Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Sunday Post #4

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
It's a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things you received, share news about what is coming up on your blog for the week ahead, and more.

This Past Week On The Blog
Coming Soon
Children's Book Review: Art & Max by David Wiesner
Children's Book Review Roundup #2
Book Review: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Books I Finished This Week

New Children's Books We Read This Week

What I'm Currently Reading

City of Thirst  (#2) by Carrie Ryan and John Parke Davis
I didn't get very far with this one. My husband likes when I read this aloud during our family 'play time' in the nursery so I'm only on chapter 5. I've got a few other library books to finish in the next week though so I think I am going to read it and bookmark the best parts to read to him and our daughter when he's home. 

The Inn Between by Marina Cohen
I just started this one. It's described as 'The Shining' meets 'Hotel California' but it's middle grade so I don't think it's going to get 'The Shining' crazy/scary. We'll see how it goes. 


Feel free to leave a link to your Sunday Post so I can return the visit! 

January 2016 Wrap Up

January 2016

I love January. Clean slate and eager to read. Bout of Books read-a-thon. A whole year ahead of us! I'm off to a good start this year. I'm excited about so many new books and am pushing myself to finish some series so I can start some new ones. And there are so many book to movie adaptations coming out soon that I need to get around to! 

Books I Read

Pages: 2648

Started but haven't finish

Challenge Progress

and a close up of that cluster in Europe:

New Places Visited

(Pride and Prejudice and Zombies)

(The House of Hades)
Apenine Mountains, Italy
Bologna, Italy
Venice, Italy
Adriatic Sea
Diocletian's Palace, Split, Croatia
Valletta, Malta
Ionian Sea
Epirus, Greece

(The Blood of Olympus)
Ithaca, Greece
Mount Vesuvius, Italy
Pompeii, Italy
Kladeos River, Greece (cannot find on GMaps)
Evora, Portugal
Olympia, Greece
Pylos, Greece
Sparta, Greece
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Buford, South Carolina
Mykonos, Greece
Delos, Greece
Epidaurus, Greece
Piraeus, Greece
Athens, Greece
Long Island, New York

(City of Thirst)

(Madame Bovary)
Rouen, France
Tostes, France
Vassonville, France


Fantasy books read in January:

Woohoo! 6 books towards my goal of 10! I'm going to have to knock my goal up to at least 20! 


Series Finished:

The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan


The Books of Beginning by John Stephens


Books Read:

The Adventures of Lettie Peppercorn by Sam Gayton

These children's books are really helping me get my percentage back up but I'm not counting them towards my goal of 10 books for the year.  We just enjoy reading them. You can see my reviews for them in my
Children's Books Review Roundup


I read 32 picture books in January and reviewed 16 of them on Goodreads. 

See all the picture books I read HERE.


How did you guys do on your goals this month? What was your favorite book? 

'It's New To Me' Series Starter Challenge

This is a brand new challenge created and hosted by Lisa Loves Literature

You can find out more about the rules and levels of this challenge and sign up HERE

I wish I would have seen this new challenge sooner! If I'm quick, I can at least get it posted in January! 

I feel a little ridiculous joining in on this challenge because one of my main goals for this year is to finish more series but I can't stay away from all the shiny new ones! I've already started one new series (Throne of Glass) and plan on starting a few others as well. If I finish more series then I can start even more series! It's a problem, I know, but that's why we are here! 

Because we are 'exploring' new territory, Lisa has named each level after a NASA manned space mission.

I already had a goal to start at least 4 new series so I'm going with

New Series I Plan to Read in 2016

Does this one count if I just finished it within a day of finding this challenge? 

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard by Rick Riordan

I just finished The Heroes of Olympus series and I'm not too happy that I'd have to wait until after October to read the 2nd book in this series but I have a library copy right now so I might as well read it! 

The Original Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks

The Queen of the Tearling Trilogy by Erika Johansen

The Darkest Minds Trilogy by Alexandra Bracken

And a couple more that I might get around to if I have the time: