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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

Night CircusThe Night Circus
Erin Morgenstern
Harvill Secker
2011, 387p
Read from my TBR pile

The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there when yesterday it was not….

Cities all over the world await the arrival of a special circus – Le Cirque des Rêves. It arrives out of no where, the white and black striped tents springing up out of thin air. It is open only at night – sundown to sun up. In each tent is something different – an illusionist, a hall of magic mirror, a land of clouds. One night is not enough and many patrons go back night after night until one day when the circus is simply gone, springing up somewhere else in another city.

Behind the scenes of the circus, a great competition is underway. Celia is the daughter of a great illusionist known as Prospero who has performed all over the world. She didn’t meet him until she was 6 when her mother, tired of waiting for him to return, sent her to him. Prospero sees a great potential in Celia, who seems to possess the same gifts that he does. He contacts an old friend, determined to pose a familiar wager.

And so Celia is her father’s instrument, his friend Alexander must locate and train his own and he finds a young orphan named Marco. The battle is yet to be decided, in an unknown location but it will continue until there is a winner. Celia doesn’t know who her opponent is, or even really what the game itself is. She carries on the way she has been taught by her father: when he deems her ready, she joins Les Cirque des Rêves and performs night after night for the patrons, her illusions breathtaking.

Marco has known who his opponent was from the moment he laid eyes upon her but he has as much understanding of the competition as Celia herself. Despite the fact that he knows they are opponents, the two of them fall headlong into love. Their love is powerful, consuming and magical. But it is this love that forces the hand of the ringmasters – and the game finally becomes known to both of them in a terrifying reveal.

I’ve been wanting to read The Night Circus since I first heard about it some time ago. I even borrowed it from my local library but didn’t get around to it in the time I was allowed to have it and had to send it back as there were requests on it. I found it cheap in an online store and purchased it but it wasn’t until it was the May selection for my new face-to-face bookclub that I actually got around to reading it. I read it on the day of the meeting because I sort of lost track of the dates and thought I had another week. I’m so glad I finally read it! This book is magical.

There’s really no other way to describe it. It’s rich with the wildest of imaginations – Erin Morgenstern has developed a world within a world here with the circus of Les Cirque des Rêves. Celia begins the novel as a shy, frightened girl of 6, who doesn’t know her father and perhaps doesn’t know what to think of him. Marco likewise starts out as an orphan with little in the way of prospects. The two of them end up as opponents on a glittering stage – the circus, although rarely do they come into contact. As the illusionist, Celia travels with the circus and Marco stays in London, controlling things from his end in his way. With every turn of the page, I was further drawn into this wonderful circus and the mysteries that surround it, such as how does it reach its destinations so swiftly, in such an era? Why is no one aging? All of those things hovered at the edge of my mind, which was much more occupied with the beautiful descriptions of the circus and the tents and the love story that began to develop between Celia and Marco.

Because The Night Circus is a love story. Celia and Marco fall hopelessly in love and want nothing more than to be together. Unfortunately they learn that their love could be nothing short of hopeless, because as they are voicing their wants and desires, they are finding out the true extent of this competition they are bound in and just precisely how it can end. That lends a touch of the tragedy to it – star crossed lovers in a very unusual way. Their instructors are not sympathetic to their predicament, nor are they inclined to be generous in terms of deciding a winner by changing the way the game must play out. And while I loved absolutely everything about this book, I have to admit, the end did let me down a little. I’d have liked a little more explanation devoted to exactly what happened and how it was decided rather than just being written in the stars. That might’ve been part of the charm of the book but it seemed that everything else happened for a reason, right down to the smallest things, even the way in which the twin characters were born – one looking back, one looking forward. In comparison, the end did feel a bit fuzzy (and this was a general consensus at bookclub as well). It wasn’t disappointing, it didn’t change the way in which I felt about the book, it just seemed to be lacking that something that the rest of the book had contained. I love that there was an ending which richly and deeply satisfied a part of me, although there was another small part of me that said ‘hmm, I’d have liked to know more about this’. But this is still a beautifully written, wonderfully constructed book, a world so incredibly intricate and delicate – balanced on a knife edge in a game of push-pull as two opponents strive towards an end they don’t really have any idea of. For a first novel, this is a truly remarkable effort.

8/10

Book #121 of 2013

LitExp ChallengeI’m counting The Night Circus towards my participation in the Literary Exploration challenge and using it to tick off the Magical Realism category. It’s the 7th novel completed.

 

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Wedding Night – Sophie Kinsella

Wedding Night2Wedding Night
Sophie Kinsella
Transworld Books
2013, 394p
Read from my TBR pile

Lottie is 33 and just wants to get married. All of her relationships have gone along in the same pattern – meeting, having sex, falling in love and then fizzling out. However this time she’s sure that things are going to be different. She’s sure that her boyfriend Richard is going to propose. After all he’s booked a special lunch and he has a “big” question to ask her. What else could it be?

Unfortunately for Lottie, things don’t go the way she expects. Single once again and devastated, she suddenly finds an old boyfriend has reappeared in her life. Lottie decides to do things differently this time because she’s obviously been doing things wrong. This time she’s going to do marriage first. No waiting, no anticipating the engagement, just a quiet wedding with no fuss. And no sex until after the wedding. That way it’s not just a shag.

Fliss, Lottie’s sister is in the middle of a horrible divorce. She has always been protective of Lottie, almost a mother to her rather than just an older sister. She desperately wants her sister to avoid making the mistakes that she herself has made and to not have to experience the devastation of a marriage ending. When Lottie tells her that she’s marrying someone she hasn’t even see in fifteen years, Fliss is horrified. She knows she has to stop it before something horrible happens. This has disaster written all over it and it’s the way in which Lottie acts when she’s heartbroken. She immediately does something spontaneous, like getting a tattoo….but this one definitely takes the cake.

Unable to stop the wedding in time, Fliss follows the couple to their honeymoon on the Greek island of Ikonos. She has to stop this farce – no matter what the cost.

I love Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic series but her stand alones have been hit and miss for me. However her last book, I’ve Got Your Number was one of my favourites so when I heard about this one I was really excited and hoped I would love it as much as that one. I bought it as soon as I heard it was out and settled in to read it that afternoon, knowing it would be perfect after the classic that I had just read.

Lottie has reached that age where she wants to get married and perhaps begin a family and she really thinks that Richard, her boyfriend of three years is the man for the job. She’s devastated when he doesn’t propose, choosing instead to break it off with him because she can’t just keep wasting time with men who don’t want to move forward, even though this is heartbreaking for her too. Lottie reacts to heartbreak by pretending it doesn’t exist, doing something crazy and then breaking down about it later. Fliss, her older sister has seen her go through this many times but Fliss is off on a holiday with son Noah, two weeks break from the stress of her divorce and she returns to the news that Lottie is getting married. To a guy she hasn’t seen since she was 18. Tomorrow.

Lottie is a typical Kinsella heroine in that she’s a bit ditzy and flighty but she manages to take it one step further with her blind faith that marrying someone you haven’t seen in fifteen years that you don’t know, will work out because conventional relationships have failed. She has a single-mindedness about the marriage to Ben, ignoring some pretty crazy red flags that pop up because she’s so determined that this is the only way that she can be happy. She hasn’t had a chance to even grieve her break up with Richard, who she does love but she allows herself to be swept away by memories of a long ago summer in Ikonos and her first love.

Sometimes it’s a little hard to put yourself in a protagonist’s shoes and I had this problem with Lottie because I could never see myself doing that. I think I related more to Fliss, the worrier, the one who frantically tried to stop Lottie from doing things that might hurt her. Fliss had to understand that Lottie’s life was Lottie’s life and that if she made choices that hurt her, then she would have to deal with them. You can’t wrap other people up in cotton wool and not let them experience life and all the mistakes that are a part of it. However Fliss’s story with Lorcan, Ben’s childhood best friend and coworker was a really nice touch to this novel, grounding it in a bit of reality. Both of them had lessons to learn from each other about the way in which they “mothered” other people. Sometimes there’s a beautiful freedom in just letting go.

Wedding Night was a fun novel, much of what I expect from Kinsella although I must say that it took a little while to hit its straps for me. Around the 150p mark is where it really started to come together and I found the giggle-out-loud moments that I expect when reading one of her books. I like the way in which the honeymoon played out – some of it was so ridiculous that you couldn’t not laugh even as you were cringing a little bit inside both for Lotte and Ben and the poor people working at the resort. From that point on there were so many funny moments and it just really stepped up the notch that it needed to.

8/10

Book #117 of 2013

LitExp Challenge

I’m counting Wedding Night towards my participation in the Literary Exploration challenge and ticking off the “Chick Lit” category.

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It also counts towards the What’s In A Name?6 challenge, fitting into the 3rd category, Read a book with a party or celebration in the title. It’s the 4th book read for the challenge.

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Cry Wolf – Patricia Briggs

Cry Wolf2Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega #1)
Patricia Briggs
Ace Books
2008, 294p
Read from my local library

Anna isn’t just a werewolf, she’s what’s known as an Omega. They’re not as submissive, are often not compelled to obey the direct order of an Alpha or more dominant wolf and they’re protective with an ability to soothe and bring peace. For the last three years, Anna has been treated abominably by her pack – attacked, violated, abused, lied to and isolated. Then Charles Cornick, the son of the Marrok (most Alpha of all the werewolves) arrived to investigate and freed her from the horrible life she was living. He insists that she is to be his mate – his wolf and Anna’s wolf have immediately accepted each other. Charles’ human side has accepted Anna too but given the treatment she has experienced at the hands of men, all of them weres, Anna’s human is less quick to come on board.

She travels with Charles to the Marrok’s territory in Montana, far away from her former pack. Almost immediately after they arrive, Charles is informed of a ‘rogue wolf’. Although still quite injured from his fight, Charles is one of the strongest, most dominant wolves around. He is his father’s enforcer and it’s imperative that the wolf the Marrok sends is strong enough not to be dominated by the rogue, because the rogue would possibly be able to make a weaker wolf submit to his will or join him. So even though Charles is not precisely ready to be trekking into the wilderness, he’s the best option they have so he and Anna prepare for a camping trip.

What they find deep in the snow and woods is much more than they bargained for. It becomes a battle for their strength and survival and it’s going to take everything they have. Anna is going to learn exactly what an Omega wolf is and what her role truly will be in a pack, now that she’s been given a chance to be who she should be.

Okay, so Patricia Briggs gets a lot of love in a lot of places so I was pretty excited to start this series. I haven’t read her before, and the reason that I didn’t enjoy this was partially my fault. I knew this was the first book in the series, but I didn’t realise that there was a companion novella that kicked this off – it explains Anna’s former situation with her old pack and her introduction to Charles. This is rehashed in this novel, but very briefly. So to be honest, I spent the first 50ish pages not really having a clue what was going on. The novella is packaged with several others and I could’ve bought it for my Kindle, if I’d wanted to and caught up to where I was supposed to be, before starting this book. But I didn’t really want to. But ultimately I think that even if I had of read that novella first, it wouldn’t have made a lot of difference to how I felt about this book. Because this book? Is kind of boring.

It’s just under 300p but to be honest, it dragged. We go through Anna packing up her stuff and moving to Montana with Charles and her inner monologue on all of the toing and froing about this decision. Her wolf recognises Charles’ wolf as her mate and trusts and accepts him but Anna’s human side is still very nervous and lacking in faith. This is quite expected, given what she went through but I have to say, I expected a lot more passion and chemistry between these two characters. They basically treat each other like brother and sister (except for one time, which is one of the least sexy moments I’ve read in a book, to be honest!) and I didn’t particularly feel anything towards either of them. Charles is perfectly nice (again – boring) and Anna is a basket case at the beginning who very slowly begins to gain some confidence and see her potential. Her coming-into-herself-slowly arc was quite nice and probably my favourite part of the book but the rest of it was pretty unmemorable. I wasn’t particularly interested in the story behind the rogue wolf, especially once I found out who the rogue wolf was. I think I was supposed to find it sad and poignant but it was just uninteresting and I wanted it to be over. Unfortunately, that took far too long for such a short book.

This series spins off/crosses over with the Mercy Thompson series and there was an extract in the back of the book for one of those books. To be honest, that 5 pages was more interesting to me than the entire story of Cry Wolf so maybe these Alpha & Omega books aren’t for me and I should try her other series? I know the Mercy Thompson books do have a huge amount of fans. I’m not going to write off a well-liked author on one novel that didn’t work for me but I have to say, I’m not in a big hurry to try anything else. It’s not that I really disliked this book, or that I hated it or that it made me angry. That might almost have been preferable – instead I was just totally indifferent. The story and most of the characters made me feel very little at all, which was disappointing as I was expecting to feel all of the feelings! after what I’d heard.

5/10

Book #15 of 2013

LitExp Challenge

Cry Wolf counts towards my participation in the Literary Exploration ’13 Challenge. It was the 3rd book I read and I’m using it to tick off the urban fantasy category.

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Killing Floor – Lee Child

Killing FloorKilling Floor (Jack Reacher #1)
Lee Child
Bantam Press
2010 (originally 1997), 525p
Read from my local library

Jack Reacher is 6 months out after 15 years in the military, his last stint being as a military cop. Budget cuts meant that he and a bunch of others received their discharges and ever since, Reacher has been travelling. He has no fixed abode, no drivers license, no form of photo ID. He travels using buses and trains, ways in which he can pay in cash and leaving no paper trail. He stays in cheap hotels under fake names.

On a whim, he exits a Greyhound bus in Georgia and walks the 14 miles into town. He is breakfasting at a small diner when local police, some brandishing shotguns, all come to arrest him. Charged with the first homicide in the town for over thirty years, simply for being new in town, Reacher is thrown in jail. When a phone number is found on a slip of paper inside the dead man’s shoe, it turns out to be that of local man Paul Hubble, a banker and he is arrested too. Because the police station lacks the facilities to keep prisoner’s overnight and it’s going to take them time to establish Reacher’s alibi, they are shipped out to a local correctional facility to be kept for the weekend. Hubble begins to talk, but Reacher doesn’t want to listen, although his interest is somewhat piqued when he realises that someone has tried to arrange for the death of one of them in jail. But it isn’t until Reacher is released and the identity of the dead body discovered that he gets real interested.

The bodies are piling up and Hubble has disappeared, presumably dead too. But he’s given Reacher a little information and armed with that and the intelligence of two of the best cops in the small town, Reacher begins his own investigation.They don’t know it yet but the people behind this little crime definitely picked the wrong guy to mess with. And they’re going to find that out.

Killing Floor is the first novel in the popular Jack Reacher series and I’ll be honest – I was pretty ignorant about this entire series until there was whisper of Tom Cruise playing Jack Reacher in a movie adaptation and a million people on the internet lost their collective shit. “Tom Cruise is not Jack Reacher!” they shouted in disgust. “He jumps on couches on Oprah and is a high up member of some weird religious cult. He might be badass and do his own stunts in Mission: Impossible but he’s still a midget with black hair.”

Having read only one of the 17 currently published Jack Reacher novels, it’s not hard to see where their ire comes from. Reacher is an impressive physical specimen (6’5, 200+lbs) with light hair and a relatively taciturn manner. He says little, what he chooses to say usually encouraging others to speak. Tom Cruise might be a bit of a tool, but to me he’s always going to be that boy next door with the overly-cocky grin. I just don’t find him intimidating at all, nor do I find it remotely believable that he’d be able to put a guy in hospital for 12wks with a headbutt and strangle another one with his bare hands. But anyway, that little rant over, on to the book.

Jack Reacher is a drifter, a former military man who was supposed to be a scapegoat in the small Georgian town. Unfortunately for those in charge, they picked the wrong person to mess with and not only does Jack have a solid alibi, he has some mad skills and a desire for vengeance fueling him too, in his quest to discover just what is going on in this Stepford-esque town. Luckily he has a a few other things on his side as well: someone who wants him to find out what happened to their husband, a female police officer willing to offer resources and a bed and a black male detective who got a job he shouldn’t have and wants to find out exactly what the heck is going on. Oh, and he’s got a big ass gun and a jaded outlook.

I know these books are popular, but I don’t think I expected to enjoy this as much as I did. I found Reacher interesting and I always wanted to know that little bit more about him every time I learned something (and I didn’t learn much, really). Yes the book is kind of ridiculous, it’s full of people doing things they shouldn’t be doing, investigating things they shouldn’t be (Reacher is just some unemployed random and he murders his way through this book like there’s no tomorrow) but there’s something definitely enjoyable about it. Reacher does leap to grand conclusions at times, I still don’t know how he figured out where someone was at the end of the book and he puts other things together even quicker then the detective with 20 years experience, but you’re not really supposed to hold them up against real life. They’re fun, escapism, sort of like the Clive Cussler books, of which I read one recently, or the Matthew Reilly books. I’ve heard that the books get even better as they go along, which bodes well for me because I liked this one a lot. I didn’t actually pick what was going on, what was the conspiracy behind everything and the way in which it was done struck me as clever and well done. I’ve requested the second novel from my library and I’m actually excited to continue on with the series. The good thing is that everyone wants a piece of them now with the movie piquing people’s interest again so I’m 5th in line which gives me some time to read other novels and not go out and gorge myself on this entire series, which I have been known to do.

Despite my reservations about Cruise being cast, I’m interested to see the film, but only after I’ve read the book. For some reason they’ve chosen to adapt a book from around the middle of the series (around the ninth I think?). I am interested to see if the books hold up as stand alone or if it really is best to read them in order. Because I don’t anticipate getting through more than probably one book a month, it’ll be a while before I ever see the movie.

To be honest, I prefer books anyway.

8/10

Book #22 of 2013

LitExp Challenge

Killing Floor counts towards my participation in the 2013 Literary Exploration Challenge, to read books from 36 different genres. I’m using this one to tick off the “hard-boiled” category. It’s the 4th book read for the challenge so far.

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Nevermore – Kelly Creagh

NevermoreNevermore (Nevermore #1)
Kelly Creagh
Atheneum Books (Simon & Schuster)
2010, 543p
Read from my TBR pile

Blonde cheerleader Isobel Lanley is horrified when her English teacher announces that for their group project, he will be choosing the pairs. She is even more horrified when he chooses Varen Nethers, an aloof Goth whom she has never even exchanged a single word with previously. Isobel and Varen could not be more different and her reluctance it seems, is surpassed only by his.

Varen chooses the topic of their project, which must be a dead literary master. His choice is Edgar Allen Poe, someone that Isobel doesn’t know too much about but it seems that Varen knows enough for both of them. Never the most studious Isobel is slightly dismayed and Varen tells Isobel that he’ll write the paper if she’ll present their speech and although he attempts to educate her on Poe, giving her poems to read, Isobel never quite gets around to reading them. She does however, begin to make excuses about spending more time with Varen.

Her football-playing boyfriend Brad is clearly threatened and warns Varen off her but all this does is make Isobel want to spend more time with him and less with Brad. As her friends turn their backs on her, one of the only people Isobel has left is Varen and he pulls her deeper into his odd world, a dream world created through the pages of his notebook, where things from Poe come to life in terrifying ways.

Straddling her world and others, Isobel must learn to summon the power to know when she’s dreaming and take control. Someone is coming for her. Varen has made a choice but his wants and needs changed when he met Isobel and now the both of them are trapped and it seems like it’s going to be impossible for them both to survive and make their way back to their world.

Nevermore was on my TBR pile for what seemed like forever – I have to admit, I love a good Goth meets cheerleader story. And the elements of Poe in this one also had me fascinated. When I saw the gothic category in the Literary Exploration challenge, this title immediately came to mind. I knew I didn’t particularly want to read a classic gothic story so this one seemed perfect. I started it at 10pm one night – big mistake! It was very hard for me to drag myself off to bed at midnight with still some 150p to go!

A lot of the time in a YA paranormal/supernatural story, what’s missing is true chemistry – two people getting to know each other and struggling with the burgeoning attraction, especially when they’re very different. In Nevermore, we get that slowly blossoming attraction in spades. In a book that’s over 500p, the two characters only kiss once, towards the end of the book. The rest of the time it’s looks, moments, snippets that they share with each other about themselves or things they see, small glimpses into each other’s lives. Their obvious reluctance to spend time with each other at the beginning gives way to a desire, perhaps even a need, to be in each other’s company. I loved every second taken to establish what Varen and Isobel (mostly Isobel, as she’s our narrator, the reader just has to guess about Varen through his words, looks and actions) are feeling about each other and how it makes them feel. Isobel becomes isolated from her boyfriend, an arrogant jock, and her friends and at odds with her parents. Her behaviour is out of character but on most occasions it’s for the better as she stands up for Varen when Brad and her other friends would attempt to bully him. I loved all of her interactions with Varen and with every page I was wanting more.

The atmosphere is dark, Isobel’s cheerleading and bounciness balanced out by the dark dreams she experiences and the strange incidents that seem to follow her around. As she becomes immersed in a world she doesn’t understand, bits and pieces of the Poe poems come back to her and she is slowly able to begin to piece together exactly what has happened. In desperation to escape his life, Varen has created a dreamworld, one that he wanted to sink into until meeting Isobel changed his mind. His dreams of Isobel have made her a target from a figure and he has inadvertently drawn her into danger although the fact that it’s Varen’s world also protects her in a way, at the same time. I have to admit, strong paranormals are often troubling for me because I’m very skeptical, I like there to be a reasonable explanation for things. But I was able to sink into this one and forget my need for that (although there was a scene taken from the Masque of the Red Death that I did have trouble getting through because it struck me as a bit too crazy for my tastes!) and just enjoy the parallel worlds that Creagh had created. The way in which they connected to Poe was interesting – he’s a figure that I’ve always wished to explore further and there’s been several books released recently that are based on his works or derive a lot of inspiration from them, which has roused my curiosity again.

Nevermore was the sort of book that made me wish I had the sequel here right away to dive into. It’s the sort of book that makes you want to jump straight into the next one and find out what is going to happen next because when everything seemed right, it became apparent to Isobel at the end of the book that it really wasn’t and that she was going to be needed to set things straight. Hoping to buy it soon – I need more Varen and Isobel.

8/10

Book #12 of 2013

LitExp Challenge

Nevermore counts towards my participation in the Literary Exploration Challenge where I’m attempting to read a book from 36 different genres, this one being gothic fiction. It’s the second book I’ve read for the challenge – 34 to go!

 

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Possible Title Selections for the Literary Exploration Challenge

LitExp ChallengeSo the other day I began some tentative planning for my participation in the Literary Exploration challenge. This is quite an involved challenge (although I’ve made it more so by tackling the ‘insane’ level!) and I think that for me it’s going to require mapping out the sort of books I have here at home on my TBR pile that will fit the different genres and keep them handy so I don’t distracted by all the other pretty, shiny reads. I also have a hard copy of this list and I’ll be adding to it/altering it as I find reads for the categories I have missing or if I find another book that I think fits better or that I want to read more than the one I already have picked out. My list isn’t complete and relied a bit too much on Goodreads user categorisation so some of these may not be the best fit. I readily admit, some of the genres I really have no idea what the requirements are! Ones that say TBR pile means the book is currently sitting on my shelf and I don’t have to hunt it down!

So here is my list, draft #1:

  1. Adventure: Falling Kingdoms, by Morgan Rhodes
  2. Autobiography/Biography: The Diving Bell & the Butterfly, Jean-Dominique Bauby
  3. Chick Lit: 
  4. Children’s Book: The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente
  5. Classics:
  6. Cyberpunk:
  7. Drama:
  8. Dystopian: The Farm, by Emily McKay
  9. Educational: Three Cups Of Tea, by Greg Mortenson (unsure about this one given the press it was a hoax/not legit)
  10. Erotica: 
  11. Espionage: Threat Vector, by Tom Clancy (TBR pile)
  12. Fantasy: A Discovery Of Witches, by Deborah Harkness (TBR pile)
  13. Graphic Novel: Buffy? I don’t know. Never read a graphic novel in my life…
  14. Gothic: Nevermore, by Kelly Creagh or Beautiful Creatures, by Margaret Stohl and Kami Garcia (TBR pile)
  15. Hard-Boiled: Killing Floor, by Lee Child
  16. Historical Fiction: A Spear Of Summer Grass, by Deanna Raybourn (TBR pile)
  17. Horror: 
  18. Humour:
  19. Literary Fiction: The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides (TBR pile)
  20. Magical Realism: The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey (TBR pile)
  21. Mystery:
  22. Noir: Storm Front, by Jim Butcher
  23. Non-fiction:
  24. Paranormal: Days Of Blood & Starlight, by Laini Taylor (TBR pile)
  25. Philosophical:
  26. Poetry:
  27. Post-Apocalyptic: Black City, by Elizabeth Richards or The Red Queen, by Isobelle Carmody (if it releases!)
  28. Romance:
  29. Science Fiction: Boneshaker, by Cherie Priest
  30. Steampunk: In The Name Of The Star, by Maureen Johnson (TBR pile)
  31. Supernatural: City Of Ashes, by Cassandra Clare (TBR pile)
  32. Thriller: Sister, by Rosamund Lipton
  33. True Crime: In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote (TBR pile)
  34. Urban Fantasy: Cry Wolf, by Patricia Briggs
  35. Victorian: Sense & Sensibility, by Jane Austen (TBR pile)
  36. Young Adult: Requiem, by Lauren Oliver

So as you can see, quite a few undecided…. Some I have a lot of books for and it’s just a matter of assigning one to the challenge, others I just am not sure. Some books fit multiple categories and I may end up changing my mind which category I read them for depending on how things pan out. But for now, this is my first draft!

Feel free to offer any suggestions!

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