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Updates from the Lair 7/27/14

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!). 

Whew, I’m back from three weeks straight of traveling. I got back into town on Wednesday and went to a doctor’s appointment on Thursday for my back which was a bit depressing: I need another MRI because my EMG returned abnormal nerve responses in both legs and I need to go to another specialist an hour away for a surgery consultation. It sounds like I’m still a baffling case and my neurosurgeon doesn’t want to do anything until he is confident about what is actually going on (which is for the best really, ha). Since my back problems are apparently going to take much longer to fix than I planned, I’m refusing to continue sitting around and waiting to get better! I bought a FitBit and am going to start trying for 10k steps a day, but mostly just as many as I can depending on the day ;-). If you are on FitBit, please let me know so we can be friends, I love the community features so I want to join up with as many book friends as I can :D.

On another fun change note, I finally joined Instagram a few weeks ago mostly because of Pabkins wonderful FanArtUp feature ;-). If you’re on Instagram and I haven’t found you yet, let me know! I’m finding that it is a great place to post more frequent updates about what I’m reading and adding to my shelf, but also more of the personal life stuff that some of you have asked for ;-). So if you’ve ever wanted to know more about the mysterious girl behind the dragon, here is your chance!

My Week

Storm SirenMy main read this week has been Storm Siren! I would have finished it instantly if I had had time this week, but I’ve been even carrying the physical ARC in my purse to sneak in more reading time. The magic is wonderful and the world hints at a whole amazing depth. As long as the book and series delivers on the hints, I’m freaking thrilled. Also I absolutely need the hardcover since the map is a bit fuzzy in the ARC and I really want to see all the details >.>. Pre-order this book YA epic fantasy fans!

The Girl Who Circumnavigated FairylandI got The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making from the library finally and have read the first few chapters ;-). I realized that my brain wasn’t quite in shape for following all the intricate writing, so I’m taking it slow until I can get caught up on sleep, ha. But I adore the classic sort of middle grade where the character is young but the writing is very high level and beautiful!

AllegiantI have only be meh about this series, but I was determined to try to finish with Allegiant and had it downloaded on audiobook so I started that on my drive on Friday. And decided to DNF as soon as my drive was over. I’m so sorry to all the fans, but I really just wanted to know what was beyond the fence and then things got so anti-science and illogical that I couldn’t handle it. I also already know the BIG THING that happens, so I’m just not motivated to go any further. The one thing that could convince me is if there is a way better explanation of why the factions and serums were created after the first explanation, but it sounds like there isn’t? Feel free to email me to discuss this if you’d like to try to sway me ;-).

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!

Next Week’s Reading

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

The Mirror Empire City of a Thousand Dolls The Martian Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl

I finally have library books so I’m so excited to read some of them! I just got The Mirror Empire in the mail a week or two ago though and I was so so stoked about it as soon as I heard, so I’m going to try that I think. I’ve heard, however, that it is some heavy reading material and I’m worried my painkiller-muddled brain won’t be able to handle it. What do you think, should I still try this week? The other three are library books that I’m so pumped to finally get to. I snagged the sequel to City of a Thousand Dolls so I of course need to try out the first book! I’ve also been hearing SO MUCH about The Martian from even non-blogger reading friends, so I have to try ;-). Finally, my reading canary Pabkins loved Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl so I’m ridiculously intrigued. Covers link to Goodreads so go add them and then tell me which to start with!

Happy Reading!

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings – Anya

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  1. I’ve just joined Instagram too, so I’ve followed you :) I’m trying to use it as a way to share some more personal, life stuff as well, although I’m still trying to figure out exactly what balance I want between person and blog pictures.
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  2. I see so many people trying to 10k steps in a day, and all I can think is that doing that would require me to walk for about 3 straight hours at my usual walking pace. Or maybe not all at once, but over the course of a day. And that’s a lot of walking! I’ve tried this before, when I was working, and the only way I could even come close was by getting the bus only partway to work and then walking the rest of the way, combined with walking all the way home from work later. And even then, that wasn’t enough steps to meet the 10k quota. Having an office job really blows for trying to fit in physical activity!

    don’t have a FitBit, but I do have a pedometre. I should really see how many steps I do take in an average day. Around 3k at the moment, I believe, but that number jumps a fair bit whenever I go for a walk to the grocery store. :p

    By the way, I think you’ll adore “The Mirror Empire.” It’s a freaking good book; I loved it!

    • Yeah, you definitely have to consciously add in more walking if you have a desk job. I figure once I get back to a regular routine, I should throw in an evening walk anyway ;-)

  3. Yes yes yes read Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl, I hope you love it!

    I am so glad I never decided to read Divergent, I think I am the only person I know who hasn’t lol.
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    • Haha, I wanted to see what all the hype was about, but have been meh about the whole series, so I’m glad I’m done! I’ll watch the movie probably though, since it’s less time commitment ;-)

  4. I am looking forward to your reviews of next weeks books :) Have a wonderful week!
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  5. I hope your doctors figure things out soon. It sounds like things are staying painful in the meanwhile, but maybe the exercise will help. :) And at least you’re in the midst of reading some cool books! I won’t try to talk you into picking up Allegiant again. I haven’t read Divergent and don’t really have an desire to start the series.
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  6. I’m sorry to hear that your back problems are continuing. Hopefully the doctors will figure out what the deal is soon! *hugs*

    First, I’m excited and jealous that you’re reading Storm Siren xD I’ve requested it but haven’t heard back. I guess I’ll have to live vicariously through you and your review for now ;-) Also, THRILLED that you’re reading Fairyland!! It’s definitely not a light read, despite being MG. Not one to be read fast or while your brain isn’t completely in it haha. I look forward to your review for that one too! Oh and I don’t blame you one bit on the Allegiant call. I *had* enjoyed Divergent way back, but Insurgent was more hit and miss. And then Allegiant was just a complete hot mess. Better to save yourself the trouble and move on to something worth the read ;-D
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    • I ended up loving Fairyland soooo much! Once I got used to the writing, I had no troubles, I think it just wasn’t quite what I first expected ;-)

  7. So glad to hear you’re enjoying Storm Siren! It’s on my list to review for August and now I’m super excited!

  8. The Mirror Empire is phenomenal, but it’s not light reading. You may want to wait on that one until you’re less medicated. ;)
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    • Hehe, I’m either getting used to the drugs or can’t remember what normal brain functionality is so I think I’ll give it a try soon!

  9. I can not wait to get my hands on Storm Siren!!! I’m so stoked it’s living up to the hype!!! I think if you’re brain is addled like mine is right now, you should read the Martian. I heard fantastic things about it, too and it’s supposed to be funny, not too heavy (?). It’s on my list to read!!!! :)

    Have a great week!!
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    • I loved the first few sentences of the Martian that I’ve read so I completely agree, I will be getting to it very soon I think ;-)

  10. I’m so sorry about your back problems :-( I hope they figure out what is causing you so much pain.

    I’ve yet to read Allegiant too. I’ve been putting it off for so long I don’t know when I’ll get around to it. I was so excited for it too. Oh well. At least I own it so if I ever get the urge I’ll read it.

  11. I hope things with your back are going to be all right. Great books and hopefully you had a nice time traveling!
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