Challenges

2017 Challenge Results

I signed up for a lot of challenges in 2017, and while I did amazingly well on some of them, I crashed and burned on others… here’s my final numbers for the year

New Release Challenge

Since I was able to buy books this year, and I was requesting a lot of ARCs at the beginning of the year, I thought for sure I could complete 12, 2017 releases this year! Nope, I completed 3!

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

I was so close to finishing this challenge coming into December! I only had 2 categories to go, so I made sure to pop a cozy mystery and a western into my December reads!

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
More than 500 pgs:Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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: Baking is Murder
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
Western: Strong & Wilde
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Not You: The Food of Love
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

If we were to look at this challenge literally, I have successfully read more than 36 backlist titles this year, which was my goal. I wanted to tackle the books in my existing library, but since I didn’t move until December, I didn’t have access to them, so I only read 15 of the backlist titles that had been living on my shelves.

Goodreads Challenge

I originally started the year with a goal of 60 books. I was working full time again and figured that was pretty much a stretch. It became obvious very early that I was going to have no problem reaching 60 books, so I doubled that and set my goal at 120, which I met in late October. November was a very light reading month, so I entered December aiming for matching last year’s total of 133 books. I’m sitting at 129 right now, but have 4 more books I should complete by the end of the year.

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

For a long time I tended to stick with my tried and true authors and didn’t branch out a whole lot. This year I really wanted to break out of that comfort zone and set a goal to try 15 new authors. I more than met that goal… in fact I tripled it with 45 new to me authors!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

When I took on this challenge, I knew that I probably wouldn’t complete it in one year, especially since I chose an incredibly prolific writer! As 2017 comes to a close, I have read approximately 1/3 of all Nora Roberts’ titles published under her name. This does not include the books written under her pseudonym JD Robb. As I work on clearing through the books on my shelves, I will hopefully be at least 2/3 of the way through her catalog by the end of 2018.

Read the Books You Buy

This is another challenge that sounded great at the start, but soon became almost impossible to achieve. I knew that I was probably going to buy a lot of books this year, after having been on a very restricted budget for several years, so I set my goal fairly low at 10%. But I bought way more books than I expected {I stopped counting around 150} and read a lot more audiobooks {which were borrowed, not purchased}, so I had only read about 1% of the books I had purchased this year… at the point I stopped counting anyway.

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

I am so ridiculously behind on reviewing ARCs, it’s not even funny. I really hoped that this challenge would help me to get on top of them, but sadly no. I set a goal to finish 20 past due ARCs and only completed 10. I still have 2016 releases that I haven’t reviewed yet! When it became obvious mid-year that I was only getting further and further behind, I stopped requesting ARCs.

Charity Reading Challenge

This was a tough one for me. At the start of the year I committed to donating $5 per book read to a different charity each month. And while I am incredibly passionate about helping out where I can, I was reading way too much to be able to commit the necessary funds each month. When I set the $5 donation point, I was thinking I’d only be reading 60-ish books for the year. But  I ended up reading more than twice that. So while I donated a lot of money in the beginning of the year to some worthy organizations, I just couldn’t maintain it throughout the entire year. I do hope to put something like this together again, with a more realistic expectation for myself.

Alphabet Soup Reading ChallengeI really didn’t think this challenge would be as hard as it was. As I rolled into December, there were still 4 letters eluding me. I searched out books in my TBR that were pretty quick reads starting with V, X, Y & Z so that I could call this challenge complete!

GWB 2017 Book Bingogwb-2017-book-bingo-blue

This one was a total bomb. I didn’t even get anywhere close to completing it. I filled in maybe half the stars.

eBook Reading Challenge
This one came down to the wire and I wasn’t sure I was going to complete it. But I got my 24th book at the start of December and have 3 more that should be completed by the end of the year.

Audio Book Reading Challenge


As this turned into the year of the audio book for me, it’s safe to say I blew this challenge out of the water. I set a goal of 25 audio books and finished with more than triple that amount. In fact, if I hadn’t moved 15 minutes from work the last month of the year, I probably would have quadrupled my goal. As it is, I have completed 87 with one more that should be completed by year’s end.

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

If you see the results for the Blogger Shame Review Challenge above, you’ll know I didn’t fare so well on this challenge either. I did complete a few reviews that weren’t as far overdue, and finished with 15 out of the 24 I was aiming for.

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

Again, this one came down to not moving when I expected. My plan was to read mostly from my already owned books, but since I didn’t move until December, I didn’t have access to most of my books. Instead of the 36 I was aiming for, I finished 16.

2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

This one was kind of an eye opener for me. I never realized, until I started keeping track, that most of the books I read either take place outside the US or in California or New York. There were a few other states like Pennsylvania, Texas and Colorado that were popular as well, but in all I only read books from 24 of the 50 states in the US.

2017 Audiobook Challenge

I mentioned above with my other audio book challenge that I am blown away by how many audio books I completed this year. My goal for this one was 30, so the 87 plus books I listened to is almost triple that goal!

2017 Library Love Challenge

This is another challenge that I did really well with! I set a goal of reading 24 library books this year, and finished 43 before my county lost library access at the beginning of June. I had no library access until I moved in December and was able to check out books again. I have not completed any additional library books yet this year, but am close to completing a couple.

Reading Assignment

Again, my problem here is that I didn’t move when I thought I was going to, so I didn’t have access to books that I had scheduled. So unfortunately I just let this one slip away.

Bookish Resolutions

I was extremely ambitious and made all kinds of goals in every possible category. I did complete a couple of them… I moved closer to work {though I kind of had to when I was transferred out of state} and I cleaned up my Bloglovin’ feed. I completed 1 out of 2 readathons, 2 out of 5 series, and 8 out of 10 reading challenges. But I came nowhere near to starting my book… which I say I’m going to do every year and yet… don’t.

 

So how did you do on your challenges?

Challenges, Discussion

On Challenging Myself for 2018

In 2017, I participated in a lot of challenges. Originally, my plan for 2018 was to join in a bunch of challenges as well… maybe not quite as many, but I was still planning on participating in several. And then I started thinking about all of the books that I have in boxes in storage and all of the books currently hanging out on my Kindle, and all of the eARCs I have yet to read and review. So I decided that instead of joining in with a whole bunch of challenges this year, I was going to challenge myself to read the books I actually own and catch up with what I have before taking on something new. So here is my plan for 2018.

Reading:

Total Reading Goal {Goodreads}: 150

Physical books from my shelves: 50
New physical books: 10
eBooks already on my Kindle: 25
New eBooks: 10
ARCS: 25
Audiobooks: 10
Library books: 20

Considering I bought over 200 new books this past year, most of them physical books, clearing out 75 books from my shelves actually won’t make that big of a dent! But it’s a start on getting through what I already own before diving into more new stuff. But I can get some of the new stuff through the library if needed. (Yay for having library access again!) My focus will include finishing series that I have already started before starting new ones.

Blogging:

I will be continuing with many of the memes I’ve participated in this year and may add a few more in as well, though I am combining many of my memes together into a couple of weekly post, rather than multiple posts each day. I’ll be doing more book shelf features, since I will actually have all of my books and shelves. And I intend to post monthly TBR lists this year… though how well I’ll stick to them, I’m not sure.

As far as goals, I want to get better at commenting… both replying to comments on my blog and commenting on other blogger’s post. I want to work on including more discussion posts, and I want to try some new things… unboxings, vlog posts, etc. And of course, I want to continue to schedule my posts out in advance as much as possible.

Other Stuff:

My health and finances are also going to be a big focus in 2018. I may include some updates in my monthly or weekly updates, I haven’t yet decided.I also want to meet more people and get more active in the world around me.

But I will be getting back into a regular fitness routine, including walking, yoga, weights, and maybe some fitness classes. With the move, my recumbent bike will be coming out of storage, plus my complex has a fitness center with treadmills. There’s also a gym near my work, but with all of the equipment I have available, I need to determine if it really fits into my budget to join a gym just for classes, especially if I can find some elsewhere.

2017 was a year for starting to turn my finances around, and I really need to continue that in 2018. I did a lot more spending than I should have done and less saving last year, so living within a budget and saving for emergencies and the future are both high priorities. I will also continue to work on improving my credit limit and paying off past debts.

And while I already know some people in the area, both through work and friends from when I lived here before,  I would like to expand my circle a little more and find some people I can hang out with from time to time. I want to look into joining some clubs or taking some classes in the area.

So how are you challenging yourself for 2018? And would you be interested in reading about my non-bookish goals and progress??

Challenges

November 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

120/120 Complete!!

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

Failed

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- Juked
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

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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

80/25 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~ 5/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 2/5
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

Challenges

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?

Challenges

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

Challenges

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

Challenges

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.

Challenges

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!
Challenges

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

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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

Challenges

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