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2019 Reading Goals

2018 has left and 2019 is here, which means setting new attainable goals and impossible resolutions. I’m sure everyone is putting together their reading goals and deciding on which reading challenges they will tackle for the new year. This year I’m doing something a little different instead of joining challenges and failing, I’m just setting reading goals, with no new year resolutions. This way I enjoy reading without the pressure. I’m sharing my 2019 reading goals and hope you share yours, maybe we can tackle them together.

Goal#1-To read all the books I purchased in 2018 (about 80) that I havent read yet. I will be DNFing any books that don’t keep my interest past the fifth chapter.

Goal#2-To reread a book (blacklist books before 2017) by at least two to three authors.

Goal#3-To finish at least two to three series  I started in 2018. Bargainer Series by Laura Thalassa, Thorne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas and The Secret of Spellshadow Manor Series by Bella Forrest

Goal#4-To read at least one non-fiction book a month. This can be personal development, memoir or self-help related to business and or craft of writing.

Goal#5- To start the two series I put off last year, The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis and The Trisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo.

Goal #6-To keep a reading log of the books I read along with title, author name, page count, genre and rating.

I’m set to read 100 books for 2019, which is not usual for me. I have set attainable goals and if I read at least eight  books a month, I’ll hit my 100 book goal, give or take about four books. I’m looking forward to a successful reading year as well as releasing my second book. I’m also making changes to how and what I’ll be posting to this blog (more on that later).

Good luck on your reading goals and feel free share in the comments below.

Happy New Year!

Teresa

 

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January TBR


The first month of the new year and I can’t wait to dive into to some new books. I’m not going to stick to any specific genre but will be reading a variety for January. This are the titles I am going to try and tackle for this month.

Memior/Self-Help/Inspirational

Everyone has experiences in their lives that stop them in their tracks and become burdens they carry with them everywhere they go. No one knows this better than Sarah Jakes Roberts. Pregnant at fourteen, married by nineteen, divorced by twenty-two, and all while under the intense spotlight of being Bishop T.D. Jakes’s daughter, Sarah knows what it is to feel buried by failure and aching pain.

But when her journey brought her to faith’s fork in the road, Sarah found she had to choose between staying in the comfort of the pain she knew or daring to make new wounds and move forward. Now Sarah shares the numerous life lessons she’s learned along the way with other women also struggling to believe they’re not disqualified by their pain and past mistakes. She delves into topics such as allowing the past to empower the present, choosing to step forward while still being afraid, facing struggles surrounded by community, finding intimacy with God outside preconceived notions of what it has to look like, and learning to focus on others. With deeply personal stories of her own, Sarah helps readers find their way to the right perspective and the confidence to walk toward the best God has for them.

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Fantasy/ Retellings/Paranormal

Ro remembers the castle before. Before the gates closed. Before silence overtook the kingdom. Before the castle disappeared. Now it shimmers to life one night a year, seen by her alone.

Once a lady, now a huntress, Ro does what it takes to survive–just like the rest of the kingdom plunged into despair never before known.

But a beast has overtaken the castle. A beast that killed the prince and holds the castle and kingdom captive in his cruel power. A beast Ro has been hired to kill.

Thankful the mystery of the prince’s disappearance has been solved, furious the magical creature has killed her hero, Ro eagerly accepts the job to end him.

But things are not as they seem.

Trapped in the castle, a prisoner alongside the beast, Ro wonders what she should fear most: the beast, the magic that holds them both captive, or the one who hired her to kill the beast.

A Beauty and the Beast retelling.

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*****

Gold is wealth. Wealth is power. Power is a curse.
After King Midas’s gift—or curse—almost killed his daughter, he relinquished The Touch forever. Ten years later, Princess Kora still bears the consequences of her father’s wish: her skin shines golden, rumors follow her everywhere she goes, and she harbors secret powers that are getting harder to hide.
Kora spends her days concealed behind gloves and veils. It isn’t until a charming duke arrives that Kora believes she could indeed be loved. But their courtship is disrupted when a thief steals treasures her father needs to survive. Thanks to Kora’s unique ability to sense gold, only she can find the missing items. As she sails off on her quest, Kora learns that not everything is what it seems—not her companions, or the thieves, or Kora herself.

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*****

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

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*****

When her sister Patty died, Jenna blamed herself. When Jenna died, she blamed herself for that, too. Unfortunately Jenna died too soon. Living or dead, every soul is promised a certain amount of time, and when Jenna passed she found a heavy debt of time in her record. Unwilling to simply steal that time from the living, Jenna earns every day she leeches with volunteer work at a suicide prevention hotline.

But something has come for the ghosts of New York, something beyond reason, beyond death, beyond hope; something that can bind ghosts to mirrors and make them do its bidding. Only Jenna stands in its way.

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Mystery/Thriller

Summer is busy season for Mackenzie “Mac” Almeida’s bicycle shop, nestled in the quaint, seaside hamlet of Westham, Massachusetts. She’s expecting an influx of tourists at Mac’s Bikes; instead she discovers the body of Jake Lacey. Mac can’t imagine anyone stabbing the down-on-his-luck handyman. However, the authorities seem to think Mac is a strong suspect after she was spotted arguing with Jake just hours before his death. Mac knows she didn’t do it, but she does recognize the weapon—her brother Derrick’s fishing knife.

Mac’s only experience with murder investigations is limited to the cozy mysteries she reads with her local book group, the Cozy Capers. So to clear her name—and maybe her brother’s too—Mac will have to summon help from her Cozy Capers co-investigators and a library’s worth of detectives’ tips and tricks. For a small town, Westham is teeming with possible killers, and this is one mystery where Mac is hoping for anything but a surprise ending…

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*****

When Clara’s boyfriend, Luke, disappears, everyone believes that he’s left her, but Clara thinks she knows the truth. Recent evidence suggests that Luke had a stalker, and Clara worries that he’s been kidnapped. Then Luke’s older sister, Emily, who vanished twenty years ago, suddenly reappears.

Emily wants to help Clara with her search for Luke, but she refuses to talk about what happened–even though it nearly destroyed her family when she vanished. And the deeper Clara digs into Luke’s mysterious disappearance, the more convinced she is that the two incidents are connected.

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Reread for The Month

A provocative novel about the only black family on board the Titanic—a beautiful, intimate look at racial tension, family discord, and how love conquers all. Fifteen-year-old Corinne LaRoche’s life changes one evening when she returns home and witnesses racist French policemen harassing her father. Her frustrated father decides the family is leaving France and moving back to Canada. As Corinne, her sister, and her father step onto the beautiful Titanic, they could not have imagined their impending fate as well as the life-altering family secrets revealed during the four days before the sinking. From this day forward, their lives will never be the same.

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Talk About It Thursday: Authors & Readers Book Corner May TBR

Authors & Readers Book Corner shares the May To-Be-Read List.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Ellingham Academy is a famous private school in Vermont for the brightest thinkers, inventors, and artists. It was founded by Albert Ellingham, an early twentieth century tycoon, who wanted to make a wonderful place full of riddles, twisting pathways, and gardens. “A place,” he said, “where learning is a game.”
Shortly after the school opened, his wife and daughter were kidnapped. The only real clue was a mocking riddle listing methods of murder, signed with the frightening pseudonym “Truly, Devious.” It became one of the great unsolved crimes of American history.
True-crime aficionado Stevie Bell is set to begin her first year at Ellingham Academy, and she has an ambitious plan: She will solve this cold case. That is, she will solve the case when she gets a grip on her demanding new school life and her housemates: the inventor, the novelist, the actor, the artist, and the jokester. But something strange is happening. Truly Devious makes a surprise return, and death revisits Ellingham Academy. The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder.

Bad Men and Wicked Women by Eric Jerome Dickey

As a low-level enforcer in Los Angeles, Ken Swift knows danger, but nowhere does he feel it more than in his tangled romances. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, and wrestling with a strong desire to get to know a third, his life is far from perfect, and it becomes all the more complicated when his troubled daughter resurfaces on the same day as a major job. Margaux is pregnant, bitter, and desperate: she needs $50,000 immediately, and she isn’t above blackmailing Ken to get it. Yet even as the tension-filled father/daughter reunion escalates into a clashing of wills and desires that spread far beyond their family, Ken’s latest contract spirals quickly out of control, and he finds it is not only his daughter looking to seek revenge.

 

The Chain by Bella Forrest

Alex and his comrades might have escaped the Head’s clutches, but where are they now?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Aging and reclusive Hollywood movie icon Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?
Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband has left her, and her professional life is going nowhere. Regardless of why Evelyn has selected her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.
Summoned to Evelyn’s luxurious apartment, Monique listens in fascination as the actress tells her story. From making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the ‘80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way, Evelyn unspools a tale of ruthless ambition, unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love. Monique begins to feel a very real connection to the legendary star, but as Evelyn’s story near its conclusion, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.

Two Spells by Mark Morrison

Sarah and her twin brother Jon are heirs to an ancient magical realm and its most valuable treasure: an enchanted library. The library endows readers with the supernatural means of crossing into the uncharted inner sanctum of the second-dimension, inhabited with peculiar and sometimes perilous creatures. Both children are emboldened with a wondrous, mystical gift that no being has ever possessed before. But fate intervenes and triggers a disastrous war that disrupts the fabric of time and space, spanning multiple universes and tearing destiny a new and savage pathway. The two must rescue their world from a phantom hybrid alien race controlled by the demented dark wizard, Jeremy Sermack. They’ll either assimilate or be exterminated. Will they be the saviors that the prophets envisioned, or will they retreat to the perceived safety of their distant homeland?

 

Heaven Adjacent by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Roseanna Chaldecott spent her life as a high-powered lawyer in Manhattan. But when her best friend and law partner dies suddenly, something snaps. Unsure of her future, Roseanna heads upstate on one tank of gas and with no plans to return.
In the foothills of the Adirondacks, Roseanna discovers the perfect hideout in a ramshackle farm. Its seventy-six acres are rich with possibilities and full of surprises, including a mother and daughter squatting on the property. Although company is the last thing Roseanna wants, she reluctantly lets them stay.
Roseanna and the young girl begin sculpting junk found around the farm into zoo animals, drawing more newcomers—including her estranged son, Lance. He pleads with Roseanna to return to the city, but she’s finally discovered where she belongs. It may not provide the solitude she originally sought, but her heart has found room for much more.

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April Wrap Up

I read a variety of books in the month of April. The majority were review books that were releasing in the month. My taste for reading has been changing and now I’m really interested in paranormal and fantasy. This surprises me but not be if you notice more of these books in my to-be-read or wrap ups. Let me share the books I completed for this month.

I enjoyed learning more about the Jones family in the second book of the Sullivan’s Crossing series. I did loose track of some of the characters but overall it is a nice story. It does make me want to visit Sullivan’s Crossing because it seems like an ideal places to disappear. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.

The Ross’s have to give up on appearances once their daughter, Zoe attends a party. This was a great story for teenagers to learn their actions have consequences and affects everyone in their family. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.

In this 2nd book in the Parker Crime series the stakes go up when Abrianna is framed for murder. The action is ongoing and so is the twists and turns.

Teenagers and their secrets get out of hand in this book. The mystery kept me on my toes and the suspense made it an enjoyable ride.

Keke Palmer shares a lot about herself and what she has been through in this entertaining memoir. She is talented and a woman who knows who she is and has the confidence to show it. I loved the way the book was designed and laid out.

The second book in the Spellshadow Manor is even more enjoyable. The characters get into more trouble and more secrets are revealed. I had to get the next book in the series.

This is a wonderful book about a boy named Sam, who is different because of his red eyes. Sam goes through a lot of bullying and people not excepting him. They even call him awful names, but he doesn’t let it change the good hearted person he is.  This is a beautifully written story. Check out my full review for my additional thoughts here.

 

These are my reads for the month of April. Let me know in the comments what books you read in April. I would to add some to my to-be-read list.