Weekend Reads #55: Complicated

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend. Instead of a discussion topic, I’ve written something on today’s Daily Post one-word prompt:

Complicated

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Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon

Pokémon is taking over the world and though I haven’t hopped on the Pokémon Go bandwagon, I am taking advantage of as many of the Pokémon bookish festivities as I can because I enjoyed the Pokémon cartoons and I love books.

I discovered the #ReadThemAllThon, hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight, a week or so ago and decided to join in because this readathon is stretched over 3 weeks (Sunday, August 14, to Sunday, September 4). Though it requires us to read 8 books during those 3 weeks, the possibility that I’ll complete a book or two is higher with this readathon than the usual week-long readathons.

Aentee has created this readathon to match Ash’s quest in the first season of the Pokémon cartoons when he strives to compete in Kanto’s Indigo League competitions. But instead of fighting in gym battles, we will be reading books. However, Aentee has also structured this readathon to include Pokémons so that the amount of books we read as well as the extent to which we participate in other activities (tweeting, posting reviews, etc.) will determine how our chosen Pokémon will evolve. I think that’s awesome!

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Friday Face-Off: Emperor gives Names to Elves

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. I usually compose these posts on Thursday nights and so far Thursdays have been tiring.

The Friday Face-Off is a weekly meme hosted by Books by Proxy that compares book covers to decide which is best. I believe Proxy is on a hiatus so the themes so far have been freebies. I don’t have a theme for this Friday. I noticed that some of the books I recently hauled have different covers so I thought to feature them in a Friday Face-Off post.

Emperor of the Eight Islands by Lian Hearn

Emperor of the Eight Islands is the first novel in a 4-volume fantasy series set in medieval Japan. It’s said that the series features spirits, demons, warriors, and assassins and I’ve heard that it’s written a bit differently from the usual fantasy novel. I’m curious about the series and have already purchased the first two books (all books in the series will be published in 2016) but haven’t yet read them. It’s while I was watching videos on YouTube that I realized the first novel has more than one cover design.

FACE-OFF!

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Pokémon Book Tag | via Read at Midnight

I know what you’re thinking but I warned you from the first Pokémon book tag I did that I plan to go overboard on this and do three of them so don’t look at me as if I’m a wacked out Pokémon fan.

This Pokémon book tag is the most popular one I’ve found. It was created by Aentee at Read at Midnight, who’s also hosting a Pokémon-themed readalong, which I plan to join. Yes, we are all certainly going Pokémon crazy. 😀

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Comics roundup #8: a romp with Delilah and a sense of Faith

In between reading Song of Kali and When Breath Becomes Air, I grabbed a couple comics to cleanse my palate. Song of Kali shook me up and When Breath Becomes Air left me deeply introspective. The comics were fun breaks to get me out of reading funks and in the mood for another book.

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant by Tony Cliff

Genre:

Adventure, YA

Goodreads overview:

Lovable ne’er-do-well Delilah Dirk has travelled to Japan, Indonesia, France, and even the New World. Using the skills she’s picked up on the way, Delilah’s adventures continue as she plots to rob a rich and corrupt Sultan in Constantinople. With the aid of her flying boat and her newfound friend, Selim, she evades the Sultan’s guards, leaves angry pirates in the dust, and fights her way through the countryside. For Delilah, one adventure leads to the next in this thrilling and funny installment in her exciting life.

A little bit Tintin, a little bit Indiana Jones, Delilah Dirk is a great pick for any reader looking for a smart and foolhardy heroine…and globetrotting adventures.

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“Song of Kali” by Dan Simmons

Song of Kali IMy first novel by Dan Simmons. I bought this because of the title, read reviews about it and was intrigued, and chose to read it a few weeks ago after doing the Try a Chapter tag. It was captivating and unsettling and well worth the read.

“A strange sense of…violence, I guess. A sense of violence seething just under the surface.”

Goodreads overview:

Calcutta: a monstrous city of immense slums, disease and misery, is clasped in the foetid embrace of an ancient cult. At its decaying core is the Goddess Kali: the dark mother of pain, four-armed and eternal, her song the sound of death and destruction. Robert Luczak has been hired by Harper’s to find a noted Indian poet who has reappeared, under strange circumstances, years after he was thought dead. But nothing is simple in Calcutta and Lucsak’s routine assignment turns into a nightmare when he learns that the poet is rumoured to have been brought back to life in a bloody and grisly ceremony of human sacrifice.

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“Blue Lily, Lily Blue” by Maggie Stiefvater

Blue Lily, Lily Blue
My favorite of all the covers in the series. Actually, this cover helped to spark my interest in the series.

This is one of three books I chose to read after doing the Try a Chapter tag. Blue Lily, Lily Blue is the third installment in a young-adult fantasy series by Maggie Stiefvater called Raven Boys, which is about a group of teenagers searching for the grave of an ancient Welsh king. I read the first book, The Raven Boys, last year as part of a readathon and enjoyed it. I read the second novel, The Dream Thieves, earlier this year but didn’t like it as much as I did the first. Blue Lily, Lily Blue isn’t as great as the first but it made me curious about how the story will end.

Quick overview:

The search for Glendower continues. I have to say that because, to me, the search paused in The Dream Thieves so Ronan could deal with his dreaming abilities and Adam could show that he’s an ass sometimes.

But in this installment, Ronan and Adam try to put a lid on their shit and not blow up all the time. Mallory hops the pond and joins Gansey and his friends on their search and the psychics try to be more helpful though their hints are still vague.

Noah still hangs around, but is a little creepy now, and Blue is trying navigate life as best she can despite her mom’s disappearance. Blue and the boys do succeed in waking someone, but the new villains also succeed in doing so too and now it’s anyone’s guess what the hell will happen in the end.

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Weekend Reads #54: I’ve been gone for a minute

Weekend Reads is a weekly discussion on a variety of topics. At the end of the post, I’ll include what I plan to read on the weekend.

Again, no discussion this weekend. This post is more an update just to say I’m back after a little break. I haven’t posted anything all week because work and life has been crazy busy but hopefully I’ll have time to catch up on my reviews and posts and reading.

I can’t believe it’s already August, actually. In my reality, summer began a few days ago. Then I blinked and now it’s almost over. I was so consumed by work and other things that I didn’t notice my favorite season passing by and didn’t get to enjoy much of it either. Not that I could to the extent I wanted to since this summer is one of the hottest in my existence. The heat and humidity has been oppressive.

But I plan to change my ways in the following weeks. I plan to catch up on blogging and reading things and pay attention to stuff outside, like watching the birds and the bees and the butterflies. As luck would have it, Lappy 2.0, my new laptop I got last year, has chosen to start fucking up these past few weeks, which pisses me off. So let’s hope it holds out for the rest of the week and doesn’t get all dramatic and decide to pass out on me.

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“Cinder” by Marissa Meyer

CinderI’ve heard and read many positive reviews about Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicle series since last year when I started watching booktube and reading more blogs. The reviews made me curious so when I saw a copy of Cinder at the library back in June, I decided to plunge into this hyped series.

Quick overview:

From Goodreads:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.

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