2014 Midway Progress Report

As it’s the end of June, it’s time for a post to see how I’m currently going with my many reading challenges.


Over on Goodreads I’m aiming to read 150 books this year, and currently I’m right on target at having read 76 novels, which is apparently 51% percent (I’d say 50.5% but perhaps Goodreads rounds up.)


Expanding Genres 2014

Each month I pick a novel from the genre, and I try to make it a book from my many lists of books I hope to read. So far, five of the six books came from lists, which is pretty good! I loved all six, so currently this genre challenge feels incredibly worthwhile. Especially Flowers for Algernon which I’ve been meaning to read for at least ten years.

January: Historical Fiction – The Golum and the Jinni by Helen Wecker

February: Fantasy – Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

March: Science Fiction – Debris by Jo Anderton

April: Fairytale or Fable retelling – Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy by Karen Foxlee

May: Classic – Flowers for Algeron by Daniel Keyes

June: Non-fiction – Night by Elie Wiesel


Anticipated Books of 2014

So far out of my list of Anticipated Books of 2014 I have read 11 books from an original list of 36 books. To be fair, 18 of the 36 aren’t yet released. Nine of the original 36 I have waiting to be read (a few ARCs, thankfully!) and I hope to get stuck into them asap because they’re books I’m damn eager to read!

Some examples of books I need to read asap are:

The Tropic of Serpents (Memoir by Lady Trent #2) Valour and Vanity (Glamourist Histories, #4) Ruin and Rising (The Grisha, #3)

To Read in 2014

Out of my list of books that I’m aiming to read in 2014, I have only read an appalling seven books. Out of like, 74. What a joke! I really need to get onto these, even if I attempt them and throw them aside, as sad as that is to say. But one does tend to move on from books they once thought they wanted to read. I need to account for these and clear them off my list, one way or another – hopefully reading and loving them!

Some examples of books I need to read asap are:

Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris, #1) The Assassin's Curse (The Assassin's Curse, #1) Throne of the Crescent Moon (The Crescent Moon Kingdoms, #1)

Reading Bingo

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More than 500 pages: The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke
Forgotten Classic:
Book that became a movie:
Published this year: The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Number in the title: Eleven Doctors, Eleven Stories by various
Written by someone under 30: Falling into Place by Amy Zhang
Book with non-human characters: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
Funny Book: Liquid Gold by Tansy Rayner Roberts
Female Author: Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Book with a mystery: The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
One-Word Title: Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner
Book of short stories: Magic City: Recent Spells edited by Paula Guran
Set on a different continent: Oracle by Jackie French
Non-Fiction: Night by Elie Wiesel
First book by a favourite author: Six Impossible Things by Fiona Wood
Heard about online: This Star Won’t Go Out by Esther Earl
Best-selling book:
Based on a true story: Yoko’s Diary by Pau Ham
Book at the bottom of TBR pile: Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Book my friend loves: Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy by Karen Foxlee
Book that scares me:
More than 10 years old: Walking the Boundaries by Jackie French
Second book in a series: The Cracks in the Kingdom by Jaclyn Moriarty
Blue cover: The Amazing Spencer Gray by Deb Fitzpatrick


Book with female heroine: Guardian by Jo Anderton
Book set in a high school: The Archived by Victoria Schwab
Last of a trilogy: Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor
Book with ‘colour’ in the title: Written in Red by Anne Bishop
First book in series: Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb
Book set in the future: The Girl with all the Gifts by M. R. Carey
Book with a break-up: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
Book without a love triangle:
Book that became a movie: Battle Royale by Takami
Book set in Paris:
Book set in the past: Nanberry by Jackie French
Book with magic: Thief’s Magic by Trudi Canavan
Book set in summer: Wildlife by Fiona Wood
Book with a dragon: The Very Best of Tad Williams by Tad Williams
Book that made you cry: Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Graphic novel: Saga Volume Three by Brain K. Vaughan (Writer) and Fiona Staples (Artist)
Book based on a myth: The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
Classic YA: 
Book with a Lion, Witch or Wardrobe: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld (with a wardrobe!)
Book with an incredible fight scene: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Book heard about online: Landry Park Bethany Hagen
Book set in another world: Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis
Book with epic love story:
Book with music: Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil


If anyone has any suggestions for books I should fill the gaps above with, please let me know! Bonus points if it’s a book from my Books to Read in 2014 list!


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