Reading Challenges and the Acquisition of Swag

I happened across a couple different reading challenges today that caught my fancy. I hope to focus more on writing this coming year, which may mean less time for reading-wait, who am I kidding? I’ll make time for reading, I always do. Perhaps not enough time to complete the goals outlined here, but the challenge is always fun regardless.

The Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge:

The Official 2015 TBR Pile Challenge:   This one even comes with the chance to win a $50 gift card to or The Book Depository!

If neither of those seems like your cup of tea, a search for 2015 reading challenges will turn up troves of others. So take a look, enjoy the holidays (and possibly stock up on gifted books), and then let a new year of reading begin!

In other news, I received my prize from author Andrea K. Host’s giveaway celebrating her 5,000 rating mark on  I greatly enjoyed Host’s Touchstone Trilogy, and only owned it in eBook format – but no longer! There were three prize options to choose from (and a winner for each one), and I am now the proud owner of the galley copies of Touchstone, complete with personalized note from the author.


One of the other prize options through the giveaway was a copy (eBook or paperback) of every single one of Host’s books not already owned by the winner. As awesome as that would be to receive, I decided I would rather support her work by paying for it when I got around to reading more. Then when I saw the price for shipping two hefty galleys from Australia to the U.S., my timeline moved up and I wasted no time downloading her Medair duology 🙂 I look forward to reading it soon (as part of a reading challenge, perhaps?) Should you want to check out her work yourself, she currently has all of her eBooks on sale at $0.99 for the holiday season (

Wishing you all good cheer and happy reading!


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