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  1. So MrsClov (Linzthebookworm) and I have made a new reading challenge for this year, with the same format as last year's but some tweaks due to lessons learned.  :laugh:

     

    We set it up again this year as a "choose your own challenge" with 5 levels of 12 books each, depending on how many books you want to read per month.  I am putting my official goal out there to complete 3 challenge levels, but my Goodreads goal for the year is 48 books.  So I might do 4 levels, or I might just binge reread another series on a whim that I can't count.  :wink:   

     

    This past year I read 31 books but completed no levels (just nearly completed the first two though).  My total books read for the year was 52, with what the Wheel of Time reread and the Lightbringer reread, and all the other stuff.

     

    So the official challenge post is here:

    https://songstress7.wordpress.com/2018/12/04/announcing-the-new-and-improved-2019-reading-challenge/

     

    Full category list is in the spoiler.

     

     


    Level 1: Book of the Month Club
    1. A book with a red cover
    2. Read a YA fiction novel
    3. A book under 300 pages
    4. A book you got for free
    5. Reread the first book of a series you love
    6. Read a book that takes place during the summer
    7. A book whose title starts with the letter M
    8. Read a romance novel
    9. A book that has been turned into a TV show or movie
    10. A book with a title done in alliteration (e.g. Pride and Prejudice)
    11. A New York Times best seller (past or present)
    12. Free space – pick any book!

     

    Level 2: Casual Reader Club
    13. A book by John Grisham
    14. Read a fantasy novel
    15. A book with a color in the title
    16. Reread a book you have recommended to someone else
    17. Read a detective novel
    18. A book with a number in the title
    19. Read a book about dragons
    20. Read a book published by Penguin Random House
    21. Read a book found on Project Gutenberg
    22. A book about an artist (fictional or real)
    23. A book that was published in 1999
    24. Free space – pick any book!

     

    Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club
    25. Read the first book in a trilogy
    26. Read the second book in the same trilogy
    27. Read the third book in the same trilogy
    28. Read a book recommended by a friend/on social media
    29. A book about a librarian
    30. A book about breaking a code or a treasure hunt
    31. Read a book by Brandon Sanderson
    32. Read a book that takes place in a large city
    33. A book suggested by https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
    34. A book for under $3.00
    35. A book with exactly three words in the title
    36. Free space – pick any book!

     

    Level 4: Speed Reader Club
    37. A book over 500 pages
    38. A book about time travel
    39. A book with a form of weather in the title
    40. Read a book published in 1969
    41. A book authored by a Catherine/Katherine or variant
    42. A book by Anne Rice
    43. A book from Time’s All-Time Top 100 Books list
    44. Read a coming of age novel
    45. A book involving mythology
    46. Read a self-published book
    47. A book with the word dream in the title
    48. Free space – pick any book!

     

    Level 5: Overachiever Club
    49. Read a book on a banned book list
    50. The most recent book in a series you haven’t finished
    51. A book that you judged by its cover (either positively or negatively)
    52. A book that takes place in your home state
    53. A book that takes place prior to 1965
    54. Read a biography
    55. Read a book you’ve previously abandoned
    56. A book about a real or fictional politician
    57. A book set in Asia
    58. A book with a tree or forest on the cover
    59. A book with the letter Z in the title
    60. Free space – pick any book!
     

     

     

    I have a spreadsheet set up where I'm putting my ideas down, I've figured out 8 of the first level so far, and a smattering of levels 2 through 5 in case I get really on the ball and finish the whole thing.

     

    We shall see.


  2. This year I have a dual goal - 48 books total... and at least 3 levels completed in the 2019 Linzthebookworm/Logophile reading challenge.

     

    Currently reading:

    A Wrinkle in Time (reread) - Madeleine L'Engle

    The Purpose and Power of Praise and Worship - Dr. Myles Munroe

     

    Completed:

     

    1. Drums of Autumn (reread) - Diana Gabaldon - #11 A New York Times best seller (past or present)

    2. This Pen for Hire - Laura Levine - #3 A book under 300 pages

    3. The Fiery Cross (reread) - Diana Gabaldon - #12 Free space - pick any book!

    4. The Art of War for Writers - James Scott Bell - #1 A book with a red cover

    5. Moon Palace - Paul Auster - #7 A book whose title starts with the letter M

    6. Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey - #9 A book that has been turned into a TV show or movie

    7. Red Rising - Pierce Brown - #10 A book with a title done in alliteration

    8. Jane Doe's Return - Jennifer Talty - #8 Read a romance novel

    9. The Young Elites - Marie Lu - #2 Read a YA fiction novel

    10. Storm Front (reread) - Jim Butcher - #5 Reread the first book of a series you love

    11. Sins of Empire - Brian McClellan - #4 A book you got for free

    12. Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell - #6 Read a book that takes place during the summer

     

    Full challenge list in the spoiler:

     

     

     

     


    Level 1: Book of the Month Club
    1. A book with a red cover - The Art of War for Writers - James Scott Bell
    2. Read a YA fiction novel -The Young Elites - Marie Lu 
    3. A book under 300 pages - This Pen for Hire - Laura Levine
    4. A book you got for free - Sins of Empire - Brian McClellan
    5. Reread the first book of a series you love - Storm Front  (reread) - Jim Butcher
    6. Read a book that takes place during the summer - Postmortem - Patricia Cornwell[/blue]
    7. A book whose title starts with the letter M - Moon Palace - Paul Auster
    8. Read a romance novel - Jane Doe's Return - Jennifer Talty
    9. A book that has been turned into a TV show or movie - Leviathan Wakes - James S.A. Corey
    10. A book with a title done in alliteration (e.g. Pride and Prejudice) -  Red Rising - Pierce Brown
    11. A New York Times best seller (past or present) - Drums of Autumn (reread) - Diana Gabaldon
    12. Free space – pick any book!  The Fiery Cross (reread) - Diana Gabaldon

     

    Level 2: Casual Reader Club
    13. A book by John Grisham
    14. Read a fantasy novel
    15. A book with a color in the title
    16. Reread a book you have recommended to someone else
    17. Read a detective novel
    18. A book with a number in the title
    19. Read a book about dragons
    20. Read a book published by Penguin Random House
    21. Read a book found on Project Gutenberg
    22. A book about an artist (fictional or real)
    23. A book that was published in 1999
    24. Free space – pick any book!

     

    Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club
    25. Read the first book in a trilogy
    26. Read the second book in the same trilogy
    27. Read the third book in the same trilogy
    28. Read a book recommended by a friend/on social media
    29. A book about a librarian
    30. A book about breaking a code or a treasure hunt
    31. Read a book by Brandon Sanderson
    32. Read a book that takes place in a large city
    33. A book suggested by https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
    34. A book for under $3.00
    35. A book with exactly three words in the title
    36. Free space – pick any book!

     

    Level 4: Speed Reader Club
    37. A book over 500 pages
    38. A book about time travel
    39. A book with a form of weather in the title
    40. Read a book published in 1969
    41. A book authored by a Catherine/Katherine or variant
    42. A book by Anne Rice
    43. A book from Time’s All-Time Top 100 Books list
    44. Read a coming of age novel
    45. A book involving mythology
    46. Read a self-published book
    47. A book with the word dream in the title
    48. Free space – pick any book!

     

    Level 5: Overachiever Club
    49. Read a book on a banned book list
    50. The most recent book in a series you haven’t finished
    51. A book that you judged by its cover (either positively or negatively)
    52. A book that takes place in your home state
    53. A book that takes place prior to 1965
    54. Read a biography
    55. Read a book you’ve previously abandoned
    56. A book about a real or fictional politician
    57. A book set in Asia
    58. A book with a tree or forest on the cover
    59. A book with the letter Z in the title
    60. Free space – pick any book!

     

     


  3. The year end wrapup post!

     

    https://songstress7.wordpress.com/2019/01/02/2018-reading-challenge-the-year-in-books/

     

    I ended up reading 31 books for the challenge (and a total of 52 in all, including my Wheel of Time reread, my Lightbringer reread, and a few others).

     

    So I didn't meet my stated goal, which was to finish the first 3 levels of the challenge, but I did pretty well all considered, and 2019's challenge should be a little easier if I can stay on task.

     

    Speaking of 2019....  @blank?  @Mrs. Cindy Gill? Is there a brownie in the house?


  4. Official update on the blog...

    https://songstress7.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/2018-reading-challenge-update-june-to-december/

     

    I've checked off a couple more categories since my last post here... #17 (A book recommended to you on social media or by a friend) was Limelight by Emily Organ, recommended by MrsClov.  It was a nice little Victorian-era mystery.  I found it a bit predictable but still fun to read.

     

    And last night i finished Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi, for #25 (A book about space travel, aliens or other planets).   That one was very enjoyable.  I'd been intending to read something by John Scalzi since i saw him on a couple of author panels at Phoenix ComiCon in 2014, and the premise for this one hooked me.  From Goodreads:

     

    The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish. So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal. Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it's quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he's going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster. 

     

    I've started on The Music of Chance by Paul Auster, for #28.  I've had that on my TBR stack for at least 7 or 8 years, if not longer.  Yay for reading challenges to get me to work through some of this giant stack of unread paperbacks!


  5. Moiraine's letter doesn't say he needed Mat to find the Tower of Ghenjei.

     

    What she says is that if Thom is going to try to rescue her,  the only way he will be successful is if he takes Mat and one other man, and that "young Mat knows the way to find me."

     

    Thom and Mat saw the big metal tower at the same time, yes, but neither of them knew what it was.  Jain Farstrider thought the Tower of Ghenjei was on the Shadow Coast somewhere.  Mat, however, did know one person who had been there (and was determined to keep her secrets).  Without Mat's knowledge of Birgitte's true past, none of them would have been able to figure out that the metal tower they saw on the way downriver to Whitebridge was the Tower of Ghenjei.

     

    Also, even if Thom had managed to figure out somehow that the mysterious metal tower was the right place, he would never have found Moiraine within the tower without using Mat's luck, so he was needed in order to find Moiraine in more than one way.

     


  6. I guess I'm back on the reading challenge bandwagon for the moment, actively trying to check off items on my challenge list...  

     

    I stayed up until 5 AM Saturday finishing up "A Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness.  I'd been putting it off for some time, but I enjoyed it more than I expected to.   I don't know why, since it the one my sister-in-law recommended for #22, A book about witches.

     

    And since I snagged the Kindle version for $1.99 the other day, I jumped into another of her recommendations last night, "Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore" by Robin Sloan, which will do nicely for #18 (A book with a number in the title).


  7. I have never done audiobooks  - I'm afraid that I would miss so much splitting my attention trying to do literally anything else (especially driving)... although I expect it would be interesting for rereads, and I have heard great things about the couple that narrates the WoT audiobooks  (as well as others). So I may get there eventually. 

     

    I am, however, a hardcore Kindle convert. I have a Paperwhite, so it isn't a backlit screen (ergo easy on the eyes) but does have built in lighting (therefore easy to read in my poorly lit bedroom at night).

     

    As a reader and collector of epic fantasy novels, the best thing is the ability to hold a 1200 page book in one hand comfortably,  and lay on my back to read without dropping it on my face.

     

    The second best thing is the ability to bring literally hundreds of books with me in my purse anywhere I go.

     

    The third best thing is not having to have multiple bookshelves dedicated to all the series I want to have on hand for random rereads.

     

    Buying ebooks can be a bit pricey, especially if you tend to pick up books from used bookstores... i get around that by making very long wish lists of every book I would like to obtain for the Kindle, and every few days i sort the lists by price (low to high) and immediately snag anything that is marked down to $3.99 or less.  :laugh:

     

    Sometimes I will pay full price when I just can't wait any longer to read a particular book... but I get quite a few from my wish list for very cheap.


  8. I finished The Blood Mirror (Lightbringer book 4) about 2 AM Tuesday.   

     

    Dang book blew my mind.  Serious plot twistiness in there.  

     

    I decided to drop it in my challenge list at #54 (A book that takes place during a war), despite the fact that it won't really help me make my goal of finishing at least the first 3 challenge levels.  I may be able to do that regardless, if I can get out of book hangover mode and jump in to the stack of 5 paperbacks I've got lined up for a handful of those categories. :dry: 


  9. 7 minutes ago, Mashiara Sedai said:

    Myrelle is one of the sisters who comes to Fal Dara with the Amyrlin.  They could have chatted then.  Though I doubt it because the Greens and the Blues are fighting (Greens have been backing the Reds in the Hall).  Or maybe Moraine was sneaky enough to meet Myrelle in secret, then.  

     

    Are you sure?  The only Green on that trip that was mentioned is Alanna - the text indicated that there were two from each Ajah there, but doesn't name the other Green.  From what I could find, the first time Myrelle is mentioned in the series is when Moiraine tells Lan that she's made arrangements to pass his bond to Myrelle if she dies.

     

    Regardless, I figure there's no way she had time to go to Tar Valon and back, but it's always made me wonder when she gave her the specific instruction about passing the bond to Nynaeve.

     

    Asking Maria sounds like a great idea :biggrin:

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