Another year, another bout of challenges… and I loooove challenges. This year I’ve chosen a bunch of new-to-me challenges, and I am super excited about them all.
The aim of this challenge is to read books by new-to-us authors. I’ve taken part in Literary Escapism’s mini-challenges for this New Authors Challenge before, and found loads of great books from it. This year, I’m going all the way and will read 15 books – hopefully most from my TBR pile.
- Sarah Dessen (Last Chance)
- Ally Carter (Heist Society)
- Saci Lloyd (Quantum Drop)
- Jackson Pearce (Sweetly)
- John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)
- Neil Gaiman (Neverwhere)
- Ruta Sepetys (Out of the Easy)
- Elizabeth George (The Edge of Nowhere)
- Amanda Sun (Ink)
- Katie McGarry (Dare You To)
- Susan Ee (Angelfall)
- Faith Erin Hicks (The Adventures of Superhero Girl)
- Eve Silver (Rush)
- Alice Hoffman (Survival Lessons)
- Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave)
The Feminist Reads Challenge at The Hiding Spot (sign up page)
This challenge encourages you to read books that can be considered “feminist” reads. How we define feminism is up to us, but Sara at The Hiding Spot gives us this great quote for inspiration:
“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”– Rebecca West
I’m going for just 5 books, but I honestly think most of the books I read are feminist books so I will get more than that done.
- Heist Society by Ally Carter – Girl decides to save her father by pulling off the greatest art heist ever. Can’t get any more equal-opportunities than that!
- Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead – Some might not agree with me, but I have always thought Rose was the ultimate female character.
- Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – Scarlet was the perfect YA feminist character. She doesn’t let any social barriers stand in her way!
- Angelfall by Susan Ee – Angelfall’s heroine easily meets my definition of a feminist role model. The fact that she was female was only secondary to her situation and she sorted out anyone who disagreed.
- The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks – This is the ultimate Feminist comic! Absolute must for… everyone.
- Outpost by Ann Aguirre – Deuce doesn’t let an entire horde of puritans tell her what she can and can’t do as a woman. She’s having none of it.
This is a double challenge: to review books and their movies. Since I’ve got quite a few I’d like to read before their films come out, this is the perfect challenge for me! I’m going for 3 books, “Movie Fan” level, and plan to tackle:
- Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
- Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
- The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien – I’m half way through this and keep meaning to finish it. I plan to pair it up with a rewatch of the movie!
Mini Challenges and Dares!
COMPLETE: 1 January to 1 April
The TBR Double Dog Dare at Ready When You Are, CB (sign up here)
This challenge is super brilliant, and may just be my favourite of the year. It’s not a challenge, it’s a dare: to read books only from our TBR piles until the beginning of April. Seeing as how I really, really need to deal with my mounting TBR pile, this dare is exactly what I need!
- Last Chance by Sarah Dessen
- Heist Society by Ally Carter
- Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
- Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead
ETA: OK, so I cracked and read a few new-to-my-shelves books. I’d apologize but… they were all really good!
2012 was actually a very busy year for me, reading-wise…. but not book-wise! I read a lot of fanfiction – 98% of it absolutely brilliant – and only a few books. Truth is, most of the books I picked up I did not enjoy. I have quite a big pile of books in my room half-read… including some from series I adore.
But there have been some great books in 2012. Here’s a wrap-up of them all with the help of The End of the Year Book Survey hosted at Perpetual Page Turner!
1. Best Book You Read In 2012?
There are three that come to mind immediately… but I’d have to say If I Die by Rachel Vincent. One of the reasons I loved this book so much was because it was such a surprise – I expected a good-or-just-OK novel, and instead got a brilliant one.
2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?
Easy: The Shadow Reader by Sandy Williams. God, this book was just so frustrating. I had read so many great reviews of the book but found riddled with cliches and featuring the most idiotic of love triangles. Never got round to reviewing it as I couldn’t face revisiting it…
3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2012?
Darkness Falls by Cate Tiernan – I enjoyed the first book in this series, but didn’t think it anything special. This book proved me wrong!
4. Book you recommended to people most in 2012?
The Soul Screamers series, by far.
5. Best series you discovered in 2012?
The Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas – I am not really a romance reader, let alone a historical romance reader… but the first two books in this series were just SO entertaining and well written.
6. Favorite new authors you discovered in 2012?
Again, Lisa Kleypas.
7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
I’d say the Vampire Academy graphic novel. I was my first full-length graphic novel ever, and I really enjoyed it!
8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2012?
Instead of a single book, I’d say the entire Soul Screamers Series by Rachel Vincent. Even in my reading slump, I devoured these.
9. Book You Read In 2012 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year.
Probably A Study in Scarlet by ACD – it’s a classic for a reason.
10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2012?
The UK cover of Muse by Rebecca Lim, by FAR.
11. Most memorable character in 2012?
I adored Mercy Thompson in River Marked by Patricia Briggs this year. She has always been exceptional, but she was even more badass in that book.
12. Most beautifully written book read in 2012?
Meh… none of them. All great – none “beautiful”.
13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2012?
I’d say Pure Blood by Caitlin Kitteredge… and not for a good reason. I loved the first book in this series, but this book made me want to hit things. That it came after reading two other UF novels with similar female leads didn’t help…
14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2012 to finally read?
Doubleblind by Ann Aguirre. I had adored the first two books in the Jax series, and I wish I had dived into the sequels sooner!
15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2012?
“What you do in this world is a matter of no consequence. The question is what can you make people believe you have done.”
– A Study in Scarlet
16. Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2012?
I think the longest book I read this year was actually only half a book: A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin. I read the first 500 pages, but put it down as it was getting horribly depressing… The shortest would have to be Mercy Thompson: Homecoming by Patricia Briggs (graphic novel).
17. Book That Had A Scene In It That Had You Reeling And Dying To Talk To Somebody About It? (a WTF moment, an epic revelation, a steamy kiss, etc. etc.) Be careful of spoilers!
The scene with Faythe and Jace in Prey by Rachel Vincent – I knew it was coming but… WTF?!
18. Favorite Relationship From A Book You Read In 2012 (be it romantic, friendship, etc).
Vel and Jax in the Sirantha Jax series – I heart these two SO MUCH, even in spite of one of them being a bug alien… rather impressive, me thinks.
19. Favorite Book You Read in 2012 From An Author You Read Previously.
River Marked by Patricia Briggs: the woman is a legend for a reason.
20. Best Book You Read That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else.
It is really rare for me to read a book without first getting a recommendation from someone… so, all of them.
I’ve done it again…! This is my very last challenge for 2010 – cross my heart! But unlike my other challenges, this one really will be a tough one to accomplish. I have never broken the 50-book line in a year, so why am I joining a 100+ book challenge? Partly because I am compulsive (and kinda insane) – but also because I really really need to clear out my TBR pile! I have 150+ books waiting to be read – so even cutting down on my book buying addiction is not going to help. I need to take action, rally the troops… so I joined a challenge?
Click here to sign up for J.Kaye’s 100+ Reading Challenge – and visit the site to check out our reviews!
Read in 2010
- The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson – 4 stars
- The Espressologist by Kristina Springer – 4 stars
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr – 4 stars
- Firespell by Chloe Neill – 4.5 stars
- The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler – 4.5 stars
- Fallen by Lauren Kate – 3.5 stars
- Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey – 3 stars
- Red-Headed Stepchild by Jaye Wells – 5 stars
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – 5 stars
- Mark of the Demon by Diana Rowland – 2 stars
- Untamed Heart by Ally Blue – 3 stars
- Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead – 4.5 stars
- Tempted by P.C. and Kristin Cast – 2 stars
- Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs – 5 stars
- Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder – 4.5 stars
- A Week at the Airport: A Heathrow Diary by Alain De Botton – 4 stars
- Lover Awakened by J.R. Ward – 4 stars
- Frostbite by Richelle Mead – 4.5 stars
- Need by Carrie Jones – 4 stars
- Claimed By Shadow by Karen Chance – 2.5 stars
- Succubus Blues by Richelle Mead – 4 stars
- Fade Out by Rachel Caine – 4 stars
- Shiver by Maggie Steifvater – 5 stars
- The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien – 5 stars
- Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs – 4.5 stars
- The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong – 5 stars
- (novella) Bring the Heat by M.L. Rhodes – 4 stars
- Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore – 2 stars
- The Mage in Black by Jaye Wells – 5 stars
- Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow – 4 stars
- Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles – 4 stars
- The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton – 4 stars
- Magic to the Bone by Devon Monk – 3.5 stars
- Beating Heart by A. M. Jenkins – 3 stars
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan – 3.5 stars
- Fire Study by Maria V. Snyder – 3.5 stars
- Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase – 4 stars
- Ondine by Ebony McKenna – 4 stars
- Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead – 4.5 stars
- The Line by Teri Hall – 2.5 stars
- Shadow Marked by Anna J. Evans – 3 stars
- Betrayals by Lili St. Crow – 3.5 stars
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore – 4.5 stars
- Some Girls Bite by Chloe Neill – 4 stars
- Seven Sorcerers by Caro King – 4.5 stars
- Rogue by Rachel Vincent – 3 stars
- (novella) Blood Soup by Kelly A. Harmon – 3.5 stars
- Old Magic by Marianne Curley – 3 stars
- Ill Wind by Rachel Caine – 4 stars
- The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner – 2 stars
- Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles – 5 stars
- Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr – 3 stars
- Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick – 1.5 stars
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan – 4 stars
- Kiss of Death by Rachel Caine – 3.5 stars
- Grimspace by Ann Aguirre – 5 stars
- TimeRiders by Alex Scarrow – 3.5 stars
- Jealousy by Lili St. Crow – 3.5 stars
- Succubus Nights by Richelle Mead – 4 stars
- The Devil’s Kiss by Sarwat Chadda – 3.5 stars
- Linger by Maggie Steifvater – 5 stars
- Captivate by Carrie Jones – 3 stars
- Forgive My Fins by Tera Lynn Childs – 2.5 stars
- Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson – 3 stars
- Stargazer by Claudia Gray – 3.5 stars
- Dark Life by Kat Falls – 4.5 stars
- Wanderlust by Ann Aguirre – 4.5 stars
- Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs – 4 stars
- Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs – 4 stars
- A Madness of Angels by Kate Griffin – 3.5 stars
- The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting – 2.5 stars