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

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!

 

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

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 girlxoxo.com 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!

 

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

Hello Readers!

A few weeks ago I posted about what reading challenges I was taking on this year. In that post (which you can check out here) I explained what challenges I was taking on and why. Not only that I asked if you, dear readers, would want to know what books were on said challenge lists.

I decided not to wait for your response, and just share these TBR lists.  Why? Because it seems like a fun thing to share.

The first challenge I decided to take on is one that hopefully will help me tackle all those series I’ve started but haven’t finished. I’m calling it the Series Challenge. Not only do I hope to read  the books I haven’t read in the series, but I’m also planning on re-reading the first book – the book that originally got me hooked on that series.

Besides listing the series I’ve started, there are several series on this list that I’ve wanted to read but haven’t.

In no particular order, here are the series I’m hoping to get to in 2019:

  • The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken
  • The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding by Alexandra Bracken
  • Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini
  • Revenants by Amy Plum
  • Birthright by Gabrielle Zevin
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter
  • The Diviners by Libba Bray
  • Shades of London by Maureen Johnson
  • Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  • Hereafter by Tara Hudson
  • The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood
  • Jackaby by William Ritter

Because I don’t want this post to be super long, I have decided to be best to break it down into three parts. Consider it a mini-series of sorts.

So, dear readers, are there any series that you hope to start and finish this year? Please share in the comments! I’d love to hear all about what you’re reading, and what challenges you are taking on this year.

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon Challenge Day 6

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Hello Readers!

I know it’s seems like I fell off of the Read-A-Thon challenge bandwagon. I didn’t. I’m still here, still reading, and still going strong.

Yes, I missed the last two days of posting. On Tuesday I was supposed to post about my favorite winter reads, and on Wednesday I was supposed to post some book spine poetry. I’ve decided that I am unfortunately going to have to forego the book spine poetry. While I tried and tried (and tried some more) to put together a poem made from book spines, but I failed miserably. So much so that I’m too embarrassed to show anyone.

BUT!

I have decided that I can (and will!) still post about my favorite winter reads! While I don’t love winter itself (I’m not a fan of being cold all of the time), I do think winter is the perfect time to cozy up on a plush couch, with a steaming cup of cocoa, and sink into a great book.

When I think of the perfect winter reads, I really only think of one. The quintessential winter read – in my opinion – is a favorite of mine: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan. Set in New York City during the winter, two teens seem to fall for each other via a moleskin notebook.

Why is this a near perfect winter read for me? Well, first and foremost is the setting. Like I said it’s set in NYC during the winter. And if you know NYC in the winter you know it’s a pretty magical place. What makes it so magical? The decked out windows, the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers on every avenue, and the undeniable sparkle the city has.

Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares is the kind of book that readers can, not only cozy up with, but really fall in love with. It will leave readers feeling warm and tingle-y, with a heavy heaping of hope.

I know, I know I’m gushing, but I can’t help it! That’s how much I love Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares.  If you haven’t read it, pick it up and do so. It’s the perfect time of year to read this awesome book!

Okay …. moving on to my progress report.

As of today, I have finished one book and am about fifty or so pages into another.

I finished Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann. Since finishing that book I moved onto another book … a book that I’ve been looking forward to reading for quite some time, OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu.

I am currently fifty or so pages into OCD Love Story. So far I am enjoying it, and curious to find out where the story is going to go. I really like the main character, Bea. Her voice and her outlook feels authentic and real. I really appreciate that.

Even though I am nowhere near finishing OCD Love Story, I am looking forward to reading more, and finishing it soon.

I’ve been thinking about my goal for this challenge. And looking back to last week I think I was a little over-confident. And maybe a bit unrealistic. Four books?! Who was I kidding!? I’m going to change my goal and hope that I finish two books instead of four. For me, two books in a week is a challenge in and of itself. And one that I’d be happy/proud to accomplish.

So there you have it readers! Two posts rolled into one!

To see what all the other participants are up to, head over to Read.Sleep.Repeat to find out!

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon Challenge Progress Update

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Hello Readers!

I’ve been a busy bee lately. In between holiday festivities and Christmas shopping/wrapping I’ve been squeezing in some quality reading time.

Since I started participating in the Baby It’s Cold Outside Read-A-Thon I have finished a total of one book. I know that doesn’t sound like a milestone, but it is, mainly because I haven’t been reading as much/as steadily as I used to.

Anyway, I read one book so far. And started on my second book.

I started Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann. I started this book about a week ago, but I basically just started it. Since starting the Baby It’s Cold Outside Read-A-Thon I finished this book. I finished it in just under a day.

Since finishing Ask Me How I Got Here I (literally) just started Corey Ann Haydu’s OCD Love Story. I’m seriously only about 7 pages in, and so far, so good!

So that’s it!

I’m having a great time reading and participating in Baby It’s Cold Outside! If you want to see what all the other participants are doing, be sure to head over to Read.Sleep.Repeat and click on all the links!

Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon Challenge Teaser Tidbits & The Page 99 Test

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Hello Readers!

Happy Sunday! And welcome to day two of the Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon Challenge (which if you didn’t know is being hosted by the lovely ladies over at Read.Sleep.Repeat). Today’s challenges are interesting, and ones that – be shocked – I haven’t heard of before.

So, if you’re like me, let me explain….

Teaser Tidbits means that I am two pick up the current read and choose two random lines to tease all of your readers! The point is to entice you to pick up the same book and read it, not spoil it for you!

The Page 99 Test means that I am to pick up any book that I’ve been wanting to read (I have a lot so the challenge itself will be picking a book), turn to page 99 (obviously), and read that page. After reading I will offer you readers a summary of what I read, and I will also tell you, based on that page if I still want to read that book.

So are you ready?!?

Teaser Tidbits:

I’m a currently reading Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann. It’s a YA novel written in verse about a teen girl who makes a choice that will ultimately change everything about life as she knows it.

Teaser # 1:

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Teaser # 2:

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The Page 99 Challenge:

The book I randomly picked off of my (overfull) bookshelf is an ARC of Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr. This is a book that I really, REALLY want to leave so I hope that page 99 lives up to all of my expectations.

I flipped to page 99 and read. It seems that one of the main characters, Gem, finds a mysterious backpack stored below her bed. She knows it’s her fathers, but she didn’t see or know he’d even been in the room. She questions her sister, Dixie, and even though she denies knowing how and when it got there, Gem doesn’t believe her. She also doesn’t believe that whatever is in that backpack is good.

Having read page 99 I have to say YES! I still want to read Gem & Dixie. I want to know what’s in the backpack, and why their dad would stow it away in his daughters bedroom. Besides that, from that one passage, I really like the “voice.” It seems authentic and honest.

So there you have it readers – the teaser tidbit and page 99 challenges for the Baby It’s Cold Outside: Read-A-Thon!

There are a ton of other great blogs participating in this read-a-thon. You should head over to Read.Sleep.Repeat ‘s website and check out who is participating so you can read all of their awesome posts!

Baby It’s Cold Outside: A Read-A-Thon Challenge Into

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Hello Readers!

I normally do not participate in a whole lot of challenges, and you’re probably wondering why? Even though they are super fun and interactive, there are a number of reasons of why I don’t normally join in on the fun. Those reasons range from time constraint issues to the challenge doesn’t necessarily suit my style/tastes.

But I found one that I think really fits, not only this blog, but me!

I decided to participate in Baby It’s Cold Outisde, a week-long read-a-thon challenge hosted by Read.Sleep.Repeat.  Before moving forward with this post, I just want to say THANK YOU to the ladies of Read.Sleep.Reapeat for hosting such a fun-filled week of challenges and of course reading!

The Baby It’s Cold Outside Read-A-Thon challenge is a week-long challenge that runs from Saturday December 17th through Saturday December 24th. Each day during this week-long challenge I will be posting, not only a ton of content, but fun-filled book-ish content!

During this read-a-thon challenge I am hoping to read a total of four books. While that doesn’t seem like a whole lot of books, I feel like I haven’t been reading as much as I want/should lately, and if you haven’t read a lot, four books certainly can be a challenge.

So, what four books am I hoping to read? The four books I hope to read this week are:

  • Ask Me How I Got Here by Christine Heppermann (which I started already, and am hoping to finish).
  • The Romantics by Leah Konen
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  • OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu

So readers I truly hope that you’ll stay tuned to check out my posts and my progress during this week! And for more information, be sure to check out Read.Sleep.Repeat!