2015 End of the Year Reading Wrap-Up

Hello!

Today I thought I would revisit my 2015 Reading Resolutions and see how I did this year.

1. Big Books – I want to read 10 books that have at least 550 pages. Last year, I did pretty well reading big books but I have a lot of them still sitting on my shelves that I want to get to this year.

I read 4 books this year that were over 550 this year. I am happy with this because the last half of the year was insanely busy and I was reading pretty much only easy books from August until Christmas break. Next year I hope to read more big books to get some of them conquered.

2. Classics – I would like to read at least 15 classics off of the Classics Reading Challenge my sister, friend, and I are reading through. I think that 15 classics will be a really good accomplishment for this challenge.

I did not complete this one at all! I read 5 classics in 2015 which is pretty respectful but I wish that I could have squeezed in a few more.

3. TBR Pile – I will attempt to get my TBR pile of physical books below 200. It is currently around 250 or so. This includes books that I buy in 2015. I really want to spend this year reading mostly from my own shelves since I have built up a little library at home.

Nope…..just nope. My book count is now above 300…Oh well!

4. Series – Whether I have already started them or will start them in the new year, I want to complete 5 series in 2015. I own quite a few series and have a bunch more that I can get at the library. The top of the list on this is A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin. I also want to finish reading the last 5 books in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.

I did okay on this one as well. I did not complete A Song of Ice and Fire at all, or Harry Potter but I did read more in each of them. However, I did read the Earthsea trilogy and the Fire and Thorns trilogy by Rae Carson completely and read the next book in the Sherlock Holmes series, The Sign of the Four. I also am now caught up with the Saga graphic novel series which was amazing to read. Even though I did not complete as many as I wanted to, I got a little closer to finishing some.

5. Jessi’s Picks – For this resolution, I am going to have my sister pick 12 books from my shelves that she wants me to read in 2015. They can be any books at all and I will read at least one each month in 2015. This will help me read some books that I have been avoiding or just haven’t thought to pick up yet. I will not be limiting myself to one each month but I have to read at least one a month until they are all gone. I will probably do a separate post showing which books she has picked for me.

I really liked doing this challenge even though I didn’t complete it. I read about 6 of the books and after getting a new job and moving, I just didn’t keep up with this one.

Overall, I am always happy with how many books I read. I completed 80 books which was a lot more than I thought I would. I loved making these resolutions to guide my reading and track my progress throughout the year.

How did you do on your reading goals for the year? Let me know down below. I would love to hear from you!

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Happy Reading and Happy New Year!

Bout of Books 13: Wrap-Up

Hello, everybody!

Today I am bringing you my wrap-up for Bout of Books 13 read-a-thon. I had a blast participating in this read-a-thon and actually got quite a bit of reading done. I went ahead and marked my progress each day of the week so you can see how I did.

Monday

40-89 I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Tuesday

89- 200 I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
1-36 Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easyish Steps by Kelly Williams Brown
1-10 Is Everybody Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Wednesday

Nothing! It was my sister’s birthday, so I was spending time with her this day.

Thursday
36-79 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
200-356 I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Friday
79-115 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
1-25 The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Saturday
115-150 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
25-155 The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein

Sunday
150-166 Adulting by Kelly Williams Brown
1-176 The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg

Total

Pages read: 853

Books Finished: 3

Overall, I am very happy with how much reading I got done. I loved having The Encyclopedia of Early Earth to blaze through at the end and Adulting to read throughout the week. I always love doing read-a-thons and had a wonderful time dedicating this past week to reading and making reading a priority. If you participated, feel free to let me know how you did. I would love to read about your progress and your experiences with the read-a-thon.

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Happy Reading!

Bout of Books 13: TBR and Posting Schedule

Hello, everyone!

Are you getting excited for Bout of Books 13? I definitely am! To celebrate my graduation from college and the beginning of summer, I went on a huge library spree and brought home a bunch of books. I am currently finishing up one book and then I will move onto my TBR once I am done with it. These are the ones I will be focusing on for this read-a-thon:

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The Encyclopedia of Early Earth by Isabel Greenberg : A graphic novel I have been eyeing for a while now

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson : Book 1 in a YA trilogy

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusack : Been on my TBR ever since I read The Book Thief

The Island of Dr. Libris by Chris Grabenstein : One of my favorite children’s author’s new book

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate : I have heard this one is really good and it won the Newberry Award so I thought I should check it out

I decided to stick with quick reads for this read-a-thon so hopefully I will be able to get through a lot of these during the week. If I feel like reading something else, I will probably read some short stories or a few chapters in Anna Karenina.

As far as my posting goes, I might just do one big wrap-up at the end or update you guys once or twice throughout the week. I probably won’t do a post every day because that just ends up taking a lot of time.

If you are joining, link your post below or tell me what you are going to be reading in the comments. Here’s to an awesome week dedicated to reading!

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Happy reading!

Bout of Books 12: TBR

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I thought I would bring you my TBR for the Bout of Books  12 which is beginning on Monday, January 5th. I am not sure how much reading I will be able to manage because I am going to be flying back to school during the week which means packing and a lot of travel time. However, I hope to get reading in before and after travel and even while at the airport and on the plane.

Here are the books I plan to read:

Behind the Attic Wall by Sylvia Cassedy – This is a very intriguing middle grade book that has be on my bookshelf forever. I love finding a great middle grade book and this one should be a pretty fast read.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Barrows – I have had this one on my shelves for a long time and have wanted to read it but haven’t picked it up. It is a short book so it should be a great one to read during Bout of Books.

The Unauthorized Autobiography by Lemony Snicket – This one should be a very quick and fun read to tackle during the read-a-thon. I love almost anything Lemony Snicket writes and this one should be much the same.

Intensity by Dean Koontz – I have a lot of Dean Koontz books sitting on my shelves so I am trying to work my way through a lot of them. This one sounds very interesting and so different from the ones I have read by him before.

If I happen to finish all of those books, I am not sure what I will pick up after that so I will probably leave that open for whatever book jumps out at me.

What are you planning on reading for Bout of Books 12? Let me know down below.

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Happy Reading!

Top 10 Books of 2014

Hello, everyone!

I am here to share with you my favorite books I read in 2014. I read a lot of great books this year and it was impossible to choose which ones were the best so these books are not in any order.

The  Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern – This book is a fun and magical read that had me hooked from the very first page. Possibly my favorite read of 2014

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield – I did a full review of this book which you can read here. I absolutely loved the atmosphere of this gothic and creepy book. It is one that kept me reading late into the night.

Roses by G.R. Mannering – This book is a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I was a bit skeptical of this book going into it because Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales of all time. However, I absolutely loved it. The ties to the original tale were subtle yet you could tell that it was inspired by Beauty and the Beast. I can’t wait to read more from this author.

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine – This book was a very surprising read for me. I had not read anything from Levine in a long time and had forgotten why I loved her so much. This book was full of magical beings, magical items, dragons, and a ton of adventure. I didn’t want to put it down once I had started it.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – This is my first time reading the Harry Potter series and though I have only read the first two books in the series, I think this one will always be a favorite of  mine. It is such a great introduction into the series and made me very excited to continue on in the series.

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon – This is the 7th book in the Outlander series and was just as amazing as the previous novels in this series. I absolutely can’t wait to continue on with the next book, Written in My Own Heart’s Blood. They are long books but well worth the time invested in them.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo – This is a re-read for me as I first read the book about 8 years ago. It is such a sweet story about a porcelain rabbit who learns to love. I love this book and always want to read it again as soon as I finish it.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding – I had watched the movie before I read the book but I loved the book just as much as the movie. This is just a funny  and heartwarming book which made me love Bridget even more.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak – This book gave me all the feels. I absolutely adored this book and if you have not read it, I highly recommend it. The writing was beautiful and the story is one that stayed with me long after I finished the book.

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll – This was my favorite graphic novel that I read in 2014. It is made up of 4 creepy short stories that were a lot of fun. The pictures in the book are absolutely gorgeous and it is one I could see myself reading again and again.

Those were some of the amazing books that I read in 2014. What were some of your favorite books you read this year? Let me know down below.

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Happy Reading!

 

Winter Break 2014 TBR

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Today, I am going to tell you what books I am planning on reading over my winter break. December 10th is my last day of the semester and I am so excited! I love winter break because I don’t have work to go to or school so I have tons of time to read. This year, I have a hefty stack of books I would like to read but I think I have a chance of getting through quite a few of them. These are all books I own so they will count towards my Project 50 which is great. I picked out a lot of big books because when I am on break, it is much easier for me to make my way through a big book since I have more time to read. I also have a couple series I would like to read because I have been craving a good series lately.

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Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy I am currently buddy reading this with my sister and so I will just keep reading a little bit here and there throughout break.

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A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin  I have been about 600 pages into this book for months now and haven’t picked it back up. I need to finish it and get going with the series because I absolutely loved the start of this one.

A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin  – If I finish the first one and feel up to moving on to this one, I would like to start really getting into this series.

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Hood, Scarlet, and Tuck by Stephen R. Lawhead – This is a trilogy that I have been dying to get to for years and I just recently bought the books. It is a trilogy about Robin Hood with some Celtic mythology mixed in. It sounds amazing!

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Little Bee by Chris Cleave – I don’t really know what this book is about but I think it is a lovely book and I would like to try and read it this winter.

Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – This book has a very interesting synopsis and it sounds like a perfect book to read during the winter.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Ann Barrows and Mary Ann Shaffer – This is a book that I have had on my shelves for so long that I just really need to read it.

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson – This will be my first Brandon Sanderson book I have read and I am excited to see what all the hype is about.

Horten’s Miraculous Mechanisms by Lissa Evans – This is a middle grade novel which has been on my Goodreads TBR for a while now and I recently picked it up at a library book sale. I am very excited about this one!

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Intensity by Dean Koontz

The Gunslinger by Stephen King – This is a book I have been reading since the end of summer. I kind of lost interest in it for a while but I would like to finish it over break.

photo 1(3)These books are all books I will be attempting to read for the Classics Challenge over the break.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens – This summer, I bought this beautiful book with a bunch of Christmas stories by Charles Dickens. I have never read A Christmas Carol before and I can’t wait to read it from this beautiful book.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G.Wells

The Sign of the Four by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

So, those are all the books that I am planning on reading during my holiday vacation. It is an enormous stack so we will see how many I actually get to. What are you planning on reading next month? Have you read any of these books? Which ones should I get to first? Let me know down in the comments. I would love to hear from you!

 

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Happy Reading!

Series in Progress

Hello, everyone!

A while ago, I did a post called Top 10 Series I Want to Start and I thought that I could share with you the series that I am in the middle of and would like to continue on in.

1. The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

I am in the middle of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets right now and will be finishing it very soon. This is the first time I have ever read the Harry Potter series and I am having a lot of fun so far. I hope to continue to read the series throughout the rest of the summer.

2.  The Bright Empires Series by Stephen Lawhead

I read the first book in this series called The Skin Map a while ago and absolutely loved it. I am really looking forward to see what will happen in the next books.  The second one is the one pictured above called The Bone House. This is a crazy sci-fi time-travel sort of series so if that sounds like something you would like, I recommend you go check this series out.

3. The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

I am also really looking forward to reading the next book in this very epic series. I recently finished the 7th book called An Echo in the Bone and am looking forward to reading the 8th one shown above. I ordered it from my library the second I finished the 7th one. There is suppose to be one more book coming out to complete the series but it is not known when the book will come out since it takes an author a long time to write such long books. I am literally obsessed with this series. It is an epic historical fiction series with hints of magic and time travel and it has captivated me from the very beginning.

4. The Aurelia Thread series by Jeffrey Overstreet

This is a Christian fantasy series that I began a year or two ago. I read the first two books but have yet to pick up the final two. This is a really crazy series with lots of intertwining plots and crazy monsters and other creatures. I have been meaning to finish this series for a while and I hope to read the 3rd book Raven’s Ladder sometime in the near future.

These are not all the series I am in the middle of but just a few of the ones I want to continue sometime this year.

Do you have any series that you want to get back into or to finish sometime soon? Let me know down in the comments.

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Happy Reading!