Undying: Book Review

Undying was most certainly not the book to be reading during a global pandemic, but even without that it was not the follow up I was hoping for after Unearthed.
Rating: 2 Stars

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Darkdawn Spoiler Free GIF Reaction Post

Tomorrow I will be posting my spoiler free review of Darkdawn, but this book was such an experience that I felt it needed a reaction post. For the record, these GIF reactions are in no particular order and should not constitute spoilers as there is absolutely no context. However, if you consider me stating an emotion I had at some non specified point in the book a spoiler, well then turn back BEFORE ITS TOO LATE!

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April Book Haul

Yes, hi, how is it the end of April already? As much as I am flabbergasted at the general velocity of time (not sure if that makes sense but I’m running with it), I am very excited about the last day of April because I got a promotion at work and tomorrow is the first paycheck with the new promotion pay! THINK OF ALL THE BOOKS I’LL BE ABLE TO BUY!

Wait, no! Don’t think of all the books. Because as we are about to find out…I acquired far too many books this month.

The Graphic Novels

So, I’m not much of a graphic novel reader. I think the last one I read was the Firefly graphic novel about Shepard Book’s past (SO GOOD to finally get that knowledge) and that was yearssssss ago. But this month I watched The Umbrella Academy on Netflix and I just had to get my hands on the source material. I also grabbed the Steel Prince bind up from VE Schwab because apparently, I cannot stop giving that author my money.

The ARCs
  • DEV1AT3 by Jay Kristoff – I’ve already read this eARC and hot damn I loved it! I’ll have a full review up one month before publication, but if you want to read a fast, little ramble-y review (no spoilers!) check out my Instagram feed.
  • Soul of the Sword by Julie Kagawa – I may have audibly gasped when I got the approval for this eARC. It will be one of the first books I read in May because I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!
  • The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones – I actually just got the approval for this eARC this morning and I am DYING to read it! They invoked the name of Buffy in the synopsis, so I was sold on this one. I’m hoping to squeeze it into May somehow.
  • Beyond the Black Door by A. M. Strickland – This one I got a physical ARC of which makes me happy because it is so damn pretty I want to take pictures from like 99 different angles. Strickland co-wrote on of my favorite underrated sci fi novels, so I am very excited to jump into this one.
The purchases that prove I have no self-control…
  • A Question of Holmes by Brittany Cavallaro
  • A Gathering of Shadows Collector’s Edition by VE Schwab (see earlier comment about Schwab and my money)
  • An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim
  • Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte
  • The Pioneer by Bridget Tyler
  • The Psychology of Time Travel by Kate Mascarenhas
  • Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen
  • The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare
  • Wicked Saints by Emily Duncan
  • The Devouring Gray by Christine Lynn Herman
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee
  • Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

I was also lucky enough to get some book through Storygram Tours:

  • The Tiger at Midnight by Swati Teerdhala
  • The Rule of Many by Ashley and Leslie Saunders
  • Venators: Magic Unleashed and Venators: Promises Forged by Devri Walls

And here is the big confession:

I re-bought the entire Twilight Series.

Some of my #bookstagram friends are doing a reread of the series and I just couldn’t say no. I sold my copies ages ago (*shakes fist at past Kibby*) so I had to grab some cheap copies through Thrift Books. Not gonna lie, I am excited to revisit these books! There will always be a soft spot in my heart for cheesy high school vampire romance stories.

So…twenty-six books. Yikes! That makes my ratio for the month 9 read books to 26 acquired books. These are NOT the numbers I was hoping for. I’m going to try and make a big push for reading in May, so maybe I’ll final have a month where I read more than I acquire. Hopefully.

How was your month on the book buying front?

A Look Back at 2018 and a Look Forward to 2019

2018 was the year I truly immersed myself into the bookish community online. I gained traction with my #bookstagram account and started this blog. I learned the true value in books reviews and started reviewing regularly. I made more friends this year than I think I’ve ever made in my whole life. This was a year of so many books. So. Many. Books.

2018 Bookstagram Stats
Bookstagram Posts: 452
Likes Received: 138.8k (WHAT????? HOW???? WHAT????)
Followers Gained: 3,720 (Again, WHAT????? HOW???? WHAT????)

2018 Goodreads Stats
# of Books Read: 65. My goal was 100, so I obviously failed ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
# of Pages Read: 26,540
Shortest Book Read: Sugar Spells by Lola Dodge (270 pages)
Longest Book Read: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (1,248 pages)
My First Review of the Year: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (this was also my favorite read of the year!)
My Five Star Reads of the 2018 (not including rereads): Illuminae. The City of Brass, Queen of Air and Darkness, The Afterlife of Holly Chase, Kingdom of Ash, The Confectioner’s Guild, The Last Namsara, The Wicked King, LIFEL1K3, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Days of Blood and Starlight, Vicious

Looking at 2019, I have plans and goals. Which is not something I usually have. I’m aiming to continue my growth in the online bookish community because my first year here has given me such joy. But I also want to focus on my reading, because all my bookish social media focus has taken me away from actually reading. So, here are my bookish goals/resolutions:

  • Actually read 100 books – Last year, my Goodreads reading challenge was 100 books and I only got to 65. I am DETERMINED to not fail again. I’ll be trying to read more short stories and graphic novels this year, so that should hopefully help me hit my goal. I’ve also joined Beat the Backlist 2019, hosted over at NovelKnight, so that should also help keep me on track.
  • Lessen book buying and mostly read books that I already own – I just finished inventorying my owned books a couple hours ago. Of the 633 books I own, 398 are unread. That’s 63% darn percent unread! While I know I can’t truly topple my TBR, I can make a sizable dent in it if I curb my book buying.
  • Read more at home instead of re-watching Great British Bake Off for the hundredth time – I tend to do most of my reading during my lunch break at work. So that’s just under an hour, 5 days a week. While that is good, it’s not enough for me. I need to focus on reading again and turn off my darn TV.
  • Get better at reviewing – I’m new to the review game and I can tell that my reviews need work. I need to find my own style, my own voice, within my reviews. When I first started this blog I had the idea of audio reviews, but short ones, like a quick review/recommendation similar to how I’d recommend a book to a friend or someone asking about a particular book. Maybe I’ll start that up this year…

So, cheers to the new year and all the good things, bookish and not, that I hope it brings! And now, as is one of my resolutions, I need to go read!

In which I am not surprised it took me this long to do a first post…

Well, here we are. Darn near a month after starting my blog and I haven’t posted at all. But that all changes today, folks! Because here I am, posting things.

First, a bit of an introduction.

My name is Kibby and I am a bookaholic. I like reading books, sure. But I also love looking at them, photographing them, buying them in excess, and talking about them whenever humanly possible. I eventually found my way to #bookstagram, where I truly found my book people.

However, Instagram has a 2,200-character limit on captions, and as you’ll soon learn, I am wordy AF. If something can be said in 10 words, I’ll say it in 30 and probably go off on at least one tangent. Though, if I’m in a bad mood I communicate through glares and pointed silence. It’s all about balance with me. All of this is to say, I decided to start a blog to accommodate my desire for more space for my words.

So, what am I planning to do with this unlimited space for my wordiness? Reviews mostly, specifically reviews of Science Fiction and Fantasy books. A majority will be written reviews, but I’m hoping to do some audio reviews. Think of a quick rambling review, like how you’d do a review/recommendation to a friend or someone on the street who asked about a book you are reading. Side note: why don’t more random people who talk to me in public ask about books? I’m much more likely to converse if it’s about books.

Along with reviews, I am also hoping to help promote new books that fall into my preferred genres. My blog is small right now, but I have an ever growing #bookstagram account and I’ll be doing reviews/promotions tag team style with that account. I’ll be posting information about how I’ll take review requests, should any every come my way, in the near future. All I know is that right now I’m only taking SF/F books.

For good measure, there will also be random posts about Doctor Who (Where my Whovians at??), whatever TV show I am obsessing about, maybe some WIP snippets, and anything else I think may be interesting.

TL;DR: Basically, I’m Kibby. I like books. I’m going to talk about books. Maybe I can read your book. Books.

Until next time, which I swear will be sooner rather than later, I wish you a fantastic day and fantastic reading!

There’s something of the book about you…

I’ve been wanting to start a bookish blog for quite some time and today just happened to be the day I made the leap!

More content to follow soon! I just had to get it started so I would have a reason to stop putting this off.

I’ll have book reviews and lots of general bookish ramblings! In the mean time, if you have a #bookstagram account follow me at https://www.instagram.com/somethingofthebook/

“We’re all stories, in the end. Just make it a good one, eh?” – The Eleventh Doctor

– Kibby