July book wrap up!

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Getting back into the reading experience for the summer was not as smooth as I made it appear to be. There were some sandy dunes on the way and now it is time to make a monthly reading review for July!

Monthly reading review – July 2019

This July I have read:

I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft book 7) by P. N. Elrod ★★★

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto ★★

Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks ★★

Devil in Winter ( The Wallflowers book 3) by Lisa Kleypas  ★★★★★

Devil’s Daughter ( The Ravenels book 5 ) by Lisa Kleypas ★★★★★

9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan ★★★★★

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1. How many books you’ve read last month? Are you happy with the amount you read?

I’ve read in 6 books in total. One of them was a manga novel and I’m happy with the positive feeling I get when I’m getting to read more.

2. What was the best of all the books you’ve read in July? Any scenes or characters that made a lasting impression?

Lisa Kleypas and some favorite characters have made an impact on me to read more this summer and remember how much I enjoy reading. Devil in Winter is the book I ready usually once per year and is one of the rare books I am willing to read over and over again.

3. Were there any not so good books for you last month? What made it hard or not enjoyable to read?

After finally getting to read some of the books that I own for years on I’ve gotten to some books that made me curious about the theme or a genre. This month some of those did not as enjoyable as I hoped they would be. Sigvald by Darius Hinks did not rise to my expectations and it left me with no better understanding of Warhammer Fantasy world.

4. How did the books you were reading last month fit in your reading plans if you had any?

I started on a reading challenge for the summer – you can check out all about it HERE. I’m picking most of my books according to that challenge and so far I’m down 4 books out of fifteen. I expect to read more books from the challenge in August.

5. Any updates on the series you are reading or are you starting any new series?

Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas was the last book that continues to portray some of my favorite characters from a few series the author writes in continuation. I like the updates and will check out the books that have those characters in it. Also I’m glad I can remove The Demon Prince of Momochi House from the shelf as it did not thrill me enough to continue the series.

6. Would you like to recommend any books or authors you’ve been reading this last month?

I love going back to Rick Riordan and his books just provide that warm fuzzy feeling for me with just enough humor. If you have the chance try some of his books!

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Reading challenge for the summer!

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I’m always interested in creative reading challenges. I like the idea of a reading challenge that is set up as a fun and creative way for helping out a reader to choose books to read. I have tried many different approaches and types of challenges. In one of the groups at Goodreads there is a reading challenge that comes up every now and again. The premise is picking out the books to read so that they form your own name by using the title, author or even the title of the book series.

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Some while ago I was debating if I would be able to challenge myself to read books that can correspond to the letters in my name. After writing it down the job of picking out books that fit was a lot harder than it seemed the reading will be…

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My name is quite long and it has many A’a – 6 to be exact, which proved challenging. After some debate and researching of my shelves and TBR list on GR I made the following list:

Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna book 1) by Kendare Blake
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Angel & Faith: Live Through This (Season 9, Volume 1) by by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs (Artist)
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book 3) by Rick Riordan
Wayward, Vol. 4: Threads and Portents (Wayward volume 4) by Jim Zub
The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto
Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks
I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft #7) by P.N. Elrod
Serpentine (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #26) by Laurell K. Hamilton

All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin
Dune (Dune #1) by Frank Herbert
Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan
Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1by Bisco Hatori
Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

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I had to improvise a bit but managed to be pleased enough with my list. I was even eager to start and I’m already done with two books from the list and happily in the third one! I decided that the order of reading is not important as much is the whole reading experience.

Here are the two books I’ve read so far:

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I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft book 7) by P. N. Elrod

I’ve covered some of my thoughts on this one in my last post –> HERE

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto

I’ve made a quick work of this one because it is one of the manga edition I have for a while now and it was a part of what one might call a “shelf of shame” (I’m seriously thinking of making an actual physical shelf for some of the books that I own and have not read for years now! ) The general impression this one left was cute but not good enough to keep up with the series. I can now be done with it and maybe give it away.

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Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks

Sigvald is the third book of this list I’m currently on. I have little knowledge on Warhammer lore in general but have played the board game Chaos in the Old world and is one of my favorites. I prefer playing with Slaanesh fraction and always wanted to learn more on the lore. Central figure of this book is a champion of Slaanesh and I’m very interested in his story!

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I will post an update on the progress of the reading challenge next Monday! In the meantime I have lots of other stuff I’m preparing to post about!

TBR Jar Draw March 2018

I really enjoyed my TBR Jar Draw pick for February – Strange Candy. The short stories are my favorite form and I often get surprised at how much I like them. Especially if some time has passed since I’ve read any.

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You can check my Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton review —> HERE.

The two draws I have not read are going back in the jar:

# The Witch with no Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison

Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks

My three new TBR Jar draws are as follows:

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1# The Princess Bride by William Goldman

I had this book on my TBR list for quite a long time. This book has all the elements I love in a good story but for some reason I did not jump on it right away. I only got it last year though. There were also some attempts to push it as a book club reading which would have been a good way for me to push it up on the TBR list. I do hope I will find the inspiration to read it soon.

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2# Uncle Silas by Sheridan LeFanu

This book was one of the spur of the moment buys. I did not think it trough. I just vaguely heard about the topic and genre and then someone was praising it and then next thing that happened was I went and bought it… Since then I have less spur of the moment buys episodes but I am still curious of the theme and Victorian Gothic period. Sadly I have been disappointed with some Gothic novels I read before and I did not get much incentive to take this book on.

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3# Fringe: Tales From The Fringe by Various

This is a graphic novel with short stories by various authors and artists. I was never much of a fan of the TV show Fringe but my boyfriend loved it. This graphic novel was a gift for him. I don’t remember even putting it in the TBR Jar. I do vaguely remember reading some of the stories but would not mind reading trough it again.

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I might choose an easy option and go with the graphic novel for March. Although I am really interested in The Princess Bride as well. I plan on reading some of the books that are part of my TBR Jar challenge and are not in the Jar Draw for March anyway. I will see how it goes time wise…

TBR Jar Draw February 2018

I finshed my TBR Jar Draw for January fairly quickly. It was not a novel nor a short story but an indie RPG book The Shab-al-Hiri Roach by Jason Morningstar. Years back I used to play RPGs like Vampire the Masquerade and Dungeons and Dragons a lot more than I do now. I made a short review on the book and you can find it HERE.

After I finished this book I decided not to rush into the next TBR Jar Draw until February started. The two draws I have not read are going back in the jar:

# The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3) by Rick Riordan

Dhampir (The Saga of the Noble Dead series #1) by Barb and J.C. Hendee

My three new TBR Jar draws are as follows:

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1# Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks

I got interested in this book because of a board game I love playing Chaos in the Old World. It is part of a larger fantastical universe of Warhammer Fantasy. To really explain why I bought this book and I’m not interested in others from this series I would have to read and review it.

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2# Strange Candy by Laurell K. Hamilton

This has been on my shelf so long that I am unsure have I read it or not. I’m pretty sure I have read at least one of the stories in it but never have I read it as a whole book. I follow the author Laurell K. Hamilton and love reading short stories in general.

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3# The Witch with no Name(The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison

This is the thirteenth and the final book from The Hollows series. It is the only one I have not read. This series has been with me for more than a decade. I truly enjoy this urban fantasy series and have recently recommended it to a friend from my book club – and she loved it so much she went trough it on a span of few weeks. It would be good to finish a book series but it would also be a bittersweet experience since it is a series full of characters I love.

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All three options are good and inviting. I am a bit shamed for letting so many good books stay unread on my bookshelves. I’m having one of those moments where I’m glad to have started challenging myself to read more of the books from my bookshelves with TBR Jar Draw!

RPG novelizations

 

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I enjoy playing RPG games both pen and paper versions or in the form of video games. RPG (Role Playing Games) usually have a lot of background stories and interesting characters. Sometimes a certain character can bring out the whole RPG universe. One of the most prominent characters that do so is most definitely drow elf ranger Drizzt Do’Urden. He is one of the most important figures from Forgotten Realms universe. Here I must confess that the only book I’ve read from the whole 20+ The Legend of Drizzt books is the first one – Homeland. While I enjoyed finding out more about the character and his beginnings in the Underdark city Menzoberranzan ruled by unusually cruel matriarchal society, what stopped me from continuing with this book series was a fact that it was PG rated in accordance with American market demands. I have an issue with violence in books being ignored and sexual situations censored to the point of removing them altogether. I find it hypocritical and that ruins my reading mode.

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Trough the years I’ve taken an interest in some RPG novelization editions from the games I play.  Some I even started collecting with the desire to read some time in the future. As it happens with many books I buy the time passes and the books are left unread. Here are some of the books I’ve managed to collect that drive their inspiration from different pen and paper RPG settings.

 

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Elminster: The Making of a Mage

(Forgotten Realms: Elminster, #1)

by Ed Greenwood

I got really interested in this book series while I was playing Dungeons and Dragons Online video game. It was one of the expansions from the game where the character Elminster was introduced as narrator. I remember how the gaming experience soared and how awesome I felt while playing the game. Originally Elminster is one of the most popular characters from Forgotten Realms universe. He is not as known as Drizzt since he is usually depicted as an old mage. I have first three books and the fifth one from this series. I use the fact that I’m missing the fourth book as to why I haven’t started reading them yet…

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Sigvald

(Warhammer Heroes #4)

by Darius Hinks

While I’ve never played the actual Warhammer pen and paper or video game RPGs, I got interested in this universe while playing board game Chaos in the Old World. The mythology of this quite brutal setting made an impression on me so much that when I discovered this book in a bookstore by chance I just grabbed it and decided to buy it. The main character is aptly named Prince Sigvald the Magnificent. The warring theme is not one of my favorite but I am interested on how it all pans out.  Moral ambiguity and the intriguing main character are still looking at me from the shelf and patiently waiting to start with the reading…

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Amber and Ashes

(Dragonlance: The Dark Disciple #1)

by Margaret Weis

Back when I was a student I was working in a game store. Among many things they sold there were some fantasy books as well. This was one of my first RPG book purchases. It is also the only such book I own in hardcover. For some reason Dragonlance was never one of my favorite settings. I actually bought this book since it seemed interesting way to get myself more familiarized with Dragonlance. What sealed the deal for me was a slightly vampiric themed innuendo. This book series is a trilogy and I own the first and the third book. I remember reading the first but I’m unsure how far I’ve read trough. The fact that I can’t seem to find affordable second book in hardcover is another excuse not to finish the first book…

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I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire

(Ravenloft #7)

by P.N. Elrod

Strahd von Zarovich is one of the main protagonists in the Ravenloft universe. Ravenloft is a part of the Dungeons and Dragons setting with a bit of a macabre horror spin on things. It comes off as Dark Ages world with vampires, ghouls, lords and lieges array of characters. It is also one of my favorite settings to play RPG pen and paper campaign. I was delighted to hear it will be implemented into Dungeons and Dragons Online MMO video game this December. It made me interested in DDO again. This book is the only novelization I have from the book series that counts something over twenty books in total. I bought this book earlier this year on sale.

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While I enjoy good RPG games I realized that I am more than a little behind on reading the novelizations I own. This, naturally doesn’t mean that I don’t have some other novelizations on my wishlist! I would love to get my hands on some of the World of Darkness novels since I’m a huge fan of the RPG world and the vampire theme in general.

If you have some recommendations for RPG novelizations like those above please send them my way 🙂 In the meantime enjoy this picture of my RPG books!

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