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 When Are You Reading TBR

when-are-you-reading-2018Hey everyone! In my last post I decided to join in on the 2018 When Are You Reading challenge hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words.  Today I’m coming back at you with my proposed TBR to complete the challenge!  These are all books I’m really excited to finally read that have been sitting neglected on my shelves for awhile.  For my challenge I will be reading these times as when the book takes place, rather than the time they were published.  Maybe another time I will try it the other way around but for now while I’m also focusing on reading my unread owned books the time setting is going to work better for me.  For added interest, I added the year the book takes place and also where it takes place.

 (Links go to the book’s Goodreads page)

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There you have it! Technically I’ve already read three books in the 2000-Present range but I wanted to read Big Little Lies this year anyways before I watch the mini series so for the sake of the photo and TBR I added it there.  I’m currently in the middle of three of these books (Shadow of Night, IT, and Between Shades of Gray) so I’ll be checking off some of these books pretty soon!

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Have you read any of these books?  What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels?

2018 When Are You Reading Challenge

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Hey guys! I came across this awesome reading challenge yesterday on Yvo @ It’s All About Books blog.  She had just posted her wrap up for the 2017 edition of the challenge.  I’ve been looking for ways to add more variety to what I read this year since last year was fully dominated by fantasy and this seems like the perfect way to do it.  The challenge is hosted annually by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. Basically the goal is to read one book that takes place in each time section by the end of the year.  I was originally going to participate unofficially because my main goal for the year is to read my unread owned books (there are a LOT) but when I did some digging around, I found at least one book that will fulfill each section so I decided to just go for it officially.  As I complete books for each category, I will update this post with title, author, and year.


2018 When Are You Reading Challenge

The complete challenge will include 12 books from the following eras:

  • Pre 1500
    • The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory (1450s-1485)
  • 1500-1599
    • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (1591)
  • 1600-1699
  • 1700-1799
  • 1800-1899
    • Captain Wentworth’s Diary by Amanda Grange (1806-1816)
    • Mr. Knightley’s Diary by Amanda Grange
  • 1900-1919
  • 1920-1939
    • The Diviners by Libba Bray (1926)
  • 1940-1959
    • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (1941)
  • 1960-1979
    • The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (1977)
  • 1980-1999
    • It by Stephen King (1984-1985)
  • 2000-Present
    • The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher (2011)
    • Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher (2012)
    • Thief by Tarryn Fisher (2013)
    • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover (2017)
    • Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli (2018)
  • The Future

Are you participating in this challenge?  What are some of your favorite historical fiction novels?

20 Books of Summer – 2017 Edition

20-booksCathy @ 746 Books is once again hosting the 20 Books of Summer challenge!  This year I’ve decided to give it a shot and see how well I do.  I originally said I wasn’t going to join any challenges or readathons this year but I’ve been reading a lot more than I thought I was going to so I might as well go for it.  The goal is to read 20 books from June 1st through September 3rd.  I have divided my main TBR into two categories: YA and Adult.  I am notorious for not being able to follow a TBR so I’m going to add a bit of fluidity to mine and add 10 alternates: 5 YA and 5 adult.  One of my personal goals for this challenge is to read 10 from each category.  If I’m not feeling one of the YA books on my main list then I can choose one of my YA alternates.

20BOS YA

YA

  • Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  • Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
  • The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Everland by Wendy Spinale

20BOS Adult

Adult

  • Into the Water by Paula Hawkins
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab
  • Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • After You by Jojo Moyes
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • Since We Fell by Dennis Lehane
  • Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
  • Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  • American War by Omar El Akkad

20BOS Alts

Alternates

  • Caraval by Stephanie Garber
  • Carve The Mark by Veronica Roth
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • And I Darken by Kiersten White
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • Room by Emma Donaghue
  • Euphoria by Lily King
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer

So those are my books for the summer!  I’m really excited to dive into these.  I will also have a few ARCs I need to read as well so those will be mixed in throughout the summer as well.

Are you participating in this challenge?  Even if you aren’t, do we have any of the same books on our summer TBRs?

And one last photo for good measure of the whole lot that surprisingly fit on one shelf!

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2016 Read My Books: December Update

2016 Read My Books

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

The 2016 Read My Books Challenge is officially over!  It’s been a pretty good year of reading and I hope you were all able to read enough of your own books to make a good dent in your TBR even if you weren’t able to complete the challenge.  So this is your last chance to get one more entry for the drawing!  I will be choosing the winner in two weeks to give people time to post and link up their updates.  And just a reminder of the prize… One winner will receive $30 to spend at Book Depository as long as their ship to your country.  Good luck to all participants!