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For discussing books, meeting reading goals and potentially reading together!




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  1. What's new in this coterie
  2. I just The Hollows series by Kim Harrison, event though it wasn't actually in my tbr pile. #booklife
  3. I'm currently reading Runebinder by Alex R. Kahler. Not sure yet how I feel about it. It has the whole "Speshul Snowflake" fantasy feeling to it. You know, the MC can do special stuff other people can't. (Which does him no favors because it annoys me about him.) However, the inclusion of an incubi character tickles me because they're one of my favorite magic species to RP so I want to see what they do with him.
  4. Just read 24 books and the Read Harder Challenge. There might be a correlation between the two 😆 24 will be a feat for me!
  5. So last year while I didn't complete some of my reading challenges, I was proud of the progress I had made given I started them late into the year. Plus I did meet my Goodreads goal so that was awesome. This year I think I've taken on a monumental task, but I'm also excited to see how much of it I can do. I'm doing several challenges, and the nice thing is most have helpful/friendly GR groups. My Goodreads goal is 45 books (currently 8/45). My Around the Year in 52 books with my goal being 54 - one task has multiple reads (currently 4/54). I'm also doing the following challenges: Book Riot's Read Harder, Ultimate PopSugar, Reading Women, Jane Austen/Classics/Retellings*, and Read It Again, Sam**. My whole list of possible reads (anything in italics I don't own) GDocs: Here * The Jane Austen Challenge was literally just read x number of Jane Austen books, but I added classics and retellings as a goal to make it more interesting. This is an extra challenge chosen cause some classics, retellings, and Jane Austen are choices for other challenge tasks. ** Read It Again, Sam is just an extra challenge cause some of my other challenge tasks involve re-reads. What are your reading goals this year? Are you doing any challenges(personal or otherwise)?
  6. Small Favor by Jim Butcher Loooove the Dresden Files series so much.
  7. Ebooks for Kindle: The Calculating Stars: A Lady Astronaut Novel by Mary Robinette Kowal The Clockwork Countenance by AR DeClerck Used bookstore haul of awesome(like $6 for all): The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh (hardcover; spine was so stiff that it seemed unread) The Fault In Our Stars by John Greene (hardcover; barely used) Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (paperback; barely used)
  8. Mostly reference books, a few vocabulary word books, and word search puzzle books. In the reference department: Anything dealing with character development; maps; geography; encyclopedias; dictionaries; word history books, etc. Oh, and some video game guides like for World of Warcraft.
  9. And though I completed neither challenge for 2018, I'm satisfied with my results(updated in prior post) since I started them both late. Plus I did read more this year than the previous one which is a positive. My Goodreads challenge was 30 but I read 32/30 so that's nice, and I've already chosen books for the 2019 challenges I'll be doing: PopSugar, Book Riot, Reading Women, Jane Austen(w/ a personal twist to make it more a challenge than just read x books by Austen so I've added a retellings & classics goal), and Read It Again, Sam(only doing since some of the PopSugar challenges for 2019 involve re-reads. I'm also aiming to see how many series I can knock off my list. 😃 Anyways, see ya'll in 2019 and good luck with your challenges if you choose to do them.
  10. I also usually set myself a goal with Goodreads (it's 35 this year!), but I have done the Popsugar challenge before, so I decided to see how many I had accidentally completed for 2018's and I didn't actually do too badly! 2. True Crime: Zodiac by Robert Graysmith 3. The next book in a series you started: Shriek: An Afterword by Jeff VanderMeer 4. A book involving a heist: The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents by Terry Pratchett 6. A novel based on a real person: The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge 7. A book set in a country that fascinates you: The White Castle by Orhan Pamuk 8. A book with a time of day in the title: Night Watch by Terry Pratchett 9. A book about a villain or antihero: The Steel Remains by Richark K. Morgan 22. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist: Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja 24. A book by an author of a different ethnicity to you: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami 25. A book about feminism: The Edible Woman by Margaret Atwood 35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards Winner: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman 36. A book set in the decade you were born: It by Stephen King 37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb 38. A book with an ugly cover: Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin 39. A book that involves a bookstore or library: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón 40. (favourite prompt from past Popsugar challenges) A book by a favourite author that you haven’t read before: Borne by Jeff VanderMeer Advanced: 9. A book about a problem facing society today This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein Other books I read that didn’t fit into the categories: The Godfather by Mario Puzo The Voyeur by Alain Robbe-Grillet The Royal Succession by Maurice Druon The Poisoned Crown by Maurice Druon On the Beach by Nevil Shute The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton The Butcher of Anderson Station by James S.A. Corey Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey The Janissary Tree by Jason Goodwin The Honourable Schoolboy by John le Carré The Great Warming: Climate Change and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations by Brian Fagan Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Empress Dowager Cixi: The Concubine Who Launched Modern China by Jung Chang Desperation by Stephen King Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss Zone One by Colson Whitehead Fool’s Quest by Robin Hobb
  11. So approaching the end of 2018 so I'm trying to finish as many tasks as possible before then. Making decent progress. However, I can say that even if I don't complete one or both of them? Really proud of my reading accomplishments this year and will start earlier on next year's Book Riot and PopSugar reading challenges. How is everyone else doing? MY PROGRESS - Final Results as of 12/28/2018 Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge Completed Tasks 3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance). The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator) 4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa). The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 6. A book about nature. No Flight Without the Shatter by Brooke Bolander 8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of color. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet, Vol. 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates 9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature. Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ by Rebecca Roanhorse (short story) 10. A romance novel by or about a person of color. The Duchess War by Courtney Milan 11. A children’s classic published before 1980. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator) 15. A one-sitting book. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur 16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series. The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso 17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author. Sunshine by Robin McKinley 18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image. Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis 19. A book of genre fiction in translation. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator) 20. A book with a cover you hate. A Springtide Meeting by Emily Murdoch 21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author. Playing Nice With God’s Bowling Ball by N.K. Jemisin Incomplete Tasks 1. A book published posthumously. 2. A book of true crime. 7. A western. 12. A celebrity memoir. 13. An Oprah Book Club selection. 14. A book of social science. 22. An essay anthology. 23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60. 24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) PopSugar Reading Challenge Completed Tasks 1. A book made into a movie you've already seen The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator) 3. The next book in a series you started White Knight by Jim Butcher 7. A book set in a country that fascinates you The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 8. A book with a time of day in the title Nighttime in Caeli-Amur by Rjurik Davidson 9. A book about a villain or antihero Nimona by Noelle Stevenson 10. A book about death or grief Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher 12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso 14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you The Duchess War by Courtney Milan 15. A book about feminism Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur 16. A book about mental health Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher 17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift Sunshine by Robin McKinley 19. A book about or involving a sport The House That George Guilty by Harry Turtledove The Star and the Rockets by Harry Turtledove 23. A book about time travel The Girl Who Stepped Into the Past by Sophie Barnes 24. A book with a weather element in the title Sunshine by Robin McKinley 25. A book set at sea Titanic 1912: The original news reporting of the sinking of the Titanic by Ken Rossignol 26. A book with an animal in the title The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 28. A book with song lyrics in the title The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Illustrator) 31. A book mentioned in another book The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator) 32. A book from a celebrity book club The Duchess War by Courtney Milan 33. A childhood classic you've never read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator) 34. A book that's published in 2018 The Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark 35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur 37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden 38. A book with an ugly cover A Springtide Meeting by Emily Murdoch 39. A book that involves a bookstore or library The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso 40. Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenges - 2016: A Book Under 150 pages. The Black God's Drums by P. Djèlí Clark 1Adv. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Illustrator) 2Adv. A cyberpunk book Party Discipline by Cory Doctorow 3Adv. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place Sunshine by Robin McKinley 5Adv. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title Variations on an Apple by Yoon Ha Lee The Golden Apple of Shangri-La by David Barnett 6Adv. An allegory The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Richard Howard (Translator) 9Adv. A book about a problem facing society today Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur 10Adv. A book recommended by someone else taking the POPSUGAR Reading Challenge Lumberjanes Vol. 1 by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis Incomplete Tasks 2. True Crime 4. A book involving a heist 5. Nordic noir 6. A novel based on a real person 11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym 13. A book that is also a stage play or musical 18. A book by two authors 20. A book by a local author 21. A book with your favorite color in the title 22. A book with alliteration in the title 27. A book set on a different planet 29. A book about or set on Halloween 30. A book with characters who are twins 36. A book set in the decade you were born 4Adv. A book tied to your ancestry 7Adv. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you 8Adv. A microhistory
  12. Latest ones: Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle Book 1) by Patrick Rothfuss The Traitor Baru Cormorant (The Masquerade Book 1) by Seth Dickinson The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee
  13. I've participated in this readathon before(though the one year I was unable to do), and find it to be fun. It's also really motivating while still being relaxed enough that you don't stress. Here is the blog with the info on when it takes place this year. The link goes straight to reader sign-ups, but there's other ways to be involved too if you look at the home page. They also talk about the original readathon and how they've continued doing it in honor of that person. I've already signed up and have started planning out some of my reads. Books I'm near finishing, low page count reads, and short stories are part of my plan. I'll list some of my reads later if anyone is interested. Anyone else participating? What is your reading plan? Have you done it before? Have you done others?
  14. I just finished Transcription by Kate Atkinson (4/5 - docked a star because her voice wasn't as vibrant as it is in her other books) and Lethal White by 'Robert Galbraith' (5/5 - I gulped it down.) And then I was outta books again. 😢 So I bought The Wide, Carnivorous Sky and Other Monstrous Geographies by John Langan. As the mood strikes, I can bounce between those Langan's short stories and the stories in Third Bear by Jeff Vandermeer.
  15. Totally decided just not to do the GR Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge and focus on my BR 2018 Read Harder Challenge. With that and my personal # of books to read goal on GR it's just easier. I've met some more of my goals and updated my first post accordingly so upside. How goes your reading challenge, @perry the platypus? Also if anyone else is doing this challenge or other ones, feel free to post in and chat about it. =D
  16. Just finished reading this short story, Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience(TM) by Rebecca Roanhorse, as one of my reading challenge tasks for the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Definitely recommend. The link takes you to where you can read it for free, but if you'd like to listen to it you can search the title and there's a Tor link that pops up where LeVar Burton reads it. I've just started reading another short story called The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington by Phenderson Djèlí Clark which I've been meaning to read for a little while now. Again, link takes you to site where you can read it. Still reading The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden and really loving how the story flows. (reading just one thing at a time is impossible for me lol but having the reading challenge as a guide and goal is nice so I'm at least finishing stuff here and there)
  17. I burned through the second Mercy Thompson novel last night and just started "Smoke gets in your eyes: and other lessons from the crematory" by Caitlin Doughty
  18. I just finished reading The Mask of Zorro like... fifteen minutes ago, when my laptop was taking forever to update. Next up on the list is Pompeii by Robert Harris, which has been recommended to me as a historical thriller, so hopefully that'll be fun. I've also had American Gods on my reading list for forever, ever since watching the series.
  19. Woo-hoo, book club! I've added myself because I have nobody left in my real life who reads fiction, and it's nice to every once in a while be able to mention a novel and earn a response other than a blank stare. After finishing off Tommy Orange's There There a few days ago while I sat in the airport for six+ hours waiting for a plane to get repaired, I'm finally sinking my teeth into Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies. I bought it months ago, read the first few chapters, and got distracted. I've been wanting to read it for a few years, but I think part of what's been preventing my getting to it is that I went and spoiled the giant twist for myself when it came out. Honestly, the prose are yummy enough that it really shouldn't matter. Now I'm bound and determined to get to the end.
  20. "Lies Sleeping" by Ben Aaronovich is coming out around my birthday. Between that an Bohemian Rhapsody also coming out that week I am beyond jazzed.
  21. You're much farther than I am, that's for sure. I think I'm currently on book #10 which is Small Favor. I haven't started it just yet, but only out of sheer willpower that I need to read other books first. I'll probably buckle soon and devour it anyways. xD I want to get caught up before the next one releases though that's probably unlikely lol
  22. Finished The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso a bit back. Just bought it's sequel, The Defiant Heir, and can't wait to start it. Also started reading The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden which so far is a beautiful, fascinating read.
  23. I'm still working my way through Dresden Files. I'm currently on Cold Days so I'm nearly there. I did read/listen to the Big Foot stories. Those are my favorites.
  24. Silence Fallen (the most recent in the Mercy Thompson Series) by Patricia Briggs. My love for Patty knows no bounds, but this book and River Marked KILLED ME. My tear gland will never recover. Also her short stories ... I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS.
  25. A Child Called It. Agggggggggg. I just remembered it existed and I wish that it didn't. Not to invalidate the author's experiences but because it's awful that he had to go through that crap at all.
  26. I'm still fangirling over Jeff Vandermeer, so I'm reading Finch. 😄
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