#readthemargin Reading Challenge

picture_20161201_201557732Hey everyone! Happy December! Hard to believe it’s almost the end of 2016 already.  Today I’m coming at you with most of my December TBR.  Originally I had planned to catch up on some ARCs but  I was scrolling through my Twitter feed and this particular post stuck out to me.  I immediately clicked on the hashtag to find out more.  From what I could gather it was a reading challenge to read marginalized books.  Eventually I found the original source of the hashtag and confirmed that that was indeed the case. Read the original post here.

Basically from December 1st through January 1st, you read books written by marginalized authors (marginalized people includes groups like women, the queer community, people of color, disabled people, muslim and jewish people, etc.).  Have fun and share what you’re reading on Twitter and Instagram using #readthemargin.  I will also be doing a weekly check-in with this challenge about what I’ve been reading and any books I’ve added to my TBR that would qualify for this challenge.

I’ve been having a pretty slow couple of reading months lately so I’m not sure how many of these I will read but it’s always nice to have some options.  For this month I will just be reading books that I already own but haven’t read yet.  These are the books that I will be reading from this month.picture_20161201_201231423

  • The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova (Kindle)
  • Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen DeGeneres
  • None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio
  • The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
  • Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake
  • More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (Kindle)
  • Dawn by Elie Wiesel
  • Day by Elie Wiesel
  • Love and First Sight by Josh Sundquist (arc)
  • The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden (arc)
  • Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham

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Are you participating in this challenge?  What books are you reading?

2016 Read My Books: January Update

2016 Read My Books

January is coming to a close already!  How did that happen so fast?  For those of you participating in the 2016 Read My Books Challenge, it is time to link up with your monthly review posts that include an update on your challenge progress!

Remember that each month you link up your progress report gets you another entry into the giveaway at the end of the year but you MUST submit your link to be entered!  Not doing a blog post?  That’s fine too!  Post on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #2016readmybooks and link up your post! You have one month to link up your post, Tweet or Instagram pic before the linky closes!

Bout of Books 15 Sign Up

BoB15-200x200Bout of Books 15 is coming up in a couple of weeks!  It will be my first read-a-thon of 2016 and I think it will be the perfect opportunity to get a head start on my 2016 Read My Books Challenge!  I have participated in a few Bout of Books read-a-thons in the past and they are very fun and super low pressure!

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, January 4th and runs through Sunday, January 10th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 15 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

For the complete rules/guidelines, check out their blog!

I will post a tentative TBR/list of goals as we get closer to the start of the event.

December TBR


I’m sure everybody is probably saying this but how is it December already?  This entire year is just flying by.  I’ve read a lot of great books, participated in a lot of fun read-a-longs, challenges and book clubs.  I am really looking forward to finishing out a great year of reading and blogging.

As you may have seen yesterday, I decided last minute to join in on Shaina Reads 12 Books of Christmas challenge.  I have already surpassed my Goodreads goal twice now but I’d like to make it to an even 150 books this year.  I need to read 13 more books to read that goal so this challenge came at a perfect time.

I have a select few that I absolutely want to read this month including a pre-order of the 5th book of the Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol – Iniquity.  15847757

The other books I will most definitely be reading this month are:


I plan to read a chapter every night of the illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling.  I will also be reading

  • The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon (book 5 of the Outlander series)
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • The Rose Society by Marie Lu
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Also included in this are two Kindle books.  The first is Shattered Blue by Lauren Bird Horowitz that I started this morning.  The second is Blood, Ink & Fire by Ashley Mansour which I was just approved for on NetGalley.

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Then when those have been read I will be choosing the rest of the books from the following:


  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • The Symbolism and Sources of Outlander by Valerie Estelle Frankel (LibraryThing August batch – oops)
  • Soundless by Richelle Mead (November OwlCrate)
  • Asylum by Madeleine Roux
  • The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  • The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
  • The Selection by Kiera Cass
  • The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater

Since it is December I may also decide to make one last effort at completing my 2015 TBR Pile Challenge.  I’m still 4 books away from completing it.  They would include the following books:



This year I have really been more in the mood for YA books so I’m not sure if I’ll feel like reading any of these this month but I’ll just put them out there as an option.

What books are you reading this month?

Goodreads Challenge Complete!

As of last night I have completed my 2015 Goodreads Challenge (again)!  I had originally set my goal for 75 books but ended up surpassing that goal months ago.  So I decided to up my goal to read one more book than I read last year.  Last year my goal was to read 100 books and I ended up reading 109.  So when I upped my goal this year, I set it at 110.

Goodreads Challenge completeYesterday morning I started Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo.  I hadn’t planned on reading the entire thing in one day but I just couldn’t put it down!  I was so engrossed in it that I didn’t even notice the time.  I ended up staying up late again (the previous night was a late night finishing Queen of Shadows) to finish reading a book.

I have a feeling that this will be the only challenge I set for this year that I will 100% complete.    Well I guess technically my 2015 NetGalley Challenge was completed awhile ago based on the original goal I set.  But it feels really good to meet this goal.  It almost feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders.  That is my only problem with setting these challenges.  I can sometimes feel a little stressed to try and meet my goals.  But now I am free to read at whatever pace I desire and that feels great!

Here is a look at my stats so far in comparison with 2014 and 2013.

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What I am most looking forward to reading right now is the list I have been compiling of books I own that are either spooky, scary or supernatural/paranormal to read in October to get in the Halloween spirit.  I love Halloween so I’m really excited to have a theme month for my reading.  I will be revealing my October TBR closer to the beginning of October.

Last night after I finished reading Ruin and Rising I was struggling to decide what I wanted to read next.  I pulled a few titles from my TBR jar but really wasn’t feeling them so I decided to sleep on it and just look at my living room shelf in the morning.  The second I laid eyes on it this morning, I knew this was the book I wanted to read now.


The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

How is your Goodreads challenge going?