August Challenges: #ARCAugust & #TomeTopple

With the busyness of my Month of Canada last month, I’m looking forward to challenging myself with my reading! There are some great reading challenges coming up in August and I’m hoping they help me get my pile of 2017 books down that I’m currently hoarding collecting.


First up is ARC August. This challenge runs for the entire month of August and it’s where readers work on all the Advanced Reader Copies they may have. This read-a-thon is hosted by Octavia, Shelly, and Angie over at Read. Sleep. Repeat. Here are the rules from the official sign-up page:

  • Any Advanced Reading Copy counts as part of this reading challenge; your backlist books count
  • No blog necessary to participate, but you’ll need to include some form of social media as part of your sign up
  • Use the #ARCAugust on social media to check-in

I don’t have a lot of these, but enough that I want to get them all read, reviews, and done. Here are my physical and e-copies of review books:


Plus, I’m throwing in this book by Jeff Zentner which I had won from a Chapters Indigo Twitter contest – it’s not a review book, but it was still a book that was given to me so it’s going on the list!

One thing I love is that all of these books are SO different. Plus, I have FOUR Canadian titles on the list!

I’m also expecting these two books in the mail, one from author Rebecca Phillips, her newest book that was just released this month, as a thank you for having her on the blog last month. AND my wonderful friend Ambur, over at Thomas Allen & Sons is sending me a copy of Elizabeth J. Church’s new book, The Atomic Weight of Love.


Ten books seems like a lot but hopefully I can make a good dent in what I have!


I participated in Tome Topple earlier this year and got caught up with a few big books, which was great. In case you haven’t heard of Tome Topple, it’s a two week-long read-a-thon where participants read books that are 500+ pages. This year it’s running from August 4th (tomorrow!) to August 17th. Typically it has been taking me 2+ weeks to finish a BIG book but I’m hoping the read-a-thon gives me motivation to read a little quicker.

From the official Goodreads page:

The whole point of this readathon is to read big books (over 500 pages). You don’t even need to read a lot of them. You don’t even need to finish one. The point is that we are all reading those big daunting books at the same time and supporting each other.

This time around I have a few books in mind that I’d like to read – all of them owned books that I’d like to knock off my reading list! I’m hoping to get to at LEAST two of these.

A Conjuring of Light – 624 pages
Lord of Shadows – 701 pages
Queen of Shadows – 648 pages

How funny is it that all these books are about light and shadows?

I’m one of those people who can’t read too many big books in succession but if I finish two of these I’m hoping to start the next book I have to read in the Outlander series.

This one clocks in at 1,149 pages since I own the mass market paperback – if I do get to it, I’m NOT reading that copy. Instead I’ll be reading the kindle version since it’s just too big a book to hold.

And that’s my full reading list! I have a feeling that there won’t be much room for anything else in August, reading-wise, but we’ll see. There are a few books coming out in August that I’m dying to read, but I am trying to prioritize the books I’ve bought so far this year and the books I’ve been given as gifts or for review.

Are you participating in either of these read-a-thons? What’s on your reading list? 


[Challenge] 11th Annual 🇨🇦 Canadian Book Challenge

I am turning into a Canadian book junkie! I love discovering new authors in Canada and my collection is just growing and growing every month. Canada is full of such amazing talent when it comes to writers that everyone should be reading Canada! And what better way to get yourself to read than the Canadian Book Challenge?

This challenge is hosted by The Indextrious Reader and here’s what it’s about:

Created by John Mutford at the Book Mine Set a decade ago and hosted by him for the past 10 years, the Canadian Book Challenge is an annual online reading challenge in which participants from Canada and around the world aim to read and review 13 or more Canadian books in a one year span: Canada Day to Canada Day. Reviews must be posted online and participants are asked to share links to their reviews with other participants.

Canadian books can include any genre or form (picture books, poetry, novels, non-fiction, plays, anthologies, graphic novels, cookbooks, etc), can be written by Canadian authors (by birth or immigration) or about Canadians. Ultimately, participants must decide for themselves whether or not something fits the description of Canadian.

I know I’ll plan to read more than 13 books, but I just love anything that will connect me to other Canadian readers and help me discover new Canadian authors!

I plan to read by my mood as the year goes on, but here are some of the Canadian books on my shelf that I want to read for this challenge:


To sign up for this challenge, go visit The Indextrious Reader’s blog!

Now go forth and read Canadian!

[Challenge] Read-a-Thon: Bout of Books 19.0 Sign Up Post!

One of my favourite read-a-thons, the Bout of Books read-a-thon starts tomorrow!

From the Bout of Books blog:

The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda Shofner and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, May 8th and runs through Sunday, May 14th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 19 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team

I love any excuse to read, so naturally I LOVE a good read-a-thon! The Bout Of Books read-a-thon is one of the best ones, the perfect chance to read, socialize, and just be bookish for a whole week! We just had the Dewey 24-Hour Read-a-thon at the end of April and I *almost* forgot about this one. My plan of when to read is pretty much my plan for any other day … when the kids nap, before bed, in the morning. Basically, whenever I can!

What I plan to read:

I usually just wing it for read-a-thons, but for this one I’m going to work on the books that I’ve bought this year, including:


I’m also hoping to find some audiobooks for some of my pre-2017 owned TBR books to listen to through Overdrive, but I’m not going to stress about reading anything specific. I’m supposed to be getting A Court of Wings and Ruin this week so hopefully I can get to that by the end of the week!

Are you participating in this read-a-thon? What are you planning to read?