2019 Beat the Backlist

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Surprise! I’m going to do another reading challenge this year! I didn’t think I would be joining any other challenges this year but this one actually fits in perfectly with one of my goals this year so why not! Austine @ NovelKnight is hosting this great challenge. The goal of this challenge is to read books that have been on your TBR for awhile. Basically any book that was published 2018 or earlier is fair game. The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 so any book from your backlist read between those dates counts towards the challenge.

I already wanted to read a lot of the books that I’ve kept waiting on my shelves so I didn’t really have a set number or anything that I wanted to go with. So I just emptied one of my shelves and filled it up with different choices that I really want to read this year. Links go to Goodreads.

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I will also very loosely be marking off squares for this bingo card. I’m not going to go out of my way to fill in any squares but any book published pre-2019 that fulfills a square will be great.

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Are you participating in this challenge? Have you read any of the books on my list?

 

 

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2019 Bookish Goals

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Hey everyone! I meant to post this days ago but as I was finishing putting the final touches on the post, everything got deleted with no way of getting it back. I got really frustrated so left it until I felt like rewriting everything all over again. So anyways, today I am going to post about my bookish goals for the new year.

  • Read 75 books – I had originally set my Goodreads goal for 100 books but after thinking about the number of books I’ve read the past two years, I wanted to lower that number to ease some of the pressure. I’ve often left off reading larger books because they take longer and I’ve felt like I needed to read shorter books to get more read as quickly as possible.
  • Re-read one book per quarter – The past few months I’ve been thinking a lot about the books I’ve been wanting to re-read. This year I want to take some time to read some of those so I want to try and read at least one every three months.
  • Go to the library once per quarter – Growing up I spent A LOT of time going to the library and I loved it. I haven’t gone for a long time and really miss going. This year I want to take some time every few months to go to the library, browse, and check out a book or two.
  • Book buying ban – I am putting myself on a mostly no spend year this year, including books. I do have the exception of allowing myself the preorders I have for my favorite authors. But no more trips to Half Price Books or browsing Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
  • #UNREADBOTMCHALLENGE – This is a challenge I found out about through Instagram. January, February, March my goal will be to read two of my unread Book of the Month books. I will probably try to make my own goal to continue that throughout the year until I have them all read. I currently have 17 unread BOTM books. I had canceled my subscription awhile back because I wasn’t ever getting around to reading the books I picked out. I do love the subscription though and hope to subscribe again in the future.

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What are some of your bookish goals for this year?

My Blog’s Name In Books

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I saw this book meme posted by Yvo @ It’s All About Books and I couldn’t resist joining the fun. This book meme was originally started by Lynne @ Fictionophile and I thought it sounded like a lot of fun and a good way to get some of these older TBR titles back on my mind.

THE RULES:

1.  Spell out your blog’s name. (this is where you wish your blog’s name was shorter LOL)

2. Find a book from your TBR that begins with each letter. (Note you cannot ADD to your TBR to complete this challenge – the books must already be on your Goodread’s TBR)

3. Have fun!


I was thinking this was going to be a lot harden than I thought because off the top of my head, I could not think of any books starting with O and K. I have three O’s and two K’s in my blog name so I was thinking I was going to have a struggle. My goal was to look first through my unread owned print books and if I ran out, move on to my unread owned Kindle books. Luckily I managed to find them all within my unread owned print books! I don’t read my Kindle very often because I prefer a physical book so this made me pretty happy. Most of these books have been on my TBR forever, with the exception of The Kiss Quotient which is a recent addition thanks to Book of the Month Club.  So without further ado… here we go! (All links go to book’s Goodreads page)

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T: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

H: The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

E: Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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W: Warcross by Marie Lu

O: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

R: Renegades by Marissa Meyer

N: Not A Drop To Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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B: The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons

O: Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

O: Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

K: The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

M: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, Jodi Meadows

A: And I Darken by Kiersten White

R: Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

K: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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And there you have it! I am going to challenge myself and see how many of these books I can read before the end of the year.

Have you read any of these books?

20 Books of Summer Challenge – 2018

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How is it even possible that summer is almost here?! We didn’t get much of a spring in Minnesota this year. The weather seemed to go straight from winter to summer with MAYBE a few days of spring temperatures. Spring is my second favorite season so I feel a bit cheated. But with summer comes a new reading challenge. I’ve attempted this one at least once in the past and it didn’t go as I had planned.  I came up with what at the time felt like a great TBR, but then my moods quickly changed and I hardly read any of the books I had originally picked out.  I did manage to complete 20+ books though so I guess that was what really mattered.  This year is already starting out a bit rocky… I thought I have had my TBR set at least three times, but almost every book changes every time.  So before I can change my mind yet again, I want to throw my TBR out there and hope it sticks.

20 Books of Summer is a challenge that was created and hosted by Cathy @ 746 Books. Basically the goal is to come up with your TBR, read and review those books between June 1st and September 3rd.  Because I already know I will not be reviewing most of these books (just my nature), I am going to skip that part. I’m also going to say that if I end up not reading all of the books on my list but read different books that amount to 20, then I win. I am also trying to read more of a variety since lately my usual go-to tends to be fantasy novels so I picked out 7 genres that I want to spread my 20 books amongst. If I find myself no longer drawn to a few of my choices, I would like to at least replace them with a different book from the same genre.  Here are the books that I have chosen, fingers crossed I read them all! (links go to book’s Goodread page, book cover images from Goodreads)

Classics

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Lady Susan, The Watsons, and Sanditon by Jane Austen

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier

 

Contemporary

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All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson

 

Fantasy

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Circe by Madeline Miller

Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

 

Historical Fiction

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A Trail of Fire by Diana Gabaldon

Mariana by Susanna Kearsley

The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory

 

Mystery/Thriller

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Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware

The Blinds by Adam Sternbergh

 

Non-fiction

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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Missoula by Jon Krakauer

The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

 

Science Fiction

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**This section is contingent upon my finishing LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff before the end of May. If I don’t, then that will be going here in the place of one of these books.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

American War by Omar El Assad

Unearthed by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

In each of my summer monthly recap posts I will have a section to show my progress on this challenge.  I’m really looking forward to reading all of these books.  Some, like The Passage, have been on my TBR for what feels like forever.


What books are you planning to read this summer? Have you read any of these books or have them on your TBR?

2018 Reading Around The World

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This year I thought it would be really fun to keep track of the settings where the books I read take place. I want to make more of an effort to read books taking place in other countries and cultures. I think it’s becoming more and more vital that people really expand their horizons and open up their minds to new things. What better way than books? Books give you a chance to experience other cultures that you may never get the chance to experience in real life.
I will be using the place that the majority of the book takes place in. For example, Between Shades of Gray starts out in Lithuania but the majority of the book takes place in Siberia so I will count that one as Siberia, Russia. For each book I read, I will be placing a pin on my Google Map. I will be including a recap in my month end review posts and at the end of the year I will do a full recap post.
Goals:
• Read books from at least 10 different countries. I’m going to give each new country a new pin color to make them easier to see when zoomed out.
• Read books from at least 15 different states in the US.

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Feel free to join in and do your own version of this challenge!  For tips on making your own custom Google Map, click here!