Today is a momentous occasion! I am not only writing here for the first time in like a month, but at 230 am, I FINISHED the reading challenge! So I thought I would do a little run down on all the books I read because of it, and what I plan to do with my life now.
There were 15 challenges, with all the books in any one of those series that I OWNED ALREADY, I had the possibility of reading up to 22 books [and more if I had bought books in those series]. I ended up reading 18! I decided that some of the books were not for me, and I didn’t continue on in the series. I hate that…you don’t buy all the books so then you’re stuck waiting because you absolutely devoured the first one, BUT if you buy them all, you only read one and have wasted money. READER PROBLEMS.
My favorite books [in no order] were The Longest Ride, This Savage Song [& Our Dark Duet], and Salt to the Sea [WHICH I FINISHED THIS MORNING, AND I AM DEAD].
My LEAST favorite books were This Great & Terrible Beauty & Breathe….which honestly, I didn’t finish, or more like, I skimmed through and read the ends.
My least favorite that I actually finished MIGHT earn me some haters. I did NOT like the Six of Crows duology, which were the first two books I finished.
I did NOT like Lady Midnight, although, the ending did pick up, so it wasn’t altogether awful.
I did NOT like Red Rising, sorry Suey! there is just something about rough, made up languages that I just can’t stand.
Other books I didn’t like: the infinite sea, although that doesnt surprise me, since I didn’t like book one.
The rest were good, or were just okay. Heartless wasn’t bad. I read that in about 4 hours. My Lady Jane was slow to begin with, but I ended up liking it once I got past the change in historical facts.
I decided to not continue on in the falling kingdoms series after reading book one. It wasn’t bad, but it took me forever to read, and I didn’t really find it to be very interesting. Sadly, I own two other books in that series….but thats okay.
I reread The Kiss of Deception [which I didn’t really care for the first time…] and ended up skimming through the previously tabbed parts. I had the sequel [challenge pick] on my currently reading list for WEEKS, and having only read 30 pages that entire time, I forced myself to sit down and read and finished less than 24 hours later. It wasn’t bad…..not really, but I don’t see myself going out and buying book three, because I don’t really care to see what happens THAT much.
I decided to change challenge 10 from ACOMAF [yeah, no thanks….] to the sequel to An Ember in the Ashes, which I had been meaning to read forever. I enjoyed it, but I think the first one was better.
I finally finished the young elites trilogy. I loved it as I read it…..but IDK, thinking about it now, I don’t think it was really that great….and although the ending wasn’t terrible, I felt like more could have been done.
annnnnnnnnnd I think that is all the books. Sorry thats so randomly put together. BUT REALLY, who reads this anyways? haha.
WHAT DO I PLAN ON DOING NOW? It is only August, so I have a few months left. I have loved this challenge, and getting some of those books off my shelves. I thought about just adding a couple of “bonus” challenges, but then I decided to just go through these challenges again and pick different books. I may have cheated, as I went through and made my list, but since its August, and its OWNED BUT UNREAD, not necessarily Pre-2017 books, I have gone ahead and added some of my earlier in the year purchases. I changed some of the challenges too, but thats more to suit what I own more than anything.
SO! I present to you: TYLC17 [B]
C1 SERIES BEGINNER:
the book of ivy [amy engel] – I have actually already started this and am liking it a lot so far! I couldn’t sleep after finishing the salt to the sea [because it was so sad and I didn’t want that in my head as I laid down], so I went ahead and started this, having made this new challenge list last night before I actually started C15.
C2 ONE WORD TITLE
caraval [stephanie garber] – I’ve seen mixed reviews of this, but mostly good ones. I want to read it before I have to add it to my 2018 challenge [which I am definitely making!]
C3 NON YA READ:
pucked [helena hunting] – I’ve had this one a while…it is actually a Kindle read [same as the book of ivy], I am not sure why I haven’t read this one yet, but it has been a while since I’ve read a NA/MA book, so I figured i’d just force my self to get back into those genres.
C4 LAME COVER [I shortened the title :D]:
hex hall [rachel hawkins] – I can’t really say how long i’ve had this book, a good while! so its just time to read it and see if its worth keeping or if there will be more room on my shelves.
C5 SCENE ON COVER:
the goblin wood [hilari bell] – like c4, I don’t know how long I have had it, I don’t even know where I got it, so definitely time to give it a try!
C6 500 PAGES:
a discovery of witches [deborah harkness] – I guess this is being made into a movie, or a tv series….so I figured I would give it a shot and see what it is all about.
C7 RECOMMENDED BOOK:
and I darken [kiersten white] – THANKS BECKY [@suey_library] for telling me to read this, I hope I love it as much as you do. I also own book two on my kindle, so here is to loving it enough to read that one too!
C8 MULTI AUTHOR:
summer days and summer nights [misc] – I had originally changed this challenge, but remembered that I had gotten this recently, figured this was a good way to make sure I at least gave it a try.
C9 2016 RELEASE
dark days club [alison goodman] – I had hoped to get to this one this year, because I’ve heard good things, I just haven’t and this is a good way to motivate myself to read it.
C10 BOOKISH LETTER [A]
altered [jennifer rush] – I am noticing that a lot of these are books I randomly picked up and have just been sitting on my shelves too long. I know almost nothing about this one, so we shall see how it goes.
C11 CHAPTER NAMES:
sweet temptations [wendy higgins] – I don’t actually know if this one has chapter names, but since the sweet evil trilogy DOES, and this is basically those books but in the male perspective, I would imagine it does. I meant to read this after finishing the trilogy, but never did. So yep, definitely time to give it a try.
C12 LOVED TITLE
the flame never dies [rachel vincent] – this is definitely a book I want to read before the year is out! I really liked the first book, and I meant to read this when it released but never got around to it. I definitely plan on rereading book one first.
C13 BOOK WITH ROYALS
the stars above [marissa meyer] – I actually got this book recently, but since I couldn’t find many options for royals on my shelves that I haven’t read or are not YA books that I don’t feel like reading, I figured I’d just read this since I’ve been meaning to since it released.
C14 PERSONLESS COVER
carve the mark [veronica roth] – despite all the hate for this book, I need to read it. I will pass judgement on it then, and only then.
roseblood [ag howard] – I didn’t like her splintered series, well the first book anyway, which I barely got through…but! its phantom of the opera….so I figured I would give the author another try. I have avoided reviews of this book, but the few I’ve seen are less than favorable…but that just gives me more reason to see if it is worth keeping on my shelves or if I can make room for new books.
Annnnnnd that is it. This is the new 15. It took me almost 9 months to finish the first list, but that was with heavy breaks, having only read the first 4 challenges in the first 4 months or so. I have completed the last half in only a couple months, so let us see if I can keep up with that pace and knock these all out before the new year.
I really do want to make a challenge for 2018! So if you have any ideas for prompts let me know.