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Sorry for our inactivity, our lives has been quite busy and taking up our free time.
Anyways, what I want to tell y'all about, the changes. Please keep in mind, this might not be all of the changes, as some are still a WIP. But those that are already Set in Stone, so to speak is:
August Wrap Up / September TBR
August Wrap Up:
In August I read 2 novellas and 2 novels, I blame the reading slump GoT put me in. Which stopped all reading once I started it basically, near the end of the month.
So, shockingly, I'm giving myself a manageable TBR for this month. Take note of this, it won't happen again for a long time. Considering it's been over a year since this has last happened. Only a mere 5 books, holy crap.
June Wrap-Up/ July TBR
June Wrap Up:
June was a okay reading month for me, I've had better, but then again I've had much worse. Reading a total of 8 books this month, 3 of them being novellas. So here is what I read this month:
This is not a too insane tbr, though I'm reading at a pace of a snail and have only gotten a few books finished this month. Those were novellas, so, it doesn't take long to finish those. Basically, eBooks are heaven, especially for people who don't sleep at night until the middle of the night. And don't wanna turn on the light in their room.
Janet's May Wrap Up/ June TBR
May Wrap Up:
This Month I had given myself the insane TBR of 16 (well 21 if you count each novella separately), reading 9 out of the 16(or really 21) books.
1. The Lost Voices (TLV #1) by: Sarah Porter (Stars: 5/5)
2. Waking Storms (TLV #2) by: Sarah Porter (Stars: 5/5)
3. The Heir (The Selection #4) (Re-read) by: Kiera Cass (Stars: 5/5)
4. The Crown (The Selection #5) by: Kiera Cass (Stars: 5/5)
5. A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOTAR #2) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars: 5/5)
6. Throne of Glass (ToG #1) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars 5/5)
7. Crown of Midnight (ToG #2) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars: 5/5)
8. The Assassin and the Pirate Lord (ToG #0.1) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars: 4/5)
9. The Assassin and the Healer (ToG #0.2) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars: 4/5)
10. The Assassin and the Desert (ToG #0.3) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars: 4.5/5)
11. The Assassin and the Underworld (ToG #0.4) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars 4.5/5)
12. The Assassin and the Empire (ToG #0.5) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars 5/5)
13. The Assassin's Blade (ToG #0.1-0.5) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars 4.5/5)
14. Heir of Fire (ToG #3) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars: 5/5)
15. Queen of Shadows (ToG #4) by: Sarah J Maas (Stars: 5/5)
June 2016 TBR:
Okay, back to a sane tbr again. Though I don't have my series from Eden for this month >-<
Janet's April Wrap-Up/ May TBR
So this month I've total read 12 books, 7 of the 12 which I decided as TBR for April.
Now for May's TBR it is a little bit much, but I love loading myself with a unrealistic TBR cause why not?!
May Book of the Month
We finally decided what our May Book of the Month will be, and it is *drum roll*:
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by: Rick Riordan
I'm super excited to read this again (even though I only read it a month ago), but we do not have a meeting date nor time of course. We will set this later on in the month and will let you guys know when we do. I'm going to be setting up a group DM on your Instagram @hornedreaders for all members and you are free to join even if you aren't a member. I will set this up soon, but I'm not 100% sure what time of day I will today or tomorrow.
Can't wait to re-read this and discuss it with you guys!
New Meeting Date
We have a new meeting date on Sunday April 24th at 1 PM EST (Eastern Standard Time). Our first meeting just didn't work out like we planned on the points of
- Only one member came, but granted some told us they weren't going to be available which we appreciate letting us know you won't be able to come.
- The program itself was acting up and even I took 30 minutes to get in, 15 minutes each time. Other members couldn't get in as well, so that's why there is no recording on the introdutory meeting.
- If you are trying to get in a computer if definitely better and easier to use by the way, that way thing like the microphone are easier to gain access to.
I'm sorry about the short notice but both me and Eden have been so busy that we just haven't had the chance to post it on here yet. Though if you want updates more regularily and we have a better chance to getting them to you please follow our Instagram which is @hornedreaders and just turn on post notifications.
I hope to see all of you there, and most excitedely we are going to decide the May Book of the Month at the meeting!
I Rest My Case
I thought I'd post about something really important to me...positivity.
In the world we live in today, we are always having media shoved in our faces full of negative stories and messages. I get that our world right now is full of a lot of serious things, and I'm for sure not throwing them to the wind. But I am saying that I think its important to surround ourselves with positive energy, in order to create that in our world.
Think about your social media. Who do you follow? What do they post about everyday? Do you follow people who are always posting about the tragedy in the world? About the kid who died, or a group of hungry kids in a third world country? What about the new life (animal and human) who was born that same second? What about the 20,000 acts of random kindness that happen daily? My question is, why not post about that? There are so many positive things that happen around us, and instead of focusing on that we continue to focus on the negative. How will our world ever change if we don't see what's already right in front of us?
As I write this post I feel I should add a disclaimer. I am not in any way saying that these tragic happenings are unimportant, or am I being naive. What I'm saying is that even in a time of severe sadness, tragedy, or peril, what is one way you can focus on the positive and bring light into whatever situation you are in?
Let me know in the comments below how you bring light into your everyday life.
Stay cool cucumbers,
Soundless: by Richelle Mead 4/5 Stars
Published: November 10th, 2015
Page Count: 266 pages
Synopsis: In a village without sound…
For as long as Fei can remember, no one in her village has been able to hear. Rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village, so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink. Many go hungry. Fei and all the people she loves are plunged into crisis, with nothing to look forward to but darkness and starvation.
One girl hears a call to action…
Until one night, Fei is awoken by a searing noise. Sound becomes her weapon.
She sets out to uncover what’s happened to her and to fight the dangers threatening her village. A handsome miner with a revolutionary spirit accompanies Fei on her quest, bringing with him new risks and the possibility of romance. They embark on a majestic journey from the peak of their jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiguo, where a startling truth will change their lives forever…
And unlocks a power that will save her people.
Review: SPOILERS FOLLOW FROM THIS POINT ON!
Another great book out of Richelle Mead, I absolutely her Vampire Academy and intend on reading her Bloodlines series. We get introduced to Fei living in a village where everyone is deaf and they adapted well, but some are beginning to lose their sight and Fei's sister Zhang Jing is losing hers. All the while Fei having to hide it since she and Zhang Jing work on Peacock Court as an apprentice how all the news is spread everyday by calligraphy and paintings. Worrying that her sister will become an beggar rarely getting food and is helpless.
One day Sheng one of Fei's fellow apprentices is upset over a boy stealing food and is kicked out of the court since that is one of the highest crimes possible, spots to be an apprentice in very high demand. The boy being dragged out by Li Wei and Sheng with new injuries leaving the boy in the road, which Fei doesn't appreciate. But Li Wei and Fei apologizing later on in the form of gifts what they have done since they were 8 years old. Wanting to marry but she got accepted into Peacock Court sparking the gift giving apologises.
One morning waking up to new unfarmiliar things which we learn are sounds but at the time she doesn't know. But since shes been deaf her whole life they cause her not to be able to concentrate all day and cause a migrane. Claiming a headache to her elders she spends the day in the library reading Feng Jie's writings the last one to be able to hear in the village generations ago. Trying to describe these new and weird sounds.
But sadly, because of Zhang Jie losing her sight slowly she loses her apprenticeship gaining an job as an servant since the boy stole food. Fei being sent out to overlook the mining one day Li Wei losing his father in an mining accident, Fei hearing the sound of grief for the first time.
After some talking her and Li Wei steal some boys clothing and rations to climb down the mountain Fei being able to hear the falling rocks. It all works until Li Wei's ropes snap and he falls luckily unharmed. Stopping in a village that also was deaf but didn't survive no one knowing about other villages that exist just like Fei's. They climb for a few days reaching the village at which the zip line keeper lives, meeting him hogging a bunch of the food that Fei's village needs.
This village being able to hear and speak Fei and Li Wei is being shunned but Xio Mei taking them into an inn. Xio Mei being able to sign a different language with some common words. The village is called Beiugo and cna be quite mean to deaf persons, and their king named Jianjun. Lu Zhu a friend of Xio Mei is against Jianjun and can sign as well. After an bowl breaking which would enrage the inn keeper Fei paints a new one just like it and it goes unnoticed by the inn keeper.
Xio Mei taking Fei and Li Wei to a village who everyone is deaf to a woman named Naun, keeping Fei and Li Wei in safety. But all the while finding out why the village cannot hear and some are beginning to lose their sight. The blindness caused by the metals they unearth in exchange for food. Ending back up on Fei's village since the vengeful line keeper doesn't want them in his village.
Fei being the one to help get the other deaf villagers to raise the Pyxisus after the line keeper makes them mine basically 24/7. All the villagers screaming at the top of their lungs therefore raising the Pyxisus. Now the villagers cannot gain their hearing back but the village is safe. Fei and another girl who can hear is learning to speak and the village is thriving again.
This was good but it needed like about another 100 pages to see what happens and how well the village is doing after the Pyxisus is raised. Though Richelle got the Mythology done so well and I 100% recommended this book. It's such a lovely mix of fantasy and mythology, and if you haven't read anything by Richelle please do so!
First Meeting Times
Our first meeting has been decided...we will meet on April 8th, 8:00 EST!
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