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So... I didn't make all the prompts, obviously.  But I'm updating till the very end!  Here's the one's I've added:

Mystery or Thriller-- I decided to go classic with this one and read Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles.  I practically grew up with Sherlock Holmes being a household name due to my mother's love of mysteries.  And while I love a good mystery, usually I require a little something attached to it (magic or some other fantastical element).  But I've never needed this for Sherlock.  I've loved these stories for a while, and while I had read A Study in Scarlet some years ago, I had never read Hound.  So now I have.  What can I say about it?  It's classic Sherlock and I loved it.

A Book from an Author You Love But Haven't Read Yet-- I counted Beka Cooper: Mastiff for this one.  It's taken me a long time to get to this book, the end of a trilogy, but thanks to a great price and a thoughtful friend, I have it marked down as read.  It was a great end with interesting characters, and sort of read like a giant chase scene.  Kidnap and intrigue abound, and I still loved this one more than the first one in the series.  But I still thing the second one in the series was the best.

A Book You Own But Have Never Read-- I counted The Resturant at the End of the Universe for this one, by Douglas Adams and apart of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series.  I'll admit that these books aren't for everyone, and they are all rather short and a quick read.  Nothing much ever really happens in the either, but if you're ever looking for a sci-fi comedy that's quick to pass, I'd reccommend this.

And lastly, A Book Based On or Turned into a TV Show-- I read Game of Thrones for this.  I'm a long-time watcher of the series, but had never picked up the books (I know, shame on me).  While I still love the series--and yes, don't hate me, but even the changes that I have seen so far I enjoy--I really found this book entertaining to read.  I was ahead of it, tv show-wise, but actually being able to be in the character's heads, so to speak, made it seem like a whole new story.  If you're into epic fantasies but want something that still feels a bit more down to Earth--which, despite the dragons, we should all agree it does seem very approachable to those who cringe at magic-filled fantasy stories covered with elves and trolls--I recommend this one.

So, now that 2015 is over in a matter of hours--on my end of the world, anyway--it's obvious that I'm not finishing this challenge.  I simply didn't budget my reading time right.  But, I've found the 2016 reading challenge and I think I'm doing this again.  I'll post it here, blank to begin with, so others who might want to can join.

Happy New Years!
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Finished the prompt "a trilogy."  Been working on that one for a little bit and it put me more than a little behind.  And, in truth, I'm posting this a little late.  I finished the third book in the trilogy I read back at the very end of June.  But, busy busy.  Anyhow, the trilogy in question?  The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner.  It's been a long time going with these, with a few books in between, so I'm going to do my best to break this down book by book.

So, the first one, titled The Maze Runner, was great.  So much better than the movie (trying not to be cliche, but it's true).  I've had movies scare me, but I've never read a book that truly made me feel fear like a horror movie might.  Maze Runner did that, almost from the very beginning.  The first scene with a griever?  Yeah, I was at work, on lunch, and my heart was still thudding in my chest as I read it.  And the ending?  It only made me want the second book more, as it left you with more questions than answers.  (Being vague so I can be spoiler-free).

Scorch Trials didn't disappoint as a sequel or as a book.  It picks up right where the first one left off, only this time, the characters are given no pretenses (seemingly... but that's for book three).  They're told that they have to make it through the Scorch, a horrible piece of the Earth that was affected by the Solar Flares that struck, in two weeks, otherwise this horrible disease that slowly drives a person crazy--called The Flare--will kill them, because they've all been  infected. Remember what I said about this book not disappointing?  Yeah, they up the ante in this one, with  new deadly challenges, a timeline, and new characters that quite memorable and loveable.  Plus, they even manage to work in a little love triangle, but not in a way that's... well, let me just say it this way.  It makes the world seem more relatable, but Dashner wisely doesn't put too much focus on it.  And the ending?  Yeah, it'll have you screaming at the book and for the last one in the series.

As for that, The Death Cure was amazing.  Thomas has finally had enough as he learns what parts of the Scorch Trials were truth and what parts were lies.  It's a race against time and the government in this one with a shocking reveal in the next to the last freakin' paragraph that will make you hate every politictian ever.

Overall, this book series is great.  Full of action and real character emotion that will make you both love and hate them at times.  It's sad and can make you feel kind of hopeless, but right when you think everyone is done for, they're not.  The wrap up is great, and I'm seriously considering reading the prequel book The Kill Order. (Prequels do not count as part of the original trilogy... they stand alone).

Eight prompts down and 42 to go... I'm working on Book based on or turned into a TV show by reading Game of Thrones... this might take a while.
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Finished my non-fiction book sometime last month (late last month).  It was Jim Beaver's memoir, Life's That Way.  For those of you who are unaware of why that author's name sounds familiar, that would be because he's known was Bobby Singer on SPN.  But that's not why I read this memoir.  Paraphrasing from the five-star review I left it on  Goodreads, it was loaned to me a couple of years ago by [ profile] twisted_slinky after my mother passed away.  She thought that it would do me some good to read it.  I'm glad I waited some time to read, because parts of the book were still terribly difficult--emotionally--to get through, but the book was wonderfully theraputic.  Nobody grieves the same, but Mr. Beaver and I had very similiar thoughts go through our minds about our respective losses, and it was nice to know that it was.... I don't know, human?... to have those thoughts pass.  I highly recommend this book if you've experienced a loss, truly.  Especially where guilt is concerned... because I think there's always some sort of guilt with a loss--sometimes big, sometimes small--but this book does a great job of fleshing out Beaver's emotions.
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Multiple update here, as I've been lazy with updating for this challenge.  But, I'm still hard at it.  Let's see, for "book with a number in the title" I read Jeaniene Frost's One Foot in the Grave.  This series bothers the crap out of me, but I've bought, like, every book but one in it, so I'm gonna keep reading them.  I'm sorry, but that story story I read from this series--set later than where I'm at in this currently--had great, well developed characters and everything.  The two books I've read thus far in the series (Halfway to the Grave being the first book in the series) were both such shameless Buffy ripoffs.  I'm still waiting for those characters that hooked me to emerge.

Now for "book with nonhuman characters" I read Kitty Takes a Holiday by Carrie Vaughn.  Talk about a series that gets better the more you read.  The first book in the series (Kitty and the Midnight Hour) was good, but it seemed like nothing terrible important happened in it.  I've already stated in a previous post on this challenge that the second book was better, and the third book was even better than that.  Plus, it introduced a ship that I had no idea I'd been shipping until it happened.  Good on you!

For "graphic novel" I read--don't you dare laugh at me--Darkwing Duck: The Definitively Dangerous Edition.  Basically, an omnibus of the Darkwing Duck comics that were published by Boom!Studios a couple of years back.  It's been majorly edited to feel more like Darkwing Duck, and had a new ending--which leads into new comics, coming sometime this year.  I loved it.  I had previously read the first two arcs in their entirety, but I reread them to see the changes--which I loved--and the third arc with Duckthulu was so much more intriguing that I could ever give it credit for.  Like, for real, I was invested.  If you're a DWD fan, you've got to read this collection!

And finally--for this post anyway--for "book you started but never finished" I read Dean Koontz's What the Night Knows.  I had begun reading this book a year or so ago and dropped off around my birthday last year or so when my husband had bought me a new Vampire Hunter D novel, finding that I desperately wanted to read a new VHD book rather than this Koontz book, at the time.  Koontz, sometimes in my humble opinion, can make his characters seem a bit... rambly?  And it had lost my interest.  But, as soon as I picked this book by up, right where I had left off, I found that I couldn't put it down.  Truly thrilling, depressing for some characters to be honest, but a satisfying ending.  I really enjoyed it, in the end.
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Another one checked off the list!  It totally looks like I'm moving at a turtle's pace on this, but I'm actually, also, working on two more of this little prompts as we speak.  As for this new one, "book you can finish in a day"?  That was Life Sucks, a graphic novel by Jessica Abel and Gabe Soria.  I really enjoyed it.  Starts a bit slow, with the MC being a tad bit whiny, but once things get rolling, you can totally forgive that attitude because you learn that he kind of deserves to have it.  Also, this is about vampires, lol.  It was refreshing not to see them glamorized actually (not that I don't love some glamour in my vamps, Lestat?  Spike?  Anyone?).  But I maintain that it was still a refreshing take on this particular undead path of life.
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One down... Lord, too many to go.  But I can totally do this.  The book that covered my first check mark?  Carrie Vaughn's Kitty Goes to Washington.  It was really good.  I mean, by no means a classic, but it really developed its characters well, and was just plain fun to read.

By the way, I'm open to suggestions on some of these.  I've got my memoir picked out, and I think I've got my graphic novel picked out.  But book by an author with my same initials?  I'm stumped.  (They're PLP, btw).  I also have my mystery picked out.


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