Reading Challenge Wrap Up: February 2017

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2017!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well! If you’re interested in learning more about any of the challenges below, you can view my sign-up post!

Goal: 75

Read so far: 22

Books Read: Windwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #2), How to Love by Katie Cotugno, Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally (Hundred Oaks #2), Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (The Raven Cycle #1), Broken Prince by Erin Watt (The Royals #2), Archie Volume 2 by Mark Waid & Veronica Fish, Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, Komomo Confiserie vol 4

Favorite read of the month:

DARK MATTER BY BLAKE CROUCH

Goal: 40

Read so far: 3

Favorite Read of the month: Since I consider The Raven Boys to be paranormal, Windwitch wins by default even though I didn’t love it

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 3

Favorite read of the month: How to Love by Katie Cotugno AND Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett are so closely tied

Goal: 1-30

Read so far: 4

Favorite read of the month: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Goal: 20

Read so far: 4

Favorite read of the monthAlex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett

Goal: 30

Read so far: 14

Favorite Read of the month: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater – Also I am killing the RockMyTBR challenge, thankyouverymuch

Goal: 51-75 points

Points so far: 12 points

Favorite read of the month: Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

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Reading Challenge Wrap Up: January 2017 + GIVEAWAY

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2017!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well! If you’re interested in learning more about any of the challenges below, you can view my sign-up post!

Goal: 75

Read so far: 9

Books Read: The Amateurs by Sara Shepard (The Amateur #1), The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (The Fixer #1), A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab (Shades of Magic #2), P.S. I Like You by Kasie West, Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns #1), Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes, The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg, Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse, The Careful Undressing of Love by Corey Ann Haydu

Favorite read of the month:

Goal: 40

Read so far: 2

Favorite Read of the month: I can’t pick, I loved them both!

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 3

Favorite read of the month:

Goal: 1-30

Read so far: 2

Favorite read of the month: tbh, they were both a bit disappointing for me :-(

Goal: 20

Read so far: 2

Favorite read of the monthGirl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes

Goal: 30

Read so far: 7

Goal: 51-75 points

Points so far: 2 points

Giveaway

This month, I’m also hosting a giveaway for up o $50 worth of books from Book Depository!  I recently surpassed 10,000 subscribers on YouTube so I wanted to show my appreciation for all of your love and support by gifting someone with new books!  The only requirements to enter are 1) you must be subscribed to my booktube channel and 1) you must live in a country that Book Depository ships to.  I’ll contact a winner once the contest ends and if I don’t receive a response within 48 hours, a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck, and thanks again!!!

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2017 Reading Challenges

New year, new reading challenges! This post a bit belated seeing as how 2017 started almost two weeks ago at this point but as I’ve said, things have been kind of crazy around here lately so I’m behind on some things.  I didn’t even finish my first book of the year until a couple of days ago.  But, I’m slowly getting back on track so here we go!  First of all, this is the first year ever in my reading history that I decided to lower my Goodreads goal.  I want to invest more time in longer books and read more adult fantasy and non-fiction without the added pressure of reaching a higher goal.  Once I make my goal, I will re-evaluate and raise it but for now I’ve set it at 75 books.

The Challenge: Flights of Fantasy

Hosts: Alexa Loves Books & Hello Chelly

The Goal: There’s no minimum, and the reader is encouraged to set their own goal for how many fantasy novels they want to read in 2017.

Official hashtag: #flightsoffantasy

Additional Info: This year, Alexa and Rachel are continuing the Flights of Fantasy book club but they’re modifying it to occur quarterly.  The full schedule for the year has already been posted on both of their blogs.  In addition, there will be monthly link-ups and two giveaways!

MY GOAL: 40 books (last year I read 38!)

Some Fantasy Books I Plan to Read:  

1) A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

2) Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (The Reckoners #3)

3) The Black Prism by Brent Weeks (Lightbringer #1)

4) The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

5) The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman (The Magicians #3)

The Challenge: Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2017

HostsAndi’s ABCs

The Goal: There are different levels the reader can chose from for their 2016 goal, both of which can be found on the hosts sites.

Official hashtag: #ContRom2017

Additional Info: There will be monthly link-ups and giveaways!

MY GOAL: Grand Slam – 21+ books

Some Contemporary Romance Books I Plan to Read:  

1) Magnolia by Kristi Cook

2) I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

3) The Goal by Elle Kennedy

4) By Your Side by Kasie West

5) Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash

The Challenge: 2017 New Release Challenge

HostsUnconventional Book Reviews & Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!

The Goal: There are different levels the reader can chose from for their 2016 goal, both of which can be found on the hosts sites.

Official hashtag: #2017NewReleaseChallenge

Additional Info: There will be monthly link-ups and giveaways!

MY GOAL: 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie

Some Contemporary Romance Books I Plan to Read:  

1) Windwitch by Susan Dennard (The Witchlands #2)

2) A Conjuring of Light by VE Schwab (Shades of Magic #3)

3) The Savage Dawn by Melissa Grey

4) By Your Side by Kasie West

5) Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The Challenge: 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge

Hosts:  Chasing Faerytales & Read Sleep Repeat

The Goal:  Set your own goal & follow the monthly mini challenges (1 category per month for a total of 12 books)

Official hashtag: #DiverseReads2017

MY GOAL:  20 Books

Some Diverse Books I Plan to Read:  

1) Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

2) Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Chirapotra & Dhonielle Clayton

3) When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

4) The Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue Side by Mackenzi Lee

5) Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han

The Challenge: Rock My TBR 2017 Reading Challenge

Hosts:  The YA Book Traveler

The Goal:  Read a minimum of 1 book per month that was previously published.

Official hashtag: #RockMyTBR

MY GOAL:  30 Books

Some Backlist Books I Plan to Read:  

1) A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

2) Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Chirapotra & Dhonielle Clayton

3) Scythe by Neal Shusterman

4) Lady Midnight by Casandra Clare

5) P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

The Challenge: 2017 Prequel & Sequel Challenge

Hosts:  Novel Heartbeat & Writer Grrl Reads

The Goal:  Read prequels, sequels & novellas to catch up on series

MY GOAL:  51-75 points (visit their sites to see how points work!)

Some Prequels / Sequels I Plan to Read:  

1) A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab

2) Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Chirapotra & Dhonielle Clayton

3) Scythe by Neal Shusterman

4) Lady Midnight by Casandra Clare

5) Throne of Glass #6 by Sarah J. Maas

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2016 Reading Challenges: July Recap

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2016!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well!

GOODREADS

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Goal: 100

Read so far: 77 (This screenshot was taken late so ignore that number!)

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

flights of fantasy

Goal: 30

Read so far: 31 (WOOHOO – COMPLETED!)

Books that Qualify:

January: Truthwitch (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

FebruaryGrave Mercy (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows (review), Stars Above, Shadow and Bone

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow, A Fierce and Subtle Poison (review), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Skylighter (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Madly, The Shadow Queen

AprilThe Winner’s Kiss, The Rose and the Dagger, The Raven King

MayA Court of Mist and Fury (review), Clockwork Princess

JuneHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Shadow Hour

July: Vicious (review), Peter Pan, Captive Prince, A Monster Calls, An Ember in the Ashes

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE READING CHALLENGE

contemporary romance reading challenge

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 20

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Pivot Point (review), Summer of Sloane, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Firsts (review), Boomerang (review), The Love that Split the World

MarchSplit Second (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Catching Jordan

AprilWild Swans (review), The Distance Between Us (review), Summer of Supernovas (review)

MayKindred Spirits

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), Summer in the Invisible City (review), The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love (review), Highly Illogical Behavior (review), The Unexpected Everything

July: The Lover’s Dictionary, It’s Not Summer Without You (review)

THE RE-READ CHALLENGE

re-read challenge

Goal: 10

Read so far: 5

Books that Qualify:

January: N/A

FebruarySuperboy: Smallville Attacks (review)

March: The Fellowship of the Ring

April: N/A

May: N/A

JuneFlashpointHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

July: Peter Pan

2016 TBR PILE READING CHALLENGE

TBR Pile Reading challenge

Goal: 50

Read so far: 33

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Shadow and Bone 

MarchThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Madly, Komomo Confiserie Volume 1, Catching Jordan (review)

AprilThe Distance Between Us (review), Sword Art Online Girls Ops Vol 1

MayClockwork Princess

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

July: Vicious (review), The Lover’s Dictionary, Peter Pan, It’s Not Summer Without You (review), Captive Prince, A Monster Calls, Dangerous Girls, An Ember in the Ashes

2016 FINISHING THE SERIES CHALLENGE

finishing the series challenge

*This challenge will fluctuate throughout the year based on whether a new book in the series has been released. A star denotes that I am either finished or current with the series.

Goal: 3-6 series

Series completed so far: 6

Series current with so far: 13

Books that Qualify:

January: Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Truthwitch* (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Into the Dim* (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows* (review), Shadow and Bone, Ranma 1/2 volume 3

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow*, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second* (review), The Skylighter* (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things* (review), Madly*, The Shadow Queen*, Catching Jordan

AprilThe Winner’s Kiss*, Archie Volume 1: The New Riverdale*, Map of Fates*, The Rose and the Dagger*, The Raven King*

MayA Court of Mist and Fury (review)*, Clockwork Princess*

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), The Shadow Hour*

July: Vicious (review)*, The Thousandth Floor*, It’s Not Summer Without You (review), Captive Prince, An Ember in the Ashes*

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2016 Reading Challenges: June Recap

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2016!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well!

GOODREADS

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Goal: 100

Read so far: 66

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

flights of fantasy

Goal: 30

Read so far: 26

Books that Qualify:

January: Truthwitch (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

FebruaryGrave Mercy (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows (review), Stars Above, Shadow and Bone

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow, A Fierce and Subtle Poison (review), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Skylighter (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Madly, The Shadow Queen

April: The Winner’s Kiss, The Rose and the Dagger, The Raven King

MayA Court of Mist and Fury (review), Clockwork Princess

JuneHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, The Shadow Hour

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE READING CHALLENGE

contemporary romance reading challenge

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 18

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Pivot Point (review), Summer of Sloane, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Firsts (review), Boomerang (review), The Love that Split the World

MarchSplit Second (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Catching Jordan

April: Wild Swans (review), The Distance Between Us (review), Summer of Supernovas (review)

May: Kindred Spirits

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), Summer in the Invisible City (review), The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love (review), Highly Illogical Behavior (review), The Unexpected Everything

THE RE-READ CHALLENGE

re-read challenge

Goal: 10

Read so far: 4

Books that Qualify:

January: N/A

FebruarySuperboy: Smallville Attacks (review)

March: The Fellowship of the Ring

April: N/A

May: N/A

June: FlashpointHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

2016 TBR PILE READING CHALLENGE

TBR Pile Reading challenge

Goal: 50

Read so far: 25

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Shadow and Bone 

MarchThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Madly, Komomo Confiserie Volume 1, Catching Jordan (review)

AprilThe Distance Between Us (review), Sword Art Online Girls Ops Vol 1

MayClockwork Princess

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

2016 FINISHING THE SERIES CHALLENGE

finishing the series challenge

*This challenge will fluctuate throughout the year based on whether a new book in the series has been released. A star denotes that I am either finished or current with the series.

Goal: 3-6 series

Series completed so far: 6

Series current with so far: 10

Books that Qualify:

January: Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Truthwitch* (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Into the Dim* (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows* (review), Shadow and Bone, Ranma 1/2 volume 3

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow*, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second* (review), The Skylighter* (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things* (review), Madly*, The Shadow Queen*, Catching Jordan

AprilThe Winner’s Kiss*, Archie Volume 1: The New Riverdale*, Map of Fates*, The Rose and the Dagger*, The Raven King*

MayA Court of Mist and Fury (review)*, Clockwork Princess*

JuneHeartless (Pretty Little Liars), The Shadow Hour*

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2016 Reading Challenges: April Recap

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2016!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well!

GOODREADS

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Goal: 100

Read so far: 48

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

flights of fantasy

Goal: 30

Read so far: 22

Books that Qualify:

January: Truthwitch (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

FebruaryGrave Mercy (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows (review), Stars Above, Shadow and Bone

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow, A Fierce and Subtle Poison (review), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Skylighter (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Madly, The Shadow Queen

April: The Winner’s Kiss, The Rose and the Dagger, The Raven King

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE READING CHALLENGE

contemporary romance reading challenge

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 13

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Pivot Point (review), Summer of Sloane, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Firsts (review), Boomerang (review), The Love that Split the World

MarchSplit Second (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Catching Jordan

April: Wild Swans (review), The Distance Between Us (review), Summer of Supernovas (review)

THE RE-READ CHALLENGE

re-read challenge

Goal: 10

Read so far: 2

Books that Qualify:

January: N/A

FebruarySuperboy: Smallville Attacks (review)

March: The Fellowship of the Ring

April: N/A

2016 TBR PILE READING CHALLENGE

TBR Pile Reading challenge

Goal: 50

Read so far: 22

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Shadow and Bone 

MarchThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Madly, Komomo Confiserie Volume 1, Catching Jordan (review)

AprilThe Distance Between Us (review), Sword Art Online Girls Ops Vol 1

2016 FINISHING THE SERIES CHALLENGE

finishing the series challenge

*This challenge will fluctuate throughout the year based on whether a new book in the series has been released. A star denotes that I am either finished or current with the series.

Goal: 3-6 series

Series completed so far: 5

Series current with so far: 9

Books that Qualify:

January: Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Truthwitch* (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Into the Dim* (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows* (review), Shadow and Bone, Ranma 1/2 volume 3

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow*, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second* (review), The Skylighter* (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things* (review), Madly*, Komomo Confiserie Volume 1, The Shadow Queen*, Catching Jordan

AprilThe Winner’s Kiss*, Archie Volume 1: The New Riverdale*, Sword Art Online Girls Ops Volume 1, Map of Fates*, The Rose and the Dagger*, The Raven King*

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2016 Reading Challenges: March Recap

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2016!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well!

GOODREADS

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Goal: 100

Read so far: 37 (*slightly* inaccurate graphic because I’ll be finishing two books today and it’s the last day of March)

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

flights of fantasy

Goal: 30

Read so far: 19

Books that Qualify:

January: Truthwitch (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

February: Grave Mercy (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows (review), Stars Above, Shadow and Bone

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow, A Fierce and Subtle Poison (review), The Fellowship of the Ring, The Skylighter (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Madly, The Shadow Queen

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE READING CHALLENGE

contemporary romance reading challenge

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 10

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Pivot Point (review), Summer of Sloane, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Firsts (review), Boomerang (review), The Love that Split the World

MarchSplit Second (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Catching Jordan

THE RE-READ CHALLENGE

re-read challenge

Goal: 10

Read so far: 2

Books that Qualify:

January: N/A

February: Superboy: Smallville Attacks (review)

March: The Fellowship of the Ring

2016 TBR PILE READING CHALLENGE

TBR Pile Reading challenge

Goal: 50

Read so far: 21

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Shadow and Bone 

MarchThe Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things (review), Madly, Komomo Confiserie Volume 1, Catching Jordan

2016 FINISHING THE SERIES CHALLENGE

finishing the series challenge

*This challenge will fluctuate throughout the year based on whether a new book in the series has been released. A star denotes that I am either finished or current with the series.

Goal: 3-6 series

Series completed so far: 2

Series current with so far: 7

Books that Qualify:

January: Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Truthwitch* (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Into the Dim* (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows* (review), Shadow and Bone, Ranma 1/2 volume 3

MarchThe Crown and the Arrow*, The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (review), Split Second* (review), The Skylighter* (review), Clockwork Prince (review), Dark Triumph (review), Tiny Pretty Things* (review), Madly*, Komomo Confiserie Volume 1, The Shadow Queen*, Catching Jordan

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2016 Reading Challenges: February Recap

Welcome to my reading challenges recap for 2016!  This is a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well!

GOODREADS

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Goal: 100

Read so far: 24

FLIGHTS OF FANTASY

flights of fantasy

Goal: 30

Read so far: 11

Books that Qualify:

January: Truthwitch (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

February: Grave Mercy (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows (review), Stars Above, Shadow and Bone

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE READING CHALLENGE

contemporary romance reading challenge

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 7

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Pivot Point (review), Summer of Sloane, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Firsts (review), Boomerang (review), The Love that Split the World

THE RE-READ CHALLENGE

re-read challenge

Goal: 10

Read so far: 1

Books that Qualify:

January: N/A

February: Superboy: Smallville Attacks (review)

2016 TBR PILE READING CHALLENGE

TBR Pile Reading challenge

Goal: 50

Read so far: 13

Books that Qualify:

January: Meant to Be (review), Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (review)

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Shadow and Bone 

2016 FINISHING THE SERIES CHALLENGE

finishing the series challenge

*This challenge will fluctuate throughout the year based on whether a new book in the series has been released. A star denotes that I am either finished or current with the series.

Goal: 3-6 series

Series completed so far: 0

Series current with so far: 4

Books that Qualify:

January: Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Truthwitch* (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel (review), Fablehaven

February: Grave Mercy (review), Boomerang (review), Into the Dim* (review), Poison Study (review), The Storyspinner* (review), The Assassin’s Blade (review), Reign of Shadows* (review), Shadow and Bone, Ranma 1/2 volume 3 by Rumiko Takahashi

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2016 Reading Challenges: January Recap

Welcome to my first reading challenges recap of 2016!  This is going to be a monthly post where I’ll be updating my progress throughout the year by challenge so you (and I) can see a breakdown of what I’ve read and which goals those books apply to.  I’m always open to suggestions in the comments as well!

Goodreads

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Goal: 100

Read so far: 10

Flights of Fantasy

flights of fantasy

Goal: 30

Read so far: 4

Books that Qualify: Truthwitch (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel, Fablehaven

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

contemporary romance reading challenge

Goal: 21+

Read so far: 4

Books that Qualify: Meant to Be (review), Pivot Point (review), Summer of Sloane, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

The Re-Read Challenge

re-read challenge

Goal: 10

Read so far: 0

Books that Qualify: N/A

2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge

TBR Pile Reading challenge

Goal: 50

Read so far: 7

Books that Qualify: Meant to Be (review), Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Red Queen (review), Clockwork Angel, Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

2016 Finishing the Series Challenge

finishing the series challenge

*This challenge will fluctuate throughout the year based on whether a new book in the series has been released. A star denotes that I am either finished or current with the series.

Goal: 3-6 series

Series completed so far: 2

Books that Qualify: Mitosis, Firefight (review), Pivot Point (review), Truthwitch*(review), Red Queen*(review), Clockwork Angel, Fablehaven

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Tea & Book Chat: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill

Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill is a cute contemporary YA novel that will allow you to feel like you’re on vacation and traveling through London.  I’ve been meaning to read this book for ages as it’s been recommended to me by numerous people so I’m glad that I can cross it off my list and now say that I too enjoyed it!  The story follows Julia and her high school class who are traveling to London for a week during the year to absorb the culture but sadly her best friend is unable to attend.  She gets stuck being paired with an obnoxious and immature classmate named Jason and from the moment they get on the plane until the very end, hilarity ensues.

Meant to Be features a slow burn love / hate romance (my favorite!) but the pacing of the events in the story feel action packed.  Throughout the trip, our main character Julia is juggling several men while she sorts out her feelings, something she’s never had to do before and it shows.  She can be annoying at times (she’s your typical overachieving know-it-all) but she also has a much softer side that believes in everyone having an MTB (or meant to be).  Her partner Jason is one of the most immature YA guys I’ve ever read about and I could easily relate to her frustrations about him.  Julia is such a rigid rule follower that a free spirit like Jason often clashes with her in most situations.  The one thing I found slightly unbelievable were all of the awkward moments Julia found herself in.  It just seemed like too much to happen to one person but despite all of her faults, I found myself rooting for her.

Meant to Be

My favorite part of this book was exploring London with Julia and Jason.  Lauren Morrill makes the reader feel as though they’re also a first time tourist which is something I hadn’t been expecting.  They visited a ton of historical sites (such as Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Globe Theater, The London Eye and even Harrod’s) that I’ve always been dying to see but they also spent time during their trip doing several offbeat things which enhanced their cultural experience even further.  I found the overall plot to be predictable but it didn’t at all take away from the enjoyment I felt while reading the story.  I love witnessing character growth, especially when the main character is an uptight person who’s thrusted out of their comfort zone (and even more especially when said character is experiencing that growth in a place like London).  Julia modeled her dream relationship off that of her parents and I loved that comparison throughout the story.  Since Julia is away and doesn’t have a ton of access to phone calls she really has to rely on herself to sort out her beliefs and the way she chooses to act which I really appreciated.

Final Thoughts: Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill is a darling contemporary novel perfect for anyone looking to lose themselves in a slow burn romance.  It’s also ideal for anyone with a case of wanderlust because traveling through London in Morrill’s words is so vivid that it’ll leave you feeling like you’re on a vacation of your own.  The plot of the novel is predictable but it’s everything the description and cover promise to be- swoony, engaging and fun!

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Rating 4

A girl with it all planned out discovers a romance she never expected in this funny debut about a class trip to London that HelloGiggles.com says you’ll love “if you’re into swoony romances with a little bit of history thrown in.”

This spring break, Julia’s rules are about to get defenestrated (SAT word: to be thrown from a window) when she’s partnered with her personal nemesis, class-clown Jason, on a school trip to London. After one wild party, Julia starts receiving romantic texts . . . from an unknown number! Jason promises to help discover the identity of her mysterious new suitor if she agrees to break a few rules along the way. And thus begins a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer and closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love. Because sometimes the things you least expect are the most meant to be. (via Goodreads)

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