2016 Reading Challenges: 1st Quarter Updates

Posted March 31, 2016 by Lillian in Challenges / 2 Comments

Wow!!! The first quarter went by SO fast. I can’t believe it’s already over. I’ve done very well with my challenges so far this year. I’ve actually already met my goal for the New Release challenge, almost completed the Dystopia challenge AND I’ve stayed caught up on the other two. Not too shabby if I say so myself šŸ˜‰

2016 Reading Assignment Challenge

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For this challenge, you create a list of books that you commit to read throughout the year. You determine the number of books you will read per month and choose books from your list to read. It is hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is more fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. You can sign up anytime, but can only start the challenge for the month after you sign up (ex. if you sign up in Feb, you cannot count books read in January).

My Goals and Progress

My goal is to read 2 books a month (Reading Level 2) from the following list:

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  • SoundĀ by Juliet Madison – January
  • Dragonfly in AmberĀ by Diana Gabaldon
  • City of BonesĀ by Cassandra Clare
  • The Earth DwellersĀ by David Estes
  • City of GlassĀ by Cassandra Clare
  • City of Fallen AngelsĀ by Cassandra Clare
  • Consuming FireĀ by Isabella Modra
  • LifeĀ by Rebecca Belliston – February
  • AttachmentsĀ by Rainbow Rowell
  • Written in RedĀ by Anne Bishop – January
  • FangirlĀ by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Winner’s CurseĀ by Marie Rutkoski
  • DefyĀ by Sara B. Larson
  • City of AshesĀ by Cassandra Clare
  • The First Phone Call From HeavenĀ by Mitch Albom
  • ARV-3Ā by Cameo Renae – February
  • Dead of WinterĀ by Kresley Cole – March
  • City of Lost SoulsĀ by Cassandra Clare
  • Spinning StarlightĀ by R.C. Lewis – March
  • The LegendĀ by Melissa Delport
  • Gods of the DeadĀ by Tracey Ward
  • City of Heavenly FireĀ by Cassandra Clare
  • Beyond the FenceĀ by Jen Minkman
  • NirvanaĀ by J.R. Stewart

I made an “A” during the 1st quarter, reading 6 books off my list! Here are the books I decided to read:

  1. SoundĀ by Juliet Madison
  2. Written in Red by Anne Bishop
  3. Life by Rebecca Belliston
  4. ARV-3 by Cameo Renae
  5. Spinning Starlight by R.C. Lewis
  6. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

To join me on this challenge, sign-up here. Follow my progress below:

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2016 New Release Challenge

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This challenge is all about the new books of the year and of course reading them šŸ˜€ It is hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews. Oh My! and Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews.

My Goals & Progress

There are four levels in this challenge and I’m going for the 2nd level New Release Pro, which is 16-30 books. I think this is doable. I’m not sure of the actual number of new releases I read in 2015, but I know it was a good number, possibly more than 30 šŸ˜‰ During the 1st quarter, I read 25 books and reviewed 22 already! Here’s the books I’ve reviewed so far:

  1. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  2. Indestructible by Emma L. Adams
  3. Weekend Reads #56 ā€“ Books 2 & 3 of the Delta Girls by Juliet Madison
  4. The Secrets of Dargon by Ciara Knight
  5. Assassin’s Heart by Sarah Ahiers
  6. Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson
  7. Chosen Fool by Scarlett Dawn
  8. The Express Rider’s Lady by Stacy Henrie
  9. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  10. Strings by David Estes
  11. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  12. Kiss Me in Christmas by Debbie Mason
  13. Dawn of Ash by Rebecca Ethington
  14. In All My Wishes by Ciara Knight
  15. Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan
  16. Spring in Snow Valley by Cindy Roland Anderson, Jeanette Lewis, Lucy McConnell, Cami Checketts, Taylor Hart, Kimberley Montpetit
  17. The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins
  18. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  19. Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt
  20. If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram
  21. Trouble in Mind by Donna Frelick
  22. Spearwood Book One by A.S. Oren

To join me on this challenge, sign-up here. Follow my progress on Goodreads or below:

2016 New Release Challenge: 33/16

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2016 Blogger Shame Review Challenge

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This challenge is for people like me, who have been blogging a while or life got busy and books got forgotten. I fall in the later. 2015 was not a good year for us and everything suffered. I’m ashamed to say that I have roughly 45 ARCs on my Kindle and another 3 or 4 hardcopies lying around to be read. Now not all of those qualify for this challenge, but several do. This challenge is hosted by herding cats & burning soup and Addicted to Happily Ever After.

My Goals & Progress

My goal is to read at least one old review book a month for a total of 12 by the end of the year. With this challenge I hope to get my Netgalley ratio above 80% which is doable. I’m currently sitting at 74% as I’ve had a lot of new books just added. Here are the books I’ve read during the 1st quarter:

  1. This is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  2. Sarah Anne’s Expedient Marriage by Cathy Lynn Bryant, Jessica Marie Dorman
  3. Life by Rebecca Belliston
  4. Vision in Silver by Anne Bishop

Join me by signing up here and follow my progress on Goodreads or below.

Blogger Shame Review Challenge: 6/12

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2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge

I think I may be the most excited about this challenge hosted by Tracy @ Cornerfolds and Claudia @ My Soul Called Life. It is NO secret that I LOVE dystopians. It’s a majority of what I read each year. So this challenge is right up my alley!

My Goal

There are four levels to choose from on this challenge and I’m going ALL IN!

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Read and review 16+ dystopian books.

I honestly do NOT think this will be an issue. There are so many good dystopians out there and a ton coming out this year.Ā Here are the books I’ve read during the 1st quarter:

  1. Indestructible by Emma L. Adams
  2. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
  3. Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard
  4. Life by Rebecca Belliston
  5. Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  6. ARV-3 by Cameo Renae
  7. Strain of Resistance by Michelle Bryan
  8. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  9. Water & Storm Country by David Estes
  10. Happily Ever After by Kiera Cass
  11. Dead of Winter by Kresley Cole

To join me on this challenge, sign up here and follow my progress on Goodreads or below.

2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge: 29/16

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Your turn! How are you doing with your reading challenges?

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