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Since the year is almost half over I thought I would post a mid-year update on my alphabet reading challenge.

So far I’ve read 20 books this year, but I’ve had a lot of repeat first letters so I’ve only completed 8 books towards my alphabet challenge. I guess I’m going to have to start paying more attention to the first letter of the titles for the rest of the books that I read this year. 😉

Beautiful Disaster  by: Jamie McGuire

Dark Secret, The  by: Tui T. Sutherland

Forgetting, The  by: Sharon Cameron

Legend of Holly Claus, The  by: Brittney Ryan

One Was Lost  by: Natalie D. Richards

Pack  by: Jeaniene Frost

Shadow of the Wolf  by: Tim Hall

Witch Song  by: Amber Argyle

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FEBRUARY:

I was lucky enough to find all of these books on Book Outlet.

The Children’s Home by: Charles Lambert

The Skylighter by: Becky Wallace

A Natural History of Dragon’s by: Marie Brennan

Dream On by: Kerstin Gier (I couldn’t actually find a link for this book so I’ve linked to the first book in the series.)

Stolen Songbird by: Danielle L. Jensen

A Star Shall Fall by: Marie Brennan

I ordered these 2 books from Amazon’s used book section.

Shadow’s Son by Jon Sprunk

The Lies of Locke Lamora by: Scott Lynch

 

MARCH:

The first book I ordered on Amazon.

Kings of the Wyld by: Nicholas Eames

The other two I got at Shopko (1 free with my rewards coupon and 1 half off with a regular coupon.)

Catacomb by: Madeleine Roux

The Asylum Novellas by: Madeleine Roux

I picked this one up at Wal-mart.

One Was Lost by: Natalie D Richards

 

JUNE

I picked up all of these books at yard sales.

Cleo: The Cat Who Mended a Family by: Helen Brown

Fury’s Kiss by: Karen Chance

Dust by: Elizabeth Bear

The Hero of Ages by: Brandon Sanderson

Whiskerslist: The Kitty Classifieds by: Angie Bailey

The Heart of Myrial by: Maggie Furey

Spirit of the Stone by: Maggie Furey

Echo of Eternity by: Maggie Furey

After picking up the 3rd book in this series at a yard sale, I went ahead and ordered the first 2 books from Amazon.

Midnight’s Daughter by: Karen Chance

Death’s Mistress by: Karen Chance

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Sara’s Game by: Ernie Lindsey (Sara Winthrop #1)

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Two years ago, Sara’s husband left for the gym one morning…and never came back. His car was found. He wasn’t. Unbelievably, the police report said, “No foul play suspected.” There were a few unreliable sightings over the following months, but little else.

Now, on the last day before summer break, her three children have gone missing from their schools, all at the same time.

And the note under her windshield wiper asks one simple question: Are you ready to play the game? ”

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4 Stars

What a ride. This book starts off on the day that Sara’s children are abducted. There’s no messing around with a lot of back-story before you get to the action. This was a fast paced story that kept me up reading late into the night. I will definitely be reading more by this author.

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Unlikely Substitute by: Leah Atwood (Mail-Order Husbands #1)

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“Once widowed, once duped Anne Marie Meadows has no desire to be married, but she is down to her last option. In order to save her farm, she sends for a mail-order husband.

U.S. Marshal Jude Malstrom is a loner dedicated to his work, but when a dying man asks him to deliver a letter, he reluctantly carries out the task.

When nature unleashes her fury, Jude and Anne Marie find themselves in each other’s company for longer than they wish. Can they see beyond obligation and find an unlikely love?”

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3 stars

At only 55 pages long this novella was a really quick read. It was a clean, fun and entertaining story.  I enjoyed it enough that I would definitely be willing to read more by this author.

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Unveiled, the first book in my new Raven Daughter series is officially released into the wild in both e-book and paperback! This has been the hardest release for me, though not because of the book itself. In the middle of January, everyone in my household, including me, came down with a terrible head and chest […]

via New Release – Unveiled is Here! — A.D.Trosper

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Thought this was funny and worth a share. I’ll never look at emotion the same again.

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I ordered these books from Book Outlet on December 26, 2016 during their Boxing Day sale. Since they didn’t arrived until January 7, 2017 I’m counting them as a book haul for this year.

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The Only Pirate at the Party  by: Lindsey Stirling

Calamity (Reckoners #3)  by: Brandon Sanderson

Manners & Mutiny (Finishing School #4)  by: Gail Carriger

The Inquisition (Summoner #2)  by: Taran Matharu

The Walls Around Us  by: Nova Ren Suma

A Madness So Discreet  by: Mindy McGinnis

Empire of Night (Age of Legends #2)  by: Kelley Armstrong

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This year in addition to tracking my books read on my Goodreads page, I will be using my Bead-A-Book jar. For every book I finish I’ll put a bead into my jar. At the end of the year I’ll string them all together and hang them in my mom cave/book room. I selected a different bead for each of the 11 genres that I thought I might read something from.

  1. Fairy Tale Inspired – Red with Silver
  2. Fantasy/Science Fiction – Metallic Blue with Gold
  3. Paranormal Romance – Lt. Blue
  4. Contemporary Romance – Pink
  5. Historical Romance – Orange with flowers
  6. Christian – Silver
  7. Contemporary – Purple
  8. Horror/Paranormal – Red/Blue splatter
  9. Mystery – Black with Gold
  10. Graphic Novel – Green
  11. Nonfiction – Peach

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My Bead-A-Book jar was inspired by one of my favorite booktubers, Giselle Bradley. Since I don’t know how to fold origami, but I have lots of beads on hand, I made a small adjustment to my jar. She does have a link to where she learned to fold the stars, but I’d already picked out my beads before I noticed the link. 😉

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For 2017 I decided to attempt the alphabet reading challenge. I would like to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet. I’ve heard some people try to complete this challenge by reading the books in alphabetical order, but I’m not setting that rule for myself. As long as I’m making progress I’ll be happy. I’m also going to allow myself a small cheat…if I don’t have a book that starts with a certain letter, but I have an author whose first or last name starts with that letter, I’ll count it.

Below is the challenge image that I created to track my reading. Please feel free to use it for yourself if you’d like to attempt this challenge. Also, I’d love to know if anyone else is attempting this or any other reading challenge this year. I think it makes it more fun when you have other people to talk to about your progress. 😀 You can follow my progress and see what I’m currently reading on my Goodreads page. Happy Reading!

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At the beginning of 2016 I created a reading challenge for myself. I didn’t quite complete all of the challenges, but considering I was in a reading slump at the beginning of the year, I’m pretty pleased with how I did. I had a total of 16 different challenges and I managed to complete 13 of them. I also had a 40 book reading goal that I set on my Goodreads page. I actually managed to pass that goal and finish out the year with 50 books read/listened to. In 2016 I discovered the joy of audio books and listened to 8 books. Four of them were books that I started out reading and then switched to audio and the other four I listened to the full book. This was a great help in surpassing my reading goal. This year I’m hoping to keep up with my new reading goal buy multitasking and taking advantage of my libraries audiobook app. to listen to books when I don’t have the chance to just sit and read.

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For those of you that may be interested here are all of the books that I read/listened to in 2016.

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