Hail to the King: A Year With Stephen King!!

Hail to the King is a year-long reading challenge hosted by Cassie at Books With Cass and Leah at The Pretty Good Gatsby.   Simply: it is a year long readathon to read as MUCH Stephen King as you so desire. You choose your goals, and its NO PRESSURE.  You can find further details at both of the links above, and also sign up there too, but to tempt you, here are a few more details:

  • Special posts coming your way for Stephen’s King birthday, Halloween, the halfway point, and the final month.
  • Giveaways!
  • Fun link up posts to see how you’re all doing! Are you petrified of your book? LOVING it? Tell us!
  • Twitter fun! #hailtotheking will be our hashtag on twitter for the next YEAR.

The Levels

Scaredy Cat: 1-3 Novels or Short Stories
Need a Night Light: 4-7 Novels or Short Stories
No Monsters Under MY Bed: 8-11 Novels or Short Stories
Daredevil: 12-15 Novels or Short Stories
FEARLESS: 16 and Up!

The Questions

1. What got you into Stephen King?

It was so long ago now that I actually have no idea. I do remember seeing a battered old paperback copy of IT lying around our house and being completely terrified by the cover alone (I was pretty young at the time). I read the first chapter and as you may know, it doesn’t end well for someone. I can’t actually recall whether I read any further that time around, possibly not, but something grabbed my attention and Stephen King was definitely a name that stuck in my mind.

2. How long have you been a fan? Or are you a newbie?

I’ve been a fan for a few years now, more of a casual reader at first, picking up the odd novel here and there, but I became a more devoted fan since I read 11/22/63 when it was first published.

3. First King book you read? [or plan to!] Did you like it?

I read 11/22/63 when it first came out and I adored every single page. I thought it was wonderful. I especially liked the appearance of some of the children from IT. Reading about them seemed very familiar to me, and it got me thinking about that age-old paperback I recalled from many years ago, and whether I’d actually read the whole story before. I looked up the synopsis online and a great deal of it did feel familiar, but I still wasn’t sure. Needless to say, that was the very next book I went for. LOVED IT SO MUCH! If you’d told me before that that one of my favourite books was going to be a horror novel featuring a killer clown I probably wouldn’t have believed you, but the characters and their friendship and the whole way in which childhood camaraderie was portrayed really drew me in.

4. Level you’re aiming to achieve!

No Monsters Under MY Bed!
Yes, I’m going for 8 -11 in the hope that I’ll manage at least a couple of short story collections (I’m thinking Full Dark, No Stars and Different Seasons) and a few novels. As a little reminder to myself, some of the books I might try to read are Salem’s Lot, Desperation, Duma Key, Dreamcatcher, Insomnia, Joyland, Misery, and Needful Things. I doubt I’ll manage all of these, but I should manage some of them. Anything newly published will go straight to the top of my list too.

This time last year or the year before I would have been going for the highest level, but I’ve read quite a few already including – 11/22/63, Bag of Bones, Carrie, All of The Dark Tower, Doctor Sleep, The Girl Who Loved Ton Gordon, The Green Mile, IT, Mr. Mercedes, Revival, The Shining, The Stand and Under the Dome.

My Progress:

July

I’VE MADE A START!! AT LAST!  I was beginning to think it would never happen.  This month I read my first King of the year – Finders Keepers.

My current total for this challenge is now – 1

December

Have added two more books to my total, which gives me a grand (!) total of 3 books read:

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Salem’s Lot

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Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2015

The Flights of Fantasy reading challenge is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly. You can find out the full details and sign up at either of the links provided, but the basic idea is to set yourself a target number of Fantasy novels to read during 2015. As a recent fan of the Fantasy genre I was really excited to find this challenge and can’t wait to get started. I am going to set myself a target of 10 novels. Hopefully I will be able to read more than this. Below I’ve made myself a list of books I would like to try and read, mostly just to prompt my memory.

Potential Reads:

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas plus the rest of the series
The Infernal Devices/The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson Enchantress by James Maxwell
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Cinder/Scarlet/Cress)
The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Deathless by Catherine M. Valente
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

My Progress:

January

In January I managed to read two books towards my total:  Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel and The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher.  I wasn’t sure whether Station Eleven could really be termed fantasy, but I had it in my Potential Reads list so thought I’d include it.

February

I read two new books towards my goal, making a total of 4 books so far.
This month I read Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo and A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.

March

It’s been a good month for reading Fantasy.  I added another 4 books to my total, making 8 so far.

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April

Nothing new to add.  Grand total = 8

May

STILL no new progress to report.  My total books read remains at 8.

June

Some progress to report this month as I added 1 book to my total, which now stands at 9.

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

July

I HIT MY ORIGINAL TARGET OF TEN BOOKS THIS MONTH!
I added one more to my previous total by reading:

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

New total is now 10.

August

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

New total = 11 books.

September

The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller.

My new total = 12 books.

October

The Paradox by Charlie Fletcher

November

Nothing new to add, total is currently 13 books.

December

Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

My final total for this challenge is 14 books read.


The I Love Library Books 2015 Reading Challenge

The I Love Library Books Reading Challenge is hosted by Book Dragon’s Lair. You can find more information about this year-long challenge, including the sign up post, HERE. The challenge encourages borrowing books from your library, which I’ve always enjoyed doing. There are a number of challenge levels available. I am going for Chapter Book, which requires you to read 12 book from the library. I may end up reading more, but I also set myself a goal to read more from my TBR pile, which is absolutely huge, and I really want to make a good effort with that challenge too. By going for this target I can hopefully manage to do both.


 Library Books Read:

January

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher
Christmas in the Snow by Karen Swan
The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

February

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

March

Bloodfever by Karen Marie Moning
Half A King by Joe Abercrombie
Faefever by Karen Marie Moning
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

April

Paris for One by Jojo Moyes
The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan

May

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson

June

Disclaimer by Renee Knight
Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

July

Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Meditation Made Easy by Stephanie Brookes
The Show by Tilly Bagshawe
The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

August

The Incarnations by Susan Barker
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley

September

The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller

October

The Paradox by Charlie Fletcher

November

Nothing new to add

December

Lair of Dreams by Libbra Bray
The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King

My final total for this challenge is 26 books.

2015 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

The Mount TBR Reading Challenge is a year-long challenge hosted by My Reader’s Block.

You can find detailed information and the sign up linky here.

There are various challenge levels to choose from.
I am going to attempt the Pike’s Peak Challenge, which involves reading 12 books from my TBR pile.
I hope to read more, because if you’ve read my TBR Tag entry you’ll already know I have a pretty long TBR list, but I’m starting with the lowest level as a basic goal.

Potential Reads

Below I’ve made a list of potential reads. It’s more of a reminder list for me than a definite set of books I’d like to read, but hopefully I will read at least some of these:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Enchantress by James Maxwell
The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Cinder/Scarlet/Cress)
The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jaaskelainen
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
The Golem and the Djinni by Helene Wecker
The Infernal Devices/The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare
The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Deathless by Catherine M. Valente

Progress Updates/Books Read:

January

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

February

Very Good, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

March

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

April

Nothing new to add.

May

I really do need to make a better effort to read the books I already own, because I STILL haven’t read anything to count towards this challenge this month.

June

Still nothing to add.

July

Here’s a surprise – STILL no progress on this challenge!

August

Would you be shocked if I confessed that yet again I STILL haven’t managed to pick up a book that I already own?

September

My total remains at 3 books.

October

3 books read so far.

November

My total stands at 3 books.

December

Salem’s Lot by Stephen King

My final total for the challenge is 4 books.

The 2015 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge!  This is a year-long challenge hosted by Bookmark To Blog.  You can find full rules and the sign up post here.

For this challenge six key words are associated with each month in 2015.  Your task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month.

MONTHLY KEY WORDS:

JAN –   Bird, Girl, Ever, Silence, Bad, Truth, End

FEB –   Key, Water, Lie, Chase, And, Once

MAR –   Kind, Face, Power, City, Blue, Night, To

APR –   Dream, Prince, Long, Wind, Rose, The, Rock

MAY –   Ash, Road, Thief, Bend, In, Far

JUN –   My, Together, Whisper, Win, Soul, Sleep

JUL –   Sun, Unto, Energy, Fate, High, Look

AUG –   Fall, Boy, Glass, Heart, Lost, Now

SEP –   Color, Touch, Life, Day, How, Sweet

OCT –   Ghost, Home, Beach, Away, Test, Number

NOV –   Rise, Holiday, And, Little, Call, Dark

DEC –   Space, Mirror, Over, Flower, Trap, Cold


My Books:

January

This month I read two books to count towards the challenge.  I’m reading out of sequence at the moment, but it seems to be working, although documenting my progress has the potential to get very confusing.  Still, I read:

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – (October:  Number)

The Oversight by Charlie Fletcher – (December:  Over)

February

This month I’ve added three books towards this challenge:

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – (January:  Girl)

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – (November:  Rise)

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray (October:  Number)

March

Only one addition to report this month:

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie – (April:  Prince)

April

Paris for One by Jojo Moyes – (March:  City)

May

The Day We Disappeared by Lucy Robinson – (September:  Day)

June

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris counts in two categories – (March: Night) and (May: Road)

July

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab – (November:  Dark)

August

Nothing new to report.  My current total for this challenge is 10 books.

September

The Falcon Throne by Karen Miller – (January:  Bird)

October

Nothing new to report.  My current total remains at 11 books.

November

My total is 11 books

December

The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King – (January:  Bad)  (April:  Dream)

My final challenge total is 12 books.