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Monday, January 22, 2018

2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge



This challenge is perfect for me to complete #5 on my yearly goals list. Hosted by Celebrity Readers, it's a challenge with 3 different levels of participation. I had set my goal as completing 5 series this year but had yet to look at all the ones that I have not finished.

My list is not complete. I looked at duologies/trilogies/series for the past 2 years. As I go back further in my Goodreads list, I will add to this list. Since I have more than I thought, I'm going to up my goal to 9 to complete the A List Challenge!




Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith
Career of Evil #3

Monsters of Verity by Victoria Schwab
Our Dark Duet #2

Jane Hawk by Dean Koonz
The Whispering Room #2

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Mist and Fury #2 (my own)
A Court of Wings and Ruin #3

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
One Dark Throne #2

Arc of the Scythe by Neal Shusterman
Thunderhead #2

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Traitor to the Throne #2 (my own)

Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown
Golden Sun #2
Morning Star #3

Joe Ledger by Jonathan Maberry
The King of Plagues #3
Assassin's Code #4
Extinction Machine #5
Code Zero #6
Predator One #7
Kill Switch #8
Dogs of War #9


Friday, January 19, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday...on a Friday!



Top Ten Tuesday has moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's theme is our bookish resolutions/goals for the year. I've been batting around a few ideas this month but haven't put them down on paper yet. This theme is perfect for me to finalize my list!

1. Read 75 books before December 31, 2018. I read 74 last year but that included graphic novels so 75 is going to be a stretch for me. 

  • Read in 2013 - 85
  • Read in 2014 - 40
  • Read in 2015 - 59
  • Read in 2016 - 31
The highest number read was in 2013 when I was the most active on my blog and in the book community. I am hoping that being back on my blog will help me have better luck reading this year.

2. Read one classic per month. I would like to average one classic a month. Giving some leeway on this one...if I read 2 in a month, I can skip a month. I tend not to reach for classics but, generally speaking, I enjoy reading them when I do pick them up. Hoping that having this goal will put them more on my radar.

3. Read a mix of adult and young adult. I have gotten much better at not just reading YA. Not that there is anything wrong with reading just YA but I want to read more adult.

4. Read a mix of personally owned and library borrowed. I am terrible at reading my own books. I read library books because they have a due date. I don't want my own to look "used" or to get dirty. But then they sit on my shelves and gather dust instead. I challenged myself several years ago to alternate library books with owned books and did really well. 

5. Complete 5 series this year. I haven't nailed this one down yet. I need to check my Goodreads list to see what needs to be completed.

6. Buy more books. "What?!" you might ask? You need to challenge yourself to buy MORE books? Well sort of. I am terrible at buying new books because of the cost but I love them so much. Less guilt is my real goal.

7. Read some old favorites. There are quite a few authors that I used to read that I never pick up anymore. When I was the most active in the book community I was receiving ARCs and didn't read many by the same author. I would like to read some of the authors I loved before.

8. Reread. I want to reread all of Leigh Bardugo's books, The Hunger Games trilogy, The Night Circus, and The Shatter Me trilogy. I am sure there are others that can be added to this list!

9. Complete 3 challenges. I am terrible at challenges. I start them but don't follow through. This will be the year of follow through! 

10. Read at least half of the book club books. Am a member of 2 different book clubs. Since I have a hard time forcing myself to finish a book that I don't enjoy, I have a tendency not to read the book club selections. I would like to read at least half of the books this year even if I HATE them. :-)





Thursday, January 18, 2018

Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR Possibilities List 2018

Winter Biannual Bibliothon TBR Possibilities List


Although I will more than likely not complete anywhere close to the 7 challenges, I do like having my possibilities picked out.

Challenge #1 – Read the group pick
Otherworld by Jason Segal

Challenge #2 – Read a sequel
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas or
One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake

Challenge #3 – Read a book you've never heard of before
DOUBLE UP – Otherworld by Jason Segal or
Secrets of Southern Girls by Haley Harrigan

Challenge #4 – Read a book about mental illness
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green or
Monkey Mind by Daniel Smith

Challenge #5 – Read a book that was mentioned in another book, movie or tv show
DOUBLE UP – Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • This read will also count towards my Read one Classic a Month Challenge

Challenge #6 – Read a book that is under 200 pages
DOUBLE UP – Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll or
The Colour of Milk by Nell Leyshon

Challenge #7 – Read a backlist title
DOUBLE UP – read any of the above

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Friday, August 25, 2017

ARC Envy #24 - Wonder Woman by Leigh Bardugo


Every week several of my favorite bloggers post vlogs or whatever of all the great book hauls they've received for the week. Since I'm a tiny little fish in the huge book blogging pond, my mailbox isn't stuffed with all the great ARCs that they get. Dana's ARC Envy is my way of highlighting an ARC that I *wish* had been sent to me too. 





Title: Wonder Woman: Warbringer
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Expected Publication Date: August 29, 2017

Judging a book by its cover:  Not bad!

Know anything about the author?  One of my favorite authors ever.

Why do I want it?  Leigh Bardugo. Enough said.

Summary from Goodreads:

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war.
 

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Bout of Books Daily Update Posts


Rather than make individual posts about my daily totals, I will update this post each day.


Day 7
I FINALLY finished! I am still processing whether or not I even liked that long winded saga but at least I finished it within the week. Thank goodness.

Day 6
Read up to page 617 yesterday. Hoping that I will be able to finish Voyager today before the readathon ends. If I finish this one, I'll be satisfied with my reading for the week.

Day 5
Made it to page 372 before I got too sleepy to continue in Voyager. I cannot believe that Bout of Books is winding down so quickly!

Day 4
Read to page 237 in Voyager. Yay! Slow going because of the dialect but I'm enjoying the story very much and can't wait for season 3 of the show.

Day 3
Read up to page 119 in Voyager. Not sure what my deal is this go round. Too much stuff with back to school I guess. Pleased that I am getting in reading at all though!

Day 2
Decided to concentrate on just Voyager and read about 70 pages. Not bad considering it was my boy's birthday and I didn't have a chance to read much!

Day 1
Epic fail. I chunked up both Voyager and It in order to make it easier to read them within the timelines that I wanted and I failed big time on both yesterday. Eclipse doughnuts at Krispy Kreme with my bestie followed by eclipse viewing with both besties followed by my boy's last kids skate free skate equaled no reading for most of the day. I read about 10 pages yesterday morning.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Bout of Books 20 - Goals Post


Bout of Books 20 begins today! I have a pretty lofty goal for this go round - I want to read Voyager over the 7 days, read 3 other books and read chunks of It. The two on my TBR so far are Starfall and A Taste for Monsters. If I finish both of those, I will pick the third one then. I have It chunked over the next month and will read my daily pages towards the readathon but will not finish it before it is over. If I read all of Voyager I will be thrilled with my readathon reading!








Friday, August 18, 2017

ARC Envy #23 - They All Die at the End by Adam Silvera


Every week several of my favorite bloggers post vlogs or whatever of all the great book hauls they've received for the week. Since I'm a tiny little fish in the huge book blogging pond, my mailbox isn't stuffed with all the great ARCs that they get. Dana's ARC Envy is my way of highlighting an ARC that I *wish* had been sent to me too. 



Title: They Both Die at the End
Author: Adam Silvera
Expected Publication Date: September 5, 2017

Judging a book by its cover:  I like it!

Know anything about the author?  I have a love/hate relationship with Silvera's books.

Why do I want it?  See above. That love/hate relationship thing makes me want to try another one.

Summary from Goodreads:

On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They're going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they're both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There's an app for that. It's called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Currently reading

Currently reading:

Started reading this one because the HBO mini-series was so good. I generally read a book before I watch a tv show/movie/mini-series based on but I got hooked and couldn't stop watching to read it first.


I really enjoyed the first book in this dualogy so I am unsure why I haven't read this one already! Victoria Schwab is one of my most favorite authors and I've loved everything of hers that I've read.


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Library Loot - August 15th


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Linda from Silly Little Mischief that encourages bloggers to share the books they've checked out from the library. If you’d like to participate, just write up your post-feel free to steal the button-and link it using the Mr. Linky any time during the week. And of course check out what other participants are getting from their libraries.

I checked out:

So I totally failed at #TomeTopple. I returned Strange the Dreamer because the writing is so rich that I wanted to read it without rushing. Since I wanted to at least try to participate in Tome Topple, I decided to read something else. Didn't happen. I started 2 books that didn't count. Currently reading both Big Little Lies and Our Dark Duet

Voyager is the 3rd book in the series. I never read books out of order but I'm skipping the first two because I tried to read the first book again and know that there is NO WAY that I am going to read the first three before season 3 comes out. Since I know the story, I am not as worried about reading them out of order.


I also checked out Big Little Lies because I love so in love with the HBO series. I am still processing this show. So good!



UPDATES FROM LAST WEEK:

Strange the Dreamer is for the #TomeTopple readathon.  Returned because the writing deserves reading at a slower pace than I wanted to read it. Getting this one again very soon.



Why yes I do own 2 copies of Outlander but I checked this out of the library anyway because I saw it. Don't judge me. Another one for #TomeTopple readathon.  Returned and am going to skip to the 3rd one to be current with the series. Gasp!


This book about Sue the TRex is for the boys as well obvi. My friend's stepfather gave us tickets to a huge dinosaur show. The tour guide told us about Sue so we looked for more info. Reading with the boys. Love this book!


Starflight got me out of my reading slump so I can't wait to continue the series with Starfall. Still have and will read soon.


Ummm, I can't believe I haven't read this one yet. Victoria Schwab is life. Currently reading.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Right now...

Right now it's the end of summer. What?!
Right now I am enjoying blogging again. No pressure. No goals.
Right now I am a bit under the weather with some health concerns. Going to have to have surgery again. Boo.
Right now my boys enjoy the online game Roblox. I dislike this game.
Right now we are getting ready for the new school year.
Right now I am trying to start a book club with my local friends again. I miss meeting monthly to discuss a book.
Right now I am out of things to say so until next time...
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