So, since I am participating in soooo many reading challenges this year, and honestly it is difficult to keep track of them, I am reviving my Looking Back posts, in which at the end of the month, there will be masterpost of challenge updates, review links, and general news (I won’t get too personal, promise!) This will be a bit long, though, so apologies beforehand.
Now, starting with reading challenges –
I read 27 full-length novels and one novelette in January, and am actually ahead on my reading goals at the moment. Review links on images.
But wait, I also read (listened to?) audiobooks this month. They were all re-reads:
- The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
- Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
making a total of 32 books read.
Onto blogger challenges,
Fantasy forms a huge chunk of my reading, with 16 fantasy books read this month, notable ones being Unhooked, War of The Princes, Shallow Graves, Sword and Verse, The Maiden Thief (love Melissa Marr) and The Shadow Queen.
For Backlist challenge, I read 4 books that were at least a year old – Stray, Haven, Paperglass and Monarch. The Prey came close, but it was still 10 days from being a year old, so didn’t count.
I enjoyed reading some LGBT protagonists this month – Burn and The Secrets of Lizzie Borden with bi/pan main characters, Shallow Graves with a lesbian WOC, and the anthology Fairy Tales for Modern Queers which had a range of asexual, gender fluid, and queer characters. What I was most happy about was the fact that even in fantasy genre we are getting queer protagonists, something which I thought was limited only to romance or contemporary books.
Since this is a point-based challenge, I’ll break it down
War of Princes – 3 sequels(6 pt) and completing the series (10pt)
Four Sisters #2 – Burn (2pt)
The Prey #2 – The Capture (2pt)
Progress: 20/51 points
Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace is a every-monster-hiding-in-plain-sight world, with the hunters as the antagonists. The protagonist is some sort of Dementor-like creature who can absorb the life force of killers.
Read a contemporary from an author you’ve never heard of– Any Other Girl by Rebecca Phillips
- Read one that features mental illness
- Read a contemporary book with only one (1) word as its title
- Read one with watercolors on its cover
- Read one that you borrowed from the library
Read a contemporary novel with more than 400 pages– Shade Me by Jennifer Brown
- Read a contemporary book with a cover that features your favorite color
Read a contemporary by a 2016 debut authorThe Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
- Read a contemporary that’s been on your TBR for 1+ year
- Read a contemporary that starts with the same letter of your first name
Read a contemporary that’s a standalone– The Truth by Jeffry W Johnston
- Read a contemporary recommended to you by someone else (friend, family member, blogger, etc.)
There was a loose retelling of godmothers in the Four Sisters, C J Redwine’s take on Snow White in The Shadow Queen, which also had dragons (!) in it, retellings of classical fairytales with a queer twist in Fairy Tales for Modern Queers; Unhooked recast Pan and Hook and Melissa Marr released a Bluebeard (shush, it’s a spoiler) retelling with The Maiden Thief.
Earned the Enchanted Moura (1-4 books) and Goose Girl (5-9 books) badges.
- The War of Princes by A R Ivanovich – all 4 books read in January
Progress: 1/12 series
Progress: 3/7 (Expert series reader)
Achieved: Testing the Waters
6 New Releases (Debut Authors)– 8 debut authors read: Goodreads page
- 6 New Releases (Loved Authors) – 3/6 – Melissa Marr, C J Redwine, Michael Grant
6 Books to Start a Series– 8 series starters – The Shadow Queen, Haven, Stray, The Prey, Sword and Verse, Shade Me, The Prophecy of Shadows, Front Lines
- 6 Books to Complete a Series (can be different from above) – 1/6 Lastland
- 6 Book to Movie Adaptations
- 6 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners or Nominees
3 books of The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare -all rereads.
Progress: 4/15 audiobooks
Well, this has been a productive month for reading, and I also participated in the #BoutOfBooks readathon, had some fun Twitter chats, celebrated New Year’s at the Tokyo Tower (which didn’t light up this year, sadly), went shopping in Harajuku, enjoyed my first snow ever (yay!), rejoiced over winning Winter (thanks to Jen) and enjoyed beautiful sunsets with Fuji-san in the distance.