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Updates from the Lair 10/26/14

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!). 

Hey all my lovelies! Sadly, this week really effing sucked. Some combination of lifting a pumpkin wrong, momentarily thinking about pulling a table, and bad luck has led to my bulging discs in my back to get much worse and no longer controlled by the meds I’ve been taking. Therefore, I can’t lay flat (sleeping sitting up), sit straight (have to sit leaning to the left to take the pressure off), or walk easily (woohoo pretty cane the boy made me!). Fortunately I have awesome friends (*waves to friends*) who have helped a lot <3. Reading has been fun too, though I can’t quite relax on the couch like I’d like to, but typing is a lot harder because of that sitting leaning over thing. So I just wanted to let you know that I won’t be able to respond to comments for at least another week probably and it makes me sad but I know that you all will understand and be entertained by the flood of responses once I’m feeling better ;-).

I also have an announcement :D. I got a lot of questions during my giveaway for Diana’s Commonplace Book about if it would be available to buy and it finally will be!

The All Souls Trilogy box set is going on sale on October 30! The box set includes hardcover of all three volumes (The Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life) as well as a limited edition of Diana’s Commonplace Book. This is the only opportunity to purchase the overwhelmingly popular Commonplace Book, that until now has only been offered as a giveaway prize.

Also, Deborah Harkness is celebrating the release with a giveaway of the box set on her Facebook page!

My Week in Books

Mortal Heart by Robin LaFeversI’ve been reading Mortal Heart mostly this week since the eARC is much easier to read one handed ;-). I wasn’t feeling Annith and the new boy for the first half, but once I found out more about him I was convinced so I do recommend sticking with it even if you are in my boat in the beginning! I’m pretty darn certain I’ll be finishing this one asap since things keep getting more and more interesting! I also really love that Annith actually can and does confide in her two best pals since a) female friendships rock and b) less angst and more group planning makes Anya a very happy camper :D.

Shadow ScaleI haven’t gotten as far in Shadow Scale as I would have liked, but the first couple hundred pages have rocked! There is so much awesome world and dragon exploration right from the beginning and slipping back into Hartman’s writing is like cozying into my favorite blanket. She just makes my brain so happy!!! The only reason I haven’t already finished is that stupid back thing ;-).

The Burning SkyI have also started listening to The Burning Sky on audiobook! I always like it when fantasy worlds are initially a bit confusing because there aren’t explanations for everything since that gives me a chance to puzzle things out and feel smart for inferring the various magical things ;-). The narration is interesting and a little different than what I was expecting (older English gentleman doesn’t really scream YA fantasy to me, ha), but I’m just excited to be able to fit in this series finally!

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

Next Week’s Reading

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

Beware the Wild Dreamer's Pool

Once I finished Mortal Heart it’ll be time for another eARC. I’ve heard great things about Beware the Wild and that’s my last October read that I definitely want to get to! Dreamer’s Pool is the other upcoming eARC and I know lots of you love Marillier’s writing so you’d probably recommend it eh? ;-) The question is which first!?!

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

© 2014, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I’m sorry to hear about your back. I know what a pain just minor back problems can be. Sounds like you need to get Dragon. (The talking to typing software) I’ve heard it works well for most people, but not me. I just had to mention it since, Dragon.
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    • I was going to use the built-in Dragon version that Macs have, but I’m just so used to typing my thoughts that I felt ridiculous saying them instead haha!

  2. Oh no
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  3. I’m so sorry your back is giving you so much grief. Hopefully you got some pain relief since you typed this up. Focus on feeling better and resting *sends love and cookies*

    I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying Shadow Scale so far. I want to read it SO badly. I think I need to reread Seraphina first. I finished Mortal Heart and loved it! Happy reading Anya.
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    • I am definitely feeling much better since last weekend, though still annoying achey pain and pain shooting down my leg. Hopefully Monday will bring relief though since I’m getting an injection then! Mmmm cookies! I think that package got lost in the mail ;-)

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about your back Anya! I hope everything settles down soon for you :) And at least you had some good books to keep you company! The Burning Sky just gets better as you keep going until WHAM there’s the feels.
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    • Thanks! I’m doing better though the days are up and down still. I have about an hour and a half left of the audio of Burning Sky and I’m just going crazy! I’ll be finishing it tomorrow :D

  5. I loved Dreamer’s Pool SO SO SO MUCH. Now I just can’t help telling everyone about it. I hope you’ll enjoy it too, something tells me you will, with its fairy tale mythological type vibe.
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  6. *Waves back* Hope your back is at least not worse!

  7. Oh, your poor back! Take care.
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  8. Oh your poor back! That sounds super painful and highly annoying. Hope you find a way to make it more manageable. Until then, your reading selection for the week sounds fun.
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    • Manageable is definitely what I’ve been aiming for since it’ll be a long recovery. I’m getting treatment on Monday though so hopefully that’ll help a lot!

  9. “Dreamer’s Pool” is phenomenal. I’m appalled that it’s the first Juliette Marillier that I’ve read, because she’s absolutely amazing and now I want to read all of the rest of her books.
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    • Hehe, I’m sure that I’ll be feeling similarly as soon as I get to it! I’m feeling a little bad that I haven’t had the chance to yet, but I’m trying to finish out October reads and then will start it asap!

  10. Sorry about your back! I hope you feel better soon :(
    Mortal Heart is great – I had a few nagging voices in my head about Annith and “the new boy” as well, but it works out pretty well! And yes, hooray for female friends that actually help each other out!
    The Burning Sky is a lot of fun! I enjoyed that one, and I’m sure the audiobook will make it even better :)
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    • Thanks! I’m feeling a bit better this week :) So agreed about the new boy ;-)

      The audiobook of Burning Sky is a bit interesting since the narrator is an older guy with an accent, which gives it a different tone than I think it would have if I was reading it physically.

  11. So sorry to hear about your back! I don’t suppose hot baths would help? Or a heating pad? Hope it gets better for you soon.
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    • Thanks!! I don’t have a bath available unfortunately, haha. I have tried the heating pad though and it didn’t help much, ice is helping much more for some strange reason, I suspect because it’s nerve pain instead of inflammation of muscles

  12. I’m planning on reading Dark Triumph next! I’m so excited about it since I loved Grave Mercy. Hope Mortal Heart finishes strong for you! :) Happy reading!
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  13. I hope you get better soon!

  14. Owww! That’s got to be super-painful. I hope your back feels better soon.

    Glad to hear you’re enjoying Shadow Scale and The Burning Sky! The latter is on my Christmas list, and I’m thinking about *finally* reading Seraphina after the book I’m planning to read next.
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    • I’ll hopefully be getting better this week since Monday I’m getting treatment!

      OMG Yes! Read Seraphina, so much awesome!!!

  15. I’m also reading Mortal Heart but I’m only a few chapters in. Shadow Scale looks amazing.
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  16. Oh no! That sucks about your back. I hope you feel better soon! (Any chance the old “lie on the floor w/feet propped up on the couch at 90 degree angle” thing helps?)

    I’ll keep that in mind for Mortal Heart. And yes, definitely yay to group planning and less angsting!

    Feel less horrible soon!
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    • I’m afraid that technique would leave me in agony :( Since the disc is bulging backward, lying flat is just horrible and I’m actually sleeping sitting up these days D:

      Thanks! <3

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