2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

I participated in this challenge for the past two years and was so sad to see the host did not bring it back this year… Until I just found that a different blog is hosting it in 2017! I am so happy! This is just what I needed to stay motivated with my Netgalley reads. I am confident this is the year I will reach that elusive 80% feedback rate.

This year, I plan that at least two thirds of the books I read are from Netgalley. Since I am aiming for a total of 1 book per week that will make my yearly goal 35. I feel confident that I will read more, but I don’t want to put pressure on myself. After all, this is supposed to be fun, right?

If you want to sign up for the 2017 challenge click the image:

 

Let me know if you do!

2017 British Books Challenge

I have found myself reading a lot more British literature lately and for the most part I have been very pleasantly surprised.

I was lucky to find this amazing challenge, hosted by Tales of Yesterday:

 

The goal is to read 12 books in 2017 by either of the following:

– Authors who were born in the UK, live in the UK and are published in the UK
– Authors who were born overseas but are CURRENTLY living in the UK and his/her books were/are being published in the UK first
– Authors who were born in the UK are currently living overseas but his/her books are being published in the UK first

Click the image to sign up and make sure you read all the rules if you want to be eligible for the prize.
Sadly I cannot as I am from Portugal.

I still want to participate in the challenge and am quite excited to do so.

I think I have had quite a good head start! Here are the books I read in January:

Fungoid by William Meikle Scottish, living in Canada.

Fungoid by William Meikle
Scottish, living in Canada.


A Bitter Chill and A Deadly Thaw, both by Sarah Ward
England

Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock, England

Dreams Before the Start of Time by Anne Charnock
England

The Fire Child by S K Tremayne, England.

The Fire Child by S K Tremayne
England

Never Out of Sight by Louise Stone - Born in Africa, lives in England.

Never Out of Sight by Louise Stone
Born in Africa, lives in England

Hope's Peak (Harper and Lane #1) by Tony Heale - England

Hope’s Peak (Harper and Lane #1) by Tony Heale
England

And here are the ones I have read/plan to read in February and March:

Blink by K.L. Slater - England

Blink by K.L. Slater
England

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris - Born in England, lives in France.

The Breakdown by B.A. Paris
Born in England, lives in France

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances - England

The Girlfriend by Michelle Frances
England

The House by Simon Lelic - England

The House by Simon Lelic
England

Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter #1) by Carol Wyer - England

Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter #1) by Carol Wyer
England

And that’s it for now!

Do you enjoy British literature? What genres are your favourite?

What do you think of this challenge? Do you plan to sign up?

Reading Resolutions

Over the past year my reading time drastically stooped due to work and other obligations but reading remains my #1 pastime and so even though I don’t want to put unnecessary pressure on me I do find that setting goals helps me stay motivated.

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So here is what I hope 2017 will bring me:

1. Yearly Challenge
I have been reading around a book per week so I decided to set my yearly challenge on GoodReads to 52. Should be doable.

2. Netgalley Challenge
I am so thankful to this site. Thanks to it I have had access to wonderful books that I most likely would not have read otherwise. My long-term goal is to reach that elusive 80% feedback rate but for now I will settle for not getting below 70%.
I also intend to make Netgalley books at least two thirds of my total books read.

3. New Genre Challenge
Last year I read psychological thrillers for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed them.
I tried a couple of general/women’s fiction and liked them as well.
So this year I would like to keep trying to read stuff I normally wouldn’t. I have started with Crime novels and it has been a positive experience so far.

4. Mix it up
I need to read different genres and in various formats in order to prevent the dreaded reading slump. I have found this system works for me quite well, so I will be reading the odd paperback and listening to audiobooks in the middle of my Kindle reads.

5. Take a break
Last but not least, reading needs to be enjoyable so if I feel I need to take a break in order to keep it that way then I will. Sometimes I do need to watch a movie or play Sims or whatever. I find that when I get back to reading I do so with much more enthusiasm.

So those are my new year reading resolutions. My method of writing the review right after finishing the book should remain the same so I don’t expect things to change on that front.

What are your reading resolutions for 2017?

An Old Year Resolution

It’s already mid-November! Is it just me or is this year flying by?

So as you may know I am an avid Netgalley fan.
In fact, most of the books I read are provided by them.

For the last couple of months, my feedback rate has been hovering maddeningly close to 70%. Usually 67 or 68 and a couple of days ago it actually got to 69. However, there are so many amazing titles just waiting to be requested that I simply cannot resist.

Well no more! I vow that before the year ends I will get that rate to 70%. I shall commit to not requesting more books or at the very least to focus exclusively on Netgalley books. I have actually requested several different genres so it should not be a chore.

Who knows, maybe next year I will finally get to 80%, which not only gets you a spiffy new badge but increases your chances of getting accepted.

Wish me luck!

2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

I participated in this challenge in 2015 when I caught word of it and it helped me tremendously in getting through my ever-growing Netgalley list.

This year, I managed to tackle 52 books from Netgalley, an average of one per week! Might not seem like much but there were times when I would just look and nothing seemed to strike my fancy or I would just request or even *gasp* buy a new book even though my physical and e-shelves were bursting.

I went through some pretty terrible books… But I kept digging and ended up finding some gems as well.

So I cannot recommend this challenge enough, it was well worth it.
It can be quite motivational, if you don’t let it overwhelm you and read only Netgalley titles.

So if you want to sign up for the 2016 challenge click the image:

 

Did you participate in 2015? How many books did you read?

Let me know if you will be participating in 2016!

Challenges June Update

I have three challenges going on, only one since last year which is pretty low maintenance (GoodReads), and the other two are new to me.

I will be posting a general update for the month of June tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s how I have done in the three challenges until the end of the month of June:

GoodReads   |   20 Books of Summer   |   2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss

– GoodReads –

Monthly progress: 15/100

Total progress: 66/100

I set my yearly goal to 100 because it seemed like a number I could easily reach, since I planned to read fairly short books.
I am well ahead at the moment, so don’t feel the pressure to meet the goal. I know I will be reading much less in July, but hopefully I will get back on track in August, so all’s well!

 


– 20 Books of Summer –

Monthly progress: 14/20

Total progress: 14/20

Click the picture to access the original post of the challenge

As expected, not only did I not read several books in the order I had listed them, but I also read a few titles which were not featured in the original list of this challenge.
I am quite happy with the amount of books I managed to read and, who knows, maybe I will be able to read most if not all the titles in the original list.

Update on the original list (links to the reviews will be provided in tomorrow’s topic):

1. Aftermath, by Tom Lewis

2. A Special Place, by Peter Straub

3. Halfskin, by Tony Bertauski

4. Clay, by Tony Bertauski

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass: 100th Anniversary Edition, by Lewis Carroll

6. Disclaimer, by Renée Knight

7. The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1), by Charlie N. Holmberg

8. The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #2), by Charlie N. Holmberg

9. The Well, by Catherine Chanter

10. Devil’s Daughter (Lucinda’s Pawnshop, #1), by Hope Schenk-de Michele, Paul Marquez, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

11. A Thorn Among the Lilies, by Michael Hiebert

12. Erewhon (Erewhon #1), by Samuel Butler

13. Kyrathaba Rising (The Kyrathaba Chronicles #1), by William Bryan Miller

14. Every Last Word, by Tamara Ireland Stone

15. The Corridor (The Corridor Series #1), by A.N. Willis

16. Consumption, by Heather Herrman

17. Probably Monsters, by Ray Cluley

18. Hothouse, by Brian W. Aldiss

19. Krabat, by Otfried Preußler

20. Untrustworthy, by J.R. Gershen-Siegel

Titles I read not featured in the original list:

  • The World Before Us – My first Blogging for Books title; can’t request a new one till review is posted to figured I might as well get it over with.
  • Daimones (Daimones Trilogy #1) – Could not read a physical book, so picked up this audiobook I won in a giveaway.
  • When a Child Is Born: A Chronicles of St. Mary’s Short Story – Needed a quick story to listen to while working out.
  • Once Humans (Daimones Trilogy #2) – Sequel to Daimones, might as well read it while Book 1 was fresh in my memory.
  • The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York: A Yarn for the Strange at Heart – Short graphic novel available to ‘Read Now’ at Negalley.

 


– 2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss –

Monthly progress: 6

Total progress: 28

Click the picture to access the original challenge post.

This month I read the following books towards this challenge:

Disclaimer
The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1)
The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #2)
The World Before Us
Untrustworthy
The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York: A Yarn for the Strange at Heart

 


Are you doing any of these challenges?
Or others?

Tell me everything!!

Pages4Progress

Today I would like to let you know about Pages 4 Progress, an initiative aimed to build awareness to education throughout the world.

It starts today and will end on September 8th and the goal is to hit a collective number of 3 million pages read by said date, which is International Literacy Day.

You can help by donating and/or sharing the initiative.
So what are you waiting for? Visit the page and start logging your progress!

Tip: If you log your reading progress via GoodReads, click My books at the top, Stats and then switch to Pages.

20 Books of Summer

Click the picture to access the original post of the challenge

I have finally come up with my list for the 20 Books of Summer challenge.
I will not necessarily be reading the books in this order and some will possibly be subjected to change, but for now these are my choices:

1. Aftermath, by Tom Lewis (Read, review here.)

2. A Special Place, by Peter Straub (Read, review here.)

3. Halfskin, by Tony Bertauski

4. Clay, by Tony Bertauski

5. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass: 100th Anniversary Edition, by Lewis Carroll

6. Disclaimer, by Renée Knight

7. The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1), by Charlie N. Holmberg

8. The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #2), by Charlie N. Holmberg

9. The Well, by Catherine Chanter

10. Devil’s Daughter (Lucinda’s Pawnshop, #1), by Hope Schenk-de Michele, Paul Marquez, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff

11. A Thorn Among the Lilies, by Michael Hiebert

12. Erewhon (Erewhon #1), by Samuel Butler

13. Kyrathaba Rising (The Kyrathaba Chronicles #1), by William Bryan Miller

14. Every Last Word, by Tamara Ireland Stone

15. The Corridor (The Corridor Series #1), by A.N. Willis

16. Consumption, by Heather Herrman

17. Probably Monsters, by Ray Cluley

18. Hothouse, by Brian W. Aldiss

19. Krabat, by Otfried Preußler

20. Untrustworthy, by J.R. Gershen-Siegel
 


 
Where I got the books:

Bought Paperbacks:

  • A Special Place
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass: 100th Anniversary Edition
  • Erewhon (Erewhon #1)

Netgalley E-books:

  • Disclaimer
  • The Paper Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #1)
  • The Glass Magician (The Paper Magician Trilogy #2)
  • The Well
  • Devil’s Daughter (Lucinda’s Pawnshop, #1)
  • A Thorn Among the Lilies
  • Every Last Word
  • The Corridor (The Corridor Series #1)
  • Consumption
  • Probably Monsters
  • Hothouse
  • Krabat
  • Untrustworthy

Free from Author E-books:

  • Aftermath
  • Halfskin

Giveaways:

  • Clay (Audiobook)
  • Kyrathaba Rising (The Kyrathaba Chronicles #1) (Audiobook)

 


 
Are you planning on taking up this challenge?
Do you intend to read any of the books I listed above?
If so, would you be up to do a buddy read?

Tell me everything!

2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge Jan-May

As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to take on this challenge:

Click the picture to access the original challenge post.

Here is the recap of the Netgalley books I have read from January to May, 2015:

January:

Rocco’s Wings (Tales of Terrakesh #1)
The Box People (Ersatz Trilogy, #1)
Pet to the Tentacle Monsters!
Puppet

February:

The 100 (The Hundred #1)
Day 21 (The Hundred #2)
A Gift of Ghosts (Tassamara #1)
Seed
Emissary

March:

The Harvesters
Bald New World
The Thirteenth Tower

April:

Where: A Novel (Preview Excerpt)
The Doll Maker

May:

Our Dried Voices
Hannu Rajaniemi: Collected Fiction
The Winter Boy
Rememberers
Delirium (Debt Collector #1)
Chimera Book One (Chimera #1)
Chimera Book Two (Chimera #2)
Chimera Book Three (Chimera #3)

As you can see, May has been my post prolific month. I am trying my best to keep up!!


Do you read any books from Netgalley?
Do you manage to keep up with your approved requests?
Are you taking up this challenge, or considering it?

Tell me everything!

My first reading challenges!

I have been looking to join a reading challenge for a while now, but could not find one that I believed I would even come close to completing and that I would not feel pressured by joining.

Browsing the blogosphere today, I actually found two!!

 

2015 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge

 

I found this challenge mentioned in The Worn Bookmark’s May Wrap Up post.

I did a quick google search and as far as I can tell the original post is the one you can get to by clicking the image above.

This challenge aims to motivate people who, like me, cannot seem to stop requesting awesome books from Netgalley and/or Edelweiss, but have a hard time keeping up with the actual reading and reviewing bit of the deal.

I was ecstatic to find this, because I do have this issue, and so this serves as a motivation to me, rather than placing any more unnecessary and unwanted pressure.

I wonder what badge I will get hmmm….

 

20 Books of Summer

 

I found this one also through The Worn Bookmark blog.

It can not get any simpler than this: Pick 20 books to read during the summer, more specifically between the 1st of June and the 4th of September.

I am 99% sure I can do this so I want to jump on board. The hard part is to actually pick 20 books, since my reading never seems to go according to plan.

I think I will include a mix of Kindle books, paperbacks and audio, to make things interesting, but the large majority will be read for review requests, either from authors or Netgalley – most likely the latter above all, so I can go for the two challenges at once.

I will be posting the list soonish, as soon as I see what I have lying around and can make up my mind!

In the meantime, you can help me! I have loads of paperbacks sitting on my shelf – ok not sure if 33 qualifies as loads but anyway – and I would love you to help me pick a couple to include in this challenge. You can find the list in my scanned shelf at GoodReads, but I will be posting the covers below anyhow. Oh and if you would like to do a buddy read of any of them, even better!

Here they are:

In the Night RoomDifferent SeasonsSomething Wicked This Way ComesThe Bad PlaceThe HauntedOdd Thomas (Odd Thomas #1)The Turn of the Screw & The Aspern PapersThe Picture of Dorian GrayTwenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Captain Nemo #1)SepulchreJoylandErewhon (Erewhon #1)ThinnerMagic TerrorM Is for MagicThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry AugustThe Host (The Host #1)The Game: The Valley (Das Tal, Season 1 #1)Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass: 100th Anniversary Edition (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland #1-2)The MartianFahrenheit 451His Dark Materials (His Dark Materials #1-3)City of Endless NightThe HumansThe Night CircusSpy Glass (Glass #3)Nobody True. James HerbertMoonBird BoxA Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)A Special Place: The Heart of a Dark MatterCujoMr Mercedes (Bill Hodges Trilogy #1)


 

Do you participate in any challenges?
Which ones?
Does either of these sound appealing to you?
Tell me everything!!
And please don’t forget to post your suggestions for a paperback on my shelf which I should include in the 20 Summer Books challenge :)