Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge 2018

I’ve participated in the Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge for the past few years, and I’ve always won the challenge…so why not aim for it again?

For this challenge, you have to read mystery / crime / thriller / suspense books. This year, I’m aiming for level Special Agent, which means I have to read between 36 and 55 books. Wish me luck!

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. When Time is Cracked and The Trees Cry by Nahum Megged
  2. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
  3. Michelle by Ayala Yoked
  4. Skull Session by Daniel Hecht
  5. Her Name is Mercie by Chris Roy
  6. My Name is Nelson by Dylan Fairchield
  7. In The Wrong Hands by Avi Domoshevizki
  8. Wild Prey by Yossi Uzrad
  9. Missing in Michigan (Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Book #1) by April A. Taylor
  10. Frightened in France (Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Book #2) by April A. Taylor
  11. Incomplete Silence by Paul Usiskin
  12. Broken Code by Rafael Malul
  13. The False Mirror by Dana V. Moison
  14. The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber

New Release Reading Challenge 2018

I’ve been participating in the New Release challenge for a few years now. Last year, I aimed to read 61-100 new books, and I ended up reading 125 new release. Wow! With the challenge being so successful, of course I wanted to sign up again for this year.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Unconventional Book Views.

This year, I’m aiming for level 3 again, namely to read 61-100 new books this year. Fingers crossed!

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Derailed (A Prequel Novella) by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
  2. Three Minutes of Eternity by Alon Amir
  3. Sleep my Valley by Ruth Netzer
  4. I’m Not From Around Here by Ishai Klinowsky
  5. The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor
  6. Her Russian Fixer by Leslie North
  7. For A Glimpse Beyond The Terminus by Jordan R. Anderson
  8. Sweet Dreams by Stacey Keith
  9. Sanctuary by Makayla Love
  10. Miranda Bay by Susan Tarr
  11. Song for Jess by Meg Buchanan
  12. To Know Torah Vol. 1 The Book of Genesis by Ephraim Chamiel
  13. Kedesha by Ohad Pele Ezrahi
  14. Leave Me Alone by Orit Yogev
  15. Israel – Island of Success by Noga Kainan and Adam Reuter
  16. Conversations About Evaluation by Miri Levin-Rozalis
  17. Michelle by Ayala Yoked
  18. Skull Session by Daniel Hecht
  19. How To Be Our Own Psychologists? by Meirav Harel
  20. The Emerald Circle by L. Rosenman
  21. Her Name is Mercie by Chris Roy
  22. My Name is Nelson by Dylan Fairchield
  23. The Word of Abusz Weber by Michel Werber
  24. The Immortal Seeds: A Tribute to Golden Treasures by Sambath Maes
  25. The Folly of Life by Michael F. Kaufmann
  26. A Breath She Took by Ilan Amit
  27. You Deserve Better: Success in Real-Life Negotiations by Yossi Maaravi
  28. Four Winds of Love by Danny Caspi
  29. Love Lost in the War by Orit Raz
  30. Rich Before 40: The Ultimate Guide to Wealth by Paz Itzhaki
  31. Wood, Luck & Survival by Reuven Govrin
  32. In The Wrong Hands by Avi Domoshevizki
  33. Wild Prey by Yossi Uzrad
  34. Missing in Michigan (Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Book #1) by April A. Taylor
  35. Memoirs of a Road Warrior by Fred Klein
  36. The Other Side of the Sky by Haner Bat Hannah
  37. The Adventures of the Immortal Zombie Girl by Anthony Dial
  38. I Can See You Now by Michael Shraga and Ayelet Shraga
  39. New Economics by Micha Dotan
  40. Dona Gracia’s Gold Pendant by Michal Aharoni Regev
  41. The Ones Who Won by Nuria Amir
  42. Frightened in France (Alexa Bentley Paranormal Mysteries Book #2) by April A. Taylor
  43. Why Is It Always My Fault? by Dr. David Yagil
  44. Creative Marketing by Dr. Yaniv Zaid
  45. The Magnet: The Way to Fulfill Your Dreams by Oriella Paz-Maureen
  46. Amelia, The Merballs and The Emerald Cannon by Evonne Blanchard
  47. Small Steps to Great Parenting by Dr. Kalanit Ben-Ari
  48. Incomplete Silence by Paul Usiskin
  49. Curse of the Sea by Joni Parker
  50. Broken Code by Rafael Malul
  51. Beast by Shirley Gal
  52. The False Mirror by Dana V. Moison
  53. DO NOT DISTURB, I’m Drawing by Michal Bogin Feinberg and Rony Bogin
  54. Heaven and Hell by Yair Dori
  55. The Girl From Scorpions Pass by Miri Furstenberg
  56. Mastering Organizational Change: Theory and Practice by Dr. Amir Levy
  57. Born Leaders by David Amir
  58. Love for Two Lifetimes by Martina Boone
  59. Life & Death in the Forest of Angels by Bernad Mann
  60. Slowly Melting by Yuval Hollander
  61. The Xanthippe Factor by Sara Breslerman
  62. Uniting Kingdoms by Oran Thaller
  63. Storm in a Cup of Coffee by Keren Or
  64. Getting Used to Success by H.J. Shalev
  65. The End-Time Foretellers by Ran Weber
  66. Parkinson’s? you Must be Joking! by Alona Golan Sadan
  67. Understanding Pain is Your Guide to Healing by Hayuta Epstein
  68. Dearly Beloved by Peggy Jaeger
  69. Inside the Chinese Wine Industry by Loren Mayshark
  70. My Way To You by Lyndell Williams
  71. The Monster of Selkirk Book 1: The Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton
  72. From Frights to Flaws by Sunayna Prasad (updated edition)

Dystopian Reading Challenge 2017

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I didn’t win the Dystopian Reading Challenge last year, so I’m trying again this year – although I’m aiming for a lower level.

This time, I’m going for level 2 – Rebel, which means I have to read and review 6-10 dystopan books.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on My Soul Called Life.

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Stealing Liberty by Jennifer Froelich
  2. The Dreadful Tango in Paris by Charles Z. David
  3. Young Harry: The Scroll of Spera (Refuge City Book 2) by Amos Castel el Halili

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Beat The Backlist Challenge 2017

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The purpose of the Beat the Backlist Challenge is to knock off titles that have been on your TBR list for a while. Naturally, that means the books have to be released prior to 2017.

You can set your own goals for this challenge. I finished a lot of eBooks from my backlist last year, but this year I’m focusing on paperbacks / physical copies. I’d like to read at least 20 books from my backlist this year.

You can find out more about the challenge or sign up to participate on Novel Knight.

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
  2. Stormy Waters by Miron Ben Ari
  3. Uscolia: Learning Without Teaching by Gabriel Lanyi
  4. Take Me To The Start by J.R. Kavit
  5. Fool Me Twice by Philippa Jane Keyworth
  6. A Random Traveler by Leo Getz
  7. The Convenient Escape by Robert Downs
  8. Sunset Reads: Damian & Layla by D.C. Triana
  9. Place to Belong by Claire Boston
  10. Tribulations by Faith Hunter
  11. No Quarter: Wenches (Volume 1) by MJL Evans and GM O’Connor
  12. Legacy by Hannah Fielding
  13. Pork Pies by Judy Nichols
  14. Blood Rain by Nancy Gray
  15. Vision: Seeing is Achieving by Allan Sealy
  16. Redfern by G.D. Tinnams

Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge 2017

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Last year, I participated in the Netgalley challenge. I didn’t reach my goal, but I made a fair amount of progress. I’m not sure if the blogger will host a challenge for 2017 since it’s been months since there have been new posts on her blog – but I did want to participate in a similar challenge. Luckily, I found the Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge.

I don’t really use Edelweiss, but hopefully that’ll change next year.

For this challenge, you have to read a number of books you got from Netgalley or Edelweiss. I’m aiming for Silver level – 25 books.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Bookish Things and More.

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
  2. The Convenient Escape by Robert Downs
  3. Confrontation with Evil by Steven A. LaChance
  4. When Blood Reigns by Barbara Custer
  5. The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
  6. Laura Monster Crusher by Wesley King
  7. Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay
  8. List of 10: The True Story of Serial Killer Joseph Naso by C.L. Swinney
  9. The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
  10. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  11. One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn
  12. Cry Wolf by Greta Stone
  13. Ghost Box by Chris & Paulette Moon
  14. Bone White by Ronald Malfi
  15. Spirits of the Cage by Richard Estep and Vanessa Mitchell

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Bookish Resolutions Reading Challenge

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The Bookish Resolutions Reading Challenge is a new challenge I’m participating in this year. For this challenge, you have to set some resolutions for 2017, and then track your progress on completing these goals. There are three categories of goals, and you have to set a minimum number of subgoals in each category.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Trips Down Imagination Road.

My 2017 resolutions are:

Reading Goals

  • Maintain a Netgalley ratio of at least 90%
  • Complete my Goodreads reading goal
  • Read at least 20 paperback review copies that I received prior to this year

Blogging Goals

  • Keep track of my reviews on I Heart Yearly Reads, my review index on I Heart Reading, and add the covers on my Facebook page, for each month
  • Send out a weekly newsletter every Monday
  • Have at least 5 scheduled posts for the next month by the end of the previous month
  • Comment on 5 blogs a day (Monday-Friday)
  • Blog at least once a week on my author blog

Writing Goals

  • Finish at least 3 writing projects
  • Write down monthly and weekly writing goals
  • Contribute to an anthology
  • Edit at least 3 projects
  • Publish my Snoebels, Cat Detective Series (at least 3 books)

Personal Goals

  • Exercise 3 times a week
  • Draw at least once every two weeks
  • Do more creative projects

 

Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge 2017

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For the Cloak and Dagger challenge, you have to read mystery / crime / thriller / suspense books. Last year, I nearly reached the highest level, just barely missing it, so this year, I want another shot at the challenge.

This year, I’m aiming for the third level, 26-35 thriller / mystery books. This level is called Inspector, and I like the sound of that.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Murder at Midnight by John Ukah
  2. Stormy Waters by Miron Ben Ari
  3. The Convenient Escape by Robert Downs
  4. Survival: Hijacking Into Freedom by M. Ben Yanay
  5. A Kind of Woman by Helen Burko
  6. Ernie and the Evils of Insurance by Brent Ayscough
  7. Pork Pies by Judy Nichols
  8. In The Prison of Our Grief by S.E. Amadis
  9. Survivor of the Clan by Jennifer Ott
  10. From the Nile to Jordan by Ada Aharoni
  11. A Blue-Eyed Asset by Dana Arama
  12. Blood on the Ground by Paul Usiskin
  13. Thin Air by Yotam Jacobson
  14. No Medals Today by Shlomi Tal
  15. Married to the Mossad by Shalva Hessel
  16. Double Interest by Odeda Yaari
  17. The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
  18. Missing by Adiva Geffen
  19. The Watcher by Eli Carros
  20. 2036 The Proof by Zvi Speiser
  21. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  22. Stealing Liberty by Jennifer Froelich
  23. The Beautiful Dead by Belidna Bauer
  24. The Unexpected by Travon Toussiant
  25. The Carpet Weaver of Isfahan by Shmuel Peretz
  26. The Dreadful Tango in Paris by Charles Z. David
  27. I Am Not A Traitor by Y.I. Latz
  28. Life in a Box by Einat Lifshitz Shem-Tov
  29. 5th Floor Below by Menahem Misgav
  30. Roller Coaster in Tehran by Y.I. Latz
  31. Until Sweet Death Arrives by Amnon Binyamini
  32. A Trap in Paris by Uzi Eilam
  33. Singapore Under Attack by Uzi Eilam
  34. Secrets in the Woods by J.E. Smythe
  35. Penchant for Vengeance by Robert Downs
  36. Framed by Wayne Kerr
  37. Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold

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New Release Reading Challenge 2017

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Last year, I participated in the New Release challenge, aimed to review 45+ new releases, and won. Since I loved the challenge, and I get to read new releases anyway (by signing up for blog tours, receiving ARCs, and so on), I thought: why not participate again?

This year, there are 5 levels, and I’m aiming for level 3 – New Release Veteran, which requires me to read 61-100 new books this year. The majority of books I read are new releases, so I hope I’ll be able to reach this goal.

You can find out more about the challenge, or sign up to participate on Books, Movies, Reviews, Oh My!

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Lost Girls by Merrie Destefano
  2. Sweet by Lisa Hahn
  3. Confrontation with Evil by Steven A. LaChance
  4. The Journey to Magmatic by Ya’akov Halevy
  5. How To Catch Your Mate by Michael Goldenberg
  6. The Weight of Happiness by Ayelet Kalter
  7. The Fat Man’s Monologue by Aliza Galkin-Smith
  8. Millionaire Training by Tami Yaari
  9. A Kind of Woman by Helen Burko
  10. A Dog’s Luck by Liora Barash Morgenstern
  11. Lalin Bonheur by Margaret O. Howard
  12. Are You There, Krishna? by Rachel Khona
  13. The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
  14. Venus and Lysander by Yoshiyuki Ly
  15. Solomon’s Bell by Michelle Lowery Combs
  16. International Business Language by Tami Lancut Leibovitz
  17. Thirty Shades of Happiness by Haim Ben Hai
  18. Raking Light from Ashes by Relli Robinson
  19. The Big Jump by Shmuel Cohavy
  20. In The Prison of Our Grief by S.E. Amadis
  21. Someone to Stay by B.M. Sandy
  22. Laura Monster Crusher by Wesley King
  23. Survivor of the Clan by Jennifer Ott
  24. Halayda by Sarah Delena
  25. Spoonful Chronicles by Eden Ghulam
  26. Thy Paintbrush to Abstracting Images by Shavonda Robinson
  27. The Women Who Love Rome by London Tracy
  28. A Daughter’s Curse by C.J. Davidson
  29. Blood Moon by Nancy Gray
  30. Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
  31. Domme Experience by Simone Freier
  32. Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay
  33. List of 10: The True Story of Serial Killer Joseph Naso by C.L. Swinney
  34. Dreamwalkers by Tiaan Lubbe
  35. City of Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff
  36. Drakon Book 2: Uncarved by C.A. Caskabel
  37. The Laird of Duncairn by Craig Comer
  38. Ella’s Triple Pleasure by Anna Lores
  39. The Girl Who Talks to Ghosts by J.H. Moncrieff
  40. Bush Redemption by Dave Wright
  41. The Lucky Ones by Mark Edwards
  42. Gossamer (Chronicles of Eledon Book 3) by Joni Parker
  43. For Love and Fear by L.D. Carson
  44. Deathly Unloved by Annee Cooper
  45. Modern Slavery and the Gods of Consumption by Ofer Even
  46. Missing by Adiva Geffen
  47. The Watcher by Eli Carros
  48. 2036 The Proof by Zvi Speiser
  49. Rahab and Joshua – A Biblical Love Story by Rivka Gonen
  50. The Secret of Being Together by Amos Tsur & Tsafy Tsur
  51. Courage and Grace by Yoseph Komen
  52. Your Crossroads. Your Choice. by EJ Apicello
  53. Final Girls by Riley Sager
  54. The Hooligans of Kandahar by Joseph Kassabian
  55. Stealing Liberty by Jennifer Froelich
  56. The Unexpected by Travon Toussiant
  57. Dirty by R.L. Kenderson
  58. Binary Physics by Josef Zilberberg
  59. Leadership Framed by Art by Iris Lavy
  60. The Carpet Weaver of Isfahan by Shmuel Peretz
  61. Another’s Child by Einat Danon
  62. Lusting for Lei by A.J. Wright
  63. The Dreadful Tango in Paris by Charles Z. David
  64. One for Sorrow by Mary Downing Hahn
  65. Forget Me by Chelsea Vanderbeek
  66. Trolling by Emma Brady
  67. Scent of the Past by Erin Marie Bernardo
  68. Cry Wolf by Greta Stone
  69. Ghost Box by Chris & Paulette Moon
  70. Bone White by Ronald Malfi
  71. Until Ray by Cheryl Robinson
  72. To Dodge a Duke by Naomi Boom
  73. I Am Not A Traitor by Y.I. Latz
  74. Our Start-Up by Dov Reichman
  75. Black & White by Ben Burgess Jr
  76. Seven Threads by Jason Atkinson
  77. Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail by M. Gail Grant
  78. Spirits of the Cage by Richard Estep and Vanessa Mitchell
  79. Mystery & Survival (From Siberia with Love #2) by Ilana Cohen
  80. Hunted: A Jonathan Harker Novel by Christopher Draven
  81. Life in a Box by Einat Lifshitz Shem-Tov
  82. Ariella’s Escape by Carolee Croft
  83. 5th Floor Below by Menahem Misgav
  84. Telos – From Theory to Practice by Ayelet Segal
  85. Roller Coaster in Tehran by Y.I. Latz
  86. Joy & Survival (From Siberia with Love #1) by Ilana Cohen
  87. Charm & Survival (From Siberia with Love #3) by Ilana Cohen
  88. The Peacock Door by Wanda Kay Knight
  89. Magic & Survival (From Siberia with Love #4) by Ilana Cohen
  90. Until Sweet Death Arrives by Amnon Binyamini
  91. Fields of Gold Beneath Prairie Skies by Suzanne deMontigny
  92. A Universal Storm by Gershon Shevach
  93. My Evolution by Gili Weintraub
  94. The Workings of Energy in the Human Energy Field: A Psychic’s Perspective by Zorica Gojkovic
  95. Devil’s Bride by K.G. Isaac
  96. Girl Within Girl Book 2: Healing by S.P. Aruna
  97. Young Harry: The Scroll of Spera (Refuge City Book 2) by Amos Castel el Halili
  98. Two Princes and a Queen by Shmuel David
  99. The Five Shields: Lost Souls by Ilan Dvir
  100. Seven Sundays to Sweet Inner Serenity by LeNae Goolsby
  101. The Imaginarium of the Innocent by H.A. Betancourt
  102. Saved by H.L. Anderson
  103. A Trap in Paris by Uzi Eilam
  104. The Matriarch Matrix by Maxime Trencavel
  105. Singapore Under Attack by Uzi Eilam
  106. A Girl Called Renee by Ruth Uzrad
  107. It Feels Good to Feel Good by Cheryl Meyer
  108. Listen To Your Soul and Heal Your Body of Chronic Disease by Meirav Harel
  109. Once Upon A Princess Duet by Deborah A. Bailey
  110. Monsterland by Michael Okon
  111. Wrong Side of the Rift by Libby Heil
  112. Noble Magic by Joni Parker
  113. Secrets in the Woods by J.E. Smythe
  114. A-C-T Like a Kid and T-H-I-N-K Like a Parent by Katherine Shears & C.S. Whitehurst
  115. Work of Art: An Intention of Flowers by Ken La Salle
  116. Penchant for Vengeance by Robert Downs
  117. Winner Take All by Mary Rodgers
  118. Framed by Wayne Kerr
  119. Power Struggle by Carolyn Arnold
  120. The One Apart by Justine Avery
  121. Just Like The Brontë Sisters by Laurel Osterkamp
  122. Goddess of the Wild Thing by Paul DeBlassie III
  123. Kindred Spirits by Whitney Dineen
  124. The Truth About White Supremacy, Sexism and Mind Control in America by A.L. Bryant
  125. In First Person by Lucy Paz

 
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Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2017

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Last year, I participated in the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, and I won, so I thought – why not do it again this year? Fantasy is still one of my favorite genres, so it makes sense to participate in this challenge.

For this challenge, you can set your own goals. Last year, I wanted to read 20 fantasy books, and I crushed that goal. This year, I’ll be more ambitious and aim for 40.

If you want to know more about the challenge, or want to sign up, please go here.

I will keep track of my progress here, and on my main reading challenges page.

  1. Eidolons by Harrison Fountain
  2. Zoysana’s Choice by Gordon A. Long
  3. Emerge Beyond Circles by John Geers
  4. The Journey to Magmatic by Ya’akov Halevy
  5. The Visitor by Brent Ayscough
  6. Lizzie & McKenzie’s Fabulous Adventures: Mayhem in Madrid by Dina C. Tate
  7. The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud
  8. Trials by Faith Hunter
  9. Tribulations by Faith Hunter
  10. Lalin Bonheur by Margaret O. Howard
  11. The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan by Steve Wiley
  12. Venus and Lysander by Yoshiyuki Ly
  13. Solomon’s Bell by Michelle Lowery Combs
  14. Blood Rain by Nancy Gray
  15. Laura Monster Crusher by Wesley King
  16. Halayda by Sarah Delena
  17. Grandpa Bernie’s Bedtime Stories by Bernard Ditchik
  18. A Daughter’s Curse by C.J. Davidson
  19. Jaeth’s Eye (The Agartes Epilogues #1) by K.S. Villoso
  20. Blood Moon by Nancy Gray
  21. Aina’s Breath (The Agartes Epilogues #2) by K.S. Villoso
  22. Black Dawn by Mallory McCartney
  23. Drakon Book 1: The Sieve by C.A. Caskabel
  24. Ahe’ey by Jamie Le Fay
  25. Rook (Bridge & Sword: Awakenings #1) by J.C. Andrijeski
  26. No Rest for the Wicked by Krystal Jane Ruin
  27. Sapphire’s Flight (The Agartes Epilogues #3) by K.S. Villoso
  28. Dreamwalkers by Tiaan Lubbe
  29. Drakon Book 2: Uncarved by C.A. Caskabel
  30. The Laird of Duncairn by Craig Comer
  31. Gossamer (Chronicles of Eledon Book 3) by Joni Parker
  32. For Love and Fear by L.D. Carson
  33. Deathly Unloved by Annee Cooper
  34. The Aeon Star by Lauren T. Hart
  35. Trolling by Emma Brady
  36. Cry Wolf by Greta Stone
  37. Magdalena Gottschalk: The Crooked Trail by M. Gail Grant
  38. Hunted: A Jonathan Harker Novel by Christopher Draven
  39. Ariella’s Escape by Carolee Croft
  40. The Peacock Door by Wanda Kay Knight
  41. Devil’s Bride by K.G. Isaac
  42. Lakota Honor (Branded Trilogy #1) by Kat Flannery
  43. Blood Curse (Branded Trilogy #2) by Kat Flannery
  44. Young Harry: The Scroll of Spera (Refuge City Book 2) by Amos Castel el Halili
  45. The Five Shields: Lost Souls by Ilan Dvir
  46. Killers, Traitors & Runaways (Outcasts of the World II) by Lucas Aubrey Paynter
  47. Sacred Legacy (Branded Trilogy #3) by Kat Flannery
  48. The Imaginarium of the Innocent by H.A. Betancourt
  49. The Matriarch Matrix by Maxime Trencavel
  50. Once Upon A Princess Duet by Deborah A. Bailey
  51. Monsterland by Michael Okon
  52. Wrong Side of the Rift by Libby Heil
  53. Noble Magic by Joni Parker
  54. Goddess of the Wild Thing by Paul DeBlassie III

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Reading Challenges 2016

2016 is gradually coming to its end, and I’m wrapping up things on the blog, moving on from the previous year to the new one. As such, I wanted to look at my progress on my reading challenges.

As I do every year, I once again participated in the Goodreads Reading Challenges. This year, I’d aimed for 200 books read and reviewed – I actually managed to read and review 295 books this year (this includes both my regular reviews and mini-reviews), so not only did I finish this challenge, I added in an extra 50%.

For the Netgalley Reading Challenge, I had aimed for the highest category – hardcore, meaning I had to read and review 41+ Netgalley books. If I count in the mini-reviews then I made it (most of those are for Netgalley books) but not counting mini-reviews, I only managed to read and review 33 Netgalley books this year.

I also participated in the 2016 TBR Challenge. For this challenge, I had picked the second level, “A Friendly Hug”, which meant I had to read 11-20 books from my TBR pile. To qualify, books had to have been on my TBR pile prior to 2016, so no new releases or new ARCs. Eventually, I reviewed 11 books I’d had in my TBR pile prior to 2016, so I finished this challenge.

Probably my most successful challenge was the 2016 Horror Reading Challenge. I had aimed for the highest level, “Horror Hounds”, for which I needed to read 16+ horror books. I ended up reading 29 horror books last year, crushing this challenge.

The next challenge I signed up for was Flights of Fantasy. Fantasy used to be my favorite genre, but I found myself reading less of it the last few years. So I decided to participate and read more fantasy – and it worked. I didn’t want to overdo it, so I decided to aim for 20 fantasy books in 2016… And ended up reading and reviewing 55 fantasy books. I call that a success!

I also signed up for the Dystopia Reading Challenge. For some reason, I thought I read a fair amount of dystopian books. Either this year was a fluke, or my perception about that is completely wrong, because while I had signed up for 16+ dystopian reads which isn’t that much, I only ended up reading 5 dystopian books.

The next challenge I participated in was the 2016 New Release Challenge. As the title suggests, for this challenge, I had to read and review books that released in 2016. I aimed for the highest level, “New Release Enthusiast”, for which I had to review 45+ books that released in 2016. I ended up reviewing 84 new releases, winning this challenge.

The last challenge I participated in was the Cloak and Dagger Challenge, requiring me to read crime / thriller / suspense books. I’d aimed for the highest level, “Special Agent”, which required 31+ books read in this genre. I ended up reading 28 crime / thriller novels, so I didn’t reach my goal, but I did come close!

So what does this mean? I participated in 8 challenges, and I completed 5 of them. I didn’t complete the Netgalley challenge, except when you count my mini-reviews, and I almost completed the Cloak and Dagger Challenge. The Dystopian Challenge however, was a big fail. Overall, I think I did a pretty good job, and the challenges allowed me to broaden my horizon, and maybe pick up a book that was out of my usual comfort zone.

I plan on participating in about 8 challenges next year too – the number is doable for me, and I don’t want to push my luck and lift it up to 10. I’m pretty happy with how I did, in terms of reading, in 2016. Watch out 2017, because I might win all my challenges next year.