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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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There are worse crimes than burning books…

There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. – Ray Bradbury

Hello wonderful readers. I can’t believe I haven’t written a blog post in so long. Truthfully I’ve been in such a massive reading slump for about the past 8 months and it’s been killing me. I’ve started so many books in the hopes of getting myself out of it but nothing seemed to be working. I tried new authors, short stories, long stories and even tried to reread my favourites, but nothing stuck. I feel so bad! So many new and exciting books have been released in that time, I even brought some, but they are still sitting either on the bookshelf or on the kindle waiting to be read and loved.

I haven’t even been blogging either. With the reading slump, I didn’t feel like doing that. I wanted to but just couldn’t get into it either.

So I decided to just take a break from both books and blogging. Not to panic, my time away was not wasted. I’ve still been bookstagramming (since I don’t have to read the actual books for that) and I’ve caught up on so many movies and TV shows that I was putting off because I was too busy reading. And now I feel better for it.

I went to a book signing in September and that was the first time that I felt excited and had the urge to read again. It’s been a slow process coming back, but I will get there.

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.

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2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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

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Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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

{Thoughts} Summer TBR Summary

Now that summer has been over for a few days, I thought I would look back at how well I did with my summer top ten TBR list.

By the looks of things I didn’t do very well.

I did mange to read 20 books over the summer, but only 2 of them were from my actually summer TBR list. While I did mange to read a few more off my TBR list, so that is also a good thing. But then I think I added another 50 books it seems because the list didn’t get any smaller.

Favourite book for the summer you say?
Tears of Tess (Monsters In The Dark #1) by Pepper Winters

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{Random} Red and black, red and black, red and black

I just noticed that my current reading list has mostly red and black covers. Strange!

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{Article} Throw Away Your TBR List

Below is a interesting look into a bookworm’s TBR list and why do we really have them at all.

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The longer I work in books, the more I’m asked how I keep track of what I want to read. Every reader knows that the options are overwhelming–there are more books being published than ever before, and readers have more options for accessing them–and nobody knows how to manage it. So we ask each other. We build tracking tools and apps and social networks. We sign up for reading challenges. We join book clubs. We’re willing to try just about anything that claims to offer us a way to make order out of the chaos that is the unending flow of book recommendations that come at us every day. And if/when we wrangle our received recommendations into some kind of system, what then? How do we, given the finite nature of our lives and our free time, decide what to read, and when?

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