2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Ang -PNR Book Lover Reviews has read 7 books toward her goal of 100 books.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Reading Update 9th-15th January

Hello, Hi there and welcome.


I promised myself that I would be more social on my blog this year, i'm not sure who reads these blog entries, sometimes its just for ourselves I guess. 


From the last time I was on here talking about books I have finished and started a few new things,  I read Naked In Death by J.D. Robb and  WOW i am blown away at how much i loved it, and now all i can think about is Eve and Roarke.

I am going to do another whole blog post entry on this whole series.Each time i read from that series i will update it as i go, i think. Honestly haven't thought about how i will do it.What i do know is that i am committed to the challenge  and want to update my progress as i read each one.  I want to read them all, I am reading the as a buddy read with Fran and Suz  from UTC Book Blog.  But for now, here are my thoughts. The whole premises of this book was captivating, i was hooked. I loved the mystery behind the killings, and the characters Eve and Roarke were written so well that i just wanted to spend more time with them. Naked in Death was the first in the In Death series, and gosh! There is so many. I loved how it kept me guessing all the time, the romance was perfectly done, again I am hooked, and can not wait to jump into the next one very soon. I know i am late to the game, but i am here now. 





I then read Bad Attitude by Sherrilyn Kenyon  a book from my Tackle My TBR Challenge.

This wasn't bad, it for my was just OK. like I enjoyed it but i didn't connect with the characters, well that is a lie. I didn't like the chick in much, she took ages for me to like. I really  liked the dude, but i cant even remember there names now and its been a few day. I am happy i did read it from mt ever so long TBR shelf. In saying that i would continue the series, as the other secondary characters were awesome to read about. This for me was a 3 star read.







I then looked at Fantasy books for my next Romance-opoly read and have narrowed it down to a couple. I think. Its hard for me to pick a romance fantasy, because I have to many options I always feel overwhelmed. I'm in no rush though, i am on track I just know that before the months end i would like to have either started my fantasy read or finished one before Feb rolls around the corner. The books i am considering are Dreamers Pool and Dragon Bones, Make Me Burn also.




But in the meantime let am tell you about what I am reading now, a Nora Roberts book called Black Hills. This book you guys, this book! straight up, the beginning had me a little sceptical because it starts with both characters being so young, then we follow then building a friendship and as they grew so did there bond, with in the first 5-6 chapters you watch these two kids turn into small adults and then into young adults falling in love but then life happens and throws them a curve ball and then we meet them again 12 years later. Both of them being in there early 30's. Its a chunky story, As i am writing this blog post i am just hitting halfway into the book, i am sitting around 260 pages of a 538 page book. I am total involved with the story, i am loving the characters, the very slow burn relationship they are creating, and the world the Nora has written about. I love the mystery suspense element, i cant wait to find out who is the crazy fucker behind the killings and stalking. Cooper and Lil are brilliant characters with fantastic narratives, and they have a great bunch of secondary charters that i am really enjoying too.

From the blurb on the back on the book.

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Nora Roberts takes readers deep into the rugged Black Hills of South Dakota, where the shadows keep secrets, hunters stalk the land, and a childhood friendship matures into an adult passion.
 
Cooper Sullivan spent the summers of his youth on his grandparents’ South Dakota ranch, sharing innocent games and stolen kisses with the neighbour girl, Lil Chance. Now, twelve years after they last walked together hand in hand, fate has brought them back to the Black Hills. 
 
Coop has left his fast-paced life as an investigator in New York to take care of his aging grandparents and the ranch he has come to call home. Though the memory of his touch still haunts her, Lil has let nothing stop her dream of opening the Chance Wildlife Refuge, but something...or someone...has been keeping a close watch. When small pranks and acts of destruction escalate into a heartless attack on Lil’s beloved cougar, memories of an unsolved murder in these very hills have Coop springing to action to keep Lil safe.
 
Lil and Coop know the natural dangers that lurk in the wild landscape of the Black Hills. But a killer of twisted and unnatural instincts has singled them out as prey...



Once I am finish I will defiantly let you know what  I think and feel, But for now I am 100% hooked, also I have started a new audio too. I do like to listen to an audio when i am driving, or when I am cleaning the house, or laying in bed.. I started the 4th Immortals After Dark book, well now this is a long story i started this series 10 years ago but didn't continue with them, not because i didn't like them because i got distracted with other books at the time, and before i knew it i was way to far behind to try and catch up, in the end i over the years collected some of the books here and there but had have all intentions getting back into them. I own this one in Paperback but i grabbed the audio too i am really enjoying it again, but i haven't listened to any of it for a couple days. Hopefully when I return I can say that I have finished with that audio too.

If you want to know what i am reading or watch my progress I am on Instagram posting updates all the time as i go. That is all for now, I hope you have enjoyed this little update into my reading. I haven't read a lot this week, I was also getting the January Book Lover Mystery Boxes together for postage this week. Have an awesome week, a magical weekend.

Ang














Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2019 Goals & Challenges

Hello, Welcome Friends.


I feel like this is the year I will be just reading for me, every other year I've taken too much on by myself and feel like i am just reading average rating books, i want the year to be filled with fun and enjoyment, not saying last year wasn't but if i am being honest the last half of 2018 was so much fun. I participated in reading challenges and i was just reading so many books i own and it was really rewarding. 

This year, 2019 is a year for me. I have decided months ago that i will only take on a couple arcs every now and then, and its not like i am getting many books from overseas publishers anymore. it seems that postage is to much, that is what they tell me... but hey who am i to judge. I still get some lovely and exciting mail from Australian publishers which i am so happy about. Anyways i went of the track.


2019 Reading Goals!

1.  To stay on brand, do what I want and read what I want.
2.  Read the J.D. Robb series
3. Try and get back into the Immortal After Dark series
4. Read at least 5 TBR jar pick
5. Listen to at least 1-2 audios a month

The Challenges!


Romance-opoly
Click the link and it will take you to the website so you can join the fun too.

To join in our 2019 Romance-opoly book challenge you will need a couple of things. Don’t worry, nothing you probably don’t already have! Anything bespoke, we have made for you and is free to download through our Printables section.
  • Romance-opoly board
  • Romance-opoly tracker board
  • Romance-opoly Guide Sheet
  • Romance-opoly Idea Cards
  • Dice
  • Pens, pencils, stickers…all you really need is a pen, but feel free to make the progress tracker as pretty or as functional as you like!

Good Reads Challenge


TBR Challenge
 Click the link and you can read all the rules. Here are some, I think I am going to aim for the Blitz. Read 13-24 TBR books.

  • The goal is to read at least ONE book from your TBR every month. It can be an ARC, ebook, audiobook or print – your choice. Any reading is good reading!

  • Safety: read 12 TBR books
  • Blitz: read 13-24 TBR books
  • First Down: read 25-36 TBR books
  • Field Goal: read 37-48 TBR books
  • Hail Mary: read 49-60 TBR books
  • Touchdown: read 61+ TBR books


I like with this one there is a challenge each month, which I find helpful to pick the book.



For January, i have already rolled the dice 4 times and have read 3 books for my romanceopoly, i am aiming to roll 3-4 times a month to complete all the challenges. If you want to check out what i have rolled and read in this month please click here

The next Challenge I am going to start is the TBR challenge, I have looked at my shelves and i have discovered what has been some of the longest books on my good reads tbr and corresponded that with my own home library to see if i had it, and i did. That  book will be a Sherrilyn Kenyon title called Bad Attitude.













I've been wanting to read this for so long, It hasn't been till recently I was able to find the paperback.
It is only the 9th so my small goal is to read some more older books that have been on my book shelf as well, but to have fun with everything. I don't want to go all out strong and then fizzle out come sometime in March. lol 

My goal is to do weekly reading wrap ups of what i have read during the week too, The first week (ish) of January I read a total of 4 books and I finished an Audio.

I read the following;
All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan, I rated that a 4 stars.
One Tough Cowboy by Lora Leigh, I rated that 5 stars
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne, I rated that 4-4.5 stars
Nineteen Letters by Jodi Perry, I DNF
Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrew, I rated that 5 stars. (audio)






















Signing off for now, happy reading.
Ang




Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Review: Iron and Magic

Iron and Magic Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

So freaking good, I listened to the audio.
It took me a little bit to warm up to the idea that this was really happening, like hello we hated this man for years and now it’s his story!
The story was fantastic, I didn’t think i would love Hugh as much as I did. I’m really excited for the next one to come out.

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Review: Naked in Death

Naked in Death Naked in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy smokes friends, this book blew the socks of me. I adored this book, I am in love with the world, characters and the writing. I’m hooked. The suspense and mystery of it all was amazing, kept me guessing all the time. The romance was perfectly done. Again I am hooked and can not wait to jump into the next one. I know, I know, I’m late to the game but I am here now.

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Review: The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister

The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister The Secret to Dating Your Best Friend's Sister by Meghan Quinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A funny book written by a author who does comedy right. I enjoyed it, honestly it wasn't my fav but it was definitely a fun time. It has one of the most longest titles for a book. Bram Scott is so swoony, you will want one of your own!

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Review: The One You Fight For

The One You Fight For The One You Fight For by Roni Loren
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Taryn and Shaw, Roni Loren proves that she can again nail the slow burn as their attraction to each other is complicated by their experiences of the shooting. It’s “should we/shouldn’t we” with a side of “I can’t, but damn I want to.” For me it is annoying, but I understand we cant all have fluffy easy books, and this by far was not that.

This was a 3.5-4-star read for me, an unnecessary twist late in the book diminished the experience. but Still, The One You Fight For is brave and raw and a solid story!

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Review: Nightchaser

Nightchaser Nightchaser by Amanda Bouchet
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

NIGHTCHASER BY AMANDA BOUCHET

I didn’t realize at the time this was a sci fi/ fantasy novel, I honestly seen that Amanda was releasing a new story and I was like YES gimme, gimme, gimme.

Tess our main character, has secrets. A lot of them! And Shade is everything I adore in a main male lead. He too has a past and he struggles with that too.

The suspense was great, I enjoyed the other characters too, it was a fun and enjoyable read, it wasn’t my favourite, but it was still solid.
The book doesn’t end on a major cliffy, but it does set up the next one.

“Some ends are just a new beginning…”

The world building as always was fantastic and so imaginative, space pirates, stealing goods from the rich and giving them to the poor. I struggle with Sci Fi settings, but this was different with the different sectors and culture on each “city”

Straight away when you open this story it has you in the middle of action, I found it to be fast paced in the start, then a slow in the middle and picked back up in the end.

I wish it was told in dual POV instead of first person, and third. I did struggle to at times to stay connected with the story, I haven't read a lot of sci fi, that's what I'm putting it down to.

I LOVED all the ROMANCE, and totally here for Shade, he is again perfect male lead, if you liked Amanda’s other work you are going to enjoy the romance and male lead in this one too.

Overall, I liked Nightchaser, and look forward to the next one. It was a good start to a new series.
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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Ang's Best Of 2018

Top Reads of 2018


Hello, Hi and Welcome Friends.

Its that time of year where we look back at what you have read over the year. On Instagram I have been posting Top Ten of 2018 prompts all week.

2018 was another good reading year for me, over all I read 73,718 pages across 278 books.

I had set my Good Reads reading challenge at 150 books and I defiantly passed that.

Books I wished I made time to read this year,
Stygian by Sherrilynn Kenyon
The Hating Game by Sally Thorn
Wicked Deeds on a Winters Night by Kresley Cole
Dreamers Pool by Juliet Marillier 
Circe by Madeline Miller
Roomies by Christina Lauren
Blood and Sand by C.V. Wyk
Bad Boy Brody by Tijan
Nineteen Letters Jodi Perry


New or New To Me Authors In 2018
Jay Kristoff, Christina Lauren, SJM, Rachel Brookes, Amanda Bouchet, Alanna Alder, Nora Roberts, R.S.Grey, Jana Ashton and Kendall Ryan, Marjorie M. Liu.


Cover Love/Favourite covers of 2018
Radiance by Grace Draven
NeverNight by Jay Kristoff
Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
All That I Am by Rachel Brookes
King Maker Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet
Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
ACOTOR by SJM
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
Darkness Calls by Marjorie M Liu
Sin and Ink by Naima Simone
and The Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter.


My Top Reads of 2018
Because I read so many books this year, I went through them all and out of the 278 I had a lot of 5 star reads. I didn't know if I should list them all, so I'm legit just going to wing it and see what happens. I cant just narrow down 10. So I thought I would try and do 3 top reads for each of the months, (TRY) I can not promise It'll work out. So lets get to it. I do want to mention that I cant remember for sure what month I read these all in, I roughly remember. It was not until March-April I got my self a Planner. Even saying that I read a lot of these early because i was lucky enough to receive ARCs of a lot.

JANUARY:
A Promise of Fire and Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
What are you afraid of by Alexandra Ivy
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts


          https://www.amazon.com/Promise-Fire-Kingmaker-Trilogy/dp/0349412529/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1545965352&sr=8-5          https://www.amazon.com/Dark-Witch-Cousins-ODwyer-Roberts/dp/0425259854/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1545966911&sr=8-2



FEBRUARY
Radiance & Eidolon by Grace Draven
No Place To Hide by Megan Lowe
Feels Like Home by Jennifer Van Wyk


https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B00S5IDLEQ&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_lRzjCbKE0EKXJ    https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B00S5IDLEQ&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_lRzjCbKE0EKXJ        https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B079KYL93N&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_B6zjCbYSDXEP0

MARCH
Hot & Badgered by Shelly Laurenston
The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
Breaking Down by Megan Lowe


https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B073DN12HK&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_G7AjCbQR3FPAV    https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B074HZVK5P&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_KnBjCb0GP4Y17     https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B077SDPF88&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_urBjCb02VJFKM

APRIL
In The Night & Breaking Shadows by Melissa Sinclair
Monsters by Melissa Jane
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B075936LJL&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_HvBjCbVTWEFMA      https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B079KP41FC&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_jyBjCbYNNY1F4        https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B01EQOZ9Y2&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_1CBjCbCXF4X5T


MAY
A Court Of Thorns And Roses Series by Sarah J Mass
Illuminae Files Series by Jay Kristoff
Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff

       https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B01MUE4XRO&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_LKBjCbBX842AR    


JUNE
The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Burn For Me (A Hidden Legacy Novel) by Ilona Andrews (This whole series is EPIC)
Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young


       


  


JULY
Death Dosent Bargain by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
All I Need by Jennifer Van Wyk


 





AUGUST
The Iron Hunt by Marjorie M. Liu
The Darkest Warrior by Gena Showalter
Cross Breed by Lora Leigh




     



SEPTEMBER
All That I Am by Rachel Brookes
Be My Temptation by Rachel Brookes
It Seemed Like A Good Idea At The Time by Kylie Scott


           

OCTOBER
Flirting with Forever by Kendall Ryan
Man Hands by Sarina Bowen and Tanya Eby
Rebel and Savior by Rhys Ford

NOVEMBER, (My Birthday Month and Slay Those Series Challenge, this was also my biggest reading month and I binged read the Beautiful Bastard series and caught up on series)
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
Sin & Ink by Naima Simone
Muffin Top by Avery Flynn
Burn (A Dark in You Novel) by Suzanne Wright




DECEMBER
You Will Suffer by Alexandra Ivy ( ARC copy for Jan 2019 Release)
Fumbled Love by Lila Rose
Tied Up In Strings Felicia Lynn(too bad the second book in the series got 2 stars)




Honourable Mentions, because well just because...
Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
Misadventures with a Speed Demon by Chelle Bliss
Misadventures with a Manny by Toni Aleo
Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews (AMAZING, sad to see this series come to an end)
All My Life by Prescott Lane
I Wanna Text You Up by Teagan Hunter
Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet (this series is complete, do your self a favour and check this series out.)
Not So Nice Guy by R.S.Grey





https://read.amazon.com.au/kp/embed?asin=B07G6RZYG8&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_pIvkCb66C3B6R



Yikes that is a lot, but you know what it is what it is, I read a lot and as I mentioned above it's really hard to just pick out a few. Though I have noticed something this last week having to do the Top 10 prompts that 10-15(ish)  books or series keep getting re mentioned over and over.


Radiance by Grace Draven
Kingmaker  Chronicles by Amanda Bouchet
Sky In The Deep by Adrienne Young
All That I Am by Rachel Brookes
Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren
Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
ACOTAR series by Sarah J Mass ( If you think this is YA, you are mistaken and very far from right, it is Adult romance or New Adult. There are explicit sex and so far from YA. I thought it was too but a dear friend set me right,and now its one of my fav series.)
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, even Godsgrave this series is one for everyone to try!
Honey Badger by Shelly Laurenston (I adore everything she writes)
Illuminae Files series ( to get the best experience I would Highly recommend the AUDIO which is a full cast, and read along with your book, its epic! Seriously do it!!!)
Flirting With Forever by Kendall Ryan
and Rhys Ford's new 415 Ink  series blew my socks off.
Not so Nice Guy by R.S.Grey
Sin & Ink by Naima Simone
Dark Witch by Nora Roberts, changed the game plan this year I found myself reading a lot more buy her.


If I were to categorize them all it would be 5 PNR/Fantasy books, 2 YA (mature) one being about Vikings and 1 being Sci-Fi books, 7  Contemporary Romance books, one of them being an Assassin book,2 being Rom Coms and  2 MM Romance books.

Looking back I am pretty proud of my reading this year 75-80% I read in paperbacks and the rest in ebook form. At the beginning of the year I set out a TBR Goals list, and to be honest I knew I would not have stuck to it. But lets take a look at it, and see what I actually completed.

















First, I had down read the Mortal Instruments series, and that was a no, no, as got ridof them all, well they went to my son and I still cant get passed the similarities with them and my fav series Dark Hunters by Sherrilyn.

Second Read at least 1 Angsty book, this I actually did! I would say Sin & Ink was pretty full on and so was Savior by Rhys Ford

Third, Read at least 5 books from your TBR shelve (paperbacks) ahh, this was meet even though I can not remember what was on my tbr shelve as I put all my shelves into alphabetical order by last name. I defiantly read more than 5 shelved paperbacks.

Fourth, Read at least 5 books from your TBR good reads shelve, I done this too.

Fifth,  Catch up on Alexandra Ivy Vamp series, This was such a let down I didn't get to them at all this year.

Sixth, Finish Reading Gena Showalter Atlanta series, and read the YA series that also on my book shelve. Nope, well that's not true. I did read all the Atlanta series, but I never looked at the YA series. I might have given them to my son to read.

Seventh, Read the Talon series, NOPE  I didn't do this.

Eighth, Read Vlads book by Jeanine Frost, I actually picked the first one up to read but i didn't finish it nor remember to go back to it.

Ninth, Re Read Shelly Lauernston Pride Series, Yass, Yass I did this and I also re read the other ones too.

Ten, Pull at least 5 picks from your TBR Jar, I did pull from it a few times.

Eleven, Read Caraval. I started the audio and DNF it.

Twelve, Re Read Fallen, Nope. didn't happen.

Thirteen, Read Nineteen Letters, Didn't happen!

Fourteen, Read Sleeping Beauties, and Fifteen was to read Buying Thyme and I did NOT do any of these. I think I thought about it, but never followed through.

So what I learned about setting Reading Goals, is that I can not stick to them, I am too much of a mood reader. Though I can do smaller challenges with the mood I'm in to read. It is weird.I participated in all the Harry potter challenges, the NEWTS and OWLS and a few 24 hour Readathons. For my 2019 Reading Goals I am going to keep them simple a smaller then what I did this year. That will be a new Post. This one is far too long, if you made it this far you are a champion. 

My 2019 so far is filled with a few fun challenges already and I cant wait for them.

Look out for the Year long challenge Romance-opoly, its a fun challenge for all us book nerds, I am doing it, Its legit going to be one of the most fun reading years.

Hopefully your reading year was successful too, if you wanted to see what read this year all the ratings and reviews, they are all on my good reads. I am pretty sure you can click on my goodreads challenge for 2018 and it will bring up everything.

Ang
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