Saturday, November 1, 2014

Shannon's October Reading Challenge Wrap-up

Goodreads challenge: 163/215

I only read 12 books this month...definitely down from my previous months.  I've had a minor slump of bad/not very interesting books, plus I was sick (which is a total killer for reading for me).  I'm way behind schedule so I don't think I will make my final goal, but I think I can still hit 200.

1-5 books ~ Testing the bonds of time
6-12 books ~ Slipping through time
13-20 books ~ Traveling back in time
21+ books ~ Living in the past


1. Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carriger (Victorian)
2. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (11th Century England)
3. Lady Thief by A.C. Gaughen (11th Century England)
4. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs (Edwardian England)
5. The Dead in Their Vault Arches by Alan Bradley (1950's England)
6. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (1930's Germany)
7. Sekret by Lindsay Smith (1960's Communist Russia)
8. Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein(WWII)
9. Strange and Ever After  by Susan Dennard(Victorian)
10: Renegade by Amy Carol Reeves (Victorian)
11. Resurrection by Amy Carol Reeves (Victorian)

My goal is to read 15+ series enders and reach Level 4.  I will update here as I read them.

Only one.  I tried to start some new series and well, it didn't go very well...

1. Into the Still Blue (Under the Never Sky #3) by Veronica Rossi
2. Horde (Razorland #3) by Ann Aguirre
3. Evertrue (Everneath #3) by Jodi Ashton
4. Ignite Me (Shatter #3) by Tahereh Mafi
5. Phantom Eyes (Witch Eyes #3) by Scott Tracey
6. Burn (Pure #3) by Julianna Baggott
7. Killer Frost (Mythos Academy #6)
8. The Shadow Throne (The Ascendance Trilogy #3) by Jennifer A. Nielsen
9. Infinite (New Soul #3) by Jodi Meadows
10. Three (Article 5 #3) by Kristen Simmons
11. Raging Star (Dust Lands #3) by Moira Young
12. The One (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass
13. Forever Song (Blood of Eden #3) by Julie Kagawa
14. Ruin and Rising (Grisha #3) by Leigh Bardugo
15. Gasp (Crash #3) by Lisa McMann
15. Sinner (Wolves of Mercy Falls #3.5) by Maggie Stiefvater
16. Strange and Ever After (Strange and Deadly #3) by Susan Dennard
17. Resurrection (Ripper #3) by Amy Carol Reeves
18. Sister's Fate (Cahill Witch Chronicles #3) by Jessica Spotswood
19. Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss #3) by Stephanie Perkins
20. Find Me Where the Water Ends (So Close to You #3) by Rachel Carter
21. Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

The goal is to read 24 post-apocalyptic dystopian YA novel.  I will list my books here as I read them.

One one again this month.  There just hasn't been much out there in the way of dystopian/post-apocalyptic that interests me...

1. Altered by Gennifer Albin
2. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
3. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
4. Horde by Ann Aguirre
5. Angelfall by Susan Ee
6. World After by Susan Ee
7. Burn by Julianna Baggott
8. Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi
9. Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons
10. Three by Kristen Simmons
11. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
12. Raging Star by Moira Young
13. The One by Kiera Cass
14. Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
15. Taken by Erin Bowman
16. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diane Peterfreund
17. Across a Star Swept Sea by Diane Peterfreund
18. The Jewel by Amy Ewing
19. The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

2014 Standalone Reading Challenge

The goal is to read 15 standalone novels published in 2014.  Last year I read about 27, so I'm upping my goal to 30 standalones.

None this month!

1. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale 
2. Something Real by Heather Demetrios 
3. Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott 
4. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs 
5. Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas 
6. Panic by Lauren Oliver 
7. Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano 
8. The Best Last Kiss by Claire LaZebnik 
9. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg 
10. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman 
11. Sekret by Lindsay Smith 
12. Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
13. Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
14. Side Effect May Vary by Julie Murphy
15. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland
16. Me Since You by Laura Weiss
17. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
18. Pointe by Brandy Colbert
19. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick
20. Far From You by Tessa Sharpe
21. Tease by Amanda Maciel 
22. Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes
23. The Last Forever by Deb Caletti
24. How to Meet Boys by Catherine Clark
25. The End or Something Like It by Ann Dee Clark
26. My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal
27. On the Fence by Kasie West
28. 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen
29. #scandal by Sarah Ockler
30. Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White
31. The Fever by Megan Abbott
32. Conversion by Katherine Howe
33. Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout
34. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
35. The Bridge From Me to You by Lisa Schroeder
36. Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff


This year Novel Heartbeat is co-hosting with Writer Grrrl Reads and they are assigning a point system based on whether you read a novella, a sequel or finish a whole series.  Here are some sequels I am hoping to get to this year.  I will update too as I discover new series or decide not to finish a series.

Only 3 sequels this month, but I just realized that have read almost all of the sequels I set out to read this year (with the exception of the DNF's)

The Sweetest Dark Trilogy by Shana Abe - Untitled (#3)
Razorland Trilogy by Ann Aguirre - [Enclave (#1)]/ JAN: Outpost (#2)/JAN: Horde (#3)
Crewel World series by Gennifer Albin - JAN: Altered (#2)
Arkwell Academy Series by Mindee Arnett - APR: Nightmare Dilemma (#2)
Everneath Trilogy by Brodi Ashton - FEB: Evertrue (#3)
Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggott - FEB: Burn (#3)
Grishna Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo - JUL: Ruin and Rising (#3)
Find Me Trilogy by Romily Bernard - SEPT: Remember Me (#2)
Goddess War Series by Kendare Blake - Mortal Gods (#2)
The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken - In the Afterlight (#3)
Finishing School Series by Gail Carringer - [Etiquettes and Espionage (#1)]/Curtsies and Conspiracies (#2), Waistcoats and Weapons (#3) DNF
So Close to You Series by Rachel Carter - SEPT: Find Me Where the Water Ends (#3)
The Selection Trilogy by Kiera Cass - MAY: The One (#3)
Something Strange and Deadly Trilogy by Susan Dennard - AUG: Strange and Ever After (#3)
Penryn and the End of Days Series by Susan Ee: JAN: World After (#2)
Mythos Academy by Jennifer Estep - MAR: Killer Frost (#6)
Dark Star Series by Bethany Frenette - MAR: Burn Bright (#2)
Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl - Beautiful Darkness (#2)/Beautiful Chaos (#3)/Beautiful Redemption /(#4) DNF
The Persephone series by Michelle Gagnon - OCT: Don't Turn Around (#2)
Scarlet series by A.C. Gaughen - MAR: Lady Thief (#2)
Burn for Burn Series by Jenny Han - OCT: Ash to Ash (#3)
Nantucket Blue duology by Leila Howland: JUN: Nantucket Red (#2)
Blood of Eden Series by Julie KagawaMAY: The Forever Song (#3)
The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten by Julie Kagawa - JAN: The Iron Traitor (#2)
His Fair Assassin Series by R. L. LaFevers - Mortal Heart (#3)
Throne of Glass Series by Sarah Maas - SEPT: Heir of Fire (#3)
Shatter Me Series byTahereh Mafi - FEB: Ignite Me (#3)
Crash Series by Lisa McMann - MAR: Bang (#2)/JUL: Gasp (#3)
New Soul Series by Jodi Meadows - APR: Infinite (#3)
Lunar Chronicles Series by Melissa Meyer - FEB: Cress (#3)
Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer Nielsen - MAR: The Shadow Throne (#3)
Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins - SEPT: Isla and the Happily Ever After (#3)
For Darkness Shows the Stars duology by Diane Peterfreund - AUG: Across a Star Swept Sea (#2)
Ripper Series by Amy Carol Reeve - SEPT: Renegade (#2)/SEPT: Resurrection (#3)
Falling Kingdoms Series by Morgan Rhodes - Rebel Spring (#2)/Untitled (#3) DNF
Art of Wishing Series by Amy Ribar - SEPT: The Fourth Wish (#2)
Under the Never Sky Trilogy by Veronica Rossi - JAN: Into the Still Blue (#3)
Altered Series by Jennifer Rush - FEB: Erased (#2)
The Bone Season Series by Samatha Shannon - Mime Order (#2)
The Article 5 Trilogy by Kristen Simmons: MAR: Breaking Point (#2)/APR: Three (#3)
Cahill Witch Chronicles Trilogy by Jessica Spotswood - SEPT: Sister’s Fate (#3)
Wolves of Mercy Falls series by Maggie Stiefvater: AUG: Sinner (#3.5)
The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater - Lily Blue, Blue Lily (#3)
The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas - SEPT: Perilous Sea (#2)
Witch Eyes Series by Scott Tracey - FEB: Demon Eyes (#2)/FEB: Phantom Eyes (#3)
Pivot Point Series by Kacie West - MAR: Split Second (#2)
Mind Games by Kiersten White - FEB: Perfect Lies (#2)
Code Name Verity series by Elizabeth Wein: AUG: Rose Under Fire (#2)
The 5th Wave Series by Rick Yancy - OCT: Infinite Sea (#2)
The Dustland Trilogy by Moira Young - MAY: Raging Star (#3)
The Program Series by Suzanne Young - The Treatment (#2)
The Hybrid Chronicles by Kat Zhang - [Whats Left of Me(#1)]/Once We Were(#2)/Untitled (#3) DNF

Phantasmic Reads
I have decided that 2014 is the year to put a dent in my Kindle TBR!  A good chunk of them are books for review. 
  • 1-10: Apprentice
  • 11-20: Journeyman
  • 21-30: Master
  • 31-40: Grand Master
  • 40+:  Adept 
I read 3 this month...but I'm really hoping to delve more into my review books in the next couple months.

  1. 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (JUL: REVIEW HERE)
  2. Across a Star Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund (AUG: REVIEW HERE)
  3. The After Girls by Leah Konen
  4. After the End by Amy Plum
  5. Another Little Piece by Kate Quinn
  6. Arclight by Josin McQuien
  7. Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (JUNE: REVIEW HERE)
  8. Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas (APR: REVIEW HERE)
  9. Avalon by Mindee Arnett (JAN: REVIEW HERE)
  10. Between Two Thorns by Emily Newman
  11. Body in the Woods by April Henry (JUL: REVIEW HERE)
  12. Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
  13. Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
  14. Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas (AUG:  REVIEW HERE)
  15. Chaos of the Stars by Kiersten White (AUG: REVIEW HERE)
  16. The Collection by Shannon Stoker
  17. Constable and Toop by Gareth Jones
  18. Consume by Melissa Darnell
  19. Corpse-Rat King by Lee Battersby
  20. Crash and Burn by Michael Hassan
  21. Daring Ladies of Lowell by Kate Alcott
  22. Darkest Fear by Cate Tiernan (APR: REVIEW HERE)
  23. The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (APR: REVIEW HERE)
  24. Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell (MAY: REVIEW HERE)
  25. Death Sworn by Leah Cypress
  26. Don’t Look Now by Michelle Gagnon (OCT: REVIEW HERE)
  27. Don’t You Forget About Me by Kate Quinn
  28. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  29. Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  30. Faking It by Cara Carmack
  31. Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens
  32. The Falconer by Elizabeth May
  33. Fan Art by Sarah Tregay
  34. Finding It by Cara Carmack 
  35. For Darkness Shows the Stars (JUL: REVIEW HERE
  36. Game Board of the Gods by Richelle Mead
  37. Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shephard
  38. History of the World in 12 maps by Jerry Brotton
  39. Hokey Pokey by Jerry Spinelli
  40. House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
  41. How To Meet Boys by Catherine Clark (JUNE: REVIEW HERE)
  42. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch
  43. In The After by Demitiria Lunetta
  44. Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
  45. Into the Dark by Bree Despain
  46. Iron Traitor by Julia Kagawa (JAN: REVIEW HERE)
  47. The Jewel by Amy Ewing (SEPT: REVIEW HERE)
  48. Killer Frost by Jennifer Estep (MAR: REVIEW HERE)
  49. Kingdom of Rarities by Eric Dinerstein
  50. Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (AUG: REVEW HERE)
  51. The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnick (APR: REVIEW HERE)
  52. The Last Forever by Deb Caletti (JUNE: REVIEW HERE)
  53. The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
  54. Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu
  55. Little Wolves by Thomas Maltman
  56. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepard
  57. Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  58. Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch
  59. Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor
  60. Me Since You by Laura Weiss (MAY: REVIEW HERE)
  61. MILA 2.0 by Debra Driza
  62. Mind Games by Kiersten White (FEB: REVIEW HERE)
  63. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  64. More than This by Patrick Ness
  65. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
  66. Museum of Extraordinary Things by Alice Hoffman
  67. My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal (JUL: REVIEW HERE)
  68. Night School by C.J. Daughtery
  69. No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale (FEB: REVIEW HERE)
  70. Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  71. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis
  72. On the Fence by Kasie West (JUL: REVIEW HERE)
  73. Once We Were by Kat Zhang
  74. Orphanage of Miracles by Amy Netfzger
  75. Parallel by Lauren Miller
  76. Perfect Lies by Kiersten White (FEB: REVIEW HERE)
  77. The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas (SEPT: REVIEW HERE)
  78. Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracy (FEB: REVIEW HERE)
  79. Pivot Point by Kacie West (MAR: REVIEW HERE)
  80. Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley
  81. Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman (MAY: REVIEW HERE)
  82. The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine
  83. Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland (MAY: REVIEW HERE)
  84. Prophecy by Ellen Oh
  85. Reboot by Amy Tintera
  86. The Registry by Shannon Stoker
  87. Remember Me by Romily Bernard (SEPT: REVIEW HERE)
  88. Renegade by Amy Carol Reeve (SEPT: REVIEW HERE)
  89. Resist by Sarah Crossan
  90. The Returned by Jason Mott
  91. Right of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
  92. Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
  93. Saving Lucas Briggs by Marisa de los Santos
  94. #scandal by Sarah Ockler (AUG: REVIEW HERE)
  95. Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen (MAR: REVIEW HERE)
  96. Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy (MAY: REVIEW HERE)
  97. Silence for the Dead by Simone St. James
  98. Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raas (OCT: REVIEW HERE)
  99. Speechless by Hannah Harrington
  100. Starbreak by Phoebe North
  101. Starglass by Phoebe North
  102. Strange and Ever After by Susan Dennard (AUG: REVIEW HERE)
  103. Taken by Erin Bowman (JUNE: REVIEW HERE)
  104. Talker 25 by Joshua McCune
  105. Tease by Amanda Maciel (JUNE: REVIEW HERE)
  106. This is W.A.R. by Linda Roecker
  107. Thousand Perfect Things by Kay Kenyon
  108. Towering by Alex Finn
  109. Transparent by Natalie Whipple
  110. The Treatment by Suzanne Young
  111. The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu (AUG: REVIEW HERE)
  112. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini (OCT: REVIEW HERE)
  113. Twisted Tragedy of Miss Natalie Stewart by Leanna Hieber
  114. Unbroken by Paula Morris
  115. Vivian Divine is Dead by Lauren Sabel
  116. The Ward by Jordana Frankel
  117. Warrior by Ellen Oh
  118. The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon
  119. Witchstruck by Victoria Lamb
  120. You Look Different in Real Life by Jennifer Castle



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