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The Mad Reviewer Reading & Reviewing Challenge 2015 – Sign-Up Post


The Mad Reviewer Reading and Reviewing Challenge 2015 is hosted by Carrie @ The Mad Reviewer.

The ultimate goal of the challenge is to read and review 104 books in one year starting on January 1, 2015 until December 31, 2015. However, since not all can read and review that much book in a year, Carrie created different levels that you can take on for this challenge.


The Levels:

1.  Mad Reviewer: 104 books in one year. (2 books a week all year.)

2.  Crazy Reviewer: 52 books in one year. (1 book a week all year.)

3.  Slightly Sane Reviewer: 26 books in one year. (1 book every fortnight all year.)

4.  Sane Reviewer: 12 books in one year.  (1 book every month all year.)


My Goal:

I’ve participated in this same challenge last year and while I initially signed up for the Crazy Reviewer Level, I surprised myself when I actually reached the Mad Reviewer Level, reaching a total of 114 read and reviewed books for 2014 *happy dance*. 🙂

As for 2015, I am not sure I can reach the Mad Reviewer Level again because I am expecting quite huge transitions in my life this year especially with regard to my studies. So for this year, I’m going to target the Crazy Reviewer Level and try to read and review at least 52 books.


You can check out the Rules, Prize Selection, and other details HERE.


New to You! Reading Challenge 2015 – Sign-up Post


new to you challenge


New to You! Reading Challenge 2015 is hosted by Anna @ Herding Cats & Burning Soup.

The goal for this one is pretty simple… read something “new” to you in 2015 and review it.

This can be a debut author.
A brand new to you author.
An old favorites “debut” book.
A new series.
A first time reading a new genre (ex if you read your first New Adult book)
or any other new that crosses your path
Everyone is welcome to join–blogger, author, reader
Any genre/heat level is fine.


Here are the levels you can conquer:

Level 1–   6 “new to you”s
Level 2– 12 “new to you”s
Level 3– 24 “new to you”s
Level 4– 36 “new to you”s
Level 5– 48 “new to you”s
Level 6– 72 “new to you”s
Level 7–100+ “new to you”s


I’m going to start with baby steps and take on Level 1 at the moment. I may go up to Level 2 but only if I’ve found the right books for this challenge. In any case, I’m always excited for anything new so I’m happy to participate in this challenge.


  1. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (New-to-me author, new series)
  2. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales (New-to-me author)
  3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (New-to-me author)
  4. Angelfall by Susan Ee (New-to-me author, new series)
  5. Alienated by Melissa Landers (New-to-me author, new series)
  6. Splintered by A.G. Howard (New-to-me author, new series)
  7. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson (New-to-me author)
  8. The Sin’s Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury (Debut author)
  9. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini (New-to-me author)


Have you got recommendations for me of anything new-to-you that you would also like to read this 2015?


Show Your Shelves Some Love 2015 Challenge – Sign-Up Post


Show Your Shelves Some Love, No Book Buying Challenge 2015. You got ‘em, now read ‘em! is a challenge co-hosted by Second Run Reviews and Chapter Break.

The goal of the challenge is to abstain from buying new books or in my case, follow a monthly budget for book purchases and focus instead on reading books that you already own. Check the specific guidelines on the hosts’ web pages for more information.

Here are the levels that you can choose from:

Yellow Belt —-> 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves

Blue Belt    —->11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back

Green Belt  —->21-30 books: give your shelves a warm friendly hug

Purple Belt  —->31-40 books: regular date night with your shelves

Brown Belt —-> 41-50 books: my shelves are now my bff

Black Belt —->51+ books: my shelves and I are going steady


I’ve gone way over budget in 2014 when it came to buying books. I totally didn’t think of a ceiling and now my savings are low and I need to rein in my extreme  book-buying tendencies. And I think this challenge will help me cope with book-buying withdrawals that I’m sure I’ll experience soon enough.

For this challenge, I’m going to go with Green Belt and aim to read 21 – 30 books. I think this is a great challenge since it allows me to tackle that ever growing TBR pile at home so *crosses fingers*.


  1. The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  2. Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
  3. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers
  4. Midnight Thief by Livia Blackburne
  5. Alienated by Melissa Landers
  6. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  7. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  8. Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini
  9. On the Fence by Kasie West
  10. This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
  11. Splintered by A.G. Howard
  12. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  13. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
  14. Red Rising by Pierce Brown (eBook)
  15. The Chocolate Heart by Laura Florand
  16. Shadowed Heart by Laura Florand (eBook)
  17. Safe in the Tycoon’s Arms by Jennifer Faye (eBook)
  18. Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry (eBook)
  19. The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson (eBook)
  20. Looking for Alibrandi by Melina Marchetta
  21. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor


So far, that’s my list. I have to double-check the books at home to check if I’ve missed something (I think I did) and update this post as necessary.

Join in if you want to (you know you want to…).

Contemporary Romance 2015 Reading Challenge – Sign-Up Post

2015CR reading challenge


The Contemporary Romance 2015 Reading Challenge is hosted by The Book Vixen.

I love reading contemporary romance novels. Some of my favorite authors are from this genre and I do read sub-genres in YA and NA contemporary romances.

The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. Here are the different Levels you can take on:

  • 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books
  • 2nd Base: read 6 – 10 books
  • 3rd Base: read 11 – 15 books
  • Home Run: read 16 – 20 books
  • Grand Slam: read 21+ books

I plan to challenge the Grand Slam level and read about 21+ books. Here are some of the books I plan on reading for this challenge:

  1. Crushed by Lauren Layne
  2. Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne
  3. Rock Hard by Nalini Singh
  4. All Broke Down by Cora Carmack
  5. Trade Me by Courtney Milan
  6. Once Upon A Rose by Laura Florand
  7. The Pact by Karina Halle
  8. Hearts of Fire by L.H. Cosway
  9. Busted by Shiloh Walker
  10. Amour Amour by Krista Ritchie
  11. Chase Me by Tessa Bailey
  12. Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy
  13. The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan
  14. It Happened One Wedding by Julie James
  15. Suddenly One Summer by Julie James
  16. Kissing Madeline by Lex Martin
  17. Flirting with Fire by Kate Meader
  18. I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
  19. The Chocolate Heart by Laura Florand
  20. Shadowed Heart by Laura Florand
  21. Dirty Red by Tarryn Fisher
  22. Thief by Tarryn Fisher
  23. The Year We Fell Down by Sarina Bowen
  24. The Year We Hid Away by Sarina Bowen
  25. The Understatement of the Year by Sarina Bowen
  26. Frisk Me by Lauren Layne
  27. All Played Out by Cora Carmack
  28. When Joss Met Matt by Ellie Cahill
  29. Necessary Restorations by Kate Canterbary
  30. The Hierarchy of Needs by Rebecca Grace Allen
  31. Changing Tides by Sarah Darlington
  32. Satisfaction by Sarah Mayberry
  33. Accidentally in Love by Laura Drewry
  34. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han


Wow! I can’t believe I have that much contemporary romance this year! I’m so excited for these books.


2014 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up Post

Happy New Year everyone! 2014 has been a great year for me, reading-wise and blogging-wise. I can’t wait to see what 2015 will bring.

So last year (2014!), I participated in 5 reading challenges and while I wasn’t able to do a monthly check-in with them, I do update my pages so I can share my progress with all you guys. So as part of my year-end posts, I’m here to wrap up my reading challenges for 2014.



2014 GR reading challenge

For the 2014 Goodreads Reading Challenge, my target was to read 80 books. That’s 20 books more than my target for 2013. And the result…

2014 Goodreads reading challenge

Success130 Books in Total!

This is beyond what I imagined I would be able to read in one year. This was really a very prolific reading year for me. Yay! See my complete list HERE.



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The Mad Reviewer Reading & Reviewing Challenge 2014 Sign Up



The Reading and Reviewing Challenge 2014 is hosted @ The Mad Reviewer. It’s always been my goal to review all the books that I’ve read. Unfortunately, I haven’t fulfilled this 100% since I started my blog in September of 2013. But I’m setting this goal again this new year and this challenge would help me reach that goal.

I’ve signed up for the Crazy Reviewer Level.

Below are the details of the challenge.


The Mad Reviewer created the following levels for challenge participants.

1.  Mad Reviewer: 104 books in one year. (2 books a week all year.)

2.  Crazy Reviewer: 52 books in one year. (1 book a week all year.)

3.  Slightly Sane Reviewer: 26 books in one year. (1 book every fortnight all year.)

4.  Sane Reviewer: 12 books in one year.  (1 book every month all year.)


The Rules:

1.  Self-published, independently published and traditionally published books are all completely acceptable.  Whether you read print copies or ebook copies makes no difference at all.

2.  No audiobooks.  I’d prefer people to read the books themselves, not have someone reading to them.  Audiobooks can absolutely be a valuable tool for busy readers but they’re not really in the spirit of this challenge.

3.  I don’t have a sign up form but if you intend to do this challenge you must post a comment below.  That way I can contact you at the end of 2014 if you haven’t submitted your reviews to me for verification.

4.  You can review your books on any site.  Your own blog, Goodreads, someone else’s blog, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, etc.  The point is just to review the books you read!

5.  The draw for the 2014 prizes will take place on January 3, 2015.  This will give everyone time to tell me they’ve finished their chosen level and I’ll have time to actually verify the reviews.  If you’ve completed your level and haven’t informed me by the evening of January 2 that’s just too bad.  The draw will happen regardless.


Prize Selection:

Anyone who completes the level they stated as their goal will be entered into a draw.  How many entries you get will be determined by what level you’ve achieved:

Mad Reviewer (104 books): 4 entries

Crazy Reviewer (52 books): 3 entries

Slightly Sane Reviewer (26 books): 2 entries

Sane Reviewer (12 books): 1 entry



If you’re interested in participating, you can sign up HERE.




2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge Sign Up



The 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge is hosted by Emily @ Falling for YA. This is an awesome challenge to help readers and reviewers reach that 80% feedback to approval ratio.

I signed up for the Bronze Level with the goal of 10 books.

Below are the details of this challenge.


Challenge Guidelines:

  • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  • Anyone is welcome to join. You do not need to be a blogger, just post your reviews and come back every month to link them up. 
  • Any genre, release date, request date, length, etc. counts so long as it came from Edelweiss or Netgalley.
  • At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews.
  • If you forget to link up one month it’s not a problem just add your reviews next month.
  • If you would like to move up or down levels that is completely fine and at your discretion
  • Throughout the year there will be giveaways for Challenge participants, make sure to check in regularly and follow this blog so you don’t miss any!
  • If you have any questions tweet me @FallingForYA or e-mail



Aluminum – 5 books
Bronze – 10 books
Silver – 25 books
Gold – 50 books
Platinum – 75 books
Diamond– 100 books


If you’re interested to join the challenge, you can sign up HERE. The more the merrier.




2014 TBR Pile Reading Challenge Sign Up



I am super excited to tackle this reading challenge. The goal is such a win-win situation. This challenge is hosted by Evie and the rest of the Bookish Team @ Bookish. Below are the details of this challenge.

I’m challenging the ‘A Friendly Hug’ level with the goal of 11-20 books in 2014.


Challenge Guidelines:

  1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
  2. Anyone can enter! You don’t have to be a blogger, as long as you review the book you’ve read! (On your blog, Amazon, Random Buzzers or Goodreads/Shelfari!)
  3. Any genre, length or format of book counts, as long as it is a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for some time now. Short stories and novellas are OK, too! Only books released in 2013 and earlier! NO  2014 ARCs and 2014 fresh-off-the-press releases allowed!
  4. You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the 2013 TBRPILE Reading Challenge. (If you don’t have a blog, post about it on Facebook or Tweet!)
  6. You can move up levels, but no moving down.
  7. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
  8. On the 20th of each month we will post a wrap-up post, here, on BOOKISH. Every wrap-up will have it’s unique theme, a mini-challenge, a giveaway and place for you to link up your reviews from this monthFor each review you link up, you will get one entry in a drawing of one book of choice from Book Depository. It’s open to INTERNATIONALS. The giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up! (i.e. the entire month)
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post + giveaway, you can link up your reviews next month. Do not, however, try to link up one review twice – we will be checking 😉
  10. December is a wrap-up for the whole year. All the book reviews you linked up January-November + the ones you’ll link up in December will be entered into a GRAND PRIZE giveaway.
  11. You don’t have to follow Bookish Blog to join the challenge, but you do have to follow us to be entered in giveaways!



(how many books you’re planning to read for this challenge in 2014)

1-10 – A Firm Handshake
11-20 – A Friendly Hug
21-30 – First Kiss
31-40 – Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 – Could this be love?
50+ – Married With Children


What’s New:

  1. 2014’s edition of the TBR Pile Reading Challenge will be hosted EXCLUSIVELY on Bookish. Co-hosting with other awesome bloggers was fun, but due to too many hiccups along the way, our Bookish Team has decided to take over to ensure that everything goes smoothly this time.
  2. For your convenience and to ensure you won’t miss any important posts / wrap-ups / updates / contests, we have created a mailing list! We invite you to sign up to receive all the important news in the mail (no more searching the web for wrap-up posts and missing out on all the fun!). You can sign up here: !! JOIN 2014 TBR PILE READING CHALLENGE MAILING LIST!! !!
  3. To help you tackle your TBR Piles, we will also be hosting monthly Read-A-Longs with prizes! And this time, you’ll get to VOTE on the book we’ll read together! Join the mailing list mentioned above to never miss out on the fun! Please note: You don’t have to take part in our read-a-longs to participate in the TBR Pile challenge – or you can just take part in some of them, and skip the rest – participation is optional, tho we would certainly love to discuss the books with you!
  4. We have sponsors! Which of course means more fun prizes!! YAY!


Hope you guys can join in too. The more the merrier!




2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge: Count me in!

historical challenge



I accept!


The 2014 Historical Romance Reading Challenge is hosted at Hurding Cats & Burning Soup. The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014.


The goal is to read at least 12 Historical Romance! 
  • Level 1–12 historical romance
  • Level 2–18 historical romances
  • Level 3–24 historical romance
  • Level 4–30+ historical romances

You can change your level anytime. Choosing one is just a starting point.


What counts!
  • Every historical romance you read and review in 2014
  • Any time period prior to 1920 qualifies.
  • They can be historical paranormal, historical erotica, m/m, f/f, etc.
  • All historical romances over 100 pages in length–audio, ebook, print
  • Re-reads, cross overs from other challenges


I think I’ll be going for Level 4 — 30+ historical romances. This is my first reading challenge and I’m super excited. I love me my historical romances. This genre and mystery/thriller are the first genres I ever enjoyed reading since my adolescent reading life. So bring it on!