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.

December, the Last TBR for 2014

December TBRKia ora everyone!

I know you haven’t heard from me in awhile. My posts have been pretty sporadic the past few months. I started the #BookBlogWriMo… and didn’t finish it. What a lazy bones. I think when things get too much I start to ignore things, put it to the back of my mind and do other meaningless things. Sorry guys. I will try my very best not to let that happen in the New Year.

Did you know that I completed my Goodreads Challenge? STOKED!!! I’ve read over 100 books this year but… I haven’t completed all the other challenges I signed up to so here are the lists of books that I can only dream of completing in December, also known as my December TBR.

From the library:


  1. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Pivot Point by Kasie West (#1 Pivot Point)
  4. Panic by Lauren Oliver

I’ve also got out Ask The Passengers by A. S. King in the hopes that this will be the book selected by The Little Book Club on goodreads for January/February.

I need to read about 20 books just to complete the 2014 Bingo Challenges I signed up for. Highly unlikely that I could read that number of books. Here are some of the categories I need to complete. Please suggest away. I need some ideas:-

  • YA another world
  • YA colour in title
  • YA set in summer
  • a classic YA
  • YA set in Paris (yes, I’ve read Anna and the French Kiss. Could reread tho?)
  • a YA with either a Lion, a Witch or a Wardrobe
  • Adult forgotton classic
  • Adult non-human characters
  • Adult short stories
  • Adult scares me (I’m a scaredy cat, might substitute this one)
  • Adult became a movie
  • Adult funny
  • Adult best seller
  • Adult based on a true story (again, not a scary one)
  • Adult bottom of the TBR (been on my shelf the longest)

It doesn’t help that I am leaving the country for a 2 week Christmas vacation. I don’t have luggage space or baggage allowance for that many books! so I’m filling up the ipad to see what damage I can do to my every-growing Kindle shelf.

I bought a few books but will post a #bookhaul video when they arrive. Ssh! Don’t tell the hubby. Let’s keep that between you and me.

I heard through the #booktube vines that a #cramathon is on later this month so you can read all those small books to smash your Goodreads challenge AND because it’s the silly season, a #HarryXmasToYou “readawatchalongathon” (yep, that’s a thing. I don’t think I spelt it right?) which you can check out on Twitter.

So, what are you reading this month? Leave a comment or a link to your TBR Instagram, Tweet, booktube video, or however you share your TBR. I’ll make sure to watch it.

Happy Holiday Reading!

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