Readjusting Goals – What should I do?

aka the moment I realized that I might not make it.

 


 

At the beginning of the year, I had some lofty reading goals and now I’ve found myself woefully behind on all counts. According to my Goodreads Challenge, I’m four books behind schedule, I’ve not read a single King novel since last November, and my Austen challenge hasn’t left the ground. And let’s not even mention the one in one out rule I made re: my TBR. Ha!

 

Oh, but I HAVE read three of my most anticipated so, that’s ONE thing going my way. Still not fast enough to read them all before the year is over but one a month is better than none at all.

 

The saddest part of all of this is that I really want to be able to meet all of my goals, but real life just won’t let me be great (kidding, I’m grateful for everything about my real life as it stands). Unfortunately, I don’t see things changing any time soon. So, do I reduce my numbers, or just continue as I’m going and see how close to my original goals I can get?

 

I don’t want to readjust because that feels like quitting or admitting defeat, and I don’t think I’m there yet. But what if that’s just stubbornness talking and the reality is that I’ve already fallen too far behind? Gah! Idk…

 

I need your help on this one guys. What would you do if you were in my position? For context: My Goodreads Challenge is 70 books and I’ve read 12 and my anticipated is 20 and I’ve read three.

 

(Also, some good audiobook recommendations would be appreciated!)

 


Dee ^_^

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Currently Reading!

aka the time I didn’t have any ideas…

 


 

I almost forgot that today was Post Day (!)… So this is the best you get. I’m sorry.

 

Spectacle Vol 1 by Megan Rose Gedris

 

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Pragmatic engineer Anna works as a psychic in the Samson Brothers Circus, but she doesn’t believe in anything supernatural—until her twin sister Kat is murdered and comes back as a very demanding ghost. Sharing a room with her sister was hard, but now they’re sharing a body while trying to identify the killer. With few leads, a troupe full of secretive folk, and strange paranormal occurrences popping up around the circus, solving the case seems near impossible. But the murderer in their midst may be the least of their problems…

 

So far I am loving the art. The colors are eye-catching and the art is sufficiently mystical looking. Look out for my thoughts on this one soon.

 

 

and

 

Hold by Michael Donkor

 

 

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Moving between Ghana and London, Hold is an intimate, moving, powerful coming-of-age novel. It’s a story of friendship and family, shame and forgiveness; of learning what we should cling to, and when we need to let go.
Belinda knows how to follow the rules. As a housegirl, she has learnt the right way to polish water glasses, to wash and fold a hundred handkerchiefs, and to keep a tight lid on memories of the village she left behind when she came to Kumasi.
Mary is still learning the rules. Eleven-years old and irrepressible, the young housegirl-in-training is the little sister Belinda never had.
Amma has had enough of the rules. A straight-A pupil at her exclusive South-London school, she has always been the pride of her Ghanaian parents. Until now. Watching their once-confident teenager grow sullen and wayward, they decide that sensible Belinda might be just the shining example Amma needs.
So Belinda is summoned from Ghana to London, and must leave Mary to befriend a troubled girl who shows no desire for her friendship. She encounters a city as bewildering as it is thrilling, and tries to impose order on her unsettling new world.
As the Brixton summer turns to Autumn, Belinda and Amma are surprised to discover the beginnings of an unexpected kinship. But when the cracks in their defences open up, the secrets they have both been holding tightly threaten to seep out.

 

 

This has been a bit of a slower read for me (no fault of the book I don’t think). I keep getting distracted by more light-hearted reads, or tv…

 

 

(I’m very tempted to start Obsidio too)

 

 


Somebody save me from myself.

 

 

 

How well does Goodreads know me?

Hey!!!!

 

I saw this one over on Kristin Kraves Books.  What you need to do is look at your Goodreads recommendations and decide whether or not you are interested in reading the books or not.

I am going to talk about the first ten books that they recommend based on my ‘read’ shelf. If this works out I might do one based on my 5 stars shelf*?

 

The Foxhole Court

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Neil Josten is the newest addition to the Palmetto State University Exy team. He’s short, he’s fast, he’s got a ton of potential—and he’s the runaway son of the murderous crime lord known as The Butcher.
Signing a contract with the PSU Foxes is the last thing a guy like Neil should do. The team is high profile and he doesn’t need sports crews broadcasting pictures of his face around the nation. His lies will hold up only so long under this kind of scrutiny and the truth will get him killed.
But Neil’s not the only one with secrets on the team. One of Neil’s new teammates is a friend from his old life, and Neil can’t walk away from him a second time. Neil has survived the last eight years by running. Maybe he’s finally found someone and something worth fighting for.

Because I read (and loved) Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater.

 

Oh! I was about to write this one off…buuuut, it was published on my birthday. So…yes?

 

 

 

Captive Prince

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Damen is a warrior hero to his people, and the rightful heir to the throne of Akielos. But when his half brother seizes power, Damen is captured, stripped of his identity, and sent to serve the prince of an enemy nation as a pleasure slave.
Beautiful, manipulative, and deadly, his new master, Prince Laurent, epitomizes the worst of the court at Vere. But in the lethal political web of the Veretian court, nothing is as it seems, and when Damen finds himself caught up in a play for the throne, he must work together with Laurent to survive and save his country.
For Damen, there is just one rule: never, ever reveal his true identity. Because the one man Damen needs is the one man who has more reason to hate him than anyone else…

Because I read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell.

 

Um…no. Twilight was enough re: unhealthy relationships thanks.

 

 

The Book of Negroes

 

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Based on a true story, “The Book of Negroes” tells the story of Aminata, a young girl abducted from her village in Mali aged 11 in 1755, and who, after a deathly journey on a slave ship where she witnesses the brutal repression of a slave revolt, is sold to a plantation owner in South Carolina, who rapes her. She is brought to New York, where she escapes her owner, and finds herself helping the British by recording all the freed slaves on the British side in the Revolutionary War in The Book of Negroes (a real historical document that can be found today at the National Archives at Kew).Aminata is sent to Nova Scotia to start a new life, but finds more hostility, oppression and tragedy. Separated from her one true love, and suffering the unimaginable loss of both her children who are taken away from her, she eventually joins a group of freed slaves on a harrowing odyssey back to Africa, and ends up in London as a living icon for Wilberforce and the other Abolitionists

Because I read A Thousand Splendid Suns

 

Yes. I vowed to read more stories like these after ATSS and Homegoing.

 

 

An Eye for an Eye

 

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The editor of the Blackstone Chronicle, Oliver Metcalf, nervously presides over the ceremony to begin demolition of the old Asylum. But the building’s fate hangs in the balance as financing problems halt the project. Contractor Bill McGuire, all set to proceed, can’t hide his dismay: with a family and another baby on the way, he can’t afford delays. Then a package arrives at the McGuires’–a beautiful antique doll with long blonde hair. His daughter, Megan, wraps her arms around it; his wife, Elizabeth, remains suspicious. Who sent the doll? Who is it for? What neither Elizabeth nor Bill can know is that this innocent-looking gift brings with it a murderous menace…

Because I read The Shining and Pet Sematary.

 

 

I will MOST DEFINITELY pick this one up. *adds to TBR*

 

 

White Cat

 

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Cassel comes from a family of curse workers: people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they’re all criminals. Many become mobsters and con artists. But not Cassel. He hasn’t got magic, so he’s an outsider; the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail – he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts to crumble when he finds himself sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He’s noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him. As Cassel begins to suspect he’s part of a huge con game, he must unravel his past and his memories. To find out the truth, Cassel will have to outcon the conmen.

 

Because I read Shadow and Bone, Half-Blood Prince, Raven Boys and Dream Thieves. Sounds like a good time to me. Will I read it? I’m intrigued enough to give it a try.

 

 

Finnikin of the Rock

 

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Finnikin of the Rock and his guardian, Sir Topher, have not been home to their beloved Lumatere for ten years. Not since the dark days when the royal family was murdered and the kingdom put under a terrible curse. But then Finnikin is summoned to meet Evanjalin, a young woman with an incredible claim: the heir to the throne of Lumatere, Prince Balthazar, is alive.
Evanjalin is determined to return home and she is the only one who can lead them to the heir. As they journey together, Finnikin is affected by her arrogance . . . and her hope. He begins to believe he will see his childhood friend, Prince Balthazar, again. And that their cursed people will be able to enter Lumatere and be reunited with those trapped inside. He even believes he will find his imprisoned father.
But Evanjalin is not what she seems. And the truth will test not only Finnikin’s faith in her . . . but in himself

 

Because I read Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Days of Blood and Starlight, Dream Thieves, Carry On and Winter (Lunar Chronicles #4). Meh.

 

 

Whatever

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Mike Tate is a normal dude. He and his friends have a crappy band (an excuse to drink cheap beer and rock out to the Lemonheads) and hang out in parking lots doing stupid board tricks. But when Mike’s girlfriend Lisa, who knows him better than he does, breaks up with him, he realizes he’s about to have a major epiphany that will blow his mind. And worse–he gets elected to homecoming court.
It’s like the apocalypse came, only instead of nuclear bombs and zombies, Mike gets school participation, gay thoughts, and mother-effin’ cheerleaders.

 

 

Because I read TBDATE and added The Inexplicable Logic of My Life. Also meh.

 

 

Bright Smoke, Cold Fire

 

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When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.
The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.
Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.
Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.
Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . .

 

Because I read Our Dark Duet.

I’m undecided about this one, but I definitely understand why they recommended this one.

 

 

Shadows

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It’s almost a year since Gaby Winters was in the car crash that killed her twin brother, Jude. Her body has healed in the sunshine of Pandanus Beach, but her grief is raw and constant. It doesn’t help that every night in her dreams she kills demons and other hell-spawn.
And then Rafa comes to town. Not only does he look exactly like the guy who’s been appearing in Gaby’s dreams—he claims a history with her brother that makes no sense. Gaby is forced to accept that what she thought she knew about herself and her life is only a shadow of the truth—and that the truth is more likely to be found in the shadows of her nightmares.
Who is Rafa? Who are the Rephaim? And most importantly, who can she trust?

 

 

 

 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters, Daughters of Smoke and Bone, Dream Thieves.

 

Hold on. You know what? Nvm. Just gonna…

 

 

Angelfall

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It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.
Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.
Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.
Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.

 

 

Days of Blood and Starlight, Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Winter.

 

This one still puts it a little close to Laini’s but…I’ll give it a peek.

 


 

*turns out Goodreads knows me well enough, so look out for part 2?

50/50 isn’t a bad result. Give it a try, you might have a better go.

Tiny Infinities by J. H. Diehl – Mini Review (ARC)

AKA the time all the tiny infinities added up.

 

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When Alice’s dad moves out, leaving her with her troubled mother, she does the only thing that feels right: she retreats to her family’s old Renaissance tent in the backyard, determined to live there until her dad comes home. In an attempt to keep at least one part of her summer from changing, Alice focuses on her quest to swim freestyle fast enough to get on her swim team’s record board. But summers contain multitudes, and soon Alice meets an odd new friend, Harriet, whose obsession with the school’s science fair is equal only to her conviction that Alice’s best stroke is backstroke, not freestyle. Most unexpected of all is an unusual babysitting charge, Piper, who is mute—until Alice hears her speak. 

EXPECTED PUBLICATION: May 8, 2018

 


 

 

There’s absolutely nothing spectacular about this book. It isn’t about a great adventure or a life-changing heartbreak. But that’s what makes it so beautiful. Alice is a regular girl going through something that many others have had to – parents breaking up. She’s struggling to adjust as is expected and yet, the journey isn’t hard to witness. It’s smooth, almost calming to me. Don’t get me wrong, there are hard moments, but they aren’t unexpected, or too much to handle. It doesn’t wreck you (I’m looking at you Silvera).

I wish there was more Piper (my one real criticism) because I feel like the synopsis promised me that. I was expecting more moments of just the two of them understanding each other, no push to speak because their interactions were a thing to behold. But the moment Piper spoke the first “words”? It was as if I were witnessing my own child’s first words. If for no other reason, THIS should be why you pick this one up. To be privy to a miracle.
Harriet is the friend we all need and that Alice deserves, well, she get’s there eventually. She is fiercely determined and brilliant. Find you a Harriet!
I reeeeeeally don’t like Mr. Phoebe. Understand that he’s hurting yes, hate how he’s lashing out, absolutely. Actually, all of the parents in this book could use some work. They’re all varying degrees of trash, and that’s the truth.
150 pages to go and I was dreading the fact that it would be over. I liked this little world, as broken as it was. Alice needed me to bear witness to her grief. Harriet needed a science partner. Piper needed someone to put in the work. I couldn’t leave them.
If I had one word to describe this book it would be understated. It sinks into you without you noticing. It’s a tiny infinity.

My rating – 5 stars

 

(I might be back now? Idk.)