The Can You Read A Series In A Month? Challenge is back for September! This Challenge is going to help me achieve at least one of my ‘New Year’s’ group of Challenges I accepted for 2020. If you’d like to join in on the fun the link to the information page at Berls’ and Michelle’s Because Reading is Better than Real Life website is in the graphic over <– there and in the written link above.
I’m going to complete Kristen Ashley’s ‘The Three‘ Paranormal series, the titles include “Until The Sun Falls From The Sky” – “With Everything I Am” – “Wild and Free”. I’ve devoured Ms. Ashley’s Dream Man, Rock Chicks, and Chaos series, and re-read them often… but I haven’t branched out, although I’ve intended to. (given that these three titles have been on my Kindle for over a year -yeah, intentions are good, follow-up bad)
It’s been a crazy decade this year, hasn’t it? 2020 certainly kicked butt and took names for me, and I’m pretty certain for many, many more people around the globe. Quarantine has been odd, in the sense that I really thought I’d get more reading done – truth is, I haven’t. Not the ‘get the TBR tower of doom under control’ level of reading I was hoping for. And it’s now officially September 2020, so that project will probably pass over into 2021.
I’m going to finish at least one series (actually, it’s a trilogy) that’s been sitting on my Kindle for a while now. Surely I can finish a dedicated trilogy in one month. As crazy as it may seem, I’ve actually begun to put my pure personal enjoyment reading in my daily planner – ARCs get priority, real-life needs to be dealt with, but the ‘for me’ reading has dropped… so I’m going to take it back for at least this one event.
Jules has got a score to settle against the drug dealers of Denver. Vance has made it his mission that Jules won’t get dead while dishing out vigilante justice. Jules doesn’t have time for romance, she’s too busy saving the world and she enlists Zip (the gun store owner), Heavy (an ex-PI) and Frank (a mysterious recluse) to help.
The Rock Chicks of Fortnum’s Bookstore get involved to provide romantic advice and guidance, none of which Jules accepts at first. The Hot Bunch of Nightingale Investigations adopt Jules as one of their own. Even though Jules tries to hang on to her inner Head Crackin’ Mamma Jamma, the Rock Chicks; Hot Bunch; Jules’s long-suffering Uncle Nick; Jules’s friend the rotund, African-American, Jackie-O wannabe, May; and especially Vance will stop at nothing to wear her down.
But Jules makes some bad guys pretty angry and one is dedicated to taking her out. Vance and the Hot Bunch have to pull out all the stops to keep her alive. At the same time, Jules and Vance learn the true meaning of home but once they find this precious entity they’ve been searching for all their lives, will Jules’s enemies tear it away?
Hired to go undercover and discredit the widow of a millionaire philanthropist, investigator Rhett Brannon is torn. With her vulnerability and dedication to her late husband’s legacy, Trinity Hyatt doesn’t fit his preconceptions of a gold digger.
Even so, Rhett is determined to get to the truth behind her intentions. But will his growing attraction to Trinity destroy everything they’re both fighting for?
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 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.
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 <– )