2016 Read My Books: December Update

2016 Read My Books


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!

Book Challenge 6.0

Hey everyone! Happy Thursday! So I know that in this post I said that I was not planning on joining any book challenges for 2017 but I just found an invitation to join this challenge and it sounds really fun and a good way to get some of my backlist completed.  So what the hell, I’m going to go for it!  I’m a little late signing up but better late than never.  So the details…

Book Challenge 6.0 is a twice a year book challenge hosted by Erin @ TexErin-in-SydneyLand.  This challenge is divided into ten categories, each with a point value.  The goal is to read 10 books total, one for each category.  No overlapping.  Each book must also be at least 200 pages long.  The challenge begins at 12:00 am on January 1, 2017 and ends at 11:59 pm April 30, 2017 in whatever time zone you are in.  Click on the above link for a more in depth look at the rules.

Freebie: Read a book that is at least 200 pages (5 points)11559200

Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness (584 pages) – I chose this one because one of my later choices is the third book in this trilogy but I haven’t read this one yet.  I loved the first book and I’ve really been meaning to read the rest of the trilogy sooner rather than later so this challenge is perfect timing.

Read a book that starts with the letter “W” (10 points)29939390

Windwitch by Susan Dennard (400 pages) – This one was the perfect choice because it is one of my #1 most anticipated reads of 2017 which means I want to read it immediately when it is released on January 10, 2017.

Read a book with six words in the title (10 points)11710373

Written In My Own Heart’s Blood by Diana Gabaldon (827 pages) – I am bound and determined to read the rest of the main Outlander books during this challenge.  The book before this one will also be a part of this challenge fitting in one of the below categories.

Read a book that has a (mostly) green cover (15 points)16054217

The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness (576 pages) – I’ve been waiting far too long to finish this trilogy which is why I decided to include books 2&3 in this challenge.  I also chose this one because I don’t have many green books that I haven’t already read haha.

Read a book with a homonym in the title (20 points)16130398

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen (352 pages) – I’ve wanted to read this one for a few years now and it was one of the only ones I could think of that I own with a homonym in the title.

Read a book by your favorite author (20 points)9507168

An Echo in the Bone by Diana Gabaldon (1149 pages) – Most of my other favorite authors I have already read all of their books so I decided that this would be the perfect time to finish off the main books of the Outlander series so this book fits perfectly for this category.

Read a book set in the city/town/state/terrirory/county/province where you live (25 points)


Dear America: Land of the Buffalo Bones (224 pages) – This one just barely fit the bill at a little over 200 pages. But most of the other books I own that take place in Minnesota I have already read.

Read a “Rory Gilmore” book (30 points)21416545

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (320 pages) – I have a side challenge on my blog to read as many Rory Gilmore books as I possibly can so this was the perfect category for me.  I decided to go with this book after watching Penny Dreadful being intrigued by the character on the show based on this book.

Read a book from a genre that you’ve never read (or rarely read) (30 points)


Cheyenne Raiders by Robert Jordan (336 pages) – I don’t think I have ever read a book in the Western genre specifically so this is a first for me.  I absolutely love Robert Jordan’s writing in The Wheel of Time series so I’m hoping he does this genre just as well.

Read a book with time travel (35 points)21979832

The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (464 pages) – This has been on my TBR since before it was released so I’m really excited that time travel was one of the categories for this challenge so it would finally get my butt in gear to read this.

If all goes according to plan I could have 5,232 pages read by the end of April.  I’m hoping to get a good start on this challenge right away in January.  Are you participating in this challenge?  What books would you choose for these categories?

Series I Am Behind On Reading

Hey everyone! Happy Friday! We’ve got a big snowstorm moving in today so it’s the perfect time to snuggle up with a book.  I’ve been thinking a lot about some of the series that I have started but am behind on.  Some of these are finished series and others are series I am not caught up to the most recent installment.  I posted about cutting back my challenges for reading next year to take away some of the stress but one of the things I would like to do is catch up on these series that I’m behind on.  For one reason or another, I own all of the books in this post but haven’t read them yet (with the exception of A Breath of Snow and Ashes which I am currently reading).

Outlander series

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The Young Elites series

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The Firebird trilogy

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Miss Peregrine series

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Throne of Glass series

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Six of Crows duology


Lynburn Legacy trilogy

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All Souls trilogy

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Millenium series


The Wolves of Mercy Falls series


Jasper Dent series


An Ember in the Ashes series


The Mistborn trilogy

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Have you read these series?  Are you all caught up?  What series are you behind on?

2016 Read My Books: September Update

2016 Read My Books

How on earth is it that September is over already?! I swear this past month has passed in the blink of an eye!  With the ending of this month means that it’s time for participants to link up their progress again!

If you are participating in this challenge, you must link up a progress report in order to get another entry into the end-of-year giveaway!  You don’t have to make an entire post just for the challenge, just include a line for how many books counted towards the challenge in your monthly recap post.  If you don’t do a monthly recap post on your blog, feel free to send out a tweet with your progress and link up using the direct URL to that tweet.  You could also post a photo to Instagram and link up using the direct URL to that photo!  Don’t forget the challenge hashtag – #2016readmybooks

Month In Review: June 2016


Well, June was a pretty uneventful month for my reading life.  There was so much going on in my personal life that I didn’t have very much time to do any reading.  I did a lot of book purging because my collection was just overwhelming me.  You can read more about that in these posts here and here.

# Books Read in June: 9 (including 1 audiobook)

# Books Read in 2016: 88

# Books Towards Goodreads Goal: 88/110


# Books Read for 2016 Read My Books in May: 4

# Books Read for 2016 Read My Books YTD: 36/60

Books Read in May:

  1. The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
  2. Thirty Days to Thirty by Courtney Psak
  3. The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (audiobook re-read)
  4. Five Days in January by RT Lowe
  5. Da Vinci’s Tiger by LM Elliott
  6. Wytches vol. 1 (graphic novel)
  7. Confess by Colleen Hoover
  8. Pride & Prejudice (graphic novel)
  9. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson

Best Book Read:


Worst Book Read:


How was your month of reading?