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message 1: by Stephanie (last edited Jul 30, 2018 09:30AM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments I fell off hard core last year because my life got WAY too complicated. I am going to try to limit myself this year because I don't think it is going to go away anytime soon, but I would still like to get my reading in. A book a week actually may be too much for me, but I think it will be good to try! I have a system! I have participated a couple of years now under Stephanie R.A., but now do Roller Derby and am River Strong, because...Doctor Who.

2018 Master Book List:

The Also People by Ben Aaronovitch
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
We Remember the Holocaust by David A Adler
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
Zorro by Isabel Allende
D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches by Stephen E. Ambrose
A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Persuasion by Jane Austen
Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Golden Son by Pierce Brown
The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives by Alan Bullock
The Alienist by Caleb Carr
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clark
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
Underworld by Don DeLilo
Lily of the Nile by Stephanie Dray
Middlemarch by George Eliot
The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Neuromancer by William Gibson
The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Charlotte Perkins Gillman
The Princess Bride by William Goldman
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Leah by Dana K Haffar
City on Fire by Garth Risk Halberg
The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness
Charlie's Pond by C L Heckman
The Price of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House by Seymour M Hersh
Smilla's Sense of Snow by Peter Hoeg
Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by Bell Hooks
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
Redwall by Brian Jacques
Roller Girl by Victoria Jameison
Sappho's Leap by Erica Jong
The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover
The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America by Erik Larson
Pretty Monsters: Stories by Kelly Link
Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas
Son of the Shadows by Juliet Marillier
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones by George R R Martin
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R R Martin
One Salt Sea by Seanan McGuire
Ashes of Honor by Seanan McGuire
Chimes at Midnight by Seanan McGuire
The Winter Long by Seanan McGuire
A Red-Rose Chain by Seanan McGuire
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
Van Gogh's Ear: The True Story by Bernadette Murphy
Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Sabriel by Garth Nix
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
1984 by George Orwell
Fight Club by Chuck Palanhuik
Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge
Bel Canto by Ann Pratchett
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz-Zafon
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie
Contact by Carl Sagan
Black Wings and Blind Angels by Sapphire
Roma by Steven Saylor
Vicious by VE Schwab
Inda by Sherwood Smith
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Thornton Lee Stewart
Empire in Black and Gold by Adrian Tchiakovsky
The Conqueror's Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great by Stephanie Thornton
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegurt
The Reflection by Hugo Wilcken
Xanadu by Jane Yolen

Total Books Read: 9/103

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle The More of Less Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2) by Trenton Lee Stewart Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) by Cassandra Clare


message 2: by Stephanie (last edited Jan 14, 2018 08:43PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments JANUARY CHALLENGES:

MARATHON CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - January 31, 2018


This is such a hit every year, that we thought we would kick off the year again with a running start! How often is it our New Year's Resolution to read more books? How many of us set goals higher than we did last year? How many of us want to read that super long classic that has been sitting on our bookshelf collecting dust, or spend a winter day curled up on the couch with a pile of graphic novels? Let's start 2018 with a marathon of reading!

With long holiday breaks coming, pick a pile of books that you feel you could snuggle up with: a nice over-500-page book, a stack of books under 100 pages, or those books that have been on your TBR list for way too long. Anything you choose is fair game!

This is not a sprint, but a way to spend January in the pages! Pick the number of pages or books you would like to read in January and post them below. The goal is to make fast progress on your reading goals in the New Year. Who would have thought that by hurrying up and sitting with a book, that you could do a marathon?

1. Water for Elephants Finished 1/7/2018
2. A Wrinkle in Time Finished 1/14/2018
3.
4.
5.

Total Books Read: 2/5

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle

R- Roma
E- Water for Elephants Finished 1/7/2017
S- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
0- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
L- Les Misérables
U- Uprooted
T- A Wrinkle in Time Finished 1/14/2018
I- Inda
O- One Salt Sea
N-Lily of the Nile

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle

Book Club Books

1. The Picture of Dorian Gray Finished 2000 (Challenges)
2. Fingersmith (NBRC)
3. Renegades (NBRC)
4. The People in the Trees (Around the World in 80 Books)
5. Emily of New Moon (Around the World in 80 Books)
6. The Blue Fox (Around the World in 80 Books)
7. My Urohs (Around the World in 80 Books)
8. Wuthering Heights (Boxall's)

Total Books Read: 2/10


message 3: by Stephanie (last edited May 23, 2018 03:32PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments FEBRUARY CHALLENGES:

Z- Zorro
E- Empire in Black and Gold
B- Beautiful Creatures
R- Redwall
A- Dragonfly in Amber

L- The Book of Life
0- One Salt Sea
V- Vicious
E- Van Gogh's Ear: The True Story

Book Club Books

1. The Lightning Thief (Challenges)
2. Turtles All the Way Down (NBRC)
3. Artemis (NBRC)
4. Fall on Your Knees (Around the World in 80 Books)
5. Out (Around the World in 80 Books)
6. Dom Casmurro (Around the World in 80 Books)
7. The Seven Sisters (Around the World in 80 Books)
8. Cecilia (Boxalls)


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Stephanie  | 976 comments MARCH CHALLENGES:

Book Club Books

1. A Wrinkle in Time Finished 1/14/2018 (Challenges)
2. Scythe (NBRC)
3. The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (NBRC)
4. The Coming of Winter (Around the World in 80 Books)
5. The Shadow of the Wind Finished 2017 (Around the World in 80 Books)
6. The Final Passage (Around the World in 80 Books)
7. Steppenwolf (Boxall's)


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Stephanie  | 976 comments APRIL CHALLENGES:

Book Club Books

1. Big Little Lies (Challenges)
2. The Woman in the Window (NBRC)
3. The Astonishing Color of After (NBRC)
4. And the Birds Rained Down (Around the World in 80 Books)
5. Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (Around the World in 80 Books)
6. The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey (Around the World in 80 Books)
7. Still Life (Around the World in 80 Books)
8. In the Heart of the Country (Boxall's)


message 6: by Stephanie (last edited May 31, 2018 09:52AM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments MAY CHALLENGES:

W- The Name of the Wind
E- Empire in Black and Gold
D- Dragonfly in Amber
D- Lair of Dreams
I- Inkheart
N- Norse Mythology
G- The Angel's Game

QUOTE YOUR GROWTH
Duration: May 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018


“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl

Our theme for May is growth and this challenge is all about personal growth! These days you find a motivation quote around every corner, so how about we use these quotes to guide us through the month and help our personal development. You can use this challenge to read self-help books, but feel free to read other non-fiction or fiction books that match the theme.

1. “We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.” ― Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for? Read a book about a subject related to your past.

2. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ― Eleanor Roosevelt. Read a book about a subject related to your future.

3. “Take the challenge of your life. Reach out to your goals. There is no limit to what you can achieve.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita. Read a book about achieving your goals.

The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own Finished 5/31/2018

4. “There is hope, even when your brain tells you there isn't.” ― John Green, Turtles All the Way Down. Read a book about mental health or emotional intelligence.

5. “What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” — Napoleon Hill. Read a book about career or a skill you would like to learn.

6. “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you'll never get it done.” ― Bruce Lee. Read a book about productivity or creativity.

7. “Building bridges takes us further than building walls.” — DaShanne Stokes. Read a book about philosophy, religion or spirituality.

8. “Difficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.” ― Seneca. Read a book about a problem or challenge that you have encountered.

9. “We are not trapped or locked up in these bones. No, no. We are free to change. And love changes us. And if we can love one another, we can break open the sky.” ― Walter Mosley, Blue Light. Read a book about love or relationships.

Dragonfly in Amber

10. “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” ― Mahatma Gandhi. Read a book about a subject or current event that piques your interest.

Total Books Read: 1/10

Book Club Books

1. Middlesex Finished 2017 (Challenges)
2. Children of Blood and Bone (NBRC)
3. Lilac Girls (NBRC)
4. The Issa Valley (Around the World in 80 Books)
5. Madonna in a Fur Coat (Around the World in 80 Books)
6. Lives of Girls and Women (Around the World in 80 Books)
7. Steppenwolf (Around the World in 80 Books)
8. Eva Trout (Boxall's)
9. An American Marriage (Oprah's Book Club)


message 7: by Stephanie (last edited Jun 24, 2018 05:46PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments JUNE CHALLENGES:

B- Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
O- One Salt Sea
N- The Name of the Wind
F- City on Fire
I- Inkheart
R- Roma or The Red Pyramid Finished 6/6/2018
E- Empire in Black and Gold

MARATHON CHALLENGE
Duration: June 1 - June 30, 2018


On your marks, get set, READ! It’s time again to lace up your sneakers and speed into summer. Take the month to read as many books as you can while enjoying some sun. Pick a nice over-500-page book, a stack of books under 100 pages, or those books that have been on your TBR list for way too long. Anything you choose is fair game!

This is not a sprint, but a way to spend June in the pages! Pick the number of pages or books you would like to read in June and post them below. The goal is to make another dent in your TBR. Who would have thought that by hurrying up and sitting with a book that you could do a marathon? Let’s see how many books we can read and pages we can turn:

1. The Red Pyramid
2. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey

Total Books Read: 2/7 (1001 pages)

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2) by Trenton Lee Stewart

SENSATIONAL READS
Duration: June 1, 2018 - June 30, 2018


Our June theme is "Senses" and we will be reading books based on the five senses as well as several less-known senses. This is an open challenge, and you can interpret each sense literally or metaphorically, or choose a book with a title that relates to that sense in some way. Let your leader know the total number of books you would like to read for this challenge.

1. Sight: Sight involves the ability to see colors and brightness. It is also associated with clairvoyance, visual appeal (e.g., beauty, art), and being insightful.

Lair of Dreams

2. Hearing: Hearing refers to the ability to sense vibrations or sounds such as speech, music, or noises. It may also refer to one's ability to listen and understand another person.

Empire in Black and Gold

3. Smell: The ability to smell is related to sensing chemicals and is believed to be one of the first senses to develop, and thus, relates to some of our earliest memories. It helps detect both pleasant and unpleasant scents such as flowers, fragrances, food, pheromones, hazardous materials, and decay.

One Salt Sea

4. Taste: There are five different taste receptors (sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and umami) and taste can refer to both the flavors of the foods we eat and our particular preferences (e.g., taste in clothing, taste in music).

City on Fire

5. Touch: The sense of touch refers to the ability to detect pressure, temperature, pain, and itchiness. It can also refer to a heartfelt emotional response a person feels, as in "I was very touched by their story."

Inkheart

6. Proprioception: This sense is your ability to detect where parts of your body are in relation to each other and the world. It can help us to move with gracefulness, skill, and speed even when other senses are impaired.

Roma

7. Hunger & Thirst: Hunger and thirst relate to our internal cues to eat and hydrate, but also relates to longing and desire.

The Name of the Wind

8. Time: Our sense of time relates to our circadian rhythm (sleep-wake cycle) as well as our abilities to estimate the time of day and to perceive the passing of time.

Dragonfly in Amber

9. Other Senses: There are many other senses that have been identified. Many are listed here.

10. BONUS - Sensational: Sensational refers to something that receives a lot of buzz and attention (e.g., royal wedding, a high-profile court case, a scandal) or something that is in some way extraordinary.

Total Books Read: ?/10


Book Club Books

1. A Study in Scarlet (Challenges)
2. The Shape of Water (Challenges)
3. Red Sister (NBRC)
4. Leah on the Offbeat (NBRC)
5. Death and the Penguin (Around the World in 80 Books)
6. Chronicle in Stone (Around the World in 80 Books)
7. The Stone Angel (Around the World in 80 Books)
8. Another Love: A Novel (Around the World in 80 Books)
9. Doctor Faustus (Around the World 80 Books)
10. The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row (Oprah's Book Club)

Total Books Read: 2/10

The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2) by Trenton Lee Stewart


message 8: by Stephanie (last edited Jul 16, 2018 05:03PM) (new)

Stephanie  | 976 comments JULY CHALLENGES:

D- Dragonfly in Amber Finished 7/3/2018
I- Inda
S- Sabriel Finished 7/14/2018
N- Norse Mythology
E- The Pillars of the Earth
Y- Xanadu by Jane Yolen
L- Lily of the Nile
A- Clockwork Angel Finished 7/16/2018
N- Neuromancer
D- Underworld by Don DeLilo

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare

LIGHT SPELL OUT CHALLENGE
Duration: July 1 - July 31, 2018


We just passed summer solstice and the days are full of light. Let's bring back an oldie but a goldie and spell it out! For this challenge choose a word that relates to light and spell out that word with books. You can use ANY of the first letters of the main words in a title of a book (don't use words like "a", "an", "the", or "of") or the initials of its authors:

F- City on Fire
I- Inda
R- Roma
E- Empire in Black and Gold
W- Watership Down
O- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
R- We Remember the Holocaust
K-A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
S- Sabriel Finished 7/14/2018

Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix

A BIT OF LIGHT READING
Duration: 1 July - 31 July 2018


Do you fancy a break from the big books on your TBR pile? Is there a book which is taking a long time to finish? Have you got a lot of short books to read?
For this challenge, read as many books with 200 pages or less as you can.
If you're looking for inspiration, check out this Listopia. Please note that you are not limited to this list; you are free to choose any book that has a maximum of 200 pages to count towards this challenge.
Post below if you want to take part and then enjoy your light reading!

Book Club Books

1. Little Fires Everywhere (Challenges)
2. Rosemary and Rue Finished 2017 (NBRC)
3. I Hunt Killers (NBRC)
4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz (NBRC)
5. Black Mamba Boy (Around the World in Books)
6. My Invented Country: A Nostalgic Journey Through Chile (Around the World in 80 Books)
7. Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed (Around the World in 80 Books)
8. Walking on the Land (Around the World in 80 Books)
9. The Grapes of Wrath (Boxall's)

Total Books Read: 3/16

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 1st QUARTER CHALLENGES:

MUST READ BOOKS
Duration: 1 January 2018-31 March 2018


You may have heard of Peter Boxall's 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. Many of us probably have a personal challenge to read them all. This quarter, we want to help you with that goal.
For this challenge, read as many of the 1001 books as you can. Obviously, we don't expect you to read them all in three months, but let's see how many we can cross off our lists.

1. Wuthering Heights
2. Les Misérables
3. Lolita
4. 1984
5. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
6. The Poisonwood Bible
7. Persuasion
8. The Master and Margarita
9. The Virgin Suicides
10. Cat's Cradle
11. Middlemarch
12. The Blind Assassin
13. Smilla's Sense of Snow
14. The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
15. Contact
16. The Satanic Verses
17. Underworld

Total Books Read: 0/5

PLACES AND SPACES
Duration: January 1, 2018 - March 31, 2018


Through books, we can travel anywhere. We often think of visiting different countries, or even different planets, but books can also take us on topographical journeys. For this challenge, see how many places and spaces you can visit. The place or space should be a primary element of the story or historical account and may include natural, man-made, and imaginary terrains and structures.

1. Trains- Water for Elephants Finished 1/7/2018
2. Sky Scraper- A Wrinkle in Time Finished 1/14/2018
3.
4.
5.

Total Books Read: 2/5

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle

Here are some ideas to get you started; however, you may also think of your own:

The beach; an island or peninsula; a body of water; swampland or marsh; the desert; an extraterrestrial surface or environment (e.g., another planet, a star, space, etc.); underground; a cave; a mountains; the woods; a prairie or field; a glacier; a volcano; a single room, building, or other structure; a biological cell or organism; through time (i.e., time travel).

Let us know how many places and spaces you would like to visit.. Remember, the above are only suggestions - you can make your own as well! Excluded: Cities & Countries (e.g., New York City or Kenya).


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 2nd QUARTER CHALLENGES:

The Bibliophile Challenge
Duration: April 1, 2018 to June 30, 2018


A Bibliophile is a lover of books; one that loves to read, admire, and collect books. So if you are a bibliophile, see how many of the following tasks you can complete!

1. Read a book about books or reading.
2. Read a book-in-a-book.
3. Read a book that is an author's memoir.
4. Read a book about language or linguistics.
5. Read a book that takes place in a library or bookstore.
6. Read a book before you see the movie/watch the tv show.
7. Read a book whose main character is a bookworm.
8. Read a book that is mentioned in another book.
9. Read a book that is a retelling of a classic or modern classic.
10. Read a book that has a palindrome in the title.
11. Read a book that uses an alliteration in the title.
12. Read a book that has a full sentence as it's title.
13. Read a book with a title that rhymes.
14. Read a book with a one-word title.
15. Read a book with an oxymoron in the title.
16. Read a book with a homonym or homophone in the title.
17. Read a book with a homograph in the title.
18. Read a book in translation or a book that merges two or more languages, e.g., Spanglish, Pidgin, or Creole.
19. Read a work of epistolary fiction or nonfiction.
20. Read a book you can't get as an ebook.

A CENTURY OF BOOKS
Duration: 1 April 2018 - 30 June 2018


For this quarterly challenge, we would like you to pick a century and read books that are either published or set in that century.

If you're looking for inspiration, Goodreads has lists for the best books of each century which go right back to the fourth century.

How many books will you read?


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READING THROUGH THE DECADES
Duration: July 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018


Is there a topic that you are interested in learning more about or a subject matter that you love to get lost in? Now is your opportunity to read your choice of theme through the decades. What changes and what stays the same?

* You choose the theme and the decades, but no repeating decades.
* Choose books based on the primary decade they are set in, not the decade in which they are published.
* If a book is set in more than one decade, you may choose what decade to count it toward.

Example: Social Gatherings
1860's: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
1900's: Picnic at Hanging Rock
1920's: The Great Gatsby OR Mrs. Dalloway but not both
1940's: The Blind Assassin
1960's: Woodstock Revisited
1980's: The Line of Beauty


WAR

1740: Dragonfly in Amber (Finished 7/3/2018)
1910: Sabriel (Finished 7/14/2018)
1870: Clockwork Angel (Finished 7/16/2018)

Total Books Read: 3/10

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare



SPANNING THE YEARS
Duration: 1 July 2018 - 30 September 2018


As our yearly theme is Reading Through Time, this quarter we're going to travel through time as we span the years. With every book you read for this challenge, note the year in which they are set and calculate how many years between that point and the previous point.
If a book takes place over many different years, pick the most important one. You may revisit the same year in different books.

Example:
1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (1991)
2. A Tale of Two Cities (1789)
3. A Farewell to Arms (1917)

1991 to 1789 is 202 years, then 1789 to 1917 is another 128, so that totals 330 years. And so on.


1. 1744- Dragonfly in Amber (Finished 7/3/2018)
2. 1910- Sabriel (Finished 7/14/2018)- 166 years
3. 1878- Clockwork Angel (Finished 7/16/2018)- 32 years
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Total Books Read: 3/10 (198 years)

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare


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Stephanie  | 976 comments YEARLY CHALLENGE #1:

LET'S TURN PAGES CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 to December 31, 2018


Our most popular challenge is back for another year, Let's Turn Pages! We are always making goals about how many books we want to read in a year. How about we make a goal for number of pages we want to read?

1. Make a goal of number of pages you would like to read.
2. Read as many pages as you can in one year.
3. Since you probably don’t know what you want to read for the entire year, make your list as you go. (Be sure to post the number of pages in your book!)

If your edition doesn't have page numbers (such as an audiobook), use the most popular edition of the book (that's not an audiobook) to determine what the number of pages should be. Rereads will count for this challenge, but you have to read the entire book…no skimming!

Have fun with this challenge--let's turn a bunch of pages this year!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 352 pages A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle 245 pages The More of Less Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker 229 pages The Red Pyramid (The Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan 516 pages
The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey (The Mysterious Benedict Society, #2) by Trenton Lee Stewart 485 pages Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon 743 pages Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix 491 pages Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare 479 pages
Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) by Cassandra Clare 502 pages

My Pages: 4,052/15,000


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Stephanie  | 976 comments YEARLY CHALLENGE #2:

A-Z CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018


Read a book for each letter of the alphabet. You can use ANY of the first letters of the main words in a title of a book (don't use words like "a", "the", "or", and "of").

A- Still Alice
B-Beautiful Creatures
C- Clockwork Angel Finished 7/16/2018
D- Dragonfly in Amber Finished 7/3/2018
E- Water for Elephants Finished 1/7/2018
F- Fight Club
G- Empire in Black and Gold
H- Her Fearful Symmetry
I- Inda
J- The Jungle Book
K- A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms
L- Les Misérables
M-The Master and Margarita
N- The Name of the Wind
O- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
P- Clockwork Prince Finished 7/22/2018
Q- The Heretic Queen
R- Redwall
S- Sabriel Finished 7/14/2018
T- A Wrinkle in Time Finished 1/14/2018
U- Uprooted
V- Vicious
W- Wuthering Heights
X- Xanadu
Y- The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
Z-Zorro

Total Books Read: 6/26

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) by Cassandra Clare


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Stephanie  | 976 comments YEARLY CHALLENGE #3:

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2018
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018


One of the most popular reading challenges is back! The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge contains 40 tasks to broaden your horizons and 10 additional book prompts for the “hardcore” readers out here!

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen- The Princess Bride
2. True crime- The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America
3. The next book in a series you started- One Salt Sea
4. A book involving a heist- Six of Crows
5. Nordic noir- Smilla's Sense of Snow
6. A novel based on a real person- Charlie's Pond
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you- The Heretic Queen
8. A book with a time of day in the title- The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
9. A book about a villain or antihero- Vicious
10. A book about death or grief- All the Bright Places
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym- Middlemarch
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist- Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical- Les Misérables
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you- Zorro
15. A book about feminism-Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
16. A book about mental health- The Virgin Suicides
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift- Inkheart
18. A book by two authors- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
19. A book about or involving a sport- Roller Girl
20. A book by a local author- The Art of Racing in the Rain
21. A book with your favorite color in the title- Redwall
22. A book with alliteration in the title- The Master and Margarita
23. A book about time travel- A Wrinkle in Time Finished 1/14/2018
24. A book with a weather element in the title- The Name of the Wind
25. A book set at sea- Life of Pi
26. A book with an animal in the title- Water for Elephants Finished 1/7/2018
27. A book set on a different planet- Golden Son
28. A book with song lyrics in the titles- Norweigan Wood
29. A book about or set in Halloween- Dark Harvest
30. A book with characters who are twins- The Poisonwood Bible
31. A book mentioned in another book- Watership Down
32. A book from a celebrity book club- The Pillars of the Earth
33. A childhood classic you’ve never read- The Witch of Blackbird Pond
34. A book that’s published in 2018- Children of Blood and Bone
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner- The Book of Life
36. A book set in the decade you were born- 1984
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to- Roma
38. A book with an ugly cover- Fight Club
39. A book that involves a bookstore or a library- The Angel's Game
40. You favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenges-

Advanced
41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school- Bel Canto
42. A cyberpunk book- Neuromancer
43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place- Leah
44. A book tied to your ancestry- Dragonfly in Amber Finished 7/3/2018
45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title-The House on Mango Street
46. An allegory- Norse Mythology
47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you- Lily of the Nile
48. A microhistory-Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
49. A book about a problem facing society today- The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
50. A book recommended by someone else taking the PopSugar Reading Challenge- The Name of the Wind

Total Books Read: 3/38

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1) by Madeleine L'Engle Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon


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Stephanie  | 976 comments YEARLY CHALLENGE #4:

THE TBR JAR CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 to December 31, 2018


The TBR Randomizer challenge was the big winner of our 2018 Challenge Poll, so we are bringing it back! But this year, we are giving it a twist to allow even more members to enjoy this challenge!

This year, we are asking you to make a JAR to pull your book choices from, and we are asking you to be creative on how to make it!

You can go with the traditional TBR Randomizer Challenge, and let Goodreads chose:
Step 1: Select the number of books you want to read for this challenge.
Step 2: Go to the “My Books” tab on the top of the Goodreads Page.
Step 3: Bring up your “To-Read” shelf.
Step 4: On the bottom of the page in the middle, go to the “sort” field and select “Random.”
Step 5: Goodreads will generate a random list of books for you.

OR, you can put your own list of TBR in the jar. Some examples are:
The BookRiot ReadHarder Challenge (our group will not be hosting this as an official challenge this year).
Any other reading challenge you have been wanting to try.
A list of classics, sci-fi, fantasy, mystery, nonfiction, and/or any other genre you have been dying to read.
You could even create your tasks and throw them in jar based on what you know you have on TBR list.

The best part of this challenge is you can even do a mix of all of the above and throw it all in the JAR and SHAKE

1. The Conqueror's Wife: A Novel of Alexander the Great
2. The Poisonwood Bible
3. The Rose Garden
4. Inda
5. D-Day, June 6, 1944: The Battle for the Normandy Beaches
6. Pretty Monsters: Stories
7. A Spell for Chameleon
8. The Also People
9. The Reflection
10. The Dictators: Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia

Total Books Read: 0/10


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Stephanie  | 976 comments YEARLY CHALLENGE #5:

THE EVERY YEAR CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1, - December 31, 2018


Your goal is to read a book published every year since you were born, or you can choose a year something special happened (e.g, you graduated, you got married, etc.) and read from that year.

This challenge will help us check out the literary styles from different years.

Tips:
1. The number of books you read is 2018 minus the year you choose plus one.
2. Goodreads has a great feature you can use to find books from certain years. Use this link then change 2010 to whatever year you're looking for.

2018- Children of Blood and Bone
2017-Norse Mythology
2016-Van Gogh's Ear: The True Story
2015- Uprooted
2014-The Book of Life
2013-Vicious
2012-Throne of Glass
2011- Clockwork Prince Finished 7/22/2018
2010- Clockwork Angel Finished 7/16/2018
2009- Beautiful Creatures
2008- Empire in Black and Gold
2007- Still Alice
2006- Water for Elephants Finished 1/7/2018
2005-Zorro
2004- Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
2003-Inkheart
2002-Son of the Shadows
2001-Life of Pi
2000-The Blind Assassin
1999-Black Wings and Blind Angels
1998-The Poisonwood Bible
1997-Underworld
1996-Fight Club
1995- Sabriel Finished 7/14/2018
1994-The Alienist
1993-The Virgin Suicides
1992- Dragonfly in Amber Finished 7/3/2018
1991-Hitler and Stalin: Parallel Lives
1990- Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch
1989-The Pillars of the Earth
1988-The Satanic Verses
1987-Norweigan Wood
1986-Redwall
1985-Contact
1984-Neuromancer

Total Books Read: 5/34

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2) by Diana Gabaldon Sabriel (Abhorsen, #1) by Garth Nix Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1) by Cassandra Clare Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2) by Cassandra Clare


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Susy (susysstories) Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "I fell off hard core last year because my life got WAY too complicated. I am going to try to limit myself this year because I don't think it is going to go away anytime soon, but I would still like..."

Wishing you the best of luck with your goal Stephanie and everything that’s happening in your life. May you have a happy reading/New Year!


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Stephanie  | 976 comments Susy wrote: "Stephanie (R-A) wrote: "I fell off hard core last year because my life got WAY too complicated. I am going to try to limit myself this year because I don't think it is going to go away anytime soon..."

Thank you so much! I am determined to make the best of things and keep moving forward. I can only choose what I do, so I am determined to live the best life I can. I am really looking forward to getting back into some books again though :)


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 1. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
4 Stars, 352 pages

This book was much faster to read than I anticipated. I have very little interest in circuses, but love elephants so this has been on my list for a while. So, it may seem to be no surprise when I say that I loved Rosie. Rosie is a great elephant name, for one, and for two I love that she was portrayed with so much intelligence and humanity. Rosie is the best.

I saw a lot of echoes to things in my own life, which made the Marlena character quite compelling for me. The ability to just put up some things that August did struck home hard. It made her the definition of real. August's waffling from incredibly nice person to someone to be feared was also very real to me. This dynamic floored me through the whole entire novel.

It was clear to me that the author had done a ton of research about the time period before she wrote this book. I love that she portrayed Jacob as an elderly man in a way that was not stereotypical. I liked that Walter was a sympathetic character and not a joke, and a real person on top of that. He was very well done.

The issues I had with the book were pretty minor. I thought the time jumps were handled fairly well most of the time, but lagged in some places. The ending was not great for me. The likelihood of a 93 year old man being allowed to get away with what he did, seems a little too far fetched for me. But everything else being good, I am not going to complain too much. Four stars. Worth reading.

Genre: Fiction
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages, A-Z Challenge, Popsugar Reading Challenge, The Every Year Challenge, Places and Spaces (Train), Marathon and RESOLUTION


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
3 Stars, 245 pages

I enjoyed the book, but maybe not as much as reputation had lead me to believe I would. I can see why it would be as beloved as it is, but if Meg is old enough to be kissed, she needs to narrate in a slightly more adult voice. She was written more as an 8 year old than a teenager.

That said, I enjoyed the incorporation of an idea of a 5th dimension and the attempt to travel through it. Mrs Whatsit, Mrs Who and Mrs Which are very enjoyable. The idea that when stars die they turn into whatever those three are is actually quite poetic and lovely.

There is huge theme of conformity as something to be avoided, which I completely agree with. There is much of the Bible quoted, though, and I remember the Bible arguing more for conformity than the assertion of the individual. That was another reason the book was a little disjointed for me. I understand that the book was written a while ago and there is a lot of history that has passed since then, but to see the scientific and the religious put so closely together was a bit jarring. But that may just be because I am not particularly religious, so take that as you will.

Calvin was a great character. I really love the way in which he was fleshed out. You knew enough of where he was coming from to have great empathy for him and he was legitimately helpful. Meg felt SO young. I enjoy the fact that she comes to realize that she has to do things for herself, but it takes SO LONG to get there. Charles could have been handled better, I thought.

So. all in all, a mixed bag. That's probably a huge disappointment for some people, but I call them like I see them. Worth reading, but not raving about.

Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages, A-Z Challenge, Popsugar Reading Challenge, Places and Spaces (Sky Scraper), Marathon and RESOLUTION


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 3. The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker
5 Stars, 229 pages

I think this book may have changed my life. It has certainly helped to change my relationship to things and how and why I bring them into my life. I fully recommend it.

Genre: Non-Fiction/Self-Help
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages, Quote Your Growth


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 4. The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
4 stars, 516 pages

I read this last year and recommended it to my oldest daughter and since I helped her read through it, counting it again this year. This is my review from last year, and I would say that it holds up pretty good:

It has been a LONG time since I have read a middle-grade novel that entertained me as much as "The Red Pyramid." The main characters, Carter and Sadie, have good sibling interactions and I really enjoyed the references and twists on Egyptian mythology. This is fantasy, so I didn't expect 100% accuracy, but if that is your thing, you probably wouldn't enjoy it as much.

Of course, there were moments when it was a little overly mushy or super awkward, but overall the story kept me engaged. Really, what is a middle-grade novel supposed to be if a little mushy and awkward at times, anyway. However, sometimes those moments felt a little overdone. I also didn't quite understand the reason for it to be written as a transcription of a recording. In some senses it could have been better done if it was written as a memoir or journal or something that was found (are you really going to admit you think that guy/girl is hot to your brother/sister if you are 12/16? No.)

If I was honest, this probably falls a little short of four stars, but they won't let me give 3.5/3.75, so 4 it is. Overall, it is a book worth reading if you want something fun that you don't need to take too seriously. Good times.

Genre: Fantasy
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages and BONFIRE


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 5. The Mysterious Benedict Society and the Perilous Journey by Trenton Lee Stewart
485 pages, 4 Stars

I enjoyed the heck out of this book. The kids the book revolves around- Renny, Sticky, Kate and Constance are extremely relatable and feel like real kids. They all have sad back stories as they are in varying states of orphan-hood, but they feel pretty relatable. Renny is smart and sensitive. Sticky remembers everything, but is afraid of most things. Kate is full of bluster and confidence, that hides how alone she really feels. Constance is grumpy, tired and irritable but so smart you like her anyway.

Mr. Benedict is the most well-developed of the adults and he is a presence felt through almost the whole book, despite only being a character talking in a few chapters. His adult helpers feel less like real people. Except for maybe Milligan, who has a mystery surrounding his memory loss and is therefore a part of the plot in a larger way. However, Rhonda and Number 2 are almost non-existent as real people. They seem capable and you are sort of given their back stories but they just aren't as developed as they should be. Mr. Curtain is a pretty bland villain, too. It is very hard to feel anything but anger towards him, so he comes across as very one-dimensional.

I did like that the plot revolved around "the Emergency" and people sort of becoming drones and not really thinking, just wanting someone else to solve their problems. You get the sense that most adults AND children are really just passively going through life- reacting to things but never really DOING anything. Which I think is an accurate depiction of the world more or less. It is very critical of TV and computers, etc as a tool to help make people more passive, which also strikes me as pretty true.

So, all in all, pretty good. It was definitely fun to read. Recommend reading it at least once.

Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages and Marathon


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 6. Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Galbadon
743 pages, 3 Stars (Although, Closer to 2.5)

This was a VERY hard book to read in the middle. For several hundred pages I considered just not reading it at all. I powered through purely based on what Part I sets up. I read the introduction in modern times and was like, "Oh my goodness! How? What?!" Then Parts II through IV just killed it. I'm serious. It lasted that long.

I suppose I was supposed to be on the edge of my seat because Jamie and Claire are doing spy type work in France. However, there just was nothing compelling about that part of the story. It gets a little more interesting when Jack Randall re-enters the picture and then finally picks back up again around Part V. The ending was interesting, although not as compelling as the beginning- maybe because of how long it took to get there.

I seriously considered giving this one a two star rating. If you have that solid of an introduction, you need to DELIVER. Disappointing to say the least.

Genre" Historical Fiction
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages, The A-Z Challenge, The Pop Sugar Challenge, The Every Year Challenge, Reading Through the Decades, Spanning the Years and DISNEYLAND


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 7. Sabriel by Garth Nix
491 pages, 4 stars

This book has been recommended to me for YEARS. Immediately, I understood why. The story begins and just goes. It just assumes the reader is smart enough to follow along and figure it out.

Sabriel is a great example of characters as people. She is very complex and well-developed. Smart but not so smart that you view her as infallible. She feels lost almost more often than she feels certain and as such is very relatable.

The magic in this world is a force outside of science, which I very much appreciate. It is nice to see electricity written about at the same time as magical healing. It presents a much different fantasy world than I am used to reading, and therefore is extremely enjoyable.

I highly recommend this book if you enjoy high fantasy and even if you don't. There is a lot to like about this one.

Genre: Fantasy
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages, The A-Z Challenge, The Every Year Challenge, Reading Through the Decades, Spanning the Years, DISNEYLAND and Light Spell Out Challenge


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
479 pages, 4 stars

I had heard ALL KINDS of mixed reviews on this one. Someone told me that the series borrows heavily from Harry Potter. Outside of maybe physical descriptions of people and a few magical maladies/objects, I really don't see it too much. Maybe as the series continues it becomes more apparent?

This takes place in Victorian London and seems like its own world. It is entirely enjoyable, if eminently predictable (but I can predict how almost every book I read is going to end, so I don't hold that against it too much). For some light summer reading, which is all I really wanted it for, it fit the bill really well.

The idea of clockwork people reminds me more of Doctor Who than Harry Potter and I am legitimately interested in trying to figure out what Tessa is. I will probably continue the series because I am so interested (although I genuinely despise that so nice a name as Teresa has been turned into Tess, that seems besides the point). Her relationship with her brother and the Nephilim in the Institute are predictable, but enjoyable. Her relationship with her brother is very complex, which I like very much.

The plot moves along very quickly. I really wish there wasn't such an obvious love triangle established. I am ALREADY rolling my eyes at what that is bound to be like, but this was a solid book. Enjoyable. Maybe closer to 3.5 stars, but as I am feeling generous, it didn't seem worth quibbling.

Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages, A-Z Challenge, The Every Year Challenge, Reading Through the Decades, Spanning the Years and DISNEYLAND


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Stephanie  | 976 comments 9. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
502 pages, 4 stars

These books are pretty quick reads. Once you start, you have a really hard time taking your eyes away from the page. So, as opposed to reading a book that would actually apply to the monthly challenges I had going, I read this. Will probably read the third soon, lol.

The love triangle is a little meh for me. I absolutely feel for the characters, but it is kind of like- dude, you just moved to London and now you are engaged? What? You have known these people for a few months. Seems really fast. But maybe I feel that way because my own personal life is falling apart, lol. I like that Jem was the choice (although I still think that's an awful nickname, just as Tessa absolutely should go by Theresa).

Will's backstory was legitimately interesting. I really enjoy that he was just really gullible. I think it would have been less interesting if too much of the supernatural had been involved in that. And I really liked that the universe didn't just bend to his will after he figured it out. Now there will be a lot of annoying hemming and hawing by Tessa in the next book, but it was nice to see things go the opposite of Will's way. Not that I don't like Will, I do. But he gets what he wants so often that regardless of how he has treated others that it was nice to see. And that twist at the end makes me really want to read book 3.

Also, finding out that Henry and Charlotte have both been similarly misguided about each other was quite nice. I really appreciate that bit of the story line. Charlotte gets a lot attention this book and I very much liked it. Henry needs to be fleshed out a little bit more still (still feels like more of a caricature) but Charlotte is a many layered character now.

The Magister looms well in the background as the ultimate foe without ever really seeing him. Instead you deal with Nate as the bad guy. I DID NOT see the bit with Jessamine coming. So, that was good. Again, maybe that is because my time frames are off. What do you mean you married him? Already? Jesus. Why would you switch alliances for a clear jerk-face, but that's just me.

When it comes down to it, there are a fair amount of things that I would have done differently, but the story is really entertaining and has a lot going for it.

Genre: Fantasy
Applicable Challenges: Let's Turn Pages, The A-Z Challenge and The Every Year Challenge


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