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2013 NetGalley Knockout!

NetGalley Knockout

I’m pretty excited about this upcoming challenge! Netgalley Knockout is hosted by Christen at Goldilox and the Three Weres, and is a three-month-long reading challenge where you can catch up on all your NetGalley and Edelweiss review copies. Boy do I need this challenge! I mean, I have to read them anyway, so what better way to get motivated? The challenge goes from July 1 to September 30, so it’s a nice long stretch of time to catch up. Here are the books I hope to read during the Knockout:

The Best of All Possible Worlds by Karen Lord
The Water Witch by Juliet Dark
A Conspiracy of Alchemists by Liesel Schwarz
Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
How Beauty Saved the Beast by Jax Garren
The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
Absent by Katie Williams
The Sweetest Dark by Shana Abe
Club Monstrosity by Jesse Petersen
Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
Transparent by Natalie Whipple
Towering by Alex Flynn
Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin
Linked by Imogen Howson
Born of Illusion by Teri Brown
The Registry by Shannon Stoker

Now, mind you, these are only the e-ARCs I’m behind on. Some of these go back to February! So I also have some July and August titles that I’ll be reading in addition to these. And you know, all those books I’m trying to get to that aren’t for review, like The Archived, Scarlet, NOS4A2, and a whole bunch more! Heaven help me!

I’ll be updating my status on this post as I go. I know you’re all dying to follow my progress;)

If you’d like to join in the fun, simply click the Netgalley Knockout button above to read more about the rules, and enter your link! Really folks, this is a no-brainer challenge. Let’s all do it:)

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My 2013 Reading Challenges

Reading Challenge 2013I have to admit, I’m a newbie when it comes to reading challenges. I’ve never done one before! So what does one do to remedy that situation? Why, sign up for four reading challenges! Yep, I’ve done it now…I’m committing myself to four different challenges (one of them being my own) for 2013. I think some of them will intersect, so I’ll be able to use the same books for more than one challenge, but I’m looking forward to completing all four next year. As I complete a book, I will highlight it in red. I will also link it to my review.  Selections subject to change! Click on the challenge buttons for more information on how to sign up. Here’s what I’ve signed up for:

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OK, this is my own challenge. I actually started it as a personal goal to play catch up with my TBR pile. Since I made it up, it doesn’t have very many rules (yet) and there aren’t even any minimum requirements for participating. If you’d like more info on my 2013 Catch Up Reading Challenge, click here to read more, and sign up if you’d like! I’ve chosen eight books to “catch up” on, which you can see on my post.

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Hosted by Hobbitsies, this is a well-established Reading Challenge that I’m excited to be a part of! The challenge is to read twelve YA or Middle Grade debuts during the year.  Here is my list, although it is subject to change, depending on my mood:)

1. Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger
2. Insomnia by J. R. Johansson
3. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd
4. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke
5. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
6. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
7. The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
8. Linked by Imogen Howson
9 . Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
10. Pantomime by Laura Lam
11. In the After by Demitria Lunetta
12. Poison by Bridget Zinn

SARCThe 2013 Standalone Reading Challenge, hosted by Icey Books & I Like These Books, is asking us to read fifteen YA or Middle Grade standalone novels. I think it’s a great idea because I usually find series books very frustrating. Either a great-sounding book comes along but I haven’t read the first book in the series yet (and don’t have time!) or the second book in a series that I love comes out but I don’t have time to read it. Here’s what I plan to read for this challenge:

1. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & David Levithan
2. Thin Space by Jody Casella
3. Control by Lydia Kang
4. Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn
5. In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters
6. Poison by Bridget Zinn
7. The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson
8. Transparent by Natalie Whipple
9. Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum
10. Starglass by Phoebe North
11. Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield
12. Absent by Katie Williams
13. Hysteria by Megan Miranda
14. Acid by Emma Pass
15. Arclight by Josin L. McQuein

2013eclecticreaderThe 2013 Eclectic Reader Challenge, hosted by Book’d Out, sounds like a blast! Simply read twelve books from twelve different categories. Some of them are harder than others, but the goal is to push yourself to read things you normally wouldn’t read. Here are the books I’m going to read:

  1. Translated fiction – Revenge by Yoko Ogawa (Translated from Japanese)
  2. Historical mystery – Maid of Secrets by Jennifer McGowan
  3. Romantic suspense – Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin
  4. Made into a movie – Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  5. New Adult - Easy by Tammara Webber
  6. Urban Fantasy – Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone
  7. Dystopian – Scarlet by Marissa Meyer
  8. Memoir – Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
  9. LGBT – Blood Oranges by Kathleen Tierney
  10. Action Adventure – Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines
  11. Humour – Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore
  12. Published in 2013 – The Archived by Victoria Schwab

What reading challenges are you participating in? I’d love to know!

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2013 Catch Up Reading Challenge

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It’s almost the end of the year, and for book bloggers that means taking stock of your reading accomplishments and thinking about goals for the coming year. It also means feeling remorseful about all the wonderful books that you just didn’t get to. Since I started blogging, I’ve had to pass up reading dozens of books that I would have read, if I didn’t have a set reading schedule. To people reading this that aren’t bloggers, you’re probably saying to yourself, “Why can’t you just read and review the books you want to?” Well, that’s the way it started for me, but as all book bloggers out there know, blogs seem to have minds of their own, and before you know, you’re taking on more than you can handle.

So I’m starting my own reading challenge. I’m doing it for me, but I’m also inviting other bloggers to join me. My goal is simple: “Catch Up” on some books I’ve been dying to read, but because of my blog commitments, I just haven’t had time. Now, my personal list does not just include books from 2012. I’m mostly interested in catching up with complete series of books that I’ve recently discovered, and I’m giving myself the entire year of 2013 to do it! Sounds easy, right?

I’ve made a button so it’s official, and if you’d like to join you can enter your website in the Linky below. You can also put the button on your blog if you’d like! Here are the rules for the Challenge:

1. Select the books you’d like to “catch up” on during the year. I’ve decided not to put a minimum or even a limit on this number. It’s really up to you. My list has (8) books on it.

2. Grab the challenge button and post it on your sidebar.

3. Do a Catch Up Challenge blog post listing the books you’d love to finally get to read in 2013. Include the button in your post and link back here, if you don’t mind:)

4. Every time you read one of your catch up books, write a review and let me know about it in the comment section of this post. I’d love to see what you’re reading! You can easily find this post again by clicking the Catch Up Challenge button on my sidebar. It will take you right back here.

5. PRIZES!!  For every ten bloggers or reviewers that sign up, I will have a giveaway. And for each of your challenge book reviews, you’ll get an entry into the giveaway. Giveaways will be spread out during the year to give you time to read and review your books.

6. You don’t have to have a blog to participate! You can post reviews on Goodreads too, just let me know in the comments where to find your review.

So, here are the books I plan to read:

vampire empireThe Rift WalkerThe KingmakersHoundedHexedHammeredshadow of nightThe Twelve2

1. 2. & 3. Vampire Empire Books 1-3: The Greyfriar, The Rift Walker & The Kingmakers by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith. I own all three books, but I’ve never been able to find the time to read them. That’s going to change!

4. 5. & 6. The Iron Druid Chronicles #1-3: Hounded, Hexed, and Hammered by Kevin Hearne. I just recently discovered Kevin’s books, and he’s just released book #5!! I’m so behind. I thought I’d be conservative and only put three on my list. I hear they are funny and have dogs in them, two things that I find irresistible. I believe there will be six books when the series is complete.

7. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness. The second book after A Discovery of Witches. I loved the first book and I’m hoping the second is just as good. I just hate starting a series that I love and not being able to keep up with it.

8. The Twelve by Justin Cronin. Same goes for this book. I loved The Passage, and I hear this one is even better. Both books #7 and #8 are pretty long, but if they live up to the hype, length shouldn’t be an issue.

Here’s the button you can grab:

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If you’d like to join me, please click on the frog below to enter your information. Let’s do it! Let’s read those books that have been pushed to the bottom of the pile for far too long!


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