2016 Book Challenge

1)Outlander – The Exile of Sharad Hett, by Timothy Truman, Rick Leonardi (Artist), Tom Raney (Artist), Al Rio(Artist) (January 3) 3 out of 5
2)Anna and the Swallow Man, by Gavriel Savit (230 pages) (January 24) 4 out of 5 Clarinets
3) Golden Son, by Pierce Brown (440 nook pages) (February 9) 4.5 out of 5 Gorydamn Howlers
4) Morning Star, by Pierce Brown (540 nook pages) (February 17) 4.5 out of 5 Broken Chains
5) Dodgers by Bill Beverly (304 pages) (March 27) 1 out of 5 snores.
6) A Fine Imitation, by Amber Brock (298 pages) (April 26) 4 out of 5 murals
7) Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys (391 pages) (May 16 ) 5 out of 5 pink hats
8) Star Wars: Emissaries to Malastare (Star Wars Legends Graphic Novels #37) by Timothy Truman, Tom Lyle, Robert Jones (May 29) 3 out of 5
9) The After Party, by Anton DiSclafani (384 pages) (June 3) 3 out of 5 cocktails
10) Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet, by H.P. Wood (368 pages) (June 30) 4 out of 5 Boxing Kangaroos
11)Star Wars: Twilight (Star Wars Legends Graphic Novels #38) by John Ostrander, Jan Duursema, Rick Magyar (July 12) 5 out of 5
12) The Land of Enchantment, by Leigh Stein (226 pages) (July 17) 3.5 out of 5 El Chupacabra.
13) The Secret Ways of Perfume by Cristina Caboni (418 pages) (July 26) 4 out of 5 Perfect Perfumes
14) Rappacini’s Daughter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (27 pages) (August 7) 5 out of 5 poisonous gardens
15) The One Man, by Andrew Gross (412 pages) (September 30) 5 out of 5 Rooks
16) The Cask of Amontillado, by Edgar Allan Poe (5 pages) (October 12) 5 out of 5 bricks
17) The Tell-Tale Heart, by Edgar Allan Poe (5 pages) (October 12) 5 out of 5 heartbeats
18) Alight, by Scott Sigler (424 pages) (November 6) 4 out of 5 spears
19)The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeymi (335 pages) (December 10, 2016) 2 out of 5 ghosts

Audio Books I listened to in 2016
1. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown, Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
2. Golden Son, by Pierce Brown, Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
3. Morning Star, by Pierce Brown, Narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds
4. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness, Narrated byJennifer Ikeda
5. Shadow of Night, by Deborah Harkness, Narrated byJennifer Ikeda
6. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness, Narrated byJennifer Ikeda
7. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin, Narrated by Rosamund Pike
8. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story, by Jewel, Narrated by Jewel.
9. Ahsoka, by E.K. Johnston, Narrated by Ashley Eckstein 4.5 out of 5 Rebel spies
10. Catalyst: A Rogue One Story, by James Luceno, Narrated by Jonathan Davis 3.5 out of 5 Kyber crystals

Review – Catalyst: A Rogue One Story, by James Luceno, Jonathan Davis (narrator)

Words can’t describe how devastating today has been. I don’t cry for a celebrity’s passing, but I have cried many times today after hearing of Carrie Fisher’s passing. I really hoped and prayed she’d pull through after her heart attack. 2016 had been so cruel taking a few of our legends from us.

I am obviously heartbroken as a fan but what is really sad is knowing the grief her family feels. Her daughter Billie is still too young to lose her mother, and my heart goes out to Debbie Reynolds. A mother should not outlive her daughter.

My condolences to her family. You are one with the Force, Carrie, and you will be missed. ❤


War is tearing the galaxy apart. For years the Republic and the Separatists have battled across the stars, each building more and more deadly technology in an attempt to win the war. As a member of Chancellor Palpatine’s top secret Death Star project, Orson Krennic is determined to develop a superweapon before their enemies can. And an old friend of Krennic’s, the brilliant scientist Galen Erso, could be the key.

Galen’s energy-focused research has captured the attention of both Krennic and his foes, making the scientist a crucial pawn in the galactic conflict. But after Krennic rescues Galen, his wife, Lyra, and their young daughter, Jyn, from Separatist kidnappers, the Erso family is deeply in Krennic’s debt. Krennic then offers Galen an extraordinary opportunity: to continue his scientific studies with every resource put utterly at his disposal. While Galen and Lyra believe that his energy research will be used purely in altruistic ways, Krennic has other plans that will finally make the Death Star a reality. Trapped in their benefactor’s tightening grasp, the Ersos must untangle Krennic’s web of deception to save themselves and the galaxy itself.

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The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi


Jessamy “Jess” Harrison is eight years old. Sensitive, whimsical, possessed of an extraordinary and powerful imagination, she spends hours writing haiku, reading Shakespeare, or simply hiding in the dark warmth of the airing cupboard. As the child of an English father and a Nigerian mother, Jess just can’t shake off the feeling of being alone wherever she goes, and the other kids in her class are wary of her tendency to succumb to terrified fits of screaming. Believing that a change from her English environment might be the perfect antidote to Jess’s alarming mood swings, her parents whisk her off to Nigeria for the first time where she meets her mother’s family–including her formidable grandfather.

Jess’s adjustment to Nigeria is only beginning when she encounters Titiola, or TillyTilly, a ragged little girl her own age. To Jess, it seems that, at last, she has found someone who will understand her. But gradually, TillyTilly’s visits become more disturbing, making Jess start to realize that she doesn’t know who TillyTilly is at all.
Helen Oyeyemi draws on Nigerian mythology to present a strikingly original variation on a classic literary theme: the existence of “doubles,” both real and spiritual, who play havoc with our perceptions and our lives. Lyrical, haunting, and compelling, “The Icarus Girl” is a story of twins and ghosts, of a little girl growing up between cultures and colors. It heralds the arrival of a remarkable new talent.

I am going to start at the beginning to make this easier. I bought this novel (and it is signed by the author) 11 years ago. I still have the receipt in the book from Housing Works. I bought it August 15, 2005.

It has been on my to-be-read piles all this time (along with other books I’ve had for years.)

Back when I bought it the synopsis sparked my interest, but for many reasons, procrastination and reading hundreds of other books instead, it fell to the back of the piles.

Recently I did a Top Ten Tuesday list for my friend’s blog, Lazy Book Lovers. That week’s theme was: Top Ten Tuesday! Books That Have Been On Your Shelf (Or TBR) From Before You Started Blogging That You STILL Haven’t Read Yet.

That made me finally read it. But I found I didn’t like it very much. Which is a heartbreaking disappointment. I feel like I should have read it when I first bought it. Sometimes reading a story at a certain point in your life brings out different feeling about it. I might have felt differently 11 years ago, but I will never really know.

To be honest I was expecting something more eerie and supernatural and I ended up bored. I would put it down for days, and now I am 4 books behind on my Goodreads goal.

The thing that made me want to push through and finish was guilt. This book has been collecting dust in my room for a little more than a decade so I felt I owed it something. If I didn’t have this guilt I would have given up sooner and moved on.

So my issues: Which might be somewhat spoiler-ish.

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