Category: Book Challenges

Disney-a-Thon

Posted August 5, 2019 / Book Challenges, Features / 0 Comments
Disney-a-Thon

As I shared in my August TBR, I’m participating in Disney-a-thon! More information can be found in this thread on Twitter. It goes the entire month of August and is based around joining specific teams, reading a set TBR, and moving through other teams’ TBRs if you have the chance! Despite The Lion King and Mulan being my top two favorite Disney movies, I went with Team Tangled because the TBR most closely aligned with my own plans for ARC August. Truthfully, the “team books” that needed to be read were the biggest deciding factor. Team Tangled is reading A CURSE SO DARK AND LONELY, which is my book club selection for August and is an old ARC I desperately want/need to read. It was the only team read that I had on my TBR, period, let alone for ARC August. So there we go! TBR   Rapunzel – Read a book with glowing reviews (10) For this one, because all of my books are review copies, there are plenty that haven’t been published yet. I went onto Goodreads and found which book had the highest rating and most positive reviews that I was able to reasonably see. WELL MET doesn’t come out for a little while but many friends have loved it already and it has a 4.27 rating on Goodreads. Yes, there are only 184 ratings, but it counts when most friends rated it 4 stars. Flynn Ryder – Read a dark/mysterious book (10) I originally put IRONSIDE for […]

Reading Rush Sign-Up and TBR/Challenges

Posted July 19, 2019 / Book Challenges, Features / 3 Comments
Reading Rush Sign-Up and TBR/Challenges

I’d heard of Booktubeathon on and off over the years, but definitely assumed it was more for Booktubers. With the recent name change to Reading Rush (learn more and sign up there), I decided to finally investigate and participate! The gist is that you just try to read as much as possible during this week. The coolest part of the challenge, in my opinion, is that there’s a website you can sign up for and track your reading progress. All of your stats will populate and you can really see how much reading you got done during the readathon. Add me as a friend HERE! I’d love to hang out and track with ya 🙂 More information is here in the video: Goals This Reading Rush readathon will be taking place from July 22nd through July 28th, so I am trying to mold my July TBR into this challenge without having to skip books I’m supposed to read, or read too much outside of the initial TBR I picked. I can’t imagine that I’ll read 7 books for this one because I do have weekend plans that will hinder reading. I’d love to finish 4-5 books during the readathon and only finish/read books that meet challenges below. A few books from my July TBR will likely get read this week to finish off the month, but I’m hoping to sneak in a few other books I’ve been meaning to read (if I finish everything else in time!). The reason for this is that ARC August […]

2019 Mid-Year Challenge Progress & Future TBRs

Posted July 8, 2019 / Book Challenges, Features, Wrap-Ups / 0 Comments
2019 Mid-Year Challenge Progress & Future TBRs

I always do a middle-of-the-year recap to see how I’m doing on my goals, challenges, statistics, and TBR plans. Sometimes it’s the kick in the pants I need or the moment when I decide to let myself off the hook for once. Either way, last Wednesday’s post was about all of the books I’ve read and their related statistics, as well as my general goal progress based on the resolutions I created at the beginning of the year. Today, you’ll see my challenge progress and potential TBRs/plans for me to finish things up. I’m a big fan of reading challenges and decided to expand a little bit. Instead of doing ones I’d finish very easily, I wanted to do some more specific ones with categories that would open up my reading a bit more. Monthly Motif Challenge Goal: 2 themed books monthly ||| Current completed: 16  JANUARY – New to you author Pretty in Punx – Crompton This Lie Will Kill You – Pitcher The Last Best Story – Lehrman FEBRUARY – Cover love King of Scars – Bardugo I Owe You One – Kinsella Small Town Hearts – Vale MARCH – Royalty, kingdoms, empires, gov’t Her Royal Highness – Hawkins The Goose Girl – Hale Enchantee – Trelease APRIL – Crack the case Last Girl Lied To – Flynn You Owe Me a Murder – Cook MAY – One sitting reads Saga, Vol. 5 – Vaughn Saga, Vol. 6 – Vaughn JUNE – Diversify your reading What If It’s […]

2019 Mid-Year Reading Statistics & Goals

Posted July 3, 2019 / Book Challenges, Features, Wrap-Ups / 1 Comment
2019 Mid-Year Reading Statistics & Goals

I always do a middle-of-the-year recap to see how I’m doing on my goals, challenges, statistics, and TBR plans. Sometimes it’s the kick in the pants I need or the moment when I decide to let myself off the hook for once. Either way, today’s post is about all of the books I’ve read and their related statistics, as well as my general goal progress based on the resolutions I created at the beginning of the year. Next Monday, you’ll see my challenge progress and potential TBRs/plans for me to finish things up. As you see in my monthly wrap-ups, I keep my stats updated each time. The spreadsheet I use is definitely the reason for my organization. I use this time of year (in addition to the end of the year) to REALLY go all-out with my stats. It also helps me create new goals or update existing ones. I may decide I really should read more fantasy or more books from my own shelves. I’ll highlight all of the books I’ve read so far in general too. All of the Books Read So Far I always make a resolutions post to explain the reading, blogging, and personal (but somewhat bookish) goals for the year. I usually don’t revisit these too much but I hope this midpoint check-in is enough to make them top of mind again. I’ll talk about my “progress” on each of these goals/resolutions and let you know if I consider it a pass, fail, or […]

Summerathon Sign-Up, TBR, and Tracking/Progress

Posted June 19, 2019 / Book Challenges, Features / 3 Comments
Summerathon Sign-Up, TBR, and Tracking/Progress

Header image from Summerathon Twitter account linked below Hosted by: Melanie @meltotheany | Jen @pinotandpages247 | Heather @bookables Aimee @aimereadstn | Amy @acourtofcrownsandquills More information and to follow along: @summerathon on Twitter and Instagram Mere moments after tweeting something like “ugh I wish I could participate in Summerathon but I won’t be able to read much during its first weekend,” I started drafting this post. Sorry not sorry, I cannot help it and discourage myself from a SUMMER-THEMED READ-A-THON, guys. Because I did a decent job tackling my June TBR and didn’t have a lot of books left to go on it, I thought I might be able to squish some of those reads into this readathon AND just treat myself to more summery stories for the final week of June. I have Summer TBR / bucket list post going up on Tuesday, so you can see more books, but I am going to pinpoint ones specifically to match the challenge prompts below. I’ll dive right into my potential TBR and goals underneath!     View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Summerathon (@summerathon) on May 11, 2019 at 6:31am PDT Goals and Possible TBR Like I said before, I have my full summery TBR post going up on Tuesday, but I thought I would highlight the top  four summer-related books I plan on reading first, as well as how they apply to the guidelines above. The hosts are allowing double-counting for the prompts, so I hope to tick off […]

Bout of Books 25 TBR and Tracking

Posted May 10, 2019 / Book Challenges, Features / 2 Comments
Bout of Books 25 TBR and Tracking

Another round of Bout of Books is here! I’ve signed up for every single one of these bad boys since I started my blog and even if I sometimes fail spectacularly, there’s something so fun about curating a TBR list and setting some goals, even just for a short period of time. Here’s more information if you’re unfamiliar: The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly Rubidoux Apple. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 13th and runs through Sunday, May 19th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, Twitter chats, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 25 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team I hope to get some good reading done during this time period because it’ll be right after my friend’s wedding weekend (where I’ll be doing ZERO reading) and I’ll want to catch up or get ahead for the month. I don’t think I have any major plans during that week, aside from the WWE PPV Money in the Bank on Sunday the 19th. I won’t get much reading done that day, but maybe some time before the show. I hope to get a few different types of books done (format-wise and genre-wise) throughout the week. My goals and general TBR ideas are below! Goals As usual, I looked at the reading […]

Popsugar Reading Challenge Ideas

Posted January 24, 2019 / Book Challenges, Book Lists, Features / 5 Comments
Popsugar Reading Challenge Ideas

When I first posted my 2019 challenge sign-ups, I included some TBR ideas for a few of the challenges. I love having that kind of post to look on when I’m failing to remember what I planned. The one challenge I didn’t do that for, however, was the Popsugar Reading Challenge. The main reason is that it’s such a loooong list and my goal is to hit at least 40 out of the 50 prompt ideas. I wasn’t going to put 50 book ideas on there when I know it’s unlikely I hit that many. However, I keep finding myself looking and wondering what books fit some of those categories. I thought I’d share some of my ideas because so many people are participating this year and may also find it helpful! Some categories will have multiple ideas, some will have one, some will have zero. I’m also only putting books that I haven’t read… so there are some obvious ones that will not appear! I’ll link up some lists if they help too. Other resources: Popsugar Reading Challenge post and Popsugar Goodreads Group Already completed Published in 2019: Famous in a Small Town – Mills Meant to read in 2018: Nine Perfect Strangers – Moriarty Featuring an amateur detective: 34.5 Predicaments – Swank Item of clothing/accessory on cover: Pretty in Punxsutawney – Crompton Told from multiple POVs: This Lie Will Kill You – Pitcher About someone with a superpower: Archenemies – Meyer Still to attempt   Becoming a movie in 2019 | Plenty of options HERE and HERE (for YA) […]

2018 Resolution Progress + State of the ARC

2018 Resolution Progress + State of the ARC

I’m here today to start some of the 2018 year-end wrap-ups! I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. First, I’ll be going through my resolutions from 2018 and seeing where my final status is for them. Did I complete everything or fail miserably? (Remember I did a check-in during the summer? Again, I’ll say it, time flies and I can’t believe it.) Second, I’ll be checking in with the State of the ARC meme to see where I stand at the end of the year. I was hoping to get to an 80% Netgalley ratio and spoiler alert, I did not. [See my 2019 resolutions and challenges here!] Continue to not feel pressured to read and enjoy other hobbies ✔️  I’ve done a good job of this yet again. Sure, it’s led to some sad reading months, but that’s what happens! I also have learned that balance is so important. If that means I have to create a reading/listening schedule based on certain days of the week or month, so be it. I don’t want to feel pressured to read and avoid watching shows with Chris or enjoying a podcast. Read 50% or less contemporary novels ❌ Alright so this one is VERY CLOSE – arguably the closest it’s ever been. I’m writing this at the end of November so I guess I won’t know for sure what this will look like by the end of December… but all of my holiday reads will definitely not help this case! My total right now is 52%. […]

2019 Resolutions and Challenge Sign-Up

Posted December 19, 2018 / Book Challenges, Features / 10 Comments
2019 Resolutions and Challenge Sign-Up

I’ve been doing these resolutions for the past couple of years and found that it’s a really nice way to keep track of some goals for the upcoming year. I’ll be honest when I say that generally “resolutions” or the “clean slate of a new year” isn’t my shtick, but sometimes the marking of a new year just helps when setting new goals. It’s an easy marker of time and that’s about it. You can find 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 resolutions as well. Continue to not feel pressured to read and enjoy other hobbies | I feel like a broken record with this one but honestly I have to remind myself every year to KEEP DOING THIS. I used to get so bogged down in meeting my goal or challenges that I would focus exclusively on reading every second I could. I would have the audiobooks going during my morning routine in commute, plus another book to read from the second I sat on the couch after dinner until bedtime. It’s nice to read all time because DUH I love reading, but I really want to feel like I can veg out for a week straight with my favorite show instead. Read 50% or less contemporary novels | I got SO close to completing this goal in 2018 – I was about 3% over! I’m genuinely quite impressed with myself because I think it’s the closest I’ve ever been. I know I can definitely get under 50% for contemporary books in 2019 because […]

Holiday Read-a-Thons: Progress, Tracking, TBRs

Posted December 8, 2018 / Book Challenges, Features / 4 Comments
Holiday Read-a-Thons: Progress, Tracking, TBRs

As you saw in my initial post and various TBR posts throughout the month, I’ve been joining in on some reading challenges and read-a-thons throughout December! I thought I would make ONE master post for before, during, and after all of these fun posts. I’ll just update this and won’t be doing individual wrap-ups. Tis the Season-a-thon When: December 3rd – 9th | Hosts and information: Twitter / Instagram     Challenges / Progress: Instagram challenges: I did post on Instagram for each challenge day – check it out! Reading challenges: Red or green on the cover: The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily Read while listening to holiday music: The Proposal Warm and fuzzy: Snow in Love Short book (under 250 pages): The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily Holiday-themed book: The Best Little Christmas Shop [didn’t finish during the challenge] Bonus buddy read: Snow in Love Oh What Fun Read-a-thon When: December 16th – 23rd | Host and information: Twitter / Instagram    Challenges / Progress: Instagram challenges: I did post on Instagram for each challenge day – check it out! Naughty Stay up all night reading: It Started with Christmas Holiday romance: Snowfall on Lighthouse Lane Book from last year’s Christmas Read by the fire: Christmas on Mistletoe Lane Book about villains Read and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas Book bought for the cover Nice Read a Harry Potter book Buddy read with a friend/family member 25th book on your TBR shelf Light a candle while reading: Season of Wonder Read and watch The Polar Express Read the nativity story