Past Reading Challenges

2015 Reading Challenges

  • Continue with my goal of reading 1,000,000 pages in my lifetime:  
  • Read 115 Books 
  • Read 15,000 pages
2015 Results:
Million Pages Challenge: Up to 98,380
Read 18 Books
Read 5,258 pages



2014 Challenges:

Continuing with my goal to read 1,000,000 pages in my lifetime: 93,022 (as of December 31 2014
Read 75 Books  
Read 14,000 pages 
Read for at least a half hour a day

And the 2014 Results:
Read 19 Books
Read 7495 pages
Didn't keep track of how long I read each day



2013 Challenges:


Personal Reading Challenges for 2013: All the totals are year end, as of December 31st 2013
  • Continuing on my journey to read 1 million pages in my lifetimeCurrently: 85, 270 
  • Read for 1 hour each day (Did not manage to do this nearly at all.)
  • Read 105 books. I'm really hoping for more than this, but I'll start out small and increase the goal if I go over it. Currently: 52/105 Halfway isn't bad, but doesn't cut it.
  • Read at least 30,000 pages this year. Currently: 11, 912/30,000
Group Reading Challenges:
13x10 in 2013

the GR group I'm in One Million Pages Per Lifetime  is letting us choose the number of categories we want to do. We have to read 13 books in each category: Right now I'm planning to do 10 categories

47/130 COMPLETED

CATEGORIES:

Author Review Requests
First in Series
Further in Series
Biography/Memoir/Autobiography
Paranormal Creatures-Witches
Romance
E-books
Books won from Giveaways
Non-Fiction
Food and Drink


Author Review Requests:

1. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap by Paulette Mahurin
2. Whoever You Are by Donna Marie Lanheady
3. A Walk on the Darkside by Corinna Underwood
4. A Part to Play by Jennifer L. Fry
5. Dearest by Carole Marshall
6. The Rockin' Chair by Steven Manchester
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First in Series:
1. Rally Round the Corpse by Hy Conrad
2. Deep Connections by Rebecca Graf
3. David's Song by A.R. Talley
4. Pretty Is As Pretty Does by Debby Mayne
5. If I Never Knew You by Aubrey Bailey
6. Mission One of Auggie the Alien by Leah Spiegel and Megan Summers
7. Bah Humbug! by Heather Horrocks
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Further in Series:
1. Strike: Dawn of the Daybreaker by Charlie M. Wood
2. To Know You Is To Love You by Aubrey Bailey
3. To Love You Is To Love Once Again by Aubrey Bailey
4. Winter of Wishes by Charlotte Hubbard
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Autobiography/Biography/Memoir:
1. Ramblings in Ireland by Kerry Dwyer
2. The Eighties: A Bitchen Time to Be a Teenager by Tom Harvey
3. Finding Compassion in China: A Bicycle Journey Into The Countryside by Cindie Cohagan
4. The Old Rectory: Escape To A Country Kitchen by Julia Ibbotson
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Paranormal-Witches:
1.Witch in the Wind by Brenda M. Collins
2. The Adventues of Stanley Delacourt by Ilana Waters
3. Salem VI: Rebecca's Rising by Jack Heath and John Thompson
4. The Witch's Daughter by Paula Brackston
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Romance:
1. Godspeed: A Love Story by Dan Chabot
2. Montana Wildfire by Rebecca Sinclair
3. Traveling For Love by Becky Due
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E-Books:
1. The Man With the Green Suitcase by Dee Doanes
2. Escucha Means Listen by Talia Nunez Aikens
3. Confessions of a Teenage Hermaphrodite by Lianne Simon
4. The Eighth Wonder by Kimberly Young
5. Finding Lily by Lisa D. Ellis
6. My Year As A Clown by Robert Steven Williams
7. The Angry Women Suite by Lee Fullbright
8. Sunlounger by Belinda Jones, et. al
9.Chasing Air by Delaine Roberts
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Books Won From Giveaways:
1. The Wedding Cake Girl by Anne Pfeffer
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Non Fiction:
1. The Nursing Home Survival Guide by L.E. Green
2. Scammed by Art Maines
3. Before You Say I Do Again by Benjamin Berkley
4. Writing Great Emails is Not Art: 9 Ways To Get There by Gisela Hausmann
5. Money and Teens: Money Savvy Skills by Darby and Wes Karchut
6. Abundance Triggers by Kanta Bosniak
7. The Seeds of Beauty, Defining Your Beauty and Style from The Inside Out by Lakeyshia Marie-Green
8. Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers by Deborah Serani
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1. Hello Hot Lunch, Hello Cool Lunch by Lisa Leconte
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Challenges for 2012

Personal reading challenges
My Quest to read 1,000,000 pages in my lifetime: Currently at 70,,909 pages
To read at least 111 books (10 percent more than 2011) Currently: 104/100*

* Updated 11-26-12 111 was my  original goal for the year, but being that it's now nearly the end of November, there is no way I'll make it. So, I have edited my goal to be 100 books. I have no qualms about amending my goal to 100 particularly as this year was difficult personally, so my reading time and concentration were limited.

To read for at least one hour each day
To read a total of at least 35000 pages this year Currently: 25,851/35,000-Close but didn't quite make it


Group Inspired Reading Challenges:

12x12 in 2012:
This is a hefty challenge. It's going to be difficult because it's rare that I read 12 books  in a month but I'm going to give it my best shot.

100/144 COMPLETED
CATEGORIES:
First in Series:
Further in Series
Authors Who are New To Me
Library Grabs
Paranormal Creatures: Witches
E-Books
Biography/Memoirs
Author Review Requests/ARC's/Giveaway Wins
Romance
Food and Drink
Non-Fiction
Holiday Theme (Mixture of all different holidays not just one)

First in Series:
1. Strange Places (Finding Tayna #1)
2 My Fairytale Life by Heather M White (Vampire Hunters #1)
3 When Destiny Knocks (Destiny Series # 1)
4 Strike: The Hero from the Sky by Charlie Wood
5 The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
6 The Dark Passage (Chosen #1) by M.L.Wooley
7 The Legend of Mickey Tussler (Mickey Tussler #1) by Frank Nappi
8 Elemental Magic (Elemental Magic #1) by Angela Wallace
9 The Sword and the Prophet by Missy LaRae
10 Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins
11 Whisper to A Scream (The Bibliophiles book 1) by Karen Wojcik Berner
12 Catalyst: The Passage of Hellsfire #1 by Marc Johnson

Further in Series:
1 New Moon by Stepehenie Meyer
2 Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
3 The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
4 Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
5 Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
6 Sophomore Campaign by Frank Nappi
7 Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
8 Until My Soul Gets it Right by Karen Wojcik Berner
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New To Me Authors
1 A Secret Kept by Tatiana DeRosnay
2 The Best of Sommer Marsden by Sommer Marsden
3 The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith
4 So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman
5 All The Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers
6 The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner
7 The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin
8 A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert
9 Sparks Off You by Anita Felicelli
10 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues
11 Dream Magic: Awakenings by Dawn Harshaw
12 With Honors by Grace Wen

Library Grabs
1 Crank (Crank # 1) by Ellen Hopkins
2 Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult
3 Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
4 Son by Lois Lowry
5 The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
6 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
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Paranormal Creatures: Witches
1 Charmed Season 9 Volume 1 (I realize this is a graphic novel but it does focus on the Charmed ones who are witches by Paul Ruditis
2 The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton
3 Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachel Hawkins
4 Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman
5 Demonglass (Hex Hall #2) by Rachel Hawkins
6 Wicked: Witch&Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie
7 Phoebe Who? by Emma Harrison
8 Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright
9 Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany
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Ebooks
1.  In My Shoes by Adrian Stephens
2. Letters in Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin
3 The New Death and Others by James Hutchings
4. Finding Jolie
5. The Evolution of Human Intellect by L.N. Smith
6. The Incredible Shrinking Bully
7 Misfortune Cookie by Michele Gorman
8 Free Falling by Susan Kiernan Lewis
9 Broken City by D.D. Chant
10 Echoes From the Infantry by Frank Nappi
11 Sebastian's Poet by Kevin Craig
12 Shifted Perspective Tails of Change #1 by J. Bridger
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Biography/Memoir:
1 Then Again by Diane Keaton
2 You Know Your Way Home by Suzanne Jauchius
3 What I Did On My Midlife Crisis Vacation by Debbianne DeRose
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Romance:
1 Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay
2 An Imperfect Wife by Grace Wen
3 Cadence Beach by Linda Juliano
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Author Review Requests/ARC's/Giveaway wins:
1.Dirk Danger Loves Life by Chris Rothe
2 Ambition's Not An Awful Word by Zack Zage
3 Jaime Lea and the Bumblebee by Adrian Thorpe
4 Catastrophically Consequential by Stephen C. Bird
5 Mirror in the River by Dale Lovin
6 Anthology I: The Other Side by Hamidah Gul
7 Twelve Months by Steven Manchester
8 Scrambled by Kathtryn Elizabeth Jones
9 Amy Red Ridings Hood by Liz Adams
10 Moonlight Dancer by Deb Atwood
11 Four in the Morning by Christi Goddard
12 Heaven Or Hell by Roni Teson

Food and Drink:
1 Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny
2 Stop Eating Your Heart Out: The 21-Day Program to Free Yourself From Emotional Eating by Meryl Hershey Beck
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NONFICTION
1 Having Fun While Saving Money by Janiera Eldridge
2 Breath of a Child by Donna M. Rinelli
3 Citizen Scientists: Be A Part of Scientific Discovery From Your Own Backyard by Loree Griffin Burns
4 Motherhood Matters: Reminders of the Divinity Reality and the Rewards of Motherhood by Connie E. Sokol
5 My Love by Joanne Clancy
6 Wow! Glowing Bride in 30 Days by Laura Pepper
7 Say It With Success: Foolproof Ways to Improve Your Presentation by Shannon Alter CPM
8 Breaking Through by Grace: The Bono Story by Kim Washburn
9 The How and What of Gift Giving by Antonio Hajden
10 Keeping Score: A Guide to Love and Relationships by Marc Brackett
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Holiday  Theme: (All different Holidays)
1 The Twelve Days to Christmas by Michele Gorman
2 Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay
3 Broken Christmas: Three Stories of Christmas by David S. Henderson
4 How Santa Became Santa Clause by Jennifer Longe
5 Cupid's Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby
6 Christmas in Wine Country by Addison Westlake
7 Silver Bells by Sadie Hart
8 A Christmas Miracle by Willow Cross
9 All I Want For Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello
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ALPHABETICAL ORDER CHALLENGE:
BOOKS:
A New Death and Others by James Hutchings
Best of Sommer Marsden by Sommer Marsden
Charmed Season 9 Volume 1 by Paul Ruditis
D- Dirk Danger Loves Life by Chris Rothe
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
Finding Jolie by Jamie Lynn Goldberg
G (The) Girl Who Played With Fire
Having Fun While Saving Money by Janiera Eldridge
In My Shoes by Adrian Stephens
Jaime Lea and the Bumblebbe by Adrian Thorpe
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Letters in Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin
My Fairytale Life by Heather M. White
New Moon by Stephenie Meyer
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Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny
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S (A) Secret Kept
Then Again by Diane Keaton
Until My Soul Gets it Right by Karen Wojcik Berner
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When Destiny Knocks by Heather M White
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You Know Your Way Home by Suzanne Jauchius
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AUTHORS:
Angela Wallace
Burns, Loree Griffin
Charlie Wood
Donna M. Rinelli
Ellen Hopkins
Frank Nappi
Gorman, Michele
Hope Ramsay
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Jody Gehrman
Keaton, Diane
L.N. Smith
Mona Schmitt
Nancy Holder
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Pepper, Laura
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Rachael Hawkins
Sommer Marsden
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Vigiue, Debbie
Woolley, M.L.
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Zage, Zack


Sizeable Challenge 2012:

To keep track of the sizes of books I read (This is another great challenge from the One Million Pages in a Lifetime Group on Goodreads)


Less Than 100 pages
1. A New Death and Others 94 pages
2. Having Fun Whle Saving Money 46 pages
3. The Evolution of Human Intellect 74 pages
4. The Incredible Shrinking Bully 28 pages
5. Citizen Scientists: Be A Part of Science From Your Own Backyard 80 pages
6. Jaime Lea and the Bumblebee by Adrian Thorpe 24 pages
7. Ambition's Not An Awful Word by Zack Zage 32 pages
8. My Love by Joanne Clancy 95 pages
9. An Imperfect Wife by Grace Wen 82 pages
10. With Honors by Grace Wen 35 pages
11. Say It With Success: Foolproof Ways to Improve Your Presentation Skills by Shannon Alter CPM 90 pages
12. Amy "Red" Ridings' Hood by Liz Adams 50 pages
13. Breaking Through by Grace: The Bono Story by Kim Washburn 93 pages
14. The How and What of Gift Giving by Antonio Hajden 47 pages
15. Beautiful Wild Rose Girl by B. Magnolia 34 pages
16. Broken Christmas: Three Stories of Christmas by David S. Henderson 52 pages
17. How Santa Became Santa Clause by Jennifer Longe 9 pages
18. My Happy Birthday by Mary Ryan 25 pages
19. We're All Different But We're All Kitty Cats: First Day of School by Peter J. Goodman 52 pages
20. Silver Bells by Sadie Hart 24 pages
21. A Christmas Miracle by Willow Cross 16 pages
22. Dottie and Weasel: Lemonade Fiasco by Charlotte Panning 31 pages

100-199 pages
1. Charmed Season 9 Volume 1 by Paul Ruditis 176 pages
2. My Fairytale Life by Heather M White 193 pages
3. Breath of a Child by Donna M. Rinelli 104 pages
4.  Motherhood Matters: Joyful Reminders of the Divinity, Reality, and Rewards of Motherhood by Connie E. Sokol 111 pages
5. Misfortune Cookie by Michele Gorman 198 pages
6. The Sword and the Prophet by Missy LaRae 150 pages
7. Catastrophically Consequential by Stephen C. Bird 152 pages
8. The Twelve Days to Christmas by Michele Gorman 120 pages
9. Phoebe Who? by Emma Harrison 193 pages
10. Dream Magic: Awakenings by Dawn Harshaw 160 pages
11. Sebastian's Poet by Kevin Craig 119 pages
12. Anthology I : The Other Side by Hamidah Gul 122 pages
13. Keeping Score: A Guide to Love and Relationships by Marc Brackett 128 pages
14. Cupid's Christmas by Bette Lee Crosby 181 pages
15. Cadence Beach by Linda Juliano 190 pages

200-299 pages
1. Dirk Danger Loves Life by Chris Rothe 212 pages
2. Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny 255 pages
3. Letters in Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin 260 pages
4. The Best of Summer Marsden 250 pages
5. Stop Eating Your Heart Out by Meryl Hershey Beck 256 pages
6. The Coincidence Engine by Sam Leith 271 pages
7. When Destiny Knocks by Heather M. White 200 pages
8. Strike: The Hero From the Sky by Charlie Wood 218 pages
9. The Legend of Mickey Tussler by Frank Nappi 292 pages
10. Sophomore Campaign  by Frank Nappi 280 pages
11. All The Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers 213 pages
12. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner 256 pages
13. Elemental Magic by Angela Wallace 250 pages
14. The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook by Joanne Rocklin 240 pages
15. Then Again by Diane Keaton, 268 pages
16. Free Falling by Susan Kiernan-Lewis 225 pages
17. Mirror in the River by Dale Lovin 260 pages
18. Wow! Glowing Bride in 30 Days by Laura Pepper 242 pages
19. A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert 284 pages
20. Echoes From the Infantry by Frank Nappi 256 pages
21. Whisper to A Scream by Karen Wojcik Berner 267 pages
22. Until My Soul Gets It Right by Karen Wojcik Berner 281 pages
23. Fire Baptized by Kenya Wright 286 pages
24. Catalyst: The Passage of Hellsfire #1 by Marc Johnson 295 pages
25. Scrambled by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones 250 pages
26. Moonlight Dancer by Deb Atwood 283 pages
27. What I Did on My Midlife Crisis Vacation by Debbianne DeRose 252 pages
28. Henrietta The Dragon Slayer by Beth Barany 236 pages
29. Shifted Perspective (Tails of Change #1) by J. Bridger 231 pages
30. Four in the Morning by Christi Goodard, 202 pages
31. Volunteers for Literacy by Gretchen Elhassani 215 pages
32. All I Want For Christmas is You by Lisa Mondello

300-399 pages
1. A Secret Kept by Tatiana de Rosnay 305 pages
 2. In My Shoes by Adrian Stephens 304 pages
3. Finding Jolie by Jamie Lynn Goldberg 367 pages
4. Strange Places by Jefferson Smith 313 pages
5. The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton 350 pages
6. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins 374 pages
7. Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay 350 pages
8. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins 391 pages
9. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins 390 pages
10. So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman 320 pages
11. Dark Passage by M.L. Woolley 309 pages
12. You Know Your Way Home by Suzanne Jauchius 333 pages
13. Broken City by D.D. Chant 348 pages
14. Hex Hall (Hex Hall #1) by Rachael Hawkins 336 pages
15. Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman 306 pages
16. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins 359 pages
17. Sparks Off You by Anita Felicelli 300 pages
18. 34 Pieces of You by Carmen Rodrigues 336 pages
19. Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer 358 pages
20. Son by Lois Lowry 393 pages
21. Twelve Months by Steven Manchester, 324 pages
22. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 318 pages
23. Last Chance Christmas by Hope Ramsay 352 pages
24. Heaven or Hell by Roni Teson 319 pages
25. Christmas in Wine Country by Addison Westlake 390 pages
26. Life Got in the Way by Deborah J. Davis 336 pages

400-499 pages
1. Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins 450 pages
2. Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult 421 pages

500-599 pages
1. New Moon by Stephenie Meyer 563 pages
2. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson 503 pages
3. Crank by Ellen Hopkins 537 pages
4. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling 503 pages

600-699 pages
1. Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer 629 pages
2. Wicked: Witch and Curse by Nancy Holder and Debbie Vigiue 672 pages

700-799 pages
1. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

800-899 pages

900-999 pages

More than 1000 pages



One Million Pages Group Rocks Goodreads

A Spell it out challenge


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New Moon by Stephenie Meyer finished 1-13-12
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer finished  1-19-12

My Fairytale Life by Heather M. White finished 4-14-12
In My Shoes by Adrian Stephens finished 2-4-12
Letters in Cardboard Boxes by Abby Slovin finished 2-18-12
Last Chance Beauty Queen by Hope Ramsay Finished 6-3-12
Incredible Shrinking Bully by Mona Schmitt finished 3-15-12
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Phoebe Who? by Emma Harrison
A New Death and Others by James Hutchings finished 2-24-12
G (The) Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson finished 5-20-12
Evolution of Human Intellect by L.N. Smith finished 3-14-12
Strange Places by Jefferson Smith Finished 4-6-12

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Until My Soul Gets It Right by Karen Wojcik Berner
Peas and Thank You by Sarah Matheny

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Charmed Season 9 Volume 1 by Paul Ruditis finished 1-10-12
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S (A) Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay 1-8-12

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Dirk Danger Loves Life by Chris Rothe
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Echoes From the Infantry by Frank Nappi
A Lovely, Indecent Departure by Steven Lee Gilbert
Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
Stop Eating Your Heart Out by Meryl Hershey Beck




4 comments:

jmeyersbooks said...

I love all these challenges. So creative!

Melissa said...

Thank you! It's hard to keep them all straight sometimes though, hehe.

Lana Bradstream said...

That is one heck of a reading challenge! With my schedule, I can read one book per week, but hopefully my time will loosen up soon. But, I am thinking about your challenge and ways to group books together. Hmmmmm . . .

Melissa said...

Hi Lana,

I'm not sure I will be able to complete these hefty challenges as I'm really behind on them right now but it's still fun to try. Feel free to grab ideas or modify these any way you want!