Showing posts with label challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label challenge. Show all posts

Friday, December 2, 2016

I'll ONLY Review Indie + Self-Published Books For 2 Weeks This December! | #ReadIndie

I know there are quite a couple of great self-published and indie books out there and I have enjoyed a lot of them. 

So I decided to dedicate one month reading time ONLY to reading those books and I'm joining Tracy & Christina's #ReadIndie challenge.

What does this mean?
  • You won't be finding ANY reviews of traditionally published books on my social media for the first two weeks of December.
  • That there will be more reviews than usual. Every second post will now be a review and will have the label #ReadIndie on it, so you know from the get go that it's an indie book!
Description of #ReadIndie from Cornerfolds:
So what is #ReadIndie all about? This isn't necessarily a read-a-thon. Instead, the challenge is simply to post indie reviews for two weeks in place of the reviews you would normally post. However, each review you post and link up will gain you an extra entry into an indie book giveaway! This is ALL about spreading the word about incredible authors who don't necessarily get the hype that they deserve.


To dedicate two weeks to only reviewing indie books because there still seems to be a stigma around them that's very much undeserved. Hopefully you'll find a couple books that sound intriguing to you this month and I manage to maybe inspire you to read more indie books or even join the challenge yourself.

What this doesn't mean:
  • That I'll give better ratings to indie books than they deserve. I'll still publish honest reviews, I'm not going to gift a good to rating to anyone. 
  • That I won't publish any other posts. There'll still be discussions and memes, and the usual stuff you're used to seeing on my blog. If you don't care for indie books, just skip the reviews!
  • That this is the only time I'll be reading indie books (I'll still continue accepting review requests for indie books and I'll still continue to write reviews for them)


  • Amazon gift cards
  • Signed copies of Never Never by Brianna R. Shrum
  • Physical copies & eBooks of The Bound Series by Stormy Smith
  • Physical copies & eBooks of Recoil by Joanne Macgregor
  • Physical copies of The Outlaw Series books 1 & 2 by Alan Janney
  • Physical copies & eBooks of Just a Few Inches by Tara St. Pierre

... and apparently there are going to be a lot more!

So sign up for #ReadIndie over at Cornerfolds and join us!

Have you read any good indie books lately? 

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

10 Bookish Things I'm Thankful For

Thanksgiving is close, so I made a list of bookish things I'm thankful for.

I think it's very important to realize what privileges you have and be thankful for them. Here is a list of ten reading/book-related things I am thankful for this year!

1. My Readers:
No matter whether you comment, just read, or just stop by - thank you.

2. The Book Blogging Community:
This community is so nice and loving, I'm very grateful that I decided to come over from tumblr and join this community. You guys are great.

3. My favorite authors:
 David Levithan, Jodi Picoult, Sophie Kinsella L.J. Smith, S.G. Browne - I wouldn't be blogging without them.

4. Having the courage to blog:
I wanted to have a blog since I was 11. I never knew what to blog about and was too scared to start one. I'm proud of doing it now.

5. All writers:
Published or unpublished, well-known or lesser known. Never stop writing.

6. Books being turned into movies:
There's nothing greater than seeing your beloved characters on the big screen! I love all book adaptations, no matter how good or bad.

7. Sophie Kinsella's books:
They're guarateed to get me out of every reading slump. For me, she's the queen of chick-lit and I am very, very glad that I decided to pick up my first book by her, Remember Me?, a couple of years ago. She's definitely my go-to author and I hope she never stops writing.

8. Review copies:
It's certainly a big privilege to be asked to review books and I'm very thankful for that. I discovered many great authors this way that I would have never found otherwise!

9. Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead:
Probably the first and last series that sent me into the world's worst reading slump of all time. I love the vampire academy world, and I read the first five within two weeks. I'm still dreading to read the last one because I don't want it all to end. I'm so thankful that I started this series. That it exists, even.

10. My favorite blogs

  • You guys are all great and have wonderful blogs! Never stop blogging!!
  • What are you thankful for?

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    Friday, June 26, 2015

    [Challenge] Horror Reading Challenge: Second Quarter Update

    The Horror Reading Challenge is hosted by Tracy @ Cornerfolds. Goal is to read as many books of the horror genre as possible. The challenge started back in January 1st and ends on December 31st.
    I'm actually quite proud of myself. I don't usually pick up many horror novels because it's really difficult to get me hooked with a good premise. I don't get scared easily and when I pick up a horror book that's only mediocre I tend to go back to other genre books for a while.

    The challenge is a great way to motivate myself to read and try more horror or thriller novels, even those that I usually wouldn't have picked up. "The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer" by Michelle Hodkin has a huge following and I was actually quite intimidated by starting this novel. My expectations were fulfilled, namely that I didn't like it at all. I didn't think it was scary, it wasn't full of plot twists, but just written in a very messy way.

    Good thing I decided to continue The Forbidden Game series by L.J. Smith then, because I absolutely loved the first novel and it scared the shit out of me. The series plays with human existential fears, but it's not so scary that you might pee yourself, but only gives up a really uncomfortable and eerie vibe, which is what I absolutely love.

     Books I've read so far: 

    1. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer - Michelle Hodkin 
    YA / Thriller
    2. The Chase (The Forbidden Game #2) - L.J. Smith
    YA  / Horror
    3. The Kill (The Forbidden Game #3) - L.J. Smith
    YA / Horror

     Challenge Levels
    1-5 horror books: Running Scared
    6-10 horror books: Brave Reader
    11-15 horror books: Fearless
    16+ horror books: Horror Hound
    My Current Level: Running Scared

    Challenge Update Schedule
    March 26th - First Quarter Update
    June 25th - Second Quarter Update & Giveaway
    September 24th - Third Quarter Update
    December 24th - Challenge Wrap-Up & Giveaway


    Have you any recommendations for the challenge? 

    Do you participate and what's your current level?

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