New Year; New Challenges, Episode V

So here we are near the end of January and I’m only just now getting around to posting my annual “New Year; New Challenges” post. I received a promotion at work right around Thanksgiving and have been trying to deal with the change to my schedule. Having a job with irregular hours can sometimes throw off my schedule outside of work. I’m trying to find my balance between work, life, and blogging, and I appreciate you all sticking with the blog as I figure it out.

With all of that being said, here is my goal for 2015: 140 books. Since I successfully completed reading 100 books in 2014, 10 more books gets added to my goal. (2011 = 100 books, 2012 = 110 books, 2013 = 120 books, 2014 = 130 books, etc) As per years past, you can keep track of my reading progress and what books I’ve read here.

In no particular order, here are some of the books releasing in 2015 that I’m looking forward to reading!

  1. Fairest by Marissa Meyer
  2. Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost
  3. Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard
  4. And I Love Her by Marie Force
  5. The Heir by Kiera Cass
  6. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
  7. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (This is an exclusive collector’s edition!)
  8. The Seven  Sisters by Lucinda Riley
  9. When A Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
  10. Murder at Beechwood by Alyssa Maxwell
  11. Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt
  12. Tiny Little Things by Beatriz Williams
  13. One Night with a Billionaire by Jessica Clare
  14. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen
  15. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Well readers, what are your reading goals for 2015? What titles are you excited to read?

What Are You Reading This March?

March has turned out to be a stellar reading month.  11 books completed for the month so far with no signs of slowing down!  I’ve been on a major time travel kick this year, having already completed 7 time-traveling books this year.  My new time travel obsession is a trilogy called the Ruby Red trilogy (or the Edelstein Trilogie as it’s called in its native Germany). So far only two of the three books by Kerstin Gier have been released in the US, with the third (Emerald Green) due out in October.  I highly recommend you check this series out ASAP. SO GOOD. And the covers are beautiful to boot!

Anyway enough about my recent time travel obsession and on to what I’m reading!  I’m hoping to get through Philippa Gregory’s The Kingmaker’s Daughter, Elizabeth Hoyt’s Lord of Darkness, and a biography on Jane Austen by Paula Byrne entitled The Real Jane Austen: A Life in Small Things. Now it’s your turn! Tell me what’s currently got you hooked in the comments section below!

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New Year; New Challenges, the Third

This is my third New Year; New Challenges post and I have to tell you, I still get excited writing them.  Just knowing that I’m beginning another 365 day period of challenging myself to read an ass-ton of books excites me.  Since I completed the 110 books I set as my goal for 2012, I’ve decided to stick with tradition and add another 10 books to my goal for 2013.  Therefore, my starting goal for this year will be 120 books!  In case you missed all of the reading challenges I’ve signed up for (on top of my overall goal), you can click here to view my progress.

Here’s what I’m looking forward to reading (in no particular order) in 2013:

  1. The Tutor’s Daughter by Julie Klassen
  2. Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
  3. Sever by Lauren DeStefano
  4. Lord of Darkness by Elizabeth Hoyt
  5. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris
  6. Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
  7. The Mistress by Tiffany Reisz

I know that this is a bit of a short list, but I’m hoping that as the year progresses, more new and exciting books will be announced from my favorite authors.  2012 was a great year for both new books and additions to series that I already loved, so I’m hoping that 2013 will be just as fun, if not more so!

As always, I encourage you to try your own reading challenges!  My biggest piece of advice is to start small.  There is nothing wrong with saying that you want to read 10 books this year.  Make a small goal, meet that goal, then increase it!  Tell me about your own goals, as well as the books you’re excited about reading, below.

The July/August Round Up!

It’s September 11th and I’m REALLY late in posting this round-up – I’M SORRY! Upon returning from my vacation mid-August I got sick for a while and really just got the crap knocked out of me. I’m getting back into the swing of things: reading tons, writing tons, and getting my blog stuff together!

July and August were great months for reading! Being sick and on vacation equated out to a good chunk of reading time.  Between those two months I added another 31 books to my read pile.  I’ve given up on trying to review each and every book I read on the blog, and have taken to reviewing some of them on Goodreads only.  If you check out my book list for 2012 I’ve made notations next to the “Goodreads only” books. YTD total at the end of August was 126. You know what that means? My 110 goal was met and surpassed!! I’ve re-evaluated my goal and have decided to push my new total to 160 for the year (I might be nuts). My favorite reads of the past two months were The Angel by Tiffany Reisz and Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt (expect reviews on both sometime this month.)

Besides lots of reading going on I attended my sister’s wedding, went to Mexico (see recaps here and here), had my second wedding anniversary, attended a fabulous wine festival, made some trips to New Jersey to see our families, went to the New Haven Open (tennis), and went to lots of meetings.  Todd and I kept busy to say the least.

Now that I’m over all my illnesses I’m looking forward to getting back in to the swing of blogging.  Look for some interesting reviews and guest posts coming soon! Adam, Todd, Jess, Christine, and Charlie all have some posts to look forward to as well. It’s a staff of busy bees over here! Leave us a note below and tell us what you’re reading!!

In closing, I leave you with a couple of pictures from my sister’s beautiful wedding!

As always, happy reading!

My sister and I

My whole family! From L-R Aunt Barb, Todd, Mom, Jason, Christine, Dad, Aunt Judy, Grandma, Me