2017 Reading/Blogging Challenges

2017

What’s the word for when you set a bunch of reading goals for yourself and accomplish none of them? Ah, that’s right, you pulled on Alicia. I had such high ambitions for myself last year and failed miserably when it came to actually tackling them. I did however do really well when it came to reading challenges hosted by other people. Maybe I’m only afraid of other people’s judgement. This year I’m limiting the number of challenges I participate in to the following and also including a few personal goals for myself (that I’m determined to actually accomplish!):

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1. The 2017 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and will run from January 2017-December 2017. I participated in this challenge last year and really enjoyed most of the debuts I picked up. Among my favorites were Heidi Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere and Destiny Soria’s Iron Cast. This year I’m really looking forward to a number of debuts including Lilliam Rivera’s The Education of Margot Sanchez, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, and Rhoda Belleza’s Empress of a Thousand Skies. Like last year, my goal for this challenge will be to pick up at least twelve debuts throughout the year.

2. The Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly. This challenge also runs January – December. The goal is to read as many fantasy novels throughout the year as you so choose as well as participate in four book club reads. My goal for this challenge will be 20 fantasy novels. It’s not a high number and I’ll likely go over, but I feel that I’ve sort of been neglecting my favorite genre as of late, so I’m hoping this will help me dive back in.

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3. The Winter 2017 Comment Challenge hosted by myself and Lonna @ FLYLēF . This challenge runs from January through March (though we may bring it back again during the summer) and is a really fun way to connect with new bloggers. Each month we’re pairing bloggers and encouraging them to get to know one another by commenting on each other’s blogs all month long. January sign-ups are currently closed, but you can sign-up for February here.

4. Participate in a buddy read or two. I already have a couple lined up, so hopefully I can accomplish this early in the year.

5. Listen to an audio book. I have never listened to an audio book before. I can’t believe I’ve gone this long without doing so. I’ve got a crochet project already lined up to help me accomplish this.

6. Read at least one graphic novel. Something else I’ve never done before. I have no excuse to read at least one this year. Always up for suggestions if you have any!

Are you participating in any of these challenges? What reading challenges are you most looking forward to? Do you have any personal goals you wish to accomplish in 2017?

4th Annual ARC August: Week Four Update

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The 4th Annual ARC August is hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat. Yes, this post is a little late. You may have noticed that I did not have an update for this challenge last week and that’s because I didn’t get a chance to pick up any ARCs. And this week I was actually sick, so I didn’t get a chance to finish putting this post together before the month ended. During the final week, I read two final ARCs. My goal for this challenge was originally three books with a soft six book goal if I found the time. I ended up reading five ARCs in totally which feels extremely satisfying (I now have only one NetGalley ARC I haven’t tackled yet). Here’s a quick look at the two ARCs I read this week. Scroll to the end of this post for links to my previous ARC August posts. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

ARC August Read #4:

Title: The Graces

Author: Laure Eve

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

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I was initially really excited about this novel. When I saw it on NetGalley, I jumped at the chance to request it, but I kept seeing a lot of negative feedback on it in the weeks leading up to August. So I lowered my expectations and while this one didn’t complete suck, it could have been a lot better. I actually posted a full review of this one early this week, which you can read here.

ARC August Read #5:

Title: One Was Lost

Author: Natalie D. Richards

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

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I didn’t completely fall in love with Natalie D. Richards’ One Was Lost. It’s kind of hard to impress me when it comes to horror books, but this was a fairly entertaining read and I liked the lead characters in it. There were only a few times when I screamed at them that they were making terrible mistakes no one in a horror story should ever make. I’m actually thinking of hosting a giveaway for the ARC of this one come the beginning of October. It just seems like an appropriate time to share a few scares, right? Look for my full review and potential giveaway in October.

Other ARCs I Read This Month:

(Covers linked to my ARC August posts)

How did you do this month for the ARC August challenge? Do you have a favorite ARC you read in August? Let me know and leave a link to your own ARC August week two update post in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit.

4th Annual ARC August: Week Two Update

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The second week of the 4th Annual ARC August Challenge, hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat, is now over. This week I just wanted to get to one ARC because I like mixing my reading up during this challenge. Not sure how this upcoming week will look as I have crazy bookish plans that involve adding a new shelf to my library and moving others around, which is already taking up all of my free time. If I don’t manage to pick up an ARC for week three, I will be skipping the update. My full review for the following book will be posted closer to the release date.

ARC August Read #3:

Title: The Lovely Reckless

Author: Kami Garcia

Publication Date: October 4, 2016

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I wish I could say Kami Garcia’s The Lovely Reckless is a winner, but I really struggled to get through it. The protagonist came across as very privileged and spoiled, which made it difficult to connect with her emotionally. I may have disliked the love story even more than the protagonist. Everything moved far too quickly and had me rolling my eyes more times than I can count. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

Are you participating in ARC August? Which ARC are you most looking forward to reading? Let me know and leave a link to your own ARC August week two update post in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit.

4th Annual ARC August: Week One Update

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The 4th Annual ARC August Challenge, hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat, has been underway for the last week. Every week there will be an update on my progress for this challenge (unless I fail to pick up any ARCs), which encourages bloggers to pick up all the ARCs that have been piling up. My goal for this month is three ARCs with the possibility of getting to six. This first week I’m off to a great start, having read two ARCs. Yay me! Here are a few thoughts I had on these books. Full reviews will be posted closer to the books’ release dates.

ARC August Read #1:

Title: The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart

Author: Lauren DeStefano

Publication Date: September 13, 2016

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Lauren DeStefano’s newest middle grade read The Peculiar Night of the Blue Heart is full of charm, following two orphans as they encounter a spirit that possesses one of them. I really enjoyed the friendship between the two leads, Marybeth and Lionel. They accept each other for who they are, without expectations and without wanting to change the other. I still think that DeStefano’s first MG book A Curious Tale of the In-Between outshines this one, but Peculiar Night was still very enjoyable. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

ARC August Read #2:

Title: Labyrinth Lost

Author: Zoraida Córdova

Publication Date: September 6, 2016

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I had very high expectations for Zoraida Córdova’s Labyrinth Lost and even though it didn’t meet all my expectations (I have absurd expectations when it comes to witch books, don’t ask me why), I still liked it. Witches, demonic creatures, and a perilous journey make this an exciting read to pick up. I loved how important the Latin American culture played in this one and am looking forward to picking up more books by this author. Book cover is linked to Goodreads.

Are you participating in ARC August? What’s the last ARC you read and loved? Let me know and leave a link to your own ARC August week one update post in the comments and I’ll be sure to visit.

July ’16: Reading Challenges Recap

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So I skipped making a full post for my reading challenges last month when I only read a single book toward them. This month I have a little bit more progress to report. Looking at all the numbers, I’m fairly confident I will meet my goals for the Debut Author Challenge and the Finishing the Series Challenge. I’m a little skeptical of my progress with the Read My Books Challenge as I tend to neglect my own books in favor of library books. Why is it that I put off reading my own books after I buy them?

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2016 Debut Author Challenge:

2016 Goal: 12 books

Debut Books Read in July: 2

Overall Progress: 8

The 2016 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This month I read Roshani Chokshi’s The Star-Touched Queen, which was a really beautifully written book. Click on the cover below for my review. I also picked up Janet Sumner Johnson’s The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society, a charming and surprisingly moving middle grade read. My review for this one will be up next month, cover below is linked to Goodreads.

Debut Books Read This Month:

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2016 Finishing the Series Challenge:Finishing the Series

2016 Goal: 7 series

Series Read in July: 0

Overall Progress: 5

The 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge is hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. Just a little update on this challenge to say that there is no actual updates to be had with this challenge. With all the new book releases, it’s so easy to neglected those series you haven’t finished in the past. Hopefully I can get to something next month.

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2016 Goal: 30 books

Number of My Books Read in July: 4

Overall Progress: 18

The 2016 Read My Books Challenge is hosted by The Worn Bookmark. I’m trying to pick up more of my own books this summer. My physical TBR is really out of control and so I am not allowing myself to put in any new requests for the library until the end of August. Don’t know if I’ll be able to succeed, but I’m going to try. This month, I read from my own library the following books: How (Not) to Fall in Love by Lisa Brown Roberts, The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi, This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab, and My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (do physical ARCs count toward this challenge, because I’m counting this one).

How is your physical TBR? Do you read more of your own books or library books? Is there a series you are hoping to finish this year? Feel free to leave a link to your own challenge recap post and I’ll check it out.