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Updates from the Lair 3/16/14

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, my book haul for the week, books I added to my wish-list (sort of like Waiting on Wednesday), and what I’m thinking about reading next week (and would love your advice on!). 

This week was pretty crazy and quite an emotional roller coaster! Sorry for the vague tweets that then require people to vague reassuring tweet back D: On Wednesday I had a midterm (which went pretty well), then got news that my first paper was accepted to be published (huuuuuuuge exciting terrifying but really really awesome news), then went to the spine center to find out what we can do about my back. I’ve ripped a disc in my lower back, but it is a small rip that should heal on its own over the next few months. This is what has been causing the numbness and pain though since apparently the chemicals leaking from the tear are messing up the nerve next to it. I’ll be getting two rounds of steroid shots to bring down the inflammation and help the pain as it heals, woot. This also means that I can’t continue with the more strenuous exercise routine I was trying to start, which makes me sad. Now that the weather is getting better though, I’m going to try to walk a lot more, bring on the audiobooks :D.

My Week

A Turn of Light

So this week’s reading has been mostly dominated by A Turn of Light. I had some mad idea that I could get through it in a week and I was sourly mistaken. I started on Sunday last week and am just over halfway, which is depressing. It’s a really cool fantasy world, but so freaking slow. It is also primarily a story about a small village love triangle, so there are pages filled with getting the mill ready for harvest and writing love letters. I’m determined to make it through, but wow is it slow going.

The Shadow Prince

I also made the bad decision to start The Shadow Prince, which is another long book! I’m at about 35% and it is faster reading fortunately, but still 500 pages. It is also filled with tropes that are making me roll my eyes a bit. I’ll make it through once I can focus on it I’m sure, but it isn’t all that exciting.

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

Reports from Other Lairs

Check out Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday for the reviews and discussions I found this week!

Spoils and Tribute

Spoils and Tribute is a feature of On Starships and Dragonwings where I tell you about the books I’ve bought and received recently. I promise that I paid for all my spoils and I’m not letting the “tribute” go to my head ;-). I’ve decided to include it in my weekly updates since it’s part of the week. This is basically my version of Tynga’s Stacking the Shelves.



Ugh, sorry for the horrible picture. I was in a hurry to get on the road and didn’t realize how bad this one turned out D:. Anyway, I had been resisting buying new books (ie, not going into the bookstore) for two weeks and then there was a 50% release day sale on Night Broken so I kind of bought some stuff. I had even been sure that I would just walk in, pick up Night Broken and walk out and then I failed. I went to check out the YA used books to see if anything good was there and just couldn’t resist! The top book is Tropic of Serpents which I had to get, since ya know, dragons :D.

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Then my friend was cleaning out her ARC stash (she works at a bookstore so she gets a lot!), so these are the ones I grabbed. The first stack are older books that I might read some day when I become trapped in my apartment. Though I’m really hoping to read School for Good and Evil before the next one comes out! The second stack are upcoming ARCs. I’m really excited for the Glass Sentence, so will definitely hold on to that one, but would you be interested in any of the others being in a giveaway? Let me know and ones that are popular I’ll probably put into a giveaway.



Amber from Me, My Shelf and I was such a dear and sent me a copy of The Well’s End and I’m super excited to read that one! Then I got two unsolicited copies this week that I probably won’t be able to fit in. Has anyone read the first three books in Working God’s Mischief series by Glen Cook? And then the first one is a robotic mouse children’s book apparently? Thanks to Tor and Scholastic for the books!

Falls the Shadow Memory of Water

I’m really excited for both of these. It’s cool to see dystopian and post-apocalyptic stories taking some new and creepier directions :D.

Planning to Pillage

(i.e. the books I added to my wishlist this week)

The Darkest Part of the Forest

So when at the tour for Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Holly read a couple of paragraphs from a manuscript and I’m pretty darn sure it was this one. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this one all, it sounds awesome!!!

Snow Like Ashes

I’m always excited for new fantasy and this cover is making me drool a bit….

Next Week’s Reading

Earth Girl Stolen Songbird

Hopefully I’ll be able to finish the two long books I’m currently reading and be able to sneak these two in. I really need some shorter books after this past week and these two seem likely to be winners!

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. Have you already done tWoK and WoR giveaways? I keep checking the page, and it still doesn’t show a list of winners. Thanks!

  2. I have read the first of the Glen Cook series. It is real good,but incredibly dense. Not an easy read at all. Lot of names, lot of countries, a nice schism of a church (complete with duel popes). I want to read the next one, but got so far behind that I will be needing to reread the first again.

    Darn it, I am an epic fantasy guy. I need to get my name to a few more publishers.
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  3. Congrats on the finished midterm and the to-be-published paper! And you ripped a disc? Ouch. I didn’t even know you could rip them. But at least there’s a silver lining in more audiobook time while walking! :D

    Note to self: become best friends with a bookseller who regularly receives YA ARC’s. ;) But seriously, it looks like a great haul, and I can see at least a couple books in there I’ve been meaning to read (Born of Deception, House of Ivy & Sorrow, etc.).

    I hope you’re enjoying your week, relaxing and feeling better!

    • Yup, squishy tissue just like all the rest so it can rip if it’s pushed too far apparently :( Now I just need to actually get my butt walking this week, haha

  4. This is one amazing haul! Out of all of these the one I am probably most excited for Death Sworn – it looks so good. I hope you enjoy your books :) My STS.
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  5. So sorry to hear about you back! Hopefully it will heal in record time and you can get back to your exercising :) But in the meantime, enjoy those audiobooks!

    I’ve been trying to decide if I want to read Falls the Shadow – it sounds so incredibly amazing but at the same time horrifyingly creepy O_O

    *drools over Snow Like Ashes cover* I NEED IT

  6. Jenn @ A Glo-Worm Reads says:

    That’s a lot of books! I wish I owned a bookstore, it would be awesome!

    I hope you manage to get through your mammoth books! And that they are worth the read :)

  7. Nice haul! You have a TON of ARCs to read and review! A busy future is ahead of you!
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  8. Your blog is so cute! I see you got some amazing books that I’ve been dying to get my hands on! I really hope you enjoy all of them, I’ve heard so many great things about all of them. Happy Reading! Here’s my STS:

  9. Oh my goody goodness Anya you got a ton of amazing books this week! I can’t wait to see what you think of Death Sworn, and House of Ivy and Sorrow. Those are both on my wishlist. I also hope you enjoy The Assassin’s Blade as much as I did!

    Happy Reading =)
    Emily @ Falling For YA

    • I actually got a chance to read Death Sworn already and quite liked it :D

      I’m really excited for Assassin’s Blade since I’m listening to Throne of Glass currently and want to understand her references, haha

  10. UGH! Back issues are the worst! My sister has those and I don’t envy you at all :)
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  11. Congratulations on the successful midterm and getting your paper published, and I hope your back gets better soon. In addition to audiobook, may I recommend Welcome to Night Vale? I’m really behind the curve on it, but I love what I’ve listened to so far.
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