New Author Challenge

New Author Reading Challenge 2016

January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 – Sign up here.

I’m going for 25 new authors.

  1. Little Girls by Ronald MalfiReview
  2. A Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) by Katie LaneReview
  3. You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes  Review
  4. Covenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne KalogridisReview
  5. Inuyasha Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi
  6. From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion Review
  7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  8. Lottery Boy by Michael ByrneReview
  9. The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner Review
  10. Spirit Level by Sarah N. HarveyReview
  11. Summer Heat by Harper Bliss
  12. Thrill by Lucia Jordan
  13. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. MooratReview
  14. Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) by William Gibson
  15. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  16. What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn – Review
  17. The Sleep Room by F.R. Tallis
  18. My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
  19. Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan – Review
  20. Dark Ages: 2020 by JD Dutra
  21. The Assistants by Camille Perri
  22. Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator)
  23. The Wind by Edward Willett
  24. The Girl from the Blood Coven by Brian Moreland
  25. Death Note: Black Edition, Vol. 1 (Death Note #1-2) by Tsugumi Ohba, Yuki Kowalsky (translator), Takeshi Obata (Illustrator)
  26. Day of the Wolf by Charles G. West
  27. Crank (Crank #1) by Ellen Hopkins
  28. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
  29. Confess by Colleen Hoover
  30. Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  31. The Alpha Drive (The Alpha Drive #1) by Kristen Martin

Wishlist Wednesday: Joyland

Wishlist Wednesday

Wishlist Wednesday is hosted by Pen to Paper.

Joyland Stephen KingJoyland by Stephen King

Details: Hardcover, Illustrated Edition, 296 pages
Published: September 23rd 2015 by Hard Case Crime
Buy it: Book Depository

Synopsis: College student Devin Jones took the summer job at Joyland hoping to forget the girl who broke his heart. But he wound up facing something far more terrible: the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and dark truths about life—and what comes after—that would change his world forever.

A riveting story about love and loss, about growing up and growing old—and about those who don’t get to do either because death comes for them before their time—Joyland is Stephen King at the peak of his storytelling powers. With all of the emotional impact of King masterpieces such as The Green Mileand The Shawshank Redemption, Joyland is at once a mystery, a horror story, and a bittersweet coming-of-age novel, one that will leave even the most hard-boiled reader profoundly moved.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Glittering Court

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Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. This week I picked: 

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) Richelle MeadThe Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead

Details: Hardcover, 416 pages
Expected publication: April 5th 2016 by Razorbill
Buy it: Book Depository

Summary: A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Courttells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands. . . .

LGBTQIA Books Reading Challenge

LGBTQIA Books Reading Challenge 2016

January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 – Sign up here.

I’m only going for 5 books. It would be awesome if I read more, but for now I think five is good.

  1. Spirit Level by Sarah N. HarveyReview
  2. Summer Heat by Harper Bliss
  3. Wetter by Harper Bliss
  4. What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn – Review
  5. New Girl by Harper Bliss
  6. Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright

Popsugar Reading Challenge

Popsugar 2016

Go here for more information on this reading challenge.

  • A book based on a fairy tale
  • A National Book Award winner
  • A YA bestseller
  • A book you haven’t read since high school
  • A book set in you home state
  • A book translated to English
  • A romance set in the future
  • A book set in Europe Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat – Review
  • A book that’s under 150 pages
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A book that’s becoming a movie this year
  • A book recommended by someone you just met
  • A self-improvement book
  • A book you can finish in a day The Curse of Camp Cold Lake by R.L. Stine
  • A book written by a celebrity
  • A political memoir
  • A book at least 100 years older than you Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • A book that’s more than 600 pages
  • A book from Oprah’s Book Club
  • A science-fiction novel God Emperor of Dune (Dune #4) by Frank Herbert
  • A book recommended by a family member
  • A graphic novel
  • A book that is published in 2016 Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline Kepnes – Review
  • A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
  • A book that takes place during Summer
  • A book and its prequel Strain of Resistance (Strain of Resistance #1)Grand Escape (Strain of Resistance 0.5) by Michelle Bryan
  • A murder mystery
  • A book written by a comedian
  • A dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
  • A book with a blue cover My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
  • A book of poetry
  • The first book you see in a bookstore
  • A classic from the 20th century The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis
  • A book from the library Confess by Colleen Hoover
  • An autobiography
  • A book about a road trip
  • A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with
  • A satirical book
  • A book that takes place on an island
  • A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

read harder 2016

Go here for more information on this reading challenge.

  • Read a horror book Little Girls by Ronald Malfi – Review
  • Read a nonfiction book about science.
  • Read a collection of essays.
  • Read a book out loud to someone else.
  • Read a middle grade novel Grimm House by Karen McQuestion – Review
  • Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography).
  • Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan – Review
  • Read a book originally published in the decade you were born.
  • Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award.
  • Read a book over 500 pages long Crank (Crank #1) by Ellen Hopkins
  • Read a book under 100 pages
  • Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender.
  • Read a book that is set in the Middle East.
  • Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia.
  • Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900.
  • Read the first book in a series by a person of color.
  • Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years.
  • Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis
  • Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes.
  • Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction).
  • Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction).
  • Read a food memoir.
  • Read a play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
  • Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness.

Around the Year in 52 Books Challenge

You can join the group here.

1.A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t Soul Hunt by Margaret Ronald
2.A book set in a different continent My Last Continent by Midge Raymond
3.A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) Confess by Colleen Hoover
4.A book by an author you discovered in 2015 God Emperor of Dune (Dune #4) by Frank Herbert
5.A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name
6.The highest rated on your TBR
7.A book about books
8.A classic book with less than 200 pages The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis
9.A book that was mentioned in another book
10.A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
11.A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
12.A childhood classic Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Harry Potter #1) by J.K. Rowling
13.Reader’s Choice
14.A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn – Review
15.A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago) Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
16.A book from the top 100 mystery novels
17. A book with a beautiful cover
18.A book on a summer/beach reading list
19.A non-fiction book
20.A book with a first name in the title
21.A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
22.The first book in a new to you serieCovenant with the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis – Review
23.The next book in a series you are reading Children of the Vampire by Jeanne Kalogridis – Review
24.A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.) Grand Escape (Strain of Resistance 0.5) by Michelle Bryan
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
26. A book everyone is talking about You by Caroline Kepnes – Review
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion)
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir Monkey Mind by Daniel B. Smith – Review
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
31. A work of young adult fiction From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestion – Review
32. A historical fiction book
33. The 16th book on your TBR The Curse of Camp Cold Lake by R.L. Stine
34. A book about mental illness
35. An award winning book
36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation
37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia) by C.S. Lewis
38. A book about an anti hero
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
40. A novella from your favorite genre
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction)
42. A top 100 fantasy novel
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night Vampires: Back in Time to the First Darkness – The Original Stories
44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public A Billionaire Between the Sheets by Katie Lane – Review
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have
46. A crime story
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title
48. A dystopia Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell
49. A book with a great opening line
50. A book originally written in a language other than English
51. A short story from a well-known author Annie’s Day by Andy Weir
52. A book published in 2016 The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner – Review