2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge | April Update

 

I have some really big goals for myself with this new year, both personally and with regards to books. This will be the first year that I will be in one place (hopefully) not juggling school or the constant traveling I have experience that past few years. I am really trying to focus on myself and trying to limit distractions and drama. One of my biggest book goals next year is to read the books I own and definitely catch up on series I am so far behind on or that I need to read. (Shoutout to Alex @ Booksy Daisy for posting her tbr and convincing me to do this!) Beat the Backlist hosted by Novel knight is the perfect challenge. (I do better when I am able to mark off a list so challenges work so well for me) Now I cannot make promises that the books I list are going to be the ones I actually read, but it is the goal to get these ones specifically. I am setting myself the goal of 50 books! I haven’t decided what I want my year goal to be, but with the hopes of tackling the books on my shelf I definitely want to focus more on the backlist and older books!


THE CHALLENGE

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
  • Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge.

My (Tentative) TBR List 

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
The Looking Glass Wars
Seeing Redd
ArchEnemy

Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Half A King
Half the World
Half a War

♣ Lunar Chronicle Series by Marissa Meyer
Cress
Fairest
Winter

♣ Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Immortal Series by Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic
Wolf-Speaker
Emperor Mage
The Realm of the Gods

♣ Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
Valiant
Ironside

♣ Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Evil
Sweet Peril
Sweet Reckoning

♣ Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

♣ Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

♣ Avalon Duology by Mindee Arnett
Avalon
Polaris

♣ Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson
The Crown of Embers
The Bitter Kingdom

♣ Wait For You Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wait For You
Trust In Me
Be With Me
Stay With Me
Fall With Me
Forever With You

♣ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 
The Lightening Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

♣ Rome by Jay Crownover 

♣ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

♣ A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

♣ Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer

♣ Notorious RBG: The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

♣ Americanah by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie

♣ Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

♣ Lock in by John Scalzi 

♣ Kings of Broken Things by Theodore Wheeler 

Original List [3/50]

♠ The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

♠ The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

♠ Final Girls by Riley Sager

♠ Dear Martin by Nic Stone

♠ The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

♠ Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

♣ Torn by Jennifer L Armentrout

♠ The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

♠ The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

♠ Brave by Jennifer L Armentrout

♠ Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

♠ Halfway to The Grave by Jeaniene Frost

♠ The Girl in 6E by A.R Torre

♠ Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Total {17/50}

 

Let me know if you are participating and what team you are on! Happy Reading and Tackle that TBR! 

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2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge | February Update

 

I have some really big goals for myself with this new year, both personally and with regards to books. This will be the first year that I will be in one place (hopefully) not juggling school or the constant traveling I have experience that past few years. I am really trying to focus on myself and trying to limit distractions and drama. One of my biggest book goals next year is to read the books I own and definitely catch up on series I am so far behind on or that I need to read. (Shoutout to Alex @ Booksy Daisy for posting her tbr and convincing me to do this!) Beat the Backlist hosted by Novel knight is the perfect challenge. (I do better when I am able to mark off a list so challenges work so well for me) Now I cannot make promises that the books I list are going to be the ones I actually read, but it is the goal to get these ones specifically. I am setting myself the goal of 50 books! I haven’t decided what I want my year goal to be, but with the hopes of tackling the books on my shelf I definitely want to focus more on the backlist and older books!


THE CHALLENGE

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
  • Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge.

My (Tentative) TBR List 

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
The Looking Glass Wars
Seeing Redd
ArchEnemy

Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Half A King
Half the World
Half a War

♣ Lunar Chronicle Series by Marissa Meyer
Cress
Fairest
Winter

♣ Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Immortal Series by Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic
Wolf-Speaker
Emperor Mage
The Realm of the Gods

♣ Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
Valiant
Ironside

♣ Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Evil
Sweet Peril
Sweet Reckoning

♣ Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

♣ Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

♣ Avalon Duology by Mindee Arnett
Avalon
Polaris

♣ Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson
The Crown of Embers
The Bitter Kingdom

♣ Wait For You Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wait For You
Trust In Me
Be With Me
Stay With Me
Fall With Me
Forever With You

♣ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 
The Lightening Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

♣ Rome by Jay Crownover 

♣ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

♣ A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

♣ Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer

♣ Notorious RBG: The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

♣ Americanah by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie

♣ Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

♣ Lock in by John Scalzi 

♣ Kings of Broken Things by Theodore Wheeler 

Original List [3/50]

♠ The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

♠ The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

♠ Final Girls by Riley Sager

♠ Dear Martin by Nic Stone

♠ The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

♠ Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

♣ Torn by Jennifer L Armentrout

♠ The Matchmaker’s Playbook by Rachel Van Dyken

Total {11/50}

 

Let me know if you are participating and what team you are on! Happy Reading and Tackle that TBR! 

2018 Beat The Backlist Challenge | January Update

 

I have some really big goals for myself with this new year, both personally and with regards to books. This will be the first year that I will be in one place (hopefully) not juggling school or the constant traveling I have experience that past few years. I am really trying to focus on myself and trying to limit distractions and drama. One of my biggest book goals next year is to read the books I own and definitely catch up on series I am so far behind on or that I need to read. (Shoutout to Alex @ Booksy Daisy for posting her tbr and convincing me to do this!) Beat the Backlist hosted by Novel knight is the perfect challenge. (I do better when I am able to mark off a list so challenges work so well for me) Now I cannot make promises that the books I list are going to be the ones I actually read, but it is the goal to get these ones specifically. I am setting myself the goal of 50 books! I haven’t decided what I want my year goal to be, but with the hopes of tackling the books on my shelf I definitely want to focus more on the backlist and older books!


THE CHALLENGE

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
  • Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge.

My (Tentative) TBR List 

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
The Looking Glass Wars
Seeing Redd
ArchEnemy

Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Half A King
Half the World
Half a War

♣ Lunar Chronicle Series by Marissa Meyer
Cress
Fairest
Winter

♣ Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Immortal Series by Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic
Wolf-Speaker
Emperor Mage
The Realm of the Gods

♣ Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
Valiant
Ironside

♣ Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Evil
Sweet Peril
Sweet Reckoning

♣ Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

♣ Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

♣ Avalon Duology by Mindee Arnett
Avalon
Polaris

♣ Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson
The Crown of Embers
The Bitter Kingdom

♣ Wait For You Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wait For You
Trust In Me
Be With Me
Stay With Me
Fall With Me
Forever With You

♣ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 
The Lightening Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

♣ Rome by Jay Crownover 

♣ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

♣ A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

♣ Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer

♣ Notorious RBG: The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

♣ Americanah by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie

♣ Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

♣ Lock in by John Scalzi 

♣ Kings of Broken Things by Theodore Wheeler 

Original List [2/50]

♠ The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

♠ The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee

♠ Final Girls by Riley Sager

♠ Dear Martin by Nic Stone

♠ The Dazzling Heights by Katharine McGee

♠ Wicked by Jennifer L Armentrout

Total {8/50}

 

Let me know if you are participating and what team you are on! Happy Reading and Tackle that TBR! 

2018 Beat The Backlist | Challenge

 

I have some really big goals for myself with this new year, both personally and with regards to books. This will be the first year that I will be in one place (hopefully) not juggling school or the constant traveling I have experience that past few years. I am really trying to focus on myself and trying to limit distractions and drama. One of my biggest book goals next year is to read the books I own and definitely catch up on series I am so far behind on or that I need to read. (Shoutout to Alex @ Booksy Daisy for posting her tbr and convincing me to do this!) Beat the Backlist hosted by Novel knight is the perfect challenge. (I do better when I am able to mark off a list so challenges work so well for me) Now I cannot make promises that the books I list are going to be the ones I actually read, but it is the goal to get these ones specifically. I am setting myself the goal of 50 books! I haven’t decided what I want my year goal to be, but with the hopes of tackling the books on my shelf I definitely want to focus more on the backlist and older books!


THE CHALLENGE

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.
  • Books must be released prior to 2018 to count for this challenge.

My (Tentative) TBR List 

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor
The Looking Glass Wars
Seeing Redd
ArchEnemy

Shattered Sea Trilogy by Joe Abercrombie
Half A King
Half the World
Half a War

♣ Lunar Chronicle Series by Marissa Meyer
Cress
Fairest
Winter

♣ Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

The Immortal Series by Tamora Pierce
Wild Magic
Wolf-Speaker
Emperor Mage
The Realm of the Gods

♣ Modern Faerie Tales by Holly Black
Valiant
Ironside

♣ Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins
Sweet Evil
Sweet Peril
Sweet Reckoning

♣ Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
Legend
Prodigy
Champion

♣ Misborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
The Well of Ascension
The Hero of Ages

♣ Avalon Duology by Mindee Arnett
Avalon
Polaris

♣ Fire and Thorns Trilogy by Rae Carson
The Crown of Embers
The Bitter Kingdom

♣ Wait For You Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Wait For You
Trust In Me
Be With Me
Stay With Me
Fall With Me
Forever With You

♣ Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan 
The Lightening Thief
The Sea of Monsters
The Titan’s Curse
The Battle of the Labyrinth
The Last Olympian

♣ Jet by Jay Crownover 

♣ Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell 

♣ A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini 

♣ Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq by Stephen Kinzer

♣ Notorious RBG: The Life and Time of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon

♣ Americanah by Chimanada Ngozi Adichie

♣ Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel 

♣ Lock in by John Scalzi 

♣ Kings of Broken Things by Theodore Wheeler 

 

Let me know if you are participating and what team you are on! Happy Reading and Tackle that TBR! 

Bout of Books 15 | Bookish Would You Rather Challenge

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Today’s challenge is hosted by Writing My Own Fairytale 

[Today’s challenge is easy. I’ve listed five bookish would you rathers down below and you just have to answer them. You can answer wherever it is you’re updating you BOB progress. (If you’re on Twitter, make sure you’re using the #boutofbooks and just link up one tweet.) Then come back and link up your answers so people can come check out what you’d rather do and enter the giveaway!]

Would you rather:
Lend books to someone who dog-ears pages or to someone who reads with cheesy Cheetos fingers?

I think I would rather have the pages dog-eared. Although I sometimes do it, I really hate when there is liquid and food around my books. I spend a lot of money on them and they are part of a collection not to be ruined. 

Would you rather:
Be able to meet one character of your choice or meet one author of your choice?

This is a very tough decision. In one case I would want to meet the author because they are the one that created the book/world/people I love and fell in love with. I would want to thank them and just have a chance to talk to them about their inspirations and favorites books etc. But then there are a few swoony characters that I would be or so very happy to get the chance to meet. I mean it is a tough choice to give up meeting an all time favorite character or fictional boyfriend. 

Would you rather:
Never be allowed in a book store again or never be allowed in a library again?

Ugh why do you do this to me. I think I have to choose never to be allowed in a library again. I just love walking around and spending time in bookstores too much.

Would you rather:
Have to choose one of your favorite characters to die in their book or have to pick one of your favorite couples to break up in their book?

I am not a huge romantic so I would rather see a couple break up that way the character I love is still alive. That might be selfish, but oh well. 

Would you rather:
Be required to read Twilight once a year for the rest of your life or The Scarlet Letter once a year for the rest of your life?

Well I have never read The Scarlet Letter but I think regardless I probably still would have picked Twilight. It had a big role in getting me into the YA craze growing up and is definitely a guilty pleasure read!

Which would you rather?

2016 LGBTQIA Reading Challenge

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I have been thinking a lot about my reading goals for 2016. I really want to diversify my reading, going along with the whole #readdiverse movement. I saw this challenge being hosted by Pretty Deadly Reviews and figured it was a great challenge to participate in! I have included the details below! I am not setting a goal of how many books I want to read I just want to read at least a few! If you decide to participate I would love to know so that maybe we can buddy read some books together! I have only read a few and own like 4 that are on my TBR pile so I would love recommendations as well!

Details

♦ This challenge will run from January 1st, 2016 to December 31st, 2016.
♦ The book must contain an LGBTQIA main character.
♦ Books must be read and reviewed. The review can be any kind of review you want, traditional, a few sentences, a vlog review. Anything goes.
♦ Backlist books also count as part of this challenge.
♦ There are going to be different levels that correspond to the colors of the rainbow:
♣ Red = 5 books
♣ Orange = 6-12 books
♣ Yellow = 13-20 books
♣ Green = 21- 30 books
♣ Blue = 31- 40 books
♣ Purple = 41- 50 books
♦ The Giveaway will be for one LGBTQIA book. International is okay, but you MUST be signed up for the challenge. The giveaway will be held at the end of the year.
♦ To sign up, just leave the link to your blog or Goodreads in the linky on the original post on Pretty Deadly Blog !

#insixwords | Bout of Books 12 Challenge

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I hope everyone has been reading lots! Today is the last day in Bout of Books and time to wrap up and finish all the books! To give you a break between all the reading here is a challenge for you to complete about the books you read this week ( or any books in general) This challenge can be one that you create a post for or even just participate on twitter so others can follow the hashtag! Now onto the challenge!

This challenge is called #insixwords ! The point of this challenge is to choose 2-3 books whether you read them this week, they are a few of your favorites or they were just the easiest ones to come up with something for. For these books you choose to use for this challenge, you must summarize/share your thoughts or feelings about the book in just six words! They can be funny or serious, positive or negative, it is all up to you! For me I struggle with making sense and understandable sentences with 140 characters so this proved to be quite difficult for me and I tried many different books before I was able to come up with some subpar #insixwords. I hope you have better luck and enjoy the challenge of conveying a book into only six words! (If you put them on twitter make sure to use the hashtag #insixwords, #boutofbooks, include the book you are using and if you would like tag me @downthebookhole! )

 

172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad #insixwords ” Slow building terror with shocking ending” 

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman #insixwords ” A reminder of childhood and innocence”

How We Fall by Kate Brauning #insixwords “Taboo love story with mystery elements!”

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout #insixwords ” Roth, hot crown prince of hell!” (so this one doesn’t give much into the book, but I do love me some Roth and was going to just repeat his name six times!)

Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander #insixwords “Quirky, heartbreaking and humorously beautiful book”

Tithe by Holly Black #insixwords ” A dark and edgy faerie tale”

Frozen by Melissa De La Cruz #insixwords ” Great concept but poorly executed book”

Half A King by Joe Abercrombie #insixwords “Unique, Gripping and Action Packed Fantasy!”

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater #insixwords “Swoon worthy boys with paranormal secrets”

(I think that is enough! I am really not good at this, but hope some of you come up with some amazingly awesome ones!)

Please let me know what you think of this challenge and link or comment about your creations or tag me on twitter (@downthebookhole)!

5 Book Challenge | Post-Apoctolyptic Edition

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I hope everyone has been reading lots! Today is the last day in Bout of Books and time to wrap up and finish all the books! To give you a break between all the reading here is a challenge for you to complete about 5 books you would want with you as the end of the world is coming! Here is the scenario! I hope you enjoy the challenge!

It is 11:00 PM on a Sunday night. You are laying in bed thinking about all of the things you must do the next day. Tasks of the coming days consume your thoughts and while your mind is somewhere else you are caught off guard by a flash in the sky that is followed by a large wailing screech that pierces the air and shatters your bedroom window. Slowly you move to the window and what you see catches your breathe and causes you to stumble back a few steps. The aliens (at least you think they are aliens) have began to enter the city and destroy everything that is in their path. Through the window your view is consumed with destruction, screaming people and large flames that are dancing across the city at a fast pace. You notice that the creatures are heading in your direction and you realize you probably have about fifteen minutes before they reach your home. That means you have only about ten minutes to gather your belongings and escape before you are caught in the attack from the aliens invading the city.

Given the short amount of time you are only able to take 5 books with you. What books would you pick to take with you as you escape and prepare for the end of the world. Would you choose books that would help you survive in the post-apocalyptic world ,books for pleasure that would make you happy and take you to a fantasy reality or books that you can’t live without?

 

My list: 

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells – I feel like this book covers a very similar situation and could possible provide me with the knowledge to survive!

The Adventure of Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll- This is one of my all time favorite books and just makes me happy. I feel like I would need this to keep my mind off of what is happening in the world and be able to take me to another reality, even if its just for a little bit. Also my edition of this book is the Barnes and Noble Collectors Ed. and it is huge! So maybe I would be able to use it as a weapon.

World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks- To remind me that life could be worse and there could be flesh eating zombies infesting and attacking the world.

Under the Dome by Stephen King- I haven’t read this book, but I figured I would need something that was new to me and give me something to take my mind off the impending doom of the world. Also this is another book in which the characters are placed in a unwanted situation and would remind me of the other situations I could be in.

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout- This is a fantastic book and has swoon worthy guys and is just so wonderful. It would me make happy and thinking of the good instead of the bad.

 

Please let me know what you think of this challenge and link or comment about your list below! I would love to hear about what books (and why) everyone else would choose!

Monthly Themes

This challenge goes along with one of my groups on goodreads. Each month a book is selected by the group and read together and this is the themes for that challenge!

 

January – Best of books 2013
February – Je t’aime
March – Spring forward
April – Showers
May – Birthdays
June – End of term
July – Summer holiday
August – Empires
September – Banned books
October – Scream!
November – Fireworks
December – Ice cold

2014 Month Around the World Challenge

For each letter, read a book where that letter is contained somewhere in the title or the author’s name. It does NOT need to be the first letter of the word. The book used must be read in the month it represents.
I am gonna give this challenge a shot, I am hoping to read a lot more and I am hoping that with this it will encourage me to do so. I will update as I move along! Here goes some New Years Resolutions!
January: Kapampangan (a language of the Philippines)
E
N
E
R
O

February: Arabic (Algeria & Tunisia)
F
I
F
R
I

March: Malay (a language of places like Indonesia etc)
M
A
C

April: Papiamento (a language of the Caribbean ABC Islands => Aruba, Bonaire & Curacao)
A
P
R
E
L

May: Romanian (Romania)
M
A
I

June: Greenlandic (Greenland)
J
U
N
I

July: Swahili (Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda etc.)
J
U
L
A
I

August: Japanese (Japan)
H
A
D
U
K
I

September: Basque (Basque Country, Spain)
I
R
A
I
L

October: Ewe (is a Niger–Congo language spoken in southeastern Ghana and southern Togo)
K
E
L
E

November: Venda (South Africa) (is a Bantu language predominately spoken in the Limpopo Province, Botswana)
L
A
R
A

December: Niuean (Niue Island, Tokelau)
T
E
S
E
M
O