My Goodreads challenge for 2017 is to read 104 books. I read 14 books in January. This puts me in a great place for the beginning of the year, being 5 books ahead of schedule. I know that there will be some weeks, especially this summer, where I probably won’t have time to read at all, so I’m going to keep going and try to get more ahead of schedule. If I blow my 2017 goal out of the water (like I did for my 2016 goal) I’ll just have to raise the goal for 2018!
I also have a few personal reading goals for the year that I’m not sure I’ve posted about yet:
- Read at least 12 non-fiction books (current total: 1)
- Try to focus on authors who are women and/or minorities
Here’s a sampling of the stuff I read in the month of January.
Boundary Magic Series
The Boundary Magic series, written by Melissa F. Olson, is available on Kindle Unlimited (to read or listen) and currently contains three books. It is not a finished series, but I read somewhere that the author has put this series on the back burner for the time being. This is really disappointing for me, because I really enjoyed them. I listened to the audiobook versions, and I inhaled all three books within a week. I like to listen to audiobooks while I’m doing chores around the house.
The protagonist, Lex, is a veteran of the U.S. Army who vows to protect her niece, Charlie, after Lex’s twin sister’s brutal murder. Two vampires try to kidnap the baby so she springs into action. When she wakes up after the fight, she is surprised to learn that she a) survived and b) her neice is a “null,” having the ability to weaken supernatural forces. But that gift also makes Charlie a target for people who want to control her power.
To guarantee her niece’s safety, she makes a deal with the local vampire leader and gets paired up with vampire “fixer” Quinn to track down who was really behind the kidnapping. Along the way, she begins to learn how to use her own magic skills, but the more she learns the more dangerous her powers become.
The Seventh Bride
The Seventh Bride is another Kindle Unlimited book (to read or listen). Of course, I listened to the audiobook version, and I loved it so much that I listened to the whole thing in one day. This was my first Ursula Vernon novel (she uses the pen name T. Kingfisher for adult books, because she normally writes for children) and it was phenomenal! This is the only one of her books available via Kindle Unlimited, though, so I’ll have to buy the ebook versions of her other novels.
A nobleman, Lord Crevan, proposes marriage to Rhea, a miller’s daughter. Noblemen do not normally do this, and since commoners do not turn down lords, Rhea is forced to agree. When Rhea gets to his remote manor, she realizes that Lord Crevan was already married six times, and his previous wives are imprisoned in his enchanted castle. In order to win her freedom, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete. If she fails, he will marry her.
Elise Sandburg Series
The Elise Sandburg series, by Anne Frasier, currently contains three books and is available on Kindle Unlimited (to read or listen). I inhaled all three books within a week, again. This is becoming a habit, but not necessarily a bad one! The fourth book in the series is due out May 30, 2017.
Elise Sandburg is a Savannah native resident and homicide detective. She was abandoned as a baby in one of the city’s historic cemeteries, and rumor has it that she is the illegitimate daughter of an infamous root doctor. Elise’s life becomes more interesting when gets a new partner on the force in the form of a Yankee ex-FBI agent. But someone is making real-life zombies by poisoning victims into a conscious paralysis that mimics death, so Elise may have to look back to her past to figure out the case in the present.