2019 COYER – Back to Basics

Each year COYER’s winter challenge is evolving and becoming more complex. I’m not going to admit that I know exactly how this year’s works…but I’m not going to deny it, either. ūüėČ Clean out your E-reads Challenge hosted by Because Reading & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!


The Challenge:  

Read as many e-books as possible.

The Basics

  • The challenge begins December 19th at 12am EST and ends March 4th at 11:59pm EST.
  • Create a sign-up post and link your sign-up to the linky.
  • Link your reviews to the linky on the Kick-off Post.
  • Every book you read must be an eBook or audiobook.
  • Every book must be either free or less than $5.
  • Link your review to the Review Linky. Three randos will win $10 gift cards. Links must be entered by March 5th.
  • There are also Read-a-thons and Twitter parties happening. Check them out here.

Goal: 12 books

 

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#COYER Winter Switch

Each year COYER’s winter challenge is evolving and becoming more complex. I’m not going to admit that I know exactly how this year’s works…but I’m not going to deny it, either. ūüėČ Clean out your E-reads Challenge hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!


The Challenge:  

Read as many books from your TBR throughout March.

The Basics

  • The challenge begins December 16th at 12am EST and ends March 9th at 11:59pm EST.
  • Create a sign-up post by January 20th. Indicate if you‚Äôre doing regular COYER or The Switch. Link your sign-up to the linky.
    • You can choose to do regular COYER (The Strict) or COYER Switch.
  • Link your reviews to the linky on the Kick-off Post.

The Strict

This is the regular COYER. It’s a tried and true, so I’m sticking with it.

  1. Every book you read must be an eBook or audiobook.
  2. Every book must be either free or less than $5.
  3. No library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited.

Goal: 20 books

  1. The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant
  2. The Duke and Miss Christmas by Amelia Grey
  3. Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward
  4. To the Duke, With Love by Amelia Grey
  5. Saturday at Sweeney’s by Ashley Farley
  6. One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley
  7. Game of Hearts by Cathy Yardley
  8. A Wedding at Two Love Lane
  9. Five Days, Five Kisses
  10.  The Rogue is Back in Town
  11. Wallflower Most Wanted
  12. A Devil in Scotland

 

COYER BLACK OUT Winter Storm

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In order to help myself out with my backlog of NetGalley and other downloads, I’m going to try even harder this time around with COYER BLACK OUT Winter Storm.¬†Clean out your E-reads Challenge hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!,

This time the rules are a little bit different…

This time COYER is going to be a 12 week Blackout, where you have to dedicate yourself to reading the books YOU ALREADY  have acquired for less than $1.00. The only exception is audio books, which you must have purchased for less than $5. They must either be eBooks or audio books.

We understand that we’re all constantly acquiring new books,  though.  So we’ve provided you a little relief in the form of a generator. Every book powers the generator up a little more.  After reading 10 books over 100 pages your generator is fully powered.  Books under 100 pages only provide half the energy… So it would take 20 books under 100 pages to power your generator.

Once your generator is powered up,  you may read ANY one book you want.  Doesn’t matter how much it cost, where you got it,  what format it is.  But your generator only has enough power for ONE book,  so use it immediately and wisely.  You can’t save it to use later,  it’s now or never!

COYER Blackout will run from December 17, 2016 ‚Äď March 3, 2017. Enter your reviews to the linky.


Reading Completed:

  1. Wish Upon a Bear — 102 pages
  2. Oklahoma Christmas Blues — 176 pages
  3. Adventurous Proposal — 127 pages
  4. Mistletoe at Moonglow — 152 pages
  5. Faith in Every Footstep — 193 pages
  6. X: A Novel¬†— 348 pages
  7. Crows &¬†Cards¬†— 348 pages
  8. Chasing Fireflies — 311 pages
  9. King of the Friend Zone — 351 pages

#COYER Summer Vacation

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Glory! Glory! Summer is here!

And so is COYER Summer Vacation. Don’t fear – there are basically no rules this summer!

Sign up by June 18th! COYER Summer Vacation runs June 18th – September 2nd.

You can read anything and it counts! Yes, paperbacks. Yes, audiobooks. Yes, ebooks that cost more than $5. Summer vacation is here for all!

 

My Summer Vacation Goals

Below are the titles I know I will be completing for COYER SV. I also plan to knock out 10 books from my TBR Jar (minimum), and I plan on them all being NetGalley picks.

Nearly all reviews will post after COYER ends.

  1. The Neverland Wars
  2. Wonder
  3. Caught Bread Handed
  4. Heart Like Mine
  5. Study Hall of Justice
  6. Awkward
  7. The Money Tree
  8. The Earl’s New Bride
  9. The SockKids Say NO to Bullying
  10. A Love that Never Tires
  11. Regarding Anna
  12. Generation M
  13. Resolution
  14. Sign of the Green Dragon
  15. In the Dying Light

 

 

2016 – COYER

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I have made it plain that I am an indebted servant to Amazon freebies and the holy book source NetGalley. I just can’t say no. Damn you, pretty covers!

I am doing COYER again this year, but this time I’m hitting it hardcore. This year it’s all about the E-Reader. COYER ends right before spring break for us, but not for me! COYER’s going to last all the way to April.

This challenge runs from December 19, 2015 to March 6, 2016. 

Clean out your E-reads Challenge hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!, so start cleaning out your free or nearly free E-reads!

Reading Completed:

  1. Level Up by Cathy Yardley
  2. On Thin Icing by Ellie Alexander
  3. Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage by Julie Anne Grasso
  4. Friankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist by Julie Anne Grasso
  5. The Sound of the Stones by Beth Hammond
  6. Broken Things to Mend by Karey White
  7. Feast of Fates by Christian A. Brown
  8. Not Always Happenstance by Rachael Anderson
  9. Dog Goner by Cynthia Port
  10. Night of the Purple Moon by Scott Cramer
  11. If We Were a Movie by Kelly Oram

 

Are You Going to #COYER?

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I have made it plain that I am an indebted servant to Amazon freebies and the holy book source NetGalley. I just can’t say no. Damn you, pretty covers!

This year I did the NetGalley challenge, and even though the year is not yet over, I still haven’t made hardly a dent in my challenge. It’s more than what I did last year, but I’m also still getting new books from NetGalley. I’m not sure if I should say Thank you, Auto Approval or Curse you, Auto Approval. Either way, I’m still back to square one.

This is it! It is driving me nuts. I have so many books I fear my Kindle will one day say

I’m sorry. You cannot read and review responsibly. Your reading privileges have been revoked.

And then I’m going to sit down and cry. Or die. I don’t know which, because my Kindle is one of the things that keeps me sane these days.

So I am doing COYER again this year, but this time I’m hitting it hardcore. Last year once school started back up mid-January my attention was diverted and I kind of forgot about COYER, but not this year. This year it’s all about the E-Reader. COYER ends right before spring break for us, but not for me! COYER’s going to last all the way to April.

This challenge runs from December 19, 2015 to March 6, 2016. 

Clean out your E-reads Challenge hosted by Fantasy is More Fun, Because Reading & Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!, so start cleaning out your free or nearly free E-reads!

Are you going to COYER with me? 

Winter 2014-2015 COYER Challenge

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The Clean Out Your E-Reads Challenge is hosted by Berls @ Fantasy is More Fun and Michelle @ Because Reading.

 The Challenge: 

Read any book(s) requested from NetGalley or Edelweiss.

The Rules

  • Read Your E-Reads! Every book you read must be in an electronic format ‚Äď meaning E-Book or Audiobook. It‚Äôs okay to start a book before December 20th, but for it to count you must finish & review it during COYER.
  • The books must be FREE or NEARLY FREE!¬†This includes library books, review books, tour books, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc.
  • Review & Link Reviews! Your review may be on your blog, Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc. Link the review to the Review Linky (we will share this December 20th). We will randomly pick TWO review links to win a $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes & Noble. All links must be entered by March 6, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.
  • Visit Each Other, Chat & Have Fun!

This challenge runs from Saturday, December 20th 2014 to Friday, March 6th 2015. Signups will be open from today through Sunday, January 25th. 


It is hard to say what I’ll read in 2015, but I’ll take a stab at setting some goals for myself. I really want to focus on reading my NetGalley review books.

  • read and review at least 20 NetGalley books
  • read and review at least 20 ebooks (non-NetGalley)
  • read and review 5 physical books on the shelf
  • keep my shelves on Goodreads updated…and use them!
  • visit 10 reviews from the linky each week
  • participate in 2 read-a-thons

 NetGalley Books

  1. Meet Your Baker by Ellie Alexander

 E-Books

  1. A Family for Christmas by Mona Ingman
  2. A Kitten for Christmas by Elysa Hendricks
  3. The Secret Sisters Club by Monique Bucheger
  4. Trouble Blows West by Monique Bucheger
  5. Simply West of Heaven by Monique Bucheger
  6. Being West Is Best by Monique Bucheger
  7. Love’s First Flames by Ramona Flightner
  8. The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout
  9. Candle in the Darkness by Lynn Austin
  10. Bash and Lucy Fetch Jealousy by Lisa Cohn
  11. The Witching Elm by C.N. Crawford
  12. Billy Bobble Makes a Magical Wand by R.S. Mellette
  13. Just Pru by Anne Pfeffer
  14. The Wife Maker by Karey White
  15. Langston’s Daughters by Juliette Harper
  16. The Escape of Madeline by Kristin Pulioff

 Physical Books

  1. It’s All Greek to Me by Jon Scieszka
  2. Tut, Tut by Jon Scieszka

2018 Challenges

This page is a record of the challenges I participated in for 2018. Please note that I went on hiatus from August thru the end of the year. 

 

Year-Round Challenges

2018 – Goodreads Challenge

2018 – Alphabet Soup & A-Z Challenge

2018 – Audiobook Challenge

2018 – Bookish Resolutions Challenge

2018 – Bookopoly Challenge

2018 – Discussion Challenge

2018 – Full House Challenge

2018 – Mount TBR Challenge

2018 – NetGalley & Edelweiss Challenge

2018 – Reading Assignment Challenge

 

Seasonal Challenges

*Chapter Break BINGO

*Bookish BINGO

*COYER Winter Switch

*Take Control TBR

*Spring Bloggiesta

*Mini Blog Ahead

Chit Chat – February 2018

I missed A LOT of days in February. I had so many medical appointments and then I was sick again. :/

I had my sleep study at the beginning of the month, and then went back the following night for the titration testing. I’ve had a CPAP three weeks and I love it. My doctor was right – I definitely feel the benefits later in the day. I’m no longer tired and falling apart like I used to be. I lost six pounds in the 10 days after first getting the CPAP! I’m hoping some weight continues to fall off.¬† My A1C also went down. I keep being praised and told 6.2 is awesome, but I do really want it maintained under 6.0.

I spent more time with my bullet journal in February than I think I did in January. I set up not only my March pages, but I also went back and created several of my collections I planned for in January but never touched. I love how some of them turned out! I still have a few more to do, and I hope to do those by spring break.

My yearbook kids are working diligently to make progress and submit pages. We’ve submitted 19 pages to date, and I have at least 8 I need to proof and go over with a fine-tooth comb and then submit. We are totally stressing because we have only two weeks left…and 45 pages to go. We’ll get it done though. They have really pulled together in the last two weeks.

@sissybearla

Average Rating:     4
Pages Read:             1,262
Favorite Book:       The Rogue is Back in Town

December Р1,082 | January Р1,886 | February Р1,324 

Reviews:

Five Days, Five Kisses  |  Game of Hearts   |  One True Pairing  |  The Scandalous Flirt  |

 

Bookish & Blogging Posts:

Discussion: YA vs. NA vs. Contemporary¬† | January Chit Chat¬† |¬†¬†Read Across America¬† |¬† Books I Could Re-Read Forever¬† |¬† Authors I’ve Met¬† |¬† Best Moments in Blogging
 

Personal Posts:

My Bullet Journal: January & February Spreads¬† |¬† Kids & Social Media¬† | Favorite Movie of 2017¬† |¬† Best Valentine’s Day¬† |

I’ve made a little progress in February. I really want to beef up my NetGalley progress in March. Winter BINGO is over and I’ll be joining Spring BINGO.

I hope to make a fair dent in my upcoming list to help me sock away some alphabet letters and NetGalley choices. My goal for Take Control of Your TBR is 9 books.

 

How are you doing on your goals and resolutions?

Chit Chat – January 2018

I lost a whole week of January, and it still seemed like it kind of drug along. The first week back was a slow transition into teacher workdays. All of our regularly scheduled meetings and meetings and meetings were cancelled. One of our SPED paras passed away on NYE night. He was such an amazing, wonderful man. Almost our entire campus attended his memorial service.

The next week my partner was sick and then hospitalized. I was going out of my mind because they could not get her body regulated. I was terrified she was going to die.

Then the next week we had MLK day followed by an ice day. Then I was sick with the flu that then turned out not to be the flu but some other unidentified thing. I was out basically the whole week.

I went to my first diabetes class and learned in just my Whataburger meal alone I’m eating 3-4 times the amount of carbs I should be consuming in one meal. Did you know a roll from Texas Roadhouse (or other comparable steakhouse) is TWO of your three allowed carbs?!?! Y’all. I’m gonna die. My entire food group is carbs…and ground beef. Girl likes her hamburgers. I am trying to really watch my portions and also what time I eat. I have three more classes to go to.

I thought I was going to get all my credit card debt paid off this month by transferring my balance to the credit card I have a 5.99% lifetime APR on. NO. That was false. A lie. While I still would have taken advantage of that offer at the time, it did not specify that it was in fact not for my lifetime, but the lifetime of that balance transfer. I was kind of pissed after being so positive and hopeful that I was finally going to get everything squared away, especially since I have to buy tires this month. I was going to use my income tax refund to pay for that and put the rest on my loan payments. That won’t be happening. I do feel a little better though. My laptop will be paid off this summer and I only have about $1800 left on one of my loans, so there will be more money I keep come summertime. I did change up what Plexus Products I am purchasing and dropped the cost by $50. If I still am not seeing improvements by June (1 entire year taking the products), I am going to cancel it all.

I have also been losing my mind over UIL. I’m the coordinator for my school and we had a pitiful turnout this year. So many of our kids didn’t show up to the competition. Next year my school hosts the competition and we brainstormed some ideas to put in place for next year to be better.¬†I am starting to also see small gains with yearbook. We have 6 pages submitted and several almost ready to go. We need to work on some more!

@sissybearla

Average Rating:     4.3
Pages Read:             629
Favorite Book:¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Saturday at Sweeney’s

November Visits Р1,547 |  | December Р1,082  | January Р1,886

Reviews:

The Hiding Place¬† |¬† The Master of Strathburn |¬† Saturdays at Sweeney’s |¬† The Scot Beds His Wife

 

Bookish & Blogging Posts:

Blogging Goals  |  2018 Challenges  |  My FIVE YEAR Blogoversary & Giveaway  |  Sexuality in YA  |  Best Moments in Blogging   |   Favorite Time to Write Reviews  |  December Chit Chat  |  2017 Year in Review

 

Personal Posts:

My Bullet Journal 2018 Set Up   |   Foods Reminding Me of Childhood

 

I was out of the starting gate at a blast when January started, and then I ran out of steam somewhere around the 15th. I’ll have to kick it up this month.

I didn’t make too big of a dent in January like I had hoped, but with UIL now over I am going to crank up the reading!

 

How are you doing on your goals and resolutions?