Friday, December 12, 2014

Show Your Shelves Some Love: A No Book Buying Challenge 2015



Wow, there honestly couldn't be a challenge more tailored to my needs than this one.  Chapter Break and Second Run Reviews are hosting the Show Your Shelves Some Love/No Book Buying Challenge.  And while this seems harsh, this is what I really need to do. Make sure you check out the guidelines below and then head to the blog(s) listed above to sign up for the email list (step 2) and link up.

The Guidelines

  • Abstain from spending money on books for one calendar year (or follow a monthly book budget).
  • Gift cards OK,  audible account OK, but no buying extra credits (Rose!!!)
  • Encourage other challenge participants via comments, social media and emails.
  • Participate in the monthly posts. (The link up post will go live on the first of each month and be open for 30 days.)
  • Library books do not count for this challenge. This challenge is mainly for books you already own.
  • Netgalley books can count for this because you have the book, so read it!

No Book Buying Challenge Step 1: Select your goal

Yellow Belt —-> 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves
Blue Belt    —->11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back
Green Belt  —->21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
Purple Belt  —->31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
Brown Belt —-> 41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff
Black Belt —->51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady
I'm going for the Green Belt with aspirations to go higher.  I will also adhere to a monthly book buying budget, because there will always be a new ebook out there I want and they don't clutter anything but my iPad so I don't mind those as much.  My monthly budget will be $20 (hopefully less most months).



2015 New Author Challenge



I love new authors. I love reading book blogs and discovering new authors.  I love having new authors pitch me their books for reviews.  So this is a perfect challenge to get me back into blogging next year and also to help find me some new go-to authors hopefully (Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines and Rachel Van Dyken were some major winners for me this year).

Head over to Literary Escapism to find out all the details and to sign up. It's pretty simple, read something by a new-to-you author, and it doesn't have to be a debut author.

I'm setting my goal at 15 new authors.  I hope for more, but feel that is a good goal.

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2015 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge

2015 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge

As a lover of romance novels in all forms, I would have to say that romantic suspense has always been one of my go-to genres in the larger romance genre, probably coming in second only to contemporary romance.  Something about coming suspense and romance really works for me.  It's like the best of both worlds.  So of course this challenge hosted by The Book Vixen is a perfect fit.


Reading Challenge Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (books read prior to 1/1/2015 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2015. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to read as many romantic suspense novels as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • To join the challenge, grab the 2015 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2015 Romantic Suspense Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.
Levels:
  • Civilian: read 1–5 romantic suspense novels
  • Hunter: read 6–10 romantic suspense novels
  • Marksman: read 11–15 romantic suspense novels
  • Sniper: read 16–20 romantic suspense novels
  • SWAT: read 21+ romantic suspense novels
I'm aiming for the SWAT level.  We'll see how I do.  Come back in 2015 to cheer me on to read the books and write the reviews!
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2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


Since I started the ball rolling with challenges for next year, let's continue.  At the moment, the 12th of December I have read 139 books and I hope to meet my goal for the year at 150 books.  Next year I do hope to beat that number so I'm signing up for this challenge at The Book Vixen.

Reading Challenge Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (books read prior to 1/1/2015 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2015. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more in 2015 than you did in 2014. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • To join the challenge, grab the 2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.
Levels:
  • Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
  • Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages)
  • Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages)
  • I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages)
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I'm going to shoot for the Breaking a Sweat goal, reading 11-15 more books.  I use to read close to 200 books a year so I would like to get back to that!

Come back to check this post out in 2015 and see how I'm doing and cheer me on to complete reviews!

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2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge


2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge
As I finish up 2014 and look ahead to 2015, I hope to begin posting on the blog again more regularly. So a great way to do this is to challenge myself to various reading challenges and strive to complete them and write reviews for the books read for the challenge. As my first official declared challenge for 2015, I'm going with the 2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge. This is honestly one of my favorite genres so it should be easy to complete. Here are the details from The Book Vixen's website.  Be sure and visit there for more information and to sign up!

Reading Challenge Details:
  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (books read prior to 1/1/2015 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2015. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge). Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2015 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Levels:
  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books
My goal will be the Grand Slam.  Come back here in 2015 to see how I do.





Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2015



Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  So go there to check out more info, link up and see the future topics. 

This week's topic is:
Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to in 2015






  1. The Heir by Kiera Cass - I didn't even know there would be a book after The One, so I am excited for a new one in this series.
  2. Confess by Colleen Hoover - she is quickly becoming a favorite of mine, so I can't wait to read a new one by her
  3. Wicked by Jennifer L. Armentrout - another favorite author and a series set in one of my favorite settings: New Orleans
  4. Miss Mayhem by Rachel Hawkins - loved Rebel Belle so I can't wait for the next installment
  5. Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon - love my Chronicles of Nick so this is on my must-read list
  6. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent - a must-read author and a new series
  7. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver - another must-read author
  8. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen - I have not read this author but plan on reading Garden Spells very soon and from what I have heard, I will eagerly read all her books.
  9. Thoughtful by S.C. Stephens - I cannot wait to read the story from Kellan's POV!
  10. Quarterback Draw by Jaci Burton - I love sports novels, I love the Play By Play series and can't wait to read about Grant

Monday, December 1, 2014

What Are You Reading Monday #12

Come post weekly and see what others are reading too just so you can add to your tbr - I always do! For more information see Sheila at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books and join in!

Books Completed Last Few Weeks:
  • Sideswiped by Lia Riley (ebook, review)
  • Inside Out by Lia Riley (ebook, review)
  • Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines (ebook, mine)
  • Hopeless by Colleen Hoover (ebook, mine)
  • Trust in Me by J. Lynn (ebook, review)
    Reading Now: 
    • Be With Me by J. Lynn (ebook, review)
    • Deadlocked by Charlaine Harries (audiobook, library)
    • The Nonrunner's Marathoners Guide for Women by Dawn Dais (Scribd)
    Next: 
    •  Not sure, whatever calls my name :)
    Summary -
    Spent most of Friday and Saturday reading.  Was seriously disappointed to find I didn't have the second book in the Rosemary Beach series by Abbi Glines.  Would have sworn I did.  No money at the moment to buy it either.  Then I read Hopeless only to find I didn' have the next book in that series either.  Thankfully I started back on the Wait for You series by J. Lynn and had books 1.5 & 2 so I felt good to go with that one.   What's next?  Who knows.  Hope everyone in the US had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    So how was your week?