Saturday, February 17, 2018

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | February 17

Happy weekend everyone! I tried to do an update post last week, and I failed miserably so today's post is going to include the last couple of weeks.

Have you guys heard about Wyrd and Wonder? It's just like SciFi Month, but it's for Fantasy! It's happening in May, and I hope you guys will join me for some good Fantasy reading. As much as I love Fantasy, I haven't read a tremendous amount so I'm going to be turning to you guys for some recommendations!

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Read Last Week(s)


The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt #1) by John Bellairs Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

The House with a Clock in Its Walls (Lewis Barnavelt #1) by John Bellairs - I had never heard of this series until I found books 2 and 3 in a thrift shop. Ever since then, the universe has been screaming at me to read it. It's like when you hear a word for the first time, and then you hear it over and over again for the next couple of weeks.

Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones - As soon as my reviewing mojo comes back, I'm going to tell you guys all about Mapping the Interior. It's worth reading, and it gave me a huge book hangover.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō - I'm so glad I grabbed this from the library because it was the only thing I was capable of reading after Mapping the Interior. This is a weird book, but I liked it. If you are in the mood to throw away everything you own, this book will help you do it.

Added to My Shelves


Broken Shells by Michael Patrick Hicks Dark Places by Gillian Flynn Under the Dome by Stephen King

Broken Shells by Michael Patrick Hicks - I'm hoping to read this one really soon. It sounds like a quick and awesome read.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn - I think the only Gillian Flynn book I've read is Gone Girl, and I'm really curious about the rest of her books.

Under the Dome by Stephen King - I sat down to read Sleeping Beauties last week and got scared off by the four page list of characters at the front of the book. After receiving some helpful advice on Twitter, I returned Sleeping Beauties to the library and swapped it out for Under the Dome. I'll still be filling in one of my Stephen King holes, but I won't be as miserable.

So what about you? Let me know what you're reading this week or leave me some links!


This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading?, Tynga's Reviews' Stacking the Shelves, and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

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50 comments:

  1. I want to try a Gillian Flynn book but not Gone Girl. Enjoy Under the Dome. I LOVED it.

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    1. Thanks! I'm really hoping I can make the time for Under the Dome.

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  2. I have a copy of Sleeping Beauties - oh dear, I hope it works out okay, although the way my tbr is stacking up I'll be lucky if I get to it be 2020.
    Lynn :D

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    1. I feel terrible that I'm not planning to read it. Maybe some day, but not right now.

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  3. I didnt realize Sleeping Beauties had such a large cast of characters! I was thinkng of listening to that in audio, but keeping up with who is who can be harder listening. May have to rethink that. I just started The Court of Broken Knives, which so far, so good!

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    1. Maybe most of them are sleeping?? The reviews have been so bad, I think that character list was just the last straw to scare me away.

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  4. Wyrd and Wonder sounds like fun! And happy reading Under the Dome. Right now I'm in the middle of an EMP/disaster novel called Outage.

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    1. Ooh, an EMP disaster book sounds great. I hope it's a fun read for you!

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  5. I LOVED Under the Dome until the end. It's definitely different but you should enjoy a lot of it. Even with the ending I think it's still a 4/5 read. I'll join you for the fantasy month. Sounds fun!

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    1. I can handle a "mostly" great read. :D

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    2. Yeah that ending came out of nowhere😐

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  6. I did not hear of SciFi month or Fantasy month but I am so happy they excist! I read so little scifi and fantasy this year.

    Mapping the Interior looks like such a great read - I might judge it by the cover, but... I also want to read Under the Dome too!

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    1. I said I haven't read a lot of fantasy, but really I meant popular fantasy. There's a ton of series I've missed out on. It should be a fun month.

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  7. Enjoy your new books! I love Stephen King, but I still haven’t read Under the Dome. I’ll get to it someday.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. I fell off of reading King for a while, and Under the Dome is one of the books I skipped. I'm hoping I can make the time for it. My gosh, it's huge. Haha.

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  8. Wyrd and Wonder is totally new to me, but I'll be checking it out. Thanks for sharing it! I love SciFi Month...

    I haven't read any Gillian Flynn and figured I'd read Gone Girl at some point, but Dark Places looks pretty good too.

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    1. Every year I plan to do SciFi Month, but November is a hard month for me so I usually fail. I'm hoping May and Fantasy will be a great combo. :)

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  9. Ooh, Under the Dome! As I recall, that one had a lot of characters too, but probably not as bad as a four page dramatis personae! I think it was easier to keep track of everyone too, because it all took place in a small town and they were all trapped in dome after all...I'm looking forward to hearing what you think of it. It's one of the "newer" King books I have read, and man I still remember all the tumultuous feelings from reading it!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. That sounds awesome! I'm hoping to read it soon. I'm a little scared with the amount of other books on my immediate list, but I really want to make it happen. I watched most of the TV series so that may help me keep a lot straight.

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  10. Mapping the Interior was a book I really wanted to read at one point but chickened out :D cause it's supposed to have really graphic content. Hope you're braver than me :)

    Evelina @ AvalinahsBooks

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    1. Ooh, I will have to think on that. It definitely had an emotional punch, but maybe it's too intense for some.

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  11. I read the Japanese clutter book, but I didn't find it helpful. I used to live in Japan, and I think if I lived there the book would be really useful. There is literally NO room to store things in a Japanese apartment, so everyone throws things away all the time. As a foreigner, I furnished my entire apartment with stuff other people threw away! Have a great week.

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    1. That makes sense. I tend to hoard things so it's always nice to move things out that I don't need. I'm a big donator, though. I wish she had touched on that a lot more. I would have been like you - another mans trash would have been my treasure.

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  12. I love Gillian Flynn's books. I hope that you love your new additions!

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    1. Thanks! It will probably be a while before I manage to read Dark Places.

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  13. Dark Places is good, but I liked Sharp Objects even more! You might consider reading that one if you like Gillian Flynn's other two novels :) And I'm so curious to hear what you think of the Bellairs book! I first heard of it when they announced a film adaptation, but I'm not a fan of Eli Roth, so I'll probably stick to the printed word. Have a great week!

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    1. My library has the audio for Sharp Objects so I'm hoping to give it a listen at some point. I enjoyed the Bellairs book enough to start book 2. I think I'm enjoying book 2 even more so far.

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  14. I can't say Under the Dome was my favorite SK but it had its moments. I'm curious to read more Gillian Flynn too, and I may even have one of her other books lying around😊

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    1. Yeah, I've put off reading Under the Dome, but I do feel better swapping out one SK for another. I need to get started on it, though. I have a hold on the audio so I think by the time I need to return this tome, I can switch over the audio. It's a long book!

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  15. I want to read a Gillian Flynn novel. I'm not sure she's for me, but I want to give her a go. I really want to read Gone Girl. Dark Places looks good too.

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    1. Gone Girl was fun but also very infuriating. I think it's a great one to give a chance - especially on audio. I'll let you know how Dark Places goes. :)

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  16. I also read Sharp Objects and not Dark Places. I actually didn't enjoy Gone Girl all that much (in the minority on this).

    My whole family passed around a door-stopper, chunkster version of Under the Dome and we all really enjoyed it, ranged from very good -> excellent, with 4 members reading it. The husband and grown son read 11/22/63 and both loved that one. I never got to it, though.

    I'm curious about Fantasy month, as I do read that genre way more than SF or horror. Thanks!

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    1. I wasn't a huge fan of Gone Girl, either, but I also couldn't stop reading it. I LOVED 11/22/63. It's a favorite of mine!

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  17. I saw the movie for Gone Girl and was like she was so crazy. My friend read the book, so I kind of want to give her books a try. Dark Places looks like it would be a good one. I hope you have a great week.

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    1. Both of the main characters were so unlikeable! I hated her. I was glad she was "gone". :)

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  18. I think my days of reading huge Stephen King books are behind me! I just don't have the patience for that size of book...with the exception of Game of Thrones...

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    1. Not me! Give me another 11/22/63 and I'll read as many pages as he's willing to give me. :) I'm a little afraid of Under the Dome, though.

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  19. I read a rather large amount of fantasy already. It is one of my go-to genres. May should be fun. Also, I don't want to get rid of all my stuff. When I bought my new house, I made sure it had plenty of room for my book collection. I can't imagine living without being surrounded by them. Come see my week here. Happy reading!

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    1. I shouldn't have said I don't read a lot of it - I should have said I don't feel well read in it. It's one of my go-to genres, but I feel like I'm skipped most of the important series/books.

      My husband saw me eyeing some of my books after reading the Japanese book, and he had an intervention with me. Haha. My books are safe!

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  20. Ha not in the mood to throw away everything I own but ... these days I really think carefully before I buy.

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    1. Haha... if you are ever in the mood - that's what her book is there for. It was a very interesting read and look into how some people live.

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  21. I think you made the right move with Sleeping Beauties. I may try it on audio some day if it falls in my lab but I've heard such terrible things about that I'm not going to actively seek it out. As for Marie Kondo, she is a bit odd, eh? That stuff about emptying your purse every night and thanking each item had me shaking my head. I also cannot part with my books. Everything else is easy to toss but the books are NOT clutter!!

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    1. OMGosh. I don't want to feel like my things want to *leave*. There were many horror story prompts hiding in that book. Thank you bed for letting me sleep in you (instead of you smothering me in the night!!). My husband got scared my books were next. LOL. As if. ;)

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  22. Under the Dome starts strong but then it just sort of dwindles into stupidity. I hope you have a better experience with it than I did. My post this week.

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    1. Uh oh. Yeah, I get the impression I will not be happy with how it ends. I still hope to read and get some enjoyment out of it. :)

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  23. Those are some intriguing books. I read Under The Dome. It was okay, byt not his best. The TV show was terrible.

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    1. I watched most of the TV show, but I never did finish it. It was bad, but I think it will help me jump into the book knowing who everyone is.

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  24. I love Dark places and everything that Gillian Flynn has written. Last week I opened Sleeping beauties and got to 20 pages only to realize I have nto even started on anything important. Damn it is gonna be a long read.

    Gayathri @ Elgee Writes

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    1. Oh, no. I hope it got better for you! (Or hopefully you will be able to walk away from it.) :(

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