Book Pool Challenge | Starts Jun 2016

Have you heard of a Book Pool Challenge?

I have only seen this type of reading challenge done in the Crazy for Young Adult and Crazy for New Adult groups on Goodreads. I really loved taking part and I thought that I would start this up for the Book Lovin’ Kiwis group.

All you do is,

  1. Ask each person in the group to recommend 3 books to add to the “Pool”. Avoid duplicates.
  2. Set a timeframe. Ours are one or two-month challenges.
  3. At the end of the month, close the Pool and invite the group to read any or all of the books.
  4. If people want to join after the close date, they can claim points, but not add new books to the pool.
  5. 1 point per book read.

booklovinkiwis-goodreads-profileSo as an example, Book Lovin’ Kiwis are having a two monthly challenge. Today, I opened a new thread on Goodreads asking for participants to name their three books. The Pool will close on 31 May. The reading begins on 1 June and continues til 31 July. You can join whenever you like, but there will be no pool entries once pool has been closed. You can pick any genre book, they can be novellas, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, chunky reads, you name it.

It’s the stress-free way to readathon. Zero pressure. It’s all about reading what you want and maybe finding something in the Pool that piques your interest.

You are more than welcome to join us! Check out the Book Lovin’ Kiwis Group on Goodreads for more info.

Bookish (and not so bookish) Thoughts – #4

Bookish and Not So Bookish ThoughtsBookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is a regular meme hosted by Christine at Bookishly Boisterous Books.

Kia Ora everyone!

How has your week been? I couldn’t believe it was February already and now half of it has gone. This year is gonna be just like last year. Gone before I know it.

In Bookish news,

1. I really am not sticking to my reading resolutions for 2015. It’s the second month of the year and I signed up to a monthly reading challenge. The Crazy for Young Adult Book Pool. There were a few books listed that were part of series that I want to read this year. At the very least it might encourage me to read these sooner.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey movie has been released and I still haven’t been to see it yet. I knew there were gonna be mixed reviews. I certainly don’t want to re-read the book before I got see it either. I will just compare everything and be sad about all the parts that were missed. Unleash your wildest fantasies and watch the trailer here:

3. There are a a couple of new releases that are on my TBR and available now. The cover for Red Queen looks amazing and comes highly recommended by the ladies of #TeamEpicReads. The Ruby Circle is part of the Bloodlines series, the spin off from Vampire Academy. I don’t need to read the blurb to know its definitely on my TBR. Finally, Fairest. The novella before the next instalment of the Lunar Chronicles. Fans of the series wanna know what the deal is with Queen Levana and this bridging book is bound to answer our questions.


In Not So Bookish news,

4. My readers for the Professional Writing paper I’ve enrolled in have arrived. It has assignment dates and everything but the course isn’t available online yet. I should be reading some of those before my leisure reads. They should be at the very top of my TBR, but they can go to the bottom of the pile. Hey, at least they are making it to a pile. I could wait for the course to start?

5. I’m posting regularly now. The timings are a little sporadic. I have made me a blogging diary for 2015 so by next month you might know what to expect from this site each week. I’m really looking forward to posting a Swoon Worthy Saturday meme soon. They’ll be the last Saturdays of the month, I know that much!

Well, that wraps up my thoughts for this week. University is heading back soon. Are you going back to further education? Be interested to see what your plans are, balancing the goodreads with your College reads. Maybe you have some tricks to share. Let me know. I’m gonna need all the help I can. I don’t wanna put my books down.

Ciao for now!

final love sharlene

August Book Pool

Even though I have heaps of other Reading Challenges to catch up on, I decided to sign up for a Book Pool Challenge. Talk about a crazy idea!   I’m so busy!   I’m livin’ life on the edge!

Here’s the deets:
It’s being hosted on Goodreads by the Crazy for Young Adult Books group. You can sign up anytime in August but get in quick because so many people have already started reading & even crazier, people have finished more than one book so far. It’s only the fourth of August people! Have a rest. You look tired. Put that book down…

I haven’t started a single book towards this yet. I have one more to finish from last month and a review to write for next week… then I will get started. Beat me to it. I dare you!

Anyhow, I signed up prior to 1 Aug so I got to pick 3 YA books for the pool.

My picks are:

Pivot Point (Pivot Point, #1) by Kasie West Pivot Point #1

City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6)

Frostbite (Vampire Academy, #2) by Richelle Mead Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2)

I thought I had already finished The Mortal Instruments but that must have been a really good dream. My progress will be posted here too.

My Goal:
To read 2 books a week.

I’m dreaming again, because I have work and an assignment due in a few days with another not too far behind that. But what’s a challenge without a little motivation. Get those assignments done so I can read more, more, more!

If you’re just a little bit crazy like me, go ahead and sign up. Click the banner to join the group. I’ll race ya to the very finish line!

final love sharlene

August ’14 TBR

Here is my AUGUST TBR Pile

1. Where She Went by Gayle Forman (started in July)
2. Frostbite by Richelle Mead
3. The Duff
4. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
5. Legend by Marie Lu
6. Pivot Point by Kasie West
7. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare

This only features the books I mention in the video, but I am hoping that Bout of Books will boost my motivation and add to this pile significantly!

Here are the links mentioned. I totally recommend you sign up for the readathon 🙂



Here is a list of what I read in JULY
1. Ink by Amanda Sun (review )
2. Tribulation by Phillip W. Simpson
3. First Comes Love by Katie Kacvinsky
4. Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman (review coming soon)
6. Looking for Alaska by John Green

final love sharlene