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    Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge: December Reviews and Giveaway

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    Welcome to the third and final month of the Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge. I hope the challenge has been as successful as you’d hoped it would be. And if not, there’s still one month left to tackle those review books. So it’s not too late to meet your review pile reading goals!

    If you already signed up, all you need to do is stop back and leave your links to your December review book reviews in the Linky List at the bottom of this post.

    At the end of the month I’ll tally up the entries, throw them into Random and select a winner for this month’s giveaway.

    If you haven’t yet signed up for the challenge, today’s the LAST DAY to do so. Just head over to the SIGN-UP POST to sign up and for more details.

    As this is the last month of the challenge, this month’s Linky List will be closing on December 31st at 11:59 p.m. Pacific so be sure to get all your links posted before the year ends. There will be a wrap-up post on January 1st along with a quickie giveaway for challenge participants so be sure to stop by to enter.

    If for some reason you forgot to link up your October or November reviews in the November Linky you can always enter them in this month’s Linky List. BUT you cannot enter a review link more than once.

    The December Q4 RPRC Giveaway.

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    This month’s giveaway is for…

    • A Book of Your Choice (not to exceed $25) to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – to ONE winner.

    You can enter this month’s giveaway by leaving your review links in this month’s Linky List below AND by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post sharing which review books you hope to tackle/or have already tackled in December.

    This giveaway is only open to those signed up for the challenge, leave a comment and who leave at least one review link this month. There are extra entries for each additional review link left.

    The winner will be chosen by Random and announced in this post on January 1st.

    ***UPDATE***

    And the winner is…

    #10 Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

    ***END OF UPDATE***

    How I Did With My November Reads.

    I am not thrilled with how I did in November. I wanted to read and review eight books and hoped to read and review an additional six books. I actually read and reviewed just nine. Though I did read twelve review books, I wasn’t able to get them all reviewed and scheduled prior to this post going live. Hopefully I’ll do better in December, though I highly doubt it.

    November planned reads…

    1. HOW TO BE BRAVE by E. Katherine Kottaras – releases November 3rd. Read & Reviewed.
    2. TEN THOUSAND SKIES ABOVE YOU by Claudia Gray – releases November 3rd. Read & Reviewed.
    3. GABRIEL by Nikki Kelly – released October 27th
    4. THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM by Sarah Beth Durst – releases November 3rd. Read & Reviewed.
    5. SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead – releases November 10th
    6. AVENUE OF MYSTERIES by John Irving – releases November 3rd
    7. LOVE AND OTHER ALIEN EXPERIENCES by Kerry Winfrey – releases November 10th. Read & Reviewed.
    8. HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN by James Lee Burke – releases December 1st. Read. Review TK 12.8.15.

    Additional reads…

    1. DANGEROUS LIES by Becca Fitzpatrick – releases November 10th. Read & Reviewed.
    2. NEED by Joelle Charbonneau – releases November 3rd. Read & Reviewed.
    3. RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES by Kate McGovern – releases November 24th. Read & Reviewed.
    4. SWEET RUIN by Kresley Cole – releases December 1st. Read & Reviewed.
    5. DIRTY DEEDS by Megan Erickson – releases December 8th. Read & Reviewed.
    6. SCHISM by Jenna Black – releases November 18th. Read. Review TK 12.3.15.

    I only read five of my planned eight reads and only reviewed four of them in November. I just didn’t have time to get GABRIEL and AVENUE OF MYSTERIES on the pile though I really, really wanted to read them both. And I set aside SOUNDLESS as I just wasn’t able to get into it. But I’m still hopeful that someday it will grab my interest.

    I was able to read all my additional planned reads, though my review for SCHISM isn’t scheduled yet so I’m not counting it toward my November reviews.

    I also re-read THE GIFTED DEAD by Jenna Black, but as I am not reviewing it, I’m not counting it toward the challenge.

    And while I probably shouldn’t be including my review for SWEET RUIN in this month’s tally, as it was read and reviewed in November, and scheduled for later today, I am counting it toward my November challenge reads.

    My December Reads.

    I am only going to plan to read five books in December, though I really hope to read a few more. But December is always busy at work and I’m going to be completely offline and/or without bookish access from December 3rd through the 15th. So…

    Here are my planned reads:

    It’s a short list and I have a feeling a few of those reads will change. Especially if I decide to tackle some of those November and December review books I wasn’t able to. But I’m kind of hoping I’ll be able to do the five planned reads and those missed reads. Fingers crossed.

    What about you?

    What review books are you hoping to tackle this last month of the quarter-long challenge? What review books do you have that are releasing this month that you’d love to read and review but know you can’t?

    The Link-up.

    Thank you all for signing up for this challenge and for sharing your review links. Good luck this month! I hope you tackle even more books than you’d hoped.

    Happy review book reading!



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    Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge: November Reviews and Giveaway

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    Welcome to month two of the Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge. I hope the first month of this three-month challenge was as successful as you’d hoped it would be. And if it wasn’t, there are still two months left to tackle those review books. So it’s not too late!

    If you already signed up, all you need to do is stop back and leave your links to your November review book reviews in the Linky List at the bottom of this post.

    At the end of the month I’ll tally up the entries, throw them into Random and select a winner for this month’s giveaway.

    If you haven’t yet signed up for the challenge, there’s still time. Just head over to the SIGN-UP POST to sign up and for more details.

    This month’s Linky List – and each month’s list throughout the challenge – will be open for one week beyond the end of the month, closing on December 7th.

    If for some reason you forget to link up your review during the month, you can always add that link to next month’s Linky List. BUT you cannot enter a review link more than once.

    The November Q4 RPRC Giveaway.

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    This month’s giveaway is for…

    • A Book of Your Choice (not to exceed $25) to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – to ONE winner.

    You can enter this month’s giveaway by leaving your review links in this month’s Linky List below AND by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post sharing which review books you hope to tackle/or have already tackled in November.

    This giveaway is only open to those signed up for the challenge, leave a comment and who leave at least one review link this month. There are extra entries for each additional review link left.

    The winner will be chosen by Random and announced in this post on December 8th.

    ***UPDATE***

    And the winner is…

    #19 The Readdicts for their review of STEAL ME.

    I’ll be contacting you by email for your bookish selection.

    ***END OF UPDATE***

    How I Did With My October Reads.

    I am very happy to say that I killed it in October – I read and reviewed a total of 12 books. While I didn’t end up reading and reviewing all of my planned reads, I did read and review most of them and read a few more than planned.

    October planned reads…

    1. NAMELESS by Jennifer Jenkins – releases October 6th. Read & Reviewed.
    2. AGAINST ALL ODDS by Patricia Vanasse – released September 25th.
    3. IF YOU WRONG US by Dawn Klehr – releases October 8th. Read & Reviewed.
    4. BLACK WIDOW: FOREVER RED by Margaret Stohl – releases October 13th. Read & Reviewed.
    5. FIRST & THEN by Emma Mills – releases October 13th. Read & Reviewed.
    6. ICE LIKE FIRE by Sara Raasch – releases October 13th. Read & Reviewed.
    7. FROSH: FIRST BLUSH by Mónica Wagner – releases October 20th. Read & Reviewed.
    8. MISSING DIXIE by Caisey Quinn – releases October 27th. Read & Reviewed.
    9. PERSUASION by Martina Boone – releases October 27th. Read & Reviewed.

    Additional reads…

    1. THE ROSE SOCIETY by Marie Lu – releases October 13th. Read & Reviewed.
    2. ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobs – released October 6th. Read & Reviewed.
    3. A SONG FOR ELLA GREY by David Almond – releases October 13th. Read & Reviewed.
    4. UNSPOKEN by C.C. Hunter – releases October 27th. Read & Reviewed.

    I read eight of the nine books I’d planned on reading for this month’s challenge. The only book I didn’t read was one I actually set aside for the time being. I got 15% of the way through the book but I just couldn’t read on due to the dreadful editing job. I’m actually rather appalled at the publisher for doing such a disservice to this author. I plan on trying to finish reading it next month, but unless things drastically improve it won’t receive high marks.

    I also re-read a couple review books – LEAVING AMARILLO and LOVING DALLAS by Caisey Quinn, but as I didn’t review them, I’m not counting them toward this challenge.

    And I technically read another book in October, but as my review won’t post until later today, I’m not counting it toward my October challenge.

    My November Reads.

    November is always a crazy month. And as I also plan on doing some writing this month, I’m lowering my review book total to 8 for the month. Here are my planned reads:

    Just like last month, it feels kind of ambitious. Especially as two of the books on my list are quite lengthy. But as I’ve already read one of the November books and am currently reading another, this should make it that much easier to tackle the planned reads.

    Though I would really, really love to read HELLRAISERS by Alexander Gordon Smith before its release on December 1. And I am definitely going to be reading PASSENGER by Alexandra Bracken, though I probably won’t be posting the review until December.

    What about you?

    What review books are you hoping to tackle this second month of the quarter-long challenge? What review books do you have that are releasing this month that you’d love to read and review but know you can’t?

    The Link-up.

    Thank you all for signing up for this challenge and for sharing your review links. Good luck this month! I hope you tackle even more books than you’d hoped.

    Happy review book reading!



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    Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge Begins + October Reviews and Giveaway

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    Today is the first day of the Q4 Review Pile Reading Challenge. Thank you all so much for joining me on this quest to read as many review books as you can before year-end.

    If you have signed up, all you need to do is stop back and leave your links to your October review book reviews in the Linky List at the bottom of this post.

    At the end of the month I’ll tally up the entries, throw them into Random and select a winner for this month’s giveaway and the sign-up giveaway.

    If you haven’t yet signed up for the challenge, there’s still time. Just head over to the SIGN-UP POST to sign up and for more details.

    This month’s Linky List – and each month’s list throughout the challenge – will be open for one week beyond the end of the month, closing on November 7th.

    If for some reason you forget to link up your review during the month, you can always add that link to next month’s Linky List. BUT you cannot enter a review link more than once.

    The October Q4 RPRC Giveaway.

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    In addition to the sign-up giveaway, there is a giveaway for this first month of the challenge for…

    • A Book of Your Choice (not to exceed $25) to be ordered from Amazon or The Book Depository – to ONE winner.

    You can enter this month’s giveaway by leaving your review links in this month’s Linky List below AND by leaving a comment at the bottom of this post sharing which review books you hope to tackle/or have already tackled in October.

    This giveaway is only open to those signed up for the challenge, leave a comment and who leave at least one review link this month. There are extra entries for each additional review link left.

    The winner will be chosen by Random and announced in this post on November 8th.

    **UPDATE**

    Random has spoken and the winner is…

    #16 Danielle @ Life With Two Boys

    Congratulations!

    ** END OF UPDATE**

    My October Reads.

    As this is a shorter reading challenge, and I anticipate November and December being kind of crazy, I’m hoping to tackle at least the nine review books listed below this month.

    It feels kind of ambitious. But as I’m on tours for all of them, and have mandatory reviews required for some of them, it’s a goal I desperately want to reach.

    What about you?

    What review books are you hoping to tackle this first month of the quarter-long challenge? What review books do you have that are releasing this month that you’d love to read and review but know you can’t?

    The Link-up.

    Thank you all for signing up for this challenge and for sharing your review links. Good luck this month! I hope you tackle even more books than you’d hoped.

    Happy review book reading!



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    2014 Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge… Ends

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    Wow. I can’t believe that this year’s Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge is over. While it’s only five months, those five months FLEW by. And I’m so not ready for it to be over. Especially since I did horribly this year and I really wanted say goodbye to four series that I just couldn’t quite say goodbye to… yet.

    But while I did poorly in this year’s challenge, I know that not everyone did. Aside from my measly three-point-five reads, there were 105 series-ending books read. That’s pretty awesome!

    The 10+ series-ending book readers of awesome are…

    Aleksandra’s Corner – 15 books

    Between Fantasy and Reality – 14 books

    Jennifer K @ Goodreads – 13 books

    The Reader Lines – 13 books

    Jenelle @ Goodreads – 11 books

    The Readdicts – 10 books

    As you can see, I didn’t make the list. In this year’s challenge I only read…

    THE FOREVER SONG by Julie Kagawa

    BREAKABLE by Tammara Webber

    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS by Gena Showalter

    And I read half of…

    THE CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE by Cassandra Clare

    … but I really don’t want to see that series end. Ever. So I’m not sure when I’ll finish that particular read.

    Anyway…

    I want to thank you so much for being a part of the Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge this year. And for those of you who have joined in for a second time, you are amazing. I don’t know how you can say goodbye to all those awesome books year after year. You totally rock!

    I hope there weren’t too many tears. I hope you loved all the endings, whether or not there were. And I hope that saying goodbye to a few series allowed you to discover some new ones that made you fall in love.

    Now, with all of that out of the way, let me announce the WINNERS!

    Winners

    The Month Five Winner for a book of their choice (up to $25 USD) is…

    Jennifer K

    The End-of-Challenge Winner for three books of their choice (up to $60 USD total) is…

    Janhvi @ The Readdicts

    Congratulations to you both! Please send me an email with your address details and book choices and I’ll order them from Amazon or The Book Depository depending on your location.

    And for everyone who participated for even just one month of this challenge – thank you so very much for joining in and making a few series just a little bit easier to say goodbye to.

    If you’re around the blogosphere next year, I hope you’ll stop by and sign up again. Until then… keep reading those end-of-series books!

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    2014 Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge – Month Five

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    Welcome to month five…

    It is now the fifth and final month of the Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge and I’m so upset at how poorly I did during this year’s challenge. I really wanted to say goodbye to at least 10 series and I didn’t even come close to that number.

    But at least I was able to say goodbye to one book this month and I’m on my way to saying goodbye to another.

    This month I read…

    THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS (The White Rabbit Chronicles #3) by Gena Showalter. I will not be posting my review until closer to release date, but I actually did write one.

    And I am currently reading… CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare. When I finish I probably won’t be posting a formal review, but I will possibly share my bookish thoughts.

    Anyway…

    If you’d like to sign up and participate in this final month of the challenge just check out the SIGN-UP POST for details.

    And if you have already signed up and are sprinting for the finish line, I wish you luck!


    My Month Five Hopefuls

    DELIVERANCE (The Courier’s Daughter #3) by C.J. Redwine – releases August 26th

    THE GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART (Steampunk Chronicles #4) by Kady Cross – released May 27th

    THE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass – released May 6th

    Yes, I know, two of them were hopefuls in earlier months, but I’m still hopeful!


    Month Five

    Leave your links to your thoughts posts on your blogs, Goodreads, Facebook or Booklikes. They should ONLY be links to reviews written and posted between June 14 and July 13, 2014.

    And they should ONLY be reviews for books that are the final book in the series.

    If you forgot to leave your links for reviews you wrote last month, you can leave them in this month’s Linky List, but you can ONLY link up a review once.

    Giveaway

    At the end of the month I will throw the Linky List numbers into Random and select ONE WINNER for a series-ending book of their choice not to exceed $25 USD.

    And as this is the FINAL month of the challenge, I’ll be throwing all the names from each month of the challenge into Random – one entry per review link left – for a chance to win three books of the winner’s choice not to exceed $60 USD for the END-OF-CHALLENGE GIVEAWAY.


    Month Four Giveaway Winner

    Congratulations to…

    Lis @ The Reader Lines

    Please drop me an email at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com with your address details and your book of choice and I’ll order your series-ending book!


    Good Luck!

    Good luck in this final month of the challenge. I hope that you managed to tackle of few of those linger series ending books. I hope that saying goodbye to as many series as you did wasn’t as painful for you as you thought it might be.

    For those of you who have joined in for at least one month of this challenge – THANK YOU SO MUCH! Even if I wasn’t always successful during this challenge, you are total inspirations. So thank you!

    If you’d like to share your thoughts about your challenge progress, leave a comment as I’d love to know how you think you’ve done versus how you hoped to have done. And I’d love to know if it was as difficult for you to say goodbye as it has been for me.

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    2014 Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge – Month Four

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    Welcome to month four…

    I didn’t do a much better job this month. Though I suppose I did slightly better than last month. I only finished ONE book this month, though I’m still not entirely sure it’s a series-ender. And I did start to read two.

    This month I read…

    BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber. And while I haven’t posted my review yet, it will be up next week.

    And I started reading both THE WARRIOR and THE ONE and realized there was no way I was ready to say goodbye just yet. But I am confident I’ll be able to say goodbye to at least one of them during this fourth month of the challenge. I just wish I was as confident I’ll be ready to say goodbye to this month’s choices – of which there are only two.

    Anyway…

    If you haven’t yet signed up, check out the SIGN-UP POST for details. While there are only two months left, it’s still not too late to join in and say goodbye to at least one of your favorite series.

    But if you have, then I wish you the very best of luck this fourth month of the challenge.

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    My Month Four Hopefuls

    CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE (The Mortal Instruments #6) by Cassandra Clare – releases May 27th

    DREAMS OF GODS & MONSTERS (Daughter of Smoke & Bone #3) by Laini Taylor – released April 8th

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    Month Four

    Leave your links to your thoughts posts on your blogs, Goodreads, Facebook or Booklikes. They should ONLY be links to reviews written and posted between May 14 and June 13, 2014.

    And they should ONLY be reviews for books that are the final book in the series.

    If you forget to leave a link and this Linky List has closed, you may leave it in next month’s Linky List. But you can ONLY link up a review once.

    GIVEAWAY

    At the end of the month I will throw the Linky List numbers into Random and select ONE WINNER for a series-ending book of their choice not to exceed $25 USD.

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    Month Three Giveaway Winner

    Congratulations to…

    Haraiah @ Random Things in Action

    Please drop me an email at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com with your address details and your book of choice and I’ll order your series-ending book!

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    Good Luck!

    Seriously, I can’t thank you enough for being a part of this challenge. I think you are all so very brave. And yes, you do give me the courage to at least try saying goodbye to some of my most favorite series. Stopping when panic sets in mid-read can’t be helped. It can’t… really.

    As always, I hope that you’re doing a heck of a lot better on your challenge goals than I am. While I was so certain I was ready to tackle the challenge last year, I’ve clearly fallen short this year with both my certainty and my ability.

    But I know the same cannot be said of you. Or there would be zero links left in the Linky List at the bottom of each month’s post. And that has not happened.

    I am keeping my fingers crossed for all of us, and that if you’ve added CITY OF HEAVENLY FIRE to your DLIE Reading Challenge pile it won’t be the book that breaks your success streak.

    Happy reading and may your goodbyes be filled with tears of joy, not tears of sadness.

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    2014 Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge – Month Three

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    Welcome to month three…

    I am a complete and total epic fail with this year’s Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge. I only read one book during the first month of the challenge, I never did finish the second series-ending book I started reading in month one, which means that I read a total of ZERO books in month two.

    This month I read…

    NOTHING…

    Well, I read a few books this month, but none of them were series-ending books. All six of the books I did read were review books, but not a single one of them was a series-ender.

    And while I would still love to read two of the books I wanted to read in Month Two, I am not very hopeful that I actually will read them. However there are a few books I am positive I will be reading during this third month of the challenge.

    So maybe, just maybe, this entire challenge won’t be a complete and total fail. We shall see…

    If you haven’t yet signed up, check out the SIGN-UP POST for details.

    If you have, then GOOD LUCK this third month of the challenge.

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    My Month Three Hopefuls

    THE ONE (The Selection #3) by Kiera Cass – releases May 6th

    THE WARRIOR (Dante Walker #3) by Victoria Scott – releases May 6th

    BREAKABLE (Contours of the Heart #2) by Tammara Webber – releases May 6th – I think this is a series-ender…

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    Month Three

    Leave your links to your thoughts posts on your blogs, Goodreads, Facebook or Booklikes. They should ONLY be links to reviews written and posted between April 14 and May 13, 2014.

    And they should ONLY be reviews for books that are the final book in the series.

    If you forget to leave a link and this Linky List has closed, you may leave it in next month’s Linky List. But you can ONLY link up a review once.

    GIVEAWAY

    At the end of the month I will throw the Linky List numbers into Random and select ONE WINNER for a series-ending book of their choice not to exceed $25 USD.

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    Month Two Giveaway Winner

    Congratulations to…

    Rachel S.

    Please drop me an email at fiktshun[at]gmail[dot]com with your address details and your book of choice and I’ll order your series-ending book!

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    Good Luck!

    Thanks so much again for being a part of my five month challenge. We’re nearing the half way point and I hope you’ve done better than I have. I know it’s not easy to say goodbye to your favorite series – believe me I know! – so just reading even one series-ender during the five months of this challenge is something I’d consider a win.

    All three of the series-ending books I’m planning on reading this month are releasing just a week before this month’s challenge ends, but I have an eARC of THE WARRIOR so I hope to be able to say goodbye to that sooner and then dive into both BREAKABLE and THE ONE just as soon as my Kindle copies download.

    I hope that your selections for this month of the challenge don’t all release on the same day, or that you have an advance copy of one or two of them so that you won’t have to say goodbye all at once.

    Whichever series you decide to say goodbye to this month, I wish you the very best of luck in doing so!

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