Some of you may remember that when I made my new year’s resolutions this year, I challenged myself to read 25 books or more. Well, it’s time to do a little update and report on what I’ve read and what I’m reading. I’m up to 9 books read and am currently in the middle of two more. Here is my current tally!
The first set of books I read was the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead. I wasn’t sure how I’d like it, but I do love a great vampire book, and my friend Alissa had recommended the series (AND lent me the books) so I had to read them! Gosh, I just loved them! I read all six books within about a week and a half right at the beginning of January. They are so good! I really didn’t consider them to be your usual predictable YA novels and there were some great twists that moved things right along. I was pleased with how the story ended, for the most party, and I’m seriously looking forward to the first book of the spinoff series, Bloodlines, which is coming out this year.
I next read The Apothecary’s Daughter by Julie Klassen via my iPhone Kindle. This had been a free Kindle download (though it’s not free any longer) and I’m so glad I got it! I really enjoyed the book even though I was slightly disappointed about who the main character chose in the end. This book really introduced me to reading via the Kindle and it was a great way to get into it since the book was so interesting and I found the characters engaging. If you like Regency era historical fiction, you should give this book a try.
I’ve also downloaded a few self-published novels on Kindle. One that I purchased was Human Blend by Lori Pescatore. While I enjoyed this book, it did go by a little quick (I like a bit more description in a novel) and it was also totally evident that the book was self-published. It could have used some professional editing. I only paid $1.99 though, so not at all a waste, and I did really like the story as it was quite unique.
The 9th book that I’ve read so far is Midnight Sun, which is the partial draft of the fifth book in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series. Ok, so it’s not a whole book. I’m so disappointed that the book is still unfinished, though I can imagine how Stephenie was pretty furious that the draft was leaked to the public. Still, I absolutely loved it! Reading this really helped me make sense of a lot that seemed to go on “behind the scenes” in Twilight and also made some sense of Robert Pattinson’s acting style in the movie, as I heard that he read this draft prior to shooting the film. If you read what I linked, it says on her website that she is going to be continuing with the novel although she had previously put it on hold. Here’s hoping she does, and it eventually is released!
Currently I’m reading one self-published book called Dreaming Anastasia (which was another freebie when I got it on Kindle, but is $7 now, that I’m really enjoying), as well as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which I’ve been pushing through for about a month, reading a page here and there and am perhaps nearly halfway done. That book is NOT an easy read! It definitely has its moments, but lately I haven’t felt like picking it up, although I hate being in the middle of 2 books at once and just want to finish it already so I can get started on another one after I finish the book on my Kindle. I’m hoping to finish it by the end of March. Then I’ll be close to half-way through with my goal!
Also, while I like reading books on my iPhone, I’m starting to feel like I want a Kindle, or an iPad of my own so I can hook up my Kindle account to it (our iPad is connected to my husband’s account, not mine). I really do enjoy reading eBooks much more than I thought I would, which is something new that I learned this year!
I have a gazillion books on my Goodreads to-read list, but I’m always looking for more. Is there anything special that you’re reading or have read lately? What book has been your favorite so far this year?