April & May 2018 – Book Haul

A list of Books I have purchased in the month of April and May. No, I haven’t read all other books on my TBR. Part of the joy of reading is anticipation… right? But I may have gone overboard this time. Hey, at least its within 2 months.

Also Fun Fact: I don’t own a Bookshelf. All those Books are piling on my 2 nightstands in 4 wonky Book Towers and are slowly reaching chest height… Hence a few more eBooks this month.

Also I am way too lazy to provide links here.

  • Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey (The Expanse #4)
  • Nemesis Gate by James S.A.Corey (The Expanse #5)
  • Arcadia by Iain Pears
  • Robin by Dave Itzkoff
    • A supposedly good and hearty Biography about Robin Williams.
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    • Hyped Book. Justified?
  • The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  • The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton
    • A few Youtubers I follow recommended it and the premise sounds fun. Crime meets Hedgehog Day
  • Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel
  • A Gentlemen in Moskau by Amor Towles
    • Bought 2 times, Paperback and e-book. That’s what happens when you don’t keep track of your shit.
  • Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
  • Chronicles of the Black Company by Glen Cook (The Black Company #1-3)
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
  • The Anatomy of Story by John Truby
    • So I too can be a glorious writing prodigy
  • How to stop Time by Matt Haig
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Nevernight Chronicles #1)
    • His stupid sales pitch on Twitter made me buy this for a dime
  • The Last Librarian by Brandt Legg (The Justar Journal Book 1)
  • Something Wicked this way comes by Ray Bradbury
  • The Hunger by Alma Katsu
  • The Diary of a Bookseller by Shaun Bythell
  • The Red Knight by Adam Nicholls (Traitor Son #1)
  • Steelhart by Brandon Sanderson (Reckoners #1)
  • The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage #1)
  • The Crimson Brigade by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage #2)
  • Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (Powder Mage #3)
    • Came as a Bundle and I am curious about the Steampunk Elements
  • Prince of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire #1)
  • King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire #2)
  • Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (Broken Empire #3)
    • Also a Bundle. He better be good.
  • The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #2)
  • The Last Colony by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #3)
  • Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #4)
  • The Human Devision by John Scalzi (Old Man’s War #5)
    • I read the first one years ago in German. Now to continue on.
  • Redshirt by John Scalzi
  • Raven Strategem by Yoon Ha Lee (Machineries of Empire #2)
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells (The Murderbot Diaries #1)
    • Won a Nebula. Sounds funky.
  • Swan Song by Robert R. McCammon

How to write a Story

How to write a story | John Dufresne | TEDxFIU

Again I am not the owner of the video. This is an awesome approach on creative outlining and on creating a story. It had helped me immensely.  I have written over 1000 words after watching this and using this kind of approach.

Writing Block and July Book Haul

Oh! Hi. Fancy meeting you here.

Have not written anything in weeks. Don’t know why. I think I may be afraid of delving into the details of the stories. Carving them out of the Blob of an idea I dropped out of my mind months ago.

And I also continue buying books without reading a lot. I mean I have 25 books read so far, but still I feel like I am behind because I bought so many.

Here’s the latest Haul, somehow this year is the year of Trilogies.

  • Misspent Youth [Commonwealth Saga Prequel] – Peter F.Hamilton
  • Judas Unchained [Commonwealth Saga] –  Peter F. Hamilton
  • Pandora’s Star [Commonwealth Saga] –  Peter F.Hamilton
  • The Three Body Problem [Three Body Problem 1] – Cixin Liu
  • The Dark Forest – Cixin Liu [Three Body Problem 2] – Cixin Liu
  • Death’s End –  Cixin Liu [Three Body Problem 3] – Cixin Liu
  • Ancillary Justice [Imperial March 1] – Ann Leckie
  • Ancillary Sword [Imperial March 2] – Ann Leckie
  • Ancillary Mercy [Imperial March 3] – Ann Leckie
  • Descender Volume 4: Orbital Mechanics –  Jeff Lemire
  • Monstress Volume 2: The Blood – Morjorie Liu
  • His Dark Materials [1-3] –  Philip Pullman

Hopefully this writing block is coming to an end soon.

Update and Book Haul June


well, yes.

Yes, I haven’t written anything. Not really.

But, I did add one short story to my overall Short Story book, based on a dream I had about an Elk. I wonder what direction all those stories will take. So far it worries me (besides them not being any good), that they might just be a wild mix of everything with no coherent topic or flavor. We’ll see, won’t we. If I ever manage to write more than a sentence a day.

Book Haul, no fancy pictures or descriptions…because I am a lazy person

The Farseer Trilogy: Assassin’s Apprentice, Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest
(Robin Hobb) –  Time to get started on this 15 Books in multiple Trilogies that are all interconnected somehow.

NOS4R2 (Joe Hill) –  Big fan of Stephen King, let’s see what his son has to offer.

The Diaries of Franz Kafka (Kafka & Max Brod) –  I like to delve into the mind of great authors / writers. I read an excerpt and know I want to know more.

Sleeping Giants (Sylvain Neuvel) –  There is a Robot. A big one. And other stuff.

The Book of the New Sun (1-4) (Gene Wolfe) – This just sounds a bit bonkers. Sci-Fi Fantasy. I am just curious.

Strange Heart Beating (Eli Goldstone) –  I need some sad stories.

Homo Deus: A brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari) –  I just want to know if this is good or just pretentious bullshit from an “intellectual” person.

Including Graphic Novels (which all had well above 100 pages, I go for the collected Volumes) I am currently on Book No. 23 in terms of my reading challenge for this year. I’m a bit behind, because the goal is around 60, but I was very, very lazy the past weeks. I hope to catch up.