Thursday, April 30

Book Review: Shadow

Title: Shadow

Author: Amanda Sun

Pages: Ebook 77

Summary: Meet two teens whose worlds are about to change forever in this paranormal Young Adult novella, a prequel to Ink by debut author Amanda Sun…

Katie Greene’s worst nightmare comes true when her mother dies, and she’s devastated to learn that she will have to leave the only home she’s ever known. Desperate to find where she belongs, she must decide if she has what it takes to start a new life across the ocean. For Yuu Tomohiro, every day is a nightmare. He struggles to control his strange ability, and keeps everyone at a distance so they won’t get hurt—even his girlfriend, Myu. At night, a shadow haunts his dreams, and a mysterious woman torments him with omens of death and destruction. But these haunting premonitions are only the beginning…

My Rating: 7/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the short story, it was a very good lead into the first book and helped build some character development around Tomohiro and Katie.

It's a quick read, and while I don't think it's necessary to read this one before Ink, it does help bridge a few plot points together and gives you a better understanding on who the characters are and opens up the book on what's to come - basically it gives the first book added depth. Overall, a good short story.

Would I recommend it to read: I would. I'm not sure if it's best to read the first book first and go back to this prequel like I did, or read this then the series in the proper order. But, it does help add some development to the characters in the story.

What to read next: Ink, Rain (Books one and two in the series)

Challenges: 100+ Books challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge, Ultimate Canadian Book Challenge

Tuesday, April 28

Book Review: Saltsea

Title: Saltsea

Author: David Helwig

Pages :EBook 193

Summary: A lovely, meditative novel, a story about memory, and about how what once was continues to affect what is and what will be. It is the story of a place -- a hotel on the shores of Prince Edward Island, of the family that used to own it, and the people who have been its caretakers.

My Rating: 6 /10

What I liked/disliked about the book: While I enjoyed the writing style, it pulled me in from the start, the characterization and overall story didn't connect well with me, which put me off the book.

I loved the style of writing, it was lyrical and helped set the scene of the book and added to the setting of PEI, Canada. I enjoyed that aspect of the book and that aspect of the book gave me high hopes for the rest of the story. Unfortunately, I didn't like the characters, I couldn't connect with them and found them to be bland, crude and had little development. While I did like the idea that some characters were probably, meant to be unlikeable for the story, something about them took away from the story as a whole.

I also found while I enjoyed the initial idea behind the story, it didn't seem to go anywhere in the end, and I began to get bored with the story, as it felt like it wasn't going anywhere.

Overall, I enjoyed the writing, I found the rest of the book didn't exactly connect with me.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure, while the writing was excellent, the story and its characters just didn't connect with me - and I think other readers would feel the same.

What to read next: Tide Road - it also takes place in PEI

Challenges: 100 Books challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Authors Challenge, Ultimate Canadian Book Challenge

Sunday, April 26

Book Review: The Golem and the Jinni

Title: The Golem and the Jinni

Author: Helene Wecker

Pages: Ebook 484

Summary: Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice.

My Rating: 8.25/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The book was well written and, while it was a slow moving book, that aspect is what made the book what it was. It had a great balance of both historical fiction and fantasy elements, along with a fun and memorable cast of characters. I loved the backdrop of Historic New York City, the author did a fantastic time at creating the setting. You could really see and picture the buildings, the weather and the culture of New York at the time. I also thought the scenes from the Jinni's past were incredibly well done. The author did a fantastic job with contrasting the difference between New York and the desert.

I'm still not sure which of the two creatures I like more. The Jinni was more entertaining, but the Golem had more range to the characters development. Some of the other characters were just as memorable, and the fate of one, hit me. I didn't realize how much I enjoyed that character, and while that character wasn't a major one, it was a memorable one.

I did find that, the book slowed down in the middle, while for the most part the slow moving aspect of the book worked. It did slow down more than I would have liked. I also found that certain characters didn't come together as much, I do think they needed to be in the book, but at times their roles in the book stuck out, and felt awkward.

I enjoyed the ending, it would work for both a standalone novel as well as one that could be part of the series - it was satisfying and worked well for the characters.

Overall, it was a good read - well worth reading.

Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a good read and had elements in both Historical Fiction and Fantasy. I think readers who enjoy either genre would enjoy the book. It had a lot more depth than I thought it would.

What to read next: I would try reading some of the folklore and mythology behind Golems and Jinnis.

Challenges: 100+ Book Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, Chunkster Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge

24 Readathon - Wrap-Up Post/Meme

Another readathon is done. Feels good, especially considering I haven't done one in years. I really hope I can do the October one. I went into this with no expectations whatsoever of what my outcome was, although as I neared the end, I did think it would be fun to break 1, 000 pages read, which I did. Otherwise my goal was to just read and relax, de-stress. I finished one book that I've been meaning to finish.

1. Which hour was most daunting for you?
The 10:30 - 12:30 time, (14th - 16th hours) which I dozed off a few times. I think I actually read more than I calculated during this time, but I can't remember. To be fair, it's my usual bedtime, and I did get up at my usual time. I also slept from 1:45ish - 5:30ish which was between the 17 - 21 hours)

2. Could you list a few high-interest books that you think could keep a Reader engaged for next year?

- My best advice is go to the authors you love - the ones you inhale and can't put down even if it is a big chunkster of a book. Whatever book is in that comfort zone is usually the best type of book to read. While trying new authors and genres are always a fun experience, doing it during a 24 hour read-a-thon might not be the best choice.

- Finishing off ongoing books you started before the read-a-thon is also a good idea.
If you're looking for specific titles, The Divergent short stories about Four worked well. Interesting, fast paced and I was already familiar with the characters. Fast paced books like Girl on the Train, Gone Girl and other thrillers are also usually a good choice.

3. Do you have any suggestions for how to improve the Read-a-thon next year?

Allow us to use more than one platform for cheerleaders and other readathoners to find each other. I didn't get hardly any activity on my blog but I did have activity on Twitter - I liked using both for updates, and would have liked both to be able to be the way to connect with me - if that makes since.

4. What do you think worked really well in this year’s Read-a-thon?

- Twitter was the best place, to cheer each other on and share what was happening. If I'd known about the Goodreads group sooner, that was also a good place for everyone to come together to talk and cheer each other on. I find it difficult to visit the individual blogs, but usign platforms where we are all their to chat, cheer, etc really works.

5. How many books did you read?

I read 7 books in total. (2 books prestarted, 4 short stories and 1 book I read from start to finish - which was a chunky book). I started an 8th, but didn't get far into it.

6. What were the names of the books you read?

- Two books I started before the read-a-thon
          - Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins (read 218 pages)
          - Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill (read about 110 )

- Four Short Stories
          - The Transfer - Veronica Roth - 55
          - Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth - 40
          - Four: The Son - Veronica Roth -65
          - Four: The Traitor - 45

- One book from start to finish
          - Rift in the Sky - Julie Czerneda - 434 pages

- Started the book, but did not finish
          - Exit Strategy - Kelley Armstrong - 47 pages

7. Which book did you enjoy most?

Now that is a tough one. As I really enjoyed the Divergent short stories, I think the favourite book goes to Julie Czerneda's Rift in the sky. Curse you Julie Czerneda! I know need to re-read Thousand Words for Stranger then, finish that trilogy off. I must know what happens! I need to be ready for November!

8. Which did you enjoy least?

Girl on the Train - while it finally got interesting in the second half of the book, ad the ending, ended with a bang, the book just didn't have that spark I expected.

9. If you were a Cheerleader, do you have any advice for next year’s Cheerleaders?

I had two cats cheering me on, so I'd say, less sleeping, more snuggeling, cheering, meowing anything!

10. How likely are you to participate in the Read-a-thon again? What role would you be likely to take next time?

I always mean to participate but it's usually real life getting in the way. I always enjoy being a reader. So, if time allows, then I will do it.

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 7

Currently Reading: Exit Strategy - Kelley Armstrong

Total Pages Read: 1, 014

Pages read since last update:47

Books Finished: 7 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train
- The Book of Negroes
- The Transfer - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth
- Rift in the Sky - Julie Czerneda

Cups of Coffee Consumed : 5

Hours of Reading 17 hours 15 minutes (approx)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Both are in bed fast asleep.

Other: I will do a proper final wrap up later today, for now, on to bed to have a well deserved nap.

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 6

Currently Reading: About to start Exit Strategy

Total Pages Read: 967

Pages read since last update:115

Books Finished : 7 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train,
- The Book of Negroes
- The Transfer - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth
- Rift in the Sky - Julie Czerneda
Cups of Coffee Consumed : 5.

Hours of Reading 15 hours 30 minutes (approx)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Tonks is half awake, sitting beside me. Slightly confused why I woke up early on a weekend.

Other: Slept from 1:45ish to 5:30ish. Then woke up to finish my current book. Just under an hour left, so I'm going to start one more book, see what I can accomplish by the end of the read-a-thon. Then its back to bed for a nap.

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 5

Currently Reading: Rift in the Sky by Julie Czerneda - oh is it getting good!

Total Pages Read: 852

Pages read since last update:108

Books Finished: 6 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train
- The Book of Negroes
- The Transfer - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth

Cups of Coffee Consumed: 4.

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes Consumed: 4

Hours of Reading 12 hours 30 minutes (approx)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Cats are asleep, again. Not to self, get louder, cheerleaders next year.

Other: Had a few mini nap between 10:20 - 11:20 dozed, read, etc. So not sure how accurate hours read is at this point. I have a great stopping point in by current read, or so I thought, until I read it and now I want to finish the book! 110 pages.... can I do it? (In theory, I could go to bed now, wake up at 5 and finish it, since it's a time I get up at every other day of the week. We'll see.)

Saturday, April 25

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 4

Currently Reading: Rift in the Sky by Julie Czerneda

Total Pages Read: 744

Pages read since last update: 211

Books Finished : 6 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train,
 - The Book of Negroes
 - The Transfer - Veronica Roth
 - Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
 - Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth

Cups of Coffee Consumed : About to have my fourth, it's brewing now.

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes Consumed: 4

Hours of Reading : 9 hours 30 minutes (approx)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Lupin has stolen my chair, I went to get a glass of water and he stole my spot.

Tonks is trying to figure out how to get on to the fireplace, or into the entertainment cabinet, or chase some unseen/unknown force only she can see.

My fiance, joined me for an entire 15 minutes and then got distracted. He's now singing, some song, from some musical (Or Xena the TV show....?!?)

Other: Getting tired, this is getting close to my usual bed time. I likely won't make it the full 24 hours, but I should be able to make it until midnight. Now, to get my chair back from my cat......

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 2

Currently Reading: It's between Exit Strategy and Rift in the Sky

Total Pages Read: 533

Pages read since last update: 205

Books Finished: 6 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train
- The Book of Negroes
- The Transfer - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Initiate - Veronica Roth
-Four: The Son - Veronica Roth
- Four: The Traitor - Veronica Roth

Cups of Coffee Consumed: 2 (Going to make another, I think I've earned)

Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes Consumed: 3

Hours of Reading : 6 hours 30 minutes

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Both snoring away..... still, this time with my fiancé, who has not brought me my latte I asked for!

Other: I only meant to read two of the four short stories, than read something else, but had to binge read them all. Makes me want to re-read the entire series again.

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 2

Currently Reading: Just finished my second book, will likely pick up one of the short stories about Four from Divergent.

Pages Read: 328

Books Finished : 2 (Girl on Train and Book of Negroes started before readathon)

- Girl on the Train,
-The Book of Negroes

Cups of Coffee Consumed : 2

Hours of Reading : 4 hours (apparently the first updated I calculated reading 8 - 10:30 as an hour and a half of reading, clearly I'm in need of more coffee)

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Both are napping in my bed. They aren't doing good jobs as cheerleaders, but they are tempting me to take a nap. Naps with kitten snuggles are the best.

Other: Loved the ending of The Book of Negroes, need something light now though. In the hour and a half I spend NOT reading, managed to walk to the grocery store and back, make lunch and have a light snack. Now, back to reading!

24 Hour Read-a-thon - Update 1

Currently Reading: Nothing, just finished a book.

Pages Read: 218

Books Finished: Girl on the Train

Cups of Coffee Consumed : 2

Hours of Reading : 1 hour 30 minutes

Whereabouts Personal Cheerleaders (aka the Cats, Tonks and Lupin): Lupin is sleeping on the bed, Tonks is MIA.

Other Thoughts: I enjoyed Girl on the Train, although it did take a while for me to get into the book, it did eventually pick up, It was a good choice to start off the read-a-thon. Now I need to decided which book to start on. Either finish The Book of Negroes, or start Heat Rises are the current choices. Rift in the Sky is also tempting me.

The 2015 April/ Spring Read-a-thon - Introduction Post

This will be my seventh read-a-thon. My first was the one in October 2008, which is hard to believe looking back. I recently read my first post, and all I can say is wow, how things have changed since them. I'm uh, more wise.

This will be my first read-a-thin in two years or so. Last one I participated in was October 2012! It doesn't help that my step-kids  to be, both have birthdays during both read-a-thons (or around that time), or that I've become incredibly busy. In fact, I had no real plans to actively participate in it this year, but a few things fell into place, and here I am. I found an introductory questionnaire from the last read-a-thon, so I'm using that as my introductory post, although I've added a few of my own in.

For more details on the read-a-thon see the links below

Read-a-thon Website
Read-a-thon Goodreads Group
Read-a-thon Facebook Group
Read-a-thon Instagram 
Hash tags: #readathon, #Dewey, #MiniChallenge #RahRahReadathon

Introductory Questionnaire

 1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
Milton, Ontario Canada. Where it is very late April, and recently snowed.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?
 I'm not sure. I have two books currently on the go that I hope to finish. So, instead of which book I'm most looking forward to, here's the list of books I have in the TBR pile that I will pick form during the event

- Finish Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
- Finish Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill
- Rift in the Sky - Julie Czerneda
- Exit Strategy - Kelley Armstrong
- Visions - Kelley Armstrong
- Year of the Flood - Margaret Atwood
- MaddAddam - Margaret Atwood
- Hide and Seek - Ian Rankin
- Heat Rises - Richard Castle
- Written in Red - Anne Bishop
- Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage - Alice Munro
- The Transfer / Four the Initiate / Four the Son / For the Traitor - Veronica Roth
- Ouroboros - Melissa Scott
- Long Lankin - John Banville
- From the Fifteenth District - Mavis Gallant

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?
There's a nice glass or two of red wine waiting for me. Now sure which one I'll have.

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!
I'm getting married in 63 days! And the wedding will have a few subtle Star Wars elements in it.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?
I'm going to read, take breaks, procrastinate from reading and hopefully read a few books that I've been wanting to read. I have no goals this time around. I'm in need of some stress relief and reading will be the way to do it.

Good luck to all of the participants have fun, stay calm and read!

Monday, April 6

Book Review: And the Birds Rained Down

Title: And the Birds Rained Down

Author: Jocelyne Saucier

Pages: 139 (Ebook)

Summary: Tom and Charlie have decided to live out the remainder of their lives on their own terms, hidden away in a remote forest, their only connection to the outside world a couple of pot growers who deliver whatever they can’t eke out for themselves. But one summer two women arrive. One is a young photographer documenting a a series of catastrophic forest fires that swept Northern Ontario early in the century; she’s on the trail of the recently deceased Ted Boychuck, a survivor of the blaze. And then the elderly aunt of the one of the pot growers appears, fleeing one of the psychiatric institutions that have been her home since she was sixteen. She joins the men in the woods and begins a new life as Marie-Desneige. With the photographer’s help, they find Ted’s series of paintings about the fire, and begin to decipher the dead man’s history.

My Rating: 7.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: The writing was beautiful and at times the story was compelling and emotional, overall it was an enjoyable read.

The writing, storytelling was what initially pulled me into the book. It had such wonderful style and pace, it made for a great reading experience, and I think the author told the story of the characters beautifully. Especially Ted and his paintings. I think his aspect in the story is what I enjoyed the most - and I really wish I could have learned more.

The novel is a short one, but despite that, there was a lot to the book - a lot of elements to explore and rather enjoyable ending. I think the author managed that well, while it wasn't my favourite part of the book, it was still worthy ending for the book.

One of the aspects I didn't like was the pot growing. It didn't fit with the rest of the flow and themes of the story, it stuck out and it felt awkward. It didn't work for me and I couldn't figure out, why it was necessary for it to be there, while it did bring some of the characters into the book, it just didn't feel right compared to the rest of the story.

Would I recommend it to read: Hmm, the writing was lovely, the story was mostly good, so I'd say yes. It's not for everyone, but a lot of readers would appreciate the book.

What to read next: The Stone Angel, The Underpainter, and you could also try the other Canada Reads 2015 contenders.

Challenges: 100 Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, EBook Challenge, New Author Challenge, Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge

Book Review: Cast in Shadow

Title: Cast in Shadow

Author: Michelle Sagara

Pages: 311 (Ebook)

Summary: Seven years ago Kaylin fled the crime-riddled streets of Nightshade, knowing that something was after her. Children were being murdered-- and all had the same odd markings that mysteriously appeared on her own skin.... Since then, she's learned to read, she's learned to fight and she's become one of the vaunted Hawks who patrol and police the City of Elantra. Alongside the winged Aerians and the immortal Barrani, she's made a place for herself, far from the mean streets of her birth. But children are once again dying, and a dark and familiar pattern is emerging. Kaylin is ordered back into Nightshade with a partner she knows she can't trust, a Dragon lord for a companion and a device to contain her powers-- powers that no other human has. Her task is simple-- find the killer, stop the murders...and survive the attentions of those who claim to be her allies!

My Rating: 6.75/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I was first brought to this world, through a short story Cast in Moonlight, in the short story collection Harvest Moon. That short story really drew me into the world of Elantra and I always had it on the back burner to continue the series. Now finally I have, but while it was an interesting read, it wasn't exactly what I was expecting.

The story was interesting, as was the fantasy world the author created. There were a lot of interesting and complex elements to it. A variety of races and people that fill the fantasy land of Elantra, but so little is explained to the reader. I had the same issue with the short story, but I figured that was because, it was because it was a short story that takes place after the other information was already established. While element of mystery worked for some parts of the story, the author slowing revealing as the story goes on, other aspects needed some kind of explanation. I constantly had the feeling I was missing a big chunk of the story, the important background information wasn't there - and little of it was ever revealed.

I also found that while I enjoyed the story in the beginning, by the end I was glad it ended. The deeper into the story I got the more complex it got, which was a good thing, except the complete lack of exploring and fully showing the reader what was going on. While I liked how we, the reader go on the journey with Kaylin, and discover certain things along with her, there were multiple cases that needed more, to help push the story forward.

While the book itself was very original, there's a lot I'd like to know more about in it, and that alone kept me reading. The fantasy world the author created sounds wonderful, but because there were so many pieces left unsaid, it's hard to carry on with the series. And at this time, I'm unsure if I'll do that.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm unsure, I think a lot of fantasy readers would like the idea behind the book (and series) but I think they would also have similar problems I did with the book. It's always worth trying, to expedience something new.

What to read next: Cast in Courthlight is the next book in the series.

Challenges:100+ Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, Ebook Challenge, Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge

Sunday, April 5

First Quarter Wrap-Up - 2015

I can't believe it's April already? Where is the year going? Anyone know? Because it feels like time is flying by. So far the reading year is going okay, I'm a little behind, but not by much and so far the majority of books have been good ones, so being slightly behind my goal is okay for me.

Books Read 

These past few months I've managed to read finish a big series (Sookie Stackhouse) tackle one of those "I've always meant to read that (Outlander, and have to say, wasn't impressed and I won't be continuing with the series). I read a few books by my favourite authors, read a book of poetry, which is new for me.

This quarter, my favourite books were; Station Eleven, Gone Girl and The Buddha in the Attic.
My least favourite books were; Devil Wears Prada, The Outlander and All My Puny Sorrows.

1) Dead Ever After - Charlaine Harris (Started in 2014) - 8.75/10
2) All My Puny Sorrows - Miriam Toews - 6.5/10
3) The Outlander - Diana Gabaldon - 6/10
4) A Week in Winter - Meave Binchy - 7.5/10
5) Power Politics - Margaret Atwood - 8.25/10
6) Hunting Ground - Patricia Briggs - 7/10
7) Among Others - Jo Walton - 8.75/10
8) The Buddha in the Attic - Julie Otsuka - 9.75/10
9) The Reader - Bernhard Schlink - 7/10
10) Knots and Crosses - Ian Rankin - 8.75/10
11) Monkey Beach - Eden Robinson - 7.75/10
12) Revenge Wears Prada - Lauren Weisberger - 2/10
13) Friend of My Youth - Alice Munro - 7/10
14) The Lifeboat - Charlotte Rogan - 8/10
15) Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel - 10/10
16) Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn - 9.75/10

Challenge Progress

Despite being slightly behind in my reading goal of the year (105 books) I am very happy with my progress on my challenges. As usual, I'm neglecting the Finish that Series Challenge - I should be picking up one of the books in the challenge shortly. While I'm technically finished 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge, I'm still not finished my personal goal for the challenge - read 13 books by Canadian Woman Speculative authors. I've only read about 7. So, I still have some reading to do. Otherwise, I'm happy with the challenges, so far this year.

1) 2015 100 Books Challenge - 15/100 Books - 15% Complete
2) 2015 Category Challenge - 15/75 Books - 20% Complete
3) 2015 Chunkster Reading Challenge - 1/7 Books - 14% Complete
4) 8th Annual Canadian Book Challenge - 16/13 Books - 123% Complete
5) 2015 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge - 2/10 Books - 20% Complete
6) 2015 Ebook Challenge -7/25 Books - 28% Complete
7) 2015 Finish That Series Challenge - 0/5 Books / 0/4 Series - 0% Complete
8) The 2015 Mount TBR Challenge - 11/36 Books - 31% Complete
9) 2015 New Authors Challenge - 8/25 Books - 32% Complete
10) Read Scotland 2015 Challenge - 2/9 - 22% Complete
11a) The 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge - Local Challenge 2/20 Books 10 % Complete
11b) The 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge Award Challenge 1/20 Books - 5% Complete
11c) The 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge - Genre Challenge 3/20 Books - 15% complete
11d) The 2015 Ultimate Canadian Reading Challenge Total of all challenges - 6/60 - Total - 10% completed

Countries Visited

For the first quarter of the year, I travelled to the following countries during my reading adventures; Canada, USA, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, England, and Germany

Other Bookish Stuff

I've started using my goodreads account more, I use to love LibraryThing, and while it's good for the cataloging of my books, I'm finding it easier to keep up with the discussions on Goodreads. I've had a lot of fun with some of the group reads and have found some new authors because of it.

I've also been working away with Ad Astra, a Science Fiction, Fantasy and everything in between literary convention which is coming up in a week. (April 10, 11 and 12). It has both reading, writing elements along with costuming, prop building and more. If you are in the Markham Ontario area, check it out Ad Astra . I work on the book launches, and we have some good ones this year.

Books That Followed Me Home

In the past three month, the following books followed me home. There's been a few ebook sales lately, can you tell?

1) The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
2) Red Rising - Pierce Brown (EBook)
3) Rat Medicine & Other Unlikely Curatives - Lauren B. Davis (EBook)
4) Bear - Marian Engel
5) The Memory Collector - Meg Gardiner (EBook)
6) Neuromancer - William Gibson
7) King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table - Roger Lancelyn Green (EBook)
8) The Girl on the Train - Paula Hawkins
9) The Book of Negroes - Lawrence Hill (Ebook)
10) Etta and Otto and Russell and James - Emma Hooper
11) The Pawn - Steven James (Ebook)
12) The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin
13) At The Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
14) The Bourne Identity - Robert Ludlum (Ebook)
15) Poems - Slyvia Plath
16) The Long Earth - Terry Pratchett / Stephen Baxter (EBook)
17) Hide and Seek - Ian Rankin (Ebook)
18) Tooth and Nail - Ian Rankin (Ebook)
19) Monkey Beach - Eden Robinson (Ebook)
20) Cast in Shadow - Michelle Sagara (EBook)
21) Cop Town: Novel - Karin Slaughter (Ebook)
22) Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel (Ebook)
23) Wanted - Nick Stephenson (EBook)
24) Panic - Nick Stephenson (EBook)
25) Radiant - Towers Trilogy - Karina Sumner-Smith (EBook)
26) Erasing Memory - Scott Thornley (EBook)
27) Among Others - Jo Walton (Ebook)
28) The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien - Clothbound edition
29) Love Poems - various authors

And that's it folks Happy Reading and Happy April (where I am, it's April.......)