Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Friday 56 (With Book Beginnings): These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas + 50/50 Friday

On Friday's I take part in three weekly link ups - The Friday 56, hosted by Freda's Voice, Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader, and 50/50 Friday is a new weekly link up and it is hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reader and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. For The Friday 56, you choose a book, a book you have just finished, a book you are about to start, your current read, and share a line or a few lines that grab you (but don't spoil anything) from page 56 or 56% of the way through the ebook. Post it and share your post's url on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post. As for Book Beginnings, you share the first sentence or so and your initial thoughts, impressions, or whatever else it inspires, and then link up your post's url with Rose City Reader. Then, for 50/50 Friday, every week there's a new topic featuring two sides of the same coin - you share a book that suits each category and link up on the hosts blogs.

This week I'm spotlighting one of my upcoming reads, These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2) by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas.  I really enjoyed book one in the series which is described as Jane Austen meets the X-Men and I can't wait to try the sequel!


The door was locked.  The door was always locked, no matter what room she woke up in.  But she tried the handle anyway, jiggling it as quietly as possible, trying desperately not to disturb her captors.


Of course it had to be a sick child, I was grousing to myself.  Why couldn't it have been a sick factory boss who exploited children?  Or a sick orphanage director who denied children extra gruel?  Those I could have refused easily.

50/50 Friday: Favorite/ Least Favorite Sidekick

Favorite - Dr. John H. Watson from Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle - It was a hard decision, but Watson might just be the granddaddy of all the best sidekicks!

Least - Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams - As awesome as some of Marvin's scenes are, I don't think I could deal with all of his moaning!

As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#BeatTheBacklist 2018 - Goals & Potential TBR

This isn't new news, but my TBR is out of control - I'll admit it.  One of my goals for 2018 is to attempt to bring it under (some semblance) of control - and I think NovelKnight's Beat the Backlist Challenge sounds like the perfect way to do that.  The idea behind the challenge is pretty simple - you read backlist books, aka books in any format that were published in 2017 or before.  Beginning January 1st, 2018, you have an entire year read as many books as you can to make it to your goal (that's right, you can set your own reading goals).  You don't even have to have a blog to do take part - any kind of social media account will work.  You can use the hashtag #BeatTheBacklist as you update on social media, and follow the Twitter account for the challenge.  This challenge does have a competitive element - participants are randomly placed on one of four teams (I'm one of the Story Sorcerers!) - the teams will compete to get the most reading points.  Plus, you can earn bonus points by posting to a retail website (not Goodreads).  And, best of all, each month one person on the team with the most points will win (open internationally) a prize!  Talk about motivation!

Anyway, I have a ton of backlist books that I want to read and/or have had on my TBR for ages, but I thought I'd get a little more specific.  For this challenge, I plan on continuing series that I've started, but never completed or haven't caught up on.  There are so many that I've started in on, but haven't kept up with because I've gotten distracted by other newer, shinier things - easy to do with so many great things being released!  Below I'm listing the series that I want to try to catch up on - and which books in the series I hope to tackle:

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

Cal Leandros by Rob Thurman

Codex Alera by Jim Butcher

Cormoran Strike by Robert Galbraith

Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

Dustlands by Moira Young

Gentleman Bastard by Scott Lynch

I'm feeling very ambitious this coming year with these fifty books - looks like I have a lot of great reading ahead of me!  What series should I continue first in 2018?  As always, thanks for visiting my blog and perhaps even commenting down below!