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.

Happy New Year!

Happy holidays and a happy new year to you all! I don’t normally do resolutions so I will state this is a GOAL instead: I want to blog more regularly in 2016! 2015 got me off to a decent start but I definitely lost track as the year progressed. New year, clean (blogging) slate! I can do it!

2015 in Books

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A few months into the year, I decided to go the “One Book Challenge” route: I was in such a reading slump that the pressure from my Goodreads goal (initially 130, I think) was driving me into a deep, dark pit of reading unhappiness. The one book challenge that several other bloggers inspired me to do was a way of taking the pressure off and reading for the love of it, not for the numbers. While I didn’t hit 130 books this year, or even 100, it’s still a success because I DNFd more books and found more books that I am so enamored with. (DNFing is a magical thing.) I’ve also grown pickier with my ratings — definitely a good thing! — and have less 5-star more 2-, 3-, and 4-star than past years.

You can find all the books I read both on my Goodreads and here on my blog.

In 2016….

Somehow, some way I really need to cut the number of books on my TBR shelves in half, at least. My TBR list is over 2 pages of 8.5×11 college-ruled Moleskine notebook paper. That’s insane. The largest it’s ever been.

Here’s to reading more and BLOGGING more in 2016!

New TBR Additions (23)

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Headaches and work days ahoy, this past week was a doozy. I haven’t added too many books to my TBR lately since I’ve been getting a little pickier. Of those I have added, these are my favorites!

  • Persuasion, by Martina Boone. When I read Compulsion as an e-ARC I was so impressed. I can’t wait to re-read it with my new hardcover copy and then read this sequel!
  • The Infinite Sea, by Rick Yancey. I wasn’t expecting to like The Fifth Wave as much as I did because I haven’t had much experience with alien-invasion fiction in the past. But I loved it! Now I’m itching to get my hands on this second book. Maybe with one of my Barnes & Noble coupons….
  • Walk on Earth a Stranger, by Rae Carson. The Girl of Fire and Thorns series grew on me with the passing of each book. (I still want to re-read it too!) I’m really into the premise of this new series: historical and magical.

Like I said, I haven’t added too many books lately, and most are sequels. My pickiness is helping to keep my TBR list under control.

TBR Addition Saturday (16)

TBR-addition Saturday — the day to share with all your followers which books you’ve recently decided to add to your to-be-read list. And, if you so choose, what made you want to add that book to your list, if there’s anything special about it.

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Last week I took a break from posting this meme of mine because — *GASP* — I hadn’t added anything to my TBR. This week though, I did add just a few — in addition to deleting a lot of books that I just know I don’t care enough about to even try to prioritize. Those added were…

  • Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. I love the cover design, for one, and it sounds like a fabulous new high fantasy. Yes please!
  • One Plus One, by Jojo Moyes. The most recent publication from this author and obviously I need to read something by her. I still haven’t yet…
  • Case Histories (Jackson Brodie #1), by Kate Atkinson. I read this one off of some kind of reading challenge or “must read” list, and I must admit that I need more good mysteries in my life.
  • The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There (Fairyland #2), by Catherynne M. Valente. The first book was really fun, so obviously I have to continue the series!
  • Vanishing Girls, by Lauren Oliver. I enjoyed Panic enough to try out more of her books, but not enough to try a series. This sounds like a pretty good standalone.

What have you added to your TBR list(s)?

TBR Addition Saturday (13)

TBR-addition Saturday — the day to share with all your followers which books you’ve recently decided to add to your to-be-read list. And, if you so choose, what made you want to add that book to your list, if there’s anything special about it.

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No matter how much I read, my TBR list still grows faster than I can wheedle it down. Within the last week, I’ve added six books to my Goodreads TBR list.

  • The Geek’s Guide to Dating, by Eric Smith. I’m a geek and have no dating life, so it’s relevant.
  • Prodigy, by Marie Lu. Legend was such a quick read for me, and honestly the plot was so plausible. Now I just need to get my hands on this sequel!
  • Stitching Snow, by R.C. Lewis. Yet another spin on a fairy tale, this time Snow White. Um, yes please.
  • The Young Elites, by Marie Lu. I just really liked the way Lu’s style came off in Legend. Unless I hate the rest of the series, I want to read more of her stuff.
  • Mirror X, by Karri Thompson. More good-sounding sci-fi!!
  • Shades of Earth, by Beth Revis. Yeah, the first two books in this series? AMAZING. Highly recommend. I need to know how it ends!

What have you guys added to your TBR lists recently?

New — TBR jar!

It’s small because these are only the books I have at my apartment that I haven’t read. When I get to my family’s house I’ll make another for the books there. With the e-books being in both jars, since they go with me everywhere!