Reading Challenge Month Reads!!

challenge month 2017 copyHi everyone! Today I am back with more details on our upcoming Reading Challenge Month!

First off, if you are not up to speed, the quick version is we are holding our third annual Reading Challenge Month in September. Each week we have a different reading challenge and the folks here at Joyfully Jay have a lot of books we are trying as part of the event. As readers, you all can participate too by commenting on our reviews (for one entry per comment) or by reading along with your own challenge books and doing a mini review of your own (for 10 entries). There are some amazing weekly prizes and a fabulous grand prize, all full of total awesomeness. You can read about Reading Challenge Month here, and get a look at the fabulous prizes here.

One of the best parts of the event for me is the read-along reviews by our readers! In the past we had tons of folks participate and it is a really fun chance to try something new and to share your thoughts on the book. All you need to do is read a book that fits the challenge, then write a mini review and leave it is as a comment at the end of the week for ten contest entries. The review doesn’t have to be a big deal; we aren’t looking for anything nearly as lengthy as what we write for our blog reviews. A short paragraph is totally fine.

You guys are welcome to join in by either reading books of your own choosing, or by reading one of the same books we are. It is totally up to your preference, and in the past we have had folks participating in both ways. So to get you guys a little more excited and to give you a head start on reading, here is what we have planned for our own challenge books. This should be pretty close to our final schedule, but just be patient with us if we have to make a few tweaks along the way. And if you have picked your books for the challenges already, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!


Week 1: TBR Pile Challenge (Read a book that’s been on your TBR list for at least a year)

  • Withered + Sere by T.J. Klune (Sue)
  • Jury of One by Charlie Cochrane (Veronica)
  • Priddy’s Tale by Harper Fox (Sammy)
  • The Invasion of Tork/The Invasion of Adam by Claire Davis and Al Stewart (Michelle)
  • The Weight of it All by N.R. Walker (Kris)
  • Timing by Mary Calmes (Jay)
  • Guys on Top by Darien Cox (Michelle)
  • Straight by Seth King (Kirsty)


Week 2: New To Me Author Challenge

  • Firefly by R.W. Clinger (Veronica)
  • Burn the Sky by Jaye McKenna (Sue)
  • My Life as a Myth by Huston Piner (Sammy)
  • Strong Enough by Melanie Harlow and David Romanoff (Michelle)
  • The Quarterback by Mackenzie Blair (Jay)
  • Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris (Kirsty)
  • Earning His Trust by Alicia Nordwell (Kris)
  • Stalking Buffalo Bill by J. Leigh Bailey (Kenna)
  • Queen Called Bitch by Waldell Abraham Goode (Camille)
  • Three Days in Jackass Flats by Rhae Camdyn (Elizabeth)


Week 3: Self Published Book Challenge

  • Gives Light by Rose Cristo (Sue)
  • Axios: A Spartan Tale by Jaclyn Osborn (Michelle)
  • Satin by K.C. Wells (Veronica)
  • Maps by Nash Summers (Sammy)
  • Kayson by Jenny Wood (Kris)
  • Rule Breaker by Lily Morton (Jay)
  • There Was a Boy by Justin Durand (Kirsty)
  • Lesson Learned by Lillian Francis (Kenna)
  • Revelations by Samuel Alexander (Camille)
  • Honored Blood by K.J. Pack (Elizabeth)


Week 4: Judge a Book By Its Cover Challenge (Read a book because you like the cover)

  • Circle by Garrett Leigh (Michelle)
  • Welcome to Crash by Lina Langley (Jay)
  • Captive by Jex Lane (Sue)
  • Antisocial by Heidi Cullinan (Veronica)
  • Depth of Field by Riley Hart (Kris)
  • That Doesn’t Belong Here by Dan Ackerman (Kirsty)
  • Heir of Locksley by N.B. Nixon (Camille)
  • Match Day by Mercy Celeste (Kenna)

So that is our plan. Hope you all will be joining us!

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  1. Should I be offering to “sponsor” week 4, LOL?

  2. Great books. I think it will be difficult to choose because there are a lot of them I want to read…

  3. I have at least two books in each of those categories that I could read along with. I had chosen: week one Reaping Havoc by A.J. Rose, week two Hexbreaker by Jordan L. Hawk, week three Captive by Jex Lane (but I noticed Sue picked that for week four so am I wrong in that bejng self published? If so I could read Safe in Your Eyes by Darien Cox.), and week four The Castaway Prince by Isabelle Adler.

    • Oooh, all good choices. I think we have reviewed, or will be reviewing, everything on your list. I am a huge fan of the Hexbreaker series so I think you will really enjoy that one! And OMG, you have never read Jordan Hawk? B/c after you read this, come to me and I will tell you all the things to read next — I guarantee you won’t stop at one, lol.

      As far as I know, the Jex Lane book is self published. I think Sue just had something else for that week so shifter it to covers, but you should be good to go for Self Pub week. Glad you are joining us!

      • I may be ambious, but I chose one book y’all picked for each week also. Let’s see if I can read two books a week. The covers made me think the Jordan L Hawk books are historical, which is not my thing, but I will try something new.

        • Most of Jordan’s series are historical. The SPECTR series is more paranormal/urban fantasy in a contemporary world. I am pretty sure just about everything else is historical that I can think of.

  4. I definitely wish to participate and am pondering my choices!

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