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My Non-OWL April 2019 Reading List

I am not an organized reader. Yesterday I posted my first quarter challenge updates and some things are going really well and others are suffering from the persistent mod reading. Something has to change! In addition to joining the OWL Readathon that was put together by G @ Book Roast, I am going to try making a general April 2019 Reading List. Here is what I hope to read to keep my challenges going during the month of April.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

One NonFiction book about Sherlock Holmes (Waiting to see what the library provides!)

One Sherlock Holmes Fiction Book (A Study in Charlotte)

Finish the Magnus Chase series or The Fate of the Tearling series

And read my backlist!!! It is not getting any better by ignoring it! This is where I hope the OWL Readathon will help clear some decks.

I also need to read my three ARCs; Highland Crown by May McGoldrick, Dreaming in Code: Ada Byron Lovelance, Computer Pioneer by Emily Arnold McCully, and Solving for M by Jennifer Swender.


I realize this is a pretty unimpressive reading list and that many people have 10-15 books specifically picked out. But, that would be a recipe for disaster for me. I need flexibility to see what books call to me. And yet, I also need to suck it up and read certain books already. If I manage to finish all of these and my books for my O.W.L. Readathon I am going to celebrate (probably with a new book).


Tell me, please!

Do you have any tips on how to plan your upcoming reading to achieve your goals?


 

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2019’s First Quarter Update

I would love to be the kind of person that is organized enough to do a monthly update but between my WWW posts and my backlog of reviews I was thinking maybe four times a year would be more my pace. With the first three months of 2019 behind us it is time to look back at how I did during the first quarter of the year!


Challenge Updates


Harry Potter Canon: I have read exactly ONE. Which is really a shame because I loved every single page.


Serious Series Love: I finished Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians trilogy and it was delightful. You can see my full review here.

I started a new series which has been on my shelf for quite some time and I love it! One Fine Myth by Robert Asprin. I need to continue reading these as they are delightful.


Beat the Backlist: It is embarrassing to think I have only managed to read six measly books off of my backlist. I need to really get serious about these beautiful books! I also bought way more books than I should have when I was sad. I’ve got to get a grip!


Audiobook Challenge: Meanwhile, I am feeling quite proud of my audiobook list! I have already enjoyed NINE audiobooks this year!


Learn Something New: It took me a bit to think of what I wanted to focus on but I finally selected Sherlock Holmes / Arthur Conan Doyle after reading Conan Doyle for the Defense. There are a LOT of books about Sherlock and Arthur and I hope to get a chance to read at least five before the end of 2019.


Library Love Challenge: My library love knows no bounds! By my estimation (and believe me, this is an estimate – this doesn’t include DVDs, magazine or books I checked out and didn’t finish) I have saved $334.96 since January 1st!


Goodreads Challenge: I am also ahead here even though I had an abysmal March and have read 35 books so far this year.


Tell me, please!

How is your 2019 Reading so far?

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Books I Bought When I Was Sad

When I was a kid the scholastic book people would give you a flimsy little mailer and you could pick a book. What felt like 100 days later your book would arrive, right in the middle of class, and my teachers would hand them out like trophies. My Mom and Dad always made sure that I got to order a book so it was the happiest day ever. Usually, I couldn’t remember what I had picked out and so it was a present. Past me had picked out something for future me to enjoy. And enjoy them I did!

When I see a book that I love (not just like but really really want to own) I will add it to my online cart. I try to only do so if the book is unavailable at my library. Occasionally when I get really sad I will just blindly order the cart (this is a very good reason to only store gift cards on your account and not credit cards). A short time later a box arrives at my house full of books from me-in-the-past to cheer me-in-the-future immediately up.

Most of February and March I have been in a major funk. And, one day I ordered all of the books in my cart. When I opened the box it was just full of friends ready to cheer me up. Did it work immediately (like it usually has in the past)? Not really. So I boxed them carefully back up again until I got in the right headspace. Not that I have broken though the slump from hell I am ready to celebrate by getting out my new books. Here I give you…..the books I bought when I was sad!



I feel so lucky to be able to afford to buy books and to have the ones I want readily available to me. I have some slight remorse over not sticking to my book buying plan but not as much as the joy I feel at cracking into my new books.


Tell me, please!

Do you ever buy books to cheer yourself up?


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Books Books Everywhere and Still I Didn’t Read.

I’m weathering a bit of a storm in my life. Nothing terrible, there just seems to be a constant stream of bad news in my neck of the woods. When the emotional winds started to pick up and toss me around I did what I always do – I bought books. I tried not to (I swear!) but I had already requested as many as I could from the library and Netgalley. Still, there were some I wanted to read that the library didn’t own. I ask you, what am I supposed to do? Just not ever read that book? I had to buy them. Ahem.

Suddenly, I found myself sitting surrounded by piles of books. But, I didn’t read anything. For a solid week, I didn’t even look at books. That is not good. That is not me. I don’t like me when I’m not reading. Mind you, this wasn’t a slump so much as an, “oops I forgot to eat for a week” aberration in my behavior. Not reading was making me sadder and I hadn’t noticed.

Last night I confessed my week of non-reading to my best friend in the whole world. And saying it aloud made me realize I needed to read. And really, this is a non-problem. This is like complaining about having too many things in your refrigerator. I have books just waiting to keep me company and transport me away. I just needed to pick one and get going.

So, I started reading I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella last night. And I felt almost instantly better. When I woke up (far too early this morning) there was my book on my bedside table ready to keep me company over a cup of coffee.

Books are friends. So, I am sorry to my book friends and to my bookish friends for falling into a hole last week. I see the way out now!


Tell me, please!

Have you ever experienced this before? What did you do to pull yourself out?


 

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My Favorite Books of 2018

I have read so many wonderful books this year that I have broken my favorites into Ten categories with a Winner and an Honorable Mention given. If you want more information I have added a link to any original review.

Drumroll please….


Audiobooks

WinnerSo That Happened by Jon Cryer. My nine hours spent listening to Ducky (I mean Jon!) talk about his youth and experiences felt far too short. He is dryly funny and deeply interesting and it stands out as my absolute favorite audiobook of the year.

 

 

 

 

stuffmattersHonorable MentionStuff Matters by Mark Miodownik. This audiobook had the delightful ability to keep me interested in a subject matter that probably would have put me to sleep otherwise. Read in a clipped British accent that drives the information directly into your brain and featuring a perfect blend of history and science Stuff Matters will make you the most annoying or fascinating party guest, depending completely on your audience. Read the room before you launch into the history of plastics!

 


Children’s Literature

BobWinner: Bob by Wendy Mass and Rebecca Stead is the early middle grade book everyone should read. A story of what it means to be a friend is always important but Bob brings subtle layers to the friendship between the sweet Bob and his Livy.

 

 

 

 

7thHonorable MentionThe Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall. This book was part of a book club required reading and, although I was determined to hate it, I cannot love it more. A redemption story through the recognition that things are not always what they seem to be was a wonderful theme for 2018.

 

 

 


Graphic Novels

princeWinner: The Prince and Dressmaker by Jen Wang is hands down my best graphic novel of 2018. The story didn’t match my prediction based on the cover at all. Instead it was so much more. If you want a story about being true to yourself and what it means to accept someone, look no further.

 

 

 

 
sabrinachilHonorable Mention: The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa. I read this series during my month of Frighteningly Good Reads 2018 and it is amazing. If you have already peeked at the Netflix series and liked what you saw then you will also love these books. I do not enjoy horror stories but this dark turn on Sabrina was just the right combination of horror and storytelling for me.

 

 

 


Fantasy

returnofthekingWinner: The Lord of the Rings, Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien. Perhaps this book lands on top of my fantasy experiences  for the year aided by the satisfaction of finishing the trilogy but I don’t think so. This was, hands down, the best of the trilogy for me and the last 100 pages were so action packed and then sweet that I will always remember reading this with joy.

 

 

 

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Honorable MentionIron Gold by Pierce Brown. Beginning this book was difficult. Not simply because it is a hefty 601 pages but because we left the characters at the end of Morning Star at relative peace. Ten years later we find them….still fighting. But, in true Pierce Brown manner the character building and action climb together until you close the book and find yourself wanting more.

 

 


Fiction

circeWinner: Circe by Madeline Miller. I tried to limit my expectations after reading and falling deeply in love with Song of Achilles but Madeline Miller absolutely exceeded even my (secret) wildest expectations. You have seen the book in every store and heard everyone talking about it for a reason – it is perfect.

 

 

 

 

storied lifeHonorable Mention: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikery by Gabrielle Zevin. I bought this book because it has a bookstore on the cover. I started reading it because it was alphabetized last on my TBR bookshelf. And I love it because it is a beautiful story that shines a light on the how books weave into the fabric of our lives and those we love.

 

 

 


Historical Fiction

watchmakerWinner: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley. This was one of the first books I read in 2018 and it remains my absolute favorite. It is the overall winner of every award for me in every category but I placed it here because, technically, it is historical fiction. This beautiful sweeping story takes you back and forth between London and Japan and volleys between historical facts and fantastical fiction. This is the book that owned my heart in 2018.

 

 

 

thealicenetworkHonorable Mention: The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. I started this book and misplaced it. It is a testament to the writing and characters in this book that when I found it again I was able to immediately sit down and continue reading without missing a beat. This story features a number of strong women as they help the war effort and pick up the ravaged pieces of the world. As two story lines, one from WWI and one from post-WWII, begin to intertwine the rising action took on a break neck pace. This adventure is one I was thrilled to see unfold during 2018.

 


NonFiction

awkwardWinner: Awkward, The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome by Ty Tashiro, PhD. This was not only an excellent book but also stands as my most often quoted book of 2018. Where was this book when I was an awkward nerd in sixth grade?!? As an awkward adult I enjoyed seeing the growth potential and the previously unknown benefits of my awkwardness. As someone who works with children I love recommending this book to naturally socially adept adults. You know, those who have never stood outside the circle just wondering how all the talking happened. Awkward people unite!

 

CanadaHonorable Mention: Canada by Mike Myers. I have a deep and abiding crush on Canada. I cannot say I love it yet. I found myself first attracted to Canada several years ago. I finally took my first trip through Quebec this year and so my crush is still blooming. But, true knowledge is what leads to love. Mike Myers has that in spades for his native land. Part autobiography part history of Canada and all fabulous this book was perfect for feeding my fascination with Canada.

 


Romance

MarriageWinnerMarriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid. This is the seventh book in the Knitting in the City series and features (finally) Kat and Dan’s story. Penny Reid introduced both of these characters in book one and has allowed the readers glimpses of their infatuation and love in brief moments through the series. The hype about finally seeing them get together was high. And, the book delivered! The female characters Reid creates are interested and her books always have truly smart quirks. I was as happy to finally read Kat and Dan’s story as I was sad that the series was over.

 

 

thekissquotientHonorable MentionThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang. This book received an unbelievable amount of hype in 2018 and, deservedly so. It was the most surprising contemporary romance I have read since Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game. This gender swap on Pretty Woman is made more interesting by the author’s ability to simultaneously feature culturally varied characters and characters with disabilities without making the reader feel like they are being lectured.

 

 


Young Adult

warbringerWinner: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. This is part of the DC Icons series. I may not have always been a fan of the scantily clad Amazon but after Gal Gadot I became a dire hard fan. Leigh Bardugo’s retelling of Diana’s beginnings as Wonder Woman was a perfect mixture of cannon and invention and I loved it completely.

 

 

 

 

foolish_heartsHonorable Mention: Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills. I do know normally enjoy books set in high schools. However, I received Foolish Hearts from an OwlCrate and those books are always enjoyable. I was delighted to find that, while this was a romance of sorts, it was mostly about falling in love with yourself and growing as a person. This book also featured genuinely positive examples of both female and male friendship and I ate it up.

 

 

 


Scary / Spooky (Horror Light)

tendeadcomediansWinner: Ten Dead Comedians by Fred Van Lente. Ten comedians are locked on an unpopulated island and one after another they die…horribly. Fans of Agatha Christie’s locked room experiences will enjoy this modern twist. The added bonus of comedy’s more recently defined “unacceptable” lines left me constantly guessing as to the real identities of the fiction dead jokesters.

 

 

 

 

smallspacesHonorable Mention: Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. Holy moly this middle grade story was scary. It had everything – kids that don’t listen, parents that don’t believe, a ghost, an old curse and most of all a tag line you can whisper to fellow readers, “Stick to Small Spaces.”

 

 

 


Tell me, please!

What are your favorite reads from 2018?


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Dewey’s Readathon October 2018

Dewey’s 24 hour Readathon was this past weekend. It happens twice a year. I was so excited to participate again this time (my second) because I learned about it far enough in advance to plan my reading and food and schedule. Ahh, the best laid plans and intentions…

From 8 a.m. until noon I was reading steadily. I started with The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco and the pace of this book was gratifyingly adventurous. In about three and a half hours I had more than half of the book read but I found that I couldn’t sit still anymore. I had consumed my maximum level of coffee and done some serious snacking and so I knew that I needed a break. I really wanted to enjoy this book and perhaps start a new one today so I had to keep going!

I tried everything but I couldn’t sit still anymore. Eventually I managed to enjoy Andre the Giant, a decent graphic novel about the larger than man that Andre was, but I couldn’t return to The Bone Witch.

As this was my second Readathon I thought I had a better handle on what to expect and how to be successful. But, as readers we are always growing and changing. And now I know that sitting down to consume a book in entirety has never really been something that I could force. After four hours I started to feel like I had a test approaching and instead of enjoying my reading time it because very stressful.

Dewey’s Readathons also provide a plethora of social media platforms in which to participate and socialize. While I loved reading through other people’s process I found trying to keep up with Facebook, Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram overwhelming.

The next Readathon is April 6, 2019. Now I know I need a variety of books to read and audiobooks to keep my momentum going. I should probably also cut back on the snacks…they caused a massive nap. Finally I plan to pick one or two social platforms instead of trying to follow along with every single one.

Read and learn I guess!


Tell me, please!

Have you participated in a readathon? What are your tips?

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July 2018’s Reverse Readathon

The wonderful people at Dewey’s 24 Hour Reathon hosted a Reverse Readathon this weekend. I only heard about it on Wednesday but I wanted to participate because, well, reading. I didn’t do anything correctly. I missed the prompts that were posted on the site, I didn’t know you were supposed to time yourself and I am now finding out that I didn’t even sign up properly! So, I suppose I participated in it renegade style. Still, it was a wonderful experience. Since I didn’t know about it far enough ahead I didn’t have time to clear my schedule. But, for 24 hours I made reading a priority and it has slapped some enthusiasm into me!

The Reverse Readathon, I would come to learn, was “reverse” because of the hours. This Readathon was from 8 p.m. Friday night until 8 p.m. Saturday night instead of the usual schedule (which I still don’t know for sure). So, Friday night I sat out my stack.

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Like I said, I didn’t know about the Readathon so I had a full day Friday but I still managed to finish Circe on my lunch break. Gorgeous, beautiful Circe. Sigh. I just couldn’t wait. I also ran to the store and stock piled like a teenage version of my brother and four of his friends were coming over that night. At 8:00 Friday night I promptly sat down and started reading.

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I started with Kill the Farm Boy. Was that in my stack? No. No, it was not. But, I was half-way through it and hopped up on so much tea. I only read for two hours that night but I ate a full bag of chips and too many M&Ms. I have never been a night owl so off to bed I went.

At 6:30 the next morning I was reading again! After coffee and more coffee I finished Kill the Farm Boy and went directly to Regarding the Fountain: a Tale, in Letters, of Liars and Leaks by Kate and Sarah Klise. I needed a refreshing change if I was going to continue with this marathon of reading.

regardingthefountainI love the Klise sisters and I read this while I exercised. This book, like all of theirs, is thoroughly enjoyable. I love the format the Klise sister’s employ of using letters, drawn newspaper clippings and so very many puns and hilarious names. When the children finally figure out where the water in Dry Creek had gone I was finished with my biking (God bless recumbent bicycles) and ready to move on to my next book.

I decided to jump into Ready Player One and I had a couple of chapters finished when it was time for me to head to an afternoon appointment. Thankfully, I was able to listen to my audiobook version of Stuff Matters while driving to and from everything. I didn’t finish either book by the end of the 24 hour Readathon but I only have three chapters left in Stuff Matters, I am half-way through Ready Player One, and I got twenty more pages into Two Towers. More importantly, I had an absolutely fantastic time.

Lately, life has been busy and typically reading is saved for when everything else gets done. I read everyday (I couldn’t fall asleep without reading first) but it hasn’t been a priority since returning from Canada. Nor has my writing reviews (clearly). But the Readathon reminded me that when something is important you make it a priority. So, instead of watching television all Friday night and sleeping late Saturday I made time to read. And now, I am determined to keep that energy going as long as possible!

Another Readathon is scheduled for October and I am sure there are other people hosting similar events. If I have any hope of getting through my 2018 reading goals, I will need them.


Tell me, please!

Have you participated in a Readathon?


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My Canadian Obsession

Many years ago I started developing a major crush on Canada. I grew up in the mid-west and Canada seemed just a exotic and far away as Mexico. Also, as a cold-weather lover, Canada seemed more suited for me. Basically, Canada is my tall dark and handsome Jacob and everything south is the Edward everyone else is into. In the past two years it has blossomed into a bit of an obsession.

Finally I had the opportunity to visit! For the last ten days I have been traveling through Canada – mostly Quebec. While I may have arrived home to my own bed last night completely exhausted and swearing to never travel again, this morning my crush continues. While I travelled I had a ton of time to read and listen to books and I burned through so many! And, I was “lucky” in that almost all of the book stores in Quebec were French only books so I only came home with two new books. I cleared five off my massive TBR and started a sixth so I am ahead (which is highly unusual for me). Wait, do the two French/English dictionaries I bought count? Er, I also purchased some on my Kindle – do they count if I already read them? Darn it. Hold on while I just climb right off my high horse.

Many reviews are coming and I cannot wait to catch up on what everyone else is reading!


Tell me, please!

Do you have any Canadian related reading recommendations?


 

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Mid-Year Freak Out

Mid-Year Freak Out Tag!

I was tagged by the fabulous Maddie from Munch Reviews. I stumbled across her blog just recently but formed an instant connection – she has the heart of a true blue beautiful nerd and I have found more than a few fantastic reads on her blog. If you haven’t been to her site yet – take a moment and check it out. Thanks for the tag Maddie!

This is such a fortuitous tag because I really need to stay organized with my reading, challenges, logging my books, and reviewing for the year. This tag was such a swift kick in the butt to make sure I was staying on top of the organization part of my love of reading.

Below are responses to the mid-year freak out tag but if you are interested in how my 2018 Challenges are going feel free to check out my Challenges page.


Best Book So Far This Year

I have read a LOT of children’s fiction in the first half of the year but these two have been my favorites so far. The Seventh Most Important Thing and Bob are sweet and true like fantastic books need to be.


Best Sequel So Far in 2018

Penny Reid is my go-to recommendation for contemporary romance. Her books are smart, funny, and filled to the brim with women I would gladly pay money to be my friends. I have been waiting for Dan the Security Man’s story since her very first book. Scenes from the Hallway are short stories between Dan and Cat and Marriage of Inconvenience is their whole story finally told. I read Scenes several times and Marriage twice because Ms. Reid’s writing is just that good.


The New Release I Haven’t Read Yet but Want To

Madeline Miller’s first book remains as one of my


Most Anticipated Release for 2018

Are you sensing a theme here? Penny Reid has another book in a different series of hers coming out at the end of July. I cannot wait to read Roscoe’s story! And, Kill the Farm Boy debuts mid-July and I feel like I have been waiting for this book for a year.


Biggest Disappointment of This Year

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Ashley Poston’s Geekerella was one of my favorite books of 2017. I was beyond excited about her new re-telling of Anastasia but I think I out-hyped myself. This is the first in the series and I am really hoping that the second and third book will bolster this first book. It was far from bad but I was disappointed.


Biggest Surprise

Tim Peake’s Ask an Astronaut is so far outside of my comfort zone but it is such a fantastic non-fiction space read that I had a really hard time returning it to the library. I have also been reading a lot of graphic novels and The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang came out of no where (for me) and really affected me. It is such a gorgeous and heartfelt story that I cannot stop talking about it.


Favorite New to You or Debut Author

I first picked up Sandhya Menon’s When Dimple met Rishi to fulfill a challenge choice and just adored her first novel. I have been looking forward to reading her second novel From Twinkle, with Love but the book buying ban (and the wagon I’m back on) has kept me from picking it up. Thankfully, my June OwlCrate just arrived – with Twinkle inside! I’m finished it quickly and the review is coming soon. Both books are quick cute reads (perfect for summer) but I deeply appreciated the cultural references that gave the tried and true romance genre a lovely kick.


Newest Fictional Crush

While I love reading romantic interactions, typically what works for a romance story would make me insane in reality. The drama!!!  I just don’t have the energy.

Instead of fictional crushes I experience a third-wheel excitement for the couple itself. So, I can only give you all my favorite couple from this year:

Melanie Summers’ Crown Jewels trilogy is adorable and I really enjoyed watching Arthur and Tessa’s relationship develop. Similarly, The Hating Game by Sally Thorne had a swoon-worthy male and female character relationship but I wouldn’t have been able to handle that much drama and upset in real life. This book though is a must read for all romantic hearts.


New Favorite Character

This category has another tie between Keita Mori from The Watchmaker of Filigree Street and Amari from Children of Blood and Bone.


Book That Made Me Cry

All three of these made me happy cry.


Books That Made Me Happy

Every single book I review on SilverButtonBooks is a book that makes me happy because I don’t do negative reviews. But, here are two that surprised me by making me happy.

My Lady’s Choosing is an interactive romance book that took me right back to the choose your own adventure books of my childhood. Brazen is a graphic novel that highlights rebel ladies. Both books struck an unusual chord with me – My Lady’s Choosing for reminding me why I loved those crazy adventure books and Brazen for inspiring me to read more biographies.


Favorite Book to Film Adaptation

I don’t have a new one from this year! I have Simon on my shelf to read and I suspect that it will be high up there and Crazy Rich Asians was such a fun book but I haven’t seen the film yet.


Favorite Post You Have Done This Year

This would be my favorite post of the year. The Watchmaker is such a special book and the review flowed and I felt, for once, that my review actually encapsulated my love for this story.


The Most Beautiful Book You Bought This Year?

These two books I held and wandered around the store promising myself I would put them back. But, in the end, I just couldn’t. And, like any art form, I can’t really explain why these books appeal to me so much but they are my favorite from the first half of 2018.


Books to Read By The End of the Year?

Oh Lord, so many books! And they just keep publishing new wonderful books that I am desperately excited to read. And then I head over to the library to escape this wretched heat and I find more books to read.  I direct you again to my challenges page where I see that I really need to start on more historical fiction.


And there is it! My mid-year freak out. Sincere thanks to Maddie for tagging me and getting me to organize my thoughts with this tag. In return, I tag

Ryan,

Cathy (my favorite blog for historical fiction) and

Molly!


Tell me, please!

How is your 2018 reading going? Are you rock steady or freaking out?


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Summer and Beating the Backlist.

It is May 31st and tomorrow is officially SUMMER in my book! I like to make summer goals. And, my main goal is to beat my backlist. I started out the New Year with this goal but I am floundering. That is actually a lie. Floundering is being kind to myself. I have read one book and purchased, um, thirtyish.

So, I sat down tonight and alphabetized and wrote down all of my beautiful books. I also pulled out at least ten that I knew I wasn’t really ever going to read. So, here is my backlist.

Drumroll please…..


Adeyemi, Tomi. Children of Blood and Bone

Albertalli, Becky. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Alkon, Amy. Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Alexie, Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

Andersen, Laura. The Darkling Bride

Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice

Avi. The End of the Beginning

Bach, Shelby. Of Witches and Wind, the Ever Afters

Baltazar, Armand. Timeless. Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic

Banks, Angelica. Finding Serendipity

Bardugo, Leigh. The Language of Thorns.

Barrie, J.M. Peter Pan

Bartok, Mira. The Wonderling

Beagle, Peter S. The Last Unicorn

Beddor, Frank. ArchEnemy

Beddor, Frank. The Looking Glass Wars

Bradley, Alan. The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches.

Broach, Elise. Shakespeare’s Secret

Brown, Peter. The Wild Robot Escapes

Carey, Edward. Heap House

Chainani, Soman. The School of Good and Evil, Book Two: A World Without Princes

Chevalier, Tracy. Remarkable Creatures

Clarke, Susanna. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell

Cline, Ernest. Ready Player One

Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me.

Congdon, Lisa. A Glorious Freedom

Connolly, MarcyKate. Monstrous

Coulthurst, Audrey. Of Fire and Stars

Dashner, James. The 13th Reality, The Journal of Curious Letters

Disney. The Jungle Book, The Stregnth of the Wolf is in the Pack.

Disney. Before Tomorrowland

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Hound of the Baskervilles

Draper, Sharon M. Out of My Mind

Duane, Diane. So You Want to be a Wizard

Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story

Enzensberger, Hans Magnus. The Number Devil, A Mathematical Adventure

Fforde, Jasper. The Eyre Affair

Foody, Amanda. Ace of Shades

Fowley-Doyle, Moira. The Accident Season.

Fowler, Christopher. Seventy-Seven Clocks

Funakoshi, Gichin. Karate-Do. My Way of Life

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book

Gaiman, Neil. Anansi Boys

Gaiman, Neil. Norse Mythology

Gaughen, A.C. Scarlet

Gerber, Stephanie. Caraval

George, Nina. The Little Paris Bookshop

Gold, Glen David. Carter Beats the Devil

Goodman, Alison. Eon

Gregory, Leland. Stupid History

Grey, Jacob. Ferals.

Gwynne, S.C. Empire of the Summer Moon

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella

Hannigan, Kate. The Detective’s Assistant

Harris, Joanne. Gentlemen and Players

Hirananadani, Veera. The Night Diary

Howard, A.G. Roseblood

Jinks, Catherine. Evil Genius

Keenan, Cayla. Catching Stars

Kelly, Victoria. Mrs. Houdini

King, Stephen. The Gunslinger, The Dark Tower

Klise, Kate. Regarding the Fountain

LeGuin, Ursula K. Earthsea, A Wizard of Earthsea

Levenseller, Tricia. Daughter of the Pirate King

Lewis, Elizabeth Foreman. Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

Lloyd, Natalie. The Problim Childred

Mack, Tracy and Citrin, Michael. Sherlock Homes and the Baker Street Irregulars

Matas, Carol and Nodelman, Perry. Of Two Minds

Mielville, China. Un Lun Dun

Miller, Madeline. Circe

Miller, Tom. The Philosopher’s Flight

Mills, Emma. Foolish Hearts

Mogi, Ken. Awakening Your Ikiai

Nielsen, Jennifer A. The Sourge

Nix, Garth. Frogkisser!

Pearce, Jackson and Stiefvater Maggie. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures

Proud, Linda. Knights of the Grail

Ricca, Brad. Mrs. Sherlock Holmes

Riggs, Ransom. The Sherlock Holmes Handbook

Riordan, Rick. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

Roach, Mary. The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

Rowling, J.K. The Tales of Beedle the Bard

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

Rowling. J.K. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Rubin, Gretchen. The Four Tendencies

Ryan, Pam Munoz. Esperanza Rising

Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye

Sappingfield, Eliot. A Problematic Paradox

Schwab, V.E. A Darker Shade of Magic

Shakespeare, William. No Fear Hamlet

Shakespear, William. Star Wars

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

Snicket, Lemony. Who Could That be at this Hour?

Snow, Alan. Here Be Monsters

Steer, Dugald A. Dragonology Chronicles, Volume One

Stiefvater, Maggie. Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Stiefvater, Maggie. The Raven King

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Fellowship of the Ring

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Two Towers

Tolkien, J.R.R. The Return of the King

Townsend, Jessica. Nevermoor, The Trials of Morrigan Crow.

Travers, P.L. Mary Poppins Comes Back

Tully, Daniela. Hotel on Shadow Lake

Walliams, David. Grandpa’s Great Escapes

Walton, Leslye. The Price Guide to the Occult

Yancey, Rick. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp

Young, Adrienne. Sky in the Deep

Zevin, Gabrielle. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikery

Ziegler, Sheryl. Mommy Burnout

A Treasury of Favorite Poems

And there they are – all of my beautiful books for summer! I am going to try to avoid adding more but I won’t succeed. I spend the majority of my free time during summer soaking up the library’s air conditioning.


Tell me, please!

What do you think of my backlist?

Do you make Summer Goals?