Reading Roundup – 31st January 2014

January 31, 2014

First of all, I’ve decided to extend my give-away for another week – if you’re interested in winning the first three books in Vampire Academy series from Audible check it out.  A reminder that you don’t need to have an Audible subscription or account to take advantage of this prize.   Good luck!

This last couple of weeks, I’ve done something I don’t do very often – marathoning an entire series of books.  In the last couple of weeks I have read the entire six books in the Vampire Academy series.  I just adored the world, the characters and the storylines.   You can follow my Vampire Academy reviews through the index.  I kept thinking ah well, the books aren’t that thick (ebooks can be deceiving in that way…) but then I realised that they were four or five hundred pages each!  Often I like to change things up a bit, so it says a lot for Mead’s writing and worldbuilding that she was able to retain my interest through six large books.

Recently I came across a fun exercise from Random House of Canada: Reading Bingo.  Please check it out on RHoC’s Facebook page or their site page.  I challenge you to play.  

For me, if we’re only including books read since January, I haven’t read much other than marathoning my way through Vampire Academy.
Let’s see.

First Line. More than 500 pages – Spirit Bound. Became a movie Vampire Academy.
Second line. Written by author under 30 – The Archived by Victoria Schwab. Non human characters. I guess vampires count? Blood Promise A female author. Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead. 
Third row. Non fiction. Mary Poppins, She Wrote
Fifth row Second book in a series Frostbite 

Added to my library this week

Surprise, surprise, I added the first in the Vampire Academy spinoff series Bloodlines to my library in both Kindle and Audible formats.  Yay for Whispersync for Voice. I don’t think I’ll get through this series as quickly as VA, mainly because there are just so many other books begging to be read.

This week was also release week for a couple of books about which I’m excited;

The Unbound by Victoria Schwab.  This is the sequel to Schwab’s The Archive which I really loved.  It was a fresh, compelling YA supernatural mystery and I look forward to seeing where she goes next.

Silence of the Library by Miranda James.  This is the latest in a series of gentle mysteries in which librarian Charlie and his Maine Coon cat become involved.  I love the characters and of course I am a cat and book lover so it hits all the right notes for me.

Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be able to get to these in the very near future – a pesky thing called work keeps getting in the way of my reading…

Upcoming releases for February

Cress by Marissa Meyer.  This is the third in Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series based on classic fairytales.  This one is based on Rapunzel.  I have Cress on preorder from Audible and Amazon and I can guarantee I’ll be starting it as soon as the downloads hit.

What are you planning to read this week?

Let me know in the comments.

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