Reading Goals for 2019

I saw this on Purple Manatees and thought it was a good idea.

It’s just a number
I am not going to put a number on how many books I want to read/listen to. I do put a number on Goodreads (this year was 20 and maybe for next I will put 30), but I don’t want to be married to a number goal.

Dwindle the piles
What I do want to do is definitely read my TBR Book Con pile before going to Book Con in June.

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365 days of audiobooks

I want to listen to an audiobook each day of the year. I know somedays will be hard because I will be tired, but on days like those even a 15-30 minute short story will do. I’ll take a screen-cap of my starting days/hours/minutes count and then build it up each day of the year. And I have plenty of books waiting to be listened to on my Audible app.

Support your local library

To save money and support the wonderful NYPL I want to borrow more, especially when it comes to books that are part of a series. I have started a few series and just not finished them because I often don’t have the extra funds to spend nor do I have the room to keep them. Then because I get attached it becomes hard for me to weed my shelves to make room. To solve this problem – I will go to the library!

 

All that shouldn’t be too hard, right?  Wish me luck!

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The TBR Pile of Doom!

I saw this post on Purple Manatees and thought to do a post like it too. I have accumulted so many books and I can’t read that fast. So many of these have been sitting on my poor TBR pile for years.

I am hoping this post becomes something of a motivational tool to get through them.

1. How many books are in this pile currently?
87 total. This doesn’t show the books my sister got from NYCC and Book Con that I want to read too. Or the books I have downloaded as ebooks and audiobooks. So…technically it is well over a hundred, maybe even close to 200, but I am too scared to count them.

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31 Books I bought or were given by family/friends (with the exception of Year Zero and The Winter of the Witch. I forgot to add those to the NYCC pile because I had put them aside as my December reads.)

22 Books from NYCC from as far back as 2013.

11 Books from Book Con from 2017, 2015 and 2014

23 Star Wars books: Most of these I bought before Disney purchased Lucasfilm and turned the EU into Legends. Which sort of made me lose motivation. Also, the amount of SW books out there is very overwhelming.

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2017 Book Challenge

1) The Untamed: A Sinner’s Prayer (Graphic Novel)
by Sebastian A. Jones, Joshua Cozine (Editor), Andrew Cosby (Foreword), Peter Bergting (Illustrator), Darrell May (Illustrator); January 1; 260 pages; 3.5 out of 5 runes.
2) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden; February 4; 312 pages; 4 out 5 witchy women.
3) Beheld by Alex Flinn; February 20; 360 pages; 2 out of 5 men in the mirror.
4) Gilded Cage by Vic James; March 12; 310 pages; 4 out 5 Years of Servitude.
5) The Valiant by Lesley Livingston; March 30; 371 pages; 3 out of 5 Female Gladiators.
6) Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves; May 6; 407; 3 out 5 broken spells.
7) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares 1 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, art by Eli Powell; May 10; 4 out of 5 Sons.
8) The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon; May 15; 344 pages; 5 out of 5 suns that are also stars.
9) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares 2 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, and Eli Powell; June 20; 4 out of 5 scars.
10) Nemesis by Brendan Reichs; July 10; 440 pages; 4 out of 5 Resets.
11) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares Issue 3 by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; July 12; 4.5 out of 5 scythes.
12) The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier; July 28; 376 pages; 3 out of 5 Jacobites.
13) The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley; 536 pages; August 13; 4.5 out 5 White Sails.
14) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares Issue 4, by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; August 16; 4.5 out of 5.
15) Delicious! by Ruth Reichl; August 26; 396 pages; 4.5 out of 5 gingerbread cakes.
16) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons of Ares 5, by Pierce Brown, Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell; September 20; 5 out of 5 Goblins.
17) The Blue Tattoo by Steven Laffoley; September 23; 286 pages; 3.5 out of 5 Ships.
18) Bellwether by Connie Willis; October 16; 247 pages; 3 out of 5 sheep.
19) Pierce Brown’s Red Rising: Sons Of Ares 6 by Pierce Brown , Rik Hoskin, Eli Powell (Illustrator); October 26; 4 out of 5 Sons.
20) The Tournament by Matthew Reilly; 310 pages; November 1; 4 out of 5 Chess pieces.
21) Bonfire by Krysten Ritter; 276 pages; November 10; 3 out of 5 Optimal Scholarships.
22) Star Wars – From a Certain Point of View by 40 various authors; 459 pages, December 31; 5 out of 5 Galaxies.

Audiobooks:
1) Thrawn by Timothy Zahn, Marc Thompson (Narrator); June 19; 17 hours, 4 out of 5 Glowing Red Eyes.
2) A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, Jennifer Ikeda (Narrator), Real Time Reading September 18-October 31.
3) The Tell-Tale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); October 31;
5 out of 5 beating hearts.
4) The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allan Poe, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); October 31; 5 out of 5 bricks.
5) The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf by O. Henry, B.J. Harrison (Narrator); December 25; 5 out of 5 locks of hair.

2015 Book Challenge

I met my Goodreads goal.  I am two books shy of last year’s accomplishment.
1. The Shadow Cabinet, by Maureen Johnson (376 pages) (January 5) 4.5 out 5 stones
2. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown (379 pages nook) (January 27) 4 out 5 bloodydamn scythes
3. Golden Son, by Pierce Brown (440 pages nook) (February 20) 4.5 out of 5 Gorydamn Howlers 4.5 out of 5 Gorydamn Howlers
4. Scripted, by Maya Rock (325 pages) (March 20) 2 out 5 Blissful Days
5. Sentinels Book 1: Footsteps, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (March 2) 4 out 5 Soul Blades
6. Sentinels Book 2: Masks, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (March 27) 4 out 5 Soul Blades
7. Sentinels Book 3: Echoes, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (March 28) 4 out 5 Soul Blades
8. Sentinels Book 4: Hope, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (April 3) 4 out 5 Soul Blades
9. Sentinels Anthology, by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (April 3)  4 out of 5
10. The Family Hightower, by Brian Francis Slattery (332 pages) (April 30) 3.5 out 5 Namesakes
11. The Prophet, by Michael Koryta (400 pages) (May 23)  4.5 out 5 Touchdowns 
12. The Forest of Hands and Teeth, by Carrie Ryan (308 pages) (June 5) III.5 out V Gates
13. The Dead -Tossed Waves, by Carrie Ryan (403 pages) (June 17) 3.5 out of 5 Waves
14. The Dark and Hallow Places, by Carrie Ryan (374 pages) (June 22) 4 out 5 hot air balloons
15. Eeny Meeny, by M.J. Arlidge (395 pages) (June 28) 2.5 out of 5 locked rooms
16. Alive, by Scott Sigler (347 pages) (July 6) 5 out 5 (circles) O
17. Star Wars: Dark Disciple, by Christie Golden (306 pages nook) (July 20) 4.5 out 5 Full On Gambits
18. A History of Glitter and Blood, by Hannah Moskowitz (274 pages) (August 1) 4 out 5 specs of glitter.
19. Another Day, by David Levithan (327 pages) (August 8) 5 out 5 Sandcastles
20. Every Day, by David Levithan (324 pages) (August 20) 4 out 5 Fortune Cookies
21. Everything, Everything, by Nicola Yoon (306 pages) (August 25) 4.5 out of 5 humuhumunukunukuapuaas
22. The Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher (630 pages) (December 4) 3.5 out 5 Airships
23. Never Broken: Songs Are Only Half the Story, by Jewel ( 382 pages) (December 24) 5 out 5 Guitar Strings
24. Sentinels Anthology Volume 2, story by Rich Bernatovech and Luciano Vecchio (December 30) 3.5 our 5 Superheroes
25. Star Wars: Prelude to Rebellion, story by Jan Strand (December 30) 2 out 5  Jedi Knights 

2014 Book Challenge

I surpassed my goal of 25!!

1. The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare (453 pages) (January 8)
2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare (541 pages) (January 17)
3. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare (476 pages) (January 21)
4. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare (502 pages) (January 26)
5. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (570 pages) (February 7)
6. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare (424 pages) (February 13)
7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare (534 pages) (February 23)
8. Savage Girl, by Jean Zimmerman (404 pages) (March 11)
9. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown (382 pages) (March 23)
10. Divergent, by Veronica Roth (300 pages) (March 28)
11. Insurgent, by Veronica Roth (315 pages) (April 4)
12. Star Wars Darth Plagueis, by James Luceno (462 pages) (May 1)
13. Allegiant, by Veronica Roth (314 pages) (May 13)
14. The Cripple of Inishmaan, by Martin McDonagh (56 pages) (May 18)
15. Proxy, by Alex London (379 pages) (May 23)
16. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (211 pages) (May 29)
17. No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die 0.5), by Danielle Paige (135 pages) (June 3)
18. Dorothy Must Die, by Danielle Paige (319 pages) (June 12)
19. The Mortal Instruments: City of Heavenly Fire, by Cassandra Clare (725 pages) (July 6)
20. Guardian, by Alex London (340 pages) (July 17)
21. The Book of Life, by Deborah Harkness (561 pages) (August 3)
22. Tunnel Vision, by Keith Lowe (372 pages) (August 14)
23. Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda’s Daughter, by Maggie Anton (368 pages) (September 18)
24. The Heaven’s Rise, by Christopher Rice (317 pages) (October 8)
25. Seeker, by Arwen Elys Dayton (429 pages) (November 5)
26. Horns, by Joe Hill (393 pages) (November 27)
27. Shades of London: Madness Underneath, by Maureen Johnson (290 pages) December 24

 

2014 Book Challenge – so far

1. The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare (453 pages) (January 8) 4 out of 5 Runes
2. The Mortal Instruments: City of Glass, by Cassandra Clare (541 pages) (January 17) 4 out of 5 runes
3. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Angel, by Cassandra Clare (476 pages) (January 21) 4 out of 5 automations
4. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Prince, by Cassandra Clare (502 pages) (January 26) 5 out 5 swords
5. The Infernal Devices: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (570 pages) (February 7) 5 out 5 Angels
6. The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels, by Cassandra Clare (424 pages) (February 13) 2 out 5 morning stars
7. The Mortal Instruments: City of Lost Souls, by Cassandra Clare (534 pages) (February 23) 3 out of 5 diabolical brothers
8. Savage Girl, by Jean Zimmerman (404 pages) (March 11) 3 out of 5 suitors
9. Red Rising, by Pierce Brown (382 pages) (March 23) 4 out 5 bloodydamn scythes
10. Divergent, by Veronica Roth (300 pages) (March 28) 3 out of 5 factions
11. Insurgentby Veronica Roth (315 pages) (April 4) 3.5 out 5 personality markers
12. Star Wars Darth Plagueis by James Luceno (462 pages) (May 1) 5 out of 5 midi-chlorians
13. Allegiantby Veronica Roth (314 pages) (May 13)  4.5 out 5 rebels
14. The Cripple of Inishmaan by Martin McDonagh (56 pages) (May 18) 5 out 5 pieces of news
15. Proxy, by Alex London (379 pages) (May 23) 3.5 out 5 debts to pay
16. The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (211 pages) (May 29) 4 out 5 basketball trophies
17. No Place Like Oz (Dorothy Must Die 0.5) by Danielle Paige (135 pages) (June 3) 2 out 5 tornados