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Updates from the Lair 1/11/15

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 lovelies! Before I discuss anything else, I wanted to let you know that the site will be down tonight starting at 10pm (EST I think?) since my host is transferring us and hopefully that will alleviate some of the issues I’ve been having over the past weeks :D. Because of how propagation works when the site is transferred, I won’t be able to safely put up new content until I get the a-okay which could take until Tuesday. This includes comments, so while you’ll be able to comment, I don’t recommend it until I take down the message on the sidebar!

Anyway, my semester starts tomorrow and I’ll be a teaching assistant for the intro to Python class :D. I’m excited because I love teaching new programmers and I love Python, but I’m also terrified that I won’t be smart enough or it’ll be more work than I can handle, etc etc. I’m pretty sure intellectually that everything will work out, but I might not be reading as much as I normally do as I get used to things :). Also I’ll probably be all over the place with what I read since stress = insane reading focus issues for me >.>.

My Week

Night ShiftI got Night Shift for review consideration last month (it’s already out, go get it!) and it’s taken me a while to find time to start it D:. However, I’m really enjoying the first story and am already pretty sure I’m going to have to check out the world it is from because it sounds SO COOL! I don’t read a lot of anthologies, but I knew I wanted to read Ilona Andrews’ story in it and figured it was a good chance to try out some other urban fantasy authors. I was feeling really out of it this week and had crazy insomnia, so I haven’t picked it back up because I am now associating it with feeling ill (my brain was so weird this week, not sleeping does this!). However, I’m excited to jump back in soon :D.

Red GloveI started the audio of Red Glove this week and it was honestly exactly what I needed! I love Cassel and his friends, I love Jesse Eisenberg’s narration, I love Holly Black’s writing. I was feeling lonely since I was away from the fiancee this week after two weeks together so it was great to have a voice to listen to that felt like friends ;-). I also hung out with friends, don’t worry too much :-P.

Wildwood DancingI requested Wildwood Dancing from my library based on recommendations that this was a book I needed to read from Marillier and started buddy reading it with Pabkins this week :D. I hadn’t realized it was a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling, so I’m needing to realign my expectations a little, but I’m excited to get more into it.

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

Next Week’s Reading

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

Crown of Midnight Calling on Draogns

So I’m actually already a bit into both of these because of my MAJOR focus problems this week. I just didn’t really feel like reading anything and kept starting new books to try to avoid a reading slump. However, now that I’m feeling a bit better mentally (I was switching up migraine meds which are also anti-depressants sooooo yeah they screw with you), I’m going to finish all the things I started :D. I need to finish Crown of Midnight before my library copy expires (I have my wifi on my Kindle turned off so that it doesn’t get removed haha) and I’m liking the focus on the magic mystery! I also borrowed a copy of Calling on Dragons from a friend who was horrified that I hadn’t finished the Enchanted Forest books yet and it was really just what I needed to read when feeling blah ;-).

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. Yay for book friends and real friends! I always wanted to learn some programming language, but (even if I had time now) I don’t know what I’d do with it. I would still like to learn how to code full websites at some point, though. :)

    I think it might be the weather. It’s been a bad week for focusing and being productive. I think I have four books started right now? And let’s not think about that giant stack of unknown stuff on my desk at work. >.> Yep, nothing to do but chug Mountain Dew and hope this funk doesn’t last long.
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    • Friends are the best :D If you do decide to try your hand with programming, I highly recommend W3 school’s free tutorials and Javascript would help you make cool websites:

      I’m finally back down to only three books! And I’m going to try to finish another one of them today!

  2. I have the while White Cat trilogy which I really want to read! I’m glad you are enjoying the Red Glove.
    Wildwood looks so pretty! And a Twelve Dancing Princesses retelling sounds really interesting.
    You’ll do fine tomorrow which is today? as a teaching assistant. I hope everything went well and you realize that you were being silly (:
    I’m in a slight slump too only because I’ve been focusing on homework mostly and school.
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    • It’s so much fun! It’s also good that you have the whole trilogy since they are a bit addicting ;-)

      Hehe, I was indeed being fairly silly about my stress for TAing, though I haven’t started grading yet so that could still go horribly wrong ;-)

  3. I guess I missed the whole site down thing. Looks like it all went well. My sister really loved it when she was a teaching assistant, so I hope you do too. I’ve been wanting to find some more good Urban Fantasy authors. I’m sorry you had trouble sleeping this week. I hate when that happens, because them I’m a zombie for a few days. I’m glad to hear Red Glove is good, I just got the Curse Workers books. :) Have a nice week.

    • Hehe, well that’s good since it went pretty fast and I hoped it wouldn’t bother too many people ;-) So far I’m really enjoying TAing since my kids are all eager to learn :D

      Good urban fantasy: Kate Daniels and Mercy Thompson are my favorite two series!

  4. Heeeyyy, congrats on the teaching assistant gig :D I’m sure you’ll be fine once you get over the initial jitters and get into the flow! I definitely can relate to not getting much reading done lately, but mine is just due to busy work schedule and not insomnia and nerves D: Either way, I hope you can kick the slump soon! Can’t wait to see how you’ll make it out Wildwood Dancing AND CoM ♥ Happy reading^^
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  5. I didn’t realize it, Wildwood Dancing was a twelve dancing princess retelling either…except not that many princesses in this one. I caught that tho right at the beginning as soon as I was even a page or two in lol
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    • Haha, yeah, only five princesses who aren’t actually princesses, but very much a sneaking out to go dance all night with the fairies thing ;-)

  6. Good luck with the TA position! Hope you are feeling a bit better. Yay, Crown of Midnight! Everyone seems to love that series by Holly Black but I still need to read White Cat, glad you are enjoying it so far! My co-blogger loves Marillier but I still haven’t read anything by her, I should get to that!
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  7. Good luck with the teaching – I’m sure you’ll be fine. I always get jitters when the semester gets started and then when I get in front of the class I realize that’s where I belong (at least I did – this semester is not a teaching semester for me, since I’m not in St. Louis anymore). I know so little about what you do – I know loosely it’s science LOL – so when you said python I thought snakes and got chils. And then you said programmers and I realized that I haven’t got a clue what you’re talking about. But good luck! LOL! Have a great week Anya!
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    • Thanks :D Yeah, I get all the jitters, but my first day went great and my students all seem to be really happy to be there and learn! Oh, haha, no, no snakes! Python is a programming language like Java if you’ve heard of that one :)

  8. Oh, good luck with the site transfer and with your new teaching position!

    I read and reviewed Night Shift; I liked it for the most part.

    Have a good week. :)
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  9. Eeeek! Good luck with classes starting again. How many semesters do you have left? Or is this your final one?

    No common books on our reading list as of right now… but I did buy Throne Of Glass just after Christmas, so I hope to get to it at some point this year. I also finished Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow And Bone a few days ago. Not sure if you’ve read her Grisha series(?), but I LOVED the first book and can’t wait to dive into the next one.
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    • This is my last semester of classes :D After this I have to write my dissertation still but I’m so so excited to be done with classes, haha. They are interesting but take up so much time and cause a fair amount of stress D:

      Yes, LOVE the Grisha series :D It seriously gets stronger every single book!

  10. I hope the site move is smooth!

    I listened to the audio of Red Glove and it was fantastic. I really like that series, but I still haven’t gotten around to book 3 because my library is being stupid and has only had audio of books 1 and 2 for the past few years. Enjoy!
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    • Thanks! I think everything transferred fine and now things are nice and fast :D

      I’m loving the Red Glove audio so much as well! Oh no! That is one reason I do really love my audible subscription D:

  11. Oh, Holly Black! I’ve been meaning to get to that series but I wanted to get the last one so I can marathon them. I’m a big fan of hers. Enjoy your books!
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    • Yes! You’ll definitely want to marathon these since they are nice and short and action packed. They are seriously an ideal readathon series now that I think about it!

  12. Crown of Midnight, I have that now and keep avoiding it, what, why?! You seem to be loving it which is a great sign, so good luck with that Anya, and hopefully your host and moving thing goes well, I thought I’d throw my comment in quickly before the 10pm deadline! I’m also pleased you’re loving Curse Workers, I really liked that series myself! :)
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