February Reading Goals & Challenge Update

Currently I am aiming for somewhere between 3 to 5 books a month that count towards my participation in the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge. This seems to be manageable, while allowing me to squeeze in a few freebies. So here is my tentative TBR and current progress!

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February To Be Read

COB&B_JKT_100517.inddChildren of Blood & Bone
By Tomi Adeyemi

Challenge Prompt: Ok, this is a freebie, just because I know I need to read this!


Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

51827Alias Grace
By Margaret Atwood

Challenge Prompt: A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift (this was a gift from the nonhubs).


In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid’s Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.

Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?

34523174Into the Drowning Deep
By Mira Grant

Challenge Prompt: A book set at sea


Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

33946360The Genius Plague
By David Walton

Challenge Prompt: A book with an ugly cover


What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.
Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?

Challenge Updates

Total Completed: 10/50
In progress: 2

Completed titles and prompts:
Reviews are still to come on a few of these.

  • Logan’s Run by Wiliam F Nolan & George Clayton Johnson – A book by an author with the first same name or last name as you
  • A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenges (2015 – A book more than 100 years old)
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – A childhood classic you’ve never read
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas – A book about feminism (I counted this for reasons mentioned in my review)
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel – A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle – A book with an animal in the title
  • Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka – A book with a weather element in the title

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What are you planning to read in February? Have read any of the titles I have coming up in my TBR? If so, what were your thought? I would love to hear how you are doing with any current challenges or goals!


Danielle ❤

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44 thoughts on “February Reading Goals & Challenge Update

  1. 1) I really wish I hadn’t binged Alias Grace on Netflix. Now I can’t read it. It sounds so good! 2) Genius Plague sounds interesting. 3) The only book I plan on reading for sure in February is Column of Fire. We’re heading to the Sates for a month and I usually like to just read one huge book over the entire month because hanging out with family that I only get to see once a year leaves little time for reading. I read Pillars of the Earth and World Without End on previous States trips as well. It’ll be a very slow month for me reading-wise, so I’ll be checking your blog for ideas for when I get back!

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    1. I binged it also, but it made me want to read it even more so my nonhubs picked it up for me. I am looking forward to seeing how it compares to the series. I read Pillars of Earth and loved it. I really need to continue with Follett’s books. Fantastic writing. Where in the states are you headed, if you do not mind me asking? I hope you have a wonderful, safe trip!


      1. For some reason I can only get into that one series of Follett’s because I’m in love with that time period. I tried starting his Century trilogy, and although the writing was great as usual, I just didn’t care about it as much.

        And of course I don’t mind sharing about my upcoming trip to the homeland! Our family is mostly based in L.A., but we’ll also be going to a family reunion in Las Vegas with a side trip to the Grand Canyon thrown in, plus a trip to Portland and Olympia to visit even more family. I want to visit cool indie bookstores for each place I go! Am I dreaming or did I read somewhere you’re in Portland? If so, please tell me where I should go! I only know about Powell’s Books.

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        1. Omg!!! I am in Portland! ❤

          Powell's is always my go to. Nothing else seems to compare haha. Here is a link to some popular ones: https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2017/4/27/must-visit-portland-indie-bookstores
          I hear Broadway is a must. I am not able to venture out much right now with symptoms, so I have yet to explore a lot of areas. I have to often wait on the nonhubs to take me. I cannot go out alone and he travels a ton for business.

          If you like Ice Cream, you must pop into Salt N Straw while in PDX 🙂

          When will you be this way?


  2. ‘Into the Drowning Deep’…I NEED this in my life! The ocean creeps me out so much. It’s just so vast and seemingly endless and there’s so much we don’t know about it because of how hostile it is for humans. Who knows what horrors and mysteries it harbours. I think this would be a book I would find interesting so I’m excited to hear your thoughts on it!

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  3. You are making great progress on your PopSugar reading challenge, Danielle! I’m really impressed. I hope that you’re able to keep the momentum going. I think I lost my momentum last year due to not keeping the challenge front and center. You’re doing a great job keeping it present on your blog. Keep up the great work!

    Have you set all the books you want to read for all 52 prompts?!

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  4. OOOOOOO I cannot wait to see what you think of Children of Blood & Bone! Not going to lie, I’m going to be bummed if you don’t enjoy it because I tend to always agree with you on Fantasy books… No pressure lol

    I’m planning on reading a few Neil Gaiman books in preparation to see him in March! I just finished reading Binti #1&#2… have you read Binti yet? I have a feeling you’d enjoy the novella series…

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    1. No pressure at all hahah 😛 I am about 200 pages in (eyes and headaches are slowing my reading) but very pleased with it so far. It reads pretty diverse in terms of character and I think the magic system is going to be well developed 😉

      I am still envious that you get to see Gaiman! Which books do you have lined up?

      I loved Binti and just picked up book 2 ❤ I am hoping to read it this week if I can finish a book or two in my current pile. I have also picked up a few of her other works to explore!


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