Ready for another round of Bout Of Books?!

I participated in a few Bout Of Books read-a-thons in the past and I always had a great time, so I just couldn’t resist signing up for the next one. And Bout Of Books 19 is just about around the corner! It starts May 8th and ends May 14th, and for those who aren’t familiar yet with this read-a-thon it’s all about reading as many books as you want/can and having fun along the way. The best part: you can make your own goals! For the official rules, check the Bout Of Books page and below:

You can still sign up until May 9th so there is still time to join the fun! I will write a proper goals/TBR post the weekend before the read-a-thon starts, because I have still no clue what books would be next around that time.


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Hooked To Books Reading Challenge

Anitya from Hooked To Books contacted me the other week about her reading challenge and I’ve finally found time to sit down and write my sign up post today. Thanks again for letting me know about your challenge; make sure to check out her page! ❤ The Hooked To Book Reading Challenge 2017 is all about reading as many books as possible during the twelve months of 2017. You can participate on four different levels and there are some pretty awesome rewards to win!

Levels Books Read & Reviewed Number of Rewards Rewards
Keen Reader 30+ 1 $50 Amazon Gift Card
Avid Reader 70+ 1 $75 Amazon Gift Card
Bookaholist 120+ 1 $100 Amazon Gift Card
Bookworm Extremist 200+ 10
1
1 Kindle Paperwhite
$150 Amazon Gift Card

I will be signing up for the 120 books: Bookaholist level… I know I probably should try the 200 books mark since I managed to get pretty close last year with 194, but I’ve decided to play it safe. 😉 I’m currently at 55 books already so I should be able to reach my final goal without stressing out too much I guess.

Have you joined this challenge? You still have until June 15th to sign up if you are interested!


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#AVAReadathon: A Very ARC-ish Readathon

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I’ve been talking about how I’m trying to beat the ARC monster last week and I came across the perfect challenge to help me do just that. Aimal @ Bookmarks And Paperbacks is hosting A Very ARCish Readathon during the whole month of April and the best part is that the goals are easy: just read as many ARCs as possible! 😀 You can join the readathon conversation by using the #AVAReadathon hashtag on social media as well.

READATHON TBR

Netgalley/Reading Alley ARC

  • What Doesn’t Kill You by Ed James
  • The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger
  • Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw

Other ARCs

  • Blood Moon by John David Bethel
  • Among Friends: Travels In Cuba by Heather Murray
  • The Car Bomb by T.V. LoCicero

  • Riven by Belinda Crawford
  • Heartborn by Terry Maggert
  • The Merchant’s Pearl by Amie O’Brien

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Scaling The ARC Mountain

I’m sure just about every semi-serious bookblogger has at least heard about them: ARCs (or Advanced Review Copies). I would never ever have guessed a few years ago, but the start of my book blog journey also ment I was slowly introduced to the whole world of ARCs. Free review copies in exchange for an honest review… It sounds like every booklover’s dream right? And to be honest, my heart still skips a beat every time I receive a new ARC. BUT. Even though I feel honored to be receiving books for free just because I share my rambles with the blogosphere afterwards, things are starting to get REALLY out of control. (Ok, they have been out of control for a long time haha). Right now, I basically feel like I’m buried under a huge pile of ARCs!

In January, I made a promise to myself to get my pending ARCs more organized and I’ve been trying to get back on track ever since. Here’s how:

Step 1: create a Excel spreadsheet with an ARC schedule.

I guess my Excel skills are pretty basic, but at least it gets the job done. 😉 Pending ARCs are separated by publish date and I start marking them as I read/review them… When I finish a whole month, I get to paint it black. Each ARC has the title, author, source, publish date or date I received it and a read/reviewed option. I’m still hopelessly behind but I’m slowly getting there!

Step 2: Read like a maniac!

Basically, this has been me since January. I’ve been trying to race through my ARCs ever since my promise to get back on track… In fact, out of the 41 books I’ve finished to this date a whopping 64% have been ARCs. I feel bad about neglecting all those other books I’ve been wanting to read, but with a little luck I should be able to squeeze in a few next month.  Another bonus: this ARC reading madness means I’m finally back at a 82% Netgalley ratio!!! 😀 😀

Step 3: Join challenges to help your goal

There are probably a lot of similar challenges out there, but this is the one I signed up for: 2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. It’s a fun challenge where you can set your own goals, and it’s definitely a great way to keep track of all those ARCs you read. I made my own list of ARCs as well since I wanted to include non-NG ARCs as well.

Step 4: Don’t request too many new titles at once

Most Netgalley users will probably be able to relate… It’s been less than a year since I signed up for Netgalley, but it has become my main source for ARCs ever since. Although I still love the surprise mails by both authors and publishers of course, and I’ve discovered another page (Reading Alley) as well. (I tried Edelweiss, but it’s just too complicated to use for now). Netgalley is both user friendly and offers a wide variety of books. Sure, as a non US/UK/Australia user not all of my requests are approved… But there are still more than enough titles available. And that’s the danger right there: there are so many books available, and it is REALLY easy to request a whole pile of books just like that. Which leads to the so-called ARC mountain and a lot of extra stress during the struggle to finish them all on time. The best advice is to try and refrain from requesting too many titles at a time, and only request those you would buy in the first place. But I know for a fact that is easier said than done. 😉


What is your experience with ARCs? And how do you control your ARC mountain?


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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 April 16st 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: Dinan, Kim: The Yellow Envelope (2017) 2,5/5 stars
E: Elliot, Ruby: It’s All Absolutely Fine (2017)  4/5 stars
F: Ferrer, Samuel: The Last Gods Of Indochine (2016) 4/5 stars
G: Gibney, Patricia: The Missing Ones (2017) 4,5/5 stars
H: Harmon, Amy: Making Faces (2013)  5/5 stars
I –
J: Jewell, Lisa: I Found You (2017)  4,5/5 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: Patterson, James: The Paris Mysteries (2014) 2/5 stars
Q –
R: Rekulak, Jason: The Impossible Fortress (2017)  4,5/5 stars
S: Schwab, V.E.: A Conjuring Of Light (2017) 5/5 stars
T: Towles, Amor: A Gentleman In Moscow (2016) 4/5 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 21 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 April 16th 2017 <<<

    • Pre 1500
      # The Song Of Achilles – by Madeline Miller (800)
      # The Last Gods Of Indochine – by Samuel Ferrer (13th century/1920s)
    • 1500-1599
    • 1600-1699
    • 1700-1799
    • 1800-1899
      Life Sentence- by Lily Luchesi (1810-present)
    • 1900-1919
    • 1920-1939
      # A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (1920s)
      # The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1930s)
    • 1940-1959
      That Burning Summer – by Lydia Syson (1940)
      # The Thankful – by Jamie Campbell (1940)
    • 1960-1979
      # The Missing Ones – by Patricia Gibney (1970s)
    • 1980-1999
      # The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1982)
      The Impossible Fortress – by Jason Rekulak (1987)
    • 2000-Present
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2001)
      # The Song Of Achilles – by Madeline Miller (2011)
      # The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken (2012)
      # The Yellow Envelope – by Kim Dinan (2012-2013)
      # Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
      # Never Fade – by Alexandra Bracken (2013)
      # You – by Caroline Kepnes (2014)
      # The Paris Mysteries – by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro (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)
      # The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley – by Shaun David Hutchinson (2015)
      # The Light That Gets Lost – by Natasha Carthew (2015)
      # The Invisible Library – by Genevieve Cogman (2015)
      # The Start Of Me And You – by Emery Lord (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)
      # The Truth Will Out – by Brian Cleary (2016)
      # The Killing Game – by J.S. Carol (2016)
      # A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (2016)
      # I Found You – by Lisa Jewell (2016)
      # The Last Gods Of Indochine – by Samuel Ferrer (2016)
      # Silence Under Screams – by Collin Henderson (2016)
      # Blood Moon – by John David Bethel (2016)
      # Miranda’s Rights – by Lily Luchesi (2016)
      # Life Sentence – by Lily Luchesi (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)
      # Traitor To The Throne – by Alwyn Hamilton (2017)
      # The Wanderers – by Meg Howrey (2017)
      # Renegade Red – by Lauren Bird Horowitz (2017)
      # The Missing Ones – by Patricia Gibney (2017)
      # Goodbye Days – by Jeff Zentner (2017)
      # Last Breath – by Robert Bryndza (2017)
      # Bull – by David Elliott (2017)
      # A Conjuring Of Light – by V.E. Schwab (2017)
      # The First City – by Joe Hart (2017)
      # Rose Petal Graves – by Olivia Wildenstein (2017)
      # The Yellow Envelope – by Kim Dinan (2017)
      # History Is All You Left Me – by Adam Silvera (2017)
      # Sleep Tight – by Caroline Mitchel (2017)
      # What Doesn’t Kill You – by Ed James (2017)
    • The Future
      # The First City – by Joe Hart (2030s)

I have currently completed 8 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 April 16th 2017 <<<

A: Americosis Vol. 3 – by Haydn Wilks (2016)
B: Blood Moon – by John David Bethel (2016)
C: The Color Purple – by Alice Walker (1982)
D: The Darkest Minds – by Alexandra Bracken (2012)
E –
F: The Five Stages Of Andrew Brawley – by Shaun David Hutchinson (2015)
G: A Gentleman In Moscow – by Amor Towles (2016)
H: History Is All You Left Me – by Adam Silvera (2017)
I: The Invisible Library – by Genevieve Cogman (2015)
J –
K: The Killing Game – by J.S. Carol (2016)
L: The Light That Gets Lost – by Natasha Carthew (2015)
M: Making Faces – by Amy Harmon (2013)
N: Never Fade – by Alexandra Bracken (2013)
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 22 out of 26 letters so far.


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