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The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu

It’s the second book in the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series that I want to finish.

Published: 2008 in China, 2015 in English

Genre: science fiction

Length: 513 pages

Setting: Years 3-208 of the Crisis Era (after discovering the Trisolaran fleet is on its way), mostly in China

Summary: Short version: Earth comes to terms with the approach of the Trisolaran fleet Continue reading

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Apex by Mercedes Lackey

This is the third book in the Hunter series that we’re listening to as a family. We started it over the summer and finally got around to finishing it.

Published: 2017

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 304 pages

Setting: mostly around Apex City, soon after the events of Elite

Summary: Short version: The monster-fighting ramps up to a final confrontation Continue reading

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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

I wanted something lighter than what I’ve been reading lately and went looking through the Newbery Medal books. Middle grade books will always work out in the end.

Published: 2016

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 386 pages

Setting: near the Protectorate, a Middle Ages level society

Summary: Short version: The importance of stories you tell yourself to be true Continue reading

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How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

I put this book on my TBR list to perhaps learn how to find the symbolism in literature, because I’m terrible at seeing the underlying meanings. I chose it now because it gave me an F author, the last letter I need for my alphabet challenge.

Subtitle: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines

Published: 2003

Genre: nonfiction literature

Length: 281 pages of text, 314 pages total

Summary: Short version: The title pretty much says it all
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2018: Year in Review

Once again, the year has ended before I’ve gotten all my book reviews posted. But, I can still use this time to reflect on how I did with my reading challenges.

Let’s start with my Goodread stats. I logged 129 books this year for 41,245 pages. That’s about 1,000 more pages than the past few years. It must have been those three 1,000+ page novels I read this year. My shortest book I logged was Four Quartets, a book of poetry I read to the kids, and my longest was A Suitable Boy, a book I read because it was on The Big Read list. If you drop the graphic novels, I counted 100 novels and novellas read this year which isn’t too shabby.

Reading the Alphabet Challenge: I was able to complete this challenge, which made me happy.

The Big Read Challenge: I fell down on this challenge, only reading seven out of my goal of 12. I forgot about it when I was choosing books to read, trying to read down my personal TBR list instead.

Finish the Series Challenge: I’m happy with how I progressed on finishing up some series. I finished the Outlander series (major accomplishment there), the Dresden Files series, and the Belgariad series. I also stayed on top of several other ongoing series. There’s two other series I’d like to finish next year (one book in the Lady Trent series and the Remembrance of Earth’s Past series) but otherwise I think I can drop this challenge for the coming year.

Once again, I was pleased with my reading challenges. They gave me just enough direction in my reading to try a couple of new books, but not so much that I felt stifled in my choices. I’m ready to try a few different challenges in the coming year, but that’s a different post.

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The Never List by Koethi Zan

I was looking for an X, Y, or Z author to finish up my Author Reading the Alphabet Challenge. I picked this one because it looked like a thriller.

Published: 2013

Genre: sexual thriller

Length: 303 pages

Setting: NYC and Portland, Oregon, 2010s

Font: Sabon LT Std and Cresci LP

Summary: Short version: Sarah revisits the memories and locations of her horrific kidnapping Continue reading

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Sandry’s Book by Tamora Pierce

This is the first book in a Tamora Pierce series I haven’t read but Miss Adventure has. She picked it to listen to on our way to a gymnastics meet in Morgantown. Between the long drive and the relatively short book, we nearly finished it on that trip.

Published: 1997

Genre: middle grade fantasy

Length: 252 pages

Setting: Emelan, a medieval fantasy world, mostly in Winding Circle within the world

Summary: Short version: Niko brings Sandry, Briar, Daja, and Tris to Winding Circle Continue reading

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