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Updates from the Lair 12/14/14

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!). 

This week was pretty weird for me I must admit. I had a final project originally due on Monday, then pushed back to Wednesday. Normally I’m done with this sort of thing several days if not a week before, but we had so much trouble getting the actual data from experiments with our program that we were finishing it on Monday D:. We also had to do a presentation for that project on Tuesday and we were making slides Monday afternoon *procrastination station* >.>. On top of finals, I had organized a science day for two classes of local third graders, which was a lot of fun, but also a lot of work. I hadn’t realized when scheduling when that would happen that I had a final Tuesday afternoon >.>. So from 9am-1:30pm on Tuesday, I was corralling third graders and teaching them SCIENCE! It all worked out in the end though :D. Then, on top of that, we had our annual NSF site visit to our center where external reviewers come by for two days to see how everything is going and see where improvements can be made. This year was also our renewal year, meaning that we needed to convince them that we should be approved for another five years of funding *gulp*. It went well from my perspective though, so *fingers crossed*. Needless to say, less reading than hoped for got done ;-).

My Week

Unbound I got Unbound in the mail this week and had to start it right away :D. I’m a big fan of the Libriomancer series because who doesn’t love book magic, but I’m especially loving this current installment because it is going in directions I really didn’t expect this sort of series to go. Hines is doing a really great job of throwing out the rule book and playing with all the possibilities that exist when our modern world has magic secretly living alongside it in the form of books! I can’t really tell you more without giving away surprises from the previous books, but just trust me that it is unexpected and awesome :D.

Stitching Snow So my organization sometimes fails me…. I could have sworn Stitching Snow was a December release but apparently it was released in October, oops >.>. I started it on a whim at the doctor’s office and am enjoying it so far. I had feared from the synopsis that it would be similar to Cress, but it really isn’t at all. Essie is a fighter and hacker and I sniff a treasure-seeking adventure and a rebellion in this book’s future :D.

Legion: Skin Deep My audiobook for the week has been Legion: Skin Deep and I’m really enjoying this sequel. You can easily read it without having read the previous book since it’s a completely new mystery and Leeds’ mental condition that causes him to hallucinate 47 different people with 47 different skill sets is explained ;-). I love this near-future sci-fi setting where the technology is similar enough to our time that it could be next year or next decade or right now and we don’t know it! The narration is spectacular again <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?)

Honestly probably just more of the same >.>. I am technically in the middle of six books now I think, so after I finish Unbound (which could take all week really), I’ll finish Firefight! And then I’ll finish Endsinger hopefully? And then I’ll finish A Court of Thorns and Roses <.<. *faints* Oh and I’ll be beta-reading a manuscript this month…. Yeah, I said life was crazy right? ;-) Why don’t you tell me what you’ll be reading this week instead :D.

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. Your presentations sound really stressful, must feel good now that they’re over. The third graders sounds fun! Good luck getting your funding!

    Libriomancer sounds cool. I hadn’t heard of that series before.

    I plan to read TwinMaker, Vicious and of course finish Golden Son before the end of the year.
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    • I keep forgetting that I need to figure out funding and then remember and start freaking out a bit again, sigh. It’ll be fine though, I can handle it :)

      I hope you managed to get everything read before the new year!

  2. You are officially book whoring yourself this month. You’ve got soo many books going you’re worse then me! Like you I have a tendency to start a book get like oh I don’t know 50 pages in then decide I want to read something else and then come back and finish that one later when it suits my mood.
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    • Pfft I do that all the time ;-). I know that if I count it as currently reading, then I’ll definitely get back to it eventually sooner rather than if I just put it on the stack, haha. My problem is just that I want to read them all immediately D:

  3. Damn, Anya! You had a busy week. Finals and presentations are enough of a pain in the butt in undergrad so I’d imagine they’re even more time consuming and tedious in grad school. Keep on keepin’ on! Oh my…A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’ve heard that it’s very swoon worthy and sexy. No complaints here! :)
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    • Fortunately you actually spend less time on class work in grad school since we’re supposed to focus more on our research ;-). The problem is more that I’m supposed to do so much else in addition to passing classes D:

  4. Snitching Snow is a 2014 release I did not get to this year.
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    • I really wasn’t thinking I would but I’m glad that I decided to give it a try! I figured I’d DNF it, but I’m already at 60%!

  5. Wow! That sounds like an insane week, but at least the worst is over, right? Good luck reviewing the manuscript. That sounds like a blast! :)
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    • The worst is definitely over because finals are over! The term seriously FLEW by, but that’s awesome because I hated that class, haha

  6. Nice. I like what I’ve read of Hines, but I still need to catch up with the first two Libriomancer books.
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    • Oh yes you definitely do! Which of his books have you read? I only read the first in the fairytale books and keep meaning to read the rest but they’ve sunk into the TBR somewhere D:

  7. Wow your life is crazy/busy. So many commitments and so many books you have started. But I bet it is exciting. :)
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  8. Wow! No wonder you beat us in the fitbit challenge – you had quite the week! Sounds like everything went well though :) I’m actually rereading Jane Eyre right now, and I’m listening to a dramatic performance which is turning out to be quite a treat. And I’m making the slowest ever progress on my current read – Penumbra by Keri Arthur. Its like 200 pages and I’ve officially been reading it for two week! O_o Oh enjoy Stitching Snow – I really liked it :)
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    • Haha, so true! I also didn’t work Monday or Friday >.> DON’T TELL! I’m so pleasantly surprised by Stitching Snow! I think I read one negative early review and it just super colored my impression of it, shame on me D:

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