progress: 34%

I’m really not sure if I should read the Prose Edda at some point in addition to this.  I don’t know if this version of the Edda contains everything the Prose version does.  I posted this question to Facebook, but received no response.

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: January 26, 2017
Date Started: May 1, 2017

Media: Hardback (Library)
Progress: 64%

I’m already planning to borrow the third book from the library as soon as I finish this one.  Now that I’m reading the second, it’s bringing things that bothered me in the first into a different light.  Feyre was meant to fall into nonsensical love with Tamlin (though I still think the author could’ve handled that better), because he “rescued” her and her family from their life of poverty.  I do like how Maas is plainly showing that just because someone does that for you, it doesn’t mean you owe them your love or sex.  It’s the same thing I’m trying to show in The Broken Rose (though in a different way since, well, you’ll see if you’re reading and keep reading), so I have to respect that.

Title: The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia
Authors: Patrick Thorpe, Various Others, and Translators
Date Added: October 30, 2016
Date Started: April 11, 2017

Media: Hardback
Progress:  83%

I’m on what I think is the final part of this book, and I think it might just be pure art like the second part.  I hope I have another reference in my possession lined up.  That “genre” and comics/graphic novels are the ones I have the least of on hand.


Fanfictions Finished: 0

Fanfictions Currently Reading: 2

Title: I’m the Darkness, You’re the Starlight
Author: runicmagitek
Fandom: FFVI
Pairing: Celes Chere/Setzer Gabbiani

No update this week.

Title: I Will Call You Home: A Recounting of the Fifth Blight
Author: AthenaTseta
Fandom: Dragon Age
Pairing: Leilana/Various

I…don’t remember what I read last time.  I did read a chapter last Thursday, which seems to be my pattern, and I’m okay with reading a chapter a week.  It means it’ll last for a bit, but I don’t remember what happened.  I know it’ll come back to me when I read the next chapter, but alas I can’t recall to report on it.


Books Added to Goodreads TBR List This Week: 12

Title: One of Us Is Lying
Author: Karen McManus
Date Added: May 24, 2017
Recommended by: By Hook or By Book

Breakfast club with a murder twist.  There’s nothing like a good mystery, and this is another genre I’d want to try my hand at, so the more the merrier.

Title: The Ippos King
Series Title: Wraith Kings
Author: Grace Draven
Date Added: May 25, 2017

If it were out I’d be reading it right now, but I only know it’s going to (hopefully) be released this year.  There isn’t even a blurb so I don’t even know what the plot is.  I wish there were some kind of sign up on her website so I could be notified when it did release.  Wait…let me see if I can do that on Amazon!  Nooooo, it’s not on Amazon yet, so she doesn’t have a release date set for it.  I followed the author there.  I guess I”ll just have to wait.

Title: Stone & Iris
Author: Jonathan Ballagh
Illustrator: Ben J. Adams
Date Added: May 25, 2017

This is the last book by Mr. Ballagh on Goodreads, and since I enjoyed his Quantum Worlds so much, it only makes sense that I should add and read this.  It’s only $0.99 on Amazon.  Bought and followed the author who is a really nice guy.

Title: Master of Crows
Series Title: Master of Crows
Author: Grace Draven
Date Added: May 25, 2017

I know it looks like I’m breaking my “one book per author” rule, but I’m really not since the other book I have by her on here isn’t out yet.  Plus the guy on the cover looks a bit like the main character in my own paranormal romance novel, which is a sure draw for me.  Pair this with the fact that she wrote the series that’s more than likely going to be my favorite this year, and I’m sold.

Title: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Volume 1
Series Title: My Little Pony: Friendship is magic – graphic novels
Author: Katie Cook & Andy Price
Date Added: May 26, 2017

So here’s the thing: I’ve owned this graphic novel for years.  My husband got it for me for my birthday two or three years ago, but because I thought I couldn’t find it on Goodreads, I never remembered it, so I never read it.  It wasn’t in the rotation.  Now that I’ve added graphic novels to that, I’m way more likely to read this.  I love MLP and my favorite is Fluttershy ♥

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Series Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Added: May 26, 2017

How I love adding books when I can’t look at the blurb for fear of being spoiled!  Since I’m enjoying the second book so much, I figure I’ll give the third a try especially if Feyre and Rhys end up together.  I really need to look up a fan art of him, because even though Ms. Maas describes him well, I’m having some trouble picturing him.  The fan art kind of makes him look like Vincent from FFVII.  I can see that…they’re both black haired, pretty, goth boys, and I think the creature Vincent turns into has similar bat-like wings matching Rhysand’s.

I’ll just picture him looking like this.

Title: Hellblazer: Original Sins
Series Title: Hellblazer
Author: Jamie Delano
Illustrators: John Ridgway & Alredo Alcalá
Date Added: May 28, 2017

I talked about it in my Saga review, I might as well add it to the TBR list especially considering how much I love the movie Constantine.  I know the film takes liberties, but I still like going back to the source material.

Title: The Shadow of What Was
Series Title: The Licanius Trilogy
Author: James Islington
Date Added: May 28, 2017
Recommended by: Cupcakes and Machetes

I brought some Goodreads Book Tag goodness to more of my friend circle, and in doing so I obtained another book to add.  This is a double edged sword hehe.  It was damn near impossible not to add this.  It has all the beat points of the old school fantasies I grew up on.  I was a bit hesitant at the blurb’s initial question, “Love the Wheel of Time?” because WoT is actually not one of my favorite series.  To be honest, I was a bit less than impressed with it when I first read it.  I got through the first book, but didn’t even get past the first chapter of the second; however, I’m going to give it another chance, rereading Eye of the World and then seeing if I can continue on.  Anyway, the aspect that earned this an add was when the blurb mentioned an ancient enemy stirring in the north.  You have my interest.

Title: Saga, Volume 3
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: May 29, 2017

Well the publishers of this series are guaranteed a lot of my money, because I just keeping reading and buying the next book in the series.

Title: Saga, Volume 4
Series Title: Saga
Authors: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
Date Added: May 29, 2017

It just made sense to buy both Volumes 2 and 3 at the same time.  I didn’t save any money, but hopefully, this will hold me for at least two weeks.

Title: Adventure Begins
Series Title: Farthing Wood
Author: Colin Dann
Date Added: May 31, 2017

As stated above in the Samples section, I downloaded the sample for this instead of The Animals of Farthing Wood, so I added it to my TBR list.

Title: The Prose Edda
Author: Snorri Sturluson
Translator: Jesse Byock
Date Added: May 31, 2017Fuck it.  I’ll just read this version, too.  What am I afraid of?  Having too much knowledge of Norse Mythology?  Preposterous.

Total Books on Goodreads TBR List: 466
Change from Last Week: +5


Books Added to Reread List This Week: 1

Title: Rebecca
Author: Daphne du Marier
Date Added: May 26, 2017

I read this book years ago when I was in high school, and I didn’t like it.  I found it quite boring, but I want to give it another chance.


What are you currently reading and/or what’s on your radar to read next?  What would you recommend based on my current and recently added?  As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions!

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31 thoughts on “The State of the Reader: 5/31/17

  1. Yay! Well I’m definitely reading Wings and Ruin after ACOMAF, and I’ve loved Jan Siegel/Amanda Hemingway since I read Prospero’s Children years ago 🙂 I’m going to start utilizing my library much more. It’ll save me a bit of money I think.

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  2. I read the paper magician on my kindle and I got a bit annoyed with it actually, I really liked the idea of it and the premise, I really wanted to like it but… don’t really want to spoil so I’ll just say the relationship between the characters annoyed me a lot. I really liked Prospero’s Children so I’ll keep an eye out for The Greenstone Grail 🙂

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  3. The WoT comparison – I try not to ever believe the comparisons publishers make to try to draw people in because in my experience, they’re almost always wrong. But I haven’t start WoT yet, so I wouldn’t really know either. The Red Rising trilogy is always compared to the Hunger Games and they are not alike except in one aspect in the first book but it’s minimal. Stop lying to us publishers!!

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  4. One of Us is Lying sounds amazing. Also, can I just say that I’m completely impressed by your ability to read so many books at once? I have the same problem with books that I have with games – I’ll start a bunch, and then wind up favoring one until it’s completed…

    Also, I think I need to try harder if the plot of I Will Call You Home isn’t memorable… 😛

    What am I reading… I’m reading a book about how video games cause violence (which is underwhelming and irritating), a book about harassment in the video game community (which is interesting, underwhelming, and sort of boring, which is sad because it’s such an important topic), and I picked up NeuroTribes again.

    I need a little more fiction in my life, I think haha.

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  5. They do it in order to snag fans of the same series for sure. A lot of people compare GRRM to Jordan, but I really don’t see it. Granted, I only read the first WoT, and my coworker/supervisor says that they have that similar “history repeats” thing going on, so sure, maybe.

    Ember in the Ashes has an HG vibe to it, but I can pinpoint exactly what those are. Don’t just say it to get people to read! I’ve had that happen before. I”ll buy a book because it says “It’s like this!” and it’s only marginally like it and I’m annoyed. Like Mortal Instruments was apparently based on Harry Potter fanfic, but I couldn’t stand it. The only thing they had in common was they were teenagers. Also it was recommended by Stephanie Meyer so I shouldn’t known better *fumes*

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  6. Then there’s the opposite side: Publishers SHOULD admit when novels are rip offs of other already popular novels. “This is pretty much an exact rip off of Red Rising but with a female protagonist.”
    Honestly, I’d rather they not compare anything and let a novel stand on it’s own and speak for itself but that will never happen. Too hard to sell books that way.

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  7. I can understand your Dawn of Wonder issue. “A young man with a fated destiny” has definitely been done a million and one damn times before, haha. I know something really has to pop out at me for me to be interested in a story like that.

    I’m on a reading roll! I finished the Hunger Games Trilogy and Saga 1,2,3 this week. I’m wrapping up Saga Vol 4. now. Google Play had all 6 volumes for cheap so I got them all, haha. I have a cracked 10″ Android tablet that works awesome for reading digital versions of comics (and nothing else).

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  8. Ugh I felt bad that it bored me, because super empath over here thinks about the author, and it may very well be much more than that, but the writing didn’t grab me either, so I had to move on.

    Gah! You’re ahead of me on Saga! I just started Volume 3 today, but I have it and 4 sitting on my coffee table. And omg Hunger Games. The whole destruction of District 12 reminded me of when the Shinra utterly destroyed Sector 7 in Midgar, because that’s where all the bases of resistance were. I wanted to mention that from the get-go lol Of course I have a comparative planned because I’m a fanatic.

    How are comics on a mobile device? I know I could do that with my little Kindle, but I was wary about how they might look.

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  9. Day planner and notes! It’s the only way I can manage it hehe. I literally schedule what books I’m going to read when and each book is a particular “type,” so I read the fiction/fantasy one day, the reference another, and the classic another. I read my two Kindle books at lunch, and figure in the library book and graphic novel in there somewhere, too. I find if I read before I turn on my computer, I’m far more likely to get to it since my the time I’m done doing everything on here, I’m too tired to do much else.

    No, no lol. I know what’s happening; it’s more like I don’t take down the chapter I stop at and then I don’t remember where to pick up. I also think it’s possible that there are too many books in my head, and I don’t take notes on the fanfiction, so I don’t have anything to fall back on in the maelstrom of narratives in my brain.

    I’d be annoyed about that, because it’s a complex subject. I don’t think they *cause* violence, because there’s no one cause of violence. Could they influence violence in someone prone to it? Possibly. Could certain games make people less empathetic? Sure. Because cause and effect are not so easy to determine, and it’s highly irresponsible to say that. If you’re constantly seeing violence towards a particular group/people or if a particular group/people are constantly treated as the “bad guy,” you may start viewing them in a particular way, but this is across ALL narratives, not just video games.

    What kind of fiction do you like?

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  10. Ah, gotcha… I think I’m going to have to start scheduling in my media, as well. Glad the fanfic isn’t boring you 😉 And I’ll be posting on the book soon, so look out for that haha

    Gosh, what kind of fiction? I’m usually into fantasy, but I have a very eclectic list of books I’ve read and enjoyed. Some historical fiction/thrillers (like Mistress of the Art of Death or Portrait of an Unknown Woman), some mysteries, anything by Charles Dickens (haha)…

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  11. It’s such a useful tool! I learned about it when I used to write for a group blog and did a daily cosplay post. It took way more time to do a post every day and was just so much easier to spend an hour or two on Sunday scheduling them out.

    Ah so the same kind of stuff I read! I haven’t read Dickens really. I think I tried reading Great Expectations when I was younger, but I couldn’t get into it. I do have it on my TBR list under Classics though. It deserves another try!

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  12. OMG yes. I actually really liked Great Expectations. Granted, it was for a high school literature class, and I think I was the only one who enjoyed it, but I did!

    Or start with A Christmas Carol, which is hard to *not* like 🙂

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  13. I got a few VII vibes from the Hunger Games too. Especially with all the mutations and whatnot. There are also some FFXIII connections but I can’t say anything… Katniss is very Lightning like so I automatically think she’s awesome. Unfortunately, the whole Peeta Vs Gale triangle of stupidity ruined the story a bit in my eyes. Katniss is fighting to the death for most of the novel, battling PTSD, and trying to overthrow a corrupt government. The last thing on my mind would be “Gee, I wonder which boy I like better?” Also, I hated the epilogue. The author writes PTSD amazing, but the “happily ever after” just doesn’t work for me in this story. It wasn’t setup to end like that (in my unqualified opinion of course, haha).

    In my experiences, comics are horrible on smart phones (lots of zooming awkwardness). My very cheap 10″ tablet (with a cracked screen) works amazing! The images are beautiful, the print is sized correctly, and no zooming required. Anything smaller than that could definitely be a problem. You could try downloading a sample comic on your Kindle to see how it works out for you.

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  14. It was the Capitol oppression dichotomy between the haves and have nots that really drove it home for me. Then in the movie Hamitch’s character tells Katniss that there’s no getting off the train, and it was not only the same line from VII, but a similar metaphor. The Capitol was everyone living above the plate and District 12 and the other poorer districts were definitely below. I remember FFVII being the first thing ever to make me REALLY think about what terrorism really was, because to the Shinra, Avalanche were (eco) terrorists, but to the oppressed people below the plate, the government were the terrorists, and it’s similar in Hunger Games. It’s really about point of view. I couldn’t play FFVII or IX even for a while after 911 because it was just too much to think about and ack feelings!

    From what I know of how Lightning feels about her sister, Katniss and her definitely have that in common, and I was so annoyed with how people were looking at the love triangle, ugh. There were people legit asking “Team Peeta or Team Gale,” and I was like “Um, Katniss is ‘Team Survival.'” She was more about keeping them all alive.

    When I first read the books I liked the ending. It was bittersweet, because yeah she survived, yeah she was with Peeta, and yeah, they’d created a better world that Katniss felt safe enough to have a child in, but a LOT of people were unhappy. I’m not really sure how she could’ve ended it. I was frankly shocked that both the boys managed to survive. I figured at least one of them would’ve bought it haha.

    That’s good to know. I’ve considered buying comics/manga on my Kindle, but I think I”ll stick with my good ole physical copies.

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  15. I’ll say the train also triggered some FFXIII vibes for me. Love triangles are a big pet peeve of mine so they always irk me, no matter how good the story is. Team Survival for the win!!

    I guess I was expecting more from the epilogue. I’ll admit it’s nice that she gets to have a kid and settle down with a nice semi-stable fella. It just seems too nice considering everything that went down.

    My apartment is flooded with Amiibo, physical copies of video games, and various plastic character statues, There’s literally no space for physical copies of books, haha.

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  16. Love triangles are an annoying staple of YA, and then I realized that FFVII has a love triangle ughhhh! Most of the Final Fantasies do, which leads me to believe they’d be YA novels if they were in the written word ;_;

    I have barely any bookshelf space left. I want to have a room solely dedicated to books, gaming and figurines #pipedreams

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  17. Really?? That’s amazing. I don’t think FFXII has any either now that I’m thinking about it. Neither does X. I guess they left that behind in the PS2 era. I don’t consider a forced arranged marriage to count as a love triangle situation lol.

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