2016 Read Tamora Pierce Challenge (FANGIRL ALERT!)

Tamora Pierce ChallengeI’ve ranted about my love for TP before (but in a more philosophical way), so imagine my utter joy when I found out that there are other TP fans in the online book community! Nori, another huge TP fan, is doing a Read Tamora Pierce Challenge in 2016, and she has kindly shared her challenge with the rest of us Internet dwellers. What this means is that there will be a good amount of Tamora Pierce here over the next few months, starting this month. TP fans, come forth and celebrate with me! ūüéČūüéČūüéČ

My personal goal for this challenge is to review all major Tamora Pierce books by the end of 2016. I’ll update this post with my progress. I also want to generate some TP-related discussion (but not necessarily TP-centric), such as what constitutes good heroines in fiction, imaginary casting for TP movie adaptations, fanart(!!!), if-you-like-TP-books-you’ll-also-like-these-other-books, etc. etc. etc.

PROGRESS

TORTALL
‚ėź Beka Cooper trilogy
‚ėĎ Song of the Lioness quartet
‚ėź The Immortals quartet
‚ėĎ Protector of the Small quartet
‚ėź Daughter of the Lioness series
‚ėĎ Tortall and Other Lands anthology

EMELAN
‚ėĎ Circle of Magic quartet
‚ėϬ†The Circle Opens quartet
‚ėź The Circle Reforged series

For new TP readers – welcome! Please join Nori’s challenge and get ready for some potentially life-changing moments! Here are some Tamora Pierce resources for you to get started:

For old TP readers – Goddess bless you all! If you aren’t already aware of TP fanart or other unofficial TP stuff… HERE YOU GO. But I’ll let you find the fanfiction on your own.

What are you waiting for? Go read TP!

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Study Hard, Read Harder (In Which I Sabotage Myself with Another Reading Challenge)

Because you know, nothing like doing a gazillion reading challenges at the same time to motivate myself to procrastinate read lots of books! With me being always on the look-out for fun reading challenges, it’s surprising how I missed Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge¬†(Goodreads group here). Unfortunately, I’ve read some
books on this list already and have 3 months left to go to make up for any that I haven’t done! Screw studying Of course I’m going to focus on school first, but a girl’s gotta have fun! ūüėČ Like all the other challenges I have ongoing done, this one might take me another three years or so longer than expected. But that’s okay! I think of a reading challenge¬†as less of a time-related challenge and more of a trying-new-things challenge.

‚ėź A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25 (Eldest by Christopher Paolini)
‚ėź A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65 (A Mercy¬†by Toni Morrison)
‚ėĎ A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)¬†(True Stories, Well Told by Lee Gutkind & Hattie Fletcher)
‚ėĎ A book published by an indie press (Escape from the Ivory Tower by Nancy Baron)
‚ėź A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ (The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky)
‚ėĎ A book by a person whose gender is different from your own (Faster, Higher, Stronger by Mark McClusky)
‚ėź A book that takes place in Asia (Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See)
‚ėź A book by an author from Africa (Conversations With Myself¬†by Nelson Mandela)
‚ėĎ A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.) (The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie)
‚ėĎ A microhistory (Gulp by Mary Roach)
‚ėϬ†A YA novel (Sisters of Blood and Spirit by Kady Cross)
‚ėĎ A sci-fi novel (Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry)
‚ėĎ A romance novel (Small Blessings by Martha Woodroof)
‚ėź A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade (The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee)
‚ėĎ A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.) (The Goose Girl by Shannon Hale)
‚ėĎ An audiobook (Bossypants by Tina Fey)
‚ėĎ A collection of poetry (Dog Songs by Mary Oliver)
‚ėϬ†A book that someone else has recommended to you (You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney)
‚ėź A book that was originally published in another language (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson)
‚ėĎ A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?) (Cross Game by Mitsuru Adachi)
‚ėϬ†A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over) (Wallbanger by Alice Clayton)
‚ėź A book published before 1850 (Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen)
‚ėϬ†A book published this year (Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart)
‚ėĎ A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered ‚Äúself-improvement‚ÄĚ) (The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin)

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Do you like reading challenges?
Are you doing any right now?

Yay! Not Another Sci-Fi November Bingo Challenge

Alright, fine, I’LL ADMIT IT – I’m a book bingo addict. I have no self-control when if comes to these seemingly innocent bingo cards, and then they take over my entire life and I devote so much time into picking which books go in which squares and I get weak in the knees for them. So I’m pretty sure I dug my grave with this one…

I did kinda sorta asked for it, and Asti delivered! Her new shiny sci-fi bingo card has some interesting prompts, and I can’t wait to get started on it! Here’s to another year spent on a bingo card, haha… ha…

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B1: Steampunk (The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson)
B2: Superheroes (Vicious by V.E. Schwab)
B3: Teleportation (Pegasus in Space by Anne McCaffrey)
B4: Invisibility (The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells)
B5: Shapeshifters (Written in Red by Anne Bishop)

I1: Absent-Minded Professor ()
I2: Apocalypse or World Wide Disaster ()
I3: Colonization of Other Planets ()
I4: Drugs and Medication (Hungry by H.A. Swain)
I5: Parallel Universe (A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray)

N1: Space Opera (The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey)
N2: Mind Control (Parasite by Mira Grant)
N3: Free! (The Program by Suzanne Young)
N4: Virtual Reality (Ready Player One by Ernest Cline)
N5: Domed City (Under the Dome by Stephen King)

G1: Immortality ()
G2: Lost Civilizations ()
G3: Human Zoo ()
G4: Mad Scientists (Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood)
G5: Award Winning (Dune by Frank Herbert)

O1: Floating City ()
O2:¬†Sci-Fi Classic (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy¬†by Douglas Adams)
O3: Alien Invasion (The Host by Stephanie Meyer)
O4: Resizing ()
O5: Military Sci-Fi ()

Do you have any book recommendations for any of these bingo squares? Let me know!

Summer Bookish Bingo

Happy Fourth of July, everyone! First of all, let’s just pretend I don’t have two other Bookish Bingos going on. Because Kara, Lyn, and Bekka over at Great Imaginations¬†are hosting a summer edition of Bookish Bingo!!! I resisted their first spring Bookish Bingo, but now my self control has been completely depleted. At least there’s a time limit on this one (July through September), so maybe I can actually finish this thing and still progress on my other bingo boards? SO EXCITED!!!

September Edit: Urm… so I’m going to change the rules a little bit, since my summer didn’t go as planned. Instead of using books read in July through September, I’ll just use any new reviews from September onwards. Since I’ve been behind on review-writing, this is a good way to motivate myself!

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B1: a stand-alone (The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano)
B2: starts with S, U, M, E, or R (Struck by Genius by Jason Padgett & Maureen Seaberg)
B3: a series finale (Forever by Maggie Stiefvater)
B4: blue cover (Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley)
B5: music or dance themes (Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia)

I1: sky on cover (The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts)
I2: a thriller (The Summons by John Grisham)
I3: a retelling (The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey)
I4: a summer release (The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen)
I5: road trip! (Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen)

N1: MC is LGBTIA (Every Day by David Levithan)
N2: set on a boat (Beauty Queens by Libba Bray)
N3: FREE! (The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein)
N4: strong sibling relationship (The Ex Games by Jennifer Echols)
N5: magical realism (My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins and others)

G1: set during summer (Page by Tamora Pierce)
G2: Asian MC (Glitches by Marissa Meyer)
G3:¬†“storm,” “rain,” or “thunder” in title (Storm Glass by Maria V. Snyder)
G4: featuring an animal companion (The Cat Who Turned On and Off by Lilian Jackson Braun)
G5: set in Europe (Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth)

O1: pink cover (Never Have I Ever by Katie Heaney)
O2: a middle grade novel (Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce)
(O3:¬†“July,” “August,” or “September” in title (The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by¬†Catherynne M. Valente)) cheated and did “September” as a character name instead…
O4: set on an island (Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery)
O5: water on cover (First Test by Tamora Pierce)

Are you playing Summer Bookish Bingo? Let me know if you have any recommendations for the squares I haven’t filled up!

Reread January

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Do you re-read books? I sure do! I especially love to revisit my older books around the holiday season when I have more time to sit back and relax, so I’m excited that¬†Rinn and Kelley are hosting Reread January! When I started book blogging a few months ago, I got swept in with the hype of new shiny books, and I want to make sure that I still have the motivation to re-read. So in addition to stamping my rereads as “oldies” – which I started doing recently – I’m hoping that a month of re-reading oldies with other similarly driven people will do the trick.

My main goal for this challenge: DON’T GIVE IN TO THE SHINY BOOKS. Uh, I mean, I’ll still read some books from my TBR list, but I want to dedicate the majority of my reading time in January to my old, wrinkly¬†and in-need-of-hearing-aids books. Here’s a tentative list of books I want to re-read:

  1. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
  2. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
  3. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  4. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

If you like to re-read books, be sure to join in the fun! ūüôā

2014 Rewind Challenge

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Now that it’s post-Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about 2014 which starts in five days! With a new year comes new books, which means that all the books on my TBR list up to this point will get increasingly neglected and eventually put on the back-back-back-back-burner (no joke). So I’m saying YES to Bree’s 2014 Rewind Challenge¬†because this¬†is just what I need to shave off some of that good ol’ book fat that my chubby TBR list has built up. And even though Bree hasn’t set any restrictions on the types of books we can read (except that it has to be published before 2014), my restriction for myself is that I’ll only count¬†standalones. I was going to do a series challenge, but while making an infographic for a 2013 wrap-up post, I realized that I wasn’t reading that many standalones. Sooo.

MY GOAL: 20 books¬†‚úĒ

MY READING LIST:

  1. Toms River by Dan Fagin
  2. Double Happiness by Tony Brasunas
  3. Quiet by Susan Cain
  4. When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
  5. The Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman
  6. Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel
  7. Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead
  8. The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
  9. Fever by Robin Cook
  10. Fat Cat by Robin Brande
  11. Lexicon by Barry Max
  12. Seeds of Hope by Jane Goodall & Gail Hudson
  13. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
  14. The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Pablo Giordano
  15. The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
  16. The Eighty-Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts
  17. The Summons by John Grisham
  18. Running Like a Girl by Alexandra Heminsley
  19. NurtureShock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
  20. Advice for a Young Investigator by Santiago Ramón y Cajal

Winter Wonderland Bingo

So¬†Leanne‘s done it again – another amazingly awesomesauce bingo card! And um no I haven’t finished my November sci-fi bingo card, but the Winter Wonderland card¬†is just so pretty with the earthy background and the snow and the prompts on the squares look so interesting and gahhhh. I have no self-control. In addition to reading wintery holiday-themed books, I’ve tacked on a bunch of books I want to reread; there’s something about revisiting old books during the holiday season that fills me with comfort, peace, and a sense of “home” and security. And if I’m still not done with this board by January (which I definitely won’t!), I can participate in¬†Reread January at the same time! But right now I’ll just humor y’all and pretend I can finish 24 books in a month. ūüėČ

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B1: a book with ‚Äúwonder‚ÄĚ in the title (Seeds of Hope by¬†Jane Goodall & Gail Hudson)
B2: a book set in a frosty climate (Snowbound with the CEO by Shannon Stacey)
B3: a book that focuses on family (Bread and Butter by Michelle Wildgen)
B4: a book in which miracles happen (The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker)
B5: a book that was gifted to you (Advice for a Young Investigator by Santiago Ramón y Cajal)

I1: a book with sweets or pastries (Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke)
I2: a book with a child protagonist (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley)
I3: a book that gives you the warm & fuzzies (An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott)
I4: a book with talking animals (The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein)
I5: a book with ‚Äúmerry‚ÄĚ in the title (Merry and Bright by Jill Shalvis)

N1: a book with a fireplace scene (The Cat Who Could Read Backwards by Lilian Jackson Braun)
N2: a book with travel between worlds (Happily Ever After by Elizabeth Maxwell)
N3: FREE! (Fat Cat by Robin Brande)
N4: a book with a maze (The Maze Runner by James Dashner)
N5: a book about going home (A Snicker of Magic by Natalie Lloyd)

G1: a book with an evil queen (Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi)
G2: a book with ice or frost magic (My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins and others)
G3: a book with a character named Alice (The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin)
G4: a book with elves (Eragon by Christopher Paolini)
G5: a magical realism book (Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen)

O1: a book set in a forest (Hatchet by Gary Paulsen)
O2: a book with playing (or tarot) cards (Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia)
O3: a book with magic potions (Moth and Spark by Anne Leonard)
O4: a book with strong friendships (The Vow by Jessica Martinez)
O5: a book with snow on the cover (Skipping Christmas by John Grisham)

Are you playing Winter Wonderland bingo this month? Let me know if you have any recommendations for the squares I haven’t filled up!

Sci-Fi November Bingo Challenge

Yay second reading challenge! (I’m sort of addicted to these things.) Leanne made the coolest bingo board for Sci-Fi Month¬†(hosted by Rinn), and I can’t wait to get started! As per her suggestion, I’m going to keep the challenge open until I get a blackout because I want to try to read 24 different sci-fi books, and that’s not going to happen within a month… well, unless I do nothing but read all day, but I don’t think my university will be too happy about that.

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B1: A book with alternate realities (The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker)
B2: A sci-fi book mixed with horror (Feed by Mira Grant)
B3: A debut sci-fi novel (The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse)
B4: A book with awesome technology (Uglies by Scott Westerfeld)
B5: A book set on another planet (Crystal Singer by Anne McCaffrey)

I1:¬†A book that‚Äôs a space western (Freedom’s Landing by Anne McCaffrey)
I2: A book with robots/AI (Glitches by Marissa Meyer)
I3: A book with mind-based super powers (To Ride Pegasus by Anne McCaffrey)
I4: A book with clones (The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer)
I5:¬†A book with aliens (Freedom’s Choice¬†by Anne McCaffrey)

N1:¬†A book involving a war (Ender’s Game¬†by Orson Scott Card)
N2: A book involving dreams (The Giver by Lois Lowry)
N3: FREE! (Lexicon by Max Barry)
N4: A book with mutations (The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey)
N5: A book with time travel (Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card)

G1: A book set underneath the earth (The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau)
G2: A book set in the future (Specials by Scott Westerfeld)
G3: A book with a dystopian setting (Blood Red Road by Moira Young)
G4: A book with cyborgs (Cinder by Marissa Meyer)
G5: A book set in an alternate past (The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason)

O1: A book with a non-human MC (The Humans by Matt Haig)
O2: A book with spaceships (Dangerous by Shannon Hale)
O3: A book with laser weapons (Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines)
O4: A book set in post-apocalypse (Pretties by Scott Westerfeld)
O5: A book with genetic engineering (Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith)

Let me know if you have any recommendations for the squares I haven’t filled up, or any other sci-fi books that you’ve enjoyed!

3rd Annual Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge

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I’m participating in the¬†3rd Annual Spooktacular Paranormal Reading Challenge hosted by Marie over at Ramblings of a Daydreamer. I’m super excited for my first reading challenge! I don’t think I’ve touched a novel in¬†months, so I am in desperate need of a breather. This is also a good chance to get this blog started, get some of the paranormal books off of my To Be Read list, and get into the spirit of Halloween. ūüėČ

Here is the list of books I’ll be reading – I will update this post with titles and links as I finish each book. You can probably tell how late I’ve jumped on the paranormal bandwagon by the books I choose! Have I been missing out? (Note: books on this list might move around throughout the month, depending on what new or old books I find and how eager I am to read them!)

  1. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Jenny Pox by J. L. Bryan
  3. The Weight of Souls by Bryony Pearce
  4. Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst
  5. Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  6. The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
  7. Libriomancer by Jim C. Hines
  8. Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
  9. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater