Morgan’s January Challenge Updates!

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Morgan's January Challenge Updates!

I can’t believe that January is already over! Ferris Bueller was right, life moves pretty fast. Time to check in and see how I did on my inaugural challenges!


Put The Library on Hold- January TBR

I read 3 out of 7 books off my shelf, not too bad!

Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger – 5 stars. The first book I finished this year and it was excellent. I’m excited to read the last book in the series when it comes out in November.


Every Word by Ellie Marney – 5 stars. One of my most anticipated reads and it did not disappoint! I ordered it from Australia back in November but saved it for the new year. I read it in a DAY and gave it 5 glowing stars.


Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White – 3 stars. I was very excited for this book! Unfortunately I didn’t love it as much as I hoped but it was entertaining alternate historical fantasy all the same and a quick read to boot. This also counted for the 365 Days of YA challenge I signed up for at the last minute.



Flights of Fantasy

I read 2 books, one of which was a reread. Lots of fantasy books coming up in February!

The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker – 5 stars. You guys, I LOVED this book! It’s fantastic historical fantasy for fans of both genres with a surprising amount of humor mixed in with the darkness and magic, and of course a bit of romance! It’s a fast paced, atmospheric story with awesome characters that I was easily sucked into. Can’t wait to post my review closer to the pub date in June.



The Re-Read Challenge

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – 5 stars. I originally read this book way back in June 1999 when it was published! I remember having my mom take me to Crown Books to buy it. And I’ve read it at least 5-10 times since then I’d say. But it’s been a few years since I properly re-read the series. I read Sorcerer’s Stone last October so I started my re-read challenge with book 2. A lot of people consider it their least favorite Harry Potter book but I’ve always enjoyed it! I LOVE how it relates to the later books, especially Half-Blood Prince, I love how ridiculous Lockhart is, I love the mystery, and Ginny, and the confrontation with Riddle in the Chamber of Secrets. It was so awesome to dive back into Hogwarts and Harry’s world. Made me really happy :)



Fairytale Retelling Reading Challenge

The only category I didn’t finish a book :( BUT I’m 100 pages into Fairest by Marissa Meyer and I’m starting Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier this weekend. They’ll have to be part of my February wrap up.


All in all, I was hoping to read more than 5 books this month; I started so strong! 4 books in 10 days. I’ll have to pick up my pace for February, which I don’t think will be a problem :)


Morgan @ Gone with the Words

13 Responses to “Morgan’s January Challenge Updates!”

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    Wendy @ Book Scents

    I really need to just order Every Word off the Australian pub site! I’m on a book ban… so it’ll have to wait a bit but I’m dyinggg for it! ALSO I am rereading HP as well!! I have reread those books countless times but I haven’t reread the whole series (or any of the books recently). I’m halfway through Sorcerer’s Stone. It takes me back! It’s just making me remember all the things I love about it!! :) I think I also read it for the first time in 1999…. I’m trying to count back, think I was in 5th or 6th grade that year so that sounds about right. Ahh! I can’t wait to keep rereading. :)

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    How did you like Every Breath? I’m guessing since you ordered book 2 from Australia that you shipped it. P.S. I envy your sexy gif searching skillz. I wish I could look for sexy kissing gifs without running into misogyny.

    I love historical fantasy. I soooo want to read this. I’ve been told it’s got some little women elements.

    I just read and reviewed Fairest, and I was kinda disappointed. But, I feel like I’m the only reviewer who thought so.

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    Great job on your challenges. You are doing great! And I know it’s weird, but I have never read the Harry Potter series. Ha, crazy.

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    Nova @ Out of Time

    I want The Witch Hunter SO BAD. Like, it’s so sad that I got declined and LB won’t return my emails. SO GLAD you LOVED! Fairest is so awesome. i read it all in one sitting and reviewed. Plus, 5/7 books?! That’s such an awesome goal. I don’t know if I read that many, but I also got a great amount in!

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    Alexa S.

    I still think you’re kicking butt at your challenges, Morgan! ;) You’ve read at least one (or almost one) for each challenge so that’s already AWESOME. Here’s to more awesome reads to come!

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    Haze @Haze in a Happy Daze

    OMG, I am so frustrated! Your post had so many books I wanted to add to my TBR, but my library doesn’t have the Every Word series, and The Witch Hunter is not out yet so I’ll have to wait too. Argghh! LOL, sorry, but they both sound so interesting! I think you did great on your reading challenges, I only read one each for my two reading challenges. Thanks for sharing! =)

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    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Looks like you did good, girl!
    I am so so so excited to read The Witch Hunter! It’s easily my favorite snag of ALA.
    Every Word! YAY. Sorry you didn’t love Illusions of Fate though. :(
    TBR is definitely important for me this year – I hope I can read at least 3-4 a month.

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