2015 Series Challenge | Wrap- Up

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. I am really proud of myself for how many series I was able to complete this year  (although few) and how many I have caught up to publishing, but I still have so many more that I have started/own. These are all the ones I was able to complete this year!I have decided that 2016 will be the year of series completion!

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack (to publication)

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed this year?

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2015 SERIES CHALLENGE | Update #1

2015 BOOKS READ-3

To see the rules of the challenge click here

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. If you would like to look at my progress you can click here! To also check out my previous posts about the series I have completed for the 2015 (2014) Series Challenge you can click here!

 


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Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

[completed: 1/2015]

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The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

[completed 1/2015]

Have you completed any series yet this year?

Friday Reads [1/23]

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13324841Since I will be leaving soon (if you haven’t seen my post about my hiatus check it out here) I have been so busy and haven’t had much time for reading. I am currently listening to Son by Lois Lowry on audiobook. I read the first three books in the Giver Quartet last year and would really like to finish off the series. I am enjoying the book and loving that it is focusing on telling more of the story from The Giver by Lois Lowry. The other book I might start and will be the last book I might be able to finish before I leave and if not I have the ebook of it too so it will be the first one I finish after I leave is The Martian by 18007564Andy Weir. I received this book for review from Blogging for Books and I am really excited to get to this book because I have heard fabulous things about it! I have really been trying to get into more Science Fiction and think this is a perfect book to start with!

What books are you currently reading or planning on reading this weekend?

Messenger by Lois Lowry | Book Review

12930MESSENGER BY LOIS LOWRY

Genre: YA, Dystopian

“Things seem more when you’re little. They seem bigger, and distances seem farther.”
― Lois Lowry, Messenger

Series: The Giver Quartet
The Giver
Gathering Blue

Synopsis:
Messenger is the masterful third novel in the Giver Quartet, which began with the dystopian bestseller The Giver, now a major motion picture.

Matty has lived in Village and flourished under the guidance of Seer, a blind man known for his special sight. Village once welcomed newcomers, but something sinister has seeped into Village and the people have voted to close it to outsiders. Matty has been invaluable as a messenger. Now he must risk everything to make one last journey through the treacherous forest with his only weapon, a power he unexpectedly discovers within himself.

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I have to say I was really happy to see this book start to pull together the stories and expand on the stories of Jonah, Matty and Kira. Matty was my favorite character from Gathering Blue and I was ecstatic to see he got his own story!

Although like the others this is a short book it really developed Matty’s character and had some unique paranormal aspects. This was a lot more emotional than I was anticipating. Matty is working toward receiving his true name, which he is hoping to be Messenger. He is the only one who knows how to navigate the woods and with the woods starting to close off their town he has to go to get Kira before she can no longer return. Like the other two books this has a unique and interesting society, with elements and situations that make you think and wonder what you would do.

I absolutely loved Matty as a character. He shows strength and courage as well as being a funny and intriguing character. He is so compassionate and the ending broke my heart. It was great to see the other characters from Lowry’s other books in this companion series and it all makes sense know how they all connect!

RATING-4

Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry| Book Review

12936GATHERING BLUE BY LOIS LOWRY

Genre: YA, Dystopian

Series:  The Giver Quartet
The Giver (#1 Giver Quartet)

Take pride in your pain,” her mother had always told her. “You are stronger than those who have none.
– Lois Lowry, Gathering Blue

Synopsis: 
In her strongest work to date, Lois Lowry once again creates a mysterious but plausible future world. It is a society ruled by savagery and deceit that shuns and discards the weak. Left orphaned and physically flawed, young Kira faces a frightening, uncertain future. Blessed with an almost magical talent that keeps her alive, she struggles with ever broadening responsibilities in her quest for truth, discovering things that will change her life forever. [Goodreads]

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*Warning this may contain spoilers because it is a companion novel*

In this companion novel to The Giver by Lois Lowry, Kira is living in a village that is almost the complete opposite of Jonas’s community from The Giver. This society is a more dark and savage civilization that does not treat all citizen equal. Kira is a disabled girl whose mother had just died and she is left to try and fend for herself while some woman in the village want her sent away. She soon realizes things about her community that she never knew before.

Although this book present you with a society that is flawed and makes you question the community and what the world could become, it fell flat and was quite disappointing.There is hostility towards children, a cast off of those who are different or disabled and a division in society between individuals and their jobs.  I really enjoyed that it set up for a lot of discussion and thought on the topics of the society, values in life and a possible future for our world. I thought that Kira was a strong and flawed character and liked her relationship with Matt. Matt was a really great character and really thought he stood out in the book. He had that great child personality that was fun and nostalgic. I was so happy to find out that the third book is revolving him. There were elements of the story that were really intriguing such as the importance of names and its relationship with age. The plot made sense at the end and the pieces began to fall together and I especially like the hints towards the other books, but this book was my least favorite out of them so far.

RATING-2

Making Up For Monday [8/11]

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Today’s Question: What books would you recommend most?

Now I could go on and on about books I recommend. I am planning on staring a feature on my blog about book recs. Since I have already done a book rec for books I have loved so far this year (Which you can check out here)! Because I have already done a rec on books I have read so far this year, I am going to do this on a few that I absolutely love and are some oldies but some goodies!

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This is a pretty dark contemporary with some deep topics and issues. The main character Lia just lost a friend and suffers from an eating disorder. I feel like as a female growing up in the world today we face so many pressures to look a certain way and many girls face and suffer from eating disorders. The writing was absolutely beautiful and the story was emotionally wrenching. I feel like we all go through points in life we were suffer from something or have inter battles and struggles with ourselves and Laurie Halse Anderson just did a fantastic job conveying all those feelings.

 

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Looking For Alaska by John Green

Many people either really love this or they don’t I have heard, but I am definitely one that loves this book. I finished it in one sitting and just couldn’t put it down. Feeling lost and trying to find yourself is something that everyone goes through at a point in their life, whether while they are young or even at an older age. This book had everything that I could hope for in a good book. I was laughing and crying and felt like I was with a good friend, discovering life and figuring out the world. I loved all of the quotes and references to literature and the characters were fantastic and youthful. The thing I loved most about this book is it doesn’t go how you would think and leaves you wondering why.

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I am currently rereading this for the 4th or 5th time and I really do love this book. I think it is a wonderful modern classic introduction to a dystopian world. I think the elements of the world and the community in which the book focuses on are so intriguing. I have found myself questioning so many things while rereading this and noticing things I haven’t before. It is definitely a place I am glad I do not live in. I will say that the aspects of the plot and characters are super fantastic, but it is more of the thought provoking created by reading the novel that bring about many questions and leaves you with unease. If you haven’t already I recommend picking this up especially since the movie is coming out!

 

I think I am going to stop there! If you would like book recommendations on a certain genre or sub genre I would love to create some! Just leave a comment about what you would like to see!

What are some books you always seem to be recommending? Or maybe even some books you would recommend to me? 

August TBR

Lately I have been kicking butt on my TBR Lists! Since I am planning on participating in a few different read-a-thons this month I will have several different TBRs created. I have already posted my TBR for the Dusting off the Shelf read-a-thon happening Aug 1st – Aug 15th! The books that I am including on this list are ones I am reading for the FCLA Book Club and or buddy reads. Or just ones I want to get to and might end up including in other read-a-thon TBRs!

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We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han – I recently finished the first two books in this series and would love to be able to complete the trilogy this summer! This might get put on my Bout of Books TBR!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen – I am participating in a read-a-long for this book on goodreads and I also am using it for a challenge in the Dusting off the Shelf read-a-thon. It has been awhile since I read a classic and I have never read this one so that needs to change. I might end up working on it throughout the month though.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – I am continuing on with the duology and buddy reading it with Krystal @ Books Are My Thing!

The Giver by Lois Lowry- Don’t worry I have read this book already multiple times. So this will be a re-read for me due to the movie coming out soon. I don’t remember all that happened and its a short read.

♠ Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch- How many TBRs has this made an appearance on? I started this in June and decided to put it on hold, but I really hope I will be able to get to it (like for real this time) This is the second book in the Gentleman Bastard series and I highly recommend the first book The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch! I also just got the third book and really want to get to it!

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling- I just recently finished the third book and want to continue on with the #SummerofSpells and just completing the series for the first time!

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson- This is the August Book of the Month for the Future Cat Ladies of America Book Club with Autumn @Kitty Cat Reads

 

I also have a few e-books/e-arcs I need to read so we will see how it goes with those!

 

What are you planning on reading this month?