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Caroline’s #FinishItFeb 2016 Goals

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Wow! I can’t believe that this is the third year that Faye and I are hosting Finish It February, A month-long event dedicated to reading unfinished books and series.

In 2014 I managed to read four books and finish three series, making a small but satisfying dent in my personal TBR pile.

Last year, with my change in circumstances ( the birth of my third child), my aim was to match 2014’s results and I selected the four books, out of all my unfinished series, I was most desperate to read. Life with a newborn was hectic and I was happy to finish one and half books, completing two series. While this certainly didn’t rank as the most successful reading challenge result, personally it was very satisfying to know that I was still able to carve out a bit of time for myself despite a young family.

Following on from #FinishItFeb 2015 I have found that with a few adjustments, mainly developing a love affair with ebooks, I have been able to include at least an hour of reading in to most days ( who knew that juggling a newborn, two older kids, a husband, job, labrador and house renovations would be so time consuming?! 😉 ). While this is nowhere near the amount a self confessed bookaholic like myself is used to consuming, I find that a little sniffle every day keeps me from going sir crazy.

Although I have managed to reincorporate reading in to my everyday life I haven’t found much time to attend to the blog. If it wasn’t for the contributions of my fellow BBLB team mates, this blog would have fallen in to disrepair over the last two years from neglect. While the focus of this challenge is to catch up on unfinished reads, I am setting myself the personal challenge of writing weekly updates for the duration #FinishItFeb in the hope that It will reignite my passion and help me find space in my life for blogging.

Caroline’s Goals

*Write a goal post– don’t you love an easy task you can quickly cross off of your to do list 😉

*Write and post weekly updates

*Co-host/join at least one #FinishItFeb related Twitter chat

*Finish the Starbound series by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, so much so that I preordered the second and then the third book. Both books have sat, unread, gathering dust on my TBR since their bubble wrapped arrival on my door mat. I anticipate that this will be the hardest element of my challenge as they are both hardbacks and not as easy as ebooks to read while multitasking.

*Finish the audiobook of Rachel Hartman’s Shadow scale- Audiobooks the perfect multitasking reading tool ( then why haven’t I finished this book?!). I see some looooong dog walks in my future.

Wether your goals are large or small, your TBR mountainous or molehill like, we would love you to join us. You don’t even have to have a blog to participate. Feel free to add your twitter (#FinishItFeb) or Facebook updates to the link below.

If you wish to write a sign-up post, we would be incredibly grateful but it is not mandatory to join the event.
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#FinishItFeb2016

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Hello All!

Today I am happy to share with you all that Caroline and I will be hosting #FinishItFeb again this year!

The idea of #FinishItFeb is to read either books that you’re halfway through and finish them OR to read books that you have left in a series to finish the series!

It will run throughout Feb and is a chance to finish those half-read books and part read series!

To sign up for this fun-filled event, all you need to do is add your link to the linky post below. If you wish to write a sign-up post, we would be incredibly grateful but it is not mandatory to join the event. You do not have to have a blog to participate, feel free to link to your twitter or facebook!

Throughout the event Caroline and I will be posting weekly updates to let you all know how we are doing with this challenge and add a linky to our posts so that you can all link to your own updates as well.

Lastly, if you need any help remembering what happened in the last few books in the series, we recommend you have a look at Recaptains, an incredible blog that sums up what happens in the previous books in a large proportion of series.

Aside from all of that, let’s have some fun!

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BBLB’s Favourites Reads of 2016

A new year begins, which means by definition that another chapter is closed but not forgotten. In spirit of this here are but a few of the books that will be amongst the most memorable to me for 2015.

I’ll be honest and start with stating that to choose an overall favourite is absolutely positively impossible, so you’ll have to settle for one for each category and even that was a struggle!!! No true book lover can have only ONE favourite 😉

Contemporary
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh was my 2015 read contemporary favourite. I know it’s not YA or your average adult read but it was very interesting and thought provoking

Caroline: The Virgin Romance Novelist by Meghan Quinn– Slightly predictable but pee your pants funny!

Faye: Ways to see a ghost by Emily Diamond

Sci-fi
Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Lux series continues to be one of the best sci-fi series I’ve read

Fantasy
I read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas over Christmas after a lot of badgering from our fearless leader Caroline, and the onslaught of messages I sent her after I finished are a mere small symbol of how great this story is. Cannot wait for its sequel!!!

Faye: A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E Schwab

Caroline: It’s a close contest between Uprooted by Naomi Novik and A Darker Shade of Magic.

Romance
The book that I have most simply adored and found unbelievably amazing (and that I have shoved in more people’s faces than I care to admit) has to be hands down Ensnared, the final installment in the fantastic trilogy of Splintered by A.G.Howard.

Caroline: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Faye: Christmas at Lilac Cottage by holly Martin

Daisy: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Diversity
Faye: Aristotle and Dante Discover the sec tests of the universe by Benjamin Alirez Saenz

Caroline: The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Daisy: Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Dystopian
I would have to say that The Winner’s Curse series by Marie Rutkoski takes this place. Anxiously awaiting the sequel, feels like a constant state of being with all these brilliant books!!

Crime/Thriller
Although Storm and Stone by Joss Stirling was not published in 2015, I unfortunately only managed to finally work through my forever ending TBR pile and get to it last year so am going to be a little sneaky and use it. Despite not portraying the usual cloak and dagger murder, there is a fair bit of crime, investigating and spying involved and for those of you who have read it I’m sure you’ll agree it more than qualifies for this category

Faye: How I Lost You by Jenny Blackhurst

Action/Adventure

Faye: The Oatbreakers Shadow by Amy McCullough

Historical

Faye: Catching Falling Stars by Laren McCombie

UKYA author
It has to be The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, who I am very fortunate to have met just prior to reading her book *I know I know horror and shame*

Faye: The Sin Eaters Daughter by Mel Salisbury

Caroline: LOL its a full house! The Sin Eaters Daughter!

Debut Author

Daisy: It wasn’t released in 2015 but my favourite debut read this year has been Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Faye: The Art Of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Caroline: The Sin Eaters Daughter by Mel Salisbury

Middle Grade
Faye: Catch A Falling Star by Karen McCombie

Books for Younger children
Faye: Queen Sardine and Princess Persia by Kate Willis-Crowlwy

Caroline: You Can’t Take An Elephant On The Bus by Patricia Cleveland-Peck and David Tazzyman

Non 2015 read in 2015
Well I feel like I may have already qualified a few books for this category earlier :p buuuuuut seeing as they’ve already been used I’m going to take full advantage to mention yet another one of my many 2015 favourites. This one has to go to Neverland by Anna Katmore.

Faye:Trouble by Non Pratt

Caroline:I had a lot of catching up to do this year! My favourites were The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R Carey, The entire Grisha series by Leigh Bardugo and Shadows on the Moon by Zoe Marriott.

Book in a Series

Faye:Scorch by Gina Damico

Daisy:Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Caroline:The Winners Crime by Marie Rutoski

2015 re-read
Probably one of the easiest choices I’ve had to make so far. Without a shadow of doubt this spot belongs to Easy by Tammara Webber. This has got to be one of the sweetest and loveliest comfort reads I’ve had the pleasure to come across in all my book worming years and cannot help but sneak back to it once in a while.

Caroline: 2015 was the year I introduced my eight year old to Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K Rowling

Non fiction
This is going to seem a bit of a random choice but bear with me. This last, but not least, category must go to Bonsai Basics by Colin Lewis. I’m urged to pick this book mainly because I’ve had 2 bonsais thus far. The first one (Bing) died a very slow death by lack of watering and general attention. In my defense I had no idea what I was doing and was too busy trying to sort my life out to remember to prune the tiny tree. However I am very proud to say that his successor, known as Groot (some of you will get the reference) is extremely grateful to Colin Lewis as he is very much still alive, green and thriving after a full year of ownership!!! Go Bonsai Basics!!! lol

Daisy: The Amazing Boon is not on fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester

Caroline:The Oxytocin Factor: Tapping the hormone of Calm, Love and Healing by Kerstin Uvnas Moberg

Faye: Colour Me MindfulMost anticipated read of 2016
It HAS to be the sequel to Sarah J Maas’ A Court Of Thorn and Roses, A Court Of Mist and Fury.

Faye: Probably a toss up between Thicker than Water by Bridget Kemmerer, The Shadow Queen by CJ Redwine and A gathering of shadows by V.E Schwab

Caroline: Gah its too hard to pick just one! Mine are all continuations of series I LOVE so, The Raven King by Maggie Stievater, the forth and final book in the Raven Boys series, A Gathering of Shadows by V.E Schwab,book two in the A Darker Shade of Magic series and The Sleeping Prince, book two in the Sin Eaters Daughter Series by Melinda Sailsbury.

Daisy:hmmmmm I’m trying to get hold of 5th Wave (by Rick Yancey) to have a read of because the film’s out soon…

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