2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge (January-February) Wrap-Up

Posted March 7, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 0 Comments

Even though I have read 29 books this year, sadly I’ve only read eight of the books on my TBR Pile in the first two months of the year. What this challenge has shown me is that I have 60 books on that pile for a good reason. I keep getting sidetracked by all the hot, new, shiny books that come out, or that are recommended by friends. Now the question remains, now that I realize this will I do better? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. So here is a wrap up of all the books I’ve read in January and February for the 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge:

51n+G5YL60Lmzi.lfebbhox.225x225-751. & 2. Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass

Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic is imaginative and fun! In London, England in 1866, a young girl follows a white rabbit through a rabbit hole, and discovers a magical place she never knew existed. Carroll’s characters are odd, but interesting. (More…)

The-Scorpio-Races3. Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races

Author Maggie Stiefvater excels at setting the scene for the titular Scorpio Races. The story is told from dueling viewpoints of race champion Sean Kendrick and newbie Puck Connolly. Each of them have a reason they need to win the race, yet develop a relationship that is at odds with their goal. Puck and Sean are great characters that make it hard to root for only one of them. Puck is a fierce, smart, strong heroine, while Sean is the strong silent type. At first it seems they have nothing in common, but as the book progresses we learn they are more alike than either of them (and us) could have guessed. Their relationship builds slowly over the course of the story, and while they are taken with each other from the onset, their story doesn’t feel forced. (More…)

9780545682787_p0_v1_s260x4204. Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver

Author Maggie Stiefvater has crafted a spell-binding paranormal romance, that reads like a dream you don’t want to awake from. Told from the dual perspectives of Grace, a girl drawn to the wolves who live in the woods behind her home, and Sam, a boy living in two distinct worlds. Unlike many “love at first sight” teen romances, this story differs in that the pair develop an unusual relationship through the years prior to their first face-to-face meeting. Unlike those other romances, Grace and Sam’s desperate bid to find a way to be together feels earned, and is easy to accept. (More…)

51dvEDBjJyL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_5. Maggie Stiefvater’s Linger

This book made me cry. I wasn’t prepared for my reaction to this book at all. Linger picks up a few weeks after the events in the first book. Sam is now human trying to figure out what that really means, while Grace is grappling with the fear that her future may not turne out exactly as she planned. These turn of events was interesting, because it underscored how little Sam has in his life outside of his relationship with Grace. It was frustrating, because Grace keeps secrets she should never have kept. In Shiver, the two appear to talk about almost everything, so I didn’t understand this intense need to keep such big secrets. However, the two had many nice moments that suffered once Grace’s parents became concerned all of a sudden over her life. (More…)

81+BKHTfjmL._SL1500_6. Maggie Stiefvater’s Forever

Maggie Stiefvater’s trilogy concludes in Forever. Sam and Grace are once again battling the odds, and proving they belong together. Now that Grace has shifted into a wolf, the bond between her and Sam has only grown stronger. Both of them have had a chance to walk in the other’s shoes, and have a better understanding of one another. Grace understands the importance of the pack, while Sam finally realizes how horrible it feels to be the one left behind. (More…)

CinderGive7. Marissa Meyer’s Cinder

What I liked most about Marissa Meyer’s retelling of the fairy tale, Cinderella, is that she set the story in the future, and made the heroine a cyborg. This science fiction aspect of this classic story made it read as a brand new story. Cinder is a strong character, even if she has been forced to live in a subordinate situation to that of her family. She is opinionated and brave. The next thing I liked about this story is how Cinder meets the prince. Yes, there’s a ball in the story, but I loved how Meyer built up Cinder’s relationship with the prince so it wasn’t your typical teen love at first sight story. Finally, I loved how the story ended. (More…)

3D halfbood8. Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Half-Blood

After reading author Jennifer Armentrout’s LUX series last fall, I was hooked on her writing. Armentrout delivers fast-paced stories that hook you from the very first sentence, and don’t let go of your attention until her stories end. It was like that with LUX, and I can tell the Covenant series will be the same. (More…)

Eight books. Not very good count for my first wrap-up post. Let’s see how well I do in March and April! Be sure to check back in May for the next 2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge Wrap-Up post. Happy Reading!

@Angelized_1st

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