Happy Book Birthday To… (#48)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Hunting Prince Dracula

Hunting Prince Dracula

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Series: Stalking Jack the Ripper #2

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Mystery

Pages: 448

Synopsis: In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer…or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper’s true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe’s best schools of forensic medicine…and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life’s dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school’s forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

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Jane, Unlimited

Jane, Unlimited

Author: Kristin Cashore

Series: N/A

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 464

Synopsis: Jane has lived an ordinary life, raised by her aunt Magnolia—an adjunct professor and deep sea photographer. Jane counted on Magnolia to make the world feel expansive and to turn life into an adventure. But Aunt Magnolia was lost a few months ago in Antarctica on one of her expeditions.

Now, with no direction, a year out of high school, and obsessed with making umbrellas that look like her own dreams (but mostly just mourning her aunt), she is easily swept away by Kiran Thrash—a glamorous, capricious acquaintance who shows up and asks Jane to accompany her to a gala at her family’s island mansion called Tu Reviens.

Jane remembers her aunt telling her: “If anyone ever invites to you to Tu Reviens, promise me that you’ll go.” With nothing but a trunkful of umbrella parts to her name, Jane ventures out to the Thrash estate. Then her story takes a turn, or rather, five turns. What Jane doesn’t know is that Tu Reviens will offer her choices that can ultimately determine the course of her untethered life. But at Tu Reviens, every choice comes with a reward, or a price.

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A Poison Dark and Drowning

A Poison Dark and Drowning

Author: Jessica Cluess

Series: Kingdom on Fire #2

Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Historical, Fantasy

Pages: 432

Synopsis: Henrietta doesn’t need a prophecy to know that she’s in danger. She came to London to be named the chosen one, the first female sorcerer in centuries, the one who would defeat the Ancients. Instead, she discovered a city ruled by secrets. And the biggest secret of all: Henrietta is not the chosen one.

Still, she must play the role in order to keep herself and Rook, her best friend and childhood love, safe. But can she truly save him? The poison in Rook’s system is transforming him into something monstrous as he begins to master dark powers of his own. So when Henrietta finds a clue to the Ancients past that could turn the tide of the war, she persuades Blackwood, the mysterious Earl of Sorrow-Fell, to travel up the coast to seek out strange new weapons. And Magnus, the brave, reckless flirt who wants to win back her favor, is assigned to their mission. Together, they will face monsters, meet powerful new allies, and uncover the most devastating weapon of all: the truth.

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Are any of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one(s) are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

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Down the TBR Hole #1

Down the TBR Hole

Hi everyone! When working on scheduling posts, I realized I had an open spot on Mondays. Since I would like to have a recurring type of post every Monday, I decided to start participating in a new (to me) meme! Down the TBR Hole was created by Lia @ Lost in a Story and here’s how it works:

  • Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?

This meme will not only provide a different kind of content on my blog, but it will also hopefully help me reduce the size of my TBR! Each book cover links to Goodreads. Let’s get started!


The Books:

1. Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian

Burn for Burn

This book is the very first book I added to my Goodreads TBR (that’s still there anyway) way back on June 9, 2014! I only recently obtained this book sometime earlier this year but I still haven’t read it. The book does sound intriguing and since I do own it, I don’t think I’m ready to cross it off my TBR just yet.

Verdict: Staying

2. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Under the Never Sky

I added this book to my TBR so long ago that I’ve completely lost interest in it now. I believe this book is a dystopian book and I don’t really read those books anymore.

Verdict: Going

3. The Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Archived

I believe this was the first Victoria Schwab novel I added to my TBR! I have since read 4 Schwab novels but I still haven’t read this one! I definitely want to read this book (and its sequel) but I want to wait until the third book is published. I don’t like starting unfinished series if it can be avoided!

Verdict: Staying

4. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini

Trial by Fire

Hmm, I’m not quite sure what to do about this book. I’m more hesitant to remove books that I own from my TBR. I think I’m going to keep it on there for now, but I may remove it in the future.

Verdict: Staying… for now

5. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sàenz

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

I’ve owned this book for SO long! I can’t believe I still haven’t read it! I’ve heard so many great things about this book. I seriously need to read it soon!

Verdict: Staying

6. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All The Light We Cannot See

I added this book to my TBR at a time when I was hearing so many good things about it. Since the buzz has died down, I’ve almost completely forgotten about this book! I still would like to read it sometime in the future though.

Verdict: Staying

7. The Trials by Stacey Kade

The Trials

I really enjoyed the first two books in this series and I was dying to read this book when I added it to my TBR way back in 2014. However, when it was published in 2015 I had already lost interest in the series. Now it’s 2017 and I haven’t regained any interest in the series.

Verdict: Going

8. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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This book has been on my TBR for awhile now and I’m still interested in reading it! I own the book so I really don’t know why I haven’t read it yet.

Verdict: Staying

9. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

I’m definitely keeping this book on my TBR! I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet! I’ve heard so many good things about it and I really, really want to get around to it soon.

Verdict: Staying

10. The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season

I’ve owned this book for quite some time now and I still haven’t read it. I mean, I attempted to read it a few times but never got past the first few pages because it really confused me. I think it’s time I give up on this book for now.

Verdict: Going


TBR Started at: 345

Books Removed This Week: 3

TBR Number Now: 342

Happy Book Birthday To… (#47)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.

Edit: Rebel Seoul’s book birthday was actually September 14. I accidentally scheduled the post for the wrong day!


Rebel Seoul

Rebel Seoul

Author: Axie Oh

Series: N/A

Publisher: Tu Books

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 400

Synopsis: After a great war, the East Pacific is in ruins. In brutal Neo Seoul, where status comes from success in combat, ex-gang member Lee Jaewon is a talented pilot rising in the ranks of the academy. Abandoned as a kid in the slums of Old Seoul by his rebel father, Jaewon desires only to escape his past and prove himself a loyal soldier of the Neo State.

When Jaewon is recruited into the most lucrative weapons development division in Neo Seoul, he is eager to claim his best shot at military glory. But the mission becomes more complicated when he meets Tera, a test subject in the government’s supersoldier project. Tera was trained for one purpose: to pilot one of the lethal God Machines, massive robots for a never-ending war.

With secret orders to report on Tera, Jaewon becomes Tera’s partner, earning her reluctant respect. But as respect turns to love, Jaewon begins to question his loyalty to an oppressive regime that creates weapons out of humans. As the project prepares to go public amidst rumors of a rebellion, Jaewon must decide where he stands—as a soldier of the Neo State, or a rebel of the people.

Pacific Rim meets Korean action dramas in this mind-blowing, New Visions Award-winning science fiction debut.

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Happy Book Birthday to Axie Oh and her debut novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

Waiting on Wednesday #12

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I’m here today to share with you another book on my never-ending TBR list!


The Ship of the Dead

The Ship of the Dead

Author: Rick Riordan

Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3

Publication Date: October 3, 2017

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy, Mythology

Synopsis: Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin’s chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn’t naturally inclined to fighting. But he has strong and steadfast friends, including Hearthstone the elf, Blitzen the dwarf, and Samirah the Valkyrie, and together they have achieved brave deeds, such as defeating Fenris Wolf and battling giants for Thor’s hammer, Mjolnir.

Now Magnus and his crew must sail to the farthest borders of Jotunheim and Niflheim in pursuit of Asgard’s greatest threat. Will they succeed in their perilous journey, or is Ragnarok lurking on the horizon?

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Why I’m Excited for This Book:

I don’t think I’ll ever NOT be excited for a new Rick Riordan book! I’m especially excited for this one because it’s the last book in the trilogy. I can’t wait to see what happens next and how the series wraps up! I’d say I’m sad to say goodbye to the characters but knowing Rick, we’ll probably see some of the characters in other books!

Is The Ship of the Dead on your TBR? Are you as excited as I am for the book’s release next month? Let me know down in the comments!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#46)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


Warcross

Warcross

Author: Marie Lu

Series: Warcross #1

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Pages: 416

Synopsis: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

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Happy Book Birthday to Marie Lu and her newest novel! Is this book on your TBR? Let me know down in the comments!

Friday Finds #41

Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly meme hosted by Jenn at A Daily Rhythm where you spotlight books that you’ve recently added to your To Be Read list. Shown below are all the books I’ve added to my TBR on Goodreads in the last few weeks!


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What books have you added to your TBR recently? Do we share any of the same books? Comment down below or link me to your Friday Finds post!

Waiting on Wednesday #11

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine where you share your most anticipated releases, one book at a time. I’m here today to share with you another book on my never-ending TBR list!


Obsidio

Obsidio

Author: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

Series: The Illuminae Files #3

Publication Date: March 13, 2018

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction

Synopsis: Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship, Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza—but who knows what they’ll find seven months after the invasion?

Meanwhile, Kady’s cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza’s ragtag underground resistance. When Rhys—an old flame from Asha’s past—reappears on Kerenza, the two find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict.

With time running out, a final battle will be waged on land and in space, heros will fall, and hearts will be broken.

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Why I’m Excited for This Book:

Obsidio is the third and final book in one of my favorite series! I absolutely loved the first two books, Illuminae and Gemina, and I’m so excited to see how this series concludes! The original publication date was pushed back from October 2017 to March 2018 which bummed me out at first but now I think it will be worth the wait!

Is Obsidio on your TBR? Are you as excited as I am for the book’s release in March? Let me know down in the comments!

Happy Book Birthday To… (#45)

Happy Book Birthday To...

“Happy Book Birthday To…” is a feature I created in April 2015 to showcase books that have just been released. The purpose of the posts is to celebrate book releases and share my excitement for them. These posts won’t be made on a regular schedule (like once a week, once a month, etc). Instead, they will be made whenever a lot of books on my TBR are being released on one day and/or when a highly anticipated book from my TBR is released. To find the links to my previous Book Birthday posts, go here.


They Both Die at the End

They Both Die at the End

Author: Adam Silvera

Series: N/A

Publisher: HarperTeen

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Science Fiction

Pages: 384

Synopsis: On September 5, a little after midnight, Death-Cast calls Mateo Torrez and Rufus Emeterio to give them some bad news: They’re going to die today. Mateo and Rufus are total strangers, but, for different reasons, they’re both looking to make a new friend on their End Day. The good news: There’s an app for that. It’s called the Last Friend, and through it, Rufus and Mateo are about to meet up for one last great adventure and to live a lifetime in a single day.

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Even the Darkest Stars

Even the Darkest Stars

Author: Heather Fawcett

Series: Even the Darkest Stars #1

Publisher: HarperCollins

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy

Pages: 432

Synopsis: Set in a fictional Himalayan kingdom, this is the story of a girl enlisted by a legendary explorer to help him climb the kingdom’s deadliest mountain – only to discover that his true mission may threaten her whole world.

Kamzin has always dreamed of becoming one of the emperor’s royal explorers, the elite climbers tasked with mapping the wintry, mountainous Empire and spying on its enemies. She knows she could be the best in the world, if only someone would give her a chance.

But everything changes when the mysterious and eccentric River Shara, the greatest explorer every known, arrives in her village and demands to hire Kamzin—not her older sister, Lusha, as everyone had expected—for his next expedition. This is Kamzin’s chance to prove herself—even though River’s mission to retrieve a rare talisman for the emperor means cimbing Raksha, the tallest and deadliest mountain in the Aryas. Then, Lusha sets off on her own mission to Raksha with a rival explorer, and Kamzin must decide what’s most important to her: protecting her sister from the countless perils of the climb or beating her to the summit.

The challenges of climbing Raksha are unlike anything Kamzin expected—or prepared for—with avalanches, ice chasms, ghosts, and other dangers at every turn. And as dark secrets are revealed, Kamzin must unravel the truth about their mission and her companions—while surviving the deadliest climb she has ever faced.

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Are either of these books on your TBR? If yes, which one are you most excited about? Let me know down in the comments!

Tentative September TBR

Tentative September TBR

Hi everyone! Wow, look at me making a TBR post two months in a row. That never happens! Last month I was actually pretty decent at sticking to my August TBR. I ended up reading 4 out of 7 of the books on my list and tried to read another before putting it on hold! However, I’m not sure how closely I’m going to follow this month’s TBR hence why I’m referring to it as “tentative.” Maybe I’ll read all the books on this list, maybe I’ll read some of the books on the list, maybe I’ll read additional books that aren’t on this list – who knows! All book covers in this post link to the book’s Goodreads page. Let’s get started!


My Tentative September TBR:

1. The Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana

The Library of Fates

I have been drafting this post for a couple of days now (I couldn’t settle on my TBR) so by the time this post is going up, I’ve already completed The Library of Fates! At least I know now that I’ll complete at least one book on my TBR!

2. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

Hunting Prince Dracula

I’m getting an ARC of this book from a trade in the mail soon and I’m super excited to read it! I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, and I’m looking forward to seeing if the sequel lives up to the first book!

3. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter of the Burning City

I received this book as a birthday present last month from my best friend and I’ve been wanting to read it for awhile now so I really hope I’m able to get to it this month! It has a super gorgeous cover and sounds really interesting as well!

4-5. This Savage Song & Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

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I’ve been wanting to start this duology since the first book was published, but I wanted to wait until I owned both books. Now that I have them both, I really need to read them!

6. Because You Love to Hate Me edited by Ameriie

Because You Love to Hate Me

I recently got this book and it sounds really interesting so I hope to read it this month. Since it’s an anthology, maybe I could read a couple of stories here and there throughout the month!

7. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling

I read a book by this author last month and really enjoyed it so now I want to read another of her books! I’ve actually owned Graceling for quite some time now and I can’t believe I haven’t read it yet!


Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? What do you plan on reading this month? Comment below and/or leave a link to your September TBR post!

August Wrap Up

August Wrap Up 2017

Hello everyone! Here we are at the end of another month and the beginning of a new one! For some reason, August seems to have gone by slower than the other months this year. Maybe because I’m ready for summer to be over and fall to start but the universe wants to play a cruel trick on me? I don’t know! Anyway, I had a pretty good reading month in August. I finished 7 books and a total of 2,442 pages (this includes the pages I read of the book I put on hold). Not as good as last month’s 10 books, but still a solid reading month!


Books Read in August

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I kicked off August by reading Want by Cindy Pon, a book I had recently picked up from the library. I’d been hearing fantastic things about this book and I wasn’t disappointed! It was a really fun read with a great plot and pretty awesome characters! The only thing I’m disappointed about is that I have to wait until 2019 to read the sequel!

Next, I read The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord which ended up being my fourth 5 star book of the year! I don’t give 5 star ratings lightly but I really, really loved this book! I wasn’t sure what to expect because I had read one of Emery Lord’s past books, When We Collided, and while I liked it, I didn’t love it (I think I gave it 3.5 stars). This book was the complete opposite – I didn’t like it, I loved it! It’s very sad at times but there’s also lots of heartwarming moments that I adored! I definitely recommend this book!!

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After going through bit of a slump followed by trying to read a book that wasn’t holding my interest (more on that later), I picked up The Princess Saves Herself in This One late one night when I couldn’t sleep and flew through it! I really enjoyed this poetry collection (something I thought I’d never say) and I ended up tabbing a bunch of poems that I liked. This was poetry that was actually easy to read and understand and I think would speak to a lot of people.

The next book I read, Geekerella, I picked up on a whim while at the library. This book was a quick read that I finished in about 2 days and I enjoyed it. I wasn’t blown away by any means but it was a cute book that I don’t regret reading!

Next, I read Long May She Reign by Rhiannon Thomas which I really enjoyed! I wrote a review for it (link above) so I won’t say too much about my thoughts here. I just have to say that I loved that this book featured a main character with anxiety. I don’t think I’ve ever read a fantasy book with this type of MC before! As someone who has anxiety, I really, really enjoyed this aspect. Read my review if you’re interested in hearing more of my thoughts!

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The next book I picked up was The Gauntlet by Karuna Riazi which I wanted to make sure I read before it was due back at the library. I believe this book was pitched as a “Steampunk Jumanji retelling” and that pretty much describes it! It was a middle grade novel where four kids were sucked into a game and had to win in order to escape. It was a pretty enjoyable read and I liked it!

The last book I finished in August was Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore which was a really interesting book. This book is categorized on Goodreads as fantasy, but I think it actually falls into a wide variety of genres – depending on which section of the book you’re reading. It starts off as a contemporary with a hint of mystery, then goes into a full mystery, then fantasy, then science fiction, and then fantasy again. This book was a wild ride that I really, really enjoyed! If you were a fan of choose your own adventure books when you were a kid, I definitely recommend you check out Jane, Unlimited!

Book I Put On Hold in August

Mask of Shadows

I ended up putting Mask of Shadows on hold for the time being because it really wasn’t holding my interest. It felt slow and boring and it wasn’t helping me get out of my current reading slump. I want to give it another try sometime in the future though!


Reading Challenge Progress

This year I’m participating in 5 reading challenges! To track my progress, I have a page on my blog but I would also like to share my progress with you all. That being said, my monthly wrap ups will all include updates on my progress. For more information on the reading challenges mentioned below, click here.

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 70 books (lowered from original goal of 75)

Completed in August: 7 books

Completed in 2017: 50 books

2. Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 backlist books

Completed in August: 1 book

Completed in 2017: 14 books

 

 

3. Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge

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My Goal: Read 25 fantasy books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in August: 3 books

Completed in 2017: 28 books

 

4. Library Love Challenge

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My Goal: Read 12 library books (COMPLETED!)

Completed in August: 5 books

Completed in 2017: 23 books

 

 

5. Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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Goal: Read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet (“The” and “A” can be skipped; the first word after that will be counted)

Completed in August: 1 letter

Completed in 2017: 21 letters