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message 1: by Janine (last edited Nov 03, 2017 02:43PM) (new)

Janine | 863 comments Sticking with the same overall goal as last year, but trying a bunch more yearly challenges! Tracking challenges in my corner.

Overall progress: 107/100


Things I want to keep track of:

Book Format:
Paperback: 39
Hardback: 7
eBook: 57
Audio Book: 4

Where From?:
Owned: 38
Library: 38
Amazon Prime Lending Library: 4
NetGalley: 25
Borrowed from a friend: 2

Target Audience:
Children / Young Teens: 2
Young Adults: 66
Adults: 39


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Janine | 863 comments (Shamelessly stealing layout from Cassandra because mine was a mess last year, and hers looks beautiful!)

Planned Reading:

January
Lady Midnight (Q1)
Sunday Dinners
Britt-Marie Was Here
Library of Souls
Graceling (TBR Twins)
Front Lines
Nowhere Near You (Netgalley)
Silver Stars (Netgalley)
Passenger
I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban



February
The Final Empire (Buddy Read)
The Light Between Oceans (Buddy Read)

Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Queen of Shadows
Morning Star (Q1)
3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White
The Mystery of the Painted Dragon(Netgalley)
The Underground Railroad(Q1)
Rebel of the Sands (Q1)
Wayfarer



March
The Well of Ascension (Buddy Read)
All the Birds in the Sky (Q1, March)
Empire of Storms (Q1)
The King of Taksim Square (Prime)
Binti (March)
Girl, Interrupted (March)

A Darker Shade of Magic (Re-read, March)
A Gathering of Shadows (Re-read)

Hold Back The Stars (Netgalley)
Paris for One (Netgalley)


April
The Hero of Ages (Buddy Read)
A Conjuring of Light (Buddy Read)



May
The Alloy of Law (Buddy Read)
The Sun Is Also a Star (Group Read)
The Vegetarian
This Careless Life (NetGalley)
None of the Above (NetGalley



June
A Court of Wings and Ruin (Library return)
Shadows of Self (Buddy Read)
All the Good Things (NetGalley)
Flight of a Starling (NetGalley)
Dead of Night (Q2)
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime (June)


July:
Swarm
Saint Death
The Diviners
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (TBR Twin)


August:
The Bands of Mourning
The Pearl Thief (August)
Margot & Me (August)
The Sleeping Prince
Rose Under Fire


September:
The Last Star (Buddy Read)
Monster (NetGalley)
The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock (NetGalley)

October:
Winter (Buddy Read)
Twin Read TBD

December:
The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar: And Six More (PopSugar + December)
The Way of Shadows (PopSugar + December)
Everything, Everything (PopSugar)
The Dollhouse OR Evil Under the Sun (PopSugar)
Me Talk Pretty One Day (Dewey Decimal)
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption OR Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls: 100 Tales of Extraordinary Women (Dewey Decimal + December)
One other non-fiction for Dewey Decimal


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Janine | 863 comments January Summary

10 books, 3900 pages

Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman Sunday Dinners by Jon Rance Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2) by Ransom Riggs Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas
Front Lines (Soldier Girl, #1) by Michael Grant Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore Silver Stars (Soldier Girl #2) by Michael Grant Just a Geek Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise by Wil Wheaton Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

Favourite book of the month: Silver Stars by Michael Grant ★★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments February Summary

11 books, 4655 pages

I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas
The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson 3500 An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles The Mystery of the Painted Dragon (The Sinclair’s Mysteries #3) by Katherine Woodfine The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton

Favourite book of the month: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson ★★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments March Summary

14 books, 5128 pages

Wayfarer (Passenger, #2) by Alexandra Bracken We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas The King of Taksim Square by Emrah Serbes
Binti (Binti, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) by Brandon Sanderson Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan

Favourite book of the month: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ★★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments April Summary

9 books, 3871 pages

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami The Spider Network The Wild Story of a Math Genius, a Gang of Backstabbing Bankers, and One of the Greatest Scams in Financial History by David Enrich One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus The Sign Of One by Eugene Lambert
Into the No-Zone (Sign of One, #2) by Eugene Lambert The Hero of Ages (Mistborn, #3) by Brandon Sanderson The Radium Girls The Dark Story of America's Shining Women by Kate Moore The Rosie Project (Don Tillman, #1) by Graeme Simsion

Favourite book of the month: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson ★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments May Summary

16 books, 6767 pages

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, #4) by Brandon Sanderson A Conjuring of Light (Shades of Magic, #3) by V.E. Schwab The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon This Careless Life by Rachel McIntyre
The Vegetarian by Han Kang None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio A Court of Thorns and Roses (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #1) by Sarah J. Maas The Here and Now by Ann Brashares Zeroes (Zeroes, #1) by Scott Westerfeld
Borderline by Joseph Badal Seed by Lisa Heathfield Blood and Guts A History of Surgery by Hollingham, Richard by Richard Hollingham Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2) by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #3) by Sarah J. Maas

Favourite book of the month: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab ★★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments June Summary

11 books, 3374 pages

20000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne All the Good Things by Clare Fisher Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling Forensics The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid Flight of a Starling by Lisa Heathfield
The Greatest Show on Earth The History of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus by Charles River Editors Caraval by Stephanie Garber Shadows of Self (Mistborn, #5) by Brandon Sanderson Dead of Night by Michael Grant Juniper Lemon’s Happiness Index by Julie Israel
Not a Drop to Drink (Not a Drop to Drink, #1) by Mindy McGinnis

Favourite book of the month: Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime by Val McDermid ★★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments July Summary

12 books, 3471 pages

Saint Death by Marcus Sedgwick Swarm (Zeroes, #2) by Scott Westerfeld Peter The Untold True Story by Christopher Daniel Mechling Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick The Diviners (The Diviners, #1) by Libba Bray
Home (Binti, #2) by Nnedi Okorafor All of the Above by James Dawson The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1) by Melinda Salisbury Very Good Lives The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling Code Name Verity (Code Name Verity, #1) by Elizabeth Wein
Trish Trash #1 Rollergirl of Mars by Jessica Abel The Curious Tale of the Lady Caraboo by Catherine Johnson

Favourite book of the month: Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein ★★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments August Summary

9 books, 3669 pages

Margot & Me by Juno Dawson The Bands of Mourning (Mistborn, #6) by Brandon Sanderson The Sleeping Prince (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #2) by Melinda Salisbury The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #3) by Melinda Salisbury The Pearl Thief (Code Name Verity #0.5) by Elizabeth Wein
History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera The Rook (The Checquy Files, #1) by Daniel O'Malley Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity, #2) by Elizabeth Wein

Favourite book of the month: Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein ★★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments September Summary

7 books, 3392 pages

The Taste of Blue Light by Lydia Ruffles Gone (Gone, #1) by Michael Grant Hunger (Gone, #2) by Michael Grant The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3) by Rick Yancey Lies (Gone, #3) by Michael Grant
Plague (Gone, #4) by Michael Grant Fear(Gone, #5) by Michael Grant

Favourite book of the month: Fear by Michael Grant ★★★★


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Janine | 863 comments October Summary

8 books, 3344 pages

This Book is Gay by James Dawson The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock (The Sinclair's mysteries #4) by Katherine Woodfine Light by Michael Grant Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf, #1) by Ryan Graudin Monster (Gone #7) by Michael Grant Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

Favourite book of the month: The Mystery of the Midnight Peacock by Katherine Woodfine ★★★★★


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Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1) by Cassandra Clare
★★★★

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare. Finished 1st January.
Paperback, Library, YA, 4 stars.

Full review here. Easy, fun read, and great to learn more about the Shadowhunters world from yet another different perspective. Think I would've gotten more out of it if I'd recently re-read some of the other series.

Challenges: Goodreads Choice Q1, PopSugar, Genre Bingo, Serial Reader, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #2


Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman
★★★★

Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman. Finished 4th January.
Hardback, Library, Adult, 4 stars.

Britt-Marie Was Here is one of those stories where not much really happens, but at the same time, it feels like an awful lot happens. Our protagonist is an incredibly eccentric woman, and she finds a place in an eccentric community. The build up may seem to focus on the local team's football cup, but actually, the story's focus is on the community as a whole. It is very much character-driven and I felt connected to quite a few of the residents of Borg. The ending is not entirely conclusive, and I loved that. It left me to imagine happiness for them all!

Challenges: Around the World, PopSugar, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #3


Sunday Dinners by Jon Rance
★★

Sunday Dinners by Jon Rance. Finished 5th January.
eBook, Amazon Lending Library, Adult, 2 stars.

Sunday Dinners was just not for me. Perhaps I'm not at the right stage in my life and might enjoy this more in 20 years time, but regardless, I didn't get on with. The characters were all dull, and I couldn't get interested in their mundane problems. The idea of following a family's life through their monthly sunday dinners was a nice idea, but I felt the pacing was off and it dragged on. The main disappointment for me, however, was the multiple cases of instalove and the terrible descriptions of women. There were a few funny sections, and I liked the way the story was told from multiple perspectives, but not enough for me to recommend this book!

Challenges: PopSugar, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #4


Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #3) by Ransom Riggs
★★★

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs. Finished 9th January.
Paperback, Library, YA, 3 stars.

A very turbulent, and action-packed ending to the trilogy. From start to finish, Jacob, Emma and all the other Peculiars are in constant danger. There are dozen of twists, turns and traps; they can go from thinking they're in safe hands to absolute peril in a split second, and do regularly throughout the story. Honestly, for me, it was a bit much. I really enjoyed seeing a different kind of loop in the form of Devil's Acre, and the slight expansion on our understanding of the society of peculiars, but I would've loved a bit more worldbuilding and character development. That being said, it is spectacularly dramatic and I'm sure many fans of the series will enjoy being on the edge of their seats throughout! As for the ending... (view spoiler)

Challenges: PopSugar, Serial Reader, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #5


Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas
★★★★★

Nowhere Near You by Leah Thomas. Finished 11th January.
eBook, NetGalley, YA, 5 stars.

Full review here. A super emotional, addictive read. I enjoyed this even more than the first in the series.

Challenges: PopSugar, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #6


Front Lines (Soldier Girl, #1) by Michael Grant
★★★★

Front Lines by Michael Grant. Finished 14th January.
Paperback, Library, YA, 4 stars.

With so much historical fiction set during WWII, I wasn't sure what to expect, but Front Lines provided a unique perspective and had seriously compelling characters. I loved all of our main protagonists. Following each of them all the way from before their decision to enlist, through to the front lines in Tunisia, meant I felt connected to all of them. I loved how different their stories were, whilst at the same time they each had the common experience of being a woman (or girl, really!) fighting for their country, despite society's disdain. At times I found myself losing track of some of the secondary characters and environments in each girl's story as there's just so many sergeants/lieutenants/officers in the background, but this didn't matter too much.

Challenges: Genre Bingo, PopSugar, Serial Reader, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #7


Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1) by Kristin Cashore
★★★★

Graceling by Kristin Cashore. Finished 17th January.
Paperback, Library, YA, 4 stars.

Graceling introduced a fascinating world that I really enjoyed learning about. I hope for more world building in the next book. Katsa is a fun protagonist, and I liked how romance wasn't the main focus of the book. That being said, I'm worried about anti-marriage/anti-motherhood Katsa is going to be 'tamed'

Challenges: PopSugar, Serial Reader, A-Z


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Silver Stars (Soldier Girl #2) by Michael Grant
★★★★★

Silver Stars by Michael Grant. Finished 19th January.
eBook, NetGalley, YA, 5 stars.

Full review here. A brilliant continuation of a fantastic series. I'm so attached to these protagonists and love the unique alternate history.

Challenges: PopSugar, Serial Reader, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #9


Just a Geek Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise by Wil Wheaton
★★

Just a Geek: Unflinchingly honest tales of the search for life, love, and fulfillment beyond the Starship Enterprise by Wil Wheaton.
Finished 24th January.
Audiobook, Owned, Adult, 2 stars.

I wanted to like this, I really did, but I just didn't get on with it. Wil Wheaton comes across as incredibly self-entitled throughout this, and it's a little repetitive. As far as writing style goes, I also didn't care too much for all the personification and use of 'the voice of self-doubt' or 'prove to everyone...'. I wanted him to be honest about his emotions and flaws, but turning them into outside voices just felt like distancing himself from it. The nail in the coffin for me was a few absolutely terrible descriptions of women. I'm sorry, but cleavage does not 'seductively long to bust out', and demeaning women is a sure fire way to turn me off a piece of writing. I know of Wil Wheaton from more recent internet endeavours, not so much his Star Trek days, and having read some of his more recent writing was surprised by this attitude. I'm hoping to just pass it off as having been written 14+ years ago, and goodness knows how much personal growth someone can go through in that time.

Challenges: Genre Bingo, PopSugar, Dewey Decimal


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Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken
★★★

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.
Finished 25th January.
eBook, Owned, YA, 3 stars.

Passenger is a book with so much potential. The idea of travellers and the world the author has created is fascinating. I'm really interested in Nicholas as a character and I feel like we didn't get to see half of who Etta could be. I found Passenger a little slow and confusing at times, but I remain hopeful for Wayfarer. Now that the world and its rules are more established, I hope we'll see some more character development.

Fair warning, Passenger doesn't so much end on a cliffhanger as it does end half way through a single story. The core plot of the book isn't resolved and we're left with multiple characters' fates hanging in the balance.

Challenges: Genre Bingo, PopSugar, Serial Reader, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #11


I Am Malala The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai
★★★★

I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai. Finished 1st February.
Paperback, Library, Adult, 4 stars.

An eye-opening, inspiring personal account. It's so worthwhile to hear from people whose lives and perspectives are so very different to your own, and that's what this book did for me. My knowledge of the events described in this book were very shallow and impersonal, and I had no idea what it was actually like for those who lived through it. I'm very grateful to Malala for sharing her story.

Challenges: Spanning the Globe, PopSugar, Dewey Decimal, A-Z


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Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
★★★★★

Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple Finished 1st February.
Hardback, Library, Adult, 5 stars.

What a gem of a book! Hilarious, witty and completely unusual. I went into this knowing very little, found myself entirely hooked and devoured it within 24 hours. The main characters are an odd bunch who seem out of touch with reality at times, but that's part of the fun. You never know what's going to happen next and you're just along for the ride which I personally really enjoyed. My favourite aspect of the book, however, was its format. It's made up of emails, letters, reports etc. all from a variety of perspectives. These slowly build a picture, but it's full of fabulously unreliable narrators. Each piece is written by a character with their own agenda who are often trying to give a certain impression to the person they are writing to/for. I loved reading between the lines and finding the middle ground where the truth lies!

Challenges: Spanning the Globe, Genre Bingo, PopSugar, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #13


Morning Star (Red Rising, #3) by Pierce Brown
★★★★

Morning Star by Pierce Brown. Finished 3rd February.
eBook, Owned (gift), YA, 4 stars.

A great ending to an excellent Sci-Fi trilogy. It is incredibly action packed and so much goes on. I very much felt like this was a brutal war spanning the solar system. There was nothing simple or small about it. If I'm honest, in the early parts of the book I did struggle at times to keep track of the bigger picutre as everything's happening on a very grand scale, but once I'd gotten into it, remembered who all the characters were and referenced the helpful guide at the front of my kindle copy more than once, I was hooked. Darrow is still our protagonist, but this book does a great job of highlighting some of the supporting characters and showing how crucial their roles are. A very enjoyable trilogy, highly recommended to Sci-Fi fans.

Challenges: Goodreads Choice Q1, A-Z, Serial Reader


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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
★★★★

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. Finished 8th February.
Paperback, Library, YA, 4 stars

The Light Between Oceans is a very mellow, easy to read book, full of people making very difficult, rather shocking decisions. It doesn't feel like there's a whole lot going on as the focus of the story is on a very few characters and the isolated environment they live in. I appreciated this as it made me feel invested in the protagonists and understand some of the decisions they were making, even if I found them hard to stomach! I had a sense of unease throughout much of the story, and ended up reading on quickly as I needed to know what was going to happen. The ending was emotional but very satisfying.

Challenges: Spanning the Globe, Genre Bingo, PopSugar


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Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas
★★★

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas. Finished 10th February.
Paperback, Library, YA, 3 stars

Queen of Shadows was a mixed read for me. I'm enjoying the overall plot and found it very easy to read, but it dragged at times and seemed like it took a long time to get anywhere. I liked the developments with Manon and the rest of the witches, and I enjoyed learning more about Aedion and Lysandra, but I've had a hard time liking Celaena/Aelin in previous stories and I struggled again this time. I'm certainly invested in this series by now though, and am looking forward to finding out what happens next.

Challenges: PopSugar, Serial Reader, A-Z


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The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
★★★★★

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. Finished 15th February.
eBook, Owned, Adult, 5 stars

An excellent start to a series I am excited to continue reading! The Final Empire is a beautiful example of first-class fantasy world building. It was so rich and detailed, without leaving the reader feeling overwhelmed by information. The magic systems of Feruchemy and Allomancy were so fascinating and well developed, and added another level of intrigue to a great dystopian plot. It has the kind of world, characters and plot which will leave you thinking about it between reading sessions. The plot is on such a grand scale, but we get to see just enough of the planning and preparation behind it all for it to seem real and feel invested in it. The ending was satisfying but I have an awful lot of burning questions I want answered and I'm looking forward to reading on in the series.

Challenges: Genre Bingo, A-Z, Serial Reader


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3500 An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles
★★★★

3500: An Autistic Boy's Ten-Year Romance with Snow White by Ron Miles. Finished 16th February.
eBook, Amazon Lending Library, Adult, 4 stars

This is a short, easy read, recommended for Disney fans and those who work with/ know / love people on the Autistic spectrum alike. It is not a guide or self-help book, but rather it's a heartwarming memoir of one family's journey. It comes across very casual and reads like a blog (understandably, given the author's writing background!) so may not be for all. Personally, I found it incredibly endearing, and as a huge Disney fan I enjoyed the detail and could picture the rides and the routes taken in the parks. I also enjoyed it as a special needs teacher as I found I could recognise many of my students in some of Ben's traits

Challenges: Spanning the Globe, PopSugar, Dewey Decimal, A-Z


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Janine | 863 comments Book #18


The Mystery of the Painted Dragon (The Sinclair’s Mysteries #3) by Katherine Woodfine
★★★★

The Mystery of the Painted Dragon by Katherine Woodfine. Finished 19th February.
eBook, Netgalley, Children's, 4 stars

Full review here. A great addition to a wonderful historical mystery series for older children.

Challenges: Spanning the Globe, Genre Bingo, Serial Reader


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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
★★★★

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Finished 19th February.
Hardback, Library, Adult, 4 stars

Beautiful writing tackling a difficult topic. It can be heavy going at times with a few descriptions of brutal treatment, but what makes it hard hitting is the realisation that whilst this is historical fiction, it is based in reality. Despite not shying away from some of the horrible things that happened, the story generally felt quite detached and described things in quite a cold, factual way. The plot itself was gripping and it was a page turner, but I do wish we got to spend more time getting to know some of the secondary characters. That being said, this could've been a deliberate decision by the author. Due to her circumstances as a slave and a runaway, Cora had to distance herself from others, others chose to distance themselves from her, and she couldn't fully settle down without fear.

Challenges: Spanning the Globe, Goodreads Choice Q1, PopSugar, A-Z


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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai
★★★

All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. Finished 22nd February.
eBook, Netgalley, Adult, 3 stars

Full review here. Quite heavy going in terms of science and theories, but lots of fun to think about. Let down by a narcissistic protagonist and poor treatment of female characters.

Challenges: Spanning the Globe, PopSugar, A-Z


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Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
★★★★

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. Finished 25th February.
Paperback, Library, YA, 4 stars

This wasn't everything I was hoping for, but I was fully entertained throughout, my interest was kept and I'm intrigued by the world, the magic and the characters. In terms of world building there was so much potential and intrigue but I wanted to know more! I feel like I have only the faintest picture of this world in my mind, but what I can see has fascinated me. I sincerely hope this first book was just setting the stage and we get to see more in the sequel.

Challenges: Goodreads Choice Q1, PopSugar, A-Z, Serial Reader


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Wayfarer (Passenger, #2) by Alexandra Bracken
★★★★

Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken. Finished 1st March.
eBook, Netgalley, YA, 4 stars

Full review here. An improvement on the first in the series, and much more satisfying!

Challenges: Women in the Book, A-Z, Serial Reader


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We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
★★★★★

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Finished 2nd March.
eBook, Owned, Adult, 5 stars

Clear, succinct and short making it super accessible. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes in a friendly but informative voice. So worth a read!

Challenges: Women in the Book, Genre Bingo, PopSugar


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All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
★★★

All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders. Finished 3rd March.
Paperback, Owned, YA, 3 stars

All the Birds in the Sky is a unique, unusual book that changes style as it goes along. The writing seems to match the age of our protagonists. At the beginning it reads like middle grade fiction, turns into YA, and almost reads like adult fiction near the end. Now I'm not saying those are all completely separate categories, there's certainly a lot of overlap, but in this book the style develops as our characters do.

One of the main selling points of this story is how very surprising it can be. Honestly for the majority of the book I didn't know where exactly it was going. There are so many elements at play that whilst I always had a hunch certain things were going to turn out to be important, I never knew quite how. The characters were really interesting, and I loved the idea of both of their respective educations and careers. Unfortunately, for some reason this just didn't click for me. I think I found it a little too weird and quirky, and near the end of the story found it hard to get invested in it. Recommended for people who want an unusual book with an odd mix of science, magic and everything in between!

Challenges: Women in the Book, Goodreads Choice Q1, Genre Bingo


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Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5) by Sarah J. Maas
★★★★

Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas. Finished 9th March.
Paperback, Library, YA, 4 stars

Empire of Storms may be my favourite of the Throne of Glass series. I've had a mixed reaction to the previous books, and this has come in part due to my dislike of the main protagonist. I don't think I'll ever love Aelin/Celaena, but I felt like we saw more of her clever, cunning side in this book which I appreciated. We also get to see more of the female characters in the series that I have fallen for. I absolutely adore Lysandra and her fierce loyalty to Evangeline and Aelin, Manon and the relationships between her and her thirteen are just the best thing, and I really enjoyed following Elide more in this story. The ending is all very dramatic, multiple threads weave together and we finally know a little more about what Elena did all those years ago. Be warned; things are most certainly left hanging in the balance and the next book has been delayed until 2018!

Challenges: Women in the Book, Goodreads Choice Q1, A-Z, Serial Reader


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The King of Taksim Square by Emrah Serbes
★★

The King of Taksim Square by Emrah Serbes. Finished 12th March.
eBook, Amazon Lending Library, Adult, 2 stars

This was completely not for me. It was a really weird plot in the first place and I found myself hating the protagonist. It also had very little female representation in it, and the characters it did have were treated poorly.

Challenges: Around the World


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Binti (Binti, #1) by Nnedi Okorafor
★★★★

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor. Finished 13th March.
eBook, Owned, Adult, 4 stars

A unique and fascinating short sci-fi story that captured my imagination.

Challenges: Women in the Book, Genre Bingo, PopSugar, Serial Reader


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A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1) by V.E. Schwab
★★★★★

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab. Finished 14th March.
Paperback, Owned, YA, 5 stars

A re-read a year after I first read it in preparation for the third int he trilogy - A Conjuring of Light and I still love this. It has such an interesting magic system, I love this multiverse world and the way magic functions differently in each London, and Lila and Kell remain fascinating characters. The author has a very descriptive way of writing that I get on with very well and helps everything to come alive, without sacrificing plot.

Challenges: Women in the Book, PopSugar


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Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
★★★★

Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen. Finished 15th March.
Paperback, Owned, Adult, 4 stars

Girl, Interrupted is a fascinating memoir about the author's time in a psychiatric hospital in the sixties. It's written in quite an unusual format with short, episodic chapters, interspersed with scans of documents from the hospital. It doesn't so much have a clear 'beginning, middle and end', but nevertheless it still tells a story and I found myself immersed and curious throughout.

Challenges: Women in the Book, PopSugar


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The Well of Ascension (Mistborn, #2) by Brandon Sanderson
★★★★

The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson. Finished 20th March.
eBook, Owned, Adult, 4 stars

A brilliant sequel to The Final Empire. I absolutely adore that this series starts with overthrowing the dictator in the first book, and moves on in this one to see what happens after. So many series have the success of the rebellion as their grand finale, and we're left to just assume it was all happily ever after. This book tackles the impact of hundreds of years of dictatorship and strict societal hierarchy. Sanderson remains a master of world building. We have a slow reveal of the history of this world, learn more and more about the magical systems as we go along and there's heaps of mystery still in the mix. It's all written masterfully in a way that kept me hooked and reading on fast despite its 800+ pages. The Well of Ascension is slower than The Final Empire; there's a lot of discussion and politics behind the scenes, but Vin's outings as a mistborn ensure there's enough action.

Challenges: PopSugar, Serial Reader


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Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes
★★★

Paris for One and Other Stories by Jojo Moyes. Finished 21st March.
eBook, NetGalley, Adult, 3 stars

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A charming collection of contemporary short stories with a humorous and insightful look at relationships. Or at least, straight relationships. To be clear, there are at least 10 couples in this collection and all are straight. Perhaps it was this, that all the stories were told from the woman's perspective, or the general style of the writing, but I did find the stories to be a little too similar to be read one after another. A few of the stories fell a little flat for me, but overall it is a charming, enjoyable collection. The author does a great job of writing in a light, funny way, and each story feels as though it has as a moral or theme running through it. I particularly enjoyed the titular novella 'Paris for One' and the short story 'The Christmas List'.

Challenges: Genre Bingo, A-Z


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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling
★★★★★

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling. Finished 21st March.
Audiobook, Owned, YA, 5 stars

Re-read number 'I've completely lost track'. Listening to the Stephen Fry narrated audiobooks whilst decorating our house was the best reading decision I have made in a while. I love Harry Potter, absolutely adore it, count Hufflepuff as one of my strongest identifiers, spend ridiculous amounts of time thinking about it, discussing it with others, and have travelled long distances to celebrate it amongst other fans. But I have to admit that I have never before listened to any of the audiobooks in full. I only re-read the whole series 6 months ago, but listening to it made me appreciate it all the more, especially all the character quirks. I think in reading it I have a tendency to zoom along at breakneck speed, possibly not savouring every scene in my eagerness to get to the next bit, and the next bit, and so on. I shall be listening on to Chamber of Secrets next.

Challenges: PopSugar


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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling
★★★★★

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. Finished 25th March.
Audiobook, Owned, YA, 5 stars

Re-read. Audiobook listened to over three days of seemingly never ending painting. I do love Stephen Fry's voices for the various characters though if I'm honest, I was creeped out by the basilisk voice!

Challenges: PopSugar


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A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic, #2) by V.E. Schwab
★★★★

A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab. Finished 27th March.
Paperback, Owned, YA, 4 stars

Re-read. A good continuation, but doesn't quite hit the peak of the first book in the series for me. Original review here.

Challenges: Women in the Book


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Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan
★★★

Hold Back The Stars by Katie Khan. Finished 28th March.
eBook, NetGalley, YA, 3 stars

Full review here. An interesting futuristic world, but the romance element didn't work for me.

Challenges: Genre Bingo, A-Z


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I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson
★★★★

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. Finished 1st April.
eBook, NetGalley, YA, 4 stars

Full review here. Fantastic, diverse perspective. I need more protagonists with disabilities!

Challenges: Clear the Shelves Q2


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