I’m going to be using this page to keep track of my 2015 Reading Challenge. Some of these are going to require a little bit of research, but the majority are going to be just a matter of filling in the blanks as I read. You can get the details of this Challenge on my post, or you can visit PopSugar to learn more.
- A book with more than 500 pages
Well, this book could fit into several categories, but since it falls into the 500+ page category (576) that’s where I’ll list it. Since it turned me into a blubbering mess (more-so than any book so far this year) I need to let you know that it’s also a book that made me cry… more than once. 😦
The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13) by J.R. Ward
- A classic romance
- A book that became a movie
- A book published this year
I read a lot of ARC (Advance Reader Copy) books, so the majority of books on my TBR pile were published this year, so I’ll just pick one at random.
HomeFront (HomeFront #1) by Jessica Scott
- A book with a number in the title
How about two numbers?
Two Ravens and One Crow (Iron Druid Chronicles #4.5) by Kevin Hearne
- A book written by someone under 30
I’ve read pretty much everything that S.M. Reine has written, so I know for sure that she’s under 30. You’ll probably see her pop up on this list more than once this year 😉
Alpha Moon (Seasons of the Moon: Cain Chronicles #7) S.M. Reine
- A book with nonhuman characters
This is kind of a comical one because the majority of the books that I read are Paranormal Romance (PNR) so my list would be HUGE if I named them all. Also, I don’t think I can pick just one so…
- A funny book
I don’t read a lot of ‘funny’ books but I read a lot of books that have witty characters. One of my favorites is Caesar Hawke in S.M. Reine’s Preternatural Affairs series.
Ashes and Arsenic (Preternatural Affairs #6) by S.M. Reine
Once Darkness Falls (Preternatural Affairs #7) by S.M. Reine
- A book by a female author
(or male in my case since the majority of the authors I read are female)
No, I don’t read a lot of male authors… who knew that wasn’t the norm? I have read pretty much everything that J.L. Bryan has written and the books in this series are among my favorites.
Cold Shadows (Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper #2) by J.L. Bryan (Jeff)
- A mystery or thriller
The first book in a 9 book series that ends this year. I came in late to this series, but the advantage is that I don’t have to wait for the rest of the books.
Cut & Run (Cut & Run #1) by Abigail Roux & Madeleine Urban
- A book with a one-word title
Whether she’s publishing books under Stephanie Tyler, S.E. Jakes or co-authoring with Larissa Ione as Sydney Croft… if she writes it, it will end up on my TBR list. 😉
Surrender (Section 8 #1) by Stephanie Tyler
- A book of short stories
I read short stories and anthologies all the time. This just happens to be the first one that I read in 2015 that included stories written by the same author, who happens to be one of my favorites.
Nature’s Fifth Season by Michelle Muto
- A book set in a different country
- A nonfiction book
- A popular author’s first book
- A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
I not only love Jeaniene Frost, but Cat & Bones are one of my favorite PNR couples. I’m adding this one to the list because I can now say I’ve read them all. Also because I put off reading it. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye to the characters. *sigh*
Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost
- A book a friend recommended
I have a lot of these on my TBR list too. One of my favorite ‘book bullies’ is Christi Snow. (She’s also one of my favorite authors.) We have a lot of the same taste in books and she hasn’t steered me wrong yet 😉
The Truth as He Knows It (Perspectives #1) by A.M. Arthur
- A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
- A book based on a true story
- A book at the bottom of your to-read list
- A book your mom loves
- A book that scares you
This wasn’t a horror book, but it was just as scary. Imagine a world where politicians take over with little regard to who gets hurt along the way. All it would take is one power hungry individual with backing. *shivers*
Dissident (Bellator Saga) by Cecilia London
- A book more than 100 years old
- A book based entirely on its cover
- A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
- A memoir
- A book you can finish in a day
Kelly Apple’s Monstrous Tales are all books that are easy to finish in one day. The last one I read for Bout of Books was Wicked Merman.
Wicked Merman (Monstrous Tales #4) by Kelley Apple
- A book with antonyms in the title
Lost and Found (The Coulter Brothers #1) by Rachel Hanna
- A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
I love this series too and the bonus is that Australia is somewhere I’ve always wanted to go. I’ve got some catching up to do with the Just Breathe series, but taking my time isn’t a bad thing 😉 The Ephemera books are a great addition.
Letting Go (Just Breathe Ephemera #1) by Kendall Grey
Vexxed (Just Breathe Ephemera #4) by Kendall Grey
- A book that came out the year you were born
- A book with bad reviews
I actually just reviewed this one myself and a few of the bad reviews came in before it was released by people who had no intention of reading it. I really hate it when I see this. I review pretty much every book I read and I try to be both honest and conscientious with my reviews. If I don’t like a book I give a good reason in my review along with some positive comments or I simply don’t review it at all. The main reason for some of the bad reviews was the fact that the series jumped genres… but not really. Honestly, it wasn’t one of my favorites in the series, but there were parts that I really liked and I’m glad I gave it a chance.
Stuck Landing (Bluewater Bay #11) by Lauren Gallagher
- A trilogy
This is a trilogy that I really hope has a spin-off because I loved the characters and three books just wasn’t enough time. It was written by two authors and it was both funny and heart warming.
Playing the Fool by J.A. Rock & Lisa Henry
The Two Gentlemen from Altona #1
Merchant of Death #2
- A book from your childhood
- A book with a love triangle
I’m secretly hoping that this love triangle doesn’t last long. I don’t mind love triangles if they’re handled well, but I’m not a huge fan… especially if there’s teenage angst involved. Not much danger of that in this series.
Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1) by Patricia Briggs
- A book set in the future
The entire War of the Alphas series is set in the future. These books could probably fit in a couple of different categories, but this one works as well as any. It’s not a great future, but most post-apocalyptic books aren’t on the light side.
Omega (War of the Alphas #1) by S.M. Reine
Beta (War of the Alphas #2) by S.M. Reine
- A book set in high school
This is the first book in Kelly Apple’s Anderson High Wolves series and personally I think it’s off to a grand start…
Buried Bodies (Anderson High Wolves #1) by Kelly Apple
- A book with a color in the title
The author duo that make up Amos Cassidy has an entire series with a color in the title, so I’ll list them as I read them. Crimson is not for the faint of heart, and it’s not a leisure read. A lot happens in this series and there are a lot of characters to keep track of, but you won’t be bored… trust me.
Crimson Midnight (Crimson #1) by Amos Cassidy (read in 2014)
Crimson Darkness (Crimson #2) by Amos Cassidy
Crimson Dawn (Crimson #3) by Amos Cassidy
- A book that made you cry
There are probably a lot on this list too… Not every book makes me cry, honest. I also don’t seek out books that are tear jerkers, but I love a book that makes me ‘feel’ so I’ll be adding to this list I’m sure.
Hunted (Donovan Circus #3) by Liz Long
- A book with magic
This book not only contained magic, it was the basic premise of the world that Jennifer Estep created in her new YA series, Black Blade. This one started a little slow for me, but once I got into it I couldn’t put it down.
Cold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
- A graphic novel
- A book by an author you’ve never read before
I read a lot of ARCs and I get a lot of requests from authors to read their books, so I’m just going to pick a random book and author again.
Blood Street by Carl Ives
- A book you own but have never read
I’ve had this book on my Kindle forever and finally got around to reading it. Not sure what the hold-up was other than the old adage ‘too many books, too little time’ but it definitely reminded me about how much I love Jessica Scott’s military romances.
Come Home to Me (Homefront #5.5) by Jessica Scott
- A book that takes place in your hometown
(or general area for me since one written in my very rural hometown isn’t likely)
- A book that was originally written in a different language
- A book set during Christmas
As the year comes to an end I read a lot of books, especially novellas, that have a Christmas theme..
Let it Snow (Minnesota Christmas #1) by Heidi Cullinan
Wild R Christmas (Wild R Farm #7) by Silvia Violet
The Lone Cowboy (Texas Brands #5) by Maggie Shayne
Magic & Mistletoe (Light Mage World) by Nancy Northcott
- A book written by an author with your same initials
- A play
- A banned book
I’m not sure where to start with this one… I’m sure a lot of the books that I read are banned for one reason or another. The main reason I can think of is that I read a lot of LGBTQIA books. I’ll admit that I started reading them out of curiosity, but I continue to read them because of the diversity that I’ve found in the genre. I doubt that this one is banned, but it would definitely be denounced if the right (or wrong) person read it. Regardless, this is a book that I think everyone should read for a different perspective.
Lead Me Not by Lauren Gallagher
- A book based on or turned into a TV show
I got hooked on the Longmire series a while ago and I’ve watched every episode that NetFlix offers. I honestly didn’t know it as a book first until I started watching the series. While waiting for the next season, I decided to give the books a try. Best decision ever!
The Cold Dish (Walt Longmire #1) by Craig Johnson
- A book you started but never finished
I picked this one up and started it, then got side-tracked, then picked it up again… Which is really, really sad because I love this author and this series is one of my favorites. *sigh*
Kissin’ Hell (That Old Black Magic #5) by Jodi Redford