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2015 Reading Wrap-Up

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I can't believe it's the end of 2015!! And it's time to look back on the reading year!! Wow. . . . .
So in general, 2015 was a pretty good reading year! I started out strong with a lot of good novels,then it got taken over by manga. But I read a lot of good manga. In total, I read: 82 novels (7 of which were re-reads)4 graphic novels64 manga
I read: 49 5-strawberry reads (21 novels, 28 manga)61 4-strawberry reads (28 novels, 32 manga, 1 graphic novel)34 3-strawberry reads (26 novels, 5 manga, 3 graphic novels)5 2-strawberry reads (all novels)2 1-strawberry reads (all novels)

My longest read was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling (at 734 pages) My shortest read was The Seeing Stone by Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi (at 128 pages) In total, I read 40,580 pages

2015 Reflections

It's so easy to get caught up in the bad; to forget all of the good that happened in the span of one year. Or sometimes even one day. As soon as something unpleasant happens, it pushes all possible thoughts of joy and excitement clear out of our minds.
Looking back on 2015, it seems like I spent the entirety of the year sick, emotionally exhausted, or had plans go up in smoke before my very eyes. And it isn't all a matter of perspective; I did have a lot of crappy stuff happen this year. From the beginning of spring clear to the end of December, I've had colds, stomach bugs, laryngitis, sinus infections, ear infections, sore knees, backaches, twisted shoulders, torn Achilles tendons, bruised ankles, bruised hands - bruised everything. On top of it, I was getting positively no sleep because my mattress well and truly gave out, and my blood-work went haywire. And it's easy to get emotionally wrung out when one is physically exhausted. I had to change jobs, face bad memo…

2015 TBR Update #12

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my December TBR has 9 official books. Out of those, I have completed 1 this week.
The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer (4/5 strawberries) I have 7 left to read: A Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinThe Sea of Trolls by Nancy FarmerHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingWinterby Marissa MeyerThe Sword of Summer by Rick RiordanLock & Mori by Heather W. PettyAnne & Henry by Dawn Ius I have also read:
Attack on Titan Vol. 16 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries)Attack on Titan Vol. 17 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries)Fairy Tail Vol. 7 by Hiro Mashima (4/5 strawberries)Fruits Basket Vol. 5 by Natsuki Takaya (4/5 strawberries)Fruits Basket Vol. 6 by Natsuki Takaya (5/5 strawberries)Red River Vol. 1 by …

Hedgehog Life: 12.21.15 - 12.27.15

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Merry Christmas! And what a Christmas - what a week - it's been!
This Week I Read: Attack on Titan Vol. 16 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries)Attack on Titan Vol. 17by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries)Fairy Tail Vol. 7 by Hiro Mashima (4/5 strawberries)Fruits Basket Vol. 5 by Natsuki Takaya (4/5 strawberries)Fruits Basket Vol. 6 by Natsuki Takaya (5/5 strawberries)Red River Vol. 1 by Chie Shinohara (4/5 strawberries)The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer (4/5 strawberries) My week started out with a brilliant plan to fill all of my usual work hours in three days before Christmas hit. Unfortunately, what ended up happening was I got a laryngitis attack, when then led into a very severe ear infection, and I had to take off work for practically the whole week. Nevertheless, I actually got caught up before I was forced to call in sick, so I'm not too upset. Still. . . . .ear infections are the worst. I've spent all of this week with a dreadful ringing in my head …

Top 10 Best Books of 2015

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Top 10 Books I Read In 2015. Ah, there were so many! But I think I narrowed it down. :)

2015 TBR Update #11

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my December TBR has 9 official books. Out of those, I have completed 0 this week.

I have 8 left to read: The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-ArcherA Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinThe Sea of Trolls by Nancy FarmerHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingWinterby Marissa MeyerThe Sword of Summer by Rick RiordanLock & Mori by Heather W. PettyAnne & Henry by Dawn Ius I have also read:
Pandora Hearts Vol. 2 by Jun Mochizuki (4/5 strawberries)Attack on Titan Vol. 14 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries)Attack on Titan Vol. 15 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries) I am currently reading 4 books:
The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-ArcherA Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinByzantium by Stephen R. …

Hedgehog Life: 12.7.15 - 12.13.15

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Hello! How is the holiday season going for you? It's been busy for me!
This Week I Read: Pandora Hears Vol. 2 by Jun Mochizuki (4/5 strawberries)Attack on Titan Vol. 14 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries)Attack on Titan Vol. 15 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries) For the most part, compared to other weeks, this week hasn't been too bad. Work is going well, I have practically all of my gift shopping done (all that remains needs to be baked), and I have been making good progress on my reading! The house is turned out and I have grand plans for Christmas.

Things were kind of thrown off track when my parents had to make an impromptu visit to our relatives for family matters, but we're making the most of it anyway. The weather hasn't allowed for many plans the way it is. I don't know about where you all are at, but in my area of the world, it's raining and blowing and thundering - yes, thundering - like the Great Flood has come again. For some people down in the va…

Waiting on Wednesday: Worlds of Ink and Shadow

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Worlds of Ink and Shadow by Lena Coakley Publication Date: January 5, 2016
From Goodreads:
Charlotte, Branwell, Emily, and Anne. The Bronte siblings have always been inseparable. After all, nothing can bond four siblings quite like life in an isolated parsonage out on the moors. Their vivid imaginations lend them escape from their strict upbringing, actually transporting them into their created worlds: the glittering Verdopolis and the romantic and melancholy Gondal. But at what price? As Branwell begins to slip into madness and the sisters feel their real lives slipping away, they must weigh the cost of their powerful imaginations, even as their characters - the brooding Rogue and the dashing Duke of Zamorna - refuse to let them go.
Why I'm Excited
- Ever since reading Lena Coakley's other book Witchlanders, I have been dying for her to write more books. Her style is so beautiful and her worlds and characters captivating. I want more!! - I have an obsession with stories involvin…

Top 10 New-To-Me Authors of 2015

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Top 10 New-To-Me Favorite Authors I Read For The First Time In 2015. Actually, it's a rather short list. This year was spent reading new releases of authors I already knew! Unless we count manga authors, and I'm not going to.
 Livia Blackburne (Midnight Thief): I loved this book the moment I heard about it, and fell even more in love when I finally read it. Such a good beginning to a new fantasy series that I can't wait to keep on reading.Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen): Another brilliant beginning to a new brilliant fantasy series that kept me engaged from beginning to end.Danielle Paige (Dorothy Must Die): Everyone on here should know by now how much I hate the Oz series. And how much I appreciate the dark, twisted version that appears in this series. Love it so much!Cassandra Rose Clarke (The Assassin's Curse): This was a series I had been meaning to start for a long time, and then finally just buckled down and did it. And oh my gosh, am I glad I did. I wish Cassandra R…

2015 TBR Update #10

So it's been a (long) while since I've done one of these updates, but I'm going to try and do them on Mondays on a regular basis. Not only so you can stay up to date on my reading challenges, but also my TBR progress for the months.
So my December TBR has 9 official books. Out of those, I have completed 0 this week.

I have 8 left to read: The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-ArcherA Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinThe Sea of Trolls by Nancy FarmerHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. RowlingWinterby Marissa MeyerThe Sword of Summer by Rick RiordanLock & Mori by Heather W. PettyAnne & Henry by Dawn Ius I have also read:
Attack on Titan Vol. 13 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries)No. 6 Vol. 3 by Atsuko Asano (4/5 strawberries)Pandora Hearts Vol. 1 by Jun Mochizuki (4/5 strawberries) I am currently reading 4 books:
The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-ArcherA Game of Thrones by George R. R. MartinByzantium by Stephen R. LawheadPandor…

Hedgehog Life: 11.30.15 - 12.6.15

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Hello! Wow, my sixth post in a week! I think I'm finally getting back into blogging for good this time! Now I just need my idiotic camera to cooperate so I can film things!
This Week I Read: Attack on Titan Vol. 13 by Hajime Isayama (5/5 strawberries)No. 6 Vol. 3 by Atsuko Asano (4/5 strawberries)Pandora Hears Vol. 1 by Jun Mochizuki (4/5 strawberries) This week has been pretty relaxed, compared to past weeks. My new bed came in, so now I can actually get some sleep for once in my life! I went to a Christmas gift show with a friend on Thursday and got half of my Christmas shopping done. Then some other friends and I went and saw Rifftrax Live: Santa Claus and the Ice Cream Bunny later that night. A special kind of awful.
On the reading front, I'm still clicking away at The Many Lives of John Stone by Linda Buckley-Archer. Such a good book. Because my life is so busy, 400+ paged books take me a little longer than usual to get through. Plus I've been distracted by Pandora Hea…

ARC Review: The Watchmen of Port Fayt - Conrad Mason

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The Watchmen of Port Fayt by Conrad Mason
Series: Tales of Fayt #1
Genre: Middle Grade, fantasy
Published on August 25, 2015
Published by David Fickling Books
Pages: 400
Read From: 11.22.15 - 11.28.15












SYNOPSIS
Captain Newton and his men have always protected Port Fayt - a place where humans live in peace alongside trolls, elves, and fairies. But now Fayt is under threat from a much more powerful enemy - the Leave of Light, a group out to destroy all non-humans.
Half-goblin boy Joseph Grubb has only ever heard stories of Captain Newton and the Demon's Watch. Fed up of working at his uncle's tavern, Grubb dreams of escape - until a whirlwind encounter with a smuggler plunges him into Fayt's criminal underworld. There he meets the watchmen and learns of their mission to save the port. Can Grubb and his new allies uncover the dark plot in time, or will they end up as fish food in Harry's Shark Pit?
Review

Dear Watchmen of Port Fayt,
Being as I am currently addicted to Middle Grade f…

Waiting on Wednesday: Frozen Tides

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes (Falling Kingdoms #4 Publication Date: December 15, 2015
From Goodreads: Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.
CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara's abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.
MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once agains torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he's strong enough to rule his people.
LUCIA: The young sorceress has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.
JONAS: After escapin…

Top 10 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To

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Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels I'm Looking Forward To. Since I've been totally out of touch with the book world in recent months, I haven't been paying attention to debuts. So I'm gonna list 2016 new releases I'm looking forward to!