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#HolidayReadingMadness UPDATE!

Hi peeps! So  is moving decently over here (not sure how River is doing! We should check in with her!). I’ve actually been including every book I read in December on a Goodreads shelf just to see how many books I can complete in the month really. Not every book has really fit a challenge, so those haven’t been included in any way.  deceere’s my challenges I’ve completed with the book attached. If a book is in italics, it means I’m still workin’ on it. 🙂

Completed Challenges: 16/20

1) Read a book that exceeds 450-500 pages. – The Ruby Airship by Sharon Gosling (496 pages)

2) Read a book with winter in the title, as a theme, or as a main setting. — The Winter Long, by Seanan McGuire, My True Love Gave to Me, edited by Stephanie Perkins

3) Read a book that has been signed by an author. (if you don’t have any, read a book by an author you’d love to meet in person) — Indigo Springs by A.M Dellamonica & Dinosaur Comics, fig. e: Everybody knows failure is just success rounded down. By Ryan North

5) Read a book that you’ve had on your shelf for over two years. — Thirteen Orphans by Jane Lindskold

7) Read a book that has animals in it, either as a protagonist, side kick, or as a huge focal point (examples: Black Beauty, Rain Reign). — Thirteen Orphans by Jane Lindskold

8) Read a middle grade novel. — Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

9) Read a book that has travelling. — Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen (Protagonist travels to a different part of her state!)

10) Read a novel with a green cover or has green in the cover. — Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

11) Read a book featuring cultural diversity (see We Need Diverse Books campaign for more information). –– Stella by Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

12) Read a graphic novel or a book with pictures. — Dinosaur Comics, fig. e: Everybody knows failure is just success rounded down. By Ryan North

13) Read a book a friend has always nagged you to read. — Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen

15) Read a self-published book or a book from an independent publisher. — A Promise of Magic by Melissa Giorgio (Crushing Hearts & Black Butterfly Publishing) & The Ruby Airship by Sharon Gosling (Switch Press)

17) Read a retelling of some kind (ex. Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beauty & the Beast, Great is a retelling of the Great Gatsby). — Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard (Doctor Jekyll & Mr. Hyde)

18) Start a new series! — Indigo Springs by A.M Dellamonica

19) Read a middle book in a trilogy. — Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepard

20) Read the ending of a series/latest instalment of a series. — The Winter Long, by Seanan McGuire (October Daye #8), Transcendent by Lesley Livingston (Starling #3)

Challenges Still Needing Completion: 

So I have tons of choices to choose from. The problem? I have tons of choices to choose from. 😛

4) Read a book that has been gifted to you by a friend. 

I have so many options for this challenge it is insane. Waffling between Drowned Vanilla by Livia Day (which was given to me by Katharine @ Ventureadlaxre), The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh O’Brien (given to me by Melissa!) or The Body Electric by Beth Revis, which was gifted to me by River!

6) Read a book-to-film adaptation (no you do not need to watch the film for this to count, just needs to be a book that has been turned into a film). — Looking at either Marley & Me by John Grogan or The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick, OR From Russia With Love by Sir Ian Flemming.

14) Read an award winner (any award winner, can be Goodreads Choice Award, Giller Prize, Printz, Mann Booker Prize, anything, but state the award the book is from!) — For sure I will be reading Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian because it needs to go back to the library and it was a William C. Morris YA Debut Nominee and it won the Minnesota Book Award for Young People’s Literature (2014).

16) Read a book inspired by fandom OR read a book of non-fiction. Likely this one will be either The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy by Sam Maggs or Marley & Me by John Grogan, though I do have other non-fiction options and fandom options… I still have some Dragon Age and Mass Effect novels I could read. 😛

How goes your challenge? Share with us in the forums and help me narrow down my final picks!

December Holiday Madness Reading Challenge~!

Let’s face it, once in a while a good reading challenge is fun to have! After much debating, I realized December would be a great month to have a challenge in because everyone gets some time off and let’s face it, sometimes you just want something fun to kick start you into a good reading streak.

So I am proposing a challenge for the month of December.  For the entire month (December 1st to 31st), I’m listing twenty challenges! The challenges are fun and meant to be done at a leisurely pace. Nothing too difficult! I think a lot of us would love to be able to knock some items out of our TBRs and read some things that may be we haven’t considered or because we’ve been swamped, may be we just haven’t gotten to yet.

Here are the twenty challenges for the December Holiday Madness! Huge love to Katharine @ Ventureadlaxre for helping with some of the challenges. She is made of love.

1) Read a book that exceeds 450-500 pages.

2) Read a book with winter in the title, as a theme, or as a main setting.

3) Read a book that has been signed by an author. (if you don’t have any, read a book by an author you’d love to meet in person)

4) Read a book that has been gifted to you by a friend.

5) Read a book that you’ve had on your shelf for over two years.

6) Read a book-to-film adaptation (no you do not need to watch the film for this to count, just needs to be a book that has been turned into a film).

7) Read a book that has animals in it, either as a protagonist, side kick, or as a huge focal point (examples: Black Beauty, Rain Reign).

8) Read a middle grade novel.

9) Read a book that has travelling.

10) Read a novel with a green cover or has green in the cover.

11) Read a book featuring cultural diversity (see We Need Diverse Books campaign for more information).

12)  Read a graphic novel or a book with pictures.

13) Read a book a friend has always nagged you to read.

14) Read an award winner (any award winner, can be Goodreads Choice Award, Giller Prize, Printz, Mann Booker Prize, anything, but state the award the book is from!)

15) Read a self-published book or a book from an independent publisher.

16)  Read a book inspired by fandom OR read a book of non-fiction.

17) Read a retelling of some kind (ex. Cruel Beauty is a retelling of Beauty & the Beast, Great is a retelling of the Great Gatsby).

18) Start a new series!

19) Read a middle book in a trilogy.

20) Read the ending of a series/latest instalment of a series.

Obviously, twenty challenges is a lot, but remember it’s a casual event, you can do as many or as little of the challenges as you want. Also note, you can have some overlap on these challenges. For example: I have a signed copy of The Body Electric by Beth Revis. This book if completed would knock out two challenges – read a signed book and a book that is green. You can have as much overlap as you like for the challenges, because twenty is a lot and even though the goal is to read as much as you can, I want people to feel like they are succeeding at the challenges, even if they don’t get to read as much as they like.

To keep up with your progress, feel free to share it on your blog or by using the hashtag on twitter #HolidayReadingMadness. The goal is to read, read, read, whether it’s ebooks, audiobooks, physical books, library books, just enjoy reading and have fun. If you want to participate, let me know in the comments because I would love to be able to see or read people’s progress!