#ABookishHoliday Day 31: Ring in the New Year

Nothing like a top five list to “ring in the New Year,” right? (Yes, I’m taking some liberties with today’s #ABookishHoliday theme…)

For today’s post I give you my list of the top five popular sci-fi and fantasy series that are now complete, but that I haven’t read yet and plan to read in 2016 (listed in the order in which I will most likely read them):

  1. MagiciansThe Magicians series — I’m so late to the party on this one that it’s soon to be a series on the SyFy Channel… I bought the first book back in August 2014, but never got around to reading it. This will be rectified in 2016.
  2. SelectionThe Selection Series — I have the first book in this series, but I haven’t read it yet. I guess the series is still going if you count the “next generation” books. But the original series is complete, and it’s a hugely popular series, so I’m including it here.
  3. LunarThe Lunar Chronicles — I own the first three books in this series, but I’ve only read the first book (Cinder). Now that the two companion books (Fairest and Winter) are out, and the series is complete, I probably should just binge-read my way through these.
  4. InheritanceThe Inheritance Trilogy — I bought the whole series on Kindle back in August when the price dropped to $9.99. Basically, the cost of one “normally priced” Kindle book.
  5. AncillaryThe Imperial Radch series — Probably better known as “all those books with Ancillary in the title”… The first book has been on my TBR for a while, but I didn’t own it and there was a long wait at the library. Then the first book went on sale last week for $1.99 on Kindle, and now I have no more excuses.

So that takes care of at least fifteen books of the fifty or so I plan to read in 2016….

Happy New Year! Here’s to another great year in reading!

#ABookishHoliday Day 30: December Wrap-up


Today’s theme is “December Wrap-up.” December isn’t quite over yet. There is still more reading to be done. But, these are the books I finished (and anticipate finishing) in December:

December reading stats

  • Total books finished: 12 (6 novels, 2 comics trades, 1 novella, 1 non-fiction, 1 short story, and 1 audiobook)
  • Favorite book read: Illuminae
  • Book(s) read by diverse authors (per my 2015 reading project): My Brilliant Friend and Between the World and Me

#ABookishHoliday Day 29: Silver & Gold


For today’s theme of “silver & gold,” I am posting the book that was most recommended to me this year (even though I already owned it). I’ve always been a swimmer, but in college I took a break from swimming competitively and joined the rowing team as a coxswain. So, yeah, books about rowers “going for gold” are automatic additions to my TBR. Unfortunately, I didn’t get around to reading this in 2014 (when I bought it) or 2015. But, this will probably be one of the first books I read in 2016.

#ABookishHoliday Day 27: Favorite Book of 2015


The theme for today is “favorite book of 2015,” but I already posted my favorite books from this year in a previous post. For this post, I’m just going to highlight one book that I loved and that I don’t think got a lot of attention this year. The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. The world-building and characters are great, and the story always moves in interesting directions that keep you guessing about what’s going to happen next. If you like Neil Gaiman, definitely check out this book.

#ABookishHoliday Day 15: Bookish Tree (swapped with Day 23)

Today on #ABookishHoliday, I was supposed to post about my “wish list.” But, you may remember that I already posted my wish list on the 15th when I decided to swap that task with the “bookish tree” task. I still don’t have my own photo of a “bookish tree” to share with you, but I like this one from one of my favorite independent bookstores, Literati in Ann Arbor, MI.

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Book trees can be left up all year, right?

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