Since I love books so much tomorrow I am starting my first book challenge. I am writing this as a way to motivate myself even more.
My first challenge will be a very famous one, a A to Z challenge.
26 letters-26 weeks.
All the books have to start with the actual letter and not have a "The" as the first word of the title.
Also they are all from the 21 century!
So far I have found the books I will read from A-D.
A-All the Light We Cannot See by Doerr
B-Bartleby & Co. by Enrique Vila-Matas
C-Carry me down by M.J.Hayland
D-Drive your plow over the bones of the dead by Olga Tokarczuk
Do you have any good books that start from E-F-G-H or any other letter feel free to drop them in the comments.
Tomorrow I start with All the Light and I have a feeling that this will be a great challenge!!
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Saturday, 15th of May, 2021
2/50 Days of Productivity
I had a late start today. Last night we had family movie night and after that I had some drinks while catching up with my classmates online. My brain is a little mushy now, but I still made quite some progress today. I’ll continue later, after a long break. So far so good, though I must say, 50 days seems a little intimidating.
🎵 3WW - alt-J
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"B" is for Bradbury
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"But when we do a heist? That's our law. For the span of time and space that we plan the job, we're in control. Who sees what and when, what they can do about it or can't. Want to sue? Good luck finding us. Same goes for prison time, which only counts if we get caught."
- Sterling, The Spider Heist by Jason Kasper
(this is why fictional thieves hold a special place in my heart. exams are done *this sem hell yeah* so it means it's vacation mode (if you can call it that, it's still quarantine here so yeah). more reading to come)
I came into this book years after reading Force of Nature which I was unaware of at the time, was part of a series, thinking that I would love this book as much give or take as the one I had previously read but I found myself struggling through this one. A lot.
I think that I had hyped this up in my head a lot so that’s on me but I did like this one overall but I stand by that she has a way o f writing which is why I’m going to keep reading her books ❤
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Friday, 14th of May, 2021
1/50 Days of Productivity
The past few weeks have been quite chaotic. I hadn’t updated my bujo, so there wasn’t a lot of structure, but today I finally turned things around. I updated my bujo, had a good coaching session and a study session with my friend. We studied together and took breaks together and I just feel happy and motivated and ready to do the upcoming days of productivity.
🎵 One of Us - ABBA
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2021 hasn’t been my greatest reading year but now that the spring semester is over for me maybe I can get some more fun reading in. I’m currently reading A Heart so Fierce and Broken by Brigid Kemmerer and No Easy Way Out by Dayana Lorentz.
stinky poo poo wife of mine may i please get your thoughts on kenma spitting our mouf :3
UEYEBEEEEEEEW yeah kenmas been on my mind so much
kenma’s over you, panting as his cock stuffs you full. it’s so wet, your creamy cunny is dripping all the way down to his balls which causes little wet pats to echo throughout the room as your thighs smack together.
“you’re so noisy.” he mutters, the tip of his cock kissing your cervix so sweetly, probing at the spongey spots inside of you.
“you’re drooling all over me too, what’s got you so worked up?” kenma questions, the condescending edge to his voice making your gummy walls clench that much tighter around him causing his hips to falter.
“dunno, j-just you. ‘m always worked up f-for you.” you whine. breasts bouncing as he fucks you, legs trembling around him.
“cute.” he coos. he dips his head down to press a sloppy kiss to your lips, feeling dizzy when he sees the trail of saliva hanging from your lips as he pulls away.
“fuck.” he rubs his thumb across your bottom lip and before he can pull it down you’re already opening your mouth and sticking out your tongue, pliant as you wait for his spit.
“you’re such a good girl. my good little slut.” he groans, kiss swollen lips puckering as he lets a trail of saliva drip down on to your tongue, moaning when you swallow it happily.
“where are your manners?” he grumbles, the pace of his hips speeding up.
“t-thank you!” you mewl.
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TerraMythos 2021 Reading Challenge - Book 12 of 26
Title: A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle #1) (1968)
Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
Genre/Tags: Fantasy, Young Adult, Third-Person
Date Began: 5/6/2021
Date Finished: 5/12/2021
Ged is a talented young magician with incredible potential-- possibly greater than any before him. He sets off to join the wizarding School of Roke, and quickly surpasses all of his peers. But in an act of arrogance, Ged tries to bring back the dead to impress a rival student. He unleashes a malevolent shadow upon the world, leaving him traumatized and permanently scarred.
Soon Ged finds himself hunted by the shadow wherever he goes. None of his magic seems to work on it. Worse, he lives in fear that if the dark creature overtakes him, it will use his body as a weapon to harm others. Ged journeys from island to island in an attempt to find the solution and banish the shadow once and for all.
Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light,
only in dying life:
bright the hawk’s flight
on the empty sky.
Content warnings and some spoilers below the cut.
Content warnings for the book: Violence and death, including child death and animal death. Traumatic injury.
As a fiction writer, Ursula K. Le Guin is best known for her Earthsea series, but I haven’t read them until now. She had a big impact on my childhood via a series of picture books called Catwings (they're... about a family of cats who can fly). As an adult, I’ve grown more intrigued as I've learned about Le Guin’s philosophies, especially anticapitalism. I read her famous horror story Those Who Walk Away From Omelas last year and found it unsettling and thought-provoking. So I decided to read some of her longer works! And, of course, speculative fiction is always the way to my heart. My wonderful sister gave me the first four books of Earthsea for the holidays last year, and I’m finally getting the chance to read them.
Overall I had a good time with A Wizard of Earthsea. It’s structured differently than a lot of fantasy novels I’ve read. While there is a big overarching plot, the individual chapters usually have their own complete story arc. It’s the type of book where you can read one chapter before bed and feel like you got a whole story; each part advances the main narrative while also providing a complete side adventure.
There’s a lot of travel in A Wizard of Earthsea due to the setting. Earthsea is a giant, possibly world-spanning archipelago, meaning there’s a ton of islands, each of which has its own way of life. The conflict naturally has Ged travel from island to island and interact with various peoples and creatures. The closest comparison I can think of is The Odyssey, and I’d be shocked if Le Guin didn’t draw inspiration from that. Both stories involve the protagonist traveling by sea and meeting a variety of characters and mythological creatures through smaller, discrete conflicts and interactions. Usually I find long travel sequences boring, but in this case they were one of my favorite parts of the book. There’s always a sense of anticipation on where Ged’s journey will take him next.
The magic system is also is pretty cool. The idea is that all parts of nature, from humans to goats to oceans, have hidden “true” names. Knowing something (or someone’s) true name gives one power over it (or them). Thus wizards use true names to manipulate nature; giving another person your true name is an act of absolute trust and devotion. However, a big theme of the book is equilibrium. One must always be aware of potential consequences when using magic. Changing the wind in one part of the world could cause a devastating storm one island over. Sort of a butterfly effect type thing.
Even though violence is one of my content warnings, I’m impressed that Le Guin largely circumvents it in the story. In many fantasy stories, a wizard/mage character uses their magic to fight and crush their foes. Not so much in this novel. While Ged clashes with various entities through the story, he usually just outsmarts them. Thus his showdown with a big, fuck-off dragon boils down to Ged guessing its true name and telling it to leave. Antagonists are usually the ones instigating violence.
One thing I found odd about the pacing of the book is it slowed down a lot in the last few chapters. There’s a big action sequence with serious consequences around the novel’s midpoint, but everything after that is slower and more reflective. On a surface reading level, I’m not sure I liked this. I’m used to stories ramping up the tension more and more until the end. However, I did like the climax itself, when Ged reveals the shadow’s true name. The central moral of the novel is that one needs to accept everything about themselves, including their past mistakes. Everyone has a dark side, which ties into the central theme of balance, and even the opening poem of the novel (which I used as the excerpt for this review). It’s a pretty universal idea, but Le Guin presents it in a thematically satisfying way.
I tagged this as a Young Adult novel because Le Guin wrote it for a teenage audience. YA didn’t exist as its own genre at the time, but A Wizard of Earthsea is a coming of age story (a staple of YA), and even has a moral message of sorts at the end. However, sometimes it’s really obvious that it’s intended for a younger audience. As I get older, I’ve noticed that YA tends to be pretty blunt about its meaning and symbolism in a way adult novels aren’t. For example, while pursuing the shadow, Ged gets lost in a mysterious fogbank. To me this was a clear callback to the first chapter, where Ged outsmarts a band of barbarians by trapping them in a fog. But Le Guin also made sure to tell me several pages later, in case I missed the parallel. I’m torn on this when reading YA. While I’m not the intended audience, I feel this approach underestimates teenagers’ ability to critically examine a text. But YA teaches many how to view things that way, so I see why authors do it. Teens aren’t a monolith, but it is interesting to see this tendency to over-explain in a novel from 50+ years ago.
A Wizard of Earthsea is surprisingly progressive in many respects. Perhaps the most obvious is race. Ged and most of the main cast are explicitly nonwhite and described as such in the text. This isn’t a huge revelation in 2021, but it’s amazing to see something like that in a mainstream fantasy novel from 1968. Apparently Le Guin struggled with publishers for a long time, as many early covers whitewashed Ged for the sake of “sales” until she gained more creative control. And the (shitty) film/TV adaptations of Earthsea are just as guilty. I went through a LOT of covers while researching this book, and even newer editions often opt for heavily stylized art, nonhuman subjects, etc. The cover I chose is from 1984, when Le Guin presumably had more influence on Ged’s portrayal. I’m interested to see how past book covers stack up when I deep dive on the other books.
However, I found the book to be not so progressive when it came to gender roles (I know, I wasn’t expecting that either). Le Guin makes it very clear that all the famous and powerful wizards/mages in Earthsea are dudes. The wizard school toward the beginning is all dudes. All the adventurers and sailors in the story are dudes. Ged himself makes some pretty sexist comments (though to be fair, that was pre-character development). There are relatively few female characters in the story, and many are either bit parts or (in one case) a seductive, power-hungry villain. Portraying sexism in a fantasy setting isn’t an inherently bad thing. Jemisin’s Dreamblood duology, which I read earlier this year, introduced stringent gender roles in order to explore the insidious nature of misogyny. But A Wizard of Earthsea doesn’t really go beneath the surface level. Yarrow is probably the most well-written female character in the story, and she only shows up in the last few chapters. Again, I’m interested to see how Le Guin handles this in later entries; the next book stars a female protagonist and Ged’s the deuteragonist.
I liked A Wizard of Earthsea overall, and I think it serves as a good introduction to both the series and a central recurring character. While I have some criticisms of the first book, I do realize it’s a relatively early work of Le Guin’s. The last novel in this series was published in 2001, so I’m interested to see how the characters and writing changed over 30+ years.
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Day 12 - Your Favourite Childhood Book
Day 12 – Your Favourite Childhood Book
I started looking for the original one but I cannot find it. I remember that it was a collection of short stories and that the outside cover was a blue color but I have yet to find the name of that book. Like I said, it was a collection of short stories, one of those stories were of the “Frog and Toad” but I am still searching! My favorite book was “The Rainbow Fish” by Marcus Pfister though I…
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So we're reaching mid-year (which is ridiculous in itself), and I am six books behind schedule, according to GR...
Time for finishing the books I am currently reading, I hear?
Ahah, you are all hilarious. It's actually time to bring out the graphic novels.
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#TBRBusterChallenge May Pick: The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski
This month I have found myself footloose and fancy free now that I have graduated from my grad program. That's right, this dork was given a Master's degree. What with my newfound sense of freedom, I was able to wrap up this month's #TBRBuster book pretty quickly. This month's read was The Midnight Lie by Marie Rutkoski.
I'm going to start off by saying that I went into this book completely unaware that it was tied to the author's other series, the Winner's trilogy, which I haven't read. This made me somewhat worried that I would be missing out on certain details or inside information that would help me understand the world better but, given the setting of an isolated island that has forgotten its own history, I actually was able to get along quite well. It makes sense that this story would have somewhat sparse world building since the characters themselves have very little clue of how their society came to be, just that it was always this way. The class system was especially interesting and dark at times, what with the Half Kith sacrificing literal body parts to get out of jail time and just the whole situation with the High Kith, which sucked me more and more into the mystery behind this world.
However, there were a lot of moments when this mystery took a back seat to the romance between Nirrim and Sid and I wish we got a deeper look into it by the time the book ended. By the end, we're given the answers, but not much time to settle with and examine them. But I suppose that's what sequels are for. As for the romantic aspect of the book, it's okay. I'm very lukewarm on it, it wasn't bad, but neither did it blow me away. It's great to see more sapphic romances in YA, but this particular one didn't stand out to me for some reason.
The pacing as well was a little wonky in the first half. There were moments that stretched on a bit too long, like if chapters were combined or condensed it probably would have flowed a bit better, but thankfully this problem disappeared by the second half, though I would also say the ending came on too quickly. It overall came off as uneven, though it wasn't enough to put me off the book entirely.
Originally I was debating on whether or not I would continue this series, but that hesitation immediately went away once I finished the book. The last two chapters really throw a lot at you and you really can't help but wonder at what happens next and where the characters will be the next time we see them. Dang it, sucked into another series, foiled by my own curiosity!
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May 12, 2021
Long time no post. Oopsies. I'm working almost full time at my job and taking 2 classes for the first half of summer. Little busy. Also have got into a reading rampage of sorts so I've been reading a lot more for fun. This is book number 5 for 2021 and my goal goal to read 11 books this year. The Goodreads Challenge is honestly motivational for me to keep up with my love of books and now to read through the books I currently have on my shelves and on my kindle. I keep accumulating books and then not reading them so I have to read them now before I buy anymore. Same goes for journals and notebooks and pens, not allowed to buy anymore until I use through what I have.
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I am so behind .....
(Not pictured) Book 32 of 2021: Letters to a Young Poet - Rainer Maria Rillke
An epistolary for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks 2021 Reading Challenge; the shortest book on my TBR list for the Popsugar 2021 Advanced Reading Challenge
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Book 33 of 2021: Think Again - Adam Grant on audiobook
A book published in 2021 for the 52 Books in 52 Weeks 2021 Reading Challenge
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this is my one week off between classes and summer work so i am literally just reading all day every day and like, did you guys know, books are good
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Of Fries and Frizz
14,001 Days Alive
620 Days Straight on Duolingo
The humidity is hell on my hair lately. I usually ride with the windows down in the morning, but it makes me look like I ran through a wind tunnel so I have to use the AC on my ride in to work.
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Book Review #32 of 2021-
Sightwitch by Susan Dennard. Rating: 4 stars.
Read from May 10th to 11th.
I’ll try to keep this review shorter because this book is so short. This is technically book #2.5 in the Witchlands series. It follows Sightwitch Sister Ryber Fortiza at the convent as she awaits her summoning. But, as she is quickly becoming the last Sightwitch to be summoned, otherworldly things begin to happen in the convent. The events of this book happen before the events of the other books in the series, but it has been clearly stated that this book is to be read between books two and three.
I really enjoyed seeing Ryber go through the labyrinth in the mountain and all the troubling things she faces. I also really enjoyed seeing Kullen. He was a bit unexpected but it was fun to see. Especially after what happened to him in Windwitch (book two). I also enjoyed the flashbacks to 1000 years before Ryber’s time at the convent. I think the relationship between Sister Eridysi and her two mentees was so cute. I wish we had gotten more solid information from those flashbacks. There are still a lot of questions I have about this world and its past.
I’m excited to keep going with my reread before the fourth book comes out this summer. I feel like I get swept up into the story anytime I read anything set in the Witchlands.
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This weekend is a bank holiday in Germany, so I might try to spend those three days (maybe longer) reading.
I need to catch up with my Goodreads goal..
But knowing myself, I'll probably end up not reading at all.. Fingers crossed
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