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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon: Wrap-up Post #WWReadathon

http://www.myshelfconfessions.com/wwreadathon/

This is my (belated) Wrap-up Post for the Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon!
 

I Finished:
by Jenny McCarthy



Still Reading:

Shade's Children
by Garth Nix
[on my iPod]



Still Reading Aloud to My Kids:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(Harry Potter, Book #4)

by J.K. Rowling



Here are the final tallies for the read-a-thon:
  
Total books finished: 1
I didn't keep track of pages read or minutes listened. Just too much going on!! 

Thanks again to April & Pabkins at My Shelf Confessions for hosting!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Va-Va-Voom Read-a-Thon: Wrap-up Post #VaVaVoomRAT

http://thebooknympho.com/2014/01/sign-up-va-va-voom-read-a-thon/

This is my Wrap-up Post for the Va-Va-Voom Read-a-Thon!
 

I Finished:
by Jenny McCarthy


Here are the final tallies for the read-a-thon:

Total number of pages read: 65 pages   
 
Total books finished: 1

Thanks again to Jennifer at The Book Nympho and Lori at Romancing the Dark Side for hosting!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon: Chandra's Mad Lib Challenge #WWReadathon


Chandra @ Unabridged Bookshelf has challenged us to make a Valentine's Mad Lib.

Directions: This is not your normal Mad Lib, for this Mad Lib you cannot just use any verb, noun, adjective to fill in the blanks, you must use a word from a book title. I thought it would tie in better with the Read-a-thon, and make more hilarious results. 

Word List
 
1. Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend (List Title)
2. Verb (List Title)
3. Noun (List Title)
4. Verb (List Title)
5. Past Tense Verb (List Title)
6. Noun (List Title)
7. Plural Noun (List Title)
8. Adjective (ex: big, hot, beautiful, gloomy) (List Title)
9. Noun (List Title)

 
Dear  (#1, Book Boyfriend/Girlfriend)

I have (#2, Verb) but I have not had the (#3, Noun) to tell you, When I first (#4, Verb) your story, I (#5, past tense verb) in (#6, Noun). I hope you and I will someday be  (#7 Plural Noun). I would love to give you a/an (#8, Adjective) (#9, Noun) for Valentine's Day. 

Yours Truly
(Your Name)


My Valentine's Mad Lib

1. Rhage (Black Dagger Brotherhood Series by JR Ward)
2. Shiver (Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater)
3. Fire (Fire with Fire by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian)
4. Lost (The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe)
5. Cursed (Star Cursed by Jessica Spotswood)
6. Frost (First Frost by Jennifer Estep)
7. Dreams (Dreams of a Dark Warrior by Kresley Cole)
8. Deep (Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown)
9. Kiss (Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead)

 


Dear Rhage

I have Shiver but I have not had the Fire to tell you, When I first Lost your story, I Cursed in Frost. I hope you and I will someday be Dreams. I would love to give you a Deep Kiss for Valentine's Day.

Yours Truly
Darlene



Thanks, Chandra, for the fun challenge!

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon: Anya's Book Spine Poetry Challenge #WWReadathon


Anya @ Starships and Dragonwings has challenged us to make a book spine poem.

Here is mine:


Don't Say A Word
Lethal Lolita
Surrender
Let the Right One In

What do you think?


This one is a bit creepy:


The Ghost of Graylock
Enshadowed
The Walking Dead
Nowhere To Run



Thanks, Anya, for the fun challenge!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon: Starting Line #WWReadathon

http://www.myshelfconfessions.com/wwreadathon/

The Wicked Valentine's Read-a-Thon has begun!
 

I'm Reading:
by Jenny McCarthy




Dead Sexy Dragon
(Dragon Heat, Book #1)
by Lolita Lopez



Shade's Children
by Garth Nix
[on my iPod]


Reading Aloud to My Kids:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(Harry Potter, Book #4)

by J.K. Rowling



I hate doing daily updates, so I'll just do a wrap-up post at the end of the read-a-thon to show my final tallies.

Thanks again to April & Pabkins at My Shelf Confessions for hosting!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Va-Va-Voom Read-a-Thon: Starting Line #VaVaVoomRAT

http://thebooknympho.com/2014/01/sign-up-va-va-voom-read-a-thon/

The Va-Va-Voom Read-a-Thon has begun!
 

I'm Reading:
by Jenny McCarthy

I'm not sure whether this book qualifies for the read-a-thon since it is non-fiction but, since it is about love and romance, I thought I'd include it anyway.



Dead Sexy Dragon
(Dragon Heat, Book #1)
by Lolita Lopez



I'm not sure how much reading time I'll be able to squeeze in. If I do manage to finish those, then I might start on this:

Demon Lovers Boxed Set
(Demon Lovers, Books #1-5)
by Kate Douglas


I hate doing daily updates, so I'll just do a wrap-up post at the end of the read-a-thon to show my final tallies.

Thanks again to Jennifer at The Book Nympho and Lori at Romancing the Dark Side for hosting!

Monday, February 3, 2014

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon: Wrap-up Post #WintersRespite


This is my Wrap-up Post for A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon!
 

Still Reading:
by Jenny McCarthy


Shade's Children
by Garth Nix
[on my iPod]


Still Reading Aloud to My Kids:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(Harry Potter, Book #4)

by J.K. Rowling



I didn't get as much listening time in on my iPod that I was hoping for, but I did read quite a bit of Jenny McCarthy's book. It's really funny, and it was just what I needed.


Here are the final tallies for the week:

Total number of pages read: 180 pages   
 
Total number of minutes listened: 1 hr, 21 mins
Total books finished: 0  

Thanks again to my favourite read-a-thon host, Michelle!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Take Control of Your TBR Pile: March 2014 #TakeControlTBR


http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2014/01/take-control-tbr-pile-march-2014-challenge.html

This challenge is being hosted by Kimba the "Caffeinated Book Reviewer".

Here are the details copied Kimba's blog:
Take Control of Your TBR Pile: March 2013

Rules

  • Link-up! This is open to everyone. If you do not have a blog then link your Facebook or Goodreads account.
  • Make a Goals/updates/Results post (can be combined) you can wait to post on March 1st.
  • Beginning March 1st, 2014 and ending March 31, 2014 at midnight read books from your TBR pile ALL books must have been published before March 2014.
  • Post a review to Goodreads, your blog or Facebook then link it to the Rafflecopter for an entry. (review only needs to be a short one)
  • You can combine events, challenges etc.
  • No novellas for this one peeps
  • The rafflecopter will allow you to enter up to two books daily, so update as soon as you finish a book.
  • Earn an extra entry for adding Take Control Button to your blog, or facebook (with link-back)
  • Use hashtag #TakeControlTBR
  • Rafflecopter will close on April 2, 2014 at midnight and a winner will be chosen. Open internationally as long as Book Depository or Barnes and Noble ships to you. Prize: New 2013 release. I will do pre-orders as well. (may request eBook copy)
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I will keep track of my progress below:
  1.               

2014 "Real" Book Challenge #RealBooks


http://www.fictionfare.blogspot.ca/p/real-book-challenge.html

This challenge is being hosted by Jaime & Erin @ Fiction Fare and Meg & Kassiah @ Swoony Boys Podcast.

Here are the details copied from Jaime's and Erin's blog:
2014 "Real" Book Challenge



Challenge Guidelines:
  • *This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 - Dec 31, 2014.
  • *The challenge is open to anyone! You don't have to be a blogger, as long as you have a place to post about the challenge. (Your blog, Amazon, Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, youtube, tumblr, etc.)
  • *Any book counts. It can be any genre, any length, and as old or new as you want. If you can hold it in your hand and turn the pages yourself, it belongs here. (This includes Advanced Reader Copies.)
  • *Feel free to list your books in your first post or wait until the end of the year and write them in a wrap-up post. Even if you list them, you can always make changes later.
  • *Sign-ups will be open until Dec 1, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  • *When you sign up in the linky below, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2014 “Real” Book Challenge. (If you don't have a blog, post about it wherever you plan on making all your challenge posts this year!)
  • *On the 1st of each month we will post a wrap-up post, on Swoony Boys Podcast and Fiction Fare. Every wrap-up will have a giveaway and place for you to link up your wrap-up posts for the month. Each book that you read in the month will get you one entry in our giveaway for the month. Prizes will vary, and winners will be announced the following month in our newsletter.
  • *If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your books the next month. Don’t try to count a book twice, we’ll be watching!
  • *December will be a wrap-up for the whole year. All the books you read January-November + the ones you'll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway.


Still with us? Ready to join? Here’s how:


  • Write a post about joining the 2014 “Real” Book Challenge on your blog. (If you don't have a blog, post about it on Facebook, tweet about it via Twitter, or put it some other place of your choosing.)
  • In your post, don't forget to include: the button/banner, link back to our sign-up page, the level you're aiming at (listed below) and a list of books you're hoping to read for the challenge. (That last one is optional!)
  • Put the challenge button in your sidebar. (there’s a grab link in this post!)
  • Link up in the linky below using the link to your post/tweet.
  • Join the mailing list for updates! CLICK HERE TO JOIN NOW!
  • That's it! You're in! Welcome to the challenge, stay tuned for lots of fun! We’re so excited you’re joining us! Good luck!
Levels:

(The number of books you read for this challenge! We will have fun graphics for each level and as you progress up the list your accomplishments will appear in the newsletter!)

1-10 - Real Book Newbie
11-20 - Real Book Enthusiast
21-30 - Real Book Snob
31-40 - Real Book Aficionado
41-50 - Real Book Hoarder
50+ - Real Book Queen/King

Additional Info:
  • Join our mailing list to get your monthly copy of our newsletter! The newsletter will have everything you need to know about the challenge each month, plus tons of fun stuff like mini challenges! It will be delivered on the 15th of each month. You can sign up here: JOIN THE 2014 “REAL” BOOK CHALLENGE MAILING LIST!!
  • We’ve also created a Goodreads Group for all challenge participants. Feel free to join and talk about all things books with us there.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN!



*Swoony Boys and Fic Fare currently host a monthly twitter read-a-long. Participating in these would be a great way for you to get an extra book in each month. We’ll post the title and dates for the next month in the newsletters.
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for REAL BOOK NEWBIE (read 1-10 "real" books).

 I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
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Review Copy Cleanup 4.0: February 2014 #RCCleanup


http://www.nyxbookreviews.com/posts/review-copy-cleanup-4-0-sign-up/

This challenge is being hosted by Celine @ Nyx Book Reviews and Vicky @ Books, Biscuits and Tea.

Here are the details copied Celine's blog:
Review Copy Cleanup 4.0: February 2014

Guidelines:

  • The Review Copy Cleanup 4.0 runs from 1 to 28 February
  • It starts and ends midnight of your local timezone to avoid confusion
  • To sign up, just fill in the Mister Linky below. Link to your sign up post directly please! The Linky is the same for both our blogs, so you only have to sign up once
  • The Linky will close on the 15th, so make you sign up before then
  • When you post your sign up post on your blog, either include the challenge button with your post or link it back to this article so that people know where to sign up. Thanks! (:
  • Every book you received for review counts towards the challenge, both ebooks and hard copies (even audiobooks for review if you have those), including all genres and lengths
  • Feel free to use the #RCCleanup hashtag on Twitter for your RCC related tweets or join in the Twitter party at http://tweetchat.com/room/RCCleanup and meet lots of awesome bloggers (:
  • At the end of every week we will post our personal updates, and we’ll include a Linky for you to add yours!
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I've been on a reading hiatus since August 2013, so if I read just one review copy then I will consider that a success!!

I will keep track of my progress below:
  1.          

Love for Books Readathon

http://novelheartbeat.com/2014/01/love-for-books-readathon-sign-ups/


This challenge is being hosted by Jessi @ Novel Heartbeat and Amanda @ Confessions of a Bookie Monster.

Here are the details copied from Jessi's blog:
Love for Books Readathon


What does this readathon entail, you ask? Well, read as much or as little as you want – the main point is to READ! You set your own goal!
  • The Love for Books Readathon runs from Monday, February 17th at 12:01 am through Sunday, February 23rd at 11:59 pm. 
  • We will have at least one mini challenge sometime during the week for you to participate in!
  • There will be a giveaway at the end of the readathon for all participants.
  • Sign up at Novel Heartbeat or Confessions of a Bookie Monster. You may join whenever you like, but to be eligible for our grand prize giveaway, you must sign up by February 18th.
  • To join, all you have to do is make a sign-up post and add your post URL to the linky below! You can put your goals and progress (will be required for the final giveaway) in your sign-up post, or you can make it separate. Totally up to you! 
  • In order to enter for the grand prize, you must have a post to keep track of your progress so we can see that you participated.
If you would like to join me in the readathon, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I will create a Starting Line post on the day that the readathon starts, where I will put my goals and keep track of my progress.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

2014 Young Adult Audiobook Challenge


http://bookandlatte.com/ya-audiobook-challenge

This challenge is being hosted by A Book and a Latte.

Here are the details copied from Kimberly's blog:
2014 Young Adult Audiobook Challenge


The Goal:


Choose a level below that will challenge you, and listen to and review the amount of audiobooks required for that level. To complete this challenge, you must listen and review a minimum of 12 audiobooks (released any year) of the YA (or MG) genre in 2014.

Easy Listening
Listen to and review 12 audiobooks.
Rock’n Out
Listen to and review 24 audiobooks.
Head Bang’n
 Listen to 36+ audiobooks, and review at least 24 of them.
Mosh Pit
Listen to 48+ audiobooks, and review at least 36 of them.


Why should I join this challenge?


Because audiobooks rock! Listening to a book while doing chores or mundane tasks somehow makes them easier or at least not so bad, and they make hours in the car fly by… If you haven’t given audiobooks a try, use this challenge as motivation to do so!


What audiobooks count towards the YAAC?


Any young adult (or MG) audiobook! It doesn’t matter what year it was published.


What are the requirements?

  • Listen to and review at least 12 YA audiobooks (Easy Listening level) in between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014
  • Reviews should include the length of the audiobook, name of narrator(s), and include your opinion of the narrator(s)/production as well as the novel.
  • Review the audiobooks on either your blog, Goodreads, Amazon, or Audible, and then link them up here.
  • There will be a linky open here each month to link up your reviews.
  • Declare yourself a challenge participant (blog post/facebook/twitter) and sign up in the linky below!
  • HAVE FUN :)

Prizes:

There will be at least one giveaway at the end of the year, and each linked review counts as an entry! There’s potential for more giveaways through-out the year, and instructions will be posted with any additional giveaways.
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for EASY LISTENING (listen to and review 12 YA audiobooks).

 I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
  1.             

2014 YA Mythology Challenge


http://www.abouttoread.com/2014-ya-mythology-challenge/

This challenge is being hosted by Tiffany at For Those About to Read.

Here are the details copied from Tiffany's blog:
2014 YA Mythology Challenge

The challenge is to read 10 YA or Middle grade novels that incorporate any type of Mythology in the story line (Greek, Egyptian, Norse, etc.).

Every month, check back here for a wrap up post to link up your reviews. Reviews count as entries for the monthly prize pack.
  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014.
  • You can join anytime by adding your name to the linky list below
  • Books must be read in 2013
  • If you are a blogger or YouTuber, please write a sign-up post or record a video that links back to this challenge page (Please use the image above in the post).
  • If you are not a blogger, just leave a link to your account on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, LibrayThing, etc.

Not sure what to read? Check out the YA Mythology Challenge Goodreads List!
If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews (here are some books from my TBR pile that I might read for the challenge): 
  1. Of Triton by Anna Banks (The Syrena Legacy, Book #2)
  2. The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (Goddess Test, Book #1)
  3. Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini (Starcrossed, Book #1)
  4. Wildefire by Karsten Knight (Wildefire, Book #1)
  5. Abandon by Meg Cabot (Abandon Trilogy, Book #1)
  6. Need by Carrie Jones (Need, Book #1)
  7. Captivate by Carrie Jones (Need, Book #2)
  8. Entice by Carrie Jones (Need, Book #3)
  9. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (Medusa Girls, Book #1)
  10. Siren by Tricia Rayburn (Siren, Book #1)
  11. Envy by Elizabeth Miles (The Fury Trilogy, Book #2)
  12. Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout (Covenant, Book #1)
  13. Nobody's Princess by Esther M. Friesner (Nobody's Princess, Book #1)
  14. Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer
  15. Every Last Kiss by Courtney Cole

Monday, January 27, 2014

A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon: Starting Line #WintersRespite



The A Winter's Respite Read-a-Thon has begun!
 

I'm Reading:
by Jenny McCarthy

I loved Jenny's Belly Laughs, which I read many years ago when I was pregnant. I need something light-hearted and funny to read, and I thought that this one would fit the bill!


Shade's Children
by Garth Nix
[on my iPod]

Reading Aloud to My Kids:

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
(Harry Potter, Book #4)

by J.K. Rowling



I have been on a reading hiatus since August 2013, and I am still trying to find the time to squeeze a little bit in. I am not aiming to finish any of these but, instead, try to get a little bit of "me" time in each day. I hate doing daily updates, so I'll just do a wrap-up post at the end of the week to show my final tallies.

Thanks again to my favourite read-a-thon host, Michelle!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Shifter Challenge 2014

http://www.parajunkee.com/2013/12/21/shifter-challenge-2014/

This challenge is being hosted by Rachel @ Parajunkee!!

Here are the details copied from Rachel's blog:
Shifter Challenge 2014



THE RULES:
  1. The Shifter Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  2. The challenge is to read 10 books that have a SHIFTER as a main, or supporting character
  3. Books can be in any format and should be at least 100 pages. Short stories do not count. You can also post about rereads.
  4. Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating or create a shelf via Goodreads, Booklikes etc. That post or shelf is the link that you will include in the link-up below. The link should be the post link not just your direct blog link. Please be courteous and include a link back to this post.
  5. Post your reviews on the Review Post: Click here to log your reviews!

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
  1.  

Vampire Challenge 2014

http://www.parajunkee.com/2013/12/21/vampire-challenge-2014/

This challenge is being hosted by Rachel @ Parajunkee!!

Here are the details copied from Rachel's blog:
Vampire Challenge 2014



THE RULES:
  1. The Vampire Challenge runs from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014
  2. The challenge is to read 10 books that have a VAMPIRE as a main, or supporting character
  3. Books can be in any format and should be at least 100 pages. Short stories do not count. You can also post about rereads.
  4. Post about this challenge on your blog stating that you are participating or create a shelf via Goodreads, Booklikes etc. That post or shelf is the link that you will include in the link-up below. The link should be the post link not just your direct blog link. Please be courteous and include a link back to this post.
  5. Post your reviews on the Review Post: Click here to log your reviews!

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
  1.  

Zombies Reading Challenge 2014

http://isitamazing.blogspot.ca/2014/01/zombie-reading-challenge.html

This challenge is being hosted by Alex @ Is It Amazing?!!

Here are the details copied from Alex's blog:
Zombies Reading Challenge 2014



This is a non-demanding challenge for those who love the undead or for those who want to see what all the fuss is about.

There are four different levels you can join at:
  • Infected: Read 1-3 books
  • Walker: Read 4-6 books
  • Zed: Read 7-10 books
  • Dead Head: Read 11-15 books

The Rules:

  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014- Dec 30, 2014
  • You may join at anytime. Just make sure you follow the guidelines for joining!
  • The books must be largely zombie related- a character can't make a joke about zombies and it count. However, if the character is joking about zombies while battling zombies in real life, it definitely counts.
  • The book must be at least 100 pages.
  • At least half of the books must be new reads- if you sign up to read 10 books, only 5 can be rereads. How relaxed is that?!
  • Crossovers to other challenges are both accepted and encouraged.
  • Any crossovers with other genres are accepted and encouraged. There are zombie romance books- Warm Bodies anyone?-, zombie action books, zombie mysteries, etc.
  • You do not need a blog to join in on the fun. Simply comment on this post what level you want to join in and make a list on Goodreads or somewhere else online.
  • There is no need to post a review for each book you read. Reviews are encouraged to share awesome zombie reads but sometimes there simply isn't time.
  • After you complete each book, come back here and enter the link to your review or the book's Goodread's page on each month's Linky. Make sure to check out other's reads to find some more zombie reads.

If you're looking for zombie recommendations, try looking at the Goodread's list below:

Zombie Romance

Best Zombie Books

Are You Ready for the Zombie Attack?

Awesome Zombie Books fo Girls/Women

note: I did not develop these lists so I cannot verify the quality of any books listed

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for INFECTED (read 1-3 zombie books).

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
  1.  

2014 Out of This World Challenge

http://topchochanbooks.blogspot.ca/2014/01/out-of-this-world-challenge-2014.html

This challenge is being hosted by Nina @ Bla bla bla books!!

Here are the details copied from Nina's blog:
2014 Out of This World Challenge



I love geography-based challenges. You know, the ones that make you feel like you are visiting all those wonderful places. But I always see the restriction: only real countries/states/places count. That sounds so unfair! What for all the wonderful places that are out of this world and time!

So here comes this challenge.

  • the goal is to visit via books as many places out of this world as possible! Out of this world can include other planets and stars (including the Moon!), completely different worlds (like Middle Earth), paralel worlds, dream worlds, distant future and distant past (I am talking dinos here. Not the 80's), heaven and hell... and so on.
  • It can be just a visit to this place. It counts even if only part of the book is set there. 
  • all books finished in 2014 count. It's okay if you started the book before January the 1st.
  • No need to review, just if you feel like it. In the end just a list of the books read and the places visited is all you need.
  • no need to have a blog. You can link to any public profile, or keep track in the comments
  • any lenght, any format, any genre
  • You can pick one of the levels (and you can move up or down) or you can set your own goal
Levels
  1. Few steps away - 5 places to visit
  2. Over the rainbow - 10 places
  3. Where no man has been before - 15 places
  4. Above and beyond - 25 places
  5. Out of this world - 40 places

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for FEW STEPS AWAY (5 places to visit).

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
  1.  

Diversity on the Shelf 2014 Challenge

http://littlepocketbooks.blogspot.ca/2013/12/diversity-on-shelf-2014.html

This challenge is being hosted by Alysia @ My Little Pocketbooks!!

Here are the details copied from Alysia's blog:
Diversity on the Shelf 2014 Challenge



Welcome to the 1st year of the Diversity on the Shelf reading challenge. The aim of Diversity on the Shelf 2014 Challenge is add diversity to you bookshelf by reading books by authors of color and/or about a main character of color.

Challenge Details

1. Any book (by any author) with a main character that is a person of color qualifies for this reading challenge, as well as any book written by an author of color. The goal is to encourage readers have a more diverse reading experience and to support diversity in the publishing industry by reading and reviewing books by or about person of color.

2. The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 (books read prior to 1/1/2014 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 12/1/2014. Sign up at My Little Pocketbooks

3. Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).

4. Novellas, Short story collections, Poetry, Graphic novels/manga, Children Books, and all genres are allowed.

5. Books can be of any publication date.

6. You can choose your books as you go or create a list in advance. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

Join the Challenge To join the challenge, grab the Diversity on the Shelf 2014 Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too.

You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, Libib, etc., just as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the Diversity on the Shelf 2014 Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.


Pick a Level Choose how many diversity centered books you would like to add to your “read” shelf in 2014:

1st Shelf: Read 1-6 books
2nd Shelf: Read 7 -12 books
3rd Shelf: Read 13 - 18 books
4th Shelf: Read 19 -24 books
5th Shelf: Read 25+ books Once you pick a level you can go higher and read more books but you cannot go down a level.


  • If you'd like to participate in the Diversity on the Shelf 2014 Reading Challenge, please sign up, and if you have a blog please spread the word by grabbing the button and post about your participation.
  • If you need some ideas for what to read go to the original POC Reading Challenge blog.
  • There will be giveaways along the way, theme reads and a giveaway at the end for the participants who participate each month and completes the challenge.

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for 1ST SHELF (read 1-6 books by authors of color and/or about a main character of color).

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
  1.  

2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge

http://www.phantasmicreads.com/2013/11/2014-review-pile-reading-challenge-sign-ups.html

This challenge is being hosted by Rachel @ Fiktshun and Reanna @ Phantasmic Reads!!

Here are the details copied from Reanna's blog:
2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge



Reading Challenge Details:


  • The 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge runs from January 1st until December 31st, 2014
  • Sign-ups will remain open until December 31st, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Grab one of the buttons to show off your participation! Parajunkee did a great job with them!
  • You DO NOT have to have a blog to join this challenge. You just need to have some books received for review and a place online to review them
  • Create a sign-up post announcing your intention to participate and link up below. If you do not have a blog, you can link up to your Goodreads profile that shows your 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge shelf
  • Please link back to the hosts in your sign-up posts
  • This challenge is to help clear up books you’ve received for review. Any format, or any length, as long as you received the book specifically for review, is allowed.
  • There will be a kick-off post on January 1, 2014 at both Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads where you’ll be able to leave your links for any January reviews. (No 2013 reviews) At the beginning of every month, starting in February, these posts will alternate between both blogs. (See schedule below)
  • If you forgot to leave your review link in the challenge month in which you reviewed the book or the linky list closed before you had a chance to leave it, you can leave it in a future month. (No duplicates.)
  • There will also be monthly giveaways – make sure you check in each month!
  • Use the hashtag #RPRC2014 to share your progress and connect with other participants on Twitter


We’ve broken the challenge down into levels. You can move up, but cannot move down. Let everyone know in your signup post what you’re aiming for
  • 1-10: Apprentice
  • 11-20: Journeyman
  • 21-30: Master
  • 31-40: Grand Master
  • 40+: Adept


The monthly RPRC schedule:

  • January 1 – Kick-off at Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads – January Reviews
  • February 1 - Fiktshun – February Reviews
  • March 1 – Phantasmic Reads – March Reviews
  • April 1 – Fiktshun – April Reviews
  • May 1 – Phantasmic Reads – May Reviews
  • June 1 – Fiktshun – June Reviews
  • July 1 – Phantasmic Reads – July Reviews
  • August 1 – Fiktshun – August Reviews
  • September 1 – Phantasmic Reads – September Reviews
  • October 1 – Fiktshun – October Reviews
  • November 1 – Phantasmic Reads – November Reviews
  • December 1 – Fiktshun – December Reviews
  • January 1, 2015 – Wrap-up at Fiktshun and Phantasmic Reads + Giveaway

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for APPRENTICE (read 1-10 books).

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews:
  1.  

2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge

http://www.thebookvixen.com/2013/12/2014-read-your-freebies-reading.html

This challenge is being hosted by Brianna at The Book Vixen!

Here are the details copied from Brianna's blog:
2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge



Reading Challenge Details:


  • Runs January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 (books read prior to 1/1/2014 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2014. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
  • The goal is to read at least twelve (12) free ebooks. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.
  • This reading challenge is for LEGALLY obtained FREE ebooks. We do not condone ebook piracy. These can be books offered through bigger sites, such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or smaller sites, such as Smashwords and All Romance Ebooks. Ebooks offered through author or publisher websites are acceptable as well, provided they are available free to everyone at the time of download.
  • Any ebook format will work for this challenge (azw, EPUB, iBooks, mobi, PDF, etc.). You DO NOT need to have an ereader to participate in this challenge. You can read ebooks using Amazon’s Free Kindle Reading Apps, which you can download for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Blackberry and more. Free audiobooks also count towards this challenge provided they are free to the public. They can't be free as a condition of signing up for a service and they can't be provided by the publisher for review.
  • Only ebooks and audiobooks that were available free, in a legal manner, to the public will count towards this challenge. eARCs, library books, ebooks free through Amazon Prime, and/or books won or gifted are not eligible for this challenge.
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, however, re-reads are not eligible for this challenge. The goal is to read the freebies you’ve legally acquired so that they are off your TBR pile.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, Libib, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

I have decided to forgo the review link-up for 2014. If you plan to review the books you read for this challenge, link them up in your 2014 Read Your Freebies! Reading Challenge post.


Levels:

Coupon Clipper: read 12 books
Penny Pincher: read 24 books
Buying in Bulk: read 36 books
Super Saver: read 50 books
Extreme Couponer: read 100+ books



Want to know where to start looking for those freebies?

If you would like to join me in the challenge, click on the challenge badge at the beginning of this post.

I am aiming for COUPON CLIPPER (read 12 freebies).

I will keep track of my progress below and link up my reviews (and list some of the Kindle Freebies on my TBR list):
  1. Sweet Venom by Tera Lynn Childs (Sweet Venom Series, Book 1)
  2. Her Dark Angel by Felicity Heaton (Her Angel Romance Series, Book 1)
  3. Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble by H.P. Mallory (The Jodie Wilkins Series, Book 1)
  4. Jenny Pox by J.L. Bryan (The Paranormals, Book 1)
  5. Once Bitten by Trina M. Lee (Alexa O’Brien Huntress, Book 1)
  6. To Kill A Warlock by H.P. Mallory (The Dulcie O’Neil Series, Book 1)
  7. Thirst by Claire Farrell (Ava Delaney, Book 1)
  8. Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford
  9. Hollowland by Amanda Hocking (The Hollows, Book 1)
  10. The Soulkeepers by G.P. Ching (The Soulkeepers Series, Book 1)
  11. Drip Drop Teardrop by Samantha Young
  12. Smokeless Fire by Samantha Young (Fire Spirits, Book 1)
  13. Descended by Blood by Angeline Kace (Vampire Born Trilogy, Book 1)
  14. The Fallen Star by Jessica Sorensen (Fallen Star Series, Book 1)
  15. Witchblood by Emma Mills (Witchblood Series)
  16. Sojourner by Maria Rachel Hooley (Sojourner Series, Book 1)
  17. Rippler by Cidney Swanson (The Ripple Trilogy, Book 1)
  18. Blood Reaction by D.L. Atha
  19. The Pearl Savage by Tamara Rose Blodgett (Savage Series, Book 1)
  20. Earth by Shauna Granger (Elemental Series, Book 1)
  21. L.A. Gothic – In the Dark of Light by Vivien Levigne
  22. The Accidental Exorcist by Joshua Graham
  23. Darkhouse by Karina Halle (Experiment in Terror, Book 1)
  24. Afraid – A Novel of Terror by J.A. Konrath
  25. Children of the Fog by Cheryl Kaye Tardif
  26. Haunted by Willow Cross
  27. The Deepest Cut by J.A. Templeton (A MacKinnon Curse, Book 1)
  28. Origins by Steven Tandberg (The Infusion Series)
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