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2017 Reading Challenges

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Because let’s be honest:  I wouldn’t be ME if I didn’t have my hands in as many different jars as possible.  I mean seeeeeeriously.  Also, reading challenges help me read more, which helps me review more, which helps me….er…. well, something to do with books and recommendations at the very least.

Now, I’ll admit it:  I was TERRIBLE about the challenges I signed up for for this last year.  I mean, I still DID them….but….when it came to checking in?  Linking up?  Actually PARTICIPATING in the thing?!?!?!?! Yeah, I failed.  I AM DETERMINED, though, to rock this thing in 2017 and actually DO! THE! THING!

And by that I mean complete and total participation.  For the win!  Because…why not?!  New year, fresh start, and all that hoopla.

HUGE THANKS to Nicole @ Feed Your Addiction for this HANDY DANDY CHALLENGE GUIDE !  I’d be so lost without her, and honestly… I was just thinking this morning, before I started my daily blog-hop session, how I needed to get on top of figuring out what challenges I wanted to do.  SO YAY, good timing!  Thanks again, Nicole!

So…. LET’S DO THIS! (remember–click the image to go to the challenge page!)

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 We’re going back to school but this time your in charge of the assigned reading list!

Ready to join Michelle and I for the 2017 Reading Assignment Challenge!?

So…according to the rules, I need to pick a LEVEL to participate in.  I’m going to say…let’s go with 3 books a month.  YES, 3!!!! books I’ll need to figure out and plan ahead for!  3!!!! books a month from the HOARD of books I already own, because let’s not make this easy and use review books okay?  I can so do this.  I think I’ll do…1 NEWLY added book, and 2 books that’ve been sitting around on my shelves for AAAAGES.  Because balance, y’all.

Jan.–

Long Lankin (Long Lankin, #1) All We Have Left Belzhar

Feb.–

Pandemonium (Delirium, #2) The SnowFang Bride (Snowfang #1) The Fifty-Seven Lives of Alex Wayfare

Mar.–

Roots and Wings (City Limits, #1) Veracity The String Diaries

Apr.–

The Untimely Deaths of Alex Wayfare (Alex Wayfare, #2) Requiem (Delirium, #3) Sunshine and Rain (City Limits, #2)

May–

Warped The Eldermaid Black Beauty (Everleaf #0.5)

June–

Speaker for the Dead (Ender's Saga, #2) Welcome to the Dark House (Dark House, #1) Iron Breakers: Stag's Run

July–

Burial Rites Xenocide (Ender's Saga, #3) The Forgetting

Aug.–

Labyrinth Lost (Brooklyn Brujas, #1) Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy, #1) Everbound (Everneath, #2)

Sep.–

Seven Ways We Lie Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1) Game Slaves

Oct.–

Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things (Dead Things, #1) The Cage (The Cage, #1) The Walls Around Us

Nov.–

The Outliers (The Outliers, #1) The Looking Glass Wars (The Looking Glass Wars, #1) The Shock of the Fall

Dec.–

Inamorata Through the Dark (The Darkest Minds, #1.5, #2.5, #3.5) Leviathan (Leviathan, #1)

SO.  MUCH.  YES!  I can’t wait, I’m super excited now!

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The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2017

your bowls must be full of one book for each letter of the Alphabet.

I’m just going to wing this one.  I’ll fill out the letters I can as I go along, and then fill in whatever empty spaces I have.  I did this before for a goodreads challenge and I totally rocked it, so.

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The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the categories.

This one’s pretty self explanatory I think.  I LOOOOVE challenges like this, that make me think outside the box at times. YAY creativity!

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womenwriterschallengeThis reading challenge is pretty simple: only read books by women writers for one year. Bonus: Review it in as many places as possible – blog, Goodreads, Twitter, smoke signals, whatever gets the word out about fabulous women writers. I’ll be using #womenwriters2017 on Twitter and Instagram

I chose to participate in this one because… I already?!?!?! read SO MANY?!?!?! women writers.  Seriously, guys, you’ve no idea–the ratio of women to men writers on my “read” list is like….. I don’t even want to guess at the ratio, but women FAR OUTWEIGH the men and I don’t even do this on purpose!

#womenwritersforthewin

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I’m gonna start the Pride and Prejudice Project. Yay! You may be wondering, what does that mean? . Well, it means once a month I’m gonna be posting a review of a book that is based on or is a sort retelling of Pride and Prejudice or maybe a review for a movie adaptation or a TV show or a web series based on Pride and prejudice.  I will review one of those things every month or post some sort of bookish list related to Pride and Prejudice.

I mean….c’mon, this project is literally CALLING MY NAME okay?!

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And that’s that!  I’m SO excited, this next year’s going to be ROOOOOCKIN’.

Are you participating in any of these/any other reading challenges in 2017?  Which ones?!  Let me know, or link me to your challenge pages below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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Loved and Loathed (March 2016)

 

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March 2016

Another month come and gone, and I…have learned pretty much nothing.

I kid, I kid!  Sort of.

But really, March wasn’t anything spectacular on the real-life front.  Because… I have no real life.  It’s ALL fiction, all the time up in this joint!  No, really.  I’m not kidding this time.

Which means a warning is in order.  This is NOT going to be short and sweet, like February was.  I read 16!!! books this month.  Like…wuuuuuuut?!  So let’s break it down.

Loved (5 Penguins):

Equal Parts (Supernova, #1)

The Uninvited

A Monster Calls

The Forbidden Wish

The Cresswell Plot

The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making (Fairyland, #1)

Touch

Jeez, that’s SO MANY!

Loathed (1 Penguins):

Moondancers (The Beautiful Creatures of Beverly Hills #1)

TBR Challenge Update:

#RockMyTBR Challenge

I am going to TRY to read at least 5 books I already own each month.  In March, I read:

Wolfcry (The Kiesha’ra: Volume 4), by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak, by Brian Katcher
Spider Game (GhostWalkers #12), by Christine Feehan
Not if I See You First, by Eric Lindstrom
Epitaphs (Echoes #2), by Therin Knite

I mean…I read more, but this completes the challenge so.

2016 Debut Author Challenge

I’m going to try to read at least 1 debut author every month (maybe more!) In March, I read:

The Forbidden Wish, by Jessica Khoury

2016 Diverse Reads Challenge

I’m trying to read more diverse books.  I don’t have a specific goal in mind for each month–I’m hoping for at least two, but we’ll see what happens! This also isn’t excluding any other books set for the month that also fit the challenge!  In March, I read:

The Uninvited, by Cat Winters
Extra Parts (Supernova #1), by Emma Winters

And there you have it!  A not so quick and simple glimpse into my March reads!

What awesome books did YOU read last month?  How are you all doing on any yearly challenges you set for yourself?  Feel free to comment, or link me to your monthly wrap-ups below!

Until next time, happy book-ing!

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February 2016 TBR (of a sort?)

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February 2016

So, I’m jumping BACK on the Goodreads Group Reading Challenge bandwagon this month, and because it’s February, that means…

DUH DUH DUUUUUUUUUH!

Uhm… Valentines Day?  Duh!

Due to the nature of these reading challenges, though, setting a FOR SURE TBR is a bit more difficult than it should be.  So, here’s a look at the challenge requirements…and a tentative look at AT LEAST the first five books I’m going to be diving into!

I’ll update this probably on a weekly basis, to keep you all in the loop on which books I’m devouring.

Challenge Corner’s Valentines Day Scavenger Hunt

For the month of February, our solo challenge is to find all one hundred words relating to Valentine’s Day throughout the month in the books you read. We hope you have fun reading and searching for the words and that it brings the Valentine’s spirit to you.

Rules:

1. Books must be read and reviewed (or with five status updates) between February 1 and February 29.
2. No graphic novels/manga/commics allowed.
3. Books must be over 100 pages to count.
4. Novellas are not allowed.
5. Rereads are allowed.
6. Only five words can be found per book.

Points:

1. One point per book read and reviewed under 400 pages
2. Two points for books read and reviewed that are over 400 pages.
3. One point per word found in a book.
4. Five points per every 25 words found.

Words:

1. Heart
2. Love
3. Joy
4. Happiness
5. Alone
6. Single
7. Couple
8. Rose/roses
9. Proposal
10. Chocolate
11. Ring
12. Date
13. Card
14. Gifts
15. Presents
16. Flowers
17. Kiss
18. Hugs
19. Candles
20. Romance
21. February
22. stuffed animals
23. Candy
24. Married
25. Engaged
26. In love
27. Dinner
28. Bears
29. Valentine’s Day
30. Passion
31. Cupid
32. Jewelry
33. Winter
34. Fourteen
35. Bow and arrow
36. Boyfriend
37. Secret admirers
38. Sweetheart
39. Girlfriend
40. Pink
41. Poem
42. Lovebirds
43. Forever
44. Always
45. Moonstruck
46. Red
47. Lace
48. Letter
49. Rainbow
50. Perfume
51. Picture
52. Restaurant
53. Celebrate
54. Anniversary
55. Gesture
56. Flirt
57. Crush
58. Serenade
59. Bouquet
60. Husband
61. Friends
62. Wife
63. Fiancé
64. Lovesick
65. Fancy
66. Balloons
67. Candlelit
68. Giftcard
69. Surprise
70. Snow
71. Cold
72. Ice
73. Misery
74. Ending
75. Games
76. Pretender
77. Cheating
78. Brokenhearted
79. Tears
80. Shy
81. Sadness
82. Cake
83. Dance
84. Formal
85. Evening
86. Sunset
87. Sunrise
88. Bubbly
89. Vacation
90. Shooting Star
91. First love
92. Wish
93. Hope
94. Break-up
95. Wonderland
96. Comfort
97. Crying/cry
98. Laugh/laughing
99. Warm fire
100. Frozen

No set TBR


YA Buddy Reader’s Corner Valentines Day Wedding Challenge

This is a team reading challenge which will run from February 1st to February 29th inclusively. Results will be announced on March 1st 2016.

To complete this challenge, participants will be split into teams. Each team will need to read books to complete the perfect wedding (using the descriptions given).

Rules:
* Each description may be completed up to 4 times during the challenge but must be completed by a different team member each time (one player cannot complete ‘Read a borrowed book’ 4 times, it must be 4 different people. you can however have 4 members who all read the same book.)
* Teams will be required to split the descriptions between them, and allocate them to their individual players, as planning will be needed to ensure everyone reads the right books to reach the team goal. If teams are unable to do this, then the descriptions will be allocated randomly to each player using random.org. It is completely up to the team how they split the descriptions between them, there is no minimum number per player, you can simply post as you read a book that fits the description, or plan ahead. Strategies will be up to the individual teams!
* Books must be read between the 1st of February to the 29th of February inclusive.
* Books must be over 100 pages long, without illustrations. (150 pages minimum for middle-grade books, 300 pages minimum for poetry or books written in verse.)

Part 1 – The Bride and Groom
1*A couple on the cover
2*a dress on the cover
3*a tiara or veil on the cover
4* Book told from a male point of view
5* Book told from a female point of view
6* A New Book (from 2015 onwards – ARCs are fine too)
7*a blue book (either a book with a blue cover on goodreads, or with ‘blue’ in the title)
8*a borrowed book (borrow from a friend, a library, kindle lending, etc. I’ll take your word on this one as I can’t check if you really borrowed it ☺)
9*make up or Jewellery on the cover (or title)
10* A man in a suit on the cover

Part 2 – The Ceremony
11*a venue for a wedding (either on the cover or the place from a book you read – if you want to get married in Narnia that’s fine)
12*ring(s) on the cover
13*flowers on the cover
14*Camera or photograph on the cover
15*a car or transport on the cover (this can be a car, bike, plane, horse, spaceship whatever you’d like at your dream wedding really)
16*a cover or title portraying your perfect wedding weather, whether it be sun or snow, or season.
17. Book with a man on the cover (best man)
18. Book with a woman or girl on the cover (bridesmaid)
19. “or forever hold your peace” – Titles with Quiet, Silent, Whisper in the title
20. ‘Mr’ or ‘Mrs’ in the title

The Reception:
21*Cake (or food)on the cover (or title)
22.*gifts, or invites, on the cover or in the title.
23* read a book with wedding-themed title/ or ‘love’ in the title
24*champagne or a beverage on the cover (or title)
25*A white cover, or a romance novel
26. something music related on the cover
27. A book tagged as ‘wedding’ on Goodreads
28. An Adult novel
29. Shoes on the cover (or title)
30. a beach or location for a honeymoon (this can either be on the cover, or a location from a book, again, if you want to honeymoon in Narnia that’s fine)

The Happily Ever After

Read books whose titles start with the following letters:
F.
O.
R.
E.
V.
E.
R.

TBR First Five Books:

The Princess Diaries (The Princess Diaries, #1)

Adaline

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Wild Cat (Leopard People #8)

My Life Without Me

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#DiverseReads Challenge 2016

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I’m throwing in my hat for this AWESOME 2016 reading challenge!

I discovered this (with huge thanks to Lila @ thebookkeeperssecrets) via THIS POST HERE!

Check out all the juicy details:

  •    Read books that are diverse.
  • The Main Character must bepart of a diverse group*

Defined by We Need Diverse Books:  We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIApeople of colorgender diversitypeople with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.                          

*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.

  • The book can be set in a diverse setting, but not necessarily.

( But, note that books set in a different country, but features a white MC won’t be considered as diverse here. Eg : Ink by Amanda Sun, Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins )

  • #Ownvoices stories(stories about marginalized groups written by a member of that marginalized group) are widely encouraged as well! Promoting diverse books by diverse authors is important.
  • If the book is afantasy it can be based on/inspired by a diverse mythology or folklore

( E.g. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh)

  • If the book is sci fi or dystopia, it has to be based on a dystopian country that’s not USA.

( E.g. Cinder by Marissa Meyer)

  • Intersectionalityis encouraged.

( Eg :- A book featuring a person of colour with a disability )

  • The novels don’t have to be YA, but as we are YA bloggers, those are probably the novels we are more likely to read
The Logistics
  • This challenge will run from the 1st of January 2016 to the 31st of December 2016.
  • You can join in anytime you want.
  • This challenge is meant to be a personal goal challengeto help find more diverse novels and to read more diversely.
  • There are no levels/points!You can read as much or as little as you’d like, this is a personal goal and is mainly individualized
  • To join the challenge, add your sign up post to the link up at the bottom of the post.You can include your TBR for the challenge if you want, but it’s not a requirement. Your sign up post can be a separate post or a part of a giant list of all your 2016 reading challenges. Anything is fine.
  • If you don’t have a blog, you may use a twitter handle or instagram profileand share this post with the hashtag #DiverseReads2016 that you’re participating! But add that link to the sign up link below.
  • If you want to share why you joined the challenge or why you want to read more diverse books, you can tweet us using #Iwanttoreaddivesitybecause…and we can discuss there. This is optional, just adding your blog to the bottom of this post is enough for this requirement!
  • There are themesfor every couple of months, with different features and posts for each month:

o   January to March : Ethnic Diversity

o   April to June :  LGBTQIA +Diversity

o   July to September : Religious Diversity

o   October to December : Mental and physical health and disabilities.

  • But this doesn’t mean that you have to only read books with the particular theme of the season.Your selection of books can be your choice. This is more of a fun way to help you  categorize your reads, if you’d like.
  • We’ll have a link up on our blogsby the end of each season, where you can add your reviews of diverse books. We also welcome you to post non review posts on diversity and diverse books such as discussion posts, a list of recommendations etc., and you can add such posts on the link up as well.
  • We have a list of diverse novelshere on this google docs. It’s on Read Only mode so if you have recommendations, please tweet us!
  • Spread the word! Share this challenge on twitter, instagram, pinterest or any social media you want. Grab the banner and add it to your sidebar!

So…are you in, or what?!