Lenoreo’s 2017 Reading Challenges

The first few challenges deal with the kinds of books I’m reading, whether they be new releases, books on my TBR for a long time, or NetGalley reads (I wanted to sign up for a Re-Read Challenge, but couldn’t find one I liked).  Then I’m signing up for some genre-specific challenges.  And then a few fun miscellaneous ones to throw in the mix.

The 2017 New Release Reading Challenge is hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews Oh My! and Lexxie @ Unconventional Book Views.

There are 5 levels to the challenge:
1-30 New Release Newbie
31-60 New Release Pro
61-100 New Release Veteran
101-200 New Release Enthusiast
201+ New Release Obsessed

My goal is New Release Pro, but I’m wondering if I could make New Release Veteran.  I’m not including rereads or DNFs (those are my own personal requirements, not official rules of the challenge).

Progress:

  1. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  2. Why Not? (Love Riddles #3) by Carey Heywood
  3. Make Lemonade (a Hope Falls Kindle Worlds novella) by Cassie Mae
  4. Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top #3) by Kelly Siskind
  5. It’s You, Book Two (It’s You #2) by K.P. Kelley
  6. Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels #3) by Samantha Kane
  7. Hot Licks (Off Beat #3) by A.M. Arthur
  8. Royal Affair (Royal Scandal #1) by Parker Swift
  9. Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
  10. Sweet Tea and Summer Love by Regan Claire
  11. Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery
  12. There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz
  13. Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross
  14. Jordan Reclaimed (Preload #1) by Scarlett Cole
  15. Catch and Release (Fishing for Trouble #3) by Laura Drewry
  16. A Boy Like You (Like You #1) by Ginger Scott
  17. Waking in Time by Angie Stanton
  18. One Wild Night (One and Only Texas #3) by Melissa Cutler
  19. Operation Prom Date (Tactics in Flirting #1) by Cindi Madsen
  20. Swinging At Love (Suttonville Sentinels #2) by Kendra C. Highley
  21. The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson
  22. Stripped Bare (Vegas Billionaire #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
  23. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
  24. Forever Mine (Opposites Attract #2) by Erin Nicholas

Status: 


The 2017 Beat the Backlist Challenge is hosted by Austine @ Novel Knight.  #BeatTheBacklist

There are no levels to this challenge.  You just set your reading goal and list the books you hope to read.  All books must be released prior to 2017 (it’s about decreasing your TBR list afterall).  I’m also going to set a personal rule of not including DNFs (but these are not official rules for the challenge).

My goal is 40 books, and I’m hoping to choose at least some from the following list (and they’re all in preparation for Author Events):

Blow (Virtual Paradox #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
Forever My Girl (The Beaumont Series #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
My Unexpected Forever (The Beaumont Series #2) by Heidi McLaughlin
Finding My Forever (The Beaumont Series #3) by Heidi McLaughlin
Here With Me (The Archer Brothers #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan
Playing for Love at Deep Haven (now titled After We Break) by Katy Regnery
The Vixen and the Vet by Katy Regnery
Never Let You Go by Katy Regnery
Ginger’s Heart by Katy Regnery
Dark Sexy Knight by Katy Regnery
Proposing to Preston (The Winslow Brothers #2) by Katy Regnery
Crazy About Cameron (The Winslow Brothers #3) by Katy Regnery
Campaigning for Christopher (The Winslow Brothers #4) by Katy Regnery
Waiting on the Sidelines (Waiting on the Sidelines #1) by Ginger Scott
Wild Reckless (Harper Boys #1) by Ginger Scott
Silence (Silence #1) by Natasha Preston
Only With You (The Best Mistake #1) by Lauren Layne
Made for You (The Best Mistake #2) by Lauren Layne
Cuff Me (New York’s Finest #3) by Lauren Layne
Elite (Eagle Elite #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Elect (Eagle Elite #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
Tear (Seaside #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
Pull (Seaside #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
Shatter (Seaside #3) by Rachel Van Dyken
Forever (Seaside #3.5) by Rachel Van Dyken
Toxic (Ruin #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
Fearless (Ruin #2.5) by Rachel Van Dyken
Shame (Ruin #3) by Rachel Van Dyken
Bad Romeo (Starcrossed #1) by Leisa Rayven
Broken Juliet (Starcrossed #2) by Leisa Rayven
Wicked Heart (Starcrossed #3) by Leisa Rayven
Where I Belong (Alabama Summer #1) by J. Daniels
Four Letter Word (Dirty Deeds #1) by J. Daniels
The Traveling Man (Traveling #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick
The Education of Sebastian (The Education of… #1) by Jane Harvey-Berrick
Why Lie? (Love Riddles #2) by Carey Heywood
Her (Him & Her #2) by Carey Heywood
Them (Him & Her #3) by Carey Heywood
Smut by Karina Halle
Where Sea Meets Sky by Karina Halle
The Pact by Karina Halle
FriendTrip by M.E. Carter & Sara Ney
Juked (Juked #1) by M.E. Carter
Royally Screwed (Royally #1) by Emma Chase
Anyone But Him by Cassie Graham
Enchanting Wilder (Wilder #1) by Cassie Graham
Coming in From the Cold (Gravity #1) by Sarina Bowen
Bittersweet (True North #1) by Sarina Bowen
Settling the Score (The Summer Games #1) by R.S. Grey
Out of Bounds (The Summer Games #2) by R.S. Grey
Scoring Wilder by R.S. Grey
A Lover’s Lament by K.L. Grayson
Torch (Take It Off #1) by Cambria Hebert
Tease (Take It Off #2) by Cambria Hebert
Truth or Beard (Winston Brothers #1) by Penny Reid
The Air He Breathes (Elements #1) by Brittainy C. Cherry
Loving Mr. Daniels by Brittainy C. Cherry
The Suit (Holly Springs #1) by B.N. Toler
Bright Side (Bright Side #1) by Kim Holden
Painted Faces (Painted Faces #1) by L.H. Cosway
Fall from Grace (Mad World #1) by Christine Zolendz
Sweet Thing (Sweet Thing #1) by Renee Carlino

I’m also signing up for the Hogwarts House Mini Challenge for my beloved Hufflepuff House!  GO HUFFLEPUFF!!  My challenge ID is FeatherEye!  COOL!!!

Progress:

  1. A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
  2. Waking Up Alive (End of Days Love #2) by Emma Shortt
  3. The Law of Moses (The Law of Moses #1) by Amy Harmon
  4. Armored (The Té-trad Tale #1) by M.A. Wilder
  5. Honored (The Té-trad Tale #2) by M.A. Wilder
  6. Conquered (The Té-trad Tale #3) by M.A. Wilder
  7. The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery
  8. Silence (Silence #1) by Natasha Preston
  9. Proposing to Preston (The Winslow Brothers #2) by Katy Regnery
  10. Crazy About Cameron (The Winslow Brothers #3) by Katy Regnery
  11. Campaigning for Christopher (The Winslow Brothers #4) by Katy Regnery

Status: 


The 2017 Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge is hosted by Katrina @ Bookish Things & More.  #NGEW2017

There are 5 levels to the challenge:
10 Books Bronze
25 Books Silver
50 Books Gold
75 Books Platinum
100 Books Diamond

My goal is Gold, but it depends on how well I manage to curb my NetGalley requesting enthusiasm.  😉

Progress:

  1. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  2. Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top #3) by Kelly Siskind
  3. Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels #3) by Samantha Kane
  4. Hot Licks (Off Beat #3) by A.M. Arthur
  5. Royal Affair (Royal Scandal #1) by Parker Swift
  6. Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
  7. There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz
  8. Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross
  9. Jordan Reclaimed (Preload #1) by Scarlett Cole
  10. Catch and Release (Fishing for Trouble #3) by Laura Drewry
  11. Waking in Time by Angie Stanton
  12. One Wild Night (One and Only Texas #3) by Melissa Cutler
  13. Operation Prom Date (Tactics in Flirting #1) by Cindi Madsen
  14. Swinging At Love (Suttonville Sentinels #2) by Kendra C. Highley
  15. Stripped Bare (Vegas Billionaire #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
  16. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik
  17. Forever Mine (Opposites Attract #2) by Erin Nicholas

Status: 


The 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge is hosted by Cátia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much.  #NAReads2017

There are 6 levels to the challenge:
6 Books NA Newbie
12 Books NA Initiate
24 Books NA Intermediate
36 Books NA Advanced
50 Books NA Expert
100 Books NA King/Queen (special category)

My goal is NA Intermediate, but I’m wondering if I could make NA Advanced.  I’m not including rereads or DNFs (those are my own personal requirements, not official rules of the challenge).

Progress:

  1. Hot Licks (Off Beat #3) by A.M. Arthur
  2. Royal Affair (Royal Scandal #1) by Parker Swift
  3. Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
  4. Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery
  5. The Law of Moses (The Law of Moses #1) by Amy Harmon
  6. Waking in Time by Angie Stanton
  7. Armored (The Té-trad Tale #1) by M.A. Wilder
  8. Honored (The Té-trad Tale #2) by M.A. Wilder
  9. Conquered (The Té-trad Tale #3) by M.A. Wilder

Status: 

This challenge is also hosting a Book Bingo component that I’m thinking about tackling.

  • Book set in college ->
  • New to you author -> Conquered (The Té-trad Tale #3) by M.A. Wilder
  • Book that makes you laugh ->
  • Book out of your comfort zone -> Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
  • One word title ->
  • A re-read ->
  • Diverse novel -> Honored (The Té-trad Tale #2) by M.A. Wilder
  • 2017 release -> Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery
  • Book you knew nothing about ->
  • Book about sports ->
  • Book about friendship ->
  • Book you can finish in one day -> Waking in Time by Angie Stanton
  • Free space ->
  • New Adult bestseller ->
  • LGBTQ novel -> Hot Licks (Off Beat #3) by A.M. Arthur
  • Book with only male POV ->
  • Hyped book ->
  • Book with music or art -> The Law of Moses (The Law of Moses #1) by Amy Harmon
  • Start a new series ->
  • Book recommendation -> Armored (The Té-trad Tale #1) by M.A. Wilder
  • Book based on its cover ->
  • Book set in summer ->
  • Book about roadtrip ->
  • Debut novel -> Royal Affair (Royal Scandal #1) by Parker Swift
  • Bottom of your TBR ->

The 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge is hosted by Andi @ Andi’s ABCs.  #ContRom2017

There are 5 levels to the challenge:
1-5 1st Base
6-10 2nd Base
11-15 3rd Base
16-20 Home Run
21+ Grand Slam

My goal is Home Run, but I’m wondering if I could make Grand Slam.  I’m not including rereads or DNFs (those are my own personal requirements, not official rules of the challenge).

Progress:

  1. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  2. Why Not? (Love Riddles #3) by Carey Heywood
  3. Hooked on Trouble (Over the Top #3) by Kelly Siskind
  4. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid
  5. Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels #3) by Samantha Kane
  6. Hot Licks (Off Beat #3) by A.M. Arthur
  7. Royal Affair (Royal Scandal #1) by Parker Swift
  8. Cheater (Curious Liaisons #1) by Rachel Van Dyken
  9. Sweet Tea and Summer Love by Regan Claire
  10. Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery
  11. There’s Something About Nik by Sara Hantz
  12. Off the Ice (Juniper Falls #1) by Julie Cross
  13. Jordan Reclaimed (Preload #1) by Scarlett Cole
  14. Catch and Release (Fishing for Trouble #3) by Laura Drewry
  15. One Wild Night (One and Only Texas #3) by Melissa Cutler
  16. Operation Prom Date (Tactics in Flirting #1) by Cindi Madsen
  17. Swinging At Love (Suttonville Sentinels #2) by Kendra C. Highley
  18. The Opposite of You by Rachel Higginson
  19. Stripped Bare (Vegas Billionaire #1) by Heidi McLaughlin
  20. Forever Mine (Opposites Attract #2) by Erin Nicholas
  21. The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery
  22. Silence (Silence #1) by Natasha Preston
  23. Proposing to Preston (The Winslow Brothers #2) by Katy Regnery
  24. Crazy About Cameron (The Winslow Brothers #3) by Katy Regnery
  25. Campaigning for Christopher (The Winslow Brothers #4) by Katy Regnery

Status: GRAND SLAM ACHIEVED!!!


The Retellings Reading Challenge 2017 is hosted by Jo @ Once Upon a Bookcase.  #RetellingsRC2017

There are 4 levels to the challenge:
1-4 retellings Easy
5-8 retellings Medium
9-12 retellings Hard
12+ retellings Difficult

My goal is Medium.  I’m not including rereads or DNFs (those are my own personal requirements, not official rules of the challenge).

Progress:

  1. A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe
  2. Don’t Speak (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery
  3. The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery

Status: 


The 2017 Diverse Reading Challenge is hosted by Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales and Shelly @ Read.Sleep.Repeat.  #DiverseReads2017

My goal is 25 diverse books.  I’m not including rereads or DNFs (those are my own personal requirements, not official rules of the challenge).

There are also mini monthly challenges being hosted, where you attempt to read a diverse book that follows a different theme for each month.

January – Stories based on/ inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology
February – POC/ Biracial/ Multiracial Main Character/Lead
March – Disability
April – Mental Health
May – Religious Diversity
June and July – Sexuality and Gender Identity
August – Non-Western Setting
September – #ownvoices
October – Intersectionality
November – Diverse Retelling
December – 2017 Releases

Progress:

  1. Make Lemonade (a Hope Falls Kindle Worlds novella) by Cassie Mae — heroine struggles from depression.
  2. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid — Hispanic heroine.
  3. Jacked Up (Birmingham Rebels #3) by Samantha Kane — Samoan hero, bisexual heroes, and PTSD hero.
  4. A Mortal Song by Megan Crewe — JANUARY, Japanese characters  based on Japenese mythology.
  5. Hot Licks (Off Beat #3) by A.M. Arthur — bisexual hero, pansexual hero and demisexual hero in a polyamorous relationship.
  6. Waking Up Alive (End of Days Love #2) by Emma Shortt — FEBRUARY, black hero.
  7. The Law of Moses (The Law of Moses #1) by Amy Harmon — FEBRUARY, biracial (black and white) hero.
  8. Armored (The Té-trad Tale #1) by M.A. Wilder — FEBRUARY, black heroine, hispanic bff, gay friend, bi friend.
  9. Honored (The Té-trad Tale #2) by M.A. Wilder — black heroine, hispanic bff, gay friend, bi friend.
  10. Conquered (The Té-trad Tale #3) by M.A. Wilder — black heroine, hispanic bff, gay friend, bi friend.
  11. One Wild Night (One and Only Texas #3) by Melissa Cutler — hispanic heroine.
  12. Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik — MARCH, autistic siblings to heroine and hero.
  13. Forever Mine (Opposites Attract #2) by Erin Nicholas — MARCH, hero has hemophilia.
  14. The Vixen and the Vet (A Modern Fairytale) by Katy Regnery — MARCH, hero is disfigured and has an amputated arm.
  15. Silence (Silence #1) by Natasha Preston — MARCH, heroine has selective mutism.
  16. Campaigning for Christopher (The Winslow Brothers #4) by Katy Regnery — Lakota heroine.

Status: 


The 2017 Diversity Challenge is hosted by Joood @ Platypire Reviews.

There are 5 levels to the challenge:
1-5 Noob
6-10 Beginner
11-20 Intermediate
21-30 Advanced
31+ Expert

I’m shooting for Intermediate.  I’m not including rereads or DNFs (those are my own personal requirements, not official rules of the challenge).
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Unlike the other Diversity challenge, the monthly themes are NOT optional, and I believe you must read to the theme to count books towards the challenge.  The themes are as follows:

JANUARY – Body Positivity
FEBRUARY – Black History Month
MARCH – Woman History Month
APRIL –  Arabic History Month
MAY – Asian/Pacific Islander History Month
JUNE – LGBT Pride Month
JULY – Mental Health Awareness
AUGUST – Asexual/Gray Spectrum Awareness (Finding Your Feet)
SEPTEMBER – Hispanic History Month
OCTOBER – Physical Disability Awareness Month
NOVEMBER – Native American History Month (Running Barefoot)
DECEMBER Religious Minorities

Progress:

  1. Grin and Beard It (Winston Brothers #2) by Penny Reid — JANUARY.
  2. Waking Up Alive (End of Days Love #2) by Emma Shortt — FEBRUARY, black hero.
  3. The Law of Moses (The Law of Moses #1) by Amy Harmon — FEBRUARY, biracial (black and white) hero.
  4. Armored (The Té-trad Tale #1) by M.A. Wilder — FEBRUARY, black heroine.

Status: