Book Riot’s 2015 Read Harder Challenge — Update #4 & Read-a-thon Outcomes

Hey guys! So it looks like I am overdue for a Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge update. As you saw, I did not do one for April as I was swamped with tests and exams, so I am combining it with the May Update. In April, this was the only challenge I completed.

#10: Read a Microhistory


At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson

For those of you unaware, I am quite the lover of Bill Bryson. He’s one of the few non-fiction writer’s out there who’s work I appreciate on so many different levels. I love the way in which he micros topics, making them accessible to those who may not be in the field of story or even just readable. He’s amazing in that he takes science, history, philosophy, and breaks them done in to easy-to-read chunks, offering a lot of humour and kindness into how he defines things. At Home is definitely an interesting read, though I found it to be a bit drier compared to some of his other works I enjoyed. The book has Bryson go through all the rooms of his Victorian home, and he basically goes into microscopic detail about how people lived or what the rooms were traditionally used for. It was both fascinating, and also boring. Still, I’m glad I read this chunker of a novel because when it was interesting, it was on like Donkey Kong.

In May I read…

#3: A Collection of Short Stories


Phantazein, edited by Tehani Wessely

I admit, I have not read a lot of short story collections. It’s not that I don’t enjoy short stories, but rather I need to be in the right frame of mind to read and explore them. I was given this book as a birthday present by my darling Katherine @ Ventureadlaxre, who is always recommending great Aussie authors for me (I am going to try and seek some good Canadian Literature on her as well). This book comes from FableCroft Press, where Katherine interns, and a lot of the stories in this collection are fairy tale retellings or fantasy stories. My favourite story in the collection easily was The Nameless Seamstress by Gitte Christensen. Such a vivid and gripping story about a seamstress! Also Tansy Rayner Roberts did a story and it was also made of fabulous. Seriously, there’s some fantastic stories in this collection, and it’s worth checking out.

#20: A Book You’d Consider a Guilty Pleasure


Into the Fire by Amanda Usen

I admit, I don’t really read sexytime novels very often. Oddly enough though, I got this from last year’s INSPIRE Book Fair (the author even signed it!) and I put it off until I could find a challenge that I could fit it into. This was actually better than I anticipated. Yes, this is not safe for the youngin’s as it’s pretty steamy, BUT the author did a great job of having two very stubborn, flawed individuals, and funny enough, those were the best moments in the story. If you like this sort of stuff, it might be worth checking out.

I also had the chance to participate in the #CrushYourTBR Read-a-thon, which happened from May 16th to the 18th, and it also overlapped with the Bout of Books Read-a-thon which started on the 11th and ended 18th. You can look at what I read for Bout of Books here. Here’s a picture of what I crushed during #CrushYourTBR:


Lastly, I participated in Read Your Book Shelf-a-thon (#RYBSAT) which happened from May 18th to the 25th. The goal of this read a thon is you select a shelf and then go left to right reading the book next to it, and you keep going. I chose a weird shelf that didn’t have any organization just because I have so many ARCs to get through. So here’s my ARC cubbie!


This is where my ARCs hide! Lots of great stuff on the shelf. Here are the three books I actually finished.


So I am happy with my results. However, I think I may pick a different shelf next time and focus more on my own books instead of stuff I need to review. All I really read in May was lots of graphic novels and ARCs so my regular books are suffering. I need to fix that. :X

Reading Plans in June

So outside of the fact that River and I have a contemporary novel a week we need to read for Summer Contemporary Fling event, I still have two more challenges I need to complete that my husband gave me. Here’s a refresher for that challenge:

1. To read The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie – Not completed yet.

2. Pew Pew Lasers Sci-Fi — Mobile Suit Gundam: THE ORIGIN volume 1: Activation by Yoshiyuki Tomino — Completed!

3. “I don’t know what it’s called but the cover is blue.” — Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin — Completed!

4. Deadpool stuff — Deadpool Classic Vol. 4 by Joe Kelly et al. — Completed!

5. Spy fiction — From Russia with Love by Ian Fleming. — Not completed yet.

The other event I am going to take part in is #TBRTakeDown, which is happening from June 1st to 7th. This one is hosted by Shannon @ leaninglights. Here’s the Introduction Video below.

So Shannon has some casual challenges for this read-a-thon, which I am going to try and complete? Next week is a tad busy, but I want to get as much reading as I can done.

1. A book that’s been on your TBR shelf over a year! From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming (yes this is cheating)
2. An unread sequel sitting on your TBR shelf. Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci
3. A first book in a series on your TBR shelf. The Night Has Teeth by Kat Kruger
4. An “out of your comfort zone” book on le TBR shelf! Seducing the Playboy by Amanda Usen (STOP JUDGING ME. I blame INSPIRE!)
5. A book from your most recent book haul! The Sign of the Cat by Lynne Jonell or Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (which is also cheating)


What are you planning to read in the month of June? Participating in any read-a-thons? Going to join River and I for our Summer Contemporary Fling? JOIN US. And have lots of fun! I can’t wait to find out what are some of your most anticipated reads that you cannot wait to get to this summer.


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