June Random Read

It’s time for a new Random Read, which also counts for Gathering Books’ CORL 2014, of course. The random.org website gave me #49 on my Shelfari “Plan to Read” shelf. SoThe Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade it is!

hunchbackassignmentsHere is how Goodreads describes this first in a series book, which sounds like a grand adventure!

A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.

The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania’s efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It’s up to them to save their country.

And while we’re starting a new month, here’s an update on my year’s progress.

2014 Challenges: May Progress

  • Goodreads goal of 125 books in 2014: 7 this month; 55 total
  • CORL 2014 goal of 25+ books from my “plan to read” shelf: 2 this month–Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch and This Journal Belongs to Ratchet by Nancy J. Cavanaugh; 9 total. I need to step up on this one!
  • Random Reads goal of 1 book per month: Waiting to Forget by Sheila Kelly Welch
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