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May is All About the Clean Sweep ARC Challenge!

Clean Sweep ARC Challenge - May 2014

Are your review books stacking up? Have published dates come and gone? Are you feeling like you need to get those piles under control? Are you avoiding NetGalley and Edelweiss? Or maybe you want to get ahead of your summer ARCs to make time for the beach? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you might want to join Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer and Angie @ Angela’s Anxious Life to make a Clean Sweep in May with a month-long reading challenge.

I literally just stumbled upon Kimba’s reading challenge but I’m on my way to sign up already. May is going to be a hectic month but I have two blog tours coming up and a big stack of review books to read so I NEED. TO. CATCH. UP. Hopefully this event will motivate me to put my reading hat on and cross some of those review out on my list.

The review books I’m planning on reading during the challenge:

Victims | Arms Wide Open | The Lying-Down Room | The Broken

I’m planning a special month-long feature for June (more details in a couple of days), which means that I want to read a few relevant – but non-review – books in the next three weeks. Which, again, means that these are the only review books I definitely want to finish in May.


2014 Reading Challenges

One of my favourite things about the month of January and starting a new year is being able to sign up for brand new reading challenges. And I know I’m not the only one. I usually get so excited that I sign up for at least five different ones, but judging by what happened in the past few years (ie. me completely forgetting about every single challenge I’d signed up for by the first day of February) I’m trying to take things a little bit slower this time and be a bit more organized.

Apart from my annual Goodreads challenge of reading at least 65 books in 2014, I decided to sign up for two others. Very low key, eh?

British Books Challenge
Hosted by Feeling Fictional


The BBC is a reading challenge that was created by Becky from The Bookette in 2011 as a way to encourage people to read more books by British authors. The challenge was taken over by Kirsty at The Overflowing Library for 2012 and has been hosted at Feeling Fictional since 2013. If you sign up for the challenge you will be aiming to read at least 12 books by British Authors (which works out to one a month). The books can be in print or out, old or new titles, any genre and for any age range. For more information and to sign up click here.

I’ve been thinking about signing up for this one since last autumn, but by the time I came across someone’s sign up post it was too late and pointless to join in. I haven’t done a proper calculation yet but I think I read an equal amount of British and American (or any other nationality) books in 2013. This year, I’d like to read even more books by British authors. I’ll probably combine this challenge with my resolution to read more YA books this year and watch out for good UKYA titles to read. Any recommendations? :)