Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Shannon's December Reading Challenge Wrap-up - FINAL COUNTS!

Goodreads challenge: 191/215

I read 15 books this month, which is kind of impressive given all the holiday madness.  But I obviously did not meet my goal.  I was hoping to reach 200, but it was not to be.  Still, 191 books in a year equal a book every 1.9 days.

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

I read two this month bringing my total up to 14, which puts me in the second highest category.  Not too bad either!

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)
12. Mortal Heart by Robin LaFever (16th Century Brittany) 
13. Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper (1860's Maine) 
14. The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp (Georgian England)

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

I didn't finish any series this month, but my total count was 23 series finished.  There were so many good series ending this year.  It was definitely bittersweet.

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
22. Mortal Heart (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFever
23. In the Afterlight (Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken

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

I didn't read any this month and I came close to reaching my goal with a final count of 20.  There just isn't much dystopian out there that I want to read or haven't read!

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
20. In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

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.

Well, this is obviously where my focus was this year.  The final count was 40, which put me well over my goal!  YAY!

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
37. The Opposite of Love by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
38. Salt and Storm by Kendall Kulper
39. Top Ten Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
40.  Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White


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.

I only read one, but I did really well on finishing sequels this month (with the exception of DNFs and a couple that didn't actually end up being published in 2014).  I ended up reading 51 sequels!

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)
The Naturals Trilogy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes - DEC: Killer Instinct (#2)
Find Me Trilogy by Romily Bernard - SEPT: Remember Me (#2)
Goddess War Series by Kendare Blake - NOV: Mortal Gods (#2)
The Darkest Minds Series by Alexandra Bracken - NOV: 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 - NOV: 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 - NOV: Blue Lily Lily Blue (#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 5 this month which brings my total count up to 50.  That's almost 40%!  Not too bad. 

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



1 comment :

  1. Guess what Shannon?! You are the winner for the BIG giveaway for participating in the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge!!! Contact me via email to get more details on receiving your prize. hollyraeharris(at)gmail(dot)com. You have 48 hours (Wednesday by 11:45am (CST) to reply before another winner is chosen.



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