Ultimate Blog Tour Book Review: Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Title: Shards of Earth
Authors: Adrian Tchaikovsky
Length: 592
Book Type: Ebook > Kindle
Publisher: Tor ((Publishing May 27th, 2021))
Obtained: Ultimate Blog Tour > NetGalley
Disclaimer: A copy of this ebook was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Amazon: amazon.com/dp/B08HLPZY6X
Goodreads: goodreads.com/book/show/55437088-shards-of-earth

This read was part of the Ultimate Blog Tour for Shards of Earth hosted by Dave over at TheWriteReads. A major thank you to the publisher, Tor, and author for allowing me to participate in this tour and for providing me with a copy!


Praise for Adrian Tchaikovsky:

‘Brilliant science fiction’ – James McAvoy on Children of Time 
 
‘Full of sparkling, speculative invention’ – Stephen Baxter on The Doors of Eden 
 
Shards of Earth is the first thrilling instalment in the Final Architecture trilogy – by the Arthur C. Clarke award-winning novelist Adrian Tchaikovsky.

Blurb:

This high-stakes space-based adventure will be perfect for those who loved Children of Time, also by Adrian Tchaikovsky. 
 
The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . . 
 
Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers. 
 
Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans such as Idris – who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete. 
 
Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it. 

Review Summary:

A fantastic and exhilarating space opera. The first book and the entry to the The Final Architecture trilogy, this book grabbed my attention quick and its claws didn’t let me go until the very last page where I sorrowfully craved for more. With a very deep and impressive layout of world and lore, there is so much to explore in Shards of Earth. Multiple different species, factions, religions and extremist groups within those factions, different worlds, different nations, armies and governing bodies, and so much more. The characters are fantastic; a galaxy left to throw different forms of small “found family” groups together; blood families a thing hard to hold down. This book was a book of nonstop adventure and trouble. While there’s the ever looming danger of the original destructive Architect, to add to the mix during present time, there are gangs, extremists and radical parties, cults, governing bodies, you name it. Idris and the rest of the Vulture God never get a chance to breath and thus, ensuring that the reader will not either.

You’ll pick this book up.

And you won’t put it back down.

Main Review:

Shards of Earth is the first book in the The Final Architecture trilogy. An exhilarating space opera, sci-fi, this first book did not fail me with its impressive lore, world, and nonstop action. There are so many different worlds, civilizations, species, and even different factions and religions amongst those said species. There’s different nations and armies. There’s species that barely manage to live together, their relationships held together by the threat of the Architects potential return or others that live and work together through lease contracts. The concept of blood families are few to find and rag tag groups like our main cast isn’t so uncommon. This book is everything and has everything; like a giant mega sundae with all the possible toppings and then some. Gummy bears, anyone?

The book starts out with a prologue, a bit of history introducing you to two of the main characters, Solace and Idris, a soldier and a navigator as they are set to confront the Architect before it destroys another planet, “beautifying” it, and others, by its own standard, reconstructing it to be the titular illustration’s signature bloom.

1 prologue and a few chapters in, I was already quickly drawn into the world. It’s immense and right off the bat, it feels like there’s already a million things thrown at you. I was overwhelmed, at first, with all the names of different species (and some species, the fragments of mankind, even had factions), different worlds, ship names and station names, nations and armies. To my joy, there’s a glossary towards the back along with a timeline of the events that take place before and after the first Architect attacks! I flipped to that part of the book a good deal during the first half of reading.

The cast was probably one of my favorite parts of the book; my favorite starting with Idris and then Solace following close by. Idris because I feel like he’s a cinnamon roll in need of protection and Solace because she’s like 10 levels of badassery (not to say the rest of the Vulture God were even remotely any less badass) There’s a small family kind of bond between the Vulture God crew. Everyone’s got their jobs to do and everyone plays a role on the ship. There’s a mixture of humans and nonhumans onboard from hivers to crab-like creatures. There’s no end to the diversity of the characters, main group or otherwise. 

And there’s no end to adventure, action, and trouble.

Because then there’s the antagonists of the story and it’s not just limited to the Architects; the moon sized behemoth of an entity that can restructure a planet. There’s different factions of men, radical and extremist groups, unwelcoming worlds, scary wildlife, and religious cults involved [and heck, throw in multiple different governments as well]; as if an end-of-the-world creature isn’t enough to worry about. The enemies here are just as well put together as the characters are. They’re relentless and terrifying and they’re strong. 

This book is action packed (and even then, it’s a bit of an understatement). There’s plenty of things happening and I feel like the crew (and thus the readers) just never get a chance to breath. The plot is never too slow or too quick. If there’s a fight, you will really be looking at a fight! There’s pages and pages of action and even running. At the end of the day, it’s not even about who wins anymore. It’s about who survives.

The beginning of the book is a bit slower than the latter half because it’s mostly setting up the stage. We get to know the history of Idris, we get to see how the crew goes about their lives on their usual jobs doing what spacers do in space, and then towards the middle things start to happen and everything picks up. By the time the last few scenes hit, my jaws have already dropped and I didn’t close them or the book until I reached the last page. 

By the time the beginning slowly reeled you in and captivated you, grabbing at your attention bit by bit, you’re stuck and it’s only a tall roller coaster drop from there and on. The action and the events Just. Don’t. Stop. It keeps going and going until you’re frantically flipping through. There’s no break for Idris and his gang so there’s no break for you. Might as well grab another cup of tea and keep reading. Who cares if you have to wake up early for work tomorrow? 

It’s the first time I’ve ever read any Tchaikovsky books and as someone who grew up not particularly enjoying space opera (in films/movies) I wasn’t expecting to love this book. I only went in because I was starting to become buddy buddy with one of my new favorite genres, sci-fi. As it turns out, it’s an adventure like none other. I’ll definitely be checking out his other works as I eagerly await the next part of this tale because as soon as that comes, I’m jumping into that ship. 

If you love sci-fi with multiple species, behemoth entities that humans have no possible chance against, intergalactic life, space battles (and cool space guns) and ships going through another dimension/space to fast travel, and a little lot bit of politics thrown in, you’ll absolutely eat through this book. 

A great first space opera for me! 5 cups of Joe from me!

Thanks for stopping by and reading!

5 Stars

About the Author

((from http://shadowsoftheapt.com/about-the-author ))

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed Shadows of the Apt fantasy series, from the first volume, Empire In Black and Gold in 2008 to the final book, Seal of the Worm, in 2014, with a new series and a standalone science fiction novel scheduled for 2015. He has been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and a British Fantasy Society Award. In civilian life he is a lawyer, gamer and amateur entomologist. 

First Line Friday

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

It’s Friday! I have a lot to do this weekend and hoping to squeeze some reading in, but after finishing a big book, I feel more than motivated again. My reading slump has been lifted! Right on time too!

This week’s lines come from a paperback book I have in my mini book shelf next to my bed that I lovingly call and use as a nightstand. I have zero idea where this book came from because I have no recollection of buying it, but it’s been on my shelf forever and I keep meaning to read it…eventually.

This Week’s Lines:

” ‘You’re here, aren’t you, to tell us everything we do wrong?’
Prison Superintendent Shaukat Abbas posed his words as a question but the irritated tone of this voice made it clear they were an accusation. Abbas leaned back in a shabby office chair behind a worn, gunmetal-gray desk inside the drab, institutional walls of the warden’s office at the provincial prison and lit a Morven Gold cigarette. He did not offer one to the guest seated before him.”

Enjoyed that preview? This week’s book is…

Duplicity (Brooke Grant #1) by Newt Gingrich and Pete Earley

Blurb

The greatest nightmare for the free world today would be a master terrorist hiding somewhere, controlling and coordinating radical Islamic groups at the highest level around the globe.

In Duplicity, the newest thriller from former Speaker of the House and bestselling author Newt Gingrich, such an invisible hand overseeing havoc worldwide plays a major role. Gingrich has teamed with former Washington Post reporter and bestselling author Pete Earley to create a highly plausible mix of domestic and global action in this ripped-from-the-headlines thriller.

And of course, it’s set during an American presidential election.

When President Sally Allworth decides to reestablish America’s Mogadishu embassy in Somalia weeks before Election Day, her challenger says she is playing politics with American lives. That turns out to be true when the embassy is attacked and hostages are taken. Embassy station chief Gunter Conner and Marine captain Brooke Grant end up the unlikely survivors of this Benghazi-style attack. Suddenly, they are the only hope for saving their captured colleagues.

The firestorm of drama is compelling, set off by the intersection of Washington power and politics, a fragile third-world Islamic country, and Somali Americans here at home.

Only Newt Gingrich’s unique in-depth knowledge of the political realities of friend and foe could weave such a spellbinding tale of events and personalities, one that could actually happen . . . if America’s leaders aren’t wary of a world full of Duplicity.

Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky- Ultimate Blog Tour Spotlight

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Hello lovely people!

Today’s my stop on the Ultimate Blog Tour hosted by The Write Reads for Shards of Earth by Adrian Tchaikovsky! A major thank you to Tor and the author for providing me with an ecopy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I’m just about done with the book and loving it so far. I’ve already shed my first tears over certain events and any book that gets me to cry is a good book in my opinion.

Blurb (Goodreads)

The war is over. Its heroes forgotten. Until one chance discovery . . .

Idris has neither aged nor slept since they remade his mind in the war. And one of humanity’s heroes now scrapes by on a freelance salvage vessel, to avoid the attention of greater powers.

Eighty years ago, Earth was destroyed by an alien enemy. Many escaped, but millions more died. So mankind created enhanced humans ­such as Idris – who could communicate mind-to-mind with our aggressors. Then these ‘Architects’ simply disappeared and Idris and his kind became obsolete.

Now, Idris and his crew have something strange, abandoned in space. It’s clearly the work of the Architects – but are they really returning? And if so, why? Hunted by gangsters, cults and governments, Idris and his crew race across the galaxy as they search for answers. For they now possess something of incalculable value, and many would kill to obtain it.

First Impressions

I’m about 60% of the way through, not there to make the full impression yet, but enough to catch the right idea. I went into this book thinking it’s time I tackled one of my least favorite subgenres, space opera. I did grow up with Star Wars and was alright with it, but nothing about it ever struck me as outstanding enough to catch my attention. I especially didn’t care of the spaceships and interplanetary travels at least at least until Shards of Earth. I’m loving what I’m reading so far. The lore has been amazing, despite a bit overwhelming at first. I think my biggest impression of this book right now is that it’s been such a great read so far that I’m a little fearful my review isn’t going to do it any justice!

I’m intending on using the last day of my current PTO break to finish the last chunk of this book and I can’t wait to see how the remaining 40% will be like. So far, Shards of Earth has not disappointed me and I’m not expecting that feeling to taper anytime soon.

Life in Books Book Tag

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Happy Thursday! I was tagged by the lovely Kimberly over at My Bookish Bliss to do the Life In Books book tag. It’s been a while since I took part in a book tag so I couldn’t wait to play along! Enjoy my list and go check out Kimmie’s too!

If you know who the original creator of this book tag is, let us know! We’d love to give them their proper credit ♥

1] Find a book for each of your initials.

My initials are EC.

E – Eragon by Christopher Paolini
C – Children of the River by Linda Crew

2] Count your age along your bookshelf – what book is it?

My physical shelf isn’t the most impressive. It’s mixed in with nonbook items and literally an entire shelf dedicated to just journals and notebooks. By the time I reached my age, I got: Buried Prey by John Sandford over at my tiny second shelf…across my room!

3] Name a book set in your city/country.

My favorite book set in New York City is one I read as a kid, one of the Dear America diary books. We never learned about this in school, not even in history class, but it did pop up in a Women’s History course I took in uni and to my shock, nobody knew about this event because it was one of those historical fiction events that really stuck with me because it was terrifying and truly sad.

4] Name a book that represents a destination you’d love to travel to.

I’m not particularly adventurous, physically. I rather sit in a garden and lounge (at home) and read. But, I have always wanted to visit England so for this book, I chose a Sherlock Holmes book.

5] Name your favorite childhood book.

I think I used this and question 7’s books in one of my posts from last week (Books of My Childhood), but I think it comes down to Corduroy and A Little Princess. I’d have to give this question to Corduroy as my all time favorite because it was part of ESL class and were it not for ESL, I wouldn’t be able to read any books in English!

6] Name a book that’s your favorite color.

I love a lot of colors and they change everyday! For this post, I’m feeling very green and a green book on my shelf is from back when I had a huge love of botany back in HS.

7] Which book do you have the fondest memories of?

I used to say that I wouldn’t mind losing all my books if I could just keep this one. I don’t re-read books often but I re-read A Little Princess over and over so it’s pretty precious to me. I think it was just especially important to me because my mother taught me how important an imagination is and this book focused so heavily on turning to imagination during hard times.

8] Which book did you have the most difficulty reading?

Definitely Glen Cook’s Black Company. So much so, that I will eventually have to go back and read book 1 again (I have the omnibus and only made it through the first book so far) because by the end of it, I had no idea what is happening, no idea what happened, and couldn’t understand what I just read. I know that it was a pretty good book so I will have to go and give it a second chance. Soon or later…

9] Which book in your TBR pile will give you the biggest accomplishment when you finish it?

I generally stick to 290 – 490 paged books so I’d have to give this one to The way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, the biggest book on my shelf.

That’s all for this tag! I had a great time doing it (and tags) again and hope that you enjoyed my list too! I had a hard time deciding between my favorite book and the most fondest book, but I’m always down for a little challenge.

I’m going to tag: Pam, Allona, Colleen, Haadu, and Ashley!

I Am Not A Wolf [Book Review]

2021, Book Reviews, By Year

Title: I Am Not a Wolf
Authors: Daniel James Sheehan (Author), Sage Coffey (Illustrations)
Length: 208 pages (Print); 4 Hours and 28 Minutes
Book Type: Audiobook
Narrated by: Jay Aaseng
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Obtained: NetGalley
Disclaimer: A copy of this audiobook was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions are my own.

Goodreads Blurb

Life is good! You have a job, an apartment in a nice part of town, and an online dating profile that’s recently yielded as many as three matches. From the outside, it would appear you’re a human man that has all the trappings of a stable and functional life. But you also have a secret. You’re not a human man at all. You’re a wolf.

Assume the role of one of nature’s greatest predators, just barely maintaining a fake identity as a part of the human workforce. Each choice you make in this interactive story is crucial to your survival and, more importantly, your burgeoning career in the corporate world. Will you navigate water-cooler gossip without arousing suspicion? Can you go on a date without bringing up how much you love ham? Or is it perhaps time to throw this human life to the wind and return to the woods from whence you came? These choices and many more await you in this story about trying to find your place in a world that barely makes sense to you.

Review

I really enjoyed my last audiobook because I was able to complete a book while folding clothes, taking a walk, and even gaming. I could indulge in a separate hobby while not neglecting my reading hobby and I could work while reading without actually reading. It was like a podcast but with a book! I enjoyed it so much that I went back to NetGalley and found myself another audiobook under the listen now tab.

I was able to finish this one in a a few hours, but that was just one ending. I went back multiple times to see all the different outcomes because there’s more than one.

I Am Not A Wolf is a hilarious choose your own adventure satire piece of the corporate world and human society from the point of a wolf not wolf. Hilarity ensues only a few moments in when the narrator speaks as the wolf for the first time and I bursted out in laughter because it was the funniest thing I’d ever heard. It was this awkward mixture of a wolf pretending to be a man, but failing so obviously miserable but it’s okay! We live in a society where being different is practically the norm now and generally speaking, you might find that if you’re too different, you actually have a better time mingling in with the general crowd and attract less attention. Think about it, if I saw a man looking like a wolf, I’d just assume that he was just…super duper into animal cosplay. I see plenty of strange people, here in the big city, so another strange person wearing a wolf costume underneath a business suit is just another drop in the bucket.

There are also themes of the corporate world and its absurdity of being just a few minutes late to work or requesting someone to come work on the weekends, but praising it in a way so that were you to reject it, you’d feel guilty (“You’d be such a rockstar if you could come in.”) Then there’s the norm of making sure you don’t call out your boss on their mistakes, even if they are in the wrong, those civil small talk conversations that always revolve around the same few topics. fighting to come into work despite being previously out sick and feeling guilty about taking those PTO or sick days and wanting to prove yourself useful again.

The dialogue and story here is pure gold as you have a wolf contemplating about the human world, things like how you have to work a 9-5 weekday job just to afford a weekend off to go do what he used to do for free (sleeping outside, “AKA camping”). There’s so many little notes in this book that pokes fun about how corporations and humans (mostly humans) work, specifically from the viewpoint of a wolf.

As a choose your own adventure, at the end of each chapter, the audiobook will tell you to turn to a specific chapter such as “If you wish to take the bus, go to chapter 2,” or “If you would like to use a rideshare app, go to chapter 5.” The choices you make will affect the next part of the story and can influence your ending, so it’s fun to really think your actions through and through.

The only small nuance about the audiobook version would be that, unlike the paper and Kindle versions where you’re already constantly engaging with your book anyways, the audiobook will have you constantly picking up your phone, unlocking it, and then choosing your chapter. It differs from other audiobooks in that way because usually I could be cleaning or walking around without having to interact with my phone (especially useful if your phone is zipped up in a purse while you’re commuting). Still, it’s a small little thing and it doesn’t really phase me because I generally have my phone on my desk, next to me, anyways.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It’s brilliant and it’s genius. It’s quirky and so unique. I’ve read a handful of choose your own adventure styled books as a kid so this book really brings me back to my childhood. Of course, though, it’s still my first ever choose your own adventure audiobook!

The narrator did a terrific job with this book. His voice for the wolf threw me off and I played it over and over the first time the wolf spoke. Each time he opens his mouth to speak, it somehow only gets more and more funny. I absolutely adored Jay Aaseng’s narration because it fit the characters so well.

A wonderful and short little read that you can (and are definitely encouraged to) re-read over and over because not only do you want to experience a different ending, you want to see how the story unfolds if you were to take that other choice. Some of the choices are small, but they ultimately affect how the rest of the day goes and it all adds up eventually. An unforgettable read and experience in which I loved every single part of it; the humor, the dialogue, the inner and more complex analysis of human nature and corporate society. Everything in this book was amusing and perfect and I am truly amused.

Quotes

“You are a wolf, but this is something the world can’t know. Some people aren’t ready to know. Some aren’t willing to understand, but most are just terrified of wolves for some reason. You’ve spent much of your life integrating into human society. You have a job, an apartment, several online dating profiles, and a terrible roommate.”

“In fact, you’ve found that the more someone stands out, the more people tend to leave them alone.”

“You are an entry level graphic designer at this rapidly growing start-up company and you’ve earned it. Most humans would have been discouraged by the almost never ending unpaid internships you endured to get here.”

5 Stars

First Lines Friday

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First Lines Friday

First Lines Friday is a weekly book meme hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

Hoooo boy! This week has been a true, trying and tough one, but alas…the weekend is here! And before we can enjoy a nibble of this corporate world treat of ours, let’s take a look at this week’s First Lines Friday around a book in which one of the themes…is about this corporate society we humans live in.

The review for this book will be dropping tomorrow 😉

This Week’s Lines:

You’re scare. You knew today was coming, but you thought it would be easier to do what needs to be done. You thought you’d find yourself overwhelmed with adrenaline and ready to complete the task at hand. You know nothing happens without hard work. Your mother used to say that the only guarantee any living thing has is that each moment of its life will be spent in a desperate fight to justify its existence.”

Enjoyed that preview? This week’s book is…

I Am Not a Wolf by Dan Sheehan

Blurb

Life is good! You have a job, an apartment in a nice part of town, and an online dating profile that’s recently yielded as many as three matches. From the outside, it would appear you’re a human man that has all the trappings of a stable and functional life. But you also have a secret. You’re not a human man at all. You’re a wolf.

Assume the role of one of nature’s greatest predators, just barely maintaining a fake identity as a part of the human workforce. Each choice you make in this interactive story is crucial to your survival and, more importantly, your burgeoning career in the corporate world. Will you navigate water-cooler gossip without arousing suspicion? Can you go on a date without bringing up how much you love ham? Or is it perhaps time to throw this human life to the wind and return to the woods from whence you came? These choices and many more await you in this story about trying to find your place in a world that barely makes sense to you. 

Retro Thursday: See You At Harry’s Review

2021, Book Reviews, By Year

I’ve only had Cozy with Books for a little over a year but I’ve read many books before that and soooo…

Retro Thursday is where I go back to all the books I read prior to my blog and do a review…retrospectively!

Title: See You At Harry’s
Authors: Jo Knowles
Length: 320
Book Type: Physical > Paperback
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Obtained: School Book Fair

Blurb

Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she’s not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn’t know he’s gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there’s Charlie: three years old, a “surprise” baby, the center of everyone’s world. He’s devoted to Fern, but he’s annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn’t for Ran, Fern’s calm and positive best friend, there’d be nowhere to turn. Ran’s mantra, “All will be well,” is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it’s true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.

Review

A part of me thought that doing this review is kind of hard because when I read this it was probably back in 2014…for goodness sakes, it was so old, I had obtained this book at the high school book fair! I’ve gone and graduated college for a good few years now! And yet…the emotions I felt in this book are still so raw and so real. I still remember the overall plot. I still remember the empty and aching feeling in my chest. This book was one of the first books that made me bawl my eyes out (as discreetly as I could because I was at school!) I picked it up during a lunch break and was done by the time the final school bell rang, but not before annihilate many boxes of tissues.

The characters and the grief felt in the family is so real and so tragic. It felt even more real because at that time, I was still part of the family restaurant business and I understood and connected so well to that feeling of being busy and not always getting the proper attention of the parents, but that the parents were also doing their best to mind their children. Nobody is perfect, not in these fictional characters and not in real life. There’s the doing homework while the phone rang, the helping out where you could help until you were old enough to part-time at the store, the bustle of restaurant life, the family business whom the patreons grew to adore the children of.

All of the characters were amazing and Harry was absolutely a delight; a sweet and innocent child that just glows! The book goes through tragedy separately, as characters, and then together. Nearly all the characters grew and had their own stories within this book; their own hurdles to cross as they overcome other challenges in their personal lives.

This book is unforgettable because after all these years, I can still recount the vivid emotions that this book brought me. Heart wrenching and then heart warming, Jo has spun a beautiful tale that lasted me all these years and never has quite let me go; a true rollercoaster of a story that focuses on the family, tragedy and grief, and love.

WWW Wednesday

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WWW WEDNESDAY IS A WEEKLY MEME HOSTED BY SAM OVER AT TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS.

The Three Ws Are:
What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

What Are You Currently Reading?

Last week’s WWW current reads is the same as this week’s. Though had you given me this morning, I’d have three instead of two reads.

I’ve got a decent amount of time until my stop on the tour, but that’s a trap. I made the same mistake when I used to say “finals are still a month away” when it ought to be “finals are only a month away” 😂

Time sneaks by too quickly to be this lenient with my reading progress.

My current reads for this week are still “Shards of Earth” at 20% progress and “The Sheriff” at ~40% progress.

What Did You Recently Finish?

My biggest accomplishment this week is finishing two books; albeit one was pretty short and the other was one I started a long long time ago and snailed my way through. I read “I Am Not A Wolf” and “Bibliomysteries Volume 1” this week, both audiobooks from NetGalley’s Listen Now section.

What Do You Think You’ll Read Next?

I’m still intending to read “River Queens: Saucy Boat, Stout Mates, Spotted Dog, America by Alexander Watson” next. But, recently, I’ve fallen in love with audiobooks and, if I find any more good ones on NetGalley, I may very well add it to this list.

Music Monday

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My first Music Monday will be featuring one of the anime songs that I never grow tired of!

Kekkai Sensen’s first ending song!

Since I first watched this anime, I’ve seen countless renditions of this ending from Pokemon to Haikyu!! and I love each of them.

Music Monday is a weekly meme created and hosted by Drew over at The Tattooed Book Geek.


I’ve gotten used to this super-natural-cataclysm-like madness that I mistake this daily life for peace
Shaken around by the rambling coaster, what is the thing I can’t lose sight of?

Swallowed by the concept of fundamental equality, it feels like even my heart is an et cetera
I hate you, I love you; if you don’t speak out clearly, you’re no different from a doll

Some in the crowds of people moving through the night city streets seem happy and others seem lonely
The contrast skips around the music staff, and turns into song and rhythm

Marmalade & sugar song, peanuts & bitter step,
It’s sweet and bitter and my head seems to be spinning around.
Let’s head for south-southwest and keep the party going on, it will be a night to amaze the whole world
I feel fantastic; form a chain and reflect

Jostled by the reasoning of probabilistic rationality, would our music be reduced to just a tool?
Turn this way, don’t turn your back on me; although that’s not really a sound argument

When the festival music ends, some are still excited and some happen to burst into tears
They’re probably the same, but to put it into words would be the silly

Saying this is the best, sugar song; saying this is happiness, bitter step.
Project the reasons we can’t die over there
Even if you regret, tomorrow will still come at the same speed
When the mental weather forecast update is done

Someday, even if madness holds its breath,
Someday, even if reasonings lose their meaning,
Feeling song & step, the way our sound keeps on ringing out
Is the proof that shows we are what we are, QED!

Marmalade & sugar song, peanuts & bitter step,
Project the reasons we have to live on over there
The north-northeast lies behind; we can be proud the of distance we’ve come

Let’s keep on amazing the entire world.

Marmalade & sugar song, peanuts & bitter step,
It’s sweet and bitter and my head seems to be spinning around.
Let’s head for south-southwest and keep the party going on, it will be a night to amaze the whole world
I feel fantastic; form a chain and become the reflection
Goes on; fun leaves, hardship leaves and fun comes again!

Translations and source: https://www.animesonglyrics.com/blood-blockade-battlefront/shugaa-songu-to-bitaa-suteppu

Sunday Wrap Up

Tea Corner (Blog)

Week of May 3 – May 07

I try my best to post once a week, but when I’m in a reading slump, that number could go down to as low as maybe once per 2 or 3 weeks. Posting two days in a row is already a miracle so when I posted last Monday’s post, I had zero intentions of trying to go for a string. It wasn’t until Wednesday that I saw I had a streak going (WordPress was the one who told me) and I figured…I might as well try to make it through to a week!

So…TA-DA! My 7th post in a row. I’m probably not going to pull that stunt in a while 😂 (maybe for blogmas…)

This week in life:

Work and Reading

I’m making steady-ish progress with a backlog of books at home and a backlog of tasks at work. Progress is progress and I can’t complain! I managed to stick to a schedule for pages/percentages for two of my current books. I made it to two days before I dropped one of them to make further progress in the other and eventually dropped both to finish up a [long-deserved] audiobook. I picked them both up yesterday after finishing the review for said audiobook.

Gaming: SOS:PoOT

I also purchased the new Story of Seasons: Pioneers of Olive Town a little while back. Harvest Moon (now Story of Seasons [the one I grew up with, not the current Harvest Moon garbage that’s putting the series name to shame] ) is a game series that I grew up with. I loved Pokemon and Fire Emblem, yes, but there’s no cartridge collection I own more of than Harvest Moon. Still…I’ve never particularly succeeded in playing Harvest Moon without a guide. While I await that and seeing as I’m waiting on the monthly DLC releases anyways…I picked up ANOTHER game: Astral Chain.

Gaming: Astral Chain and Vindictus

And I’d like to blame Astral Chain for me being lazy and not reading. So far, I’m only in File 04, but it’s just such an amazing game with beautiful graphics and so much to explore that I was drawn in and held captive by the game. And, as always, of course, I spend at least an hour a day logging into Vindictus for my Gremlin event. It’s a MMORPG that I’m not sure many people know about, but maybe if I shout into the void enough, another fan might hear and shout back.

I mean look at the graphics!

This week in current reads:

Shards of Earth: I’m making steady progress with Shards of Earth. I went in and felt a little overwhelmed in the first few pages. I’m still just a little lost, but things are starting to fall into place for me.

The Sheriff: I’m also reading The Sheriff but while I had originally planned only a few pages a day (I usually don’t read multiple books at once given my lack of time) I ended up easily flying through it. Progress isn’t stellar and amazing in by any bookish means, but I’m way ahead of schedule on it. I may even just ditch Shards of Earth, for a day or two, and just quickly go through The Sheriff.

This week in posts:

Monday the 4th: Books of My Childhood: Dedicated to Children’s Book Week, This post is a nostalgic one as I reflect on some of my favorite and most memorable books and series of my childhood.

Tuesday the 5th: TBR Hopefuls (2021) Physicals: Instead of a Teaser Tuesday, I made a (almost) half year assessment to plan for the remaining TBRs of 2021; this one focusing on some of the physical books I currently own.

Wednesday the 6th: WWW Wednesday: The second WWW post I’ve written. I’ve just finished The Lore of Prometheus, currently reading The Sheriff and Shards of Earth, and my next read would be River Queens.

Thursday the 7th: Last Year I was Reading: An interesting bookish meme that compares your current read[s] to the ones from the previous year during this exact same time.

Friday the 8th: First Lines Friday: My first line Friday post for this week features a book I purchased ages ago!

Saturday the 9th: Bibliomysteries Volume 1 [Book Review]: Yesterday’s post is a review for a book that I should’ve finished a long time ago. It was a pretty good listen and made me appreciate audiobooks and anthologies much more.

Sunday the 10th: This post! A little wrap up to my week in both life and reading/blogging.