Posted in Reading Challenge, Special Announcement

Reading Challenges Progress Report

With April drawn to a close our year is 1/3 finished and 2/3 to go. I’ve read 13 books so far.

PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge Full List

No. 4 An audiobook Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
No. 10 cat on cover Abarat by Clive Barker
No. 11 pseudonym The Girl With All The Gifts by M. R. Carey
No. 15 subtitle Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker (Abarat book 2)
No. 17 mythical creature Tithe by Holly Black
No. 39 first book in series you haven’t read yet Divergent by Veronica Roth
No. 35 set in a hotel Lost Girls by Alan Moore, illustrated by Melinda Gebbie
No. 29 unreliable narrator Dead Beat by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files book 7)
No. 28 a novel set during war time Insurgent by Veronica Roth (Divergent book 2)
No. 13 a book by or about a person who has a disability Cinder by Marissa Meyer
No. 14 a book involving travel Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Divergent book 3)
No. 47 a book with an eccentric character Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher (Dresden Files book 8)
No. 51 a book about a difficult topic Autonomy and Rigid Character by David Shapiro

Challenge Completed Status
PopSugar 13 33% main
25% advanced
Audiobooks 5 50% Byte
20% Megabyte
Pages 5,289 44% Bonsai
22% Shrub
Colors 8 89% completed
Reread 2 50% Déjà Vu
25% Feeling Nostalgic
TBR 6 50% Pike’s Peak
25% Mount Blanc
Rock My TBR 6 50% completed
Diversity 4 33% completed
Full House 13 52% completed
Books You Buy 4 29% Making Inroads
Memoirs zero! Oh no! 0%
What’s in a Name 2 33% completed

Book Dragon’s Lair Audiobooks 5 books
Book Dragon’s Lair Pages Read 5,289 pgs

My Reader’s Block Colors & Read it again, Sam On the colors challenge I have all but one completed. For re-reads I’ve done 2.
My Reader’s Block TBR Pile Half way to Pike’s Peak.

The YA Book Traveler Rock My TBR #ROCKMYTBR   6 books

Diverse Reads from Read Sleep Repeat and Chasing Faerytales #DiverseReads2017   4 of 12

Book Date Full House 13 of 25

Non Fiction On TBR for 2+ years: Divergent by Veronica Roth More than 500 pages: Allegiant by Veronica Roth Page Turner: The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey Middle Grade book
2017 published Published pre 2000: Autonomy and Rigid Character by David Shapiro UK/European author: Abarat: Days of Magic, Nights of War by Clive Barker Back List book from fav author Book from a list: Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Award Winner: Abarat by Clive Barker Books about books Size word in title Two Worded Title: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher book 8 Dresden Files Debut book: Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Food on cover or title Cozy Mystery: Dead Beat by Jim Butcher, book 7 in the Dresden Files Book from childhood Diversity book: Lost Girls by Alan Moore, illustrated by Melinda Gebbie Australian/NZ author
Western USA/Canadian author: Insurgent by Veronica Roth Not really for you Attractive cover: Tithe by Holly Black Borrowed

Book Date Read What You Buy 4 of 14 or 29%, which lands me in the Making Inroads category. I have intentions to read more of these, but I probably won’t (ever) stop buying books. I made a shelf on to categorize all my purchased books, so that’s good, right?


The Cutest Blog on the Block Memoirs ZERO! I probably need to dedicate a month to nothing but memoirs. But there’s still plenty of time so I’m not giving up yet.

The Worm Hole What’s In a Name #whatsinaname2017   2 of 6
This one is proving to be really hard to “accidentally” complete (unlike popsugar, where every book I read can fit at least a couple categories). I’m starting to understand why there are so few—you basically have to seek out particular titles which will satisfy the requirement! Not ready to start choosing books that way, though, maybe later on I will.

Posted in Jobe Update, Special Announcement

Reading Challenges w Jobe

Okay you guys, I seriously had no idea this was such a huge deal. I mean, I didn’t know people were signing up and giving out prizes and and and — it’s all over the internet!

Girlxoxo made the Master List #bookbloggers I decided which ones I thought I’d be able to successfully overlap. This is totally insane, but why not! Cheers, Jobe

PopSugar #popsugarreadingchallenge

Book Dragon’s Lair Audiobooks I’m No. 9
Book Dragon’s Lair Pages Read I’m No. 13

My Reader’s Block Colors & Read it again, Sam I’m No. 16 & No. 6
My Reader’s Block TBR Pile I’m No. 32

The YA Book Traveler Rock My TBR I’m No. 13 #ROCKMYTBR

Diverse Reads from Read Sleep Repeat and Chasing Faerytales I’m No. 12 #DiverseReads2017

Book Date Full House I’m No. 11
Book Date Read What You Buy I’m No. 7

The Cutest Blog on the Block Memoirs

The Worm Hole What’s In a Name I’m No. 24 #whatsinaname2017





Posted in Wednesday Readers

Drawing to a Close

Everyone once in a while I like to draw attention to my favorite website for keeping track of book titles in the read, currently reading, and to-be-read pile: 50 Book Pledge. Plenty of people use GoodReads, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I prefer 50 Book Pledge because it has such a strong visual component, and I’m a sucker for good visuals. And since December is all about winding down, I figured I’d share with you the books I’ve read in 2016. In 2015 I did the PopSugar Challenge and read 50 books, then in 2016 I took things slower, and met my pledge of 25 books read. I plan to do the 2017 PopSugar Challenge and we have a facebook group for it, so let me know if you want to be added to that. Have you figured out what you’re doing for the upcoming reading year? Cheers,


Posted in Reading Challenge

Jobe on Reading in 2015

Hello again, darling friends! Today I would like to talk about reading. Specifically, how will you challenge yourself this year in your reading goals? Maybe you’ll read 10 books recommended by friends, 10 books in different genres, 10 books by new-to-you authors, or all of the above! Maybe this will be the year you read all those books you’ve purchased but never read? Maybe this year you’ll read all those classics you feel faintly guilty for never getting around to? Whether you’re a speed-demon of a reader like my partner or a slow-poke reader like me, everyone can get excited about new goals in the new year. If you have an accountability partner, a book club, or an online reading group, will it help you stay on track and accomplish more? Here are some ideas below, and remember, always set a big goal so that even if you fall short, you’ve still accomplished something impressive! And be sure to check out GoodReads or 50 Book Pledge to track your progress online throughout the year!

Book Riot

Galley Cat

Roots, Wings, & Wanderings

Live a Little Wilder 

A Novel Challenge

Rather Be Reading (this one has a sign-up and winners)

List Challenges (this is a checklist to see what you have already read but could easily be used as a goal list)

and here’s the one I’m doing

Pop Sugar

Thanks for checking in, folks! Until next time,

Compiling the internet so you don’t have to 

PS I almost forgot!!!!

Ted Talks


Neil deGrasse Tyson on BrainPickings