Reading Review: January 2018

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Year One by Nora Roberts

Total Library Books Read This Month:  4
Total Own Books Read This Month:  0
Overall Total Books Read This Month:  4

Total Library Books Read 2018:  4
Total Own Books Read 2018:  0
Overall Total Books Read 2018:  4

MY READ OF THE MONTH

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant.

It was my first 5* read of the year, so has to feature as my Read of the Month. Killer mermaids, scientists, dolphins, and high-stakes out on the vast ocean, what more could you want? Add in a few pretty scary moments and you’re in for a good read.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is 4 books read.  I’ve read:

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong
The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
Year One by Nora Roberts

GOODREADS

I set myself the target of reading 20 books this year, which is the same as last year. I didn’t want to go too high because I always choose such long books that I want to keep it low pressure and just enjoy what I’m reading, without having a massive target to reach.
My current total of books read is 4.

GOALS

  • I’ve kept up with my reviews so far, which is quite good as I’ve read more this month than I usually do.
  • I took part in my first readathon of the year, Bout of Books, and am on the lookout for another even to participate in.
  • Sci-fi and Post-Apocalyptic featured in my reading choices this month, so I’m still indulging my enjoyment of those genres.

So concludes January’s Reading Review. See you again next month

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Bout of Books 21 (January 2018) Goals and Daily Progress Updates

Bout of Books

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 8th and runs through Sunday, January 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 21 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team


As always I’ll be using this blog for the majority of my updates during the read-a-thon, but you can also find me on Twitter.

Time Devoted to Reading

I’ll say my usual half an hour as a minimum, but hopefully a LOT more.

My Goals

  • To finish reading at least one book
  • And maybe start another one
  • Keep track of my reading progress via daily blog updates
  • Visit other blogs and comment regularly

Books to Read

  • The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan
  • Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman
  • Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Updates

Monday

What better way to start a new year of reading than by joining in with Bout of Books? I do love a good read-a-thon, so I’m looking forward to the next week of reading and blogging.

Tuesday (Monday’s Progress)

I’m reading The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan. My festive reading has spilled over into the new year – oops! It’s got a very festive looking cover but so far the story isn’t actually overly Christmassy, so it’s one to read at any time of year. It’s set in December, but that’s about it so far.
Oh, and I am enjoying it; it’s a different theme from the type of book I’d usually pick up.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  100
Total number of pages I’ve read:  100

Wednesday (Tuesday’s progress)

I haven’t managed to read as much today. I wanted to write a post for Top Ten Tuesday, and I think it’s the first time I’ve done that during Bout of Books.
As you may see from that post I’ve suddenly developed a really strong urge to read about killer mermaids. Am going to try really hard to finish my current read before picking up something new though.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  50
Total number of pages I’ve read:  150

Thursday (Wednesday’s progress)

I finished a book!
Don’t know how I managed it but I read so much today. I don’t think I’ve managed 200 pages in one day in years. I just couldn’t seem to put my book (The Christmas Secret) down, and I’m also really looking forward to starting Into the Drowning Deep.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  200
Total number of pages I’ve read:  350

Friday (Thursday’s progress)

I’m really enjoying Into the Drowning Deep. The thing is, I don’t want to read it too fast because I want to make it last, but I also want to know who will survive and what’s going to happen to all these characters.

Number of pages I’ve read today:  88
Total number of pages I’ve read:  438

Saturday (Friday’s progress)

I didn’t have much opportunity to read today, so I snatched a few times where I could. There’s always time tomorrow though, right?

Number of pages I’ve read today:  46
Total number of pages I’ve read:  484

Sunday (Saturday’s progress)

Such a good reading afternoon and evening. Into the Drowning Deep is SO GOOD!
The mermaids have made their presence known for the first time and… it was so tense. I imagine the crew of this ship are about to get into real trouble, and I can’t wait to get back to my book to find out what happens next!
Who knew mermaids could be so scary?!

Number of pages I’ve read today:  76
Total number of pages I’ve read:  560

Monday (Sunday’s progress and final thoughts)

Final Summary posted HERE.

 

Reading Resolutions 2018

Welcome to my 2018 Reading Resolutions post.

As usual I will be participating in the Goodreads challenge, as I’ve done for a number of years.
I’m also joining in with the Beat the Backlist challenge again, as I enjoyed that in 2017 and managed to read a few titles from a TBR list that seems never-ending.
I’m also creating my list of Reading Resolutions again, which is a general list of reading hopes and goals for the coming year.
I’ll continue my monthly progress updates.

General Goals

  • To participate in reading events and readathons and keep my blog regularly updated with progress.
  • To continue making an effort to give some attention to the books that I already own.
  • To read a variety of genres, but to carry on indulging my love of fantasy/dystopia/post apocalypse stories.
  • Maybe try another audio book.
  • To continue my monthly update posts to record how I’m doing in keeping up with my challenges.

Reading Challenges:

The Beat the Backlist Challenge

Goodreads

I want to read 20 books during the year

Possible Books to Read:

The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (re-read)
Misery by Stephen King
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden ?BL?
Artemis by Andy Weir
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
The Toymakers by Robert Dinsdale
The Wicked Cometh by Laura Carlin
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Year One by Nora Roberts
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

 

Beat the Backlist 2018

Overview

The Beat the Backlist Challenge is hosted over at NovelKnight

Welcome to the 2018 edition of Beat the Backlist!
This reading challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases. While we LOVE new releases, we also want to show some of those older titles love too.

YOU set your own reading goal. YOU pick the books. YOU read at your own pace.

Whether you’re a casual reader looking to work on your TBR list with a bunch of people, or a competitive reader seeking a bit of extra motivation this year, Beat the Backlist is for you.

Guidelines

The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. You have an ENTIRE YEAR to complete your goal!

Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge. Although we love new releases too, this isn’t the challenge for them.

That’s it!

Potential Reads

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
The Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling (re-read)
Misery by Stephen King
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden
Artemis by Andy Weir
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Year One by Nora Roberts
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood
The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher
The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman

This is my second time participating in Beat the Backlist. Last year doing the challenge really encouraged me to make a (tiny) dent in my backlist TBR list/pile, so I’m certainly up for another try in 2018.
I’m going to set myself a target of 10 books to start with, and have made a list of a few potential reads. I’m looking forward to tackling my endless TBR list again.


Monthly Progress

January

COVERS

The Watcher by Ross Armstrong

The Christmas Secret by Karen Swan

Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant

Year One by Nora Roberts

Reading Review: December 2017

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Strange Weather by Joe Hill

Total Library Books Read This Month: 2
Total Own Books Read This Month: 0
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 2

Total Library Books Read 2017: 31
Total Own Books Read 2017: 4
Overall Total Books Read 2017: 35

MY READ OF THE MONTH

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. It was magical and the perfect winter read. I found the right book at the right time. I also can’t wait to read the sequel.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is 15 books read.  I’ve read:

Cell by Stephen King
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
The Trees by Ali Shaw
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
The Muse by Jessie Burton
North and South by John Jakes
The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan
Feed by Mira Grant
The Novice by Trudi Canavan
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Needful Things by Stephen King

Have really enjoyed participating in this challenge and I’m probably going to sign up for it again for 2018.

GOODREADS

My final total for this year is 35 books, which is much more than I ever expected to read. I’m looking forward to starting the challenge again in 2018.

GOALS

I’ve kept up with blogging throughout the year, and posted my reviews quite quickly.

Have enjoyed a few readathons but wish I’d known about more of them in advance so I could have taken part in more.


So concludes December’s Reading Review. See you again next year.

Reading Review: November 2017

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell

Origin by Dan Brown

The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman

A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris

The Coven by Graham Masterton

Total Library Books Read This Month: 5
Total Own Books Read This Month: 0
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 5

Total Library Books Read 2017: 29
Total Own Books Read 2017: 4
Overall Total Books Read 2017: 33

MY READ OF THE MONTH

The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell. The story was gothic and atmospheric, it built tension gradually and held my interest and fascination through all the revelations. It became a little more scary as the wooden companions became more menacing. Definitely a book I’d recommend.
You have no idea how long I sat here deliberating, going between this book and A Pocketful of Crows by Joanne M. Harris, which is also really good.
I picked some good reads for this month!

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 15 books read. So far I’ve read:

Cell by Stephen King
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
The Trees by Ali Shaw
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
The Muse by Jessie Burton
North and South by John Jakes
The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan
Feed by Mira Grant
The Novice by Trudi Canavan
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Needful Things by Stephen King

GOODREADS

I’m currently at a total of 33 books. Wonder how many I’ll reach in total by the end of the year?

GOALS

I’m still managing to (mostly) post my reviews in a timely fashion, and I’m keeping track of my challenge progress.

I finally did it… listened to an audio book. I found it more enjoyable than previous attempts. I’ve found before that my attention seems to wander when I listen to rather than read the words on the page and I don’t retain it as well, but this time that didn’t happen and I would probably listen to another audio book some time, although my first love is always going to be a brand new physical book I think.


So concludes November’s Reading Review. See you again next month.

Reading Review: October 2017

Welcome to my Monthly Reading Review.
This post is my attempt to keep track of how I’m doing with my reading challenges and resolutions.

BOOKS I’VE READ

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling

Needful Things by Stephen King

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen King

Total Library Books Read This Month: 2
Total Own Books Read This Month: 1
Overall Total Books Read This Month: 3

Total Library Books Read 2017: 24
Total Own Books Read 2017: 4
Overall Total Books Read 2017: 28

MY READ OF THE MONTH

Two King books and I’m trying to choose between them? That’s tough. And throw in Harry Potter and I’m really stuck. I don’t think I can choose this month.

BEAT THE BACKLIST

My total for this challenge is currently 15 books read. So far I’ve read:

Cell by Stephen King
Golden Hill by Francis Spufford
The Trees by Ali Shaw
The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler
The Muse by Jessie Burton
North and South by John Jakes
The Autumn Republic by Brian McClellan
The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling
The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan
Feed by Mira Grant
The Novice by Trudi Canavan
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling
Needful Things by Stephen King

GOODREADS

I’m currently at a total of 28 books. Wonder how many I’ll reach in total by the end of the year?

GOALS

I’m still managing to (mostly) post my reviews in a timely fashion, and I’m keeping track of my challenge progress


So concludes October’s Reading Review. See you again next month.