2019 Goodreads Challenge Check-In

Every year, Goodreads offers a fun challenge where you can set the number of books you want to read and work toward completing that goal. It's not as colorful as some other reading challenges, where you read books based on themes or random qualifications like cover colors, pictures, subjects, etc. but it's still a fun way to track and rate what you read all year.

Beyond a Darkened Shore

Last night I finished a book called Beyond a Darkened Shore, written by Jessica Leake, and it's a fantastic tale of magic, mystical creatures, mythology and adventure. It's the story of a princess who lives in Ireland. She has special powers that make her people fear her yet depend on her for safety, and she has to embark on an adventure with one of her enemies, a Norseman with powers, in order to save both their people from a larger threat.

Ready Player One

As a geeky Millennial who hid comic books in my math book, drew X-Men and had a Mogwai as my "lovely" as a little kid, you can imagine how excited I was to read Ready Player One. I'd heard great things about it from so many people whose opinions I'd previously trusted (ha!) and read it aloud with my 13-year-old. Holy cow, was it hard to finish. I get loving all of the references; I love it when Supernatural peppers them in, too. But they do it well. This was just, "I know this obscure reference, nyah!" And everyone claps when you know a piece of trivia someone else doesn't? No, dude.


When I got the notification saying that Caraval was in at the library after being on hold for weeks, I was quite excited. I'd heard great things about Stephanie Garber's book, especially from fans of The Night Circus who had said that it had a similar feeling to it, and I couldn't wait to dive in.


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