You might be wondering what this blog post is about. I have not previously mentioned any goals concerning Books Ever After, and what even is Books Ever After?
If you pay close attention to my sidebar you will have seen that Books Ever After is a Dutch Goodreads group I am apart of and where I am rather active compared to other groups I am in. I have met a few of the girls in there and so it creates a bit more of a bond with that group.
Next to monthly reads the group has various other kind of topics. I realized at some point that the lists I made in there were also goals for this year, though perhaps a bit more lowkey. And even though I had not previously mentioned these, it would be a good idea to take a look back on them and see if maybe I can grow new goals from these now that the year is almost over.
Status: Completed in June
Every year the group creates their own challenge and this year it was the ABC challenge. Every letter has their own prompt for us to read books for. Obviously this was in Dutch so the abc won’t match up in English. I’ll translate the prompts if needed.
Afgrijselijk einde (Horrible/Shocking ending) – Red Seas Under Red Skies
Buddyread – The Lies of Locke Lamora
Coverlove Veiled Intentions
Diversiteit (LGBT+ / geloof / etniciteit etc. speelt grote rol) (Diversity) – De Klauw
Eerste letter van je naam in de titel (First letter of your name in the title) – Gilded Cage
Favoriete auteur (Favorite author) – The Dark Prophecy
Groen in de cover (Green on the cover) – The Emerald Blade
Hoge verwachtingen (High expectations – The Upside of Unrequited
Ik-perspectief (First person pov) – Calamity
Januari (verschenen in / in deze maand gelezen / speelt zich af in deze maand) (Published/read in/set in January) – The Rose & the Dagger
Koningshuis (Royal family) – Frost Like Night
Lenteboek (verschenen in / speelt zich af in / geeft lentegevoel) (Published/read in/set in Spring) – The Love Interest
Mama speelt een rol (Mother plays a role)- Heartsnare
Nummer in de titel (Number in the title)- Tweedehands Vleugels
Ontzettend dik = 500+ blz (Incredibly thick = 500+ pages) – Invocatie
Prins op het witte paard (bookboyfriend!) – Truthwitch
Quick read – Wires and Nerve, Volume 1
Reizen (Traveling) –The Blazing Star
Standalone – Endymion Spring
Tenenkrommend personage (Irritating character) – Makkelijk leven
Uitermate teleurstellend (Very Dissapointing) – The Young Elites
Vervolg (Sequel) – Memories of Ash
Wacht wat gebeurde daar in hemelsnaam!? (plottwist!) – American Gods
X = geweldige kusscene (Great kissing scene) – The Wrath & the Dawn
YESSS, eindelijk dit boek in handen (Finally I have this book) – A Conjuring of Light Zonder (No) lovetriangle – Sorcerer to the Crown
17 in 2017
Another topic was about the 17 books you really wanted to read in 2017.
Sorcerer to the Crown
2. The Fifth Season
Throne of the Crescent Moon – DNF
The Wrath & the Dawn
Frost Like Night
8. The Name of the Wind
. Finnikin of the Rock
A Hat Full of Sky
The Lies of Locke Lamora
12. The Way of Kings
Ink and Bone
15. Half Bad
I think overal I actually did really well with this goal as in previous years I did not often read any books for lists like these. I think it helped that it was together with other people. The social activity helped to motivate me. If we do this again with the group I will attempt to cary these over.
Another topic that appeared was because we all had trouble with finishing series. I originally picked only the series that I had books (completely or partly) for. I ended up adding Fever a little later, after I had bought the original five.
Bold is finished
Italics is made progress
- Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch 3/3
- The Reckoners by Brandon Sanderson 3/3
- Chrestomanci by Diana Wynne Jones 2/6
- Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott 3/6 + 0/2 novella
- Graceling Realm by Kristin Cashore 1/3
- Wings of Fire 2/5 (I only own the first 5)
- Death arc Discworld by Terry Pratchett 3/5
- Tiffany Aching arc Discworld by Terry Pratchett 5/5
- Percy Jackson companion books by Rick Riordan 3/3
- The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh 2/2
- Fever by Karen Marie Moning 5/5 (Technically there are 10 of these but I am only going for the original 5 at the moment. Not sure if I’d want to read the rest at this point)
It is not bad progress but it clearly could have been better. There are a few that I just didn’t pick up that I should have. I’ve been reading the Nicholas Flamel books forever but I can’t seem to get myself to pick up the last three. I must kick my ass in to gear for that this year. I am carrying those I didn’t complete over to this year. The group is cleaning out the current lists and so we can start again.