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Updates from the Lair 2/1/15

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!). 

Gah, I don’t know what to even write about this week. Mostly because I just finished Fairest and my brain is reeling quite a bit. And also because this week was crazy busy. It was the boy’s birthday on Tuesday so he took the day off work and drove into town so I could take him out to dinner and a movie! We finally saw Interstellar and yes it was indeed very good, haha. The boy thought it was kind of depressing so I feel bad for depressing him on his birthday, but I didn’t think it was depressing ;-). Other than that I have honestly just been working my butt off. I finally read a bit Saturday evening only because the boy is working twelve hour nights this weekend so I’m home alone and therefore must read :D.

My Week

FairestI found out last week that I could put a book on hold at my library even if it wasn’t out yet as long as it was in their system >.>. Therefore, I was able to snag Fairest on release day :D. I will be buying a copy for the collection, but I’m being good and putting those books on my birthday wishlist instead of impulsively buying them ;-). But like I said above, I just finished Fairest and it was really hard on my emotions but extremely well written and subtle. I highly recommend it to readers of the Lunar Chronicles; it is really more of a small but intregral part of the series than a novella that is optional.

SeekerI’ve been listening to Seeker on audio since I got the audio for review. I had originally thought I would end up skipping this one, but I’m happy I’m listening to the audio (after some initial technical difficulties >.>). The narrator is Scottish and has a lovely accent and so far I haven’t encountered anything that I dislike strongly enough to stop reading (there are a lot of not thrilled readers on Goodreads for this so I was worried). I will agree that you aren’t given a lot of information about the setting, but it makes sense to me given the age of the characters narrating and I’m pretty used to fantasy books that just throw you into things and it takes a while to get your bearing.

The Boy Who Lost FairylandThe Boy Who Lost Fairyland is SO CUTE! And wonderful and painful and gah my heart! It is painful because I am very affected by children being sad so whenever our main character Hawthorn expressing feeling sad and out of place because he’s a changeling, I just want to hug him and make him feel all better. I am thrilled to say that you can easily read this without having read the previous books (though you’ll want to then read the previous books because of awesomeness!). So pre-order now!

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

Next Week’s Reading

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

A Court of Thorns and Roses The Boy Who Lost Fairyland

Honestly for now it’s going to just be trying to finish my current reads, haha. I made a bit of progress on A Court of Thorns and Roses last week, but then Fairest intruded. I’m about halfway through The Boy Who Lost Fairyland so I’m hoping to finish that and get that review written for the blog tour coming up in a couple of weeks! I haven’t written a review in a while to be honest and really need to get back into the swing of things. I just don’t like writing them when I’m mentally tired since they don’t turn out as entertaining I think ;-). I’m hoping this evening will be a good chance to get some things written for the blog and work!

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. Happy birthday to your boy! I had to laugh at you saying you felt bad for depressing him on his bday XD I’m happy you enjoyed Fairest, even though it bruised your feels! And also glad you’re enjoying Fairyland #4 – I need to read the 3rd already so I can get to this one^^
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  2. I could’ve sworn I’d commented here earlier, but it looks like I forgot… Anyways, glad to hear you’ve enjoyed your current reads (for the most part) and that you had a good time with your fiance on his birthday. :)

    I know you finished Endsinger a while ago… Are you still planning to write a review for it?

    • I decided not to review Endsinger since I just couldn’t really get coherent thoughts together D: It was good, emotional, brutal, annoying at times, but overall a really good conclusion.

  3. Sounds like an emotional reading week! I’m still debating whether to start Fairest right now…

    Hopefully work will slow down and give you a little more time to chill out and relax. Take it easy! :)
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  4. I keep hearing that Fairest is twisted! I must admit, I had no intentions to pick it up because novellas rarely appeal to me, but the more and more I hear about it, the more curious I get o.O. Interstellar depressed me too. I agree with the boy. Especially when I saw it with my friend and she was like “oh yeah, I could see that happening within 5-10 years. I mean look at California, the drought is already pretty bad. Have you read X and X book by X who predicts essentially the same thing?”

    Snagging Fairest on release day! Clever you are. Yodi I am not. Sorry. Ahem. “But like I said above, I just finished Fairest and it was really hard on my emotions but extremely well written and subtle. I highly recommend it to readers of the Lunar Chronicles; it is really more of a small but intregral part of the series than a novella that is optional.” — Hrmmmmmm. :O I’ve read all the LC books and enjoyed them, usually don’t think of them as being super subtle despite being really enjoyable but now your description of Fairest is making me curious….

    ACOTAR!! Can’t wait to see what you think of that. And Fairyland!!! Soon, soon I will read the first book! “I haven’t written a review in a while to be honest and really need to get back into the swing of things.” — Me too. I got them scheduled and I’m ahead but I’m worried that when I need to write again I wouldn’t be able to. I hope that this week will result in less mental exhaustion for you! Happy reading!
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    • Fairest feels very much like a short novel in its own right instead of a novella so you might want to give it a try ;-).

      Haha, I guess I’m already depressed about the likely future of the planet so it wasn’t anything new?

  5. Andi @ Just a Broke Bookworm says:

    Fairest. Was. Amazing!! Also I really loved ACOTAR. It took a bit to get started on the real fun, but once it got started it did not let up! I’ll be interested to see what you think about it!

  6. FAIREST!! That’s one of the books it’s really hard not to break my buying ban for. I can’t wait to see your thoughts on it :D

    Being able to stay home and read just by youself can be the best thing. It’s what I’ve been enjoying most about my uni holidays XD I hope you have an awesome week of reading!
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    • Mwahahahaha! Yeah, I’m being good and just borrowed it from the library, pet that book, felt better, and will now wait to hopefully get a copy for my birthday, haha.

  7. My library has that feature too and I use it all the time! It’s wonderful. :D
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  8. That’s a great thing your library does! I need to see if my library does something similar, but I doubt it because they didn’t even put things on hold until very recently. The Lunar Chronicles have been on my TBR list for a while, but I haven’t been so interested in reading them lately. Is it possible to read Fairest without having read the rest of the series? Goodreads labels it as a 0,5, but those do require knowledge of the main series sometimes. Villains are often very interesting characters and Fairest looks much more interesting than the rest of the series.
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    • You could suggest it to them as a way to know which books will be most in demand :D

      You could read Fairest without reading the others, but you’ll miss a lot of subtle references to secondary characters that grow to be very important. I would really recommend reading the three books first and then Fairest :-/

  9. I can’t wait to read Fairest! I’m a little bummed that Winter has not come yet but I LOVE books that focus on the villain and give them some depth. I need to zip on over to my library and see what the hold situation is:). I am also reading Seeker and on the fence about it currently. I definitely don’t dislike it but it is a bit darker than I was expecting and perhaps wanting at the moment (not the book’s problem). However, I don’t feel lost at this point in the book and it does keep surprising me which is a good thing.
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    • Yeah the delay on Winter is unfortunate, but I do want it to be perfect so however long Meyer needs is okay ;-). How did you end up liking Seeker?

  10. I do want to read Fairest, but I am so behind in the series, I still need to catch up with Scarlet and Cress! And I love Valente, but haven’t read that series yet. I’ll have to try the first one at least!
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    • You definitely want to catch up before jumping into Fairest otherwise you’ll miss a lot of the subtle details that make it rock ;-)

      Omg yes you must try the first Fairyland book! Though it might cause addiction >.>

  11. Sounds like you had a busy week and congrats with your boy’s birthday. I have read a review of fairest this week which was pretty postive, but I haven’t started the series yet, although I do plan to. Glad to hear you’re enjoyign seeker. I hope you have a great week!
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  12. I need more from the Fairyland series. Loved the first book so much.
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  13. Nice snag on Fairest! I really should get to that series. I’m so behind!
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