Reading Challenge 2014: January

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This will be the second year where I have challenged my self to read more. It all started when my husband suggested I should read more after I picked on him for being such a slow reader (a chapter a week). So I took the challenge.

For 2014 I have set the same goal as last year: 52 books – a book a week.

This year I am joining Toni’s 2014 Reading Challenge to help me be accountable of this challenge (I almost threw the challenge last year), to share my reading material, as well to help me keep better track of what I have already read.

 

Reading Challenge 2014: January

Reading Challenge 2014: January Prodigy by Marie Lu // Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
Elixir by Jennifer L. Armentrout // Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Prodigy and Crown of Midnight are definite must reads.

Prodigy is the second book in the Legend series about a dystopian world where the Republic’s prodigy girl, June, meets the nation’s most wanted criminal. In Prodigy June and Day are on the run, trying to figure out who they can trust.

Wicked Lovely is a quick read where the normal world intertwines with the faery world. The story evolves around Aislinn who can see the faeries which is dangerous if they find out. Now she is being stalked by Keenan, the Summer King. I really like books about faeries but this one was just Ok. 3 out of 5 stars from me. At first: promising. Ending: blah, uneventful.

Elixir is a novella in the Covenant Series which preludes Apollyon. It is not a necessary read, but gives you extra insight on what is happening on book 4 in the series.

Crown of Midnight is the second book in the Throne of Glass Series. In this sequel we follow the story of Celaena Sardothien after she becomes the royal assassin. Death. Betrayal. Love. Misery. Epic-ness.

 

Reading Challenge 2014: January Midnighters by Scott Westerfeld // Apollyon by Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Obsidian Blade by Pete Hautman // Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Midnighters received 2 stars from me. I was just not able to connect to any of the characters who call themselves The Midnighters. The premise of the book is that there are actually 25 hrs in the day. During that hour almost everyone is frozen. Only the Midnighters and dark creatures than haunt the shadows can experience this extra hour. Just didn’t do it for me.

Apollyon is the 4th book in The Covenant Series that follows Aiden, a pure-blood, and Alex, a half-breed, as they try to safe their race from the Apollyon. Alex is now the second Apollyon and the lives of every living person, hematoi or human, rely on her ability of to keeping Seth from becoming the God Killer. If you like Greek Mythology this is a must read!

The Obsidian Blade was a promising read about time traveling. It was alright until the time travelers stole Jesus’s body and healed him and returned him 3 days later. It was definitely not what I was expecting. At the end it felt like it was more propaganda against technology than anything else.

Black City is going to be an epic series! This story takes place in Black City were humans and Darklings co-exist. Yup, this is a book about vampires. Prohibited love. Conspiracies. Cults. This book has it all. Truly recommend it. Even though I tried my best to not read vampire books I think this is a must read!

 

What are you currently reading?

 

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39 Comments
  • Jennifer Soltys
    January 30, 2014

    Ooooh I LOVE this challenge!!! I need an excuse to read more. I like your taste in books, too! Look forward to seeing what else you suggest.

    • Sofia
      January 30, 2014

      I am all about Young Adult books. For me reading is a way to escape: give me a good YA book, or even a mystery books, and I am one happy camper :)

  • Angela
    January 30, 2014

    I am also challenging myself to read more and take more fun time for myself. I just finished re-reading Ann of Green Gables and the Avonlea books. Still trying to decide on what to read next.

  • Ellen Christian
    January 30, 2014

    I just finished a book and haven’t started a new one yet. I probably will tonight.

  • Nicole B
    January 30, 2014

    I read the Legend books a few months ago, and enjoyed them. I was on a reading kick but haven’t started a new book since I finished reading my last one a couple weeks ago.

    • Sofia
      January 30, 2014

      If you liked the first two Legend books you must read Champion too!! I cannot wait to get my hands on it (I get my books from the library!).

  • Chani Jameson
    January 30, 2014

    This is a great challenge to do for yourself. Hmmm. I think I may have to do this. :)

  • Jennifer @TheRebelChick
    January 30, 2014

    Growing up, I was a total bookworm. I still love to read but I just don’t seem to ever find the time! Adding these to my list…

    • Sofia
      January 30, 2014

      My husband makes fun of me for always carrying either a book or my iPhone (using the Kindle app) everywhere. I read whenever I can, even while cooking (one hand stirs, the other holds up the book!).

  • Kelly Hutchinson
    January 30, 2014

    I love to read and you have some great books here. My daughter is reading the Prodigy books now.

  • brett
    January 30, 2014

    i think i’m going to start the divergent? series soon i love reading. just need to do it more

  • Alisha
    January 30, 2014

    I have read Wicked Lovely (along with the other books in the series) it was pretty darn good. At the moment I am currently ready The Fault in our Stars by John Green

  • Camille
    January 30, 2014

    Looks like a great list! I used to read a lot as a kid, but find it hard to find time to do so now.

  • susan
    January 30, 2014

    This looks like a wonderful list of books, I would love to check them, out, I need a new book.

  • Michele
    January 30, 2014

    I bought 2 new to me Nora Roberts books over the weekend. I need to get busy reading again, it’s a great stress reliever for me.

  • Joanne
    January 30, 2014

    Good luck on your challenge! I’ll be keeping up with your posts along the way!

  • Katy Rawson
    January 30, 2014

    I love a good challenge and really, really enjoy reading. I have been desperate to pick up a good book, but we are a month (or less) away from moving across the country and my house has to be in order. Kind of has me bummed, I know my Kindle misses me. But these are really awesome recommendations. I’ll have to remember them when I’m ready for a good book!

  • Our Family World
    January 30, 2014

    A book a week would be lovely! I wonder if I could somehow find the time…right now my daughter has convinced me to read the Wings of Fire series that she LOVES – it’s quite entertaining :)
    ~ Kimberly

  • Nicole
    January 30, 2014

    *Hides my face in shame…* I have a stack of books I am trying to get through. It’s getting crazy!

  • Karen Dawkins
    January 30, 2014

    Hint: Read a few young adult books to create a cushion in case you get behind. :)

    Okay, maybe that’s cheating….

    I’m reading a blogging book right now. I should probably find something more personal, eh?

  • Jenny IBDFM
    January 30, 2014

    I have to challenge myself to read more and this is a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

    ~Jenny

  • Pam
    January 30, 2014

    I think my daughter is reading some of the same books as you! Those are her types of stories too.

  • April @Pixie Dust Savings
    January 30, 2014

    Wow, what a lofty goal! 52 books in a year. I could probably do the same but haven’t yet. Right now I am reading a book for a review I am working on.

  • Joanna Sormunen
    January 30, 2014

    I have read Wicked Lovely and liked it. I haven’t read any of the other books. Thank you for the reviews.

  • Mama to 5 BLessings
    January 30, 2014

    Interesting reads, wish I had time to read!

  • Lisa Jones`
    January 30, 2014

    Crown Of Midnight Sounds Like My Kind Of Book Can’t Wait To Read It!!

    • Sofia
      January 31, 2014

      Make sure to read Throne of Glass first (not needed, but it gives you an insight on what it took Celeana to become the King’s Champion).

  • Tami
    January 30, 2014

    I love reading, but there isn’t much time for it these days. How long does it take you to read a book?

    • Sofia
      January 31, 2014

      It depends on the book. There were books I read in day and a half, others in one night, while other took me a whole week to finish. That said, I am usually reading 2-3 books at a time (I pick a book depending on my mood, there are days that I feel like reading a mythology book while others I want to read about faeries). I do have this one book I have been nursing for 5 weeks now (Not Quite the Classics by Colin Mochrie)…who knows when I’ll finish that one! :)

  • Nancy Lustri (StyleDecor)
    January 30, 2014

    That’s a great challenge that I should take on myself. I spend too much time on the computer and while I enjoy reading, I don’t make the time. The books you mentioned would be a good start. :)

  • Nicole Brady
    January 30, 2014

    Kudos on setting such a challenge for yourself. I’m not sure I could get anything else accomplished if I committed to a book a week!

  • Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell
    January 30, 2014

    It’s one of my favorite things to do but I hardly ever get to do it. I have two books on my nightstand and haven’t opened up either one since I got them in December. :(

  • Michelle F.
    January 30, 2014

    I definitely have to start reading more. I used to read a lot when I was younger.

  • Tara
    January 30, 2014

    I am working on making more time to read…great picks!

  • susan
    January 31, 2014

    these are great picks, I would love to read one on a trip

  • Breige
    January 31, 2014

    Oh I’ve been considering buying throne of glass, your review of Crown of Midnight has convinced me that I need to start reading this series , thanks for the insight and good luck on your challenge :)

    • Sofia
      January 31, 2014

      I personally liked Crown of Midnight better than Throne of Glass but they both got 5 stars from me (they are even in my favorites list)! Both are great reads. And, if I am right, there will be 4 more books to this series! :)

  • Bibiana Bailey
    January 31, 2014

    I would love to take a reading challenge. I miss regular reading & these days most of my reading is from blogs. I have to tell my son about Black City. It sounds like his kind of book :)

    • Sofia
      January 31, 2014

      Black City is a great book! Your son should definitely read it :)