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Challenges and Resolutions 2.0

As the end of 2015 draws close, I thought I should look at how I did with my challenges and resolutions – the verdict is: very well with some, terrible with others. I suspected this would be the case when I made them, but perhaps I’ll do better next year, who knows. I did a similar post back in August and I like the progress I’ve made since then, even if I haven’t been blogging a lot. I’ll be writing another post on challenges and resolutions for 2016 – this one is simply intended as a general overview of what I’ve done this year. I really think it was a good one!

nimona-noelle-stevensonFlights of Fantasy (info): I reviewed (favourites are starred) Hounded, Shadow Scale, World After, The Thief, *A Darker Shade of Magic, *Half the World, Angelfall, *Stardust, *Heir of Fire, Gates of Thread and Stone, *Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, *Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, *Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, *The Accident Season, Perfect Ruin, *White CatEnd of Days, *Uprooted, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Hidden Huntress, Soulless, Kiss of Deception, Half a War, *Nice Dragons Finish Last, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Night Circus, *Daughter of the Forestand I also read *Carry On, The BFG, Shadows, The Girl of Fire and Thorns, The Ruby Circle, and *Nimona, most of which I intend to review soon(ish). This means I COMPLETED THIS CHALLENGE (I set myself a 24 book goal and read 34, I think)!

Dusting Off the Shelves (info): I read AllegiantEleanor & Park, Eleven on Top, Twelve Sharp, My Sister Lives on the MantelpieceThe Mad Ship, Looking for Alaska, Lady Thief, To Kill a Mockingbird and Daughter of the Forest. I set myself a 12 book goal, so I’m one book behind – I might make it, though, we’ll see. I like to think I am insanely competitive – and I mostly try to beat myself at things, so yeah. Here’s my physical tbr list, incomplete, of course, but still hefty. I update it as I go…

lady-thief-gaughenFairytale Retelling (info): I reviewed ScarletUprooted, A Court of Thorns and Roses and Lady Thief and I also read Thorn and Daughter of the Forest, so I made it! (I set myself a 5-9 book challenge). I also wrote about why I love fairy tales and about the same old story.

Re-reading (info): I re-read half of the Sweep series but I haven’t written any reviews yet. I’m counting Sweep as one book, they’re so short. I wrote a mini review for How to Entice and Enchantress. Here are the others: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I also re-read Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, as well as Silver Shadows and The Ruby Circle (for translation purposes). I’m currently re-reading both Uprooted and The Lies of Locke Lamora, both of which I should be done with by the end of the year. If I manage that, I’ll be at 13 books, which means I completed this challenge (I set myself a 12 book goal).

In terms of Classics – which was my self-imposed challenge – I read The Handmaid’s Tale and To Kill a Mockingbird, which is pretty damn miserable as far as challenges go. I didn’t set a number on this one, but I’m pretty sure I failed anyway. Ugh.

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Resolutions

  1. I want to succeed at my reading challenges. I’m going to cross this one off because I think I did good, overall.
  2. classics-spin-2I want to read more classics. Oops. I’m keeping this resolution for next year for sure.
  3. I want to finish more series. Again, oops – and I wrote a post about it. I was actually doing okay with this in the summer but now I started so many new series I don’t know how I’ll finish them all. *sigh*
  4. I want to update my blog design. YES! I did that! And I still love how it turned out.
  5. I want to comment more on other blogs, interact more and use social media to their full potential. I don’t know about the social media part and the full potential part but I have been commenting more on blogs and I love interacting with other bloggers!
  6. I want to read more non-English books. Ahh nope. I read 35 Kilos d’espoir which was short but sweet. I’ll definitely be keeping this resolution for 2016.
  7. I want to be better at managing my ARCs. I crossed this one out in August, but I’ve fallen behind again. My ratio should be higher, I think, and I’ll keep working towards it.
  8. I want to read less fluff. Weeeelll… I have been reading more YA fantasy, but I really should try to read less romance. This really depends on my mood. I didn’t read a single romance for a month and then I had a week-long binge when I read 5, I think. Oh, well.
  9. discussionI want to continue posting three times a week. Mostly done, some weeks I do 2 posts, but I think I’m pretty consistent! – This was my update in August before my life got even crazier than before. I had two or three very slow months, but I think I can keep up a 2-posts-per-week schedule for now. That gives me enough time to answer comments as well.
  10. I want to write more discussion postsAaah, this is the one I’m really proud of! I’ve written several discussion posts that drew really nice reactions from my readers! <3 I also enjoy writing these the most. Here they are: Why I Love Fairytales, Reading Fantasy in a Tiny Country, The Same Old Story, Are You Into Safe Sex?, Finishing Series, Sh*t Just Got Real: My Physical TBR Pile, On Jazz (And Maybe Modern Art), Fan Fic (+ A Ramble On Harry Potter and Sex), Just Another Love Triangle, In Defence of Good Guys, Reading Translations, Let’s Talk Spoilers, Comfort Reads, and Second Chances. YAY!

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Author Addiction

Becky and I did a whole year of Author Addiction posts together, I enjoyed these a lot. We had some freebie months where we picked our own authors, but I really liked the months when we had a common person to write about – it’s so cool to read the different perspectives. We’re putting this feature on the back burner for now and we’re discussing a new one for 2016 but I don’t have any particulars yet, so stay tuned! :)

The Bastard Read-along

DJ and I are hosting a read-along of the Gentleman Bastards sequence by Scott Lynch in 2016. The reviews for The Lies of Locke Lamora will go up on January 5, so join us if you wish! All the details are in the link. I’ve already read the books and am re-reading them – I’ve already started on The Lies and it’s just as good as I remember. If you need me to convince you some more: this is one of my all-time favourite series and Locke Lamora is probably my favourite character ever.

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Whew! This post was a pain to write (all the links!) but I like looking back.

How did you do with your challenges? Are you picking any new ones for 2016?

I’d love to hear from you! :)

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The Bastard Read-along

lies-locke-lamora-lynchHi, how are you? :) Things have been slow around here lately, but I can assure you, I’m still alive and kicking. I have, in fact, been hatching a cool plan with DJ of MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape: we’re doing a read-along of all three books in The Gentleman Bastard sequence by Scott Lynch!

If you’ve been around this blog in the past, you’ll have noticed my everlasting devotion to Mr. Lynch and his jolly band of thieves. Locke Lamora might just be my favourite character ever (I think he even beats Kvothe if you can imagine it), but I read all three books, The Lies of Locke Lamora, Red Seas Under Red Skies and The Republic of Thieves before I started blogging, so I haven’t reviewed them yet.

As The Thorn of Emberlain is scheduled to hit the shelves in July, I meant to read the books all over again anyway, but I have an interesting announcement to make: In 2016, I’ll be starting the translation of The Lies into Slovenian, which will be my biggest project so far. I can’t tell you how excited I am to do this, I really love my job.

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So, without further ado, I give you THE READ-ALONG:

thorn-of-emberlain-scott-lynchApart from this master post, we will be posting reviews on dates we set here:

  1. January 5 for The Lies of Locke Lamora
  2. February 15 for Red Seas Under Red Skies
  3. March 30 for The Republic of Thieves

This should give us enough time to whet our appetites for The Thorn of Emberlain.

What can YOU do?

  1. Read the books. If you haven’t already, I can’t recommend them enough. If you have, we’d love to hear what you thought of them, but remember, NO SPOILERS, not everyone has read the books yet!
  2. Chat with us. Comment here or on DJ’s blog. You don’t have to be a blogger to participate.
  3. Write your posts. If you do have a blog, you might want to write a master post for the read-along or perhaps reviews of the three novels – either way, we’d love to read what you have to say, so don’t forget to
  4. Link your posts – just leave the links in the comments either on my blog or on DJ’s, and we’ll add them to our posts. We haven’t figured out exactly how we’ll do this but we’ll make sure you’re seen.

I hope I’ll be chatting with all of you soon, I’m really excited about digging into Locke and Jean’s world again, I’ve missed them a lot. I love re-reading books, it feels like seeing old friends again.

The reviews

The Lies of Locke Lamora: Nicole (@ Feed Your Fiction Addiction) – Kaja (me) – DJ (@ MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

Red Seas under Red Skies: DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape) – Kaja (me)

The Republic of ThievesDJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape) – Kaja (me)

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Have you read Scott Lynch’s books yet? 

Will you be participating in our read-along?

Enjoy the reading – and I’d love to hear from you! :)

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Challenges

This coming New Year is the first that will come to pass since I’ve started this blog in May. And while I’m very satisfied with how it’s been evolving, I’d like to sign up for a couple of challenges – not so much in order to read more books but to do more social stuff and connect with other bloggers. The book blogging community is wonderful and I’d like to use this chance to find more cool blogs to read. I’ll be completing this post with one on New Year’s resolutions, I think.

All of the challenges are meant for the entire year, so I have lots of time to fulfill them all. They might sound like a lot, but I think they won’t be too much as there’s bound to be some overlap and I’m not choosing the highest categories for each of them. I won’t be setting a Goodreads challenge with a number of books, I’ll just try to complete these:

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(Unless you are Snow White)_thumb[3]The Fairytale Retelling Challenge 

Hosted by Mel of The Daily Prophecy (rules on her page!). The goal is to read fairytale retellings in whichever genre / age group you desire. I’m aiming for the Magic Mirror level (5-9 books) but I might re-evaluate my goals a few months later.

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flightsoffantasyThe Flights of Fantasy Challenge

This one is a no-brainer for me given how many fantasy novels I read anyway. The challenge is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly and the basic rules are pretty simple! I’m setting a goal of 24 books – I think I can manage that! :) There are additional options with books recommended by the hostesses (is this the right word here?) and they look great!

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Re-Read ChallengeThe Re-read Challenge

I’m always saying I should re-read some book or other, and I actually re-read a lot. This challenge is hosted by So Obsessed With and Belle of the Literati and I feel like it’s perfect for me. I’ll use this post as a sort of guideline, but I may re-read other books. I’m going to set a tentative goal at 12 books, so I should read and write a review for one book each month, allowing me to keep up with the other bloggers who will participate in the challenge.

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dusting-off-the-shelf1-e14189491207621Dusting Off The Shelf Reading Challenge

This challenge is great because I’m a compulsive book buyer (I suspect a lot of us are) and I never manage to read all the books I buy, because there’s always something new and shiny to get to. It’s hosted by Emily at Books & Cleverness and is pretty forgiving with details and rules. These are some of the titles I’ve had on my shelves for over a while now and really want to read in 2015:

  • My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece by Annabel Pitcher
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
  • Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
  • Looking for Alaska by John Green
  • The City and the City by China Mieville
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • Le Combat d’hiver by Jean-Claude Mourlevat
  • Tomorrow when the War Began by John Mardsen
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman.

These ten titles are something of a guideline, but I’ve got other books languishing around that I might read and add to this category. Again, a goal of 12 books sounds good.

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Apart from these three challenges, I’d like to read more classics (from this list, for example, at least 5 novels), and finish more series – I’m terrible at this.

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As some of these might overlap, I think these challenges are doable in one year. We’ll see if I’m too ambitious by the same time next year! :)

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Are you participating in any challenges?

Or are you a mood reader and want to read whatever the hell you want?

I’d love to hear from you! :)