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Narilka's 2024 TBR Challenge

1Narilka
Muokkaaja: kesäkuu 17, 12:38 pm

A new year, a new list - happy 2024! It's a brand new primary list with all the carry overs from last year under the secondary list. Aiming for 12 read.

7/12

Primary
1. Baking Bad by Kim M. Watt Read Jan 24
2. Dragon Heist by Alexander Kane Read Jan 12
3. The Malevolent Seven by Sebastien de Castelle Read Apr 2
4. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
5. To Die Fur by Dixie Lyle Read June 16
6. The Wim Hof Method by Wim Hof Read Feb 3
7. A Spindle Splintered by Alix E. Harrow
8. Iron and Magic by Ilona Andrews
9. A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home by Sue Halpern
10. Nala's World by Dean Nicholson
11. Scythe by Neil Shusterman
12. Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree

Secondary
1. Terciel & Elinor by Garth Nix
2. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant
3. Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh Read May 15
4. Digital Fortress by Dan Brown
5. A Cat Named Darwin by William Jordan
6. Someone Like Me by MR Carey
7. Black Powder War by Naomi Novik
8. Thud! by Terry Pratchett
9. You Are the Placebo by Joe Dispenza
10. Swordheart by T. Kingfisher Read Feb 22
11. Terminal Alliance by Jim C. Hines
12. My Life in a Cat House by Gwenn Cooper

A link to my full reading log: https://www.librarything.com/topic/356566

2Cecrow
tammikuu 1, 12:35 pm

I haven't read any of these, but I know Way of Kings is the start of a huge undertaking, and Baldree has been getting some high praise. Nix, Cherryh, Novik and Pratchett are prestigious names. "Life in a Cat House" might be a good title for my own memoir, lol.

3Narilka
tammikuu 1, 1:13 pm

>2 Cecrow: It is. Book 5 of Stormlight is due out in December, which is supposed to be the complete first arc, so I'm hoping to read the other 4 this year. We will see how I do lol

4riida
tammikuu 1, 1:51 pm

your list had me at 'baking bad' ^_^ very interesting list, i think some of these are already in my larger tbr pile, and the rest i'd really love to get my hands on. looking forward to your thoughts!

happy new reading year ^_^

5LittleTaiko
tammikuu 3, 11:55 am

I'm a sucker for a pet stories so am interested in your dog and cat selections - especially the one involving the bike rides. I have a friend who is a big fan of Joe Dispenza so am curious to see what you think of his book. She gave me a different one of his but I haven't gotten around to reading it yet.

6Narilka
tammikuu 3, 4:19 pm

>5 LittleTaiko: Which one? I read Becoming Supernatural a couple years back.

7LittleTaiko
tammikuu 4, 7:01 pm

>6 Narilka: - That’s the one - I’m assuming you liked it since you’re reading more by him?

8Narilka
tammikuu 5, 10:01 am

>7 LittleTaiko: I find him and his story of self healing fascinating. If you've never looked him up, I recommend finding a YouTube video where he talks about recovering from a horrible bicycle accident that left him paralyzed. We highly under utilize the power of the mind in our lives and it's an area I'm slowly getting into in my personal life with meditation, etc. I think I 3 starred that book. It was a mix of things. I'm still interested in what he has to say about the placebo effect since it basically is mind over matter and can accomplish amazing things in scientific studies.

9Narilka
maaliskuu 9, 10:25 am

1. Dragon Heist by Alexander C. Kane



I never knew I needed a heist story that features a dragon who is passionate about Alabama football. Obviously Alexander C. Kane knew and he wrote Dragon Heist to fill the niche. Birdie Binkowitz is a washed up actress who finds herself living back home in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, working at her father's general store and is rather bitter about where life has taken her. All that changes when a dragon appears in front of the store seeking help. He wants to pull a heist on another dragon clan and he's determined that Birdie is the one to help him form a team and get the job done.

As I imagine Jim the Dragon would say, this was right good fun ya'll! I haven't read a good heist story in a while and Dragon Heist fit the bill. It reminded me of a classic D&D-style gathering of the party to go on a quest. Add in fun, quirky characters, a genuinely heartwarming story, dragons and hefty dose of humor and you get a great mix that was also laugh out loud funny at times.

I listened to the audio book narrated by Khristine Hvam. She does a great job of bringing the story to life and has a nice singing voice.

The story is completely resolved and currently stands alone yet there's a nice hook left open for the author to write more some day. I hope he does. Roll Tide!

Rating:

10riida
maaliskuu 9, 1:27 pm

>9 Narilka: sounds like a brilliant dragon heist book that i now really need in my life! ^_^

11LittleTaiko
maaliskuu 13, 4:01 pm

What a bonkers and fun sounding plot! I'm intrigued.

12Narilka
maaliskuu 14, 2:33 pm

>10 riida: >11 LittleTaiko: I hope you both enjoy it if either of you give the book a try :)

13Narilka
toukokuu 15, 4:03 pm

2. Baking Bad by Kim M. Watt



Baking Bad is the first in the Beaufort Scales Mysteries series by Kim M. Watt. A cozy mystery by the author of the Gobbelino London series? And with dragons?? Sign me up!

The story is set in Toot Hansel, a rural village somewhere in England, and is told from four alternating points of view:

• Detective Inspector Adams, recently from London and newly transferred to a (supposedly) less stressful post
• Alice Martin, a retired RAF Wing Commander and current chair of the local Women's Institute
• Miriam, Alice's best friend, a herbalist and a member of the WI
• Mortimer, one of the local dragons

The murder happens right away when the local vicar is discovered dead and the murder weapon appears to be a poisoned cupcake. DI Adams has no idea what she's getting into when the local Women's Institute decides to help with the investigation.

This is a cute cozy mystery. I actually don't like the dragons as much as I thought I would. Their part is what is cutesy and a tad of bit of a turn off. Also one of the main characters is quite a ditz and solved the whole thing by accident! I'm not entirely opposed to that though, sometimes I bumble through things too. I'm still going to read book two and see if this was just the series finding it's narrative legs as I do think it smoothed out and shows promise by the end.

Rating:

14Narilka
toukokuu 15, 4:52 pm

3. The Wim Hof Method by Wim Hof



I have been practicing the breathing technique from the Wim Hof Method off and on for over two years now with great success so I have a bias heading in to reading the book. I saw the book on sale a couple months back and decided to learn the whole method.

The method itself is pretty simple and only takes up the first few chapters of the book. The remainder of the book are testimonials and stories from Wim on how the method is changing peoples lives. There is also an FAQ at the end that I found useful. I believe the method has a lot of potential to help people be healthier. I've experienced health benefits myself from only doing the breath work!

What I had not done was added the cold portion in to my routine yet. On this subject, the book is a success as I am now feeling motivated to get past my aversion to cold and try it out. 3 days in and doing OK so far. Wish me luck everyone!

Rating:

15LittleTaiko
toukokuu 15, 7:16 pm

>13 Narilka: - What a fun premise! I may have to give it a try.

>14 Narilka: - Good luck with whatever you’re doing with the cold portion. I envision uncomfortable ice baths.

16Narilka
toukokuu 15, 7:30 pm

>15 LittleTaiko: I am doing what the book recommends - a blast of cold water at the end of a nice hot shower :D Supposedly you only need 1-2 minutes of cold for physical benefits though you'll see people on YouTube doing longer. The best I've done is 1.25 minutes lol I don't know if I'll ever get to the full 2 minutes but it's (mostly) not so bad now and my husband has fun timing me. I still have days where I wimp out after 10 seconds though :)

17riida
kesäkuu 25, 3:21 pm

>13 Narilka: i didnt read the spoilers...'cute cozy mystery' was enough to pique my interests! ^_^

18Narilka
kesäkuu 26, 2:36 pm

>17 riida: I can confirm that books 2 and 3 are improvements too :)

19riida
kesäkuu 27, 5:06 am

>18 Narilka: oh thats brilliant! i dont mind a so-so 1st book as long as it improves further along, specially if the basic premise is interesting. this mystery series seems to have a high fun potential ^_^