31 August 2016

2016 Reading Challenges Update - August

BookishResolution Challenge 2016

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%
    • May - 56% 
    • June - 54%
    • July - 54%
    • August - 56%
  • Read 20 physical books I already owned prior to 1st January
    • January - 2
    • February - 4
    • March - 8
    • April - 9
    • May - 10
    • June - 10
    • July - 12
    • August - 14
  • Reread 5 books
    • January - 0
    • February - 2
    • March - 2
    • April - 3
    • May - 4
    • June - 4
    • July - 4
    • August - 5
  • 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
    • May - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • June - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • July - Finished/Up-to-date = 4
    • August - 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...)
    • May - 39
    • June - 40
    • July - 44
    • August - 51
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...
    • May - Again, I don't think I've done anything
    • June - This month has been a rubbish month all around for the blog
    • July - Slight changes to blog template
    • August - I actually can't remember if I done anything - I may have made a few tweaks at the start of the 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)
    • May - 2 (I'm sorry! I'm such a bad person!)
    • June - 4 (Yeah this is just one massive fail! I'm sorry!)
    • July - I'm not actually sure if I've commented at all this month, I can't remember! I will honestly try better in August!
    • August - 8... It was going so well the first week, then due to personal reasons I've not been around as much as I'd hoped.
  • 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)
    • May - 0 weeks ahead (Well... it looks like this on is heading for failure...)
    • June - 0 weeks ahead (In fact, I'm probably in minus figures at the moment...)
    • July - Still 0 weeks ahead... This is just turning into a massive fail!
    • August - ...still 0 weeks...
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....
    • May - I went to the Gym 4 times! (But I no longer have the FitBit app as my phone broke)
    • June - I went to the Gym once (and had one of my dizzy spells 10 minutes in so sat out for the rest of the class)
    • July - Nope not been
    • August - Nope...
  • Start learning Spanish again
    • January - Haven't started yet...
    • February - Still haven't started....
    • March - Maybe next month...
    • April - ....
    • May - ....maybe next year....
    • June - ...nope...
    • July - Still not started...
    • August - ...and nope...


New Release Challenge 2016 - (un)Conventional Bookviews

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.

    2016HWLogo

    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. I have now passed original goal in July so I'm going to up my goal to First Kiss so 21 to 30 books!

    Follow me via GoodreadsTwitterBloglovinInstagram and Pinterest.

    Feel free to leave a comment.

    30 August 2016

    Top Ten Tuesday: Back to School Freebie


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is a back to school freebie. So I'm choosing books that would be on my classroom shelf if I was a teacher.

    29 August 2016

    ARC Review: Asking For It, Louise O'Neill

    Asking For It

    Title: Asking For It
    Author: Louise O'Neill
    Published: 14/07/2016, riverrun
    Pages: 344
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 4.5/5

    "FROM THE WINNER OF THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR AWARD. It's the beginning of the summer in a small town in Ireland. Emma O'Donovan is eighteen years old, beautiful, happy, confident. One night, there's a party. Everyone is there. All eyes are on Emma. The next morning, she wakes on the front porch of her house. She can't remember what happened, she doesn't know how she got there. She doesn't know why she's in pain. But everyone else does. Photographs taken at the party show, in explicit detail, what happened to Emma that night. But sometimes people don't want to believe what is right in front of them, especially when the truth concerns the town's heroes..."

    25 August 2016

    ARC Review: The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise #2), Rachel Vincent

    The Flame Never Dies (The Stars Never Rise, #2)

    Title: The Flame Never Dies
    Series: The Stars Never Rise #2
    Author: Rachel Vincent
    Published: 16/08/2016, MIRA Ink
    Pages: 352
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 4/5

    "ONE SPARK WILL RISE

    Nina Kane was born to be an exorcist. And since uncovering the horrifying truth―that the war against demons is far from over―seventeen-year-old Nina and her pregnant sister, Mellie, have been on the run, incinerating the remains of the demon horde as they go.

    In the badlands, Nina, Mellie, and Finn, the fugitive and rogue exorcist who saved her life, find allies in a group of freedom fighters. They also face a new threat: Pandemonia, a city full of demons. But this fresh new hell is the least of Nina’s worries. The well of souls ran dry more than a century ago, drained by the demons secretly living among humans, and without a donor soul, Mellie’s child will die within hours of its birth.

    Nina isn’t about to let that happen . . . even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice."

    23 August 2016

    Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My TBR From Before My Blog


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books that have been on my bookshelves since before I started blogging. Now, there's A LOT more than ten but I'm definitely just going to limit myself because I'd be here all day otherwise.

    22 August 2016

    Book Review: Buster, Will Barrow & Isabel George

    Buster: The Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives

    Title: Buster: The Dog Who Saved a Thousand Lives
    Author: Will Barrow, Isabel George
    Published: 15/01/2015, Virgin Books
    Pages: 256
    Source: Bought
    Format: Hardback

    Rating: 3/5

    "Thousands of lives have been saved by this spaniel. He is a best friend in dog's clothing. An RAF dog with his mossy feet firmly on the ground. A brave dog who has served his colleagues and his country with unstinting devotion. A dog in a million.

    This is the story of the partnership of Buster and Will, told by Will himself, describing how each came to save the other's life. This is a relationship that produced some heroic feats - and the most decorated dog in military history.

    'With some dogs you share a boil in the bag breakfast and maybe a blanket on a cold desert floor. Some you wouldn't leave in charge of your Grandma unless you wanted to find out just how fast the old girl could run. But, if you're very, very lucky there will be the one dog you would lay down your life for - and for me that dog is Buster.'"

    18 August 2016

    ARC Review: Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle #1), Jay Kristoff

    Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle, #1)

    Title: Nevernight
    Series: The Nevernight Chronicle #1
    Author: Jay Kristoff
    Published: 11/08/2016, Harper Voyager
    Pages: 643
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 4/5

    "Destined to destroy empires, Mia Covere is only ten years old when she is given her first lesson in death.

    Six years later, the child raised in shadows takes her first steps towards keeping the promise she made on the day that she lost everything.

    But the chance to strike against such powerful enemies will be fleeting, so if she is to have her revenge, Mia must become a weapon without equal. She must prove herself against the deadliest of friends and enemies, and survive the tutelage of murderers, liars and demons at the heart of a murder cult.

    The Red Church is no Hogwarts, but Mia is no ordinary student.

    The shadows love her. And they drink her fear."

    17 August 2016

    The Goodreads Book Tag

    I was so sure that I had done this tag before, but I haven't so I just have to complete it now! I wasn't tagged but I've seen this tag crop up on a few blogs recently including Brandie @ Brandie is a Book Junkie, Christina @ The Reading Queen and Lexxie @ (Un)Conventional Book Views.

    16 August 2016

    Top Ten Tuesday: Books with a War Setting


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books with an X setting. I'm going to go for ten books with a war setting as this is completely different to anything I've done so far.

    09 August 2016

    Top Ten Tuesday: Rewind - Popular Authors I Haven't Read Yet


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is Top Ten Tuesday rewind so go back and do a past topic you have missed. I've chosen a topic from way back in April 2014 and it is popular authors I haven't read (yet). These are all authors I definitely plan to read.

    08 August 2016

    The Get to Know Me Tag

    I've seen this tag around a few times recently, including on You, Me and a Cup of Tea and The Quiet People, and I've been meaning to complete it for ages so I thought now is as good a time as any. I've been blogging over a year now and thought this would be a great way for you guys to get to know me a bit better of course.

    04 August 2016

    Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter #8), J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Harry Potter, #8)

    Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
    Series: Harry Potter #8
    Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
    Published: 31/07/2016, Little Brown UK
    Pages: 330
    Source: Bought
    Format: Hardback

    Rating: 4.5/5

    "It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

    While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places."

    02 August 2016

    Top Ten Tuesday: If I Had a Fully Loaded Gift Card I Would Buy


    Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's topic is ten books I'd buy right now if someone handed me a fully loaded gift card. And it's my birthday next week so with any luck I will be getting some gift cards!!

    01 August 2016

    2016 Reading Challenges Update - July

    BookishResolution Challenge 2016

    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.

    ARC Review: You Before Anyone Else, Julie Cross & Mark Perini

    You Before Anyone Else

    Title: You Before Anyone Else
    Author: Julie Cross & Mark Perini
    Published: 02/08/2016, Sourcebooks Fire
    Pages: 400
    Source: Netgalley
    Format: Ebook

    Rating: 3/5

    "Model Finley needs someone to help her shed her "good girl" persona, so she'll try Eddie on for size.

    New York City model Finley is fed up with hearing the same feedback at castings: she needs to take some serious action to wipe the "good girl" stamp from her resume if she wants to launch to stardom.

    Enter Eddie Wells. He's shallow, predictable…and just as lost as Finley feels. Deep down, Finley is drawn to Eddie's bravado, his intensity. Except Eddie is hiding something. A big something. And when it surfaces, both loving and leaving Finley will become so much harder."

    Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...