Wrap Up: April 2016

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Thanks in part to the Bookish Bingo Readathon, TBR Takedown, and Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon, I ended up reading 20 books in April! It was also rainy most of the month and that kept me inside a lot more than I expected.

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March Challenge Update

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Full details of all my 2016 goals and challenges can be found here.
March additions are bolded.

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Six Squared Challenge

Read six books from each of the six categories, for a total of 36 books by the end of 2016:

6 New Releases (Debut Authors)
1. Out of Bounds by A.R. Barley

6 New Releases (Loved Authors)

6 Books to Start a Series
1. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
2. Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
4. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater
5. The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
6. Ashfall by Mike Mullin

6 Books to Complete a Series

6 Book to Movie Adaptations
1. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
2. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

6 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners or Nominees
1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
2. The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
3. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
4. Archer’s Voice by Mia Sheridan
5. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

14/36 total (+5  this month)

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February Challenge Updates

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Full details of all my 2016 goals and challenges can be found here.
February additions are bolded. 

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Six Squared Challenge

Read six books from each of the six categories, for a total of 36 books by the end of 2016:

6 New Releases (Debut Authors)
1. Out of Bounds by A.R. Barley

6 New Releases (Loved Authors)

6 Books to Start a Series
1. Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
2. Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy
3. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski 
4. Pip Bartlett’s Guide to Magical Creatures by Jackson Pearce and Maggie Stiefvater 

6 Books to Complete a Series

6 Book to Movie Adaptations
1. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey
2. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover 

6 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners or Nominees
1. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
2. The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

9/36 total (+5 this month)

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2016 Goals + Challenges

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Happy 2016! I hope you all have your best year yet!

I have an ambitious year planned with lots of goals, 5 reading challenges, and Bookish Bingo, which is quarterly and on-going.  I’m also doing two blogging challenges!  Because I have so many goals and challenges to keep up with, I’m planning to make a post every month updating my progress.

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  • Goodreads: Read 120 books
  • Create a blogging planner
  • Develop a blogging schedule (and stick to it!)
  • Start posting reviews regularly
  • Comment on 100 blogs  Decided to participate in Nori’s Commenting 365 Challenge instead. Details below!

 

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Six Squared Challenge

Read six books from each of the six categories, for a total of 36 books by the end of 2016:

  • 6 New Releases (Debut Authors)
  • 6 New Releases (Loved Authors)
  • 6 Books to Start a Series
  • 6 Books to Complete a Series
  • 6 Book to Movie Adaptations
  • 6 Goodreads Choice Awards Winners or Nominees

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Rock My TBR

Read a minimum of 1 book per month you already own (published book).

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LGBTQIA Books Reading Challenge

Read and review books with LGBTQIA main characters.

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Finish a Series

Finishing the Series Challenge

Complete your started series. Books that are part of a continuing series qualify. Write at least a 2 sentence review for each book you complete. 

Goal: Level 4 (Expert series reader) – Complete 7 or more series.

Series I Plan to Finish: 

  1. The Grisha (Books 2 & 3)
  2. The Wolves of Mercy Falls (Book 3)
  3. The Winner’s Curse (Entire trilogy)
  4. Reluctant Hearts (Books 2 & 3)
  5. Death Note (Vols. 7-12)
  6. Minnesota Christmas (Books 2 & 3)
  7. Find Me (Books 2 & 3)
  8. The Book of Ivy (Book 2)
  9. Under the Never Sky (Books 2 & 3)
  10. Anna and the French Kiss (Book 3)
  11. Mistborn (Books 2 & 3)
  12. Throne of Glass (Books 4 & 5)
  13. Heather Wells (Book 5)
  14. The Lunar Chronicles (Books 3, 3.5, & 4)
  15. Lux (Books 4 & 5)
  16. The 5th Wave (Books 2 & 3)
  17. Magisterium (Books 2 & 3)

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iPadEbook

Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.

Goal Level: Megabytes – 25 ebooks

eBooks I Own and Plan to Read:

  1. Sleigh Ride by Heidi Cullinan
  2. Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan
  3. Him by by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy
  4. The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  5. Paige in Progress by Brighton Walsh (eARC)
  6. The Subs Club #2 (eARC)
  7. Silence by Deborah Lytton (eARC)
  8. Addicted to You by Krista and Becca Ritchie
  9. Hey Sunshine by Tia Giacalone

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Bookish Bingo: Dec 2015-February 2016

The object of Bookish Bingo is to get as many bingos as possible. That is, five across, up and down, or diagonally.

Romance:
Snow on Cover:
Has Been Translated: Death Note Vol. 2 by Tsugumi Ohba, Yuki Kowalsky (translator), Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)
Holiday Themed: Let It Snow by Heidi Cullinan
Epistolary: Gena/Finn by Hannah Moskowitz & Kat Helgeson
Multi POV: Instructions for the End of the World by Jaime Kain
Series Finale:
Fantasy:
Pink Cover: Second Position by Katherine Locke
2015 Release You Missed:
Time Travel:
A Friend’s Fave:
FREE:
Thriller: Find Me by Romily Bernard
One-Word Title: Room by Emma Donoghue
Award Winner: Why Not Me by Mindy Kaling
Black Author:
White Cover: Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
Book Was a Gift: The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
Retelling:
2016 Debut:
Graphic Novel:
Start a New Series: The Subs Club by J.A. Rock
Royalty:
Blue Cover:

 

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2016-Discussion-Challenge

2016 Book Blog Discussion Challenge

This challenge is to help get us discussing books and book blogging, so talk about whatever you want as long as it’s relevant to book blogging. Discussions can be book related or book blogging related (or generally blogging related – no discussions about things that are completely off-topic like travel or fashion, etc). Discussions can also be about you personally if it’s a get-to-know-you type post.

My goal is: 49+ Posts– Gift of the Gab

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Commenting 365 Challenge

Visit and comment on 365 unique blogs. 

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What goals did you set for yourself this year? Are you participating in any challenges? Link me to your post! 

Rock My TBR: 2016 Reading Challenge

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The Rock My TBR Reading Challenge was created by Sarah over at The YA Book Traveler. You can read more about the challenge on her blog HERE

The challenge is to read at least one book every month that was previously published and you already own. The official challenge hashtag is #RockMyTBR. Sarah is planning to host periodic twitter chats and giveaways as well throughout the year. At the end of each month, participants will make a post updating progress on the challenge.

This challenge should be pretty easy for me because I don’t read a ton of ARCs (I just don’t have access to many) and I rarely read library books, so I’m usually already reading published books that I own.  To make this a little more challenging, I’m creating another rule for myself: at least one of my books each month has to have been published prior to 2016.  I have so many unread books and often in a month I end up only reading the newest books I’ve bought, so I think this will help me get through all of my older releases as well.

What 2016 Challenges are you participating in? I’m working on creating one of my own as well, so be on the lookout for that!