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Challenge Updates as of April 13th – Goodreads & POPSUGAR

How’s everyone’s Hump Day going? Mine is going alright so far. I thought today would be a good day to give you a little update about some of the reading challenges I’m involved in this year. Reading challenges are fun, right?! If you want to read my preview update, you can find it HERE.


POPSUGAR 2016 Reading Challenge

I’ll be honest that I’m not consciously trying to complete this right now. I haven’t even looked to see if I actually get to check an item off the list so this may be a a really short update, haha!

If you want to join in on the challenge, you can find the actual PDF file to download and print off HERE.

Items Checked Off This Month:

  • A book that’s becoming a movie this year – Me Before You by JoJo Moyes
  • A book recommended to you by someone you just met – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz (thanks, Britt!)
  • A book that takes place in Summer – Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  • A dystopian novel – Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1) by Rachel Caine (currently reading and it’s part dystopian kinda so I’m counting it)
  • A book from the library – Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
  • A book that takes place on an island – The Lie Tree by Francis Hardinge

Previous Month’s List:

  • Book based on a fairy tale – A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
  • YA Bestseller – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  • A romance set in the future – Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
  • A book set in Europe – Voyager by Diana Gabaldon
  • A New York Times bestseller – Morning Star (Red Rising Trilogy, #3) by Pierce Brown
  • A book you can finish in a day – The Siren by Keira Cass (took me less than 18 hours)
  • A book that’s more than 600 pages – Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4) by Diana Gabaldon
  • A science fiction novel – Ready Player One by Ernst Cline
  • A book that is published in 2016 – The Love That Split The World by Emily Henry
  • A book with a blue cover – Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
  • A satirical book – Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Friend by Christopher Moore

TOTAL: 17/40

I’m feeling really good about this list since it’s just been coincidental so far. However, most of the items left are pretty specific so I may have to start planning ahead. Like a National Book Award Winner and a book from Oprah’s Book Club? Yeah… I’ll have to actually find one of those. I’ve read the list and I’m not really excited about it, haha.


2016 Goodreads Challenge

This past month has been pretty damn good for me reading-wise, minus the first week of April where I was in a bit of a mini reading slump. Luckily, I got out of it rather quickly and I’m back in the swing of things. Also, I’ve joined a BUNCH of book clubs and even started my own with a couple of other bloggers (Hype or Like Friday), which has really pushed me into power reading mode. I have to say, I’m really liking the motivation. I’m a bit behind on my BOTMs for this month though, as I’ve been too busy reading what I want to. I probably should switch gears soon if I want to finish them all on time.

TOTAL: 29/100

It actually says I’ve read 30 but I DNFed one of those so I probably should just remove it from my Goodreads shelves all together. Once I do that, I’ll be one book ahead of schedule which is good, if not great. It’s definitely better to be ahead of schedule than to be behind and have to play catch-up.

You can add me on Goodreads HERE if you want to stay up to date with what I’m reading and see how my 2016 challenge is going. I tend to update everyday and am very active on there, so I’d love to follow your reading adventure as well!


ARC April

I’m just gonna be honest, I’m doing bloody awful with this one. I’ve really come to hate reading my NetGalley ARCs on my phone and so I don’t force myself to read them as much as I should. It doesn’t help that I DNFed one, Norah & Kettle, either. Oops!

I also was rejected for a couple of them due to the publishing company already filling their quota. Totally sucks.

The List:

  • The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
  • The Girls by Emma Cline
  • The Second Mrs. Hockaday: A Novel by Susan Rivers
  • The Atomic Weight of Love: A Novel by Elizabeth J. Church
  • Nora & Kettle by Lauren Nicolle Taylor (DNFed)
  • City of Blades (The Divine Cities, #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett
  • The Girls in the Garden by Lisa Jewell
  • Love, Lies and Spies by Cindy Anstey
  • With Malice by Eileen Cook (rejected)
  • And I Darken (The Darken Trilogy, #1) by Kiersten White
  • The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude (rejected)
  • The Other Side of Gravity (Oxygen, #1) by Shelly Crane
  • Practical Applications for Multiverse Theory by Noa Gavin
  • Ascension (The Indigo Project) by Christopher De Sousa (currently reading)
  • Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

TOTAL: 1/15

HAHA! Wow, this is just awful.


I’m also currently in the middle of Genrethon, but since it’s such a short challenge, I’ll just post a wrap-up for it at the end. You can find my original post about it HERE.

Are you involved in any reading challenges this year? How are you doing with them? Are you looking to join any in the upcoming months?

12 thoughts on “Challenge Updates as of April 13th – Goodreads & POPSUGAR

  1. Aw, man. Your score on NetGalley is going to go way down if you don’t hurry up and review those books. I DNF’d 3 out of 7 of the books I received. I think I still have another 3 to read. I know you’re not a fan of The Selection series, but what did you think about The Siren? That was Kiera Kass’ first novel she self-published. Right? I feel like remember reading about that one.

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    1. Yeah, I’m not requesting any more until I catch up a bit. But most of them aren’t being released until later this summer so I was planning on holding off on those for a bit anyways… The Siren was just a bit better than The Selection but still wasn’t very well developed and just a juvenile story in general. I won’t buy another one of Cass’ books, that’s for sure. I really don’t enjoy her as a writer.

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      1. Oh, that’s a good idea. I did the same with one I had but I ended up DNFing before the release. Yeah, I wasn’t a fan of Kass’. I thought three books for The Selection was too much. It made the whole story drag and it was kind of predictable. I need to scope out your reviews to see what to read once I’m done some of these books I have on my list 🙂

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      2. Yeah, mine have all said to wait for review until within a month of the release date so I’ve been holding out on them.. Yeah, I just don’t care for them. They were a quick read but nothing really happens and I found America to be an idiot, haha!.. Oh yes, please do! I don’t have a whole lot though, so I apologize in advance lol.

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      3. That makes sense for the publisher to not want you to post too soon. So far, none of my ARCs had that stipulation, even though some were a while out from release. I finished The Selection series, but I wasn’t dying to read the books about her daughter. Sometimes, I think authors try to capitalize too much on the success of one book, and the spin-off seems to be another example. Yeah, I didn’t care for America much either. She was annoying most of the time. I kept on reading, hoping for some amazing ending that just didn’t come. I’m on your blog now. You have plenty of reviews. I’ll have to do some digging. 🙂 (Signed, Stars convert 🙂 Haha!)

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  2. I’m doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge too.Currently, I’m behind by one book. I’m in a weird reading slump. I read a book and get 25% in and then give up 😦

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    1. Oh no! I know how that feels! I started off April in a bit of a mini slump. Binge watch a tv show on Netflix and don’t pick up a book for about a week. That always helps to refresh myself and pull me out of a slump! 😊

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