So for my first post I decided to write my spring TBR list and talk about my 2017 reading challenge. I say spring TBR even though it is currently snowing buckets outside as I write this, but I am kind of a slow reader because I really like to get immersed into whatever book I am reading, so I really have no idea when I will get these done. I’m hoping at least sometime before May, but it probably won’t be that long because I will be able to read a lot faster since I am taking this semester off of school so I will have a lot more free time. So for my 2017 reading challenge on Goodreads, I decided to go for 40 books. Last year, I read 30, but this year I unexpectedly have more time than I thought I would so I thought I could get a little more reading in.
I also decided to make it more fun for myself by looking up some reading challenges on Pinterest and YouTube, where you pick which books to read by putting them into certain categories. I made up a list of different categories from different challenges I found that looked interesting to me, and put them with some books I was already planning to read to give me some motivation.
The first category on my list is: A book you were recently excited for but haven’t read yet.
For this I chose Firefight by Brandon Sanderson.
It is the second book in the Reckoners Trilogy and I read the first book, Steelheart, for school last year and I absolutely LOVED it. It is one of my favorite books ever and I would put it right up there with The Hunger Games, which is saying something for me.
This is a dystopian trilogy where the world has been taken over by super villains, only there are no super heroes. When the main character, David, was a little kid he witnessed his father being killed by Steelheart, the “epic” as they call the villains, who took over Chicago. David swears revenge on Steelheart, and when he is older he joins the Reckoners, a rebel group of ordinary humans who make it their life’s work to find each epic’s weakness and assassinate them. The catch is that no one knows what Steelheart’s weakness is, and David is the only one who has the key to finding it out.
I loved everything about this book, the action, the quirky characters, suspense, and a little bit of humor too. Not to mention the world building is amazing. This series is definitely worth reading and I am so excited to read Firefight!
The second category on my list is: A Retelling.
I haven’t read many retellings, but one I did enjoy was Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I also read this book for school around the same time I read Steelheart, and it is another one of my favorites. It is a Wizard of Oz retelling, which was a completely new concept to me and I thought it was done very well. It was a little bit dark and creepy, but not too bad because I really don’t like anything that is borderline horror. I thought the world building and plot was great and it ended on a little bit of a cliff hanger, so for my reading challenge I decided to read its sequel, The Wicked Will Rise.
Next I have: Finish a series you started.
For this I chose Allegiant by Veronica Roth, and I know I am way behind everyone else on this series, (and probably pretty much every other series that exists for that matter) but for some reason it is taking me forever to get through this one because they are big books and I kind of got spoiled of at what happens to Tris, so I think subconsciously I don’t really want to get to that part so it is taking me forever. Sadly, the same thing happened with Mockingjay, and it took me six months to finish that. :( Also, I have heard that this is a lot of people’s least favorite book in the trilogy for various reasons, so that also might have something to do with it, but I am determined to finish!
Next is: A book being released as a movie this year.
I chose Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, and I think I was going to decide to read another book before this one for the spring, but I realized the movie is coming out in March so I bumped it up on my TBR because I really should get started on it before I see the movie.
The next category is: A book with an animal on the cover.
I chose Disney in Shadow by Ridley Pearson. This is the third book in the Kingdom Keepers series, and it is for Middle Grade, but I don’t think I got to start it until high school. This is a really good series about a group of teenagers who work for Disney Parks as hologram tour guides, and they find out that the technology that they used to make this possible has a strange side affect that turns them into real holograms and transports them into the parks while they are asleep at home. They soon find out that all the characters in the parks come to life at night, and all of the villains form different stories are trying to take over Disney World, and possibly the real world. Think, Night at the Museum, Disney style. ;) It has taken me awhile to get through these books because I have been reading others, but I am still enjoying it so far and I really want to get through the rest of the series.
Next is: A mystery.
Again, I chose a sequel to a book I read last year for school: Shattered by Dani Pettrey. The first book, Submerged, was a really good murder mystery/romance that is set in my home state of Alaska. I was actually really surprised at how much I liked it, so I’m really looking forward to Shattered.
The next book on my list is: A nonfiction.
For this I chose Life in Motion by Misty Copeland. I have already gotten a little bit into it, and I am really enjoying it so far. I’m surprised at how I can relate to her a little bit and it is really fun for me to read about her life because I have always had a deep appreciation for ballet and I have so much respect for her, even though I didn’t know much about her, so I am excited to finish this book.
For a book with a title of over five words I chose:
Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn. (aka Morgan Matson)
This is about a girl named Gemma who finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer after being gone for five years. This is not a good thing because Gemma runs into her ex-best friend whose life she ruined, but Gemma's ex-friend ends up believing she someone else because of a little case of mistaken identity.
Next I have a book with only one word as a title so I chose:
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan.
I really wanted to see the movie for this one so I bumped it up on my TBR but I still wasn’t fast enough and life got in the way so I have only just started it, but I am excited to see what happens.
Then I have a first book in a series you haven’t read yet:
For this I chose The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. Same as with Nerve, I was really excited about the movie but I really wanted to read the book first but I just haven’t gotten around to it until now.
The second to last book I have on my reading challenge TBR is: A book set in a fictional location.
I’m pretty sure this is really referring to fantasy, but I decided to choose The One by Kiera Cass. Even though this is a dystopian and technically Illéa is a future America, I think it still counts, and I really needed an excuse to finally get to this book.
And finally I have: A book about time travel.
For this category I chose Redeemed by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This was an easy choice because I started reading this series in middle school and I really loved it, but this last book in the series didn’t come out until a couple of years ago, so now I am finally getting around to finishing it. :)
So that’s it for my first post! I hope you enjoyed reading it!
I will try to post every Saturday at the least, but since my schedule is pretty free right now I will probably start posting maybe two or three times a week so I will let you know when I work out a good schedule.