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Reading Challenge Update – January 2019

Hello, everyone! We’re all still hyped for the new year and our goal settings, and I am no exception. Honestly, I’m surprised, but so far, I’m getting a kick out of doing these reading challenges. Let’s see how I did this month:

The Five-Star Favs

Finished: 1/3/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

Clocking in at 604 pages, Illuminae is told in various files such as mission reports, ship logs, IMs, interviews, and other formats, with civilian characters and civilians-conscripted-into-soldier characters on board a military warship as they attempt to escape annihilation from an enemy warship. In space. Talk about stressful. [Review]

between frost and fury
Finished: 1/13/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

  • A book set in spacePopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • Young adult fictionPingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge
  • Book with a strong female lead@MommyMannagren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

Between Frost and Fury is a YA novel set on an alien planet, and I admire its female lead Delaney Grace very much. She’s strong not because she can kick your ass (though if pressed, she could definitely hold her own) but because she is so strong-willed and, above all, practical. The common sense rolling of this one is a breath of fresh air.

the wicked king
Finished: 1/17/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

  • A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover – PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • A book that will keep you up all night – Pingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge
  • A character that is an immigrant – @MommyMannagren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

After being whisked away to Faerie by the madcap who killed her parents, Jude is definitely an unwilling immigrant in a land where she is viewed as something lesser—but she aims to change all that. The Wicked King is so intense, fascinating, and gorgeously written that I definitely reported into work bleary-eyed because I could not stop reading it well into the night. And let’s be honest, the best accessory you can ever have is a crown.

Finished 1/25/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

  • A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • With a one word title Pingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge
  • Featuring music @MommyMannagren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

Gemina is Latin for “twin” and is a Latin derivative of the zodiac sign Gemini, but that’s not the only thing this one word title means. (Read book for more information *wink*.) Hilariously enough, music does feature prominently in the story in the form of a fictional pop song called “Lollipop” by Lexi Blue, where the song is actually malware/a marketing ploy by Blue’s recording company that erases any audio file it finds and implants the new single instead.

The Meh

books october 2018
Finished: 1/21/19 | Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Challenges met:

  • A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklorePopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • The first book in a series Pingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge
  • A book about a cult – @MommyMannagren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

With a demon protagonist, Shadow of the Exile grounds its world-building in the realms of demons and sorcerers who can summon demons to do their bidding. It’s the first book in the series (though I admit not knowing just how long it’s supposed to be) and also features a fantasy cult: a group of deranged sorcerers broken and compelled to free their master, a powerful demon named Samal, who is intent to destroy the human realms and command every demon. Yikes! [Review]

immortal reign
Finished: 1/22/19 | Rating: ★★★☆☆

Challenges met:

  • A book with a two word title PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019
  • A book you own but haven’t read Pingel Sisters 2019 Reading Challenge
  • Fantasy novel @MommyMannagren’s 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2019

Steeped in fantasy, Immortal Reign fits the two word title requirement beautifully, and it’s also a book I’ve owned for close to a year without having read, primarily because I feared I’d already left behind the high note of the series (spoiler alert: I did). But #Magneo forever!

That’s all for this month! It’s probably the high of doing something new that caused it, but I am so proud of myself for starting the year so strong with my reading goals. Part of it has to do, too, with the fact that I made some really good choices this month. Let’s hope February is as excellent, especially since it’s the shortest month.

What reading challenges are you doing? How’s your progress so far? Feel free to tell me and to link to your own posts in the comments!

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