2016 Reading Challenge Updates (Q3) – September

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This is my third Quarterly Reading Challenge Update for 2016. You can visit my second (June) and first (March) updates to see my progress for the year. I’ve done great with all of my challenges except the #ReadMyOwnDameBooks. I’m failing big time on that one =/ !!



The Goodreads Reading Challenge for 2016 is completed as of September. I set my goal for 90 books. Last year I was struggling to meet my goal of 155, so I backed down this year. You can view a list of books I’ve read for this challenge HERE.



Pick Your Genre: Well this was a no brainer Reading Challenge. I went with Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, & Contemporary. The Paranormal and Urban Fantasy I read all the time. I Knocked them both out of the park. As for the Contemporary I went with this one because I wanted to branch out a little more and try other authors and a new genre.

My Goal For Contemporary

I’m going with Level 1 (Sunbathing): 6 books

  1. Reaper’s Legacy (re-read)
  2. Her Survivor
  3. Kill Without Mercy



My Goal For Urban Fantasy

I’m going with Level 2 (Dipping the Toes): 12 books


  1. Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison
  2. Heart of Stone by Christine Warren
  3. Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards
  4. Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister
  5. Shadow’s End by Thea Harrison
  6. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
  7. Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh
  8. Stone-Cold Fox by Hailey Edwards
  9. Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
  10. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (re-read)
  11. Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  12. White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley
  13. Wild Thing by Jennifer Ashley
  14. Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
  15. Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh
  16. The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
  17. Descended from Dragons by Tricia Owens
  18. Head Above Water by Hailey Edwards
  19. Struck by Amanda Carlson
  20. Angel’s of Darkness by Multiple Authors
  21. Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh
  22. Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh (re-read)
  23. Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh
  24. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews (re-read)
  25. Hell or High Water by Halie Edwards
  26. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
  27. Bound by Flame by Jeaniene Frost
  28. Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh



My Goal For Paranormal

I’m going with Level 5 (Diving In): 75 books


  1. Miss Taken by Milly Taiden
  2. Assassin’s Kiss by Sharon Kay
  3. Her Dragon’s Soul by Julia Mills
  4. Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison
  5. Heart of Stone by Christine Warren
  6. Bearfoot and Pregnant by Milly Taiden
  7. Dragon Warrior by by Shéa MacLeod
  8. The Fate of Her Dragon by Julia Mills
  9. Her Dragon’s No Angel by Julia Mills
  10. Desert Rose by Anna Lowe
  11. Divine Ecstasy by Setta Jay
  12. Violca’s Dragon by Leilani Love
  13. Liquid Fire by Gloria C. Bishop
  14. Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards
  15. I Dream of Dragons by Ashlyn Chase
  16. SEAL Wolf In Too Deep by Terry Spear
  17. My Tempting Highlander by Maeve Greyson
  18. Wolf on a Mission by N.J. Walters
  19. Miss Matched by Milly Taiden
  20. Shadow’s End by Thea Harrison
  21. Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister
  22. Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh
  23. Archangel’s Kiss by Nalini Singh
  24. Stone-Cold Fox by Haliey Edwards
  25. Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh
  26. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (re-read)
  27. Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost
  28. Archangel’s Consort by Nalini Singh
  29. Archangel’s Blade by Nalini Singh
  30. White Tiger by Jennifer Ashley
  31. Wild Things by Jennifer Ashley
  32. Unwanted Protector by Milly Taiden
  33. Gambling on Her Dragon by Anna Lowe
  34. Damnation by Anna Lowe
  35. Wherever You Go Were You Are by Randa Flannery
  36. Shadow Fall by Erin Kellison
  37. Possessed by a Dark Warrior by Felicity Heaton
  38. Sultry Nights by Valerie Twombly
  39. Artemis’s Hunt by Lia Davis
  40. Ashes of War by Lia Davis
  41. War’s Passion by Lia Davis
  42. Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply by Terry Spear
  43. The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost
  44. Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost
  45. Veiled in Darkness by Valerie Twombly
  46. Descended from Dragons by Tricia Owens
  47. Head Above Water by Hailey Edwards
  48. Struck by Amanda Carlson
  49. Angel’s of Darkness by Multiple Authors
  50. Awakened by a Demoness by Felicity Heaton
  51. Fighting for her Mate by Milly Taiden
  52. Skin of a Goddess by Victoria C. Johnson
  53. Temptation by Anna Lowe
  54. Dead in the Water by Hailey Edwards
  55. Chaotic War by Lia Davis
  56. Wild Invitation by Nalini Singh
  57. Tempting the Dragon by Karen Whiddon
  58. Heart of a Highland Wolf by Terry Spear (re-read)
  59. Visions of Heat by Nalini Singh (re-read)
  60. When an Alpha Purrs by Eve Langlais
  61. The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter
  62. Archangel’s Storm by Nalini Singh
  63. On the Edge by Ilona Andrews
  64. Awakening Kiss by Sharon Kay
  65. Storm of Ecstasy by Setta Jay
  66. Guardian’s Mate by Jennifer Ashley
  67. His to Protect by Elena Aitken
  68. Haunted by the King of Death by Felicity Heaton
  69. Hell or High Water by Hailey Edwards
  70. Dragon in the Blood by Juliette Cross
  71. Fire Touched by Patricia Biggs
  72. Jarek by Celia Kyle
  73. Gambling on Her Bear by Anna Lowe
  74. Predatory by Multiple Authors
  75. All Kitten Aside by Milly Taiden
  76. Your Lycan or Mine? by Michele Bardsley 
  77. Forgotten Visions by Lia Davis
  78. Allegiance of Honor by Nalini Singh
  79. Angel’s Wolf by Nalini Singh
  80. Origins by Ilona Andrews
  81. In Still Darkness by Dianne Duvall
  82. Magic Steals by Ilona Andrews (re-read)
  83. Out of Control by Alexandra Ivy
  84. Wild Wolf by Jennifer Ashley (re-read)



The New To You Challenge was another way for me to branch out and try new authors, series, and genres. It was my first time doing this reading challenge, so picked a small goal and actually exceeded the goal by a lot!

My Goal: Level 2 (Dipping the Toes)
Complete 12 books (any book over 80ish pages counts)


  1. Dragon Warrior (Dragon Wars, #1) by Shéa MacLeod – Author/Series
  2. Liquid Fire (Element of Love, #1) by Gloria C. Bishop – Author/Series
  3. Violca’s Dragon (The Dragon Ruby, #1) by Leilani Love – Author/Series
  4. Dead in the Water (Gemini, #1) by Hailey Edwards – Series
  5. I Dream of Dragons (Boston Dragons, #1) by Ashlyn Chase – Series
  6. Wolf on a Mission (Salvation Pack, #6) by N.J. Walters – Author/Series
  7. My Tempting Highlander (Highland Hearts #3) by Maeve Greyson – Author/Series
  8. Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh – Series
  9. Casey’s Warriors (Bondmates, #1) by Ann Mayburn – Series/Author
  10. Gambling on Her Dragon (Charmed in Vegas, #2) by Anna Lowe – Series
  11. Damnation (Blue Moon Saloon, #1) by Anna Lowe – Series
  12. War’s Passion (Sons of War, #1) by Lia Davis – Author/Series
  13. The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny, #1) by Jeaniene Frost – Series
  14. Descended from Dragons (Moonlight Dragon #1) by Tricia Owens – Series/Author
  15. Skin of a Goddess (Ascension #1 by Victoria C. Johnson – Author/Series
  16. The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1) by Kristen Painter – Author/Series
  17. Tempting the Dragon by Karen Whiddon – Author
  18. A Vhampier’s Forbidden Wolf by P.T. Macias – Author
  19. Out of Control (The Sentinels, #0.5) by Alexandra Ivy – Series
  20. In Still Darkness (Immortal Guardians, #3.5) by Dianne Duvall – Series
  21. Origins (Alphas, #0.5) by Ilona Andrews – Series
  22. Forgotten Visions (The Divinities, #1) by Lia Davis – Series
  23. His to Protect (Bears of Grizzly Ridge, #1) by – Elena Aitken – Author/Series
  24. Jarek (Dragons of Preor, #1) by Ceila Kyle – Series
  25. Kill Without Mercy (ARES Security, #1) by Alexandra Ivy – Series
  26. A Promise of Fire (Kingmaker Chronicles #1) by Amanda Bouchet – Author/Series


2016 Finishing the Series Challenge

Finishing the Series is an awesome reading challenge. It’s helped me start and finish series I have been wanting to read as well as finish series’s that I’ve started, but didn’t get back around too. I  went with only 4 series and am doing well with all of them. The only one I still need to finish is Guild Hunter, but I’m waiting on my library for the next book. Everyone loves the series, so it’s always checked out. ^_^ As for the Night Prince, the last and finally book in that series doesn’t come out until 2017, but I did finally read the third book and get all caught up.

My Goal: Level 2 (Testing the waters)
Complete 2 – 4 series (I’m not counting short stories. Only full length novels that are part of a series.)






The #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks Challenge: Well DAME this one is not going well. To many awesome books keep coming out and I just keep getting side tracked. The list below are all the books I’ve bought, but haven’t read. I’m bad at the one-click on #Amazon, when I see a book sale. <Bad Bad Angela> #NoSelfControl

My goals: 

  • Read the books I’ve bought
  • Try to knock all off the ones listed below in 2016
  • I can’t buy myself any books until I’ve read a significant amount of my own. Maybe 5-10 before I buy any new ones. I’ll be fairly flexible with this and see where my guilt leads me.
  • If I’m itching for newness or a book use the library first; before purchasing.


List of books I’ve bought, but have not read yet! (Updated: March 27, 2016)

  • Kindle
    • Huntsman’s Prey by Marie Hall
    • Storm Warrior by Dani Harper
    • The Hearts of The Anemoi Bundle by Laura Kaye
    • East of Ecstasy by Laura Kaye
    • Caedmon Wolves: Volume 1 (Books 1-3) by Amber Ella Monroe
    • Wolf’s Desire by Amber Ella Monroe
    • Magic After Dark Box Set by Multiple Authors
    • Venice Vampyr Box Set by Tina Folsom
    • Luca’s Magic Embrace by Kym Gross 
    • Hard As A Rock by Mina Carter (Read)
    • Kodiak’s Claim by Eve Langlais
    • Act of Mercy by Many M. Roth
    • Miss Taken by Milly Taiden (Read)
    • Druid Series (Books 1-3 Box Set) by Many M. Roth
    • King of Prey Series ( Books 1-3 Box Set) by Many M. Roth
    • All Roar and No Bite by Celia Kyle
    • Administrative Control by Many M. Roth
    • Her Fallen Angel by Felicity Heaton
    • Ascension by Felicity Heaton
    • Prophecy by Felicity Heaton
    • Small Magics by Ilona Andrews (Read)
    • Her Dragon’s Soul by Julia Mills (Read)
    • The Fate of Her Dragon by Julia Mills (Read)
    • Her Dragon’s No Angel by Julia Mills (Read)
    • Taming the Wild Cougar by Terry Spear
    • Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (Pre-Order 2016)
    • Bearfoot and Pregnant by Milly Taiden (Read) (It was also an ARC)
  • Nook
    • Michel/Striker by Alexandra Ivy & Laura Wright
    • Cain’s Identity by Tina Folsom
    • The King by J.R. Ward
    • The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Dragos Goes to Washington (Read)
    • Pia Does Hollywood by Thea Harrison (Read)
    • Liam Takes Manhattan by Thea Harrison (Read)
    • Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs 
    • Wild Things by Jennifer Ashley (Read)
  • Paperbacks
    • Up From The Grave by Jeaniene Frost (Read)
    • Bound By Flames by Jeaniene Frost (Read)
    • Vipers Run by Stephanie Tyler
    • Heart of Stone by Christine Warren (Read)


New Additions Bought in 2016 

  • Kindle
    • Protect and Service by Mina Carter (Read)
    • Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Mina Carter (Read)
    • Seduced by Santa by Mina Carter
    • Stone-Cold Fox by Hailey Edwards (Read)
    • Liquid Fire by Gloria C. Bishop (Read)(It was also an ARC)
    • Miss Matched by Milly Taiden (Read)(It was also an ARC)
    • Divine Ecstasy by Setta Jay (Read)(It was also an ARC)
    • The Bear King’s Captive by Milly Taiden 
    • War’s Passion by Lia Davis (Read)
    • Bad Boys of the Night Box Set
    • Sultry Nights by Valerie Twombly (Read)
    • Her Dragon, His Demon by Julia Mills (Read)
    • Ashes of War by Lia Davis (Read)
    • Artemis’s Hunt by Lia Davis (Read)
    • Chaotic War by Lia Davis (Read)
    • Damnation by Anna Lowe (Read)(It was also an ARC)
    • Jaz’s Warriors by Ann Mayburn (Read)
    • Barbarian Prince by Michelle M. Pillow 



Then last we have the March 2016 Take Control of your TBR Pile. This was a fun challenge to participate in for the month of March. It helped me nook off books for other challenges and I completed my goal of 10 reads.


You can see my updates and progress on my blog HERE
The Goodreads shelf I have set up for this challenged HERE

  1. Shadow’s End (Elder Races #9) by Thea Harrison
  2. Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) by Jeaniene Frost
  3. Shards of Hope (Psy-Changeling #14) by Nalini Singh
  4. Angels’ Blood (Guild Hunter, #1) by Nalini Singh
  5. Archangel’s Kiss (Guild Hunter, #2) by Nalini Singh
  6. Dragon Storm (Black Dragons, #2) by Katie MacAlister
  7. Liam Takes Manhattan (Elder Races #9.5) by Thea Harrison
  8. Stone-Cold Fox (Mai Hayashi #1) by Hailey Edwards
  9. Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh
  10. Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh

I’d love to hear from you!

How are your book goals going for 2016?

What reading challenges did you pick for 2016?



I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

4 comments on “2016 Reading Challenge Updates (Q3) – September

  1. Nice work! I don’t do challenges any more, other than total number of books (GR) and the Audiobook challenge. And I’m behind on both. *sobs* it’s just been that kind of summer/fall.
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    • I was hoping the read my own books challenge will get me to read all those books I’ve bought, but just didn’t read for one reason or another. Sadly that challenge is not going well, but I’m knocking all the others out of the park. They do take up time in that you have to keep your page updated and then posting updated to the blog if you do that. Keep at it. I’m sure you will get close or finish your challenges at least you only have two to focus on and not a whole bundle.

  2. For full 2016 ones I p nly did my GR and the audio book one. The smaller ones I tried through the year did not go so well and I’m thinking my GR isn’t going to make it. It’s been a bad year for reading slumps!
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    • Oh no! It so hard being in a reading slump. I made my GR challenge less then last year. I barely made it last year, so I didn’t want to over stress it. It seams this year I’m going over and I’ll have to see by how much at the end. Keep at it.