A Month in Review: January
What a month! It was my first in my 365 Books in 365 Days in 2013 Challenge and by some sort of miracle I actually managed to read one every day! It was a bit crazy but I had a blast. Now to break down the month of January!
Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge/365 Books in 365 Days in 2013 Challenge – 31/365 Books Read
Mount TBR Challenge – 26/150+/2013 TBR Pile 26/50 – I got a bunch of books off of my pile taken care of and can’t wait to do the same in February!
2013 Genre Reading Challenge – 16/30 – Already over halfway! I’ve really enjoyed diversifying the types of books I read and I know it will get even harder, and more fun, as I continue. A few of the genres: Paranormal, Dystopian, Romance, Epic Fantasy, Horror, Contemporary, Spy.
Seriously Series Reading Challenge – 14/44 – I made some solid headway on some of my series! A few of the series I made progress in: Pendragon, Iron Fey, Divergent, Attic Clowns, Dragoneer Saga, Spellbound.
Monthly Key Word Challenge – 1/12 – I can only do one month at a time so a book a month it is! My book for this challenge in January was Snow White, Blood Red.
Number of Posts – 33 – 31 reviews, one “2013 Challenges” post & one post for the Bout of Books Readathon!
Activities – Bout of Books Readathon – 7 books read for 1,809 total pages during that week!
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What I Learned/Changes For February
I will admit, I impressed myself by actually being able to do so many reviews in January and keeping up with my challenges. I tried to vary up my posts by changing up the review style to fit the book (Hobbit-sized, Top 5/Top 10, Rambling/Rant, Standard) but outside of my initial post of the year about my challenges and the Bout of Books Readathon, that’s all I did, reviews. Some people might be completely fine with that, others might not. You can certainly let me know by commenting on this and I, of course, would appreciate it. After speaking with one of my best bookish/bloggy friends Eileen from Singing and Reading in the Rain I decided that it would be good to try and mix in a couple memes again. It means more work for me as I will continue to do the book & review per day, but it would add some variety and hopefully keep the blog fresh and interesting for readers. Also pictures, I must try and use more pictures to make the reviews easier on the eyes, so I will be working on that too.
If you’d like you can make specific suggestions as well! Use pictures or don’t and what kind(s)? Which memes are your favorite to see and why? Let me know! I’m currently thinking Stacking the Shelves & Waiting on Wednesday, though I may do Sunday Post as well, it keeps me accountable and on track each week and might help organize my posts/books I read instead of every day wondering what book and how I’ll find the time.
Let me know what you think about the possible additions/changes and also update me on how you are doing on YOUR reading challenges/goals so far! I hope you are keeping up or are even ahead already, you can do it! Thanks as always for reading! ^.^
Summary from Goodreads: With the defeat of the evil Douglas behind him, Sam LaCroix is getting used to his new life. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly planned on being a powerful necromancer with a seat on the local magical council and a capricious werewolf sort-of-girlfriend, but things are going fine, right?
Well . . . not really. He’s pretty tired of getting beat up by everyone and their mother, for one thing, and he can’t help but feel that his new house hates him. His best friend is a werebear, someone is threatening his sister, and while Sam realizes that he himself has a lot of power at his fingertips, he’s not exactly sure how to use it. Which, he has to admit, is a bit disconcerting.
But when everything starts falling apart, he decides it’s time to step up and take control. His attempts to do so just bring up more questions, though, the most important of which is more than a little alarming: Is Douglas really dead?
When I finished reading Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, which is also by Lish McBride, I was incredibly thankful that I had Necromancing the Stone already so I didn’t have to wait to dive into the next part of this awesome journey. Necromancing the Stone, unlike its predecessor, delves into a more somber and serious part of Sam’s life. There are still plenty of jokes and fantastic lines (and freaking awesome chapter titles!) throughout, but the story itself doesn’t have nearly as light of a feel to it. Despite that fact I thoroughly enjoyed Necromancing the Stone. The writing was excellent, the characters excellently hashed out and developed, and the plot moved along at a comfortable pace while allowing for some side stories to emerge. New types of beings were brought into the story and served to enrich the already beautiful world that McBride created.
As of right now I do not know if there will be a third book in this series, but there were enough loose ends where another entry could certainly be warranted (and in my case welcomed with open arms). However, the major conflict was definitely resolved and it was done so masterfully. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, but I was quite satisfied (and a bit relieved) by how McBride decided to move forward.
The world that is continued in Necromancing the Stone seems to go back and forth between showing how all of the differences these characters (and types of beings) accentuate the world as a whole, and simultaneously making fun of itself. There are mischief makers and beings of great power that hearken back to civilizations that are long gone (and often forgotten). It is a combination that is not easily done but that, in this case to me, seemed to be flawless. I loved the references to various cultures and deities, some of which are not very well known, giving the book a feel of realism and weight that Hold Me Closer, Necromancer didn’t have.
Overall, as this rambling session has clearly expressed, I loved Necromancing the Stone. I hope that McBride does indeed write a third book and that we are lucky enough to see even more depth drawn out of the plethora of characters that I have come to know and love. I encourage any book lover to pick this up as well as Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, they are fantastic books and must reads in my (humble) opinion. Thank you as always for reading this and I’ll see you tomorrow for book #2 in 2013!
2013 Reading Challenges
Hey look, a widget under the 2013 challenge area on the right side of my blog! What is this? 365 BOOKS?! What crazy person put that there? Oh well, I guess I’ll fulfill it since it is already made! ^.^
Seriously though, the plan for 2013 is to do a book a day, or at least 7/week so I can read around my work schedule. I mentioned this possibility here so check that out to find out more ramblingness. Anyway, I will be using some challenges hosted by some other lovely blogs in order to keep me motivated, because what better motivator is there than the possibility of looking like a moron in front of your bookish peers? Am I right? Anyone? Oh well…without further ado, here are the awesome challenges I am participating in (and you should be too):
2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge/Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013
I’m combining these since there are no parameters with these two challenges and they are essentially the same things. The only real “rule” is that the books have to be from before 2013, no new releases during this year since it is your “TBR pile” that you are trying to work on. I will be doing the highest levels for both of these challenges which are “Married With Children” (41-50) for 2013 TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Evie @ Bookish & “Mount Olympus (Mars)” (150+) for Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2013 hosted by Bev @ My Reader’s Block. These are pretty crazy goals but considering my personal goal is 365 books (again check out my previous post for my parameters if interested), I think this will give me a good mix of older books to go with any 2013 releases I’ll get this year. If you want to join any of these challenges click on the pictures or the hyperlinks provided. 🙂
2013 Genre Variety Reading Challenge
This challenge is hosted by the amazing Faye @ A Daydreamer’s Thoughts and to find out more about this you can click here or on the picture for more info and to sign up, but I’ll give a small description. The challenge is to “read books from different genres throughout the year” and the goal is to expand, or even eliminate, any boundaries you have on what you read. I’m not one to limit myself to certain genres but I do want to expand my range a bit and try out some that I normally would avoid or at least not actively attempt to read. The list of some genres you could choose from is provided over there, so I won’t list them, but I will update what genres I personally have read as I go along. The highest level for this challenge is “Champion” (30 different genres, 30 different books) so that is what I will aim for. ^.^
Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2013
To sign up and check out all of the key words for each month you can click here or the image above. This challenge is hosted by Kimberly @ Bookmark to Blog and is a helpful (and fun!) way to give a little spin on what you will read each month. You can choose a single book with a keyword for the month, or as many as you’d like, as long as you do at least one! I don’t have a specific goal for this one (outside of obviously doing the minimum 12 books, one per month) but I think it’ll be fun all the same! 🙂
2013 Seriously Series Reading Challenge
This challenge, hosted by Kelly @ Paranormal Book Reviews, might be the most difficult for me to do a large amount of because I actually don’t own that many series. You can check it out here or click the picture above. Luckily for me this challenge allows for books released in 2013, so I have ample time to stock up/complete my series collections. ^.^ I figure that by the end (or close to it) of 2013 I’ll have enough series to achieve the highest level of this challenge which is “Seriously Spectacular Series Star” (18+). They will be a mix of series started before and after 2013 and some of the series will have been completed (as in written) before 2013, and some after, or not completed at all.
I can’t wait to get started on these challenges in earnest! Of course I have already started on my first book of the new year and there will be a post on it (of some sort) when I have completed it. Let me know if you are participating in any of these challenges already or what other ones you are doing (and maybe I’ll even sign up for those too!) and I’ll check them out. 🙂 Good luck with whatever you are up to in 2013!
Possibility for 2013
So I won’t claim that this is an original idea because I have seen a few people try (and even succeed!) at this sort of thing before, but I think it would be fun and challenging. I am thinking of doing an “A book a day” type of deal for 2013. I would try and mix up what I would post each day to keep it as interesting as possible, reviews, mini-reviews, insane-fandomness, maybe some gif-filled posts, who knows! I don’t know that I would necessarily read one book each day in 2013 (though I’m not ruling it out), but with work that could be difficult, so I would focus on definitely reading 7 books a week in order to keep up a good pace. There is no theme or genre type for the books I’d be reading considering the amount is too large to effectively do so, and some novellas would be acceptable so that I’m not trying to essentially read 400+ pages a day and generating bags under the bags of my eyes. o.o
I would be reading both new and old books as well, and many would be in eBook form since my eBook collection is so massive which would help with not having to buy a TON of books just to do this or raid libraries. If any of you think this is a cool, fun idea that you would be interested in me trying, and that could be fun to watch me go crazy doing, than please leave a comment and let me know! I am more than willing to give this a shot, but some positive response to the idea would be greatly appreciated. ^.^
Also, this would not necessarily mean I would stop doing any other kinds of posts. I may participate in memes again (especially Stacking the Shelves & Sunday Post), post about bookish/bloggy goodness such as with readathons to join, and any other random stuff that strikes my fancy (hey randomness IS in the name of the blog after all). I hope that you think this is interesting and not boring or overdone and would like to see how the journey will go for me next year if I do indeed confirm I’m doing so. Thanks! 🙂
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.
For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:
Fade to Black by Francis Knight
Summary from Goodreads: Mahala: a city built in the dark depths of a valley. A city built up in layers, not across – where streets are built upon streets, buildings balance precariously upon buildings. A city that the Ministry rules from its lofty perch at the sunlit summit & where the forsaken lurk in the shadowy depths of the Pit.
Rojan is a bounty hunter trying to make his way in the city. Everyone knows he’s a womaniser, a shirker of all responsibility, but they don’t know he’s also a pain-mage: able to draw magic from his own & other people’s pain. He’s not keen on using it (not least because it’s outlawed), but when his niece is abducted and taken to the dark depths of the Pit, he may just be forced to unleash his power . . .
I am already really excited to see how the world building works out with the way they described the city. Can you even imagine living in a place like that? There are of course a bunch of metaphors that you can see right off with that structuralization type and it will be interesting to see how Knight conveys them.
Does Fade to Black sound interesting to you? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave your link and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday post, hopefully you’ll come “hopping” back soon! ^.^