Happy New Year! I had a lot going on over the past few weeks (who didn’t?) and just couldn’t manage to blog, but it’s a new year and time to make a whole bunch of new lists. I am going to try to cram a bunch of stuff into this one post. Bear with me.
First of all, yay for Downton Abbey being back! I love Shirley McClaine and the much needed comic relief she and Maggie Smith provided. Thank goodness for that because things are looking kind of bleak for all my favorites. But I don’t want to think about poor Bates or Mrs. Hughes right now…Let’s move on.
The first challenge of the read-a-thon is hosted by The Book Barbies and it’s a fun one!
You have made a scientific discovery (who knew you were so good at science?!) on how to bring fictional characters to life. The problem? The method still isn’t *perfect,* so you can only bring two people to life, and they must return to the land of fiction in 30 days. Who will you choose as your bestie and your love interest for that one splendid month? (Feel free to add pictures if you like, but they are not required.)
I have a tie for my BFF. It’s a toss-up between Lucy from the Drake Chronicles by Alyxandra Harvey and Jessie from Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern. On the one hand, Lucy is an awesome, sassy human girl who gets to hang out with the dreamiest vampires ever. On the other hand, Jessie is another awesome human girl learning to embrace her love of nerdy things. I would totally play Dungeons & Dragons with her!
As for a sweetie? I think I would enjoy spending a month with Halt from The Ranger’s Apprentice series. He’s an adult, so it’s totally not weird! His dry, sarcastic wit is right up my alley.
It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
I have finished my first two books of 2013!
The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis is strong debut and I enjoyed it, but it left me wanting more. I will certainly be watching this new author. I also finished Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. This sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone is dark and devastating and brilliant. I continue to be amazed at how invested I am in this series.
Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt is a reread for book club this week. My first experience with this was on audio and I am really enjoying the bird pictures this time around. When She Woke by Hillary Jordan has been on my TBR pile for ages. This modern Scarlett Letter retelling comes highly recommended by a couple of coworkers and it is my new book on CD. I am kind of putzing my way through the final book in the Little Lady Agency series, The Little Lady Agency and the Prince by Hester Browne. I am enjoying it, but it is not a priority so it gets set aside often. I am just fine with that. Finally, I am working on an ARC of How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller.
This year I want to finish up some of the many series that I have going. To that end, I am going to finally read book ten of my beloved Ranger’s Apprentice series, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja by John Flanagan. I recently learned that he is working on one more in the series and I am desperate to start his Brotherband Chronicles series, but I want to wrap things up with Will, Horace, and Halt first. I am also really enjoying the predictable comfort of the Stephanie Plum series so I might start Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich. Finally, I hope to get to another ARC this week. My NetGalley dashboard is literally overflowing with goodies. I think I will start Going Vintage by Lindsay Leavitt. So, that’s the plan!