Friday, June 6, 2014

Reading Round Up 1

Since I love reading and still have quite a way to reach my reading goal, I'd thought I'd start a series of posts where I'd share what I've read recently or currently reading, share recommendations, or just talk about a book that I'm really excited about.

Recent Reads

Puella Magi Madoka Magica v. 1-3: I love the anime and this is basically an adaption of it, though not completely the same.  I do think that some panels (or full pages) are extemely dark and kind of difficult to make out details, but still an enjoyable read.  And I really like how Kyubey is drawn in the beginning and then you have the switch after the big secret is revealed - it has a much bigger impact than it did in the anime.

Jim Henson - The Biography by Brian Jay Jones: This was a great read. I'm a huge Muppets fan, and Labyrinth is one of my all time favorites, so it was great learning more about the man behind them, as well as the background to how everything came about.

Recent Library Pickups

Dune by Frank Herbert
Foundations by Isaac Asimov
John Constantine, Hellblazer: Original Sins by Jamie Delano
Agatha Heterodyne and the Bettleburg Clank by Kaja Foglio
Vivienne Westwood - Fashion, Perversity, and the Sixties Laid Bare by Fred Vermorel: This is also what I'm currently reading and it's... interesting.


I participated in a spring cleaning swap and received a few books:

Hanging Hill by Mo Hayder
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Pretty Girl Thirteen by Liz Coley

Tried But Couldn't Finish

Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott: I tried really hard to finish this - the history itself is fascinating, but the book feels like it's trying to be fiction and non-fiction at the same time and I find that annoying enough to not want to finish it.

Want To Read

Skin Game by Jim Butcher: The new Dresden Files book! I feel we've been waiting forever for it, and I'm 170 on the waiting list at the library.  I think my dad is higher up, but it'll probably still be a month or more before I can read it.

If you've read any of these, tell me what you thought of them.  Or if you have any recommendations, please do share!


  1. Love your list! I haven't read the Puella Magi Madoka Magica book (or light novel?) but I am now totally looking forward to that because I had no idea that it even existed! :D

    1. There are actually a few manga based on show, which are side stories or alternate timelines to the main story (I've got a couple of them on hold now). I'd love if the book that covers the very first draft and scenarios for the show was translated in english, but who knows if that will ever happen.