2018 Book Haul

So delayed but okay. I guess this is what having a job feels like… 🙈🙈

I’ve gotten my paws on 24 books this year and that includes one of my books from years ago that I thought was missing (I have since decided to unhaul that book).
Unfinished

Justice League: Gods & Monsters - Wonder Woman (2015) #1 Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3) 36436076

Read

Give Me Five (The Princess Diaries, #5) Sixsational (The Princess Diaries, #6) 31194576 131121

Unread

Girl in Pieces The Bazaar of Bad Dreams Tales Of The Greek Heroes (Film Tie In) Forever Odd (Odd Thomas #2) Spirit Walker (Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, #2) Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark, #1) 2888620 The Gift of the Deer The Walking Stick Stargazer 6150 32418 12125008Picture 1 of 4 Apetown 18273646 12300970 Time Machine & The War of the Worlds Complete & Unabridged Classic Library

Condensed Books:

First Train to Babylon

Out of Africa

Life Among the Savages

The Searchers

Current Tally: 366*

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*counting the four condensed books separately. Will consider getting the full book if I liked what I read.

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A Sad and Heartbreaking Book UNhaul

A little while ago I was sad to be separated from all my books. There was almost an entire continent between us but we were once again reunited and a few months ago I had them all in my possession. At the time it was 378 books and all of them were accounted for. I had to pack them back up though because I didn’t have place to put them anywhere but I recently took them out of storage again but this time for another reason entirely. I decided to do away with a few of my books. Mind you, the idea was to get rid of 20 maybe 30 books but the final total off my list in the end is 97. Can you believe it, 97 out of my 383 books will be gone.

Before I go down a spiral filled with tears and anguish, let’s get this unhaul started.

  1. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  2. Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
  3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  5. The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  7. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  8. Heidi (adapted) by Lisa Church
  9. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
  10. The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
  11. The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer
  12. The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer
  13. The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer
  14. The Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
  15. The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer
  16. The Last Guardian by Eoin Colfer
  17. WARP: The Reluctant by Eoin Colfer
  18. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  19. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  20. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  21. The Kill Order by James Dashner
  22. Astonishing X-Men: Gifted by Peter David
  23. Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
  24. Hinterkind Vol.1 by Ian Edginton
  25. Angelfall by Susan Ee
  26. World After by Susan Ee
  27. End of Days by Susan Ee
  28. Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
  29. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
  30. Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
  31. Paper Towns by John Green
  32. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  33. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  34. The Enemy by Charlie Higson
  35. The Dead by Charlie Higson
  36. The Fear by Charlie Higson
  37. The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson
  38. The Fallen by Charlie Higson
  39. Torn by Amanda Hocking
  40. Zodiac Girls: Discount Diva by Cathy Hopkins
  41. Iron Man: Extremis by Marie Javins
  42. Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella
  43. New Avengers: Breakout by Alisa Kwitney
  44. W.I.T.C.H #1 by Elizabeth Lenhard
  45. W.I.T.C.H #2 by Elizabeth Lenhard
  46. W.I.T.C.H #3 by Elizabeth Lenhard
  47. W.I.T.C.H#4 by Elizabeth Lenhard
  48. W.I.T.C.H#5 by Elizabeth Lenhard
  49. Proxy by Alex London
  50. Guardian by Alex London
  51. Legend by Marie Lu
  52. Prodigy by Marie Lu
  53. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas
  54. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  55. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  56. Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
  57. Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas
  58. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  59. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
  60. Unravel Me Tahereh Mafi
  61. Ignite Me Tahereh Mafi
  62. Destroy Me Tahereh Mafi
  63. Fracture Me Tahereh Mafi
  64. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  65. Dead to You by Lisa McMann
  66. Wish You Were Here (And I Wasn’t) by Colin Mcnaughton
  67. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  68. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  69. Cress by Marissa Meyer
  70. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
  71. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
  72. Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
  73. One Day by David Nicholls
  74. The Perfect Man by Sheila O’Flanagan
  75. Bad Behaviour by Sheila O’Flanagan
  76. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver
  77. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
  78. Secret Lives by Gabriella Poole
  79. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
  80. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  81. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  82. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  83. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  84. Daughters of Arabia by Jean Sasson
  85. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  86. The Awakening by L.J. Smith
  87. The Struggle by L.J. Smith
  88. The Fury by L.J. Smith
  89. The Dark Reunion by L.J. Smith
  90. The Return: Nightfall by L.J. Smith
  91. The Return: Shadow Souls by L.J. Smith
  92. The Return: Midnight by L.J. Smith
  93. He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt & Liz Tuccilo
  94. Pivot Point by Kasie West
  95. Split Second by Kasie West
  96. Love Lessons by Jacqueline Wilson
  97. The Optimist’s/Pessimist’s Handbook: A companion to hope and despair

The list was a lot longer than I intended for it to be but as I packed out my books I added more and more to the unhaul pile. I’ve read 98% of these books and the reason I’m not keeping them is because either I wasn’t a fan of them while I read it or I don’t plan to ever pick it up again. Some of these I do feel like I’d read again but the way my life is set up, I don’t have time to read books that I’ve already read.

My plan is to sell some of these books so I’ll be making an Instagram/Gumtree account or something for that but I also want to donate a few to the Cape Town Central Library. I’ve already asked them if they have space for books and they said I could bring it by any time so that would be happening towards the end of the year.

Doing this breaks my heart but at the same I feel that the books deserve to go to someone who will appreciate them for the precious gifts they are. I haven’t been reading much these days because of my schedule and that’s sad so it’s best to pass them over to someone else.

All I ask is that the books be treated with the greatest care because that’s how I’ve treated them from the moment they were in my possession.

Thank you for taking this long but sad journey with me.

Caron xx

Comic Book Review: Damage #1 by Robert Venditti

Damage (2017-) #1Goodreads Synopsis

Ethan “Elvis” Avery just wanted to serve his country. Instead, he’s been changed into a monster!

Tasked as the government’s own living, breathing, ticking time bomb, Ethan retains no control when the monster takes over. Cheaper than a nuclear warhead and twice as effective, Ethan fights to rein in the damage he unleashes when the beast inside him springs free for one hour a day. With everyone around him in danger, Ethan struggles to contain the DAMAGE he inflicts on the DC Universe.


I’m trying to get more into the DC scheme of things and I’m glad I haven’t been steered wrong as yet.

For a first issue, this was very good. There wasn’t too much dialogue but just enough forScreen Shot 2018-01-25 at 6.12.44 PMit to explain a bit of what we could expect from this series. The artwork is exceptional. I could stare at it all day. The illustrators really did a wonderful job.

Ethan as a human is certain of who and what he is, but when Damage comes out, it’s then that he has difficulty with keeping the monster in check. The thing is that Ethan remains the choice of reason even when Damage away from area where people could get hurt.

 

I think that it’s interesting that Damage comes out once every 24 hours and for one hour only so honestly, depending on what he does and where he goes, this series as whole too, could go almost anywhere. The concept is really great andScreen Shot 2018-01-26 at 12.27.29 PM I think the writing, artwork and plot made up for a brilliant read. I can’t wait for the next issue.

At the end of this issue we’re given a sneak peak of a new comic called Sideways and from the looks of it, I think it’s going to be amazing. I won’t lie, he does remind me a little bit of Spider-Man with some Deadpool vibes thrown in but the excitement is still out there. I’m hoping to read that issue when it comes out and possibly review it as well, so keep a look out for this.

This is where I pray to the DC gods and hope that my continuation in this universe remains well and good because I don’t think I can take any more disappointment where comics are concerned.

Read: 25 January 2018
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 17 January 2018
Publisher: DC Comics
Writer: Robert Venditti
Illustrators: Danny Miki | Tony S. Daniel

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Comic Book Review: Lumberjanes Vol.1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten HolyGoodreads Synopsis

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzilla Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s camp for hard-core lady-types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams. Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together… And they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

Collects Lumberjanes No. 1-4.


I was procrastinating studying for my finals so I decided to read the first issue of this comic and I actually had to force myself not to read the next. This comic drew me in from the first page and there’s enough adventure and mystery in the first issue that makes youIMG_1979.PNG eager to come back for more.

I was quite intrigued by the all-female comic characters as I’ve never read something like it before. The second and third issues of Lumberjanes were amazing. Although we aren’t told directly what each character’s personality is, we’re given insight by the way they react to different things and situations. I personally adore Mal and Ripley.

I’m all for the adventures of this weird summer and I think I’m already in love with this comic series.

The artwork is unique and amazing and I find myself takingIMG_1980.PNG in the details as well instead of just reading the dialogue and moving on. The writing style is fresh as well as entertaining and it’s the combination of all these things: amazing  artwork, awesome writing style and fun characters that make for an addicting read.

After finishing this volume I’m convinced that this is one of the best I’ve ever read. It’s easily high up in my Top 5. I can’t wait to start and finish volume 2.

 

 

Read: 10 December 2017
Rating: ★★★★

Publication Date: 7 April 2015
Publisher: BOOM! Box
Writer: Noelle Stevenson | Grace Ellis | Faith Hicks
Illustrator: Brooke A. Allen | Shannon Watters | Kat Leyh | Brooke Allen | Carolyn Nowak | Various | Carey Pietsch

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Comic Book Review: The Punisher: Born by Garth Ennis

The Punisher MAX: BornGoodreads Synopsis

The year is 1971. With mounting casualties and a rising anti-war sentiment, America’s time in Vietnam is coming to a close. Yet in the isolated Valley Forge Firebase on the Cambodian border, Captain Frank Castle is one of the few soldiers still committed to the fight against the enemy. With dwindling reserves, Castle must stand against an impending Viet Cong attack that threatens to wipe out the entire American platoon. To survive the battle, what grim decision must he make that will forever alter the course of his life? In this acclaimed tale, superstar Garth Ennis reveals the never-before-told story of the horrors Castle was forced to face to come home from Vietnam alive, ending in a shocking twist that will forever change how readers see Marvel Comics’ most famous urban vigilante. Collecting BORN #1-4.


I have never gone so far back into The Punisher’s origin story and I guess I got a bit curious. This was before everything. Before Frank Castle lost his family, before he started doling out punishments to the undesirables, This was when The Punisher was nothing more than a voice in a man’s head…offering him a way out.

The story is told from another officer’s point of view. We are thrown right into the thick of it near the Cambodian border and these soldiers have to face the harsh truth…nobody out there gives a d*mn about them, yet they keep on fighting.

This soldier tells us Frank’s story so we’re looking at the man we know as The Punisher from a different angle. What I got from it all is that he’s a cruel and cold bastard and he’ll bring justice to the innocent even if it means that those who are innocent have to die as well.

I did like this comic quite a bit and I loved that a huge portion of it was told from someone else’s POV. The art I thought, gave the story as a whole a bit of a dated feel and that further added to the story because it foes take place in the early 70s.

I am a lot more interest in The Punisher these days especially since he’s been featured in the Daredevil TV series and of course has his own series now, though I’m no stranger to the 2004 movie starring Thomas Jane.

I look forward to my journey on Frank Castle/The Punisher’s path I already know that it’ll be a bloody and action-packed one.

 

Read: 2 October 2017
Rating: ★★★.5

Publication Date: 21 February 2007
Publisher: MAX (Marvel Comics)
Writer: Garth Ennis
Illustrator: Darick Robertson

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Wrap Up: January 2018 (and February TBR)

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Afflicted Damage (2017-) #1 Give Me Five (The Princess Diaries, #5) Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Afflicted by Susanne Valenti

I took way to long to actually read this book but once I was in the zone, I was in. The. Zone! My rating for this isn’t very high but that doesn’t take away from the overall enjoyment. Looking forward to continuing this series. See review here.

Damage #1 by Robert Venditti

This issue gave enough information for me to be sure that I want to continue this series. I can’t wait to see how Ethan fights the monster he knows he’s not, but everyone thinks he is. Not to mention the actions that kind of proves it. Review to come soon.

Give Me Five by Meg Cabot

I really enjoyed this one! I hope I never get annoyed by this series and Mia’s tendency to obsess on one thing for almost 300 pages because I still have six more books to go so that would suck. Onward we go to Sixsational! Review to come soon.

Percy Jackson and the Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

I LOVED this! After reading The Sword of Summer I was a bit reluctant to read another Rick Riordan book so soon (I know it’s been a year but come on) but I’m glad I decided to ignore that voice in my head and finished this book in a whopping 3 days. That hasn’t happened in a while. Percy is the man! Review to come soon.

Total Read: 4 Books


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The Girl on the Train The Graveyard Book Life of Pi Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) Me Before You  (Me Before You, #1)  Invader Zim Vol. 1 

ARCs

Sleight The Weight of a Wing (The Stolen Wings, #1) Heartborn Loving Ashe: Book 1 of the Celebrity Series Soothsayer: Magic Is All Around Us (Soothsayer Series #1) Ever Shade (A Dark Faerie Tale, #1) Unseen (Breaking Free Book 1)  Jaeth's Eye (The Agartes Epilogues, #1) Demolition Love The Labyrinth Eve The Soul Reaper The Tower's Alchemist (The Gray Tower Trilogy, #1) Can't Buy Forever

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Comic Book Review: Frostbite by Joshua Williamson

FrostbiteGoodreads Synopsis

In the arctic wilderness of post-apocalyptic America, death comes in many forms—but none is worse than the terrifying plague that freezes its victims from the inside out. They call it frostbite, and it is slowly, inexorably infecting the struggling remnants of humanity. Frostbite has no vaccine, no immunity, and no cure.

Until now.

In snowbound Mexico City, Dr. Henry Bonham and his daughter, Victoria, have found the key to destroying the disease. In order to make their theoretical cure a reality, however, they have to travel 2,000 treacherous miles to a secret government installation on Alcatraz Island.

Enter Keaton, captain of the cross-country cargo hauler Icebreaker, and her hard-bitten mercenary crew. They’ve spent years learning how to survive on the ice, but they’ve never before gone on a run with such high stakes—or with such determined enemies.

Will these unlikely saviors make it across the frozen wasteland, defeat the relentless forces gunning for their lives, and bring warmth to the world? Or will frostbite continue to consume all life in its icy jaws?

Discover the shocking answers in FROSTBITE. Collects FROSTBITE #1-6.


Fifty-seven years ago the world was thrown into the new Ice Age and everyone has been suffering even more ever since. Billions of people died when it started but now there might be a light at the end of this previously doomed tunnel.

We follow Keaton and what starts with as her crew as they agree to take a doctor and her father to Alcatraz. In this day and age there is no time to feel guilty. You get what you can take and along the line, morals are tested, sacrifices are made. This is just the way the world is now.

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The graphics are a bit different, definitely not what I’m sued to but it fits with the theme and with the comic itself. I feel that if the images were super clear, it’d be too perfect and that would ruin the masterpiece.

This comic went a lot faster that I thought it would and I found myself flying right through it. I’ve read works by Joshua Williamson before and I admit that that is what made me pick this up. As expected, I wasn’t disappointed and I became quite engrossed in the plot.

I found the concept and idea interesting and I love that it ended off leaving a bit to the imagination but at the same time giving us closure. I’m all too glad that I decided to read this and I can’t wait to reach out more comics written by Williamson, not to mention works by this artist.

Read: 27 September 2017
Rating: ★★★

Publication Date: 1 August 2017
Publisher: Vertigo
Writer: Joshua Williamson
Illustrator: Jason Shawn Alexander

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