• 2019 Reading Challenge,  Monthly TBRs

    February 2019 TBR: Bookstagram Edition

    *A new month means a new TBR and I’m very excited about my line up of books this month. So many of these were recommended to me on Bookstagram. I can’t wait to dig in. Grab some coffee or cocoa and add some new books to your TBRs.

    Bookstagram recommended books to me. I'm taking the time to read them this month.

    The books I’m most excited to read.

    Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

    I’m so excited to finally get my hands on a beautiful copy of this book from Illumicrate. I got special editions of Strange the Dreamer and Muse of Nightmares. They were so expensive but so worth it!

    The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon

    I can’t wait to get back into this series! The end of the first book was such a cliffhanger. I need to know what happens next and I also need to know if my “ship” is going to sail.

    Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

    In anticipation of The Fork, The Witch, and the Worm, I’ve been reading back through the Inheritance cycle and it has been so fun! There are so many things that I forgot about and man, the action is getting intense!

    The Gilded Wolves by Roshani Chokshi

    I received this book in my January Owlcrate box and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds fantastic and fun and just wonderful.

    Books to get to if I have time.

    These are the books I’ll read if I finish my most anticipated list first.

    Sky in the Deep by Adrianne Young

    I’ve known about this one for a while and I finally got my hands on a copy. I’m also reading this for the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge prompt, “a book by a new author”.

    Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

    I’m pretty excited to get to this one too, but it’s not at the top of my priority list. I do hope that this one has a little more action and maybe some more character development than the first book did.

    A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

    I have not idea what this book is about, I just see it on bookstagram and booktube all the time. Not to mention every time I get on Book Outlet it’s staring me in the face. I’m hoping it will be a good read and I won’t have to dnf it.

    Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

    Again, I don’t know much about this book, but I see it everywhere so I’m giving it a shot.

    Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

    This book sounds really interesting to me. I know barely anyhing about it other than there’s magic (?) involved. I got this one in an Owlcrate box last year and I really want to get to it before it becomes another book on my shelf collecting dust.

    Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch

    Another book on my list that I don’t know anything about, but the cover looks sweet so I’m going to read it.


    Have you read any of these books on my list? If you have did you like them? Love them?

    I’m always looking for recommendations too! Let me know if you have read any books that are similar to these ones and I’ll check them out.

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. I’m reading Strange the Dreamer and Think, Learn, Succeed for part of the TCS 2019 Reading Challenge. You can get all the info to participate here.

    P.P.S. Want to read my January Wrap Up? You can access it here.

  • 2019 Reading Challenge,  Monthly TBRs

    2019 Reading Challenge + January TBR

    *Welcome to the January 2019 Reading Challenge here @thecozyshelf.

    The Cozy Shelf 2019 Reading Challenge + my January TBR

    2019 Reading Challenges

    I’m participating in a few reading challenges this year:

    • The Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge
    • My personal Goodreads challenge
    • The Cozy Shelf reading challenge

    This year, my goal for Goodreads is to read 100 books. I read 71 books this year, and I wasn’t really focusing on completing my goal, which was 60 books. So I think with some actual motivation behind it I can get to 100 books pretty easy.

    The Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge is year long and you can find all the info here. I’m taking this one a month at a time because that’s how it’s set up and because I’m a mood reader. Last year this challenge had specific prompts for each month and I just wasn’t motivated by it. My book pick for January is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and it fulfills the prompt: “A backlist title by a favorite author”.

    The Cozy Shelf challenge is also year long and you can also take it a month at a time. Mainly for the reason that most of us are mood readers and I don’t like telling you what to read. I want to encourage you to pick up a book, not to make it feel like an assignment. You can find all the info and sign up for the free prompt checklist + monthly updates here.

    Or you can just sign up right here:

    My book pics for The Cozy Shelf challenge are Switch on Your Brain for the prompt: “A book about mental health” and Whichwood for the prompt: “A book you bought for the cover”.

    January 2019 TBR

    The rest of my TBR for January 2019 is mostly books I’ve had on my to read list (and my shelf) for ages. Ok, not ages, but it feels that way sometimes!

    The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

    2019 reading challenges

    Simply Clean by Becky Rapinchuck

    Amber & Dusk by Lyra Selene

    the cursed child 2019 reading challenge

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling

    Happy Reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. Let me know what prompts and books you picked this month in the comments!

  • 2019 Reading Challenge

    2019 Reading Challenge

    *I thought it would be a lot of fun to do a year long reading challenge for 2019. We all want to read more books, why not make it fun and turn it into a “challenge” of sorts?

    2019 The Cozy Shelf Reading Challenge

    Introducing the 2019 Reading Challenge

    I’ve been thinking about what I want my reading life in 2019 to look like. Long story short is, I’d like to read way more books than I did in 2018 and the only way to do that is to read more books. One way that gets me into the pages of books more often is a good reading challenge. Readathons are also great but super intense. You couldn’t sustain that level of reading forever. Sometimes you just need a laidback approach to reading that also motivates you to get some books read.

    Rules for the Challenge

    For the 2019 reading challenge I want to read at least one nonfiction book and at least one fiction book. We all know we will read more than one fiction book but not many of us will read even one nonfiction book. So I created some prompts to get us diving into the world of nonfiction.

    You’ll also notice that I haven’t assigned these prompts to months. I’m a mood reader and I know that I can’t set a year-long reading challenge for myself and then stick to it. I know that a lot of other people are mood readers too and I don’t want to set you up for failure. When you are getting ready to decide on your TBR for the month, just pick a prompt and go from there. 

    I’ll list the prompts below for nonfiction books and then fiction books. Most of these prompts are open to interpretation. Anything that’s listed on Goodreads as a book counts. I hope you all have fun with these prompts. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

    I almost forgot to mention that I put together a PDF checklist for you to check off the prompts as you complete them. I’ve printed mine in A5 size and taped it into my reading journal.  You can sign up right here to participate in the challenge and get the PDF checklist! 

    Nonfiction Challenge Prompts

    Nonfiction books can be boring and dry, although I feel that this has been changing a lot recently. As a result, a lot of readers avoid nonfiction books. But, I know we can find some great stories tucked away in this genre. My goal for the 2019 Reading Challenge is to open your eyes to the vibrant world of well-written nonfiction that tells us a story. I want you to read good books, not just books that you feel you have to read.

    • A book about families or friendships
    • A book about mental health
    • A book about the medical/science fields
    • A book written about or by a public figure (basically any famous person that you want to know more about)
    • A book about overcoming the odds (we all love us a good underdog)
    • A funny book (really, any book that’s been quoted as funny, hilarious, etc.)
    • A book about books/the reading life
    • A book about traveling/living abroad
    • Learn something new (basically, a book you’ve never read before)
    • A book about history/a historical figure
    • A memoir (also called an autobiography, but memoir sounds fancy)
    • A book that’s been on your TBR forever

    Fiction Challenge Prompts

    It was actually rather difficult to pick the fiction prompts for the 2019 Reading Challenge. Most of us read more fiction books than nonfiction because it’s just easier, but I really want to get intentional with my fiction reading in the new year. I don’t want to read just because it’s a book that sounds interesting. I want to choose my books with care. What better way to do that than to create a challenge where you have to intentionally pick your books?

    • A new release (doesn’t have to be released in the month of January, but it should be no older than 3 months)
    • A book about magic (dreary February was made to read magical books)
    • A book you’ve read before (We all have that one book that we are drawn back to no matter how many times we have read it)
    • A book by your favorite author
    • A book about friendship/family
    • A book you bought because of the cover
    • A recommendation from a good friend, book blogger, booktuber, bookstagrammer, etc.
    • A book from the 20th century (1900-1999)
    • A book from your favorite genre
    • A retelling
    • An unread book on your bookshelf
    • A book that’s been on your TBR forever

    In Conclusion

    At the beginning of every month I’ll post the prompts I decided on for the 2019 Reading Challenge + my book picks for the month. If you have trouble finding books for a prompt, just do a quick Google search. If you are struggling to find a nonfiction book for the month, don’t be afraid to pick a fiction book. Readers are always ready to go looking for the next great read. Don’t be afraid to dig in a little. Great books are hard to find, but once read, stay with us forever.

    I hope you’ll join me in the challenge!

    Happy reading,

    Alicen

    P.S. Do you love participating in reading challenges and readathons? I participate in quite a few every year and they really help me knock some books off my TBR. Watch my newsletter for info on the readathons I participate in throughout the year!