2015 releases I didn’t read

Top Ten

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted at the Broke and the Bookish blog. Each week a different topic is introduced and it is fun to see what everyone writes each week. Check out their blog for more information.

This week we talk about the 2015 releases I didn’t read. These were all on my list and are books I hoped to read at some point in 2015. Some of the books I already own; others I still have to get.

 

golden-sun

Golden Son by Pierce Brown

the-fold

The Fold by Peter Clines

time-salvager

Time Salvager by Wesley Chu

dark-orbit

Dark Orbit by Carolyn Ives Gilman

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The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milan

the-fifth-season

The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin

hallow-point

Hallow Point by Ari Marmell

walk-on-earth-a stranger

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

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Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

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Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

What 2015 books didn’t you read?

Sunday Post: Jan 10

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last Week–home and blog

New York City

A short week, since we leave Thursday evening to start our trip to NYC. I’m writing this before the trip to NYC so I can schedule my Sunday Post. We’re planning to go to the theater on Saturday night and to do a lot of stuff with our son the rest of the time. Can’t wait!

I’ve been busy getting some things done around the house as well as on my blog. Thursday has come much too fast!

Television

A bit of TV watching this week. I don’t remember any particular shows! Check out the link below to the Tor.com site about 10 genre shows premiering in January.

The blog

I’m still working on some end-of-year posts as well as posts for the new year. I was working on my 2015 challenge post (talking about how I did with my challenges last year) when I realized I hadn’t written sign-up posts or even really decided what challenges I want to do this year.

So I spent the rest of the blog time this week getting sign-up posts completed and linking them to the host blogs. I also did a post showing all the challenges I’m taking part in on one post with my goals for each challenge. Then I completed pages for each challenge where I will be keeping track of the books I read for that challenge.

The challenge I’m most excited about is the Sci-Fi/Fantasy Bingo Book Challenge–mainly because the bingo card is so awesome! (The bingo card was created by Greg Lindahl and I found the challenge on the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog.)

Blog posts

What I’m reading

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy 

What I read last week

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

NetGalley

  • None

Library books

  • None

E-books

Audiobooks

  • None

Around the Internet

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New season of Agent Carter starts in January

From Tor.com — “Don’t Miss These Ten Genre Shows Premiering in January”

Next Week–home & blog

We get home on Sunday night and then have another short week as we are heading to Iowa for the Martin Luther King three-day weekend.

We have a very busy year ahead of us. My husband has decided to take early retirement later this year and we are planning to move to Iowa. This next weekend house hunting.

Blog posts

  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • 2015 reading challenges–how’d I do?
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

My reading challenges

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I really enjoy reading challenges. I love a challenge I have to work to complete. They also help me try new authors I might not read otherwise, listen to more audiobooks, read more of my TBR pile. I don’t change the types of books I read so much as try to see if I can find more that might help me complete a challenge.

I’m signing up for five challenges I’ve done before and two new challenges. Last year I signed up eight challenges. This year I have one less challenge, but I may decide to sign up for one or two more next week!

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My Reading Challenges–2016

I am planning to participate in the following year-long reading challenges in 2016 (each challenge is linked to the page on my blog where I will list the books I read and where you can find more information about the challenge):

Audiobook Challenge

  • I’m challenging myself to listen to 20 – 30 audiobooks

Cloak and Dagger Challenge

  • I’m challenging myself to read 31+ mysteries

Goodreads Challenge

  • I’m challenging myself to read 100 books

New Author Challenge

  • I’m challenging myself to read at least 30 new authors

New Release Challenge

  • I’m challenging myself to read 31 to 45 new releases

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Bingo

  • I’m challenging myself to complete at least one bingo or fill in 10 random squares.

TBR Pile Challenge

  • I’m challenging myself to read 31 – 40 TBR books

Are you planning to do any reading challenges this year?

 

2016 Audiobook Challenge

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This challenge is hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs.

2016 Audiobook Challenge

I participated in this reading challenge in 2014 and 2015. listened to 17 audiobooks, but had challenged myself to 20 -30 audiobooks. I did listen to a couple more than in 2014 so that’s good.

Goals

I’m challenging myself  to the same number as last year–a Binge Listener (20-30 audiobooks).
Updates will be posted every six months and there will be giveaways then, too.

Audio Resources

Audible.com

Audiobooks.com

Downpour.com

Tantor.com

Ambling Books

Free Audio Resources

Overdrive through your local library

Audiobook Jukebox audios for review

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Do you listen to audiobooks? Whether you do or don’t, this is a great challenge to encourage you to listen to more audiobooks.

2016 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

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This reading challenge is hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and Barb @ Booker T’s Farm

2016 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

I kind of participated in this challenge last year–meaning that I signed up for it and continued to list mysteries I read throughout the year, but I didn’t link any of mysteries after the first month or so. And when the challenge was abandoned by the blogger who hosted it last year I didn’t switch the challenge over to Stormi’s blog. (Sorry about that, Stormi. I meant to, but didn’t get it done.)

Goal

Anyway, I did read quite a few mysteries last year–28 mysteries in 2015. I hope to read a few more this year and have some lined up so I’m going to try the Special Agent level — 31+ books.

Other Details

I will try to link my reviews in the monthly link up. There are also giveaways at the halfway mark and at the end of the year.

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What challenges are you participating in this year?

2016 New Release Challenge

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2016 New Release Challenge

The 2016 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2016. The hosts for the New Release Challenge are Lexxie at Unconventional Book Views and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!

There will be monthly update posts that you can link to, and each quarter – at the end of March, end of June, end of September and in December, there will be a giveaway with the update as well.

A new release challenge is a new challenge for me though I did read 36 new releases in 2015. I am challenging myself to read 31 – 45 new releases–New Release Veteran. I’m hoping to read more than 36 new releases.

There is a quarterly giveaway so I will try to link up my reviews at least quarterly though there will also be a chance to link up reviews each month. Linking up is not mandatory which is good for me since I’m not very good at remembering to do these posts!

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Have you signed up for any reading challenges this year?

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

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For the third year in a row I ‘m participating in the TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Bookish Lifesyle. This is Bookish Lifestyle’s 5th Annual TBR Pile Reading Challenge!

I’m a bit behind with my Reading Challenge posts this year since this is my first sign-up post. I plan to post all my 2016 reading challenge posts by the end of the week with a post listing all my reading challenges.

My Goal

In 2015 I challenged myself to read 31-40 TBR books. I completed the challenged by reading 36 books from my TBR books. I’m going to challenge myself to the same number of books this year–31-40 Sweet Summer Fling.

The rest of the challenge

I don’t think I will have time to participate in the TBR Pile Book Club. I will try to post a wrap-up post every other month, but I didn’t manage to do that in 2015 so I may have trouble with that again. Since I participate in quite a few challenges it’s hard to remember all the different interim posts. I do a pretty good job of keeping track of all my challenges by creating a separate page on my blog for each of them. I update each page each time I review a book that matches that challenge.

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What challenges are you participating in this year?

January books on my list

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Each month I write about the books I’ve noticed and think might be good. Sometimes they’re from favorite authors and sometimes new author strikes my fancy.

I don’t buy all the books (not during the month they’re released at least)–since I already have way too many books to read. I’m trying to limit the new books I buy each month to the ones I’m going to read soon.

But the list I make each month helps me not forget books. The Goodreads links help me keep track of these books.

And I hope people reading my post may find some new books, too! I also hope they will point me toward books I missed. I have quite a few good-sounding books this month! Always exciting!

Jan 1

This sounds interesting and I like mysteries set in the UK.

a-tangled-threadA Tangled Thread: A Family Mystery Set in England and Scotland

by Anthea Fraser

Series: Unknown

Published by Severn House

Genre: Mystery

192 pages

Synopsis: Three separate families. Three different tales of loss. But a tangled thread binds them together . . .” 

Three widely separated households one in Scotland, one in the north of England and one in the south have known the pain of losing a loved one; losses which, over the years, have shaped the characters of those left behind. But it takes the untimely and suspicious death of Martin Petrie, a stranger from the Scottish Borders mowed down in a hit and run, to untangle the threads that will draw them together in ways they could never have imagined, with results that are far-reaching and fatal.

Jan 5

Sounds like an interesting beginning to a new series.

city-of-lightCity of Light

by Keri Arthur

Series: Outcast #1

Published by Signet

Genre: Urban Fantasy

343 pages

Synopsis: When the bombs that stopped the species war tore holes in the veil between this world and the next, they allowed entry to the Others—demons, wraiths, and death spirits who turned the shadows into their hunting grounds. Now, a hundred years later, humans and shifters alike live in artificially lit cities designed to keep the darkness at bay….

As a déchet—a breed of humanoid super-soldiers almost eradicated by the war—Tiger has spent her life in hiding. But when she risks her life to save a little girl on the outskirts of Central City, she discovers that the child is one of many abducted in broad daylight by a wraith-like being—an impossibility with dangerous implications for everyone on earth.

Because if the light is no longer enough to protect them, nowhere is safe…

I read the first book in this series and though I had some problems with it I love the setting (Maine) and that it’s a police procedural.

the-girl-she-left-behindThe Girl She Left Behind

by Sarah Graves

Series: Lizzie Snow #2

Published by Bantam

Genre: Mystery (police procedural)

272 pages

Synopsis: Sure to thrill readers of Jenny Milchman, Linda Castillo, and Lisa Gardner, The Girls She Left Behind marks the return of ex–Boston homicide detective Lizzie Snow, the new sheriff’s deputy in Maine’s Great North Woods.

For Lizzie Snow, the ice and snow of her first punishing North Woods winter are dreadful enough. But near the small town of Bearkill a stubborn forest fire now rages out of control, and as embers swirl dangerously in the smoke-filled air, a teenage girl with a history of running away has dropped out of sight again. The locals and the law both think Tara Wylie is up to her old tricks—until her mother receives a terrifying text message.

Equally disturbing: Henry Gemerle—a kidnapper and rapist who once held three girls prisoner for fifteen years—has escaped, and may be lurking in Bearkill. As the fire closes in, Lizzie teams up with her boss Sheriff Cody Chevrier and state cop Dylan Hudson to search for the missing girl and the wily fugitive. But they’re blocked by Tara’s mother, a frustrating teller of needless lies and keeper of dark, incomprehensible secrets.

Following a trail of grisly clues—a bloodstained motel room, a makeshift coffin in a shallow grave—Lizzie is drawn ever closer to the flames in her race to save an innocent and corner a monster. Someone else also wants to find Tara Wylie and Henry Gemerle, though, for reasons that have nothing to do with mercy or justice. And when they all meet, the inferno threatening Bearkill will pale in comparison to the hell that’s about to break loose.

This is the second in the series and I haven’t read the first, but it sounds like it might be a good. Although the title makes me think of a horror movie title!

nothing-bad-is-going-to-happenNothing Bad is Going to Happen

by Kathleen Hale

Series: No One Else Can Have You #2

Published by Harper Teen

Genre: YA Mystery

272 pages

Synopsis: Just when you thought it was safe to go back to Friendship, Wisconsin…

After catching her best friend’s murderer a few months ago, Kippy thought the worst was over. Then she found her boyfriend at home, barely breathing and clinging to life. The sheriff insists it was a suicide attempt, but Kippy refuses to believe it. Given everything that’s happened to her, she wonders if something more sinister is going on. Without any evidence, no one will listen to her—except maybe her former nemesis. But in a town where everyone has their secrets and a next-door neighbor could be a serial killer, you take all the help you can get.

Even more shocking and thrilling than its critically acclaimed predecessor, Nothing Bad Is Going to Happen is another clever, riotous dark comedy from Kathleen Hale that finds the perfect balance between the humor and horror.

I like the cover for this book. It looks like a good book to read in the winter!

kingdom-comeKingdom Come

by Jane Jensen

Series: Elizabeth Harris Mystery

Published by Berkley

Genre: Mystery

304 pages

Synopsis: Amish country in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, has always been a place of quiet beauty—until a shocking murder shatters the peace, and leaves a troubled detective picking up the pieces…

After her husband is murdered, Detective Elizabeth Harris turns in her NYPD badge and moves back home, hoping that a quiet life in remote Pennsylvania Dutch country will help her overcome the dark memories of her ten years in New York. But when a beautiful, scantily clad “English” girl is found dead in the barn of a prominent Amish family, Elizabeth knows that she’s uncovered an evil that could shake the community to its core.

Elizabeth’s boss is convinced this was the work of an “English,” as outsiders are called in Lancaster County. But Elizabeth isn’t so sure. All she’s missing is an actual lead—until another body is found: this time, a missing Amish girl. Now Elizabeth must track down a killer with deep ties to a community that always protects its own—no matter how deadly the cost…

This sounds a little like steampunk with cons and thefts, maybe a revolution or a crusade!

steal-the-skySteal the Sky

by Megan E. O’Keefe

Series: The Scorched Continent #1

Published by Angry Robot

Genre: Fantasy

448 pages

Synopsis: Detan Honding, a wanted conman of noble birth and ignoble tongue, has found himself in the oasis city of Aransa. He and his trusted companion Tibs may have pulled off one too many cons against the city’s elite and need to make a quick escape. They set their sights on their biggest heist yet—the gorgeous airship of the exiled commodore Thratia.

But in the middle of his scheme, a face changer known as a doppel starts murdering key members of Aransa’s government. The sudden paranoia makes Detan’s plans of stealing Thratia’s ship that much harder. And with this sudden power vacuum, Thratia can solidify her power and wreak havoc against the Empire. But the doppel isn’t working for Thratia and has her own intentions. Did Detan accidentally walk into a revolution and a crusade? He has to be careful—there’s a reason most people think he’s dead. And if his dangerous secret gets revealed, he has a lot more to worry about than a stolen airship.

Jan 12

A fantasy adventure with pirates! Tor started publishing a number of novellas and short novels a few months ago.

the-drowning-eyesThe Drowning Eyes”

by Emily Foster

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Fantasy Novella

144 pages

Synopsis: When the Dragon Ships began to tear through the trade lanes and ravage coastal towns, the hopes of the arichipelago turned to the Windspeakers on Tash. The solemn weather-shapers with their eyes of stone can steal the breeze from raiders’ sails and save the islands from their wrath. But the Windspeakers’ magic has been stolen, and only their young apprentice Shina can bring their power back and save her people.

Tazir has seen more than her share of storms and pirates in her many years as captain, and she’s not much interested in getting involved in the affairs of Windspeakers and Dragon Ships. Shina’s caught her eye, but that might not be enough to convince the grizzled sailor to risk her ship, her crew, and her neck.

Another cover I really like and an interesting sounding mystery.

the-necessary-murder-of-nonie-blakeThe Necessary Murder of Nonie Blake

by Terry Shames

Series: Samuel Craddock #5

Published by Seventh Street

Genre: Mystery (police procedural)

270 pages

Synopsis: “She was a dangerous girl and people think she’ll be a dangerous woman.” Nonie Blake is back home from a mental institution where she has spent the last twenty years, and people in Jarrett Creek are worried. Maybe too worried, for within a week of her return, Nonie is murdered.

Sheriff Samuel Craddock thinks the only possible suspects are members of her tight-lipped family. Ever since Nonie tried to kill her sister when she was fourteen and was sent away to the institution, the family has kept to itself.

Clues are scarce and Craddock is stumped. So he checks with therapists at the mental hospital to see whether they can add anything useful to his investigation. But he discovers that she has not been there for ten years. Now Craddock has to find out where Nonie has been all this time.

Soon the sheriff finds himself dealing not only with murder but layers of deception, a long-held family secret, blackmail, and in the midst of it all–a new deputy sheriff, one Maria Hernandez, sent by the state to beef up security in the small Texas town.

Jan 19

I have the first book in this series and hope to read it soon.

brooklyn-on-fireBrooklyn on Fire

by Lawrence H. Levy

Series: Mary Handley Mystery #2

Published by Broadway Books

Genre: Historical Mystery

352 pages

Synopsis: After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Department, Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right. And when Emily Worsham shows up at her new office— convinced her uncle John Worsham was murdered and desperate for answers—Mary’s second assignment begins.

As she investigates the curious circumstances surrounding John’s death, Mary soon finds herself entangled in a high-stakes family scandal, a series of interconnected murders, political corruption, untrustworthy sources, and an unexpected romance with a central member of New York’s elite.

Featuring historic figures like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilt family, Brooklyn on Fire takes Mary on a wild journey from New York City to North Carolina to uncover not only the truth of one man’s death, but to unravel the mystery in three murders – with links tied perilously close to her own personal world.

Jan 26

Sounds like a mix of fantasy and science fiction. About two people who come at problems from opposite sides–science and magic.

all-the-birds-in-the-skyAll the Birds in the Sky

by Charlie Jane Anders

Series: Unknown

Published by Tor Books

Genre: Fantasy/Science Fiction/Dystopia

320 pages

Synopsis: Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn’t expect to see each other again, after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during high school. After all, the development of magical powers and the invention of a two-second time machine could hardly fail to alarm one’s peers and families.

But now they’re both adults, living in the hipster mecca San Francisco, and the planet is falling apart around them. Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention into the changing global climate. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s ever-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together–to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

A deeply magical, darkly funny examination of life, love, and the apocalypse.

Of course, I haven’t read the first book yet, but I hope to!

city-of-bladesCity of Blades

by Robert Jackson Bennett

Series: The Divine Cities #2

Published by Broadway Books

Genre: Fantasy

464 pages

Synopsis: The city of Voortyashtan was once the domain of the goddess of death, war, and destruction, but now it’s little more than a ruin. General Turyin Mulaghesh is called out of retirement and sent to this hellish place to try to find a Saypuri secret agent who’s gone missing in the middle of a mission, but the city of war offers countless threats: not only have the ghosts of her own past battles followed her here, but she soon finds herself wondering what happened to all the souls that were trapped in the afterlife when the Divinities vanished. Do the dead sleep soundly in the land of death? Or do they have plans of their own?

I don’t know if I like this cover! But I think it’s also funny and it sounds like the novella is funny, too. I have the first novella in the series and hope to read it soon.

lustlocked“Lustlocked”

by Matt Wallace

Series: Sin du Jour #2

Published by Tor.com

Genre: Fantasy Novella

224 pages

Synopsis: The staff of New York’s premier supernatural catering company, has their work cut out for them in this outrageous follow-up to Envy of Angels.

Love is in the air at Sin du Jour.

The Goblin King (yes, that one) and his Queen are celebrating the marriage of their son to his human bride. Naturally the celebrations will be legendary.

But when desire and magic mix, the results can be unpredictable.

Our heroes are going to need more than passion for the job to survive the catering event of the decade!

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The books I plan to get (and hopefully read) soon:

  • Steal the Sky by Megan E. O’Keefe
  • “The Drowning Eyes” by Emily Foster

What books are you excited about this month?

Sunday Post: Jan 3

Sunday-Post

This is a great meme to take part in every week and I thank Kimba for hosting it!

I like this meme because it gives me an opportunity to take a look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also like to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Last Week–home and bloghappy new year

New year 2016!

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
And next year’s words await another voice.

― T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

My husband and I went out to dinner on New Year’s Eve, but we were home early and in bed before midnight!

Television

We caught up on TV shows we hadn’t watched in the last couple of weeks. We also watched all the episodes of The Expanse that are available now and watched the science fiction mini series Childhood’s End which aired in mid December on the Syfy channel. It was adapted from the book by Arthur C. Clarke.

The blog

I’m working on end-of-year posts as well as posts for the new year. I even made an infographic to illustrate my reading summary for 2015. I still have a number of reviews to post for books I read in 2015.

Blog posts

What I’m reading

 Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs

What I read last week

Death in a Red Canvas Chair by N. A. Granger

Radiance by Grace Draven

New–Books, E-books, NetGalley, Audiobooks–purchased or free or from library

Fire Touched by Paricia Briggs

Dreaming Death by J. Kathleen Cheney

Library books

None

E-books

Second Street Station by Lawrence H. Levy

Born in a Burial Gown by Mike Craven

Envy of Angels by Matt Wallace

 Audiobooks

The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan

Next Week–home & blog

We’re going to New York City to visit our son and see a few theater shows at the end of the week. We’re looking forward to that. But I have quite a bit to do to get ready. We’re taking the train round trip so that will be fun.

Blog posts

  • January books on my list
  • Top Ten Tuesday
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • 2015 reading challenges–how’d I do?
  • 2016 reading challenges
  • Sunday Post

What did you do last week? What books did you collect? What are you planning?

2015 reading summary

Infographic

My 2015 reading summary is on an infographic this year. I decided to make an infographic, because one of my goals with my blog is to learn new technologies for my blog. This is the first infographic I’ve made and it was fun and quite easy to make using the Piktochart site. There are tutorials and templates which make it quite easy and they even offer to chat with you and help you if you need it. The hardest part was trying to decide what information to include and then how to show it. I hope to make more infographics in the future.

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Did the infographic work?

According to Wikipedia, “Information Graphics or Infographics are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.” What do you think? Was the infographic a success?

One thing I worry about making an infographic like this is whether the graphic is too big and makes the page load slowly. Please do let me know if the page seems to load slowly on your computer.

Have you ever made infographics for your blog? What do you think–are they worth creating?