Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Read Your Heart Out

For many readers, the Goodreads Reading Challenge is a great way to make a dent in our never ending "To Be Read" (TBR) piles. 

How does it work? At the start of the year, Goodreads invites its members to pledge a certain number of books they think they are able to read for the year. Each book marked "Finished" on the site or the app, counts as a pledge towards your goal. It is neither a race nor a contest, but a way to challenge you to increase the number or the quality of books you've read in your lifetime.

I began this adventure back in 2011 when I discovered Goodreads as a tool to help catalog all the books I've read. Up until then, I was actually jotting down the titles on various notebooks I had strewn across the house and kept a running tally in an MS Excel file which I still maintain after all this time. This masterlist has survived 3 versions of Windows (XP, XE, Vista), 4 crashed hard drives, a migration to iOS, and a move across the globe. (yikes!)

While I would normally set my goal for about 100 books per year, I decided to take it easy and settle with reading just 60 books. This way, it would help me concentrate on other things like being a devoted wife to my wonderful husband, keeping house (or learning to, anyway) and nurturing a love for cooking. I've perfected the first, working hard on the second and all but abandoned the third.

Are you on Goodreads, can we be friendsI always enjoy babbling about books with everyone! 

As of today, I have read 60 books out of my total pledge of 65

Title - Author - Squee! Level
  1. When Passion Rules by Johanna Lindsey 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  2. Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  3. Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige 🤗🤗🤗
  4. Staying For Good (A Most Likely To Novel) by Catherine Bybee 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  5. King's Cage by Victoria Aveyard 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  6. Make Me Love You by Johanna Lindsey 🤗🤗🤗
  7. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  8. One with You by Sylvia Day 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  9. Son of No One (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon 🤗🤗🤗
  10. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  11. Dragonbane: (Dark-Hunter Novels) by Sherrilyn Kenyon 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  12. Born of Defiance: The League: Nemesis Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  13. Born of Legend: The League Nemesis Rising by Sherrilyn Kenyon 🤗🤗🤗 ½
  14. The Beginning of Always (Aquanis Series Book 1) by Marie Cole 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  15. Belle's Tale (Disney Manga - Beauty and the Beast) by Mallory Reaves 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  16. Beast's Tale (Disney Manga - Beauty and the Beast) by Mallory Reaves 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  17. Firebolt (The Dragonian Series Book 1) by Adrienne Woods 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  18. A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  19. Nevernight (The Nevernight Chronicle) by Jay Kristoff 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  20. A Panicked Premonition (Psychic Eye Mystery) by Victoria Laurie 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  21. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  22. The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani 🤗🤗🤗
  23. A World without Princes by Soman Chainani 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  24. The Last Ever After by Soman Chainani 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  25. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  26. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson Series) by Darynda Jones 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  27. Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  28. Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones 🤗🤗🤗🤗 ½
  29. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  30. Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  31. Fifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones 🤗🤗🤗🤗 ½
  32. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  33. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas 🤗🤗🤗 ½
  34. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  35. Geekerella: A Fangirl Fairy Tale by Ashely Poshton 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  36. Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare  🤗🤗🤗 ½
  37. Holly Freakin' Hughes by Kelsey Kingsley  🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  38. FROZE (The Melted Series) by Tarrah Anders  🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  39. Sixth Grave on the Edge by Darynda Jones  🤗🤗🤗 ½
  40. Seventh Grave and No Body by Darynda Jones  🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  41. Lord of Shadows (The Dark Artifices) by Cassandra Clare  🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  42. Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones  🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  43. Wired by Julie Garwood  🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  44. The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones  🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  45. The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones  🤗🤗🤗 ½
  46. Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones  🤗🤗🤗 ½
  47. Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon 😐😐
  48. Deadmen Walking by Sherrilyn Kenyon 🤗🤗🤗🤗
  49. Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass) by Sarah J. Maas 🤗🤗🤗🤗 ½
  50. Warcross by Marie Lu 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  51. Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody 🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  52. Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
  53. Origin by Dan Brown 🤗🤗🤗🤗 ½
  54. Beautiful Tempest by Johanna Lindsey 🤗🤗🤗
  55. One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  56. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  57. Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  58. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  59. Enigma (An FBI Thriller) by Catherine Coulter 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  60. And I Darken by Kiersten White 🤗🤗🤗🤗 ½
  61. Air Awakens by Elise Kova 🤗🤗🤗
  62. The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  63. Now I Rise by Kiersten White 🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  64. Making It Right by Catherine Bybee 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗 
  65. Renegades by Marissa Meyer 🤗🤗🤗🤗 

What's your reading goal for 2017? Leave a comment below! 

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