Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning to Start but Haven’t

This is a meme starts and hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. I thought I’d join in this week.

1. John Cleaver by Dan Wells

2. Partials Sequence by Dan Wells

3. Temperance Brennan by Kathy Reichs

4. Virals by Kathy Reichs and Brandon Reichs

5. The Original Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

6. Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

7.Foundation by Isaac Asimov

8. Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson

9. Sword of Truth Terry Goodkind

10. Bob Lee Swagger by Stephen Hunter

Honorable Mentions: Rizzoli and Isles by Tess Gerritsen and Mitch Rapp by Vince Flynn

The saddest part is that, except for the Terry Brooks series, I own at least one book in each series. In fact, for four of these I own all of the books in the series.  I have no idea what I’m waiting on.



What about you? Are there series you’ve been meaning to start but haven’t?


Always Shine!

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


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


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?


Always Shine!

Wednesday Weekly Highlight #2

I only have two books that I wanted highlight this week. I am looking forward to reading both of them.

Ones and Zeroes (Mirador, #2)

Ones and Zeroes by  Dan Wells 

Mirador #2

I have this galley from Edelweiss. I requested this one because I have the first book, Bluescreen, for review. I do plan on reading and posting the review soon.

From Goodreads: From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the second book in a dark, pulse-pounding sci-fi-noir series set in 2050 Los Angeles. Overworld. It’s more than just the world’s most popular e-sport—for thousands of VR teams around the globe, Overworld is life. It means fame and fortune, or maybe it’s a ticket out of obscurity or poverty. If you have a connection to the internet and four friends you trust with your life, anything is possible. Marisa Carneseca is on the hunt for a mysterious hacker named Grendel when she receives word that her amateur Overworld team has been invited to Forward Motion, one of the most exclusive tournaments of the year. For Marisa, this could mean anything—a chance to finally go pro and to help her family, stuck in an LA neighborhood on the wrong side of the growing divide between the rich and the poor. But Forward Motion turns out to be more than it seems—rife with corruption, infighting, and danger—and Marisa runs headlong into Alain Bensoussan, a beautiful, dangerous underground freedom fighter who reveals to her the darker side of the forces behind the tournament. It soon becomes clear that, in this game, winning might be the only way to get out alive.

Miranda and Caliban

Miranda and Caliban by Jacqueline Carey

I have been wanted to check out Carey’s writing for a long time and something keeps getting between me and her books. When this came up and I was able to request it, I jumped at the chance. Unfortunately, I still haven’t been able to read the galley since I have fallen behind in my reading. But it is at the top of my list.

From Goodreads: Miranda is a lonely child. For as long as she can remember, she and her father have lived in isolation in the abandoned Moorish palace. There are chickens and goats, and a terrible wailing spirit trapped in a pine tree, but the elusive wild boy who spies on her from the crumbling walls and leaves gifts on their doorstep is the isle’s only other human inhabitant. There are other memories, too: vague, dream-like memories of another time and another place. There are questions that Miranda dare not ask her stern and controlling father, who guards his secrets with zealous care: Who am I? Where did I come from? The wild boy Caliban is a lonely child, too; an orphan left to fend for himself at an early age, all language lost to him. When Caliban is summoned and bound into captivity by Miranda’s father as part of a grand experiment, he rages against his confinement; and yet he hungers for kindness and love.

Always Shine!

2017 Goals: A Review and Looking Ahead

 At the beginning of the year, I made some goals for my reading and blogging. I forgot to do a check in midway through the year, so I kind of forgot about them.  But as I was preparing for next year, I wanted to look back and see how well I did. Maybe I naturally gravitated towards these goals?  Let’s see!



  1. Read and clean up the assortment of books on my bookshelves (including books that are boxed up).  Didn’t happen. I did go through the boxes and purged some books – a lot of books.  But I still have way too many unread books on my shelves.
  2. Read and clean up my review stacks. Didn’t even make a dent in the backlog of review books
  3. Catch up on series that I’ve already started. I did make progress on this goal. I finished 6 series, made progress with 5 series.

Series I’ve Finished:

The Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong

The Croak series by Gina Damico

The White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan

The Adventures of Finn MacCullen by Darby Karchut

The Stars Never Rise Duology by Rachel Vincent


  1. Post a review once a week. I didn’t do this.  Some weeks were better than others. But this was a fail.
  2. Post a monthly recap by the 3rd of the following month. I did better with this goal, especially towards the end of the year.
  3. Post a monthly focus (TBR) post. I stopped doing these and decided to just read at random.


Back in November, I decided to do Bi-monthly goals.  To save time I will only talk about the goals that I accomplished, since I will not be continuing them in the new year.

Do a weekly #FridayReads post-> I have been doing this, every week. I like it and sometimes this is the only post that goes up. I will continue this one.

Do a brief wrap up at the end of each month-> I have also been doing this one. This takes up a little more time, so I may do a bi-monthly wrap up so that the posts aren’t so long.

Accurately track books read and completed to see how many books I’m reading in a month-> I have been doing this. I read 9-10 books a  month without pushing to do more.


2017 Goals


  1. Read more books from my bookshelf, including my kindle. I would like to reduce the number of books I get from my library to 50%, only so that I can read more from my own stacks of books.
  2. Read 12 challenge books (Classics, Banned Books and/or 1001 Books to Read Before you Die)
  3. Complete 10 series or trilogies

This year I plan on doing a quarterly check in on my goals so that I can stay focused and not wait for the end of the year to come before I do a check in.

Always Shine!

Bi-Monthly Goals: November & December

book mail 2

This is another new feature that I am adding to my blog. I will be doing a wrap up every other month to check in with how I am doing with my goals.


  • Do a weekly #fridayreads post
  • Do a monthly Diversity Talk post around the 15th of each month
  • Do a brief reading wrap up at the end of each month


  • Accurately track books read and completed each month to see how many books I am actually reading.
  • Reduce library books read to 50% or less
  • Only check out the amount of library books that can be read in a  month
  • Finish the Kate Daniels series
  • Finish the Morganville Vampires series
  • Read the four books recently purchased (A Torch Against the Night, The October List, Marie Atoinette, Serial Killer and Thoughtless)


  • Write for 30 minutes a day
  • Finish the detailed outline for draft #2 of adult WIP
  • Finish the first 15,000 words of draft #1 of middle grade WIP

Always Shine!!

If you have any goals that you are working on, please feel free to share them with me.


#FridayReads a day late

I have no idea where this hashtag started. I have some booktubers do friday reads videos and thought that this was something I could jump in and do. So hear I am. Plus I think that this is a great way to keep in touch here on my blog, since not every book will be reviewed.  (Man, it so freeing to not feel like every book is one that I have to review.)

I am currently reading two (technically three but …) books.  While I wish that I could be optimistic that I will finish one or both this weekend, I probably won’t. Here they are:

Black Friday

Black Friday  by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone

(Click title for Goodreads Summary)

I don’t remember where I heard about this book, but the summary completely sold me and I immediately requested it from the library.  I am half way through it, and I am liking it. This is about a terrorist plot that takes place at a huge mall on the busiest shopping day of the year, black friday. It’s pretty easy reading, though a lot of the first part is mini glimpses into various characters. You get to see how everyone that shares their POV winds up at the mall on black friday. Some of the characters have the opportunity to leave before the chaos starts, but for one reason or the other they stay. Knowing what’s coming, it’s heartbreaking at times and infuriating the next. I have reached the point where the action takes off.  I am looking forward to seeing how Johnstone handles this. This premise is eerily familiar since I remember having a conversation about this very thing with a friend last year.

Psst. If the name Johnstone sounds familiar, you may know him as western author. I remember going to the library and getting Johnstone’s westerns for my fiance’s dad.  I had no idea that he also wrote thrillers. But now that I do, I will definitely be checking them out.

Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, #1)

Ancilliary Justice by Ann Leckie 

Imperial Radch #1

(Click title for Goodreads Summary)

This is a two for one special. This is the next book that I am reading with a friend as we work through the list of 100 best Science-Fiction/Fantasy  written by women. But I also discovered this is a review title that I recieved from Netgalley a while ago. ( I am working on catching up on those titles.) I don’t really know how to explain what this book is about, as it is rather confusing. To be quite honest, I was going to dnf this one, but I got to page 100. Since I had dnf’d two other books from this list, I wanted to push myself a bit further before throwing in the towel. I am glad that I did. This book is confusing for multiple reasons. First, you  don’t really know who or what the narrator is. It explains everything, but not in a logical way. At least that is my opinion. It also jumps between present and past. By time I had made it to page 100, I was used to this flip flopping enough to put the story together. This is a space opera-ish science fiction book. So if that’s not your thing, you may not enjoy it.

What’s Next?

I don’t really know what I am going to pick up next. I have  quite a few  library books that I need and want to read. As well as two series from my own bookshelf that I am working through (Morganville Vampires and House of Night). There are also a ton of kindle books that I want to work through since my kindle has decided to start working again. I know that I have decided that I am going to focus on my own collection in 2017, getting books from the library that will help me complete series that I am actively reading. But I don’t want to put off too many of my own books since I still need to clear space. I am debating on picking one kindle book, one review book and 1 bookshelf book to focus on each month. Kind of like a TBR but one that is not so strict. So,. in short, I have no clue what I will pick up. But I will enjoy the two books that I am reading and go from there.

Always Shine!