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2014 Reading/Blogging Resolutions – Results

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So here is the challenges I set myself at the start of the year, lets see how many I have finished shall we? I shall cross off the ones I completed.

Reading

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 80 books this year. 
  • Read at least 10 adult novels. 
  • Read at least 5 classics.
  • Read at least 5 different mangas/graphic novels. 
  • Read at least 10 books that have been turned into movies/series, watch their movie/series counter parts, and review them both. 
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 12 books by a debut author.
  • Reread at least 3 books.
  • Read things I feel I will enjoy rather than feel might be ok. I still do this sometimes. I find it hard to say no when I get asked to review a book.
  • Only read one NetGalley book at a timeIm sticking to this! I want my stats to be good. 
  • Read at least 5 books that fall into genres that I do not normally read.

Blogging

  • Update the look of the blog.
  • Toy around with better names for the blog.
  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags.
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community.
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days!

Goodreads: COMPLETE! 85/80

Adult Novels: COMPLETE! 10/10

  1. A Game of Thrones [Song of Ice and Fire 1] by George R.R. Martin
  2. Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein
  3. Faking It by Cora Carmack
  4. The First, The Sparrow, The Choice by Jason Mott
  5. Finding It by Cora Carmack
  6. The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey
  7. Grieftime by Heather Bulpett
  8. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent
  9. The Returned by Jason Mott
  10. A Whisper of Eternity by Amanda Ashley

Classics: FAIL 3/10 They just take so much effort to read. So much effort.

  1. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  2. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde
  3. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Manga/Graphic Novel: 0/10 I was leaving these for the last seconded because they are the easiest to read but then I moved and I cannot read these on my kindle. I refuse. This was not the correct choice.

Movie Adaptations: PARTIAL CREDIT 7/10 – 6/10 I am giving myself half a complete for this because the list is huge and I did most of it, even if I have yet to actually write the reviews.

  1. Pay it Forward – Book/Movie
  2. Vampire Knight – Manga/Anime
  3. Divergent – Book/Movie
  4. The Fault In Our Stars – Book/Movie
  5. True Crime – Book/Movie
  6. Looking for Alibrandi – Book/Movie
  7. Mockingjay – Book/Movie

TBR Shelf: FAIL 0/10 Well, so much fail. I don’t know if I read anything that I can put under this label. I think the issue that I had with this challenge was that I decided that I was never going to read most the things that would count for it and I got rid of them. So I don’t really feel bad about it because they aren’t on my shelf anymore.

Debut Author: FAIL 3/12 – I COMPLETELY forgot to even remotely think about this challenge…. Maybe I can do better next year.

  1. Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher
  2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  3. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent

Reread: COMPLETE! 3/3

  1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  2. On The Jellicoe  Road by Melina Marchetta
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth (Im not cheating by putting this here, I read this book twice last year.)

Different Genre: COMPLETE! 5/5

  1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Science Fiction)
  2. A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden (Childrens)
  3. The Returned by Jason Mott (Paranormal)
  4. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (Middlegrade)
  5. Cinder by Marissa Meyer (Science Fiction)

KEY:

Blue = Review Pending.

Black: Haven’t completed.

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There we have it guys, I completed most of my challenges. I think I will have go about these things a bit different from now on so I don’t forget that I am doing them!

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2014 Resolutions Mid-Year Update

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Welcome to my new year resolutions. Its a bit late, but better late than never I suppose ;)

Reading

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 80 books this year. I am over halfway. Go me. 
  • Read at least 10 adult novels. Halfway through this. 
  • Read at least 5 classics. I will be fixing this one soon thanks to the classics challenge!
  • Read at least 5 different mangas/graphic novels. I have read mangas. Im just using them for a different challenge so it still sorta counts…
  • Read at least 10 books that have been turned into movies/series, watch their movie/series counter parts, and review them both.  Halfway through.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year. None… I need to pay more attention to my TBR shelf.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 12 books by a debut author. I have barely touched this… I need to pay more attention to the new authors. 
  • Reread at least 3 books. I really don’t need to hurry this.
  • Read things I feel I will enjoy rather than feel might be ok. I still do this sometimes. I find it hard to say no when I get asked to review a book.
  • Only read one NetGalley book at a time. Im sticking to this! I want my stats to be good. 
  • Read at least 5 books that fall into genres that I do not normally read. I am one book away from completing this!

Blogging

  • Update the look of the blog.
  • Toy around with better names for the blog.
  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags. I actually do this one!
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community. This one too :)
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days! I try, I really, really do. Work sucks.

Progress 24/70

Goodreads: 49/80

Adult Novels: 5/10

  1. A Game of Thrones [Song of Ice and Fire 1] by George R.R. Martin
  2. Love Gone Mad by Mark Rubinstein
  3. Faking It by Cora Carmack
  4. The First, The Sparrow, The Choice by Jason Mott
  5. Finding It by Cora Carmack

Classics: 0/10

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Manga/Graphic Novel: 0/10

  1. The Dream Hunters [The Sandman 11] by Neil Gaiman
  2. Vampire Knight: Blue Ice by Matsuri Hino
  3. Captive Heart [Vol. 1] by Masturi Hino
  4. Arcana [Vol. 1] by So-Young Lee
  5. Pet Shop of Horrors [Vol 1] by Matsuri Akino

Movie Adaptations: 6/10 – 5/10

  1. The Horse Whisperer – Book/Movie
  2. Pay it Forward – Book/Movie
  3. Vampire Knight – Manga/Anime
  4. Divergent – Book/Movie
  5. The Fault In Our Stars – Book/Movie
  6. True Crime – Book/Movie
  7. Looking for Alibrandi – Book/Movie
  8. The Outsiders – Book/Movie
  9. Fallen – Book/Movie
  10. The Thirteenth Tale – Book/Movie

TBR Shelf: 0/10

  1. Living Dead in Dallas [Sookie Stackhouse 2] by Charlaine Harris
  2. Club Dead [Sookie Stackhouse 3] by Charlaine Harris
  3. Dead to the World [Sookie Stackhouse 4] by Charlaine Harris
  4. Dead as a Doornail  [Sookie Stackhouse 5] by Charlaine Harris
  5. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  6. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  7. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  8. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
  9. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Debut Author: 3/12

  1. Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher
  2. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
  3. The Forgotten War by Howard Sargent

Reread: 1/3

  1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  2. On The Jellicoe  Road by Melina Marchetta
  3. Passion by Lauren Kate

Different Genre: 4/5

  1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Science Fiction)
  2. A House Without Mirrors by Marten Sanden (Childrens)
  3. The Returned by Jason Mott (Paranormal)
  4. The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (Middlegrade)

KEY:

Blue = Review Pending.

Black = Waiting to be read

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Well I kind of feel sucky after looking through this. I haven’t completed anyone of my challenges and some of them I have hardly touched.

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Book Haul – March

I bought LOTS of books this month. Having them all displayed in front of me makes me a little ashamed of how much money I spent on books. I think I need to take a break from buying books for awhile…

This first batch is all due to a up to 60% off 50 books over 25 hours sale on The Book Depository. Some I bought cause they were childhood memories, others because I thought they would be funny/enjoyable, and others cause I thought the cover was pretty.

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the-story-of-the-treasure-seekers-finalWhen their father’s business fails, the six Bastable children decide to restore the family fortunes. But although they think of many ingenious ways to do so, their well-meant efforts are either more fun than profitable, or lead to trouble — until one adventure has quite unexpected results.

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x2_9b15bf6Ren e Winters has changed. When she looks in the mirror, a beautiful girl with an older, sadder face stares back. Her condition has doctors mystified, but Ren e can never reveal the truth: she died last May, and was brought back to life by the kiss of her Undead soul mate, Dante Berlin.

Now, her separation from Dante becomes almost unbearable. His second life is close to an end, and each passing day means one less that she will spend with the boy who shares her soul.

Just when Ren e has almost given up hope, she learns of the Nine Sisters-brilliant scholars who, according to legend, found a way to cheat death. She can’t shake the feeling that they are somehow connected to her dreams, strange visions that hint at a discovery so powerful, and so dangerous, that some will stop at nothing to protect it.

Ren e thought she knew the truth about life and death. But there is a secret woven through history that holds the only hope for Dante and Ren e. Unless they find answers soon, their time together is doomed to be cut short.

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71aIaqzVp9L._SL1246_Thomasine has spent months living in her great-great-aunt’s dusty, dark house with her father, and her aunt, uncle and cousins. While her father’s siblings bicker about how much the house must be worth, her distant, elderly aunt is upstairs, dying, and her father has disappeared inside himself, still mourning the death of Thomasine’s little brother.

But one day, her youngest cousin makes a discovery: a wardrobe, filled with all the mirrors missing from the big house. And through the mirrors, a different world – one in which you can find not what you most wish for, but perhaps what you most need …

A beautiful tale of love, grief and growing up, “A House Without Mirrors” is an unforgettable adventure into families and the power of love.

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PippaLongstocking1This beautiful edition of the children’s classic Pippi Longstocking is illustrated throughout with wonderful collage pictures from the award-winning Lauren Child. The contemporary design, imaginative layout of the text, and stunning illustrations from Lauren Child all add up to a perfect gift purchase. When the book published in hardback, it gathered many wonderful reviews, including this one from Books for Keeps: ‘Lauren Child is the perfect choice to illustrate this handsome, large format edition of Pippi …her unmistakeable illustrative style helps to bring a modern feel to the book.’ Pippi lives in Villa Villekulla with a horse, a monkey, and a big suitcase full of gold coins. The grown-ups in her village try to make Pippi behave in ways that they think a little girl should, but Pippi has other ideas. She would much rather spend her days arranging wild, exciting adventures to enjoy with her neighbours, Tommy and Annika, or entertaining everyone she meets with her outrageous stories. Pippi thinks nothing of wrestling a circus strongman, dancing a polka with burglars, or tugging a bull’s tail and her wildly unconventional lifestyle is matched by Lauren’s free-spirited illustrations.

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off-the-leash-the-secret-life-of-dogs-978144725084501Launched just over a year ago on Facebook, ‘Off The Leash’ has developed a regular daily following of over 150,000 dog lovers from around the world. Now the best of Rupert Fawcett’s brilliantly observed, touchingly true cartoons come together in book form for the first time. Featuring the secret thoughts and conversations of dogs of every size, shape and breed, this gorgeous book is a celebration of our favourite belly-scratching, tail-chasing, bed-stealing canine friends.

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9781843913917‘”I am the Guardian of the Gates of the Emerald City. May I inquire who you are, and what is your business?” “My name is Jack Pumpkinhead,” returned the other, smilingly; “but as to my business, I haven’t the least idea in the world what it is.” The Guardian of the Gates looked surprised, and shook his head as if dissatisfied with the reply.’ The sequel to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and set shortly after the events in the first book, The Marvellous Land of Oz follows the adventures of a young boy named Tip, who, for as long as he can remember, has been under the guardianship of a witch named Mombi in the Land of Oz. One night he plans his escape to the Emerald City, stealing Mombi’s powder of life. Along the way he meets with our old friends the Scarecrow and Tin Woodman as well as making some new ones such as Jack Pumpkinhead, the Wooden Sawhorse, the Highly Magnified Woggle-Bug, and the amazing Gump. Can they escape Mombi and make it to the Emerald City? A fantastical tale of endless imagination, The Marvellous Land of Oz is as exciting and endearing today as it was when first published over eighty years ago.

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The following books I picked up for $5 each from my local book graveyard. I must save all I can!

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malerion 5A sequel to THE BELGARIAD, Garion has slain the evil God Torak, and fulfilled the prophecy. But suddenly another prophecy is foretold. Again a great evil is brewing in the East. And again Garion finds himself caught between two ancient Prophecies, with the fate of the world resting on him….

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malerion 1In this second book of The Malloreon, Garion and Ce’nedra continue the quest begun in Guardians of the West. In their party travel the immortal Belgarath the Sorcerer, his daughter Polgara the Sorceress, and the little Drasnian, Silk.

Garion knows that it is the mysterious figure Zandramas who is responsible for the abduction of his infant son, and he and his companions journey many miles and encounter many strange beings in their search for him.

Their way leads through the foul swamps of Nyissa, ruled over by the Snake-Queen, and on into the dark kingdom of the Murgos, where human sacrifices are still made to the dead god Torak. Further on, however, even beyond those forbidding lands, they must face the ultimate danger – not only to themselves but to all mankind…

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malerion 2In an adventurous sequel to THE MALLOREAN, David Eddings tells the story of King Garion’s abducted infant son and his efforts to save him. Unfortunately, he and his friends are detained by the friendly, but determined Zakath, who refuses to let them leave. As a horde of demons ravage the Cities and a plague lets loose its terrors, Garion has little time left to reach his destination, or the kidnapper wins by default.

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malerion 3As the bestselling THE Mallorean series contnues, Garion is pursuing Zandramas, in the form of a great dragon flying over them, across the known world. With the forces of evil threatening on both sides, Garion still had to get to the Place Which Is No More, as the Seeress of Kell had warned, but they had no idea where that might be….

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malerion 4Now in the final stages of their quest for his son, Garion and his companions travel to Kell to consult the only undamaged copy of the Malloreon Gospels. For centuries the Seers have guarded this book from the Grolims and even had their wizards put a curse of blindness on any Grolim who tried to enter Kell.

So, as proclaimed in Guardians of the West, Belgarion the Godslayer sets out with those who must join him: the Eternal Man, the Guide, the Man with Two Lives, the Bearer of the Orb and the Silent Man, and the rest of his companions to The Place Which Is No More to make the final choice – darkness or light.

But Zandramas the Sorceress will not be outdone. Though she may not enter Kell she still has young Geran and should she reach the final meeting place with him, then Garion must slay his son or the world will be no more.

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goodwivesAmy looked relieved, but naughty Jo took her at her word, for during the first call she sat with every limb gracefully composed, every fold correctly draped, calm as a summer sea, cool as a snowbank, and as silent as the sphinx. In vain Mrs. Chester alluded to her ‘charming novel’, and the Misses Chester introduced parties, picnics, the opera, and the fashions. Each and all were answered by a smile, a bow, and a demure “Yes” or “No” with the chill on.

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And there we have it. I bought all these books by the 7th so I put myself on a book buying ban because of it so next months haul may be a bit small. If you are interested in any of these books just click on the picture and it will take you to the same copy I bought via my affiliate link!

Till Next Time…

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2014 Reading & Blogging Resolutions

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Welcome to my new year resolutions. Its a bit late, but better late than never I suppose ;)

Reading

  • I will complete my Goodreads challenge of reading 80 books this year.
  • Read at least 10 adult novels.
  • Read at least 5 classics.
  • Read at least 5 different mangas/graphic novels.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been turned into movies/series, watch their movie/series counter parts, and review them both.
  • Read at least 10 books that have been on my TBR shelf for more than a year.
  • Debut Author Challenge: Reading at least 12 books by a debut author.
  • Reread at least 3 books.
  • Read things I feel I will enjoy rather than feel might be ok.
  • Only read one NetGalley book at a time.
  • Read at least 5 books that fall into genres that I do not normally read.

Blogging

  • Update the look of the blog. As you can see, I have started this.
  • Toy around with better names for the blog.
  • Participate in more challenges/memes/tags.
  • Be more active in our book blogging/vlogging community.
  • From this day forth, I will put up a post every three days!

Progress

Goodreads: 20/80

Adult Novels:

  1. A Game of Thrones [Song of Ice and Fire 1] by George R.R. Martin

Classics: 

  1. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  2. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  3. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  5. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Manga/Graphic Novel:

  1. The Dream Hunters [The Sandman 11] by Neil Gaiman
  2. Vampire Knight: Blue Ice by Matsuri Hino
  3. Captive Heart [Vol. 1] by Masturi Hino
  4. Arcana [Vol. 1] by So-Young Lee
  5. Pet Shop of Horrors [Vol 1] by Matsuri Akino

Movie Adaptations:

  1. The Horse Whisperer – Book/Movie
  2. Pay it Forward – Book/Movie
  3. Vampire Knight – Manga/Anime
  4. Nana – Manga/Anime
  5. Rozen Maiden – Manga/Anime
  6. True Crime – Book/Movie
  7. Looking for Alibrandi – Book/Movie
  8. The Outsiders – Book/Movie
  9. Fallen – Book/Movie
  10.  The Thirteenth Tale – Book/Movie

TBR Shelf:

  1. Living Dead in Dallas [Sookie Stackhouse 2] by Charlaine Harris
  2. Club Dead [Sookie Stackhouse 3] by Charlaine Harris
  3. Dead to the World [Sookie Stackhouse 4] by Charlaine Harris
  4. Dead as a Doornail  [Sookie Stackhouse 5] by Charlaine Harris
  5. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  6. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  7. Northern Lights by Philip Pullman
  8. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter by Laurell K. Hamilton
  9. Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
  10. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia

Debut Author:

  1. Where You’ll Find Me by Erin Fletcher

Reread: 

  1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer
  2. On The Jellicoe  Road by Melina Marchetta
  3. Passion by Lauren Kate

Different Genre:

  1. Across the Universe by Beth Revis

KEY:

Pink = Review Pending.

Black = Waiting to be read