Morgan’s 2015 Reading Challenges!

Other Bookish Posts

Morgan's 2015 Reading Challenges!

I’ve never taken part in a blogging book challenge before but this year there are too many good ones to pass up and I really need to start scaling that TBR mountain of mine! I’m going to participate in 4 challenges this year (lofty goals) and see how I do. December was a rough reading month so hopefully January will wipe the slate clean!


First, Put The Library On Hold- Checking Out Our Own Shelves hosted by Lory @ The Emerald City Book Review. There are no particular rules; you just read books you already own and have been meaning to read from January 1st-31st. I’m going to choose from these books:

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
Waistcoats & Weaponry by Gail Carriger
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson
Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
Every Word by Ellie Marney


Second, the Fairytale Retelling Reading Challenge hosted by Mel @ The Daily Prophecy where you can choose different levels based upon how many books you will try to read. I’m really excited about this one because I LOVE fairy tale retellings! I’m going to try for Magic Mirror, 5-9 books! Maybe Big Bad Wolf, which is 10-15 books.

The Crystal Heart by Sophie Masson (Rapunzel)
The Crown by Colleen Oakes (Alice in Wonderland)
Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (Peter Pan)
While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell (Sleeping Beauty)
Bitter Greens by Kate Forsythe (Rapunzel)
Winterspell by Claire LeGrand (The Nutcracker)
Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay (Sleeping Beauty)
Fairest by Marissa Meyer (Wicked Queen)
Winter by Marissa Meyer (Snow White)
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge (Red Riding Hood)


Third, the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2015 hosted by Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books and Rachel @ Hello, Chelly. It’s another create your own level challenge- read as many fantasy books as you want! Well almost half of my TBR next year is fantasy books so this should be a good one! I do like to space out my reads because the world building (and emotions) can be intense, plus I am less likely to get annoyed by similarities between books that way :) I’ll aim for 20 fantasy books!

Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier
The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
The Kiss of Deception by Mary Pearson
Snow Like Ashes by Sarah Raasch
Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori Lee
The Perilous Sea by Sherry Thomas
Grave Mercy by Robin LeFevers
Merlin: The Lost Years by T.A. Barron
Storm Siren by Mary Weber
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski
The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace
A Court of Thorn and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas
Hidden Huntress by Danielle L. Jensen
Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows
In The Time of Dragon Moon by Janet Lee Carey
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Court of Fives by Kate Elliott
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


Last but CERTAINLY not least, the 2015 Re-Read Challenge hosted by Hannah @ So Obsessed With and Kelly @ Belle of the Literati. I love rereading books but always feel so guilty about it and now I have the perfect excuse to indulge! It’s a mixture of childhood favorites, recent contemporaries, and some fantasy novels I want to delve deeper into. Subject to change 

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (possibly the whole series [who am I kidding, totally the whole series]; I read SS really recently so I’ll start with Book 2!)
  2. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison (possibly the whole series- the fabulosity of these fabbity fab books cannot be overstated. I read the first 5 in high school, the last 5 college and I need the Ace Gang in my life again laughing like a loon on loon tablets.)
  3. Emily and the Scot by Kathryn Smith (ohhh I loved the Avon True Romance series)
  4. Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine (my FAVORITE childhood book before HP)
  5. The Farthest Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks (my first fantasy book)
  6. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner (read it when it first came out and remember nothing!)
  7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (my 3rd Anna reread!)
  8. The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes (Micahhhhhh!)
  9. The Distance Between Us by Kasie West (CUTENESS)
  10. Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill (the book that started my recent love of bantery YA contemp)
  11. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (CARRY ON SIMON)
  12. Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson (my favorite of the summer)
  13. The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (my favorite author so I want to fall in love again with my favorite (and first) book of hers!)
  14. Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (possibly the whole series [again. Duh. Whole series] I need to prepare for the last book.)
  15. The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (more Uncle Tully!)
  16. The Treachery of Beautiful Things by Ruth Frances Long (lovely, fairy tale feeling book. And a standalone fantasy to boot!)
  17. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (didn’t like it much until the movie)
  18. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (possibly the whole series- I need to dive deep into this mythology and see if I like the first book more the 2nd time around)
  19. A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin (but only if the book 6 date is released this year. I desperately want to reread the series but it’s such a commitment that I want a goal to work towards.)


Are you participating in any 2015 challenges? Planning to read any of the same books as I am? Let me know!



Morgan @ Gone with the Words

25 Responses to “Morgan’s 2015 Reading Challenges!”

  1. Avatar


    THE BELLE DOLL! I’ve had my eyes on that one for a while. This is the year I’m going to buy them all, haha. Welcome to my challenge <3 We have a lot of similar books on our lists, it will be fun to follow you & to compare our thoughts on them. I'm also participating in Flights of fantasy & the re-read challenge, so'll see each other around very often :D

  2. Avatar

    Haze @Haze in a Happy Daze

    I’m participating in the Re-Read Challenge too, I know what you mean about feeling guilty about rereading! You’ve got a great list of books there, I was also thinking about rereading the Game of Thrones series by George R.R. Martin, but thought it’d be better to wait til the next book comes out. (Im)Patiently waiting. LOL! =)

    • Avatar

      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Oh fun!! I know, I’m trying to let go of the guilt. Not totally working so far haha. Yessss you and I had the same thought. I want to reread but I need a goal to work towards and a payoff!! Can’t handle those cliffhangers alone again hehe.

  3. Avatar


    Nice list! I don’t know if I can commit to so many challenges like you can! I have a few I might start, but as mine don’t have definitive start dates, I feel like I can commit better that way. We both do have some of the same books to read, though, so hopefully we can swap thoughts! Good luck!

    • Avatar

      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you!! Well luckily for me I picked them because a lot of the books overlap, and they were all books I was planning/hoping to read anyway. Hopefully it won’t overwhelm me! Yes, I’d love to swap thoughts, happy reading :)

  4. Avatar

    Anne @ booksbakingandblogging

    Those are some great challenges! I thought about doing the fairtytale retelling challenge as well, but decided against it in the end. I’m definitely going to check out those books you’ve listed, though, because I LOVE retellings :-)

    • Avatar

      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Yay! Me too, retellings are my favorite! I hope you read some good ones even without the challenge! A Curse Dark As Gold was a favorite of mine last year, it’s based on Rumplestiltskin with more of a historical feel. Really good! And Entwined, loved that one. I might reread it this year :)

  5. Avatar

    Amber @ Books of Amber

    I’m taking part in the Retellings challenge as well and I am SO excited! I’m going for The Wise Princess because I have lost my mind and decided to go for a really difficult level. I hope I can manage it! Good luck with your challenges :D

  6. Avatar

    Titta @ Reading Madness

    I’m participating in the re-reading and retelling challenges too! Really excited about both of them! I haven’t decided yet what books I want to read for them though… Put the library on hold – challenge seems really interesting. Maybe I should have participated in that too because I have a serious problem with getting books and never actually reading them.

    • Avatar

      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Awesome!! I am too! My list is pretty fluid but I just happen to have a lot already that I was thinking about. And the library hold one is cool because it’s forcing me to “clean out” my own shelves! You can always pick your own month to do that :) I like that it’s short but I’d like to do it again at some point this year too.

  7. Avatar


    You have some awesome ambitions in those book challenges. I don’t really participate in book challenges but you make me want to. Anyway I just wanted to say that I love that you are a funko pop collector as well. Just recently became one myself last year. :) Happy Reading!! :)

    • Avatar

      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Thank you! It’s my first time but I’m hoping it’ll help hold me accountable haha. Oh yes, I love them! I have a bunch, probably 15 now haha. Mostly Disney but some Marvel and WWE too :) Thanks, happy reading to you!

      • Avatar


        Mine range from all over the place to Disney, Marvel, to TV and movies. I started small too and now my collection is almost to 100. lol. Good luck with your collection and your reading challenges. :)

  8. Avatar


    The Fariytale challenge sounds awesome! I love retellings as well. I’ve got quite a few on my TBR list for the year. Best of luck on all your challenges!

  9. Avatar

    Danielle @ Love at First Page

    Good luck you, Morgan!
    January should be a great month for you – I loved The Perilous Sea, Illusions of Fate, and Every Word! I’ll be doing the fantasy challenge with you and Jess as well. :)
    I *should* do the re-read challenge but I just don’t think I’d commit properly. :/

  10. Avatar

    Hannah @ So Obsessed With

    LOOOOOVE. I love all the photos in this post – I spotted SO many favorites. And I love so many of the challenges you’ve signed up for :) So glad you’re joining The Re-Read Challenge, too. YAYYYYY! Can’t wait to see how you totally dominate these challenges this year. Hehe!

  11. Avatar

    Alexa S.

    I was about to make a list of all the awesome books you’ve included in the post that I want to say “HECK YES READ IT” about, but then I realized that might make my comment really, really, really long. So let me just say that based on this post, you’re in for an AMAZING reading year!

    We have so many books in common on our reading lists, just based on this post. I think it might be an awesome idea to do a read-along (or at least read some at the same time). What do you saaaaay? (Also, I’m so happy you’re doing the Flights of Fantasy challenge with us!)

    • Avatar

      Morgan @ Gone with the Words

      Hahahah! I love long comments and I’m guilty of leaving them too! I think it’s going to be an amazing reading year, I’m so exciteddd :D YES I love readalongs!! I think we agreed on Seraphina to start, right? (on twitter) Omg I read so much fantasy and really need to get back into it; I’m always drawn in by the premise but I’ve had less time to “concentrate” on reading and I know I need to with all that awesome worldbuilding and intense characters and all :)

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.