Seriously Series Reading Challenge

Sufferin’ Succotash, it’s the Seriously Series Reading Challenge!
(read the above with a lisp)

Thank you to Amanda at On a Book Bender and Kelly at Reading the Paranormal for hosting this challenge! I participated in their Summer Series 2012 Challenge, and this this is an expanded version.
I just finished writing my first and only romantic suspense trilogy — The Conduct Series — and I’m a huge fan of series, from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander Series to Paullina Simon’s The Bronze Horseman Series to Stephanie Perkins YA Series.
For this challenge, I’ll focus on two categories:
1) Series started before 2013
2) Series started during 2013
My goal is 1-6 series in each (gotta leave time for two careers!), putting me in the Semi-Serious distinction.
Want to join us? Visit Kelly HERE.
And now it’s time to bounce on the Omnific Author Blog Bounce! Join us at Omnific.


2013 Feminist Reads Challenge

I’m excited to participate in two reading challenges this year, and the first is the Feminist Reads Challenge sponsored by The Hiding Spot.

Quoting Sara from The Hiding Spot:

“Personally, I love reading about girls and women that are capable of kicking butt and taking names. I’m not just talking about the girls out there who are physically able to do this, but about the girls who have the tenacity and courage to rise and reach and grow, no matter the life they’ve been born into, forced into, or ended up in by some unfortunate turn of events.
Every year I read many fantastic books from a variety of genres that feature women and girls that embody this spirit and determination.
Feminism is defined as:
  • A movement for granting women political, social, and economic equality with men.
True, but also fairly boring. I think Rebecca West summed it up pretty well we she said:

“I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat.”

Here’s how I define feminism and feminists:
  • Feminism is supporting and helping to create strong girls and women.Women who have the ability to take care of themselves, who believe in themselves, and who have the freedom to pursue their dreams and share their beliefs, values, and opinions.
  • Feminists encourage and support strength, independence, individuality, and passion in women of all ages.
  • Feminists fight for people. Yes, they obviously fight for women, but I think it can also be said that they fight for what is right. For equality for all. For every person to have a voice, an education, a fighting chance.
Therefore, any book that features, by your standards, a strong female character or supports feminist ideals is eligible for this challenge! Examples include: The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Dairy of Anne Frank, Matilda, The Handmaid’s Tale.”

Thank you for the great reading challenge, Sara! I’m already reading about a strong heroine in Trust in Advertising by Victoria Michaels. 
I’ll go for the MEDIUM challenge, meaning I commit to reading 5-10 feminist books. Please join in by signing up at The Hiding Spot.


2012 Reading Challenges

Did you participate in any reading challenges in 2012?

I joined several, and thought I’d share my reviews if you’re looking for recommendations in Romantic Suspense, Young Adult, Swimming, or Series.

The Eclectic Bookshelf hosted the Romantic Suspense Challenge. This is my favorite genre so of course I gobbled up these sexy and suspenseful reads:

Black Ops by Cindy Gerard:
1. Show No Mercy

2. Take No Prisoners
3. Whisper No Lies
4. Feel the Heat
5. Risk No Secrets
6. With No Remorse

MacKinnon’s Rangers by Pamela Clare (Historical Romantic Suspense):
1. Surrender
2. Untamed
3. Defiant

Skin Deep by Pamela Clare

Sempre by J.M. Darhower


Next is the Young Adult Reading Challenge. This doesn’t include all the awesome New Adult books I also found in 2012. Here are some great reads:

Destiny’s Fire by Trisha Wolfe

Ember by Carol Oates

Embrace by Cherie Colyer

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally

Lexapros and Cons by Aaron Karo

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green


It appeared I was the only one who joined my Swimming Reading Challenge, ha ha. Here are the swimming books I read and reviewed:

Swimming Out of Water by Catherine Garceau

Here’s a list of swimming books I hope to read soon!


Finally, I’m pleased with the progress I made on the All Series, All Summer Challenge hosted by Amanda at On a Book Bender and Kelly at Reading the Paranormal. You can check out the books I read HERE.

I haven’t signed up for any 2013 challenges yet…any recommendations?