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Friday, December 30, 2011

All About Love by Stephanie Laurens

Starting off where A Secret Love finished off, Alasdair Cynster (Lucifer) is attempting to run from fate, after his brother's happy wedding. Of course, as we soon find out, he only manages to play into it's hands. Conveniently for Lucifer, he had recently heard from his old mentor wanting him to check something out. Unfortunately for him however, things don't go as they're planned, and with the help of the beautiful Phyllida Tallent, Lucifer is able to solve the mystery.

I don’t think I could have made that sound any less tacky if I tried. However, I’ll admit, I believe that plot wise, this was my favorite of the series so far. Unfortunately that didn’t do anything to save the characters. I’m not sure what it was, but I didn’t enjoy them very much. Though for some odd reason, I had believed that Lucifer would be my favorite of the six Bar Cynsters, it appears I was wrong, it remains to be Vane of A Rake’s Vow). The characters seemed to be lacking something for me. Lucifer didn’t meet up to my expectations and Phyllida reminded me of all the Cynster wives that came before her, mainly Alathea (Lucifer’s sister-in-law) comes to mind. I’m thinking it’s time for Stephanie Laurens to bring some variety to these women. I can understand why the Cynster men are all similar they're cousins and were raised together, but the women? Come on! Along with the plot, the novel got points for not as many steamy scenes (if you get my drift) than the one before it. For someone who enjoys romance novels I’m somewhat of a prude.

Overall I enjoyed it and gave it four stars out of five.



This is a book from my own personal library.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wrap up post

I did terribly this year. I didn't read as much as I wanted to, and of course I have so many challenges I didn't even finish. Of course that didn't stop me from joining a ton more for 2012 oops. I didn't even get a chance to make a dent in my TBR pile. Actually most of the books I read this year were graphic novels and books I've read before. Hmm... I'm hoping to do better in 2012, the new year hasn't even started but I'm all ready for it!

Challenges I finished


Challenges I didn't finish (Is a failure :( )

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012 Read 52 books in 52 Weeks

52 / 52 (100%)


Here's another one I don't feel as bad joining for 2012, because I actually finished this challenge in 2011 O.o I can't believe it. Ok maybe I did, I read just about enough books for this challenge, but that's not the point (I really need to get to my wrap up post, I'll probably do that on Thursday or something). So I've decided I'll be joining the Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks for 2012 as well.

Books read in 2012:
  1. All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens 
  2. Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  3. The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
  4. Hammer of God by Karen Miller
  5. Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  6. Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  7. Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  8. The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan 
  9. The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan 
  10. The Rogue by Trudi Canavan 
  11. The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable 
  12. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane 
  13. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 
  14. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson 
  15. Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane 
  16. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  17. High Wizardry by Diane Duane
  18. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  19. A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane
  20. Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  21. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  22. The Wizard's Dilemma by Diane Duane
  23. A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane
  24. I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs
  25. Wizard's Holiday by Diane Duane
  26. Grace: An Eternal Beloved Novel by R. Rodriguez
  27. Wizards at War by Diane Duane
  28. A Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane
  29. Empyreal Fate by Rachel Hunter
  30. The Traitor Queen by Trudi Canavan
  31. City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
  32. City of Stars by Mary Hoffman
  33. City of Flowers by Mary Hoffman
  34. City of Secrets by Mary Hoffman
  35. City of Ships by Mary Hoffman
  36. City of Swords by Mary Hoffman
  37. Angel by James Patterson
  38. Nevermore by James Patterso
  39. Chastity by R. Rodriguez
  40. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  41. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
  42. The Waterless Sea by Kate Constable
  43. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  44. The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle
  45. Snow by Tracy Lynn
  46. A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson
  47. Golden by Cameron Dokey
  48. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  49. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede
  50. The Magician’s Ward by Patricia C. Wrede
  51. The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
  52. The Awakened Mage by Karen Miller

Fairy Tales Retold

9 / 9 (100.00%)


I have a number of books that are retold fairy tales, and even some that could probably count as "originals", that would fit into this Fairy Tales Retold challenge. I know I should probably stop joining challenges soon. However, I really can't help it. I'll be going with the level: 9 books - Witch. I would like to do 15 books - Dragon, unfortunately I'm not sure I actually have that many books that would qualify. But who knows maybe I'll get more and be able to reach that level.

  1. Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  2. Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  3. Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  4. Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  5. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine
  6. Snow by Tracy Lynn
  7. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  8. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
  9. Golden by Cameron Dokey

Unread Book Challenge 2012

The Hopeful Librarian

When it comes to challenges like this  Unread Book Challenge, I don't feel so guilty about joining them. This is an easier challenge (easier in the sense that I don't have to go looking for books that'll match up with it, I know what books I haven't read. I have a ton of books I haven't read). I'm such a shopaholic, especially when it comes to books, my tbr list and wishlist is forever growing... *sigh*

Books finally read in 2012:
  • All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens
  • The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
  • Hammer of God by Karen Miller
  • The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan 
  • The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan 
  • The Rogue by Trudi Canavan 
  • Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede
    • Mairelon the Magician
    • The Magician’s Ward
  • Angel by James Patterson
  • A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson

2012 Chunkster Challenge

Well it looks like I lost the fight with myself and am going to join more challenges. Though to make things easier on myself this year, I've made a list of books that will fit into the different challenges... Anyways, here is...:

9 / 4 (175%)


This is the 2012 Chunkster Challenge. For this one I would have to read books 450 pages or more, of adult literature. I've decided to go with the first level: The Chubby Chunkster – this option is for the readers who want to dabble in large tomes, but really doesn't want to commit to much more than that. FOUR Chunksters is all you need to finish this challenge.

Though I'm hoping I'd be able to read more than four books that are over 450 pages, I'm sure I have more than four around. 

Chunksters Read in 2012:
  1. The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
  2. Hammer of God by Karen Miller
  3. The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan
  4. The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan
  5. The Rogue by Trudi Canavan
  6. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  7. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  8. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  9. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

Monday, December 26, 2011

Another round of joining 2012 challenges?

I told myself earlier this month that I was not going to join any more challenges for 2012. However, that might have been short lived. I've stumbled upon a few (well technically 17 is not a few but whose counting?), that I want to join... Hmm... I can't say no to myself I really can't. So I try to convince myself that I shouldn't join and see how that goes....

Saturday, December 24, 2011

That One I Keep Meaning to Read (4)...

Last of the Wilds
by Trudi Canavan
Description (from goodreads): After pitched battle, The White—the avatars of the Five Gods—have briefly turned back the vicious invaders. And now, the priestess Auraya is sent on an urgent mission to reconcile with the powerful, outcast Dreamweavers, for their magical healing abilities may be the key to saving the land. But as a deadly plague devastates their allies and old adversaries resurface, a dreadful surprise may ruin the chance for peace. For Auraya's terrible discovery will force her into a desperate choice—one whose consequences will change the world forever.

In My Mailbox (5)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

I've been a good girl! I haven't bought a single book in the past week! However, that doesn't mean I haven't gotten any new books. Earlier this week, I won an ebook from a giveaway at Book Lovers Inc.!

by Sierra Dean


On My Wishlist (5)


On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City.

The Lady Chosen
by Stephanie Laurens 
Description (from goodreads): Tristan Wemyss, Earl of Trentham, never expected he'd need to wed within a year or forfeit his inheritance. But he is not one to bow to the matchmaking mamas of the ton. No, he will marry a lady of his own choosing. And the lady he chooses is the enchanting neighbor living with her family next door. Miss Leonora Carling has beauty, spirit and passion; unfortunately, matrimony is the last thing on her mind . . .

To Leonora, Tristan's kisses are oh-so-tempting, but once bitten, forever shy, she has determinedly turned her back on marriage. But Tristan is a seasoned campaigner who will not accept defeat. And when a mysterious man attempts to scare Leonora and her family from their home, Tristan realizes he's been given the perfect excuse to offer his services—as protector, seducer and, ultimately, husband.


Spellweaver 
by Lynn Kurland
 Description (from goodreads): Ruith had long managed to ignore the magic in his veins, until aiding Sarah with her ill-fated quest forced him into places where his heritage was impossible to deny. Faced with an ever-increasing number of enemies who covet his power, Ruith must accept his birthright and gather his father's spells together so he can destroy them-or turn away and allow his father's evil to overcome the Nine Kingdoms.

Now, Ruith and Sarah must rely on each other more than ever-for everything they value is at risk: the Nine Kingdoms, their lives...and their hearts.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Yay!

My blog is a year old today! I really thought I had started the blog earlier last year than this. But the oldest post was posted this day a year ago. Yup.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

On My Wishlist (4)


On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City.

The Way of Shadows
by Brent Weeks

Description (from Goodreads): For Durzo Blint, assassination is an art-and he is the city's most accomplished artist.

For Azoth, survival is precarious. Something you never take for granted. As a guild rat, he's grown up in the slums, and learned to judge people quickly - and to take risks. Risks like apprenticing himself to Durzo Blint.

But to be accepted, Azoth must turn his back on his old life and embrace a new identity and name. As Kylar Stern, he must learn to navigate the assassins' world of dangerous politics and strange magics - and cultivate a flair for death..

In My Mailbox (4)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

So much has happened over the past week, I feel like I ordered this book months ago and finally received it. (I can't actually remember when I bought it.)


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

The Re-Reading Challenge 2012

13 / 13 (100%)

Re-reading Challenge

I try to tell myself that rereading is bad, especially when I have hundreds of books on my tbr and wishlist. However, that never stops me from rereading anything. Actually I do it often. My "in between books" are usually books I've read before. Here's The Re-Reading Challenge, I've decided to go with the level Ignite: 13-24 books re-read.

  1. Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  2. Searching For Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  3. Calling On Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  4. Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  5. The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable
  6. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
  7. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene;
  8. Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
  9. High Wizardry by Diane Duane
  10. A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane
  11. The Wizard's Dilemma by Diane Duane
  12. A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane
  13. Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Out of Time

I've really been a slow reader next year, I'm looking forward to starting 2012 and just get over the slowness that has been 2011. Anyway, I finally finished my "in between book" (a book I'll fall back on when deciding what I should read next).

This time it was the second book of Caroline B. Cooney's Time Travel Quartet, Out of Time. (I've decided I like the word quartet and think it should be used more often.) I first discovered Caroline B. Cooney, through this series when I was in middle school, and I feel absolutely in love with it. I probably would have given in five stars out of five, at the time. However, now, though I still love the book, and it makes for wonderful "in between books" reading, I'm not as impressed as I once been. Though if there is one thing I can say is that I will still read Ms. Cooney's books. Unlike Judy Blume who I had been forced to read in grade school. Though since I haven't read any of her work in years I can't actually say she was a bad author, I just hated her work because I was forced to read it. She was ruined for me since I won't go near anything by her, it's probably a shame. She's probably better than I think she is.

Anyway, on to Out of Time. I remember years ago, reading a children's book that explained how mystery novels (especially for children and young-adults) were made (or something of the sort). What I remember was that the first in the series Both Sides of Time matched what this book said very well. Not that I cared, or do now, I just found it interesting, and I often think of that book while I'm reading this series. Though I wonder if authors realize what they're doing at the time. I know I said on to Out of Time and got sidetracked.

Ok so quick summary. Annie Lockwood falls back in time, a little less than a hundred years, to find that more time has gone by for her friends of that time then it has for in her own time. Soon after entering 1895, Annie is instructed by Devonny, to rescue her brother Strat who is in an asylum, take him to his fiancee, who is suffering from consumption. If any problems occur Annie is to take Strat back with her to her time. Easy right? However, there are a number of problems; Annie is in love with Strat (who really wants to take the man they love to their fiancee?); Walk, Strat's ex best friend, is trying to keep everyone away from each other in hopes of marrying Devonny and getting all their money. He will do anything to accomplish this; Annie has no idea how to do anything, and it is basically all up to her.

The character of Annie, though of course the protagonist of the series, isn't as strong as she should be (or at least isn't as strong as the characters around her seem to think). It is clear that all she's looking for is romance. To have taught other female characters, Devonny, Florinda and Harriet to be strong, seems a little impossible to me. Sure she comes from a different time than they do, she is used to having more rights than them. But come on really? It seems to me that she's kind of a baby, cries a lot and is often at lost of things to do. Sure, the situation wasn't an easy one. However, Devonny has always seemed like a stronger character to me, yet Annie has taught her to be stronger? Not from where I'm standing I can tell you that much. Annie who talked/thought about saying things, didn't get around to saying things. It didn't seem to take much to get Annie to do things for other people. What about that sharp tongue we had heard about earlier?

There is one other thing I can think of that bothered me. The characters, some of the new introduced, and the lack of seeing others from the previous novel. I had come to like Florinda in the first book. I believe what was stated in Both Sides of Time that Florinda was a strong woman with no place to be strong. We saw her little in this book, and was able to see her as she was at the end of the first novel, however, I wish we got to see more of her, and how her character had grown. Now there was a few characters introduced also suffering from consumption (or so I assume), Beanie, Charlie and another whose name I can't remember (he was only seen once anyway). I wish that we had gotten to see more of them. They seemed to have been there simply for decoration purposes only, or at least Beanie for the most part, Charlie at least was some help in the end. Characters like Stephanie Rosette (who was only there for a few chapters) was given a back story, yet Charlie, who was seen often was not.

Still, was this the greatest book I've ever read? Of course not. But it remains one of my favorites. I give it a 3.5/5, however on Goodreads I rounded up and gave it 4/5.

 


This is a book from my own personal library.

Friday, December 9, 2011

That One I Keep Meaning to Read (3)...

The Magician's Apprentice
by Trudi Canavan

Description (from Goodreads): In the remote village of Mandryn, Tessia serves as assistant to her father, the village Healer - much to the frustration of her mother, who would rather she found a husband. But her life is about to take a very unexpected turn. When treating a patient at the residence of the local magician, Lord Dakon, Tessia is forced to fight off the advances of a visiting Sachakan mage - and instinctively uses magic. She now finds herself facing an entirely different future as Lord Dakon's apprentice. But along with the excitement and privilege, Tessia is about to discover that her magical gifts bring with them a great deal of responsibility. Events are brewing that will lead nations into war, rival magicians into conflict, and spark an act of sorcery so brutal that its effects will be felt for centuries...

On My Wishlist (3)


On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City.

Violet Wings
by Victoria Hanley 

Description (from Goodreads): For Zaria Tourmaline, the three years without her mother and brother have been lonely ones, living with a cold and distant guardian while she completes her education. Just as she is ready to join the world of adult fairies and genies, she finds a spellbook written entirely in her mother’s hand. But this treasured object is not safe from a new enemy, a fairy with more power than Zaria ever dreamed existed. Only among the humans–who must never know fairies and genies exist–can Zaria hide the spellbook; but hidden magic, it turns out, can expose a fairy in ways she never thought possible.



The House of the Spirits
by Isabel Allende

Description (from goodreads): In one of the most important and beloved Latin American works of the twentieth century, Isabel Allende weaves a luminous tapestry of three generations of the Trueba family, revealing both triumphs and tragedies. Here is patriarch Esteban, whose wild desires and political machinations are tempered only by his love for his ethereal wife, Clara, a woman touched by an otherworldly hand. Their daughter, Blanca, whose forbidden love for a man Esteban has deemed unworthy infuriates her father, yet will produce his greatest joy: his granddaughter Alba, a beautiful, ambitious girl who will lead the family and their country into a revolutionary future.

The House of the Spirits is an enthralling saga that spans decades and lives, twining the personal and the political into an epic novel of love, magic, and fate.

In My Mailbox (3)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

Lots of picture books this week. Partly because I recently bought some for a friend's child for Christmas and partly because I found a few books I remember reading as a child and had to have so...


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

2012 A-Z Book Challenge

16 / 26 (61.54%)


Well here's the A-Z Book Challenge. I though I would have more to say about it, but I can't think of anything. All that organizing wore me out. Anyway, I'm going to go with part 2.

Read in 2012:
A: All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens
B: 
C: Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
D: Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
E: Empyreal Fate by Rachel Hunter
F:
G: The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 2 by Arina Tanemura
H: Hammer of God by Karen Miller
I: I Loved You First by Reena Jacobs
J:
K:

L: The Lure of Shapinsay by Krista Holle
M: The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan
N: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
O: Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 17 by Bisco Hatori
P: Peach Girl, Vol. 2 by Miwa Ueda
Q:
R: The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
S: Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
T: Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
U:
V:
W:
Wild Ones, Vol. 1 by Kiyo Fujiwara
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Y:
Z:

Waking up to coffee and movie day 2.

Technically I didn't wake up to coffee, I was up before my father finished it. But whatever right? I didn't get too far with organizing my books yesterday. For years I've had them organized just alphabetically. But now I have enough to do them by genre as well. I also wanted to test something else which is working, just making things go by really slow.

As for my movies, unfortunately yesterday I had only been able to go through a couple before my brother came home, and sat down to watch movies with me, which caused a small problem. The movies in my pile he rather deemed "Maybe", "No", or (for The Black Cauldron) "Super No". And the "Maybe" movies weren't ones had had read the book they were based off of. However, as I said the other day, I'll still be continuing my movie marathon today. I'll even be starting out with Pride and Prejudice, and then I think Howl's Moving Castle. I still have a tons of organizing to do, so maybe I'll even continue tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Entering my first giveaway!

I've seen many giveaways and such over the past year, however, I never really attempted to enter any of them... until recently. And I know that I said I was going to do some organizing with my books today, instead I'm on the computer. It's still early, I have time to enter giveaways and join more challenges (even though I probably shouldn't).

Anyway, I'm getting off topic. So there's a book giveaway at Unputdownable Books hosted by Naj. And as I said before this is the first giveaway I've entered. I thought it couldn't hurt to start entering giveaways whenever I get the chance.

And my Books to Movie Marathon begins!

I have to start off this post by saying, I rather like waking up to coffee, though I can do without the singing. My father recently has had surgery, so will be staying home for the next month and a half or so. He's kind of crazy (well my family is kind of crazy). If he's not calm he usually wants to fight everyone and we have to put him in his place. However, on other days he makes coffee (actually I'm seeing a pattern here, if he doesn't get coffee he's more in a fighting move than usual...). Sadly, though I love waking up to coffee, I can do without his singing....

Now that I'm almost wide awake, and joined another challenge, I know I shouldn't have. I'm ready for my movie marathon, I'll be starting with the second Princess Diaries, I just like that one more than the first, and I wanted something light to start off with.

Immortal Reading Challenge


For some time I was debating whether or not I was going to join this challenge, as you can see I've decided to join it. This is the Immortal Reading Challenge. Seeing as I have a number of books that could fit into either of the four categories in this challenge, I decided to give it a go.




Vampires, angels, demons, werewolves and fae. If you can’t pick a favourite, then that’s okay!

Here’s the rundown:
1. The Immortals Reading Challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012 You can join at anytime from now and throughout the year. This is a 2012 challenge, so books read before January 1 will not count to your progress.

2. You pick your goal! Read as many books as you’d like for each species. This means that you can do just one category or all five or a combination of. The choice depends on you and your reading pace.
*We have chosen to have a three book per species standard. However, if this is a breeze for you, then feel free to tackle on the additional bonus entries of two more books of the same level.

3. Re-reads are acceptable.

4. Books chosen can be of any genre.

5. To participate, copy and paste this post on your blog along with the challenge button. We ask that you provide a link back to the sign-up page in case others wish to participate.

6. Readers without blogs can still participate! Keep track of your progress with Goodreads, Shelfari or LibraryThing.




Sign up


Category 1: Vampires
Read any THREE books with vampires as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books with vampires.

Category 2: Angels and Demons
Read any THREE books with angels and/or demons as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books with angels and/or demons.

Category 3: Fae
Read any THREE books with Fae as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books on Fae.

Category 4: Shifters/Werewolves
Read any THREE books with shifters or werewolves as the main characters.
Bonus Entries: Additional TWO books on shifters or werewolves.


My goal is to do at least two of the Categories, though which ones I'm not really sure. Possibilities:
  • Sisters of the Moon series by Yasmine Galenorn, fits into three of the four categories (Vampires, Fae, and Shifters/Werewolves). Many of the books in this series are on my TBR/wishlist.
  • Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews fits into at least two categories (Vampires and Shifters/Werewolves).
  • Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer, I own the first three books, but can't bring myself to read them. I start the first one and read a few pages, but then I find something better to read. They fit into two categories (Vampires and Shifters/Werewolves). 
  • Faerie Path series by Frewin Jones. The first three books are on my TBR list, if I like them I have the rest and graphic novels on my wishlist. (Fae)
  • Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa, I'm not sure how many of the books in these series will fall under Fae, but they are all on my wishlist so it doesn't really matter.
  • Faeriewalker series by Jenna Black. Also on my wishlist. (Fae)
  • Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog, on my wishlist. (Fae)
  • Violet Wings by Victoria Hanely, on my wishlist as well. (Fae)
  • Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr. The two books are on my TBR list. As I said before for the Faerie Path series, if I like them, they're already on my wishlist just in case.
  • Darkness Chosen series by Christina Dodd. I have three of these books (not in the right order, I'll be buying the on I'm missing just so that they are in order). (Shifters/Werewolves)
  • The Kiesha'ra series by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes. This is a series I love (for the most part) and am hoping to get the chance to reread them next year. (Shifters/Werewolves)
Vampires

0 / 3 (0.00%)


Angels and Demons

0 / 3 (0.00%)


Fae

0 / 3 (0.00%)


Shifters/Werewolves

0 / 3 (0.00%)

Those Books I Should Have Read 2012 Reading Challenge

12 / 12 (100.00%)


I could have sworn I had already signed up for this challenge. Obviously I did not however, I wonder what I was doing that I imagined myself signing up for this. I'm currently cutting into my sleep just so I would actually sign up for it, and not think I did later on.

Anyway, this is Those Books I Should Have Read Reading Challenge. I have a ton of books I should have gotten to a long time ago, and I had hope to get to some this year (that was a fail). So, I'll be going with: Level 2 - 12 books.

  1. All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens
  2. The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
  3. Hammer of God by Karen Miller
  4. The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan
  5. The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan
  6. The Rogue by Trudi Canavan
  7. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  8. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  9. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  10. The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
  11. Angel by James Patterson
  12. A Song for Summer by Eva Ibbotson

2012 Historical Romance Reading Challenge

1 / 12 (8.33%)

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So this year I failed at the 2011 Historical Romance Challenge. One would think with as many historical romance novels I have that I would have read at least one of them. Didn't happen. However, that's not stopping me from signing up for the 2012 Historical Romance Challenge! Will I be able to read at least 12 historical romance novels? We'll see, as I've said before for other challenges, I'll be keeping my fingers cross until I get them done!

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Finishing the Series Reading Challenge

2 / 3 (66.67%)


Wow, I can't even say how many series I've started yet don't bother to finish (even though I may own their sequels and what not). So this is the Finishing the Series Reading Challenge, which is needed in my case. I'm going to go with the third level: Complete 3 or more series. I have a number of possibilities:

  • Age of Five series by Trudi Canavan
    • Last of the Wilds
    • Voice of the Gods
  • Magic in Manhattan series by Sarah Mlynowski
  • Godspeaker Trilogy by Karen Miller
    • The Riven Kingdom
    • Hammer of God
  • Samurai Girl series by Carrie Asai
    • The Book of the Flame
    • The Book of the Heart
  • Maximum Ride series by James Patterson
    • Angel
  • Glass series by Maria V. Snyder
    • Storm Glass
    • Spy Glass
  • Petaybee series by Anne McCaffrey and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough
    • Power Lines
    • Power Play
  • Claidi Journals by Tanith Lee
    • Wolf Wing
  • Cynster series by Stephanie Laurens
  • Sisters of the Moon series by Yasmine Galenorn

Monday, December 5, 2011

2012 1st in a Series & 2nds Challenge

12 / 12 (100.00%)


So here's 1st in a Series Challenge, I'm pretty sure I didn't do very well on this challenge this year, 9 out of 12 books. Though maybe I should look over the books I read this year, maybe I did better than I think. I'll probably do that later this month, I've been holding off on wrap up post for the 2011 challenges. 

Anyway, back to the challenge. This year, I'll be going with the level: Series Expert: Read 12 book that are the first in any series. I'm hoping to do more reading in 2012, so maybe I'll actually reach this goal. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. 

  1. Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  2. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
  3. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
  4. The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable
  5. The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan
  6. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  7. Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  8. The Innocent Mage by Karen Miller
  9. City of Masks by Mary Hoffman
  10. Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
  11. Grace by R. Rodriguez
  12. A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede (Book 1: Mairelon the Magician)

10 / 12 (83.33%)


Here's the 2nds Challenge, which I actually manged to meet this year. Probably because I went with 6 books. However, for 2012, I'll be going with: A full plate - Read 12 books that are 2nd in a series or the second time you've read the author.

  1. The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
  2. Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  3. The Rogue by Trudi Canavan
  4. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  5. Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
  6. City of Stars by Mary Hoffman
  7. Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones
  8. The Waterless Sea by Kate Constable
  9. Chastity by R. Rodriguez
  10. A Matter of Magic by Patricia C. Wrede (Book 2: The Magician’s Ward)
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Books to Movies Marathon!

I've decided on Tuesday, while I attempt to do some more cleaning and organizing my shelves, that I'm going to watch movies based off of books. Most of which I've read the book of, however, I own a number of movies I bought (and seen) before I knew they were first books. However, the ones I have read (some I actually read this year). I might do a little comparing thing. I guess it matters how lazy I'm feeling Tuesday night.

Movies Based Off of Books I Haven't Read:
The first in my pile of movies, is What Dreams May Come based off of the book with the same name by Richard Matheson. I remember seeing it years ago when it first came out in DVD. My aunt used to do girls movie night, every couple of weeks, so this was one of the movies we saw. I hadn't realized it was based off of a book until a few years ago when a cousin of mine gave me the book (and it's been sitting in my TBR pile ever since).

There are the two Princess Diaries movies, both like before I first saw during a girls night out. I believe going out to see the second one had been for the fourteenth birthday. Though I know the second has nothing to do with the book series, it became my favorite of the two. Though it hadn't been that way at first, I have come to love it on it's own. And after looking into the books, and knowing how things play out in the novels, I definitely like the movie version better than the books.

I have Stardust, based off of the book with the same name by Neil Gaiman. I bought the movie for a couple dollars at Blockbuster a few years ago. I had just started to expand my movie collection, and thought it looked interesting. I wished I had realized how long it was before putting it on at 11:30pm. But it was worth losing that half-hour or so of sleep. It was a good movie, and the book has been part of my growing TBR pile ever since.

Almost done, next is FernGully based off of a book with the same name by Diana Young. This was one of the few children movies an older aunt of mine owned, so I saw it often while I stayed with her daughter. I recently ordered the book so hopefully it will get here soon!

And finally, last, is Quest for Camelot. Can I say how much I love this movie? I really do love this movie. I remember seeing the previews for this movie when it first came out and thinking, "this looks like crap I'm not going to see that movie." Well, I did, a few years ago I saw it on HBO. And again... and again, and again. It replayed every few days, and every time I saw it, and every time I loved it. It wasn't until I saw it on DVD, that I realized in the beginning credits it said it was based off a movie, The King's Damosel by Vera Chapman. I've been looking out for this book, and I keep hoping I come across it soon. I really want to read the book one of my favorite movies is based of off... maybe someday.


Movies Based Off of Book I Have Read:
Ok, so first up is The Black Cauldron. I've seen this movie a couple of times on the Disney Channel in the past, and I never once thought of looking it up until last year. I've always enjoyed this movie, however, I never got to see it from the beginning, so I decided that I wanted to own it. (Last year was it's 25th anniversary so I believe it was re-released on DVD. It came with a Halloween bag, so that only made me want it more, I know I'm such a little kid sometimes.) However, thanks to this movie, I was introduced to The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. I wish I had learned about these books sooner, they were unbelievably awesome, I finished the series earlier this year. I would have loved them when I was younger, probably more than I do now.

Next is Drive me Crazy based off of Todd Strasser's How I Created My Perfect Prom Date. The movie I had seen long before the book, when it was in theaters. I believe I saw it with an older cousin, I was close to when I was younger (the one whose mother owed FernGully). I later read the book and found it especially cute (I have to stop myself from comparing the two right now).

And in this now messy pile of movies, Ella Enchanted, based off the movie with the same name by Gail Carson Levine. The book was recommended to me by a friend. Though the previews for the movie didn't interest me (it was similar to Quest for Camelot, where I thought it was total crap), so I was a little hesitant to read the book. However, my friend assured me that the book was worth a read. She was right. I finally watched the movie, a few years after it came out, after an aunt convinced me that it was rather cute and my younger cousin loved it. So I watched the movie when it came on on Disney Channel, and was obsessed with it for months. To shut me up about it, a friend of mine bought me the movie for Christmas one year. As with the one above I have to keep myself from comparing the two right now. Especially since there are so many things to compare. Though I usually read this book every year, I haven't gotten to it this year, I'm hoping to do so before the year is up.

This is taking longer than I expected, I just mean to list the ones I could choose from and say if I read the books yet or not. So lets see how if I can go through the next few quickly...

I have, the Secret Life of Bees, based off of book by the same name by Sue Monk Kidd. I first saw a part of this movie a few years ago when it was on HBO. I liked what I saw so I bought the book, and finally read it this year, and finally saw the whole movie afterward.

Ok, next, both movies of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, series by Ann Brashares. I loved this series growing up and was happy to hear that they were making movies based off of them. I can't really say much, just because if I do compare them later, I don't want to repeat myself.

The Time Traveler's Wife, based off of the book with the same name, blah, blah, blah, by Audrey Niffenegger (I think I spelled that right). I don't know what to say to this so yay for me!

Next is the 2004 Pride & Prejudice. I love both the book and the movie, and so have nothing to say about it right now. Again yay for me!

Last and unfortunately not one, I can just mention and not say anything about it. Last is Howl's Moving Castle based off of the book with the same name by the late Diana Wynne Jones. I'm a fan of Hayao Miyazaki's work, one year after watching a marathon on Cartoon Network (they showed four movies, two of which I had seen before), I asked my mother for a number of his movies for Christmas. Before I was only been really familiar with Kiki's Delivery Service (which if I think about it, I believe is also based off a book, so maybe I'll see that too!), and Spirited Away (however, unlike most people who have see this movie, this is probably one of my least favorites, just sayin'). So Christmas came along, and I forgot I asked my mother for a bunch of movies (Studio Ghibli movies along with others). I ended up getting a giant box, with phone books in it (to make it heavy), and an IOU note. It had seemed that my mother had ordered the movies and expected them on time, however, they came late. Which was a little sad it think about, since I fell in love with Howl's Moving Castle, and saw it a number of times before school started up after the holiday break. Soon after seeing the movie, I knew I had to get the book, so later that year I bought the book, and it's sequel, and then a couple years later another was published! Needless to say I love both the book and the movie.

WOW, well that took longer than I expected, and if anyone actually read that, thank you. I didn't mean to write so much. As I said before I just expected to write a list of the movies I'm hoping to see Tuesday (and might actually carry on until Wednesday). Weird. And now I'm too lazy to check it for obvious (other than my over use of commas) grammar errors. Ugh... I'll do it tomorrow. (Edit: So I lied, I fixed a few things after I had published this post.)

Sunday, December 4, 2011

2012 Graphic Novels Challenge


And the newest challenge I've joined is the Graphic Novels Challenge. I probably read more Manga this year than anything else... sad really, but I also have a ton more on my wishlist, so... anyway. This will probably be one of the easier challenges, but that makes me feel better about joining a bunch of 2012 challenges, at least I know I'll finish some.

  1. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 1 by Arina Tanemura
  2. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 2 by Arina Tanemura
  3. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 3 by Arina Tanemura
  4. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 4 by Arina Tanemura
  5. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 5 by Arina Tanemura
  6. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 6 by Arina Tanemura
  7. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 7 by Arina Tanemura
  8. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 8 by Arina Tanemura
  9. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 9 by Arina Tanemura
  10. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 10 by Arina Tanemura
  11. The Gentlemen's Alliance Cross, Vol. 11 by Arina Tanemura
  12. Ouran High School Host Club, Vol. 17 by Bisco Hatori
  13. Peach Girl, Vol. 2 by Miwa Ueda
  14. Peach Girl, Vol. 3 by Miwa Ueda
  15. Peach Girl, Vol. 4 by Miwa Ueda
  16. Peach Girl, Vol. 5 by Miwa Ueda
  17. Peach Girl, Vol. 6 by Miwa Ueda
  18. Peach Girl, Vol. 7 by Miwa Ueda
  19. Peach Girl, Vol. 8 by Miwa Ueda
  20. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 1 by Miwa Ueda
  21. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 2 by Miwa Ueda
  22. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 3 by Miwa Ueda
  23. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 4 by Miwa Ueda
  24. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 5 by Miwa Ueda
  25. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 6 by Miwa Ueda
  26. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 7 by Miwa Ueda
  27. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 8 by Miwa Ueda
  28. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 9 by Miwa Ueda
  29. Peach Girl: Change of Heart, Vol. 10 by Miwa Ueda
  30. Peach Girl: Sae's Story Vol. 1 by Miwa Ueda
  31. Peach Girl: Sae's Story Vol. 2 by Miwa Ueda
  32. Peach Girl: Sae's Story Vol. 3 by Miwa Ueda
  33. Special A (S.A) Vol. 1 by Maki Minami
  34. Special A (S.A) Vol. 2 by Maki Minami
  35. Special A (S.A) Vol. 3 by Maki Minami
  36. Special A (S.A) Vol. 4 by Maki Minami
  37. Special A (S.A) Vol. 5 by Maki Minami
  38. Special A (S.A) Vol. 6 by Maki Minami
  39. Special A (S.A) Vol. 7 by Maki Minami
  40. Special A (S.A) Vol. 8 by Maki Minami
  41. Special A (S.A) Vol. 9 by Maki Minami
  42. Special A (S.A) Vol. 10 by Maki Minami
  43. Special A (S.A) Vol. 11 by Maki Minami
  44. Special A (S.A) Vol. 12 by Maki Minami
  45. Wild Ones, Vol. 1 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  46. Wild Ones, Vol. 2 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  47. Wild Ones, Vol. 3 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  48. Wild Ones, Vol. 4 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  49. Wild Ones, Vol. 5 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  50. Wild Ones, Vol. 6 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  51. Wild Ones, Vol. 7 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  52. Wild Ones, Vol. 8 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  53. Wild Ones, Vol. 9 by Kiyo Fujiwara
  54. Wild Ones, Vol. 10 by Kiyo Fujiwara

100+ Books In A Year

22 / 100 (22.00%)


100 books is usually more goal. However, for the past two years or so I haven't even touched that. I think I got closer this year than I did last year. :( But for 2012, I'm determined to reach it! Here's 100+ Books in a Year Challenge, hosted by Book Chick City. So here goes....

Read in 2012:
  1. All About Passion by Stephanie Laurens 
  2. Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  3. The Riven Kingdom by Karen Miller
  4. Hammer of God by Karen Miller
  5. Searching for Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  6. Calling on Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  7. Talking to Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede
  8. The Magician's Apprentice by Trudi Canavan 
  9. The Ambassador's Mission by Trudi Canavan
  10. The Rogue by Trudi Canavan 
  11. The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene 
  12. So You Want to Be a Wizard by Diane Duane
  13. The Singer of All Songs by Kate Constable 
  14. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson 
  15. The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson 
  16. Deep Wizardry by Diane Duane
  17. High Wizardry by Diane Duane
  18. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson
  19. A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane
  20. Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
  21. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson
  22. The Wizard's Dilemma by Diane Duane
  23. A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane

Saturday, December 3, 2011

That One I Keep Meaning to Read (2)...

I feel like this book has been on my TBR list much longer than it's been published. (If that makes sense for some reason I'm having problems wording this.)

The Queen's Bastard
by C.E. Murphy

Description (from goodreads): In a world where religion has ripped apart the old order, Belinda Primrose is the queen’s secret weapon. The unacknowledged daughter of Lorraine, the first queen to sit on the Aulunian throne, Belinda has been trained as a spy since the age of twelve by her father, Lorraine’s lover and spymaster.

Cunning and alluring, fluent in languages and able to take on any persona, Belinda can infiltrate the glittering courts of Echon where her mother’s enemies conspire. She can seduce at will and kill if she must. But Belinda’s spying takes a new twist when her witchlight appears.

Now Belinda’s powers are unlike anything Lorraine could have imagined. They can turn an obedient daughter into a rival who understands that anything can be hers, including the wickedly sensual Javier, whose throne Lorraine both covets and fears. But Javier is also witchbreed, a man whose ability rivals Belinda’s own . . . and can be just as dangerous.

Amid court intrigue and magic, loyalty and love can lead to more daring passions, as Belinda discovers that power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.

In My Mailbox (2)


In My Mailbox is a weekly meme hosted at The Story Siren.

If I Have A Wicked Stepmother, Where's My Prince?
by Melissa Kantor

On My Wishlist (2)


On My Wishlist is a weekly meme hosted by Book Chick City. This one is one of the most recent additions to my wishlist:

Midnight Never Come
by Marie Brennan

Description (from goodreads): England flourishes under the hand of its Virgin Queen: Elizabeth, Gloriana, last and most powerful of the Tudor monarchs.

But a great light casts a great shadow.

In hidden catacombs beneath London, a second Queen holds court: Invidiana, ruler of faerie England, and a dark mirror to the glory above. In the thirty years since Elizabeth ascended her throne, fae and mortal politics have become inextricably entwined, in secret alliances and ruthless betrayals whose existence is suspected only by a few.

Two courtiers, both struggling for royal favor, are about to uncover the secrets that lie behind these two thrones. When the faerie lady Lune is sent to monitor and manipulate Elizabeth's spymaster, Walsingham, her path crosses that of Michael Deven, a mortal gentleman and agent of Walsingham's. His discovery of the "hidden player" in English politics will test Lune's loyalty and Deven's courage alike. Will she betray her Queen for the sake of a world that is not hers? And can he survive in the alien and Machiavellian world of the fae? For only together will they be able to find the source of Invidiana's power—find it, and break it…

A breathtaking novel of intrigue and betrayal set in Elizabethan England; Midnight Never Come seamlessly weaves together history and the fantastic to dazzling effect.