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January & February Wrap-up

January & February Wrap-up

Somehow it is already March! The first two months of the year went pretty quick, and while I’m not as ahead in my challenges as I’d like to be I’m at least on pace which is good. While I know a few people regularly check my widgets on the sidebar to keep up with my progress, I still figure a recap of how this year has gone so far wouldn’t be remiss. I’m going to go over challenges, my favorite books, my least favorites/biggest disappointments, and what I’m looking forward to in the coming months. Here we go! ^.^

Challenges

Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge – The overall reading challenge I use to keep track of my progress, out of the 365 books I have for my goal this year (a book a day challenge in case you haven’t heard about it) I’ve read 62. I do count novellas in this, so it is a little padded, with 15 of them being of shorter length. I’m on pace, managing to stay a few books ahead, but I had hoped to have a bigger cushion at this point. Oh well, not a bad start!

 Mount TBR/2014 TBR Pile Challenges – The goals are different for these two (200 for Mount TBR, only 50 for 2014 TBR Pile) but I’m counting TBR books for both and am currently at 44 which is a ways ahead of even Mount TBR’s needed pace. I’ve done a pretty good job of trying to read TBR books for the majority of my reads, but since it is early in the year it has been easier since there just haven’t been that many books released in 2014 yet. As the year progresses this might be more difficult, but I’m thrilled with this progress! TBR book of note – Pivot Point by Kasie West

 New Author Challenge – This is one of my two new challenges this year and I’m having a blast with it! The biggest possible goal amount on this one is 50, and right now I’m at 26 which I’m pretty ecstatic about. I imagine this one will slow down if/when I work more on my next goal, but for now I’ve been experiencing plenty new authors and for the most part loving it! New Author book of note – Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

 Seriously Series Reading Challenge – I do want to start, continue, and finish more series this year and I set a goal of 75 books total (rather than a series amount) and am currently at 19. This does mean I’m ahead of where I need to be, but most of these came in January, so in March I’m going to try to read and complete at least 3-4 series to get back into it. SSR book of note – Three by Kristen Simmons

 2014 Ebook Reading Challenge – This is my other new challenge this year and what sparked the idea for my weekly Killing My Kindle feature that is on Thursdays. I set a reasonable goal of 75 eBooks and am currently at 22 which is a solid start, just a bit ahead of my progress on SSR. I’m using eBooks for two features that run almost every week so I have no doubt that I’ll surpass 75 here, though I’m not sure by how much. Ebook of note – Fosgate’s Game by David C. Cassidy

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Favorite Books

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen – This was such a great read and the sequel, Lady Thief, was excellent as well. Love this Robin Hood retelling! ScarletUS.indd

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab – An excellent sequel to The Archived. The world is amazing, I love Schwab’s writing style, and the characters are excellent. Can’t wait for book three!

If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch – I knew the serious material in this one, but I didn’t expect to get as emotionally invested as I have. This book is amazing, touching, and so sweet. All the feels!

Most Disappointing Books

Vitro by Jessica Khoury – My only DNF so far this year and with the potential it had this sucked even more than usual. Ugh. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge – A beautiful cover, a Beauty and the Beast retelling, and an awesome world, what could go wrong? Everything else apparently. The MC was whiny, the love triangle sucked, the book was jumbled and all over the place, and I skimmed the last 75 pages or so and found the ending to be exactly what I figured it would be. *groan*

Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut – I didn’t know you could make time travel, aliens, war, and a quirky MC boring. It didn’t seem possible, but Slaughterhouse-Five proved me wrong. What a drag to make it through this one, oh well.

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What’s Next?

More Series! – I plan to read at least a few series as I mentioned before including: Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer, The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer, Secrets of the Eternal Rose by Fiona Paul, The Heroes of Olympus, and Kane Chronicles.

Readathons! – Ides of March: Mar. 13-17th hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer, UKYA Day: April 19th a 24hr readathon hosted by Lucy at Project UKYA, and Dewey’s Readathon: April 26th hosted by Dewey!

Read All The Books! – Seriously, I just want to read as much as I possibly can, get ahead on my overall reading challenge, and somehow keep blogging every day. Let’s do this!


Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

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Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-A-Thon

How can you not love Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? It is easily one of my favorites of the year and the amount of awesomeness they pack into it is always amazing. Challenges, twitter conversations, prizes and wonderful hosts throughout the 24 hours makes for a crazy but super fun day of (kinda) reading. Anyhow, on to my books! This is by no means a full list, but it has a bunch I’d really like to get to and I have SOOO many to choose from. ^.^ If you want to join in on the fun click the pretty picture above or on Twitter by using the hashtag #readathon! Oh and my challenge posts will be under the list so look for that!

Scorch by Gina Damico

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David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer

Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Prep School Confidential by Kara Taylor

William Shakespeare's Star Wars

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescherthirteen reasons why

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder

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Stats

Currently Reading: Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver (pg 265)

Books Finished: The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, Bloodlines by Leigh Wilder

Pages Read: 1,341

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 13 hours 45 minutes

Snacks Eaten: 3 Nutri-grain bars, chips & salsa, grilled cheese, ice cream, and MORE chips & salsa!

Challenges Participated In: Introductory Questionnaire, Book Tunes, Mid Event Survey, Best of Your Reading Year, Turn to Page, Mini Challenges

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Challenges

Introductory Questionnaire:

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? Small town USA, aka Cologne, MN
2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? Artemis Fowl: The Opal Deception
3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? Chips and Salsa!
4) Tell us a little something about yourself! I’m a nerdfighting wrimo that paints LotR figures. Sexy, I know.
5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? The last time I was doing Dewey’s I got distracted by too many non-bookish things, so the goal for today is to get lots of reading in as well as participating in some fun challenges!

Book Tunes: The Opal Deception paired with Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation!

Mid Event Survey:

1) How are you doing? Sleepy? Are your eyes tired? I‘m doing fine in terms of being fully awake, but the last book was somewhat of a mood killer.
2) What have you finished reading? The Opal Deception by Eoin Colfer, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
3) What is your favorite read so far? The Opal Deception, I’m a sucker for Artemis Fowl books.
4) What about your favorite snacks? I think I enjoyed the chips and salsa the most so far, might have more later on.
5) Have you found any new blogs through the readathon? If so, give them some love! I did interact a little bit with one of the #TeamTiger cheerleaders, her Twitter handle is @toofondbeth and her blog is http://toofond.wordpress.com/!

Best of Your Reading Year

1. Best Book of Your Reading Year: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake

2. Best Author of Your Reading Year: Sean Beaudoin author of Wise Young Fool (5/5), Going Nowhere Faster (4/5), and Fade to Blue (5/5)

3. Best Children’s Book of Your Reading Year: Doll Bones by Holly Black

4. Best Indie Author of Your Reading Year: Jeremy C. Shipp author of Monstrosities, Attic Toys, Attic Clowns, Cursed, and Vacation

Turn to Page

“I would rather read than ______ any day!”: I would rather read than play with the loosened gold teeth of dead men any day! – Liesl & Po

Mini Challenges

  1. Which hour was most daunting for you? Both hours 22 & 23 were tough as they came at 4-6 A.M. for me.
  2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year? All things Artemis Fowl!
  3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year? Nope, loved it!
  4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon? The cheerleaders were amazing!
  5. How many books did you read? 5 finished, I’m working on #6!
  6. What were the names of the books you read? David and Goliath, Thirteen Reasons Why, The Opal Deception, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, Bloodlines, and Liesl & Po
  7. Which book did you enjoy most? David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell was fascinating!
  8. Which did you enjoy least? William Shakespeare’s Star Wars, while short, drove me a tad crazy near the end with the style.
  9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders? N/A
  10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time? I definitely will, reader all the way!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon!

Dewey’s Read-a-Thon!

Dewey

How can you not love Dewey’s Read-a-Thon? It is easily one of my favorites of the year and the amount of awesomeness they pack into it is always amazing. Challenges, twitter conversations, prizes and wonderful hosts throughout the 24 hours makes for a crazy but super fun day of (kinda) reading. Unlike my last go round with Dewey’s I am somewhat less prepared, I blame getting off a 50hr work week having much to do with that. Anyhow, on to my books (sorry no pictures, no time!). This is by no means a full list, but it has a bunch I’d really like to get to and I have SOOO many to choose from. ^.^ Oh and my challenge posts will be under the list so look for that!

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons

Storm by Brigid Kemmerer

Outpost by Ann Aguirre

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

The Culling by Steven Dos Santos

The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

The Iron Thorn by Caitlin Kittredge

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Devilish by Maureen Johnson

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Stats

Currently Reading:

Books Finished: The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

Pages Read: 279

Amount of Time Spent Reading: 3hrs 15minutes

Snacks Eaten:

Challenges Participated In:

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Challenges

Introductory Questionnaire

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today? – Cologne, MN, USA (My bedroom)

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to? – Tossup b/n The Madness Underneath and The Sea of Monsters

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to? – I always get Domino’s for readathons, can’t wait! (Supreme if you are curious)

4) Tell us a little something about yourself! – o_o I love books? Cliche… I used to paint LotR figures? Outdated… Umm…I’m on the back of Sarah-Jane Lehoux’s latest book!

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to? – I did participate in the last one and I had a blast combining reading with challenges and a bunch of social interaction, I think I’ll likely do the same thing again though I might go a little heavier on reading and lighter on challenges. We shall see!