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?

 

Always Shine!

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Top 7 Books I’ve Read So Far

Top 7 Books I’ve Read and Would Recommend so Far

I thought that now would be the perfect time to review the books I’ve read so far, and see which books have stayed with me.  Though these are supposed to be books, there are three exceptions….

Borderline (The Arcadia Project, #1)The Ballad of Black TomGame of ShadowsMagic Binds (Kate Daniels, #9)Binti (Binti, #1)Princeless, Vol. 1: Save YourselfOur Talons Can Crush Galaxies

 

  1. Borderline by Mishell Baker- this is a book that I picked up because of my Awards project. It was nominated for the Nebula, and I completely understand why. While I had heard about this book previously it was in a vague “Ooh I’d like to read this one day” kind of way. Millie was a character that I really liked, though she is completely flawed. I have already ordered the next book in the series and can’t wait to read that!
  2. That Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaVelle – this is the first exception, since this is a novella. But this is something else that I picked up for my Awards project. This was nominated for both the Nebula and the Hugo. LaVelle is an author that was never on my radar, but now I want all of his books. I’m excited because he has an assortment of books to choose from; short story collections, novellas and full length novels.
  3. Game of Shadows by Erika Lewis- this was a book that I was given for review, and I loved it. I want to say that this is the first book by this author, but I could be wrong. Either way, I am looking forward to the next book.
  4. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor- Again, this is a novella. It’s something that’s been on my radar for a while, but I picked it up when I received the second one for review. I really liked this story, and I can’t wait to read the second one. (I don’t know what I’m waiting on since I have it ready to go….)
  5. The Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews- I didn’t read the entire this series this year, but I read the last two or three books this year. I am eagerly waiting for the next book, unfortunately I will have to wait a year.
  6. Princeless Volume 1 Save Yourself by Jeremy Whitley – This is a graphic novel, and it’s a re-read. I really enjoyed it and while I tend to not collect graphic novels, this is one that I will collect.
  7. Our Talons Can Crush Galaxies by Brooke Bolander- this is the final exception, as this is a short story. I was surprised that I loved this short story so much. But it was exceptional. I hope that Bolander plans on writing a full-length novel soon. This is another story that I read because of my Awards project, it was nominated for the Nebula.

Well, these are my favorites so far. And I would recommend all of them to everyone. I have been pretty happy with all of my reading so far this year. I am still surprised that I have enjoyed the picks for the Awards, I didn’t expect to enjoy every single book. But I’ve only been reading the shortlist for the Nebula. Next, I will read the shortlist for the Hugo. After that I’m going back in time in reading the shortlist for the very first Arthur C. Clarke award, so we will see how that goes.

 

Monthly Wrap Up: January 2016

Wow! This month has flown by so quickly, and yet not so much. Anyway, I can say that I stuck to my reading goals for at least a month.

Looking back at my blogging goals I can say that I’ve done pretty good. I think, at least. I have been pretty consistent with posting a review at least once a week. I think there was only one week where I didn’t post a review. But there were a couple of weeks where I have posted two or three reviews, so it evens out.

As far as my focus posts/goals, I’m tossing it. I like the freedom of picking a book and reading it because I feel like it. There are already time constraints that I have for review books, so it’s silly for me to pick books out and say I have to read it this month. Or what? It won’t get read til later, no big.

And since I am working on the wrap up post a few days ahead of time, I think I’m good for this goal.

On to the Reading Goals!!!

Bookshelf Reads: I really need to do better on this one. I’ve gone through my shelves and set aside books that I want to read and then decided whether to donate or keep in effort to be realistic about the books that I acquire. But I haven’t really made a dent in either of the two growing stacks.  But, I’ve only added four books to my shelf this month, and they all go along with a series that I’m collecting. Of these series, only one is an unknown, the other three are series that I am completing. I am participating in the #readmyowndamnbooks movement/challenge. You can find out more here at Estella’s Revenge. 

Series: I’ve started two new series, but I’ve completed one. I started Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews, it’s one that I’ve really wanted to read for a long time. I’ve started the Will Trent series by Karin Slaughter, I had book 3 on my bookshelf and book 6 for review.  I have completed the White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter!

Review: Okay this is another one that I need to work on. I have only completed one review book this month. I did DNF two, but still I would like to do better. I am currently reading a review book, but it won’t count a January read.

Challenges: I’m knocking out some challenges, so this I’m satisfied with. I read all of the books I wanted to read for the children’s challenges this month. And even though I said I was only going to focus on the challenges that I had already set up on my blog, I picked up two other challenges. Mainly because a lot of the books that I am planning on reading, cross over, so I won’t have to really add any books to my reading stacks. Those two challenges are BookRiot’s Read Harder Challenge and Modern Ms. Darcy’s 2016 Reading Challenge.

Stats:  Among the other new things that I am trying, I have decided to track what I read in a lot more detail than I usually do. Pretty much, I’ve been happy with setting a numerical goal and hitting that. I want to read more diversely this year, specifically more black authors. Only one of my favorite authors is black, Octavia Butler, because I can vouch for her work. I am branching out and reading more black authors this year. (This month, not so much.

Here it is:

Books Read: 12                        Pages Read (does not include DNF’d books): 3567

Books DNF’d: 4

Books Read for Series: 10

White authors read: 10   (2 books was written by a Russian-American) POC authors read: 2

Women authors read: 6  Male authors read: 4 Male & Female authors read: 2

Books that I owned: 4

Review Books: 1

Print Books: 9     E-Books: 4

Books Read:

(If you just want to see the books I read and not how it all breaks down you can check ouy Pinterest Page. )

Children’s Challenge: (These books do not count in the stats above or even towards books read)

1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Die

-Where’s Spot by Eric Hill

-The Baby Cataloogue by Allan Ahlberg

-Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

-Good Dog Carl by Alexandra Day

100 Books to Read Before Kindergarten

-Madeline by LudwigBemelmans

-Goldilocks and the Three Bears by jan Brett

-Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel

-Maisy Goes to the Library by Lucy Cousins

-Freight Train by Donald Crews

-Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type: Doreen Cronin

-A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka

-Go Dog Go by P.D. Eastman

Reading Challenges 

Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge:

-The Giver by Lois Lowry

-Battling Boy by Paul Pope

-Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge

-The Giver by Lois Lowry

#readmyowndamnbooks:

-Written in Red by Anne Bishop
-The Giver by Lois Lowry

-Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Diversity:

-Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Older

Series:

-Pushing the Limits by Katies McGarry

-A Mad Zombie Party by Gena Showalter

-American Vampire Volume 2 by Scott Snyder

-Magic Bites and Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews

-Battling Boy and Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope

 

Wow! This took much longer than I thought it would. I don’t know if  I will break it down like this again next month. Happy Reading!

 

Always Shine!