2016 Reading Bingo

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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So I didn’t participate in many book challenges this year – no time or patience! – but Novel Heartbeat’s 2016 Reading Bingo Challenge was one of ’em. I did better than I expected; I hit 23/24 squares, with the only miss being one I saw coming a mile away: “A book with a steamy romance.” Romance, not really my bag.

It was pretty fun; not super-challenging to the point that I forced myself to read books I’d rather not, but challenging enough that I really had to reflect on the books I did read. It was kind of like a treasure hunt: “Okay, where’s the cat? The shifter? Does anyone have an antihero?!?”

Anyway, after the jump is my completed card (I stamped it with snowflakes! ‘Tis the season!) and a rundown of the books that met the criteria. I had multiples for most of the squares, but just picked one each for simplicity’s sake.

 

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2016 Reading Challenges & Goals

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

2016 Reading Challenge

2016 Reading Challenge
Kelly has
read 1 book toward her goal of 105 books.
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A new year, a whole new stack o’ books to devour! I decided to set my Goodreads goal the same as last year – 105 books – since the ~100 mark seems to be my sweet spot. January was front-loaded with some longish books for review, so I’m off to a rather slow start…but things should pick up once I dive into my ever-multiplying stack of comic books!

 

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As for reading challenges, I decided to keep it simple. I had a blast with the Dive Into Diversity challenge last year, but it looks like it was a one-time thing for the hosts, Reading Wishes and Rather Be Reading. Thankfully, Mishma of Chasing Faerytales and Shelly at Read.Sleep.Repeat. are taking up the mantle for 2016 with the Diverse Reads Book Challenge.

Last year I was naive enough to come up with a reading list. I think I read three of the titles, maybe four. Out of 36! It’s not that I didn’t read diversely, I just got sidetracked and didn’t get to anything on my list. (Once again, I blame NetGalley and Edelweiss.) So this year I’m winging it.

 

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This is my very first reading bingo challenge (yay!), and it’s courtesy of Jessi at Novel Heartbeat. There are a bunch of these cards going around, but I chose this one because it looks so clean and simple and do-able. I’d like to say I’m aiming for a coverall, but I suspect the animal sidekick might come back to bite me in the ass.