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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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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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Written in My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon

This is the eighth and currently final book available in the Outlander series. This means I have completed my goal of being up to date on the Outlander series. (I can’t say “finishing” since the series isn’t complete, but I’ve read all the books available.)

Published: 2014

Genre: historical fiction with time travel

Length: 825 pages

Setting: near Valley Forge, in 1778, and 1980s and early 1700s, Scotland

Summary: Short version: Outlander characters at the start of the Revolutionary War Continue reading

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Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce

This is the third book in the Immortals Quartet I started listening to with Miss Adventure. We listened to it together on the way to gymnastics meets (meet season has started again).

Published: 1994

Genre: YA fantasy

Length: 294 pages

Setting: mostly the Kingdom of Carthak, soon after the events of Wolf Speaker

Summary: Short version: Daine is drawn into Carthaki politics Continue reading

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Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine

This is the second book in The Great Library series. The kids and I loved the first book in the series so much we had to get the second book immediately.

Published: 2016

Genre: YA urban fantasy

Length: 354 pages

Setting: Alexandria, Rome, and London, soon after the events of Ink and Bone

Summary: Short version: Rescuing Thomas from the Library who is trying to control society Continue reading

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In the Labyrinth of Drakes by Marie Brennan

This is the fourth book in the Memoir of Lady Trent series.

Published: 2016

Genre: historical fantasy

Length: 350 pages

Setting: Akhia, a Middle Eastern equivalent country, soon after the events of Voyage of the Basilisk

Summary: Short version: Off to the desert to study dragon rearing Continue reading


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The Fifth Quarter by Tanya Huff

This is the second book in the Quarters series. I enjoyed the first book so much, I thought I’d jump right into the second.

Published: 1995

Genre: fantasy

Length: 416 pages

Setting: the Havakeen Empire, a bit after the events of Sing the Four Quarters

Summary: Short version: A body-jumper messes with the wrong assassins Continue reading

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The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin

It’s Gretchen Rubin’s new book. I’ve read all her books and her blog. I knew this book was published last year, but just finally get around to reading it.

Subtitle: The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction

Length: 244 pages of text, 257 pages total

Summary: Short version: Understanding this personality trait will help you get things done
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The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

This is the third book in the Trials of Apollo series. I’m committed to finishing the series.

Published: 2018

Genre: middle grade urban fantasy

Length: 419 pages of story, 431 pages with glossary

Setting: mostly Southern California, present day

Summary: Short version: Meg, Apollo, and Grover have to rescue an Oracle from the Labyrinth Continue reading

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Eric by Terry Pratchett

This is the ninth Discworld book and the fourth Rincewind book. I read it on vacation since I have them all on my Kindle.

Published: 2008

Genre: humorous fantasy

Length: 217 pages

Setting: various parts of Discworld and Hell

Summary: Short version: Watch what you wish for Continue reading

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