Bookish Blerd

I'm a book buying junkie who buys books faster than I can read them. But what better way is there to live than surrounded by books?! I read as much as I can and I do my best to give coherent reviews...which doesn't always happen.  I enjoy many genres, which is likely the reason I struggle with deciding my next read.

2018 Reading Challenges/Goals

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I epically failed my 2017 reading challenge for so many reasons, but I'm not going to list excuses.  I failed, that's all there is to it.  My yearly goal is always 52 books--one per week-- and I plan to stick to that goal.  However, I'm only setting aside about half of that for the Beat The Back List Challenge, which I am going to make an attempt at again this year.  I'm also going to do a Banned Books Challenge (which I also failed at this year).  And as always I'm sure my lists will overlap.  I'm looking forward to participating (and doing better than 2017.)  Some of the books on this year's lists are hold-overs from the 2017 list, and as 2017 isn't officially over, hopefully I won't have to edit the lists too much... Or hopefully I will?  I don't know.  My lists are below:


Beat the Backlist 2018

01) Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan
04) Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet
05) Brisinger by Christopher Paolini
07) The Cat Who Came for Christmas by Cleveland Amory
09) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin
11) Inheritance by Christopher Paolini
12) Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
13) Master and Commander by Patrick O'Brian
14) The Princess Bride by William Goldman
16) The Rook by Daniel O'Malley
17) Slade House by David Mitchell
18) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
19) Watchers by Dean Koontz
20) World War Moo by Michael Logan

Banned/Challenged Books 2018

01) The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
02) The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
03) Chinese Handcuffs by Chris Crutcher
04) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
05) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
06) The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
07) This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
08) Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
09) What My Mother Doesn't Know by Sonya Sones


2018 TBR List

01) The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
02) The Empress by S. J. Kincaid
03) Hail To The Chin by Bruce Campbell
04) Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
05) Inheritance Trilogy by N. K. Jemisin
       a) The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
       b) The Broken Kingdoms
       c) The Kingdom of the Gods
08) Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
09) The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
10) The Right Hand of Evil by John Saul
11) Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
       a) Saga, Volume 2
       b) Saga, Volume 3
       c) Saga, Volume 4
       d) Saga, Volume 5
       e) Saga, Volume 6
16) Shades Of Magic Series by V. E. Schwab
       b) A Gathering of Shadows
       c) A Conjuring Of Light
19) Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
20) Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
21) Vorrh by B. Catling

Currently reading

A Ruin Of Shadows
Lewis Carroll
Werewolves and Shape Shifters: Encounters with the Beasts Within
George R.R. Martin, H.P. Lovecraft, Neil Gaiman, Tessa Gratton, Bentley Little, Zak Jarvis, Violet Glaze, Peter Giglio, Mercedes M. Yardley, Dieter Meyer, Scott Bradley, Brad C. Hodson, Nicole Cushing, Alice Henderson, Alethea Kontis, Steve Duffy, Maxwell Hart, Richard Ch
Progress: 31/640pages
A Christmas Cornucopia: The Hidden Stories Behind Our Yuletide Traditions
Mark Forsyth
Twice Bitten
Crystal Green, Erica Orloff