A Month in Review: Challenge Update – January 2016

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 3 other challenges for 2016. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

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Love at First Page and Gone with the Words 2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge.  You can find out all the details you need to know HERE. There are different levels to this challenge and I decided to go for the grand slam level. So far so good. Right now I have 5 reads under my belt.

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Title: The Distance from A to Z
Author: Natalie Blitt
Dates Read: January 2 – 3

Thoughts: I loved love love this book. It was everything I needed to start my year off on the right note. Natalie did a fantastic job of bringing all the things I love about contemporary romances and putting them all in one book. You can find my review HERE. Also don’t forget to post your reviews on Amazon as Natalie is writing and epilogue when we reach 100! Suggestion…READ THIS ONE!

 

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Title: The Game Plan
Author: Kristin Callihan
Dates Read: January 6 – 7

Thoughts: This may have been my favorite of the series. I loved this story a lot (minus some unnecessary drama). Dex and Fiona had a great chemistry that was unexpected and natural. I basically devoured this book and I’m not sorry. Definitely a series to check out.

 

 

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Title : The Score
Author: Elle Kennedy
Dates Read: January 14 – 15

Thoughts: LOVED LOVED LOVED Dean! Seriously the dude was a mess and crazy and I loved him to pieces. He can do no wrong in my eyes. Basically this book was amazing. It made me laugh out loud a lot (I actually still laugh thinking about some parts)! It was really the perfect 3rd book in the series and probably my favorite. You can find my review HERE.

 

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Title: Caged in Winter
Author: Brighton Walsh
Dates Read: January 21 – 22

Thoughts: My feels! I’m so happy I was “forced” to read Caged in Winter. It was really well written with a fantastic plot. Cade is so swoony and Winter is just so closed off. I loved how these two opposites became a whole. It was a really great book for sure. Definitely happy to have read it.

 

 

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Title: Tess Ever After
Author: Brighton Walsh
Dates Read: January 23 – 25

Thoughts: Jase was even more amazing than Cade was in book one. He and Tessa were a great pair. I mean it didn’t hurt that Brighton used my favorite troupe ever…best friend’s younger sister. She really had me at that but then the characters brought that all to life. And OMG, Haley is the CUTEST! Really enjoyed this one a lot!

 

 

 

 

Not a bad start to January. Sure only 2 of those are full reviews but the other 3 were more fun reads for me and I didn’t want to bog myself down with “having: to review them.

 

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Sarah at The YA Book Traveler is hosting Rock My TBR challenge. It is no secret that as book bloggers we have a lot of books that don’t get read. We get busy or getting something new and shiny (we are an easily distracted bunch) and things we were excited about reading don’t actually get read. This is my chance to change that and to read some of the books that have been collecting dust since before I was blogging. You can find more information HERE

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Title: The Remedy
Author: Suzanne Young
Dates Read: January 19 – 24
Date Added to TBR: June 4, 2014

Thoughts: My review will posted in February but just know that this book was AMAZING! I loved The Program and The Treatment so much yet something kept making me wait to read The Remedy which I have had in my possession since December 2014. But since I got The Epidemic at ALA I knew it was time to Rock my TBR and read it. So worth it. Check back for my fell review next month.

 

 

 

My goal is to read a minimum of 12 so 1 in January is keeping me on track.

Lauren from Bookmark Lit is hosting The Must Read in 2016 “Challenge”. This challenge isn’t really a challenge per say. More a way to push yourself to read some books you were excited about in 2015 that you just never got to. Find out more HERE.  This challenge will over lap a lot with Rock My TBR. Because of that I am just going to post a picture of what I read in the month from my original post:

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One off that list. Next month I plan to read Asunder with a buddy so there will go another.

How did you do in your January Challenges?

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January Wrap-Up: Post Edition

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2016 Reading Challenges

Last year I did two reading challenges: Flights of Fantasy hosted by Alexa (Alexa Loves Books) and Rachel (Hello, Chelly) and The Re-Read Challenge hosted by Kelly (Belle of the Literati) and Hannah (So Obsessed With). I did pretty good in the end. I mean I had bad months, who doesn’t, but I reached my goal on one and almost on the other. This year I decided I was going to do 3 challenges along with my Goodreads challenge (which I epically failed at in 2015). To keep it interesting I decided not to do The Re-Read Challenge and Flights of Fantasy again. This year I am going to do these 3 challenges:

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Love at First Page and Gone with the Words are hosting the 2016 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge and I’m signing up. I mean just look at my shelves…I am a contemporary romance reading fool. It is like this challenge was made for me.  You can find out all the details you need to know HERE, but these are the levels:

Levels:

1st Base: read 1 – 5 books

2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books

3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books

Home Run: read 16 – 20 books

Grand Slam: read 21+ books

I am going for the Grand Slam level. Should be a piece of cake. Should. We’ll see.

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Sarah at The YA Book Traveler is hosting Rock My TBR challenge. It is no secret that as book bloggers we have a lot of books that don’t get read. We get busy or getting something new and shiny (we are an easily distracted bunch) and things we were excited about reading don’t actually get read. This is my chance to change that and to read some of the books that have been collecting dust since before I was blogging. You can find more information HERE, but here is the important part of the post:

🎸The Challenge:

  • To read a minimum of 1 book per month you already own (published book). This challenge is totally what YOU make of it! You can do 5 books a month, 10, WHATEVER! Anything you accomplish is fantastic. This challenge is really what you make of it.

I have a ton of options so this shouldn’t be that hard. Time will tell though. On the plus it should help me with my 3rd challenge:

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Lauren from Bookmark Lit is hosting The Must Read in 2016 “Challenge”. This challenge isn’t really a challenge per say. More a way to push yourself to read some books you were excited about in 2015 that you just never got to. Find out more HERE. I have a lot of these really as I am terrible at following through sometimes when I say I will read something.  These books are not definite for me to read but I will strive to read them in 2016:

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Let’s see if I am successful with this one.

And there you have it, my 3 (minus the Goodreads challenge) challenges for 2016. Like last year I will post a check-in at the end of each month with links/thoughts on the books I read towards each of them. I also will have Goodreads shelves dedicated to each challenge as well.

Good luck to all and good luck to me.

 

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Challenge Updates: November Check-In

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 2 other challenges for 2015. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

Back in December I signed up for The Re-Read Challenge hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. Honestly I didn’t expect this to be a problem and so far it hasn’t. I’m on track to reach my goal of 12-14 books without a hitch. My November rereads:

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Title:
Parallel
Author: Lauren Miller
Date Read: November 16, 2015 – November 24, 2015
Type: Purchased

I am obsessed with this book and it had been so long since I had read it. It’s the book that made me fall in love with parallel life books and time travel books (since they are sometimes the same idea). And it is the book that got me to become the biggest cheerleader for Lauren Miller. Honestly if you haven’t read her stuff you are doing yourself a disservice. Her two books out are FANTASTIC!

Only one reread for November but it was the one that I wanted to reread so I win. Not sure what is on the agenda for December. Although I am listening to Divergent off and on so hopefully I finish that.

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I also committed the the Flights of Fantasy challenge run by Alexa Love Books and Hello, Chelly. As you may have heard, I am new to the fantasy genre (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass for this!) and I thought it would be good for me to challenge myself with this one. I have decided to do 12 so I only have to read 1 a month. My November fantasy reads:

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Title: Scarlet
Author:  Marissa Meyer
Date Read: November 12, 2015 – November 18, 2015
Type: Audio

I had read Cinder many many moons ago. So with all the hype regarding the release of Winter I decided it was time for book 2. Honestly I enjoyed this so much more than Cinder and I really liked Cinder. I don’t know if it was the audio or what but I was hooked and I can’t wait to listen to Cress.

 

So I don’t know if you would consider Scarlet fantasy but I an because there is some magic involved and it is in a different world. Whatever, it totally counts.

November Wrap-Up: Post Edition

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Challenge Updates: October Check-In

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 2 other challenges for 2015. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

Back in December I signed up for The Re-Read Challenge hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. Honestly I didn’t expect this to be a problem and so far it hasn’t. I’m on track to reach my goal of 12-14 books without a hitch. My October rereads:

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Title:
Twenty Boy Summer
Author: Sarah Ockler
Date Read: October 16, 2015 – October 24, 2015
Type: Purchased

I read Twenty Boy Summer for the 3rd time and got even more emotional than I had in the past. I can’t put into words how much I actually love this book. It is Sarah’s first and it is amazing! If you have never read this or anything by this amazing author, FIX IT!

 

So I only did one reread but it was the best and better than I have in the past. This month I am aiming to finally reread Lauren Miller’s fabulous book Parallel. We shall see.

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I also committed the the Flights of Fantasy challenge run by Alexa Love Books and Hello, Chelly. As you may have heard, I am new to the fantasy genre (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass for this!) and I thought it would be good for me to challenge myself with this one. I have decided to do 12 so I only have to read 1 a month. My October fantasy reads:

Title: Dark Triumph
Author:  Robin LaFevers
Date Read: September 28, 2015 – October 4, 2015
Type: Gifted

I started this one in September but finished in October so this will have to count for 2 months. I didn’t love it. I found it slow but I didn’t hate it either. I look forward to book 3…at some point

 

 

 

 

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Title: The Demon King
Author: Cinda Williams Chima
Date Read: October 11, 2015 – October 19, 2015
Type: Gifted

I struggled with this one. IT is a huge book and I felt like nothing happened at all until like 20 pages left and then nothing happened again. I was bummed that I didn’t love it as everyone seems to, but I will read book 2 at some point.

 

I’m kicking but in my fantasy challenge. I have already surpassed my goal but I’m not done yet. I still have 2 months of fun reading left. But I am proud of myself with this one.

October Wrap-Up: Post Edition

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Challenge Updates: September Check-In

Along with my Goodreads Challenge (you can find my progress on the side bar) I also challenged myself to 2 other challenges for 2015. Every month I will check in with my challenge updates.

Back in December I signed up for The Re-Read Challenge hosted by Belle of the Literati and So Obsessed With. Honestly I didn’t expect this to be a problem and so far it hasn’t. I’m on track to reach my goal of 12-14 books without a hitch. My September rereads:

NO REREADS

I suck. That is all there is to it. My last reread was in June. Yes, JUNE! I still need to do three more before the end of the year. Time to get serious.

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I also committed the the Flights of Fantasy challenge run by Alexa Love Books and Hello, Chelly. As you may have heard, I am new to the fantasy genre (thank you Sarah J. Maas and Throne of Glass for this!) and I thought it would be good for me to challenge myself with this one. I have decided to do 12 so I only have to read 1 a month. My September fantasy reads:

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Title: Queen of Shawdows
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Date Read: September 1, 2015 –September 7, 2015
Type: Purchased

Holy crap this book! I don’t want to say much as I don’t want to give it away, but it may have crushed my soul…a lot. You can read my review of it by clicking on the title.

 

 

 

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Title: The Mirror King
Author: Jodi Meadows
Date Read: September 15, 2015 –September 19, 2015
Type: eARC

WOW WOW WOW! I loved this final chapter of The Orphan Queen duology even more than I loved OQ. It was fast paced and hurt my soul and surprised me. It was everything I expected from Jodi and more. A must read in April!

 

 

 

 

Title: Dark Triumph
Author:  Robin LaFevers
Date Read: September 28, 2015 –
Type: Gifted

This book is a reading work in progress and will be finished in October but it was started in September so some of the credit belongs here.

 

 

I’m kicking butt in my fantasy challenge. My current total is at 16 read and 1 currently reading. I have already surpassed my goal but I’m not done yet. I still have 3 months of fun reading left. But I am proud of myself with this one.

September Wrap-Up: Post Edition

 

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