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Library Love Challenge | 2018 Sign Up

Hey there bookworms!
Today’s post is a sign up for the Library Love Challenge which is hosted by Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Brooke Blogs
This challenge encourages us to borrow books (in any format) from the library instead of buying them all, saving us money 🙂 

Challenge Details:

Runs: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. You can join any time.

  • Put a sign up post on your blog or (dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing) and link it below. Make sure it’s public.
  • The goal is to read at least twelve (12) books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you.
  • Any format will work for this challenge (prints, ebooks, or audios); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, fantasy, mystery, thriller, horror, etc.).
  • Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads. The goal is to support your local library and save money.
  • Write a review to enter the giveaway – 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences. Not sure what to write? How about something like, “The plot was a delight, but the characters didn’t capture me.” “I enjoyed the story and really liked the characters.”
  • As an added bonus: We are offering up a GIVEAWAY with this Challenge. Winner will be picked at the end of the year!! The entries are the direct links to your book reviews and you will have until Jan. 3rd, 2019 to enter your reviews in the linky and then the Rafflecopter

Levels:

  • Dewey Decimal: Read 12 books
  • Thrifty Reader: Read 24 books
  • Overdrive Junkie: Read 36 books
  • Library Addict: Read 48 books
  • Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

 

I LOVE the library, and I attempted this challenge this year, however, I failed miserably. Next year I am going to give it another shot and hopefully reach at least the Dewey Decimal level of 12 library books.
Are you taking part in this challenge too?? I would love to hear all about in in the comments box!

Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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Audiobook Challenge 2017 Recap & 2018 Sign Up

Hey there everyone!
This year I was taking part in the Audiobook Challenge hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listens. I cannot remember what I said I was going to aim for, but I only managed to listen to a total of 4 or 5 audiobooks this year (despite having an audible account) which is pretty bad. In 2018 I am going to do b
etter!

For those of you who aren’t sure of this challenge here are the details 🙂

Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018. You can join at any time.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2018 than you did in 2017.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
  • Updates plus a giveaway will be posted twice during the year. The first update will be June 30, 2018, and the last update will take place on December 15, 2018.

Achievement Levels:

  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+

 

In 2018 I am going to aim for the second level for this challenge – Weekend Warrior (5-10 audiobooks) as I don’t want to set my goal too high in case I crash and burn as I did this year! I think 5-10 is a pretty safe goal!
Who else is taking part in this challenge?? What is your goal?? I would love to hear about it in the comments box below!

Until next time, happy reading!

Kim x

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TBR For The Biannual Bibliothon Read-a-Thon

Hey beautiful bookworms!
As some of you may know, the Biannual Bibliothon is coming up on Saturday the 23rd of July (only two more sleeps!) so I have just finished getting my TBR pile together. I am very hopeful that I will get through this list, however, it is quite large and I only have a week..so I will see how I go! Here is my TBR and the challenges that they cover:

Group Book

flame in the mist The first book in the read-a-thon is the group book which is the book that everyone taking part in the read-a-thon is going to read. Which is Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh. I am pretty excited about this one because before looking into the read-a-thon, I hadn’t heard of this book, so I am excited to read a book that is completely new to me! I think it is the first book in a series, so who knows, I might end up getting the next ones too!

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Host’s Favourite Genre

nevernightFor this challenge, I have chosen to read a book from Brittney’s favourite genre which is high fantasy. For this challenge I decided to read Nevernight by Jay Kristoff. This one has been on my TBR for ages so this gives me a good excuse to finally read it!

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Banned Book

perks of being a wallflowerFor this challenge I have chosen to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. This one is an old one, and I am yet to read it. I know that I am a bit behind in the times, but I am going to pick it up during the read-a-thon.

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Throwback Challenge

let it snow For the “Throwback Challenge” I chose the challenge: “Read a book that is winter themed.” I thought this would be a good one as it is currently winter here in Australia, even though this read-a-thon is all happening in America and is called the Summer Biannual Bibliothon. Therefore I am going to read Let it Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle. It has been on my shelf for ages, so I thought it was a good time to pick it up!

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Book to Movie Adaptation

jasper jonesFor this challenge, I chose Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey. I won the DVD copy of this through Allen & Unwin on Twitter, so I thought that it was a sign that I should read this one for the challenge. In order to complete this challenge, I also have to watch the movie..challenge accepted!

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Book Seen Somewhere Other Than Booktube

holding up the universeI chose Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven for this challenge, as I have seen it all over bookstagram and it has been on my TBR for a while. I am looking forward to getting into this one.

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LGBTQIA+

simon vs the homo sapiens agendaI couldn’t take a pretty photo of this one, as it is an ebook on my phone. But for this challenge, I have chosen to read Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertall. This one I have seen everywhere, and when I was watching booktube videos in preparation for this read-a-thon, and I was looking for recommendations for this challenge, Emma from emmabooks talked about this one and how amazing it is, so therefore I thought that I would give it a go! I am looking forward to it!

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So that is my very LARGE TBR for the Biannual Bibliothon! For those of you who are taking part, what books are you going to be reading?? I am actually really excited about this read-a-thon, as it is the first on I will be participating in! I am hoping to get through as least half of these books in the week, but ideally I will read them all! Wish me luck!

Thank you for stopping by to check out my TBR for the read-a-thon. Tell me what you think of my TBR in the comments below, and leave me a link to your TBRs I would love to see what you are all reading for the Bibliothon!
Until next time! Happy reading

Kim x

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Down the TBR Hole #1

Hey there everyone!

I have just discovered this meme thanks to Amy at Bursting with Books! I really like the concept of going through my TBR and cutting out some of the books..although it may be a painful experience, I think it needs to happen!

I have 437 books on my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads..which I think is a little bit of a problem..Now I am going to cheat a little bit and not include books by my favourite authors that I will be reading, as I am (slowly) getting through all of their books. there is a total of 159 of those (did I say I was going to get through them slowly?) So therefore, there is going to be a total of 278 books that I will be including in this challenge!
This is how it works:

Down the TBR Hole is a (very) bookish meme, originally created by Lia @ Lost In A Story. She has since combed through all of her TBR (very impressive) and diminished it by quite a bit, but the meme is still open to others! How to participate:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf
  • Order by Ascending Date Added
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or let it go?

the helpThree ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step. . . .

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.
Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed

The Verdict: This book has been on my goodreads’ shelf since June 2013. I haven’t seen the movie either, and when I come across it in bookstores, I seem to just keep putting it back on the shelf, so I think its time for this one to go!

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mao's last dancer From a desperately poor village in northeast China, at age eleven, Li Cunxin was chosen by Madame Mao’s cultural delegates to be taken from his rural home and brought to Beijing, where he would study ballet. In 1979, the young dancer arrived in Texas as part of a cultural exchange, only to fall in love with America-and with an American woman. Two years later, through a series of events worthy of the most exciting cloak-and-dagger fiction, he defected to the United States, where he quickly became known as one of the greatest ballet dancers in the world. This is his story, told in his own inimitable voice.

The Verdict: This one is tough to decide on. I originally added it because it was about a dances, and I love everything to do with dance..but re-reading the synopsis, I just don’t think I will ever be interested enough to ever pick it up..so this one i’m thinking is going to go.

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atonementOn a hot summer day in 1934, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives—together with her precocious literary gifts—brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

The Verdict: This one has been on my TBR for aggeeeesss! (since June 2013 to be exact) and although I haven’t gotten around to it, it still seems like it would be a great read..and its a classic! So I am going to keep this one!

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secret keeper.jpg 1961: On a sweltering summer’s day, while her family picnics by the stream on their Suffolk farm, sixteen-year-old Laurel hides out in her childhood tree house dreaming of a boy called Billy, a move to London, and the bright future she can’t wait to seize. But before the idyllic afternoon is over, Laurel will have witnessed a shocking crime that changes everything.
2011: Now a much-loved actress, Laurel finds herself overwhelmed by shades of the past. Haunted by memories, and the mystery of what she saw that day, she returns to her family home and begins to piece together a secret history. A tale of three strangers from vastly different worlds – Dorothy, Vivien and Jimmy – who are brought together by chance in wartime London and whose lives become fiercely and fatefully entwined.
Shifting between the 1930s, the 1960s and the present, The Secret Keeper is a spellbinding story of mysteries and secrets, theatre and thievery, murder and enduring love

The Verdict: I actually own this one, and it has been on my shelf just as long as it has been on my TBR. But the fact that it is physically in front of me, might mean that I will get to it at some stage, therefore I think I am going to keep this one 🙂 

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forgotten garden.jpgA tiny girl is abandoned on a ship headed for Australia in 1913. She arrives completely alone with nothing but a small suitcase containing a few clothes and a single book; a beautiful volume of fairy tales. She is taken in by the dockmaster and his wife and raised as their own. On her twenty-first birthday, they tell her the truth, and with her sense of self shattered and very little to go on, “Nell” sets out to trace her real identity. Her quest leads her to Blackhurst Manor on the Cornish coast and the secrets of the doomed Mountrachet family. But it is not until her granddaughter, Cassandra, takes up the search after Nell’s death that all the pieces of the puzzle are assembled. A spellbinding tale of mystery and self-discovery, The Forgotten Garden will take hold of your imagination and never let go

The Verdict: I don’t even remember when (or why) I put this book on my TBR..maybe I had a thing for Kate Morton at the time – as this is the second book by her in a row on my list – who knows. But I re-read the synopsis and I’m not too impressed..and it isn’t too much to look at, so I think this one has to go!

 

Okay bookworms, that is 5 books from my TBR and out of the five, it ditched 3. I am feeling good about this! I have a very long way to go, but I am confident that I can do it! What books have you recently scratched from your TBR lists? Have you read any of the ones I have mentioned in today’s post? What do you think??

Thanks for hanging out, and reading all about my TBR clean-up. I will have another one of these all ready for you next week, so don’t miss it!
Until next time, happy reading!

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Book Challenge | Reading Assignment Challenge 2017

Hey there bookworms! Yes another challenge for the year 2017! I am hoping that it is going to be a busy year for reading for me! 

This challenge is hosted by Fantasy is More Fun and Because Reading. You can head to their blogs to check out the details and rules for this challenge!

For this challenge I am aiming to read one book from my shelves per month (12 books through the year) I think this is a good way of starting to get the list of my owned books that need reading down slightly!

I am to read the following books in 2017 as part of this challenge:

January: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

February: End Of Watch by Stephen King

March: Presumed Guilty by Bret Christian

April: The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

May: The Messenger by Markus Zusak

June: City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

July: A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

August: Paper Towns by John Green

September: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

October: The Passage by Justin Cronin

November: The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

December: A Bend in the Road by Nicholas Sparks

I am really excited about this challenge, as it gives me a chance to read books that I have had on my shelves for AGES. There were so many to choose from, but I picked the ones I am most excited about 🙂
Who else is taking part in this challenge? I would love to see what books you will be reading each month, and how many you are planning on doing!

Thanks for popping by, and until next time, happy reading!

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Book Challenge | 2017 Library Love Challenge

I discovered this awesome challenge today and as I am a massive fan of the library I think I must give this challenge a go! It is hosted by  Angel’s Guilty Pleasures and Bea’s Book Nook and it involves reading as many books as possible from the library! Yes please! Here is how it works:

Challenge Details:

💝 Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2017 & you can join anytime
💝 Put a sign up post on your blog or dedicate a Goodreads shelf or LibraryThing
💝 The goal is to read at least twelve books from the library, but you can read more. While twelve is the minimum, there is no maximum limit.
💝 Any format will work for this challenge (print, ebook, or audio); as long as you checked it out from the library, it counts.
💝 Books can be any genre
💝 Crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed, including re-reads.
💝 Write a review – two sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of two sentences

Levels:

💝 Dewey Decimal: read 12 books
💝 Thrifty Reader: read 24 books
💝 Overdrive Junkie: read 36 books
💝 Library Card on Fire: read 50+ books
You can also join the Goodreads’ Group for the Library Love Challenge where there will be discussions of all the books read throughout the challenge by all that are taking part!
If you love the library, then I would encourage you to join this challenge! I think it is going to be a lot of fun!
Thanks for stopping by, and until next time, happy reading!

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