Blog Ahead Wrap Up

So now that October is over, it’s time to look at how I did with Blog Ahead

Before I reveal my totals, I wanted to talk about why I schedule so many blog posts in advance.

I used to write and publish my posts the same day and often had to scramble to get a post of before midnight. I never thought that I would be able to come up with posts far enough in advance to be able to schedule anything. Then I did my very first mini Blog Ahead and discovered that certain posts could be written in advance {mostly memes}. Because in the past I would have extended periods of time with nothing posting when I got busy or life got in the way, I thought this was a brilliant idea. So in my free time I started scheduling out meme posts, like Book Beginnings and The Friday 56. Eventually I also added in discussion posts.

This was so helpful to me that I was still able to keep up with my weekly updates even during busy times because I could devote a little bit of time to them each day and not have to worry about getting a daily post up because it was already scheduled. And there were some weeks that literally the only post I touched was my weekly update.

Before the start of Blog Ahead this October, I had all of my memes scheduled through the end of 2017 {except Top Ten Tuesday}, as well as all of my discussion posts {except for recaps}. My goal for Blog Ahead was to schedule out Top Ten Tuesday through the end of 2017 and to start working on meme posts for 2018.

So how did I do?

I started October with 102 scheduled posts {many of which went live in October}. I completed 8 qualifying Top Ten Tuesday Posts, 5 Down the TBR Hole posts for January 2018, and all 52 posts for my combined quote memes for 2018, for a total of 65 posts written and scheduled during Blog Ahead. I ended October with 132 scheduled posts.

Do you schedule your posts in advance? Or write them the day they post?

October Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

3/12

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
More than 500 pgs:
Page Turner: Wrong Number, Right Guy
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published in 2017: Rejected Writers Take the Stage
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Size word in title: The Little French Bistro
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
Cozy mystery:
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
Western:
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You: The Food of Love
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

15/36

Goodreads Challenge

115/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

40/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

51/145

Read the Books You Buy

3/155 1.9% {Goal 21-40%} FAILED!

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

12/20

Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
May- USO: 19 Books $95
June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation 11 Books $55
July- Proliteracy Worldwide 7 Books $35
August- American Diabetes Association 11 books $55
September- Wildlife Conservation Society 7 books $35

October- NAMI

  1. Not Quite Dating
  2. 365 Health and Happiness Boosters
  3. Beautiful Broken Mess
  4. The Sweetness of Honey
  5. Dierdre and Desire
  6. Unexpectedly Hers
  7. Faking It

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
J-
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N- Night Diver
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
V-
W- When Breath Becomes Air
X-
Y-
Z-

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

gwb-2017-book-bingo-blue

 

More than 100 years old
Takes place in Spring
About a different culture: I am Malala
Over 500 pages
Pink cover: The Promise Kitchen
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Poetry
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Becoming a movie in 2017
Banned
Published in 2017: The Rejected Writers Book Club
Based on a fairytale
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Takes place in Summer
Read in High School
Author I Have Met
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Translated to English: The Little French Bistro
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Graphic novel
Brought me joy: Wrong Number, Right Guy
Debut Novel

eBook Reading Challenge

23/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

75/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

15/25

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

16/36

2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

Alabama~

Alaska~ Forged in Smoke

Arizona~

Arkansas~

California~ Game Changer

Colorado~ Accidentally Hers

Connecticut~

Delaware~

District of Columbia~

Florida~ How to Say Goodbye

Georgia~ The Promise Kitchen

Hawaii~

Idaho~

Illinois~ Bone Gap

Indiana~

Iowa~

Kansas~

Kentucky~

Louisiana~ Wrong Number, Right Guy

Maine~ Liar’s Key

Maryland~ Every Day

Massachusetts~ The Thing About Jellyfish

Michigan~

Minnesota~

Mississippi~ The Haters

Missouri~

Montana~

Nebraska~

Nevada~

New Hampshire~

New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing

New Mexico~

New York~ The Sea of Monsters

North Carolina~ Crazy for Her

North Dakota~

Ohio~ Ready Player One

Oklahoma~

Oregon~ The Rejected Writers Book Club

Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now

Rhode Island~

South Carolina~

South Dakota~

Tennessee~ Catching Jordan

Texas~ Faultlines

Utah~

Vermont~

Virginia~

Washington~ Come Away With Me

West Virginia~ From Rocket Boys to October Sky

Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*

Wyoming~

2017 Audiobook Challenge

75/30 Complete!

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy

FAILED

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M J J FAILED

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started

September Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

2/12

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
More than 500 pgs:
Page Turner: Wrong Number, Right Guy
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published in 2017: Rejected Writers Take the Stage
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Size word in title: The Little French Bistro
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
Cozy mystery:
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
Western:
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You: The Food of Love
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

14/36

Goodreads Challenge

107/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

37/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

51/145

Read the Books You Buy

3/155 1.9% {Goal 21-40%} FAILED!

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

11/20

Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
May- USO: 19 Books $95
June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation 11 Books $55
July- Proliteracy Worldwide 7 Books $35
August- American Diabetes Association 11 books $55

September- Wildlife Conservation Society

  1. Secretly Hers
  2. The Glass Magician
  3. Wrong Number, Right Guy
  4. Show No Mercy
  5. Falling for Her
  6. Forged in Smoke
  7. The Promise Kitchen

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
J-
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N- Night Diver
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
V-
W- When Breath Becomes Air
X-
Y-
Z-

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

gwb-2017-book-bingo-blue

 

More than 100 years old
Takes place in Spring
About a different culture: I am Malala
Over 500 pages
Pink cover
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Poetry
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Becoming a movie in 2017
Banned
Published in 2017: The Rejected Writers Book Club
Based on a fairytale
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Takes place in Summer
Read in High School
Author I Have Met
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Translated to English: The Little French Bistro
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Graphic novel
Brought me joy: Wrong Number, Right Guy
Debut Novel

eBook Reading Challenge

23/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

70/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

15/25

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

14/36

2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

Alabama~

Alaska~ Forged in Smoke

Arizona~

Arkansas~

California~ Game Changer

Colorado~ Accidentally Hers

Connecticut~

Delaware~

District of Columbia~

Florida~ How to Say Goodbye

Georgia~ The Promise Kitchen

Hawaii~

Idaho~

Illinois~ Bone Gap

Indiana~

Iowa~

Kansas~

Kentucky~

Louisiana~ Wrong Number, Right Guy

Maine~ Liar’s Key

Maryland~ Every Day

Massachusetts~ The Thing About Jellyfish

Michigan~

Minnesota~

Mississippi~ The Haters

Missouri~

Montana~

Nebraska~

Nevada~

New Hampshire~

New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing

New Mexico~

New York~ The Sea of Monsters

North Carolina~ Crazy for Her

North Dakota~

Ohio~ Ready Player One

Oklahoma~

Oregon~ The Rejected Writers Book Club

Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now

Rhode Island~

South Carolina~

South Dakota~

Tennessee~ Catching Jordan

Texas~ Faultlines

Utah~

Vermont~

Virginia~

Washington~ Come Away With Me

West Virginia~ From Rocket Boys to October Sky

Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*

Wyoming~

2017 Audiobook Challenge

70/30 Complete!

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy

FAILED

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M J J FAILED

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started

Mini Fall Bloggiesta 2017

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It’s Bloggiesta time again! If you don’t know what this is, visit the Bloggiesta website for more information…

I’m excited because I am actually off this year for part of Bloggiesta and may get to participate in some of the mini challenges for the first time ever! I’m usually working and unable to participate in the extra events.

So what am I going to work on this time? Here’s my To Do List:

~Create new graphics for 2018
~Update Plug-ins; adding new and removing unused ones.
~Go through Blogging Tools Pinterest board~ still in process, but I’ve gotten through about half, so I’ll call it a win!
~Create preliminary 2018 blogging schedule
~Update About Me page
~Update Review page
~Create Blog Ahead schedule for October

I think that’s a pretty good list to work on this time!

If you want to join, sign up here.

I got through just about everything that I wanted to get through in this round. I knew that I wouldn’t get through my entire Pinterest board. It started with over 300 pins and I have eliminated quite a few that are no longer relevant to me or that don’t link to an active article. I’ll continue to work on this through the course of the year.

October Blog Ahead 2017

The amazing Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup is once again hosting the Blog Ahead Challenge! Anna is the person who inspired me to start blogging ahead, and through her philosophy and mini challenges, I have actually scheduled all of my memes for 2017 {with the exception of TTT topics not yet released}. In fact the only posts that aren’t currently scheduled are my recaps {because they haven’t happened yet haha} and reviews for books I haven’t finished.

So, you may be asking, what the heck is the Blog Ahead Challenge? Anna says it best:

The GOAL? Up your number of scheduled posts by 30 in one month

Any completed and scheduled posts counts.

The catch? The posts must be dated November 1st or later. They cannot go live in October and count towards the event.

Example!
On Oct 1– you have 1 scheduled post
On Oct 31–  you have 31 scheduled posts
I’ll be starting to work on memes and discussions for 2018 this October because I know my November and December are going to be crazy at work and want to be as prepared as possible for a new year on the blog. I have two work trips in October and hope to be moving at the end of the month, so it’s not going to be easy… but it should be fun!
Visit the Sign Up post for more information if you’re interested!

August Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

2/12

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
More than 500 pgs:
Page Turner:
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published in 2017: Rejected Writers Take the Stage
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Size word in title: The Little French Bistro
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
Cozy mystery:
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
Western:
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You:
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

13/36

Goodreads Challenge

98/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

35/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

51/145

Read the Books You Buy

3/155 1.9% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

10/20

Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
May- USO: 19 Books $95
June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation 11 Books $55
July- Proliteracy Worldwide 7 Books $35

August- American Diabetes Association

  1. Life and Other Near Death Experiences
    2. Someone Like Her
    3. Forged in Ash
    4. City of Fallen Angels
    5. The Rejected Writers Take the Stage {re-read}
    6. Heaven and Earth
    7. The Food of Love
    8. The Little French Bistro
    9. Saving Parker
    10. Beneath the Patchwork Moon
    11. The Taming of Annabelle

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
J-
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N- Night Diver
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
V-
W- When Breath Becomes Air
X-
Y-
Z-

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

gwb-2017-book-bingo-blue

 

More than 100 years old
Takes place in Spring
About a different culture: I am Malala
Over 500 pages
Pink cover
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Poetry
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Becoming a movie in 2017
Banned
Published in 2017: The Rejected Writers Book Club
Based on a fairytale
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Takes place in Summer
Read in High School
Author I Have Met
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Translated to English: The Little French Bistro
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Graphic novel
Brought me joy
Debut Novel

eBook Reading Challenge

22/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

65/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

15/25

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

13/36

2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

California~ Game Changer
Colorado~ Accidentally Hers
Florida~ How to Say Goodbye
Illinois~ Bone Gap
Maine~ Liar’s Key
Maryland~ Every Day
Massachusetts~ The Thing About Jellyfish
Mississippi~ The Haters
New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing
New York~ The Sea of Monsters
North Carolina~ Crazy for Her
Ohio~ Ready Player One
Oregon~ The Rejected Writers Book Club
Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now
Tennessee~ Catching Jordan
Texas~ Faultlines
Washington~ Come Away With Me
West Virginia~ From Rocket Boys to October Sky
Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*

2017 Audiobook Challenge

63/30 Complete!

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy

FAILED

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M J J FAILED

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started

July Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

2/12

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
More than 500 pgs:
Page Turner:
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published in 2017: Rejected Writers Take the Stage
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Size word in title:
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
Cozy mystery:
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
Western:
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You:
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

11/36

Goodreads Challenge

89/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

34/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

51/145

Read the Books You Buy

3/109 2.8% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

9/20

Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
May- USO: 19 Books $95
June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation 11 Books $55

July- Proliteracy Worldwide

  1. Catching Jordan
    2. The Second Chance Cafe
    3. From Rocket Boys to October Sky
    4. Minerva
    5. Accidentally Hers
    6. Buzz Books 2017 Young Adult Spring/Summer

August- American Diabetes Association

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
J-
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N- Night Diver
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
V-
W- When Breath Becomes Air
X-
Y-
Z-

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

gwb-2017-book-bingo-blue

 

More than 100 years old
Takes place in Spring
About a different culture: I am Malala
Over 500 pages
Pink cover
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Poetry
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Becoming a movie in 2017
Banned
Published in 2017: The Little French Bistro
Based on a fairytale
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Takes place in Summer
Read in High School
Author I Have Met
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Translated to English
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Graphic novel
Brought me joy
Debut Novel

eBook Reading Challenge

21/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

56/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

14/25

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

12/36

2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

California~ Game Changer
Colorado~ Accidentally Hers
Florida~ How to Say Goodbye
Illinois~ Bone Gap
Maine~ Liar’s Key
Maryland~ Every Day
Massachusetts~ The Thing About Jellyfish
Mississippi~ The Haters
New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing
New York~ The Sea of Monsters
North Carolina~ Crazy for Her
Ohio~ Ready Player One
Oregon~ The Rejected Writers Book Club
Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now
Tennessee~ Catching Jordan
Texas~ Faultlines
Washington~ Come Away With Me
West Virginia~ From Rocket Boys to October Sky
Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*

2017 Audiobook Challenge

56/30 Complete!

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy

FAILED

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M J J

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started

June Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

2/12

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
More than 500 pgs:
Page Turner:
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
Published in 2017: Rejected Writers Take the Stage
Published pre-2000: Mary Poppins
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
From a List: When Breath Becomes Air
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
Size word in title:
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
Cozy mystery:
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
Western:
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You:
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

11/36

Goodreads Challenge

83/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

29/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

51/145

Read the Books You Buy

3/94 3.2% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

9/20

Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55
February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80
March- ASPCA: 17 books $85
April- The Hunger Project: 10 books $50
May- USO: 19 Books $95

June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation 11 Books $55

  1. The Golden Compass
    2. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
    3. The Thing About Jellyfish
    4. The Sweetest Kiss
    5. Rejected Writers Take the Stage
    6. Stars of Fortune
    7. Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet
    8. Bay of Sighs
    9. Crazy for Her
    10. Forged in Fire
    11. The Little French Bistro

July- Proliteracy Worldwide

Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

A- Angels & Demons
B- The Battle of the Labyrinth
C- City of Ashes
D- Daring Greatly
E- Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
F- Finding Myself in Britain
G- Game Changer
H- How to Say Goodbye
I- I am Malala
J-
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
N- Night Diver
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
Q- Queen of Babble
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky
V-
W- When Breath Becomes Air
X-
Y-
Z-

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

gwb-2017-book-bingo-blue

 

More than 100 years old
Takes place in Spring
About a different culture: I am Malala
Over 500 pages
Pink cover
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Poetry
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Becoming a movie in 2017
Banned
Published in 2017: The Little French Bistro
Based on a fairytale
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Takes place in Summer
Read in High School
Author I Have Met
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Translated to English
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky
Graphic novel
Brought me joy
Debut Novel

eBook Reading Challenge

21/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

50/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

14/25

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

12/36

2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

California~ Game Changer
Florida~ How to Say Goodbye
Illinois~ Bone Gap
Maine~ Liar’s Key
Maryland~ Every Day
Massachusetts~ The Thing About Jellyfish
Mississippi~ The Haters
New Jersey~ Every Exquisite Thing
New York~ The Sea of Monsters
Ohio~ Ready Player One
Pennsylvania~ The Good Luck of Right Now
Texas~ Faultlines
Washington~ Come Away With Me
Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane*

2017 Audiobook Challenge

50/30! Complete

2017 Library Love Challenge

43/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code
April~ Come Away With Me
May~ Show No Mercy

FAILED

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 4/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A M J

Post 1 Review per week~ FAILED
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ Completed!
Comment on 1 Blog per day FAILED

Write every day FAILED
Outline & Plot Novel~ not started
Complete First Draft~ not started

Move closer to work~ in progress
Try 1 new thing every week FAILED
Join a club~ not started
Take a class~ not started

Mini Bloggiesta Sign Up 2017

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It’s time for the mini Bloggiesta! I have participated in the past, though it’s certainly been a while. The mini Bloggiesta weekend is June 17-18. Basically it’s a time to do work on your blog that you’ve been putting off. For full information {or to sign up} visit the Bloggiesta site.

As I am working on Saturday, I will be focusing my Bloggiesta time on Sunday and here is what I am planning to accomplish:

  1. Brainstorm discussion topics for the remainder of the year
  2. Schedule topics
  3. Decide what {if any} memes I will be adding this year

I think this will work out perfectly with my Blog Ahead goal of scheduling 15 discussion posts.

2017 Audiobook Challenge Mid-Year Update

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While I do a full update each month of where I stand on my challenges, I am doing a mid-year update for the Audiobook Challenge 2017.

I chose the Binge Listener category when I signed up, challenging myself to complete 20-30 audiobooks this year. I figured I would get through 2-3 per month.

As of today, I have completed 44 audiobooks, so I have met my goal for the year and we’re only halfway!

  1. Legend of the Guardians
    2. Daring Greatly
    3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    4. I am Malala
    5. 10% Happier
    6. Angels & Demons
    7. Ready Player One
    8. Rising Strong
    9. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
    10. Under the Wide and Starry Sky
    11. Every Day
    12. Carry On
    13. Bone Gap
    14. The Field Guide
    15. The Seeing Stone
    16. Bitter is the New Black
    17. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
    18. Stuart Little
    19. The Good Luck of Right Now
    20. French Women Don’t Get Fat
    21. When Breath Becomes Air
    22. Mary Poppins
    23. Across the Universe
    24. Queen of Babble
    25. Today Will be Different
    26. Twenties Girl
    27. Good in Bed
    28. Evermore
    29. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
    30. Lucinda’s Secret
    31. The Ironwood Tree
    32. Every Exquisite Thing
    33. There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell
    34. Bright Lights, Big Ass
    35. Landline
    36. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
    37. The Problem with Forever
    38. The Haters
    39. The One and Only Ivan
    40. Night Diver
    41. Paris for One
    42. Highly Illogical Behavior
    43. Such a Pretty Fat
    44. The Girl You Left Behind

I want to push to hit Marathoner (50+) level by the end of the year, but I only have 3 audio books left that I currently have on my Overdrive. That means I’ll need to come up with at least 3 more books from another source. I have a couple of audio book apps on my phone, so I might find some free books through there… if not I’ll just have to suck it up and start paying for audio books until I get access to a library again.