Saturday, January 3, 2015

2014 Reading Challenge

Another failed challenge. :( Only read 50 out of 75 books.
I therefore conclude that I will not challenge myself to 100 books this 2015 until I win my 75-book challenge.

Here are the books I've read for 2014:

01. Forman, Gayle - Just One Day
02. HaveYouSeenThisGirl - Diary ng Panget 4
03. Forman, Gayle - Just One Year
04. ModernongMariaClara - Ang Boyfriend Kong Artista
05. Rowell, Rainbow - Eleanor and Park
12. Stacey, Shannon - Yours to Keep (Kowalski Family #3)
17. Murdoch, Emily - If You Find Me
22. Shalvis, Jill - At Last (Lucky Harbor #5)
28. Shalvis, Jill - Blue Flame
29. Shalvis, Jill - Seeing Red
30. Salsbury, Gwen - The Plan
31. Reynard, Sylvain - Gabriel's Redemption
32. West, Kasie - The Distance Between Us
33. Brown, Dan - Inferno
34. Garcia, Kami & Stohl, Margaret - Dangerous Dream
35. Green, John - The Fault in Our Stars
36. Garcia, Kami & Stohl, Margaret - Dangerous Creatures (Dangerous Creatures #1)
39. Watson, SJ - Before I Go To Sleep
40. Rowell, Rainbow - Fangirl
41. Moyes, Jojo - The Girl You Left Behind
42. McNaught, Judith - Paradise
43. Coelho, Paulo - Veronika Decides To Die
45. Coelho, Paulo - Adultery
46. Green, John - Looking For Alaska
49. Cass, Keira - The Elite (The Selection #2)
50. Cass, Keira - The One (The Selection #3)

Yes, I fell 25 books short. I just hope that this 2015 I would conquer the 75 book-challenge for me to move on to 100 books per year. I can do this!!

Let the challenge begin...

From the shelf: The Blood Of Olympus

Title: The Blood of Olympus
Author: Rick Riordan
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Greek/Roman Mythology
Date read: October 12-15 2014
Dawn Rates:  (5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over. 
My Review: (also in goodreads)

"Seven half-bloods shall answer the call, 
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death."

The last book of the Percy Jackson series. I couldn't explain the sadness I felt as I turn the last page. After all, this has been an amazing ride. Everything has been resolved and though there may be surprises in store especially a certain death. This is what happens when I finish a series. That damn emptiness inside. Now all I have to do is wait for Rick's next series. Oh, and I still am a Nico D Angelo fan.

Till the next read...

From the shelf: Looking for Alaska

Title: Looking for Alaska
Author: John Green
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance
Date read: October 1-26, 2014
Dawn Rates:  (3.5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

Before. Miles "Pudge" Halter's whole existence has been one big nonevent, and his obsession with famous last words has only made him crave the "Great Perhaps" (Fran├žois Rabelais, poet) even more. He heads off to the sometimes crazy, possibly unstable, and anything-but-boring world of Culver Creek Boarding School, and his life becomes the opposite of safe. Because down the hall is Alaska Young. The gorgeous, clever, funny, sexy, self-destructive, screwed-up, and utterly fascinating Alaska Young, who is an event unto herself. She pulls Pudge into her world, launches him into the Great Perhaps, and steals his heart.

After. Nothing is ever the same. 

My Review: (also in goodreads)

This book has been a recommendation since I asked readers what to read next after reading "The Fault in Our Stars". Sometimes I have qualms in getting into another book of a previously read author just because of a hype but I did it anyway. Looking for Alaska is a story of growth and maturity found in the adolescent years. One's coping up with friends and love and the ability to open up that much, the ability to show one's feelings and being sensitive of theirs. I had a faint idea on what the story's direction would be because of the title. Till the end, for me, the story is kind of vague. Alaska's reason may be significant to her death but there are still questions unanswered like her sort of feeling for Pudge. Either way, if I look at it again, no one knew what Alaska was thinking while she was driving off to her end.

Till the next read...

From the shelf: The One (The Selection #3)

Title: The One (The Selection #3)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: YA, Romance, Dystopia
Date read: November 1 - 6, 2014
Dawn Rates:  (3.5/5)

Summary (cr: goodreads)

The time has come for one winner to be crowned.

When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown—or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose—and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

My Review: (also in goodreads)

I knew it...who chooses who in the end. But at least I got my wish for the consequence of America's indecisiveness. Maxon finally caught Aspen and America in a rather incriminating position. And just when I started liking Celeste *sigh* I'm really confused of the dystopian part. It seems like most of the story settled on the love triangle. Anyway, at least the author gave this a worthy ending.

Till the next read...
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