Freebie Friday: Books on My 2019 Reading Challenge(s) List – Part Three

Challenges, Food For Thought, Freebie Fridays

Dear Readers!

We’ve made it! We’ve made it to part three of my 2019 Reading Challenge TBR list (blog) series.

And I feel like I’ve saved the best (challenge) for last! The last reading challenge is Book Bingo. Yes! I’ve created a book bingo that I feel will help take me out of my reading comfort zone.

To create the actual bingo card I found a website where I could plug in what I wanted the card to be filled with, and with s click of a button the website generated a bingo card.

Obviously there’s a free space because you know, bingo. But the other spaces on my customized bingo card are:

  • Buddy read a book
  • Read a book by a female author
  • Read a historical fiction book
  • Read a backlist (TBR) book
  • Read a book about music
  • Re-read a book
  • Read a manga
  • Read a superhero comic book
  • Read a book set in a foreign country
  • Read a book that was recently published
  • Read a classic children’s book
  • Read an e-book
  • Read a book that is 500+ pages
  • Listen to an audiobook
  • Read a book with a blue cover
  • Read an award winning book
  • Read a nonfiction book
  • Read a book that a friend suggests
  • Read a Stephen King book
  • Read a book that was made into a movie
  • Read a book set at a boarding school
  • Read book 2 in a series
  • Read a book borrowed from a library
  • Read a fantasy book

So there you have it dear readers! Those are the books on my Challenge TBR list.

I hoped you enjoyed this little series!


Reading Tracker – April 2019 Edition

Monthly Reading Tracker

Hello Readers!

I feel stuck, readers. Up until this month I had a loose but general idea of what I wanted to read each month. I had some semblance of a TBR list.

This month, I do not.

Which is why I’m feeling stuck – not reading wise, but this post wise.  But I want to post … something!

This month, the only book I have on deck to read (mainly because I am currently reading it) is :

American Panda by Gloria Chao.

Since that is the only book I have on deck for April, I’ve decided to throw caution to the wind, and not create a TBR list this month. Instead, I’ve decided that there are several kinds of books I want to read. They are:

I want to read a manga. I dipped my toes into the world of manga and anime last year. And while I don’t necessarily feel at home in the fandom, I’m definitely interested. And there are several manga that I’ve wanted to read lately.

I want to read a book that will fulfill one of my 2019 reading challenges.

I want to read a book that is new! So often I’m excited about all these new books coming out, but once they are actually published, I never make the time for them.

And I want to start a new series.

I know this isn’t saying a lot. But even though it isn’t an actual TBR list, I have a general idea of what kinds of books I want to read.

What are you, dear readers, looking forward to reading this month? Please share!

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and created by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

This is an interesting Top Ten Tuesday topic. It’s one that, honestly, I’ve never really thought about because if you love books than there really isn’t anything too outrageous you’d do for a book.

But still, I dug deep into my memory and have a few outrageous things I’ve done in the name of my love of books!

  • I’ve driven eight plus hours (from New Jersey to South Carolina) to go to a book festival. Not once … but twice. And honestly, I’d do it again.
  • I went to a midnight book party for Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.
  • I’ve spent countless hours on lines to meet my favorite authors and get books signed by them.
  • I flew to another state (Chicago) because I couldn’t bear to miss a year of Book Expo America (BEA).
  • Of course I’ve stayed up until the wee hours of the morning because I just couldn’t put a book down.

While there aren’t a ton of outrageous things, those are the top five outrageous things I’ve done simply because I love books.

Freebie Friday: Books on My 2019 Reading Challenge(s) List – Part Two

Challenges, Food For Thought, Freebie Fridays

Dear Readers!

2019 is the year of reading challenges. Today I’m going to share with you my (planned) TBR list for yet another challenge I’ve decided to take on.

This particular challenge – The A to Z Challenge – is one I found on I wanted to take on this challenge, not only because it sounded fun and manageable, but also because I felt it could help me clear my shelves — a task I’ve been meaning to tackle for a very long time. Another reason, is that I liked how I could easily customize this challenge to my own liking..

The books on this list are:

  • A is for Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
  • B is for Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
  • C is for Choker by Elizabeth Woods
  • D is for Dramarama by E. Lockhart
  • E is for Every Single Second by Tricia Springstubb
  • F is for Family by Micol Ostow
  • G is for Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
  • H is for Hold Me Like a Breath by Tiffany Schmidt
  • I is for Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
  • J is for Joyride by Anna Banks
  • K is for ???
  • L is for Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaire
  • M is for Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
  • N is for Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
  • O is for Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
  • P is for Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Q is for Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
  • R is for Rebel Belles by Rachel Hawkins
  • S is for Small Town Sinners by Melissa C Walker
  • T is for Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore
  • U is for Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
  • V is for Vesper by Jeff Sampson
  • W is for Wanderlust by Kirsten Hubbard
  • X is for ???
  • Y is for ???
  • Z is for ???

As you can see there are a few blank spaces. The reason for those blank spaces is because, as I scrolled through my backlist of books to be read I couldn’t immediately find books to go along with those specific letters. And because I want to enjoy these challenges and not put so much pressure on myself I’ve decided that since it’s my challenge (and I can do what I want with it) I can leave those letters blank for now and fill them in eventually.

Are there any books that seem to have been sitting on your shelf forever?!? If so, are you hoping on tackling them this year? If so, please share in the comments!


Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things That Make Me Pick Up a Book

Top Ten Tuesday

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and created by me for the purpose of this post.)

Hello Readers!

There are many ways we as readers decide what books we want to read, and what books we don’t want to read. And those ways vary from reader to reader. Today I am going to share with you the top reasons. While they aren’t ten reasons, these are the four reasons why I choose the books I choose to read. Unfor

  • It’s terrible but … I totally will read a book, or at least want to read a book based solely on the cover. Obviously, I don’t believe in that old saying “don’t judge a book by it’s cover.”
  • I’ll read or at least want to read a book because of a specific author. What I mean by this is that if one of my all time favorite author’s had a new book out, I’ll automatically want to read it, not (only) because what it was about, but simply because of my love of that author. It’s like an auto read for me.
  • I’ll read or at least want to read a book because someone I trust suggests I read it. And when I say someone, the main person who suggests books to me is Miss Print.
  • I’ll read or at least want to read a book because of a review I’ve read. Once upon a time, before I was a librarian I didn’t read a lot of book reviews. Why? Mainly because I didn’t want someone else’s opinions to influence my own. But professionally, I have to read reviews. And because I read them, I can’t help but find a book or ten that I want to add to my ever growing TBR list.