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2017 in Books

Alright friends, I’m calling it.  I surpassed my goal of 100 books this year by reading 104 books.  Here there are!

Among them, I was blown away by The Inconceivable Life of Quinn, When the Moon was Ours, A Conjuring of Light, and The Sun is Also A Star.  I loved Marie Lu’s Young Elites series and Jay Kristoff’s Nevernight.  I read manga, physical books, Kindle books, and got some help from Audible.  I read one important book: The Hate U Give.  I read quite a few things I didn’t enjoy and will never read again.

I’m contemplating next year’s goal, thinking of how busy I’ll be… but then again, I was busy this year, too!  So stay tuned for that.

Check out my Goodreads to see more about 2017 in books!

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What I Read in December

I think my new year’s resolution is going to be making sure I do one of these every month… I know I missed a few last year.  Well, this What I Read is going to be December, plus a 2016 Goodreads wrap-up and 2017 goals!

December first then.  I read 5 books last month!

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The Magician’s Land | I read the whole Magicians trilogy last year and I really, really liked it.  More of an adult Chronicles of Narnia than Harry Potter, which I’ve often heard it compared to.  The school stuff is largely over by this, the third and final book in the series.  This serves as a nice wrap up to the story as a whole.  Each book really stands alone but they come together to tell a complete tale.  I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes books about magic!

Walk on Earth A Stranger | As soon as I started reading this one, I knew it wasn’t what I had expected.  The main character, Leah, senses gold in the earth.  However, the story comes off less magical and more… Oregon Trail.  I swear, that’s all I could think about the whole time I read this book!  I followed this one by watching West World, which was completely in aesthetic, so I’m grateful for that.  I ended up liking it, but again, it just wasn’t what I expected.  I wanted more of a focus on the ability and less of a historical piece.

Frost Like Night | How did I read this whole series?  I wanted to like it, and the covers were so beautiful, but just eh.  The first book set up a world that I wanted to be interested in, the second book gave me Indiana Jones-type adventures and puzzles renewing my interest, but the third book just dragged.  The whole book was just waiting for this final battle; it just felt so drawn out.  I just wanted it to end.

The Blood of Olympus | I read the Percy Jackson  series like lightening (pun intended) and the Heroes of Olympus started out the same way.  House of Hades slowed me down a little, and this last one had been waiting and waiting for me to pick it up.  I wanted to knock the series out before the year is up.  While again, you’re sort of waiting for the final conflict, at least I’m very endeared to these characters and most really got an opportunity to shine– Piper, Leo, Nico, and Reyna in particular.  I loved the end and totally shed a tear or two.  Totally recommend these books for loves of mythology and adventure!

A Modern Witch | I had marked this as to-read long ago, but breaking open my new Kindle and seeing the price… it was time!  I really tried to save this one for the new year to get a jump start on my 2017 reading goal, but it was too quick of a read.  A sweet book for anyone who likes witchcraft.  There’s very little actual plot, but it’s nice to read.  Feel good stuff.

These five books bring my 2016 total to 58 books!  (Check out which on Goodreads!)  My original goal was 50, so I kind of killed it.  This year, I’ve set myself a goal of 60 books… and I’m off to a good start already!

Anyone else have a reading goal for 2017?

What I Read: June 2016

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I crushed it in June, you guys.  I read 9 books this month, and I’m pretty sure the only reason I didn’t read more is because I had to order the final three books in the series I was plowing through.

See, I got sucked into the Percy Jackson series.  I bought the 5 book series in a box set at Target, thinking it would save me money as opposed to buying each book individually.  I was, admittedly, a little worried that I wouldn’t like them.  These are middle grade, not even YA, and I sometimes have issues with YA feeling a bit too young.  These books were not immature, though; sure, they were aimed at a younger audience, but they have literary merit.  The mythology is well done, unlike a certain book I read last month, and the books mature as the main character does.  They’re a bit silly, but they’re definitely funny and compelling!  I loved this series and as soon as I was done, I picked up the Heroes of Olympus series also by Rick Riordan.

I could only find the first two in my bookstore travels, so after reading those, I was forced to read something else as I waited for my three books to arrive.

I read Coraline by Neil Gaiman in a couple of hours– it’s a short one, but not as scary as I expected.  This is my third Gaiman book, and I’ve marked a couple more as to read.

I’ve also been using Audible this month, and although I’m not a huge fan of “reading” this way, it is a more constructive use of the quiet times while I work.  I listened to The Paper Magician by Charlie Holmberg.  The narrator took me a while to get used to, but I ended up loving the book!  I wished I’d read it instead of listened to it, though.

I’m already working my way through the rest of The Heroes of Olympus in July… check out my Goodreads for more!