March Reading Goals & Challenge Updates


Going into March, I am continuing with my goal of 3 to 5 challenge books a month. This seems to be manageable and allows for my ever-changing mood. I am pleased to say that I completed all of my books for February and am still enjoying the 2018 Popsugar Challenge.


fantasticFantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
(The Original Screenplay)
By J.K. Rowling

Challenge Prompt: A book made into a movie you’ve already seen


When Magizoologist Newt Scamander arrives in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when his magical case is misplaced and some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape, it spells trouble for everyone…

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books. Featuring a cast of remarkable characters, this is epic, adventure-packed storytelling at its very best.

Whether an existing fan or new to the wizarding world, this is a perfect addition to any reader’s bookshelf.

everyheartEvery Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1)
By Seanan McGuire

Challenge Prompt: A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to


Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

knifeThe Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1)
By Patrick Ness

Challenge Prompt: A book set on a different planet
(I think this meets that criteria?)


Todd Hewitt is the only boy in a town of men. Ever since the settlers were infected with the Noise germ, Todd can hear everything the men think, and they hear everything he thinks. Todd is just a month away from becoming a man, but in the midst of the cacophony, he knows that the town is hiding something from him — something so awful Todd is forced to flee with only his dog, whose simple, loyal voice he hears too. With hostile men from the town in pursuit, the two stumble upon a strange and eerily silent creature: a girl. Who is she? Why wasn’t she killed by the germ like all the females on New World? Propelled by Todd’s gritty narration, readers are in for a white-knuckle journey in which a boy on the cusp of manhood must unlearn everything he knows in order to figure out who he truly is.

ARC & Review Copies I Need to Complete in March

The Sky is Yours  &  Isle of Blood and Stone


Total Completed: 16
In Progress: 1
Remaining (If I go for Advanced): 34

Recently Finished Challenge Reads:
My Name is Venus Black by Heather Lloyd – Review
Robots VS. Fairies – Anthology – Review
Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood – Review to come
Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant – Review to come
The Genius Plague by David Walton – Possible mini review to come


alias graceAlias Grace
Review to Follow Soon!

Do you have any anticipated titles for March or specific goals? If you are currently working on challenges, how are you faring at the moment? Tell me which books you have enjoyed the most so far this year!

Happy Reading,

Danielle ❤

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February Reading Goals & Challenge Update

Currently I am aiming for somewhere between 3 to 5 books a month that count towards my participation in the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge. This seems to be manageable, while allowing me to squeeze in a few freebies. So here is my tentative TBR and current progress!

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February To Be Read

COB&B_JKT_100517.inddChildren of Blood & Bone
By Tomi Adeyemi

Challenge Prompt: Ok, this is a freebie, just because I know I need to read this!


Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zelie’s Reaper mother summoned forth souls.

But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were targeted and killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope.

Now, Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

Danger lurks in Orïsha, where snow leoponaires prowl and vengeful spirits wait in the waters. Yet the greatest danger may be Zélie herself as she struggles to control her powers—and her growing feelings for the enemy.

51827Alias Grace
By Margaret Atwood

Challenge Prompt: A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift (this was a gift from the nonhubs).


In Alias Grace, bestselling author Margaret Atwood has written her most captivating, disturbing, and ultimately satisfying work since The Handmaid’s Tale. She takes us back in time and into the life of one of the most enigmatic and notorious women of the nineteenth century.

Grace Marks has been convicted for her involvement in the vicious murders of her employer, Thomas Kinnear, and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper and mistress. Some believe Grace is innocent; others think her evil or insane. Now serving a life sentence, Grace claims to have no memory of the murders.

Dr. Simon Jordan, an up-and-coming expert in the burgeoning field of mental illness, is engaged by a group of reformers and spiritualists who seek a pardon for Grace. He listens to her story while bringing her closer and closer to the day she cannot remember. What will he find in attempting to unlock her memories? Is Grace a female fiend? A bloodthirsty femme fatale? Or is she the victim of circumstances?

34523174Into the Drowning Deep
By Mira Grant

Challenge Prompt: A book set at sea


Seven years ago, the Atargatis set off on a voyage to the Mariana Trench to film a “mockumentary” bringing to life ancient sea creatures of legend. It was lost at sea with all hands. Some have called it a hoax; others have called it a maritime tragedy.

Now, a new crew has been assembled. But this time they’re not out to entertain. Some seek to validate their life’s work. Some seek the greatest hunt of all. Some seek the truth. But for the ambitious young scientist Victoria Stewart this is a voyage to uncover the fate of the sister she lost.

Whatever the truth may be, it will only be found below the waves. But the secrets of the deep come with a price.

33946360The Genius Plague
By David Walton

Challenge Prompt: A book with an ugly cover


What if the pandemic you thought would kill you made you more intelligent instead? In the Amazon jungle, a disease is spreading. To those who survive, it grants enhanced communication, memory, and pattern recognition. But the miracle may be the sinister survival mechanism of a fungal organism, manipulating the infected into serving it.
Paul Johns, a mycologist, is convinced the fungal host is the next stage of human evolution, while his brother Neil, an analyst at the NSA, is committed to its destruction. Is the human race the master in this symbiotic relationship, or are we becoming the pawns of a subtly dominating and utterly alien intelligence?

Challenge Updates

Total Completed: 10/50
In progress: 2

Completed titles and prompts:
Reviews are still to come on a few of these.

  • Logan’s Run by Wiliam F Nolan & George Clayton Johnson – A book by an author with the first same name or last name as you
  • A Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde – Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenges (2015 – A book more than 100 years old)
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – A childhood classic you’ve never read
  • Red Clocks by Leni Zumas – A book about feminism (I counted this for reasons mentioned in my review)
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel – A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
  • If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo – A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle – A book with an animal in the title
  • Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka – A book with a weather element in the title

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What are you planning to read in February? Have read any of the titles I have coming up in my TBR? If so, what were your thought? I would love to hear how you are doing with any current challenges or goals!


Danielle ❤

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January Reading Goals

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I have found myself falling back into setting small monthly TBRs. I attribute this mostly to my decision to join a reading challenge this year, and my desire to actually make a dent in my increasing pile of books here at the house.  I have also discovered that sharing these lists and discussing them encourages me to see them through. So I will probably be including updates when able.

Currently Reading

alandofpermanentgoodbyesA Land of Permanent Goodbyes
By Atia Abawi
(Ok, technically I finished this after drawing up this post.)

Synopsis: In a country ripped apart by war, Tareq lives with his big and loving family . . . until the bombs strike. His city is in ruins. His life is destroyed. And those who have survived are left to figure out their uncertain future.

In the wake of destruction, he’s threatened by Daesh fighters and witnesses a public beheading. Tareq’s
family knows that to continue to stay alive, they must leave. As they travel as refugees from Syria to Turkey to Greece, facing danger at every turn, Tareq must find the resilience and courage to complete his harrowing journey.

But while this is one family’s story, it is also the timeless tale of all wars, of all tragedy, and of all strife. When you are a refugee, success is outliving your loss.

Destiny narrates this heartbreaking story of the consequences of war, showing the Syrian conflict as part of a long chain of struggles spanning through time.

An award-winning author and journalist–and a refugee herself–Atia Abawi captures the hope that spurs people forward against all odds and the love that makes that hope grow.

Challenge Prompt: A book set in a country that fascinates you.


logansrunLogan’s Run
By William F Nolan & George Clayton Johnson

Synopsis: It’s the 23rd Century and at age 21… your life is over! Logan-6 has been trained to kill; born and bred from conception to be the best of the best. But his time is short and before his life ends he’s got one final mission: Find and destroy Sanctuary, a fabled haven for those that chose to defy the system. But when Logan meets and falls in love with Jessica, he begins to question the very system he swore to protect and soon they’re both running for their lives. When Last Day comes, will you lie down and die… or run!

Challenge Prompt: A book by an author with the same first or last name as you.

To Be ReadLinks to Goodreads info in the titles.

likewaterforchocolateLike Water for Chocolate
By Laura Esquivel

This is a planned buddy read with Kim at Traveling, Gladly Beyond that we decided on as part of our efforts to read more translated works.

Challenge Prompt: A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you.


red clocksRed Clocks 
By Leni Zumas

This has been on my radar since I first read the synopsis in an article discussing upcoming releases. I was thrilled to see it was a BotM option and quickly selected it!

Challenge Prompt: A book about feminism or A book that’s published in 2018 (I will decided after I read it).



My goal for this month was to attempt 5 books towards the 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge. I have already completed 2:

  • Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle – A book with an animal in the title.
  • James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl – A childhood classic you have never read.

I am feeling pretty confident at this point as long as my eyesight holds out and time management is not an issue. We do have what looks to be a busy time ahead at work, so we will see how that factors in. I always finder harder to stay up and read on busier days.

What are you reading this month? Do you have any books selected for a reading challenge? Have you read any of the books mentioned above?

Happy Reading!

Danielle ❤

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