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2013 Catch Up Reading Challenge

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It’s almost the end of the year, and for book bloggers that means taking stock of your reading accomplishments and thinking about goals for the coming year. It also means feeling remorseful about all the wonderful books that you just didn’t get to. Since I started blogging, I’ve had to pass up reading dozens of books that I would have read, if I didn’t have a set reading schedule. To people reading this that aren’t bloggers, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Why can’t you just read and review the books you want to?” Well, that’s the way it started for me, but as all book bloggers out there know, blogs seem to have minds of their own, and before you know, you’re taking on more than you can handle.

So I’m starting my own reading challenge. I’m doing it for me, but I’m also inviting other bloggers to join me. My goal is simple: “Catch Up” on some books I’ve been dying to read, but because of my blog commitments, I just haven’t had time. Now, my personal list does not just include books from 2012. I’m mostly interested in catching up with complete series of books that I’ve recently discovered, and I’m giving myself the entire year of 2013 to do it! Sounds easy, right?

I’ve made a button so it’s official, and if you’d like to join you can enter your website in the Linky below. You can also put the button on your blog if you’d like! Here are the rules for the Challenge:

1. Select the books you’d like to “catch up” on during the year. I’ve decided not to put a minimum or even a limit on this number. It’s really up to you. My list has (8) books on it.

2. Grab the challenge button and post it on your sidebar.

3. Do a Catch Up Challenge blog post listing the books you’d love to finally get to read in 2013. Include the button in your post and link back here, if you don’t mind:)

4. Every time you read one of your catch up books, write a review and let me know about it in the comment section of this post. I’d love to see what you’re reading! You can easily find this post again by clicking the Catch Up Challenge button on my sidebar. It will take you right back here.

5. PRIZES!!  For every ten bloggers or reviewers that sign up, I will have a giveaway. And for each of your challenge book reviews, you’ll get an entry into the giveaway. Giveaways will be spread out during the year to give you time to read and review your books.

6. You don’t have to have a blog to participate! You can post reviews on Goodreads too, just let me know in the comments where to find your review.

So, here are the books I plan to read:

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1. 2. & 3. Vampire Empire Books 1-3: The Greyfriar, The Rift Walker & The Kingmakers by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith. I own all three books, but I’ve never been able to find the time to read them. That’s going to change!

4. 5. & 6. The Iron Druid Chronicles #1-3: Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered by Kevin Hearne. I just recently discovered Kevin’s books, and he’s just released book #5!! I’m so behind. I thought I’d be conservative and only put three on my list. I hear they are funny and have dogs in them, two things that I find irresistible. I believe there will be six books when the series is complete.

7. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. The second book after A Discovery of Witches. I loved the first book and I’m hoping the second is just as good. I just hate starting a series that I love and not being able to keep up with it.

8. The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Same goes for this book. I loved The Passage, and I hear this one is even better. Both books #7 and #8 are pretty long, but if they live up to the hype, length shouldn’t be an issue.

Here’s the button you can grab:

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If you’d like to join me, please click on the frog below to enter your information. Let’s do it! Let’s read those books that have been pushed to the bottom of the pile for far too long!


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Stacking the Shelves (10)

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, and is a great way to share the books you’ve acquired over the past week(s) with other bloggers. It’s been two weeks since I’ve participated, but I’ve got some great books to share today.

For Review:

How Beauty Met The Beast by Jax Garren. Release date: November 19 2012 (Carina Press). I’m on a Beauty and the Beast kick right now, mostly because of the new CW television series that I’m really enjoying. So I’m anxious to read any book based on that story. This is more of a novella, it’s only about 100 pages, so it should be a quick read.

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch. Now available (Scholastic Press). I requested this from Edelweiss months ago, and just got approved to read it, even though it’s already hit the shelves. But I’m still looking forward to it, even if I might be a little late on my review. And it’s one of my favorite book covers of the year!

The Merchant of Dreams by Anne Lyle. Release date:  December 18 2012 (Angry Robot). I love being part of the Robot Army! Many thanks to Angry Robot for the auto-approvals!

Guardians of Stone by Anita Clenney. Release date: December 4 2012 (Montlake Romance). I absolutely loved the last Montlake book I read (Edge of Oblivion) and so I was thrilled to receive another of their titles. I’ll be reading this in November. Thank you Susan Stockman at Montlake! Look for a giveaway and author interview next month.

Indie Books for Review:

Tears of Min Brock by J. E. Lowder. This fantasy about a 14-year-old girl’s journey sounds really good. I’ve cut back on the amount of indie books I’m reviewing, because you never know what you’re going to get, but this has some great reviews.

Fighting the Storm by Jarrah Loh. This is not exactly the kind of book I usually read and review, but this martial arts story captured my attention, for some reason. Loh has written a non fiction book for Harper Collins about Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and lives in Australia, so maybe those are the reasons I decided to read this!

Purchased:

The Diviners by Libba Bray. I love Libba Bray, and I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time.

The Twelve by Justin Cronin. The Passage is one of my favorite dystopian/vampire novels, so it’s no wonder how excited I am to read this follow-up.

Whew! Now off I go to my cave to read…what did you get on your shelves this week?

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Tammy’s Top Ten Books On My Fall Reading List

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they come up with a different Top Ten list so bloggers can share with each other. This week is SO hard for me! I started out with twenty-three books for a list with only ten spots, and I had to really narrow it down. Fall is typically one of the biggest seasons for new book releases, so it doesn’t surprise me that there are so many choices! But I did manage to slash my list down to ten, so here are the Top Ten books I can’t wait to read this fall, in order of release date:

Origin by Jessica Khoury. Release date: Today! I’ve had this book on my TBR for a long time, and it finally hits stores today. I can’t wait to read this story that takes place in the jungle, and from what I understand, involves jaguars and other jungle animals. And there’s romance too!

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. Release date: September 18. I love love love Maggie Stiefvater! This book’s been getting some good reviews, and the story sounds good too: ghosts, a private boys’ school, true love…what a great mix. I can’t wait!

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff. Release date: September 18. I’ve been reading Jay’s blog for a few months now, and this guy is crazy funny. I mean, he really doesn’t take himself seriously at all. Which is good. And his book’s been getting all sorts of amazing reviews, so I’m looking forward to seeing if it lives up to the hype.

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling. Release date: September 27. OK, seriously now, how can you not be curious about this book? OK, the cover leaves a lot to be desired, but I’m sure half the people on the planet are dying to see what her follow-up to Harry Potter is going to be like.

Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch. Release date: October 1. The reviews on this one are a bit mixed, but I’m still excited to read what’s under the gorgeous cover. A fence that holds back monsters and a father with a secret project? Sounds right up my alley.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Release date: October 2. A book about a bookstore! What could be better? This sounds amazing. It takes place in a very unusual San Francisco bookstore. Goodreads says “…it evokes the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami.” Wow!

Velveteen by Daniel Marks. Release date: October 9. I came across this book months ago, and forgot about it until I was trying to narrow down the books for this Top Ten. Velveteen is dead and in purgatory, and she wants to haunt the man who killed her. Awesome…

The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Release date: October 16. I’ve been dreaming and talking about this follow-up to The Passage for a long time, and it’s right around the corner. I’ll definitely have to make time in October to read this.

Rebel Heart by Moira Young. Release date: October 30. I’m a bit confused by the title of this book, the follow-up to Blood Red Road. It looks like the title is “Dust Lands” but I think that’s the name of the series. Anyway, I’m hoping it’s good. I loved Blood Red Road.

Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. Release date: November 6. Drum roll please…words cannot tell you how excited I am to read this book! I’m trying to get an ARC, but so far no luck. I hope it lives up to Daughter of Smoke & Bone!

I’d love to see your top ten books for fall!

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Waiting on Wednesday #1: THE TWELVE by Justin Cronin

Wow, my first “Waiting on Wednesday!”  This is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine, and the reason I’m jumping in this week is that I found out some good news about an upcoming title that I’m very excited to read.  And the good news is this:

Yes, that is the new cover for The Twelve by Justin Cronin, book two of the Passage Trilogy (after The Passage).  Isn’t it beautiful?I love it even better than the cover I found on a Finnish website.  It also now has a release date of October 16, 2012.  I can’t find a story description anywhere, but you can read an excerpt in the March 16th edition of Entertainment Weekly. I hope to have caught up on my reading list by then…

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Tammy’s Top Ten Books I’m Excited to Read in 2012

Wow, this Top Ten thing is really fun! I’m happy once again to be a part of The Broke and the Bookish’s “Top Ten Tuesday.”  Here are the Top Ten books I’m really excited to read in 2012, in order of publication date:

1. CINDER by Marissa Meyer (Feiwel & Friends, January 3 2012)  I’ve been looking forward to Cinder for a while, and it’s finally here. Yippee! It’s a young adult science fiction tale of a cyborg mechanic named Cinder, her horrible stepmother (of course!) and an intergalactic battle.  Throw in a prince and you’ve got a terrific re-imagining of a classic fairy tale.

2. THE ROOK by Daniel O’Malley (Little Brown & Co., January 11 2012). This a the first book from O’Malley, and it looks great. It’s part supernatural thriller, part mystery and is the story of a girl who wakes up in a London park with no memory of who she is.

3.  ARCADIA by Lauren Groff (Voice, March 13 2012). I loved Groff’s last book, The Monsters of Templeton, and I’m looking forward to this one. It takes place in the late 1960s in the fields of New York as a group of people gather to form a commune called Arcadia House.

4.  SACRÉ BLEU by Christopher Moore (William Morrow, April 3 2012).  I love Christopher Moore. I met him once at a book signing a long time ago and he was a really nice guy.  His writing is funny, perverse, and irreverent.  He’s written about vampires, demons, angels and devils, but this book looks like it’s mostly about humans. I can’t seem to find a description of the story, but it looks like it’s about French people and art. You can read the first few chapters on Moore’s website here.

5.  THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass (Harper Teen, April 24, 2012).  A young adult fantasy with a gorgeous cover design.  It’s about a girl named America who is chosen among 35 girls to enter into a competition to win the heart of Prince Maxon.

6.  THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE (THE DARK TOWER #4.5) by Stephen King (Scribner, April 24 2012).  Anyone who’s been reading this blog knows I love Stephen King, and I love his Dark Tower books the best.  Even after the series had finally been written and published, King’s imagination did not slow down, and he came up with a “what if” story that takes place between books #4 (Wizard and Glass) and #5 (Wolves of the Calla).  There are several pricey collectors editions being published by Donald M. Grant, but luckily for the rest of us, Scribner has an affordable hardcover coming out as well.

7.  BITTERBLUE by Kristin Cashore (Dial, May 1 2012).  Graceling and Fire are, in my humble opinion, among the best young adult books out there.  They ought to be as popular as The Hunger Games series!  I’m so looking forward to this third book.

8.  LIES BENEATH by Anne Greenwood Brown (Delacorte Press, June 12 2012).   Love, murder and adventure with mermaids!! This first book in a new series looks like it has everything I’m looking for in a mermaid story:)

9.  SHADOW OF NIGHT by Deborah Harkness (Viking Adult, July 10 2012).  I absolutely loved A Discovery of Witches (which made it into my top ten books of 2011) and I’m so glad I don’t have to wait too long to read the sequel.

10.  THE TWELVE by Justin Cronin (Ballantine Books, Fall 2012).  The Passage was one of my favorite books in 2010, and The Twelve is the second book in the trilogy. The details are a little sketchy on the actual publishing date of this book.  And I found this cover image on a Finnish website, so I doubt this will end up being the American cover. But it looks better than having no cover at all to show you! In any case, The Twelve is scheduled to come out sometime in 2012, probably closer to the end of the year.  I am so excited…

It looks like 2012 will be a stellar year for new books, and I’ll be as busy as ever trying to get through this list. What books are you looking forward to?

Release dates courtesy of Goodreads, and subject to change.

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