So, I chose to read a 100 books for my Goodreads challenge at the beginning of the year. And I’m happy to report that I might actually manage it. Even though my reading is a bit slow at the moment. But never fear, I’m still motivated enough to think that I might actually manage. Sounds motivated, right? 😉
Anyway, here is a list of books I think I might still read before this year is over. Of course, this list might be thrown overboard as soon as I post it. 😀
Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
I still have a lot of Rick Riordan Presents books at home that I haven’t read yet. I’m not completely sure why not but sometimes you just feel like something else than your absolute favourites or something that could become your favourite. Right? Or is that just me?
Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he’s Mr. Charles, her dad’s new boss at the oil and gas company, and he’s alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their Navajo heritage, and the legend of the Hero Twins. Nizhoni knows he’s a threat, but her father won’t believe her. When Dad disappears the next day, leaving behind a message that says “Run!”, the siblings and Nizhoni’s best friend, Davery, are thrust into a rescue mission that can only be accomplished with the help of Diné Holy People, all disguised as quirky characters. Their aid will come at a price: the kids must pass a series of trials in which it seems like nature itself is out to kill them. If Nizhoni, Mac, and Davery can reach the House of the Sun, they will be outfitted with what they need to defeat the ancient monsters Mr. Charles has unleashed. But it will take more than weapons for Nizhoni to become the hero she was destined to be.
Eva Evergreen, Semi-magical witch by Julie Abe
The synopsis of this book gives me real Kiki’s Delivery Service vibes. I have to admit that I didn’t like Kiki as much as other Studio Ghibli movies but I still liked the overall tone of it and I kinda hope that this might be true for this book as well.
Eva Evergreen is determined to earn the rank of Novice Witch before she turns thirteen years old. If she doesn’t, she’ll lose her magic forever. For most young witches and wizards, it’s a simple enough test:
ONE: Help your town, do good all around.
TWO: Live there for one moon, don’t leave too soon.
THREE: Fly home by broomstick, the easiest of tricks.
The only problem? Eva only has a pinch of magic. She summons heads of cabbage instead of flowers and gets a sunburn instead of calling down rain. And to add insult to injury, whenever she overuses her magic, she falls asleep. When she lands on the tranquil coastal town of Auteri, the residents expect a powerful witch, not a semi-magical girl. So Eva comes up with a plan: set up a magical repair shop to aid Auteri and prove she’s worthy. She may have more blood than magic, but her “semi-magical fixes” repair the lives of the townspeople in ways they never could have imagined. Only, Eva’s bit of magic may not be enough when the biggest magical storm in history threatens the town she’s grown to love. Eva must conjure up all of the magic, bravery, and cleverness she can muster or Auteri and her dreams of becoming a witch will wash away with the storm.
The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
I have never read this classic and I think it’s time to give it a go. It doesn’t have too many pages, as far as I have seen and I think I might like it. I’m definitely interested in your opinions about this book, so if you have read it, come and tell me all about it, okay?
For more than a century, The Wind in the Willows and its endearing protagonists–Mole, Mr. Toad, Badger, and Ratty–have enchanted children of all ages. Whether the four friends are setting forth on an exciting adventure, engaging in a comic caper, or simply relaxing by the River Thames, their stories are among the most charming in all English literature.
Six Crimson Cranes by Elisabeth Lim
I have to admit, I’m the most unsure about this book. I’m just so intimidated by it. I bought it because I love a good fairytale retelling and I always loved the story of the six swans (there are adaptions were there are seven or even twelve, so I’m never really sure how many brothers the princess actually has). I’m just worried that it’s so big and that I will not like it or put it away again after a bit. I just really wanna like this book.
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother. Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die. Pennyless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
Magic’s most wanted by Tyler Whitesides
I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover but can we talk for a second about how fun this cover is? I absolutely love the art style. I wish I could draw like that. (I’m still practicing but it might never look as fun as that.) I also started the audiobook on this and it was a bit confusing but fun, so I hope that this will be a great read.
Magic is closer than Mason Morrison ever thought possible. For Mason Mortimer Morrison, life isn’t so magical. His dad was just sent to jail, his grades have been plummeting from meh to yikes, and, oh yeah, two officers from some organization called Magix just showed up to arrest him in the middle of fourth period.Talk about bad luck. Mason knows he’s innocent. But in order to clear his name, he’s going to need the help of a plucky Magix junior detective and a cantankerous talking bunny—and a little bit of magic.
There are of course still a ton of books on my tbr. And I’m cronichally bad at making monthly tbrs and sticking to it so think of this like a possible Possibility Pile! Technically I still need 8 books to meet my goal but I think I will leave the three other books open and see what happens. 🙂
Are there any books you still want to read before the year ends?