Reading Challenges I’m Participating In This Year

Hi everyone! So I guess this is the first year I’m deciding on really challenging myself this year to do some reading challenges. Last year I didn’t part take in any reading challenges, any read-a-thons really… and this year is the year of change. 2020 is going to be the year I really challenge myself. SO I figured we start off with going over the challenges I’ll be participating in this year.

Now these challenges will take place over the entire course of 2020. I’m not really rushing to get them over with since I have 365 days to try and get through this. So here’s the list of all the ones I will be participating in this year.

A to Z Challenge

So this challenge is pretty self explanatory, pretty much just trying to read books with titles that start with each letter of the alphabet. Obviously there’s going to be some tricky letters to cover (u,z,x, etc.) but I think that will honestly just push me to go out of my comfort zone, so I think this will be a fun one to do.

Little Inklings 2020 Reading Challenge

If any of you have her planner, this is the reading challenge she put out for this year in her planner. There’s a lot of fun props in this one like a book involving a heist, a book set in space, a book with a cover you don’t like, the last book in a series and the list goes on and on. This will definitely be a little more tricky for me, but I am super excited to challenge myself with this. I’ll link the printable here and she also has a template for instagram im pretty sure too, so definitely check that out.

Reading Rainbow Challenge

Pretty easy in my opinion, but this challenge is all about reading books with covers of every color in the rainbow. Here are the colors:

  • Red
  • Orange
  • Yellow
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • White
  • Black
  • Gold (Bonus)
  • Silver (Bonus)
  • Bronze (Bonus)

I don’t think this will be too hard to complete, but still fun.

On The Cover Challenge

This is just a challenge where you have to read books with these things on the cover. These things are:

  • A Tree
  • A Sword
  • 2 or More People
  • An Animal
  • Mountains
  • Fire
  • Water
  • Mythical Creature
  • Wings
  • Moon Or Stars

I think this is pretty do-able too.

Goodreads 2019 Winners Challenge

I’ll be posting a total seperate post on this, but basically, you read all of the 2019 winners from Goodreads. Soooo.. let’s see how this goes because there are some genres I am just not into.

What reading challenges will you guys be participating in this year?

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Book Review: Opposite of Always by Justin A. Reynolds

Hello everyone! First book review of August! Woo Hoo! I am so excited to be reviewing this book for you guys because honestly, this was an amazing read. Definitely one of my favorites of 2019. I’d say it’s a must read 2019 book.. so you guys are going to definitely want to check this one out. Let’s get on with the book review!

Opposite of Always

Title: Opposite of Always

Author: Justin A. Reynolds

Pages: 473

Format: hardcover

Genre: young adult, contemporary, sci-fi (time travel)

Publication Date: March 5, 2019


Jack Ellison King. King of Almost.

He almost made valedictorian.

He almost made varsity.

He almost got the girl . . . 

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack. Jack’s curse of almost is finally over.

But this love story is . . . complicated. It is an almost happily ever after. Because Kate dies. And their story should end there. Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Beautiful, radiant Kate. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind. Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do—and let go—to save the people he loves.

  • Time travel- I have never read a YA contemporary with a time-travel element in it, and honestly I was a little iffy about it at first, but oh my god I absolutely loved this in the book. Did it make a whole lot of sense how it happened? No. I have ideas but I don’t want to spoil it for you, so I’ll just leave it for myself. But back to the point, yeah no the time travel was awesome and I kind of want to read more YA with time-travel in it.
  • The relationship– Jack and Kate’s relationship was just amazing. It was clear they were simply ‘meant to be’. Both characters had such amazing personalities and it was so fun to keep reading them go through their relationship.
  • The writing/pacing– I thought the writing was absolutely fantastic. I don’t know why this book isn’t being as hyped like it should be! The writing is amazing. You’d think repeating the same story 5 times would be horrible at first, but each story was a little different and it was just perfect! Everything was amazing.
  • The humor– It was hilarious at times. There were times where I felt so much heartbreak for Jack, but he was so funny and awkward and just really enjoyable. There were many funny moments, but funny the right kind of way.
  • The parents– The only thing I kind of didn’t enjoy in this book were Jack’s parents. I wrote down a quote from the book that seriously stuck with me… ‘people always say they’re happy that you’re happy until they’re afraid that maybe your happiness is affecting their happiness. I mean, what a beautiful yet gut wrenching quote from this book I just HAD to write down. His parents wanted him to be happy, yet become disappointed with him when he misses being able to come home and put away a lawn mower? Really? I just thought they were kind of bitter towards his happiness, just my opinion.

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Cleaning Up My Goodreads TBR

Today marks the day where I finally clean up my Goodreads TBR shelf. It has been a long time coming, and it’s gotten out of control. There are books in my Want To Read shelf that I don’t even know why they are there. Who put them there? I don’t even know! Put today we are putting an end to the craziness and cleaning it up. I’m going to list all the books I am getting rid of down below, to bid a final farewell lol. Let’s get to it!

Current total: 134 books

Books I Have Removed from my TBR Shelf:

(1) The Devil Wears Prada – Lauren Weisberger

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(2) Cracked Up To Be – Courtney Summers

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(3) If I Stay – Gayle Forman

(4) You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

(5) The Martian – Andy Weir

(6) First & Then – Emma Mills

(7) Rebel of the Sands – Alwyn Hamilton

(8) Dear Martin – Nic Stone

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(9) Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda – Becky Albertalli

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(10) The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

(11) 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl – Mona Awad

(12) City of Saints and Thieves – Natalie C. Anderson

(13) This Adventure Ends – Emma Mills

(14) Leah On The Offbeat – Becky Albertalli

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(15) Little Monsters – Kara Thomas

(16) Mammoth – Jill Baguchinsky

(17) My Brother’s Name Is Jessica – John Boyne

(18) The Sun and Her Flowers – Rupi Kaur

(19) Kingdom Keepers books #2-#7.5 – Ridley Pearson

(20) 13 Minutes – Sarah Pinborough

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(21) Mirror, Mirror – Jen Calonita

(22) Sometimes I Lie – Alice Feeney

New Total: 104

Did you guys like any of these books? Any you think I should have kept?

Book Haul #2

Hello everyone! This weekend I have had an amazing time picking out some books for myself and adding them to my growing collection. Just going to show you guys some of the books I picked up, and if you by chance picked up any this weekend, what did you have to opportunity of picking up? Let me know in the comments!

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Kiss Me In Paris – Catherine Rider

I saw this in Barnes & Noble, thought it looked very cute and romancey, so I decided to pick it up and I’m almost halfway through it. I’m enjoying it so far, and I hope to finish it early this week.

A Totally Awkward Love Story

A Totally Awkward Love Story – Tom Ellen & Lucy Ivison

Another pick from Barnes & Noble. Just another one that looked cute, kind of fit into my romance/ya mood. I don’t know when I will start this, but sometime this month hopefully.

As She Fades

As She Fades – Abbi Glines

If you guys didn’t know, I am in loveeee with Abbi Glines as an author. Her books are my guilty pleasure, if that’s what we would call it. Her books don’t really go to into depth, they don’t tackle super heavy topics, they are just lighthearted southern romance books. I love them, I will usually pick her books up when I have been in a severe reading mood, and need something lighthearted to try and get out of it.

Daisy Jones & The Six

Daisy Jones & The Six – Taylor Jenkins Reid

OKAY, so I was kind of against buying this book because of the price. I mean… $30 for a book? It seemed ridiculous to me. My library wasn’t carrying it and I would have had to wait 6 months until I would be able to borrow the ebook. I was going to buy it at Barnes & Noble, but it just was not worth it for me. Then, I went to BJ’s, and I found this gem. I was originally looking for My Lovely Wife, but they didn’t have it. I happened to notice the Reese’s Book Club sticker under a stack of books. When I lifted up that pile of books, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Daisy Jones & The Six was just $15 instead of $30! What an amazing deal! I was so happy with this find and I CAN NOT WAIT until I dive into it, most likely later on this week.

2019 Reading Goals!

Hello everyone! Hope everyone had an amazing New Years. With every January 1st, comes our new year resolutions. I have separate resolutions from just books like simply just making my bed everyday, being more positive in life etc. But this year especially, I have a few more reading goals than I did last year. So let’s start the list!

1. Goodreads Reading Challenge

So in 2018 I was able to surpass my goal of 20 books read, reading 27 for the year (I started my goodreads in May so I’m definitely missing some books). This year I set my goal for 40! This is a little more of a challenge for me than last years challenge, but I think I can do it. Last year I set my goal so low because I was reading full, 400 page books, but towards the end of the year I got back into mangas/graphic novels, which I’m still on a bit of a kick to read them so that’s why I feel like I can definitely make 40 books work for the year.

2. Reading 50 pages per day/ 1 hour of audiobook

This is something different I’ve never done, but I’m excited to try. I found myself reading on some days a full 300 pages and then for a week after not reading at all, so I really wanted to make this resolution so I can learn to pace myself and not get burned out from reading. If I reach 50 pages or that hour mark, I can either stop or keep going if I’d like, but I can still feel accomplished if I at least read those 50 pages. In my reading journal I will be marking all the days I accomplish this on the monthly calendar view with a simple check mark.

3. Read the Harry Potter Series

Guys, I know. I’ve never read the Harry Potter series, but this year that will change. I don’t plan on accomplishing this right away, maybe towards summer/fall time, but it will get done this year!

4. Stay on top of Library book due dates

I just recently started using my local library to help read books because, my bank account from buying books was suffering! One issue I’ve always had though, was late fees. So I plan on getting better with this this upcoming year.

5. Reading Journal Upkeep

So this isn’t really a resolution, because I’ve been doing this since last year July, but I really want to include it because I don’t want to give up on it! Annotating in my books for me is a big no no, so I use a notebook/journal to keep track of all my notes from my reading. I love it! It’s so nice and organized and I really want to keep up with it!

What are some of your New Years resolutions? Any book related ones?