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Kate’s February Wrap Up

Posted March 2, 2019 by Kate in Monthly Wrap Ups / 2 Comments

I had yet another good month, and I’m quite pleased. Especially since I was on vacation for literally half of it! I read 10 books this month, which was a bit shy of what I was hoping for, but I’m still ahead of my Goodreads goal, so I can’t really complain.

I’ve also really enjoyed the quality of my reading for the second month in a row. I’m starting to wonder when the other shoe is going to drop, but also, I don’t want to start hating things I’m reading. Who wants to deal with that?

The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

I have really mixed feelings I’m still trying to deal with on this one. Buddy read with Paige, so I’m not gonna say much, but it just didn’t keep me entranced. The end was enough of a WTF moment that I will be continuing, but the second one better be damn fucking good.

Rating: 3 stars

The Demon in the Wood by Leigh Bardugo

I really enjoyed this short story about the Darkling’s origins. For as despicable as he is, he’s a fascinating character, and learning more about where he came from only makes that more true. And I certainly do not envy him his childhood. Yikes.

Rating: 4 stars

Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire

The only thing I regret about reading this series is how long I waited to start. This installment is all about Jack and Jill and how they came to be, and I drank it up. It was a wild ride, and I loved every second of it. It was so delightfully dark.

Rating: 5 stars

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo

I LOVED THIS SO MUCH AND ALSO I WANT TO DIE. I was not ready for any part of this, but I’m here for all of it. I won’t say anything, because it’s new, and I don’t want to be an asshole about it, but please go read it RIGHT NOW.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Everless by Sara Holland

I have very mixed feelings about this book. The story was great, but the pacing and worldbuilding were seriously lacking. I’m definitely going back and forth on how to rate it and how to feel. Sigh.

Rating (for now): 3 stars

Leaf by Niggle by J.R.R. Tolkien

I am a sucker for all things Tolkien. Whether it’s essays, translations, or MIddle-Earth, there’s a better than average chance I’m going to love it on principle alone. This is no exception. I saw it on a Waterstones shelf, and made a beeline from across the section. I’m so glad I allowed myself to buy it. I read it on the plane ride home and I thoroughly enjoyed it. This tiny book packed an enormous punch, and I would encourage everyone to find a copy and take the 45 minutes to experience it.

Rating: 4.5 stars

Star Trek Cats by Jenny Parks

So, after being awake 20 hours, dragging six suitcases through the London Underground, and standing in a customs line for two hours, our flight from JFK to Indianapolis was delayed for almost three hours. I was tired, angry, and ready to sleep in my own bed. Paige, of course, was on the receiving end of all my bitching, and I check my email to THIS. It took me much longer to read than it should, because the art was amazing and hilarious, and it touched on some favorite Star Trek moments. Is it a masterpiece? No. Is it great anyway? Hell yeah, it is!

Emotional Rating: 5 hilarious stars

Quality Rating: 3.5 stars

Please don’t ask me to explain that decision. I’m waffling for absolutely no reason.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

I loved most everything about this book. The first DC chapter threw me, because I was expecting a fantastical Beauty and the Beast retelling. Thankfully, that’s exactly what I got and more. It stayed true to the story, almost to a T, but it still felt original. Also, the romance was present and real without being overpowering, and the story as a whole was fun as hell to read. TBR this immediately.

Rating: 4.5 stars

The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill

This was a delightful little graphic novel that came in February’s Owlcrate box. I wasn’t familiar with it ahead of time, but Paige was, and her enthusiasm was contagious. I am SO glad I set aside a short amount of time to read this. It, much like Leaf by Niggle, was a short but invaluable read. Both the artwork and story were perfect.

Rating: 5 stars

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Opinion unchanged.

Rating: more stars than there are in the sky. At this point let’s just assume this is my baseline SJM rating, yeah?

Happy February shelfie!
February Goals Follow Up
  • I didn’t get Vengeful read. I’m hoping to get to it, but since I just start Illuminae, and I’ll (at least theoretically), be starting a new job soon, I’m concerned about making my March 20 deadline.
  • I SUCCEEDED reading four books during my trip. Hooray!
  • I half succeeded in organizing my shelves and office. The shelves are done, the room is not. Turns out, boxsprings aren’t a mandatory expense when you’re down an income. It’ll happen in March or April for sure!
March Goals
  • Vengeful. Ugh. I really want to, I just keep getting distracted by other things.
  • I’d like to read at least 12 books this month.

So there ya have it! February was an absolutely crazy month, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. So many adventures, and so many great things to read!

What was your favorite (or least favorite!) February read? Let me know in the comments!

See you in March 💜💛

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon – October 2018 Spooky Edition!

Posted October 19, 2018 by A Conjuring of Lit in Events / 0 Comments

Well, dear readers, you’ll never believe it. The stars have aligned, and both of us are able to participate in a whole Dewey’s readathon. Together. At the same time. In the same place. THE WHOLE TIME. This has never happened, and we’re very excited that it finally is. Plus, you all get to be here with us to witness history in the making! It can’t get better than that!

Now that we’re done freaking out, let’s get down to business! If you aren’t familiar, Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon is an event that happens a few times throughout the year and encourages participants to read as much as they can in a given 24 hour period. You can read all about it here, and there is a Facebook group dedicated to the readathon here. Signups are still live (or you can participate without signing up!), so we hope you join in the fun. There are all kinds of mini challenges, games, and social media interactions throughout the readathon to keep you excited and motivated all day and night!

For this round, we’re going to be participating with our friend Caitlin, and we’ll be curled with with our stacks of books, puppies, crock pots, and hot beverages. Our goal is, of course, to make it through the whole 24 hours with just a few short nap breaks, but we’ll see how that goes! For the last round, Paige was on her own the first 12 hours, and then we made it till about 4AM before calling it. Pretty good, but maybe this will be the time we knock out those final four hours!

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Now for the most important part – our TBR’s. These are subject to change, and are highly dependent upon both mood and energy, but we’re excited to jump in and power through as much as we can. Since this one is happening in October, we decided to self impose a spooky rule. We’re playing it a little fast and loose with the definition of spooky, but we’re mostly on theme.

Kate

My piles are split in half – I have a main reads pile and a filler pile. I’m a mood reader, and I tend to need a minute when I finish something, so I try to build in graphic novels and short stories to create breaks for my brain to process. It helps me keep plugging along, especially in those late night hours when I get loopy and struggle trying to focus. I also need choices, because I will inevitably plan poorly and end up going rogue.

Main Reads:

  • Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
  • Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
  • Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  • City of Ghosts by the one and only Victoria Schwab
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
  • The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • Pen & Ink: Tattoos & The Stories Behind Them by Isaac Fitzgerald and Wendy MacNaughton
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

They aren’t listed, but chances of me not picking up Muse of Nightmares and/or The Caged Queen are slim, but I’m going to try, since I always intended to read them outside of an event. I’m not sure my self control will allow it, though!

Fillers:

  • Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot
  • God Bless You, Dr. Kavorkian by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Jabberwocky and Other Tales by Lewis Carroll
  • How the Marquis Got His Coat Back by Neil Gaiman
  • The Sandmeyer Reaction by Michael Chabon
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

 

Paige

The theme of this readathon is “spoopy with a side of commitment issues.” I’ve been saving a TON of these books to reading during the crisp, spooky fall months, and it is FINALLY that time here. I’m ready to cozy up in a comfy sweater and dive headfirst into these stories! 

  • Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women and Witchcraft
  • Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake
  • The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White
  • Grim Leaper by Kurtis J. Wiebe
  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco
  • Strong Female Protagonist, Book 2 by Brennan Lee Mulligan
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
  • Henchgirl by Kristen Gudsnuk
  • The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

 

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What should we start with tomorrow? Any and all suggestions and recommendations are appreciated! And not just for books – how do you stay awake? What are your favorite reading spots? Any tricks to avoiding neck cramps around hour 19? We’re here for all of it!

Feel free to follow along with us on the A Conjuring of Lit Twitter and Instagram, as well as on our personal social media. We’d love to see what all you’re reading and doing this excellent fall readathon weekend!

Kate – Twitter and Instagram

Paige – Twitter and Instagram

Have a cozy, spooky readathon, friends! This is gonna be a great one!

 

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