2016 Book Challenges Update: Month One

Hiya, Guys:

Here are the books I completed for the month of January for the three book challenges I’m participating in this year.  Organized in the order I signed up for each challenge.


#2016TBRPile Challenge

Has been on by TBR pile for weeks.



The Shadow of Loss

By Josefina Gutierrez

Genre: Realistic Fiction, Multicultural, Romance, YA

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Goodreads OR buy Shadow of Loss here: Amazon | Barnes & Noble|  Kobo


Evelyn Gonzalez keeps losing people, which is always hard, but has she lost something much more? Has she lost her soul? Evelyn has a nervous breakdown and is institutionalized, after months of sorrow and pain she is thrust back into the world. The world of teenage angst and Calculus. Can she trust people again? Especially after hurtful assumptions and judgments made her miss her junior year of high school. Evelyn is just trying to heal what she lost and graduate from high school.

For The Shadow of Loss Review click here.


#Rockmytbr Challenge

Graceling (Graceling Realm #1)

By Kristin Cashore

Genre: YA, Action, Adventure, Paranormal, Romance

Rating: 5 stars

Goodreads | B&N | Amazon


Synopsis (from Goodreads):

Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight – she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po’s friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace – or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away…

For my Graceling review post, click here.


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Let The 2016 (Reading) Challenges Begin

Happy New Year, Everyone!!

I hope you’ve all had a fantastical and memorable (mostly) ringing in of 2016! ^__^ And for those of you who don’t really remember much of the night, but had fun anyway? *high-five* 🙂

Now, in light of the New Year, I’ve decided to commit to a few reading challenges I’ve found to help encourage me to get through some books I’ve had, but I haven’t been able to get too. And what I like about the three challenges I’ve found is that they actually cover the mix of books I’ve wanted to read but have not been able to make time for.

Such as, ARCs (ebooks mostly), purchased books and a few audiobooks. I’ve listened to a few audiobooks before, but I’ve always preferred physical to audiobooks because I guess having someone else in my head telling a story freaks me out a bit? [Or at least that’s what the voices in my head tell me 😉 ]

In all seriousness, I’ve recently discovered the joy and comfort of audiobooks and the flexibility they offer. I’m reading screenplays nearly everyday (on a laptop) and just over this past year, I’ve noticed an increase of strain on my eyes. The discomfort is so intense sometimes that I can’t properly focus on reading actual physical copies of documents or books.

The audiobooks help to ease that strain on my eyes and allow me to still enjoy a book even when I need to rest my eyes. Now, for all the avid audiobookers out there, I’m sure this is in no way a monuments revelation to you, but give a girl a break here :-D.

With my rambling out of the way, let’s get to those challenges 🙂

The First, is Bookish Lifestlye‘s 5th Annul TBR Reading Challenge

My intended level for this challenge is: 11-20 A Friendly Hug My list is below, but it’s a random list that I might change later (as with the other lists as well):

  1. Thank You, Goodnight by Andy Abramowitz
  2. Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
  3. The Other Son (Brinkmann Trilogy #2) by Alexander Soderberg
  4. Orient by Christopher Bollen
  5. It Started with Paris by Cathy Kelly
  6. I, Ripper by Stephen Hunter
  7. Hostile Takeover (John Lago Thriller #2) by Shane Kuhn
  8. Hard Love (Hacker #5) by: Meredith Wild
  9. Friction by Sandra Brown
  10. Demon Within (Silver Legacy #2) by Alex Westmore
  11. Deceptions (Cainsville #3) by Kelley Armstrong
  12. The Blessings by: Elise
  13. 3volve By: Josefina Gutierrez
  14. Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse
  15. Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda By: Becky Albertalli
  16. The Shadow of Loss By: Josefina Gutierrez
  17. Half-Breed Queen (Skatia Narratives #1)By: L.A. Hendricks

The Second, is The YA Book Traveler’s RockmyTBR challenge:

Which will consist of TBR books I own/bought that were/will not be published in 2016, but haven’t gotten to yet:

  1. Greywalker (Greywalker #1) by Kat Richardson
  2. Eat, Pray, Love by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  3. Graceling (Graceling Realm #1) By Kristin Cashore
  4. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by: Mindy Kaling
  5. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, & Madness at the Fair that Changed America by: Erik Larson
  6. Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of Lusitania by: Erik Larson


The Third, is The Book Nympho & Hot Listens’ Audiobooks Challenge:

The Book Nympho

Right now, I’m aiming for the Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) level with 5-10 books.

  1. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. X (Kinsey Millhone #24) by Sue Grafton
  3. Half-Resurrection Blues (Bone Street Rumba #1) by: Daniel Jose Older
  4. The Diviners series (1-2) by Libba Bray
  5. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  6. The Wrath and the Dawn (Book #1) by Renee Ahdieh
  7. The Dune Chronicles (1-5) by Frank Herbert
  8. The Queen of Tearling series (1-2) by Erika Johansen
  9. Soundless by: Richelle Mead
  10. Why Not Me? by: Mindy Kaling
  11. Shadowshaper by Daniel Jose Oldr
  12. Obsidian (Lux #1) by: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  13. An Ember in the Ashes (book 1) by Sabaa Tahir
  14. The Law Of Moses (The Law Of Moses #1) by: Amy Harmon

Pheww! That’s a lot! 0_o  I know that most of these titles will change and I might not like some of them so I wanted to at least start off with a nice range and variety. What do you guys think? Are you started a reading challenge this year, too? If not and you’re interested in joining one of these I highly recommend it. 🙂

Happy Sunday, folks! And thanks so much for reading.

Until next time,