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Updates from the Lair 11/23/14

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!). 

Lovelies! I just spent a large chunk of time responding to comments because I’d gotten behind and I feel the need to make sure you all know that I freaking love you! You have no idea how much of a fool I look like when reading and responding to comments because of the grin on my face. The boy seriously has laughed at me before! Anytime I’m feeling down about blogging for some silly reason, I just need to read over comments and talk to you because I instantly feel better, so hugs all around!

Oh you want to hear about my week too????? Well I got the last steroid injection and am feeling pretty good (and sleeping laying down *gasp*), though kind of sore now that I’m moving like normal humans are supposed to >.>. And otherwise my week has been kind of all over, but fairly productive as I prepare for THE GREAT MINNESOTA ADVENTURE! i.e. the week the boy and I take every holiday to drive to and all over Minnesota to visit with all of our family. Fortunately the boy drives most of it so I’ll get to read, though he’ll need me to take over in Wisconsin since he finds it boring to drive through ;-). Audiobook time! Anyway, can you tell I’m hyper on comment love???????

My Week

Hammered I haven’t had much time to actually READ, but I have had time to listen to the audio of Hammered! I have to admit that I’m clearly not in an Atticus mood since Hammered isn’t doing much for me. I think that I got so attached to the every-day dynamics with Oberon and his staff that since Hammered takes place mostly away from home, I’m just not getting what I had come to expect. I just got through the part where we find out why everyone hates Thor so much. I also just wasn’t that into how that information was delivered >.>. I’m such a downer on this one right now D:

A Court of Thorns and Roses Yes, I caved and started A Court of Thorns and Roses even though that is a ridiculous decision! I’m only like 50 pages in since I’ve been reading it right before bed and I’ve just been exhausted this week. I’m worried about the Beauty and the Beast retelling aspect since that is just a hit or miss tale for me, but I’m loving that the Fae are creepy and where masks because MASKS ARE AWESOME! I’m having so much fun imagining the beautifully described masks and trying to figure out why they wear them :D.

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

Next Week’s Reading

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

I have this odd tendency to assume that I will be able to read ALL THE BOOKS while on vacation, even though family and such silly things tends to interfere! Therefore, these are the books I’m planning on bringing with me and possibly starting/reading/finishing on vacation (since I can’t bring A Court of Thorns and Roses, too precious!) and you are welcome to sway me (Firefight is a given, don’t worry!):

Firefight Death Marked The Assassin's Blade Endsinger This Shattered World The Name of the Blade

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. Behind on comments? That happens? (Says the girl leaving a comment on an 11/23 post on…12/8?)

    Yay! I’m glad your back is feeling better! Beauty and the Beast retellings are hit and miss for you? Hmm, do any specific examples spring to mind?
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    • Pfft, no worries, we’ll just chat on old posts and it’ll be awesome :D

      I think it’s more that the idea of Beauty and the Beast itself doesn’t put me immediately into a squee fest, haha. I think I just haven’t read enough of them to be confident in jumping into them. I have a big problem with stockholme syndrome type of romances, so the romance just has to be done very carefully for me not to rage about abusive relationships (and in case you’re thinking of Cruel Beauty, I actually quite liked it ;-) )

      • I think it’s hilarious that the idea of Beauty and the Beast doesn’t send me running for the hills since it can very easily devolve into Stockholm Syndrome. I did think of Cruel Beauty, which was a little too far on the abusive, Stockholm side of things for me, but I know you liked that one. I actually had a bigger problem with Nyx’s complete and utter failure as an assassin and/or logical/productive human being. (And what was with that love triangle?) ;)

        On the flip side, I really enjoyed Robin McKinley’s Beauty, so I guess you’re right. It all depends on the particular retelling.
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        • I totally don’t count it as a love triangle because, well, you know ;-) I will definitely be trying Beauty since I’ve heard lots about it and I love trying to figure out what makes you like a book haha

  2. YAY for steroids and feeling better! Enjoy your vacation and maybe you’ll get *some* books read.
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    • Thanks! I totally did actually read a couple of books, and I didn’t even need to fake a head ;-), it was awesome :D

  3. Awe! Reading blog comments makes me happy too. I actually saved mine for a couple of days this weekend. (But then I felt guilty) I’m glad you’re feeling better. :) Yes it’s probably way too early to read Court of Thorns, but if I had it I wouldn’t wait either! Happy Thanksgiving!
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  4. All look like fabulous choices tho I haven’t heard of The Name of the Blade. Am I out of the loop?
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    • It’s a Candlewick book here in the US, so it didn’t get as much promotion, the UK edition is called The Night Itself I think?

  5. Haha, I tend to think the same way about books on vacation! Last time I went away for a few days I expected to get through a good number of books, in part because I’d heard the people I was visiting would be busy on one of the nights, so I’d have a night in a hotel room with nothing to do. Instead, their plans changed so we all hung out for hours. Thus, there went my reading time!

    Still, I guess I made up for it with a 2+ hour stopover in an airport on the way home, so I still got a lot read on that short holiday. :)
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    • I always overestimate how fast I can read too. If I’m being honest, I can really only read a book a day when REALLY focusing on it, so even a few days, I could only read a few books!

      Airports are such great reading opportunities! I kind of want to plan longer layovers when traveling for work just to have more reading time >.>

      • This is one advantage to the way travel benefits for my job work. (Working for an airline means eventual awesome cheap travel opportunities!) But to get employee rates, we have to travel standby, which means hanging around airports a lot and hoping that there’s still a seat left on the flight we want to take. If not, we wait for the next next flight and hope for the same thing. Which will mean a lot of hanging around airports and thus a lot of reading time! I’m planning to visit my family in the UK in April 2015, and from what I hear, I can expect to spend the better part of the day waiting for a seat to open up for me.

        And this doesn’t bother me as much as it once might have, exactly because I do so much reading and enjoy my reading time. If I have to potentially wait for 5 hours for a spot to open up on a flight for me, then yay, more time to get some reading done! :p
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        • Oo, that sounds awesome actually! I would love cheap flights in exchange for hanging out at the airport haha. I would totally do that thing of giving up my seat in exchange for a voucher if I ever have the chance on my way back, but it only seems to come up when I’m heading to a conference and can’t delay!

  6. I just know I’ll love ACOTAR whenever I snag a copy. I adore most all Beauty and the Beast retellings…I think it’s my favorite fairy tale. The Disney movie was my fave as a kiddo…and I’m SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS BOOK. And MASKS? I love masks. This just sounds all kinds of awesome so yay. I need you to give me constant updates please? haha. And next week it looks like you have an epic reading pile. I can’t wait to hear what you think of them all especially Death Marked since we both read and enjoyed the first. I’m so glad you are feeling a tad better Anya! Lots of love, hugs and have a great week
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    • I do really love the Disney movie, but that might just be because Belle rocks ;-). I always get nervous about how the whole captivity/falling in love thing will be handled for some reason D:

  7. I vote for Firefight and The Assassin’s Blade! And of course I vote for Thorns and Roses when you get back ;) Anxiously awaiting a final opinion! The Beauty and the Beast story is always hit or miss for me as well, but I mean it’s SARAH MAAS so clearly it should be fantastic.
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    • I didn’t finish either, but I’ve started them both now :D Though you have to choose between Firefight and ACoTaR for now since they are both physical books ;-)

  8. Adelynne Chang says:

    Oh wow! All of the books look amazing! I hope you can read them all! I’m excited to see your review for A Court of Thorns and Roses and I hope you have a good time on vacation as well. :)

  9. Enjoy your adventure-trip! I’m curious about A Court of Thorns and Roses. Beauty and the Beast has always been one of my favourite stories and I’ve heard that there are a few retellings of it, but I haven’t read any yet. I assume the same thing about holidays every year, but something always interferes with my reading plans. I never learn…
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  10. YAY for the Minnesota Holiday Adventure – especially now that you’re (finally!) a bit more mobile! I haven’t had much time to read this week either, what with the move last week and random real-life madness xD I’m hoping we both can find more time in the coming weeks! DYING to see how ACOTAR plays out!! Happy reading hun ^^
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  11. I frequently get behind on comments and the time I spend replying to them is always great – I get really happy too! Its a high you can’t buy! Have fun on your holiday rounds! I’ve already forgotten where you live – is it a long drive? (sounds it – yay! Books!)

    I’m so glad you started A Court of Thorns and Roses since that’s one I really want to read. I love B&B though so it’s right up my alley. I vote for assassin’s blade – you need to read it! I promise, less dresses, way more action and fantasy. :)
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    • We’re in Michigan currently, boo ;-)

      I’m almost done with Assassin’s Blade now :D Definitely a few less dresses, though still sparkly things seem to distract her, ha!

  12. Ha, the great MN Adventure. :) that’s what my holiday feels like, except it is both MN and WI bound. Where are you coming from? I live in the twin cities and have to travel opposite of you down to WI. :)
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    • We used to stop over in Wisconsin before hopping to Minnesota, but then my parents moved back to Duluth ;-). The boy and I are in Michigan right now, so we have to go all around the lake and then through all of Wisconsin D: Woot twin cities!

  13. I still haven’t read Name of the Blade either. I’m awful at this.
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    • Psh, you aren’t awful! You gotta read what you are in the mood for and have fun still, just something to try when you are in the right mood ;-)

  14. Ooh I hope you have fun on your adventure!! I hope you do get some reading or audio listening in next week, it looks like you have a good selection. And I can’t wait for a Court of Thorns and Roses!! I hope you love it and let me know your thoughts. :D
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