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.

January ’16: Reading Challenges Recap

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I don’t know about you, but I think January went by way too quickly. I thought I had more time to get to certain books for these challenges, but before I knew it the month was over. As it were, this recap post is kind of sad. Hopefully the number will jump up next month as I have several books in mind. I’ve ordered a couple of debut books and am also planning to finish at least one other series in February, all of which will contribute to the Read My Books Challenge. This month I picked up a total of one book toward by 2016 reading challenges. You read that right. This means my reads were almost exclusively from the library and since I was on a book buying ban this month (today is my last day!), that means I didn’t spend any money on books (yay me!).

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2016 Debut Author Challenge:

2016 Goal: 12 books

Debut Books Read in January: 0

Overall Progress: 0

The 2016 Debut Author Challenge is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This is just so sad. I didn’t get a chance to pick up any debut author novels this month because I was on a book-buying ban and my library doesn’t always have new releases available right away. I plan on making up for this next month as there are several debut novels I have my eye on and hopefully I’ll be able to check out a couple of January releases soon.

2016 Finishing the Series Challenge:Finishing the Series

2016 Goal: 7 series

Series Read in January: 1

Overall Progress: 1

The 2016 Finishing the Series Challenge is hosted by Bea’s Book Nook. I managed to finish one series this month! I actually had another book lined up for this challenge, but didn’t get a chance to pick it up. I’ll need to step up my game next month.

Books Read/Series Finished:

The Master Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg/The Paper Magician series.

2016 Read My Books Challenge:2016 Read My Books

2016 Goal: 30 books

Number of My Books Read in January: 1

Overall Progress: 1

The 2016 Read My Books Challenge is hosted by The Worn Bookmark. My only saving grace is that the book I picked up for the Finishing the Series challenge also counts toward this one. I know I have so many books on my shelf that I need to get to, but all those library holds just came in at once. Really, I never have such luck, so don’t expect such a dismal display for next month’s challenges recap.

How did you do with your reading challenges for the month of January? Are you off to a quick start or a slow start like me? Feel free to leave a link to your own challenge recap post and I’ll check it out.

2016 Bookish Goals: Book I’d Love to Reread

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This is my final 2016 Bookish Goals post. If you haven’t had a chance to check out my previous posts, you can find them here: Authors I’m Reading for the First Time and Classics I’m Determined to Read. I love rereading books, but I can’t always find the time to pick up old favorites. Last year I joined the Re-Read Challenge and was determined to reread twelve book. Unfortunately, I fell a little short of my goal. This year, although I haven’t joined a reread challenge, I still want to pick up a few books. So here is my very conservative list of books I’m planning to reread this year.

 alt=1. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Even though I enjoyed this first book, I never finished the Grisha Trilogy. I recently rediscovered it when I read her most recent release Six of Crows. High on bookish delight, I ended up buying all three books in this series, so at some point I’ll have to refresh my memory by rereading this one.

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I’m very sorry if you are tired of hearing how awesome Six of Crows is, but I’m kind of in love with this book. I’m planning to reread this one some time before Crooked Kingdoms comes out (why must I wait so long?!).

 alt=3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

I rave about Robin LaFever’s My Fair Assassin series all the time, but I only have a review of the final book on my blog. This is just unacceptable, especially considering how much I love this first book in the series. This year I want to reread Grave Mercy and get a review up, so I can convince more readers to pick up this amazing series.

 alt=4. The Falconer by Elizabeth May

I count this one as one of the most underrated books I’ve ever read. I’ve been anticipating the release of the second book for about forever. When it showed up on NetGalley, my fingers were faster than my brain because before I knew it I had requested it. Now that I’ve been approved, I’m going to need to reread this one before diving into the second.

 alt=5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

About a year ago I started to reread the HP series, but ended up stopping after Goblet of Fire for some reason. I think I was kind of avoiding this fifth book, as a certain character’s death happens and I’ve never been able to get over it. This year I want to continue to reread the series or at the very least pick up this one.

Do you enjoy rereading books? How often do you reread? Any books you’re planning to pick up again this year? Let me know in the comments.