Books that I almost DNF’ed

I almost never DNF a book as I talked about in a past post, though there are a handful of cases of this occurring (and there are a few on this list I want to attempt again).  But there are sometime just books that you really, really want to DNF but end up pushing through.  These are a few examples:

1. Valley of the Horses by Jean M Auel – this is my mother’s favourite series and she got me to read them (a bit too young at the time, I might add).  This particular one was going in a direction I didn’t like (at the time, woudl have loved it now) so I got mad and refused to keep reading.  One year later I wanted to know how it ended so I picked it back up and finished it. 

2. Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 by Carolyn Meyer (I think, could have been a different book) – this was a kids book, I think fictional, about the real life events that did actually follow the real life events closely.  This was one of the first times I had read about a death and didn’t know the story going into it.  Yeah, I was mad at the book. 

3. Shades of Doon by Corp and Langdon – I was bored

4. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Also bored and annoyed that this was basically plagiarism but got published.

5. Wizard of Mars by Diane Duane – I was bored, I realized I hate time paradoxes and it was a rough time in life.  But I finished it months later!

6. Sega by Conor Kostick – this one didn’t live up to the first book.

Bonus: While The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks took me years to finish, I never considered DNF’ing it, I just didn’t have the time at the time and wasn’t int he mood for a long time.  

The Next Nine

Books Read

1. The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (Paul Boehmer)     4 Stars

2. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (Xanthe Elbrick)     4 Stars

3. Hex Hall by Rachal Hawkins (Cris Dukehart)     3.5 Stars

4. Failure is not an Option by Gene Kranz (Danny Campbell)     3.5 Stars

5. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins (Cris Dukehart)     3 Stars

6. Sabriel by Garth Nix (Tim Curry)     4 Stars

7. 101 Dalmations by Dotie Smith (BBC production)     4 Stars

8. Nerve by Jeanne Ryan     2 Stars

9 Dancing Barefooot by Wil Wheaton (Wil Wheaton)     4 Stars

Average Rating: 3.56

Audiobooks: 8

Re-reads: 1.3

Indy/self-published: 0, I believe

Number Reviewed on blog: Also 0, and none really planned and I’m behind on Goodreads reviews…

Number of my owned books read (for my personal reading goal): 1

Comments:

Obviously a lot of audiobooks!  I am a convert.  Since I have roughly an hour of walking commute time to work every day I can get a lot of reading done, so that is where the majority of my reading has occurred and will for the foreseeable future until I learn to manage my time outside of work better and have to start biking to work.  However, considering the changes in my life the past month and a half, I consider this a great amount of books read!

I’m also well ahead of my semi-randomly picked Goodreads goal, which implies I can up it to another semi-randomly picked goal, however, I predict based on past experience a lull in reading starting in about a month, so I will wait for now. 

The books I read this round were good, as evidenced by the decent ratings and average, but nothing really amazed me of blew me away.  I hope the next group of books will have some of those.

Finally, I ‘read’ one of the unread books on my self, though I did it by audiobook not reading the physical book I own….  Since I have also bought another book I have not read and discovered a few others when moving that I didn’t want donate, my reading goal to reduce the number of unread books on my self by half of the starting number at the beginning of the year (aka have max of 6 unread books on my shelf by the end of 2017) is going quite terribly.  However, I have a hold on the audiobook for another book on my shelf for commute reading and once I finish off the last library book I have had forever and want to read, there is another I want to immediately start on my shelf.  After that my plan gets a little fuzzy…

What’s next:

I think I answered this nicely, if rather non-specifically.  So as a shameless plug, you can find out my what’s next if you follow or friend my on Goodreads!  Link is in my about page. 

 

Books I want to read before the end of the year

Now that I have around 10 books left for my reading challenge for 2016 and there is only about 2 months left in the year, I though it would be a good idea to list out a few of the books I really want to read before next year.  I’m not one to make monthly want to read lists so this is a bit of a new thing.  I’m also not one to push myself to start something I’m not in the mood to read (though I will push myself to finish a thing so that I can move on from it…) therefore I won’t be sad if I don’t get to these books as that likely means I’m just not ready for them.  But these are a few of the books I want to attempt to strike off my to be read list before the start of 2017.  Slightly more then 10, but why not dream big and smash my challenge?

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanson 

Touch of Power by Maria V Snyder

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine Mcgee

Re-reads I’d like to accomplish:

Poison Study by Maria V Snyder

Fire by Kristin Cashore

The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

Others that I am hopeful to read but would need the library to step up it’s game:

Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Books I want to finally finish:

Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane

The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (this one is very unlikely, but I can dream, right?)

Wishfull thinking books (because they aren’t out yet, damnit!)

Dawn Study by Maria V Snyder

Anything Tamora Pierce

Firebrand by Kristen Britain 

 

Top 5 Wednesday: Books That Took You the Longest to Finish

topLike always, Top 5 Wednesday is hosted by Sam at Thoughts on Tomes over on Goodreads.

To answer this question I’m going by memory since I don’t have hard data for the majority of my reads.  Generally, I would say about half of the books I read are read within 3 days or less and about 75-80% are read in a week or less.  Therefore it’s strange for it to take more then a week to finish a book.  I would say less than one in 15 books take more then a month to read.  It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t happen, just putting it into perspective some of the (rough) numbers you will see in this list.  These numbers are reconfirmed when looking up long reads on Goodreads as every book I look at that I remember taking a long time was in fact read in under 2 weeks.  All of the reads on this list were long reads because I stalled in the middle or had to take a break during reading.  Some of them I was less interested in as well so I didn’t push myself to read as much.  I’m sure I have missed some, but here is my list:

1. The Valley of the Horses by Jean M Auel. Took: over a year.

This book is the one that has taken me the longest to finish that I have actually finished. For perspective, this book is an adult book I was reading at the very young age of 12 and is 544 pages long (there was lots of sex in these books and for the record, my mother actually handed them to me).  That (length or that it was adult) was not the reason it took me so long to read this book, however.  It was going in a direction I didn’t like and so I refused to continue reading it half way through.  About a year later I was curious about how it ended and picked it back up.  I should likely be glad none of my teacher knew the series as I brought it to school and there could have been a scandal.  

2. Saga by Conor Kostick. Took: 1 month (plus 2 months to start reading) 

3. Shades of Doon by Lorie Langdon and Carey Corp. Took: just over 2 weeks

4. The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J Maas.  Took: months to a year

This one is weird on this list as I read 2 or 3 of the stories on a break in university and waited until my next break before finishing the rest.  So as a book it took a long time, but I read each individual story in one sitting. 

5. Firebirds Rising short story anthology edited by Sharyn November.  Took: over a year

Same as above, read the whole thing in over a year.  Read the stories quickly. 

List of books I am ‘still reading’ but haven’t finish that will go on this list once I’m done:

The way of Shadows by Brent Weeks (about 2 years)

Wizards of Mars by Diane Duane (about 4 months)

And if I ever actually finish Game of Thrones by GRR Martin (5+ years). 

 

Intimidating TBR tag

green tagDisclaimer: I am trying to fill this out with books I own but have not read yet, but I don’t think I’ll be able to answer all the questions with the about a dozen books that I owe but have not read (plus half of them are packed and buried so its going by memory…).  Thus if I can’t think of anything I will consult my lengthy list of books I’m interested in reading on Goodreads.  Also many of these books could be in more than one category. 

1. What book have you been unable to finish?

Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks.  There was a several year time jump and I was in the middle of a busy time in my Master’s so I put it down and haven’t picked it back up.  Also Game of Thrones by GRR Martin, but I have basically given up on that by now. 

2. What book have you yet to read because you just haven’t had the time?

Storm Glass by Maria V Snyder.  It’s been on my shelf for a while but I haven’t had the time to devote to starting a new series that I highly expect I will love (but do have time to start a series I might not like?).

3. What book have you yet to read because it’s a sequel?

Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas.  Again, I highly expect to like this book so I haven’t started it yet.  Also the last of the Seven Realms books, Crimson Crown by Cinda Williams Chima. 

4. What book have you yet to read because it’s brand new?

Nothing on my shelf but one of my anticipated reads that was recently released (and thus would be hard to get a copy of from the library) is Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire.  Or Passanger by Alexandra Bracken.  Or Games Wizards Play by Diane Duane, which I still need to read a few books before I get to it. 

5. What book have you yet to read because you read a book by the same author and didn’t enjoy it?

I don’t really have an answer for this because if I have read one book by and author and don’t like it I typically don’t return but if I have read several books by and author and then hit one I don’t like I don’t hold it against them as there is always the odd book, that being said I read a book recently by Eoin Colfer that really makes me hesitant to pick up another of his novels.  However, I think I will have to say something by Patrick Ness as I didn’t really love The Rest of us Just Live Here but have heard good things about his other novels and I know he is a great person in real life. 

6. What book have you yet to read because you’re just not in the mood for it?

Land of Painted Caves (Earth’s Children #6) by Jean M Auel.  Heavy historical Adult fiction.  Need to be in the right mood for it.  Also it’s about 750 pages long and a chunky hardcover book. 

7. What book have you yet to read because it’s humongous?

It’s not that big but Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.  It has about 4/5 books that follow it, though, and is talked about like Game of Thrones and has many points of view so it’s humongous in spirit.  

8. What book have you yet to read because because it was a cover buy that turned out to have poor reviews?

I don’t cover only buy books, though I was really tempted with Rook by Sharon Cameron and have since read it (after reading the mixed reviews on it).  Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge is another book that has caught my eye but is the second book in a retelling series, which is not particularly my cup of tea plus I’ve heard mixed things. 

9. What is the most intimidating book in your TBR pile?

The Diviner by Melanie Rawn.  Bought it years ago because I wanted to read another book by her but it was recommended that I read this one first.  It travelled with me to Scotland and I never got more then 30 pages into the book.  Really don’t know much about this one or the other one at this point and it’s sitting around collecting dust.  Also a book I got from a friend last Christmas, Brimestone by Preston and Child because it’s in a series (but it sounds like it does not need to be read in order), is their favourite and I know nothing about it.  Also it’s a weird size/shape.  Yes that matters.  

10. What book have you not read because it’s a new author and that’s scary?

Half Bad by Sally Green.  Heard good things and the hard cover novel was on sale last time I walked into a book store, but still haven’t read it yet.  

The first ten

listHaving just completed my tenth book this year I thought I would recap what I have read so far, comment on how I’m doing in my reading goals and list a few books I want to read in the coming months.

Read so far:

1. High Wizardry by Diane Duane     3/5 stars

2. A Wizard Abroad by Diane Duane     3/5 stars

3. The Wizard’s Dilemma by Diane Duane     3/5 stars

4. Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi     4/5 stars

5. A Wizard Alone by Diane Duane     3.5/5  stars

6. Wizard’s Holiday by Diane Duane     4.5/5 stars

7. WRAP: the reluctant assassin by Eoin Colfer     2/5 stars

8. Epic by Conor Kostick     4.5/5 stars

9. Rook by Sharon Cameron     3.5/5 stars

10. Destined for Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon     3.5/5 stars

Average book rating: 3.5 stars

Comments:  Obviously I have bee making my way through Diane Duane’s Young Wizard series but took a break to read something new.  Once I’ve caught up I plan to write a post to talk about the entire series so won’t say too much besides they got a bit same-y and so I took a break from them at the beginning of February.

Epic was by far the highlight of the first 10 books this year (review found here) with the 6th Young Wizard book as a close second and Gamer Girl rounding out the top three.  Already I have read one book that I didn’t particularly like by and author whom trust (meaning I have enjoyed many of his other works).   However, over all the books have been ‘I liked but to great’ which is fine by me.

On my reading goals: Currently I am sitting at 4 books ahead of schedule which is wonderful!  I bodes well that I will have to increase my reading goal by the end of the year but I’m not going to bump it up just yet.  I have been doing a steady 1(ish) book a week for the last few weeks which is about what I hoped to do.  Also since Big Life Changes TM are coming soon I’m just not ready to increase it just yet. So far I have reviewed, at least in brief, every book I have read this year and done 2 full length reviews means I’m doing great on that bookish goal.  I’m not doing so well on the ‘don’t force myself to finish a book I’m not interested in’ goal, but it’s one of those goals I know I’ll have to work at to successfully complete and I may never complete it.  

What’s next? A few of the books I hope to pick up soon include Saga by Conor Kostick, Storm Glass by Maria V.Synder, Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas and Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.  Finally I hope I can finish off The Way of Shadows by Brent Weeks at some point soon since I stopped reading it many months ago due to school stuff and I need to continue on with it.