Friday, January 2, 2015

2015 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader
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I've  been reading more and more nonfiction books each year (my favorites are interesting memoirs and running books, but I read just about anything).  So the Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by The Introverted Reader is a great one to challenge me to continue reading nonfiction.

The Challenge:  Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult. That's it. You can choose anything. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge.

I always like levels in my challenges, so here are mine:

Dilettante--Read 1-5 non-fiction books

Explorer--Read 6-10

Seeker--Read 11-15

Master--Read 16-20

This challenge will last from January 1 to December 31, 2015. You can sign up anytime throughout the year.

I am not limiting the challenge to bloggers. You can also link to a review you wrote on another site, such as GoodReads or LibraryThing.

Crossovers with other challenges are acceptable, and feel free to read your books in any format you like.


I'm signing up at the Seeker Level, so come back and check out my progress.






***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***

2015 TBR Pile Reading Challenge




I love a TBR pile reading challenge so this one hosted by Bookish is perfect for me.  Each year I strive to read more off my shelf, virtual or real, so this challenge helps me try and read more of my books.  The challenge is hosted by Bookish and will have read-alongs and wrap-ups alternating months.  Make sure you check out the sign-up post for more information.
Challenge Guidelines
  1. The challenged will run from January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2015. The sign up link below will remain open until January 16, 2015 at 11:30am.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don't have to be a blogger, just as long as you review the book you've read. You can review on your book on your blog, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format of book counts as long as it is a book that's been sitting on your self for some time. Short stories and novellas do count! The only stipulations that the book must have been released in 2014 or earlier. No 2015 ARCs or 2015 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed.
  4. On the 25th of every other month (see schedule below), we will post a wrap-up for the previous two months. These posts will be done by one our bloggers and will contain new linkys for you to add your own wrap-up posts. If you did not sign up by January 17, this is where you can sign up as well.
  5. To help you tackle your TBR piles we will also be hosting Read-A-Longs on months that do not have wrap-ups. Voted on by challenge participants, Read-A-Longs will have two post dates: the first half of the book and the second half. Please note: You do not have to take part in our Read-A-Longs to participate in the TBR Pile Challenge. You can participate in all of them, some of them, or none of them. This aspect of the challenge is entirely optional.
  6. There will be two giveaways - July and December. Giveaway details will be explained once the giveaway post goes up. We don't want to overwhelm you with too many details now  :)
  7. You don't have to follow Bookish to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in the giveaways.
How many books are you planning to read for this challenge?
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children

I plan to read at the Could This Be Love level. I think I should be able to read 40-50 of my own books. Come back here and see how I'm doing :)

  1. Sometimes It Lasts by Abbi Glines (on my ereader since 2013)
  2. Kiro's Emily by Abbi Glines (freebie from December 2014)
  3. Tidal by Emily Snow (have had the audio since early 2014)
  4. Enforce by Rachel van Dyken (bought December 2014)


Currently Listening: Tidal by Emily Snow

Tidal by Emily Snow

Obtained From: Simon & Schuster Audio for review

Why I chose this one: I am very into New Adult and this sounded interesting

Date Started: Jan. 2, 2015


About Tidal:

From New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Emily Snow: Hollywood starlet Willow Avery is out of rehab, with only one chance left to redeem herself before she’s officially on every director’s blacklist……At least, that’s what her parents and her agent are claiming. She doesn’t really give a damn if she never makes another movie—she just wants to get on with her life, get back to her friends, and find her next escape. But Willow is broke. And whether she likes it or not, acting is the only job she knows how to do.

When she accepts the lead in a beach drama, set in Hawaii, Willow meets Cooper, the gorgeous Australian surfer who’s been hired to train her for her new role. With the bluest eyes she’s ever seen and the sexiest accent she’s ever heard, Cooper’s different from the men she’s used to. He doesn’t want to use her. And he refuses to let her fail.

But when an old friend re-enters Willow’s life—a friend whose toxic presence reminds her of the painful memories and deadly habits she’s tried so hard to suppress—Willow will have to choose between the girl she was and the person she’s becoming…or she may lose the man she’s starting to love.

 

Currently Reading: Misbehaving by Abbi Glines


Misbehaving by Abbi Glines
Obtained From: Edelweiss
Why I chose this one: I've been making my way through the Sea Breeze series and loving it

Date Started: Jan. 1, 2015

About Misbehaving:
An unexpected affair leads to mind-blowing harmony in this Sea Breeze novel from New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines.

Jason is sick of living in his rock star brother’s shadow. So when he ships off to Sea Breeze, Alabama, he’s looking for a much deserved escape and a chance to blow off some envious steam. Falling for the local bad girl was definitely not the plan. But as the new duo enjoys some naughty fun in the Alabama sun, Jason learns that even though Jax is the musician in the family, he’s not the only brother who can rock someone’s world.



2015 Audiobook Challenge



Another great challenge for me is the 2015 Audiobook Challenge.  I have a 30 minute each way commute so I enjoy listening to audiobooks.  This challenge is hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens.  You can check it out and sign up here.

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2015 than you did in 2014.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc. – I’ve created a Goodreads Group for the challenge, feel free to join.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button (on the sidebar) and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
By request, a new level (Marathoner) has been added this year for the hardcore listeners and the numbers for My Precious has been changed from 30+ to 30-50.

Levels:

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-50
  • Marathoner (Look Ma no hands) 50+
I'm going with the My Precious level. Love the name of this level. So I'll be listening to 30-50 audiobooks.

  1.  Tidal by Emily Snow

***I received this book from the publisher for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free.  ***

2015 Snagged @ The Library Challenge




Another great challenge for me to join is the Snagged @ The Library Challenge hosted by Geeky Bloggers Book Blog & The Book Nympho.  Sign up here.


Guidelines:



• Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015. You can join any time.
• The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library. Twelve should be easy, that’s one a month. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
• Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook or audio) as long as you checked it out from the library it counts.
• Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
• Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
• To join this challenge, grab the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge button 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 (so as long as you have a dedicated shelf and Felicia has created a Goodreads group), Shelfari (I’ve created a Shelfari group. You can join and post your progress within the group), or BookLikes, etc., for the 2015 Snagged @ The Library Reading Challenge. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.
Levels:
  1. Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
  2. Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
  3. Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
  4. Stalking the Bookstacks: read 50+ books

I'm going for the Overdrive Junkie level, 36 library books should be easy. I will aim for Stalking the Bookstacks, but I'm trying to read some of my own books as well :)

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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).

  1. Sometimes It Lasts by Abbi Glines
  2. Kiro's Emily by Abbi Glines 
  3. Tidal by Emily Snow
  4. Enforce by Rachel van Dyken