So three hours ago I finished my last final exam (it was very difficult, I am still in shock) and what better way to cheer myself up than indulge in what I love most (after reading, pineapple and my mother, not necessarily in that order, hur), yes! I’m talking about making lists. I love making lists, I have a weakness for them and you probably don’t really care that I do but just in case I am fighting you, all you need to do is mention lists and I will be distracted enough for you to beat me and win. I’m just saying. It’s nice to know stuff like this. Anyway. Reading challenges. I’m participating in four. And only one is the official kind with badges and everything. You will be able to find all my challenges on the Challenges page which is called Challenges. Hur.
The Debut Author Challenge with emphasis on books being released by first time authors in the YA genre. I’ve read a couple of books already and let me tell you, they are fine. I think 2012 will be a much more rewarding year where debut authors are concerned. Not that I am diss…well okay, I am. I liked the books released this year, a selection of them but I can’t say I was bowled over by them all. Right now most of the 2012 debut novels I have read have been good so I’m hopeful.
The second challenge is the Literary Challenge which is a name I made up about five seconds ago. Do you ever feel that you read too much YA? Because I do. And there are other good books out there in the literary genre that I aim to read. Okay fine, there are only ten on my list so far but that’s a respectable number, right?
The third challenge is The Global Challenge. I love reading books by “foreign” authors. Or rather translated books. And I have read quite a few already but I came across some really promising ones so the challenge will give me the push I need to go and just read them.
The fourth one is an ongoing on. It’s my Haruki Murakami challenge. I aim to read all the books he has written. One day! I will do it!
You can see the titles on my reading challenge lists on the Challenges page. Do you have a book to suggest? Please do so.
Now, as I said I am officially on break and I aim to read, watch Asian dramas, sleep and then read some more. I might even watch Lord of the Rings (for the millionth time) or probably watch Shahrukh Khan become The Don (again, it’s a weakness, don’t hate me). My list of books to read these two weeks are:
Diamond Eyes – A. A. Bell
The synopsis of this made me swoon. And I book swapped with Glazer for it (it’s an Australian title) so it’s been on my shelf for a while now. But I can finally read it!
Cold Fire – Kate Elliott
Andevai is the boss. I think this is the first time I’ve ever liked a love interest as much as I like him. And the story is obviously out of this world. It leaves me a breathless, the worldbuilding. You forget what real fantasy is when you read the YA versions because while YA fantasy (not all, mind, I’m generalizing) (okay fine, let’s see Rae Carson’s novel would be a good example) is compelling, they lack the exquisite detail that is found in true high fantasy. You think I’m on crack, don’t you? You should just read Cold Magic and then we’ll see who’s laughing (Croggon’s Songs of Pellinor series and Goodman’s Eona duology are notable exceptions which have detailed worldbuilding and compelling heroines).
Cast in Ruins – Michelle Sagara
Sagara is a Japanese Canadian fantasy author who rocks my socks off with her Chronicles of Elantra series. She has this subtle romance thing going on and there’s this triangle which could go either way and you wouldn’t mind whichever way it goes… well, let’s just say that Chronicles of Elantra is awesomesauce and I’m going to have fun glomping it.
The Vanishing Game – Kate Kae Meyers
This is a Net Galley review copy that is being released in February and since January is going to be a crazy month for me, I figure I’ll get this read and the review written so, you know, I don’t feel too guilty.
Pure – Julianna Baggott
Also a Net Galley title that sounds awesome and I want to get read. Also being released in February.
All Men of Genius – Lev AC Rosen
I am SO excited to be reading this and I’d tell you more but my fingers are getting tired of typing so you’ll have to wait until I review it. Hopefully it doesn’t disappoint me.
Fever – Lauren DeStefano
Yes, well, it’s a review copy and I have to review this so…I’m reading it. Hopefully I will get through it.
Shatter Me – Tahereh Mafi
I’m about halfway through this and it’s taking every single atom in my being to continue reading this. I would have given up but Rida said I need to review this so I shall plod on. Sigh.
Alias Grace – Margaret Atwood
So I’m taking this English class next term. It’s about homicides in North America as portrayed by (in?) literature. And the prof “loudly encourages” us to have two books read before the term starts. So there you have it.
George and Rue – George Elliott Clarke
Oh hey, I didn’t know this was a Canadian lit class disguised as world prose. Hmm. Oh well anyway, this one is for the class as well. My library has it, thank goodness.
And this is about it for me, folks. I aim to read a lot of shoujo manga too cuz I’m girly like that. Did I mention sleep and probably reading of books that are nowhere close to this list. Hur. What challenges are you doing? Anything interesting I should check out?