Book Challenges

Goodreads Challenge is Complete!

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Whoo hoo!!  I finished my Goodreads reading challenge!  I know 65 seems like a low goal compared to other people, but I try to give myself a goal of about 4 books per month and then some because I know I’m not always going to be able to read those 4 books per month (and other months I read well over 4).  Sometimes it’s due to a slump, other times it’s just due to outside factors (*cough*work*cough*).

I hope everyone else’s challenges are going well – just don’t stress out if you are a bit behind!

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Book Challenges, Personal

All Hallow’s Read-a-Thon

Yes, yes, it’s only September, but you know what?  I love Halloween.  Lots of people do.  And so, I want to introduce to this blog something I’ve been hosting on tumblr for the past two years: All Hallow’s Read-a-Thon.  (Not to be confused with All Hallow’s Read, which is about giving books on Halloween.  Cool idea, but not what this is.)

Basically it means dedicating the month of October to reading as many Halloween-ish books as possible.  This could include horror novels, books by authors like Stephen King, books about vampires, witches, ghosts, etc.  They don’t have to be scary, they could just be paranormal.  Last year, for example, I read Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson and The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson, plus I started House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski but that was dense and ended up taking me through November to finish.

Last year and the year before I also made challenges throughout the month, but I think I might skip that this year.  I might just do a few reading sprints still, or maybe do a Bingo for it (it seems to be a popular thing to do with reading now).

Let me know if you’d be interested in joining something like this.  I don’t get a lot of participants, but we have fun anyway!

Book Challenges, Monthly Wrap-Up

August 2017 | #ARCAugust Wrap-Up & Books Read This Month

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Well, it’s September 1st, so that means #ARCAugust is over.  I had an original goal of 12 books (yup, I knew I wasn’t going to be doing that) and managed to read 7 of the 12 with only 1 that I started and did not finish.  Not bad if I say so myself.  12 was kind of a stretch for me, so 7 is probably more than I should have expected.

The books I read for #ARCAugust and the month of August are:

The one egalley I started for #ARCAugust but did not finish was Zero Repeat Forever, by Gabrielle Prendergast.

Of the ones I read, I most enjoyed This is Not the End, Shimmer and Burn, The Epic Crush of Genie Lo, and The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding.  All were excellent reads in their own way and definitely ones I would recommend.  Thank you to Read.Sleep.Repeat for hosting #ARCAugust!  It definitely helped push me to read the ARCs and egalleys I needed to.  Too bad there isn’t one for September, cause I still have so many more to read.

Sadly, because I focused on #ARCAugust, I got absolutely nothing read for BeatTheBacklist.  :/

Book Challenges

#ARCAugust Update

I feel like I fell a little behind, because I am only at 4 ARCs completed out of the 12 I originally had.  I just added one to my DNF pile because I just couldn’t get through it, but I am still counting it as “tried” for #ARCAugust.  And I am no longer planning on doing 2 of the original ones I had listed, but am leaving them there until or unless I make it to two others I still have to read for future dates.  Otherwise they are just going to be counted in the “did not read for ARCAugust even though I meant to” pile.  Updated #ARCAugust list here

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TBR Bingo!

I just found this suggestion on how to push forward in your already-owned TBR over on twitter by @MissDahlELama and decided to try my hand at making one!  Now I’m probably not actually going to start until #ARCAugust is over, because that’s my current priority, but I’ve been falling behind on Beat the Backlist and need to get a move on with that.

The rules are simple: pick 25 books that you already own and haven’t read yet, and every time you see one mentioned on social media or on a shelf, pick it up and read it!  (I’m thinking by ‘shelf’ it means like in a bookstore or on someone’s shelfie or something because I see mine every day and that’s too easy).  Cross it off on your bingo card, and once you hit bingo, treat yourself to a new book or read an ARC!

Continue reading “TBR Bingo!”

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#ARCAugust Update

So it’s the second week of August and so far I have read 3 of the 12 ARCs and egalleys I have planned for this month.  Not bad, if I say so.  I am worried though because I do want to try and finish reading A Conjuring of Light but that will take time away from reading ARCs.  Also, I am very behind on Beat the Backlist but that’s another story altogether.

Who else is participating in #ARCAugust?  How are you feeling so far about your reading goals?  What are you doing to keep on track this month?