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January Reading Challenges update + February goals

Hey y’all!

2020 is the first year where I take on reading challenges/readathons for the first time. I mentioned all the ones I’m participating in last year, and I was hesitant if I’ll be able to truly keep up with them. But I’m trying!

In this post, I’ll go through my updates on every challenge and the goals I have for this month.

GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE

I kept my goal 150 books, same as last year. But I’m already behind on the challenge lol.

Right now, I’m 3 books behind on my challenge with 12/150 books completed. 9 books were read in January. That’s a low number compared to previous years as January is usually the month when I read many books. But this time I didn’t have a full sem break in Jan so the reads went down as well.

My goal this month is to catch up with the challenge. If I don’t catch up by the end of February, I’ll mostly lower my goal. The rest of the year will just be more hectic so if I don’t catch up now, I won’t later.

SOUTH-ASIAN READING CHALLENGE 2020

Started by Fanna, the goal is just to read as many South-Asian books as you can. There are also Books of the Month (BOTM) picked by the hosts every month.

In January, I read one of the BOTMs which was My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma. I almost didn’t read it but managed to squeeze it in at the end of the month.

For February, I’m reading 2 South-Asian books. One is Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen which I’m currently listening to as an audiobook. The other is Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma which I picked up in the bookstore recently.

#StartOnYourShelfathon

In my excitement for this challenge, I made a whole post about what I’d like to read in Janurary. I read three books from that list and stopped following it. I’m a mood reader so I honestly expected it.

Books I read that fit this challenge:

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • Thanks for the Memories by Cecelia Ahern
  • The Silva Mind Control Method by Jose Silva
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Books I want to read in February:

  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (currently reading!)
  • Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma
  • Frankly in Love by David Yoon

2020 POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE

My progress on this challenge is LAUGHABLE. The only reason I got any ticked off was because I read books that fit two challenges.

Prompts I completed:

  • Book about a world leader: Becoming by Michelle Obama
  • A book set in Japan: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • A book with more than 20 words in the title: My So Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma
  • A book with a 3 word-title: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I’m doing the same in February as January. I’m trying to fit all my reads picked for other challenges into prompts for this challenge.

Prompts I’m aiming for in February:

  • A book that’s published in 2020: The Worst Best Man by Mia Sosa (already finished!)
  • A book set in a country beginning with C: Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wen which is set in China.
  • A book you picked because the title caught your attention: The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie which was a random buy at the bookstore because of the title.
  • A book by a WOC: Stories We Never Tell by Savi Sharma

And that’s it! It feels like a lot haha. Let’s hope I can do it all.

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Are you participating in any challenges? What’s your status?

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2020 Reading Challenges and Readathons I'm participating in

2020 is right around the corner and I am excited.

The upcoming year is the start to a new decade and the start to tons of new life experiences and opportunities. Everyone is abuzz with hopes and huge bucket lists and ambitious plans.

Going into 2020, I’m obviously going to keep up with my reading and am planning on making my reading a little bit more fun. Over the past month, I’ve seen SO MANY announcements for 2020 year-long readathons and reading challenges. It’s overwhelming to decide from several amazing options, but I’ve managed to decide on a few of them.

Now, I generally don’t participate in year-long reading challenges because I tend to forget about them. But this time, there are groups for these ones and friends from my bookstagram club are joining in as well. Hopefully, this will help me not forget and actually finish these challenges.

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Totally, I’m participating in 5(!!!!) reading challenges this year.

[1] Goodreads Reading Challenge

This is a staple for me every year. I’ve been participating in the Goodreads Reading Challenge since 2015 and it’s a great way to track your reading.

How this works: it’s a very flexible challenge because the goal is set by you. The goal is the number of books you want to read next year, and using Goodreads* helps track your reading. All the math about whether you’re behind or ahead in your reading is done by Goodreads to help you keep track of your status.

My goal is 150 books, the same as 2019. Usually I stay ahead of my goal and manage to surpass it early enough but it wasn’t so this year. I barely managed to hit my goal. Because of that, I’m not increasing my goal next year. It would be nice to read more, but 150 is what I’m aiming for.

*by marking books as “read” along with the dates on the website

[2] A-Z Reading Challenge

This is another staple. I don’t consciously put effort for this every year. It’s more of an afterthought at the end of the year where I look back and see if I managed to get all the letters done. It’s just fun to look back and see how many you’ve managed to fill. This is also a very low effort challenge.

How it works: You read a book starting with every letter of the alphabet, with an exception for a few letters. See this post to know more.

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[3] South-Asian Reading Challenge 2020

Fanna @ fannatality came up with this brilliant reading challenge which aims to put more focus on South-Asian books and diversify our reading. More details about the challenge haven’t been released yet but I’m super excited to participate.

Click here to see the announcement post.

[4] #StartOnYourShelfathon

CW @ The Quiet Pond came up with this idea because she has a ton of backlist books on her physical which needed to be read last year. When she posted the idea on twitter and received a ton of positive response, she made up this AMAZING reading challenge.

To be honest, I don’t really need to be participating because my backlist books aren’t that many, but I want to just for the aesthetics and activities within this challenge. It’s very tempting.

The best part of this is that it doesn’t have prompts so I can mix it up with other reading challenges as well. Flexible challenges are my jam.

Click here to see my joining post and TBR!

me standing next to a stack of books of almost my height.

[5] 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge

I found this challenge purely by luck after it was shared in a book group that I’m in. The challenge has a total of 50 prompts (a lot, I know). I was very unsure of joining this one because of the amount of effort it will take to find books for the prompts, and the large number of prompts.

After deliberating for a whole day, I decided that I might as well give it a go. I haven’t participating in a reading challenge like this before and I really want to try. Plus, the prompts are so good and interesting! They will definitely push me out of my comfort zone and introduce some new books.

Click here to see the official post.


If I said that I’m not overwhelmed at all by the thought of taking on all of these challenges, it would be a lie. But since most of them are flexible and can be mixed with other challenges, it should be doable as long as I plan my reads right.

I’ve already started planning on how to tackle the Popsugar challenge with #StartOnYourShelfathon bu choosing books that I own which fits some Popsugar prompts. I think I can do this.

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Are you participating in any challenges for 2020? Reading or otherwise?

2017 New Adult Reading Challenge // round-up

2017 New Adult Reading Challenge

There are so many amazing reading challenges, just keeping track of them takes work. This is why I don’t join in on many, and those I do are more general.

I’m a fan of New Adult books, especially romance, and this challenge was perfect because I’ll be doing it without putting much conscious effort. I read a lot of New Adult books anyway. I also didn’t do monthly updates because as I said keeping track of challenges is in itself a job.

So! Now that we’re nearing the end of 2017, I thought I’ll do a round-up of this challenge and see how I’ve done.

This challenge is hosted by Catia @ the girl who read too much. There are two parts to this challenge:

  1. Focusing on the number of NA books read. There are labels for certain milestones.
  2. Focusing on the themes of the books read. There’s a bingo for this.

I decided to participate only for the number and not the bingo, but I think I’ll just see in the end if I can manage to cross a few off in the bingo as well.

Overall number of books read this year (yet): 197

Number of NA books read this year (yet): 57

Whew. I actually didn’t read that many NA books. YA for the win this year, looks like.

So I get to claim the New Adult Expert label!

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the love gameBest NA book read: The Love Game by Emma Hart

This is a hate-to-love story, cliched and yet not, and I LOVED getting to know both the characters as they tried to trick each other.

It’s THE college story I want, with all the crazy college elements to it plus romance plus how each individual’s past affects their view on love.

Read my review here.

enticed by you.jpgWorst NA book read: Enticed By You by Amy Muscat

I DNFed this book, and I don’t think we can go any worse than that. To be fair, I DID read almost 60% but I simply couldn’t bear it after that. I meant to write a review, but I kept putting it off and finally decided not to because I didn’t finish reading it to give a proper review anyway.

I didn’t like it because we are given A LOT of details about very small mundane things that the MC does, but we never get to see the couple talk. NEVER. It was random details, sex scenes and narration about their talks. After two times of the MC narrating in her head what he said about his years away from her, without us seeing one proper talk between them, I DNFed. Yeah, no thanks.

Now onto the NA Bingo..

Let’s see if I manage to tick off some boxes without trying (yes I try to be talented like that).

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Book set in college: Oh this is easy! The Love Game by Emma Hart.

A reread: Wait for you by J. Lynn. I don’t know why I reread it but I did.

Book about friendship: A little tricky to find.. Can I say Friends without benefits by Penny Reid? *shrug*

Book with only male POV: This will be hard? Let me check my Goodreads lol. Oh okay found it! Leo’s chance by Mia Sheridan. This was a reread as well, actually.

Book based on it’s cover: From previous experiences I usually try not to go on the cover for NA, but Text 2 Lovers by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield DID have a nice cover. I was drawn to it more based on the title, though lol.

New to you author: Lauren Stewart! I read Darker Water by her and really liked it!

Diverse novel: The Partnership by Charlotte Penn Clarke had a female MC with Hawai’ian heritage.

Book you can finish in one day: Pretty much every NA romance novel, to be honest. But I’ll go with Here’s to falling by Christine Zolendz.

Hyped book: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J Maas. (I refuse to accept that it is YA) I also hyped it up a lot prior to release but it actually disappointed me.

Book set in summer: Ah.. this will be hard to find. Oh wait! It actually wasn’t. The boy I hate by Taylor Sullivan.

Book that made you laugh: Truth or Dare by Mira Lyn Kelly!

2017 release: Easy. Most of All You by Mia Sheridan, a recent read.

Book with music or art: I’m trying not to repeat books so Breakable by Tammara Webber with a male MC who draws really well.

Book about roadtrip: Again, The Boy I hate by Taylor Sullivan.

Book out of your comfort zone: I mean.. I don’t really have one? I’ll say Virtually Impossible by Lauren Stewart which had affair and boss-employee relationship which I don’t really like. (Review coming soon)

Book you knew nothing about: I don’t usually pick NA books I know nothing about. I always see the Goodreads synopsis and maybe a few reviews. I’ll go with Faking it by Cora Cormack because I picked it up simply because I really liked the first book in the series. I DID read the synopsis beforehand but I would have read the book even if I didn’t.

New Adult Bestseller: Easy! Without Merit by Colleen Hoover. I think it’s NA, not YA.

Start a new series: I read lots of NA series so I’ll pick Losing it by Cora Cormack.

Debut novel: Nooo how do I know which are debut? I’ll have to sit and look through everything! :/ Okay I think I found one. Reason to breathe by Rebecca Donovan.

One word title: Um. Dirty by Kylie Scott.

Book about sports: Whoa have we finally come to a category I can’t tick off? Ooh okay how about instead of choosing a book with an MC who plays sports (Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen), I pick one with an MC who covers sports? Now and then by Mira Lyn Kelly has a female MC who is an NBA camerawoman. I’m letting it count.

LGBTQ novel: Nope I got nothing. I just go for straight romances!

Book reccomendation: Okay..? If I’m going to recommend an NA book, it’s definitely going to be The Love Game by Emma Hart.

Bottom of your TBR: I assume this means a book I read which I’ve marked to be read a LONG time back. I generally pick up NA as they come so.. I’ll have to leave this blank as well.

Hey, not bad! I’ve checked 22 out of 24 boxes without even trying!

So that’s the round-up of the New Adult reading challenge I participated in this year. I’ve really got to go and do some studying now as I spent the first part of the day hanging out with friends, and hence not studying for finals. See ya tomorrow!

Did you participate in any challenges—reading or otherwise? Did you have any challenges that you set for yourself? Are you planning on having any 2018 challenges? Are you an NA romance fan? Tell me everything!

Beat the Backlist // 2017 review and 2018 sign-up

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We all seem to be reading too much, and are astonished by our progress, but our TBR just keeps increasing?? For every book I read, I seem to be adding three more to my TBR on Goodreads!

Earlier this year I had this small “clean-up” of my TBR on Goodreads where I read the synopsis of old books and decide whether to keep them or not. I removed, maybe, 20 books? And then I didn’t find the time to do more. I should really get to it.

Beat the Backlist challenge, hosted by NovelKnight, is focusing on crossing off those old titles on your TBR that have been released before the current year. There’s a lot of love for upcoming novels and new releases so we need a little nudge to read the old ones too.

Click here to read more about the challenge.


I signed-up for the challenge last year and despite there being Hogwarts house points and Instagram prompts, I was only focused on reading backlist books. I thought before signing up for 2018, I’d review the number of backlist books I read this year (yet).

Number of books read in 2017 (yet): 196

Number of backlist books read (yet): 141

Wow, okay. I’ve actually read above 50 books that released THIS year. Last year, I set a challenge for myself to read at least 50 books released in the same year and this time without even trying, I reached that goal. And to be honest, most of these backlist books were released in 2016 which I realised as I was checking the publication dates. I’m a little sad I didn’t read further back books more.


For 2018, I’m not keeping a goal number, again, because I now I will read enough backlist books. Because not all new releases are readily available for me to read, anyway. But! I am planning to participate in the challenges and activities a little more this time.

But to keep some goal, here are 10 books I want to finish reading in 2018:

  1. Snow like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  2. Royal Wedding by Meg Cabot (I’m a little miffed that I haven’t read all the books in The Princess Diaries series, so even though it might not be my cup of tea now, I want to read it)
  3. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  4. You’re never weird on the internet by Felicia Day
  5. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
  6. The Midnight Star by Marie Lu
  7. Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake
  8. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
  9. All’s fair in blog and war by Chrissie Peria
  10. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I usually don’t participate in challenges, but I do join in on a few ones which allow general selection. Let’s see what 2018 brings!

Are you participating in any challenges this year, reading or otherwise? What are some of your goals for 2018? Have you read any of these books?

Quote for day 1

The three day quote challenge!

When I first heard of it I wasn’t sure it’s really a difficult challenge, but then the last time I was nominated I missed the third day. Oops. I did it later on, but I lost the challenge, right?

Thank you Bella for giving me a second chance! Hopefully, I will see through this time.

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I love that song, I do. If you, by any chance, haven’t heard it- it’s called Just a reason by Pink!

The original line is we’re not broken just bent, and we can learn to love again. But I think it applies to everything. We’re not broken. Never think that you’ll not get back up again or that you aren’t strong enough for something, even if it is just moving on or continue living. You ARE strong, brave, and you cannot be broken easily by anyone.

Be proud of yourself ❤

I nominate.. Is it okay if I don’t though? If I can think of anyone who hasn’t been nominated before or would love to do this, I’ll tag them tomorrow.

Ciao xx