RMFAO 2016 Genre Challenge!

I just recently joined a group on Goodreads calledย “Reading my frigging a** off”. Pretty funny name, right? ๐Ÿ˜›

So, they have this Genre reading challenge where the members participating read a book of decided genre for each month. So, I decided participating in it for 2016! Excited! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

This year there are two genres for each month to give the members more options to choose from. I will try to squeeze in both the genres but let’s see. ๐Ÿ˜› This year is going to be jam packed for me. I have a lot of plans for this year but reading is always going to be there. โค


 

Rules:

1. Only members can participate.
2. You have to read at least 1 book each month for respective genre.
3. You have to select a level and make an announcement.


 

Levels:

Level 1: Casual Reader: 1 book (easy)
Level 2: Frequent Reader: 2 books (moderate)
Level 3: Bookworm: 3 books (mildly strenuous)
Level 4: Bibliophile: 4 books (strenuous)
Level 5: Bookiopath: 5 books or more (challenging)

I obviously want to be the Bookiopath let’s see. ๐Ÿ˜›ย 


 

Genre list for each month:

January- Science-Fiction + New Adult
February- Mystery-Thriller + Speculative-Fiction
March- Romance + Literary Fiction
April- Young Adult +ย Apocalyptic-Post Apocalyptic
May- Classics + Steampunk
June- Non-Fiction +ย Mythological/Regional
July- Dystopian + Graphic Novels
August- Contemporary + Historical
September- Humour + Retellings (Mythological or Fairy tales)
October- Horror + Paranormal
November- Fantasy + Gothic
December- Action + Adventure


 

The books that I plan on reading for each month:

  • January:
    Science Fiction-
    New Adult- Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
  • February:
    Mystery & Thrillers- Tumbled Graves by Brenda Chapman
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย And then there were none by Agatha Christie
    Speculative-Fiction- 1984 by George Orwell
  • March:
    Romance- Safe Havens by Nicholas Sparks
    Literary Fiction- The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgeraldย 
  • April:
    Young Adult- Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone by J.K.Rowling
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    Apocalyptic-Post Apocalyptic- Life as we knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer
  • May:
    Classics- A midsummer night’s dream by William Shakespeare
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  Emma by Jane Austen
    Steampunk- Time Machine by H.G.Wells
  • June:
    Non-Fiction- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
    Mythological/Regional- The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi
  • July:ย 
    Dystopian – The Selection by Kiera Cass
    Graphic novel-
  • August:
    Contemporary- An abundance of Katherines by John Green
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย My life next door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Gone girl by Gillian Flynn
    Historical- Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
  • September:
    ย Humour- Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
    Retellings (Mythological or Fairytales)- Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie
  • October:
    Horror- Zombicorns by John Green
    Paranormal – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
  • November:
    Fantasy- City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
    Gothic- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • December:
    Action- The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
    ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย  ย Harry Potter by J.K.Rowling
    Adventure- Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan

I have added more than 1 book under some genre so that I can have options. I am still leaving my options open, if I find a book that interests me more than what I have in the list then I might read that. I will make the changes as I go along but this post will mark the journey. I will add links to the reviews of the books that I read and if I decide on another book then that will be added here as well.

Have you guys thought about joining any reading challenges? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

September, October, November Wrap-Up & December Plans!

These months have been crazy. I have tried to keep up with my blog as much as possible but tags, awards and wrap ups have suffered more than reviews. Although I couldn’t get all the reviews up either but posted a decent amount. Here are the books I read in these three months-

September Wrap-Up

I read 24 books in September. Out of which I reviewed 17 books and 7 are yet to be reviewed. You can click on the titles of the reviewed books to check out the reviews. ๐Ÿ™‚

Reviewed:

  1. Uneasy in New Orleansย by Carol Carson
  2. Untouchable Things by Tara Guha
  3. Inconceivable (Little Black Box #1)ย by Cherrie Mack
  4. Welcome to Foxyland: Great Adventures of Little Foxycatย by Wald Peterson
  5. Ino’s Loveย by Marianne Sciucco
  6. Never The Sameย by Bess Richards
  7. Higgs & Soap: Galaxy Deliveryย by Tony Cooper
  8. White Horse in Winterย by Franci McMahon
  9. Dear Heartsย by Ericka Clay
  10. Die Again Tomorrowย by Kira Peikoff
  11. Shizzle, Inc (Isa Maxwell #1)ย by Ana Spoke
  12. The Wilson Deceptionย by David O. Stewart
  13. Scrapbook of the Deadย by Mollie Cox Bryan
  14. Pane and Suffering (A Webb’s Glass Shop Mystery #1) by Cheryl Hollon
  15. Nostromo The Dwarfย by Sam Carr
  16. His New Jamย by Shannyn Schroeder
  17. His Work of Art by Shannyn Schroeder

Not Reviewed:

  1. Nirvana (Nirvana Series #1) by J.R.Stewart
  2. Love in the Details: A November Wedding Story by Becky Wade
  3. Planes, Canes, and Automobiles by Valerie M. Grubb
  4. A Bone to Pick by Gina McMurchy-Barber
  5. Crystal (Follow That Dress #1) by Cherrie Mack
  6. Bubbles: Big Stink in Frog Pond by Ben Woodard
  7. A Party For Pepper by Sarah Hartsig

October Wrap-Up

I read 13 books in October. About half of what I read in September. Out of which I reviewed 5 books and 8 books are yet to be reviewed. Click on the links to see the reviews. ๐Ÿ™‚

Reviewed:

  1. The House on Sunsetย by Lindsay Fischer
  2. The Cypress Trapย by JC Gatlin
  3. Uncharted Territoryย by Carolyn Ridder Aspenson
  4. Mathieuย by Irene Ferris
  5. Welcome Back, Jackย by Liam Sweeny

Not Reviewed:

  1. Miss. Goody-Two Shoes by Charlotte Hughes
  2. Eden Green by Fiona Van Dahl
  3. Nine Lives by Stephanie Barr
  4. Awakening by Jeremy Laszlo
  5. Insincere by Joanne Clancy
  6. The Screaming by David Graham
  7. The Summer I turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  8. The Accidental Engagement by Maggie Dallen

November Wrap-Up

I read 34 books in November. 7 Reviewed and 27 not reviewed. Click on the links for reviews. As you can see in the ‘Not reviewed’ section that I read a lot of Children’s books this month. My exams started this month and on a random day I wanted to read something light so I ended up reading all the Children’s books that I had. ๐Ÿ˜›

Reviewed:

  1. Asylum IIย by Matt Drabble
  2. Blood Masterย by Kirsten Campbell
  3. Seeking the Star by Traci Borum
  4. Thompson Roadย by Scott Wyatt
  5. In Light of the Blood Giantย by A.D.Fosse
  6. A Wedding at the Paragraph Ranchย by Kay Ellington and Barbara Brannon
  7. Pale Highwayย by Nicholas Conley

Not Reviewed:

  1. Via Roma by Mary Melfie
  2. Word Game by Steena Holmes
  3. QuickDraw by John Weeks
  4. Agatha Raisin: Hells’ Bells by M.C.Beaton
  5. Dino is Bored by S Jessen
  6. Tania’s Costume Party by Kanika G
  7. When Cows Fly by Tom Watson
  8. I Love to eat Fruits and Vegetables by Shelley Admont
  9. Garbage! Monster! Burp! by Tom Watson
  10. Bunny and a Plane. Dream of the Sky. by Roman Grachev
  11. My Birdy and My Wormy Adventures: Introduction by Brian Boland
  12. Bart, and the Disappearing Mountain by Lars Due- Christensen
  13. Billberry by Charles C. Martin
  14. The Awkward Owl by Shawnda Blake
  15. Fever Dreme by Jay Stuck
  16. Brianna, Rachel, and the Mermaid: Volume I by Audrey Ballard
  17. Making Room at Christmas by Olivia Stowe
  18. Rainy Days by Grant Hudson
  19. What’s for Thanksgiving Dinner? by Sally Huss
  20. Happy Birthday, Chris P. Bacon by Len Lucero
  21. Medieval Diggers and Dump Trucks by Riley Weber
  22. All I want for Christmas by Claudia Carol
  23. The Night before Christmas by Clement C Moore
  24. Agatha Raisin and the Christmas Crumble by M. C. Beaton
  25. A Cowboy for Christmas by Jennie Marts
  26. Being Lovers by Rachel Carrington
  27. Lonesome Town by Tom Mendicino

December Plans

There’s no TBR this month because I have exams stretched till 21st of December but that won’t stop me from reading. Today is 2nd December and I already read a book yesterday. ๐Ÿ˜›

My plan this month is to get the reviews of all the books that I have read this year up. I plan to do that after 21st, that is, after my exams end. Get ready for lots of reviews. ๐Ÿ˜› I have been lagging with tags and awards since September. I will try to do some of them as well.

And obviously, my Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2015 is 150 books which I set up in May, so I got a little late start. Although the Children’s books that I read in November did a good job for filling up my challenge but I am still on 133 books. That means I will have to read 17 books this month.

2015 Reading Challenge

2015 Reading Challenge
Dimple has
read 133 books toward her goal of 150 books.
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Seems like a lot, what with all the juggling with exams, blog, and reading. But when I will be done, this packed schedule is going to be worth it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€


This is it! ๐Ÿ˜€ My Wrap-Ups and Plans. What are your plans and how far along are you in your challenge if you did set up one that is. ๐Ÿ˜›

 

Happy Book Lovers Day!

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So, I was on Facebook discussing about my college admission with my friends when I stumbled upon this picture on my newsfeed.

I had no idea there was a day dedicated to us, so out of curiosity I googled it. ๐Ÿ˜›

โค โค โค Happy Book Lovers Day to all you guys! โค โค โค ย 

This was the thing that made my day today. I haven’t had a chance to post anything in 3 days, today being the 4th and I missed my blog so much. I missed reading your posts and comment chatting with you guys. :/

The days have been damn hectic… 2 days ago college listings came out and I came to know the college I will be studying in and the admission processes have been a mess since then. I have been running here and there, getting this document, searching that document and I am kind of frustrated right now.

I have 3 tags pending and my August Bingo Book-a-thon is going nowhere, my reading is suffering. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

I wish for this to get over soon, so that I can get back to my reading and blogging and not to forget getting settled in college. ๐Ÿ˜› I am not that anxious for the start of a new college life because I have some of my old college friends with me here. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My birthday is in 4 days and all the chaos are going to get the best of my day.

I started this post to share my love with you guys and ended up ranting. ๐Ÿ˜› I am an idiot! ๐Ÿ˜›

Book 2 | August Bingo Book-a-thon!

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IMG_20150728_144203Let me grab my mug first, please. Okay so let’s follow my ritual… cover the mug with one hand… shake the mug violently… throw the chits on the floor… close the eyes… breathe… feel the chits… pick one up… unfold it… open your eyes and read after letting out the breath that you have been holding of course!

 

The second book I got is… drumrolls please… Deception point by Dan Brown. ๐Ÿ˜€ ย 

ย I haven’t read a Dan Brown yet so this book made it on my list and I actually wasn’t hoping for it but if not for this I wouldn’t have probably picked it up even by the end of the year. (I sometimes possess the quality of shamelessness. ๐Ÿ˜› I should have read it, list or no list, right? )

Let me cross out the block first. ๐Ÿ˜›

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There, done! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜‰

To my dismay, I didn’t read after completing The Little Prince on August 1st and then yesterday, august 2nd was also not utilized completely, I ended up reading only 100 pages. :/ But that’s okay, this is my 2nd book for this month and the month has just started so I won’t be hard on myself. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€

What are you guys reading and has any of you participated in this book-a-thon?ย 

 

 

 

Book 1 | August Bingo Book-a-thon!

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Time to reveal the first book I got for reading this month. As you all know I am participating in my first Book-a-thon (if you don’t, then clickย hereย ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I was pretty much excited because I love surprises and this was surely going to be a pleasant one. โค

IMG_20150728_143800Some of the books in this chart are the one’s that I wanted to read and some are the one’s that I
have been pushing back in my TBR pile. I got the first book from the latter.

But whatever, if they are on my TBR pile I have to read it someday so why not now?

Can you guess what I got? That’s ridiculous, you obviously can’t. ๐Ÿ˜› (Don’t worry, I couldn’t either. ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

 

IMG_20150728_144203First things first, I grabbed my mug and my tablet, to obviously click a picture. (Though the mug’s picture is from my yesterday’s post. ๐Ÿ˜› )

After throwing the chits on the floor (for some dramatic effect ๐Ÿ˜› ) I closed my eyes and picked a chit.

I didn’t even realize that I was holding my breath until I unfolded the chit.

 

And I got… drum rolls please… The Little Prince byย Antoine de Saint-Exupรฉry. ย 

 

I know, I know, it’s Children’s literature and I should have read it way back but I didn’t. Don’t kill me please. ๐Ÿ˜› Anyways after those hectic 5 last reading days of July (you might know what I am talking about if you read my posts) this was just what I needed, a light and easy read. I sailed through it. I gave it 5/5 stars because why not? It is a literally good book. โค

ย I sailed through it. I gave it 5/5 stars because why not?
It is a literally good book. โค ย 

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I crossed out the number 14 block and felt damn good! ๐Ÿ˜€ No exact reason for me behaving like a 5 year old. Maybe I will be able to answer it in my birthday post. Yes, this is my birthday month and I am planning on doing a pouring-the-heart-out post. Stay tuned for it! ๐Ÿ˜‰

After finishing the book, I decided that I should see what my next book is, it didn’t turn out what I was hoping for but hell, that’s the fun, right?

I started reading it but then decided that I should officially call it a day and just laze around internet watching my latest obsession of cake decorating videos because why not? I deserve a break after giving up sleep and food to complete my reading goal and I didn’t exactly have any goals for this month. ๐Ÿ˜€

You will get to know what book I got next tomorrow. Watch out. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ˜€

August Bingo Book-a-thon!

I have never taken part in any of the book-a-thon or read-a-thon. This book-a-thon caught my interest. This month is going to be darn chaotic because of the college formalities. I won’t be getting much reading time. Reading even 5 books is going to be a big deal this month but still I decided to give this book-a-thon a try. Nothing to lose! ๐Ÿ˜›

So, this book-a-thon is calledย August Bingo Book-a-thon ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ and it is hosted by the lovelyย awayinneverlandย  โค โค

Rules are pretty simple:ย 

  1. Make or print out a blank bingo board.

  2. Pick 24 books (25 if you donโ€™t want a free space) and randomly fill those books in on the board

  3. Write the titles on small pieces of paper and put them in a jar/bowl.

  4. Read the books as you draw the chits and try to get a bingo!ย 

As soon as I saw this book-a-thon, I grabbed my sketch pens, ruler and a sheet. ๐Ÿ˜› Too excited! To be honest… ๐Ÿ˜›

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My book-a-thon picture! โค

Here’s my Bingo board! โค

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Bingo Board!

  • I numbered my Bingo board so that I could write numbers on my chits rather than the book titles. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜› ย 
  • I filled in 25 books because I didn’t want to leave a free space.
  • I sat back thinking of all the books I wanted to read, there were too many!
    As this is going to be a hectic month I decided on selecting the books with least number of pages from my ever building tbr pile. (I am Smart, duh! ๐Ÿ˜› )

Next, I made the chits. It was pretty fun actually. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

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Finally folded them all and put them in my blue mug. ๐Ÿ˜€ (Just for the record, it’s my favorite mug! โค )

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I am all set for the Bingo read-a-thon! Oh boy! This is going to be fun! (I have a tendency of using lots of exclamation marks when excited! ๐Ÿ˜› )

If you guys are joining this book-a-thon then surely let me know. ๐Ÿ™‚