Thursday, April 30, 2015

Challenges Update ~ ##2015HW, #ShelfLove, Mythology Reading Challenge, LGBT Reading Challenge, 2015 New Release Reading Challenge

Is it just me or is 2015 moving along like it has somewhere else to be?? Once again, I'm overall fairly pleased with my progress with my challenges. Here's my update:



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This challenge is hosted by Berls @Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @Because Reading.


This month, I (am supposed to) read Off the Record and Out of Breath. So far I've read 8 of 24 from my Reading Assignment. (images take you to my reviews)


Bully (Fall Away, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2) Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Off the Record (Record, #1)Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)




Show Your Shelves Some Love: No Book Buying Challenge


This challenge is hosted by Chapter Break and Second Run Reviews.

I've shown my shelves some love. I've hit my physical, digital, and audio shelves! I've read 35 books so far! You can click here to check out the books and their reviews on Goodreads or click on the book images below. 


Bully (Fall Away, #1)Endure (Need, #4)Breathe (Sea Breeze, #1)Fight with Me (With Me in Seattle, #2)Tempted by a Rogue Prince (Eternal Mates, #3)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Obliterate (Havoc, #2)Three, Two, One (321)Spend the Night I (The Hotel Collection, #1)Dance For Me (Fenbrook Academy, #1)Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)The Governess Affair (Brothers Sinister, #0.5)Seven Sons (Gypsy Brothers, #1)Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Soul Avenged (Sons of Wrath, #1)Claimed by a Demon King (Eternal Mates, #2)Lord Wastrel (The Curse of True Love #2)A Gentleman's Promise (Scandalous Series, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1)Hopeless (Hopeless, #1)The Gamble (Colorado Mountain, #1)Blue Shoes, Vol. 1 (Blue Shoes, #1)Blue Shoes, Vol. 2 (Blue Shoes, #2)Blue Shoes, Vol. 3 (Blue Shoes, #3)Secrets (Secrets, #1)Bite Me (Bitten, #1)RushAlpha and Omega (Alpha & Omega, #0.5)Never Seduce a Scot (The Montgomerys and Armstrongs, #1)Boy Toy Chronicles (Boy Toy Chronicles, #1)Unbelonging (Unbelonging, #1)The Watson Brothers (Watson Brothers #1-3)Off the Record (Record, #1)Out of Breath (Breathing, #3)


As part of this challenge, I budgeted $10/month for books. In April, I spent $2.99. So far this year, I've spent ~$10. I've now *earned* myself 5 books and $2.00 towards books. AND I received a $50 GC for my birthday. Aaand, I did some earning with exercise. So, I'm carrying over - well, a lot of book budget. But I'm redoubling my efforts to not spend any (much) money on books. I'm hoping to remove more books from my shelves than I add in May. I'll keep you posted. ;)

So for April, I earned:


4 Books = $2.00 Earned

I've done very well with my exercise goals, and have managed to exercise 5 days a week throughout the month of April. Yay me! I have not dedicated as much time towards writing, however, so my word count is embarrassingly low. I am trying to do a better job of scheduling my blog posts so hopefully this will increase my writing time.  :)

As I mentioned last month, I tweaked my *earning* methods to be $0.50 for every book I remove from my Already Owned shelf. Although I plan to keep it at this point, I'm refraining from buying anything because 1) I'm going to RT in May and will return with so many books that will have my already overflowing shelves in even more dire need of this challenge, and 2) I have been one-clicking more freebies than I'm reading and I feel like I'm somewhat defeating my purpose in participating in this challenge in the first place. My exercising (5 days a week) and writing goals (5000 words a week) remain the same.





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This challenge is hosted by Niji Feels.

I didn't read any books that qualified for this challenge in April, but I plan to squeeze in a least ONE in May. :)



Come Undone (Rock Hard, #1) Rush





This challenge is being hosted by Lili Lost in a Book.

I challenged myself achieve God level or 6-10 books. So far, I've read:


Endure (Need, #4)Half-Blood (Covenant, #1)Daimon (Covenant, #0.5)Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)






New Release Challenge (un)Conventional Bookviews


Lexxie @Unconventional Book Views and Stormi @Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! are co-hosting this year-long challenge to read books being released in 2015. Originally, I challenged myself to reach New Release Newbie status - or 1-15 books. As I've already reached that goal, I'm going to aim higher. ;) My new goal is New Release Pro - or 16-30 books.

Oh man, I'm rocking this challenge!! *bwahahahahaha!*


Strange Magic: Part One (Magic, #1)Strange Magic: Part Two (Magic, #2)Fading Out (Living Heartwood, #3)Acting Brave (Fenbrook Academy #3)All Fired Up (Black Halo, #2)Spend the Night I (The Hotel Collection, #1)Past HeavenThree, Two, One (321)Hunted by a Jaguar (Eternal Mates #4)Incite (Ignite, #2)Craved by an Alpha (Eternal Mates, #5)Spend the Night II (The Hotel Collection, #2)Spend the Night III (The Hotel Collection, #3)For Authentication PurposesHope Is Lost (Ocean Beach, #2)Bitten by a Hellcat (Eternal Mates, #6)Coda (Songs of Submission, #9)Taken by a Dragon (Eternal Mates, #7)Éire's Devil King (Éire's Viking,#3)This Heart of Mine (Whiskey Creek, #8)Boy Toy Chronicles (Boy Toy Chronicles, #1)Mend (Havoc, #3)Say My Name (Stark International Trilogy, #1)Meet Me in the DarkDear Juliet (Forever Family, #3)Everything (Songbird, #3)Getting Lucky Number Seven






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In all, I read 15 books in April. I had a few more blog tour/review reads in April and yet I still only read 2 more than March. I fully expect to read fewer in May because of being gone to RT (I won't have time to read since I'll be sipping drinks and chatting, giggling, and fangirling with Lexxie & Berls! ;) But we'll see, won't we?

How are y'all doing with your challenges?

5 comments:

  1. You did really well this month. Congrats

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  2. You are not the only one who thinks this year is racing along. I can't believe it's May (Well, it is here in Australia - I think you're a day behind). There's an idea. I could come to the US and gain some more hours, only problem is, I'd loose them when I came back. Damn! Oh well, it was a thought.

    So many challenges. How do you keep up? I'm keeping my distance from them for this year. Too much pressure.
    Good job on the exercise front. I know how hard it can sometimes be to get motivated and remain consistent.
    I've fallen behind on scheduling my posts too. Usually I'm two weeks ahead. Not sure what happened, but I'm hoping to remedy that this weekend.

    Anyways, happy reading and have a great weekend!

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  3. Jeez Louise! Congrats, I'm bowing to you right now, because ... wow! You read like a fiend! If it's any consolation, I'm also struggling to balance exercising, blogging and writing. I did 5000 words this week, which, yeah... Shoot me now. At least you're getting all this reading done. I think I'm falling behind my goal also. Ugh!

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  4. AHA! Now I know who recommended a bunch of books on my Kindle-I have a lousy memory but now I know. So far I have enjoyed the ones I have read, but still have more to go-of course! Anyway thanks for all the recommendations! You are doing great with your challenges-I didn't sign up for any because I know myself and I would never keep up with it-I can be such a impulsive reader at times :)

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  5. Sharrice HewlettMay 4, 2015 at 9:07 PM

    Wow that's great Brandee! I gave myself a new challenge that every time I finish a series I have I read two or three books from my reviewers list. Seems to be working out for me so far but since I will be going home in two weeks my challenge may be tweeked a little. Good luck at RT and make sure to go to TEEN DAY if you want an ars load of free books and a cute tote!

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