2015 Reading Challenges

COMPLETED 9/14 so far. I am so close to completing more in the next few days!

Hello everyone! This is where I will keep track of the books I am reading for the 2015 reading challenges I have signed up for. I failed miserably at last years challenges due to a HEAVY school load ( 3/10) but I am happy to say that I will have SO much more time to devote to reading. Yay! So without further ado, here are the 2015 reading challenges I will be participating in this year! If you are interested in learning more about the challenges or joining in on the fun please click on one of the graphics below!! For the ones that include levels, I have bolded the levels I am gunning for currently! I will be linking my reviews under each graphic, as well as on the hosting blogs! I CAN DO THIS!!

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The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. COMPLETED 11/14/15

 (COMPLETED)

For this challenge, you must read any books that have been banned or challenged. These are the levels:
Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books
Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books (I am starting off with this level)
Rabble-Rouser: 6-9 Challenged Books
Rebel: 10-14 Challenged Books
Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books

1) The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
2) Saga Volume One by Brian K. Vaughn
3) Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen

152441The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge (Message 46 on the Goodreads group)

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25: Thieves of Greatness by Emily C Burger

A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65: Shattered by the Wars: Yet Sustained by Love by Hi-Dong Chai

A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people): Escaping Lucidity by Ty Schwamberger

A book published by an indie press: Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith

A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ: The Princess Affair by Nell Stark

A book by a person whose gender is different from your own: The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

A book that takes place in Asia: The Bali Mystery by Linda Weaver Clarke

A book by an author from Africa: Love is Red by Sophie Jaff

A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.): Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown

A microhistory: Just My Type: A Book About Fonts  by Simon Garfield

A YA novel: The Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen

A sci-fi novel: The Betrayal of Ka by Shea Oliver

A romance novel: Eternal Craving (Gods of the Night #2) by Nina Bangs

A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade:

A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.): 

An audiobook: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

A collection of poetry: The Woman I Kept to Myself by Julia Alvarez

A book that someone else has recommended to you: The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

A book that was originally published in another language: The Violin of Auschwitz by Maria Angels Anglada (Catalan)

A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?): The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman

A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over): The Spymasters Lady by Joanna Bourne

A book published before 1850: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen

A book published this year: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”): The Book of Doing and Being: Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love and Work by Barnet Bain

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For this challenge you must read books whose titles begin with each letter of the alphabet A to Z!

COMPLETE!

A) After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
B) The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly
C) Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
D) Dog Crazy by Meg Donahue
E) Eternal Craving (Gods of the Night #2) by Nina Bangs
F) The Forgetting Place: A Novel by John Burley
G) The Grown Ups: A Novel by Robin Antalek
H) Happily Ever After High School by Savannah Ostler
I) The Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen
J) Just My Type: A Book About Fonts  by Simon Garfield
K) Killing the Edge of the Moon by A. A. Attanasio
L) Life From Scratch by Sasha Martin
M) The Mine by John A. Heldt
N) Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
O) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
P) A Perfect Man by Cecilia Dominic
Q) The Question by R. Breuer Stearns
R) A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell
S) Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith
T) To Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford
U) An Uncomplicated Life by Paul Daugherty
V) Veganish by Mielle Chenier-Cowan Rose
W) Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova
X) X-23, Volume 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M. Liu and Alina Urusov
Y) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Z) Zombie Town by R.L. Stine

COMPLETED 

1. Read at least 6 books that have any of the following requirements:

a. there is an animal in the title of the book
b. there is an animal on the cover of the book
c. an animal plays a major role in the book
d. a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you’d like).

I’m going for level 1 which is to read 6 books:
1) Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith  (Animal: Unicorns)
2) The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (Animal: Mice, Pigs, Frogs & Cats)
3) Dog Crazy by Meg Donahue (Animal: Dogs)
4) To Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford (Animal: Horse)
5) Eternal Craving (Gods of the Night #2) by Nina Bangs (Dinosaurs)
6) Stepdog by Nicole Galland

Full House Reading Challenge 2015

Complete the card below.  You can do it in any order you wish.  You are allowed “one free exchange”, if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post. I just put a heart on each category in paint so I’m sorry they’re all different sizes!Book Bingo

 

Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova (Published in 2015)
Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith (Published in 2014)
The Grown Ups: A Novel by Robin Antalek (Author new to you)
Shattered by the Wars: Yet Sustained by Love by Hi-Dong Chai (Published 2000-2013)
The Forgetting Place: A Novel by John Burley (Type of book you never read: Psychological Thriller)
A Memory of Violets: A Novel of London’s Flower Sellers by Hazel Gaynor (a top book of 2015 for you)
The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly (Author outside of your own country)
A Reunion of Ghosts by Judith Claire Mitchell (You love the cover)
Diamond Head by Cecily Wong (Novel in a setting you now want to visit)
Last Night at the Blue Angel by Rebecca Rotert (Debut Novel by Author)
The Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen (2nd book or more in a series)
Southern Solstice by Sarah Adler (A Keeper)
The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy (Outstanding heroine)
Scrap (The Grimmic Chronicles #1) by Emory Sharplin (First in a series)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (You heard about the book online.  I heard about it via BookTube)
The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman (Published Pre 2000)
Stepdog by Nicole Galland (Set in Northern Hemisphere: America)
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Won an Award: Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel 2014)
The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Been on your TBR Forever)
Everyone Dies at the End by Riley Westbrook (Novella)
Cleopatra In Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack (Won or Borrowed)

What counts:  graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books. In print or digital.
Levels
Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that’s only 1 book a month)

Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)

Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)

1) The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
2) Infinity Gauntlet by Jim Starlin, Ron Lim and George Perez
3) X-23, Volume 1: The Killing Dream by Marjorie M. Liu and Alina Urusov
4) Mind the Gap (Volume 1): Intimate Strangers by Jim McCann, Rodin Esquejo and Sonia Oback
5) Cleopatra In Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
6) Star Wars: Princess Leia #1 by Mark Waid (writer), Terry Dodson (Pencils), Rachel Dodson (Inks), and Jordie Bellaire (Colorist)
7) The Wicked + The Divine (Volume 1) by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie, Matt Wilson and Clayton Cowles
8) Saga Volume One  by Brian K. Vaughn
9) Superman/Wonderwoman: Power Couple Vol 1
10) Night of the Living Deadpool
11) Deadpool Killustrated
12) Restless Souls (X-Men Fairy Tales #4)

2015-authors-bannerThe goal in this challenge is to read books and match their authors with each letter of the Alphabet, last names only!
A) The Grown Ups: A Novel by Robin Antalek
B) The Forgetting Place: A Novel by John Burley
C)Shattered by the Wars: Yet Sustained by Love by Hi-Dong Chai
D) Dog Crazy by Meg Donahue
E) Touch of Frost: Mythos Academy Book 1 by Jennifer Estep
F) To Ride a White Horse by Pamela Ford
G) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
H) The Mine by John A. Heldt
I) Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
J) The Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen
K) The Boy Who Loved Rain by Gerard Kelly
L) In a Dark Wood by Joseph Luzzi
M) Life From Scratch by Sasha Martin
N) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
O) Happily Ever After High School by Savannah Ostler
P) Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Q) Phoenica Rising: Keeper of Light (Book One) by Caroline Quigley
R) After the War is Over by Jennifer Robson
S) The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman
T) Ugly Beautiful by Sean-Paul Thomas
U)
V) If This Isn’t Nice, What Is? Advice for the Young by Kurt Vonnegut
W) Diamond Head by Cecily Wong
X)
Y)
Z) Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

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I honestly could not pass up the this challenge when I saw it. I thought I had signed up for too many already but, a FANTASY challenge! I just couldn’t help myself. It’s my favorite genre soooo I had to. For this challenge I am challenging myself to read at least 25 fantasy novels this year. Click on the graphic for more details or to join up and participate!!

1) Sapphire: The Shielded Realms by Elayne Griffith
2) Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova
3) The Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling #2) by Erika Johansen
4) Happily Ever After High School by Savannah Ostler
5) Phoenica Rising: Keeper of Light (Book One) by Caroline Quigley
6) Scrap (The Grimmic Chronicles #1) by Emory Sharplin (First in a series)
7) Black Spring by Alison Croggon
8) Dragonwitch by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
9) Delano in Hollyhook by Cameron Glenn
10) Uprooted by Naomi Novik
11) Thieves of Greatness by Emily C Burger
12) Divine by L.C. Davis Jr.
13) Daygo’s Fury by John F. O’Sullivan
14) Millenium by Alex Steinberg
15) The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3) by Kaitlyn Davis
16) The Question by R. Breuer Stearns
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and my last challenge is the Goodreads 2015 reading challenge. I’m challenging myself to 100 books.

Current stats: 102/100 (COMPLETED)
You can see my status and books I have read for this challenge here: My Goodreads Challenge

I just HAD to join the Lucky No. 15 and hopefully this year I will complete it! For this one you have to meet each of these categories below with one book. I am SUPER confident I can get all these matched by the end of the year! Click the graphic for the rules or to participate!!

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Here are the 15 categories: (COMPLETED)
  1. Chunky Brick: Grab that book with more than 500 pages that you’d always been afraid to tackle. You know you can do it! The Magic Strings of Franki Presto by Mitch Albom
  2. Something New: Just purchased a book lately? Don’t let it buried in your stacks, read it now! Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  3. Something Borrowed: Read a book that you borrowed from someone else. Don’t make the owner waiting forever for you to finish it. (Books borrowed from friends, libraries, or even rental places, are allowed) Cleopatra In Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack
  4. It’s Been There Forever: Dig through your TBR pile and read a book that has been there more than a year. It’s time for you to appreciate it 🙂 The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  5. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now 😀 The Phoenix Born (A Dance of Dragons #3) by Kaitlyn Davis
  6. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents.  My Sister’s Grave by Robert Dugoni
  7. Favorite Color: Pick a book from your shelf which has your favorite color for its cover! Is it pink, red or black? You decide. Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
  8. First Initial: Read a book that has been written by an author whose first initial is the same with you (Example: My name is Astrid, and I can read anything written by Agatha Christie, Aesop, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc) Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova
  9. Super Series: Read one (or more!) books that belong in a series, it can be trilogy, or tetralogy, or anything. Betrayal of Ka (The Transprophetics #1) by Shea Oliver
  10. Opposites Attract: Read a book that’s been written by a writer whose gender is different from your own. Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickam
  11. Randomly Picked: Ask someone else (a friend, your spouse, even your kids!) to randomly pick a book from your TBR pile. Don’t complain whatever they choose for you, just read it 🙂 The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff
  12. Cover Lust: Grab a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover? Uprooted by Naomi Novik
  13. Who Are You Again?: You’ve never read a book from this author, maybe you haven’t even heard his/her name before. But who knows? Maybe he/she will become your new favorite author! The Lost Heiress by Roseanna White
  14. One Word Only!: Read a book that only has one word for its title (number is allowed as long as it’s only consisted of one word, e.g: 1, 2, 11).  Scrap by Emory Sharplin
  15. Dream Destination: Read a book that has setting in a place you’ve never visited before – but would like to if you have a chance. Could be real places or even fictional! The Bali Mystery by Linda Weaver Clarke

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