November Reading Part 1

I stopped doing wrap-ups a while ago, they are too long to do as blog posts. Or they had been. So then I started doing quarterly check-ins, highlighting my readings. Sometimes I would a bunch a books that were just okay, and so it seemed pointless to just say that over and over. But this month, books have been sort of a hit or miss with me. So I thought that I would check in now and talk about them. I want opinions on some the books.

What I’ve Read:

Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper, #1)

Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper#1)by Daniel Jose Older 5 stars– This was a re-read for me. I listened to this one on audio and enjoyed it just as much as I did the first time I read the book.

Shadowshaper (Shadowshaper, #1)

Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter#3) by Nalini Singh 4 stars– This is one of those series that I randomly picked up and ended up really enjoying.  I liked this installment very much and can’t wait for the next one.

Just a Kiss (Summer Harbor, #3)

Just a Kiss (Summer Harbor) by Denise Hunter 3.5 stars -This is the last in a trilogy, so a series that I was able to knock out before the end of the year. While this was not the best thing that I had read this year, it was refreshing and easy. It was a quick read and I still very much enjoyed it.  This is an old Netgalley title that I had, so a review will be posted shortly.

Currently Reading-

The Unleashing (Call of Crows, #1)

The Unleashing (Call of Crows) by Shelly Laurenston– I heard about this series from a Book Riot podcast, and immediately requested it from my library. I finally picked it up and I am surprised at how much I like it. I will be finishing it tonight, and I am pretty sure it’s going to be 5 stars. The humor is what hooked me, along with the premise that it’s about women tapping into and following their anger.  (Finished and loved it!)

Can't Help Falling by Kara Isaac

Can’t Help Falling by Kara Isaac– This is the second Isaac book that I’ve read. One that I immediately wanted when I finished Close to You. I am sad that it has taken me forever to pick up this title, as it is another that I have from Netgalley. But, I am happy to be reading it. It’s a sweet romance with humor, and blunders and mistakes.  (Finished and loved it!)

Books that I’ve Not Yet Finished-  These are books that I’ve started but have set aside for one reason or another. Let me know if there is one that I definitely need to finish before I officially decide to DNF or not.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

A Throne of Glass (A Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Mass – This is a book that I am reading for my #offmybookshelf project. Honestly, this book isn’t bad. But it also isn’t very good. I mean, if I didn’t have a million other things that I was dying to read I probably wouldn’t mind reading it. But I’ve spent two weeks with this book and I am only halfway through it. Whereas, I picked up The Unleashed yesterday and I’m going to finish it tonight. Yes, I know that some books take longer to finish then others, but there’s no reason it should take me this long to get through 400 pages.  If this was a library book, I’d dnf it and move on. My indecision comes from the fact that this is my book, and I own the next two plus the book of novellas.

The Memory of Whiteness: A Scientific Romance

A Memory of Whiteness by Kim Stanley Robinson- This was a Clarke Award Nominee, so it fits in my goal to read all of the Clarke and Nebula award nominees and winners. I have heard of Robin and had been meaning to read something of his. But, this book is a bit off putting. It is all about music, and I often find myself tuning out for paragraphs or pages at a time. From what I have read, it is a bit interesting, just not enough to hold my attention for a long time.

Warrior Women

Warrior Women edited by Paula Guran-  I have no idea how I heard about this anthology. I know that as soon as I heard about it I requested it from the library. The first two stories grabbed my attention immediately. I stumbled through the third one and that was when my attention started to lag. This is one that I am pretty sure I’m coming back to at a different time.

Books I Dnf’d

Black Goat Blues (The Mythos War #2)

Black Goat Blues (Red Right Hand #1) by Levi Black- To be honest, this is a series that I had been meaning to get to for a while – since the first book came out. But I didn’t pck it up until I was selected to be a part of the blog tour. I started the first book,  Red Right Hand, fully expecting to enjoy it.  I didn’t make a quarter into the book before I DNF’d it. It was too repetitive, I didn’t like the character and the plot -at that point- was too vague for me to care. The only reason that I picked up the second book was because I was selected for the blog tour and they had already sent me a review copy. I did try to read it, depsite of what I thought about the first book. Unfortunately, I DNF’d the second book for pretty much the same reason I dnf’d the first one.

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims (Adventures of Rush Revere, #1)

Rush Revere and the Brave Pilgrims by Rush Limbaugh-  I picked this book because I am looking for fun and interesting ways to introduce and teach history to my kids when we get there in homeschooling. I wanted to get multiple perspectives. But I made it to the middle of the second chapter before I put this one down. The main character just sounds pretentious, and there was too many flaws with the time-traveling aspect for me to take it serious.

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What I’m Reading Wednesday

I am currently reading two books for myself and then I am reading one to my kids,

The Fairy-Tale Detectives (The Sisters Grimm, #1)

The Fairy-Tale Detectives by Michael Buckley 

The Sisters Grimm #1

#offmybookshelf

This is actually a book that I got to read to my niece, a while ago. She didn’t seem to be interested in it so we didn’t make it too far into it. Now, I am reading it to my son and daughter. We are enjoying it so far.

Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass 

Throne of Glass #1

#offmybookshelf

This is a book that is on my read and rehome shelf. I have had it for a while, but I finally picked it up this week. So far, it’s just okay. Nothing overly impressive but it’s holding my attention for the moment. I am about a hundred pages in.

Just a Kiss (Summer Harbor, #3)

Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter

Summer Harbor #3

#kindlecleanup, Netgsalley

This is the third and final book in the Summer Harbor series. I have read and enjoyed the first two book earlier this year. I am trying to wrap up as many series that I am in the middle of before the year ends.  (Or at least 5 more.) It’s a romance, and pretty easy going. I am enjoying visiting the Callahan brothers though,

 

So what are you reading?

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Featured Post: Series to Complete- Jasper Dent

This is a series that my nephew told me about.  I read the first one  a long time ago, but I remember really enjoying it. I didn’t continue with the series because I had to wait for the next two books to come out.  But, now that I own all three I will be reading this series in the next couple of months.

This series is about a kid who’s father is a serial killer. Everyone looks at him as if he is going to be a serial killer, and Jasper carries that fear with him. When a new serial killer is discovered, Jasper gets involved to clear his name.

I’ve Read:

I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1)

Click image for Goodreads Summary.

I still need to read:

Game (Jasper Dent, #2)

Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent, #3)

Have you read this series? If so, should I move this trilogy to the top of my pile?

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Favorites of the Summer

May –

Favorite:

I read 22 things in May. This month my favorites were actually a couple of short stories that I read because they were Nebula Award nominees. Since they were short stories, I have 3.

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander

The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin

Playing Nice With God’s BFavoowling Ball by N.K. Jemisin

Least Favorite-

The Wand in the Word by Leonard S. Marcus – This wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t very good either. My biggest complaint was the selection of authors interviewed.  I will admit the authors were amazing in their own rights, and all are pretty well known. But they also had pretty much the same thing to say.  I have read enough fantasy to know that there are quite a few authors with varied background to want more than this.

June– 

This was another good month.. I read a total of 18 books with 2 favorites and 1 very disappointing read.

Favorite 

Borderline by Mishell Baker

Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Least Favorite

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

July —

I read 16 books this month, and honestly I enjoyed them all. Except one, and that one wasn’t bad, it was pretty middle of the road.

Favorite 

The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

The Crown of Embers and The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

August 

I read 13 books, there were a couple of stand outs, but most of the reading was just ok.

Favorite

Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova

Before She Ignites by Jodi Meadows

Least Favorite

When Love Matters Most by Kate James.

So far in September, I have finished 5 books ( these are books that I had started prior to the new month) and DNF’d 1. I am optimistic about this month because I am finishing up a few series that I have enjoyed tremendously and I am positive that the authors will not disappoint.

 

What have been some of yor favorite reads this summer?

 

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Summer Goals Check In

Yes I know that I keep switching from monthly to quarterly and now seasonally. I’ll get it together one day. Let’s just see how I did. I enjoyed most of what I read, so I’m happy about that.

The Goals I Aimed For:

#offmybookshelf –21

#KindleCleanup–12

Complete a Series –3

Awards/List — All of the Nebula Nominees  —

Black Writers Matter–6

This is How I Did and the Stats:

Books Read –>68

Audio –>5

Print –>38

Digital –>25

Review–>22

Library –> 16

#offmybookshelf –>28 (Yay!)

#kindlecleanup –> 4 (I’m working on it)

Series Completed –> 3 (Yay!)

Series DNF’d –> 2

Black Writers Matter–> 6 (Yay!)

Awards/List –> I have finished reading all of the Nebula Nominess except for 2.

I will be doing a separate post about the Awards/List books that I have read, mainly because I am changing the awards that I’m reading and the way that I am doing it. But I am completely happy with this number. I plan on reading the other 2 nominees this month, so I am not too far from completing this goal.

Goals for the Rest of the Year:

#offmybookshelf –> 30

#kindlecleanup –>8

Series –>5

Awards/List –> 8

Black Writers Matter –> 6

Upcoming Posts:

Awards/List Reading Check-In

Favorites of the Summer

Featured Review #1

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Quarterly Goals Check In Jan- Apr

 I wanted to quickly check in with the progress I was making with my reading projects/goals.  I also wanted to be specific with what I was aiming for in the second quarter of the year.

First Quarter-

#offmybookshelf- 7

#Kindlecleanup-4

Classics Club- 2 DNF’d, 0 Read

Banned Books- 0

Series/Trilogies- 3 Completed and 3 DNF’d

So looking at what I’ve read the first quarter, I know that I want to do better. I’ve read a lot of books but, most of them have not been my own.  I know that I have DNF’d quite a few books and 3 series, and I am okay with that. So I am seeing movement, but not as much as I would like. So, for the next quarter I want to do a lot better.

Second Quarter Goals –

#offmybookshelf = 21

#kindlecleanup = 12

Classics Club = 6

Banned Books = 3

Series/Trilogies = 3

Hugo/Nebula Nominees* = All of the Nebula Nominees for the novel, novella, novelette and short story

Black Writers Matter* = 6

I know that these are pretty ambitious goals for the second quarter. But, I believe that if I read intentionally that they are all possible. The reading from the first quarter, I pretty much read whatever I wanted with the exception of review books. I still have quite a few review books that I need to get through, but my focus will be these goals. It’s not that bad since books can overlap as many of the goals as possible.

 

Well, let me know how your reading is going so far this year. Are you doing well with your reading goals?

*New projects that were added at the end of the first quarter/beginning of the second quarter.

 

How are you doing with your reading goals?

Quarterly Wrap-up Jan-Apr 2017

Okay, so this is being posted a little later than I had planned for it. And in my haste, I added in an extra month. I am okay with that, so I guess you’ll have to be okay with it too. But I promise I will do better next time. 

First Quarter Wrap-Up and Check In

So, I thought that I would still do Friday Reads and monthly wrap-ups, but I guess life had other plans. I am in no way complaining since most of my time has been consumed with my beautiful new baby girl and my rambunctious adorable 2 year old. I have also undertaken two new projects. One I cannot tell you about just yet. The other project is my Award Nominee Project. This is a bit time consuming but, my goal is to have it complete by the end of the year. For this project I am reading all of the novels, short stories, novella, novelettes and series that were nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards.  (The series will roll into next year).

But I wanted to check in to go over the books that I’ve read and the progress I’ve made with my reading goals and projects.

First the Books:

I have read a total of 42 books so far.  Here’s the Good Stuff—

My Favorites/5 stars:

5 novels and 3 short stories/novellas!!!

Queen's Own (Valdemar: Arro...

Heralds of the Queen trilogy by Mercedes Lackey

Behind Her Eyes

Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Merlin's Nightmare (The Mer...

 Merlin’s Nightmare by Robert Treskillard

Magic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews

The Rook (The Patrick Bower...

The Rook by Steven James

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies

Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander (Short Story)

The City Born Great

The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin (Short Story)

The Ballad of Black Tom

The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor Lavelle (Novella)

Series Completed/Caught up on

3!!!!

Heralds of Valdemar by Mercedes Lackey (Finished)

Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews (Caught up, Next book out in 2018)

Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris (Completed)

 

Least Favorite/ 2 stars or below

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Torched by April Henry

Department Zero by Paul Crilley

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

 

Books and Series that I’ve DNF’d

House of Night Series by P.C. and Kristin Cast

The Morganville Vampire Series by Rachel Caine

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The Sweetest Thing by Jill Shalvis

I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Ian Reid

Unfolding by Jonathan Friesen

Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover

The Blue Enchantress by M. L. Tyndall

 

All in all, I would say that I have had a decent reading quarter. Now how did I do with my goals/projects? My next post will talk about this… I’m sure it was an epic fail though.

How has your reading been?

 

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