Reader’s Anonymous – 2016 Reading Challenge

Dissimilar to other bloggers I’m not very organized, or consistent, or dedicated, but I read some books that fit the criteria below for my challenge. Let’s look


Books with covers are books that I’ve read. Books without covers are books I haven’t read, however, plan to read for this specific challenge.

 A book with a male POV

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HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD


Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

First novel on TBR

Sense and Sensibility

A book with diversity

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Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra’s near-comatose abuelo begins to say “No importa” over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep…. Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

 
Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order’s secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick’s supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family’s past, present, and future.

A book that’s been turned into a movie

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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.

Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars’ surface, completely alone, with no way to signal Earth that he’s alive. And even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone years before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, Mark won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark’s not ready to quit. Armed with nothing but his ingenuity and his engineering skills—and a gallows sense of humor that proves to be his greatest source of strength–he embarks on a dogged quest to stay alive, using his botany expertise to grow food and even hatching a mad plan to contact NASA back on Earth.

As he overcomes one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next, Mark begins to let himself believe he might make it off the planet alive.

But Mars has plenty of surprises in store for him yet.

Start a new series

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Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

 

 

A book set on another planet

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A book set in your hometown

The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

A book about time travel

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Nix has spent her entire life aboard her father’s ship, sailing across the centuries, across the world, across myth and imagination.


As long as her father has a map for it, he can sail to any time, any place, real or imagined: nineteenth-century China, the land from One Thousand and One Nights, a mythic version of Africa. Along the way they have found crewmates and friends, and even a disarming thief who could come to mean much more to Nix.

But the end to it all looms closer every day.

Her father is obsessed with obtaining the one map, 1868 Honolulu, that could take him back to his lost love, Nix’s mother. Even though getting it—and going there—could erase Nix’s very existence.

For the first time, Nix is entering unknown waters.

She could find herself, find her family, find her own fantastical ability, her own epic love.

Or she could disappear.

A retelling of your favorite classic story

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A book set in an alternate history

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A book with an irresistible cover

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Make a wish…

Lennie always thought her uncles’ “important family legacy” was good old-fashioned bootlegging. Then she takes some of her uncles’ moonshine to Michaela Gordon’s annual house party, and finds out just how wrong she was.

At the party, Lennie has everyone make a wish before drinking the shine—it’s tradition. She toasts to wishes for bat wings, for balls of steel, for the party to go on forever. Lennie even makes a wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was murdered six months ago.

The next morning gives Lennie a whole new understanding of the phrase be careful what you wish for—or in her case, be careful what wishes you grant. Because all those wishes Lennie raised a jar of shine to last night? They came true. Most of them came out bad. And once granted, a wish can’t be unmade…

A book where the main character has an awesome name

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Bonus

A book with a color in the title

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A book written by a new author/ or new to me

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro: (My Review)

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

A book with a mythology theme

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A book set in a country you’d like to visit

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A book in a different language

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Don’t forget to do this challenge and make it fun! I’m on Goodreads and Twitter so don’t be afraid to talk to me or tell me how the  challenge is progressing. Happy Reading!

Welcome 2016 – Challenges

Reading Challenges Of2016

This post was meant for yesterday, however, I was out partying for dear life, or I forgot, you may select which one you believe. Anyway, Can you believe we’re in the year 2016? I know I don’t. It felt like just two days ago, it was 2015… Ah, such fond memories. This year Reader’s Anonymous is dedicating itself to challenges!  Since last year was a bust for reading (for me) I’ve decided to not leave my reading to chance, but to plan it all out and complete some challenges the entire year, not just for reading but my personal life as well.  I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions because they simply don’t work for me, but a challenge is different and it’ll be fun.

Of course it’s up to you whether or not you decide to participate, but I’d love it if you would! So, these are the challenges laid out for the year:

Reader’s Anonymous 2016 Reading Challenge

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Obviously I created this, which is why it’s first and because I think it’s one of the best! This challenge isn’t meant for the entire year, but it could last you 12 months if you spaced it out. You’re going to enjoy the books you read, I guarantee  it (do you guys know that commercial?)!

Winter Bookish Bingo hosted by Bekka @ Pretty Deadly Reviews

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This technically isn’t a 2016 challenge but a December – February challenge. This gives you a lot of time to finish it so…go do it.

Back to the Classics Challenge 2016

 

1.  A 19th Century Classic .
2.  A 20th Century Classic
3.  A classic by a woman author.
4.  A classic in translation.
5.  A classic by a non-white author.
6.  An adventure classic
7.  A fantasy, science fiction, or dystopian classic.
8.  A classic detective novel.
9.  A classic which includes the name of a place in the title.
10. A classic which has been banned or censored.
11. Re-read a classic you read in school (high school or college).
12. A volume of classic short stories.

Please go to Books and Chocolate blog in order to receive the rules and detailed information for this challenge.

#ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

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This challenge is an awesome way to decrease the amount of unread books in both your real and virtual libraries. This challenge is perfect for me because I have a serious back load of novels to read. It’ll also minimize your TBR since most of your owned novels will be on your TBR shelf.

I found this challenge on Sarah Reads Too Much

#2016DebAuthC Hosted by Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl

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It runs from Jan 1, 2016, and Jan 31, 2017.

This challenge is such a great idea, and allows for reader’s to expand their authors list. It’s hard for new authors to come out and be recognized, so this is a wonderful challenge. You have to list the amount of novels you’ll read and cross list them as you go on. (example: 0/30)

I found this on Molly’s Book Nook, which is awesome BTW.

2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge

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It’s Popsugar’s famous reading challenge! There are some book categories that conflict with the other challenges, so I’d just count them all as one instead reading one for each.

Monthly Keyword Challenge hosted by My Soul Called Life

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Here Are Your 2016 Keywords

JAN- Crowd, Girl, The, Bad, Soul, Soft

FEB- Veil, Kiss, Her, Break, Love, Stars

MAR- Game, Fire, Darkness, School, Like, Change

APR- Far, Life, Stay, One, War, Thorns

MAY- Cure, Trial, Family, Key, Thief, Bend

JUN- Moon, In, Only, Whisper, Sleep, Trap

JUL- Rose, Sun, Clock, Day, Angel, Unto

AUG- Prince, Boy, Glass, Heart, Lost, Now

SEP- Wind, Color, Touch, At, How, Sweet

OCT- Rock, Ghost, Fall, Away, Sky, Storm

NOV- Dream, Holiday, And, Of, Dawn, Beautiful

DEC- End, Promise, Everlasting, Ice, Snow, My

This is a wonderful challenge and will eliminate a lot of books on my TBR! Please go to My Soul Called Life because her site clearly outlines the rules and other important information.

The Readist’s – 2016 Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge 2016

5 non-fiction titles (because I just don’t read enough non-fiction)

5 titles from debut authors (because it’s fun to find a new voice)

2 translated novels (we all need a peek at another’s world view)

2 books from genres you don’t usually read (why not, right?)

2 classics you’ve always meant to read, but never got around to

2 books recommended by a friend of co-worker

2 books or poetry

It’s such a great challenge because it’s a small number of novels to read in categories I don’t read often, so I’m excited!

I found this challenge on The Readist, which is also awesome, so check this out too.

 

2016 Fans of Interracial Romance A to Z Challenge

2016 Fans of Interracial Romance A to Z Challenge

 1 January to 31 December, 2016

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

This challenge is simple, spell out A to Z using your interracial romance reading. Click the link for rules and extra information! I’m a huge of multicultural and interracial reads because it allows me to explore books with characters that are similar to me, unlike other novels I read.


This last challenge isn’t for the year but for 2-3 years. It’s long and hard but will be so satisfying to finish.

The Rory Gilmore Challenge

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The list for this is over 300 books, so I’m not going to list them all. Thus far I’ve read 15 of these books, so YAY!! Now I just have to finish the other 324…do that math 🙂 Anyway, if you’re interested please tell me because that would be awesome to hear – not literally for obvious reasons.

I Formally Challenge You!

That’s a very cryptic title isn’t it? I know. Now that you’re thoroughly intrigued I reckon it’s appropriate for me to explain what the heck I’m babbling about.

2016 is two blocks away and it’s imperative that I challenge myself or I’ll read a bunch of smut…that’s not the right word. Nonetheless, one day I was bored and decided to create a challenge for myself, and all my wonderful blog followers!

A) If you’re not interested that’s okay.

B) If you’re not to sure about certain challenges, you can pick and choose the ones you’d like to complete and begin anytime you’d like.

C) If you’re interested in the entire challenge then I hope you enjoy and tag me on here or twitter @book_addicts55. You’re impatient, I can feel it, therefore I’ll show you the challenge.

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That’s not it.

This is it:

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I know these are pretty easy (*uncontrollable snicker*), but it’s just to get the year started! It might be corny, but I would love for you guys to join me on this challenge. Although it’s unlikely I’ll complete the last one – my French is terrible and my Spanish leaves a lot to be desired – so don’t expect ME to complete 100% of it.

It’s past time that I wrap this post up and leave you to decipher if you’ll accept this challenge

 

 

 

 

Christmas Challenge: Day 3

This is a very different post for me, seeing as all of my post are usually book related, but Pretty, Plus, and Proud tagged me so I figured I’d do day 3. It’s probably a good time to explain that I don’t actually celebrate Christmas, hints my only doing day 3, so I don’t have any Christmas stories or favorite wrapping paper. Therefore answering questions for the whole 12 days would probably be impossible. However right now I’m going to just answer the question for this tag.

Favourite Christmas food or recipe

Again, I don’t celebrate Christmas but I know some good food that only comes out during Christmas time. Being a big coffee, tea, and anything hot type of person, I love when Dunkin’ Donuts starts selling white hot chocolate. Lips burning, tongue numbing, throat inflamed goooodness.

Another food  I enjoy during the Christmas season is snow cream! My aunt always made snow cream when there was freshly fallen snow and I was always extremely excited when that time came around. The last food is actually something I don’t ever eat besides when it’s made this way, since I don’t like cake, cookies, brownies, or pie (more specifically cooked fruit) but I LOVE smore cookies. My cousin only makes it during the holidays and it’s one of my favorite things to eat.

As you can see, I don’t have many favorite things when it comes to Christmas food but I hope you enjoy the little bit that I did write.

Thank you so much Pretty, Plus, and Proud ! I tag happyalex to complete this challenge – hopefully you do better than me!