2017 Library Love Reading Challenge

From Bea’s Book Nook:

If you love to read and/or listen to books then you also love to buy every book you want to read. And, well, that puts a hurt on your wallet. Checking books (print, ebook, or audios) out from the library can save you LOTS of money and in most places getting a library card is FREE.

Details:

  1. Runs: January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017. You can join any time.
  2. Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it below. Make sure it’s public.
  3. The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  4. Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook, or audio); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  5. Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  6. Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  7. Write a review – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.”

Levels:

  • Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
  • Library Card on Fire: read 50+ books

As an added bonus: We are offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! The entries are the direct links to your book reviews and you will have until Jan. 2nd, 2018 to enter your reviews in the Rafflecopter.

What you could win: Winner gets their choice of 2 books (shipped from Book Depository) or ebooks (nook or kindle) up to $12 each. (Open INT)

Join the Goodreads Group Library Love Challenge, where we talk, share, and discuss the books we snagged/read during the 2017 Library Love Challenge – Click Here

To join this challenge, grab the 2017 Library Love Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post (or to Angela’s at Angel’s Guilty Pleasures) so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads/LibraryThing (as long as you have a dedicated shelf someplace).

I’m going for the Thrifty Reader level of 24 books. I always find something at the library to read.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

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Author: Ernest Cline

Publisher: Random House 2011

Genre: Science Fiction

Pages: 374

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Library; Popsugar – NYT Bestseller; 52 Books – W17

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

Holy cow! I am blown away by this book. Everyone I know needs to read it so we can discuss further… I was immediately sucked into the world of OASIS and Wade’s life in and out of OASIS. Cline created such a detailed world that I can see everything perfectly in my mind. The characters are all very realistic. But the best part of the book is all the 80s references… I am in awe of how many references are included in this slim novel! I can’t wait to have the twins and J read the book so we can discuss further.

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The Lost by Sarah Beth Durst

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Author: Sarah Beth Durst

Publisher: Harlequin 2014

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 350

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Library; Popsugar – First book you see in a bookstore (library); Women Authors

It was only meant to be a brief detour. But then Lauren finds herself trapped in a town called Lost on the edge of a desert, filled with things abandoned, broken and thrown away. And when she tries to escape, impassible dust storms and something unexplainable lead her back to Lost again and again. The residents she meets there tell her she’s going to have to figure out just what she’s missing—and what she’s running from—before she can leave. So now Lauren’s on a new search for a purpose and a destiny. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll be found….

Against the backdrop of this desolate and mystical town, Sarah Beth Durst writes an arresting, fantastical novel of one woman’s impossible journey…and her quest to find her fate.

This was the first book I saw at the library last week and something about the cover drew me in. I picked it up without really thinking yesterday and somehow finished this book in a day and a half. I was immediately pulled into Lauren’s story. More than anything I was fascinated by Lost. The place becomes a character itself. I loved the visual details especially elements like the ocean and the train. Overall, I sped through the book on the edge of my seat waiting to see if Lauren would be able to figure out what she lost and the conclusion of her relationships with Peter and Claire. I loved this book until the very last page. The volume leaves the reader on a huge cliffhanger. I did some digging into the series, but it seems like the rest of the books aren’t being released anytime soon. Oh well… Leaving off that last page, I loved the book.

The Lost

  • #1 The Lost
  • #2 The Missing
  • #3 The Found

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Comics Review Round-up

download (10)Title: Y: The Last Man Vol. 6 Girl on Girl Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra Publisher: Vertigo 2005 Genre: Comics Pages: 128 Rating: 4/5 stars Reading Challenges: Library; Seriously Series

Accompanied by his mischievous monkey and the mysterious Agent 355, Yorick embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on Earth. This volume finds Yorick, Agent 355 and Dr. Mann traveling across the Pacific to Japan in pursuit of Yorick’s stolen monkey Ampersand, whose innards may hold the key to mankind’s future.

Hmmm…. Not the bestest volume of the series. The story seemed a bit stuck in this volume, but I still did enjoy it. Can’t wait to see what happens next.

download (11)Title: Y: The Last Man Vol. 7 Paper Dolls Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra Publisher: Vertigo 2006 Genre: Comics Pages: 144 Rating: 5/5 stars Reading Challenges: Library; Seriously Series

In addition to catching up on the adventures of Yorick’s monkey Ampersand (whose body holds the key to stopping the male-killing plague) and telling the origin of Agent 355, PAPER DOLLS chronicles Yorick and 355’s search for Yorick’s fiancée Beth in Australia—a search that yields a large dose of unwanted publicity for the Last Man, and deadly consequences for those he cares for!

Much better issues. Oh my! The stakes have been upped yet again. And lots of new mysteries have been alluded to. Plus we get some storyline from Beth. I’ve been wondering what happened to her. I am super excited to read the next volume.

download (14)Title: Y: The Last Man Vol. 8 Kimono Dragons Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra Publisher: Vertigo 2006 Genre: Comics Pages: 144 Rating: 5/5 stars Reading Challenges: What’s in a name – Animal; Seriously Series

KIMONO DRAGONS brings the hunt for Ampersand—the monkey who could unlock the mystery of the male-killing plague— to its explosive climax, as the last man on Earth and his companions finally reach Japan and discover the truth behind Ampersand’s abduction.

Wow! A volume full of revelations. We finally get to meet Allison’s mother and learn more about the players in this large chess game. I am speeding through these volumes to see where the story ends.

download (13)Title: Y: The Last Man Vol. 9 Motherland Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra Publisher: Vertigo 2007 Genre: Comics Pages: 144 Rating: 5/5 stars Reading Challenges: 52 Books – W14; Seriously Series

Featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES and on NPR, Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey, Ampersand, and the mysterious Agent 355, Yorick embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his long-lost girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on earth.

This volume of the critically acclaimed series features Yorick and Agent 355 preparing for their ultimate quest to reunite the last man with his lost love, while the person, people or thing behind the disaster that wiped out half of humanity is revealed!

The series is starting to wrap up. We got some great closure on a few storylines. And we seem to be nearing some type of conclusion. We end the volume as we started the series, with Yorrick and 355 attempting to find Beth… We’ll see if they can find her.

download (12)Title: Y: The Last Man Vol. 10 Whys and Wherefoes Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra Publisher: Vertigo 2008 Genre: Comics Pages: 168 Rating: 4/5 stars Reading Challenges: Dewey Decimal – 700s; Seriously Series

Featured in THE NEW YORK TIMES and on NPR, Y: THE LAST MAN is the gripping saga of Yorick Brown, an unemployed and unmotivated slacker who discovers he is the only male left in the world after a plague of unknown origin instantly kills every mammal with a Y chromosome. Accompanied by his mischievous monkey, Ampersand, and the mysterious Agent 355, Yorick embarks on a transcontinental journey to find his long-lost girlfriend and discover why he is the last man on earth.

Yorick Brown’s long journey through an Earth populated only by women comes to a dramatic, unexpected conclusion in this final volume.

What an ending… I was totally with it until the last issue. I loved finding out epilogues for all the characters, but the structure of the stories was a bit confusing. I had to keep reminding myself what time each story was set in. But I still would say that I loved the series. Very exciting read! Now I can’t wait to read Vaughan’s newest comic series: Saga.

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Y: The Last Man Vol. 4 Safeword and Vol. 5 Ring of Truth

download (9)Title: Y: The Last Man Vol. 4 Safeword and Vol 5 Ring of Truth

Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra

Publisher: Vertigo 2004 and 2005

Genre: Comics

Pages: 144 +192

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Library; Seriously Series

Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, finally makes it to San Francisco where his unbalanced sister, Hero, finds him seemingly succumbing to the male-killing plague after losing his still-unused engagement ring to the burqa-clad agents of the Setauket Ring. But is the ring really the key to his survival? And what does it have to do with the mysterious Amulet of Helene, which the Setauket leader is determined to take from Agent 355 by any means necessary. Collects issues #24-31 of the runaway hit Vertigo series by Brian K. Vaughan (EX-MACHINA, ASTONISHING X-MEN, RUNAWAYS) and Pia Guerra.

After a devastating plague, Yorrick Brown is the last man left alive in a world of women. On the run from Amazon extremists who would be happy to see him dead, his friends leave him in the care of Agent 711. But 711 is not the tragic woman she seems to be and Yorrick is propelled into a drug-fuelled nightmare of blood and sadism. Collects issues #18-23 of the runaway hit Vertigo series by Brian K. Vaughan (EX-MACHINA, RUNAWAYS) and Pia Guerra.

Wow! Safeword was a powerful volume. I was blown away by the revelations in these issues. I didn’t see those coming and can’t wait to see what happens next… But Ring of Truth was just an all around great volume. We got more insight into Agent 355. Plus Yorrick went through a few new trials that strengthened his drive to survive. I ams o hooked on this series.

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Y: The Last Man Vol. 2 Cycles and Vol. 3 One Small Step

download (6)Title: Y: The Last Man Vol. 2 Cycles and Vol. 3 One Small Step

Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra

Publisher: Vertigo 2003 and 2004

Genre: Comics

Pages: 128 + 168

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Library; Seriously Series

As Yorick Brown, the last man on Earth, begins to make his way across the country to California, he and his companions are forced to make an unscheduled stop in Marrisville, Ohio—a small town with a big secret. Collects issues #6-10 of the runaway hit Vertigo series by Brian K. Vaughan (EX-MACHINA, RUNAWAYS) and Pia Guerra.

 

The adventures of Yorick Brown continue in Y: THE LAST MAN: ONE SMALL STEP, collecting issues #11-17 of the critically acclaimed series. A Russian Soyuz capsule is coming down from the International Space Station carrying three passengers: one woman and two men. Could this be the end of Yorick’s tenure as last living male?

Loving the twist in volume two. The little town in Ohio was an interesting discussion of law and order after the men have died. Intriguing. And volume three deals with the twist on the last page of volume two. I don’t want to give it away, but oh my it was a good one. Still loving where this story is going.

Y: The Last Man

  • Vol. 1 Unmanned
  • Vol. 2 Cycles
  • Vol. 3 One Small Step
  • Vol. 4 Safeword
  • Vol. 5 Ring of Truth
  • Vol. 6 Girl on Girl
  • Vol. 7 Paper Dolls
  • Vol. 8 Kimono Dragons
  • Vol. 9 Motherland
  • Vol. 10 Whys and Wherefoes

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The Sworn Sword by George R.R. Martin

download (1)Title: The Sworn Sword

Author: George R.R. Martin

Publisher: Jet City Comics 2014

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 176

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Library

After the deaths, surprises, and heroics in The Hedge Knight, Dunk and Egg continue their journey in search of the fair puppeteer Tanselle. Along the way, the elderly knight Ser Eustace takes both men under his charge, alongside another knight—and this one promises trouble. Peace is ever elusive for Dunk and Egg, as they are soon embroiled in the schemes of local nobility, while a darker, greater thread threatens to unravel long-held truths of the Battle of Redgrass Field.

In classic George R.R. Martin fashion, heroes and villains are never clear-cut, and political alliances threaten to slice the deepest. Yet one path lies ahead for Dunk and Egg: onward toward destiny. Join them as they venture along a now-familiar world but in a time all-new!

Another mildly interesting entry into the world of Westeros. I don’t think I’m a huge fan of Dunk and Egg, but the stories are fairly entertaining. Moving on to something different…

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The Hedge Knight by George R.R. Martin

downloadTitle: The Hedge Knight

Author: George R.R. Martin

Publisher: Jet City Comics 2013

Genre: Graphic Novel

Pages: 184

Rating: 3/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Library; 52 Books – W12

Shouldering his fallen master’s sword and shield, Duncan (or “Dunk”) is determined to reinvent himself as a knight in a nearby tournament. But first Dunk needs a sponsor, and that requirement sends him down a road studded with friends, foes, adventure, and hidden agendas. One such friend is Egg, who becomes Dunk’s squire, yet even he may hold secret motivations of his own.

In this gripping prequel, Dunk and Egg seek glory in a world both familiar and new to Game of Thrones fans. What the two fortune seekers encounter, however, is a world of distrust and political machinations. Chivalry is not lost while Dunk holds fast to his dreams of honor. But such outdated virtues make him a target—and they may even lead to his ruin. This vivid and elaborately wrought tale brings new dimension to George R. R. Martin’s beloved world.

I picked this slim volume up at a recent library visit. I was looking for a different series, but this one caught my eye. I forgot that they published some prequels to A Song of Ice and Fire series. I liked a little look into a time before the series is set, but I didn’t find myself connecting with any of the characters. And I had to remember the family lines to figure out where these characters fall. Interesting quick read, but not something I will read again.

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Y: The Last Man Vol. 1 Unmanned

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Author: Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra

Publisher: Vertigo 2003

Genre: Comics

Pages: 128

Rating: 5/5 stars

Reading Challenges: Library; A to Z — Y; New Author;

Written by Brian K. Vaughan (LOST, PRIDE OF BAGHDAD, EX MACHINA) and with art by Pia Guerra, this is the saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.

I’ve been meaning to read this series for ages. Somehow I just never picked it up… Glad that I did grab it last visit to the library. I read the entire volume today after packing. The storyline isn’t anything earth shattering, but that’s okay. I’m reading this series for the characters. I love the different character groups that Yorick encounters on his journeys. The best has been the Amazons. I can’t wait to see where and when they reappear. And Agent 355 is just amazing. Can’t wait to read more.

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  • Vol. 1 Unmanned
  • Vol. 2 Cycles
  • Vol. 3 One Small Step
  • Vol. 4 Safeword
  • Vol. 5 Ring of Truth
  • Vol. 6 Girl on Girl
  • Vol. 7 Paper Dolls
  • Vol. 8 Kimono Dragons
  • Vol. 9 Motherland
  • Vol. 10 Whys and Wherefoes

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2015 Library, Ebook, and Read Your Freebies Reading Challenges

For this year’s reading challenges, I decided to do something very different and drastic.  I am going to read women authors.  I feel like I’ve been neglecting all those wonderful female authors sitting on my shelves.  I will be tailoring my challenge participation to account for this overall goal.  I do have a few exceptions.  I may read a male author if 1) I’ve already started the series and desperately want to finish it (i.e. Song of Ice and Fire) 2) It is a book club selection (out of my hands) or 3) If it is a male author writing nonfiction specifically about a women subject (e.g. a biography of Kate Chopin).  Other than those three exceptions, I want to discover some wonderful women authors.

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There are a number of levels, for those who don’t have a library card yet to those that live there. Enjoy!Requirements:
  • choose a level – you may move up as needed, just not down.
  • read books you checked out of the library
  • books may overlap with other challenges
  • any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
  • reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. (post with review linky is coming in January)
  • a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in or link up another way

Levels:

    • board book – 3

    • picture book – 6

    • early reader – 9

    • chapter book – 12

    • middle grades – 18

    • Young adult – 24

    • adult – 36

This year I’m going for the Chapter Book level of 12 books.  Even though I’m trying to focus on reading my own books, I know there will be come I want from the library.

From Annette’s Book Spot:


Challenge Guidelines:

This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2015 – Dec 31, 2015.

Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).

Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.

You can plan your books in advance or as you read them.

When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.

Sign-ups will be open throughout 2015, so feel free to join at any time during the year.

Levels:

1. Bits – 5 ebooks
2. Bytes – 10 ebooks
3. Megabytes – 25 ebooks
4. Gigabytes – 50 ebooks
5. Terabytes – 75 ebooks
6. Empty the Cloud – 100 ebooks

At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. The linky will remain open for the remainder of the year, so if you forget, feel free go back and add them when you remember.

I’m going for the Megabytes level of 25 books this year.

2015 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge

From The Book Vixen:

This challenge was originally created and hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader, then co-hosted with Kelly at Reading the Paranormal and Amanda at On a Book Bender, and is now hosted by The Book Vixen. Even though the name of the challenge has changed, the goal remains the same: read those freebies!

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (ebooks read prior to 1/1/2015 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2015. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to read at least twelve (12) free ebooks. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • This reading challenge is for LEGALLY obtained FREE ebooks. We do not condone ebook piracy. These can be ebooks offered through bigger sites, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or smaller sites, such as Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks. Ebooks offered through author or publisher websites are acceptable as well, provided they are available free to everyone at the time of download.
  • Only ebooks and audiobooks that were available free, in a legal manner, to the public will count towards this challenge. eARCs, library books, ebooks free through Amazon Prime/Kindle Unlimited, and/or books won or gifted are not eligible for this challenge.
  • Any ebook format will work for this challenge (azw, EPUB, iBooks, mobi, PDF, etc.). You DO NOT need to have an ereader to participate in this challenge. You can read ebooks using Amazon’sFree Kindle Reading Apps, which you can download for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Blackberry and more. Free audiobooks also count towards this challenge provided they are free to the public. They can’t be free as a condition of signing up for a service and they can’t be provided by the publisher for review.
  • Ebooks can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, however, re-reads are not eligible for this challenge. The goal is to read the freebies you’ve legally acquired so that they are off your TBR pile.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2015 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2015 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels:

  • Coupon Clipper: read 12 ebooks

  • Penny Pincher: read 24 ebooks

  • Buying in Bulk: read 36 ebooks

  • Super Saver: read 50 ebooks

  • Extreme Couponer: read 100+ ebooks

I’m doing this one again.  Going for the coupon clipper level of 12 ebooks.

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