30 April 2016

2016 Reading Challenges Update - April

Because Reading is better than reali life

The first Challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 Bookish Resolutions Challenge, hosted by Laura @ trips down imagination lane and Michelle @ Because Reading. The challenge runs from 1st January 2016 to 31st December 2016 and you can sign up here before 1st March 2016.

My 2016 resolutions are:

Bookish resolutions
  • Get Netgalley ratio up to 80%
    • January - 57%
    • February - 57%
    • March - 52% (This better start going up real soon!)
    • April - 54%
  • Read 20 physical books I already owned prior to 1st January
    • January - 2
    • February - 4
    • March - 8
    • April - 9 (plus 1 bought since January)
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 2
    • March - 2
    • April - 3
  • Finish 6 series
    • January - Finished/Up-to-date = 2
    • February - Finished/Up-to-date = 3
    • March - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • April - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
  • Reach my Goodreads goal this year (65 books)
    • January - 8
    • February - 14
    • March - 23
    • April - 33 (I've hit the halfway point! I may just have to increase my goal...)
Blogging resolutions
  • Finish updating all blog posts to current layout
    • January - A few updated this month
    • February - All reviews updated! Just to update all other posts and make a few tweaks.
    • March - All Top Ten Tuesday posts tweaked.
    • April - Don't think I've done anything this month...
  • Visit 4 blogs a week, so 16 a month (not including memes) (by visit I mean comment on)
    • January - 9 (Need to be better)
    • February - 12 (Getting there)
    • March - 16 (I made it! Woo!)
    • April - 9 (I really hope last month wasn't a fluke)
  • Blog ahead - get to at least 6 weeks ahead
    • January - 2 weeks ahead (I think...)
    • February - 1 week ahead
    • March - 0 weeks ahead (Hopefully, I'll get a few scheduled next week...)
    • April - 0 weeks ahead (however, I was ill so I kind of expected this to happen)
Personal resolutions
  • Start going to the gym again
    • January - I'm joining tomorrow...
    • February - On hold indefinitely... need to save money
    • March - Still on hold...
    • April - ....I did install the FitBit app onto my phone....
  • Start learning Spanish again
    • January - Haven't started yet...
    • February - Still haven't started....
    • March - Maybe next month...
    • April - ....


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The second challenge I will be participating in is the 2016 New Release Challenge hosted by Lexxie @ (Un)conventional Bookreviews and Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!. The aim of the challenge is to read as many books released in 2016 as possible. Sign up is open until 15th February 2016.

As this is my first year participating in this challenge and I'm wanting to read more books that I already own, I'm going to set my goal as New Release Pro so 16-30 books.

    Because Reading is better than real life

    The third challenge I want to participate in is the 2016 Reading Assignment Challenge hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading. Sign up is open until 1st July 2016. I'm hoping this will help me reduce the number of physical books I have still to read.

    As this is also my first year participating in this challenge (and I don't know how well I'll do reading from a set list), I'm aiming for level 1 so 12 books and 1 book a month. These are the books I plan to read over the year:


    The fourth, and final, challenge is the 2016 TBR Pile Reading Challenge hosted by Evie @ Bookish Lifestyle. The aim is to read as many books (published in or before 2015) from your TBR as possible. Sign up is open until 31 November 2016.

    I'm going to set my goal at A Friendly Hug so 11 to 20 books.

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    28 April 2016

    ARC Review: Anything You Want, Geoff Herbach

    Anything You Want

    Title: Anything You Want
    Author: Geoff Herbach
    Published: 03/05/2016, Sourcebooks Fire
    Pages: 320
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 2.5/5

    "Expect a bundle of joy—er, trouble—in this hilarious, heartwarming story from the award-winning author of Stupid Fast Geoff Herbach

    Taco's mom always said, "Today is the best day of your life, and tomorrow will be even better." That was hard to believe the day she died of cancer and when Taco's dad had to move up north for work, but he sure did believe it when Maggie Corrigan agreed to go with him to junior prom. Taco loves Maggie- even more than the tacos that earned him his nickname. And she loves him right back.

    Except all that love? It gets Maggie pregnant. Everyone else may be freaking out, but Taco can't wait to have a real family again. He just has to figure out what it means to be a dad and how to pass calculus. And then there's getting Maggie's parents to like him. Because it would be so much easier for them to be together if he didn't have to climb the side of the Corrigans' house to see her..."

    26 April 2016

    25 April 2016

    ARC Review: This Secret We're Keeping, Rebecca Done

    This Secret We're Keeping

    Title: This Secret We're Keeping
    Author: Rebecca Done
    Published: 07/04/2016, Penguin
    Pages: 480
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 3.5/5

    "A pupil and a teacher. Is it ever right to break the rules? Jessica Hart has never forgotten Matthew Landley. After all, he was her first love when she was fifteen years old. But he was also her school maths teacher, and their forbidden affair ended in scandal with his arrest and imprisonment. Now, seventeen years later, Matthew returns to Norfolk, with a new identity and a long-term girlfriend and a young daughter, who know nothing of what happened before. Yet when he runs into Jessica, neither of them can ignore the emotional ties that bind them together. With so many secrets to keep hidden, how long can Jessica and Matthew avoid the dark mistakes of their past imploding in the present? From debut author Rebecca Done, This Secret We're Keeping is a powerful and provocative novel about the ties which can keep us together - or tear us apart."

    24 April 2016

    The Sunday Post (Late Edition) (24 April)


    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

    21 April 2016

    Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars, John Green

    The Fault in Our Stars

    Title: The Fault in Our Stars
    Author: John Green
    Published: 03/01/2013, Penguin Books
    Pages: 318
    Source: Bought
    Format: Paperback

    Rating: 4/5

    "Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

    Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love."

    19 April 2016

    Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Will Make You Laugh


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books that will make you laugh (or chuckle). Apparently, I need to read more funny books as I've only come up with 4 this week, so I can't wait to see all your suggestions.

    18 April 2016

    Book Review: Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter #1), Jeff Lindsay

    Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, #1)

    Title: Darkly Dreaming Dexter
    Series: Dexter #1
    Author: Jeff Lindsay
    Published: 2005, Orion Books
    Pages: 275
    Source: Bought
    Format: Paperback

    Rating: 5/5

    "Dexter Morgan appears to be the perfect gentleman. He leads a normal, quiet life working as a forensic officer for the Miami Police. He has a nice, shy girlfriend and is liked by her young children. But Dexter has a secret hobby. He's an accomplished serial killer.

    So far he's killed dozens of people and has never been caught, because he knows exactly how to dispose of the evidence. And there are those who would rather he wasn't caught at all, because Dexter is a serial killer with a difference. He only kills the city's bad guys.

    Then Dexter's well-organised life is thrown into chaos. Another serial killer is invading his territory - and he wants Dexter to come out and play..."

    17 April 2016

    The Sunday Post (17 April)


    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

    14 April 2016

    ARC Review: Once Upon a Dream (A Twisted Tale #2), Liz Braswell

    Once Upon a Dream (A Twisted Tale, #2)

    Title: Once Upon a Dream
    Series: A Twisted Tale #2
    Author: Liz Braswell
    Published: 05/04/2016, Disney Press
    Pages: 448
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 2/5

    "What if the sleeping beauty never woke up? Once Upon a Dream marks the second book in a new YA line that reimagines classic Disney stories in surprising new ways.

    It should be simple--a dragon defeated, a slumbering maiden, a prince poised to wake her. But when said prince falls asleep as soon as his lips meet the princess's, it is clear that this fairy tale is far from over.

    With a desperate fairy's last curse infiltrating her mind, Princess Aurora will have to navigate a dangerous and magical landscape deep in the depths of her dreams. Soon she stumbles upon Phillip, a charming prince eager to join her quest. But with Maleficent's agents following her every move, Aurora struggles to discover who her true allies are, and moreover, who she truly is. Time is running out. Will the sleeping beauty be able to wake herself up?"

    12 April 2016

    Top Ten Tuesday: Books Every Animal Lover Should Read


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books every X should read. Therefore, I'm giving my list of top ten books every animal lover should read. I've read some of these, but others are sitting on my TBR and I can't wait to read them

    11 April 2016

    The Sunday Post (10 April) (Late Edition)


    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

    08 April 2016

    My Expanding Bookshelf Double Milestone Giveaway

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    This week has I have hit a double milestone here at My Expanding Bookshelf. Not only did I hit 150 Bloglovin' followers, I also hit 200 Twitter followers! I can't believe it and would like to thank every single one of you for being a follower.

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    So to celebrate, I'm giving one lucky winner the chance to win ANY BOOK of their choice up to the value of £10 from the Book Depository. This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL (as long as the Book Depository ships to your country) and will run until next Friday (15 April @ 12 a.m.).



    07 April 2016

    ARC Review: Tragedy Girl, Christine Hurley Deriso

    Tragedy Girl

    Title: Tragedy Girl
    Author: Christine Hurley Deriso
    Published: 08/04/2016, Flux
    Pages: 240
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 3.5/5

    "Of course Anne would be drawn to Blake. He’s good looking, he’s friendly, and they both bring sob stories to the table: her parents died in a car wreck, his girlfriend, Cara, drowned. Of course Blake would understand what she’s gone through. And of course they can help each other work through the pain. It’s like it was meant to be.

    But just as Anne starts to feel she’s finally found something good in all the tragedy, she can’t ignore signs that something’s off. Her friends rarely let her be alone with Blake. Even those closest to Blake seem uneasy around him. And then there are the rumors about the death of Cara, whose body was never recovered. Rumors that suggest Blake’s pain is hiding something darker than Anne can even begin to comprehend . . ."

    05 April 2016

    04 April 2016

    ARC Review: Read Me Like a Book, Liz Kessler

    Read Me Like a Book

    Title: Read Me Like a Book
    Author: Liz Kessler
    Published: 07/04/2016, Orion Children's Books
    Pages: 304
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 2/5

    "Ashleigh Walker is in love. You know the feeling - that intense, heart-racing, all-consuming emotion that can only come with first love. It's enough to stop her worrying about bad grades at college. Enough to distract her from her parents' marriage troubles. There's just one thing bothering her . . .

    Shouldn't it be her boyfriend, Dylan, who makes her feel this way - not Miss Murray, her English teacher?

    A thought-provoking coming out story from a highly skilled author."

    03 April 2016

    The Sunday Post (3 April)


    The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly of Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

    01 April 2016

    ARC Review: Then Comes Love, Lindsay Detwiler

    Then Comes Love

    Title: Then Comes Love
    Author: Lindsay Detwiler
    Published: 18/03/2016, Hot Tree Publishing
    Pages: 322
    Source: Hot Tree Promotions
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 3/5

    "Sometimes in life, changes can be good…

    After losing her husband, her five cats, and her home, Charlotte Noel hates feeling dependent. As Charlotte tries to find her identity in this new stage of life, she comes to realize that drama never ends, dance aerobics can be a war zone, and love is always a possibility.

    You never know when a midlife crisis is going to strike…

    Charlotte’s daughter, Annie, is going through struggles of her own. Recently divorced, she is feeling frumpy and worn-out. Run ragged, Annie mourns her youth and wonders where her life is headed, all while hoping she can help her daughter Amelia get it together.

    Settling down can be overrated, especially when you’re falling for a rock star look-alike…

    Amelia is the wild child of the family. Working three jobs, because she just hasn’t figured out what she wants in life, she realizes happiness isn’t always settling down with a steady, dependable man; sometimes it’s about following your true passion and living on the edge.

    No matter what age you are, life and love can be crazy…"

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