October 2014 Reading Goals

Another month has begun. I can’t believe that we are less than a 100 days from Christmas. Only 3 months left in this year. Time is sure flying by. I have decided that for this month I am not going to set myself a tbr. Sure, there are a lot of books I want to read but this month I am just going to read what strikes my fancy. There is such a massive stack I can pick from; I know that I am going to read some good books! There are a couple of books that are planned because I have deadlines for reading them. First is We Were Liars by Ann Brasheres. This book will be the second book for the new book club I am in. Our first book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett. Our first meeting will be in 10(!) minutes. I am so excited! I have always wanted to be in a book club. I really hope we are going to have lots of fun with discussing the book. Another series I really want to start this month is Dune. I have the first 4 books on loan from the library and they have been setting on my shelves for more than a month now. I cannot keep them indefinitely so I need to get going. I think that Dune will be one of the first books that I start this month.

I am also currently reading Anne of Green Gables. I have heard from many people that it is truly a children’s classic but I have never read it. I have the first six books in the series and I plan to have them read before the end of the year. They are not that big so that should not be a problem. Another current read is Gone With the Wind. I have read about 360 pages but sadly I cannot loan the book any longer, as I already have it at home for three months. I plan on returning it and borrow it again at the end of the month so that I can continue to read it.

I would also really like to read If I Stay. The movie is now in cinema’s and when I can I try to read the book before the movie. I have the boxset so I really hope that I can power through those so I can see the movie! I am a little bummed that I already saw the cast, now I cannot make my own little head movie anymore :(. So this is some of the things I can read this month. Of course there is a lot more I can pick from. The stack also has Dracula by Bram Stoker, Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris, The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer, Four to Score by Janet Evanovich and Red Queen by Philippa Gregory to mention a few. I have enough that I am looking forward to! In two weeks I have three weeks off and there is a read-a-thon coming up so who knows how much reading I’ll get done this month :)!


September 2014 Recap

Yes I am back! I had a massive reading slump for about a week or so. I had some issues with my back (which are now completely gone!) and I spend a couple of days in bed with a massive cross stitching project, my new obsession, and a massive amount of Criminal Minds episodes! But this morning I finished a book again and I am ready to get my reading mojo back. Needless to say I did not really accomplish the goals I set for September but I am still happy with what I read :D!

In my September goal post, here, I set out the following goals:
General Goals:
(1) Read 15 books –> I managed to read 9 books and 1 novella
(2) Finish 2 series –> I did finish 1 series and I am really close with the other one!
(3) Read every day (even if it is only a couple of pages –> Apart from a couple of days at the end of the month I read every day so yeah!

From my 15 book TBR I set for September I managed to read 7, and I started another 1! I was on my way with The Passage by Justin Cronin as well but I just couldn’t get into it. I returned the book to the library and if the mood strikes I will try again :). Some of the books I own have been transferred to my October TBR. There will be a read-a-thon soon so I want to get a lot of reading done this month!

Books I read and reviewed this month:
22451703587316Girl of Nightmares - Kendare Blake286808Three to get Deadly - Stephanie Plum95913986631792

You can click the covers to go to the reviews!

Other books I read:

Clicking the covers will take you to Goodreads. I certainly will review both The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and The Handmaid’s Tale. Especially about the latter there is a lot I want to say. Keep an eye out for those later this month :).

So, this was my September. What was the best book you read in September?

September 2014 Reading Goals

Yes! New month, new big and shiny stack of books I want to read. I am very happy with the things I read last month and met all the goals I had set for myself. This month it is time to read even more. So first off:

General Goals:
(1) Read 15 books
(2) Finish 2 series
(3) Read every day (even if it is only a couple of pages!)

Now for the fun part! What am I going to read in September? I did not plan to do this but my tbr became riddled with sequels. I therefore decided to make this month sequel month.

September TBR:

There are a lot of library books there so I wont be knocking off as many books from my own shelves but at least I’ll get some series done!

From top to bottom:
1) Janet Evanovich – Three to get Deadly
I loved the first two books, so I decided to keep this series going. As soon as I finish book 3, I will order the next.

2) Prince Caspian – C.S. Lewis
I have never read the entire Chronicles of Narnia. I have now read book the first 3 books and can’t wait to read Prince Caspian. Almost halfway!

3) The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck
The only book I have ever read by John Steinbeck is Of Mice and Men. I borrowed the audiobook from the library because I process classics quicker if I listen to them.

4) The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making – Catherynne M. Valente
5) The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There – Catherynne M. Valente
6) The Girl Who Soared over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two – Catherynne M. Valente
The first book was really cute so I want to marathon the trilogy to see what happens next. I will be rereading book 1 since it has been a while. I know that more books are coming in this series but those will be narrated by a different character. I consider those to be separate.

7) The Ascension of the Whyte – Karen Wrighton
I won this book in a giveaway, and it is signed!! I am really excited to read it. So much so, that I have already started.

8) Dead as a Doornail – Charlaine Harris
This is the 5th books in the Sookie Stackhouse series. The entire series is out so am I reading one, about each month to finish this.

9) Girl of Nightmares – Kendare Blake
Really liked Anna Dressed in Blood so I want to finish this series.

10) The Book of Tomorrow – Cecilia Ahern
Never read anything by her but I have heard great things. It has been a while since I read chicklit/romance novels.

11) The Passage – Justin Cronin
12) The Twelve – Justin Cronin
The first book has been on my tbr for ages. I started it a week ago but haven’t read a lot yet. Hope to finish this series as well.

13) The Pharaohs
This book is massive and really heavy. Luckily it has a lot of pictures! I am really interested in history and when I say this is my library it felt like something I might like. I started it and it is really interesting so far.

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14) Romeo and Juliet – William Shakespeare
Read this classic when I was younger but want to reread it. Or rather, listen to it. The recording is the original style, so I am reading along with a modern English translation.

15) The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
This is mandatory reading for a class on Identity and Ideology. I have tried to read it last year but didn’t get far. Hopefully I’ll finish it this time!

So, this is it. A long list. Last month I did good reading wise in terms of numbers. But, I really want to read a lot of books from this list I made today. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that!

Q: Which one should I really read first??



August 2014 – Recap

I set out to read a lot this month. At least 10 books! I am happy to report that so far I have read 13 books :D. At the beginning of the month I was a little behind on my Goodreads goal for this year (which is 100 books) but I am now happily on track again :).

In my August goal post, here, I set out the following general goals:
(1) I would like to read 10 books –> I read 13
(2) I would like to post 4 times a week here on Jirrine Reads Fiction –> I posted an average of 5 posts a week!
(3) I would like to finish a series –> Finished the future trilogy by Thea Beckman

In my goal post I mentioned 10 books that were on my tbr for August. Of those 10 I have read 4 and started 2 other ones. Logically I read quite a few other books this month as well, that weren’t part of my tbr. I really try to alternate my reads: new, old, new, old. In this way I hope to prevent that new books I ordered, books I really want to read, disappear on my bookshelf, to be read in a 2 years. I buy them for a reason right?

Books I read and reviewed this month:
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray BradburySecond Chance Summer - Morgan MatsonOne for the Money - Stephanie PlumThe Last Song - Nicholas SparksVoyager - Diana GabaldonAnna Dressed in Blood - Kendare BlakeMarvelous Misadventures of Sebastian - Lloyd AlexanderTwo for the Dough - Stephanie PlumCarrier - Anne Tibbits4327066

You can click the books to go the reviews!

Other books I read:

Useless Statistics:
Gender: 5 male authors and 7 female authors
Pages read: 4571 pages
Formats: 3 audiobooks, 1 eBook and 9 print books
Target audience: 1 middle grade, 6 young adult, 1 new adult, 5 adult
Genre’s: 4 dystopian, 3 contemporary, 2 mystery, 2 historical fiction, 1 horror, 1 fantasy.
Goodreads goal: 66/100 read

Overall I am really happy with what I have read this month. I especially like the diversity of the books I read. I just want to try out everything just to make sure that I don’t let books lie because I think that I don’t like the genre. Anna Dressed in Blood was my first horror book and One for the Money was my first mystery books. Two new genres! I have big plans for September :). Stay tuned for that post, it will publish tomorrow!

PS. Today is the last day to enter my giveaway for Tomorrow When the War Began. You can find it here.

August Reading Goals

I am a list person. I love nothing more than ticking something off. Whether it be highlighting something in a online document or physically ticking a box, I makes me feel immensely satisfied. So to satisfy my inner list freak I’ve set myself quite a lot of challenges this year. There is one, the LGBT challenge, I am officially participating in but there are dozen challenges I started at the begin of the year just for me. They are all challenges from blogs but I haven’t officially signed-up because I did not have a blog yet to sign-up with. I still, however, want to complete the challenges. Therefore I will be making a reading list for August here :).
First there are some general goals for August:
(1) I would like to read 10 books
(2) I would like to post 4 times a week here on Jirrine Reads Fiction
(3) I would like to finish a series

This is my preliminary TBR for August:

From top to bottom:
(1) Purple Hibiscus – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
This book is for an African Reading Challenge and qualifies as a book from an African author.

(2) Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake
(3) Girl of Nightmares – Kendare Blake
These two books will qualify for reading a series (or in this case duology).

(4) The Concubine of Shanghai – Hong Ying
This book is also a book for my Summer Reading Challenge, and also counts for an Historical Fiction challenge.

(5) Under the Dome – Stephen King
Book will count for my Summer Reading challange as well.

(6) The Owl Keeper – Christine Brodien-Jones
Counts for both Summer Reading and MG/YA Standalone challenge.

(7) Het Gulden Vlies van Thule – Thea Beckman
With this book I finish another series and it will count as one of the categories (book set in the future) for a montly challenge.

(8) The Passage – Justin Cronin
I own this book in Dutch but want to read it in English. This will count for a tbr challenge.

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(9) Dead to the World – Charlaine Harris
This is book 5 in the Sookie Stackhouse series and qualifies as a book for the Sookie challenge.

(10) The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky
This book will qualify for the LGBT challenge I signed up for earlier this week.

Q: Have you read any of these?