Saturday, September 19, 2015

Reading In College...

Well as you all may have noticed, reading in college has been very difficult for me. i have made friends and have a packed schedule, so lets just say reading has not happened much.


What I thought Reading would be like in college:

  1. Reading in every open time slot when I did not have class.
  2. Buying fewer books 
  3. Having little to no social life= more reading 

What has actually happened:
  1. Have worked on homework for much of the available time I have.
  2. BUYING ALL THE BOOKS!
    1. So many cool books have come out and I have been able to access them with the bookstore so close to campus
    2. Bookstore (BirchBark Bookshop) Is me weakness
  3. Making friends who read on occasion, not all the time as I had at home where they would read with me, here I will miss out if I don't go with them.
I want to make this clear that this post is not intended to be my goodbye to my blog, I'll still aim to post two posts a week, however the amount of reviews will be lower while at school.  Keep your eye on the blog for some awesome giveaway opportunities coming up in early October, I have been working with Hodderscape Publishing to bring you guys this amazing giveaway! 

Currently blogging fro the deck of my roommates beach house.... Ahh college life :) 

Monday, September 14, 2015

Currently Reading 9-14-15

Hello, All I am very very busy whilst at College and therefore I have not finished a lot of novels in quite sometime. I am currently working my way through these books but I am trying to get these books that I have started  before getting into the rest of this months plans, needless to say I will not be able to get through Way of Kings but I still am going to try.

I am Reading!:

  1. Mages Blood By: David Hair
    1. Page 44 
  2. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrel By: Susanna Clarke
    1. Page 380
  3. Summer Knight By: Jim Butcher 
    1. 50% done (kindle read)
  4. Half a King By:Joe Abacrombie
    1. 26% (Kindle)
  5. The Name of the Wind By: Patrick Rothfus 
    1. 67% (Kindle read)
  6. Assassins Apprentice By: Robin Hobb
    1. Page 39
  7. Seveneves By: Neal Stephenson
    1. Page 45
Yikes Yes I Know That is a lot that is my main focus now to finish some of these novels for the month, as I have spread myself too thin with school and the reading... For that I apologize for a lack of reviews... New posts coming soon with Pictures!!!!

Yours Truly 
MyBookishEmpire 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

The YA Debate

What YA is: 

  • Novels that are written and marketed towards a Young Adult audience.
What I feel the Characteristics are for YA:
  • Faster pacing
  • Unique coming of age stories
  • Quick character pacing!
  • Easy writing styles

This topic was brought up in a conversation I was having where one of my friends was bringing up the point that when we as reviewers call a novel YA it can come off as being derogatory, however that is not what most of us mean. 
  • When I say a novel is YA I mean:
    • It is fast paced
    • Lighter/easier writing style
    • Characters are driven by plot, not necessarily based on relationships and development.
  • I do not feel that if I am to call a novel YA, I am simply reffering to the pacing and items listed above, i do not mean to attack them...

Please leave a comment down bellow with your thoughts an opinions on this "YA Debate".... I would love to hear from all of you!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Birchbark Bookshop...

The BirchBark bookshop is a large family run bookstore near where I attend university. This store is something of a booklover's dream, although all books are used they are priced very fairly and kept as nicely as possible, it is said that there is upwards of 80,000 books there, and yes I would believe it!

Next time any of you are in the Upstate NY region stop by and have yourself a treasure hunt!

Photos:



P.s I Will Be revisiting this store very very soon. The prices are reasonable enough that even a broke bookish college student can go and find reading material for a life time! 


My Little NY sanctuary :)






Saturday, September 5, 2015

Destruction Review By: Eirc Mrozek

Plot: "The novel is told from the point of view of Helisah Almari, a young female elf whose world is shattered when the Telurian Lord Thrakoth launches a surprise attack on her homeland that plunges the world of Maereath into war. After she and her twin brother are rescued by a team of assassins, they are trained and set loose on a campaign to avenge their homeland and defeat the rampaging Telurian hordes by any means necessary." (Goodreads)

Characters:

Helisah: Main protagonist who was followed through her increasingly dangerous role of the rebellion.

Aegras: Helisah's telepathic brother.

Fasti: Helisah's lover.
All in all I felt that the characters were not developed enough for my liking, they seemed flat and I really tried to like their characters but they just did not connect with me. The descriptions of them being a diary style book I did not see the characters or how they looked, I only heard their names which is just not how I prefer my characters to be portrayed.



Pros:

  1. Plot is fast moving, while not a whole lot happens in depth you are able to move through the book rapidly.
  2. Diary entries works for this heavily war torn story, otherwise I feel there could have been boring bits.
Cons:
  1. The plot at points is at such a bread neck speed that I was unable to follow what was happening 
  2. Character development 
  3. Writing style seemed almost childish and too simplistic..
All in all this book being a first book is something that I could never write, however I am hoping at Eric goes through his career he is able to home his writing skills in and take charge of flawless character growth and own the war/fantasy stage.

Rating: **/*****

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

September TBR! (To Be Read)

What will I try to complete in the month of September you ask... Never fear the TBR is here.
Disclaimer: I always am overly ambitious and these are a select few books you could expect reviews on later on this month or year.


Books For Booktube SFF:

  • Way Of Kings By: Brandon Sanderson
    • 1,009 Pages, Roughly 25 hours to complete
  • Words of Radiance By: Brandon Sanderson
    • 1,087 pages, Roughly 30 Hours to complete
  • Half a King By: Joe Abacrombie
    • I am halfway done already (PG 105 of 336) 6 hours left in Book
  • The Meeker and the all seeing Eye 
    • 99 pages, 2 hours to complete
  • Saga By: Brian K Vaughn 
    • Issues (Trades) 1-3 
  • The Strange Library By: Haruki Murakami
    • 96 pages
  • The Slow Regard of Silent things by: Patrick Rothfus
    • 159 pages
Catch Up Reads
  • Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by: Susanna Clarke
    • 465 pages left
  • Uprooted By: Naomi Novik
    • 399 pages left
  • Seveneves by: Neal Stephenson
    • 816 Pages left
  • Summer Knight By: Jim Butcher
    • Some amount of pages left
Buddy Reads 
  • A Clash Of Kings By: George RR Martin
    • 728 pages
  • Assassin's Apprentice By: Robin Hobb
    • 319 pages left
  • Code Name Verity By: Elizabeth Wein
    • 332 pages
Review Books
  • Skin By: Ilka Tampke
    • 350 pages
 Average reading needed to be done Daily: Roughly 207 pages!

PS I know not all of these novels will be read.... Its a dream, let a bookish boy dream.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Queen of Shadows Blogger Blitz!!!! (It Is Finally Here!)



I am so
excited that QUEEN OF SHADOWS by Sarah
J. Maas releases today and that I get to share the news, along with an awesome
giveaway!

If you haven’t yet heard about this wonderful series by Sarah J. Maas, be sure to
check out all the details below. This series is an epic fantasy with the writing style we all love with YA! I will be purchasing this book on release day, even though I have not even started the third book  Heir of Fire this is one of the best YA series I think we could ever read!



This blitz also includes a giveaway for a set of the first 3 books in the series (in
paperback format). US only. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

About The book:

Title: QUEEN
OF SHADOWS
Author:
Sarah J. Maas
Pub. Date:
September 1, 2015
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Pages: 656

Sarah J.
Maas's New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in
this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena
Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the
empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the
shadows of her past . . .

She will
fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will
fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she
will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost
queen's triumphant return.

Celaena’s
epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the
globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a
passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.



Read
Chapters 1-5 of QUEEN OF SHADOWS HERE!



Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

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Giveaway Details:
1 winner
will receive the first 3 books (in paperback) in the THRONE OF GLASS Series. US
Only.
Ends on September
11th at Midnight EST!

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