Reading Challenges update February

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In the summer last year I started making lists of the books I own and wanted to read. I like making lists and checking off stuff on a list gives me a positive boost I need. I decided to make smaller lists and prioritize books I want to read in a few months intervals. That worked nicely and gave me an approximation of my reading habits and appetites. Reading more of the books I already own and want to read anyway; made me focus better and read more in general. I have a few books left over from the last list I made in 2019. and I’m happy to report I’ve made progress on those as well.

  1. ✔  Rogue (Shifters #2) by Rachel Vincent
  2. ✔ The Witch With No Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison
  3. ✔  Shadow and Bone (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  4. ✔  Siege and Storm (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  5. ✔  Ruin and Rising (The Shadow and Bone Trilogy #3) by Leigh Bardugo
  6. ✔  The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)
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  7. ✔  The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)
    by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan
  8. ✔  The Titan’s Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #3) by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan
  9. ✔  Black Butler, Vol. 2 by Yana Toboso
  10. ✔ Black Butler, Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso
  11. Ender’s Game (Ender’s Saga #1) by Orson Scott Card
  12. Kitchen Princess Omnibus, Vol. 3 (Kitchen Princess #5-7) by Natsumi Andō
  13. ✔  Shifting Shadows (Mercy Thompson Shorts) by Patricia Briggs
  14. Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races #3) by Thea Harrison
  15. ✔ Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake

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For 2020. I compiled I list of 30 books I want to read that I already own and those are actually coming along nicely as well! The first three books I’ve read are on both of the lists and I’m making those a priority. It is satisfying to check off books from both lists at once.  The books I’ve read from last update are:

The Witch With No Name (The Hollows #13) by Kim Harrison ★★★

Black Butler, Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso ★★★★

Girl of Nightmares (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake ★★★

I did a book review on The Witch With No Name and you can check it out HERE.

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Here is the list of the books I own and want to read in 2020:

  1. ✔  Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) by Leigh Bardugo
  2. ✔  Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo
  3. The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark, #2) by Veronica Roth
  4. Prey (Shifters, #4) by Rachel Vincent
  5. Carniepunk by Rachel Caine (editor)
  6. ✔  The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13) by Kim Harrison
  7. Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy by Ellen Datlow (editor)
  8. ✔  The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1) by Holly Black
  9. ✔  The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2) by Holly Black
  10. Death of a Darklord (Ravenloft #13) by Laurell K. Hamilton
  11. Carry On (Simon Snow, #1) by Rainbow Rowell
  12. Wayward Son (Simon Snow, #2) by Rainbow Rowell
  13. The Battle of the Labyrinth: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels, #4) by by Robert Venditti, Rick Riordan
  14. ✔  Black Butler, Vol. 3 by Yana Toboso
  15. Kitchen Princess Omnibus, Vol. 3 (Kitchen Princess, #5-7) by Natsumi Ando
  16. Saga: Book Three by Brian K. Vaughan
  17. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1) by Gregory Maguire
  18. Serpent’s Kiss (Elder Races, #3) by Thea Harrison
  19. ✔  Djevojka iz noćnih mora (Anna #2) by Kendare Blake ( Girl of Nightmares )
  20. MOR – Plodovi osvete by Josip Kralik
  21. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  22. Balzac i kineska mala krojačica by Dai Sijie ( Balzac et la Petite Tailleuse chinoise)
  23. Neobičan događaj sa psom u noći by Mark Haddon ( The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time)
  24. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  25. The Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga #5.3) by Lois McMaster Bujold
  26. The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan
  27. The Burning Maze (The Trials of Apollo #3) by Rick Riordan
  28. The Tyrant’s Tomb (The Trials of Apollo #4) by Rick Riordan
  29. Hellboy, Volume 1: Seed of Destruction and Wake the Devil by Mike Mignola
  30. The Darkness: Darkness/ Batman & Darkness/ Superman 20th Anniversary Collection by Garth Ennis, Jeph Loeb, Ron Marz, Scott Lobdell, Marc Silvestri

I’m already facing challenges because some of the new books from this year’s first book haul that are not on either of these lists look really tempting. I already read some of the newest books I got this year and you can check out my first Book Haul of 2020 HERE

So far my reading pace has been a little ahead of my reading goals and I will probably go easy on myself and continue reading the books that draw me in. Last month I enjoyed all of the books I’ve read a lot and I want to keep reading the books that make me happy and interested.

One of the reading challenges I’ve kinda neglected since last year is my TBR Jar Draw Challenge. Last update and reading I did was back in October 2019. I’ve read two books for it in less than one month and then felt I got some levy and held it back a bit. Now it’s time to get back on track for that as well!

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My three TBR Jar draws are as follows:

The One-in-a-Million Boy by Monica Wood

Railsea by China Miéville

The Gospel of Loki (Loki #1) by Joanne M. Harris

I will probably have to take time to make some revisions for this challenge after I read one of the three books from this Jar Draw. My main concern is that some of the books I put in the TBR Jar Draw were just random books from the shelves that hold both my books and those of my boyfriend. We have different reading tastes and some of the books he reads would be a slow torture for me…

You can read more about how my TBR Jar Draw all started HERE 

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Reading Challenge update Monday

In the past week I’ve finished one book and started on one other. My reading tempo for Serpentine was a little over one hundred pages a day and it left me a bit disoriented when the book was finished. I had to take a break and contemplate the waiting for the next book in the series.

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Serpentine ( Anita Blake Vampire Hunter #26)

by Laurell K. Hamilton

★★★

It’s been two years since I’ve read the last book Crimson Death which is looming over this one quite a bit. The main character has some doubts and fears because of the events in Crimson Death. I have trouble discerning how much time has passed for the character without being explicitly told so. Serpentine was interesting and brought out some characters that were long due to make an appearance – there’s Olaf/Otto but for me it was Bernardo and Edward/Ted with his family. The most shocking thing for me in this book were not the monsters, which were again given just a little more time at the end of the book but the constant insecurities of some main characters that get in the way of the moving plot. I think I might need an update for all the characters who were not given some page time at the end of the book! There are some I miss terribly :/ I loved the new plot twist and how everything went down though!

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SPOILER ALERT

While there is a lot of Micah and Nathaniel in this book and the plot is pulled apart by their needs and insecurities, the one scene that bugged me was sex scene with Jean Claude and his – by my standards! – uncharacteristic self doubt. If I give it more thought I could probably come up with a decent explanation for it but at the moment of reading I was not so pleasantly surprised and it set my reading off balance a bit.

SPOILER ALERT OVER

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I am slowly reading trough the next book for my Summer reading challenge. I’m currently on All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin. It had a very promising start and an interesting world building set in a quite bleak futuristic New York. I’m more than half trough it and the angst is rising in levels unexpected. I might have to make a break with some graphic novels from the list soon.

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From last Reading Challenge update Monday I am down one more book with only four left to finish my reading challenge!

A✔ Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna book 1) by Kendare Blake
N    Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
A    Angel & Faith: Live Through This (Season 9, Volume 1) by by Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs (Artist)
✔ The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard book 3) by Rick Riordan
T   Wayward, Vol. 4: Threads and Portents (Wayward volume 4) by Jim Zub
A ✔ The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto
S ✔ Sigvald (Warhammer Heroes #4) by Darius Hinks
I ✔ I, Strahd: The Memoirs of a Vampire (Ravenloft #7) by P.N. Elrod
A ✔ Serpentine (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #26) by Laurell K. Hamilton

A  * All These Things I’ve Done (Birthright #1) by Gabrielle Zevin
D ✔ Dune (Dune #1) by Frank Herbert
A   Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause
M ✔ 9 From the Nine Worlds (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan
O ✔ Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 1by Bisco Hatori
V    Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy #1) by Richelle Mead

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Taking on my TBR pile

I am finally set to do something about my pile of TBR (To-Be-Read) books! Big part of the problem are the books I hoarded over time. I believe the Japanese even have a word for this apparently not so uncommon hoarding disorder – tsundoku!

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Mostly all were and are still the books I am genuinely interested in reading. Some of them were collected since they simply fit the profile and genre I like to read. Some were the books I heard enough about to get me interested to get them and put them on my TBR. Some are gifts and I’m not so sure about those :/

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One of my goals is to cut this pile to be closer to 300. I know it doesn’t seem like much but most of the books I end up reading every month are not already in my TBR pile. I usually read two books a month for my RL book club. Those are mostly books that come as a group choice and offer a variety of genres and authors I don’t normally read.

Also, since I work in a bookstore there are always new arrivals that grab my attention. Reading those can be a part of the job. (Almost a dream job there :p )

Type of books I mentioned above take up almost half of my reading for any given month. These are not the books I can always count on or expect in the form of the time that it takes me to read them trough.

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The books I can do something about are those that are already on my bookshelves. Right there! (right behind my computer screen, right of my desk, left of my desk, on the shelf by my bed, on the shelf by my BFs computer…)

I have gone trough my GR TBR list and sorted out the books I already own. I wrote the title of each on a little pink piece of paper. On the list were lots of books that were part of a book series. With those I only wrote down books that were first in the series or those that continue on the books I already read. I took all the little pink papers and put them into a glass bowl.

IMAG0404I realized too late that since the glass is dyed turquoise I should have used blue or green paper :/

As it turns out there are exactly 82 little pink papers with titles of books that are waiting patiently on the bookshelves in my room for their turn to be read.

Starting this month I will draw three titles from the bowl and pick at least one of them to read in the current month. The ones not chosen for the month will go back into the bowl, and if by chance I draw the same ones for three times I will forgo the choice and read the one that has been drawn the third time!

First three titles I’ve drawn are:

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1 # Fushigi Yûgi: Genbu Kaiden Vol. 01 by Yu Watase

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2 # The Undead Pool (The Hollows #12) by Kim Harrison

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3 # The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo #1) by Rick Riordan

 

I am actually pleasantly surprised by the titles I’ve drawn. For now I will keep all the choices until the end of the month. I’m undecided which one to start first. Since one of them is a manga I might go and read more than one! I’m just too damn pleased with what I’ve drawn right now 🙂

Hopefully this will start a habit of reading more of the books I already own 🙂

Wish me luck!

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Reading at the moment update February

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I’m always in the middle of reading a book or two or three…

Here are books I’m in the middle of reading this February!

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Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Jurjevič Ljermontov

I have skipped reading this book on two occasions. First as a school assignment and second time as a part of a book challenge. Third time’s the charm! I hope I finish it this February and finally cross it off my reading list! So far I’ve read foreword and the first chapter. Wish me luck!

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Delayed Penalty (Dartmouth Cobras book 5) by Bianca Sommerland

This book is a bit longer than the first four in the series. Also I find it is a slow read. I don’t know why but this one just can’t hold my attention as the first four did. I’m a little over 50% into the book. Hopefully I’ll find motivation and time to finish it this month as well.

Searching for more books to read this month!

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Since it is a month with a “love in the air” theme to it I’m planing to find some mushy historical romance with dukes and rakes and the likes to fill in the romance category for February. Also tomorrow I have a RL Book club meeting where we will be discussing Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides we were reading for the past month. After that we will be choosing another book to read until our next meeting in March. Hopefully it will be something I like!

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