#SnufftheSequel Entry Post

Book Loving Nut just announced this fun reading challenge, so I thought it might help me burn through some of my TBR and finish up those series I’ve been avoiding.  (I don’t want them to end, don’t judge me!)  Here’s a few of the titles I’m hoping to finish this year in between all the other awesome books waiting to be read.  (I’m going to focus on series endings for this challenge as I have the #BeattheBacklist challenge that I’m also focusing on series for.)

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#BeatTheBacklist Entry Post

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Another reading challenge I wanted to do in 2017 is Beat the Backlist, mostly because the last couple of years, I’ve focused on new releases and neglected a lot of my older TBR.  So this year, I plan to use this challenge for two main things.

  1. FINISH or continue series that are been done for over a year now
  2. START series that I own several books in

To Finish/Continue:

Fish Out of Water (Fred the Mermaid, #3)Dreams of Gods & Monsters (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #3)The Witch With No Name (The Hollows, #13)Rebel Spring (Falling Kingdoms, #2)Everblaze (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #3)Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1)Artemis Invaded (Artemis Awakening, #2)Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Dance of the Red Death (Masque of the Red Death, #2)Cast in Peril (Chronicles of Elantra, #8)

 

To Start:

Devil's Bargain (Red Letter Days, #1)Witch Song (Witch Song, #1)Urban Shaman  (Walker Papers, #1)Path of Fate (Path, #1)Wild Magic (Drinker of Souls: Wild Magic, #1)Mistborn: The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1)The Bloodbound (Bloodbound, #1)Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (A Magical Cats Mystery, #1)Sword of Fire and Sea (The Chaos Knight, #1)Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1)

 

We’ll see how this goes.  Some of the series are longer than others, so if I happen to become obsessed, it might push back one or two others.  I’m really hoping to have fun with this and get more of these older series, that I’ve been ignoring, off my TBR list.  Or at least part of each series 🙂

#RetellingsRC2017 Entry Post

Retellings Reading Challenge 2017

This was one of the fun reading challenges I want to try this year, put on by Once Upon a Bookcase.  I’m using this one to help me catch up on some titles that maybe I’ve been putting off or am really excited to read this year.  My list will stay small since I’m trying several different challenges this year, but hopefully that means I can stay on track 🙂

Flame in the Mist (Flame in the Mist, #1)Hunted (Hunted, #1)The Wish Granter (Ravenspire, #2)My Lady JaneWinter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)Ash & Bramble (Ash & Bramble, #1)A Whole New World (A Twisted Tale #1)Mechanica (Mechanica, #1)UprootedGilded (Gilded, #1)Charming (Pax Arcana, #1)Firebird

Here are some of the titles I want to get read this year, so they’re the ones I’ll focus on for this challenge.  However, I read whatever suits my mood, so I may exchange a few titles along the way.  You may also notice that I’m doubling up some titles for multiple challenges.  That way I can do several without feeling completely overwhelmed.

I will count this challenge successful if I make it through half of the above titles!

Will you be reading retellings this year?  Do you have a list to share that you’d excited to read?  Share it in the comments below and check out the host for the challenge as well.

Throwback Thursday: Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Falling Kingdoms (Falling Kingdoms, #1)

Hardcover, 412 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Razorbill
Here’s another series that I missed when it first released even though it’s been on my TBR for years now.  I haven’t shared my feelings about the Throne of Glass series yet, but I’m hoping Falling Kingdoms will follow the same roller coaster.
Let me explain.  This book was interesting, introduced a large cast of characters, and started giving us some world building and history, but the story was just so-so.  There was action and intrigue and a bit of magic and adventure.  The element that kept me reading (and what makes me want to read the next book) is the relationships between characters.
Since this book introduces a large cast of characters, it was occasionally confusing when changing POV.  But by the end of the book, many of them are no longer a focus, so it was much less confusing.
The story and characters were enough that I did go out and grab books 2-5 through various trades and sales.  I don’t know when I’ll have time to read book two, Rebel Spring, but I am definitely going to devour this series in 2017.
Have you read this series?  Do subsequent books get better?  Did you fall in love with any character in particular? 🙂

Summary:

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest now simmers below the surface.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed… and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even unforeseen love.

The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It’s the eve of war…. Choose your side.

Princess: Raised in pampered luxury, Cleo must now embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of magic long thought extinct.

Rebel: Jonas, enraged at injustice, lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished. To his shock, he finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Sorceress: Lucia, adopted at birth into the royal family, discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Heir: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, firstborn son Magnus begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…

Twelve Days of Reviews Challenge: A bit late…

My Lovely Secret is running a challenge that ends in 2 days, but since I just discovered it and it sounds like fun, I’m going to share it anyway!  The theme is awesome and something that I might try to do next year, 12 Days of Reviews.  The premise is to post a review a day for 12 days straight, featuring books you read throughout the year but didn’t get around to reviewing.

Like I said, sounds like fun!  I just wish I’d found it sooner 😦  But, I’m still going to try and post some reviews over the next couple of days.  Plus, come visit on Christmas for a fun author interview and ARC giveaway!

Book Haul: Weregirl by C.D. Bell

Over the weekend, I was delighted to find this shiny blue envelope waiting for me in my mailbox.  Inside was an ARC of Weregirl by C.D. Bell, which I had won through a Shelf Awareness contest.  I had actually seen this at BEA16 originally, but was unable (due to time) to learn any more about it.  It’s due out on November 1st from Chooseco and has favorable reviews over on GoodReads already.  Looks like a fun read!

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Tackle Your TBR Read-a-thon: Sept. 12-26

As promised, I’ve found another read-a-thon challenge to participate in; however, this one might be more my speed as I can choose how many books I want for my goal.  I think I’ll make two goals.  A more conservative goal, which will be easier to attain.  And an extended goal with extra titles I would love to finish.  Wishful Endings is the host for this read-a-thon, so check out the introductory post here to check out the rules and to sign up.

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Review: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

The Aeronaut's Windlass

Paperback, 751 pages
Published July 5th 2016 by Roc (first published September 29th 2015)
You may recall that I’m participating in the AceRocStars street team program, and this book was one of the earlier galleys they sent out.  I’ve really wanted to read it ever since I finished reading the prologue, which introduced Gwen as she battled her mother in a flurry of words and gauntlet blasts.  What a way to introduce a character!  But then we shifted gears to Captain Grimm, and it took me a little while to warm up to him.  When I start a new series, they usually seem a little slow at the beginning until the author finds his/her rhythm.

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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?