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Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Young Adult Reading Challenge


This here is the 2013 Young Adult Reading Challenge hosted by My Overstuffed Bookshelf. I've had my eye out for a 2013 YA Challenge so I was fairly happy to come across this earlier today. Seeing as a third of my books are YA this is usually a reasonable challenge for me. I'll go with the second level: The "Fun Size" YA Reading Challenge – Read 20 Young Adult novels. But as always I will try to aim above that.

Read in 2013:
  1. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede
  2. The Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede
  3. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  4. Scary Beautiful by Niki Burnham
  5. The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott
  6. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  7. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  8. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  9. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
  10. Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
  11. On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
  12. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison
  13. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
  14. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  15. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  16. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
  17. The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
  18. Horde by Ann Aguirre
  19. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  20. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins


Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013


This is the Australian Women Writers Challenge 2013. This challenge is about helping to promote Australian female authors. Now I know what your thinking "but your American what do you care about promoting Australian authors?" In the past year I've realized that some of my favorite authors are Australian. Trudi Canavan and Karen Miller are two of my favorite fantasy authors. If I'm in the mood for some romance? Stephanie Laurens is one of my go to authors for historical romance. I think these are women who should be promoted their books are wonderful reads. This is why I care. And, I'm sure that I have other books written by Australian women on my shelves as well, Glenda Larke to name one author.

2013 Manga Reading Challenge

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Here is the Manga Reading Challenge Hosted by FireStarBooks. I'm hoping in 2013 to find some new Manga to read. This past year I've only read one new series. Though honestly I'll love to reread some favorites, like Vampire Game (which I usually reread often enough however, I don't think I actually read this year) and Tail of the Moon (I don't think I read that one this year either), and Oran High School Host Club (which I've never actually reread before). And, poor Bleach, I have the first... 20... 22 volumes which I've read, but I haven't bought any more in I don't know how long, I've seemed to have forgotten about them. I also forget about Sailor Moon (don't ask me how I do that), I have the reprints (and I've pre-ordered the reprints that aren't out yet) and the Sailor V ones and I haven't actually read them yet....

Okay, so my goal right, is to reread above (and probably buy/read more of Bleach) and introduce myself to some new series (that's the most important part). So I'll say my goal for 2013 is to read 75 volumes. 

2013 Mammoth Book Challenge

2013 Mammoth Book Challenge

This is the 2013 Mammoth Book Challenge hosted by Darlene's Book Nook. This was a challenge I was going to join for 2012 and never got around to (laziness for the fail). My computer is being a slow butt-head right now (random I know, but it's bothering me as I'm trying to write up this post). Anyway, I'll go with level b. Hippopotamus: Read 6 mammoth-sized books.

Read in 2013 (I keep typing 2012, I guess I'm not read for 2013):

  1. A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller
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2013 2nds Challenge

2013 2nds Challenge

And here's the 2013 2nds Challenge hosted by Darlene's Book Nook! Yay! You can have no idea how happy I am to see this challenge being hosted, though I didn't actually finish this one this year... I did a bad job. Let's not talk about that though. Okay, so for this challenge, I'll go with level a. Just A Spoonful: Read 5 books that are second in a series or the second time that you've read the author.

Read in 2013:

  1. The Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede (A Matter for Magic #2)
  2. The Dream Thief by Shana Abé
  3. Witch's Nocturne by E.J. Wesley 
  4. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
  5. On the Brightside, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
  6. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
  7. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan

2013 1st In A Series Challenge

2013 1st In A Series Challenge

Here's the 2013 1st In A Series Challenge hosted by Darlene's Book Nook. This is one of my favorite challenges so I was very excited when I came home from work today and saw that Darlene was hosting this challenge. There are a number of books I plan on reading this year that are the first books in a series so that being said; for this challenge I'll go with level: b. Series Lover: Read 10 books that are first in a series.

Read in 2013:

  1. The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe
  2. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede (A Matter for Magic #1)
  3. Blood Fugue by E.J. Wesley
  4. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  7. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  8. Warrior by Marie Brennan
  9. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  10. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey

Saturday, December 29, 2012

2013 Books-In-A-Series Reading Challenge


And, this is the 2013 Books-In-A-Series Reading Challenge hosted by Books Stack on Deck. The majority of my books probably are books that belong in series, so that being said. I'm going with the second level: The Collector ~ Choose 6-10 books.

Read in 2013:

  1. The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe
  2. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede
  3. The Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede
  4. Blood Fugue by E.J. Wesley
  5. Witch's Nocturne by E. J. Wesley
  6. Stepping on Roses by Rinko Ueda
  7. The Dream Thief by Shana Abe
  8. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  9. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  10. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  11. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  12. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
  13. Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
  14. On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
  15. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison
  16. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
  17. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  18. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  19. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge 2013


Now this it the Embarrassment of Riches TBR Reading Challenge 2013 hosted by Planetpooks. I'm not entirely sure about the number of books on my TBR list, which include both physical books and ebooks. For this challenge I'm going to go with the second level Bronze: Read 12 TBR books between Jan 1 and Dec 31 2013. (Though of course I'm hoping to knock off more books off my TBR in 2013.)

Read in 2013:

The A to Z Book Challenge


Now here is Babies, Books, and Beyond's The A to Z Book Challenge. This is another challenge I didn't do so well in 2012, so once more I hope to do better in 2013. I decided to go with B to make the list as I go along. 

Read in 2013:

Reading Romances Challenge 2013


Okay, so here's the Reading Romance Challenge 2013 hosted at Reading Romances. I feel like I shouldn't even bring up the fact that I signed up for this challenge for 2012 because I failed it miserably. Now, I might be the least romantic person ever, however, I tend to have a soft spot for romance novels (mostly historical romances, but I'm hoping to branch out some in 2013 since I failed this year). For 2013 I'm going to go with Level 1: 1-3 books. I'm hoping to get make a list of possibilities for each month (or at least for what I have), to make things easier for me. But I have other challenges I'm hoping to sign up for so I'll worry about that later.

Read in 2013:
  1. Married By Mistake by Abby Gaines
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Bucket List Reading Challenge


I suppose at some point I'll have to stop signing up for challenges, this makes 33... however, this is still slightly less than last year, so eh, I'll keep them coming.

Now this is the Bucket List Reading Challenge hosted by Kimberly's Bookshelf. And of course with so many challenges I've run out of things to say. Well, I'll be going with the first level - Inspired: 6 books. I'm not really sure where to begin with my bucket list. However, here are some classics, that are on my bucket list:

  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  • Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Don Quixote of La Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

Read in 2013:

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2013 Mythology Challenge

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Here is the 2013 Mythology Challenge hosted by Tiffany at For Those About To Read. Last year, I had opted out in joining this challenge because I knew that it would be a challenge. However, this year I decided to give it a try! Right so ten books (MG/YA) that involve some sort of mythology somehow.

Some possibilities:
  • The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan 
  • Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini 
  • Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
  • The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan 
  • Artemis Rising by Cheri Lasota 
  • Troy by Adèle Geras

Read in 2013:

2013 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge


Another challenge? Yes another challenge.

This is the Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge hosted at Reading with Tequila. With this challenge I decided to read books from the entire recommendation list, which consist of 100 books. The level I'll be going with is: Level I - Read 5 books. I own a few of the books/I keep meaning to get to number of the books on this list and usually when people speak highly of books I own/recommend them it usually pushes me more to try to get to them.

So some possibilities:

Sunday, December 23, 2012

2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge

2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen

I swear, I keep meaning to sign up for this challenge, like ten times, I sat down in front of my computer with intent to sign up for this challenge and it never happened. Okay, so this is the 2013 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge hosted by The Book Vixen. Now this is one of those challenges... that might actually be a challenge for me. Physical books, I don't have many of contemporary romance (is that worded strangely?). 

Most of my romance falls under historical romance, however, that is rather different from say, my ebooks (okay no quite, the majority of my romance is still historical). However! I do have a decent amount that is contemporary (and no I just feel like I'm rambling). For this goal, I have to read at least 10 contemporary romance novels. Can I do it? I have no idea, but that's not going to stop me from trying and signing up for this challenge. 

Read in 2013:

Those Books I Should Have Read 2013 Reading Challenge


And here's the Those Books I Should Have Read 2013 Reading Challenge hosted by Reading With Martinis. Now, unlike some other challenges in 2012, I'm proud to say, that I did in fact finish this one. Oh yes I did! My wrap up post will be up soon enough. I'll be joining again for 2013. I've decided to stick with the same level I did last year: Level 2 - 12 books

Read in 2013:

2013 Women Challenge


This is the 2013 Women Challenge hosted a Peek-a-Book. Now there are challenges like this when I don't know if I should feel guilty about joining because it's not really a challenge at all, or be happy about it because with all the challenges I've joined I know I can accomplish this one. I'm pretty sure that the majority of the books on my shelf are written by women. That being said I'm going with Level 3: SUPER GIRL - read 11 to 15 books written by a woman author.


Read in 2013:

2013 New Adult Challenge


I did a really bad job on this New Adult Challenge for 2012, like incredibly bad, so bad I'm not even linking to my sign up post from last year to show that I had signed up for it. Right, so here's the 2013 New Adult Challenge, hosted once more by A Tapestry of Words, along with three others this year: Confessions of a Twenty Something Fiction Writer, Tater's Tall Tails, and Basia's Bookshelf. (Actually now that I think about it, I might have actually done better at this challenge than I thought, I just didn't bother to keep track of it. Hopefully I'll do better in 2013) I'm going with the first level: Just Graduated: read a minimum of 5 New Adult books. 

As I wasn't sure what books might be "New Adult" I went through the links given to goodreads, and found some books that I own and plan to read. So even if I deem them not to be "New adult" there won't be much of a problem on my part because I had planned to read them anyway:

2013 A-Z Reading Challenge


So this is the 2013 A-Z Reading Challenge hosted by Lori over at Escape with Dollycas. At this point I almost think my signing up for Challenges is an issue, but I'm having fun so I really don't care. I'll be going with plan be to pick books as I go along (or more like see which of my books fit as I read them). 

Read in 2013:

Friday, December 21, 2012

Jessie's Favorite Reads of 2012 Giveaway


Details:
-Giveaway will last for about a month and a half, it begins December 21st.
-The winner will be chosen using rafflecopter.
-This giveaway is International, as long as The Book Depository delivers to you.
-I'll give the winners 72 hours to respond to my email before picking a new one.


My favorite reads of 2012:
(Click on the cover images to find out more about the book.)

    

If you would like any of the other two book in the Mistborn series instead of the first, feel free to ask.

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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Quick Fix Challenge


Well here's the Quick Fix Challenge hosted by well... me! The goal for this challenge is to read smaller books. I find especially around December when I'm trying to wrap up other challenges or during read-a-thons, that I find myself leaning toward smaller books. Though this is my challenge I'm only going to go with the second level Paperclips: 10 books. I'll try to do more than that but 10 will be the number I try to aim for.

Read in 2013:

Quick fix Challenge Sign up!


I find that many times when a reading challenge has to do with a book's size it usually about reading bigger books. Sometimes, because I'm in between books, life is getting out of hand, or things are just getting in the way, there's just not enough time to read a big book. Who says bigger is better anyway? Sometimes things break and all you need is a little tape and it'll hold. So this is the "Quick fix Challenge" whether it's a love for smaller books, or just trying to squeeze in a quick read, or maybe times running out and you need to read in some more books quickly. This is a challenge about reading books with less than 300 pages.

Challenge Details:
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
  • Sign ups will be open until mid December.
  • You don't have to be a blogger to participate. However, leave a comment and tell me what level  you're aiming for.
  • For bloggers, post up a challenge sign up post saying what level you've signed up for. Be sure to sign-up with your sign-up post in the linky.
  • You don't have to review the books you read however if you do, you will be able to post your links to your reviews here.
  • Books have to have less than 300 pages to count.
  • Books such as MG/YA, graphic novels/manga, audio, rereads, can count toward your goal.
    • *Updated* Anthologies and short stories count as well. (I can't believe I forgot about these.)
  • Feel free to crossover the books you read for this challenge with other challenges.
(If you have any questions feel free to ask, I feel like I might be missing something here, but I could be wrong.)

Now the Levels/It will hold with:
String: 5 books
Paperclips: 10 books
Duck tape: 15 books
Gorilla glue: 20+ books

This is my first challenge so I'll see how this goes. I'll try and have a giveaway at the end of the year for all of those who have finished the challenge!



Book of Your Choice Giveaway!


Details:
-Giveaway will last for one month, it begins December 20th.
-The winner will be chosen using rafflecopter.
-This giveaway is International, as long as The Book Depository delivers to you. (Or if you want kindle ebooks instead as long as you can receive Amazon gifting.) 
-You can receive more than one book as long as the total is under 15 US dollars. 
-I'll give the winners 72 hours to respond to my email before picking a new one.

So here's the rafflecopter. Good luck. Have fun over the holidays and keep safe. 

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox Givaway

So here's The Magic Warble giveaway! I've personally just gotten my hands on this book, so I can't wait to start reading it myself. (Unfortunately December is proving to be a slow reading month for me.) Victoria has kindly offered to giveaway 3 ebooks (US and International) here at Jessie's Book Place. Some things Victoria asked me to tell you about the book. It's 267 pages long and it's a MG read.

Description (from Goodreads): Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz. In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she's honored as "the chosen one," the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz's control. But it's not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous "Magic Warble," in its final resting place. She must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen's "zelbocks" before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, and an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.


About Victoria 


Victoria was born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, to an Austrian immigrant mother, and a Dutch immigrant father. She now lives in Western Washington with her husband, Russ and their three children, Toby, Kristina, and William. Her other family members are a Chihuahua, named Pipsy and two cats, named Frodo and Fritz. Besides being an author, Victoria is a home-schooling mother of twelve years and an elementary school art teacher of eleven years. In her spare time, Victoria enjoys managing her two older children's Celtic band. She also loves writing, reading, painting watercolors, hiking, good movies, and just simply hanging out with her family and friends.



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Jessie's Book Place 2nd Blogoversary


Okay, okay, so I'm EARLY. I know, however, granted Christmas is next week and I don't want to start this over the weekend I have plans. So this is going up early. 1st thing I have a few giveaways coming up in the next few days. Two of my own and Victoria Simcox has kindly offered to give away ebooks of The Magic Warble and The Black Shard, which I'll be putting during my Blogoversary. Schedule for the week will look something like this:

Today:
- Begins the the giveaway for The Magic Warble and it'll last about three weeks, The Black Shard giveaway will begin sometime after that ends. *Updated with the link to the giveaway post*

Tomorrow:
-Book of your choice (under 15 US$) giveaway. That one will last about a month. *Updated with the link to the giveaway post*

And Friday:
-Jessie's (yes third person and all) favorite reads of 2012 giveaway. That one will last about a month and a half. *Updated with link to the giveaway post*

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Top Ten Tuesday (13)


This weekly meme is hosted at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is "Top Ten Books I Read in 2012". This year, I finally got around to reading a few books that have been sitting on my shelves for I don't know how long, and they turned out to be some of the best books, I couldn't believe I had waited so long. Others I either came out this year or I received them this year. (And I just counted series as one to save myself some space for other books just in case.) In no real order:

Monday, December 17, 2012

2013 Wishlist Challange


This is the Wishlist Challenge hosted at Uniflame Creates for 2013. By the end of the year, I will probably have made it a little more than halfway through the 2012 Wishlist Challenge.... Let's try if I can do better in 2013? For this challenge I'll have to read 12 books from my wishlist (I'll have to make a copy of it before the new year). I can't really decide on just twelve, and honestly between R.A.Ks and Book Exchanges, I never know what books from my wishlist I'm likely to get anyway. 

Read in 2013:
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Wishlist books acquired:
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  • Terra by Gretchen Powell
  • Welcome, Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell
  • The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
  • Vision in White by Nora Roberts
  • A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer


Chunky Mini Challenge


And here's there (Dusty and/or) Chunky Mini-Challenge for Read 52 Book in 52 Weeks.. I'm just going to try the Chunky part of this mini-challenge as I have my own personal "Dusty" like challenge. This Chunky Challenge is to read books with over 500 pages. The level I'm going to go with is: Long Tall Sally - 6 books.

Read in 2013:
  1. A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller
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A to Z Read 52 Books Mini-Challenge


Alright here's the A to Z Mini-Challenge for Read 52 Book in 52 Weeks. For this one, I'm going to try to commit to getting A-Z titles (I imagine getting it by Author names would be harder). 

Read in 2013:

2013 Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks


Okay well this will be my third year, participating (and I'm having trouble spelling that word) in Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks. And yes, I know another challenge, but I never feel bad about this joining this challenge. This will be the fifth year that this challenge has been running, so the added challenge of reading five books from different Categories and/or Genres was added, along with different mini-challenges. I'll be taking part in the A to Z and the Chunky mini challenges (I'll be making post for the different mini-challenges shortly).

Read in 2013:

  1. A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller
  2. Married by Mistake by Abby Gaines
  3. How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back by Sophie Barnes
  4. Mairelon the Magician by Patricia C. Wrede
  5. The Magician's Ward by Patricia C. Wrede
  6. The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe
  7. Blood Fugue by E.J. Wesley
  8. Witch's Nocturne by E.J. Wesley 
  9. The Dream Thief by Shana Abe
  10. Root Bound by Tanya Karen Gough
  11. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  12. Scary Beautiful by Niki Burnham 
  13. The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott
  14. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  15. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  16. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  17. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
  18. Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
  19. On the Bright Side, I'm Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
  20. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison
  21. Sweet Mercy by Ann Tatlock
  22. Outpost by Ann Aguirre
  23. The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  24. The Titan's Curse by Rick Riordan
  25. The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan
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2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge


More challenges? Yes, yes, yes, I know, I know. I'm an addict, but I've already said that that was okay. This one is the 2013 Book Bingo Reading Challenge! It was created by Anne from Creativity’s Corner and Kristilyn from Reading in Winter. I would want to try to fill out the whole Bingo card. However, I think most of my trouble will come from reading books released in 2013. I only read a handful of books this year that was released this year. And, right now there are only... two books maybe that I want that will be released in 2013. 



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Reading Challenge Addict 2013

Reading Challenge Addict

I don't have a problem how dare you. I've only signed up for twenty challenges so far for 2013, that nothing compared to 35 for 2012. Okay, maybe I have a small problem. So hi. I'm Jessie, and I'm a reading challenge addict and I see nothing wrong with it. Nope. And, this is the Reading Challenge Addict. Okay, I'm going to go with level two: On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed). I find that over the past two years since I've been participating in challenges that ten is the number I seem to hit (well a little over this year), so this seems reasonable to me.

The Classics Reading Challenge 2013


Here's The Classics Reading Challenge hosted by Thoughts at One in the Morning. Last year I joined a classics challenge... and I did terribly at it. For this challenge the goal is to read at least one classic book published before 1980.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Telling Tales Challenge 2013


Here's another Retelling challenge: Telling Tales Challenge hosted by An Armchair by the Sea. For this challenge any genre related to fairy tales and/or mythology can be counted. The level I'll be going with for this one is the 3rd level: Princess - read 10 books.

The Dystopia Reading Challenge


And here's another Dystopia Challenge this one hosted by Bookish Ardour. So for this one I'll try to aim for the first level: Asocial– Choose 5 books to read, however, I'll hope (with the sequels and what not to the books I have) maybe I'll get almost to level two: Contagion – Choose 15 books to read.

Genre Variety Reading Challenge


Now here's the Genre Variety Reading Challenge hosted by Daydreamer's Thoughts. The goal for this challenge is to read as many different genres in a year as possible. For this challenge I decided to go with the first level: Careful; 6 different genres, 6 books. Though I would like to make it at least to the second level. 

Free Reads Reading Challenge


It's hard to believe that I only discovered giveaways a year ago. The number of free books I've won is piling up. This is the Free Reads Challenge hosted by Bookish Ardour. The goal for this challenge is to read books received for free, that I haven't read yet. I'm going to go with the first level: For Me? – Choose 5 books to read. However, with the number of free reads, I have, maybe I'll make it to level two.

Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge 2013


And here's the 2013 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge hosted by Debz Bookshelf. This is another challenge I completed in 2012. Oh yeah. So I'm signing up for it again. And, I'm upping the ante this year. The level I'm going to go with is: Damsel in Distress: 10-12 books

What An Animal Reading Challenge


I wasn't sure if I was going to sign up for this challenge, but I thought I would give it a try. This is the What An Animal Reading Challenge hosted by Yvonne over at Socrates Book Reviews. The goal for this challenge is read 6 books that have an animal either in the title/on the cover/has an animal with a major role/the main character turns into a main character. Now I have books that fit this, so I think it's possible for me to possibly get to this goal. (I would go through my books for this one, but I'm a little lazy right now.)

Read in 2013:
  1. The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott
  2. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
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2013 Off the Shelf Reading Challenge


So here's the Off the Shelf Challenge hosted by Bookish Ardour. This is a challenge that I may or may not have actually completed in 2012 (hey the year isn't up yet, I still have time to try to finish it!). The goal for this challenge is to read books that have been sitting on my bookshelf for sometime (before 2013) and haven't been read yet. I'm going to go with level two: Trying – Choose 15 books to read. My not so accurate TBR list is here: TBR List

Books read:
  1. A Blight of Mages by Karen Miller
  2. How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back by Sophie Barnes
  3. Enclave by Ann Aguirre
  4. The Swan Kingdom by Zoë Marriott
  5. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
  6. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  7. Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison
  8. Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker
  9. Abarat: Absolute Midnight by Clive Barker
  10. On a Wicked Dawn by Stephanie Laurens
  11. On a Wild Night by Stephanie Laurens
  12. Incarceron by Catherine Fisher
  13. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  14. The Fairy Godmother by Mercedes Lackey
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Dystopia Reading Challenge 2013


Dystopia books, much like Steampunk is something, I seem to have been left in the dark about. Which is slightly odd when you think about it, considering I have a number of books on my shelf that fall under this genre. So this is the Dystopia Reading Challenge hosted by Blog of Erised. I'm hoping to at least finish the first Level 1: Recruit (1 to 6 books) and maybe move on to Level 2: Rebel (7 to 12 books), I think I might have enough with the books I have (and their sequels when I finally get around to buying them), sound be enough.

Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge


Here's the Monthly Key Word Challenge hosted by Bookmark to Blog. For this challenge I would have to read one book a month that matches one of the key words for that month.

2013 Ebook Challenge


Here's the 2013 EBook Challenge hosted by Workaday Reads. In June (I think it was in June), I bought myself a Kindle. Lately I find that I've only been using it for books I'll be reviewing. I have many, many ebooks, that I've gotten for free or won. For this challenge I'll be going with the first level Floppy disk – 5 ebooks

2013 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge


Now here's the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge hosted by Historical Tapestry. I was debating whether or not I was going to join this challenge, but in the end I decided to go ahead with it. I have a soft spot for historical fiction (and historical romance is my guilty pleasure). I've decided to go with the second level: Victorian reader - 5 books.