20 Books of Summer Progress

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We’re about halfway through the first month of the 20 Books of Summer challenge so I thought I would do a quick progress report.  I was hoping to be a little further along but some I’ve had a few things come up that require my attention more urgently in my free time.  We’re getting our townhouse ready to sell so we have a lot of cleaning, painting, and decluttering to do.

28763485What I have read so far has been a pretty mixed bag.  I started the challenge off with The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon.  I have to admit I was a little disappointed in it.  I loved her debut novel so I was hoping to love this one just as much.  You can read my review here.  Next, I decided to switch things up from cutesy YA to gritty NA with 33852935Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher.  I had heard how crazy this book was from a few people and after loving F*ck Love, I knew I would probably like this one.  And I did!  It was so messed up and had a few unexpected twists that threw me!  Read my review here.

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While reading challenge books I also have some ARCs that I need to read so I also read and enjoyed Here and Gone by Haylen Beck.  It is a compelling thriller due to be released on the 20th of this month.  Read my review here.

Getting back to the challenge, I chose Everland by Wendy Spinale to 26085520be my third book.  I had this book forever sitting on my shelf unread.  I love Peter Pan so I was really looking forward to reading this retelling but unfortunately it fell really flat for me.

Currently I am reading Dark Matter by Blake Crouch.  I’ve been dying to read it since it was released and I finally got a copy when I started my Book of the Month Club membership.  I’m not very far into it 27833670because my weekend was spent moving boxes and getting painting supplies but I am really intrigued by it so far.  I also joined a street team for M.C. Frank recently so I’m currently reading her book, No Ordinary Stars, which is dystopian set in 2525.  So far it is a really 27419429fascinating dystopian world and I’m excited to continue reading it.

I haven’t quite decided yet if I’m going to count my side reading towards my challenge goal or not.  I am notoriously bad at sticking to TBRs so I might just have to.  But we’ll play that by ear and see how the rest of the summer goes.

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How is your summer reading going?

 

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20 Books of Summer – 2017 Edition

20-booksCathy @ 746 Books is once again hosting the 20 Books of Summer challenge!  This year I’ve decided to give it a shot and see how well I do.  I originally said I wasn’t going to join any challenges or readathons this year but I’ve been reading a lot more than I thought I was going to so I might as well go for it.  The goal is to read 20 books from June 1st through September 3rd.  I have divided my main TBR into two categories: YA and Adult.  I am notorious for not being able to follow a TBR so I’m going to add a bit of fluidity to mine and add 10 alternates: 5 YA and 5 adult.  One of my personal goals for this challenge is to read 10 from each category.  If I’m not feeling one of the YA books on my main list then I can choose one of my YA alternates.

20BOS YA

YA

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale

20BOS Adult

Adult

  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • After You by Jojo Moyes
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
  • Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • American War by Omar El Akkad

20BOS Alts

Alternates

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Room by Emma Donaghue
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

So those are my books for the summer!  I’m really excited to dive into these.  I will also have a few ARCs I need to read as well so those will be mixed in throughout the summer as well.

Are you participating in this challenge?  Even if you aren’t, do we have any of the same books on our summer TBRs?

And one last photo for good measure of the whole lot that surprisingly fit on one shelf!

20 BOS Total

2016 Read My Books: December Update

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The 2016 Read My Books Challenge is officially over!  It’s been a pretty good year of reading and I hope you were all able to read enough of your own books to make a good dent in your TBR even if you weren’t able to complete the challenge.  So this is your last chance to get one more entry for the drawing!  I will be choosing the winner in two weeks to give people time to post and link up their updates.  And just a reminder of the prize… One winner will receive $30 to spend at Book Depository as long as their ship to your country.  Good luck to all participants!

Book Challenge 6.0

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! So I know that in this post I said that I was not planning on joining any book challenges for 2017 but I just found an invitation to join this challenge and it sounds really fun and a good way to get some of my backlist completed.  So what the hell, I’m going to go for it!  I’m a little late signing up but better late than never.  So the details…

Book Challenge 6.0 is a twice a year book challenge hosted by Erin @ TexErin-in-SydneyLand.  This challenge is divided into ten categories, each with a point value.  The goal is to read 10 books total, one for each category.  No overlapping.  Each book must also be at least 200 pages long.  The challenge begins at 12:00 am on January 1, 2017 and ends at 11:59 pm April 30, 2017 in whatever time zone you are in.  Click on the above link for a more in depth look at the rules.


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Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (584 pages) – I chose this one because one of my later choices is the third book in this trilogy but I haven’t read this one yet.  I loved the first book and I’ve really been meaning to read the rest of the trilogy sooner rather than later so this challenge is perfect timing.

Read a book that starts with the letter “W” (10 points)29939390

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (400 pages) – This one was the perfect choice because it is one of my #1 most anticipated reads of 2017 which means I want to read it immediately when it is released on January 10, 2017.

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Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (827 pages) – I am bound and determined to read the rest of the main Outlander books during this challenge.  The book before this one will also be a part of this challenge fitting in one of the below categories.

Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover (15 points)16054217

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (576 pages) – I’ve been waiting far too long to finish this trilogy which is why I decided to include books 2&3 in this challenge.  I also chose this one because I don’t have many green books that I haven’t already read haha.

Read a book with a homonym in the title (20 points)16130398

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen (352 pages) – I’ve wanted to read this one for a few years now and it was one of the only ones I could think of that I own with a homonym in the title.

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An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (1149 pages) – Most of my other favorite authors I have already read all of their books so I decided that this would be the perfect time to finish off the main books of the Outlander series so this book fits perfectly for this category.

Read a book set in the city/town/state/terrirory/county/province where you live (25 points)

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Dear America: Land of the Buffalo Bones (224 pages) – This one just barely fit the bill at a little over 200 pages. But most of the other books I own that take place in Minnesota I have already read.

Read a “Rory Gilmore” book (30 points)21416545

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (320 pages) – I have a side challenge on my blog to read as many Rory Gilmore books as I possibly can so this was the perfect category for me.  I decided to go with this book after watching Penny Dreadful being intrigued by the character on the show based on this book.

Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read) (30 points)

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Cheyenne Raiders by Robert Jordan (336 pages) – I don’t think I have ever read a book in the Western genre specifically so this is a first for me.  I absolutely love Robert Jordan’s writing in The Wheel of Time series so I’m hoping he does this genre just as well.

Read a book with time travel (35 points)21979832

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (464 pages) – This has been on my TBR since before it was released so I’m really excited that time travel was one of the categories for this challenge so it would finally get my butt in gear to read this.


If all goes according to plan I could have 5,232 pages read by the end of April.  I’m hoping to get a good start on this challenge right away in January.  Are you participating in this challenge?  What books would you choose for these categories?

Series I Am Behind On Reading

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! We’ve got a big snowstorm moving in today so it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a book.  I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the series that I have started but am behind on.  Some of these are finished series and others are series I am not caught up to the most recent installment.  I posted about cutting back my challenges for reading next year to take away some of the stress but one of the things I would like to do is catch up on these series that I’m behind on.  For one reason or another, I own all of the books in this post but haven’t read them yet (with the exception of A Breath of Snow and Ashes which I am currently reading).


Outlander series

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The Young Elites series

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The Firebird trilogy

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Miss Peregrine series

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Throne of Glass series

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Six of Crows duology

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Lynburn Legacy trilogy

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All Souls trilogy

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Millenium series

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The Wolves of Mercy Falls series

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Jasper Dent series

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An Ember in the Ashes series

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The Mistborn trilogy

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Have you read these series?  Are you all caught up?  What series are you behind on?