State of the Blog: March 2017

I did some thinking and soul-searching recently when I noticed that my 2017 releases TBR pile was growing majorly out of control.  After examining what was on my list as well as the goals for older TBR titles, I think I’ve come to a happy decision.  I’m going to focus on 2017 DEBUTS for my Pub. Month Challenge!

2017 Debuts

That’s not to say I won’t slip in some highly anticipated sequels or authors in the lineup, but I’m ridiculously excited and have already pre-ordered quite a few fantasy debuts this year that I very much want to see succeed.

And because I’m so excited about these debuts, I’m going to just share a quick peek at them here, so you know what to expect in the coming months!!  And look for a giveaway over on my Twitter in the near future (@reddjena).

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September Reads- New Releases I’m Excited to Read

September was a crazy month, both in real life and the publishing world.  There were so many new books that came out I was already dreading not having enough time to read them all.  And then art took up all my free time to get ready for the art show.  Plus 2 weddings.  Travel.  And a variety of other things that came up.  Needless to say, I didn’t get much reading accomplished last month.

I definitely want to share with you those books though because they are pretty fantastic.  Just be warned that this list will be long!

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#ReadThemAllThon Wrap Up+ Totals

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It’s time to post this reading challenge’s wrap-up, and I can’t believe that 3 weeks have already passed!  This was my first reading challenge, so I wasn’t quite sure what I was expecting, and it definitely shows in my final tally.  Unfortunately, I was plagued with two issues which affected my reading.  One, I had family and traveling stuff the first half of the challenge.  Two, the first book I picked up, And the Trees Crept In, was one of those books that interfered with my desire to continue reading.  You’ll see why if you follow the link above and read my review.

I also switched out a few titles based on availability and reading desires.  The Aeronaut’s Windlass replaced The Way of Kings for the Pewter Badge (first book in a series), and since I got my hands on an early copy of Empire of Storms, I swapped it in the the Thunder Badge (thunderous hype) to replace my previously chosen Mistborn, which I still plan on reading soon.

I had fun with this challenge and am looking forward to participating in more in the future.  Thanks Read at Midnight for hosting something so creative!!

Here are my final tallies.

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Name:  Liz/Redd
Blog: Redd’s Reads
Pokemon Used: Dratini (evolved into Dragonair)
Pewter Badge: The Aeronaut’s Windlass = 75
CP Points + 20CP completion bonus
Cascade Badge: And the Trees Crept In = 35
CP Points + 20CP completion bonus
Thunder Badge: Empire of Storms = 17
CP Points
Rainbow Badge:  0
CP Points
Marsh Badge: 0
CP Points
Soul Badge: 0
CP Points
Flame Badge: Sign of the Crescent = 1
CP Point
Earth Badge: 0
CP Points
Review Points: 1 review = 
20 CP, posted between 14/8-4/9.
Social Media Points: 10 tweets = 20 CP
Evolution Bonus: +50 CP  for dratini to dragonair evolution
Extra Books Read Bonus:  Didn’t even make it through the challenge 😦
Total: 268

Did you participate?  What books did you finish?  How far did your Pokemon level?

June and July Reads-New Releases I’m Excited to Read

Summer has been a really busy time for me, so here’s two months of new releases that I haven’t had a chance to read yet.

This Savage Song  (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This Savage Song and MyLady Jane were two books I probably wouldn’t have picked up if I hadn’t tried out OwlCrate after visiting their booth at BookCon16.  But they both look very interesting.

My Lady Jane

The Marked Girl (Marked Girl, #1)

This book sounds like an interesting parallel world story, and I haven’t read any of those in a while so thought I’d give this one a try.

Julia Vanishes

After reading the sampler included in one of my FanMail subscription boxes, I was hooked on Julia Vanishes.  I should have a review of this one up soon though as I’m reading it for the #ReadThemAllThon challenge.

Reliquary

The description for Sarah Fine’s newest novel reminded me of The Magicians tv show, which I really enjoyed.

And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga #1)

My excitement for this book has waned now that I’ve read some reviews and learned that this is actually historical fiction (albeit alternative history) instead of fantasy as it seemed to be marketed as.  It still sounds interesting though since it’s about a female version of Vlad the Impaler.

The Shadow Hour (The Girl at Midnight, #2)

Having recently read The Girl at Midnight, I’m excited to read the sequel to see where the story and the characters go next.

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria, #1)

I received an advanced copy of this one through the AceRocStars, and it sounds like a fascinating new take on dragons and magical powers.

The Transference Engine

There’s a mechanical hummingbird on the front of this steampunk novel.  Need I say more?

Paper and Fire (The Great Library, #2)

Ink and Bone is one of my favorite library-related fantasies, so I’m really looking forward to reading this one!

What about you?  What came out in June and July that you’re excited to read?

 

 

Two August Challenges: #2016ARCAugust & #Augustofpages

I’m a little late to this party as I’m posting this in the evening of August 1 instead of putting it together yesterday.  But I just found these two challenges this morning and wanted to try them out.

ARC August is put together by Octavia and Shelley over on Read.Sleep.Repeat., and it looks like this is the 4th one they’ve put together.  The goal is to read a bunch of ARCs that have been piling up.  Luckily, I have already chosen some for the Pokemon Gym Reading Challenge, so I can use those plus the ones I had lined up for my personal pub. month challenge for September releases.

Here’s my TBR for August:

Pokemon Gym-

Impyrium by Henry Neff

And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich

Pub. Month-

The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

The Reader by Traci Chee

Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige

Miscellaneous & NetGalley-

The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman

Charmed by Jen Calonita

Now, I don’t expect to read all of these, but I should get through at least half of the titles listed.  I prefer to read as I feel though, so except for the two under Pokemon Gym, the rest will get read as I feel the draw.  And, I’ve already started on Stealing Snow!

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As for the other challenge, last month I decided I should try my hand at #bookstagramming.  This challenge from CelineReads will give me a creative jumpstart in that realm as I have only a basic grasp of what to do.  Since I’m new to this, I probably won’t make a post every day, but I’m hoping to post at least every other day.  Day 1 tied in nicely with the ARC August, so you can see my photo for that at the top of this post!

Pokemon Indigo League #ReadThemAllThon TBR Choices

After finding the Pokemon Go book tag, I found out that there was a gym/reading challenge in the works, and I wanted in.  It’s the perfect excuse to pick up those older books on my TBR, and a really fun game as well.  Check out the rules here at Read at Midnight!

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I decided to make a trainer card through PokeCharms to keep track of my gym badges and pokemon evolution.  You can see my starting, very empty, card above.  The plan is to update the card as I read and collect points and badges.  I’m so excited to participate in this, my first, read-a-thon!  Here’s my starting pokemon ❤

Dratini

 

Dratini – 10 CP

Name: Redd/Liz

Type: Dragon

Pokedex #: 147

Evolution: 3 Stages

And, here are the books I’m hoping to read to match the gym prompts during the read-a-thon in mid-August.  What are you planning to read?

 

The Challenge/Gyms

There are 8 reading challenges within this read-a-thon, based on the 8 gyms that are in the Indigo League. Earn a badge every time you complete a book!

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  1. Pewter Gym: The First Book In A Series
    It’s a good thing we don’t have to earn our badges in order because I’ve chosen The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for this Rock-type gym.  It’s fitting because not only is it a first book in a series, but at 1258 pages, it weighs as much as a rock pokemon!  125 + 20 = 145 potential points
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  2. Cerulean Gym: A Book That Might Make You CryGenerally speaking, books don’t really make me cry.  So I’ve decided to read a book that could make me cry out in fright.  I’m excited to read And the Trees Crept In by Dawn Kurtagich because her book, The Dead House, was one of my favorites last year!  And, 352 pages seems very doable after looking at some of my other selections for this challenge 🙂 35 + 20 = 55 potential points
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  3. Vermillion Gym: A Book With Thunderous Hype
    I’m extremely behind on the Mistborn series but so excited to read it (at least the first book for now).  Mistborn is supposed to be a fast read, and that’s good since it has 659 pages.  Brandon Sanderson seems pretty cool and has several series that sound awesome, which is why he’s taking up 2 of my 8 gym slots.  65 + 20 = 85 potential points
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  4. Celadon Gym: A Book That Focuses on Diversity
    Tiger Moon by Antonia Michaelis has been in my library for an absurdly long time, so I hope to read this one quickly and early on during the challenge to get it off my TBR shelf.  At 464 pages, it’s pretty chunky and proves that I’m an overachiever when it comes to challenges.  46 + 20 = 66 potential points
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  5. Fuschia Gym: A Book With A Great Romance
    R. Garcia y Robertson’s Firebird is another book that’s been on my TBR far too long, and I’m happy to add it to this challenge’s line-up.  It’s a little shorter at 320 pages.  32 + 20 = 52 potential points
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  6. Saffron Gym: A Book With Fantasy/Supenatural Elements
    Blades of the Old Empire by Anna Kashina is a newer title on my list, but matches the tone of other books I’ve been reading lately, like Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas.  It looks like this book might be a little light on the magical elements but not on page length (476 pages).  47 + 20 = 67 potential points
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  7. Cinnabar Gym: A Book With A Red Cover
    Time for another title that’s been on my TBR list way too long!  Sign of the Crescent by Debbie Federici is the shortest book on this list at 302 pages, so I don’t know why it has taken me this long to pick it up. 30 + 20 = 50 potential points
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  8. Viridian Gym: A Book With Post-Apocalyptic Setting
    I’m going to bend the rules a little with this category 😉  Since I don’t have any post-apocalyptic books readily identifiable in my TBR list, I chose Impyrium by Henry H. Neff, which sounds like a fantasy world that has been through an apocalypse!  And, it’s 592 pages long.  59 + 20 = 79 potential points

 

So, it looks like if all I do is finish reading these books, I could potentially end with 599 points.  With all the other opportunities to earn points for my dratini, I’m well on my way to attaining my stage 3 evolution–dragonite.  I’m so excited to get started on this challenge, and I hope life allows me to participate to my fullest.  I look forward to seeing what other people are able to accomplish!

May Reads-New Releases I’m Excited to Read

I’m a little late with this one, but here goes!  These are books that were released in May but I haven’t had a chance to read them yet!

 

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

This series is a guilty pleasure, but book 4 ended on a major cliffhanger, so I need to pick this one up.  Then again, it is the final book, and I have a bad habit about pushing those back 😛

The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #2)

Here’s the sequel/companion to The Sin-Eater’s Daughter, which I really liked, so I’m expecting this one to be just as great.

Admiral (Evagardian, #1)

Admiral came to me via AceRocStars and has received pretty good reviews, but I’m wary of science fiction right now even if it does sound really interesting.

Everland

Here’s one of the specially packaged books I received from a coworker.  I might have to wait a while before I have time to read this, but it looks fun.

Ruined (Ruined, #1)

I was all excited to read this until I saw other early reviews that were disappointed.  And while I like to read something and make my own conclusions, I confess that I did push this one back to read other things.  I’m hoping I disagree with all the disappointed reviewers though 🙂

 

What were your favorite reads from May?  What came out that you’re excited to read?