2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Michael has read 1 book toward his goal of 50 books.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Darkening Dream Giveaway Winner!!!

HELLO EVERYONE! The giveaway has come to an ending but fear not for more are on the way. It feels good having not bought any books for me since the beginning of the year and yet I'm buying for other people. It always feels good to give. And it is with my greatest pleasure to announce the winner of the paperback copy of The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin and hold them no more for it. Congratulations.....

Melissa S. from New Jersey! A fellow neighbor I see! I want to thank everyone, all 80+ people who have joined in the giveaway. I thought I was lucky to get only 20 but once it got to 90 I was beyond excited. I want to thank Andy Gavin for writing the book and releasing it into the world.

I also would like to let you know that I will be giving away a copy of the Hardcover copy when it is available and this one will be international. So keep checking back on the blog for that.

Again thank you so much everyone and may you keep returning!

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (35)

Hello everyone and welcome to Tuesday. Another batch of books has been released but only one will be featured on the blog. This week's choice is....

The Dead of Winter by Christ Priestley!

After Michael's parents die, he is invited to stay with his guardian in a desolate country house. He begins to suspect something is not quite right on the day he arrives when he spots a mysterious woman out in the frozen mists. But little can prepare him for the solitude of the house itself. His guardian is rarely seen, and there's a malevolent force lurking in an old hallway mirror. As the chilling suspense builds, Michael realizes that the house and its grounds harbor many more secrets-both dead and alive.

First off, I do like a horror novel and second, the main character is Michael. It's as if I'm in the story myself. >.>

I might have to check this one out for some light reading but hopefully it's good. If anyone has read it or wants to read it, leave some comments down below. =D

Friday, January 27, 2012

Heavens of Fire - Prologue

Here is the Prologue to the book that I have been working on for a while. I got out of the writing funk for about a year but I seriously need to complete this story. It can't die inside of me at all.

     Ten candles, alternating between black and white, were set in a circle on the floor. The flames danced, and the room swayed between darkness and light. In affect, a war to gain the most coverage of the room. A man stood on the outside of the circle, holding a purple candle in both of his hands. The black satin robe that covered his body was outlined with gold lining and glimmered in the flickering of the flames. The soft glow of the fire's light made his scalp shine dimly. His hairless face wore a grim expression. He locked his silver eyes on the circle of flames as he began to whisper, speaking the words of an ancient language long dead.
  Smoke began to swirl in the center of the circle, stirring up gray wisps. Slowly, the slender traces coalesced into a thick fog. Then, as if a breath had blown through the room, the smoke cleared away. A woman now stood in the middle of the circle, her face expressionless. Her hoary hair draped down her back, past her shoulders. She wore rag-like brown robes that covered both hands and feet.
  “Nice of you to join us,” the silver-eyed man said authoritatively. He made sure that he was leading the situation. “Wouldn't be the same without you, now would it?”
  The lady looked at him, still without expression and said, “Of course it wouldn't be the same, for it is always my pleasure to join the one I despise the most. Now, what do you want from me?”
  The man studied her and smiled. His teeth seemed to glow in the duskiness. “I have a few questions to ask you and I'll try to make them as rudimentary as possible. But before I do, I have to find some reigns for you, lest you decide to gallop off to a different master. This tale is not one for another's ears.”
He started to move his hands in a rhythmic pattern and as he did he spoke, “Your tongue shall be still when you speak of this, your mind shall be empty when you think of it. Your hands shall defy you should you try to write about it, and from henceforth, your words shall speak the truth and nothing less.” As he finished his last sentence, he threw his hands out towards the lady and her eyes quickly turned black, resembling bottomless pits.
  “Now to see if I ensorcelled you correctly, I want you to answer me, who am I?” he demanded.
  The lady stared blankly at him and answered monotonously, “King Al'Deron of Nova. The first to appear for the throne with the rights and honor.” 
  “Correct. I see that the spell has worked. Not that there was much to control,” he said with a snarl. “Now speak. What of the Elementals? Last time you told me that they would come again. When shall they come?” demanded the king.
  “You are too late,” she responded flatly. “One of them has been born for a few months now.” She added a small smirk that the king took no notice of. “The other is close to being born.”
  The king sighed deeply. His eyes looked worried. “The one that is born, whence will he turn?”
  “It is too early to tell. One could suppose good or evil, like the usual.”
“Can you tell me who they are?” he asked.
  “Not directly. One is a relative of yours. The other I do not know yet,” she said. She stood motionless in the circle.
  “A relative you say? I suppose that will make things easier for me. But the other, I have to find out myself. How close is he to us?” King Al'Deron asked as his eyes scrutinized her face, looking for any sign of expression.
  “It's a she, and miles towards the west from here in the Incendia Region,” responded the lady, a smile slowly spreading over her face.
  “A girl?” the king responded mockingly, taking no notice of the lady's smile. “Ha! I will not believe that it's a girl until I see her for myself. But nonetheless, it makes no difference. I'll still kill them – with my bare hands, if required.” His eyes were wide and his nostrils flared with anger.
  “You will never get her,” said the lady. The King looked at her face and his eyes grew wide in shock.          Her eyes were back to their normal dark brown, her face showing a lucid smile.
  “What did you say, Alana?” demanded the king. He clenched his hands and took a step back.
  “I said that you will never get her. Your mind, it is too narrow to see the obstructions that lie ahead of you,” she replied with a sneer. “You will never win and your time will soon be done.” She looked at him darkly, her eyes emphasizing her prophecy.
  The king's eyes grew wider with fear and shock as he took several steps back. “How is that possible?” he demanded. “I-I put a spell on you! You have to follow my every command, you-you have no choice!” he yelled frantically. Almost snarling he said, “What magic do you have to overpower me?” He backed into a wall stocked with ominously colored, liquid-filled bottles. Several of the bottles fell over and shattered at his feet, sending plumes of smoke in to the air, but he paid no attention to them; he was fixated on the lady.
  “I do not need advanced magic to trick a fool, especially not one like you.” She laughed. A gust of wind whipped through the room and suddenly the lady was gone; only her laughter remained. As the wind blew away, it extinguished the candles, plunging the room – and the king – into complete darkness.
  “Well done my Lord.”
  “Such was my intention, Cryptist.”

Quick Update

Sorry for the not being here and all. Funny thing, the day I put the block on my blog for the 18th is the day my internet was cut off because my check didn't go through yet. Odd or Coincidence? Both? Anyway I'll be back to posting soon and I actually wanted to put something special up really soon. Just seeing how I should do this so check back soon.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Fight Against SOPA!

The Subtle Chronicler will be taking part of the 24 hour shut down today, on January 18th, 2012 to fight against SOPA.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Giveaway of The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin

See that amazing book up top? One with the amazing cover on it? The one where I made it extra big so you can gaze on it? Yeah, that one. I'm giving away a copy of the book to one lucky person. =O!

All you have to do is Fill Out This Form with the required information and you'll be good. Unfortunately this time will only be U.S.A. only but I will do another giveaway where it'll be international. But just fill it out and bam you're done. No need to follow me, although you can. No tweets, no links to go to, no nothing. Just fill it out and hope you win.

Although you should check out Andy Gavin's twitter and follow him and tweet him and such. He can be found at @asgavin

And that's basically it. This is one of the shortest posts for a giveaway and one of the easiest. Although before I forget I must tell you that the giveaway will end, on the 30th of January and winner will be announced on the 31st. Seems like a long time but just trying to get people pumped up and hearing more about it.

So a rundown on all the rules and such?

  • Fill Out This Form
  • Form Will Be Deleted When This Is All Over
  • No Need To Follow
  • Check Out Andy Gavin's Twitter @asgavin
  • Giveaway Ends January 30, Winner Announced January 31.
  • Spread The Word And Have Fun
And that's that. I wish you all luck with it and even if you don't win, you should still get this book.

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (34)

Welcome everybody to the best day in the world, Tuesday. Today a number of books have been released but only one won the rounds to be featured on the blog. It's actually an interesting story that I'll remember and will be told to countless people over and over again. On Friday the 13th, I received an email from one called Andy Gavin. He proposed to me the idea of reviewing his novel and gave some interesting facts. He told me he was Co-Founder of Naughty Dogs and my brain did some sort of squee. Naughty Dogs is the gaming company that produced games like Crash Bandicoot and Jak and Daxter. Which by the way he was Director, Producer and Lead Programmer. 

I couldn't believe it and when I saw the book my jaw dropped. It had such an amazing cover that I could not pass up this opportunity. This man was a legend in my household. Especially to my nephew who LOVES Crash Bandicoot. Anyway I took the book and have started reading it and it's amazing. I haven't finished it yet but it's just amazing. Also when I looked him up, he was telling the truth so no tricks over here.

But yesterday I asked him about the plans of publications. The book was out as an e-book and it was going to published in Hardcover and Paperback but there was no specific date. He told me that it would take a few days to send the proofs back and forth and basically the answer was, time will tell. The funny thing though is that the Paperback version was actually put out TODAY! On a Tuesday, the day of Book Released! So I thought that was perfect. But I'm rambling and I need to introduce to you all this book. I present to you; 

The Darkening Dream by Andy Gavin

Now tell me that is not a beautiful cover. I'm in love! And the most amazing part, the cover artist, Cliff Nielsen, is also the cover artist of Cassandra Clare's novels. And we all know how those are. But just look at it. The dead tree with the innocence of the girl sitting upon it. The fire-like background separated with the swamp-like icy yet earthy vision. The girl hanging upside down looking pale and dead. It's just amazing and perfection! But wait until you hear about the book....

An ominous vision and the discovery of a gruesome corpse lead seventeen year-old Sarah Engelmann into a terrifying encounter with the supernatural in 1913 Salem, Massachusetts.

With help from Alex, an attractive Greek immigrant, Sarah sets out to track the evil to its source, never guessing that she will take on a conspiracy involving not only a 900-year-old vampire, but also a demon-loving Puritan warlock, disgruntled Egyptian gods, and an immortal sorcerer, all on a quest to recover the holy trumpet of the Archangel Gabriel. Relying on the wisdom of an elderly vampire hunter, Sarah's rabbi father, and her own disturbing visions, Sarah must fight a millennial-old battle between unspeakable forced, where the ultimate prize might be herself.

Now I've started reading this and got to the vampire part and the guy is badass. He is evil everywhere and does not hold back and it's finally time we got an evil vampire who likes to kill and torture. I just love everything about this book and can't wait to continue reading it. But how mean would I be to talk about this book and not give away a copy? Stick around for a second book where you'll have the chance to win a copy of this book in Paperback.

And don't forget to check out these links below. 

He also has a twitter which you can follow him @asgavin

So I'll see you all with the next post on the giveaway! 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Honesty Hour (2)

UPDATE: I would just like to apologize for adding this (to Kyleigh) and say that the amazing image below was made by Kyleigh over from Can't Find A Bookmark. So go to her blog and tell her how amazing it is. =D Thank you Ky!

Hello everyone and welcome to another week of Honest Hour. I was looking around my room for books I could talk on when I spotted a collection on my wall that caught my eye. I'm talking about The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare. Currently awaiting for the 5th book in the series to be released, I have been with this series since City of Ashes came out. Let me just give you my thoughts.

I spotted the first two books around the time that City of Ashes was released and everything was waiting for City of Glass. Thinking that the covers looked cool I decided to order the first two and when I got them I began reading them. I was immediately hooked and pre-ordered City of Glass after a chapter.

City of Bones is the first book and I can't tell you exactly how I feel when I think of these books. At least the first three. Just looking at the covers I get this warm feeling that just seems magical. I loved everything about it, It was one of my first Young Adult novels and it's what introduced me to this whole new world so of course I was loving every minute of it. The characters were amazing, the story was going to great places, the plot was being driven at full force. I loved the magical moments it had with the paranormal and even when it introduced the whole incest story-line I felt as if this book was going far places.

I read City of Ashes as soon as I was done with Bones and the feeling would not go away. It was full of these twist and turns that just had me want to read more. Just thinking about it now, I actually want to re-read the books. Just thinking about our first introduction to certain characters like Magnus and Valentine and everyone else. As soon as I finished I was ready to take on the last book.

City of Glass finally arrived and I felt like it was one of the best books I had read in a while. Granted I hadn't read many books back then but it was seriously up there. I loved the war scenes and the even though new characters were brought in they were nicely wrapped up and the ending was just great. The series had finished and I had enjoyed a beautiful ride. I couldn't wait to go back a year or two later and re-read the series and relive the moments again.

But then came the announcement of three more books. My initial reaction was happiness. I wanted to know more about these characters, but once I thought about it I felt as if it were unnecessary. When City of Fallen Angels was released, I knew I was right. First off the book was the smallest in the series and the smallest of all of her books which greatly annoyed me. Compared to the other three I would've thought a pickup of the series would be a little bit longer. But before I go into more of that, the covers, as they were released, just didn't have the same magic feel to it. It felt as if it were being forced like the story itself.

Reading City of Fallen Angels I just couldn't help think how it should have stopped. How there was no point to this. My mind immediately wandered to Cassandra Clare wanting the money which I am not ashamed of admitting and am entitled to my own opinion. Reading the book, I felt like it was an excuse not only for the money but for more sexually-tense moments between Clary and Jace.

The characters were no longer the same, the story didn't have the same feel to it. It seemed to drag on into nothingness and then conclude with an ending that seemed too fan-fictionish. Considering that Cassandra Clare was a fan-fiction writer herself, I felt that she had come too much of a long way to go back into it. But she did. There were moments where Jace and Clary would just randomly start making out and I felt that it was there just to feed the hunger of hundreds of teenage girls. Which scared me? What exactly has writing come to?

In my opinion I feel as if Clare has been listening to these many teenagers and putting in what they want, forgetting exactly what the story should hold. When I finished the book I felt like I, a reader who reads for the actual story and not for the hotness of a character, felt cheated. Even a signed copy of the book didn't help me get over the fact that I had been robbed. That my characters were changed and not for the better.

And now City of Lost Souls is going to be released soon and with the cover now out I feel as if it can only get worse. From the cover itself it looks like a novel that will be nothing but Clary and Jace and not even be remotely good but just washed down with scenes of no importance. And yes, I get this from the Fabio Wannabe Cover.

Also another thing that irked me was how Cassandra Clare said that her publisher (I think it was them if I'm not mistaken) said that no same-sex characters on the cover which is complete bogus. With the power she has, she'd be able to rally up her fans and form a petition to get Magnus and Alec or Jace and Alec or Clary and Isabelle on a cover. Authors do have power regardless of what they say. But she didn't even though Alec and Magnus are made out to be these amazing gay characters who are the gay icons of the world.

I wish I could go on but I'm afraid you'd be here all day so I leave these words for you Cassandra Clare and every other writer out there. Write because you want to not because you have to. Write for the story and never for the money. Write for yourself and not for your fans. Take two years if you have to instead of rushing this out in less than a year. Make it the perfection that it can be and not deliver some crappy book that's wish-wash. Your fans will still be there no matter how long it takes. Many authors have done it and the success was phenomenal.

Also I just have to say, if I see this Clary on one more damn cover I'm going to have to shank her.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Cover Reveal: The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan

Barnes & Noble has JUST released the cover along with the title for the third novel in the Kane Chronicles by Rick Riordan. I present to you The Serpent's Shadow

I still haven't read the first nor the second book in the series but I do plan on getting them some time this year and reading them all. I do like the cover, it seems to match the other two and I love the blue blending in with the  orange-créme color. Looking into it further it seems really interesting and I actually want to know what is going on in there so I might have to buy it sometime soon.

The book will be released May 01, 2012 and you will be one book closer to the finale. Let me know what you guys think of the cover down in the comments below.

Also if you guys are looking for more books, The Kane Chronicles Survival Guide will be released March 20, 2012 to help complete your collection and learn more about their world.

Tuesday's Novel Spotlight (33)

Welcome to Tuesday, the best day for readers around the world. Why? Because Tuesday is like Christmas but every week. Books are released on Tuesday's and we're always counting down the days until we get our hands on the books we pine for. This week a couple of books have been released but the one that has gotten much more buzz is.....

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green!

Anything written by John Green will automatically be bought by me (and a whole mass of others as well) no matter what it is. This book was no different. Being only released today, I pre-ordered the book all the way back in October and have been waiting for it ever since. But what exactly is the book about?

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Sounds like an amazing read and possibly even heartbreaking. If you haven't seen the amazing trailer for it, check it out below. 

I love the song and even though my friend Shaun said it portrays the things inaccurately I must disagree and say that it looks as beautiful as the book sounds. And the song is just perfect as well.

So I hope you all enjoy your copy and tell me your thoughts down on the comment section below. Also I got a Green Signature. What did you get?

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Honesty Hour (1)

Hello everybody! Sorry for the late post but I've been sick in bed and only now did I muster the courage to get online. Anyway, Honest Hour is a new thing I'll be doing possibly weekly. While it might seem like a review, it'll be full of spoilers and can talk from one book to multiple books. The reason for this is that my reviews are usually spoiler-free and I don't really go into length talking about it. I don't want to give away anything that might ruin the story during those reviews so I warn you that this will be full of spoils and should only be read if you have read the novels. 

To start this off I chose a series that I read two of its books last year.

Starting with Nightshade by Andrea Cremer. When I read this book I was all into it. It was something new, dark and humorous. The love-triangle that was in it was different than what I had previously read before. Instead of a girl falling for two people she had to choose between someone she was falling for and someone she had to be with due to her laws. 

When I began reading Nightshade I was also watching Skins UK from E4 so I kind of put the two together. Skins is about a group of teens in their last two years of High School with different personalities and it chronicles the events that lead up to graduation. Nightshade reminded me of that with how it was two groups coming together as one with everyone having a different personality. How they would hang out in the cafeteria and go to a night club even if it was to investigate. It was a really good novel that I went in with low expectations. The action was great, the characters were awesome and the ending was just intense. 

Then comes Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer. Before the book came out they decided to change the covers to what is up top. For some reason I felt as if this would ruin the story for me as I compare the covers with the novel itself. I decided to forget about it and finally read it. Boy was I disappointed. I went into this with such high expectations and was greatly let down. The magic of the characters were gone. Although most of the characters aren't there for part of the story because of certain reasons, the new characters just weren't working for me. Their introduction was too abrupt and not enough development went on. The story seemed too rushed and yet it dragged on. 

I kind of confused myself with that when I first said it but then I thought about it. Wolfsbane felt as if it could have been a couple of chapters in Nightshade, if some scenes were taken out of course. But for the scenes that were in it, it took a long time for the story to get there and when it did it was just bam, done, over. It should have been longer, more properly developed. It took almost two hundred pages before anything exciting happened. And when it did I was thinking to myself how out of place it seemed. The world we were introduced to in the first novel had changed drastically in the second that it seemed out of the ordinary. Nothing really felt familiar and it felt as if Calla herself had changed overnight. But read it I did and when I got to the end I just felt as if time might have been wasted. I wasn't feeling the story but I was still going to read the third novel.

Before even reading Wolfsbane I looked it up and saw that the cover for the third novel was out and that's when I found out.

Bloodrose by Andrea Cremer was set to be released January 2012, just mere months after the release of the second. I thought it was mistake but then it was confirmed that the release date was true and I thought to myself that it was over. I don't know what happened, if she previously wrote all three books and they were just now getting published or if she rushed through them but that kind of killed it for me. 

I have this thing with authors not taking their time writing books. To me a book should be properly done and not rushed through. When I see an author writing two books per year it freaks me out because I wonder if they're really doing it for the story or for the money. For some authors it does work such as Ellen Hopkins. She writes an adult novel and young adult novel a year and when we read it it's amazing. But the thing is, she writes in free verse. It doesn't take long to do and yet she does her research and her studying and it shows in the work. Yet we see Cassandra Clare releasing two books per month and the result is one such as City of Fallen Angels which was the shortest book and something that shouldn't have ever been published. It just felt like an excuse for more of Clary and Jace make-out scenes.

But when I recently got Bloodrose I saw that it was bigger than the other two and I thought maybe she it might redeem herself and that I shouldn't give up on it. Perhaps it'll have the same BAM as the first one and give me something that I actually want. But I won't exactly know until I start reading it.

And so with this I leave you guys here. What do you guys think of these novels? Give me your thoughts on them and let me know if you think authors should take their time with their writing. 

I also would like to say that I respect every author and would never say anything to bash them. If I'm against something it would be their work and not them as a person. I am a fan of Cassandra Clare and even though I might not like City of Fallen Angels I still like her other work. The same goes for Andrea Cremer. Even if I didn't enjoy Wolfsbane as much as Nightshade I will still go into Bloodrose with hopes that it'll get to me and enjoy any other work she releases. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Cover Reveal: City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

Today a book we have all been waiting for finally shown its cover to us. We've been waiting for a few months and finally after much anticipation it's here. I present to you, City of Lost Souls.

But something doesn't feel right about it. A lot of people are going on about how amazing it looks yet to me it's a bit of a let down. 

City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare is Book 5 in The Mortal Instruments Series and continues the story of Clary and Jace's love along with the rest of the cast. I'm sure you all know the story so there's no need to get into it. What I will get into is my thoughts on this cover.

I'm not liking it. Yes I like the concept of it following the others, I like the theme color which is the purple but I'm not liking the Clary and Jace on the cover. First off how they're facing each other and are (to me) bigger than anyone else on the other covers kind of ruins it for me. It feels too romance-like and too cheesy for my taste. Also, and my friend pointed this one out, the colors clash. Her dress and her hair. Yeah I get it she's a redhead but they seem to make her a weird type of redhead which I've never seen before. Almost pinkish orangeish. But that's not the problem. My friend was talking about her dress and how it clashes with her hair. I said they should have put her in black which would've been better. And going back to how they're facing each other, it would've been better if they were facing forward. Like the others but hey. 

There's more to why I don't really like the cover but I just can't think of it right now. (Being sick and all) I just had to show you all the newest cover and talk about how far away the book is. >.>

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Top 11 Books/Series of 2011

Hello again! This post I'll show you guys the Top 11 Books/Series that I read in the year 2011. I don't think they'll be in much of an order but who knows. I still haven't chosen my Top 11 and am doing it as I go. And the reason I'm doing Books/Series is because if I chose only books, one particular author would have the whole list to herself. But let us begin!

  • Everything by Ellen Hopkins
  1. Crank
  2. Glass
  3. Fallout
  4. Triangles
  5. Identical
  6. Burned
  7. Impulse
  8. Perfect
  9. Tricks
  10. Flirtin' With The Monster 
  • Darkest Powers Series by Kelley Armstrong
  1. The Summoning 
  2. The Awakening
  3. The Reckoning
  • The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
  1. The Maze Runner
  2. The Scorch Trials
  3. The Death Cure
  • Gone Series by Michael Grant
  1. Gone
  2. Hunger
  3. Lies
  4. Plague
  • Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
  • The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks
  1. The Way of Shadows
  2. Shadow's Edge
  • The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick

And there you have it! My Top 11 Books/Series of the year 2011. The only one that is in order is Ellen Hopkins. She ruled the year 2011 for me and it was unbelievable! I got to meet her and everything and she's just up there with Queen Rowling. But before I leave you all, let's get down with some facts of 2011.

Books Read In Total: 56
Pages Read In Total: 22,400
Longest Time To Read A Book: Shadow's Edge by Brent Weeks - June 28 to August 8
Shortest Time To Read A Book: It's A Multiple Tie Between
  1. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen - January 12 to January 13
  2. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong - March 20 to March 21
  3. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong - March 24 to March 25
  4. Crank by Ellen Hopkins - May 8 to May 9
Longest Book I Read: Glass by Ellen Hopkins - 681 Pages
Shortest Book I Read: Flirtin' With The Monster by Ellen Hopkins - 180 Pages
Most Books I Read Of The Same Author:  Ellen Hopkins

And there you have it! The year 2011 is now officially over and 2012 has started with a bang. I'll be tucking this page into a box so that next year I can compare the two and see how good I've gotten. But it's crazy recording the books you've read and what time because some books I thought I read in 2010 and then I remembered things that happened on that day. It's amazing what I can remember just by looking at a page. But I'll see you all later. It's time for me to read some books and be epic! Bye everyone! 

Books Read In 2011

Hello everyone! I've missed you all! The past few weeks have been crazy with the final days of college and then work had me working on Holidays until night because people love shopping and it's all been just so crazy. But I am back once more and this time it's going to be bigger than ever. 

Last year I promised you that my list would be in order from the books that I read and they are! I have a list that I made where I wrote down the book, number of pages, date I started and date I finished. My challenge this year was to read 50 books. I got up to 56 and would've gotten more if it weren't for work getting in the way. This year I don't exactly plan on doing a book challenge. It would be amazing to reach another 50 but I won't set up a planned goal. But let's get ready for the books. 

The format will go as;

Title, Author - Pages - Date Start/Date Finish - . After all of this another post will be put up with a bunch of information including My Top 11 Books of 2011. Shall we begin with the list though?

  1. Sapphique, Catherine Fisher - 462 Pages - January 1/January 7
  2. (ARC) Laney, Joann Martin Sowles - 285 Pages - January 7/January 12
  3. Flipped, Wendelin Van Draanen - 212 Pages - January 12/January 13
  4. The World of Ice and Stars, Mark Whiteway - 306 Pages - January 13/January 23
  5. Behind Green Glass, Amanda Von Hoffmann - 184 Pages - January 23/January 25
  6. The Magician's Nephew, C.S. Lewis - 221 Pages - January 26/January 28
  7. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis - 206 Pages - January 28/January 31
  8. The Horse and His Boy, C.S. Lewis - 241 Pages - January 31/February 7
  9. Prince Caspian, C.S. Lewis - 238 Pages - February 7/February 14
  10. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis - 271 Pages - February 14/February 17
  11. The Silver Chair, C.S. Lewis. - 257 Pages - February 17/February 23
  12. The Last Battle, C.S. Lewis - 228 Pages - February 23/February 25
  13. Crescendo, Becca Fitzpatrick - 427 Pages - February 25/ March 1
  14. Firelight, Sophie Jordan - 323 Pages - March 1/March 4
  15. Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green & David Levithan - 310 Pages - March 4/March 6
  16. Nightshade, Andrea Cremer - 452 Pages - March 6/March 11
  17. Matched, Ally Condie - 366 Pages - March 11/March 16
  18. Fat Vampire, Adam Rex - 324 Pages - March 16/March 20
  19. The Summoning, Kelley Armstrong - 390 Pages - March 20/March 21
  20. The Awakening. Kelley Armstrong - 357 Pages - March 21/March 24
  21. The Reckoning, Kelley Armstrong - 391 Pages - March 24/March 25
  22. (ARC) The Emerald Atlas, John Stephens - 417 Pages - March 25/March 31
  23. Dragon Rider, Cornelia Funke - 523 Pages - March 31/April 7
  24. City of Fallen Angels, Cassandra Clare - 424 Pages - April 7/April 12
  25. (ARC) Noah Barleywater Runs Away, John Boyne - 222 Pages - April 28/May 8
  26. Crank, Ellen Hopkins - 537 Pages - May 8/May 9
  27. Glass, Ellen Hopkins - 681 Pages - May 9/May 13
  28. Fallout, Ellen Hopkins - 663 Pages - May 13/May 17
  29. The Gathering, Kelley Armstrong - 359 Pages - May 17/May 22
  30. Charlotte's Web, E. B. White - 184 Pages - May 23/May 26
  31. Divergent, Veronica Roth - 487 Pages - May 26/June 1
  32. The Way of Shadows, Brent Weeks - 645 Pages - June 1/June 28
  33. Shadow's Edge, Brent Weeks - 636 Pages - June 28/August 8
  34. (ARC) Triangles, Ellen Hopkins - 533 Pages - June 29/ July 1
  35. The Maze Runner, James Dashner - 374 Pages - July 1/July 13
  36. In My Dreams, Cameo Renae - 242 Pages - July 13/July 19
  37. The Scorch Trials, James Dashner - 360 Pages - July 21/August 2
  38. The Book of General Ignorance, John Lloyd & John Mitchinson - 252 Pages - July 25/July 29
  39. (ARC) The Unwanteds, Lisa McMann - 390 Pages - August 8/August 11
  40. Starstruck, Cyn Balog - 244 Pages - August 11/August 13
  41. Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2, Various Authors - 633 Pages - August 13/August 26
  42. Identical, Ellen Hopkins - 565 Pages - August 26/August 30
  43. Burned, Ellen Hopkins - 531 Pages - August 30/September 1
  44. Impulse, Ellen Hopkins - 666 Pages - September 1/September 5
  45. The Gray Wolf Throne, Cinda Williams Chima - 517 Pages - September 5/October 12
  46. Perfect, Ellen Hopkins - 622 Pages - September 14/September 19
  47. The Hidden Sun, J. Lloyd Morgan - 345 Pages - September 19/October 1
  48. Tricks, Ellen Hopkins - 625 Pages - September 28/October 7
  49. Flirtin' With the Monster, Ellen Hopkins - 180 Pages - October 3/October 5
  50. Vanish, Sophie Jordan - 294 Pages - October 12/October 17
  51. The Death Cure, James Dashner - 324 Pages - October 17/October 22
  52. Gone, Michael Grant - 558 Pages - October 22/November 3
  53. Hunger, Michael Grant - 590 Pages - November 3/November 22
  54. Lies, Michael Grant - 447 Pages - November 22/December 1
  55. Plague, Michael Grant - 492 Pages - December 1/December 7
  56. Wolfsbane, Andrea Cremer - 390 Pages - December 7/December 22
And there we have it. The 56 books I read this year. Hopefully I'll read another 50 this year with all the books I have in my To Be Read Pile. Leave your links down below to your list and I'll check them out. =D
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