2013 Graphic Novels Challenge

The 2013 Graphic Novel Challenge is about reading graphic novels, manga, or any collection of comic books. Since I own a fair number of these, I’m going to try to work through my pile. I’m joining at the basic level and reading 12 books.

This is a do-over from last year, when I accomplished exactly zero of these. I’m also participating in Pica Reads’ Graphic Novel Readathon, happening now through the end of the weekend. So I’ll be tackling hopefully a couple from this list before next week. Come join us if you’re interested in testing the graphic format!

My list for this challenge:

  1. Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 1 by Conor McCreery
  2. Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 2 by Conor McCreery
  3. Promethea, Vol. 1 by Alan Moore
  4. Carbon Grey, Vol. 1 by Paul Gardner and Khari Evans
  5. Captain Swing, Vol. 1 by Warren Ellis
  6. Hatter M by Frank Beddor
  7. Boondock Saints: In Nomine Patris by Troy Duffy and J.B. Love
  8. Oz: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Eric Shanower
  9. Oz: The Marvelous Land of Oz by Eric Shanower
  10. The Unwritten, Vol. 1 by Mike Carey
  11. Think Tank, Vol. 1 by Matt Hawkins
  12. Elephantmen, Vol. 4 by Richard Starkings

Check my progress all year on the sidebar or on my 2013 Challenge Index.




Bout of Books 6.0 – Goals and Updates

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon

Bout of Books 6.0 is here! I’ll be participating here and on Twitter (@loganturner). For those not in-the-know, here is the official Bout of Books blurb:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 7th and runs through Sunday, January 13th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 6.0 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog.

-From the Bout of Books 6.0 team

Time devoted to reading: This is a busy week for me, so I’m going to try and read 1 hour every weekday and 3 hours each weekend day.
My goals for participation:
  • Read three books
  • Write a review for at least one of the books I read this week
  • Read one graphic novel
  • Update Twitter at least three times per day
  • Participate in a few challenges (view the Official Schedule)

Books to read (subject to change):

  • Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
  • The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
  • Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
  • Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 1 by Conor McCreery
  • Bared to You by Sylvia Day
  • The Athena Project by Brad Thor (added to list 1/12)


Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 248
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 248
Books read: Bared to You and Over Sea, Under Stone
Today’s tweet: Middle grade books are an excellent choice for readathons. I feel blazing fast!

Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 202
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 450
Books read: Bared to You (finished!) and Over Sea, Under Stone
Today’s tweet: The problem with ebook series sets is that I never have any idea how far I am through individual books.

Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 77
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 527
Books read: Over Sea, Under Stone (finished!) and The Dark is Rising
Today’s tweet: @soulswallo Literally every time you pull out the finger guns, I laugh out loud.

Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 116
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 643
Books read: The Dark is Rising
Today’s tweet: It’s bad when no matter the time of day, your book puts you to sleep.

Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 117
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 760
Books read: The Dark is Rising (finished!) and Greenwitch
Today’s tweet: Treated to donuts at work this AM. So now all I have to do during lunch is read! Hoping to finish book 3.

Number of pages Iâ??ve read today: 272
Total number of pages Iâ??ve read: 1,032
Books read: Greenwitch (finished!), Kill Shakespeare (finished!) and The Athena Project
Today’s tweet: Thank you SO MUCH guys! This event never fails to inspire me.


Name Your Book Crack, hosted by Bookgoonie

The thing that drives my book addiction the hardest is a new release in a series. I feel compelled to preorder them, even if I’m woefully behind on my reading in that series. I feel like I have to keep up, and I Just. Have. To. Buy. the newest book so that I can say I have it. Somehow, in my mind, owning the most up to date book means I’m a true fan. I like to acquire them right away, so that when I am ready to sit down and catch up, the whole set is right there in my possession.

What this usually means, however, is that I buy the book and then feel no urge to read it. I own it, so it can sit on my shelf forever, right? I bought it, so I don’t have to keep thinking of it in my TBR list in my head. Once I own it, I don’t have to track it, or so it goes in my backwards mind. This is why I have TONS of books on my shelves and in my Kindle that are unread, while I plow through books at the library. I have the addictive urge to own books, but not necessarily to read them right away. It’s like I’m worried I’ll forget about them if I don’t run out and buy them right away. It drives my husband crazy, and makes me feel like a weirdo when people ask me my thoughts on the books on my shelves and I have to say I haven’t read them! Hee. So yes, the need to have the newest and shiniest books is my book crack.

Number of pages I’ve read today: 221
Total number of pages I’ve read: 1,253
Books read: The Athena Project (finished!), Insurgent and Beautiful Creatures
Today’s tweet: Finished another one for #boutofbooks! Just in time to watch the Globes, too!


New Year’s Resolutions, hosted by Ex Libris

Since I just finished Bared to You, I’ll pick Eva from that book. Her resolutions would be to buy new underwear (since Gideon keeps ripping them off), get a promotion at work (since she loves her job), and to not run away from her problems and fears (as she is wont to do).