Weekly Wrap Up 30.08.15

Weekly Wrap Up
Weekly Wrap Up

I was little bit hoping that today I could tell you guys that I’ve read both Moby Dick and Game of Thrones this week but that didn’t happen. I’m about 40% through with Moby Dick and 30% through with Game of Thrones. I am enjoying both, but some times I just feel that Herman Melville described too much things, like the whole chapter on whiteness. Hopefully I can finish them both next week because the week after that is #BookBuddyAThon that I am taking part in.

I actually finished two audio books this week! The first one was Armada by Ernest Cline and the second one was Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. Both of them were 3 star books for me. I’ll be posting a review of both of them some time in the future. I also read bunch of comics one day, Lumberjanes, Blue Is the Warmest Color and Bee and Puppycat. These I actually read from Scribd. Scribd is described as a netflix for books because it has graphic novels, ebooks and audio books and you can read as many as you want for a small monthly price*. I got two months free starter there so I decided to try it out and at the moment I am really liking it. I also started reading For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreud and I am about 8% through it.

How was your week? Do you have Scribd? Let’s talk down on the comments!

*This actually changed so that you get 1 credit per month that you can use to listen 1 audiobook.
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The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch

The Republic of Thieves
The Republic of Thieves

Today I’ll be continuing reviewing the books that I read during Bout of Books. As you have might guessed from the title of the post, this time I want to talk about The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch. It’s the third book on his Gentleman Bastards-sequence and I just LOVED this book! I feel that the books just keep getting better and better in this series. Without further ado, let’s get to it why I loved this book so much! (Ps. There most definitely might and will be some spoilers if you haven’t read the series)

“That’s how luck works, lad.
You can bitch all you like about how things could have been more favorable for you, but rest assured things can always be worse.
Always.”

I feel that this quote just sums up the series perfectly. Every time Locke or any other characters feel that things couldn’t go any worse, something happens and makes everything 10 times worse than before. In the beginning of this book, things aren’t looking so good for Locke because he’s slowly dying from the poison he got in the last book. He’s starting to give up when a bloodsmagi comes to them and offers a deal. From this the story really starts and we follow Jean and Locke competing in political election against their old friend, Sabetha.

“Sloppy idiot,” Sabetha muttered at last. “You’re trying to be charming. Well, I do not choose to be charmed by you, Locke Lamora.”

Finally we get to meet her! I have been wanting to read about her from the moment I realized that there could be this awesome female character on this book too. Of course there have been other awesome female characters that I have enjoyed reading about but Sabetha was one of the bastards and the one to steal Locke’s heart. Was she as good as I expected to be?

I don’t really know actually. She was sassy, clever and awesome character but still I enjoyed more of her younger shelf on the interludes than in the main plot. I think she was more fleshed out in that and it could be also that that the interludes showed us how Sabetha and Locke fell in love with each other. Also there was the whole Gentleman Bastards gang on the interludes so that’s one more reason why I liked it better.

“I was badly misinformed, I deeply regret the error, go fuck yourself with this bag of money.”

From that we get to the plot which I didn’t find as good as in the other books. In the other two books I felt that the Gentleman Bastards were actively doing something (thieving) but in this book they just seemed to talk. Of course you really can’t go thieving when representing a political party but I would have liked there to be action, like how they did and what pranks they did against Sabetha would been nice to read. It felt that this book was more of an interlude to introduce Sabetha finally (!) and drop some bombs about Locke and his past. Oh, those things that we find out! I still don’t know what to believe.

I’m really interested to see what happens next in the series. Hopefully it’s more like the first two on the series than the third one. Still it’s going to be over a year still before we get the next book. Have you read The Gentleman Bastards – sequence? What are you thoughts on it and especially on the third book? Let’s talk about it down on the comments!

Ps. What you think about my new review style? Good or bad?

Batch review 1: Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels
Graphic Novels

Hi everyone! Today I am going to review the graphic novels that I read during Bout of Books 14; Thor: Goddess of Thunder, Ms. Marvel: Generation Why and The Wicked and The Divine: Fandemonium. So, Let’s get started!

Thor
Thor: Goddess of Thunder

Thor: Goddess of Thunder

Firstly I want to say that I haven’t read any Thor related comics before. I have actually read very little superhero-comics so this is definitely a new territory to me. That said, I loved this story of the new Thor. I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone anymore that the new Thor is a woman. We don’t know who and not having a lot info I’m not even trying to guess. The art in this volume was really beautiful, I just wanted to stare on the pictures and at the same time I wanted to really know what was going to happen next. The plot was really good too, it felt easy to start to read this even without reading any of the previous volumes. The thing that really made me fell in love with this volume was the characters and their development. We see the new Thor throughout it, coming to terms with her new powers and in the end she is this really bad-ass woman who doesn’t stop even if it’s hard. The old Thor’s transfer though is more impressive in my opinion. Throughout the volume he grows and comes to terms with that that he isn’t the Thor anymore and tries to find his place in the universe. There’s so many characters that I really want to talk about because this seemed to be really character driven story. If you have read this and want to talk about it, comment down below!

Ms. Marvel: Generation Why
Ms. Marvel: Generation Why

Ms. Marvel: Generation Why

This is the second volume in this new arc of Ms. Marvel. I love how it portrays black, Muslim teenage girl as the main character and it seems that I am not alone in this because the volume 1 won a Hugo-award! I really loved the 1st volume’s art and so I was little bit surprised when I saw that it was so different on this volume. It wasn’t bad in any means, I just needed little bit time to get used to it. Otherwise it was as good as the 1st one. I loved Kamala (did you know that Kamala means terrible in Finnish :D) and I’m really intrigued to see what happens on the 3rd volume.

The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium
The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium

The Wicked + The Divine: Fandemonium

The art on this one is so colorful. That was my first impression on the 1st one as well as this one. I think with this one I got more in to the plot and what’s happening. There was just too many characters in too small place introduced in a small 1st volume and in this they had more time and space to properly concentrate on the characters. And you can see it definitely on the size of this volume too: in the 1st volume there’s 144 pages and on the 2nd has 168 pages. It actually feels much thicker than that. The one thing that I want really say about this is that THE CLIFFHANGER. Like how, what, how? I am not buying single issues so I wont see how this can continue after this before the 3rd volume comes out. AND I CAN’T WAIT.

Have you read any of these graphic novels? Tell me your thoughts on them, or if there’s some other graphic novels that I should be reading, down on the comments!

Bout of Books 14 Wrap Up

Hi everyone! Bout of Books 14 ended yesterday and I’m little bit sad about it. I have so much fun every time and I didn’t want it to end this time either. Luckily they’ll be organizing next Bout of Books on January next year and there definitely be other read-a-thons before that to participate in. If you know any fun read-a-thons, recommend them down below!

Bout Of Books: I read pile.
Bout Of Books: my read pile

Little statistic of my Bout of Books:

~ 14 books started, 11 books finished
~ 4 graphic novels, 4 mangas, 5 books, 1 audiobook
~ 2459 pages read
~ 6h 51min listened
~ numerous cups of coffee drank

I started reading Moby Dick by Herman Melville on Saturday and A Game of Thrones by G.R.R. Martin on Sunday and because they are both massive books, I didn’t finish them before the end of Bout of Books. Also I’ve been listening to Armada by Ernest Cline throughout the week and get half through it. I’ll be hopefully posting some kind of reviews of these books I read last week here on the blog.

I’m pretty impressed when I look at this numbers. Before Bout of Books started I was in a serious reading slump and it seems that participating on a read-a-thon helped me get over it. Also it made me start a booktube-channel! At the moment I’m doing them in Finnish but if you would be interested I could try doing a video on English too. I’m just little bit conscious of my accent because I’m not native English speaker.

How was your Bout of Books? Leave links to your blogs/youtube channels down below on the comments so I can visit them!

Books & Bloggers Swap

Hi everyone! This week I was watching booktube videos when I saw Elena from Elena Reads Books talk about Books & Bloggers Swap. It looked so interesting that I decided to take part too! If you want to participate on it too, be quick because the sign-ups close tomorrow! Here’s a link to the post where you can find more info of the swap!

 

Here’s little bit more info about the swap:

 

Your Swap Objective: 
Get to know your fellow book-loving partner and send them a fantastic bookish package.
Your package must include: 
A book from your partner’s wishlist.
A book you have read and loved.
A book you haven’t read, but think looks interesting. (Can also be on their wishlist.)
*Optional* Other book-related goodies.
 

#BoutofBooksUpdate

I decided to do a quick update here to tell you guys how my Bout of Books has gone so far. I’ve actually read lot more than I thought I would, right now I have finished 2 books, 3 graphic novels and 3 mangas. Before Bout of Books I’ve been in sort of an reading slump or not in mood to read at all. That’s also the one of the biggest reasons it has been so quiet here because I didn’t know what to post.

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As Bout of Books started I also found my inspiration to read. It also helped that I had been listening to Felicia Day’s new book, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost), last week and started reading The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch which is absolute perfection! Also seeing other people enjoying reading and talking with them on twitter made me glad that I finally picked up a book.

So what did I do in the beginning of Bout of Books except read? I participated on twitter chat which was so much fun! I wasn’t going to participate on it first because it was 4 a.m. in my timezone and I like my sleep very much.  Then The Republic of Thieves happened. I finished it at 2 a.m. and decided to stay awake for the twitter chat and boy, I’m glad I did! It was so much fun and the hour went so quickly! I’m so taking part on the chat on Saturday too!

mash game

I also took part on the 1st and 3rd challenges of the week. I enjoyed both of them lot, especially the MASH game yesterday because I hadn’t played it before. The Fictional World Traveling was more of a challenge because I don’t have that many with me where I currently live.

That’s how my first half of Bout of Books has gone. How’s your Bout of Books experience so far? Let’s talk down on the comments!

#FictionalWorldTravel

It’s Bout of Books time! I might update more regularly this week on this blog because of it but if you want to stay up to date with how I am doing in this read-a-thon, you should follow me on twitter.

One of the things that I find fun on the read-a-thons are the challenges that we can participate on. Today’s challenge is from Between Library Shelves and it’s to list 3-6 books that take place on different countries that you reside on. I am currently living in Finland so that was out of bounds. Also most of my books aren’t currently with me so this was a more of a challenge than I thought it was going to be. 😀 Here are the five books that I selected for this challenge:

#FictionalWorldTravel
#FictionalWorldTravel

1. Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman USA
2. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman London, Great Britain
3. Älä koskaan pyyhi kyyneleitä paljain käsin by Jonas Gardell Stockholm, Sweden
4. Aron Morsiamet 7 by Kaoru Mori Turkic Central Asia
5. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami Japan

I hope your read-a-thon is going well! Did you participate on this challenge? Let’s talk down on the comments!

#weekendreads

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Decided to do a quick blog and show you guys what I’m currently reading. I’m spending the night at my mother’s place and hopefully I can do a lot of reading. ‘3’

What are you currently reading? Let’s talk about books and weekend plans down on the comments!

Bout of Books 14

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

This is just a short update that I will be participating on Bout of Books 14 next week. It actually came as a surprise that it’s again next week, because I haven’t really been up to date with the bookish world over the summer. Still I am glad that I noticed it starting because I had so much fun last time I participated.

As for the goals of this read-a-thon, I don’t have any. The only thing I want to do is to complete the books I am currently reading/listening (The Republic o Thieves by Scott Lynch and You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day. That might happen also over the weekend before the start of Bout of Books, so my ultimate goal is to enjoy myself, maybe talk to new people and read as much (or little) I want over the week.

Are you participating on Bout of Books? What are your goals? Tell me down on the comments!