Friday, January 16, 2015

Read Play Blog: January 2015

Read Play Blog is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence & Read Me Away.

What games are you looking forward to in 2015?
 I actually don't keep up with video game releases too much because I don't have consoles or a high-end PC but I'm really looking forward to eventually playing:

1. Evolve [site] [wiki]

Evolve is an upcoming asymmetrical, cooperative/competitive shooter video game, developed by Turtle Rock Studios and published by 2K Games

My favorite gaming Youtuber has uploaded a video of him playing the alpha and it looks really fun! (Only click if you're alright with a weird man probably using not-child-friendly language). Especially for a co-op.

2. Dying Light [site] [wiki]

Dying Light is an upcoming survival horror video game developed by Polish video game developer Techland and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

Survival and horror. That's all I need to know to know I want this game.

3. hellraid [site] [wiki]

Hellraid is a first-person hack’n’slash game, set in a dark fantasy universe based on medieval European folklore. Featuring three distinct game modes that can be played in both single player and 2-4 player co-op, Hellraid is a unique blend of dynamic FPP combat and hack’n’slash elements.

Hellraid honestly looks like a scarier, more medieval version of Skyrim and I am so here for it.

4. Eminence [site]

Win and collect new cards by taking your opponents in a high risk competitive PvP card game. Trade with friends or unlock exclusive cards from story based quests. Earn bragging rights as you climb the leaderboards to claim the top spot.

I've never been into card games but the art for this one is amazing! If you go on the site, there's a game demo and I love it! It's kind of addicting.

5. The Division [site] [wiki]

Tom Clancy's The Division is an upcoming open world third-person shooter role-playing video game with survival elements. The Division is inspired by Operation Dark Winter and Directive 51, real-world events which reveal how vulnerable the United States has become in the modern era as society has become more "fragile" and "complex". Throughout the game, the agents will find themselves caught in a worldwide conspiracy and will be forced to combat both the threats of the virus as well as those who unleashed it. When everything else collapses, the Division's mission begins...

My friend first linked me a trailer type of gameplay for this one and it looks SO GOOD. The people talking in the video are so professional and not at all like casual gamers but it's just.. it's so good. Cinematic trailer / Gameplay trailer (People playing it).

Currently playing & Recommendation: Minecraft
Surely you've all heard of Minecraft? I honestly hadn't known it was a thing until 2013, I think. But that was a major revelation year for me, I found out about a LOT of games and have been gaming a little bit obsessively since then. However, back to the point, I got a Minecraft account last month and have been in LOVE! I love Endermen, they're so cute, even when they're mad!

That's about it! Any of you guys gamers and looking forward to any game releases this year?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Blogging Through Thursday (on a Friday~): January 08

Booking Through Thursday is a book blog meme presented by BTT2 at Wordpress. They post a question about books every Thursday and you have the whole day to reply back!  Let's look at this week's question:
Do you ever weed out unwanted books from your library? And if so, what do you do with them?
Heather:  I actually do.  I used to kinda be against the idea because I wanted to keep all my books in case I wanted to reread them at a later date, but some I realized were just absolute duds to me.  I sell them to the local 2nd N Charles for store credit, so my used books get a nice new home and I can get other used books as well!  \o/

Kaniesha: Not really, though I have in the past. When I was younger people would gift me random books. I tried to make sure those went to Goodwill. A lot of my books now are in really good condition HC, so if I wanted to get rid of them, I'd give them to friends or sell them. I think I'd try to donate to the local libraries too!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Kaniesha's Yearly Roundup #2: 2014

Goodbye forever, 2014! Hello, 2015!
So, as many of you may know, 2014 was kind of a mess. A sad, dreary, intense year full of anger, hate and heartbreak. Perhaps I'm being  a bit dramatic but I'm not going to lie and say I enjoyed too much of this year, because all of the fun I had was playing video games!

But on to the books! I originally set myself a lot of goals, numbers I wanted to reach for certain things such as physical books, debut author books, finishing series, reading classics, etc. Disappointingly, I didn't actually reach many of these. I don't really feel bad about it though, cause I did pick up, read and review more than I have in a year so I'm proud of myself more than anything. My reading goals ended up looking like this (link goes to my listography list).

My Goals Summary:

  • 5/7 stand-alone books (Originally it was five so I'm alright with it)
  • 3/7 contemporary books (Again, originally five. Not that I reached that either).
  • 6/3 series enders
  • 5/5 debut author books
  • 7/15 physical books (I love my Kindle too much. This is my weakness).
  • 0/3 classics (Oops).
  • 24/25 book reviews (Not too bad but hopefully I can improve the number next year)!
It's really not that bad when you get down to it! I'm really not that interested in classics or contemporaries so nudging myself is clearly not working. I may have to sit down and force myself to read them. Unfortunately, that's probably not going to happen any time soon.

My Stats:
  • Goodreads Challenge: 64/40 (yay!)
  • Books read: 53
  • Books dropped: 3
  • Novellas read: 8
  • Pages read (includes dropped books): 20,320 (My goal was 20k! but did I really reach it? Hm..)
  • Best rating: 5 stars
  • Worst rating: Dropped, 2 stars

As for books I received, I didn't win as many books this year as I won last year! This isn't a bad thing nor am I complaining, I just really can't afford to buy books. Honestly, I'd gotten paid to do something and my options were along the lines of 4-6 hardcovers (I'm not really a fan of paperbacks) or as many games on Steam that I could get on sale. Games won me over, to say the least. (I actually own a good 90 video games at this point). Here are the books I gathered in 2014:

1) What was the best book of the year for you?
Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge. I have the hugest, weirdest crush on Ignifex. Check my review here.

2) What was the worst, or most disappointing book of the year for you?
Snakeroot by Andrea Cremer. Check out my rant here.

3) Did you discover a new author or series you're now excited about?
Silevethiel by Andi O'Connor. I actually hated the book a lot but I love her take on elves anyway. Review.

4) What books are you looking forward to in 2014?
Crimson Bound by Rosamond Hodge, both books that Sarah J. Maas will be releasing, Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine, Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman, Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray, The Burning Sky #3 by Sherry Thomas, Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins, Magonia by Maria Headley, Rook by Sharon Cameron, and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Anything else will just be a fun, unexpected time.

5) What books did you read this year that you might recommend to the other book bloggers?
Anything I rated 5 stars. I'd list them all out but geez, that'd be a good two dozen books at the least.

I'm really proud of myself book wise in regards to 2014, especially because I read 4-5 books between July and September. Such a huge book slump but I read a lot and nearly (on average) wrote two reviews a month! When I've logged 400+ hours playing games in that same time, it's pretty interesting to compare.

I do hope that I do better in reference to the blog, I don't think I've had over 40 posts this year! I spend all my time blogging about kpop that I don't ever focus on books. If I want to be a book blogger I really have to kick myself into gear!

However I am really looking forward to a much better 2015~ I wish you all a prosperous and fun 2015 too :)

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Kaniesha Posts: Reading Challenges for 2015

Hello everyone! Happy 2015! I hope you all had a great New Year's Eve :) So for 2015, I'm going to challenge myself more than ever and really work hard towards these goals.

Flights of Fantasy: 25 books
As a huge lover and avid reader of fantasy books, I saw TheNerdHerd's post on this challenge and just decided that I was going to participate! I usually read a lot of fantasy books, as it's my favorite genre already. Magic is my favorite thing! Plus there are a few subcategories like high fantasy and urban fantasy, I really just end up reading very many so participating in this challenge should be a breeze :) I might up my number by the end of the year if things go well. As for that, my goal for now is to read 25 and review 15.

Dive Into Diversity Reading Challenge
Dive Into Diversity: 12 books
I'm a pretty diverse person myself, I'm mixed and pansexual, so reading diverse books should come naturally! However, I'm actually bad it and I tend to stick to the norm, with hyped up fantasies. I want to do better this year! I want to read 12 - one a month - and review at least 5 of them.

Debut Author Challenge: 10 books
Reading debut author books is another of my favorite things, I read quite the handful last year and hope to continue that this year. Supporting debuts is awesome!

The Daily Prophecy
(Fairytale) Retelling: 5+ books
I love retellings but I don't focus on them and I don't plan on focusing on them this year either, so reaching the Magic Mirror level is what I'd like to do for 2015 :)

So! 2015 will hopefully be a busy reading and book blogging year for me, though I still have no intention of being a super active poster. I don't want to stress myself out with books, I want to enjoy them! See you all at the end of each month to update with all my reading happenings!