WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for December 31st

www_wednesdays4Happy New Year’s Eve everyone!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading?” I will continue to play in her sandbox while she is off for the holiday. The rules are simple. Three questions, three answers. Go!

What are you currently reading?

the magician kingAs I said yesterday, I am currently reading The Magician King by Lev Grossman. And so far, it’s been really good. Quentin hasn’t irritated me hardly at all and I’m over half way through with the book.

 

What did you recently finish reading?

the programThe last thing I read before picking up my current read was The Program by Suzanne Young. It had been on my radar for a while and I had picked it up a few months ago. It’s a pretty good dystopian YA novel. I read it in one day, which should tell you something.

 

What do you think you’ll read next?

deep blue secretBeautiful CreaturesI will either read Deep Blue Secret by Christie Anderson, since it is the next thing I plan to read for the Seasonal Reading Challenge, or I will re-read Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl so that I can work on finishing that series.

 

Please leave your WWW answers in comments!

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday for December 30th

Teaser Tuesday NewTeaser Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading.” She is on holiday this week, but still, I enjoy posting teasers, so here you go. Here are the rules if you’d like to play along.

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

That night at five minutes to midnight Quentin was remembering that conversation and trying to hold on to that feeling as he loitered on the Ponte dell’Accademia, holding copies of Il Gazzettino and the International Herald Tribune, just to cover all the bases, and a really great, amazingly expensive raw steak, doing his very best impression of somebody who wasn’t about to jump into the Grand Canal.

The Magician King by Lev Grossman

I have to say, I am enjoying The Magician King a whole lot more than I enjoyed The Magicians, which as you might remember, wasn’t much. I even said that I would never read the sequel, but somewhere along the line, I changed my mind. And I’m glad I did. I’m sure I’ll post a review of this book at some point. It’s rather long.

Please leave your teasers in comments!

Drabbles

Reading Challenges – Part the First

The year is drawing to a close, and that means that it’s time to look back over the year and see if I have made any progress at all on the reading goals I set way back last January.

2014tbrpilercThis one was a challenge found at Bookish. I had made a promise to read 20 books that were on my TBR list as of the end of 2013. This could not count any new books added to that list this year. I was also supposed to blog about it monthly and let you know my progress.

Meh. Didn’t happen. I did read 12 books that had been sitting around though, which was nice. Here they are:

  1. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
  2. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  3. A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  4. Comes the Night by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty
  5. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
  6. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  7. The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Elston
  8. The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
  9. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  10. The Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King
  11. Matched by Ally Condie
  12. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Reading colors your lifeThis one I was really excited about trying to do, and, well, I didn’t make a lot of progress. In fact, I kind of made the situation worse. My goal was to finish up the series that I started in 2013, of which there were nine, and then be sure to finish all the new series that I started in 2014. Note that I’m not counting ALL the series that I never finished. Just for these two years.

Meh. Didn’t happen. But there was progress made.

Of the nine series from 2013, I only managed to finish reading three: the Chicagoland Vampires series by Chloe Neill, the Cold Awakening trilogy by Robin Wasserman, and the Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black. I know I’m only temporarily done with Chloe Neill, because there are two new books coming out next year.

Actually, that was the case with most of these. Several of the series that I started this year are still works in progress, with new books coming out in 2015. I counted them complete as long as I read all the available books, and will most likely track down the new ones as soon as I can.

So this year – I started a grand total of SEVENTEEN series. Oy! And I finished . . .

Six.

Sigh.

The six I finished were the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy by Laini Taylor, A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin, the Otherworld series by Yasmine Galenorn, the Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare, the Casters series by Norah Wilson and Heather Doherty, and the Splintered series by A.G. Howard. I still say that’s a LOT of progress, since the Martin books are huge and the Galenorn series has sixteen books in it. So that took a while.

Still, I read a lot of really good books this year. I will hold off posting my GoodReads reading challenge results, since I think I will be finishing one more book before the year ends, but let’s just say that I killed that one.

I think for 2015, I will be dropping the TBR challenge, just because I want to focus on working through some of these series. I’m putting together a list of ALL the series I want to finish, not just the ones from this past couple of years, so that will give me plenty to work on. Still working on the Seasonal Reading Challenge over at GoodReads too, just because it’s fun. I’ll start including info on that when I post reviews, which I will eventually get back to doing. I’ve read too many good books lately not to!

How are you doing on your goals for 2014? Are you going to be able to squeeze in a few more books before the year ends?

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking the Shelves – December 27th

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Greetings one and all! Guess who hasn’t been blogging? Me! Guess who is going to have that as a New Year’s Resolution? Yep, me again! Dusted things off, set up a new format with some nice wintery ambiance, and off we go!

For starters, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Yule or insert-chosen-winter-holiday-here. Or hey, hope you at least got a day off work. That works too! Since I got a whole bunch of lovely new books for Christmas (and a beautiful new Kindle Fire HD for my birthday, which happens to be today 🙂 ), I decided to do a “Stacking the Shelves” post, something I haven’t done in a while.

“Stacking the Shelves” is a weekly feature hosted by Tynga’s Reviews. The rules are simple – all you have to do is gush over your latest book finds, whether hardcover, paperback, ebook, graphic novel, comic book, library book. Heck, if you got a really thick magazine that you’re excited about, that would probably work too.

Here’s what I got that I am super excited about:

  • The Shadowhunter’s Codex  by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis – a must for any Mortal Instruments/Infernal Devices fans.
  • The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan & Maureen Johnson – Originally done as a series of short novella ebooks about one of my favorite characters, Magnus Bane, this is the hardcover collection of all of them.
  • The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black – It’s a Cassandra Clare Christmas! Not quite, but close. This is a new series that looks good. I love Holly Black as well, so looking forward to this.
  • The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer – I loved Chris Colfer on Glee back when I used to watch TV and this book series looks really cute. Plus my kids want to borrow it after I’m done.
  • Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – If you haven’t read this web comic, do it. Now. It is brilliant. Funny, irreverent, heartbreaking at times. Now I have a nice shiny physical copy to keep on my bookshelf.
  • Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle – This is a collection of three short stories by three authors who I love. Each story is different, but they’re all connected. Should be fun!

Did you get any books during this holiday season? If so, let me know in comments!

WWW Wednesday

WWW Wednesday for December 3rd

How on earth did it get to be December already? Where has the year gone?

WWW Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by MizB at “Should Be Reading?” Three questions, three answers. Go!\

What are you currently reading?

Just started reading Biting Cold by Chloe Neill. This is the 6th book in the Chicagoland Vampire series, which I am currently re-reading so I can try to get caught up on this series before the year is out. Yeah, remember how I was going to finish a bunch of series that I started last year? Not going so well. There are just too many good books out there!

What did you recently finish reading?

I finished Drink Deep by Chloe Neill, book 5 in the Chicagoland Vampires series today on my lunch break.

What do you think you’ll read next?

Current plans are to keep reading the Chloe Neill books, which would mean that House Rules is next up. I also need to check in with the Seasonal Reading Challenge, because I think their Winter Challenge just started. That means that there are a whole bunch of new challenges to be had, which I always enjoy.

In other news, and this is pretty exciting, but I won NaNoWriMo this year! I actually made it to 50,000 words! Definitely didn’t expect that, but I actually got a fairly good idea for a story and it pretty much kept going for the whole month of November! I’ve tried for eight years to do NaNo and this is the first year I’ve actually accomplished it. 🙂

Please leave links to your WWW posts in comments!