2015 Reading Challenges

As promised, this post is about the various reading challenges I created/joined for 2015.  I became overambitious about 1/2 way through the year, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to finish all of them, but today I want to focus on my favorite challenge: 2015 New Releases.

This is a challenge I created to help me stay on track with all the galleys/ARCs I’ve collected from various places (i.e. work, ALA Midwinter, contests, AceRocStars).  And because I’ve noticed my unfortunate habit of getting really excited for a new title only to push it to the side for something else. Anyway, the goal for this challenge is to read two or more new releases based on their release month (so not necessarily reading them the month they come out) and typing up reviews to share.  Here’s what I’ve accomplished so far!

January

Next Top Villain (Ever After High: A School Story, #1)Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5)

February

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)The Sin Eater’s Daughter (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #1)

March

Flunked (Fairy Tale Reform School, #1)Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega, #4)The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1)

April

RookCastle Hangnail

May

Until the Beginning (After the End, #2)The Heir (The Selection, #4)

June

Of Enemies and Endings (The Ever Afters #4)

July

Ink and Bone (The Great Library, #1)The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil, #3)The Terrans (First Salik War, #1)

August

September

The Dead House

So far, so good.  I’ve got plenty of awesome reads lined up to flesh out many of these months, but first I have to be able to read them without life and adulting getting in the way.  I’ve also read many more books than are listed here this year, but I’ll address some of my other reading challenges in another post!

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New and Improved Redd’s Reads!

Tumblr is not currently fulfilling my expanding desire for book review sharing, so I’ve decided to upgrade to WordPress for a different feel.  I’ll keep my Tumblr up to share some reviews there as well, but hope this is a better platform.

Here are the rating systems I have been using in place of stars:

Standard-

R★: Highly recommended. (Must-read right now!)

R: Recommended (This is at the top of the pile.)

Ad: Additional reading (There’s something better out there.)

M: Marginal (Not recommended.)

Redd’s Rating-

Crazy Amazing (There’s nothing better.)

Creative Must (Does something different really well.)

Give it Time (It’ll grow on you.)

Mind Candy (Just a fun read/Not much depth.)

Library Read (Don’t buy it yourself.)

Maybe you should pass (Yep.)