in_excelsis_dea (in_excelsis_dea) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

So, keeping track of my books on Goodreads fell apart in the late fall, as I barely updated anything from November to December. I also found it interesting that while I did continue to read in October-December, the use of my Nook seemed to cut down on my reading. I honestly can't explain why, but it seems to double the amount of time it takes me to read a book on the Nook than it does in print.

I did hit my goal of 240 books (20 books a month), but I didn't actually read 20 books a month. In November I think I read 10-15, in October I only read 10 and in December I also read about 10. All in all, I read about 240-250 books. This year I have the same goal, but I want to actually read 20 books a month.

Here are my first two books for the year along with three in progress.


1. The Exceptionals by Erin Cashman

It was actually pretty good. It was fairly slow to start out with, and while I never felt any great love for the characters, it was an enjoyable read. I also liked how there was very little romance. If there are sequels, I'll probably pick them up.

2. Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson

This book looks like your typical YA novel...and it is. Except, this one made me cry, dang it, while at the amusement park on the pier. I was trying my best to hide my tears and my mom comes up and is all "oh no, what happened???" and I had to confess that it was just a really sad book. The thing is-- you know it's going to happen, and yet it still hits you. Great book, definitely recommended.

In Progress

1. Jane Bites Back by Michael Thomas Ford
2. The Emerald Conspiracy by Herbie Brennan
3. The Buzzard Table by Margaret Maron

Did Not Finish

The Carrie Diaries

While not a huge fan of the show, I did enjoy it, and I have been meaning to read this for awhile. But....this did not live up to my expectations at all. This book was just boring. Typical YA, except it was missing that something special that made it standout.
Tags: fantasy, young adult

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