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75 Books Challenge for 2017

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Edited: Jan 14, 11:25pm Top

Hello and welcome!

I'm Emilie. I read mostly fluffy chick lit, YA, and kid's books when I am busy - and I will continue to be busy this year, so expect more of the same. I collect children's horse stories, but I'm not sure how many I will get to read this year. Last year's stats (and possibly a more detailed bio) will come after the New Year. I know there will be animal books somewhere in there though.

Edit: Last year's stats indicate that about 15% of my reading is on mostly domestic animals. I think most of it was textbooks for class though. 75-80% of everything was fiction, mostly American, split evenly between YA and adult fiction. The rest was history.

My goal this year is to hit over 75 books again. It's a lot less than the book-a-day I was accustomed to before my life exploded, but I'm trying to look on the bright side. Since I don't read much, and don't have time to write nice reviews much anymore, I will try to attract visitors with pictures of pets and animals (if I can figure out how to link to an image of my own without errors).

Dec 25, 2016, 4:48pm Top

Hi Emilie, good to see you, happy reading in 2017!

Dec 25, 2016, 7:34pm Top

Nice to see you back again Emilie. xx

Dec 31, 2016, 8:12am Top

Dec 31, 2016, 11:27am Top

I am part of the group.
I love being part of the group.
I love the friendships bestowed upon my by dint of my membership of this wonderful fellowship.
I love that race and creed and gender and age and sexuality and nationality make absolutely no difference to our being a valued member of the group.

Thank you for also being part of the group.

Edited: Jan 7, 11:44pm Top

Title: The Shop on Blossom Street
Author: Debbie Macomber
Genre: Fiction - chick lit/drama
Publication date: 2013
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 3 days ago
Rating: 3

Lydia is in remission from cancer, is missing her recently deceased father, and decides to finally live her life. She starts a yarn store on a street under construction. To build business, she starts a knitting class. Only 3 women join. They are so different from each other - from a young felon knitting away her community service hours to a rich socialite knitting for a new grand-baby to a woman trying desperately to conceive a child, that Lydia despairs of ever building the group up. Everyone eventually becomes friends (spoiler-not-spoiler).

This is my first foray into the drama section of chick lit. It wasn't bad. But unfortunately, that means I can't really compare it to other books in the genre. On the plus side, it was well written and engaging. I cared about the characters. I did not miss the smut of the romance novels I had been reading lately. It was overall fairly refreshing, but that might just be the difference in genres.

Title: A Good Yarn: Blossom Street #2
Author: Debbie Macomber
Genre: Fiction - chick lit/drama
Publication date: 2014
Catalog: 813 / PS
Acquisition: 5 days ago
Rating: 3

Lydia forms a new knitting group with new ladies. More of the exact same as above.

Jan 14, 11:36pm Top

Ah ha! I figured out how to cut up the flickr links to post photos!

To start the year, here's a 10-year-old picture of my dog Scooby pretending to be from the 'hood. Scooby is quite the grey old lady now. We are celebrating her life this month and crossing things off her bucket list.

In other not-book-related news: We bought a house yesterday! One of the downsides of the million windows is that there is very little wall space for my bookshelves, but I am SO excited to be able to have all my books out of storage boxes and able to breathe! It'll be the first time in YEARS that this has happened. We start the move next month.

Hmm, what else, what else....

Still haven't read anything new aside from textbooks. Boring, poke your eyeballs out for something fun textbooks.

Jan 15, 9:34am Top

>7 alsvidur: I am glad you managed to include a picture of Scooby, Emilie.
Congratulations on your house, its not completely not-book-related as your books will come out of storage boxes ;-)

Jan 15, 12:48pm Top

Congrats on the new house!

Edited: Jan 20, 5:22pm Top

Title: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
Author: Trevor Noah
Genre: Memoir, autobiography
Catalog: PN / 920
Acquisition: 3 days ago
Rating: 4

Noah's childhood was intense. I expected more laughs from a comedian's memoir, but what with he had to work with, I think it turned out pretty darn well. (edit: For those that don't know, Noah is the lead for The Daily Show.)

Also - reading a Handmaid's Tale on Trump's inauguration day is at a Twilight-Zone-level of creepy.

Edited: Jan 22, 8:50am Top

Hi Emilie,
I'm Jenny. I saw in your introduction that you're a fellow Spartan. Go Green! Looks like we also read a lot of the same kinds of books. Can't wait to see what you're reading this year!

Jan 23, 10:03pm Top

I LOVE that you have a bunny named Mr. Jazz Hands!

Feb 4, 9:40pm Top

Title: The Handmaid's Tale
Author: Margaret Atwood
Genre: Fiction
Catalog: PR / 813
Acquisition: 2 weeks ago
Rating: 4.5

Dystopian tale - The population growth is so slow, women are used for specific purposes. Some clean and cook, some are pretty wives, and some are for breeding. Offred narrates her story from when lives were like they are now, through the revolution and her life for a few years, to... (spoiler).

This was heavier reading that I usually do, especially paired with all of the political news popping up on facebook, tv, work, everywhere....

Edited: Feb 4, 9:43pm Top

January Totals

Total books: 4

Non-fiction, animals: 0
Non-fiction, other: 1
Fiction: 3

TBR Pit books read: 0
Time spent in TBR: 0
Library books read: 0
ILL books read: 0
Books borrowed and read: 0
% TBR/library/borrowed: 0%

Books acquired: uh oh, forgot to track!
Cash spent: ditto!


1 - PN
1 - PR
2 - PS

3 - 813
1 - 920

1 - autobiography
2 - chick lit
1 - literary fiction/dystopia

Mar 3, 3:44pm Top

Oh dear. Not a single book finished last month. We moved last week, mid-terms are this week, and I have no internet access at home yet.

We bought a few new bookcases, but they were the wrong color, so they have to go back tonight. I'll have a wall of cases done in the next few days, I hope. At least most of my fiction books are out. I just need the kid's books, picture books, and all the non-fiction books to find places, but I think I have a good plan. We have to prop up the house before I can put my non-fiction books on the case I have planned so the 150-year-old house with sagging floors doesn't crack a joist! That might take a bit.

February Totals

Total books: 0

Non-fiction, animals: 0
Non-fiction, other: 0
Fiction: 0

TBR Pit books read: 0
Time spent in TBR: 0
Library books read: 0
ILL books read: 0
Books borrowed and read: 0
% TBR/library/borrowed: 0%

Books acquired: 0
Cash spent: $0

Edited: Mar 31, 12:04pm Top

I finally read a book! A picture book, but a book from start-to-finish nonetheless!

Title: I Dissent!: Ruth Bader Gisburg Makes Her Mark
Author: Debbie Levy
Genre: Picture book biography
Catalog: KF / 347
Acquisition: a few hours ago
Rating: 5

Disagreeing and fighting for what you believe in while still being nice and civil is something we could all use a reminder in, and this book delivers. I love that there's a picture book about RBG for girls to read!

New books:
BN, 1 book, unknown price
ER book, free
a bunch from Cindy to still catalog

Mar 31, 12:08pm Top

>16 alsvidur: If it is between covers, it counts!

Edited: Apr 8, 5:12pm Top

March Totals

Total books: 1

Non-fiction, animals: 0
Non-fiction, other: 1
Fiction: 0

TBR Pit books read: 0
Time spent in TBR: a few hours
Library books read: 0
ILL books read: 0
Books borrowed and read: 0
% TBR/library/borrowed: 0%

Books acquired: pending
Cash spent: $pending


1 - KF

1 - 347

1 - picture biography

Edited: Apr 8, 5:17pm Top

It's hard to scrape out time to read for fun and every time I do I feel my grades slipping :/

Title: The Assassin's Blade: Throne of Glass Novellas
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy short stories
Catalog: PZ / 813
Acquisition: 18 months ago
Rating: 3.5

5 novella prequels to the YA fantasy series Throne of Glass - Celeana's last year before she gets captured and brought to the mines of Endovier - her relationship with Sam - some hints about things to come

Edited: Apr 15, 7:01pm Top

I should be gearing up for exams, but instead, I am reading.

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Catalog: PZ / 813
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 4

Celaena is rescued from a slave camp and taken to battle with 23 other criminals and soldiers to be the King's Champion. If she wins, she gets out of camp. If she loses, she dies.

Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Catalog: PZ / 813
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 3

Celeana spends time with Princess Nehemia, captain of the guard Chaol, and goes on quests for the King. Plots to overthrow the king abound, but who is plotting?

Title: Heir of Fire
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Catalog: PZ / 813
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 4

Celeana goes to the next continent over and meets some of her extended family. She is trained by the fae Rowan before she can enter Queen Maeve's compound.

Apr 22, 9:27pm Top

Title: Queen of Shadows
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Catalog: PZ / 813
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 4

Aelin the queen of Terrasen returns to the continent with a mission of rescuing her general, saving and/or killing the Prince, taking down the King, and knocking out the clock towers to return magic to the realm. Rowan comes to offer support halfway through.

Edited: May 2, 9:47pm Top

Accounting 4-2-17:
$2.99, 1 book, Amazon


April Totals

Total books: 5

Non-fiction, animals: 0
Non-fiction, other: 0
Fiction: 5

TBR Pit books read: 1
Time spent in TBR: 18 months
Library books read: 0
ILL books read: 0
Books borrowed and read: 0
% TBR/library/borrowed: 0%

Books acquired: 1
Cash spent: $2.99


5 - PZ

5 - 813

5 - YA fantasy

May 2, 8:37pm Top

Accounting 5-2-17:
$64.23, BN, 15 books

A Court of Wings and Ruin
Always and Forever, Lara Jean
a bunch of used horse books

May 4, 1:02pm Top

Stopping by to say "hello!" I've only just now found your thread!

May 5, 11:15am Top

You haven't missed much. :( Oh! But I am starting riding again this week. I'm so used to being on the ground that I'm pretty excited about it. I'm even starting at the hunter-jumper pony barn I grew up riding at. Once I have some of my equitation (and muscles!) back, I'll move to a local eventing barn. It's been about 15-20 years since I rode competitively, but I was tickled that the barn staff still remembered me.

In other news, I finished my exams Wednesday, so I'm trying to cram as much reading in the next 6 weeks between semesters as humanly possible.

May 5, 3:44pm Top

How exciting!! I haven't ridden in forever - I really need to look into getting back into it again! I hope your exams went well!

May 6, 1:02pm Top

They did, thanks!

Title: Empire of Storms
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Catalog: PZ / 813
Acquisition: 8 months ago
Rating: 4

Plot twist after plot twist after plot twist! This one was setting a lot up for the next book, and every little bit referenced bread crumbs that were left in the previous books and also left larger bread crumbs for what was to come. (I am really glad that I read the prequel now - you pretty much need to read it beforehand to understand some new introductions.) On top of all the intrigue, the "side characters" were given their own time, and every chapter where we left Aelin and went to the others, I forgot about Aelin and wanted to keep reading about the other court members. The romantic lingering glances and building tension between characters in all the previous novels finally got their release in this one; it seems like everyone paired off. It was a bit of the teen book cliche, but still so satisfying.

May 13, 5:35pm Top

Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Catalog: PZ / 813
Acquisition: reread
Rating: 4.5

Feyre is struggling to provide for her family in the harsh winter when she kills a wolf - that was really a fairy. An ancient bargain between the realms requires that Feyre go across the wall and live with the fairies. While she's there, she notices that things are 'off', and her fairy lord Tamlin isn't all he seems to be. When she goes to combat the 'plague' under the mountain, she risks her life to save his.

Title: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Catalog: PZ / 813
Rating: 5

Tamlin and Feyre recover from under the mountain, but what of her bargain with the lord of the Night Court?

May 19, 1:52pm Top

Title: A Court of Wings and Ruin
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Catalog: PZ / 813
Acquisition: 3 weeks ago
Rating: 4

Feyre battles the King of Hybern while the High Lords bicker and scheme.

I was almost disappointed in this one. I stopped reading 2/3 through; either I wasn't in the mood or the story just didn't feel right. It did get better towards the end. Although Maas is done with Feyre, she said she would continue telling stories about the realm in other books - I wonder who she'll feature (and will I care about the character enough to read it?)

Title: Riding for the Rest of Us: A Practical Guide for Adult Riders
Author: Jessica Jahiel
Genre: Non-fiction, horses
Catalog: SF / 798
Acquisition: 3 days ago
Rating: 4

I read this book as a teenager and again 20 years later. The first time, I was baffled by the 'whining' and talk about goals. Riding is riding, right? This read through, I appreciated the book a million times more. What was easy then is painful now, and it *is* hard to balance everything. The discussion about setting short, medium, and long term goals vs dreams was a great starting point. No, the book doesn't hold the keys to life, but it is terribly helpful to know that I'm not alone in being frustrated in trying to make my body do things that were second nature as a child. And I may not need the chapters on how to select a lesson barn or an appropriate horse, there's still little reminder gems about not tolerating places that you aren't happy at (you *are* an adult, and you're paying for enjoyment) etc. I'll keep going back to this one every so often.

May 20, 6:19pm Top

Title: The Rider's Fitness Program
Author: Dianna Dennis
Genre: Non-fiction, horses
Catalog: RC / 613
Acquisition: 1 days ago
Rating: 4

I haven't started the program yet, but I've read the book. I'm impressed. The exercises note what muscles are used in each exercise and how those muscles affect your riding. There is a 6-week plan to follow, with additional advice on what to do after the first 6 weeks. A get-sweaty-guru (that's what those trainer people are called, right?) worked with Anne Kursinski (an Olympic show jumper) to develop the program. I'm looking forward to starting it. The only thing I would change would be to make the photos color instead of black and white, and make a list of what exercises require what equipment - some of them require a weight bench, etc.

May 21, 11:00pm Top

Title: World-Class Grooming for Horses: The English Rider's Complete Guide to Daily Care and Competition
Author: Cat Hill and Emma Ford
Genre: Non-fiction, horses
Catalog: SF / 636
Acquisition: 1 week ago
Rating: 4

Lots of pictures laid out in a step-by-step manner illustrate basic professional grooming tasks. The formatting was pretty to look at, the paper quality good, and the illustrations were great. The only beef I had was with areas that touched on veterinary care. There were lots of "drawing toxins out" and herbal=better, but other than that, nothing outright harmful was suggested. While World-Class Grooming didn't go into the detail that Harris did in Grooming to Win, this is a nice complement to it. I'm pretty sure I'll refer to it every now and then.

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