Picked up my comics today, this is 3 weeks worth, I think. pic.twitter.com/66i964U0Yu
— Paul – CToF (@PaulCToF) January 18, 2018
Checking out what Bree is reading from @breereadsbooks in January. #booktubeandbreakfast https://youtu.be/2T5I_QtwAYg Definitely will be seeing if she likes Jade City.
Another new channel that I found yesterday is the next video for #booktubeandbreakfast Cass from @whatcassread
Next up in #booktubeandbreakfast is Stevie’s @StevieFinegan video about the new Youtube partnership guidelines.
Next video up in #booktubeandbreakfast is The review and discussion on ONYX Pages from Njeri of The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden, a good book I read last year too. Long vid but I love multiple person reviews/discussions.
Last video of today’s twice as long #booktubeandbreakfast is @kittygbooks 2017 reading stats because I need some encouragement to read more the next few days.
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This will be a review of both Into the Drowning Deep and Rolling in the Deep as they are basically the same story.
When I found out that Mira Grant was writing a book based off of oceanography/marine biology featuring mermaids, I knew I just had to read it. I enjoyed her Newsflesh Trilogy even though I had a few issues with the second book, nonetheless Into the Drowning Deep sounded like a perfect read for me at the right time. About a week before my library hold came in, I found out that she actually wrote a novella, Rolling in the Deep, in this world, and that Into the Drowning Deep was a direct sequel. So I immediately purchased the ebook novella of Rolling in the Deep and devoured it. I’m so happy I read Rolling in the Deep first because the suspense and mystery aspects of these books were more pronounced in Rolling in the Deep because the author introduced the mermaids in it. Into the Drowning Deep assumed that you already knew what happened in Rolling in the Deep and that we saw what the mermaids can do. So in this way, I highly recommend reading Rolling in the Deep first.
Moving to Into the Drowning Deep, I was super excited to jump right in. The story set up its main points of view, a marine biologist whose sister died in Into the Rolling Deep, a media personality that is only comfortable with other people when she is in front of the camera, three sisters with two of them that are deaf, and a mermaid expert that used to be married to the man running the expedition to find out if the mermaids filmed during Into the Rolling Deep was a hoax or not. There are a plethora of other side characters but these are the main ones. What is great about the characters in this book, which is the book’s strength, is how diverse they are. Each character, regardless of page time, is completely flushed out and engaging to the reader. There is a myriad of scientists involved in the expedition to prove the existence of mermaids and it really ends up being a book about science people doing science stuff to figure out how to save their lives.
While reading this book I had a great time seeing the character development, especially the media personality falling for the marine biologist, and them having a very realistic relationship. When chaos ensues the characters that have integrity step up while the ones that the reader is wary of only look out for themselves. A large portion of the book is talking about the scientific aspects of the mermaids and I should have realized Grant would include a lot of science in her book. For some people, the book might slow down in the midpoint with all the science experiments but I thought there were enough thrills to excite.
If you are looking for a book with a diverse group of characters(a lot of women, LGBT, deaf representation), some great science, and mermaids tearing out the throats of people with Phd’s, then give Into the Drowning Deep a try. Do yourself a favor before you read this one though and grab the ebook of Rolling into the Deep before reading Into the Drowning Deep, as the connections definitely make Into the Drowning Deep a stronger book.
17/25 Possible Score
3 – Plot
4 – Characters
3 – World Building
4 – Writing Style
3 – Heart & Mind Aspect
Last video today for #booktubeandbreakfast is Elizabeth from Books and Pieces @Books_Pieces talking about her most anticipated books from Jan-June.
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Iron Gold comes out today 1/16/18 and as one of my most anticipated books of the year, I’m going to share where you can read or watch some reviews:
Piere Forde has a video review: https://youtu.be/-wLdj4DYvGc
Read All The Books: https://youtu.be/wBysneUAJp4
Speculative Herald: http://www.speculativeherald.com/2018/01/16/review-iron-gold-by-pierce-brown/
The Critiquing Chemist: https://critiquingchemist.com/2017/12/29/iron-gold-by-pierce-brown-arc-january-16-2018/
Overall, the reviews for Iron Gold are really high. Everyone seemed to like it and like the new direction the series is going in. Most reviewers are saying that there is a larger focus on political intrigue and world building than the previous trilogy. I hope to get my copy as soon as I get a coupon to use!
I can’t think of a better way to start off my blog style posts than with my 2018 reading goals. It could be easy for me to just create a generic list but I think I’ll actually write it in essay form. So basically 2017 was an amazing year for me as far as reading. I absolutely failed when it came to decreasing my TBR and that is what I really wanted to do the most out of any other goal I have. It wasn’t as bad as previous years, I only increased my TBR by 40 books throughout 2017. I’m really focusing on my owned and unread books in 2018. Here’s the thing, the books that I am most excited about reading are the books I own, but for some reason, I get into this whole “read new releases and read more widely,” mindset at times, and totally ignore the books that I spent money on already.
(the unread books are the bookshelves on the right, over 600 unread books =x)
So along with decreasing my TBR, I am setting 3 months out of the year to get library books. April, July, and October will be my library book months. I’m allowing myself only to read library books during these months(after my holds from 2017 come in). This is going to significantly impact my goal of reading my TBR for the better.
Right along with the TBR goal, will be the goal of reading every book I buy within a week of buying it. I must make the book my current read or my next read when I buy a book. That way I can make sure that I am buying books that I am more excited to read than maybe a book on my shelf. I should be reading whatever book I am face-meltingly excited about reading first before any others. This will also make it so I grab a book off my shelf that I’m more excited about reading than the newest must-read book I might not even like.
I am not making any # amount of books read as my goal this year because I think that creating that number the last few years has had me pick up shorter and easier books than I normally would have picked up. I’d like to read some classics but not really making it a goal. I would really like to read all my unread trade comic books so that I can get some more. I made a deal with myself that I can’t buy any trade comics until I read all my unread ones and it is killing me not to be able to buy certain ones.
I am mostly focusing on tangible, physical things at the moment. I have a sky map where I put stars up for each thing I read. This is my progress through 2 weeks of the year. It is going to be so cool to look back and see the picture grow and change throughout the year.
I am also putting $1 in a jar for everything that I finish reading. If it is a library book, I have to donate the money to the library at the end of the year, but if it is one of my books I can spend that money on books next Christmas time. I also have another jar where I am dropping a glass stone into it every time I read a book from my shelf that I bought before 2018.
Lastly, I am only going to buy books with my Christmas gift cards and my jar money this year(except for during WorldCon). I did this last year and I loved it. Having a set amount of money to spend on books in gift card format really helps me save money. I have about $200 in B&N gift cards and $180 on Amazon. I should not need any more than this to buy books throughout 2018, in fact, I hope that I actually have some left since I’m focusing on my current books. I know of about 10 books that I know I will buy this year, for sure.
Anyway, these are my reading goals and kind of how I’m looking at my reading in 2018. I have personal goals, like losing weight, being kinder, and other things, but these are my reading goals. Thanks for reading.