Tuesday, January 31, 2017

January 2017 Wrap-Up

I'm reviving my old practice of doing monthly wrap-up posts! So here's a summary of my book-related activity for January. Basically I've been trying to get through my enormous backlog of library books!

Books I read

The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike (library book)
Ghost Circles (Bone #7) by Jeff Smith (library book)
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon (audiobook) (library book)
Shade's Children by Garth Nix (library book)

Books I bought

Quista: Book One: Danay by Aviva Bel'Harold
Insomnia by Stephen King
Needful Things by Stephen King
The Birthday Party of No Return (Goosebumps Hall of Horrors #6) by R.L. Stine
Indiana Jones and the Cult of the Mummy's Crypt by R.L. Stine

Books I got for free

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick

Progress on challenges

I read 0 books for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge.

I completed the following letters for the Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge: G, N, S

I read 1 book for the Women Challenge.

Progress on my TBR pile: I added 6 books to my to read list and removed 0, so my pile increased by 6 this month.

Monday, January 16, 2017

A Winter's Respite 2017 Read-a-Thon

OK so I know week-long read-a-thons are weird and don't make sense but I feel like it, OK? I feel like having a week where people ask me to do stuff and I say "Can't. Reading."

My reading plan is to work on my big library stack. Here's what I'm hoping to get through this week:

  1. Shade's Children by Garth Nix (351 pages, of which I've already read 28)
  2. Amulet, vol. 7: Firelight by Kazu Kibuishi (199 pages; graphic novel)
  3. Mesopotamia: The Invention of the City by Gwendolyn Leick (274 pages; I don't expect to finish this one because non-fiction takes me forever)

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

2017 Women Challenge

I'm taking on the Women Challenge for the 5th year in a row! Signing up, as usual, for the highest level, Wonder Woman: read 20+ books written by a woman author.

I'll list the books I read for this challenge below.
  1. The Graveyard Apartment by Mariko Koike
  2. Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon
  3. A Recipe for Bees by Gail Anderson-Dargatz
  4. Darkwood by M.E. Breen
  5. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
  6. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
  7. Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O'Neill
  8. The Other Boy by M.G. Hennessey
  9. Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  10. Elfangor's Secret (Megamorphs #3) by K.A. Applegate
  11. The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O'Brien
  12. The Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
  13. The Crown (The Selection #5) by Kiera Cass
  14. A Vision of Fire (The Earthend Saga #1) by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin
  15. This Strange Way of Dying by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  16. Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee
  17. The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon
  18. The Reunion (Animorphs #30) by K.A. Applegate
  19. Vampire Knight, vol. 1 by Matsuri Hino
  20. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  21. The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters
  22. Stinky Cecil in Operation Pond Rescue by Paige Braddock
  23. Wondrous Strange (Wondrous Strange #1) by Lesley Livingston
  24. Alienated (Alienated #1) by Melissa Landers
  25. Until Midnight (Alienated #1.5) by Melissa Landers
  26. The Queen and the Cure by Amy Harmon
  27. All My Stripes by Shaina Rudolph
  28. Invaded (Alienated #2) by Melissa Landers
  29. Luke Helps Out by Sheryl Fehr
Success! However, this year book by women made up only 39% of my total reading, whereas it's usually at least half. So that's something to be aware of and work on in the future! I think that was a result of reading a lot of series by men this year, like Saga.