Books

Currently Reading: Great Rift, Soulkeepers, Battle Plan for Prayer, Dark Citadel

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This is the first time that I can remember having multiple books in a Currently Reading post. Four books, to be exact, and in no particular order.

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The Great Rift, Book 2 in the Cycle of Arawn Trilogy by Edward W. Robertson. After finishing The White Tree, I decided I was interested enough, and deep enough into the story to continue on. I’m growing into a fan of Robertson.

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This is a new one on me. I did a few searches and read a few reviews after finishing the first The Last Apprentice book, and this came up as a good choice for another new read. The Soulkeepers, Book One by G.P. Ching. I honestly haven’t cracked this one open yet, but it’s on my Kindle and I’ll probably start it this week.

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I enjoy both movies and books from the Kendrick brothers. They’re the guys behind Christian based movies such as Fireproof, Courageous, War Room and a couple of others. Their start in the film industry and their faith are awesome stories, and since I am a huge fan of War Room, I wanted to pick this up and see if I couldn’t strengthen my own prayer strategies.

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Finally, I came across The Dark Citadel by Michael Wallace. It’s the first book in another fantasy trilogy, and I’m hooked. 40% complete, according to Kindle measurements, and it’s really good. Love the world it takes place in and can’t wait to see how this first part ends. If you’re looking for a new fantasy series to start, I recommend this one. Plus, it’s free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

So, yeah, I’m in a reading mood right now and I’m trying to take full advantage of it. I’ve never been one to have multiple books going at one time, but it’s nice to have something to fall back on when I get a little tired of another, and vice-versa.

Currently Reading: Critical Failures IV – The Phantom Pinas by Robert Bevan

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That’s right, friends! I read two complete books this last week! Two! Critical Failures IV is the latest addition to Robert Bevan’s fantasy comedy series. It’s still vulgar and offensive to pretty much everyone, cutting no corners and leaving no person out. But it’s fun. Does that make sense? More importantly, not just one for d*ck and fart jokes, Bevan actually has characters who change and grow through this story! I know, right?! And the ending is … blasphemous? Funny? Amazing? Maybe some odd offspring of all three of those, along with a major plot development to set up the next book.

CF4 was a quick read. Maybe not for everyone, and definitely not for you if you haven’t read the last three yet. Especially not for you if you haven’t at least read the 3rd book, which introduces three new characters and sets up the main plot of book 4. Aw heck, just go read all four of them and get back to me. Can’t wait for the 5th installment.

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Currently Reading: The Last Apprentice by Joseph Delaney

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I list this under my Currently Reading feature, but truth is I’ve already read it! Completely out of the blue, I stumbled across the YA series. Book one is “Revenge of the Witch,” and I finished it off in about three days. To say I was pleased with the characters, story and writing is an understatement. Young Adult fiction or not, I plan on picking up the other books in this series. Highly recommend.  

Currently Reading: The Cycle of Arawn by Edward W. Robinson

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I’ve read Robinson’s work in The Breaker’s series, which I’m still working through, as well, and really enjoyed his writing. The Cycle of Arawn is no different. This is a 3-book set that I picked up on the Kindle and am enjoying greatly!

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2016 Reading Challenge

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Every year, Goodreads has a Reading Challenge. To participate, all you have to do is pledge that you are going to read “X” number of books by the end of the current year. As long as you log the books through Goodreads, it will keep count of your progress during the challenge.

For 2015, for example, I pledged that I wanted to read 100 books. The final count was …

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Yes, 26. I fell a little short of my goal. This year, I’ve decided to lower my expectations and pledge a little less as my goal. So for the 2016 Goodreads Reading Challenge, I’ve pledged to read 75 books. I know, for me that’s near impossible, but darn it I’m going to try.

Care to join the challenge with me? Head over to Goodreads and sign up, and send me a friend request, too, while you’re there!

-J