Flights of Fantasy: Check-in (2)

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Flights of Fantasy reading challenge is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly.

End of January, beginning of February! Is it just me, or does time pass much more quickly once you’re finished with school? At any rate, let’s check in….

In January, I read a total of 10 books, only 4 of which had mainly fantasy elements (I still get confused as to whether or not dystopians and sci-fis are technically fantasy, so I won’t count those).

  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Nightmares! by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
  • Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling [re-read]

Considering I should average between 3 and 4 fantasies a month to meet my goal of 40 fantasies this year, I guess I’m on track so far! And a sidenote: I do tend to re-read the Harry Potters once or twice a year. I just happen to be in the middle of a re-read, since reading the illustrated edition at the end of 2015.

Flights of Fantasy: Check-in (1)

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As the first full week of the new year comes to a close, I want to post an update about how my first #FlightsofFantasy challenge is going so far! And would you guess what? I’ve already made some decent headway.

Since January 1st, I’ve…

  • Finished Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Thanks to an abundant amount of airport and plane time, I finished this on the first. Review to come shortly! It’s in my review queue.
  • Finished Nightmares! by Jason Segal and Kirsten Miller, an easy yet fun middle grade read. Also in my review queue.
  • Currently, I’m reading Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay, a Beauty and the Beast retelling. So far, I’m half-finished and there are times when I really like it and others when I’m feeling overly ambivalent.

I’m almost in the mood for a break from fantasy, which happens rarely. Either that, or I need some really well-written adult fantasy. Six of Crows made me tear up a little, but it’s been so long since I’ve come across a book that has made me feel every single emotion — and that’s the tell that I’ve found a new favorite!

Total progress so far: 2/40 fantasy books complete

Top Ten Tuesday (8)

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Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

Top Ten FIVE bookish resolutions goals I have for 2016

In reality, I never make New Year’s Resolutions purely because the concept doesn’t make sense to me. I like to put in effort for goals and things I want and a new year doesn’t change that for the better or worse. Here are my FIVE top bookish goals for 2016.

1. Read more current series. I think I’ve done pretty well on this so far considering there are only so many books I am physically able to read. But at the same time I also feel like I’ve been putting off brand new series I think I’ll really like in lieu of books I already own. And I love those too but they’re not talked about in the blogosphere most of the time.

2. Knock out at least half my TBR. I’m planning on joining in the #RockmyTBR challenge (hosted by The YA Book Traveler) to help with this, I just haven’t made a post to make it official yet!

3. Start a Brandon Sanderson series, read a Robin McKinley book, and start a Juliet Marillier series! I’m such a fantasy nerd and I’ve heard fantastic things about all these authors but haven’t yet read them! This is the year.

4. Read Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars Thrawn trilogy. I feel like I’ve read at least one, when I was a tiny human, but never the whole trilogy. And I’m craving ALL THE STAR WARS.

5. Continue book blogging on a regular basis! To do this I think I’ll have to come up with my own feature or two, but it’s about time I do that anyway!

Flights of Fantasy reading challenge!

Hey all! In keeping with my desire to blog more and read more this year, I’ve decided to join in Hello Chelly‘s and Alexa Loves Books‘ Flights of Fantasy reading challenge, my first reading challenge ever. Since starting Harry Potter around first grade, I’ve loved fantasy books and have roughly 33 books on my TBR shelves that are fantasy (out of 74 total books on my TBR shelves). And that doesn’t even include some big names in fantasy, like Juliet Marillier or Robin McKinley, both of which I want to try as well this year.

Accounting for some of my TBR fantasies as well as some I’ll inevitably get from the library and buy this year, I hereby goal myself at a healthy 40 fantasy books to read this year. I don’t yet want to commit to joining the Flights of Fantasy book club as well, but I might try to work in some of those here and there.

Stick around, and I just might keep you posted on my progress!

Trickster’s Queen by Tamora Pierce

Details: 467pp, Random House hardcover
Release Date: September 2004
Series: Daughter of the Lioness, book 2
Rating: 4/5
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Summary (from Goodreads): Aly’s adventure continues… No longer a slave, Alanna’s daughter is now spying as part of an underground rebellion against the colonial rulers of the Copper Isles. The people in the rebellion believe that a prophecy in which a new queen will rise up to take the throne is about to be realized. Aly is busy keeping the potential teenage queen and her younger siblings safe, while also keeping her in the dark about her future. But Aly, who is usually adept at anticipating danger and changes, is in for a few nasty surprises. Continue reading

First Chapter, First Paragraph Tuesday (44)

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First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Simply share the first paragraph of the first chapter of the book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Continuing working through my spring TBR list (from a Top Ten Tuesday) brings me to Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.

I hate First Friday. It makes the village crowded, and now, in the heat of high summer, that’s the last thing anyone wants. From my place in the shade it isn’t so bad, but the stink of bodies, all sweating with the morning work, it enough to make milk curdle. The air shimmers with heat and humidity, and even the puddles from yesterday’s storm are hot, swirling with rainbow streaks of oil and grease.

I’m a few less than 100 pages in and so far I’m loving it! I wish I had more time to read tonight because I’m hooked.

A Short and Sweet Review: Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce

Details: 422pp, Random House paperback
Series: Daughter of the Lionness, book 1
Rating: 3/5
Buy: BN.comBooks-a-MillionBook Depository

Summary (from Goodreads): Aly: a slave with the talents of a master spy, a fabled lineage she must conceal, and the dubious blessing of a trickster god.

Sarai: a passionate, charming teenage noblewoman who, according to prophecy, will bring an end to a cruel dynasty.

Dove: the younger sister of Sarai; she has a calculating mind and hidden depths that have yet to be plumbed.

Nawat: a magical young man with a strangely innocent outlook and an even stranger past; Aly’s one true friend in a world where trust can cost you your life. Continue reading