Have You Hugged A Book Today?- March 2017


I’m finally ahead on my reading challenge! 😀 That’s probably because I had twenty hours of driving I didn’t expect this month, but yay! I’m not failing at something!


Anyway, I read a lot of pretty great books, let’s get started!

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header.

  • Books I’m Currently Reading:
    1. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself Into Print by Renni Browne- This is one I’ve read before, but I thought it would be good to review considering I’m right in the middle of editing my novel. I haven’t made a lot of progress on it, because I’ve been so busy, but I’m hoping to get some more in the next month.
    2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell- This book is super adorable and really touching so far. I’m excited to see what happens next!
    3. His Majesty’s Dragon(Temeraire, #1) by Naomi Novik- I just started this one, but it is already SO CUTE, I am dying inside! I honestly did not expect a book about dragons during the Napoleonic wars to have me squealing like a small child, but seriously, my heart can’t take much more of this…
  • Books I’ve Finished:
    1. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) by Jim Butcher- Four Stars
    2. The Magician’s Elephant by Kate DiCamillo- Five Stars
    3. Miles, Mutants and Microbes (Vorkosigan Omnibus, #5) by Lois McMaster Bujold- Five Stars
    4. The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett- Five Stars
    5. Daredevil: The Devil, Inside and Out, Vol. 1 by Ed Brubaker- Five Stars
    6. Grave Peril (The Dresden Files, #3) by Jim Butcher- Five Stars
    7. Young Avengers, Vol 1: Style > Substance by Kieron Gillen- Four Stars
    8. Young Avengers, Vol 2: Alternative Culture by Kieron Gillen- Five Stars
    9. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) by Deborah Harkness- Five Stars

Fog’s Book of the Month

The Girl Who Drank the MoonThe Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe I haven’t already written a review of this book. It was so beautifully done, full of childish wonder and adorable creatures, while at the same time showing just how terrible the world can truly be. I loved the underlying themes of curiosity and the power of knowledge, encouraging you to question the world around you, not in a negative way, but just to understand how things work and why things are the way they are rather than accepting them blindly. I also loved how there were several moments in which the heroes of the story, the characters we are meant to look up to and trust, made mistakes in the name of maintaining the peace and order of their lives. Facing the truth is hard, but necessary, and making the choice to sweep things under the rug or pretend that they aren’t happening isn’t helping anyone. It will always come back around.
On the surface, the book is just a great read, full of humor and fantastical whimsy with plenty of surprising twists and turns. At no point was I ever bored or thinking about moving on to something else. I highly recommend this one.

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No Destructive Creativity Corner this month, I’ve been too busy with editing and family emergencies and generally feeling like a failure 🙂 We’ll try again next month! See you guys in April!


Have You Hugged A Book Today?- February 2017

A Brief Note: I wrote this post a week ago and then forgot to post it. I’m posting it as-is and backdating it, mostly because I’m in the midst of editing and don’t feel like rewriting the whole thing. I’ll try to do better next month, promise! ;D


I read three books and I’m STILL two books behind! Argh! I need to read more comics, just so I can feel like I accomplished something…

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂

  • Books I’m Currently Reading:
    1. Miles, Mutants, and Microbes (Vorkosigan Omnibus #5) by Lois McMaster Bujold– I know it seems weird that I’m reading #5 after #6, but in the continuity of the series, it actually makes more sense. Also, I’m loving the Quaddies and I feel very strongly for them. They are all my precious children and I greatly desire their freedom from the evil Corporation…
    2. Fool Moon (The Dresden Files, #2) by Jim Butcher– Holy crap, this is leaps and bounds better than Storm Front! Not just the story, but the narration and production is infinitely better. I’m very excited and looking forward to the end 🙂
  • Books I’ve Finished:
    1. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1), by Jim Butcher- Three Stars
    2. Miles in Love (Vorkosigan Omnibus #6), by Lois McMaster Bujold- Five Stars

Fog’s Book of the Month
A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh this book… It was moving, and heartfelt, and most importantly it was just so REAL. I know it sounds strange to say that about a book with Monster in the title, but it really was all about speaking the truth. Even when it’s hard, even when you don’t want to face it, even if it isn’t what you think it is. It was beautiful and heartbreaking and I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Addendum (from one of my early notes during reading): “It’s not often that I’m sold on a book as early as the Author’s Note, but Mr. Ness, you had me at ‘So go. Run with it. Make trouble.’

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The Destructive Creativity Corner (Instagram, @fogisbeautiful)

I haven’t done much with my “F*nish Th*s B**k” this past month, but I do have one post I can share.

That’s all! See you guys in March!


Have You Hugged A Book Today?- January 2017


New Year, New Book Challenge! And I’m already behind, of course ;P As I said in my Conclusion to 2016, I’ve raised my goal to 55 books this year instead of my customary 50… Can I really call it ‘customary’ if I’ve only done it two years in row? Oh well, I’m using it! 😀

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂

  • What I’m currently reading:
    1. Miles in Love (Vorkosigan Omnibus #6) by Lois McMaster Bujold– I haven’t finished anymore of this yet. I will. I just… haven’t. I have no excuse.
    2. Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer– If I haven’t made any progress on this by next month, I’m taking it off the list, because it’s depressing me. Audrey Hepburn is a lot of things, but ‘depressing’ should not be one of them.
    3. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher– I finally started the series! Yay! I’m a little disappointed by the narration, but I think that might have more to do with the production than with James Marsden (if that makes any sense?) and the story is pretty good. I think it’s about to get really good, and I’m told things really pick up around Book Three. I think I can stick it out until then. Also, Bob is the best. That is all.
  • Books I’ve Finished- None this month, mostly because I’m just failing at life a little bit. This also means that there’s no Book of the Month this month. Sorry, we’ll try again in February 🙂

However, I would like to go ahead and introduce a new segment this month:

The Destructive Creativity Corner

Basically, a lovely coworker got me a really neat book for Christmas this year, a book by the same author that created Wreck This Journal: F*nish Th*s B**k, by Keri Smith. The basic premise is that you have found a folder full of half-formed ideas, and now you have to complete the book using your creative intuition. I’ve been thinking about trying out a book like this for over a year now, so it just seems like fate that one has now fallen into my hands. I’m very excited!

Now, the instructions in the book say specifically that I shouldn’t share the results of this endeavor until specifically instructed to do so… but, I couldn’t resist leaking a picture of my gathered materials at least:

I’m really enjoying what I’ve done so far, I’ll post whatever pictures are “leaked” as they become available ;P If you’d like to follow my progress in real time, you can follow my Instagram, @fogisbeautiful.

That’s all! See you guys in February!





Have You Hugged A Book Today?- The Conclusion of 2016

I know this is incredibly late, but we’re going to take this opportunity to make a two-parter out of it! So you’ll definitely get your money’s worth today, folks!


First things first, let’s catch you up on what I’ve been doing since last we spoke!

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂

  • Books I’ve Finished 
    1. The Winter Soldier, Vol 1: The Man on the Wall by Ales Kot- Four Stars
    2. Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm by Al Ewing- Four Stars
    3. Author 2.0 Blueprint by Joanna Penn- Four Stars
    4. Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal- Four Stars
    5. Dictate Your Book by Monica Leonelle- Five Stars
    6. The Dispatcher by John Scalzi- Five Stars
    7. Odd Interlude (Odd Thomas #4) by Dean Koontz- Four Stars
    8. The Clockwork Scarab (Stoker and Holmes #1) by Colleen Gleeson- Four Stars

Fog’s Book Of The Month

The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, #7)The Dark Tower by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wow. Okay, I have a lot of feelings about this book, not all of them were good (as you can tell, if you kept up with my comments as I was reading), but overall, the ending of this book made up for any flaws in the storytelling. The ending… I had to stop reading and drive in silence for a long time, just to digest it. ‘Ka is a wheel’ was an overarching theme throughout the series, but I never really understood the significance until I read the end. The true end, not the feel-good, make-you-cry, first ending. And Mr. King was correct, I could have just left the book with that first ending and been perfectly content. I considered it, actually. But I’m ultimately glad I didn’t though. Quite frankly, most of the Stephen King endings I’ve read have left a lot to be desired (I’m looking at YOU “Under The Dome”), but I think I know what happened now. He used up all his good ending mojo on this book. That’s what it has to be 🙂

Anyway, it was a great end to a pretty good series, and I’m glad I got them all read this year! 🙂

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Okay, now that we have all that out of the way, it’s the end of the year! That means, it’s time to take a look back at what I’ve accomplished this year and outline what I plan to accomplish in the new year! Here we go!


Thanks, Goodreads, for your confidence. I didn’t read any sarcasm in that AT ALL… ;P



Despite Goodreads’ passive-aggressive irony, I feel really good about this year! I finished  The Dark Tower series, and managed to  surpass my goal of reading 50 books in 2016! All in all, it’s been a good year, and I look forward to great things in 2017.

My goals for the upcoming year include:

  • Read 55 books– I’ve stuck to 50 books for the past two years, and pretty easily surpassed that goal. Time to edge it up a little I think, especially with my new access to audiobooks, thanks to Audible. 55 books is a reasonable stretch. Right?
  • Read the first eight books of the Dresden Files series– This is my new series to read in 2017! According to my research, there’s fifteen books currently published (not including all the little in-between books, which I’m currently planning to ignore) and one due for release in 2017, but I’m only going to try to finish the first eight. As my series goals have generally been seven books to a series, I think this fits nicely with my goal to stretch myself a bit. The premise of these books (a modern wizard PI solves paranormal crimes) appeals to me greatly and I’ve heard wonderful things about James Marsters as a narrator. I’m really looking forward to what’s coming up!


And that’s my year! I’ll have a new Challenge up on Goodreads in the new year, and you can check out my to-read list to get an idea of what I might read in the year ahead (fair warning: the list needs to be reorganized, badly. I plan to get on that soon, but it will still give you a pretty good idea of what I have coming up).

See you guys in 2017! 😀


Have You Hugged A Book Today?- October 2016


Eep! I’m down to only a single book lead! Well, I guess that’s what happens when NaNoWriMo takes over your life 🙂 I’ll catch up in December, I’m sure.

Also, this is going to be a pretty unusual Reading post because I literally finished only one book this month. As a result, that book is going to be the highlight of the post, as is well deserved because it was AH-MAZ-ING. I gushed about it all over Goodreads, so here you go!

Fog’s Book Of The Month
FangirlFangirl by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I already feel like I need to reread this book, just so I can better appreciate the ending. Or rather, the non-ending. Because it wasn’t what I expected at all. Without spoiling anything, things are not resolved. At least, not in the traditional sense that you would expect things to be resolved in a book like this. What I love most about Cath’s story, is that she doesn’t “overcome”. She triumphs, I’m not saying that. But she doesn’t magically become “better” or “get over” her issues. Instead she manages to find and surround herself with people who care about her exactly as she is, who lift her up and give her the support she needs, without changing who she is as a person.
God, this was such a great story. I was so angry at Wren (I still am, honestly, she was a grade A bitch), but in the end, I think I even got her. I got that she was going through the same things as Cath, she just handled them so much differently, in a way that maybe I can’t relate to, but that I can sympathize with. But Cath was, without a doubt, the character I related to the most strongly. It was literally like Rainbow Rowell crawled up into my headspace and just wrote down everything she found there. I don’t understand how it has taken so long for someone to write a book like this.
I can’t even begin to talk about the rest of the supporting cast, because they were too good for words. I don’t want to spoil anything, but they are all just so, so good. I cannot recommend this book enough.

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There you go! My wonderful gushing about Fangirl! Thanks to Cat Mealer for allowing me to borrow her copy for so long, you’re the best! 😀 See you guys in December!


Have You Hugged A Book Today?- September 2016


I’m slowly losing my lead, but that’s okay. As long as I stay steady, I should still make my goal this year, but I’ve got a lot of writing to do, so things are gonna slow down on the reading front.

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂


  • Books I’ve Finished 
    1. Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower #5) by Stephen King- Five Stars
    2. Song of Susannah (Dark Tower #6) by Stephen King- Four Stars

Fog’s Book Of The Month

Wolves of the Calla (The Dark Tower, #5)Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Dude! This book was amazing! I loved the tie-ins to other works, I loved the Calla (I’m not joking, I keep catching myself trying to slip into Calla -speak ;P), I loved the story and the reveal of the Wolves. I predicted it, but there were enough twists to make even my prediction interesting 🙂 I’ve already started Book 6, because I HAVE to know what’s happened to Susannah!

For more info, please see my live-reading updates, they’re pretty entertaining ;P

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Short and sweet! See you guys later!




Have You Hugged A Book Today?- August 2016


I am still seven books ahead of schedule! This is excellent! I feel so relieved about this, which is good because I have enough stress in my life 🙂

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂

  • What I’m currently reading (in order of Date Started)
    1. Wolves of the Calla (Dark Tower #5) by Stephen King– Oh my gosh, this book is SO MUCH BETTER than Wizard and Glass! Things are actually happening that I care about, and plot, and we’re back into the actual story, and YAY! Not sure how I feel about the shady villagers asking for help (and I kind of wish I’d read Salem’s Lot before this, but I can go back and fix that ;P), but things are happening! Hooray! \o/
    2. Miles in Love (Vorkosigan Omnibus #6) by Lois McMaster Bujold– I’m having a moment of weirdness, because I sort of spoiled myself for the first book in this omnibus, but I still want to know how the thing I know about is going to happen. So I’m in a weird state of anticipation right now 🙂 Also, I’m having feels about this terrible marriage, just FYI…
    3. Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer– Whoops! I sort of forgot I was reading this. Going to try to pick it up and finish it this month 🙂
  • Books I’ve Finished 
    1. Wizard and Glass (Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King- Three Stars

Fog’s Book Of The Month

Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Miles hits 30. 30 hits back.”

This is the one line description of this book in the timeline, and honestly it’s a much better summary than the one on the back of the book. The back of the book is deceptive, as it implies that you will be living Simon Illyan’s memories, which is not true. This book is probably the most introspective of the Miles books I’ve read so far and, as a result, is also a slower paced book. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t engaging (I read it in about a day), it just means that it was very different from the books that have preceded it. It feels like the transition that it is, a transition from a reckless, careless, hyperactive Miles to a more grown-up version, who thinks about others (and himself) a bit more deeply. It changes him and makes him more aware of himself, something that he has been sorely lacking.

All in all, a very good book, if not exactly what was promised on the package 🙂

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Well, this was a quick post! I didn’t really have much to report this month. Oh well, I’ll leave you on a funny note:


I’m not even sorry ;P See you guys next time!


Have You Hugged A Book Today?- July 2016

Alright y’all, I went on vacation and completely forgot about the blog. My bad. But I’m here now, let’s get to it!


You read that right, folks, I am eight books ahead of my schedule! There were a lot of comic books involved, but I regret nothing!


Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂

  • What I’m currently reading (in order of Date Started)
    1. Wizard and Glass by Stephen King– This. Book. Is. A. Slog. Ugh. Seriously, I could not care less about what’s happening here if I tried. I like Roland for liking the Mayor’s wife and feeling bad for her, but that’s basically the only interesting and surprising element in this plot line, and trust me, it’s not that interesting. I just want to get back to the actual story, that is all I want in life right now…
    2. Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer– I haven’t picked this book up again, but I plan to fix that this week! 🙂
  • Books I’ve Finished 
    1. The Superior Spider-Man, Vol 1: My Own Worst Enemy by Dan Slott- Four Stars
    2. Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing- Five Stars
    3. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon- Three Stars
    4. Original Sin by Jason Aaron- Four Stars
    5. Rocket Raccoon, Vol 1: A Chasing Tale- Four Stars
    6. Rocket Raccoon, Vol 2: Storytailer- Three Stars
    7. Daredevil Legends, Vol 2: Born Again- Four Stars
    8. S.H.I.E.L.D., Vol 1: Perfect Bullets- Three Stars

Fog’s Book Of The Month
All-New, All-Different Avengers, Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven (All-New, All-Different Avengers, #1)All-New, All-Different Avengers, Vol. 1: The Magnificent Seven by Mark Waid

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have three words and an honorific for you: Nova and Ms. Marvel. Their interactions almost completely made this book for me. With a nice side of Miles Morales (who I am now going to have to find more of), and lady!Thor (who was AMAZING with Sam Wilson, I am right with Kamala on this ship). I loved the tiny nods to Sam’s struggle to be accepted as Captain America, and the struggle of the adults to trust the kids while at the same time wanting to protect them. Basically, this book was amazing and I will definitely be reading more.

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And that’s it! Like I said, a lot of comic books, but I’m going to try really hard to read a few more other books now that I’m back home again (if I can ever trudge through Wizard and Glass, oh my god…). Until next time!





Have You Hugged A Book Today?- June 2016

You guys! I was so into NaNo and Pokemon Go, I forgot my blog post! I’m so sorry, here we go!


I’m two books ahead of schedule! This is so awesome! I feel so accomplished this month 🙂

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂

  • What I’m currently reading (in order of Date Started)
    1. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon– Into Month #2 of reading this for the book club 🙂 Still enjoying it, but I’m not sure if I’m going to continue the series. It’s really going to depend on the ending I think, and I’m nowhere near there yet 🙂
    2. Wizard and Glass by Stephen King– Book Four in the Dark Tower series. This is where Mr. King lost me last time around. I’m powering through, but I have to say, I’m not all that interested in what’s happening here. It all seems pretty predictable to me, and I feel like I could live without it…
    3. Audrey Hepburn: An Elegant Spirit by Sean Hepburn Ferrer– This is a book that a friend let me borrow and I’m just now getting around to reading it. Because I’m a terrible friend like that (sorry, Peggy!). It’s a beautiful book and a nice read for a slow day on the couch.
  • Books I’ve Finished 
    1. Miles Errant (Vorkosigan Omnibus #4) by Lois McMaster Bujold- Five Stars
    2. The Walking Dead, Vol 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman- Four Stars
    3. The Walking Dead, Vol 17: Something To Fear by Robert Kirkman- Four Stars
    4. The Walking Dead, Vol 18: What Comes After by Robert Kirkman- Five Stars
    5. Hawkeye, Vol 6: Hawkeyes by Jeff Lemire- Four Stars

Fog’s Book Of The Month
The Slow Regard of Silent ThingsThe Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I like that Pat put a warning that this book might not be for everyone. I can see how it might have been necessary. But I can also say that this book was definitely for me 🙂 As with all of Pat’s books (I’m using the familiar form of his name because, by god, I feel like the man is my literary friend, fight me ;P), the language was beautiful, but I never felt like it was ostentatious or unnecessary. Every word used in the proper way, every phrase put in it’s perfect place 🙂 Auri was lovely to read about, I loved her more than I have ever loved her before and I will never read about her in the same way again.

As Pat said, this book is for all of those that are a little broken. We are many. We are not alone. This book was a reminder that we are not forgotten and we are beautiful and we are loved. Yet another book that changed my life 🙂

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Extra! Extra!

I’ve started reorganizing my bookshelf and putting books into boxes 😦 I know, it’s a sad state, but not as sad as the piles currently on my floor. Stay tuned, I might post photos! 😉

Until next time!



Have You Hugged A Book Today?- May 2016


I actually caught up on my reading goal! Hooray! \o/ I blame both a comic book binge and Audible for this. It took me forever to convince my brain that signing up for an audiobook once a month was a good idea, but right now I REGRET NOTHING! 😀

Here’s the link to my star rating breakdown if anyone needs a refresher. It’s also up in the header 🙂

  • What I’m currently reading (in order of Date Started)
    1. Miles Errant by Lois McMaster Bujold– This has been my weekend read for the past couple of weekends 🙂 I love Miles Vorkosigan to death and reading his antics never fails to make me laugh out loud. He’s a delight in every way and I’m glad I’ve been able to get back into his world.
    2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon– This is a book club read and I’m enjoying it immensely! So far, it’s very much not the over-the-top romance I was expecting and much more a historical fiction with some fantasy realism thrown in. I’m liking it a lot (though I am spending a lot of time waiting for the other shoe to drop right now ;P).
  • Books I’ve Finished 
    1. The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King- Four Stars
    2. Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron Prelude by Will Pilgrim – Three Stars
    3. Avengers: Road to Marvel’s The Avengers- Four Stars
    4. The Martian by Andy Weir- Five Stars
    5. Ms. Marvel Vol 4: Last Days by Willow G. Wilson- Five Stars
    6. Thor Vol 2: Who Holds The Hammer? by Jason Aaron- Four Stars
    7. Doctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K. Vaughan- Five Stars
    8. Chew Vol 2: International Flavor by John Layman- Four Stars
    9. The Wastelands by Stephen King- Four Stars

Fog’s Book Of The Month
Maladaptation (Deviant Behaviors #1)Maladaptation by Adan Ramie

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alright, I finished this book a while ago and I was trying to come up with the perfect words to write in my review, but at this point I think I should just wing it, so here we go! ;P

I loved this book. It’s not in my normal genre wheelhouse, but I’m always trying to expand my experience and, let me tell you, my experience is expanded! It was gritty and dark and very real. I found characters on both sides that I could root for (and in at least one case, scream at in a very WHAT ARE YOU DOING, DON’T DO THAT, I WANT TO KEEP LIKING YOU! kind of way ;P) and I felt sympathy for them in all sorts of different ways. The plot was grim, but engaging and kept me asking questions (which is something I always like) and the end, while not tied up in a perfect bow, was exactly what I didn’t know I needed.

I look forward to digging into more stories with these characters!

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