Beat the Backlist 2018

Hey everyone! I stumbled upon Emily’s post about the  Beat the Backlist Challenge, hosted by NovelKnight, and decided it looked like fun! I’ve never involved myself in a reading challenge besides the Goodreads one, so I thought, why not give this one a try? It sounds fun and it’s easy enough for a lazy potato like me to participate in! :D

The goal of this reading challenge is to read books published before 2018. Easy, right? Maybe not for those who love to read new release after new release, but I rarely ever read new releases, so I thought this challenge would be perfect for me!

This seems like a neat challenge because you are assigned a team. Each team earns points by reading books published before 2018 and at the end of each month one person is drawn from the team with the most points to receive a book of their choice! Awesome, right?

There is also a photo challenge via Instagram, which is just for fun. I actually decided to make an Instagram account solely related to books and my blog so check it out! I literally made it 15 minutes ago, so there’s nothing on it now. But that will soon change! As long as I remember to post… ^^;

I made this post as a requirement for signing up for this challenge so once I’m all signed up I will add which team I’m on!

my team:

my goals:

Goals aren’t required for this challenge, but I thought I would set some to make myself more active and motivated!

  • Participate in at least 2 of the 4 Instagram prompts each month
  • Write one review of a book dedicated to this challenge at least every 3 months (since I’ve been seriously slacking in the review department)
  • Have 4 out of every 5 books I read be dedicated to this challenge

And there we go! Interested in this challenge? Click the linked text above and go for it! Link your sign-up post in the comments so I know you’re joining! I’d love to see if we’re on the same team!

Happy reading! :)

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Goodreads Reading Challenge 2017 & 2018

Happy New Year everybody! I hope everyone had a fun (but safe!) time last night! I sure did. I seriously cannot believe it’s 2018 already. Times flies, especially the older you get… D; Either way, another year means more books to read, yay! I already started a new book today to celebrate. Whoo!

This post is going to touch on my 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge and then on my 2018 as well.

Image result for goodreads reading challenge 2017 At the beginning of 2017 I set my reading goal to 60 books. It is what I had done the previous year and I had managed to exceed that so I figured that was a reasonable number, especially with me working two jobs and returning to school. This year I also exceeded my goal by reading 64 books! So challenge completed! :D

Image result for goodreads reading challenge 2018This year I will once again be challenging myself to read at least 60 books. I feel like it’s still a doable number for me since I’ll still be in school and am currently looking for a second job once more. With my new job I haven’t been reading quite as much so I’m hoping to make time to read more on  a regular basis during the week. Wish me luck!

And that’s that!

Did you meet your 2017 reading goal? How many books are you hoping to read this year? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

Books I’d Like to Read in 2018

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! :D

I mentioned in my last two posts that I wanted to do what I did last year and make a post about some of the books I would like to read in 2018, so here it is! I did fairly  well on the list I had made last year (I read 6 of the 10 books on my list, although some of those books were the beginning of a series and I read more in that series) so I’m hoping I can do well this year too! But again, I am a mood reader so it just depends.

On to the list!

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The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey – the second book in The Monstrumologist series. This book was on my list last year and I haven’t gotten around to it yet. I did mention in my reading progress post that Emily had suggested we buddy read this one so I’m hoping we’re able to do that sometime this year!

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – the first book in the A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. Now that the three books are out I would like to read this one. I’ve heard so many good things about this series so now I’m ready to experience it myself! Plus it sounds like it’s a favorite of the people in the book club I recently joined, so I’d like to be able to talk about it with them (and not hear spoilers… xD).

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Incarceron by Catherine Fisher – the first in the Incarceron duology. This book has been on my written TBR list for a long time. Since the series is only two books long I thought it’d be a good pick. I’ve also been trying to go through my list and get rid of series that no longer interest me. This one still does so that’s as good of a reason as any to put it on my list! Besides, I would really like to read some of the books that have been on my list awhile since I keep adding so many to my TBR on Goodreads…^^;

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The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima – the first book in The Heir Chronicles. I actually read the first three books in this series…I don’t even remember how long ago. But I think back then it wasn’t certain that there would be more books so I had thought the series complete at the time. Now there are five books in total so I’d like to go back and reread/complete this series. I remember enjoying it so hopefully that’s still true!

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Ratha’s Creature by Clare Bell – the first book in The Named series. This is another one that’s been on my written TBR list for a long time. The overall idea of this book reminds me a lot of the Warriors series by Erin Hunter, except this one is about larger wild cats in a different time period. And it seems to be aimed at an older audience than the Warriors books. I am one of those people that will always enjoy series with…well, basically talking animals, haha. But it’s true! I love them. So I’m hoping this series will be a good one!

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Hounded by Kevin Hearne – the first book in The Iron Druid Chronicles. I found this book a few years ago but have been waiting to crack it open until the series finished. The ninth and final book is expected to be published in April so, if that date is correct, I’d be interested in reading this series this upcoming year. The synopsis reminds me of The Dresden Files series so it definitely seems like something I’d enjoy!

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The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski – the first book in The Winner’s Trilogy. Another series that I was interested in when the first book came out but waited until it was completed to start thinking about reading it. This is also another I’ve heard many good things about so I’m hoping it’ll live up to all the hype.


And that’s that! Mind you, these aren’t the only books I hope to read in 2018, but this past year it was nice having a few already picked out for me to zero in on when thinking of what to read next. I was going to put Six of Crows on this list as well but, being that it’s already on hold for me at the library, I felt no reason so actually put it on the list since I know it’s going to get read.

Have you read any of the books listed above? If so, what are your thoughts? What books do YOU hope to read in 2018? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

My Year in Books 2017

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Hey everyone! I’ve seen quite a few people make a post about their year in books so, with the help of Goodreads, I thought I’d make a post like that as well! I’m not great at formatting so I’m trying my best to have it resemble the one Goodreads showed me.


TOTALS

I read 18,453 pages across 64 books.Img bookstack 72


Fence by C.S. PacatShortest book                         longest bookThe King's Men by Nora Sakavic
27 pages                                                                   556 pages
Fence                                                                The King’s Men
by C.S. Pacat                                             by Nora Sakavic

 


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvatermost popularLead from the Heart by Mark C. Crowley                  least popular
191,268                                                                       142
people also read                          people also read
The Raven Boys                      Lead from the Heart
by Maggie Stiefvater        by Mark C. Crowley

 


my average rating for 2017
4.4 stars
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by Jex Lane
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4.66 average

 


I wish I was cool enough to get that giant collage of all the books I’ve read this year that Goodreads supplies, but I can’t. Copy and pasting doesn’t work and I’m much too lazy to do it myself. Oh well! It was a good reading year for me and I can’t wait to keep reading throughout the next year as well! I am planning on making a post about some of the books I’d like to read in 2018, so keep an eye out!

Happy reading! :)

 

Reading Progress 2017 (Part 2)

Last December I had posted ‘Books I’d Like to Read in 2017‘ and then in July I had posted ‘Reading Progress 2017‘. So I thought I would make one last post about the list of books I was going to try to read this past year. That list consisted of the following books:

I have marked the ones I have read with a red ‘X’ next to them.

Since my post in July, I have read the first four books in the Jack Daniels series by J.A. Konrath (the first book listed above) and I have recently finished up the Grisha trilogy.  Unfortunately, Peace Talks STILL doesn’t have a release date yet. I believe the author just completed another book of short stories for that series and is now focusing on Peace Talks. I’m hoping it’ll come out sometime next year. I didn’t get around to re-trying Stromdancer either – maybe next year.  Emily said she’d like to buddy read The Curse of the Wendigo so I think we might try after we finish up The Beauty of Darkness. I also didn’t get around to Hush, Hush.

Overall, however, I think I did a pretty good job of getting what I wanted to read read. So yay me! I think I’ll make a post of what I’d like to read in 2018 as well. Keep an eye out!

Have you read anything listed above? If so, what did you think? Or maybe you plan on reading it! Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

WWW Wednesdays #63 – December 27th

WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays is a weekly bookish meme formally hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm, and revived by Sam of Taking on a World of Words. This meme consists of answering the following three questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What am I currently reading?

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14061957Some of you may have seen my TT post yesterday, but yes! I’ve finally started the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo.  And I’m actually a little over two-thirds done with it already! Go me! I’ll probably finish it in the next day or so. I’m also plugging away at the third book in The Remnant Chronicles series, The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson. This is the book I’m buddy reading with Emily and another friend. I’m liking it so far! I’m still reading the thirteenth and final book in The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, The Witch With No Name. I think once I’m done with Ruin and Rising I’m going to focus on finishing this one up. As I mentioned in my last WWW post, I feel myself drifting away again but really want to complete this series!


What did I recently finish reading?

34715224I finally sat down and read Flight of Magpies, the third and final book in the A Charm of Magpies series by K.J. Charles. I had started it a few months ago and since then it was just a game of renewing it from the library until I finally decided to read it. I hadn’t gotten far into the book so I decided to just start over and ended up finishing it in two days! I can definitely say I’m out of the little reading slump I had been in earlier this month. Finishing up school stuff and then my friend’s wedding was keeping me so busy I hadn’t been getting a lot of reading done. But now I’m on break and, because I work part-time at a school, I have no work this week or the next! It’s nice but sad at the same time since…no moolah, ya know? I am in search of another part-time 36064768job though so we’ll see how that goes. ANYWAY. I also read Fence, issue #1 & 2, a new comic written by C.S. Pacat, author of the Captive Prince series. I completely forgot this comic was coming out until it popped up under ‘recommended titles’ on my Kindle app. And by then I only had to wait a few days to read the second issue. I read a few Marvel comics so I’m used to having to wait a month for issues to come out, but it still sucks. Especially for those who aren’t used to it. Although I feel like people forget it’s a comic because I see all of these reviews complaining about the length! It’s a comic people, not a novel. Thirty pages is normal, if not generous, for a comic. So quit your whining and wait patiently for the young, handsome fencers! I’m really liking it so far and can’t wait for the third issue! :D


What do I think I’ll read next?

29622131I’m going to be picking up The Glass Spare in the near future. It is a new release (well, new as in released in October) and the first book in The Glass Spare series by Lauren DeStefano. I was talking with a coworker the other week and she was telling me about how she was a part of a book club. I immediately took interest and she asked if I wanted to join! So of course I said yes! They meet once a month, so I figured that was doable for my schedule. This is the book they chose for January. I’m really excited! Maybe I’ll even write a post about the first meeting I attend. Also, now that I’ll be finishing up with the Grisha trilogy soon, I’d like to read Six of Crows. Can’t wait!


What are you currently reading? Have you read any of the books above? Let me know in the comments!

Happy reading! :)

Teaser Tuesdays #63 – December 26th

Teaser Tuesdays

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by MizB of A Daily RhythmTo play along just follow the rules below!

Rules:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page (I usually do a bit more than two…)
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I’m doing it, guys. I’M DOING IT. I’m finally reading the third and final book in the Grisha trilogy, Ruin and Rising, by Leigh Bardugo. For those that have read my last several WWW posts, you know this book has been in my “What do you think you’ll read next?” section for…a long time. I don’t know why I didn’t get around to starting it after I finished the second book. My interests just wandered elsewhere. But I finally picked it up at the library again and am going to start it as soon as I finish this post. Well, I might eat some breakfast first…but after that!

My teaser:

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The monster’s name was Izumrud, the great worm, and there were those who claimed he had made the tunnels that ran beneath Ravka. Sick with appetite, he ate up silt and gravel, burrowing deeper and deeper into the earth, searching for something to satisfy his hunger, until he’d gone too far and lost himself in the dark.

–Chapter 1, page 1
(hardcover)