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Hello again, everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been really busy with pretty much everything. I have been reading though, so that’s always good. I’m ahead of my Goodreads goal by 5 books, and so far, I’ve read 13 books this year. I’m quite happy with that. Now I just have to get back to blogging about it. 🙂

Since the beginning of 2015, Diana (from Brilliantly Novel) and I have been discussing doing a buddy read together. We’re really excited to do this because neither of us have done a buddy read before, and we believe it will be a lot of fun. We decided on The Night Angel Trilogy because both of us owned it and hadn’t read it yet. I read The Way of Shadows (Book #1) last year, so Diana went ahead and caught up with me. Over the next two months, we will be reading books 2 and 3, Shadow’s Edge and Beyond the Shadows. Every Sunday there will be a post recapping what we read during the week, as well as some brief discussion between the two of us.

To celebrate all of this, we decided to do two giveaways as well! Both of us will be giving away the trilogy but in different formats. I’ll be giving away a paperback boxed set from Books-a-Million, and Diana will be giving away the ebook versions from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Be sure to check out all the details and rules at the end of this post to enter!

Diana has graciously prepared our reading schedule for the next two months. If you would like to read along with us, all of the information is below:

Shadow’s Edge Reading Schedule

Week 1: March 1-7

  • Read Chapters 1-18
  • Recap on Sunday, March 8

Week 2: March 8-14

  • Read Chapters 19-36
  • Recap on Sunday, March 15

Week 3: March 15-21

  • Read Chapters 37-54
  • Recap on Sunday, March 22

Week 4: March 22-28

  • Read Chapters 55-72
  • Recap on Sunday, March 29

Beyond the Shadows Reading Schedule

Week 1: April 5-11

  • Read Chapters 1-25
  • Recap on Sunday, April 12

Week 2: April 12-18

  • Read Chapters 26-50
  • Recap on Sunday, April 19

Week 3: April 19-25

  • Read Chapters 51-75
  • Recap on Sunday, April 26

Week 4: April 26-May 2

  • Read Chapters 76-Epilogue
  • Recap and Giveaway Winners on Sunday, May 3

Since we both read The Way of Shadows separately, we had a discussion on Twitter when we finished the book. Here is our conversation: (Thanks again to Diana for preparing this for WordPress)

Bookish Talk: The Way of Shadows (Night Angel #1)

{Diana} Soooo, THE WAY OF SHADOWS was crazy good! There were so many characters and so many plots. . .Brent Weeks is a fantasy writing genius!
{Heather} I know! It’s amazing what he can do with so many characters and sub plots. I was also surprised with all the twists that happened.
{Diana} Right?! Weeks is a master of the “made you look!” And, at one point, I thought he might really be George R.R. Martin in disguise.
{Heather} Haha, exactly. Sometimes I reread sections to see if it was actually true. There were a few moments where I was like “what just happened?!”
{Diana} Speaking of surprises, I was surprised that Azoth was only like 9 when we meet him! That’s so young!
{Heather} Poor Azoth was so young. I was surprised he was that young too. It’s awful all the things he and the other kids went through.
{Diana} Ugh, the guilds were AWFUL! And the stuff that Rat did to Jarl and Doll Girl. . .*shivers*. I thought it was great world building though.
{Heather} I hated Rat! He was so awful! I was glad at least Momma K let them stay inside sometimes. I think the world building was really awesome too. He really has a balance in his writing. Not too much description and just enough action. But that doesn’t mean I’d want to live there. 🙂
{Diana} No joke! Living there would not be pleasant, even if you were nobility—you’d never know who you could trust! But I kind of liked how most situations and characters weren’t exactly how they seemed. Nothing was really black or white, and it kept you on your toes.
{Heather} Yes! I love that the characters are not 100% good or evil. They were depicted as real people and had their own secrets. Who was your favorite character? Or if you had more than one, haha.
{Diana} Oooh, that’s tough. I’m going to take the easy way out and say Durzo, Azoth, and Logan. They were all complex characters and were likable in their own ways. I also really like Dorian. He was pretty funny for a guy with the weight of the world on his shoulders, what with those visions taking their toll on him and all that. What about you? Who was your favorite?
{Heather} Is it strange that I liked the same characters? Haha, Durzo is definitely one of my top favorites though. I don’t know if we want to get into spoilers, but what happened to him made me stare at the page for a good five minutes in disbelief. I was like “No, you’re kidding, right?”
{Diana} Great minds think alike! And, OH MY GOSH I KNOW!!! I thought Weeks was just messing with us again! It’ll be interesting to see how Azoth, or I guess Kylar, adapts in the face of what happened, plot wise and character wise. It’s kind of a big deal.
{Heather} Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how he acts later on in the series. Who was your least favorite character? I have to say mine would be Rat because he was just awful, and I wanted to punch him in the face.
{Diana} Rat was the worst! I also STRONGLY disliked the King. I might be a horrible person, but I may have been a little bit happy about what happened to him in the end. Also, the Godking was a special kind of evil. I’m kinda scared to see what he’s capable of.
{Heather} Hahaha, I know! I felt the same about the King. The Godking was terrible. It’s disturbing how far he will go to get power.
{Diana} So, at the end of the book there’s still a lot of things that have yet to have been resolved. . .What plotline are you most looking forward to finding out about in SHADOW’S EDGE?
{Heather} I really want to find out what happens to Logan. He went down a creepy hole and I want to see what is going on down there. What about you?
{Diana} THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WAS GOING TO SAY!!! I really want to know how he gets out, ’cause he’s gotta get out, right? I love it when he says, “Let me make this real clear…You will not break me. The hole will not break me. I will not break. I. Will. Not. Be. Broken.”
{Heather} He better get out! Haha Brent Weeks can’t do that to us. I really like when he says that too. I want him to live! He just seems like a really nice guy and actually cares about others so I want him to get out.
{Diana} Me too. You know, it’s funny. At first I didn’t think I was going to like Logan, but then he ended up being one of my favorite characters. I really liked his and Kylar’s friendship. They were totally BFFs. LOL 🙂
{Heather} Same with me! At first I didn’t think he would be a big deal for me but now I need to know what happens to him. Yes, I like how they first met too. Haha just that their friendship was started because kylar picked a fight with Logan.
{Diana} Yeah, that was pretty great 🙂
{Heather} There were quite a few surprise twists in this story. Was there anything that really surprised you?
{Diana} Oh gosh, there were several things! Like the truth about Roth. And that thing with Jenine at the end. Oh, and that other thing between Durzo and Momma K. And, well, Durzo. And Momma K. LOL. What surprised you?
{Heather} Yes, oh my gosh. Definitely Roth. I was really surprised about him. I cannot believe what happened to Durzo though haha.
{Diana} Not to mention who he really was! Durzo, not Roth . . .well, him too I guess LOL.
{Heather} Hahaha There were so many twists that I didn’t expect. Brent Weeks is definitely a great author. I can’t wait for the next book!
{Diana} Me too!


Giveaways!

Enter to win the complete Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows) by Brent Weeks in Paperback! *US ONLY*

The Rules:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone with a postal address in the United States.
  • The giveaway will run the entire length of the Buddy Read, so from March 1 – May 2, 2015. The winner will be announced in the Recap of the final chapters of BEYOND THE SHADOWS on Sunday, May 3.
  • All Rafflecopter entries will be verified before a winner is announced, so no cheating please.
  • Any personal information divulged for the use of collecting a prize will be expressly used for that purpose. It will not be rented, sold, or otherwise given away for any reason. Ever.

 

Enter to win the complete Night Angel Trilogy (The Way of Shadows, Shadow’s Edge, Beyond the Shadows) by Brent Weeks in eBook!

The Rules:

  • This giveaway is open to anyone who can receive gifted eBooks from Amazon (for Kindles) or Barnes & Noble (for Nooks).
  • The giveaway will run the entire length of the Buddy Read, so from March 1 – May 2, 2015. The winner will be announced in the Recap of the final chapters of BEYOND THE SHADOWS on Sunday, May 3.
  • All Rafflecopter entries will be verified before a winner is announced, so no cheating please.
  • Any personal information divulged for the use of collecting a prize will be expressly used for that purpose. It will not be rented, sold, or otherwise given away for any reason. Ever.

The Under-Hyped Readathon is back! I had a lot of fun participating last time, and I thought I would try again this time and maybe read more than one book. One of the reasons I love this readathon is because you get to see books you might never have heard about before.

The readathon is like last time and if you want more information you can go to The Under-Hyped Readathon’s Goodreads page. The readathon starts on January 19th and ends on January 25th. The only rules are that the books have to be considered under-hyped. This time around there is no limit to what under-hyped means, so you can read a book that you feel doesn’t get enough love or whatever you deem under-hyped. I’m going for books that have less than 2,000 ratings on Goodreads.

Below is the list of books that I plan on trying to read during this week. Of course, I won’t be able to read them all, but I’ll be able to pick from a variety. (All links go to their respective Goodreads page)

  1. A Stake in Murder by Donald Allen Kirch
  2. The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan
  3. The Killing Room by John Manning
  4. Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge
  5. They Did It With Love by Kate Morgenroth
  6. Love Me, Love Me Not by Libby Malin
  7. The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Let me know if you’re participating in this readathon or what you’re planning on reading. You can also let me know if there are any other readathons that you’re participating in. I would love to know. Happy reading!

CramAThon TBR

Sorry I haven’t been that active lately. The holidays have been crazy, and I’ve been incredibly busy. Since my schedule for posting has been all over the place, I’ve decided to participate in the CramAThon hosted/created by Whittynovels.  I’m hoping this gets me back into reading and maybe back into posting every week.

The readathon is to help you complete your Goodreads reading goal by reading a bunch of small books. I’m excited about this because I get the chance to read some of the books that I might normally skip over. I’ve already completed my Goodreads goal to read 40 books. I’ve managed to read 53 books so far, but I hope to make it to 60 by the end of the year.

The CramAThon starts on Saturday, December 20th and ends on Wednesday, December 24th. Below is the list of challenges just to make it more interesting:

Challenges:

  1. Read a children’s book.
  2. Read a hardback.
  3. Read 2 books in 24 hours.
  4. Read a graphic novel.
  5. Read a book in verse. (or poetry)
  6. Read a novella.
  7. Read 5 books total.

I’m going to shoot for completing five of these challenges. I won’t be able to complete numbers 4 and 5 because I don’t have any unread graphic novels or own any books in verse. Here are the books I’ll be reading:

Of course I don’t expect to read every one of them, but I’m going to try. I’m going to count the three novellas by Marissa Meyer as one book since they’re pretty short. Child of God and A Feast of Snakes are two books I’ve been wanting to read since college. The subject of Savage Spawn intrigues me, and I’m really interested to see what it has to say. Overall, I’m just excited about all of these books and can’t wait to start reading them. Let me know if you’re participating and what you plan to read.

October TBR

I normally don’t pick books for a full month because I know I change my mind so frequently, but for October I want to have a theme for the entire month. Of course that theme will be horror, and I’m going to have some thrillers and mysteries as well. I’m hoping this will get me out of the reading slump I’ve been in for almost the entire month of September. It’s been awful.

I started off the month strong, but sadly, I wasn’t able to finish Red Rising by Pierce Brown. I wanted to like the book, but I decided to DNF it at 32%. It actually ended up putting me in the reading slump, and I haven’t been able to finish Scarlet by Marissa Meyer, even though I’m really enjoying it. I’ll have it read before the end of September though. I did end up reading Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol and The Surprise Party by R. L. Stine, and I really liked them. They would be a good additions to an October TBR, especially if you want something scary but not too scary.

I’m hoping this theme will help me get out of my reading slump. My TBR could change, depending on how I feel about the books. I mean I might get so scared, I have to sit in a corner and read a happy unicorn book. I’m a pretty big chicken when it comes to horror movies, so let’s see how I do with some horror books. I’ve been wanting to read these books for a while though, so I figure this is a perfect time to do it. Let me know what you’re going to read for October. Anything scary?

*Descriptions taken from Goodreads.

The Shining – Stephen King
Genre – Horror/Thriller

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a ‘shiner’, aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?

Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel – and that too had begun to shine…

 

It – Stephen King
Genre – Horror/Thriller

The story follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by an eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. “It” primarily appears in the form of a clown in order to attract its preferred prey of young children. The novel is told through narratives alternating between two time periods, and is largely told in the third-person omniscient mode. It deals with themes which would eventually become King staples: the power of memory, childhood trauma, and the ugliness lurking behind a façade of traditional small-town values.

 

 

Intensity – Dean Koontz
Genre – Suspense/Thriller

Past midnight, Chyna Shepard, twenty-six, gazes out a moonlit window, unable to sleep on her first night in the Napa Valley home of her best friend’s family. Instinct proves reliable. A murderous sociopath, Edgler Foreman Vess, has entered the house, intent on killing everyone inside. A self-proclaimed “homicidal adventurer,” Vess lives only to satisfy all appetites as they arise, to immerse himself in sensation, to live without fear, remorse or limits, to live with “intensity.” Chyna is trapped in his deadly orbit.

Chyna is a survivor, toughened by a lifelong struggle for safety and self-respect. Now she will be tested as never before. At first her sole aim is to get out alive–until, by chance, she learns the identity of Vess’s next intended victim, a faraway innocent only she can save. Driven by a newly discovered thirst for meaning beyond mere self-preservation, Chyna musters every inner resource she has to save an endangered girl…as moment by moment, the terrifying threat of Edgler Foreman Vess intensifies.

 

The Silence of the Lambs – Thomas Harris
Genre – Horror

There’s a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who’s trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he’s willing to put a brave face on – if it will help him escape.

 

 

 

 

Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone – Stefan Kiesbye
Genre – Horror/Short Stories

The village of Hemmersmoor is a place untouched by time and shrouded in superstition: There is the grand manor house whose occupants despise the villagers, the small pub whose regulars talk of revenants, the old mill no one dares to mention. This is where four young friends come of age—in an atmosphere thick with fear and suspicion. Their innocent games soon bring them face-to-face with the village’s darkest secrets in this eerily dispassionate, astonishingly assured novel, evocative of Stephen King’s classic short story “Children of the Corn” and infused with the spirit of the Brothers Grimm.

 

Spirits of the Noh – Thomas Randall
Genre – Young Adult/Horror

Kara Foster is finally starting to fit in at her boarding school in Japan-after all, nothing bonds you with your classmates like having an ancient demon put a curse on you. Hoping life can go back to normal now that the monster has been laid to rest, Kara joins her friends Sakura and Miho in putting on a play for the Noh drama club. It’s the story of the Hannya, a snake demon who inhabits the body of a beautiful woman. When a few members of the Noh club go missing, Kara fears that the real Hannya has been awakened by the curse. Then Miho is abducted, and Kara must find her before the Hannya exacts her terrible revenge. But the demon is wily and may be hidden in the last place anyone would think to look.

 

The Night She Disappeared – April Henry
Genre – Young Adult/Mystery

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.

I have finished reading Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall and The Murder Farm by Andrea Maria Schenkel. These were both good books, and I enjoyed reading them. I’ll have reviews for them up on my August Wrap-Up, if not sooner. Here are the books I will be reading next:

Scarlet – Marissa Meyer
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

Cinder, the cyborg mechanic, returns in the second thrilling installment of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison–even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive. Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother or the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she is loath to trust this stranger, but is inexplicably drawn to him, and he to her. As Scarlet and Wolf unravel one mystery, they encounter another when they meet Cinder. Now, all of them must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen Levana, who will do anything for the handsome Prince Kai to become her husband, her king, her prisoner.

 

Red Rising – Pierce Brown
Genre – Young Adult/Science Fiction

The Earth is dying. Darrow is a Red, a miner in the interior of Mars. His mission is to extract enough precious elements to one day tame the surface of the planet and allow humans to live on it. The Reds are humanity’s last hope.

Or so it appears, until the day Darrow discovers it’s all a lie. That Mars has been habitable – and inhabited – for generations, by a class of people calling themselves the Golds. A class of people who look down on Darrow and his fellows as slave labour, to be exploited and worked to death without a second thought.

Until the day that Darrow, with the help of a mysterious group of rebels, disguises himself as a Gold and infiltrates their command school, intent on taking down his oppressors from the inside. But the command school is a battlefield – and Darrow isn’t the only student with an agenda.

 

*Descriptions taken from Goodreads.

I won Scarlet in a giveaway from Stephanie at Stephanie’s Book Reviews a little while ago, so I felt it was time to read it. I really enjoyed Cinder, and I’m excited to continue on with the series because I hear it only gets better. I received Red Rising from Netgalley when it was available to everyone for the Bank Holiday. From the description is sounds interesting, and I’m looking forward to reading it.

Let me know what you’re currently reading or what you just finished reading.

 

The TBR posts are back! After my long break and the read-a-thons, I thought I would go ahead and share what I’ll be reading next. I did finish reading The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, and I enjoyed it. I’ll have a short review of it on my August Wrap-Up. I’m still reading The Map of Time by FĂ©lix J. Palma. Since it’s 609 pages, I won’t pressure myself to read it in a week. I’ll read it throughout the week when I have time. Here are the two books I will definitely try to finish during this week.

Dreams of the Dead – Thomas Randall
Genre – Young Adult/Horror

Kara’s afraid to go to sleep until the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . .

Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened. Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?

 

The Murder Farm – Andrea Maria Schenkel (Also known as Tannöd)
Genre – Mystery

A whole family has been murdered with a pickaxe. They were old Danner the farmer, an overbearing patriarch, his put-upon devoutly religious wife, and their daughter Barbara Spangler, whose husband Vincenz left her after fathering her daughter, Marianne. Also murdered was the Danners’ new maidservant, Marie, who was regarded as slightly simple. Despite the brutal nature of the killings and the small village where it has taken place, the police have no leads. Officially the crime is unsolved. And then a former resident returns home The Murder Farm is an unconventional detective story. The author interweaves testament from the villagers, an oblique view of the murderer, occasional third-person narrative pieces and passages of pious devotion. The narrator leaves the village unaware of the truth, only the reader is able to reach the shattering conclusion.

 

*Descriptions taken from Goodreads.

I’m in the mood for some horror and mystery books. Dreams of the Dead sounds really interesting, and I don’t think I’ve read any books set in Japan. I’m excited to find out what happened to the girl and what is happening to all of the students. I’m hoping it’s an entertaining and scary read. I requested The Murder Farm off of Netgalley and was approved, so I thought this would be a good time to read it. I like the idea that the story is told through testaments and third-person narrative pieces because I haven’t read any mysteries told this way. It sounds like a great mystery.

Let me know what you’re currently reading or what you just finished reading.

I’ve been on a readathon kick for the past two weeks with the BookTubeAThon and the Under-Hyped Readathon, so I want to keep up the reading momentum and join another. I found out about the Dusting off the Shelf Read-A-Thon from lเttlє๏ภเ๏ภฬгเtєร, and I decided that I would like to participate in this one as well.

As it states in the picture, it will be two weeks long, starting on August 1st and ending on August 15th, and it’s hosted by Books & Cleverness. This readathon is a great way to read books that have been on your bookshelf for way too long. I know I have quite a few of those, so this is a perfect readathon for me.

For rules and how to sign up: Click here

For the challenges and her TBR: Click here

Challenges:

  • Read a book set in the past.
  • Read a classic.
  • Read a book written before 2010.
  • Read at least 100 pages a day.
  • Read a book that’s been neglected by you for a shameful amount of time.

My TBR:

Progress:

I will be posting my progress for each day below, so be sure to check back if you would like to see how I’m doing each day.

  • August 1st
    • Pages read:  104 from Overnight
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 2nd
    • Pages read: 47 from Overnight and 8 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 3rd
    • Pages read: 130 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 4th
    • Pages read: 26 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 5th
    • Pages read: 67 from Zombie Blondes
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 6th
    • Pages read: 40 from Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 7th
    • Pages read: 12 from Killing Mr. Griffin
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 8th
    • Pages read: 84 from Killing Mr. Griffin and 10 from The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 9th
    • Pages read: 87 from Killing Mr. Griffin and 15 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 1 book
  • August 10th
    • Pages read: 8 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 11th
    • Pages read: 10 from The Time Machine and 28 from The Map of Time by FĂ©lix J. Palma
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 12th
    • Pages read: 11 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 13th
    • Pages read: 0
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 14th
    • Pages read: 0
    • Books completed: 0 books
  • August 15th
    • Pages read: 7 from The Time Machine
    • Books completed: 0 books

After participating in the BookTubeAThon, I want to keep my momentum up and do another readathon. (I’ll be posting my BookTubeAThon conclusion tomorrow.) I think the under-hyped readathon is a great idea because we get to share and read books that are not well-known.

The readathon starts on July 21st and ends on July 27th. The only rules are that the books have to be considered under-hyped. An example being that you only read books under 5,000 ratings on Goodreads, but it’s up to the reader what they consider under-hyped. The Under-Hyped Readathon’s Goodreads page has more information and discussions to participate in as you read.

Below is the list of some books that I plan on trying to read during this week. Of course, I won’t be able to read them all, but I’ll be able to pick from a variety of books.

  1. Vicious by V. E. Schwab (Victoria Schwab)
  2. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  3. A Feast of Snakes by Harry Crews
  4. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas (Abby McDonald)
  5. Following Polly by Karen Bergreen
  6. Six Months Later by Natalie Richards
  7. The Fever by Megan Abbott

All of these books are under 5,000 ratings on Goodreads except for The Assassin’s Curse, which has almost 7,000 ratings. I might end up taking it off the list later, but I’ll leave it for now because I’ve been really wanting to read it. I’ve also been wanting to read Vicious, so I think that will be the first book I pick up during this week. I’ll have a post in the middle of the week to show where I am with my reading. Let me know if you’re participating in this readathon or what you’re planning on reading during this week. Happy reading!

UPDATE (7/21/14):

Chad has decided he wants to participate in this readathon too, so I’m going to add in his choices below:

  1. The Edge of the World by Kevin J. Anderson
  2. The Map of All Things by Kevin J. Anderson
  3. The Key to Creation by Kevin J. Anderson
  4. Russian Amerika by Stoney Compton
  5. Weapons of Choice by John Birmingham

BookTubeAThon TBR

I’ve decided to participate in the BookTubeAThon! Even though it’s titled booktube anyone is allowed to participate regardless of whether or not you post videos on Youtube. There are video challenges for those on Youtube, but I’m just going to stick with the reading challenges.

The readathon begins on Monday, July 14th and ends on Monday, July 21st. There’s more information about the rules and what is happening during this particular week on the BookTubeAThon Youtube page. Plus, there’s a 10% off coupon for the Book Depository, so check it out if you’re interested.

Reading Challenges:

  1. A book with pictures.
  2. Start and finish a series.
  3. A book with red on the cover.
  4. A book someone else picks out for you.
  5. A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
  6. A book to movie adaptation.
  7. Read seven books (and/or average of 300 pages a day).

I’m going to try and accomplish all of the challenges. I know I probably won’t be able to complete them all, but it’s going to be fun to try and read a bunch of books this week. One positive is that books can count for more than one challenge, so it doesn’t have to be a different book for each challenge. However, no book can be used in more than two challenges. Here are the books on my TBR:

  1. Saga – Brian K. Vaughan
  2. The Night Angel Trilogy – Brent Weeks
  3. Shadow’s Edge – Brent Weeks
  4. Perfect Shadow – Brent Weeks
  5. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (Classic)
  6. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  7. I’m going to try for the 300 pages a day, but if I can’t then I’ll choose another small book to add to my list.

This is one crazy list, I know. The start and finish a series is the only one I wasn’t sure I would find anything for because I don’t have any complete series that are unread on my shelves besides The Night Angel Trilogy. I’ve been meaning to read this trilogy for a while now, and this is a perfect time and reason to focus on getting it done. Let me know if you are going to participate or if there are any other readathons or readalongs coming up that I should look into.

I haven’t finished The Way of Shadows or The Forest of Hands and Teeth yet, but I’ve decided that I want to participate in the book discussion bookoutlet is hosting for Monstrous Beauty on June 4th. I need to read the book before the book talk, so I can join the conversation. I’ll come back to the other two books once the book talk is over.

Monstrous Beauty – Elizabeth Fama
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

Fierce, seductive mermaid Syrenka falls in love with Ezra, a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.

Almost one hundred forty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger named Ezra and feels overwhelmingly, inexplicably drawn to him. For generations, love has resulted in death for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect . . . or a curse? With Ezra’s help, Hester investigates her family’s strange, sad history. The answers she seeks are waiting in the graveyard, the crypt, and at the bottom of the ocean—but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of so long ago.

Pivot Point – Kasie West
Genre – Young Adult/Fantasy

Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

*Descriptions taken from Goodreads.

I’ve actually never read a mermaid book before, so I’m excited to read Monstrous Beauty. It seems like a darker take on mermaids, and I’m interested to see how the author handles it. I’ve heard great things about Pivot Point, and I want to find out what everyone is talking about. Hopefully, these two books are quick reads, so I finish in time for the book talk and can get back to the other two books.