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52 Books in 2014

It’s a new year, and therefore time to start anew!

READINGI’m participating in the 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge again this year. I’m also participating in Jon Acuff’s Empty Shelf challenge. I’ve set up a virtual shelf over at Goodreads, so feel free to friend me.

Since both challenges involve books, I figured why not?  Current reads will be in the sidebar, finished books at Goodreads. Maybe a review here, but I hate to write book reviews so no promises.

 

2014 Reading Goals

Around the WorldI’ll be visiting Scotland in honor of my favorite book series, Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, which will premier later this year as a STARZ Original series.  I might venture down to Australia and Antarctica if time permits.

Chunkies – I’ll continue with the chunky books simply because I’m still re-reading my way through the Outlander series.  Currently I’m on book 6, A Breath of Snow and Ashes. I have 2 more books to go (book 7 and a side-along novel) before book 8 is published in June.

Dusty books – I’m going to make an effort to read some of the many books I have already downloaded to my Kindle. I’ve downloaded books like crazy thanks to BookBub and need to get to them sooner or later.

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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in 52 books

 

52 Books in 52 weeks: 2013 Wrap Up

Read 52 books in 52 weeks 2013

In 2013, I started a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  The goal of the challenge was to read at least one book each week for 52 weeks.

Final Count – 46 novel length works completed

  • 31 novels (listed at Goodreads)
  • 15 fan-fictions of 70,000 words or more (and at least a dozen others that are still in progress)

Challenges met – 2

  • 5 Chunksters (500+ pages)
  • Inspirational/Faith based (3 non-fiction, 9 fiction)

Ultimately, my goal was to be more intentional in my reading, which I was.  I didn’t read as many books as I had hoped, nor did I read as much of a variety as I’d have liked, but I read. And that’s all that mattered.

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2014 in 52 books

 

Book Review: A Melody for James by Hallee Bridgeman

Melody_James_coverAlready in Amazon’s Top 100 Best Sellers list!

Melody and James lead separate lives of discord until an unexpected meeting brings them to a sinister realization. Unbeknownst to them, dark forces have directed their lives from the shadows, orchestrating movements that keep them in disharmony. Fire, loss, and bloodshed can’t shake their faith in God to see them through as they face a percussive climax that will leave lives forever changed.

Having read and loved Hallee Bridgeman’s Jewel Anthology, I was excited but slightly hesitant when I heard she was soon to publish a Christian Suspense novel.  In my experience, authors can write one genre or the other well, not both.  I was thrilled to discover that I was wrong.  Hallee Bridgeman does not disappoint us with her latest book, A Melody for James.

Melody and James meet under less than desirable circumstances but feel an instant connection. Tragedy strikes and a series of head-shaking circumstances keep them apart for the next 4 years. When they finally reconnect, they find themselves drawn into a deeper web of intrigue and terror than they ever could have imagined, renewing their faith in God along the way.

A Melody for James is Book 1 in Hallee’s new Song of Suspense series. I expect this series will be a huge success and look forward to reading the rest of her future books.  Visit Hallee’s website for a sneak peek into the novel, and to see what inspired her to write Melody.

Buy your copy now!

 

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2013 in 52 books

 

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52 books in 52 weeks – BW19

Read 52 books in 52 weeks 2013

This year, I started a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  The goal of the challenge is to read at least one book each week for 52 weeks.

Update

I’ve been lax in reading lately, devoting my spare time instead to getting my youngest boy caught up on his schooling and preparing for my oldest boy’s wedding.  Now that the last 9 weeks of school is planned out and the wedding is over, I can get back to my reading. 🙂

2013 Finished books

15. Love Breaks The Noble Spirit – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Hippothestrowl
14. A Melody for James by Hallee Bridgeman (pre-release copy)
13. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson (Inspirational #1)
12. Torrent: A Novel (River of Time Series) by Lisa Bergren
11. Dragonfly in Amber – Outlander audio book 2 (5/5/5 chunky #2)
10. Cascade: A Novel (River of Time Series) by Lisa Bergren
9. Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew (5/5/5 play #1)
8. The Handmaid’s Tale (CW Canada, 5/5/5 comfort zone #1)
7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
5. Dark Will Linger – a novel-length, HP fan-fic by Hippothestrowl
4. It Had to Be You by Janice Turner
3. Swinging on a Star by Janice Turner
2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (5/5/5 chunky #1)
1. The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander novella)

In Progress

  1. Project 51 reading plan on YouVersion (Inspirational #1)
  2. Voyager – Outlander audio book 3 (5/5/5 chunky #3)
  3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Kneazles – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by Manatoc Fox
  4. A Matter of Instinct – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Tazio
  5. Chasing The Inevitable – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by killtherat
  6. All Was… – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by Tonksaholic
  7. Lord Potter’s Own Will – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Mutt N Feathers
  8. Under Cover by John Bevere (Inspirational #2)
  9. Meet Jesus bible study by Katie Orr and Lara Williams (Inspirational #3)
  10. End of the Spear by Steve Saint (5/5/5 non-fic #1)

Coming Up

  • Facing Down Evil: Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Clint Zandt (5/5/5 non-fic)
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Beowulf (WEM poetry)
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (5/5/5 non-fic)
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
  • The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  • Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes (5/5/5 mystery)
  • The Homeschool Highway: How To Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick
  • The Three Musketeers
  • Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (Inspirational)
  • The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast (Inspirational)
  • The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (5/5/5 non-fic)
  • Day of War (Lion of War series)
  • Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas
  • Lone Star Trail (The Texas Trail Series) by Darlene Franklin
  • The Myth of the A.D.D. Child by Thomas Armstrong
  • Superparenting for ADD by Dr. Edward Hallowell
  • Smart but Scattered Teens by Dr. Richard Guare, Dr. Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare

Linked book titles are Amazon affiliate links. If you buy the book, I’ll receive a small token of the sale.  If you’d like to help me out but prefer a different version than the one linked, let me know. I’d be more than happy to create a custom link for you to use.

I enjoy reading Harry Potter fan fiction stories, especially novel-length stories.  Those included here are works greater than 60,000 words to date, or are sequels of works greater than 60K words and thus anticipated to be of similar length once complete.  Individual stories link to the story page, sequels link only to the author, since I recommend starting from the beginning of a series. If you are a hard-core HP fan wanting to delve into fan fiction, there are plenty more I can strongly recommend as excellent reading. 😉

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2013 in 52 books

 

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52 books in 52 weeks – BW10

Read 52 books in 52 weeks 2013

This year, I started a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  The goal of the challenge is to read at least one book each week for 52 weeks.

Update

Over the last few weeks I’ve continued to read fan-fics in the little bits of time that I’ve had free.  I should be reading something more substantial, but I haven’t.  I won’t make excuses, because there really aren’t any. While I’ve read part of a YA novel, I haven’t finished it yet and haven’t read any other real books beyond my bible and my small group book study.

I *did* finally finish Dragonfly in Amber just last night, and have the next 3 audiobooks (Voyager, Drums of Autumn, and The Fiery Cross) loaded on my iPod for the coming months.  At more than 320 hours total for just these 3 books, I don’t think I’m going to be able to finish all 7 books before #8 is released in the fall.  :\

I just realized that I have 11 works completed and we’re just wrapping up week 10.  At least I’m still slightly ahead.  But now I need to focus more on real books in order to build up my book buffer again.

2013 Finished books

  1. The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander novella)
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (5/5/5 chunky #1)
  3. Swinging on a Star by Janice Turner
  4. It Had to Be You by Janice Turner
  5. Dark Will Linger – a novel-length, HP fan-fic by Hippothestrowl
  6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale (CW Canada, 5/5/5 comfort zone #1)
  9. Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew (5/5/5 play #1)
  10. Cascade: A Novel (River of Time Series) by Lisa Bergren
  11. Dragonfly in Amber – Outlander audio book 2 (5/5/5 chunky #2)

In Progress

  1. Project 51 reading plan on YouVersion (Inspirational)
  2. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson (Inspirational #1)
  3. Voyager – Outlander audio book 3 (5/5/5 chunky #3)
  4. Torrent: A Novel (River of Time Series) by Lisa Bergren
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Kneazles – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by Manatoc Fox
  6. A Matter of Instinct – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Tazio
  7. Love Breaks The Noble Spirit – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Hippothestrowl
  8. Chasing The Inevitable – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by killtherat
  9. All Was… – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by Tonksaholic
  10. Lord Potter’s Own Will – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Mutt N Feathers

Coming Up

  1. Facing Down Evil: Life on the Edge as an FBI Hostage Negotiator by Clint Zandt (5/5/5 non-fic)
  2. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  4. Beowulf (WEM poetry)
  5. Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (5/5/5 non-fic)
  6. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
  7. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  8. Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell
  9. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (5/5/5 mystery)
  10. The Homeschool Highway: How To Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick
  11. The Three Musketeers
  12. Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (Inspirational)
  13. The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast (Inspirational)
  14. The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (5/5/5 non-fic)
  15. Day of War (Lion of War series)
  16. Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas
  17. Lone Star Trail (The Texas Trail Series) by Darlene Franklin
  18. The Myth of the A.D.D. Child by Thomas Armstrong
  19. Superparenting for ADD by Dr. Edward Hallowell
  20. Smart but Scattered Teens by Dr. Richard Guare, Dr. Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare

Linked book titles are Amazon affiliate links. If you buy the book, I’ll receive a small token of the sale.  If you’d like to help me out but prefer a different version than the one linked, let me know. I’d be more than happy to create a custom link for you to use.

I enjoy reading Harry Potter fan fiction stories, especially novel-length stories.  Those included here are works greater than 60,000 words to date, or are sequels of works greater than 60K words and thus anticipated to be of similar length once complete.  Individual stories link to the story page, sequels link only to the author, since I recommend starting from the beginning of a series. If you are a hard-core HP fan wanting to delve into fan fiction, there are plenty more I can strongly recommend as excellent reading. 😉

 
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Posted by on March 8, 2013 in 52 books

 

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52 books in 52 weeks – BW7

Read 52 books in 52 weeks 2013

This year, I started a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  The goal of the challenge is to read at least one book each week for 52 weeks.

Update

I admit it, I’ve slacked off.  Real life has been busy and chaotic, physically exhausting and mentally draining.  It’s all I can do to keep up with my daily bible reading and bible study book at the moment and even that’s sketchy.

In the short bursts of time I’ve had, I’ve read lots of fan-fic fluff. In other words, stories that don’t really matter whether I catch it all or even remember what I read later.  I’ve certainly not read anything meaty or even school related for that matter. I’ve tried, but after reading the same page several times without comprehending what I’ve read, it’s time to put the book away and move on to something else.  I’m hoping to get caught up on a big chunk of the ‘real stuff’ this weekend but we’ll see how it goes.

I have continued to listen to my audio book (Dragonfly in Amber) on the drive home each evening, and most anytime I’m in the car alone for more than a 5-10 minute trip.  I’m up to disc 14/33 with just under 23 hours left in the book.  I have to find more time to listen to the books or I’m never going to get through all 7 novels before Written In My Heart’s Own Blood is released this fall.

2013 Finished books

  1. The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander novella)
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (5/5/5 chunky #1)
  3. Swinging on a Star by Janice Turner
  4. It Had to Be You by Janice Turner
  5. Dark Will Linger – a novel-length, HP fan-fic by Hippothestrowl
  6. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale (CW Canada, 5/5/5 comfort zone #1)
  9. Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew (5/5/5 play #1)
  10. Cascade: A Novel (River of Time Series) – Lisa Bergren

In Progress

  1. Project 51 reading plan on YouVersion (Inspirational)
  2. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson (Inspirational)
  3. Dragonfly in Amber – Outlander audio book 2 (5/5/5 chunky)
  4. Teenage Mutant Ninja Kneazles – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by Manatoc Fox
  5. A Matter of Instinct – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Tazio
  6. Love Breaks The Noble Spirit – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Hippothestrowl
  7. Chasing The Inevitable – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by killtherat
  8. All Was… – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by Tonksaholic
  9. Lord Potter’s Own Will – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Mutt N Feathers

Coming Up

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  2. Beowulf (WEM poetry)
  3. Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (5/5/5 non-fic)
  4. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
  5. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  6. Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell
  7. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (5/5/5 mystery)
  8. The Homeschool Highway: How To Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick
  9. The Three Musketeers
  10. Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (Inspirational)
  11. The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast (Inspirational)
  12. The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (5/5/5 non-fic)
  13. Day of War (Lion of War series)
  14. Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas
  15. Lone Star Trail (The Texas Trail Series) by Darlene Franklin
  16. The Myth of the A.D.D. Child by Thomas Armstrong
  17. Superparenting for ADD by Dr. Edward Hallowell
  18. Smart but Scattered Teens by Dr. Richard Guare, Dr. Peg Dawson, and Colin Guare

Linked book titles are Amazon affiliate links. If you buy the book, I’ll receive a small token of the sale.  If you’d like to help me out but prefer a different version than the one linked, let me know. I’d be more than happy to create a custom link for you to use.

I enjoy reading Harry Potter fan fiction stories, especially novel-length stories.  Those included here are works greater than 60,000 words to date, or are sequels of works greater than 60K words and thus anticipated to be of similar length once complete.  Individual stories link to the story page, sequels link only to the author, since I recommend starting from the beginning of a series. If you are a hard-core HP fan wanting to delve into fan fiction, there are plenty more I can strongly recommend as excellent reading. 😉

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2013 in 52 books

 

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52 books in 52 weeks – BW6

Read 52 books in 52 weeks 2013

This year, I started a challenge to read 52 books in 52 weeks.  The goal of the challenge is to read at least one book each week for 52 weeks.

2013 Finished books

  1. The Custom of the Army by Diana Gabaldon (Outlander novella)
  2. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (5/5/5 chunky #1)
  3. Swinging on a Star by Janice Turner
  4. It Had to Be You by Janice Turner
  5. Dark Will Linger – a novel-length, HP fan-fic by Hippothestrowl
  6. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  8. The Handmaid’s Tale (CW Canada, 5/5/5 comfort zone #1)
  9. Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew (5/5/5 play #1)
  10. Cascade: A Novel (River of Time Series) – Lisa Bergren
  11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

In Progress

  1. Project 51 reading plan on YouVersion (Inspirational)
  2. The Circle Maker by Mark Batterson (Inspirational)
  3. Beowulf (WEM poetry)
  4. Dragonfly in Amber – Outlander book 2 (5/5/5 chunky)
  5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Kneazles – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by Manatoc Fox
  6. A Matter of Instinct – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Tazio
  7. Love Breaks The Noble Spirit – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Hippothestrowl
  8. Chasing The Inevitable – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by killtherat
  9. All Was… – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic sequel by Tonksaholic
  10. Lord Potter’s Own Will – a WIP, novel-length, HP fan-fic by Mutt N Feathers

Coming Up

  1. Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat (5/5/5 non-fic)
  2. The Last Unicorn by Peter Beagle
  3. The Neverending Story by Michael Ende
  4. Agincourt: A Novel by Bernard Cornwell
  5. The Complete Sherlock Holmes (5/5/5 mystery)
  6. The Homeschool Highway: How To Navigate Your Way Without Getting Carsick
  7. The Three Musketeers
  8. Reshaping It All: Motivation for Physical and Spiritual Fitness (Inspirational)
  9. The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast (Inspirational)
  10. The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (5/5/5 non-fic)
  11. Day of War (Lion of War series)
  12. Catnap by Carole Nelson Douglas
  13. Lone Star Trail (The Texas Trail Series) by Darlene Franklin

Linked book titles are Amazon affiliate links. If you buy the book, I’ll receive a small token of the sale.  If you’d like to help me out but prefer a different version than the one linked, let me know. I’d be more than happy to create a custom link for you to use.

I enjoy reading Harry Potter fan fiction stories, especially novel-length stories.  Those included here are works greater than 60,000 words to date, or are sequels of works greater than 60K words and thus anticipated to be of similar length once complete.  Individual stories link to the story page, sequels link only to the author, since I recommend starting from the beginning of a series. If you are a hard-core HP fan wanting to delve into fan fiction, there are plenty more I can strongly recommend as excellent reading. 😉

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2013 in 52 books

 

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