2017 Author ABC Challenge

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I know I’m already doing the 2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge, but a few people mentioned doing the same thing for authors and I just couldn’t resist the temptation. I couldn’t find any official post when I checked yesterday, so this is me creating my ‘own’ challenge. If you know the blog an author ABC challenge is hosted this year, please let me know in the comments! 🙂

I’m going to keep rules pretty basic and use the author’s last name for each letter. If there is more than one last name, it should be the first that counts… And the Q, X and Z names can have the letter anywhere in the last name.

>>> Last updated February 16th 2017 <<<

A: Arnold, David: Mosquitoland (2015)  5/5 stars
B: Barr, Emily: The One Memory Of Flora Banks (2017)  5/5 stars
C: Campbell, Jamie: The Thankful (2016)  4/5 stars
D –
E: Elliot, Ruby: It’s All Absolutely Fine (2017)  4/5 stars
F –
G –
H: Harmon, Amy: Making Faces (2013)  5/5 stars
I –
J: Jeffrey, Diane: Those Who Lie (2017)  3,5/5 stars
K: Kepnes, Caroline: You (2014) 0/5 stars
L: Luchesi, Lily: Stake-out (2015)  3,5/5 stars
M: Miranda, Megan: The Perfect Stranger (2017)  5/5 stars
N: Ness, Patrick: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here (2015)  3,5/5 stars
O –
P –
Q –
R: Rekulak, Jason: The Impossible Fortress (2017)  4,5/5 stars
S: Slater, K.L.: Blink (2017)  4,5/5 stars
T: Thorne, Jenn Marie: The Wrong Side Of Right (2015)  3/5 stars
U –
V –
W: Wyer, Carol: Little Girl Lost (2017)  4/5 stars
X: MaXwell, Lisa: Unhooked (2016)  3/5 stars
Y: Yoon, Nicola: The Sun Is Also A Star (2016)  4,5/5 stars
Z: Zentner, Jeff: The Serpent King (2016)  4,5/5 stars

I have found 17 out of 26 letters so far.


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2017 (Netgalley) ARCs: The Complete List

I signed up for the 2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge hosted by Bookish Things & More here, and thought it would be easier to have a different post with all the ARCs I will be reading this year together. (This includes other ARCs that won’t count for the challenge; those are marked in orange while the Netgalley ARCs are marked in green). Hopefully it will be an easier way to keep track of all those lovely ARCs that have been sent to me this year!  ❤

>>> Last updated February 14th 2017<<<

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2017 Beat The Backlist: Official Update Post

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The 2017 Beat The Backlist challenge is hosted over at Novelknight AND also includes a Harry Potter themed mini challenge. Of course I have joined that one as well, proudly trying to win the Hogwarts House Cup along with my fellow Ravenclaws. GO RAVENCLAW!!!

Find my sign up post here and my TBR here.

My challenge name is OakSickle.

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 This post will be my official update post where I will keep track of the books I’ve read that qualify for the challenge. Remember my goals?

  • read 50 books published before 2016
  • read 20 books published before 2013
  • review each book 
  • update challenge post monthly

Since the challenge includes books published in 2016, I will add these in yellow to the list below for extra Ravenclaw points. 😉 Books that fit in with my personal challenge are either green for books published in 2015, 2014 or 2013 or orange for books published before that. Only books that have a link to the review have already been added to the official challenge page for points.

>>> Last updated February 14th 2017 <<<

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2017 When Are You Reading? Challenge

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It’s the start of a new year, which means it’s time for yet another When Are You Reading? challenge! I really enjoyed participating in the previous two years (2015 and 2016), so I immediately decided to sign up for this year as well. This challenge is hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about reading books either set or published in twelve different time periods. The perfect way of reading books of different eras! Make sure to check out Sam’s post and sign up if you are interested.

I will divide my reads into two categories like last year: books by publish date and books by setting. When the setting is not specified or is roughly the same as the publish date, I will use this color.

>>> Last updated February 14th 2017 <<<

    • Pre 1500
      #
    • 1500-1599
    • 1600-1699
    • 1700-1799
    • 1800-1899
    • 1900-1919
    • 1920-1939
      # 
    • 1940-1959
      That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson (1940)
      # The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (1940)
    • 1960-1979
      # 
    • 1980-1999
      The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak (1987)
    • 2000-Present
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2001)
      # The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken (2012)
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
      # You – by Caroline Kepnes (2014)
      # Mosquitoland – by David Arnold (2015)
      # Stake-out – by Lily Luchesi (2015)
      # The Wrong Side Of Right – by Jenn Marie Thorne (2015)
      # The Rest Of Us Just Live Here – by Patrick Ness (2015)
      # Witness – by Caroline Mitchell (2016)
      # The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner (2016)
      # Americosis Vol. 3 – by Haydn Wilks (2016)
      # The Sun Is Also A Star – by Nicola Yoon (2016)
      # The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (2016)
      # Unhooked – by Lisa Maxwell (2016)
      # Missing – by Monty Marsden (2016)
      # Rebel Of The Sands – by Alwyn Hamilton (2016)
      # Big Mushy Happy Lump – by Sarah Andersen (2017)
      # The Perfect Stranger – by Megan Miranda (2017)
      # That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson (2017)
      # The One Memory Of Flora Banks – by Emily Barr (2017)
      # It’s All Absolutely Fine – by Ruby Elliot (2017)
      # Those Who Lie – by Diane Jeffrey (2017)
      # Don’t Look Behind You – by Mel Sherratt (2017)
      # Blink – by K.L. Slater (2017)
      # The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak (2017)
      # Little Girl Lost – by Carol Wyer (2017)
    • The Future
      # 

I have currently completed 3 out of 12 time periods.


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2017 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

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I saw this challenge over at Incessant Bookworm, and decided to join immediately since I already have to do a similar scavage hunt for the 2017 Beat The Backlist challenge. The challenge is hosted at Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book and is another yearly challenge. Bacially, by the end of the year, your bowl has to be filled with one book for each letter of the alphabet!

Each letter will count as 1 spoonful, and the challenge is to read one book that has a title with every letter of the alphabet. The A’s and The’s can be dropped from the book titles to make things easier. Also, the Q, X and Z titles can have words that start with the letter anywhere in the title. I’m not going to make a list beforehand, and just see how things go… Although I will probably have to hunt for the more difficult letters later on.

On to the list:

>>> Last updated February 14th 2017 <<<

A: Americosis Vol. 3 – by Haydn Wilks (2016)
B: Blink – by K.L. Slater (2017)
C –
D: The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken (2012)
E –
F –
G –
H –
I: It’s All Absolutely Fine – by Ruby Elliot (2017)
J –
K –
L: Little Girl Lost – by Carol Wyer (2017)
M: Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
N –
O: The One Memory Of Flora Banks – by Emily Barr (2017)
P: The Perfect Stranger – by Megan Miranda (2017)
Q: Mosquitoland – by David Arnold (2015)
R: Rebel Of The Sands – by Alwyn Hamilton (2016)
S: The Serpent King – by Jeff Zentner (2016) 
T: The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (2016)
U: Unhooked – by Lisa Maxwell (2016)
V –
W: The Wrong Side Of Right – by Jenn Marie Thorne (2015)
X –
Y: You – by Caroline Kepnes (2014)
Z: Buzz Books 2017: Young Adult Spring/Summer (2017)

I have found 16 out of 26 letters so far.


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Reading Goals: 2017 Edition

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Now I have recovered from New Years Eve and wrapped up the December month, it’s time to think about my reading goals for 2017. I still can’t believe I was able to read over 180 for the second year in a row, and I don’t pretend I will be able to reach that amount again… So I have decided to not stress myself and keep my challenges reasonable. These will be my goals:

READING:

  • I have set my Goodreads Reading Challenge to 100 books.
  • Read at least 5 classics (rereads don’t count)
  • Complete at least 5 series (rereads don’t count)
  • Reread at least 3 books
  • Bring my physical TBR pile below 250 books and keep it that way.
  • Read at least one book over 800 pages
  • Read at least 2 books in Spanish
  • Read at least 1 book in Dutch
  • Join at least 5 challenges during the year
  • Keep my Netgalley ratio above the 80%
  • Start a Twitter account and use it regularly


BLOGGING/LIFE:

  • bloggingUpdate more frequently and try not to get too behind with reviews
  • Be more active in the community and try to comment more. I always try to, but somehow it is hard to find enough time to read, blog AND comment on the blogs I follow…
  • Participate in a 5km run! I really have to focus more on my running this year.

2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

I only signed up at Netgalley about six months ago, but I have really been enjoying my experience so far. Friendly publishers (an especial shout out to Bookouture!) have shown me I don’t need to have thousands of followers or need to live in the UK/US to be able to receive ARCs of some pretty darn good books. And the only thing I might regret is that I didn’t sign up sooner!!

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That said, like most Netgalley users, I tend to go a little crazy with the request button and getting to the mythical 80% ratio has been a struggle. So when I saw this 2017 Netgalley challenge at Bookish Things & More I just HAD to join. It’s a year long challenge that will hopefully inspire me to pay closer attention to the ARCs I request and read more of them as well… There are different levels, but I will be aiming for the following goal:

 

Silver – 25 Books

In the six months since I’ve joined this year, I managed to review 40 titles and I have another 12 ARCs pending, so I think this number should be pretty doable.


I will be looking forward to this challenge! Is anyone else joining? And what is your personal experience with Netgalley?