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Updates from the Lair 1/24/15

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!). 

What?? Did you fall through a wormhole and miss Saturday? No, don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s me ;-). Tomorrow is going to be a fun giveaway, so I’m posting Updates today instead :D. I’m really proud of how productive I was with work and school this week. I graded all my students’ work right away, got lots of research and homework done, but not a lot of reading. That’s good though since it means my priorities are finally straightened out a bit, ha!

My Week

A Court of Thorns and RosesI am finally turning my attention fully to A Court of Thorns and Roses :D. Unfortunately “my full attention” only amounts to about twenty pages currently, but they were enjoyable pages, ha. I finally got to find out why everyone is wearing party masks and my interest is definitely peaked! It probably speaks to how exhausted I’ve been each night that my eyes started going double pretty quickly and I didn’t stay up all night reading ;-).

The Boy Who Lost FairylandI am very lucky to be on the tour for The Boy Who Lost Fairyland and had to start reading my eARC right away! I have actually been able to make more progress on Fairyland because I have four hours of office hours during the week when I help students who stop by, but no one has been stopping by much since it is the beginning of the term. Of course I’ve been using that waiting time quite well ;-). I also had to wait for my doctor’s appointment for a while and they apologized but I didn’t mind, haha!

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

Next Week’s Reading

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

Seeker The Glass Arrow

I snagged a review audiobook of Seeker and just finished my last audiobook so I’ll be starting Seeker tomorrow :D. It’s unlikely I’ll finish A Court of Thorns and Roses this week, but I have a chance of finishing The Boy Who Lost Fairyland and if I do I’ll start The Glass Arrow since I’m so happy Tor Teen approved me for it!

Also keep your eyes out for a new feature I’ll be starting soon :D.

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I am holding my breath for ACoTaR – I finished it off last week, and I am SO EXCITED to see the reviews roll out soon. I had to take this one slowly as well – the book is huge!

    Happy reading!
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    • Hehe, so would you say the ending was epic? I honestly set it aside since I just wasn’t getting into it and want to wait for a better mindset. But I love epic endings so that might help me ;-)

  2. WTG with making good use of your slower office hours by reading :D I’m so jealous of your current reads, both ACOTAR and Fairyland #4 are MUST-READS for me! Hope you love them^^ Have a great week Anya and happy reading xx
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    • Of course I knew it couldn’t last! Now there is almost always some at office hours or there is work I need to be doing anyway :(

  3. I fall through wormholes all the TIME :). I wish I was more productive with school and work, but congrats to you for being that way last week :). It’s okay to let the reading get less done in favor of all the productivity (i def had that problem of “straightening” out my priorities).

    Oooh, I hope you enjoy ACOTAR. I read the first four chapter sampler, which I guess might be more than 20 pages, and I’m really eager to read more… in May lol. I wanna know why everyone is wearing party masks, so will you let me know when you reach that part?

    Oooh, cool beans for the Fairyland tour. The first book is definitely on my TBR list for this year. It just sounds like such a fun, charming “Christina” book. I’m curious how these stories connect – are they companions or a part of the series? A boy is introduced? Hahaha office hours. Students are totally fickle when it comes to whether or not they stop by. But huzzah for having time to read since they’re not taking advantage of their resources!

    I’ve heard good things about both Seeker and the Glass Arrow, so I hope you enjoy them. And I’m looking forward to your new feature! Happy reading!
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    • Hehe, it’s so hard when the reading is calling to you and you figure you can get that work done tomorrow instead >.>

      The party masks is because all the Fae in the castle were cursed at a masquerade and can’t get their masks off, haha!

      The first three Fairyland are a normal trilogy with September as the MC, and the fourth is kind of a companion with a different MC yeah.

  4. Ooh can’t wait to see that new feature! I’m hoping to start ACOTAR by Tuesday, but I have an optometrist appointment and if he dilates my eyes I won’t be able to read for several hours, then I might be too tired to read anyway :P So it might have to wait till Wednesday, sadly.
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    • I hate the pupil dilation thing! I always feel like it is getting better and try to read and fail and my eyes start hurting D:

  5. Yay for productivity! I hope it continues- maybe with a little more reading, but definitely keeping work and school first. :)
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    • Hehe, yeah, I probably shouldn’t work until eleven pm every night always, doesn’t seem entirely healthy long term!

  6. I’m definitely curious about your new feature. This seems to be the year for them and so many great ones are popping up. I just hope the new ones I’m working on, and the one I’ve already got going, compare. xD

    I’m glad that you’re back on track and you’ve found your even ground, Anya. [:
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  7. *gasps* Wait. It can’t be Sunday yet. It can’t be Sunday yet!! I need another day to work on my book!! *sniffles*

    I’m just teasing. ;) Glad to hear you had a productive week with school and TA work, btw! How’s your back feeling?

    I’ve started seeing coverage elsewhere for Seeker, so it’s gotten my attention, but I don’t really know much about it.

    • :-P I’m just giving you the chance to feel relieved when you realize you do still have another day!

      Back is feeling much better now that I have lovely narcotics to take care of it! Obviously not a long term plan, but good enough for now.

      Seeker is interesting so far. When I went to mark it on goodreads I saw a lot of negative opinions, so it’ll be interesting to see how the clash of lots of press and people not liking it goes >.>

  8. GOOD BOOKS THIS WEEK. Aww only 20 pages of ACOTAR? I haven’t read anything by SJM but i would be super excited for that book as well. AGAIN, FAIRYLAND. YAY. And Seeker, hmm, I’m looking forward to your thoughts on that one.
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    • HA, yes good books indeed! ;-) This is proof just how tired I was last week! I slept twelve hours each night this weekend though so I think I’m all better

  9. Yay for sorting out priorities! Though it sucks priorities often mean less reading time :/

    I just went to add The Glass Arrow to my TBR list and guess what, it’s already on there! I hope you enjoy it and can’t wait to see your thoughts :D And new feature?! I’m intrigued!

    • Sigh yes, being a responsible adult is SO annoying. I feel really good about being on top of work finally though I must admit. It has really turned around my mood towards grad school.

      Haha, I love when that happens, I suppose the NetGalley is for US only huh? :(

  10. I have Seeker on my TBR, but have stumbled upon more than a few negative reviews! I’m apprehensive about it now, I’m incredibly curious to see how it plays out for you! Have a wonderful week :)

    • Haha yeah, looking at the goodreads page of seeker is kind of shocking! I’m not minding the audiobook so far though, so maybe I’ll be the black sheep ;-)

  11. Yvonne Jefferson says:

    I can’t begin to tell you how jealous I am that you have an eARC of The Boy Who Lost Fairyland! I LOVE this series. I can hardly wait to read your review.

  12. Sounds like you had a productive week, although sad you didn’t got as much time to read. A Court of Thorns and Roses sounds interesting, but as I DNF’d Throne of Glass I am not sure whether to give this one a try. I wasn’t a fan of the authors writing style. Seeker sounds good as well. Hope you’ll enjoy your books!
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    • I just need like an extra two hours each day, is that really asking too much??

      So I really wasn’t a fan of Throne of Glass either, mostly because of Celaena, but I can say confidently that Maas’s writing has CLEARLY improved a lot since she wrote Throne of Glass and I haven’t been annoyed at all while reading A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m not seeing the OMG AMAZING writing that some people seem to experience, but it isn’t objectionable in any way so far.

  13. I’m getting really excited for A Court of Thorns and Roses. I hope you love it!
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