Because life is so incredibly busy, I hadn’t been planning on participating in any of the many wonderful reading challenges in existence around the book blogosphere. (Beyond hosting my own, the Mental Illness Advocacy Reading Challenge, of course.) But when I received a GoodReads invitation to Socrates’ Finishing the Series Reading Challenge, I couldn’t resist because it fits in so well with my already established (in my head) reading goals for 2013. It’s incredibly simple. Choose a single (or multiple) book series you’ve previously started to finally finish reading during 2013. I already have a GoogleDoc of all the series I’m reading and was saying to myself, “Amanda, finish at least a few of these in 2013,” and doing that in the context of the fun that is a book blog reading challenge just makes me happy.
I’m currently reading 26 series. I know, I know. I’m not going to challenge myself to all of those, because then I’d only be reading series books all year. :-P But I am signing up for the highest level of the challenge: Level 3: 3 or more series.
So what am I pledging to finish?
- Georgina Kincaid series by Richelle Mead
#3 Succubus Dreamsreview 1/31/13, 5 stars
#4 Succubus Heat
#5 Succubus Shadows
#6 Succubus Revealed
- Y: The Last Man series by Brian K. Vaughan
#8 Kimono Dragons
#10 Whys and Wherefores
- Riders of the Apocalypse series by Jackie Morse Kessler
John Cleaver series by Dan Wells
#3 I Don’t Want to Kill Youreview , 3/2/13 3.5 stars
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
#2 Children of God
Katherine “Kitty” Katt series by Gini KochI will not be finishing this series, due to severe dislike of the third book. It’s a permanent dnf.
#3 Alien in the Familyreview, 10/3/13 2 stars
#4 Alien Proliferation
#5 Alien Diplomacy
#6 Alien vs. Alien
#7 Alien in the House
#8 Alien Research
For the Katherine “Kitty” Katt series, it is not yet finished, so I’m only pledging to books that are projected to be published before the end of 2013.
I also reserve the right to give up on a series if it starts nose-diving before the end.
Phew! That’s a lot of books…but it would also make a serious dent into my series list. So fingers crossed that I have good luck with it.
If the challenge sounds like a good match for you, be sure to check out the official challenge page!
Since I didn’t quite manage to finish my current read on the bus this morning (I literally had to stop in the middle of the climax. I HATE IT WHEN THAT HAPPENS), I thought I’d do something a little bit different today. As you all know, I use PaperBackSwap for acquiring a lot of my books. It lets you sort your wishlist by estimated time to fulfillment, so I thought I’d share with you guys the books that are estimated to be mine shortly.
First up, I’ve been waiting for this book forever: The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan. All I really know about it is it’s a post-apocalyptic zombie story with a girl/woman/female-okay! at the center of the plot. I love all things zombie. Love. They’re grotesque and fabulous and really fit my dark sense of humor to a T. This is one of those books that will jump to the top of the TBR pile when it arrives.
Next is The Groupby Mary McCarthy. This got added to my wishlist after reading Nymeth‘s review of it. It’s about eight female Vassar graduates in the 1930s and the struggles they faced as women at that time. I’m a sucker for stories about the struggles women face due simply to the fact that we’re women, and the early 1900s are a favorite time period of historical fiction for me.
Third is yet another post-apocalyptic book: Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. I can only explain my post-apocalypse obsession by pointing at my fundamentalist Christian upbringing. Or maybe I just enjoyed the apocalypse sermons because I secretly love tales of suffering. Take your pick. Anywho, this one is in journal form, a format I came to love through those Dear America books back when I was in middle school. This particular apocalypse takes the form of an asteroid hitting the moon, moving it closer to the Earth and giving us some fun Arctic weather. I’ve heard good titterings from my fellow librarians on this one.
Ok, so I also have books in my TBR pile, so I’m going to show you guys 3 random books from there. If there’s one you sorely want reviewed soon, tell me now!
I stumbled upon The Integral Trees by Larry Niven on PaperBackSwap’s customized homepage (it shows me recently added scifi, horror, and memoirs). The cover caught my attention, so I checked out the description. It’s supposed to be about a planet where humans evolved to live without gravity and live among the trees. All other life forms also live among the trees, including the fish. Honestly, it reminded me a lot of Wii Mario Galaxy, so there you have it.
A pretty recent arrival, I Am Not A Serial Killer by Dan Wells features an untrustworthy narrator with sociopathic tendencies who spends the book trying to convince us and himself that he’s not a serial killer. Kind of reminds me of Dexter-lite. I was really stoked for this the whole time it was on my wishlist, but I haven’t touched it since it arrived. I’m not sure why. Maybe I’d enjoy it more if it was called, Yeah, I’m a Serial Killer, Deal With It, Bitch. As is, it just seems like the author was afraid to take it to the edge that Dexter is at. Prove me wrong, people!
Finally, there’s Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson. Yes, it’s yet another paranormal romance series, and I have yet to finish the two that I’m on (Demon Slayer and Sookie), but well this one seems a lot more like Shopaholic, plus it’s not in the south, which is a huge plus. I mean, really, why must all tongue-in-cheek paranormal romance take place in the south, whereas the dull I’m-a-huge-bitch-because-I-was-wounded-as-a-child-LOOK-AT-MY-TATTOOS paranormal romance take place in the north? Sooo dull. So, yeah, I have high hopes for this series.
That’s it! Please tell me what you think, my lovely readers!