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Awakening Challenge

Awakening: A New Mini Challenge

I haven’t done one in a while, but there have been several times over the years that I’ve noticed I have a bucket of books with the same title. Off the top of my head, I remember finding that I had 5 called Bound By Blood, 7 that included the phrase Blood Moon, 4 called Blood Lust…Geez, I don’t think I realized they’re all blood related. And because I enjoy finding unexpected patterns and reveling in them, I set these titles aside as reading challenges and read them all together.

I even did the same thing for a character model once, because I kept passing covers on my Goodreads shelves with the same face on them. I called it the Annoying Close-Up Guy Challenge.

‘Annoying closeup guy’ reading challenge wrap-up

I seem to remember not liking many of the books, but the challenge itself, all with essentially the same cover, was extra amusing.

Well, today, I’m setting a new reading challenge for myself. I recently read and reviewed Jennifer Leigh Pezzano’s Awakening. And while I was hunting it up on Goodreads to cross-post my review, I noticed that I have a lot of book with the word Awakening in the title.

Book Review: Awakening, by Jennifer Leigh Pezzano

Between titles and series names I have 25 books that include the word Awakening. And that’s just Awakening, not awakened, or awakens, or just awake. Now, some of these books I’ve read, one of them is on the Did Not Finish shelf, and I’m not prepared to commit to 25 books. (Here they are for reference though.)

books with awakening in the title

So, I’m going to whittle this challenge down to just titles that read Awakening and then stretch it a little to include the two called The Awakening (since they would be shelved as Awakening, The anyway.) That reduces us to 8 books, one of which is an audio book and one I’ve already recently read and reviewed, but I’m counting since it’s what started this challenge in the first place. I actually feel really lucky that these are all either stand-alone or first books in series. How blessed is that?

So, that gives us (in alphabetical order by author’s last name):


The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
Awakening (Talentborn, #1) by C.S. Churton
Awakening (Triorion, #1), by L.J. Hachmeister
The Awakening (Guardian of Spirits, #1), by Kaylee Johnston
Awakening (Covenant College, #1), by Amanda M. Lee
Awakening (The Luriel Cycle, #1), by Melanie Nilles
Awakening (The Shard Cycle, #)1, by Ono Northey
Awakening, by Jennifer Leigh Pezzano

I’ll come back and link the reviews as I finish the books. I am not, however, going to force myself to read them back-to-backwhich is what I usually dobecause I already promised myself to spend March reading books from my physical bookshelves.

So, I’ll start with the audio book (the Amanda M. Lee Awakening) since I need to fold laundry anyway. Then I’ll start hitting the rest of these between physical books. That way I’m not breaking my March promise to myself completely…just bending it a bit when a new, shiny idea came along.

Am I the only one who does this? I know accidentally having multiple books with the same title can only really happen once your library gets past a certain point. I have literally thousands of ebooks, so it’s less surprising to see this sort of thing happen that it would be if I owned 200 books. But still, anyone else set little mini-challenges for themselves?

Edit: Here is a link to the wrap-up post. I ended up reading 12, instead of 8, books called Awakening.

Review Alphabet Challenge

Book Review Alphabet Challenge

This is just something to do for a little fun. The idea is to find a book review, from this blog, with a title that starts with every letter of the alphabet. It’s kind of similar to my yearly Author Alphabet Challenge, except that I’ll be using titles instead of authors and I’ll pull from all the years See Sadie Read has been active.

I got the idea from seeing something similar on someone else’s blog, except they were making book recommendations instead of using their reviews. It wasn’t until later that I decided to play along and unfortunately I didn’t’ bookmark the post to give them credit and now I can’t find it again. I think it might have been Westveil Publishing, but I’m not certain.

Ok, to set the rules. I’m going to start A in 2013 and come forward one year for each letter, skipping it if no book with the needed letter appears in that year. Once I hit 2020, I’ll loop back to 2013 and keep going. I’ll try and choose books without particles, but if the pickings get slim, standard particle rules apply. This means there is a certain amount of randomness, instead of deliberate choice, invloved here. You know how I love to let fate influence my choices.

So, let’s see what we can do.

Review of Harper Alexander’s Ace (The Queen, the Jack, and the Master, #1)

Review of Beyond The Veil (The Veil Series, #1), by Pippa Dacosta

Review of Chance in Hell (Chance Lee #1), by Patrick Kampman

Review of Documenting Light, by EE Ottoman

Review of Eleanor, by Jason Gurley

Review of Flotsam (Peridot Shift #1), by R.J. Theodore

Review of Geist (Book of the Order #1), by Philippa Ballantine

Review of Heart of the Fae and Veins of Magic, by Emma Hamm

Review of In His Majesty’s Service, by Elizabeth Silver & Jenny Urban

Review of Justice Calling (The Twenty-Sided Sorceress #1), by Annie Bellet

Review of Kamikaze: Run Rabbit Run, by Alan & Carrie Tupper & Havana Nguyen

Review of Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse #1), by James S.A. Corey

Review of Midnight’s Daughter (Dorina Basarab #1), by Karen Chance

Review of New Moon, by Megan J. Parker & Nathan Squiers (+ Giveaway)

Review of S.B. Alexander’s On the Edge of Humanity

Review of Pixie Dust (Karli Lane, #1), by Laura Lee

Review of Queen Moxie, by Hank Quense

Review of Reclaiming Our Space, by Feminista Jones

Review of Laura Brewer’s Selarial’s Song

Review: Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas

Review of Untamed, Anna Cowan

Review of Vespers (Hours of the Night #1), by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt

Review of When I’m Bad, I’m Better, by K.F. Johnson

Review of An Excess Male, by Maggie Shen King

Review of Yakuza Pride (The Way of the Yakuza #1), by H.J. Brues

Review of Zoo City, by Lauren Beukes

There, I’ve done it! Welllll, mostly.  I totally cheated for my old nemesis X. Every time I do an alphabet challenge there X is to catch me out. LOL. Apparently, in all the years I’ve been reviewing on this blog (since 2013) I’ve not read a single book with a title starting with X. I’ll have to read one now. It’ll bother me that I had to cheat. I promoed one called Xavier on Sadie’s Spotlight earlier this month. Maybe I’ll have to pick it up. There’s also a Listopia for it on Goodreads. So, I’ll fix this.

I enjoyed this. It was both easier and harder than I expected. But I had fun going through some of my older, forgotten reviews*. I also love that had I started somewhere different, say moved backwards from 2020, instead of forward from 2013, for example, I’d have a totally different list (though still short and X title).

All in all, it was a pleasant way to spend a Monday evening. Hope you enjoy.

*On a side note, I really need to fix 2013’s links that broke when I changed providers