2012 Wrap Up

Happy New Year my lovely readers, I hope 2012 treated you well. I noticed that running this blog really did help me read more, but I also ended up getting my hands on more books too. I also expanded Northern Plunder onto Twitter and Facebook so it’d be wonderful if you could go and follow/like us over there and then we can all keep it contact some more. I held some reviews back to post throughout the start of this year so there wouldn’t be too many gaps.
Challenges:
Outdo Yourself Challenge:
Links are to the reviews, starred books are reviews to come & italic books are ones I received for review. For this I challenged myself to read 11 more books than last year, I ended up reading over 33 more books!
5. Harry Potter: The Prequel
7. Water for Elephants
9. The Night Circus
10. *Uglies*
11. Before I go to Sleep
12. 1Q84 Book 1
13. *Pretties*
15. A Good Man
18. *Specials*
19. Batman: The Killing Joke
23. Pandora Hearts Volume 1
28. Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story
29. Orchid
31. Tallis
32. FLCL
36. Enthralled (1 + 2)
*GOAL COMPLETED*
43. *Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children*
45. *Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter*
46. *Backstage Pass*
48. *Rock Hard*
50. Beano Annual 2012
51. Beano Annual 2013
53. *The Last Witch*
So as you can see, not only did I read a lot more but I review more of what I read compared to last year too! Yippee. Okay and in all honestly the reviews I’ve held back are due to struggling with knowing how to review them or they’re part of a series so their review has been written but I haven’t read the last book yet.
A-Z Book Challenge:
Eh, I was so freaking close to finishing this challenge, so close! Oh well. It wasn’t really one that I was concentrating on, it was more of a case of filling in the blanks when one was completed, surprised how close I did get.
A – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
B – A Blood Seduction
C – Catching Fire
D – Death of a Murderer 
E – Enthralled
F – Free Four: Tobias Tells the Story
G – A Game of Thrones
H – The Hunger Games
I – Intangible
J – 
K – Batman: The Killing Joke
L – The Last Witch
M – Mockingjay
N – The Night Circus
O – Orchid
P – Pandora Hearts
Q – 1Q84
R – Rock Hard
S – The Secret
T -This Brilliant Darkness
U -Uglies
V – The Vittra Attacks
W – Water for Elephants
X – 
Y
Z – Zelah Green
Millionaire Challenge:
This is an ongoing challenge, just to see how long it takes to read a million pages.
14,875 pages down!

December Wrap Up

Challenges:
Outdo Yourself Challenge:
1. Rock Hard
2. Beano Annual 2012
3. Beano Anual 2013
Total: 52 / 50
A-Z Title Challenge:
R – Rock Hard
Total: 21 / 26
Millionaire Challenge:
48. Rock Hard 327 pages – 16.12
49. Beano Annual 2012 need to count – 25.12
50. Beano Annual 2013 need to count – 25.12
51. Indomitable 50 pages – 25.12 
52. Believe Like a Child 426 pages – 26.12
Total: ????
Shelf Stacking:
eBooks bought/freebies: 

For Review:
Gifts:
Kindle Fire HD

Before the end of the year…

So the end of the year is almost upon us and I’m really close to reaching my goal of reading 50 books this year, did I mention that it started off at a goal of 36 and smashed it really early on. Any how I have like two books left to read and I’ve completed my goal but that doesn’t mean I plan on stopping there, so what I’d like to do is showcase what I plan to read before the year is up, I’m going to aim higher than I need to so I can swap and choose between the lot. Happy reading guys.

Believe Like a ChildBelieve Like a Child by Paige Dearth
Synopsis from Goodreads: Alessa is just seven years old when her uncle rapes her for the first time. As the years pass, his sexual appetite becomes more voracious and his perversion more twisted, until the abuse has become almost a daily ritual, with the unspoken involvement of the girl’s mother.

At the age of sixteen, after the death of her only friend, Alessa finds herself at the mercy of her real-life monster, with no relief in sight. She flees her home to escape this hell, only to find herself descending into a more dangerous one. Alone and helpless in the streets of North Philadelphia, she encounters more human predators who want to take over her life and devour her. About to hit rock bottom, Alessa manages to break away from her new tormentors and finds refuge in a shelter for homeless and abused women.

Wherever she goes, however, trouble keeps seeking her out, until she meets three people who change the course of her life forever. Though Alessa’s bittersweet journey is perpetually fraught with challenges, she does, nevertheless, manage to find fleeting moments of joy along the way. But as she begins to settle down, a ghost from the past comes to haunt her again, threatening to destroy the very foundation of her small world and plunging her back into an abyss of despair, until she makes her final bid for escape.



Word and Breath (Wordless Chronicles, #1)

Word and Breath by Susannah Noel

Synopsis from Goodreads: Riana has learned how to stay out of trouble. She spends her days studying written texts in the government’s Office of Readers, and she spends her nights taking care of her sick sister. She always—always—follows the rules. Despite her low profile, she has mysteriously become a target. Someone has kidnapped her sister. Someone else is trying to kill her. And someone has sent a Soul-Breather to beguile her out of her secrets. 

Her help comes from the mythic leader of an underground rebel movement. A man who used to be her friend. A man who has silently loved her for years. He disappeared from her life without a word, and now he expects her to trust him again.

Then there’s the Soul-Breather, a man who can taste her spirit with only a touch. He makes her feel things she’s never experienced before, but she doesn’t know if the feelings are real. Hired to deceive and betray her, he offers to help her instead. 

Without both men, she can’t rescue her sister. And she can’t discover the world-changing knowledge—buried in her memory—that has made her a target in the first place.

Later with Myself

Later with Myself by Sheryl Sorrentino

Synopsis from Goodreads: Twelve-year-old Millie Moskowitz doesn’t know that her father has a “Mafia mistress” and an illegitimate son; she only knows that he sleeps elsewhere, carries a gun and comes and goes as he pleases. When Lee Moskowitz is at home, Millie is his personal foot rubber and back scratcher while her mother cooks his meals, washes dishes and irons his shirts. Seeking to escape her oppressive home life, Millie skips school to meet select neighborhood men for a soda in a delivery truck, a cigarette in a supermarket storeroom, or a ride on the school bus to an abandoned house. Millie is empowered by her misadventures, until she finds herself pregnant by a Black man twice her age. Later With Myself: The Misadventures of Millie Moskowitz chronicles Millie’s midlife quest for peace and redemption, as she faces her childhood demons with honesty and humor.



Extras (Uglies, #4)Extras by Scott Westerfeld

Synopsis from Goodreads: FameIt’s a few years after rebel Tally Youngblood took down the uglies/pretties/specials regime. Without those strict roles and rules, the world is in a complete cultural renaissance. “Tech-heads” flaunt their latest gadgets, “kickers” spread gossip and trends, and “surge monkeys” are hooked on extreme plastic surgery. And it’s all monitored on a bazillion different cameras. The world is like a gigantic game of “American Idol.” Whoever is getting the most buzz gets the most votes. Popularity rules.

As if being fifteen doesn’t suck enough, Aya Fuse’s rank of 451,369 is so low, she’s a total nobody. An extra. But Aya doesn’t care; she just wants to lie low with her drone, Moggle. And maybe kick a good story for herself.

Then Aya meets a clique of girls who pull crazy tricks, yet are deeply secretive of it. Aya wants desperately to kick their story, to show everyone how intensely cool the Sly Girls are. But doing so would propel her out of extra-land and into the world of fame, celebrity…and extreme danger. A world she’s not prepared for.
A World Apart (The Elencheran Chronicles)A World Apart by David M. Brown

Synopsis from Goodreads: Demetrius makes his first mistake when he lets his best friend Halcyon marry Eleyna, the love of his life, without saying a word. On the day of the wedding, he walks away from the Elencheran town of Dove’s Meadow and joins the army.

He makes his second mistake when the pirate Black Iris tricks him into letting dozens of men, women and children die in a fire. Demetrius is imprisoned in grief and disgrace.

But he can atone. The Black Iris is dead. The Ivory Rose has risen to the top of the pirates and is leading brutal raids on the coast. If Demetrius can capture and kill her, he’ll win his pardon.

And then Demetrius discovers the Ivory Rose is Eleyna. He must decide which will be his third mistake: Losing his last chance at a pardon, or destroying the one woman he’s ever loved.

November Wrap Up

Challenges:
Outdo Yourself Challenge:
1. Backstage Pass
2. End of Faith
Total: 48 / 50

A-Z Title Challenge:
N/A this month
Total: 20 /26

Millionaire Challenge:
47. Backstage Pass 394 page – 24.11
48. End of Faith 336 pages – 29.11
Total: 13,134

Shelf Stacking:
eBooks bought/freebies:

Hollowland

Such a Rush (hardcover, thank you Caitlin)

October Wrap Up

 I had hoped that October would be a little friendlier on the reading front but I guess that didn’t happen so much either. Woops. I’ve started reading a bunch of books but not finished too many, I need a good shove back into read more often again please. As I completed my goal to read 36 books this year a while ago I updated my goal to 50 and I’m not far off reaching that and still ahead according to goodreads.
Challenges:
Outdo Yourself Challenge:

1. Pledged
2. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
Total: 46 / 50

A-Z Title Challenge:
N/A this month
Total: 21 /26

Millionaire Challenge:

45. Pledged 503 pages – 07.10

46. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter 336 pages – 31.10
Total: 12,404
Shelf Stacking:
eBooks bought/freebies:
Books bought:

Demon Thief

Bec

eBooks won:

Princess

Books won:
Against All Odds + goodies

For review:
Word and Breathe
A World Apart

September RAK & Wrap Up

As if another month has already passed by, before we know it we’ll be making New Years Resolutions and revamping our blogs. September is always a busy month, back to school and all but I didn’t do too bad!
Challenges:
Outdo Yourself Challenge:
1. Hannah Hoch: Picture Book
2. Evidence: The Art of Candy Jernigan
3. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Total: 44 / 36
A-Z Book Challenge:
N/A this month
Total: 20 / 26
Millionaire Challenge:
42. Hannah Hoch: Picture Book 44 pages- 06.09
43. Evidence: The Art of Candy Jernigan 144 pages – 12.09
Jan – August Subtotal: 11,565
Shelf Stacking:
eBooks Bought/freebies:
Gifted:
The Colour of Magic [RAK]
For Review:
RAK
Book Soulmates
My RAK this month was The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett which I received from the lovely Bex!
I didn’t manage to send anything out this month but once I’ve cashed in my birthday money I hope I can send two or three out next month to make up for it.

July & August Wrap Up

Welcome to the Monthly Wrap Up, as July was a slow month for myself I decided to hold of the post and double it up with August. Thanks to everyone who stuck with us through our slow patch and to everyone else who encourage myself through Bought of Books, enjoy.
July:
Challenges:
Outdo Yourself Challenge:
Total: 35 / 36
A-Z Book Challenge: 
Total: 18 / 267
Millionaire Challenge:
35. Zelah Green 250 – 11.07
Jan – Jun Subtotal: 9,750
August:
Challenges:
Outdo Yourself Challenge:
1. Enthralled [1 | 2]
2. Paper Towns
4. Switched
5. The Vittra Attacks
Total: 41 / 36
A-Z Book Challenge:
Total: 20 / 26
Millionaire Challenge:
36. Enthralled 443 – 13.08
37. Paper Towns 305 – 14.08
38. Troll or Derby 262 – 16.08
39. Switched 335 – 19.08
40. The Vittra Attacks 10 – 19.08
41. Section 132 460 – 22.08
Jan – August Subtotal: 11,565
Shelf Stacking:
Books Bought:
Books Won:
eBooks Bought/freebies:
eBooks Won:
Gifted:
For Review: