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2019 Reading Challenges

Happy 2019 everyone!! I hope the new year treats you well.

I’ve signed up to a few reading challenges for the new year to help me tackle my TBR. I use Goodreads to track most of my challenges so you won’t see them here but I’ve included links.

Goodreads Challenge – 80 Books

I decided to read less than usual this year because I want to focus more on creating instead of spending all of my spare time reading. I would normally read about 100 books in a year and this year I’m aiming for 80. I must be the only book blogger trying to read less 😅

The Pagemaster – 4 to 6 Series

The aim of this challenge is to complete series I’ve already started. I’m terrible for starting series and never finishing them. I would be delighted if I managed to complete 6 series in 2019.

Cover Love – 61 to 100 Books

This challenge is kind of like a treasure hunt where you have to find items on books covers. The listed items include things such as a coffee cup, sword, boots and bats. Thinking about it now it’s amazing how many books just have people on the cover so this one might actually be tricky.

Mt. TBR 2019 – 20 Books

For this challenge you can only read books added to your TBR before Jan 2019. I plan on only reading books that I already own and not include ones that I added to my wishlist during the year. There are a bunch of different tasks to help you narrow down what books to read.

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2019 Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge – 25 Books

I’m tracking this one here on my blog. I really enjoy historical fiction but don’t read nearly enough so I’d like to up my count this year. I have some books I’d like to read listed in my announcement post.

Those are all of the year long challenges I’ve signed up to for 2019. I will be doing monthly, 3 month and 6 month ones as well cause I am crazy for reading challenges!!

Are you taking part in any reading challenges this year?

2017 Goodreads Challenge

I reached my goal, hooray!!! I set myself a goal of 150 books in January and reached it yesterday. 150 is a lot but it’s not as big as it sounds since Goodreads counts short stories and stuff as well. I probably read around 100 full-length novels and I’ll probably get 4 more read before the end of December.

You can view my full list here. But if you don’t want to see everything here are some of my favourites.


Dark Desires After Dusk (Immortals After Dark, #6)Small Favor (The Dresden Files, #10)Spider's Bite (Elemental Assassin, #1)Changes (The Dresden Files, #12)  The Professional (The Game Maker, #1)


The Girl with the Lower Back TattooAngel in ScarletScrappy Little NobodyJabril (Vampires in America, #2)Embrace The NightFirst Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1)


The Vagina MonologuesWe Should All Be FeministsFar from the Madding CrowdKiss of a Demon King (Immortals After Dark #7)


Thorn Queen (Dark Swan, #2)Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4)Shift (Shifters, #5)Eligible (The Austen Project, #4)Into the Darkness (Darkness, #1)


Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1)Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4)The Handmaid's Tale


The Force of Wind (Elemental Mysteries, #3)Milk and HoneyFirst Drop of Crimson (Night Huntress World, #1)Ride the Storm (Cassandra Palmer, #8)Lover Avenged (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #7)My Life as a White Trash Zombie (White Trash Zombie, #1)


The CorinthianWritten in Red (The Others, #1)Pleasure of a Dark Prince (Immortals After Dark #9)Making It Up As I Go AlongI Know Why the Caged Bird SingsEtched in Bone (The Others, #5)


Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues (White Trash Zombie, #2)My Cousin RachelBird By Bird: Some Instructions On Writing And LifeDemon from the Dark (Immortals After Dark #10)Sex Object: A Memoir


The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)


North and SouthClean Sweep (Innkeeper Chronicles, #1)Every Heart a Doorway (Wayward Children, #1)Lothaire (Immortals After Dark #12)Toil and Trouble (Jolie Wilkins, #2)


GritThe Vegetarian


I haven’t really read anything of note yet this month.

Despite reaching my goal of 150 I’m going to set a smaller one for next year because I want to invest more time in other pursuits….and I need to get out of the house a bit more 😉

All of the books mentioned are available from Book Depository with free worldwide shipping.

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2016 Goodreads Challenge & Top Books


Delighted with my total this year. I read way more than I normally do. It’s been a very good year for books and hopefully 2017 will be even better!

Top 10 Books of 2016

Oh man, it’s so hard to pick just 10 books/series out of everything I read this year but here goes…


1. Cassandra Palmer & Dorina Basarab series by Karen Chance

This series is just amazing! I know it’s two series but really it’s one because the story is the same just from two points of view. It’s fun and full of action, I’m barely hanging on waiting for the release of the next book!!


2. Transcendence by Shay Savage

Love it! loved it! loved it! The magic of this book is that it’s told from Ehd’s point of view. Oh, how it tugs on the heartstrings. Very sweet romance.


3. Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews

It was very hard to choose between Mercy and Kate for this spot but Kate won. She’s just too kick ass to be beaten! I binged the first 4 books of this series, it is awesome! The world Andrews created will suck you in.


4. Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

Another kick ass chick! Mercy starts out being a bit submissive but gets tougher and tougher as the story continues. She was never meek or timid, she just knew when someone was stronger than her and how to behave around them. Unfortunately, a lot of the people around her tend to be stronger. Dang werewolves. My only complaint about this series (so far, I’m on book 5) is the lack of friendly women. Almost every chick Mercy meets is a bitch!


5. The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

I have been listening to the audiobooks (narrated by James Marsters *swoon*) one after the other. Love it! A lot of action in these books, they’re a lot of fun to listen to.


6. Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter

It was really hard to choose between this series and Immortals After Dark for this spot. The Lords won because I enjoy the main storyline a bit more than the one in Immortals and the characters are just a bit stronger. But I love them both, I really really do!


7. Immortals After Dark by Kresley Cole

See? I told you I loved this series too. My favourite book from this series (so far) is No Rest for the Wicked, I even claimed Sebastion for a Book Boyfriend. I have yet to read a book by Cole and not devour it.


8. The Iron Duke by Meljean Brook

I was always weary of steampunk (not sure why..) until I read this. Loved it so much I claimed Rhys for myself as well. I haven’t continued this series yet because I loved these characters so much and was disappointed that the series didn’t follow them but follows a different couple for each book. I want more Mina!


9. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh

Again I would love to follow the couple from this book more but the world Singh created is so interesting I know I’ll continue the series. The Psy reminded me of Vulcans and of the movie Equilibrium. I had the Combichrist song Without Emotions going through my mind every time the Psy showed up. Great story.


10. If You Deceive by Kresley Cole

This is the last book in a trilogy, all of the books are great but this was brilliant. I wish Cole would write more historical romance…


There are so many more books I could list. It was so hard to choose just these ones. Well some of them were for easy to pick. I’m impatient for January 1st

I’m impatient for January 1st now so I can start on next years books and on the reading challenges I’m taking part in. Just two more sleeps…


Happy New Year!!