BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Saturday, June 6, 2015

May Challenge Wrap Up


This year I signed up for fewer year long challenges and I'll do more short-term challenges. Last month I signed up for 2 challenges: the May 2015 Clean Sweep ARC Challenge, hosted by the Caffeinated Reviewer, which lasted all month, and Blog Ahead Mini, hosted by Herding Cats & Burning Soup, which went until May 14th.

Grab a drink, get comfy, and get ready! 

Blog Ahead Mini - Goal: 14 prescheduled posts


I failed. I managed 2 posts before my father died and I went out of town. I did have some posts ready to go so there were still posts that went up while I was away but I made no further progress on getting ahead. The circumstances however did underscore the need to have posts prepped ahead of time.

TOTAL: 2


1. Pine and the Winter Sparrow by Alexis York Lumbard, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
2. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
3. Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
4. Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
5. The Rhyme of the Magpie by Marty Wingate
6. The Kind-hearted Monster by Max Velthuijs
7. Musseled Out by Barbara Ross
8. Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston
9. The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green
10. All for You by Christi Barth
11. Maya's Blanket: La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown, Iuulustrated by David Diaz
12. Clawed by L.A. Kornetsky
13. eKensington Sampler: Summer 2013
14. This is Sadie by Sara O'Leary
15. The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
16. Flashback by Simon Rose
17. Bristly Hair and I Don't Care by Nadia Budde
18. More Than Pancakes by Christine DePetrillo

TOTAL:  18 There were other parts of the challenge such as a required Twitter party and other extraneous fluff that I ignored; my focus was on getting the ARCs read. I did fall down at making sure I had at least a 2 sentence review on goodreads for each book read. But I got the books read so I'm happy. I gave myself a low goal because my father's health was failing and I knew that my reading time might be limited. I ended up reading a lot at the airport and on flights.

NetGalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge - Goal: 25 50


1. Pine and the Winter Sparrow by Alexis York Lumbard, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
2. Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
3. Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
4. Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
5. The Rhyme of the Magpie by Marty Wingate
6. The Kind-hearted Monster by Max Velthuijs
7. Musseled Out by Barbara Ross
8. The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green
9. Maya's Blanket: La Manta de Maya by Monica Brown, Iuulustrated by David Diaz
10. eKensington Sampler: Summer 2013
11. This is Sadie by Sara O'Leary
12. The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page 
13. Bristly Hair and I Don't Care by Nadia Budde 
 

TOTAL: 43! Looks like I'll be upping my goal again. :D


Finishing the Series Reading Challenge - Goal: 6 14


1.  White Trash Zombie Apocalypse by Diana Rowland (White Trash Zombie) - full review to come
2.  The Graveyard Child by M.L.N. Hanover (The Black Sun's Daughter)
3.  Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison (Honeychurch Hall Mysteries) - full review to come
4.  Sweet Revenge by Rebecca Zanetti (Sin Brothers)
5.  The Shadow Cartel by Layton Green (The Dominic Grey series)
6.  All for You by Christi Barth (Shore Secrets) - full review to come

TOTAL: 28 books, 13 series! Finished series: The Black Sun's Daughter, Honeychurch Hall Mysteries, The Dominic Grey Series, Paranormal Investigations, Rogue River, Kitty Norville, Otherworld, The SPI Files, Morgans of Nashville, Jane True, The Clifton Chronicles, Ever After, and Jane Yellowrock.

What An Animal Reading Challenge - Goal: 13 or more


1.  Pine and the Winter Sparrow by Alexis York Lumbard, Illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
2.  Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston
3.  Clawed by L.A. Kornetsky
4.  Bayou Magic by Jewell Parker Rhodes
5. The Rhyme of the Magpie by Marty Wingate

TOTAL: 23

Cruising Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge - Goal: 20 or more


1.  Deadly Desires at Honeychurch Hall by Hannah Dennison
2.  Bite the Biscuit by Linda O. Johnston
3.  Clawed by L.A. Kornetsky
4.  Musseled Out by Barbara Ross
5.  The Rhyme of the Magpie by Marty Wingate
6.  The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page

TOTAL: 15

Dust Off Your Classics - a very informal challenge hosted by Between My Lines and Dee's Reads. There's no sign up or goals. I am aiming for 1 a month. 



None!

Total: 2 I had my May book, which was my April book, all picked out but didn't get it read. :( This month! I need to do better.


Just For Fun Reading Challenge - Goal: 12, 1 a month  


1. Festive in Death by J.D. Robb


TOTAL: 5

6 comments:

  1. You Read some great books this month.I didn't sign up.for any challenges this year part from my Goodread challenge. I suck horribly at them. I hope to sign up for a few next year.

    Megan @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. The word 'challenge' definitely applies. :D They're making me work. :D

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  2. Holy Schmoly... you've been busy! And what an amazing array of genres etc. Very impressive.

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  3. You had a tough month but I am glad you did well on the Arc challenge and totally understand letting the fun activities slide. I am impressed by all you accomplished in May.

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    1. Thanks. It was a struggle at times but I did better than I expected. :)

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