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

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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 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.

June Mini Blog Ahead Sign Up

Anna from Herding Cats and Burning Soup is once again hosting a mini Blog Ahead challenge in June. I have participated in the last 2 Blog Ahead challenges and really enjoy them {Anna hosts some pretty awesome challenges!}.

So here’s the deal, from June 15-30 you focus on scheduling 15 more posts than you already have scheduled. It’s really that simple {and hard if you don’t know what you want to post}. For full details or to sign up, click the graphic above.

I debated whether or not to join in the challenge this month {though honestly not very long since I am literally signing up on the first day} because I have almost everything already scheduled through the end of the year and I haven’t even begun to think about what I want to do in 2018 yet. But I also want to start focusing on discussion posts, so that is what I am going to do with this challenge. During this challenge I plan to write and schedule at least 15 discussion posts.

As of today {June 1}, I have 137 posts scheduled and 12 drafts that will be completed before the end of the week. I plan to end June with at least 150 scheduled posts.

May Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

0/12

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
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
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

11/36

Goodreads Challenge

73/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

25/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

48/145

Read the Books You Buy

1/93 1.1% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

8/20

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
1. Good in Bed
2. Evermore
3. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
4. Lucinda’s Secret
5. The Ironwood Tree
6. Every Exquisite Thing
7. There’s a (Slight) Chance I Might Be Going to Hell
8. Bright Lights, Big Ass
9. Landline
10. Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics
11. The Problem with Forever
12. The Haters
13. The One and Only Ivan
14. Paris for One
15. Highly Illogical Behavior
16. Night Diver
17. Such a Pretty Fat
18. The Girl You Left Behind
19. The Glittering Court

June- Breast Cancer Research Foundation

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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About a different culture: I am Malala
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

eBook Reading Challenge

18/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

45/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

11/25

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

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

43/30! 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

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

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

Get Social Blogger Event Sign Up

Anna at Herding Cats & Burning Soup is hosting an event for bloggers in June designed to help find new friends and introduce us to new blogs. I LOVE this idea because a) I am always looking for new friends, and b) I love finding new blogs to read!

Here are the details:

The event runs from June 4th thru June 17th
During the event visit each blog that is participating at least once per week.
Publish a sign up post
Use the hashtag #getsocial17

I am hoping this event will not only help me find some more amazing blogs and blogger friends, but also to help me be more consistent in commenting on other people’s blogs (I read them all the time folks, I promise… I just don’t comment often).

So what do you say? Do you want to #getsocial17 too?

Can You Read a Series in a Month? Sign Up

CanyoureadaI’ve decided to join Because Reading and Fantasy is More Fun for the Can You Read a Series in a Month? Challenge.

The Rules:

  1. Pick 1 series. Yes, just 1. Announce which series you’ve picked on your sign up post.

  2. Read EVERY book in the series. You don’t have to read novellas or short stories, just the core books.

  3. Read them all between 12am (your time) June 1st and 11:59pm (your time) June 30th. They MUST be marked (on Goodreads) as started and finished in the month of June to count.

  4. Enjoy bragging to everyone about how you’re all caught up on whatever series you read (AKA – have fun)!

It was easy to choose that I want to participate in this challenge, but much harder to choose which series that I want to read for it. I narrowed it down to two trilogies, one YA, one not; before finally deciding on the The Guardians trilogy by Nora Roberts.

Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy, #1)  Bay of Sighs (The Guardians Trilogy, #2)  Island of Glass (The Guardians Trilogy, #3)

April Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

0/12

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
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
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Attractive cover: Across the Universe
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

11/36

Goodreads Challenge

54/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

18/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

48/145

Read the Books You Buy

1/90 1.1% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

8/20

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
1.When Breath Becomes Air
2. Mary Poppins
3. Across the Universe
4. The Eternity Code
5. Come Away With Me
6. Riley Unlikely
7. Dangerous
8. Queen of Babble
9. Today Will be Different
10. Twenties Girl

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-
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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About a different culture: I am Malala
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
About mental illness: The Good Luck of Right Now
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

eBook Reading Challenge

18/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

26/25 Complete!

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

11/25

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

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

26/30

2017 Library Love Challenge

26/24 Complete!

Reading Assignment

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

Bookish Resolutions

Complete 10 Reading Challenges~ 3/10
Complete 2 Read-a-thons~ 1/2
Complete 5 series~ 1/5
Read 1 Nonfiction book per month~ J F M A

Post 1 Review per week~ missed 1 week
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

March Challenge Update

New Release Challenge

0/12

Full House Reading Challenge

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Nonfiction: Daring Greatly
On TBR for more than 2 years: Going Home
Middle Grade: Legend of the Guardians
UK or European Author: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
Backlist: City of Ashes
Award Winner: Bone Gap
Book about books: Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library
2 word title: Game Changer
Debut book: Bitter is the New Black
Food on the cover: The Sweet Life in Paris
From Childhood: Stuart Little
Diverse read: I am Malala
Australian or NZ Author: Tempting Autumn
US or Canadian Author: Faultlines
Borrowed: 10% Happier

Backlist Challenge

9/36

Goodreads Challenge

44/120

New to Me Challenge {Authors}

15/15 Complete!

Read All the Books Challenge {Nora Roberts}

48/145

Read the Books You Buy

1/79 1.3% {Goal 21-40%}

Blogger Shame Review Challenge

7/20

Charity Reading Challenge

January- Eugene Mission: 11 books $55

February- St. Jude’s: 16 books $80

March- ASPCA: 17 books $85

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
K- Kisses on a Paper Airplane
L- Legend of the Guardians
M- Me Before You
O- The Ocean at the End of the Lane
P- The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
R- Ready Player One
S- The Sea of Monsters
T- Tempting Autumn
U- Under the Wide and Starry Sky

GWB 2017 Book Bingo

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About a different culture: I am Malala
Takes place in Fall: Tempting Autumn
Takes place in Winter: The Titan’s Curse
Popular Author’s debut: Bitter is the New Black
Last book in a series: The Last Olympian
Most Recent TBR Addition: The Ocean at the End of the Lane
From Library: Under the Wide and Starry Sky

eBook Reading Challenge

16/24

Audio Book Reading Challenge

19/25

2017 Net Galley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

10/25

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017

10/36

2017 Literary Escapes Challenge

California~ Game Changer

Florida~ How to Say Goodbye

Illinois~ Bone Gap

Maine~ Liar’s Key

Maryland~ Every Day

New York~ The Sea of Monsters

Ohio~ Ready Player One

Texas~ Faultlines

Wisconsin~ Kisses on a Paper Airplane

2017 Audiobook Challenge

19/30

2017 Library Love Challenge

19/24

Reading Assignment

Jan~ Sea of Monsters
Feb~ City of Ashes
March~ The Eternity Code

Bookish Resolutions

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

Post 1 Review per week~ on track
Clean up Bloglovin’ Feed~ in progress
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 Blog Ahead Wrap Up

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of March! The Mini Blog Ahead Challenge, hosted by Herding Cats and Burning Soup ends at midnight tonight, so in just a few hours.

I started the challenge with 12 scheduled posts and set my goal to have 30 posts scheduled at the end of the challenge. I am pleased to say that I hit my goal {and then some} and I currently have 34 posts scheduled. In addition I also have 2 fully written freebie TTT posts ready to be popped into a freebie week somewhere down the road. Plus I have approximately 9 other posts in various stages of completion. Not bad for two weeks of work.

I feel really good about my performance on this challenge and look forward to the next one!