2015 New Releases Reading Challenge

2015 READING CHALLENGE

I’m super excited to be announcing that I will be hosting the 2015 New Release Reading Challenge!

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I first discovered the necessity for this reading challenge back when I began choosing my most anticipated reads of this year. I realised that I was really struggling to narrow it down (especially compared with last year) and that if I didn’t put some of the titles on my list, I would probably forget about them and never read them again. Those poor books would have to miss out on being read by my wonderful eyes.

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But joking aside, that made me feel kind of sad, so I decided that 2015 is going to be the year of new releases! So I devised a spreadsheet of books and release dates (books I was interested in only) and decided that I was going to make it into a challenge thing on the blog so that I would feel more obliged to do it. Then I thought (like an actual thought, I wondered what they felt like – kind of sticky actually) that maybe other people may want to join in as well!

The rules:

  • Please post the sticker above (or (a better) one you’ve made) and link back to me. That way other people can join in!
  • There will be a monthly link-up to show your progress if there are more than five participants other than myself.
  • All books counted must be read and published in 2015.
  • No novellas unless they are over 100 pages.
  • You must have fun. Like, or else.

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Scoring:

  • <5 books – at least you tried.
  • 5-10 books – not bad at all. You may stand proudly.
  • 11-15 books – you can be known as the ‘experienced’ one.
  • 16-20 – let me bow down and kiss your feet.
  • >20 – just face it, you’re inhuman.

Currently, I’m aiming for at least 20 new releases. Will I lower my goal? Perhaps. But optimism is key, people. If there was no optimism, how would function? We would drown in a pool of no hope. I’ve heard it is uncomfortable.

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Progress:

Considering it is the 8th of January today, I haven’t done too badly. I have read a total of:*drumroll* one book! And that was…I Was Here by Gayle Forman (see previous post). It was pretty good, perhaps not quite meeting my ridiculously high expectations, but pretty good.

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Some more January releases I’m excited for:

  • Vendetta by Catherine Doyle (Jan 1st)Vendetta (Blood for Blood, #1)
  • Frostfire by Amanda Hocking (Jan 6th)Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (Jan 6th)All the Bright Places
  • The Conspiracy of Us by Maggie Hall (Jan 13th)The Conspiracy of Us
  • Love, Lucy by April Lindner (Jan 27th)Love, Lucy

WAIT. On the topic of All the Bright Places, I have to say how ridiculously excited I am for it. I ordered my copy the day it came out (although I meant to before – it must have been published earlier than the 6th elsewhere because I could have bought it without pre-ordering). I completely blame my fellow bloggers on that account.

Anyway, I hope you decide to join me in my battle to read all the books. Well, most of them.

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If you would like to join, just drop me a comment to sign-up!

Byeeeeee!

Review: Camp Boyfriend

Camp Boyfriend by J. K. Rock

Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend, #1)

Publication date: July 2nd 2013

Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary

Number of pages: 324

Series: Camp Boyfriend (1#)

Genre: YA Contemporary

Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion. I read this during the Fluffy Reads Readathon!

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 Goodreads synopsis:

The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.

They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren’s nerves and she can’t wait to return to summer camp where she’s valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she’s broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn’t even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

But Matt isn’t giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn’t really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she’s more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren’s friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she’s changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?

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 Review:

Camp Boyfriend certainly made me a happy camper.

This book was absolutely prefect for me. Talk about right place right time.

I was on holiday when I read this. It took me about the day. Coincidentally, it was also a really warm day with brilliant weather and I was in a really similar setting to how I imagined the camp. Talk about perfection. It was meant to be.

Can I just say that I was Team Matt for the whole book? (I’m not counting the beginning because I judged Matt before he’d even spoken. Then I changed my mind. My review, my rules.) Matt was just amazing wrapped in a ball of amazing.

On the topic of the love triangle, can I just say that J. K. Rock seriously kept me guessing until the end as to who Lauren would end up with? Seriously, the anticipation was so high that I could barely contain myself.

I have never read a book with a love triangle quite like the one in Camp Boyfriend. It was done in a way that even people who have this mega-grudge against them wouldn’t even have minded. That much.

Camp Juniper was absolutely crazy. It sounds like so much fun! I wish they had camps like that where I live. And the councillor Emily was pretty epic. There we go, Epic Emily.

My thoughts on the main character, Lauren, are undecided. Overall I wasn’t particularly impressed by her because I found a few of her choices to be most questionable. She was ok but I wanted to become a councillor just so that I could guide her in the right direction.

All in all, Camp Boyfriend was a cute and heartwarming story. Perfect for Summer and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Camp Payback.

 4/5 comets!
A meteor shower. A great show!

Add to Goodreads

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 Goodreads author bios:

J.K. RockJ. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners – and sisters-in-law – Joanne & Karen Rock. After years of comparing notes on their favorites books and films, often dreaming up new endings to suit them, they decided to write their own stories. Their first Young Adult book, CAMP BOYFRIEND, is part of a three-book series. CAMP PAYBACK will be an April 2014 release, and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT arrives in Fall 2014. Visit the Camp Boyfriend website at http://campboyfriend.net to learn more about the free novellas they are offering readers prior to each full length book. Individually, Joanne Rock is an award winning Harlequin author published in 26 countries and translated into 20 languages. Karen Rock writes critically acclaimed stories for Harlequin Heartwarming including her latest, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL.

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Readalong Wrap-up:

A huge thanks to the Fluffy Readers for organising this! I had fun – I only wish I could have participated more, but I was away.

Please check out their blog, Fluffy Reads: http://fluffy-reads.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/join-camp-boyfriend-read-long.html

Yet ANOTHER Two Reading Challenges

Remember before how I was pretty much ashamed that I had signed up for 15 year long reading challenges? Well, I signed up for another two – and here they are!

2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge!

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This challenge is hosted by Bookish! Sign up HERE !

The idea of this challenge is to help you clean up some books that have been sitting around on your shelf for a while!

Levels:

1-10 – A Firm Handshake
11-20 – A Friendly Hug
21-30 – First Kiss
31-40 – Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 – Could this be love?
50+ – Married With Children

I’m not sure of what level I’m aiming for, according to my goals only the first one, but we’ll see.

Goals:

I am hoping to read:

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  • A Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black
  • Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  • Hereafter by Tara Hudson
  • White Cat by Holly Black
  • Red Glove by Holly Black
  • Crossed by Ally Condie

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Reading Challenge Addict!

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This is hosted by Reading Challenge Addict! Sign up HERE !

I guess the name is pretty self-explanatory. You may already be able to tell that I love reading challenges, so this was a must for me! The challenge is to complete all of my other challenges – I’m totally up for this!

Levels:

  • Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges
  • On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges
  • In Flight: 11-15 Challenges
  • Out of This World: 16+ Challenges

I guess this means I’m aiming for Out of this World!

 

Goodreadathon!

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It’s time for…

Goodreadathon!

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Goodreadathon is a readathon that runs from January 4th (midnight) – January 8th (midnight)! Don’t worry, it’s not too late to sign up, we need all the participants we can get.

There’ll be challenges, Twitter conversations, group stuff and lots of reading – it’s going to be really fun (especially if our participant count goes up)!

So, this readathon is run mainly from our Goodreads group and that’s where you sign up! If you want to sign up, click HERE ! You can post on your blog or vlog, just do anything you want!

This is will hopefully help to get you to read – I know it’s helped me a lot so far! If you want to do a blog post, feel free to grab the button and/or banner!

Here are my stats for the readathon so far:

  • Total books read – 1
  • Total pages read – 412
  • Currently reading – The Goddess Test
  • Up next – Venture Untamed

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New Year Bloggy Resolutions 2014

New Year Resolutions

First post of the year! Yay!

I was just about to do my own New Year Blogging Resolutions when I came across Chiara’s over at Books for a Delicate Eternity (http://delicateeternity.wordpress.com/). Then I was looking at her questions and realised they covered pretty much everything I wanted to say anyway and couldn’t resist joining in! So here goes –

 Reading:

I will read more books…

Oh definitely more review books. It’s getting ridiculous. I have a new plan that I began to follow at the end of last year that was read as many arcs as I can during the week and one non-review book whether it be from the library or not. Speaking of which, I have way too many books unread on both my Kindle and shelf too but I am kind of stockpiling (it’s hard to explain).

I will try reading…

More classics and mystery novels. I am not a fan of mystery books at all because I haven’t found one that I really enjoyed and that has kind of put me off them a little bit. As for classics, I am determined to start and finish Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, even if it mean reading a little bit a week.

I will finish…

Oops, I kind of got into that in the last question. But aside from Les Mis, I really want to read a couple of complete series’ that I own and have started, including:

  • The Matched trilogy by Ally Condie
  • The Chemical Garden trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Maze Runner trilogy + prequel by James Dashner
  • Hush, Hush saga by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate

More than I thought….this includes rereading the books I have read in the series too.

And I’d love to finish The Mortal Instruments this year.

I will start…

And hopefully finish:

  • The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
  • The Legend trilogy by Marie  Lu

I will not read…

Same thing as Chiara here – books I don’t want to. I hate DNFing books but I will probably have to.

  Posting:

I will try to post:

When I can. I usually find it very difficult to post every single day, so I’m aiming for every other day if need be.

I will post more:

Reviews. I have a lot of reviews that need to be typed up and posted. I think I’d be a little more enthusiastic about posting the reviews if maybe I typed them up straight after finishing the book on Goodreads instead of handwriting them first. Also, more of my Babbling with Bookcomet posts because they’re really fun and seem to be my more popular posts.

I will post fewer:

Nothing really. Since I have been able to post more at the moment, this may be hard to believe for any new followers but my problem last year was finding time to post.

If I do not post:

Then oh well. I have that post to look forward to still.

  Visiting:

This topic was actually going to be one of my main resolutions.

I will visit blogs:

Whenever I can (and want to). I love it when people comment on my posts because it shows that someone is actually reading what I write. So I am going to make an effort to do the same for other people and meet some great bloggers.

I will comment on more:

Same thing as Chiara again – reviews. I never know what to say. Particularly if I haven’t read the book. But comment on more everything in general.

I will comment on fewer:

Nothing, I need to comment more 🙂

I will return the comment favour as much as I can…

I’m quite happy to say that I do do this most of the time.

I will try and visit and comment on ____ blogs:

Bloggers whose blogs I really enjoy reading and appreciate. They deserve to know people read their posts and appreciate all the time and effort they put into them.

I will not post comments that are…

Nothingy. I will not post comments just for the sake of commenting.

I will post comments that are…

Relevent, interesting, thoughtful and are frequent (if you get what I mean).

 

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Some other resolutions that I wanted to mention, include putting more time into getting to know some other bloggers. Maybe I might get a Booklikes account and use Twitter, Tumblr (never even posted on), Pinterest and Goodreads (yes, I use this a LOT but I mean put more time towards my groups and stuff) more often.

I would also love to finish all my reading challenges because they would help greatly with decreasing my tbr pile and would be a great way to meet new bloggers and, well, they sound like fun!

Oh – and the other thing was that I started something called The Bookcomet Book Awards pretty much on the day I started my blog and never really picked it up again. I want to make this a regular and fun thing.

 

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So there you have them! I have a review to post later, but after this my posts will probably go back down to once a day.

Oh What a Year!

Oh what a year.

I can barely believe that I started this blog only in March this year. 17th I believe (earliest date I can find). I can’t really imagine not having it now.

Saying I’ve come a looooong way is an understatement. The first review I ever posted on here was of The Luxe by Anna Godbersen. Back then I just had a page for reviews. My reviews were about a paragraph long and had a small picture of the cover and the title in bold.

The only post I has was a welcome to visitors to my blog because I seemed to decide not to post my reviews, just put them on the page.

Then, some time in April, I started posting the reviews. I’d post one review at a time, until I posted another one when I’d move it to the review page.

In maybe June or even late May, I realised that nobody was going to look at my review page. There was no way they were going to look at the reviews of books like The Luxe – they’d have a lot of scrolling to do. So I promptly deleted all my reviews and since I deleted the original post, linked it back to my Goodreads review. From now on I have just stopped deleting the posts but rather linking to them. And guess what? It’s in alphabetical order.

Sometime in the middle of the year (maybe) I began posting for blogger memes. I had a post for everyday. Not that I did post everyday.

In July I think I participated in my first readathon (Once Upon a Readthon) and I loved it. I read all day for four days and had loads of fun doing challenges and meeting people. My love for readathons has never diminished…in fact me and a Goodreads friend will host our own very soon. Oops…spoiler.

From then on I really just picked up a more steady pace and tried schedules (which I will probably go back to) which were briefly put on hold for my December advent calendar.

Next year I plan to make some big changes. Maybe even in blog design. Some of my earlier followers may remember I had the 2011 blog design with the header. I never liked my header image. Then I changed to this one, which I still don’t really like.

Thank you for being great followers, this will probably be my final post for the year, so Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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