Friday, January 8, 2021

Medieval-a-Thon Information and TBR


Medieval-a-Thon is a readathon that is completed from January 10th to February 10th, so a month long readathon. The Goal of the readathon is to increase your nobility rank from Prisoner to Emperor/Empress, and that is based on how many books you read for the readathon.

I'm going to include the images for the nobility rank system and the prompt route I am choosing. This is found at the following link: Medieval-a-Thon. You can also find more information from the host Holly Hearts Books and the twitter @Medievalathon. All the graphics below belong to Holly.

And the following prompt is my the route I am going, along with the books I plan on reading for the readathon.

Level One: These Violent Delights by Chloe Gong
Level Two: We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal
Level Three: Hunting Prince by Kerri Maniscalco
Level Four: First Earl I See Tonight by Anna Bennett
Level Five: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Tuesday, January 5, 2021

Nerd Blast + Trailer and Giveaway: Wild Open Faces (Wild and Ruin #2) by Jennifer G. Edelson

Publisher : Bad Apple Books (December 17, 2020)
Language: : English
Paperback : 351 pages
ISBN-10 : 1733514015
ISBN-13 : 978-1733514019


“A powerful book which both stands nicely alone and compliments Between Wild and Ruin . . . absolutely enthralling reading.” Midwest Book Review


“What could be a corny premise turns into an exhilarating, fun ride in Edelson’s adept hands. Her characters are smartly drawn, and readers will easily identify with Ruby, a strong yet insecure young artist on the verge of adulthood, who is still recovering from her tragic past . . . Fans of Twilight and modern fairy tales will fall in love with Ruby and root for her eventual romance.” —Blue Ink Review (Starred Review)

“Between Wild and Ruin is a stunning story of legends, romance, and destiny with themes of starting over, small towns, beauty, and community . . . Edelson perfectly breathes new life in mythology by honoring the oral tradition of a small community and the ruins that bring to life Ruby's destiny.” —Manhattan Book Review

“Highly recommended to mature teens through new adult and adult audiences, this is a story that lingers in the mind long after its final revelation.” —Midwest Book Review

“A great addition to young adult urban fantasy.” —Seattle Book Review

“Descriptions of the New Mexico landscape are rich and atmospheric, arousing the senses with references to the scent of smoke and juniper, the predatory roar of mountain lions, and the brilliant dazzle of stars in the desert sky . . . The writing conveys a sense of timelessness, making it easy to believe Ruby’s sense that the land is spirit-haunted and that Leo, the handsome young man she encounters near the ruins, is somehow connected to it all.” —Clarion Forward

“An intriguing historical tale and an over-the-top love-quadrangle romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“The paranormal aspects of the tale are credible and richly steeped in traditional lore, and the plot is finely crafted . . . Between Wild and Ruin is most highly recommended.” —Reader’s Favorite (5-Star Review)

** First Place Winner — Young Adult Fiction: 2020 Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards
** First Place Winner - Young Adult Fiction: 2020 National Federation Press Women
** Gold Medal Winner (First Place) - Young Adult Mythology/Folklore; 2020 Reader's Choice International  
** First Place Winner - Young Adult Fiction: 2020 New Mexico Women's Press 

Surfaces are deceiving . . .

After falling for Ezra and discovering a gateway to the Otherworld, it’s a truism Ruby knows to take to heart. But La Luna finally feels like home, and with graduation just weeks away and a cushy internship on a nearby archeological dig in her pocket, it’s easy to downplay the strange new events taking place in the Glorieta Pass. Even when Angel’s deadbeat father reappears after twenty years, stirring up questions about Angel, the ruin, and Ruby’s mother.

Uncertainty is bad enough, but when Ruby starts having inexplicable visions, and the archeological dig unearths mysterious artifacts connected to both a fabled Aztec city and the Pecos Pueblo, Ruby faces more than an uncertain future — she’s forced to accept the role of True of Heart. Will Ezra and her friends stand by her as she confronts the Otherworld? Love is enigmatic, especially in the heart of New Mexico, but the Otherworld may be the biggest mystery of them all.
You can purchase Wild Open Faces at the following links below:

Photo Credit: Shoshanna Bettencourt

Jennifer G. Edelson is a writer, artist, former attorney, pizza lover, and hard-core Bollywood fan. She has a BFA in Sculpture and a J.D. in law and has taught both creative writing and legal research and writing at several fine institutions, including the University of Minnesota. Originally a California native, she currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her husband, kids, and dog, Hubble after surviving twenty-plus years in the Minnesota tundra (but still considers Los Angeles, the Twin Cities, and Santa Fe all home).

*JBN is not responsible for Lost or Damaged Books in your Nerdy Mail Box*

Friday, January 1, 2021

2021 Reading Challenge Goals

 So in years past, I have titled this Reading Resolutions, and I'm changing it up because to me, Resolutions are about making changes, and I've decided that I don't feel like that is really how I want to challenge my reading anymore. A lot of the things I wanted to challenge myself was to read things I normally wouldn't or to make sure I tried to read a book in every genre which isn't necessarily the easiest when you happen to be a mood reader. I didn't really want to read contemporaries last year as an example, which made me fail two of my reading resolutions.

So, I'm trying to make it more about challenging myself differently. I'm not going to aim to read a set amount of contemporaries. I'm not going to try to read a book in every genre. I'm not, for the most part, going to try to read every book by an author that I love. I'm not going to try to complete a series. I am going to challenge myself to read prompts for the months to try to broaden my reading.

As I mentioned above, I'm not for the most part aiming to complete to finish all books by an author except in one case. I'm going to try to read my Jane Austen collection this year - this will be the only "author" challenge I'm striving to complete.

I'm hoping by changing what I focus on completing in my year for reading will help me not get into any slumps. I was so pressured to read x, y, and z; and because of various reasons for the first quarter of the year, I wasn't really able to read much; and then it seemed so daunting to complete everything I had aimed for.

Another big change, I feel like I'm going to do for this year is also that I kept two separate goals for my young adult blog and my adult blog. I am going to combine them into one challenge. Anything that I read and review that is an adult book will still be featured on that blog because I know my audiences are different. All books though completed or mentioned will have links if you are interested.

I am still doing the Goodreads challenge for how many books I am planning on reading in a year. Since, as mentioned previously, I am combining my goals for both blogs, my goal is set at 100 - this is actually normal. The caveat is that 50 books for this goal are going to be YA or Middle Grade; and 50 books are going to be NA, Adult, or Nonfiction. This is also subject to change at any point depending on what is going on in my life.

All Challenge books will be listed in some way on the sidebar. This may take a while to set up because I don't know if I'm going to just list them or make it a graphic in some way.

Something else I might do is "mini challenges" during individual months. Like, for instance, I might challenge myself during the month of February to read only romances or books that have covers that are red or pink. But that will be a mood challenge thing for me - and very dependent on how my reading is going.

So let us proceed with my Challenges...

1. Read Jane Austen (Bi-Monthly Challenge).

I am going to draw a book every two months to read of Jane Austen's novels since I have six books in my collection. The book picked will be listed in my Monthly TBR and Wrap-Up (which I am going to try to get back on to doing).

2. Monthly Reading Prompts

I have a teacup that has 32 different prompts - I wanted variety so that I wouldn't be able to figure out as the pile started dwindling what I might be reading if I went with 12 only - that I will draw from monthly and read the book that fits the prompt. This book will also be listed in the Monthly TBR and Wrap-Up.

3. Goodreads Challenge

Read 100 Books over the course of the year.

4. Complete One Readathon

I have a habit of starting readathons and not finishing them, so I would like to aim to complete at least one readathon this year.

5. Read 5 Books per month

So if you have done the math, reading 5 books per month will not allow for the 100 books to be read, this is just a minimum amount I want to complete per month so that I am not trying to fit 15 or 20 books into one single month. I would need to read about 9 books per month to actually complete the Goodreads challenge, but some months are stronger for my reading than others so this is just a minimum amount.

January TBR and Wrap-Up

A New Year means a Fresh Start for Reading Challenges and Goals. I'm hoping to start off the year strong with my reading for January. Let's get into the books that I am hoping to read this month. Per my reading goals for the year of 2021, I hope to complete five books. Going forward I plan on also posting this TBR and Wrap-Up on the last day of the month instead of the first.

My Jane Austen book for January and February is Mansfield Park.

My prompt for the month was to read a true crime novel and the book I have picked is Missoula by Jon Krakauer.

I am trying to get through my physical books that I own in my library, so for my TBR, I am going to select books a list of books from my library that I would like to read three books from.

One more book I plan to read for the month of January is Waiting for the Night Song by Julie Carrick Dalton. I received this book from the publishers to read and review for the tour for Jean BookNerd.

2020 Stats

 So I am just going to share my overall stats for my reading year. I keep track of a different number of things. I got this idea from Hardback Hoarder, who a few years ago put up a Google Sheet that allowed her to keep track of certain stats. I have changed it a little to keep track of what I want to keep track of, and every year, I update it a little to reflect things I want to keep track of or don't really care to keep track of anymore. I have not updated it yet this year, so I won't be able to discuss that on this post, but maybe before January has completed, I will be able to share that.

Anyway, let's jump right into my 2020 stats. 

Just some generic information for the yearly stats including pages read, hours listened (this amount is inclusive of  pages read), and the amount of books I read this year. The first chart shows how many of those books were read per month.

Books Read: 59
Pages Read: 10219
Hours Listened: 115.17

The next chart shows what audience the books were for. I read a lot of Children's books this year because my sister is becoming a teacher and I wanted to help get some ideas of what books she is going to get for her class.

The following chart is the format of the books I read. The chart doesn't show which is which but I read majority ebooks and the smallest amount was the physical copies, while the 15 books are books I listened to via audiobook.

The two next charts are the genre of books that I read and the ratings that I gave. The other category was the Children's books.

The next chart depicts whether I read books by male authors or female authors. As you can see, I read way more by females. I would like to see this be more even this coming year.

My final chart shows what year the books I read were published in.

My favorite book this year would be between House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig and Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco. My least favorite book that I read this year was Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry.