Monday, January 4, 2016

Monday Musings - Jan 4, 2016

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

  • I’m currently reading…
  • Up next I think I’ll read…
  • I bought the following book(s) in the past week…
  • I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)…
  • I can’t wait to get a copy of…
  • I wish I could read ___, but…
  • I blogged about ____ this past week…

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What do you do when you finish a book? Do you immediately start another one?

It really depends on the emotional state that the book left me in. If it was a book that I was very emotionally attached to, then, I'll probably give myself a few hours to think on it and write out my thoughts for either Goodreads or The Bibliosanctum. Sometimes, if this book has a sequel, I might dive immediately into the sequel. Other time, I may just marinate in the first book for a while before going on to the next book. Other than that, I typically move on to my next read after finishing a book, if I'm not already ready something. I tend to read multiple books at the same time, so there's usually a chain of books going on with me anyway.

I'm currently reading: 

The second novel set in the Old Republic era and based on the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars®: The Old Republic™ ramps up the action and brings readers face-to-face for the first time with a Sith warrior to rival the most sinister of the Order’s Dark Lords—Darth Malgus, the mysterious, masked Sith of the wildly popular “Deceived” and “Hope” game trailers. Malgus brought down the Jedi Temple on Coruscant in a brutal assault that shocked the galaxy. But if war crowned him the darkest of Sith heroes, peace would transform him into something far more heinous—something Malgus would never want to be, but cannot stop, any more than he can stop the rogue Jedi fast approaching. Her name is Aryn Leneer—and the lone Knight that Malgus cut down in the fierce battle for the Jedi Temple was her Master. And now she’s going to find out what happened to him, even if it means breaking every rule in the book.
I'm a big gaming fan, and I've been playing Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) for a while now, which is what this book is based on. Many years before this game was released I played the original single player games that inspired this MMO, Knights of the Old Republic (KOTOR). A few months ago, I reviewed the first book in this series Fatal Alliance on The Bibliosanctum. Where Fatal Alliance proved to be typical gaming novel fun, this is one is setting a tone of being a better crafted story that's exploring the differing philosophies regarding emotions between the Sith and the Jedi and how it might not always be the "best" philosophies to live by. I'll have a review up on The Bibliosanctum when I've completed it.
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Saturday, January 2, 2016

Book Thoughts: You by Caroline Kepnes

You (You, #1)You by Caroline Kepnes
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My general reaction while reading this book and thinking, "Oh, I really don't like you... OMG, this bish here... Why am I even reading... let me see what he's going to do next... oh no, you didn't..."
So, yeah, in its strange way this did end how I thought it would as mentioned in a prior status update. I need to think about this one because right now all I feel is, "This was... a book." I'd give it a 3.5 mainly because of the narrator.

I said that when I finished this book and my general feeling is still, "This was... a book." I can't decide if this is one of those books that I liked so much I hate it or I hate it so much I like it. Readers follow Joe Goldberg--a highly intelligent high school dropout, bookshop manager/worker, book lover, and psychopath--as he instigates himself into the life of a woman he feels is "perfect" for him despite all the signs pointing to her having her own severe issues. Social media and her habit of being easily accessible on social media makes it easy for him to start skirting the fringes of her life until he's able to set a series of "chance" encounters that allow him to become fully immersed in her life. Social media stalker mixed with Joe's relatively "normal" appearance also serves as a cautionary tale that you never know who may be using your personal information gleaned from posts for some disturbing purpose.

The interesting thing about this book is that it's told entirely in the POV of the perpetrator, Joe. This makes You an especially creepy read as you stroll through his thought process and how everything is rationalized just so to make him seem like the hero of the story in his own mind. In his own narrative, he is the love-ridden, patient man who deals with a woman fraught with inconsistencies because "that's how women are." Too many times, you find yourself raising an eyebrow as Joe points out the predatory stalker behavior in others, but sees his own behavior as him being the "stronger" one and being the one who needed to be the "glue" that keeps everything together in their "love story," removing whatever obstacles are necessary.

Most of the characters in this book are pretty hard to like with the exception of maybe a handful, but nobody takes the crazy cake like Joe. He is absolutely reprehensible. Kepnes certainly knows how to write a story that can keep you interested even if you're only hanging on to angrily get through this book. It reminds me of American Psycho in a way with all the brand-dropping, except Joe despises all the glitz unlike Patrick Bateman, and I'll definitely check out the sequel if only to hate-read what Joe's been up to. The narration for this was top-notch. Santino Fortana was the perfect voice for Joe. He managed to capture the delusional, mocking, self-righteous tone of the main character well, and I think his narration made me dislike Joe even more because that's exactly the way I would think a person like Joe would sound. I definitely will be picking up the audiobook when the second book is released.

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Friday, January 1, 2016

2016 Audiobook Challenge

The Book Nympho

Last year was the first year that I participated in the Audiobook Challenge hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens. I'd initially aimed pretty low for the challenge, hoping to complete only 15-20 audiobooks over the course of 2015, but I ended up listening to 59 audiobooks last year, which is truly an amazing accomplishment for me. Most of the books I listened to were speculative in nature and reviews were posted on Bibliosanctum. For a quick recap of my progress last year:

Introduction Post
1st Quarter Update
2nd Quarter Update
3rd Quarter Update
4th Quarter Update

This year I've decided to participate in the challenge again, but even though I know I am capable of finishing many books, I'm still aiming for the 20-30 range because I never know what's going to pop up during the year, especially since I work full-time and have a family. I think that's a realistic goal to aim for, but I won't be upset if I make it to 50+ books again this year. I'll be updating the book site and this site with my progress throughout the year. Also, we'll be participating as a group again on Bibliosanctum.

The rules are as follow:

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2016 than you did in 2015.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button (on the sidebar) and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.


  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-50
  • Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+ 
Continue Reading…


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2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Tiara has read 6 books toward her goal of 52 books.

Tiara's bookshelf: currently-reading

The Elfstones Of Shannara
tagged: upcoming-reads, currently-reading, 2016-audiobook-challenge, classi...
Gardens of the Moon
tagged: currently-reading, fantasy, z-narrator-ralph-lister, 2016-audiobook...

Tiara's bookshelf: read

really liked it
Review to come.
tagged: 2016-star-wars-reading-challenge and 2016-audiobook-challenge
The Girl from the Well
liked it
More reviews @ The Bibliosanctum TL;DR Review 2.5 to 3 stars. Not badly written… I’m just disappointed by the squandered potential. I’m going to reread Anna Dressed in Blood to make myself feel better about this Longer Review: T...
tagged: 2016-women-of-genre-fiction-reading, horror, and young-adult
Thirteen Reasons Why
I don't think this quite captures the complexity of bullying and suicide, and some of the issues that Hannah started facing toward the end of the novel really seemed to detract even more from the feelings she was going through by having ...
tagged: young-adult, popsugar-2016-reading-challenge, 2016-audiobook-challe...
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
liked it
Spoiler free review to come.
tagged: 2016-star-wars-reading-challenge
The Phantom of the Opera
really liked it
tagged: classic-horror, classics, audiobook, 2016-audiobook-challenge, horr...

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