Shelf Mastery

Hi,

So this past few weeks, I was getting to that point where I was feel cluttered from the amount of things I owned and also feeling anxious about the number of unread books I owned.

I have been inspired by Desira of Libri Labra and Marie Kondo and decided to go through my bookshelves.

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2019 Reading Challenges & Goals

Hello,

It’s the end of 2018 — I can’t hardly believe it! Man, this year has flown past. I’m not going to lie it wasn’t all easy but I’m glad to see it end, here’s to 2019!

So, since it’s only fitting, I thought I’d share with you my goals and challenges for 2019.

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Top 5 2018 Reading Resolutions

Hi again! It’s Wednesday so that can mean only one thing: Top 5 Wednesday.

Today’s topic is our reading resolutions for 2018. New year, new me so new reading goals and things I’d like to achieve with this blog.

Top 5 Wednesday was created over on BookTube by the wonderful Laniey at gingerreadslaniey and run by the lovely Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . Also you can check out the Goodreads page for past and future topics.

These goals are listed in no particular order.


Read My Own Books

I have brought a lot of books over the last two years and it’s getting a bit crazy how little I’ve actually read of them. So this year I’ve decided to try and cut down my TBR by reading my own books. I will be taking part in Bookoploy and using it as a way to save and cut down my TBR.


Reading Challenges

This year like the last three years, I’m taking part in the Goodreads reading challenge and the Around the Year in 52 Books challenge. I have completed by Goodreads challenge every year but not my Around the Year challenge. So this year I am hoping that I can complete both.


Regular Updates


Reviews


Read Diversely


That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me what your reading goals for 2018 are. 

Until next time, happy reading!
Dearna

#TheReadingQuest TBR

Hi there,

I did post my TBR on Instagram before the challenge started but I thought I’d post it here too.

#TheReadingQuest is an awesome four week reading challenge based on video games. The challenge runs from Sunday 13 August to Sunday 10 August. The challenge runs like a bingo board with each title representing a stage (reading prompt) you must complete. The difference is that you’re starting point on the grid depends on the character class you chose.

For more info about the challenge head to Read at Midnight’s blog.

There are four character classes – each represent a character type for a video game:

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For this challenge I’ve chosen the The MAGE!

The books I’ve chosen to read are:

  • Book with a one word title: Arcadia by Iain Pear
  • Book that contains magic: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
  • Book based on Mythology: The Firebrand by Marion Zimmerman Bradley
  • Book set in a different world: Windwitch by Susan Dennard
  • First book in a series: Loki’s Wolves by K.L. Armstrong & M.A. Marr

All the artwork has been created by the wonderful CW of Read, Think, Ponder.

That’s all for me. Comment down below and let me know if you’re taken part in the challenge and let me know what you’re planning on reading.

Until next time, happy reading!

Dearna

 

2016 Reading Goals

Hi all! I’m here today to share with you my, slightly ambitious, reading goals for 2016.

I have decided to part take in the Goodreads Reading Challenge but setting my goal at 50 books. I decided to set my goal low so not to make me anxious about my reading next year. Also it’s the first year I will be doing this challenge and I thought this would be a good starting point.

On top on this, I have decided to do not one but two reading challenge! The second challenge I will doing is another Goodreads challenge called, Around the Year in 52 Books. As the title suggests, the goal is to read 1 book for every week of the year. The Goodreads group has set a different challenge for each week – for example, a book with blue on the cover.

Listed below are the books I have hoping to get to next year! It will be fun to check in at the end of the year to see how well I stuck to my plan.

 

 

1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn’t: Skin by Ilka Tempke

2. A book set in a different continent: Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind

3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015: The Wrath and the Dawn by Renne Ahdieh

4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

6. The highest rated on your TBR: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
7. A book about books: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

8. A classic book with less than 200 pages: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

9. A book that was mentioned in another book: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now: Stardust by Neil Gaiman

11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

12. A childhood classic: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

13. Reader’s Choice: The Chimes by Anna Smaill

14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How): Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago): The Song of Achilles by Madeline Millwe

16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels: The Women in White by Wilkie Collins

17. A book with a beautiful cover: The Forbidden by F.R. Tallis

18. A book on a summer/beach reading list: Goodbye for Now by Laurie Frankel

19. A non-fiction book: History of the Mafia by Neigel Cawthrone

20. A book with a first name in the title: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page:Insurrection by Robyn Young

22. The first book in a new to you series: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Ashes

23. The next book in a series you are reading: Falls the Shadow by Sharon Kay Penman

24. A “between the numbers” book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.): The Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you: Medea’s Curse by Anne Buist

26. A book everyone is talking about : The Dumb House by John Burnside

27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion): After Alice by Gregory Maguire

28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir: Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson

29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name: The Green Mile by Stephen King

30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own: The Tinder Box by Hans Christian Anderson

31. A work of young adult fiction: Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johanses

32. A historical fiction book: The Reckoning by Sharon Kay Penman

33. The 16th book on your TBR : The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

34. A book about mental illness: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

35. An award winning book: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbra Kingsolver

36. An identity book – a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

37. A book that you’ve seen the movie of but haven’t read: Interview with a Vampire by Anne Rice

38. A book about an anti hero: Killing Sarai by J.A Redmerski

39. A poetry collection: No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

40. A novella from your favourite genre: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde

41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction): The Red Necklace by Sally Gardner

42. A top 100 fantasy novel: The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien

43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night: The Shining by Stephen King

44. A book you’re embarrassed to read in public: The Blood Countess by Tara Moss – purely for the cover

45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have: The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell

46. A crime story: The Godfather by Mario Puzo

47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Shop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

48. A dystopia: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

49. A book with a great opening line :The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

50. A book originally written in a language other than English: The Blue Fox – Sjon

51. A short story from a well-known author: Afterlife by Stephen King

52. A book published in 2016: The final book in Conn Iggulden’s The Wars of the Roses series – title not yet released

 

So there is my ambitious reading goals for 2016. Comment down below if you’ve read any of these or what your reading goals are.

Until next time, happy reading

Dearna