2016 Wattpad Reading Challenge Info and Sign Up

A few months ago I learned of this magical place where people can share their stories, books, and writing. It’s been called the “Youtube for writing.”
This place is called Wattpad.
I want to commit to reading stories on Wattpad so decided what better way to do that then create a reading challenge?
The Reading Challenge Rules:
 
This challenge will begin January 1st, 2016 and end December 31st, 2016.
You must create a profile on Wattpad to be able to use the site.
Some authors share their stories in installments. A story on Wattpad does not need to be completed in order to count.
You can only count a story once. This means if a story has five parts added later, it may not count as five more stories.
If you started reading a story in 2015 and parts were added to it after Jan 1, 2016 you may count it.
There are five levels to this challenge.
 
Level 1: Just Curious About Wattpad
Read 1 – 5 stories on Wattpad
Level 2: Wattpad Newbie
Read 6 – 10 stories on Wattpad

Level 3: Wattpad Explorer
Read 11 – 15 stories on Wattpad

Level 4: Wattpad Lover
Read 16 – 20 stories on Wattpad

Level 5: Wattpad Fandom
Read 20+ stories on Wattpad

You may move up or down in levels if you need to.

If you are a book blogger or booktuber please give a review of the story.

Is there anything else I should know?

You do not need a blog to participate in this challenge. You can sign up using any social media profile (including your Wattpad profile).

Please post, tweet, blog, pin, and Instagram about my challenge to spread the word.

Please post, tweet, blog, pin, and Instagram about the stories you read. This helps more authors get their work read on Wattpad.

Use the hashtag #2016WattpadRC on social media.

Check back here or follow me on Twitter @hippiesreadtoo for info about Wattpad Readathons I will host throughout the year.

Sign up using Linky Tools below and the comment sharing the level you are choosing.

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

I heard that Nicholas Sparks’s new novel was a thriller. So when I saw this in the 7-day express section of my library I snatched it up. It kept me hooked until the end.

First the book description:

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. With a history of violence and bad decisions behind him and the threat of prison dogging his every step, he’s determined to walk a straight line. To Colin, that means applying himself single-mindedly toward his teaching degree and avoiding everything that proved destructive in his earlier life. Reminding himself daily of his hard-earned lessons, the last thing he is looking for is a serious relationship.

Maria Sanchez, the hardworking daughter of Mexican immigrants, is the picture of conventional success. With a degree from Duke Law School and a job at a prestigious firm in Wilmington, she is a dark-haired beauty with a seemingly flawless professional track record. And yet Maria has a traumatic history of her own, one that compelled her to return to her hometown and left her questioning so much of what she once believed.

A chance encounter on a rain-swept road will alter the course of both Colin and Maria’s lives, challenging deeply held assumptions about each other and ultimately, themselves. As love unexpectedly takes hold between them, they dare to envision what a future together could possibly look like . . . until menacing reminders of events in Maria’s past begin to surface.

As a series of threatening incidents wreaks chaos in Maria’s life, Maria and Colin will be tested in increasingly terrifying ways. Will demons from their past destroy the tenuous relationship they’ve begun to build, or will their love protect them, even in the darkest hour?

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, SEE ME reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us . . . and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize. 

Geez, I don’t think that description was long enough.

I always worry a bit when an established author tries a new genre but Sparks did a great job here. Some of his fans aren’t too happy. If you are one who hates thrillers or crime dramas I can understand why you didn’t like this book. (Although it does seem he touched on the thriller genre in The Guardian as well where a stalker also kills a dog. Yes a dog gets killed in this book too.)

While it was a solid effort at a thriller it wasn’t perfect. The first 200 pages reads like a contemporary romance then suddenly switches to a thriller. Sparks doesn’t mesh the two styles together well.

Also there wasn’t enough build up of suspense. The scene where Maria’s home is trashed would have been better before the stalker confronts her not after. The story would have been better if Sparks had put small but subtle tension in the first 200 pages. Like Maria feeling she’s being watched or noticing her stuff moved around.

It was hard for me to believe Maria was in her thirties much less a lawyer. She seemed so immature to me in her speech and mannerisms. It kind of irritated me that she was so passive. Both Colin and her best friend seemed to always have to fight her battles for her. It was impossible for me to imagine her being tough enough to be an assistant DA.

However, I really liked Colin despite his horrible habit of saying okay to everything. I love underdog stories and a bad boy, bodybuilding, tattooed fighter is exactly my type. I especially liked how he turned his faults into strengths and it’s what helps him be the hero. Although I think he should change his major from teacher to criminal law because he showed he’d be an excellent detective.

The twist at the end of the book really pulled the whole story together. The mystery of who was stalking Maria kept me reading to the very end. My rating is .

The Shadowhunters Countdown Reading Challenge Info and Sign Up

What is so special about March 8, 2016?
Cassandra Clare will be releasing Lady Midnight, book one of her new Shadowhunters series The Dark Artifices.
Then, in 2017, Cassandra Clare is promising a sequel trilogy to The Infernal Devices called The Last Hours.
Not to mention the Shadowhunters television series which will be coming next year.
Are you ready? Well I’m not! I still haven’t finished reading all of the other Shadowhunters books. This is why I created this reading challenge.
There are three levels to this challenge.
 
LEVEL 1: Read The Mortal Instruments series only. This includes:
 
City of Bones
City of Ashes
City of Glass
City of Fallen Angels
City of Lost Souls
City of Heavenly Fire
LEVEL 2: Read The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments. The Infernal Devices is a prequel series. This includes all the books listed above at level 1 as well as:

Clockwork Angel
Clockwork Prince
Clockwork Princess

LEVEL 3: Read The Infernal Devices, The Mortal Instruments, The Tales from The Shadowhunter Academy, and other Shadowhunters books. This includes all the books from level 1, level 2, as well as:Welcome to Shadowhunter Academy
The Lost Herondale
The Whitechapel Fiend
Nothing but Shadows
The Evil We Love
Pale Kings and Princes
Bitter of Tongue
The Fiery Trial
Born to Endless Night
Angels Twice Descending

The Bane Chronicles

The Shadowhunter’s Codex

Shadowhunters and Downworlders: A Mortal Instruments Reader

Is there anything else I should know?

BOOKS DO NOT NEED TO BE REREAD! If you have finished a book before this challenge started it will count!

You do not need a blog to participate. You can sign up using any social media profile.

Please post, tweet, blog, pin, and Instagram about my challenge to spread the word.

Use the hashtag #ShadowhuntersCRC on social media

Sign up using Linky Tools below and the comment sharing the level you are choosing.