2019 Book Challenge

30 Audiobooks + 6 Comic Books/Graphic Novels + 1 Ebook + 7 Hardcovers/Paperbacks + 10 Advanced Reader Copies = 54 Books Total

30 Audiobooks:

1) Lullaby by Jonathan Maberry,  narrated by Scott Brick; 37 mins; January 2, 2019; 3 out of 5 Cradles.
2) The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs,  narrated by B.J. Harrison; 27 min; January 3, 2019; 3 out of 5 Wishes.
3) The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden, narrated by Kathleen Gati; 11 hrs and 48 mins; January 16-30, 2019; 4 out of 5 Witchy Women.
4) The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden, narrated by Kathleen Gati; 13h 2m; January 31- February 12, 2019 ; 3.5 out of 5 Chyerti.
5) The Winter of the Witch by Katherine Arden, narrated by Kathleen Gati; 14h; February 12-26, 2019; 4.5 out of 5 Mushrooms.
6) Star Wars: Bloodline by Claudia Gray, narrated by January LaVoy; 12h 14m; April 1-24, 2019; 4 out of 5 Senators.
7) The Wild Heart of Stevie Nicks by Rob Sheffield, narrated by Rob Sheffield, 2h 43m, May 14-22, 2019, 5 out of 5 Shawls.
8) Iron Gold by Pierce Brown, narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, Aedin Moloney; 23 hrs and 23 mins; July 14-26, 2019; 4.5 out of 5 Vaults.
9) Thrawn Treason by Timothy Zahn, narrated by Marc Thompson; 13 hours and 13 minutes; July 27-30, 2019; 3 out of 5 Navigators.
10) Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick, narrated by: Prentice Onayemi, Samantha Turret, Khristine Hvam, Gabriel Vaughan, Josh HurleyLength: 2 hrs and 55 mins; August 12, 2019; 5 out of 5 T-Rex Sneaker Duels in Scotland!
11) The Man Who Knew the Way to the Moon by Todd Zwillich, narrated by: Todd Zwillich, Angelo Di Loreto; 3 hrs and 32 mins,  Aug13-14, 2019; 5 out of 5 Apollos.
12) Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves  by The Arabian Nights, narrated by: B. J. Harrison; Length: 1 hr and 38 mins; August 15-16, 2019; 3 out of 5  Oil Jugs.
13) The Diary of a Hounslow Girl by Ambreen Razia, narrated by: Ambreen Razia; Length: 1 hr and 36 mins; August 20, 2019; 3 out of 5 Tattoos.
14) A Mind of Her Own by Paula McLain, narrated by Hillary Huber; Length: 1 hr and 15 mins; August 21, 2019; 3 out of 5 Scientists.
15) TBSC: Kristy’s Great Idea, by Ann M. Martin, narrated by Elle Fanning;  2 hrs and 44 mins; September 17, 2019; 4 out of 5 Babies.
16) The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne, narrated  James Lecesne; 1 hr 2 mins; September 23, 2019; 5 out of 5 Rainbow Sneakers.
17) Folsom Untold: The Strange True Story of Johnny Cash’s Greatest Album by Danny Robins; 2h 21m; September 24-25, 2019; 5 out of 5 Song Writers.
18)  TBSC: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, by Ann M. Martin, narrated by Elle Fanning;  2 hrs and 50 mins; October 12, 2019; 4 out of 5 Creepy House Noises.
19) Carrie by Stephen King, narrated by Sissy Spacek; 7 hrs and 24 mins; October 13-17, 2019; 4 out of 5 Proms.
20) Evil Eye by Madhuri Shekar,  narrated by  Harsh Nayyar, Annapurna Srira, Bernard White, Nick Choksi , Rita Wolf; 1 hr and 38 mins ; October 21, 2019; 5 out of 5 Phone Calls.
21) The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, narrated by B.J. Harrison; 1hr 23 m; October 22, 2019; 3 out of 5 Heads.
22) The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, narrated by Richard Armitage; 3 hr and 7m; October 23, 2019;  3.5 out of 5 Elixirs.
23) The Demon Next Door by Bryan Burrough, narrated by Steve White; 2 hrs and 45 mins; October 24, 2019; 4 out of 5 Handcuffs.
24) Dracula by Bram Stoker,  narrated by B.J. Harrison; 17 hours; October 25-31 , 2019; 3.5 out of 5 Fangs.
25) You Can Thank Me Later: A Novella by Kelly Harms, narrated by Lauren Fortgang; 3 hours 5 minutes; December 4, 2019; 5 out of 5 Turkeys.
26) The Burnout Generation by Anne Helen Petersen, narrated by Anne Helen Petersen. 1 hour 48 minutes; December 5, 2019; 4 out of 5 Matches.
27) Murder, We Spoke by The Audible Editors, narrated by Kat Johnson. 46 minutes; December 6, 2019; 4 out of 5 Crimes.
28) Press Pause: A Young Person’s Guide To Managing Life’s Challenges by Catherine Singer, narrated by Catherine Singer. 2 hrs and 3 mins; December 8, 2019; 4 out of 5 Breaths.
29) Holiday Greetings from Sugar and Booze by Ana Gasteyer and Mona Mansour, narrated by Ana Gasteyer, Maya Rudolph, and more. 2 hrs and 28 minutes; December 19-23, 2019; 4 out of 5 Christmas Villages.
30) The Christmas Hirelings by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, narrated by Richard Armitage. 3 hrs and 53 mins; December 30-31, 2019; 3 out of 5 Guests.

6 Comic Books/Graphic Novels:
1) Star Wars: Thrawn by Jody Houser, Luke Ross (Illustrator), Paul Renaud (Illustrator); January 1, 2019; 4 out of 5 Red Eyes.
2) Saga, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer),  Fiona Staples (Artist); January 15, 2019; 4 out of 5 Betrayals.
3) Saga, Vol. 6 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer),  Fiona Staples (Artist); February 10, 2019; 5 out of 5 Escapes.
4) Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer),  Fiona Staples (Artist); March 5-6, 2019; 4 out of 5 Tissues.
5) Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist); April 6, 2019, 4 out of 5 Brothers.
6)  Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer),  Fiona Staples (Artist);  April 6, 2019, 4 out of 5 Cliffhangers.

1 Ebook:
1) Dark Age by Pierce Brown; 879 pages; July 30-August 9,2019; 4.5 out of 5 Storm Gods.

7 Hardcovers/Paperbacks:
1) Year Zero by Rob Reid; 357 pages; February 28- March 17, 2019; 2 out of 5 Downloaded Songs.
2) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova; 324 pages, March 18-31, 2019; 4 out of 5 Death Masks.
3)  Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice; 340 pages; April 27-May 20, 2019;  2 out of 5 Bites.
4) Bruja Born by Zoraida Córdova; 336 pages; September 26-October 10, 2019; 4 out of 5 Hearts.
5) Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett; 506 pages; November 18-28, 2019 ; 4 out of 5 Keys.
6) Dead Voices by Katherine Arden; 236 pages; December 10-15, 2019; 5 out of 5 Bones.
7) The Costumes of Burlesque: 1866-2018 by Coleen Scott; 320 pages; December 29-31, 2019; 4 out of 5 Pasties.

10 Advanced Reader Copies: 
1) Sisters of the Fire by Kim Wilkins; 446 pages; Dec. 31, 2018- Jan. 14, 2019; 3.5 out of 5 Dragons.
2) A Short History of the Girl Next Doorby Jared Reck;  265 pages; May 21-25, 2019; 5 out of 5 Nerds.
3)  The Last Collection: A Novel of Elsa Schiaparelli and Coco Chanel by Jeanne Mackin; pages 340 pages; May 26- June 7,2019; 4 out of 5 Couture Gowns.
4) Full Disclosure by Camryn Garrett; 290 pages; June 9-14, 2019; 3 out of 5 Musicals.
5) More News Tomorrow by Susan Richards Shreve; 259 pages; June 17-21, 2019; 3 out of 5 Canoes.
6) House of Salt And Sorrows by Erin A. Craig; 402 pages; June 25- July 12, 2019 ; 4 out of 5 Fairy Shoes.
7) The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys; 840 pages; August 19-27, 2019; 5 out of 5 Rolls of Film.
8) Jackpot by Nic Stone; 339 pages; September 13-22 , 2019; 4.5 out of 5 Lottery Tickets.
9) The Starless Sea by  ErinMorgenstern, 494 pages, November 3 – 16, 2019; 4 out of 5 Bees.
10) Infinity Son  by Adam Silvera; 353 pages; November 29-December 3, 2019; 3 out of 5 Phoenixes.

 

Mount TBR Challenge for 2020

I saw this Mount TRB Challenge linked on Twitter and I am going to participate.  I have a huge TBR pile of doom and I added to it after attending Book Con and NYCC in 2019. That doesn’t even include the ebooks and audiobooks I have stacking up.

Knowing how much I read in a year, and leaving some room for new books/series continuations, I am choosing Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s.

Challenge Levels:

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancounver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

Wish me luck!

1) The Weight of a Piano by Chris Cander
2) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
3) The Glass Hotel  by Emily St. John Mandel
4) Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love by Dani Shapiro
5) The Color Purple by Alice Walker
6) Romeo and Juliet: A Novel by David Hewson, narrated by Richard Armitage
7)  Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
8)  Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of the African American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, narrated by Robin Miles
9) The Queen of Blood (Book One of The Queens of Renthia) by Sarah Beth Durst
10) I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid
11) Gods of Jade and Shadow by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
12) Alphabet Squadron by Alexander Freed
13) Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston
14) Star Wars: Master and Apprentice by Claudia Gray
15) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
16) Woodwalker by Emily B. Martin

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!

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.

Descriptions of the pictures bellow:
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