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Updates from the Lair 01/10/16

Updates from the Lair

Updates from the Lair is my weekly wrap-up post that includes what happened in my real life, what I’ve been reading, my posts from the week, and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

Hello loves! How was your week? I’ve been working hard on research for grad school and have two papers in progress that I’ve been concentrating on. It was a pretty productive week, but mostly because I kept waking up at around 5am and not being able to go back to sleep, so I just got up and started working…. The computing cluster is nice and free at that time though! I haven’t been reading a whole lot other than on Monday when I was still pretty sick, but I’ve been loving what I read!

My Week

Rosemary and RueWe started our read along of Rosemary and Rue this week and I’m loving it! I wasn’t sure what to expect given all the praise I’ve heard making me nervous, but I’m already addicted :D. Not many books provide such a plot twist right at the beginning!

Secrets of ValhallaSecrets of Valhallhas been my gym read this week and it really made an hour of the treadmill go by fast! It’s a fun middle grade with Norse mythology set in the UK, but focusing on less well known gods. I also really appreciate that the two main characters are described as having darker skin and tight curls, middle grade fantasy needs more diversity!

Talking to DragonsOn Friday I was in a funk and just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, so I broke out Talking to Dragons since I’ve been saving it for just such a time and it cheered me right up! I love this series so much for obvious reasons, but also because it just makes me so happy <3.

And in case you missed it, these were my posts this week:

Next Week’s Reading

(books up next on the reading list, thoughts?)

Winterwood Black City Saint The Immortals Revenge and the Wild The Girl From Everywhere

I’ve actually already read the first few pages of Winterwood and I’m really liking it! If I finish that this week, then I’ll start on Black City Saint. I’ll probably need a new eARC for the gym, so what do you think I should start next: The Immortals, Revenge and the Wild, or The Girl From Everywhere? Any of them particularly fast or slow?

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. Wow, I don’t envy you the waking up early, but I am a little jealous of your productivity! I’m working on writing my thesis and it can be slow going.
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    • I hear ya! I’m now at the stage with these two projects where I hate them so much that I don’t want to finish them, sigh.

  2. I have a copy of Black Saint that I hope to get to in February. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on that one.
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  3. I haven’t read any of these three yet, but I’m really interested in hearing more about Winterwood, The Immortals, and The Girl From Everywhere. Maybe that helps you decide on what to read next? ;)
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    • You are so helpful :-P. Verdicts: Winterwood is amazing, The Immortals didn’t hold my interest, The Girl From Everywhere was amazing :D

  4. I’m glad you’re loving Rosemary and Rue; McGuire is all about plot twists and she has no qualms about killing off characters or springing surprises on you but it’s always with a purpose. Ugh on waking up so early but at least you’re getting work done. :)
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  5. Yay for happy middle grade reads! I’ve been thinking of stashing a few in my locker this semester, just in case I have a really, really bad day. As far as next week’s reading, I’ve read “The Girl from Everywhere” and…while it has some good concepts, I found parts a little slow, and there’s a love triangle. :P But it might work better for you than it did for me.

    Good luck with the grad school papers and research and the semester in general!
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    • Oh yes, that’s such a good idea! Sometimes you don’t even need to read that many pages to feel better, just one good cute joke makes everything easier, haha.

      Hmm, that’s good to know about Girl From Everywhere, slow doesn’t really work for gym reading so I’ll be prepared to skip it if it isn’t working for me!

      Good luck with law school!!!!!

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