January 13, 2020

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Since I get e-ARCs from NetGalley throughout the year you’d think that it would be super easy to join in the fun at the 2020 New Release Challenge over at (un)Conventional Bookworms with Linda and Brandee, right?  Well.  The reading of new releases has never been the problem – it’s the remembering to go and actually link up that review that has been my downfall in previous years.  I have to figure out a better way, that’s all there is to it as far as a solution goes.  Anyway –

I’m joining the 2020 New Release Challenge for a different reason this year.  I’m trying to actually read the books I buy – novel concept, right?  In truth, they often end up on my TBR pile and then being part of a future “backlist” challenge.  *sigh*  So.  Although they would qualify, I’m not planning on counting the NetGalley ARCs for this challenge — I am counting the actual newly released books that I’ve purchased, read, and reviewed.  I need something to push me to read those newly purchased books nearer to their release date, and I believe this challenge may help form some new habits.  We shall see how it goes.

If you’d like to join in the fun then head over to the signup page with all the details through the text link above or the graphic link on the upper side of this post.  My goals?  I’m aiming for: 31-60 books per year – New Release Pro.  I believe I can do that level (at least for I buy a lot of books) the challenge is going to be in keeping everything, every place updated.  Hmmm… maybe there should be a Challenge to actually update our Challenges?  (grin) I’d sign up!  Good luck if you’re joining in the fun & happy reading times.

My list of actual read and reviewed New Releases is in the next section.


If you read books then you have a To Be Read list/pile/tower of doom — we all do.  They might be physical books on your bookshelf, ebooks stored on your e-readers, or simply books that you’ve written down somewhere to get to “someday”.  Yeah.  We all have TBR piles – and mine is so out of control it isn’t even the slightest bit funny in a haha kinda way but more of an Oh My Goodness what have I done! way.

I’m joining the NovelKnight 2020 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge with a specific goal in mind.  You can also join or just check it all out at the text link above or by clicking on the graphic link at the top of this post.

I’m picking twenty (20) books from my bought but haven’t read yet TBR – all from various lines of Harlequin™.  This past year has been heavy with NetGalley ARC commitments, way more than I should have but put a book cover in front of me and I’m like a kid in a candy store — they all look so “good”.  But I’ve put the brakes on (or at least I’m tapping the brakes) so that I can get to some of my purchased books from 2019.  All of my adult reading life I have adored Harlequin.  Yet, I haven’t read as many or gotten caught up on ongoing series in recent years due to other online and real-life commitments.  That changes in 2020 as I’m taking more time for my own personal reading experiences and this challenge will work perfectly to help me keep on track to get those bought but not read books into my brain, my heart and off of my Kindle.  I’m determined.

My list of books will follow in the next section of this post.  When read and/or reviewed they will either be crossed out or linked to the review post here at Keeper Bookshelf.


I noticed a pattern in my purely for pleasure reading last year (not the NetGalley or ARCs reading) where it seems I’m picking up more re-telling of classic fairy-tales romances than I usually do.  I honestly seem to go in cycles on re-tellings and 2020 seems to be the year they are on my reading radar.

I decided to join the 2020 Retellings Reading Challenge hosted at Centerfolds this year.  I’ve joined in the past with, frankly, not much success so I’m hoping for a much better result this time around.

You can find all the rules, options, levels, and any information you could possibly need by following either the text link above or the graphic link on the side of this post.

I’m aiming for the “Warrior Princess: 6-10 Retellings” level this time.  I believe that is more than doable, and should I manage to read more – all the better.  🙂

If this sounds like fun, head on over to the sign-up page and check it out for yourself.  Good luck & happy reading challenges!

 

It’s so easy to get caught up in the “challenge madness” of the beginning of each new year.  January comes around and I’m ready to dive in to far more challenges than I can honestly handle – come on, they all sound so fun – but I’ve learned to be selective, to pick the ones that I have a chance of keeping up with given that there is always some “real life” not “reading life” issue that will crop up.

So when another blogger’s post about this challenge popped up in my feed I took a look – and yeah, 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge really does fit in with my reading style and my own plan for the coming year.  (You can find out everything you need to know by clicking either on that text link above or on the graphic link over there <– )

More details are on the next page.

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