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2020 Books in Two Sentences: January

At the very beginning of 2020 I saw The Knight is Dark and Full of Books do this with their 2019 books and I was in awe. I knew I wanted to do the same for my 2020 books but I also knew that if I didn’t make it a monthly habit it would be a hot mess at the end of the year. I mean, look, it’s already half-way through February and I am so behind on my reviews. So, drumroll please, here is January’s books reviewed for you in two sentences! Any link will take you to a full review.


JANUARY

Denton Little’s Deathdate: A YA contemporary romance / science fiction that tickled my funny bone with gallows humor galore. This was a fantastic way to start the New Year and I cannot wait to get my hands on book #2.

Red, White and Royal Blue: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston was voted the Winner of Goodread’s Best Romance for 2019. I saw this book everywhere and finally read it only to fall in love with this coming of age story!

Me: A Nonfiction book for the ages that is nearly impossible to put down or forget. Whether you are a fan of Elton John’s music or not, you will be a fan of his humanity and his humility after reading this book.

Nicholas Flamel’s First Codex: This first book in a middle grade fantasy series introduces us to the world of Nicholas, his wife Perry and the nefarious John Dee. I felt for Sophie and Josh Newman who are thrust into their world of magic, changing their lives forever, but I’m not sure I have the energy for this series.

Atomic Habits: My first re-read of 2020 was my favorite Nonfiction read of 2019! Last year this book helped me make and keep so many new habits and I am hopeful that this year it will support me quitting bad habits as successfully.

The Toll: At over 600 action packed pages this was a marathon read. But, much like a long workout, I felt nothing but satisfaction when I finally finished.

A Curse So Dark and Lonely: A YA loose re-telling of The Beauty and the Beast that captured my heart. I love a strong protagonist and Harper delivers in spades even though I am still unsure how I feel about Prince Rhen.

The Greatest Love Story Ever Told: This audiobook version of Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally’s book was like listening to the two of them over a long dinner. Listening to them flirt, chat, compliment, and reminisce will show even the hardest heart what a beautiful marriage can look like.

A Heart So Fierce and Broken: I came back to this YA series to see what was happening with Rhen and Harper only to have the focus shift to Grey. As a huge fan of the third wheel, Grey, from the first book I am thrilled to spend more time with this hot Captain of the Guard.

The Philosopher’s Flight: A historical science fiction that reimagines the our world during WWII if people, mainly women, had the power of magic and flight. This is a book I just cannot stop thinking about and I am so excited to get my hands on the second in the series.

How to Outline My Novel: If you are writing a YA book this how-to would be a great reference! With tons of examples from popular YA books, How to Outline My Novel gives the writers a step-by-step guide on how to outline and finish their YA work.

The Okay Witch: This graphic novel about coming to age and coming to terms with being different is going to be the graphic novel to beat for 2020. I just couldn’t stop loving it and re-reading it!

 


Tell me, please!

How is your 2020 reading / reviewing?


 

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2020 Reading Goals and Challenges

I have been spending the past week thinking about my reading habits, what I want to change, and how I want to grow as a reading and reviewer. I started by looking at my successes and failures of the past year and selected challenges that would (1) not make me insane and (2) would help me achieve my goals. As much as I would like to be the kind of person that would successfully complete a crazy challenge I think I have hit a point in life where I realize that being a mood reader is not something I can (or am really even willing) to change. And so, drumroll please, I present my 2020 Reading Goals and Challenges!

If you are looking for a fun challenge, check out The Master List of Challenges Tanya @ GirlXOXO has compiled!


Goal: Read My Stack of Books

I have a gorgeous stack of books in my house. I need to stop feeling guilty about all the books I own and replace that negative feeling with the joy having those books brings me. So, for 2020, I will no longer refer to it as a burden or an embarrassment. Instead, I want to read my Stunning Stack of books. All of them.

Challenge: Start on Your Shelfathon from The Quiet Pond.

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CW @ The Quiet Pond has the most beautiful site and I am so glad that this particular challenge popped up because I will look forward to checking her site more and participating fully in the StartOnYourShelfathon which challenges us to start with the books we are reading on our own shelves.


Goal: Read Through My Backlist

As of today I have 305 books on my To Be Read list on Goodreads. This list grows exponentially every week. I am fine with it continuing to grow but I am sad for the books that keep getting buried further and further down the list. I must rescue those books! I want to read 24 books from my backlist this year.

Challenge: Beat the Backlist from Novel Knight

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This will be my third year participating in Novel Knight’s fantastic Beat the Backlist Challenge but I vow that this will be the year I fully participate. This means looking at the mini-challenges and actually logging my books. This challenge really inspires me to tackle that backlist every year but I never follow through with the social aspect of it. Which is changing this year! For 2020, I am going to request to join the Borrowers team and try and get all of my TBRs from my library.


Goal: Listen to More Audiobooks

I love audiobooks! Listening to audiobooks means that I am never “wasting time.” Running errands = reading time. Commuting = reading time. My frustration level with the general junk life throws at me is almost totally gone because everywhere I have to go I am listening to or reading a book all the time. I would like to listen to 24 audiobooks this year – two a month.

Challenge: Audiobook Challenge from Caffeinated Reader and Hot Listens

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Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer co-host this challenge. In 2018 I participated for the first time and last year I saw my audiobook reads go through the roof. If adding audiobooks to your year is something you want to try, I highly recommend this challenge. You can sign up here!


Goal: Keeping Better Data

One of my biggest failures of the past few years is not keeping track of my data. I don’t remember who recommended books to me so I can’t tag them back. I don’t transfer data from my Goodreads into my other challenges. I’m ridiculous. There is no challenge for this (that I know of right now) so I am going to start my own.

Challenge: Social Saturday

Social SaturdayHosted right here @ SilverButtonBooks. Every Saturday I am going to be social. That means checking other sites, entering my data on the challenges, and just being a responsible participant. If you struggle with this or just need to designate a day to be more social, feel free to join me!


Tell me, please!

What are your 2020 Reading Goals and Challenges?


 

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Challenge Update: The Goodreads Challenge and My Favorites of 2019

This year I vowed to log every single book I read on Goodreads. I know that this sounds silly – what is the alternative? Well, what I did pre-2019 was to only log the books I was proud to read or ones that I reviewed. Which is just silly because every single book is a labor of love from the author and deserving of a place on my GR list. So, for 2019, I wanted to log them all. And I did!

I wanted to read 100 books and I managed to read 124. The number of books is pretty consistent from year to year but the fact that I wrote them all down is a wonder to me. In case you haven’t been reading – my other challenges all suffered from a sheer lack of data. I need to change this in 2020. I need data to be my friend.

I was going to do a best of list but, honestly, this is the first year that I feel like every book added something to my life all year long. It was a wonderful year of reading and I cannot wait for 2020’s reading to begin!


Tell me, please!

How was your 2019 Reading?


 

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2019 Challenge Updates: My Struggles

After this, I only have one more challenge to address; my Goodreads challenge. But it would be remiss of me to not take the time to talk about the straight up messes I have made of my reading and reviewing this year. This is where I lay down the shameful double whammy of bad habits that sabotages my reading and reviewing every year.

Bad Habit #1: Mood Reading


There really isn’t anything wrong with mood reading. Except, you know, if you have ARCs piling up, shelves overflowing, and you can’t seem to stick to any kind of plan. After several of my resolutions in 2018 sort of crashed and burned I decided to only pick challenges that would give me the flexibility that mood reading brings to the table. So, no more “When Are You Reading?” or special categories for reading. Everything would be general and intended to clear my Massive TBR. I did have two specific challenges: The Harry Potter Read Through and the Learn Something New challenge. Both of these challenges required me to read specific books and this had me avoiding doing either.

Bad Habit #2: Not Keeping Track of My Reading


2019LibraryLoveChallenge-400x400-angelsgpOne of my favorite challenges that was new in 2019 was the Library Love Challenge hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures blog. I did a fantastic job keeping track of the books I borrowed from the library in January. Part of February and piece of March were also written down. And, even the small amount of data I kept has shown me that using my library saves me somewhere between $500-$1000 a year and that doesn’t include the DVDs I borrow. Can you imagine how cool it would have been if I had tracked it all year? Here you can see the gradual failure….

Here are the things I borrowed from my local library in 2019


You are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero ($15.00)

The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley ($14.00)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Matt Haddon ($15.00)

China Rich Girl by Kevin Kwan ($13.00)

Atomic Habits ($27.00)

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan ($12.00)

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan ($12.00)

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz ($15.00)

Conan Doyle for the Defense by Margaret Fox ($15.00)

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Library by Robin Sloan ($15.00)

January total money saved = $138.00

Simpsons Confidential by Mike Reiss ($15.00)

In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman ($16.99)

Drawn Together by Minh Le ($17.99)

The Wicked King by Holly Black ($15.00)

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian ($15.00)

Reading Art ($35.00)

The Con Artist by Fred Van Lethe ($14.99)

The Arctic Incident (Artemis Fowl #2) by Eoin Colfer ($15.00)

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson ($15.00)

A New Hope – The Princess, the Scoundrel and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken ($15.00)

Daughter of a Siren Queen by Tricia Levenseller ($9.99)

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson ($12.00)

Savings for February and March $196.96

Truly Deviously by Maureen Johnson ($15.00)

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Phillippe ($12.90)

Fantastic Beasts and How to Find Them, J.K. Rowling ($15.99)

Meet Cute, Helena Hoang ($8.99)

Hello Universe, Erin Entrada Kelly

The Eternity Code by Eoin Colfer

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Fish in a Tree

Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina, Illuminae Files #2 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio, Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Betty WhileIf You Ask Me by Betty White


Can you imagine how successful my reading would have felt if only I had stuck to my plans and kept track of what I had done? If I look back at my September Series Challenge or my November NonFiction Reading Challenge I see a strong start only to run out of steam towards the end. Did I really run out of steam or did I just not track them?

Because the reality is that the lack of data truly affected all of my other challenges in one way or another. The only place I really tracked every single book was in my Goodreads challenge. But, I then failed to take that data and use it for my other challenges. All I had to do was transfer the information and I didn’t.

But I can finish things. And that is where I am especially disappointed with myself. I participated in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year and I finished. I even have a printed certificate to prove it. Why did I finish this but not some of my other challenges?

What I need to do is ponder this before I come up with my 2020 Reading Challenges.


Tell me, please!

Do you have any tips or tricks I can use to help stay on track this year?


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2019 Reading Challenge Update: Audiobooks

2018 might have been the year I discovered the power of audiobooks but 2019 is definitely the year that I made audiobooks work for me. And, I owe it all to Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer’s audiobook challenge!

In this challenge, you are encouraged to listen to audiobooks and they make being successful so easy. Here are the rules:

Challenge Details

  • Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.

And, success comes in all different levels. Here is how they define each level:

Levels

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

In 2018 I was surprised to find that I listened to 13 which put me at the Stenographer level. This year I just wanted to match that level but I managed to listen to a whopping 21 books! This makes me a Binge Listener! It is also the reason that I dramatically increased my rowing distance since I listen while I row. Bonus points!

My 2019 Audiobooks



You Are a Badass, How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and State Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Matt Haddon

Odd Thomas, Dean Koontz

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

A New Hope- The Princess, The Scoundrel and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken

Truly, Deviously by Maureen Johnson

Magnus Chase II, Rick Riordan

The Arctic Incident (Artemis fowl #2)

The Eternity Code (Artemis Fowl #3)

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler

The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Fish in a Tree

Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Gemina, Illuminae Files #2 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Obsidio, Illuminae Files #3 by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The Black Count by Tom Reiss

Betty WhileIf You Ask Me by Betty White


As with all my other challenges, I did better in 2019 than in 2018 in logging my books. In 2020 I want to vastly increase the consistency with which I review the audiobooks I enjoyed. If you are even remotely interested in audiobooks, I highly recommend this challenge!


Tell me, please!

Do you listen to audiobooks? If not, what is holding you back?


 

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2019 Reading Challenges: Beat the Backlist

This is the second year that I have pledged to participate in Novel Knight’s Beat the Backlist Challenge and this is the second year that I have fallen short of the goal line. This year I read the books (same as 2018), I even kept track of them (one better than 2018!) but I still managed to forget to submit the books I read (whomp whomp).

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If you have never been to Novel Knight’s site, it is amazing and I would highly recommend checking it out. My big regret from this year is that I didn’t check the site more frequently because I could have participated on a deeper level. I think that I would have had a lot more fun with my TBR pile and I would have gotten a lot more accomplished than I did this year. Also, generally, Novel Knight has some amazing reviews.

As it stands, these are the books I read off my TBR for 2019.


Beat the Backlist Challenge

Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

Another Fine Myth by Robert Asprin

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Gunslinger by Stephen King

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal….by Tom Reiss

A Glorious Freedom by Lisa Congdon

Snacks by Janis Thiessen

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

Frankestein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

Here be Monsters by Alan Snow

A Man Called Ove

The Queen of the Tearling

The Invasion of the Tearling

The Fate of the Tearling

Blue Lily, Lily Blue

The Raven King

Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Fish in a Tree Lynda Hunt Mullaly

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok


I don’t know what is worse, how few of these wonderful books I reviewed or the fact that as I look through my Goodreads list I am seeing more and more books that I read that I didn’t write down for this challenge. So, I failed to keep track even for myself!

Still, I count this challenge as a reading success because some of the books I read on this list I have had for years. So, thank you Novel Knight for hosting this challenge again next year! In 2020 I resolve to not just read books off my TBR but also actually participate fully in the challenge.


Tell me, please!

Did you participate in this challenge? Any tips on how to keep track of things better?


 

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My 2019 Challenge Update: Serious Series Challenge

I took up six reading Challenges in 2019 as well as the Goodreads challenge. Of these seven, five were successes. The two failures were the Totally Harry Potter Re-Read through and the Learn Something New Challenge. Both these challenges I will discuss later. But first, the successes!

The Series Books I Finished in 2019


For this challenge I wanted to finish off the series books that were already on my physical shelf and in my electronic to-be-read pile and, for the most part, I did. Also, in September with the help of Meeghan’s September Series Challenge I focused on just series books. This was wonderful except I found it nearly impossible to review the series books without including major spoilers. So, I defaulted to not reviewing anything at all. Because I am ridiculous.

Besides old series wrap ups I also found new series books to love. Here are the series books I read in 2019!


Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan,

China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan,

Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Magnus Chase II, Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase III, Rick Riordan

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Invasion of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

Dragonwatch #1 by Brandon Mull

Dragonwatch #2 by Brandon Mull

Tunnel of Bones Victoria Schwab

Illuminae Kaufman and Kristoff

Obsidio Kaufman and Kristoff

Gemina Kaufman and Kristoff

Beard Necessities by Penny Reid


Beyond not reviewing because I didn’t want to print any spoilers (and finding that I often defaulted to the old ‘it was awesome, trust me!’ review), I had one other problem with series books: There really seems to be a pace for reading them.

Sometimes, series books give you that recap at the beginning. Middle grade books are great for this so Magnus Chase didn’t need an independent re-read because the whole first section of the book is a nice review. Similarly, any Stephanie Plum book includes a refresher so you could really pick up any book after any length of time and read them.

But, YA and adult books, especially those that involve deep world building ask different things of their readers. I had a huge gap between staring and finishing The Raven Cycle and, honestly, it took its toll on the series. I struggled to remember what was happening between books two and three and it cost me the deeper enjoyment of the total series. This is completely my fault and after that I vowed to either re-read or keep a series together. The author deserves at least that much!

So, since I couldn’t remember at all what the set up was in Queen of the Tearling I took the time to re-read it. Re-reading is always quicker and I refreshed my recollection and moved on in the series very quickly. This made the series feel complete and I found myself fully immersed in the world. I did the same thing with The Illuminae Files, consuming them book after book until there were no more.

So, for 2020, I am going to continue reading series books but actually think about how they are meant to be read and take into consideration honestly how much I remember about previous books. (I’m looking at you Toll). Also, I am going to find a way to review them that will bring you the feel of the series without major plot point spoilers.


Tell me, please!

In a series review, what are you looking for?

For my fellow bloggers, how do you handle the spoilers?


 

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September Sequels

I was blog hopping the other day in lieu of writing anything and Meegan Reads had mentioned this fabulous idea of focusing on sequels in September. The idea originated with Kathy at Books and Munchies and I love it!


The Rules

Post a blog post / comment / Tweet / whatever saying you’ll be joining.

Share your list of all the TBR-sequels that you own and then decide which ones to give priority to.

If you’re sharing your updates on social media, use #SequelSeptember so we can follow up on each other. Simple!


My TBR

Here is the top of my sequel TBR. I also need to finish re-reading all of the Harry Potter books for one of my 2019 challenges.


Tell me, please!

Do you have sequels that need your attention?


 

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2019 Reading Resolutions and Challenges

Happy 2019!

I had a wonderful year of reading and I am really excited for another! My biggest resolution is to read and enjoy the books I already own. Since the book buying ban was an absolute flop I am instead trying to be more gentle and encouraging about my book buying. Therefore, for every 5 books I read off my massive physical TBR, I am going to give myself permission to buy a new one. Perhaps the carrot will work better than the stick.

All of the following challenges were chosen to support this major goal: read the books I already have.


Goodreads Challenge

I found success in this one last year and I hope to do the same this year. I will be keeping my goal of 100 books but this year I plan to scrupulously log everything – even if I feel I slightly embarrassed by my choices! I read for fun and I would never judge another reader and I will just have to trust that the same is true in the people around me.


Series Serious Love

This is a challenge of my own invention inspired by one of my favorite new blogs, The Perks of Being Noura. I have complied all of the series that I already own at least one book for (or, embarrassingly, the whole series) and I want to work through all of them this year. You can see that page here.


Hot Listens 2019 Audiobook Challenge

This is an audiobook challenge and I credit it for introducing me to the joys of audiobooks. Last year I managed 15 and so this year my goal is to obtain the Socially Awkward level of listening (15-20). You can join me in listening here.


Beat The Backlist

I joined this last year and, while is inspired me to read many of my backlisted books, I was terrible about actually participating. This year, I am joining again and I am going ALL IN. You can join this challenge here.


The Learn Something New Reading Challenge

Perhaps my most favorite part of 2018 was participating in the NonFiction November. I am already excited to see what NonFiction November 2019 brings and in order to be more prepared I want to participate year long in this challenge. You can sign up here.


Harry Potter Complete Read Through

I miss Harry, Ron, Hermoine and (most of all) Neville. So, I resolve to re-read or read all of the Harry Potter books and related stories. This includes the three unread books on my massive physical TBR shelf.


The Library Love Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Angela at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. I chose this challengeto further encourage me to avoid impulse buying new books. The basic goal is to read at least 12 books this year from your library. You can sign up for this challenge here.


If none of these appeal to you please check out Girlxoxo’s fantastic blog where there is an amazing list of all the reading challenges out there. I was tempted by many (MANY) more but I am determined to clear those shelves this year!


Tell me, please!

What are your resolutions? Are you using any challenges to get you to a goal?


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My Massive TBR 2019

These are the physical books I already own that I vow to work through during 2019. As I read them I will cross them off and if I buy more I will add those in bold.


Harry Potter 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Illustrated

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Tales of Beedle Bard

Harry Potter, a history


Non Fiction

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*uck by Amy Alkon

A Glorious Freedom by Lisa Congdon

Quakery by Lydia King, MD

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne

Karate-Do, My Way of Life by Gighin Funakoshi

The Number Devil by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

Mindful Games by Susan Kaiser Greenland

Uppity Women Speak Their Mind by Vicki Leon

Bullshit by John Grant

Mindfulness by Tessa Watt

Emotional Intelligence by Dr. David Walton

Have you Eaten Grandma? by Gyles Brandreth

Snacks, a Canadian Food History by Janis Thiessen

How to Teach your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

Brainstorm the Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain by Daniel J. Siegel, MD

The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

The Sherlock Holmes Handbook by Ransom Riggs

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Reference (I will consider these read if I consult them at length ten times)

A Treasury of Favorite Poems

You can Do It! by Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas

The Art and Science of Handreading by Ellen Goldberg and Dorian Bergen

1000 Books to Read Before You Die by James Mustich

Awakening Your Ikigai by Ken Mogi


Series

The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley (Flavia de Luce)

Seventy-Seven Clocks by Christopher Fowler (Peculiar Crimes Unit)

Arch Enemy by Frank Beddor (Looking Glass Wars)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Darker Shade Magic)

Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Mass (Court of Thorn and Roses)

Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Mass (Court of Thorn and Roses)

Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Mass (Court of Thorn and Roses)

Another Fine Myth by Robert Aspin (Another Fine Myth)

Queen of Tearling by Erika Johansen (Queen of Tearling)

The Invasion of Tearling by Erika Johansen (Queen of Tearling)

The Fate of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (Queen of Tearling)

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman (Arc of a Scythe)

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, The Ship of the Dead by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase)

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Magnus Chase)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle)

The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater (Raven Cycle)

Fantasy

The Language of Thorns by Leigh Bardugo

Eon by Alison Goodman

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Mirage by Somaiya Daud

Shadow and Fox by Julie Kagawa

Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Catching Stars by Cayla Keenan

Roseblood by A.G. Howard

Un Lun Dun by China Mieville


Science Fiction

Live Free or Die by John Ringo


Fiction

Mrs. Sherlock Holmes by Brad Ricca

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

The Real Michael Swann by Bryan Reardon

The Hunting of Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco

The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle

The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp by Rick Yancey

The Price Guide to the Occult by Leslye Walton

Star Wars (William Shakespeare) by Iran Doescher

The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Swords and Scoundrels by Julia Knight

The Gunslinger by Stephan King

Hotel on Shadow Lake by Daniela Tully

The Mask of Zorro

The Map of Salt and Stars by Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar

The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen

The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

My Plain Jane by Hand, Ashton and Meadows

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde


Historical Fiction

Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold

Votes for Women!

The Removes by Tatjana Soli

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Mrs. Houdini by Victoria Kelly

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier

Gentlemen and Players by Joanne Harris


Classics

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers


Children’s Books

Nightbooks by J.A. White

Greenglass House by Kate Milford

Of Two Minds by Carol Mata and Perry Modelman

Nevermore, The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket

Montrous by MarcyKate Connolly

HeapHouse by Edward Carey

Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin

Tom’s Midnight Garden

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon

The Wonderling by Mira Bartok

Frogkisser by Garth Nix

The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Strength of the Wolf Pack, Disney

Finding Serendipity by Angelica Banks

Furtunately, The Milk by Neil Gaiman

Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow

Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan

Detective’s Assistant by Kate Hannigan

The Dragon’s Eye by Dugald A. Steer

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly

Al Capone Does My Sheets by Jennifer Choldenko

Out of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper

The Never-ending Story by Michael Ende

Shakespeare’s Secret by Elise Broach

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani

The Legend of Greg by Chris Rylander

Before Tomorrowland, Disney

Evil Genius by Catherine Jenks

Polar Bear Explorers’ Club by Alex Bell