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!

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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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2014 Reading Challenges Part 2!

So here are the final 7 of 15! Once again, the level I am going for is in bold 🙂

A to Z Reading Challenge!

This challenge is hosted by Sock Poppet at Play (sign up HERE ). The aim is to read a book for each letter of the alphabet, but the catch is that the book must meet the requirement for the letter.

A is for April (the month in which you read the book)
B is for Bathing Suit (this book takes place at least partly in hot weather months)
C is for Children’s book
D is for Doctor (one of the characters)
E is for Ever (in the title)
F is for Family (book is about a family or family relationships)
G is for Geography (the story takes place in at least two different countries)
H is for Heart (it’s a love story)
I is for Ice (the setting is cold – snow, ice, rain)
J is for Jokes (the book is humorous)
K is for Keyboard (at least one character plays a musical instrument)
L is for Lamp (the book takes place before electricity was discovered)
M is for Mom (one of the characters)
N is for New-to-you author
O is for Out of This World (where the story takes place)
P is for Pilgrims (the story involves moving someplace new)
Q is for Question Mark in the title
R is for Run (the main character is running from something)
S is for Sequel to a book you’ve already read
T is for Time (the book travels time, moves through time quickly or flashes back)
U is for Useful (which you found the book to be)
V is for Veteran (at least one character is/was a member of a military force)
W is for Wind (the book blew you away)
X is for XXIV (it’s the 24th book you read this year)
Y is for Yo-Yo (your emotions were up and down as you read the book)
Z is for Zoo (there is an animal on the cover)

Seriously Series Reading Challenge

This challenge is being hosted by Reading the Paranormal and sounds SERIOUSLY fun (sign up HERE ).

There are three different catergories you can go for and levels within those catergories:

  • Series started before 2014: are defined as series that you have started reading before Jan. 2014 and that you still have unread books to get current in (or finish) the series.
  • Series started in 2014: are defined as any series that you start reading between Jan. and Dec. 2014, and the second book in the series must be published before December 2014.
  • A series reread is defined as books that are part of a series that were read before Jan. 2014 and that are reread between Jan. 2014 and Dec. 2014: A series reread does NOT have to include the full series.

Here is the table:

  series started before 2014 series started in 2014 series rereads
Semi-Serious 1-6 series 1-6 1-6
Seriously Serious 7-12 7-12 7-12
Super Seriously Serious 13-18 13-18 13-18
Seriously Spectacular Series Star 18+ 18+ 18+

I’m aiming for at least one series per catergory, so here are three I definitely want to read:

Series started before 2014:

  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Series started in 2014:

  • Legend by Marie Lu

Series rereads:

  • Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

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2014 Series Challenge!

This challenge is hosted over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. (sign up HERE ) and I really love her challenges, so I couldn’t resist. Her challenge is different to the challenge above.

  • You have to FINISH the series
  • If the series isn’t complete yet, or will not be completed before December 1st, 2014 read up to the most recent book in said series.
  • Novellas count, but are optional.
  • HAVE fun
  • If you decide to break up with a series after book one, it does not count!
  • You do not have to START the series in 2014, you just have to FINISH it in 2014
  • Series that you started prior to 2014 are fine as long as you FINISH the series in 2014
  • The series has to have at least 2 books out prior to December 1st, 2014
  • Proof that you finished the book is required. It could be a full review, a mini review, or a rating with a few lines.
  • DNF’s do not count. PERIOD.

Levels:

  • Bronze Badge = 1 – 3 series
  • Silver Badge = 4 – 6 series
  • Gold Badge = 7 – 11 series
  • Platinum Badge = 12+ series

Jumble Your Genres Reading Challenge!

This challenge is being hosted by Readers Live a Thousand Lives, Corrie the Book Crazed Girl and Lovin’ Los Libros (sign up HERE ). I think it sounds really fun and I’d love to try out some old and new genres.

Here is the monthly schedule:

January- Young Adult
February- Contemporary
March- Urban Fantasy
April- Middle Grade
May- Dystopian
June- High Fantasy
July- Adult
August- Paranormal
September- Romance
October- Sci-Fi
November- Historical Fiction
December- New Adult
 
To be honest, I’m not sure what to think about July and December, since this is a YA only blog, but I will have to make an exception anyway for a new adult book because I received one for review and I guess I’ll probably go with a Nicholas Sparks book for July.
 
 
Dystopia Reading Challenge
 
This is being hosted by Blog of the Erised (sign up HERE ).
 
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Each month will have its own link form so you will be able to share your book reviews. You do not have to review the books you read to participate, but only those who read/reviewed at least one dystopian book will be able to participate in the giveaway (you can track your reading without the reviews with Goodreads, Shelfari etc.).
  • Books that count in this challenge must include any form of post-apocalyptic theme (book sites like Goodreads are good sources of genre information). The books must be full-length.
  • All formats allowed.
  • Rereads allowed (but not the same book five times in a year!).
  • It does not matter whether it’s a series or a stand-alone book.
  • If you are participating, grab the challenge button from below and post it on you blog. You can also make a post with the header (the code is also below). Please include the link back to this post so others will be able to participate as well.
  • If you will participate, put the sign-up link to your blog post (about the challenge) or blog (for the button) directly into the linky below. Sign-ups will be open until December 15, 2014.
  • You do not have to list your books in advance, go and do as you please. Read as many as you want and whenever you want, as long as you have fun!
  • Info about the giveaway will be available in December 2014.
  • Do not cheat with books of other themes/genres/topics because I do check!

Levels:

Recruit (1 to 6 books)
Rebel (7 to 12 books)
Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)
Leader (19+ books)
 
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New Release Reading Challenge!
 
This one is hosted by…ME! Yay! If anyone is interested in particpating, please let me know in the comments and I’ll happily do another post with a linky form included.
  • Any book released in 2014 is fine
  • Cross-overs allowed
  • Only books read between January 1st – December 31st 2014 count
  • Review Linky monthly (if others want to join in)
  • Can join at any point in the year

Levels:

  •  City Lover = 1 – 5 books
  • Camper = 6 – 10 books
  • Tourist = 11 – 15 books
  • Backpacker = 16 – 19 books
  • Gold Class = 20+ books

2014 Reading Challenges Part 1!

So maybe I went a little OTT with reading challenges for next year – I just couldn’t decide what to pick! So, while I have picked SIXTEEN reading challenges, compared with the 2-3 other blogs have picked, I may be a little busy. I decided to post these today so that you guys can join up with any of them if you want to. This is only part 1, part 2 is coming. This page will be classed under a new page soon. It’s going to be a loooong post. If you are looking specifically for a reading challenge, have fun, you may have some scrolling to do.

I’ve copied the rules and levels etc. directly from the hosts to save time. The first lot of dot points per challenge are the rules and I have made the level I’m going for bold. The second lot of dot points are my goals.

So, here goes:

Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge!

This is being hosted by Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf (click HERE to sign up)! The challenge is to read full length books with a witch as a main character or major witchcraft elements.

  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014. I will be posting a place to link up a sign-up post (below), reviews and a wrap-up post. (Note: You do not have to review the books to participate, but only those who link up reviews will be entered for the prize)
  • Grab the reading challenge button (code & button below) and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate- you could track your progress and post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.
  • Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.
  • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  • When you sign up in the linky put the direct link to your post about joining the 2014 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge, not just a link to your blog.
  • You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  • Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  • Have some Witchy Good Fun !!!

Levels –

Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books

I will probably acquire more books for this challenge throughout the year, but here are the definites:

  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • The Awakening by KelleyArmstrong
  • Salt by Danielle Ellison
  • Witch Finder by Ruth Warburton
  • Spellbound and Determined by Dax Varley
  • Passion Potion by Mary Beth Daniels

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Review Pile Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads (sign up HERE ). This was actually the challenge that got me excited for reading challenges next year!

Description:

Let’s be honest here, we all have those books we’ve received for review (whether requested or not!), but we just haven’t gotten to them yet. Or maybe we went a little crazy with the ‘request’ buttons on NetGalley or Edelweiss, and we need to catch up.

  • The 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2014
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Grab one of the buttons to show off your participation! Parajunkee did a great job with them!
  • You DO NOT have to have a blog to join this challenge. You just need to have some books received for review and a place online to review them
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. If you do not have a blog, you can link up to your Goodreads profile that shows your 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge shelf
  • Please link back to the hosts in your sign-up posts
  • This challenge is to help clear up books you’ve received for review. Any format, or any length, as long as you received the book specifically for review, is allowed
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2014 at both Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January reviews. (No 2013 reviews.) At the beginning of every month, starting in February, these posts will alternate between both blogs. (See schedule below)
  • If you forgot to leave your review link in the challenge month in which you reviewed the book or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways – make sure you check in each month!
  • Use the hashtag #RPRC2014 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter

Levels:

1-10 – Apprentice
11-20 – Journeyman
21-30 – Master
31-40 – Grand Master
40+ – Adept

I think this will REALLY help.

A Year of Re-Reading

This challenge is being hosted by Caffeinated Life (sign up HERE ). I’m participating in this challenge because I have recently acquired some sequels to much loved books and I need to reread the books before the sequel and hopefully this challenge will help me boost some enthusiasm.

  • This reading challenge runs from 1 January 2014 to 31 December 2014
  • You can join at any time
  • Any book is acceptable in this challenge so long as you’ve read it in the past; perhaps it was a DNF you wanted to revisit, perhaps it’s a book you’ve read and loved but don’t remember the details too much. It’s totally up to you how you want to define this ;)
  • Linking your reviews to the separate Linky Widget (that I will be posting up on 31 December 2013 and will remain live until the end of 2014) is optional but strongly recommended just so that we can share titles and thoughts with other bloggers, learn new titles out there and get to know each other in the process :)

Levels:

  • 1 – 4 books — Occasional re-reader
  • 5 – 9 books — Re-reading pro!
  • 10+ books — Re-reading champ!

Ideas:

  • Matched by Allie Condie
  • Wither by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Wake by Amanda Hocking
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry
  • Fallen by Lauren Kate
  • Torment by Lauren Kate
  • Passion by Lauren Kate
  • The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
  • Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Partials by Dan Wells

What can I say? I aim high.

The Shifter Challenge 2014 hosted by Parajunkee

Shifter Challenge

This challenge is being hosted over at Parajunkee (sign up HERE )

  1. The Shifter Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  2. The challenge is to read 10 books that have a SHIFTER as a main, or supporting character
  3. Books can be in any format and should be at least 100 pages. Short stories do not count. You can also post about rereads.
  4. Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating or create a shelf via Goodreads, Booklikes etc. That post or shelf is the link that you will include in the link-up below. The link should be the post link not just your direct blog link. Please be courteous and include a link back to this post.
  5. Post your reviews on the Review Post: Click here to log your reviews!

Ideas:

  • The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  • The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
  • Wolf Sirens: Forever by Tina Smith
  • Wolf Sirens: Fever by Tina Smith

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Vampire Challenge

This challenge is also being hosted by Parajunkee (sign up HERE )

  1. The Vampire Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  2. The challenge is to read 10 books that have a VAMPIRE as a main, or supporting character
  3. Books can be in any format and should be at least 100 pages. Short stories do not count. You can also post about rereads.
  4. Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating or create a shelf via Goodreads, Booklikes etc. That post or shelf is the link that you will include in the link-up below. The link should be the post link not just your direct blog link. Please be courteous and include a link back to this post.
  5. Post your reviews on the Review Post: Click here to log your reviews!

You could say I’m a little short on ideas:

  • The Vampire Underground by Brian Rowe

Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge

  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  • Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up. 
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
  • At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
  • If you forget to link up one month it’s not a problem just add your reviews next month.
  • If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion
  • Throughout the year there will be giveaways for Challenge participants, make sure to check in regularly and follow this blog so you don’t miss any!
  • If you have any questions tweet me @FallingForYA or e-mail Emisbookblog@aol.com

Levels:

Aluminum – 5 books
Bronze – 10 books
Silver – 25 books
Gold – 50 books
Platinum – 75 books
Diamond– 100 books

I have an embarrassing amount of arcs so this will definitely help.

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Everything YA Reading Challenge!

This is being hosted by Books and Iced Coffee (sign up HERE ).

  • Participants must create a shelf or a page to where they can list the books that they have read for the year. 
  • Book must meet any of the sub- genres of the young adult category, whether it’s paranormal, romance, drama, contemporary, horror, etc. 
  • Must be longer than 100 pages.
  • The year of when the book was published does not matter. As long as you have read the book in 2014, it will be accepted. 
  • TO THOSE WHO HAVE A BLOG, feel free to post up a review of each book that you have read for the challenge and provide a link please?? I would love to read it 🙂 
  • All formats are acceptable (paperback, ARC, ebook, etc.)

Goal:

150 books – meh, includes review books.

2014 Reading Retellings Challenge

Reading Retellings Challenge

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. I will post a wrap-up post at the end of each month with links to my retelling review(s) for that month.
  • Each retelling read MUST be reviewed in some way. In the comments section of my monthly wrap-up post, you can link up your own reviews as well.
  • Novel-length (150+ pages) fiction only
  • No more than 2 re-reads
  • All formats allowed
  • Anyone can join at any time in the year, although books read prior to joining do not count.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to join; reviewing on Goodreads or Amazon is fine as long as everybody can see it.
  • Books don’t have to be stated in advance; it’s up to you!
  • ARC’s are fine, but try to read some that aren’t new releases.
  • Retellings can be anything from a contemporary version of a Shakespeare play to an interpretation of Sleeping Beauty. As long as there is evidence it is a retelling of some kind, it will most likely count. But you can’t just start reading a random book and go, “Oh! This sort of reminds me of blankety-blank.” There must be some sort of statement that this is based on a prior work.
  • The retelling can have an oral origin. Not all legends/myths were traditionally written down, but if it’s a legitimate story, it works. For example, most Native American folklore was not written, but a retelling of some Iroquois tale is perfectly valid.

Levels:

  • Easy: 1-5 books
  • Not So Easy: 6-12 books
  • I Like A Challenge: 13-19 books
  • I Eat Easy for Breakfast: 20+

I don’t know how much time I’ll have to read retellings, but here are some I really want to:

  • Everneath by Brodi Ashton
  • Beastly by Alex Flinn
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (reread)
  • Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  • My Name is Rapunzel by K. C. Hilton

YA Heroines Day and Giveaway!

 

As a proud moderator of the YA Heroines Group on Goodreads, I am excited to announce it is YA Heroines Day! This day last year (27th December 2012), the group was founded by Jenny and Chelsea (no longer a moderator). Please excuse the Read2Reveiw at the bottom of the picture – it was the best quality picture I could find.

Anyway, to celebrate, Jenny has done a fantastic job of organising and has managed to pull together some fantastic prizes! There are lots of opportunities to win so be sure to check it out!

Though, if you do enter, please join the group because it would mean a lot to us.

So, here are the prizes:

  • 1 x hardcopy of Necklace of Souls by R. L. Stedman
  • 3 x ecopies of Beyond the Plains by Travis Bughi
  • 3 x ecopies of Forest of Angro by Travis Bughi
  • 3 x ecopies of The Fall of Lucifan by Travis Bughi
  • 2 x External Force Black Ops Book and Beanie Prize Pack (includes signed paperback, temporary tattoos and a limited edition beanie)
  • 3 x copies of Kithryn Mithryn Book One
  • 4 x copies of The Witches Brew by Heidi Kling
  • 2 x signed arcs of Timewalker by Rysa Walker and a $10 Amazon Gift Card

So that’s a LOT of prizes, giving you a HIGH chance of winning – considering there are currently a total of only 50 entries.

Enter HERE