What’s On Your Nightstand: August 2016

What's On Your NightstandWhat’s on Your Nightstand is a monthly meme hosted by 5 Minutes for Books that summarizes what you’ve read for the month, what you’re currently reading, and what you plan to read next. It’s basically a wrap-up, though not as detailed, depending on how you structure your reading wrap-ups. The meme is held the last Tuesday of every month.

I haven’t done one of these wrap-ups since June because life has been busy and I forgot. In this post, I will briefly talk about books I read since that June post and I’ll also do a wrap-up for the Bout of Books readathon and an update on my progress for the Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon. I won’t mention articles I read or podcasts I listened to because I hardly read any articles and didn’t keep track of the ones I read. As for podcasts, I listened to a lot of them but didn’t keep track either.

Readathons:
Bout of Books

The Bout of Books readathon is now over. It was from Monday, August 22nd, to Sunday, August 28th. My goals were simple:

Read library books, or at least start them.

Read everyday.

Try reading at home and before bed.

The library books I was supposed to read were:

Thunder & Lightning: Weather Past, Present, Future

The Life of Elves

This One Summer

When Hitler Took Cocaine and Lenin Lost His Brain: History’s Unknown Chapters

Cress

Lucy

The Sound of All Things

I count this readathon a success though I didn’t fully complete all my goals. Of the library books crossed out above, I only completed one: The One Summer, which is a graphic novel. I’m still reading the other two books, one of which I started before the readathon — The Life of Elves. I would have completed at least one more book or started one of the others, but the majority the time I read A Storm of Swords. I’ve been listening to the audio book of it for some time now but I want to pay attention to the story so I decided to read the physical book.

I read everyday. That was the easiest goal. But reading at home and before bed was hard. When at home, I spend most of my time watching YouTube or Netflix or playing Sims or interacting with family or just on the internet, so I was much too distracted to read. And reading before bed was not a good idea. I usually play Sims before bed, but now I know it’s best to read. I fall asleep 5 mins after I look at the book.

Overall, this readathon was okay. A success, but not a strong one.

Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon *update*

What have I read so far for this readathon? Nothing.

This readathon is almost over and I’ve already failed miserably. I thought this would be an easy one and it was because we were given 3 weeks to complete the books we selected, but things didn’t go as planned in my personal life. I planned to get the majority of reading done during my 2-week vacation. Instead, I was busy and the books I was reading at the time were super slow aaanndd…. I also forgot about the readathon. I had too much going on. *sigh*

Books read:

Song of Kali ISong of Kali by Dan Simmons was unsettling. It’s a horror novel set in Calcutta, India, about a writer who visits the city with his wife and newborn daughter to inquire about the sudden appearance of a noted poet who had disappeared years before. Simmons’s descriptions bring Calcutta to life and totally immerses you in this gripping story.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff is a fun, young-adult adventure comic. We follow Selim, the Turkish lieutenant, as he gets caught up in Delilah’s adventures. I wasn’t crazy about the story but the illustrations are beautiful.

When Breath Becomes Air1

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi is a memoir that received a lot of buzz at the beginning of the year. Kalanithi chronicles his struggle with cancer. The memoir is essentially unfinished since Kalanithi died before completing it. The book is thought-provoking and is one I will return to time and time again.

Boy-1 1

Issue one of Boy-1 by H.S. Tak, illus. by Amancay Nahuelpan. It’s a sci-fi comic about a guy who works at a genetic-engineering company inquiring about his father’s disappearance. The story is pretty interesting and has made me curious because it seems that the protagonist was modified in some way by the company but he doesn’t know. The art is okay.

Faith

Issue one of Faith by Jody Houser, illus. by Francis Portela and Marguerite Sauvage. This is a sci-fi, action comic about Faith, a female superhero. I chose to read it because Faith is different from other female superheroes I’m used to because she is fat. The story so far didn’t grab my interest but because it’s received so many rave reviews, I’ve decided to give it another chance. The art is good.

Oddly Normal 1

Issue 1 of Oddly Normal by Otis Frampton is a children’s fantasy comic book about a girl named Oddly who has green hair and pointy ears and is half-witch. She is lonely and frustrated with her parents for failing to see who she really is. I just got a bit of the story in this issue and I’m hooked. I also love the artwork, which is cartoony and bright.

Velvet, Vol. 1

Velvet, volumes 1 and 2, by Ed Brubaker, illus. by Steve Epting, are action comics set in the 1970s about a woman, Velvet, who works for a spy agency and is framed for the murder of one of the spies. This was very entertaining and I’m hooked on the story but I’m not a fan of the art.

Lady Killer, Vol. 1

Lady Killer, volume 1, by Joëlle Jones (illus.) and Jamie S. Rich is an action comedy comic about a 1950s housewife who is an assassin. The story was entertaining but lacked strong character development because it progressed too fast. I love the illustrations and the bright colors.

Copperhead, Vol. 1

Copperhead, volume 1 by Jay Faerber, illus. by Scott Godlewski, is a sci-fi, western comic about a single mom who relocates to a “backwater planet” to be its sheriff. At first, I wasn’t crazy about the story but upon reflecting on it to write the review, I started to love it. There’s a lot going on and I’d love to know more about the politics in this world. I’m not a fan of the art, but I like how detailed it is.

Scarlet

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer is the second installment in the YA, sci-fi series Lunar Chronicles. I enjoyed the first book, Cinder, but didn’t like this one much. The titular character was annoying and I didn’t like the new romance.

Royal Assassin2

Royal Assassin by Robin Hobb is the second installment in the Fareer epic fantasy trilogy. Though the pace in this one was slow, it had a stronger plot development than the first book. But, though the story is stronger here, the first is my favorite. I usually favor the first book of fantasy series because they introduce me to the world.

Monstress, Vol. 1

Monstress, volume 1 by Marjorie Liu, illus. by Sana Takeda, is an epic fantasy comic about a girl seeking answers about her past. I love this story because of its depth. I love the world building and I can’t wait to know more about everything and everyone in the story. The art is beautiful.

The Summer that Melted Everything1

The Summer That Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel is a debut literary novel about a town that receives a visit from the devil during a sweltering summer. Because the pace is slow and the writing is very descriptive, it took a while for me to read this book. But after the events picked up, I became absorbed for a time. It was a good read, but I didn’t agree with the argument made at the end about who’s at fault for what happened.

Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire is a YA fantasy novel about a school where children who make it back to the normal world from magical lands can seek refuge. I loved this book. The concept isn’t something I’ve ever considered so that was a pleasant surprise and I like how it shows how the kids would act when they return.

This One Summer

This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki is a YA graphic novel about a summer the protagonist spends at her family’s beach house. It basically presents a moment in the protagonist’s life. I enjoyed reading it and couldn’t stop thinking of it when done. I want more. I’m not crazy about the art but I do like it.

That’s it for now. Let me know below a great book or comic you recently read.
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19 thoughts on “What’s On Your Nightstand: August 2016

  1. Yeah I see there’s twenty five in the series and Henry j ford is one of the illustrators,
    Private bags are the way to go, caller service i think you’s call them. p o boxes here you need to pick up mail which makes it easy to track someone, they may be different in the states.

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  2. Kudos on all the reading you got done! I tend to get distracted by tv shows, youtube and friends so readathons are always great to refocus on reading 🙂 Loved Every Heart a Doorway, too, nearly as much as her Rosemary & Rue book! Also, so many great comics! I really enjoyed Faith but also found that the first Vol cuts off just when it gets exciting.

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    • That was my first Seanan McGuire book. I loved her bio at the end. She sounds awesome and I’d love to try another of her books.
      Every Heart a Doorway was wonderful. I never before considered how the Pevensies might have behaved once they return from Narnia. The Magicians TV show on SyFy channel hints at that though, which makes me want to read The Magicians by Lev Grossman even more.

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  3. What Sims game are you playing!? The mobile versions or the PC ones? I love those games 😀
    Your Bout of Books goals were pretty realistic. But I’m a little curious to know when you find the time to read ( and where) if you don’t like to read at home! That’s where I get most my reading done, except during trips to B&N where I like to sit for a few hours, drink coffee, and read.

    I wanted to do the Pokemon readathon, but I would have failed miserably too :p There’s no way I can read 8 books in 3 weeks. Well, I could, but they’re have to be short and I don’t like feeling rushed. It’s OK if you couldn’t finish, I’m sure you’re not the only one.

    Overall, it looks like you had a pretty productive reading month, though! Look at that list! I see Royal Assassin 😀 I loved The Assassin’s Apprentice and started the sequel, but I agree that it started kind of slow…so I put the book down and never picked it up again, for no reason. Sigh. Now it’s been so long that I would have to start the book all over again.
    Out of the other books you listed, I want to read Monstress, When Breath Becomes Air, and Faith. You have great taste in books. 😉

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    • Thanks Naz! I’m playing Sims Freeplay on my Ipad. I’m so hooked, smh. I gave all my Sims elaborate backstories. I spend too much time on it, obviously.
      Yea, Royal Assassin is slow but the story gets so much better. I’m hooked! I recommend you get back to it whenever you get the chance.
      Monstress, When Breath Becomes Air, and Faith are all great but I highly recommend Monstress. I suggest purchasing the first volume but visiting a comic book shop to take a look at the author’s message at the end of the first issue. She talks about why she wrote the comic and what she says is powerful.

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  4. Boy one must be very popular over your way,
    There is only 1 In the states, and 12 in the UK.
    I ordered the UK edition which I think is the one you show.
    Oddly normal still has loads out there, that is odd and normal :ar!
    i finally ordered some saga too 1-3, i see it’s up to 6,
    Which issue are you up to???
    And thanks again for your reviews of the above ❤

    All I've read/browsed these last few weeks are myths and legends of Samoa (photographed too, it has so many awesome illustrations)
    the book belongs to a Samoan friend o mine who just became a high chief, i was crashing at his place in Christchurch , while attending the readers and writers festival in that shakey city,
    Such a great setting for a dystopian romance, the ruins and the rebuilding have made this city an artist dream.

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    • Aww that sounds awesome. I’d like to see that. I’ll google it. And the Samoan myths and legends sound interesting too. You did some good reading there, man.
      I hope you like Saga. I think I’m up to volume 4 or 5. Not sure though. I gotta use my blog to remind myself sometimes, lol.

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      • Yeah I was trying to remember the post where you state that a certain pink book may have been your first read, or something along those lines.

        I might know of it’s whereabouts, and if it is that book, a folio society copy is available <:o)

        You know the post i mean?

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        • See if this rings any,,, from the blurb…

          Third born sons seek their fortunes,
          Princesses blowen away by gusts of wind,
          Cunning tricksters steal treasure from dragons,
          Wicked wizards chase after their apprentices, and
          Wise animals help their friends.

          Now doesn’t that sound enticing! \m/

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