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2017 Challenges

Published January 2, 2017 by Ashley Montgomery

As 2016 comes to a close, readers are gearing up for (hopefully) another awesome year in books. Some of us opt to participate in challenges to help us meet our goals, try something new, or even just for the fun of it. Whatever the reason may be, it’s time to decide what challenges we’re up for.

I had a lot of personal issues in the last couple of years that have taken me away from the wonderful escape of books. I’m hoping that 2017 will bring new blessings and that one of those is finding my love of reading again. With that said, I’m choosing challenges that won’t be too far out of my comfort zone but still give me that competitive feeling, and ones that will help me take a big chunk out of my TBR. (Although if you’re like me you’ve been blessed/cursed with a TBR you’ll never live long enough to finish, ha.)

These are the challenges I’ve chosen for this year. Clicking on the challenge logo will take you to view host’s post where you can read more information and sign up for yourself.

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This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne from Socrates’ Book Reviews. I’ve been on a big cozy kick as of late and some of those include some very special furry friends. My goal is Level 2 – Read 7-12 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne from Socrates’ Book Reviews. In keeping with my cozy mystery theme, I’m opting to read more about those frisky felines. My goal is Purring – Read 1-10 cat mysteries.

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This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne from Socrates’ Book Reviews. What better way to knock out those cozies than to cruise on through them? My goal is Level One (Snoop).

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This challenge is being hosted by Lori from Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book. Are we seeing a theme here? My goal is Famished – 11 – 20 Cozy Mysteries.

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This challenge is being hosted by Lori from Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book. Follow along as I travel the US through books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Lori from Escape with Dollycas Into A Good Book. Do you know your ABCs?

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This challenge is being hosted by Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup. You decide what genre you want to dig into. My goal is 12 Western Romances.

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This challenge is being hosted by Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup. Genre, author, series, as long as it’s new to you it counts. My goal is 12 new things.

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This challenge is being hosted by Lexxie from (un)Conventional Reviews and Stormi from Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! I feel like I’m always missing out on the latest and greatest. That book that debuted in January with rave reviews? Yeah, I’m not reading it until months later. My goal is 1-30 books per year – New Release Newbie.

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This challenge is being hosted by Kathryn from The Book Date. Ever see a book you really want and have all intentions of reading it but it gets thrown to the side for whatever reason? My goal is 20% or less – Money Sitting on the Shelf.

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This challenge is being hosted by Kathryn from The Book Date. Are you ready for some book bingo? The goal for this is to blackout your card.

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This challenge is being hosted by Tanya from girlxoxo. Each month is a different theme and you must read at least one book within that theme.

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This challenge is being hosted by Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. I’ve been into eBooks in the last couple of years because they’re just so much more convenient. However, I still have print books sitting on my shelves that I haven’t gotten around to. My goal for this is Chapter Books: 52.

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This challenge is being hosted by Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. On the reverse side, this is to help me clear off my eShelf. My goal is Level 1: 100 minimum.

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This challenge is being hosted by Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. This focuses on the number of pages read instead of number of books. My goal is Bonsai – Read 12,000 pages.

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This challenge is being hosted by Gina from Book Dragon’s Lair. All you have to do is read! My goal is Level 1: 100 minimum.

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This challenge is being hosted by Julie from Whole Latte Books. I’ve always had a thing for witches, vampires, etc. My goal is 10 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Julie from Whole Latte Books. I haven’t been reading many YA books lately and I’d love to discover some new ones. My goal is 10 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Bev from My Reader’s Block. The goal of this is to read 9 books within the specified categories.

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This challenge is being hosted by Bev from My Reader’s Block. Time to dust off those old books you’ve got lying around! My goal is Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s.

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This challenge is being hosted by Bev from My Reader’s Block. This sounds like a fun way to read my favorite genre. My goal is Infraction — six books read in a single chain of evidence.

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This challenge is being hosted by Melissa from Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf. I love humorous and cozy witch stories. My goal is Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Alysia from Mocha Girls Read. Another fun sounding book bingo. Only have to complete two lines for this one.

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This challenge is being hosted by Stormi from Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! and Barb from Booker T’s Farm. Mysteries have always been my favorite genre. My goal is 5-15 books – Amateur Sleuth.

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This challenge is being hosted by Renee from Addicted to Romance. Who doesn’t love a good paranormal romance? My goal is 5-15 Books- A Shifter Cub Taking Risks In The Forests.

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This challenge is being hosted by Andi from Andi’s ABCs. I haven’t been reading much contemporary romance lately although it is one of my favorites. I finally got around to reading one in November that rekindled my passion for it. My goal is 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Shari from Delighted Reader. Who doesn’t love a bad boy right? My goal is Level One – 5-9 books – Capturing the Bad Boy.

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This challenge is being hosted by Terri from Second Run Reviews and Julie at Chapter Break. This is another great challenge to dust off those books that have been on your shelves for awhile. My goal is 11-20 books: pat your shelves on the back.

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This challenge is being hosted by Jan from That Artsy Reader Girl. I love discovering new authors! My goal is 12 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon from It Starts at Midnight. I say this all the time but I really would like to try doing some discussion posts. My goal is 1 per month, so 12 total.

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This challenge is hosted by Heather from Based on a True Story. Cookbooks, cozies, romances, it all counts as long as it involves food. My goal is Pastry Chef: 4 to 8 books.

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This challenge is hosted by Corinne from Everyday Gyaan. Last year I read about 15 books. Definitely not like me at all. I guess that’s what happens when life gets in the way though. My goal is 100 books this year, which is the normal average for me.

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This challenge is hosted by Valentina from Peek A Book. As long as the book is by a female author it counts. My goal is Level 4: WONDER WOMAN – read 20+ books written by a woman author.

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This challenge is being hosted by ME!! This is my first time doing a challenge and I’m nervous and excited at the same time. My goal is Level 2 – Read 11-20 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by (Cheryl & Gina in spirit) Bev from Reading Challenge Addict. My challenge addiction wouldn’t be complete without participating in this one. My goal is On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed).

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2017 New Adult Challenge

Published December 26, 2016 by Ashley Montgomery

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Welcome to the 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge. I participated in one of these a couple of years ago and haven’t been able to find one since so I decided to create one myself. I love reading books that focus on older teens/young adults and wanted to challenge myself to discover more in this genre. I hope you will join me.

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2017 and end on December 31, 2017.

As with most challenges I do have some guidelines to follow

1. Any books read for this challenge must be New Adult. If you’re not sure what that is you can read the Goodreads definition here, as well find lists of examples. Once you choose a level you’re locked in for at least that amount. However, you may go up a level if you choose.

These are the levels.

Level 1 – Read 1-10

Level 2 – Read 11-20

Level 3 – Read 21-30

Level 4 – Read 31-40

Level 5 – Read 41-50

Level 6 – Read 50+

2. The book can be of any sub-genre (paranormal, romance, etc.) as long as the New Adult theme is prevalent.

3. Challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017.

4. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

5. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime if you made a list at the beginning.

6. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.

7. You don’t have to have a blog or write a review unless you want to.
 If you don’t have a blog or somewhere to keep track, post in the comments that you’d like to join.

8. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks).

9. To sign up, use the Mister Linky below. Reviews and wrap posts links will be posted later.

10. Links provided must be linked to this specific challenge such as a blog post or Goodreads shelf. Please don’t leave a link to the blog homepage or any other generalized link. If you list all of your challenges in one post as I usually do that is okay.

Enjoy and have fun!

2016 Challenges

Published January 13, 2016 by Ashley Montgomery

It’s that time of year again! Time to sort through the numerous challenges and decide which ones to take on.

I’m taking things slow this year. I entered a major reading slump last year and just couldn’t bring myself out of it. Needless to say I failed at all of my challenges. So this year I’m choosing the easiest option for each challenge. Hopefully I can get back to the books and do better this year.

These are the challenges I’ve decided on this year…

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This challenge is being hosted by Jo from Once Upon a Bookcase. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Easy: 1-4 retellings.

Mount TBR 2016
This challenge is being hosted by Bev from My Reader’s Block. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s.

Color Coded 2016
This challenge is being hosted by Bev from My Reader’s Block. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This consists of 9 books total.


This challenge is being hosted by Lexxie from (un)Conventional Bookviews and Stormi from Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My!. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing 1-15 books per year – New Release Newbie.

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This challenge is being hosted by Lori from Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Famished – 1 – 10 Cozy Mysteries.

Read the books you Buy 2016
This challenge is being hosted by Kathryn from The Book Date. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing 20% or less – Money Sitting on the Shelf.

cozychallenge2016
This challenge is being hosted by Yvonne from Socrates’s Book Reviews. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Level 1 – Snoop – Read at least 6 books.

Full House Challenge Final 2016
This challenge is being hosted by Kathryn from The Book Date. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This sounds like a fun challenge to read different types of books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Bea from Bea’s Book Nook. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing board book – 3.

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This challenge is being hosted by Bea from Bea’s Book Nook. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Level 1 (Novice series reader) – Complete 1 series.

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This challenge is being hosted by Stormi from Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! and Barb from Booker T’s Farm. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing 1-10 books – amateur sleuth.

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This challenge is being hosted by Renee from Addicted to Romance. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing 5-15 Books- A Shifter Cub Taking Risks In The Forests.

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This challenge is being hosted by Jess from Gone with the Words and Danielle of Love at First Page. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing 1st Base: read 1 – 5 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Melanie from The Daily Prophecy. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Enchanted Moura: 1 – 4 books.

2016 reading bites
This challenge is being hosted by Julie from Hippies Read Too. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. There are no levels with this so I’m choosing to read at least one book during each readathon.

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This challenge is being hosted by Brittany from The Crafty Engineer’s Bookshelf. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Level 1: 100 minimum.

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This challenge is being hosted by Cheryl, Gina and Bev from Reading Challenge Addict. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed).

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This challenge is being hosted by Tanya from girlxoxo. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This sounds like a really cool challenge to read different types of books. The challenge consists of 12 books total.

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This challenge is being hosted by Lori from Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Option A: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.

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This challenge is being hosted by Evie from Bookish Lifestyle. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing 1-10 A Firm Handshake.

WomenChallenge2016
This challenge is being hosted by Peek a Book. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Level 1: BABY GIRL – read 5 books written by a woman author.

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This challenge is being hosted by Jackie from Literary Escapism. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This challenge doesn’t have any levels so I’m choosing to find 10 new to me authors.

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This challenge is being hosted by Amanda from The Well Read Unicorn. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Trixie: 1-3 books (You’re a bit new to this, but you’ve got killer hunches.)

BadBoysOfRomanceChallenge
This challenge is being hosted by Shari from Delighted Reader. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Level One – 5-9 books – Capturing the Bad Boy.

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This challenge is being hosted by Terri from Second Run Reviews, Brandee from Bookworm Brandee, and everyone at Chapter Break. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing 1-10 books: shake hands with your shelves.

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This challenge is being hosted by Julie from Chapter Break. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This challenge sounds like a good one to read different books. The goal is to fill as many squares as possible by the end of the month.

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This challenge is being hosted by Jessi from Novel Heartbeat and Melissa from Writer Grrl Reads. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This challenge is to read as many prequels and sequels as you can. My own goal is going to be 10.

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This challenge is being hosted by Jessi from Novel Heartbeat. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This challenge is to read as many squares as you can. I’m going for a blackout.

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This challenge is being hosted by Emily from Falling For YA. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Bronze – 10 Books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Melissa from Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Jan from That Artsy Reader Girl. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This challenge is about reading 12 debut titles.

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This challenge is being hosted by Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This challenge is about reading something new to you whether it be author, genre, series, etc. I’m choosing Level 1 (Sunbathing): 6 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Anna from Herding Cats & Burning Soup. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This challenge is about picking your own genre. I’m choosing Erotica with Level 1 (Sunbathing): 6 books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Ariel from Fictively. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This challenge is about picking your own genre. I’m choosing Easy with 5-10.

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This challenge is being hosted by Annette from Annette’s Book Spot. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. I’m choosing Bits – 5 ebooks.

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This challenge is being hosted by Alexa from Alexa Loves Books. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This isn’t my usual genre but I’ve been interested in it lately so I’m choosing to read 5 books.

2016 Nonfiction Challenge
This challenge is being hosted by Jen from The Introverted Reader. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. This isn’t my usual genre but I’d like to broaden my horizons so I’m choosing Dilettante–Read 1-5 non-fiction books.

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This challenge is being hosted by Nicole from Feed Your Fiction Addiction and Shannon from It Starts at Midnight. To find out more, view the sign-up post here. Discussion posts are something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile now so I’m choosing 1-12 – Discussion Dabbler.

Whew! I think I definitely needed to enter the Reading Challenge Addict. That’s 1, 2, 3…37! I think I may be a little insane! However, I did choose challenges based on what I read and I chose the lowest level for each one. The bingo challenges are to get me a little out of my comfort zone. Wish me luck!

Are you doing any challenges? Which ones? I’m also looking for a YA and/or NA challenge so please let me know if you find one. I”m also open to other recommendations if it’s something I’m likely to read.