January Recap

It’s been a crazy month for reading 📚! I’ve really been glued to a book all the time and my page count really shows it. Brandon Sanderson is in the lead with the highest page count. Most books by one author would go to Lindsay Buroker with 5. Genre would probably be fantasy or science fiction, although I’ve read some really good thrillers this month.

Cold cases – On The Shelf Too Long

1.A Man of Means by PG Wodehouse*
2. The Raphael Affair by Iain Pears *
3. The Boy on the Bridge by M. R Carey * – Net Galley
4. Quiet Meg by Sherry Lynn Ferguson

Repeat offenders – Rereads

1. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson, on audio *
2. The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson *
3. The Man Who Would Be King by Rudyard Kipling *
4. Solstice Day Gifts by Lindsay Buroker *
5. The Thief by Clive Cuddler and Justin Scott

SERIALS – books in a series

1. The Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson*
2. Forged in Blood I by Lindsay Buroker*
3. Forged in Blood II by Lindsay Buroker*
4. Star Nomad by Lindsay Buroker*
5. Honor’s Flight by Lindsay Buroker*
6. Sign Off by Patricia McLinn
7. The Naming by Alison Croggon

ISOLATED OCCURRENCE – stand alone book titles

1. The Shape-Changer’s Wife by Sharon Shinn *
2. Magpie Murders by Antony Horowitz
3. The Accident by Linwood Barclay
4. They’re Watching by Greg Hurwitz

MINOR INFRACTION – YA and Children’s books

1. The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World by EL Konigsburg *
2. Missing – Armstrong by Kelley Armstrong
3. Murder is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
4. The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan


1. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell – audio – Also counting for BingoDog
2. Deep Down Dark by Hector Tobar – audio

My least favorite book was probably The Naming. Just too much exposition, too predictable. My favorite would be one of the Brandon Sanderson books, but I can’t decide which one. Altogether a really good month!

Bingo Dog 🐕 Challenge

Over at LibraryThing.com we have a reading challenge for the new year.  This is the first time I’ve taken part but it looks like fun. Here’s the list:

Bingo DOG categories: 6/25

1. Title contains a person’s rank, real or fictional – The Way of Kings
2. Story involves travel
3. A long-time TBR/TBR the longest
4. Poetry or plays
5. New-to-you author
6. Autobiography/memoir
7. Book with a beautiful cover (in your opinion) The Shape Changer’s Wife
8. Book that fits at least 2 KIT’s/CAT’s
9. Related to the Pacific Ocean
10. Title contains something you would see in the sky
11. Book bought in 2017 that hasn’t been read yet
12. Number in the title
13. Book that is humorous Food: A Love Story
14. Book on the 1001 list
15. LGBT central character Magpie Murders
16. Book set during a holiday
17. Fat book – 500 plus pages – Words of Radiance
18. X somewhere in the title
19. Money in the title – any form of currency, type of payment, etc…
20. Book published in 2018
21. Relative name in the title (aunt, niece, etc…)
22. Originally in a different language
23. Published more than 100 years ago North and South
24. Title contains name of a famous person, real or fictional
25. Read a CAT (middle square)


The KITS and CATS are for category or smaller monthly challenges. There’s an Alphabet challenge, a SFF challenge, etc. I don’t know if I’ll get black out, but I’m going to try.

Do you Library Thing?

I know most of you are on Good Reads, Twitter, and Instagram. But have you heard about Library Thing? I love it over there! It’s a great site for serious book lovers. It also has a way to catalog your library, features libraries of famous writers, fun facts, and a great community.

One of the boards I follow is a 2018 Category Challenge. The idea is to organize your reading into categories that you choose and then share what you’ve been reading. How many categories you have, what they are, and how many books you read in each category is up to you. I’ve done the challenge several years, even hosted in once, and I really enjoy it.

Here are my categories – (I went with a “crime” theme)

Cold cases – book that have been on the shelf too long

First Timers – new books

Repeat offenders – rereads

Serials – books in a series

Isolated occurrence – stand alone titles

Minor infractions – YA and kids books

Eyewitness accounts – nonfiction books

Advance warning – ARCs

Most Wanted – best books of the year

Petty crime – boring and DNF

I figure that will cover everything I read next year. BTW, if you want to check it out, I’m CMBohn over there.

Read-a-Thin November 2017


I heard of this from Kathy@Books&Munches. I’ve been looking for a

An important part is that I can’t buy any new books to count for the challenge, and I’m assuming no new library books except for the one challenge.


1. Read a 2017 release

2. Read a diverse book – Paving a New Road, Jewish character and subplot

3. Read a book that is related to your favorite emoji

4. Read a book with a fall themed cover

5. Start and finish a series

6. Read a book in 24 hours

7. Read a new to you author – Dissolution by CJ Sansom

8. Buddy read a book

9. Read a horror/thriller

10. Read a book outside of your favorite genre

11. Read an eBook

12. Listen to an audiobook of a book you own

13. Read a book that counts toward another readathon

14. Read a book that is due back to the library the soonest – Age of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan

15. Read a book you ended up putting down previously

16. Read a book you got from a subscription box

17. Read a book you got for free (gift, ARC, giveaway, etc) – Paving the New Road by Sulari Gentill (free from NetGalley)

18. Read 4 books (At least 8 challenges)

2018 Category Challenge

I don’t know how many of you are over at LibraryThing, but it’s a great site. I’ve been on there for several years now. I love the forums and groups.

One of the groups is The 2018 Category Challenge. The idea is to organize your reading by themes and then share with everyone what you thonk. They have a lot of mini-challenges, group reads and so on.

I’ve decided to join in and I have my categories.

  • Cold cases – book that have been On the shelf too long 
  • First Timers – new books


  • Repeat offenders – rereads


  • Serials – books in a series


  • Isolated occurrence – stand alone titles


  • Minor infractions – YA and kids books


  • Eyewitness accounts – nonfiction books


  • Advance warning – ARCs


  • Most Wanted – best books of the year


  • Petty crime – boring and DNF

If you want to join in, my thread is here. I’ll still post most of my reviews here though.

Have you started thinking about next year yet? What are your plans?

Book Riot Challenge – Read Harder

rhc_cover_pinterestIt’s been a while since I updated my Book Riot Challenge, so I decided it was time to let you all know how I’m doing. It looks like I’m about on schedule for the year, since we’re in May and I’ve completed 18/24 so far.

*1. Read a book about sports. Done! Psmith in the City, cricket. by P G Wodehouse.

*2. Read a debut novel. Done! Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson

*3. Read a book about books. Done! End of Chapter by Nicholas Blake, mystery about publishing company.

4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author. – still looking!

5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative. A Hope More Powerful than the Sea

*6. Read an all-ages comic. Done! American Born Chinese

*7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950. Done! Cakes and Ale, published 1930

*8. Read a travel memoir. Done! Three Singles to Adventure, to Guyana.

*9. Read a book you’ve read before. Done! Murder Over Easy, read first in 2007

10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location. – Desert Solitaire, Utah

*11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location. Done! The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds, Malaysia/China

*12. Read a fantasy novel. Done! The Spirit Thief by Rachel Bach

13. Read a nonfiction book about technology. Unstoppable by Bill Nye

*14. Read a book about war. Done! Valiant Ambition, about American Revolution

*15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+. Done! Last Seen Leaving, by Caleb Roehrig

*16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.  Done! Animal Farm, by George Orwell

*17. Read a classic by an author of color.  Done! The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray by Walter Mosley

18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead. – either Spider Woman or Daughters of the Dragon

*19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older) Done! Also The Last Days of Ptolemy Gray

*20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean) Done! Also Last Seen Leaving

*21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay) Done! Future Worlds, A Science Fiction Anthology, published by Future World Publishing

*22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng)  Done! Miss Marple by Agatha Christie

23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan) Beowulf

*24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi) Done! Black Panther, Number 1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates