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2017 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups


I know I’ve been MIA for the better part of a year (check out why here), but I really just want to get back to some normalcy, and that includes reading and reading challenges! Oh how I have missed my reading challenges. They made reading even more fun than it already was. I completely failed last year, but it’s a new year! I’m going to attempt some of the same ones as last year but actually accomplish them this time. So, here are the challenges I will be doing, and I will keep track of them on my Reading Challenges page:

(Click on the host’s name for more details about the challenge)


Hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! I’m doing this one again! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.


bookish bingo

Hosted by: Pretty Deadly Reviews

Bingo! My favorite type of challenge! Here we go! This one is for the months of December, January, and February.


Hosted by: Chapter Break

Another bingo! I just have to! And this is a monthly one, so I get 11 more this year. I’m stupid excited! Let’s start with January!


Hosted by Andi’s ABCs

I am tackling this challenge again since it is my favorite genre. I haven’t read in nine months, but so what? I’m going to read over 20 books for this challenge! I’m determined!


  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

I’m shooting for Grand Slam: 21+ books!

Reading Challenge Graphic 2017

Hosted by Book Date

I’m doing this one again too! I’m determined to fill out the whole thing. This one really motivates me because I just HAVE to get each one.

Full House Reading Challenge 2017

Hosted by My Soul Called Life

I loved this one last year! I’m going to finish it this year! The task is to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month.



Hosted by Great Imaginations

Combining my two favorite things: books and boardgames! I absolutely loved this challenge last year, so of course, I’m going to do it again this year…and actually accomplish something this time.

This board lasts until April 1st.

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo: February 2016


Hosted by: Chapter Break

I thought I would do a lot better because it was romance-based this month, but unfortunately, I only read 4 books this month. So, here’s how I did:


The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless [Review]
– Billion/Million aire
– Change Jobs/Majors

A Sudden Crush by Camilla Isley [Review]
– Artist/Poet/Writer

Falling for Prince Charles by Lauren Baratz-Logsted [Review]
– Accent
– Royalty

How To Love by Katie Cotugno [Review]
– Friends to Lovers
– First Love
– Tattoo/Piercing
– Bar
– Inexperienced/Naive
– Shelf Love Book

With the free space, I got 12 squares. Not as good as last month, but now I’m motivated for next month! Here we go!

Chapter Break Bookish Bingo: January 2016

Hosted by: Chapter Break

“The monthly winner will be the person with the most marked squares. None of that across, diagonal, up and down, corners stuff. Just the number of squares. Be sure to include the books you’ve read for each of the squares. Only books read during the current month count. You may use the same book to fill multiple squares. We’ll announce the winner the following month to allow everyone time to link up their posts.

And to encourage more people than Julie and I to participate, we are going to have a quarterly raffle!”

Here is my January Bingo Card:



Dead Body: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus [Review]

Set on a school campus: Strange Girl by Christopher Pike [Review]

Hunter (Demon/Vampire):



Car chase: Strange Girl by Christopher Pike [Review]

Set in a city: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus [Review]

Artist/Poet/Writer: Strange Girl by Christopher Pike [Review]

Cook Book:


Plane Ride: Strange Girl by Christopher Pike [Review]

Jock: Like Candy by Debra Doxer [Review]




Set on a ranch: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin [Review]

Cowboy: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin [Review]

Cop/Fireman: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin [Review]

Demon: Ascenders by C.L. Gamer [Review]

Friends to Lovers: Ascenders by C.L. Gamer [Review]

Popular Tourist Location: Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus [Review]

Playboy: Never Say Never by Emily Goodwin [Review]

Fairy Tale Retelling:

Including the free space, I got 15 squares! Not bad, I must say. I thought I would do worse. This was so much fun! I can’t wait for the next one!

MORE 2016 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups

I have already signed up for 10 reading challenges. Why not add two more? 🙂

I discovered these two challenges, thanks to this list at A Little Reading, which is where I found all of the challenges I joined. And I couldn’t help myself.

Click on the host’s name for more details about the challenge.

I Love Libraries Reading Challenge, library, books, Bea's Book Nook

Hosted by Bea’s Book Nook

I have such an awesome library in my city, and I realized that I don’t use it as often as I should be. I go to the discount store a lot in my library and buy books for super cheap, but that’s about it these days. I used to borrow eBooks on a regular basis, which was my favorite part, but I kind of stopped doing that. So, when my husband finally put his foot down and said he is going to watch The Maze Runner without me if I don’t hurry up and read the book (a rule of mine before watching a book-to-movie adaptation haha), I thought I should take advantage of my amazing library. Then, of course, I had to join a library challenge to keep me motivated. And here we are.

I’m shooting for the chapter book level, which is 12 books. I’m hoping to do a lot more than that, but we’ll see how it goes.

And I will keep my progress on my I Love Libraries Reading Challenge page.


Hosted by The Mad Reviewer

Since I already made myself a rule (I have a lot of these apparently) to review each book I read, I thought this challenge would be perfect for me.

I am going to shoot for the Crazy Reviewer level, which is to read and review 52 books this year. I am so determined to get this done!

And I will be keeping my progress on my Mad Reviewer Reading Challenge page.

I think that will be it for my 2016 reading challenges, but you never know! 🙂

2016 Reading Challenge Sign-Ups


So, after much consideration, I have decided to participate in some reading challenges. And when I say some, I mean too many. With it being the first time that I’m actually doing these, I thought I would go all out and set unrealistic goals for myself to see how I do. Plus, it was almost impossible to narrow down my list. I just kept adding more and more to it. So, here are the challenges I will be doing, and I will keep track of them on my Reading Challenges page:

(Click on the host’s name for more details about the challenge)

Hosted by Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book

It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.

Hosted by All About Books

The goal of the Around the World challenge is to visit as many different places in the world through books, especially places that are rather rare, and not the kind of settings you see in 95% of all the books you read. We’re are going to do this by creating a google map where every pin on the map stands for one book. The goal is to have as many pins as possible and they shouldn’t be very close to each other but spread all over.

Here is the map I will use to track all the places I visit via books I read. I’m excited about this one! Let’s see how I do!

There are also mini-challenges, but I’m not sure I’ll be doing those. Just curious to see how many places I visit 🙂

Hosted by My Reader’s Block

*Read nine books in the following categories.

1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.

2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.

3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover.

4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.

5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc)in the title/on the cover.

6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover.

7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title/on the cover.

8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).

9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).

Hosted by Gone with the Words and Love at First Page

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 (books read prior to 1/1/2016 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2016. Sign up at Gone with the Words or Love at First Page.
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. 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. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
  • Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Use the hashtag #ContRom2016 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.


  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

I’m shooting for Grand Slam: 21+ books!

Hosted by Book Date

Complete the card below.  You can do it in any order you wish.  You are allowed “one free exchange”, if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post.

Hosted by Delighted Reader

How keen of an observer are you? Good at finding important stuff? Or maybe not, but you just want to participate anyway? This challenge is just a fun way to see if you can find a list of items as you read no matter what romance style you pick up. The reader picks and chooses how many books and what list items they want to find. It can be a commitment to ten reads a year or a hundred. Everyone is welcome to participate.

Level One – Treasure Hunter in Training- 10 items/10 places

Level Two – Garage Sale Guru- 25 items/ 25 places

Level Three -Professional Picker- 50 items/50 places

2016 Literary Pickers Challenge- Scavenger List

Household Goods

  1. Ceiling Fan
  2. Portrait
  3. House Plant
  4. Pumpkin
  5. Candelabra
  6. Dead Bolt
  7. Grandfather Clock/Mantle Clock
  8. Window Blinds
  9. Microwave
  10. Table Cloth
  11. Razor
  12. Nail Polish
  13. Hand/Purse Mirror
  14. Coffee Table
  15. E-Reader
  16. Earbuds
  17. Window Shutters
  18. Sink
  19. Lawn Mower/Equipment
  20. Tile floor


  1. Hard Helmet
  2. Earring/s
  3. Head Band
  4. Flip Flops
  5. Motorcycle boots
  6. Belt
  7. Tattoo/Body Art
  8. Evening Gown/Dress
  9. Business Suit
  10. Cuff Links
  11. Space Suit
  12. Military Uniform
  13. Fisherman/Newsboy Cap
  14. Scarf
  15. Mask
  16. Bracelets/Cuffs
  17. Natty or Ugly Sweater
  18. Sunglasses
  19. Business Card/s
  20. Lingerie

Work Tools/Weapons

  1. Rifle
  2. Saddle
  3. Whip
  4. Hammer
  5. Tool Belt/Box
  6. Briefcase/bag
  7. File Folder
  8. Work Gloves/Garden Gloves
  9. Cash Register
  10. Measuring Tape/Ruler
  11. Microscope
  12. Ingredients
  13. Sports Equipment
  14. Silencer for a gun
  15. Explosive
  16. Lock Picks
  17. Safe
  18. Photocopier
  19. Stamps
  20. Notebook/pad


  1. European Sports Car
  2. American Muscle Car
  3. Fighter Jet/Spacecraft
  4. Steam-Powered Vehicle
  5. Ice Skate/s
  6. Russia
  7. China
  8. India
  9. Spain
  10. Brazil
  11. Underwater
  12. Another planet
  13. Another Dimension/Parallel Earth
  14. Desert
  15. Tropical Island
  16. Place of Archeological Interest
  17. War Zone
  18. Cart/Wagon
  19. Camel/Donkey
  20. Sailboat

Romantic Encounters

  1. Alien/Alien or Alien/Human
  2. With a Geek
  3. Male/Male or Female/Female
  4. Menage or Poly
  5. Love Triangle
  6. Arranged Marriage
  7. Fated Mate
  8. Fake Mates/Marriage of Convenience
  9. Reunion or Second Chance
  10. Blind Date/Dating Service
  11. Dominant/submissive or Master/slave
  12. Capture/captive
  13. One Night Stand
  14. Male/Female
  15. Older/Younger (5 years or more age difference)
  16. Highschool Sweethearts/Young Love
  17. Apocalyptic/Dystopian Romance
  18. Romance before 1950
  19. Older Couple (over 50)/Winter Romance
  20. Enemies to Lovers

I’m choosing Level 3. Professional Picker here!

Hosted by My Soul Called Life

There are six keywords associated with each month in 2016. The task is to .

read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the keywords for that month

Hosted by Second Run Reviews, Chapter Break, and Bookworm Brandee

Guidelines For The Shelf Love Challenge 2016

  • Read books that are in your personal library that were obtained before January 1, 2016.
  • Responsibly obtain books for your personal library.
    You may wish to abstain from purchasing
    books or set a book budget for yourself.
    You decide the best way to get control of your TBR pile and read the books you
    already own.
  • Library books (and textbooks) do not count for the challenge. You may use your library to obtain different formats of books you already own and count those towards your goal.

Now Select Your Goal For The Shelf Love Challenge 2016!

  • 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves
  • 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back
  • 21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug
  • 31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves
  • 41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff
  • 51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady

My goal is 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back!

Hosted by The Bookshelf Gargoyle

* Challengees must read at least one book from each category (listed below). Challengees must read a DIFFERENT book for each category – even if your book title might fit a number of categories, it will only count towards a single category. Challengees are free to choose which category best suits.

1. A book with something related to fighting in the title (eg: Battle Bunny, The Great Snape Debate, The Tale of the Duelling Neurosurgeons)

2. A book with someone’s title in the title: (eg: Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, Dr Jekkyl and Mr Hyde, To Sir with Love)

3. A book with onomatopoeia in the title (eg: Kung Pow Chicken, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Cloud Busting)

4. A book with an object you might find in a boxing gym in the title (eg: The Cat on the Mat is Flat, Bag of Bones, Smoke and Mirrors)

5. A book with an injury (or a word related to or implying an injury) in the title (eg: Heart-Shaped Bruise, These Broken Stars, Scarface Claw)

6. A book with an emotion in the title (eg: Bear Feels Scared, Road Rage, Pride and Prejudice)

7. A book with a word or phrase implying victory in the title (eg: How to Win Friends and Influence People, Danny the Champion of the World, Curious George Gets a Medal)

Hosted by The Worm Hole

The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories (examples of books you could choose are in brackets – I’ve included some from other languages, and translations most definitely count!):

  • A country (try not to use ‘Africa’!) Suggestions: Daphne Du Maurier’s Jamaica Inn, Xiaolu Guo’s I Am China, Martin Wagner’s Deutschland)
  • An item of clothing (Su Dharmapala’s Saree, Ann Brashare’s The Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, Javier Moro’s El Sari Rojo; Pierre Lemaitre’s Vestido De Novia)
  • An item of furniture (Marghanita Laski’s The Victorian Chaise-Longue; C S Lewis’s The Silver Chair; Goslash;hril Gabrielsen’s The Looking-Glass Sisters)
  • A profession (Adriana Trigiani’s The Shoemaker’s Wife; Mikhail Elizarov’s The Librarian)
  • A month of the year (Elizabeth Von Arnim’s The Enchanted April; Rhoda Baxter’s Doctor January)
  • A title with the word ‘tree’ in it (Ai Mi’s Under The Hawthorn Tree; Elle Newmark’s The Sandalwood Tree)


Reading Challenge: Bookish Bingo – Holiday 2015


So, after going back and forth, I have finally decided to try a reading challenge. They just look too fun!

My first one, since it starts this month, is Bookish Bingo, hosted by Bekka over at Pretty Deadly Reviews. Basically, you need to read books that fall under the categories on the Bingo card. Each Bingo you get gives you an extra entry into the giveaway at the end of the winter season.

Here is the beautiful Bingo card that immediately grabbed my attention:


I can’t wait to start filling it out! Some of these will definitely be a challenge.

If you want to read more about this challenge and join, check out Bekka’s post.

I’m guessing this will be the first of many challenges I join, so I will start a Challenges page that I will keep updating.