First Line Fridays #16

Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.

Published: July 2014

Publisher: Square Fish

Pages: 286

Genera: YA fantasy

Series: First of 3, all have been released

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TBR Pile Accounting #2

At the beginning of the year I made a goal to reduce the number of unread books on my shelves to half of the total at that point in time.  In February I did an official accounting of the number of books (there were 12 at the time) and clarified that if I bought new unread books I still had to hit 6 or less by the end of December  

It’s been several months, half the year is over and things have happened since then so I thought I’d do a follow-up on how I’m doing.  Read on if you are curious!

1. & 2. & 3. Sabriel, Lirael, Abhorsen (Abhorsen trilogy) by Garth Nix

Sabriel and Lirael have been read!  I’m off to a good start! I did, however, read most of these two books by audiobook and not actually reading the copy I own, but that’s another story.  Abhorsen’s audiobook is on hold and I’m in the middle of a contemporary kick so I’m not in the mood to pick up the physical book while I wait so it’ll be a bit longer before I get to it.  

4. The Diviner by Melanie Rawn

Book that has been on my shelf the longest and will likely stay unread for a while more.  I just can’t seem to toss or read this one.

5. Brimstone (Pendergast #5) by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child 

This one will be a matter of timing, honestly.  I do want to read, but just not gotten to it yet.

6. The Crimson Crown (Seven Realms #4) by Cinda Willams Chima 

Despite two friends trying to talk me into this one it is not yet read.  Again, I feel it’s only a matter of time and maybe audiobook.

7. The Heart Goes Last by Margaret Atwood

I knew I was never going to read this so even though it was a signed first edition from a friend and I feel bad about it, I donated this. 

8. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch and 11. Half Bad by Sally Green

Both of these I had wanted to read in the past but have been not so interested in the now.  Who knows what will happen to these ones.

9. Kiss of Deception by Mary E Pearson and 10. Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass #3) by Sarah J Maas

Both books I’m really excited about but have yet to read.  I’m becoming a but less excited about them but still interested.  Funny enough the odds are Snow like Ashes or Half Bad are more likely to be read then these even though I’m more interested in these ones because I don’t have to commit to ones I’m less interested in reading and what if I don’t like a book I’m really excited about?

12. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

Same as above, but also this one is a bit more complex so will need more of my time and attention. 

Books read: 2

Books donated: 1

Unread books: 9

It would seem as though I am doing well, having only 3 more books to read in 6 months to reach my goal, but there are more additions to my shelves which changes the numbers.  In an effort not to make this a ridiculously long post, I’m going to talk about those books in the next post.  Stay tuned if you are curious (and for a sneak peak at the books I have bought recently). 

Books I attempted but never continued

These are not DNF books because I never got past the 2nd chapter, which is too short of a length to really decide I’m never going to finish the book.  None of these books I stopped because I hated them, it was just the wrong time or I just wasn’t interested in the book.  That latter case makes it seem like it should be a DNF but because I never got a significant portion of the way through the book I consider these books as ‘attempted’ not DNF.  Kind of like the first chapter challenge, you wouldn’t say that you DNF’ed the books you didn’t end of reading because you were determining your next read based on a small part of the book.

Matched – Ally Condi

Allegiant – Veronica Roth**

Kiss of Deception – Mary E Pearson

Sabriel – Garth Nix

The Diviner – Melanie Rawn

Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

Starflight – Melissa Landers

Pathfinder – Orson Scott Card

A Mortal Song – Megan Crewe

The Defender’s Apprentice – Amelia Smith

**This one is actually likely a DNF because I got about a page in and decided I couldn’t stand reading another book in the weird 1st person PoV with the weird verb tenses Roth uses.  But I decided this based on less then a page of reading…

 

 

 

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