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Updates from the Lair 10/19/14

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!). 

Hmmm, what to say about this week? I was finally able to dive into my research projects again both due to having time outside of classwork and two very productive meetings with advisors on projects. I banged my head against some coding which I still haven’t figured out, but that happens. I’m starting to feel a bit in need of a vacation between the work for class and what I’m trying to get done with research, but it’ll be a while until that can happen (Thanksgiving only kind of counts since visiting family isn’t really a vacation for me, ha). I did read some good books this week though and got lots of walking in :D. I’m excited to carve pumpkins with friends (who read this blog, *waves*) on Monday! I freaking love pumpkins.

My Week

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly BlackI never seem to be able to stick to my plans for reading for the next week, oh well! On a whim I decided to start The Darkest Part of the Forest since a friend had a physical copy when I met her for coffee and I randomly read the first page and remembered why I was so excited to read this one at BEA. It’s because it is SO DARN COOL! Also a little spooky and honestly a bit over the line of spookiness I can tolerate when reading just before going to sleep >.>. But really really good!

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFeversI had to start Mortal Heart as well given the amount of encouragement I got to do so ;-). With the first sentence I was reminded why I love these books so much! I’m only a few pages in, but I’m already making excuses to fit in more reading time :D. I can already tell that there is going to be lots more information about how the magic of Mortain works, which is the exact thing I’ve been wishing for ;-). A girl whose mother froze to death is completely impervious to the cold :D.

Shadow ScaleIn an effort to make sure I actually do get to this asap, I’ve also started Shadow Scale even though I’ve only read the prologue so far. But the prologue starts with us finding out how her mind garden was actually established! :D Omg I love this book already and again find myself wanting to just spend all day reading >.>. Don’t worry, there will be a giveaway as soon as I finish!

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

Next Week’s Reading

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

Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Instead of pretending that I’ll SOMEHOW MAGICALLY finish my current reads in time to start something new next week, I’ll just be honest given how HUMONGOUS Shadow Scale and Mortal Heart both are. It’ll probably take me at least this week to get through both and instead of stressing about running out of reviews to post in the meantime, I’ll just remind myself that blogging should be fun. You’ll forgive me right?? ;-)

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. I can never stick to reading plans either, which is why I don’t plan anything other than one or two books that I want to finish before a specific date. Everything else is just very general planing. I’m looking forward to your review of Mortal Heart. I DNFed the first one of that series because I was very bored and didn’t like the main character, but the synopsis of this one sounds better.
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    • I can’t handle specific dates for some reason, ha, it’s easier for me to do the next couple I really want to read even if it changes, hehe. I actually had a hard time with Grave Mercy as well, but Dark Triumph is MUCH different with a dark and broken main character and much more adventuring, highly recommended!

  2. Yeah, I never stick to my reading plan either lol.
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  3. Yay walking and good books! And good luck on the coding! We know you’ll figure it out. :)
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  4. I’m so glad you liked The Darkest Part of the Forest! I’m actually doing my Waiting On Wednesday post on it this week! :D
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  6. Shadow Scale and Mortal Heart are two of my most anticipated releases. I want them in my greedy hands! I’ve already pre-ordered them, which is rare for me, but I just love the characters in these series. You have great reads this week!
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  7. I’m so incredibly jealous that you got to read the Darkest Part of the Forest! I’m glad that you liked it though, since I really want to read it. I know how you feel about needing a vacation, I’ve been feeling that way for months now! Good luck with your research and class and everything! And have fun carving pumpkins – I did my first a couple weeks ago and it was so much fun!
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  8. I usually have several books going and that way if one doesn’t appeal, I work on the other one. You sound crazy busy so don’t stress over getting something reviewed.
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  9. I have tried to read more than one book at a time but what happens is that I end up not finishing any of them. So I have to stick to one at a time. But I don’t blame you, you sure have a great bunch on your hands!
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  10. I have to finish Snow Like Ashes so I can get to Mortal Heart right meow. Shadow Scale looks soooo good.
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  11. Wow! Lots of great projects for you right now. Good luck with the research (glad to hear it’s going well, too!). As for the reading, you’ll finish each book when you finish them. No need to rush. Besides, you’ve got a decent number of upcoming reviews scheduled, so I’d say you’re good for a little while. ;)
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  12. I love carving pumpkins too! Congrats on a good research week! (I know how hard that can be, my sister procrastinates her research talking to me on skype) I’m eager to hear about The Darkest Part of the Forest, so I’m glad you didn’t stick to your plan. Blogging should be fun and I needed to hear that. (As someone who got almost no reading done last week.)
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  13. I see you do the same thing I do by starting books and having a few of them started at once so you HAVE to read them! I usually have 2-3 of them. They are just usually different genres. You totally reminded me that I have to start Holly Black’s book, too!!! Thanks ;)

    Have a great week!!! I (sort of) promise to come by more often (ha, I suck at getting around the blogs!!) . I want to see what you thought of Captive!
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