Thursday, August 1, 2013

Shannon's July Reading Challenge Wrap-up

One of my goals this year was to join in on some reading challenges.  It was hard to narrow down which ones I wanted to participate in!  Below are the challenges I ended up with.  I will be updating this page as I work through my goals.

See individual Challenges for updates!

2013 Goodreads Challenge: 150 books 
I only got through 18 books this month.  But I had a vacation and some long weekends, which wreak havoc on my reading time.  You'd think it would be the opposite, but that is not the case when you have a toddler!

Standalone Reading Challenge
The goal is to read 15 MG/YA standalone novels published in 2013.

2013 Standalone Reading Challenge

I only read one this month...but I already have some planned for next month.

1. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
2. Paper Valentine by Brenna Yonavoff
3. Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
4. This Is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith 
5. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer & Jon Levithan 
6. Poison by Bridget Zinn
7. School Spirits by Rachel Hawkins
8. The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

Dusty Bookshelf
The Dusty Bookshelf 2013 Reading Challenge

Cobweb (10-15) from this list:
Only one more this month.  I'm so easily distracted by other books...I can see why these sat on my bookshelf for as long as they have.

Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker (8 years)
Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Banks (7 years)
Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson (6 years)
The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey (6 years)
Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant (6 years)
The Bonesetter's Daughter by Amy Tan (4 years)
Nevermore by Neil Gaiman (3 years)
Switched by Amanda Hocking (2 years) Review HERE
Major. Pettigrew Last Stand by Helen Simonson (2 years)
In the Garden of Beast by Erik Larsen (1.5 years)
Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley (1.5 years)
A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron (1 year)
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia (1 year)
Every Other Day by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (1 year)
Past Perfect by Leila Sales (1 year)
The Mermaid's Mirror by L. K. Madigan (1 year)
Goddess Test by Aimee Carter (1 year)
Scarlet by AC Gaughen (1 year)
New Girl by Paige Harbison (1 year)
Hereafter by Tara Hudson (1 year) Review HERE
Entwined by Heather Dixon (1 year)
Destines by Jessie Harrell (1 year)
Brightest Kind of Darkness by PT Michelle (1 year) Review HERE
Chosen by Sarah Swan (1 year)
Lament by Maggie Stiefvater (1 year) Review HERE
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey (10 months) Review HERE
Slide by Jill Hathaway (10 months) Review HERE
Dark Divine by Bree Despain (10 months)
Lost Saint by Bree Despain (10 months)
Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey (9 months)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (7 months)
Fever by Lauren DeStefano (7 months)
Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien (7 months) Review HERE
Intangible by J. Meyers (6 months)
Grasping at Eternity by Karen Hooper (6 months)

2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge

Here is the feature creature schedule.  You can read in any order, but you get bonus points for reading the paranormal being in it's featured month.  I'll add the books I read under the category along with the month I read it.
This month was heavy on paranormal reads - half of the books I read this month were paranormal!

2013 Dystopian Reading Challenge
The goal is to read 24 post-apocalyptic dystopian YA novel.  I will list my books here as I read them.

I only read one!  Sad!

1. Once by Anna Carey
2. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
3.  Reached by Ally Condie
4. Prodigy by Marie Lu
5. Requiem by Lauren Oliver
6. The Eternity Cure by Julie Kagawa
7. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
8. All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin
9. Because it is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin
10. The Breeders by Katie French
11. Pure by Julianna Baggott
12. Crewel by Gennifer Albin
13. The Selection by Kiera Cass
14. The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse
15. Birthmarked by Caragh O'Brien
16. Rise by Anna Carey
17. Fuse by Julianna Baggott
19. Possession by Elana Johnson
20. Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

2013 YA/MG Fantasy Reading Challenge
The goal is to read 10 YA/MG Fantasy novels.  I will post them here as I read them.

Only one this month...

1. Crown of Embers by Rae Carson
2. Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta
3. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
4. Hallowed by Cythnia Hand
5. Boundless by Cynthia Hand
6. Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
7. Goddess Interrupted by Aimee Carter
8. City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
9.  The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen
10. Everbound by Brodi Ashton
11. Asunder by Jodi Meadows
12. Island of Silence by Lisa McMann
13. Touch of Frost by Jennifer Estep
14. Kiss of Frost by Jennifer Estep
15. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
16. Dark Triumph by R.L. LaFevers
17. The Assassin's Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
18. A Tale Dark and Grimm by Adam Gidwitz
19. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
20. Descendant by Nichole Giles
21. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
22. Dark Frost by Jennifer Estep
23. Poison by Bridget Zinn
24. Among Others by Jo Walton
25. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

2013 End of Series Reading Challenge
The goal is read at least 7 books that are published in 2013 that will be the final book in a series.  (The rules have been updated to include any series ending book)

 Books Read:
I finished two series this month again. 

1. Eternally Yours (Immortal Beloved #3) by Cate Tiernan
2. Reached (Matched #3) by Ally Condie
3. Requiem (Delirium #3) by Lauren Oliver
4. Boundless (Unearthly #3) by Cynthia Hand
5. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) by Beth Revis
6. Where She Went (If I Stay #2) by Gayle Forman
7. Ascend (Trylle #3) by Amanda Hocking
8. Impostor (Slide #2) by Jill Hathaway
9. Girl of Nightmares (Anna Dressed in Blood #2) by Kendare Blake
10. Rise (Eve #3) by Anna Carey
11. If I Should Die (Revenants #3) by Amy Plum
12. Elegy (Hereafter #3) by Tara Hudson

2013 Sequel Reading Challenge

Sequels on my TBR pile (some are scheduled to be released later this year, so I included them as well) Also, this is a mixture of sequel where I have read the first book (*) and series where I own the first book, but haven't read it yet (+)  My goal is to read the backlog of my books AND finish/catch up on any series I start (if the series is worth continuing, that is!).  I HIGHLY doubt I will get through all of these, but it will be fun to see how far I end up!:

I will underline and link the reviews for the books I've read.  I may also update my list as I read sequels, or decide not to finish a series.
I read 7 sequels this month!

+Razorland Series by Ann Aguirre: Outpost (#2)
*Everneath Series by Brodi Ashton: APR: Everbound (#2)
Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggott: JUN: Fuse (#2)
*The Grisha Series  by Leigh Bardugo: JUL: Storm and Siege (#2)
Anna Dressed in Blood series by Kendare Blake: JUN:  Girl of Nightmares (#2)
*Abandon Trilogy by Meg Cabot: Awaken (#3)
*Eve Trilogy by Anna Carey: JAN: Once (#2), JUN: Rise (#3)
*The Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson: JAN: Crown of Embers (#2)
+The Goddess Test series by Amy Carter: FEB: Goddess Interrupted (#2)
*So Close To You series by Rachel Carter: This Strange and Familiar Place (#2)
The Selection Trilogy by Keira Cass: JUL: The Elite (#2)
+Medusa Girls series by Tera Lynn Childs: Sweet Shadows (#2), Sweet Legacy (#3)
*The Matched series by Allie Condie: FEB: Reached (#3)
+The Clann series by Melissa Darnell: Covet (#2), Consumer (#3)
*Maze Runner Series by James Dashner:  JAN: Scorch Trials (#2)
+The Chemical Garden series by Lauren DeStefano: Fever (#2), Sever (#3)
*Body Finder Series by Kimberly Derting: FEB: Desires of the Dead (#2),
+The Dark Divine Series by Bree Despain: Lost Saint (#2), The Savage Grace (#3)
+Mythos Academy series by Jennifer Estep: MAY: Kiss of Frost (#2), JUN: Dark Frost (#3), Crimson Frost (#4), Midnight Frost (#5)
If I Stay series by Gayle Forman: APR: Where She Went (#2)
*The Caster Chronicles by Kami Garcia: Beautiful Darkness (#2), Beautiful Chaos (#3), Beautiful Redemption (#4)
+Cold Kiss series by Amy Garvey: FEB: Glass Heart (#2)
+Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand: FEB: Hallowed (#2), Boundless (#3)
+Slide series by Jill Hathaway: MAY: Impostor (#2)
+Magic Most Foul series by Leanna Hieber: The Twisted Tragedy of Natalie Stewart (#2)
+Trylle series by Amanda Hocking: MAY: Torn (#2), MAY: Ascend (#3)
+The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkins: Evolution of Mara Dyer (#2)
+The Kindrily series by Karen Amanda Hooper: Taking Back Forever (#2)
+Hereafter series by Tara Hudson: JUL: Arise (#2), JUL: Elegy (#3)
*Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson: APR: The Madness Underneath (#2)
+Awaken series by Katie Kacvinsky: Middle Ground (#2)
*The Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa: MARCH: The Eternity Cure (#2)
*The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series by Julie Kagawa: The Traitor Son (#2)
*His Fair Assassin series by R. L. LaFevers: MAY: Dark Triumph (#2)
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson: MARCH: Hattie Ever After (#2)
+The Darkness Before Dawn trilogy by JA London: JUN: Blood Kissed Sky (#2), After Daybreak (#3)
*Legend series by Marie Lu: FEB: Prodigy (#2)
*Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi: MARCH: Unravel Me (#2)
*The Necromancer series by Lish McBride series: Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (#2)
+Hourglass series by Myra McBride: JUL: Timepiece (#2), Infinity Glass (#3)
*The Unwanteds series by Lisa McMann: MAY: Island of Desires (#2)
*New Soul series by Jodi Meadow: APR: Asunder (#2)
The Lunar Chronicle Series by Marissa Meyers: MAY: Scarlet (#2)
*The Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles: Envy (#2)
*The Ascendance Trilogy by Jennifer A. Nielsen: APR: The Runaway King (#2)
+Birthmarked series by Caragh O'Brien: Prized (#2), Promised (#3) DECIDED NOT TO FINISH
+Delirium series by Lauren Oliver: FEB: Requiem (#3)
Revenants Series by Amy Plum: JUL: If I Should Die (#3),
The Black City Trilogy by Elizabeth Richards: JUL: Phoenix (#2)
Across the Universe series by Beth Revis: APR: A Million Suns (#2), APR: Shades of Earth (#3) 
*The Sky Chasers series by Amy Kathleen Ryan: Spark (#2)
*The Cahill Witch Chronicles by Jessica Spotswood: Star Cursed (#2)
+The Forsaken series by Lisa Stasse: The Uprising (#2)
+The Books of Faerie series by Maggie Stiefvater: Ballad (#2), Requiem (#3) DECIDED NOT TO FINISH
*Immortal Beloved series by Cate Tiernan: JAN: Eternally Yours (#3)
+Witch Eyes series by Scott Tracy: Demon Eyes (#2)
*The Crowfield Abbey series by Pat Walsh: FEB: The Crowfield Demon (#2)
+Uglies series by Scott Westerfield: Pretties (#2), Specials (#3), Extras (#4)
*Paranormalcy series by Kiersten White: JAN: Supernaturally (#2), JAN: Endlessly (#3)


  1. Oh my goodness I am completely overwhelmed by all these challenges! I've never done any challenges either so I decided to Well two if you count the Goodreads one. And now that I'm looking at the 2013 European Reading Challenge I'm already feeling sort of panicked by that (perhaps not the best choice for me, as fantasy settings aren't usually in real countries. On the upside I have some off the wall countries checked off. Like Bosnia. And Latvia. Who knew?)

    1. HAHA, I mostly picked challenges that I was likely to read anyways. ;) The European Reading Challenge sounds interesting! This might help you a bit:



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