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2018 Reading Challenge Rundown

After hitting a major reading slump in 2017, I’m hoping that completing some reading challenges will help be get my reading mojo back on track. When reading for challenges to do this year, I found so many good ones and I wanted to do them all. But alas it’s not possible, unless I read all day every day. Now this sounds like a good plan.

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2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

To read a different book starting with every letter of the alphabet

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2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

To read as many contemporary romances as you can within the year. I’m aiming for 2nd base -> 6-10 Books

Strictly Print Reading Challenge

To read print books that have been gathering on your shelves instead of ebooks. I’m aiming for board books -> 12 Books


2018 Colour Coded Challenge

To read books that have a colour in the title or is the dominant colour on the books’ cover

Read It Again, Sam

To re-read books that you have loved and feel like visiting again. I’m aiming for feeling nostalgic -> 8 Books

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Monthly Keyword Challenge

To read a book each month that relates to the chosen keywords for that month


Author Love Challenge

To pick an author that you want to read more books from. I’ve picked Pepper Winters and aim to read 6 books


2018 Finishing The Series Reading Challenge

To finish reading books in series that you have started but never got around to finishing. I’m aiming for C-list series finisher -> complete 1-4 series


Books N’ Tunes Challenge

To match up books you read to music that you listen to. I’m aiming for level one – hum baby -> 10 items/10 tunes


The Bad Boys Of Romance Challenge

To read books that feature bad boys from romance novels. I’m aiming for level one – capturing the bad boy -> 5-9 Books


2018 Beat The Backlist

To read books that have been sitting on your TBR pile for what seems like forever. People are assigned a team and then work towards collecting points for their team. My team is ‘Dewey Dragons’. I’m aiming to at least knock 12 books off my pile


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2018 Book To Movie Reading Challenge

To read books that have been made into movies or TV series. I’m aiming for level 3A.


2017 Reading Challenge Rundown

I loved doing the reading challenges from last year, even if I did get a bit lazy towards the end. But nevertheless I’m back again and will see how I go this year.

Progress from the challenges can be found on my 2017 Challenges page.


2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

To read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet.


Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge

To read a book each month relating to the chosen key words.


Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2017

To read as many contemporary romances within the year as possible. I have selected ‘Home Run’; which is 16-20 for the year.


The Colour Coded Challenge

To read a book with the colour in the title or is the dominant colour on the cover

Read It Again, Sam

A re-reading challenge. I have selected ‘Feeling Nostalgic’; which is 8 books.


2017 Mount TBR Challenge

To read books that are already on your TBR list. I have selected ‘Pike’s Peak’; which is 12 books

Goodreads Reading Challenge

Going to aim for 50 books this year, since I want to do more re-reading this year.

Personal Goal: 15 paperbacks

I didn’t go to will with this last year, so I have halved it and hopefully this will be more achievable.

Top Ten Resolutions For 2016

Top Ten Resolutions For 2016 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!

1) Complete this years Goodreads reading challenge
70 books… shouldn’t be too hard

2) Shorten ARC List
Read some more ARCs

3) Improve my Goodreads average rating score.
I currently sits at 3.78. While this may be high for some people. During 2015 it has slowly decrease. Need to find some good books to read.

4) Read more of my paperback collection.
This seems to be growing faster than I can read them. To help with this I have set a challenge to read at least 30 this year.

5) Complete blog make over
This is something I started last year and I would really like to finish it so all my blog posts are in the same format and it all likes nice and pretty.

6) Improve my ARC listing system
Currently I write all ARCs received on random pieces of paper. This is not helping with my organisation. I once started an excel spread sheet but that is long gone. Somebody else suggested Trello and then I can just move cards around on different boards. Maybe this might be the go for me.

7) Get a job
A much as I love all this free time to read books, I do need money to buy them and do all the other things that I want to do.

8) Clean out all my social media accounts
There are pages that I probably no longer like, people I no longer follow and all those items that I just skip over cause I can’t be bothered are going. Social detox

9) Move out of home
Whether with friends or on my own, only time will tell

10) Be Happy

Bonus: Reduce TBR list
Based on Goodreads the list currently sits at 1159. WOW! Didn’t realize it was so many. Time to read a few and probably even delete some that no longer interest me


2016 Reading Challenges Rundown

So after attempting a few reading challenges for the first time last year and having varying success with them, I decided to do a few different ones.

During 2015 there were two challenges that I really liked and discovered over at Seriesous Book Reviews. They were the prequels & sequels challenge and the monthly keyword challenge. I’m going to be doing the Monthly Keyword Challenge (new blog hosting it this year) and have just started a new series check list page to track my series reading progress. Personally I would like to finish off some of the series’s that I have started. I seem to have made a habit of reading the first book but never read the rest of the series.

Another discovery is the Around the World challenge. This is where you read books and mark the places you read about. But it also includes mini-challenges. Loving the sound of this one.

I will also be returning to the Alphabet Challenge and the Goodreads reading challenge.

I don’t really like the look of the popsugar reading challenge this year, so I will be giving that one a miss and the TBR pile Challenge (that I totally failed) has been cancelled for this year, but many different versions can be found on many different blogs.

My one personal challenge to myself this year is to read at least 30 paperbacks. 2015 saw me reading a lot of ebooks. While I don’t have I problem with that, my paperback collection was still growing and not getting read

However I believe the 5 main challenge I have should keep me entertained throughout the new year. Also any monthly challenges I see fit to do will be added to the list. I hope to do the Reading my library monthly challenge again.

I will be keeping track for my progress on my 2016 Challenges Page. So check back throughout the year to see how I am tracking with this years challenges.

Now for the challenges:

2016 Alphabet Soup Challenge


I have to read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet. Sounds easy enough, but after last year I discovered that I keep reading books that started with the same letters. Might have to try and knock them off early in the year.

2016 Monthly Keyword Challenge

2016 monthly keyword challenge

Another fun challenge. To read a book (or more) relating to the chosen keywords for each month. I’m going in totally blind for this one. I haven’t pre-selected any books, but I’m pretty sure I have a book in my collection for each month.

Around The World 2016

List all the places that I visit in the book that I read during the year. This looks like another fun challenge. I don’t know if I will do any of the mini-challenges, but I will see how things work out. Who knows maybe I’ll complete them without realizing it.


Goodreads Reading Challenge

To read 70 books for the year

Personal: Paperback Goal

To read at least 30 paperbacks. I miss the feel of reading a paper book. Plus I have to many unread on my shelves.

{Wrap-Up} 2015 Challenges

2015 was the first year that I decided to enter into more than just the Goodreads reading challenge. I wanted to push myself and see how I would go with doing something that I wouldn’t normally do otherwise.

So how did I go? Overall not that great but I’m still happy with what I achieved and that’s the main thing.

Goodreads Challenge

Completed this twice. My first goal was easily reached so I added more and beat that too. Ended up reading 81 books for the year.

2015 Ultimate Popsugar Challenge

Completed 16 out of 52. Umm not so good, thought I did more than that.

2015 Alphabet Soup Challenge

19 letters read. YES! I loved this challenge the most. It may have been the easiest but I after a while I noticed that I keep reading more books that started with the same letters. I therefore had to go and find the missing letters. This made it really challenging then. Will be doing this one again.

2015 TBR Pile Challenge

Read and reviewed only 1 book from the list. Not very good at all.

Reading My Library Challenge.

This was a monthly challenge that I found during the year and still I only manged to read 1 book from the library for that month. Hopefully next year will be better.

2015 Challenge page can be found here

Now to hunt down next years reading challenges. I have seen a few among the blogs this year that I would like to try and maybe I’ll find something new too.

{Completed} Goodreads 2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Karine has
completed her goal of reading 75 books in 2015!

January 1st – October 12th
17 books ahead of schedule

In just under 9 and a half months I have completed my goodreads challenge for this year. I even bumped it up when I knew I was getting close to my first attempt, but have now completed second round attempt too.

However this will not stop me from reading for the rest of the year. I always like to see how many more books I can get in before the year is out.

Below are some quick stats based on this years reading challenge.

Books read: 75

Total number of pages: 12 599 (based on books that have pgs listed)

Shortest book: His Enemy’s Son by Iyana Jenna (32 pgs)

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Longest Book: Pleasured by You by Steph Nuss (434 pgs)


Book Series Started: CockTails, Cousins, Hardy and Day Under The Gun, Black Heart, The Scene, Billionaire in the Dark, Pure Corruption MC, With Visions of Red, Sociopath, The Other Brother, The Professor, The Good Doctor, Cupid,  Love Bug, Jessica, Sexy Manhattan Fairytale, Captured by Love, Ladder Company, Magnetic Desires, Jail Bait

Book Series Continued: The Others, Indebted, Monsters In The Dark, Love In the City, Rosemary Beach

Book Series Completed in Challenge: The Billionaire Bargain, ‘Til Death, Snapped, Vintage, My Dutch Billionaire, Executive Toy

Book Series Closed: In the Shadows

Newly Discovered Authors: Bella Jewel, Diamond Foxx, Rachel Van Dyken, Beth Fantaskey, Jaycee Ford, Lila Monroe, JM La Rocca, Jade Eby, Kenya Wright, Lauren Hawkeye, Tawny Stokes, Miranda P Charles, Michelle A Valentine, Ketley Allison, Vincent Drake, Lisa Suzanne, Lime Craven, Sylvia Ryan, JC Emery, TS Irons, Trisha Wolfe, Elise Alden, Kate Deveaux, Eden Claire, Roxy Sloane, Misti Murphy, Rhenna Morgan, Iyana Jenna, Airicka Phoenix, Michelle Congdon, Cleo Peitche, Mia Storm, Lisa Lang Blakeney, Mary T Bradford, BL Morticia, Renee George, Clarissa Wild, Marian Tee

Newly Discovered Genre(s): none

Most Read Genre(s): adult, contemporary, erotic romance

5+ star reviews: 1

5 star reviews: 14

4 star reviews: 29

3 star reviews: 26

2 star reviews: 4

1 star reviews: 0

DNF’s: 1

Favourite Cover: a toss up between Getting Dirty and My Dutch Billionaire 1

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Favourite Book: Quintessentially Q by Pepper Winters

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All Books read during the challenge

2015 Reading Challenges Rundown

This year I have decided to participate in a few different reading challenges along with the normal Goodreads one that I have been doing for the past few year. I might cheat a little and if one book works for more than one challenge, I will cross it off mulitple lists.

This is meant to be something fun, NOT stressful. If I don’t finish them, I don’t really mind.

I will be keeping track of my progress on the 2015 Challenges page. So check back if you want to see how I are tracking through the year.

Now for the challenges:

2015 Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge


2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

This one should be fun. I have to read a book starting with every letter of the Alphabet if possible.  All the rules can be found at the above link if you would like to join in too


2015 TBR Pile Challenge

This one should be good since I have so many books to read, but keep reading the new one instead of the old ones sitting on the shelf. I really want to see how I go with this one. This will be the only challenge that I will list the books before I read them. So a better choose wisely I think.


{Meme} Top Ten Goals/ Resolutions For 2015

Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015 — bookish, blogging or otherwise!

1) Complete Goodreads Reading Challenge
Going for 60 again in 2015 I think, still have a few days to change it yet

2) Finishing reading the original James Bond series by Ian Fleming
Have only read the first one so far

3) Complete some book series’s that I have only read the first book of

the blackstone affair

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Real series

4) Do some different blog posts. I have a few ideas going on in my head at the moment

5) Finishing reading 2014 ARCs or at least shortern the list

6) Shorten my to be watched TV list
I believe in currently sits at around 300+ episodes to watch

7) Get a job to pay for all the new books that I want

8) Hopefully move out of home

9) Improve my time management skills
I thought they were ok, but they are not great

10) Spend more time doing the things that I love


Without fail, see the new Bond movie. The wait has been killing me.


{Completed} Goodreads 2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
Karine has
completed her goal of reading 60 books in 2014!

January 1st – September 15th

It has only taken me a little less than 9 months to complete my Goodreads Reading Challenge for this year, 18 books ahead of schedule. However there is no need to panic, as there is still plenty of time left in the year to continue reading more books. And that is exactly what I will be doing. Let’s see how many more I can get in before the year is out.

Below are some interesting stats based on my reading challenge for this year.

Books Read: 60

Total # of Pages: 12 344

Shortest Book: Dirty Dancing by Alexia Stark (7 pages)

Longest Book: Beneath This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas (544 Pages)

Book Series Started: A Little Too Far, The Blackstone Affair, Songs of Submission, Tangled, Blood & Roses, Last Day, Divergent Series, With Me In Seattle, The Heartbreaker, The Core, Seductive Nights, Stage Dive, The Priest’s Son, The Boy Next Door, Storm, Barriers, The Driven Trilogy, The Proposition, Hopeless, Collide, Temptation Series, Boyfriend Series, One Night Trilogy, Indebted, Storm MC, From The Inside Out, Wildcard, You Love Me, Social Media, Beast Series

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Books Series Continued: The Others

Book Series Finished: Beautiful Series

Book Series Completed in Challenge: This Man Trilogy

Newly Discovered Authors: CD Reiss, Emma Chase, Jodi Ellen Malpas, Callie Hart, Veronica Roth, Frank Warren,  Kristen Proby, Alexia Stark, Melissa Craig, Mandy Harbin, Jessica Wood, Eden Cole, Lauren Blakely, Kylie Scott, Sara Shirley, Marisa Michaels, K. Bromberg, Colleen Hoover, Gail McHugh, Renee Novelle, Maya Banks, Elle Brooks, Pepper Winters, Nina Levine, S.L. Scott, Missy Johnson, Evie Harper, J.A. Huss and Ella James

Newly Discovered Genre: Dark Romance, Dark Erotica or anything Dark

Most Read Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult

2 Star Reviews: 5

3 Star Reviews: 5

4 Star Reviews: 30

5 Star Reviews: 20

Favourite Book: Debt Inheritance by Pepper Winters
Followed Closely by You Loved Me At My Darkest by Evie Harper and Deviant By Callie Hart

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{Completed} Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge

2013 Reading Challenge
Karine has
completed her goal of reading 52 books in 2013!

With two months still left for this year, I have completed my goodreads reading challenge with some time to spare. But don’t panic this is in no way the end of the reading year for me. Two months is still plenty of time to fall in love with many more books and the characters contained with in their pages. Let’s see how many more I can get in before the year is out.
Below are some interesting stats based on the challenge.

Books read: 52

Pages: 19 700

Shortest Book: City of Bones Movie – The Official Illustrated Movie Companion

Longest Book: Beautiful Creatures

Book Series Started: Wicked Lovers, Gabriel’s Inferno, Beautiful Bastard, Heat Wave, On Dublin Street, The Dark Heroine, The Others, James Bond, The Mortal Instruments, Aphrodite’s Club, Warm Bodies, Crossfire, The Vampire Diaries: The Return, Immortals After Dark

Book Series Finished: House of Comarre

Book Series Completed in Challenge: Stark Trilogy, Thoughtless, Beautiful, Regency Draculia, The Vampire Diaries, Caster Chronicles, The Hunger Games

Favourite Book: Too many. But if I had to choose Beautiful Disaster maybe

Most read category: Paranormal and romance

3 Star Reviews: 6

4 Star Reviews: 29

5 Star Reviews: 17