1. I want to read at least 6 books during the challenge. This is about 2 books per day. If I want to read novellas or graphic novels, I have to read 2 of those to equal one book.
2. I want to finish at least 2 books that I have going at this moment. I think I’m in the middle of 5 things right now – Academ’s Fury by Jim Butcher, Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey, Six-Gun Snow White by Catherynne M. Valente, Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce and River Marked by Patricia Briggs. It’s getting ridiculous and I need to get through some of these!
3. I want to do at least one re-read. I really don’t re-read enough and there are books my heart has been longing for lately.
4. I want to read at least two novellas.
Day Two Update!
So far I have read three books!
1. Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce – I rated this one 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
I definitely enjoyed this one, though I later found out I read this series out of order and should have started with the Lioness quartet! DANG IT!!! I *hate* reading things out of order, and loved Alanna as a character in this one. I’m sure I would have gotten even more out of this novel had I read them in the correct order. So! I am going to take a pause on this series, backtrack to the Alanna series and go from there!
All that said, I though this was great. Strong female characters, a cool magic system, “talking” animals… What more could you want?! I can see why it was a classic and am excited to dig more into the world of Tortall.
2. Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter – I also rated this one 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
This was such an excellent continuation of the Heist Society series. I really REALLY love this series. I didn’t think that I would like it, I’m not sure why – maybe the covers aren’t usually what I go for or something? But I don’t know what I was thinking. This is like Oceans Eleven, but with teenagers, and I adore it. This one focused on the lead male character, Hale. I already adored Hale, but this book made me love him even more. As a 33-year-old who reads YA, I try to avoid the term “book boyfriend” or whatever, because it squicks me out, but if I were hypothetically to have a “book boyfriend,” Hale would be about as close as it gets. But before this entry, he was almost too perfect, and I’m glad that this third book fleshed him out as a character. Not only was it great for this book, I think it will be terrific for the series going forward. I wish the main girl character would realize how freaking awesome she is, but that’s about my only complaint. These are fun, fast reads and I can’t get enough. They are a perfect series book, where they work together with the same characters, but also totally stand on their own. I’m sad that there aren’t more waiting for me after this one and really hope Carter gets to write more! I’ve heard there are some crossovers with her other series, so I might have to check those out as well.
3. The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson – I rated this 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
DAT COVER. Gorgeous. But also, this novella was gorgeous. I was thrilled when I learned from the Little Red Reviewer that Sanderson had released a novella. As you might have seen on my post about The Rithmatist, I adore Sanderson’s work. His Mistborn trilogy is about perfect and I’ve loved just about everything else he’s written as well. This was absolutely no exception. Coming in at about 175 pages, this one is definitely shorter, but it felt perfect. I was not longing for more (I mean, I was, but it felt complete). The characters were well-drawn, the system of magic was both creative and beautiful, and somehow in these 175 pages, Sanderson managed to examine the concept of what makes a person himself. This book basically took place in a single room, and yet still it was sweeping. I just don’t know how he accomplishes it, but I want more. This was a great first novella to read.
So! I’m alllmost 50% the way done with my goal to read 6 books (drat that rule that I have to read 2 novellas to count as one book). I haven’t touched a re-read yet, though I bought two books today at the bookstore that I had previously only gotten from the library AND I have a really fun blog event coming up tomorrow that will involve a re-read, so that’s positive. I’ve finished one book that I was already started on, and I’ve read one novella. I’m thinking I might not make it to 6 books, but I will likely be able to accomplish most of the other goals. Exciting!
Although I am slightly behind, I am hoping I can somewhat catch-up tonight and over tomorrow. I think next time I will set a pages goal, rather than a book goal, but we’ll see!
So how about YOU?! Are you participating in the Read-A-Thon? Even if not, do you have any fun reading goals you’re working on?