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 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
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    • 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
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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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2017 Beat The Backlist: Official TBR

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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 will be joining that one as well, proudly trying to win the Hogwarts House Cup along with my fellow Ravenclaws. My challenge name is OakSickle!!

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I signed up for this challenge about two weeks ago, but never actually made the full backlist/TBR for this challenge. With only two weeks left in 2016, I thought it was about time to properly sit down and write down those books I have been neglecting for way too long. Remember my goals?

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

I want to try and read at least 50 books that were published before 2016, and I’m 20 of them have to be published before 2013. I’m hoping to actually be able to read more older books that way. On to the backlist!!

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2017 Beat The Backlist

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I know that technically there still is more than a month of 2016 left, but I saw this new 2017 challenge mentioned by Donna over at Chocolatenwaffles’ Blog and I just HAD to join. (P.S. visit her blog if you haven’t already, she’s awesome. 😀 )

The 2017 Beat The Backlist challenge is hosted over at Novelknight AND also includes a Harry Potter themed mini challenge; how cool is that?! Of course I will be joining that one as well, proudly trying to win the Hogwarts House Cup along with my fellow Ravenclaws. (Yes, I finally checked Pottermore and I can now officially say that’s my house.)

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# What is the ‘2017 Beat The Backlist’ challenge about? #

This challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2017 is all about finally reading all those poor neglected books that have been collecting dust for way too long, ignored and/or pushed aside for new releases and ARCs. And since my TBR pile is about to explode and I’m definitely guilty of the above, I will set my goal to read 50 books that have been published before 2016 next year. And not only that, at least 20 of them will have to be published before 2013… I know I have read WAY more books than that this year so far, but I’m ashamed to admit more than a third of them have been books published in 2016. Oops?!

# GOALS #

In short, my goals for this challenge will be:

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

# TBR #

Since I will be trying to read a few titles that have been on my shelves for a while next month, I will be making a proper TBR closer to the end of this year. But if I can’t get to them before, I can promise that titles like the Red Rising trilogy, Outlander and The Darkest Minds will sure be mentioned.


Make sure to check out the official challenge page at Novelknight and sign up if you want to join the fun! Your TBR pile will thank you. 😉

The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge Update Post

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The Girly Geek Blog is hosting another yearly Bookish Bingo Challenge, and as soon as I saw her post I knew I had to join. Sign ups are open all the way to November, so feel free to check out her post The 2016 Bookish Bingo Challenge if you want to participate as well!

This post will be my place to keep track of my progress with this challenge… Updated monthly or so.

>> Last updated September 22nd 2016 <<

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  1. A book with a noun in its title. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  2. MYSTERY MISSION #1: Read a book featuring your dream career. The Bookshop Book by Jen Campbell
  3. A book on a bestseller list. Mr. Kiss And Tell by Rob Thomas
  4. A book you DNF’ed or forgot to finish. Eve by Iris Johansen
  5. A book by an author under 25. The Death Code by Lindsay Cummings (24!)
  6. A retelling of a folk or fairy tale. Stars Above by Marissa Meyer
  7. A book set within the entertainment industry. Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
  8. A debut novel. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  9. A book featuring a conspiracy. The Conspiracy Of Us by Maggie Hall
  10. A book that is being made into a movie. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  11. A book featuring strong familial relationships. One by Sarah Crossan
  12. A book featuring sleuthing or crime-solving. Dead Wood by Dan Ames
  13. MYSTERY MISSION #2: Read a book translated from another language. The Reader On The 6.27 – by Jean-Paul Didierlaurent
  14. A book with stars on its cover. All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders
  15. A graphic novel, comic book or picture book. Razzle Dazzle Unicorn by Dana Simpson
  16. MYSTERY MISSION #3. Read a book featuring royalty: A Dance With Dragons by George R.R. Martin
  17. A book that features an unlikely friendship. A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  18. FREE SPACE! Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  19. A book featuring an asian or african MC. Confessions by Kanae Minato
  20. The third book in a series or trilogy. Never Never Part Three by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
  21. A book published in your birth month. (march) Map Of Fates by Maggie Hall
  22. A book with alternating perspectives. Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
  23. A book over 500 pages long. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  24. A book set outside of Earth. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman
  25. MYSTERY MISSION #4. –
  26. An e-book or listen to an audiobook. Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid
  27. A book with a number in its title. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
  28. A book featuring political espionage. Death Of Secrets by Bowen Greenwood
  29. A book that a friend loved. All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry
  30. A book you’ve owned for over a year. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  31. A book featuring mental ilness or disability. Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
  32. MYSTERY MISSION #5.
  33. A book featuring a murder or assassination. Confessions Of A Murder Suspect by James Patterson
  34. A short story or a novella. Bestiario by Julio Cortázar
  35. A book featuring angels or faeries. Daugher Of Smoke And Bone by Laini Taylor

Currently 33 out of 35 squares completed.