Here is a quick update of my progress for the Around the World in 52 Books challenge. If you’re also participating let me know how you’re doing and what you read for some of the challenges! If the challenge is crossed out I have completed it and if there is no title beside it then I am open to your suggestions!
A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
A book set in a different continent The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015 ???
A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name (Last name) Lirael by Garth Nix
6. The highest rated on your TBR Alchemists of Loom by Elise Kova
7. A book about books Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages Lord of the Flies by William Golding
9. A book that was mentioned in another book Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K Le Guin
A book by an author you feel you should have read by now This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
A childhood classic Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
Reader’s Choice The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title Where She Went by Gayle Forman
A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago) And I Darken by Kiersten White
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas
A book with a beautiful cover Air Awakens by Elise Kova
A book on a summer/beach reading list The Selection by Kiera Cass
19. A non-fiction book ???
A book with a first name in the title Cinder by Marissa Meyer
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
The first book in a new to you series The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski
The next book in a series you are reading Blue Lily Lily Blue by Maggie Steifvater
A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.) The Pirate Lord by Sarah J Maas
A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you The Abyss Surround Us by Emily Skrutskie
A book everyone is talking about Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion) Empire Of Storms by Sarah J Maas
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir Maggie Smith by Michael Coveney
A book by an author who writes under more than one name The Seventh Bride by Ursula Vernon / T Kingfisher
A fairytale from a culture other than your own ACOTAR by Sarah J Mass
A work of young adult fiction Genius: The Game by Christopher Husberg
A historical fiction book Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
The 16th book on your TBR The Assassins Blade by Sarah J Maas
A book about mental illness Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
An award winning book Queen of Shadows by Sarah J Maas
An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read Matilda by Roald Dahl
A book about an anti hero The Rose Society by Marie Lu
A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list – A graphic novel that everyone is talking about Rat Queens by Kurtis J Wiebe
A novella from your favorite genre The Assassin and the Desert by Sarah J Maas
A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction) Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
42. A top 100 fantasy novel The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
A book about a thing that goes bump in the night Abhorsen by Garth Nix
A book you’re embarrassed to read in public A court of mist and fury by sarah j maas
A book related to a hobby or passion you have Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
46. A crime/mystery story We were Liars by E Lockhart
A book with a type of food/drink in the title Green Eggs and Ham by Dr Seuss
A dystopia Flashfall by Jenny Moyer
49. A book with a great opening line Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
50. A book originally written in a language other than English Ruby Red by Kersten Gier or Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
A short story from a well-known author The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J K Rowling
A book published in 2016 Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
Wow, 37 of 52 so far… which means I am about two books behind schedule! Ooops. Which leads me into tomorrows post where I will be listing the top ten books I MUST read before the end of the year. It is fast approaching guys! I can’t belive it.
I was so lucky to be a part of Raincoast’s Winter/Spring preview this year! Even though I couldn’t participate in person in Vancouver, I was able to join via Google Hangout on September 10th and drool over all the up coming books right along with them. They even sent me an amazing package days before the event with some amazing arcs and swag. Being a part of the chat on Twitter (#teensreadfeed) was also a great experience. I met other Canadian bloggers and had the chance to , over new authors and our favourite returning characters. Of all the books we talked about these are the ones on my most anticipated list:
And Genius: The Con by Leopoldo Gout, who’s cover is yet to be revealed
The swag included a poster of Wires and Nerve, which will go going up next to my other bookish posters ASAP and am ACOTAR tote that I will treasure forever. Thank you to Raincoast, for making me feel so special and included. I can’t wait to read these books and join you for the next preview!
P.S. Are you excited for any of these titles? Leave a comment below so we can chat about them until they are released because what else will we do while we wait
Here are my top five science fiction recommendations and a quick blurb about each!
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff – If you haven’t been convinced by the masses to try this one then Im not sure there is much I can say to change your mind. The story is worth the hype and the innovative way that they tell it is worth experiencing.
- Enders Game by Orson Scott Card – I read this one when I heard they would make it into a movie. I had never read anything set in space and there were other aspects that set it outside my comfort zone. I’m really glad I took the chance though because I think it was amazing. When I was reading I was able to picture everything with ease; often in science fiction the jargon takes away from my ability to visualize. If you enjoyed books like Illuminae and Divergent I would recommend Enders Game.
- Origin by Jessica Khoury – Here’s a standalone for you and this one also has a little romance too! A fast paced plot, secret labratory, vivid setting and eternal life?! What more could you want in a science fiction?
- Arclight by Josin L McQuien – This is perhaps one of the most unusual dystopian novels I’ve ever read. The cover is what caught my eye but the intrigue is what kept me reading. It is a unique story of light vs dark and has some creepy, ominous feels as well (I’m a big wuss when it comes to creepy so this was just enough for me) I loved the strong-willed MC and would recommend to anyone looking for a dystopian that isn’t run-of-the-mill.
- Glitch by Heather Anastasiu – IMO I saved the best for last. Chosen One? Check. Girl realizes all she has ever known was a lie? Check. Rebellion? Check. Love Triangle? Check. I loved this dystopian because it had all the typical tropes and then broke them. Glitch is the first book in a 3 book series centered around Zoe, a girl living in a computer chipped, zombie like society, who discovers she isn’t like all the rest. Frightened and panicked she tries to hide her abilities, for fear of being deactivated, only to discover she may not be the only one who’s unique. If you enjoy rebellion and x-men then this is the one for you!!
Thats All Folks!
But now I would really love to hea YOUR recommendations because I need some more science fiction on my TBR to balance out all the fantasy. Happy Reading!
Audio books !!
I have been waiting for this one you guys! This year I have really discovered a love for audiobooks, firstly because I can listen while I do chores or color and secondly because I read so much more this way. In fact I have listened to a total of 26 audiobooks so far this year! And now I would like to recommend ten of my favourites to you.
- Anne of Green Gables by L M Montgomery. I think listening to it was better than reading it would have been because the narrator gave Anne a sass I wouldn’t have.
- Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I read this and listened to it at the same time depending on what I was doing. I LOVED this book and the Carry On parts were done really well. Do you have a long commute? Try Fangirl and the time will fly!
- Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. I know that you miss out on some of the books visuals when you listen to the audiobook, but the different sounds and voices add to the sci-fi atmosphere of the story. It was incredible!
- Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Why did it take me so long to read this series? It’s amazing, and the narrator did an fantastic job giving each character a unique voice. Often I don’t enjoy when a female narrator reads male parts and visa versa but that was not the case here.
- A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas. I wasn’t sold when I first started listening but I quickly changed my mind when I realized I could focus on visualizing the story. Plus I could listen to all the shenanigans Feyre was up to while I did the dishes; suddenly chores are awesome!
- We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach. The #1 thing I hate about some audiobooks is one narrator doing all the voices and doing a poor job. This however has a different narrators for each of the 4 main characters and it really brought the book to life. If I had read the book myself I feel I would have missed out.
- These Broken Stars. Another fantastic story that used sounds and two different voice actors to make it vivid and addicting.
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater. Okay so the voice actor – some love his voice and some hate it. I understand because I was hesitant too but now that I’m on to The Raven King I just can’t imagine anyone else bringing these characters to life! This series has left such an impression on me and I know that no one else could have read these characters like Will Patton.
- Walk On Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson. Again, another story with a narrator that went above and beyond. You really feel like Lee is telling you her story while you can smell the horses and feel the dust on your skin! I HIGHLY recommend this one.
- And what would this list be without Six Of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!! I read the book originally but I bought the audiobook and always put it on after a rough day or when I can sleep. Not that it’s boring! It’s just that hearing these characters that have become so familar, banter with one another is soothing.
Please leave your recommendations in the comments !!