Bookshelf Love Update

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So when I decided to participate in Bookshelf Love, I knew it would be a bit of a challenge, but I also knew it was something I could do. When I signed up I was sick and I figured I would feel better and be able to start reading in a day or two. That didn’t happen. I was sick for two weeks. I also had no idea that I would receive a stack of books for review (I was only expecting two), which I obviously had to put before my Goodwill books. So once I was feeling better, and felt up to reading again, I had to focus on those books.

Now this week I’m sick again, and have hardly read anything. Things aren’t going so well, which is fine, I just wish that I was doing a bit better with this challenge. I’m going to keep reading and giving it my best, but I honestly can’t see myself reading all of the books I said I would read before my birthday (May 1oth).

Out of the 25 books I picked out, I’m only on my fourth. I’m hoping to finish Neuromancer this week and I plan on reading Redshirts next. Any suggestions on what I should read after that?

The Books

  1. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
  2. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
  3. Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
  4. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  5. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  6. Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) by William Gibson
  7. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  8. Without You by Anthony Rapp
  9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  10. Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey
  11. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  12. Redshirts by John Scalzi
  13. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  14. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  15. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  16. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  17. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  18. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
  19. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  20. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  21. Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) by Jeanne Kalogridis Review
  22. Lord of the Vampires (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #3) by Jeanne Kalogridis
  23. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  24. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
  25. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat Review

Bookshelf Love

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Guidelines

1. choose a time frame for your challenge
2. select a stack of unread books from your shelves/piles/boxes/book hoard
3. post a photo and/or list of the books on your blog or social media, along with the chosen time frame
4. use the challenge image in your post (if posting on a blog) and link back to the original challenge page
5. leave a link to your post in the comments on the original challenge page, so you can be added to the list of participants
6. read, read, read!
7. donate, sell, giveaway, or recycle any books still unread at the end of the challenge

My Ramble

I own over 600 books that I need to read. 20 of those books I got last Saturday at Goodwill. So I decided to look at my unread books and figure out how many of them I got at Goodwill. I have around 50. So my goal for this is to get that down to half by my birthday (May 10th). I’m not sure if this is possible. I do have to put the books I get for review before the books I buy. However, I am going to try my best.

Since #7 is optional, I’m not going to do it. If I don’t read all of the books, it’s not because I don’t want to read them, just that I didn’t have the time to get to them. So I don’t want to get rid of books that I want to read. That just means I will have to re-buy them later on.

The Plan

  • Read 25 of the 50 Goodwill books before May 10th.
  • If I succeed – When I go the city with my mom for my birthday, I get to go to Goodwill and buy some books.
  • If I fail – I don’t get to go to Goodwill when I go to the city for my birthday.
  • The obvious – I don’t get to go to Goodwill during this challenge. No Goodwill for me until my birthday and only if I get through the books listed below.

The Books

  1. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
  2. The Space Between by Brenna Yovanoff
  3. Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey
  4. Night Film by Marisha Pessl
  5. A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
  6. Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) by William Gibson
  7. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  8. Without You by Anthony Rapp
  9. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  10. Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne by David Starkey
  11. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  12. Redshirts by John Scalzi
  13. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  14. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
  15. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  16. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by Jon Krakauer
  17. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  18. Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us by Kate Bornstein
  19. Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  20. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
  21. Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) by Jeanne Kalogridis Review
  22. Lord of the Vampires (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #3) by Jeanne Kalogridis
  23. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  24. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder
  25. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. Moorat Review

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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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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

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

2016 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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

Assistants by Camille Perri
Billionaire Between the Sheets (The Unexpected Billionaires #1) by Katie LaneReview
Covenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne Kalogridis Review
Dark Ages: 2020 by JD Dutra
Echoes of Love by Hannah Fielding
From a Distant Star by Karen McQuestionReview
Grimm House by Karen McQuestion Review
Hidden Bodies (You #2) by Caroline KepnesReview
Inuyasha Volume 1 by Rumiko Takahashi
J
K
Little Girls by Ronald MalfiReview
Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety by Daniel B. Smith Review
Neuromancer (Sprawl #1) by William Gibson
O
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. MooratReview
Rat Queens Vol. 1: Sass & Sorcery by Kurtis J. Wiebe (Writer), Roc Upchurch (Illustrator)
Spirit Level by Sarah N. HarveyReview
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
U
Vampires: Back in Time to the First Darkness – The Original Stories
What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn
X
You (You #1) by Caroline Kepnes Review
Z

Horror Reading Challenge

2016 Horror Reading Challenge

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

I’m going for Horror Hound (16+ horror books).

  1. Little Girls by Ronald Malfi Review
  2. Covenant With the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #1) by Jeanne KalogridisReview
  3. Queen Victoria: Demon Hunter by A.E. MooratReview
  4. Children of the Vampire (The Diaries of the Family Dracul #2) by Jeanne Kalogridis Review
  5. The Sleep Room by F.R. Tallis
  6. The Wind by Edward Willett
  7. The Girl from the Blood Coven by Brian Moreland