Finish Your Series Challenge

The most recent Top Ten Tuesday focused on series enders. The lists had many different books on them but one thing many had in common, is that people are terrible at finishing series. I want to out all the series that I am currently reading in one place and to challenge myself to finish them. Maybe you have a series or two to finish also? If so, please post your own list and shame yourself into finishing those series!

Finish Your Series Challenge All The Stacks

Current Series

Gone by Michael Grant

Lies by Michael GrantPlague by Michael GrantFear by Michael GrantLight by Michael Grant

Lies / Plague / Fear/ Light 

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss by Richelle MeadBlood Promise by Richelle MeadSpirit Bound by Richelle MeadLast Sacrifice by Richelle Mead

Shadow Kiss / Blood Promise / Spirit Bound / Last Sacrifice

Matched by Ally Condie

Reached by Ally Condie

Reached

Jasper Dent by Barry Lyga

Game by Barry Lyga

Game

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Demonglass by Rachel HawkinsSpellbound by Rachel Hawkins

Demonglass / Spellbound

The Heroes Of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The House Of Hades by Rick Riordan

The House Of Hades 

The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood

Star Cursed

Fire And Thorns by Rae Carson

The Crown Of Embers by Rae CarsonThe Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Crown Of Embers / The Bitter Kingdom

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Extras

The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

The Song Of The Quarkbeast by Jasper Fforde

The Song Of The Quarkbeast

Across The Universe by Beth Revis

A Million Suns by Beth RevisShades Of Earth by Beth Revis Across The Universe

A Million Suns / Shades Of Earth

The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

Brisingr by Christopher PaoliniInheritance by Christopher Paolini

Brisingr / Inheritance

Sookie Stackhouse by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Dead Ever After

Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret StohlBeautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia & Margaret StohlBeautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Beautiful Darkness / Beautiful Chaos / Beautiful Redemption

A Song Of Fire And Ice by George R.R. Martin

A Clash Of Kings by George R.R. MartinA Storm Of Swords by George R. R. MartinA Feast For Crows by George R.R. MartinA Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin

A Clash Of Kings / A Storm Of Swords / A Feast Of Crows / A Dance With Dragons

The Faerie Wars Chronicles by Herbie Brennan

The Purple Emperor by Herbie BrennanRuler Of The Realm by Herbie BrennanFaerie Lord by Herbie BrennanThe Faeman Quest by Herbie Brennan

The Purple Emperor / Ruler Of The Realm / Faerie Lord / The Faeman Quest

The Grisha by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege And Strom

The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Runaway King

Wow, that is a lot of books! My goal is to read three of these books a month for the next six months. Most of these I own, so it will be conquering my Shelf Of Shame which makes it a twofer!

Would you like to join me in your own goal post? If you do, link up at the bottom and we can see if your list is a bad as mine.

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All cover images from goodreads.

 

Beat The Heat Readathon

 

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  • The Beat the Heat Readathon runs from July 29th through August 18th. What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal, and for two weeks you read as many books as you can/want to reach your goal!
  • There will be mini-challenges throughout the Readathon for participants, along with a grand prize giveaway at the end!
  • Sign up at Auntie Spinelli Reads or Phantasmic Reads. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by August 5th.
  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post – even if it’s just a “Let’s do this!” thing – and add your post URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! Feel free to copy and paste this handy little list for your post. We don’t mind. 🙂
  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress so we can see that you participated.

Goals

 

Finish a review book that is dragging for me.

The Thinking Womans Guide To Real Magic by Emily Cory Barker

Finish a series that has been on my TBR list forever.

Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

Four other books of my choosing. Must be from my TBR Shelf of Shame.

Updates

July 31 –

  • Finished the last third of The Son Of Neptune
  • Read from 31% to 43% of The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic 

August 1 –

  • Read from 43% to 58% of The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic

August 2 –

  • Read from 58% to 75% of The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic

August 3

  • Read from 75% to 86% of The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic

August 4

  • Finished The Thinking Woman’s Guide To Real Magic
  • Read 44 pages of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

August 5

  • Read 30 pages of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

August 6

  • Read 48 pages of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

August 7

  • Read 68 pages of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

August 8

  • Read 108 pages of Forever by Maggie Stiefvater

August 9

  • Finished Forever by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Started The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

August 10

            • 15% into The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon – This will be a quicker read for me because I do not want to put this book down!

 

August 11

      • 27% into The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

August 12

  • 32% into The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

August 13

  • 54% into The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

August 14

  • 73% into The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

August 15

  • Finished The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1) by Samantha Shannon

August 16

  • Started Queen Of Babble by Meg Cabot

August 17

  • On page 148 of Queen Of Babble by Meg Cabot

August 18

  • On page 148 of Queen Of Babble by Meg Cabot

Totals

Read a total of four books and 1,780 pages.

The Cadet Of Tildor By Alex Lidell A Review

The Cadet Of Tildor By Alex Lidell A Review

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell

Title: The Cadet Of Tildor

Author: Alex Lidell

Publication Date: January 10, 2013

Publisher: Dial

Source: ARC from the 2013 Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour

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Summary

There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown’s inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.

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Are you looking for a book that has adventure, political intrigue, and a kick-butt heroine? The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell is it. It begins with Cadet Renee de Winter, who is also a noblewoman, arguing with her father about her attendance at the elite Academy Of Tildor. Renee dreams of being a fighter and serving the Crown but her father has other plans for her. Risking everything, Renee decides to go to school and eschew the safety of her familial home.

At school, Renee proves to be a loyal friend and hard worker. As a woman in the male-dominated fighter track, she has to work twice as hard. Renee spends hours training to compensate for her smaller size and weaker muscles. This extra training catches the eye of Savoy, the commander of an elite force who is called to teach at the academy, to mentor and befriend Renee.

The Cadet Of Tildor is full of political intrigue where a new king is forced to negotiate peace while two competing criminal organizations nip at his heals. This story is not one of good and evil but one that is complex and full of interconnected relationships. Renee is forced to navigate these groups to try and fulfill her mission. Alex Lidell does a great job of writing fully formed characters that are as flawed as real people and operate in a world where our choices can reverberate in the world around us. There are no good and bad guys, but people who do all kinds of things for many different reasons.

The Cadet Of Tildor by Alex Lidell will be loved by fans of fantasy and those that like their heroine smart and brave. It is a very strong debut that was impossible to put down. I need to know what happens in this world, with these characters,  and will gladly purchase book two when it comes out.

What You Will Find

    • Kick-Butt heroine who you would want to be friends with
    • Action and adventure
    • Complex political situations
    • The perfect amount of magic
    • Excellent world building

 

 

Summary and cover images from goodreads.

2013 TBR Pile Challenge

My to be read pile is out of control. Luckily, there is a challenge being hosted by Evie at Bookish. The challenge helps you to lighten the TBR pile and maybe save some money by actually reading the books you already have instead of buying new ones? I plan on doing the lowest level (A Firm Handshake) and read at least ten books from my toppling pile in 2013. The books in no particular order are:

Is your TBR pile out of control?

All links are to the goodreads.

 

Debut Author Challenge 2013 Goal Post

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I am so excited about my first official challenge as a brand new book blogger! The Debut Author Challenge is hosted by Tara from Hobbitsies. The goal is to read at least twelve (or more) 2013 author debuts over the course of the year. There are prizes, an ARC tour, and lots of fun in the goodreads group if you are interested in joining.

I am apt to jump into challenges head first but I want to be able to actually accomplish this one. So as a preliminary goal, I plan on at going for the minimum number of 12 books for this challenge. I reserve the right to up that number if I see fit (and I probably will because it is only November and I have a long list of these debuts I really want to read.)

2013 Debuts I Really Want To Read

Prophecy by Ellen OhNobody But Us by Kristin HalbrookOCD A Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

Prophecy (The Dragon King Chronicles #1) by Ellen Oh

Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook

OCD A Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

 

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine ScheidtThe S Word by Chelsea PitcherHow My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

Uses For Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt

The S-Word by Chelsea Pitcher

How My Summer Went Up In Flames by Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

 

Jinx by Sage BlackwoodStarglass by Phoebe NorthBlaze by Laurie Boyle Crompton

The Summer I Became A Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

Jinx by Sage Blackwood

Starglass by Phoebe North

Blaze (Or Love In A Time Of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton

 

Me, Him, Them, And It by Caela CarterAltered by Jennifer RushBeing Henry David by Cal Armistead

Me, Him, Them, And It by Caela Carter

Altered (Altered #1) by Jennifer Rush

Being Henry David by Cal Armistead

 

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy SpaldingCity Of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam ForsterTaken by Erin Bowman

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

City Of A Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster

Taken (Taken #1) by Erin Bowman

 

The Madman's Daughter by Megan ShepherdThe Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LabanThe Archived by Victoria Schwab

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd

The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth LeBan

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

 

Infinite Sky by C.J. FloodPantomime by Laura LamThe Culling by Steven Dos Santos

Infinite Sky by C.J. Flood

Pantomime by Laura Lam

The Culling (The Torch Keeper #1) by Steven Dos Santos 

 

My Life After Now by Jessica VerdiNantucket Blue by Leila HowardThe End Games by T. Michael Martin

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi

Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

The End Games by T. Michael Martin

After You by Jessica Corra

 

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea (Between #1) by April Genevieve Tucholke

 

Any of these make your list?

All cover images taken from goodreads.