Friday Reads: July 20th

This week I finished reading Neverseen, the 4th book on the Keeper of the Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger. It’s one of my favorite series at the moment, and it’s a shame that I took so long to read this book. But now I already put a hold for the next book at the library.

Death Bringer Skullduggery Pleasant #6

And also, after a few years, I’m finally continuing to read the Skullduggery Pleasant series by Derek Landy, with the book Death Bringer, the 6th in the series. Back in Brazil I’ve got to read the previous books, but they stopped publishing the series without any notice. So, I kept waiting for the next release, which never came. But now I’ve got it in English in my Kindle. 😁

If you’re wondering, one of the reasons I didn’t get an English version before is because all characters names were translated or adapted in Portuguese, and I didn’t want to relearn all of them.

I’m now at 11%, and  I’m really glad I’ve returned to this series. The humor is great, and the story and the characters too. I hope I can finish it soon and start the next one in the series: Kingdom of the Wicked.

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Friday Reads: Neverseen (Keeper Of The Lost Cities #4)

This week I’ve started reading Neverseen, the 4th book in the Keeper Of The Lost Cities series by Shannon Messenger. The series is not as famous as it should be, because its really awesome, and so far this book is great! I strongly recommend it if you enjoy books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. If you are not reading it yet, check the series at Amazon.

Waiting on Wednesday (May 16)

I have to admit, this is a guilty-pleasure style Waiting on Wednesday. This time, a light novel that recently had an anime adaptation: A Sister’s All You Need, by Yomi Hirasaka (Author) and Kantoku (Artist). The Japanese title is Imouto sae Ireba Ii. I still don’t have watched the anime yet, as I’m waiting for a BD release, but I usually enjoy stories about authors, artists or about people in the anime industry, so I guess this one is for me :)

As always, you can buy or check more info on Amazon.

Itsuki Hashima is a novelist who’s hopelessly enamored with the idea of little sisters and is constantly surrounded by colorful characters. A world class genius and love-guru who’s beauty almost seems a waste on her. A girl who’s constantly troubled by her friendships, love interests, and can’t even find refuge in her dreams. A ridiculously talented illustrator. Each of them have as many problems and worries as the next and they never have a dull day together as they play games, travel, and work together. From the same author of the famous I Don’t Have Many Friends, Yomi Hirasaka!

Waiting on Wednesday (May 2)

Another Waiting on Wednesday for you. This time with From Truant to Anime Screenwriter: My Path to “Anohana” and “The Anthem of the Heart”, by Mari Okada, a Japanese screenwriter. I’m not usually interested in non-fiction, especially autobiographies, but I’m kinda curious about this one. You can buy it on Amazon, of course.

From the writer of “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day” and “The Anthem of the Heart” comes the next expressive tale of the fight against one’s own demons.

Mari Okada grew up in rural Chichibu, a truant for most of her adolescent life. She observed school life from afar, often refusing to leave the confines of her room. But with the fateful encounter of a visiting school teacher, Okada found a way through the echelons of school using her untapped skill of turning words on a page into a unique voice that truly captured the essence of youthful spirit.

From her own personal desires to leave home and find a place in “the world outside,” Okada came face-to-face with her own anxiety and let her stories speak out on her behalf of her struggles to truly find peace with the world around her.

“From Truant to Anime Screenwriter: My Path to ‘Anohana’ and ‘The Anthem of the Heart'” is a gripping autobiography that details the not-so-succesful life of one of anime’s biggest

 

Waiting on Wednesday (Apr. 25)

It’s been some time since my last Waiting on Wednesday post, but here it is again! This time with an Urban Fantasy book: Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1), by Rebecca Roanhorse.

For me, seems like a very welcome alternative to the usual white woman/shapeshifter + sexy vampire/werewolf fighting in a big city that is so common in urban fantasies with female characters. You can pre-order it on Amazon.

While most of the world has drowned beneath the sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse, Dinétah (formerly the Navajo reservation) has been reborn. The gods and heroes of legend walk the land, but so do monsters.

Maggie Hoskie is a Dinétah monster hunter, a supernaturally gifted killer. When a small town needs help finding a missing girl, Maggie is their last—and best—hope. But what Maggie uncovers about the monster is much larger and more terrifying than anything she could imagine.

Maggie reluctantly enlists the aid of Kai Arviso, an unconventional medicine man, and together they travel to the rez to unravel clues from ancient legends, trade favors with tricksters, and battle dark witchcraft in a patchwork world of deteriorating technology.

As Maggie discovers the truth behind the disappearances, she will have to confront her past—if she wants to survive.

What I’m reading now

A month before my travel to Toronto, I bought a book to read during the trip. Ok, mostly on the airport, since we’ve got to wait 10 hours in Sao Paulo for our flight to Toronto. Since I arrived, I didn’t read it anymore, but that’s just because I was too busy and tired that at home I didn’t read at all. The book is Fool’s Gold (The Dragon Lords #1), by Jon Hollins and I’m having a great time with it.

And this week, I started reading Salvage Trouble, by J. S. Morin, on the Kindle app on my phone. It’s short and very cheap, and as I’ll be on the subway a lot, it’s a good way to pass the time. Way more enjoyable than doing nothing, for sure. I didn’t read much of it yet, but so far so good, and seems that I’ll have fun with this one.

Can’t Start a New Book Series

This year I want to read more, but despite my desire to try new things (for example, science fiction), I decided to try to avoid starting new book series. The reason is simple enough: I’ve started a handful of great series, but didn’t finish many.

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Of course, many of them are long series and doesn’t actually need to be finished, like long urban fantasy or cozy mystery series. But still, I want to read more or decide to abandon them. That’s why I’ll be making occasional posts about book series that I need to finish. Stay tuned.

PS: I also have a lot of unfinished TV shows, and I’ll be posting about them too :)

Book Review: Secondhand Spirits by Juliet Blackwell

I’m a big fan of cozy mysteries and for a long time I was interested on the Witchcraft Mystery series by Juliet Blackwell. Let’s see: it’s a cozy mystery about witches, so what’s not to love about it? So, after seeing that the kindle edition of the first book was on sale, I decided it’ll be finally time to give it a try. And I don’t regret it one bit.

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