365 Days of YA Reading Challenge 2015 – January Link-Up

The time has come!! Now that we’re more than halfway through the first month of the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge, Kate and I are debuting the official link up  post for January! Thank you so much for participating in January’s 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge!  If you are new to our challenge check out the Epic Reads infographic and read our intro post.  We will have another sign-up post in February. Hopefully it’s been an amazing month of reading and you’re ready to share your reviews of the books you’ve selected from the Epic Reads infographic.


We can’t wait to see all of the amazing books you guys have read this month and to celebrate that, Epic Reads has generously donated FIVE copies of Amy Ewing’s The Jewel to give away this month. Now, in order to be entered into the drawing, you must link up your January reviews/re-cap post/365 Days of YA Goodreads shelf at the linky below no later than Saturday, January 31st at 11:59mp EST.

Additional entries can be earned by taking part in the photo challenges Kate and I will be hosting each week. Stay tuned each Monday morning for a new photo challenge! Kate and I will announce them on our Twitter and Instagram feeds, and each week you submit a photo is another entry for our monthly giveaway! You still have time to get your entry in for this week’s challenge; a photo of your January TBR pile! Hurry up though, entries close this Sunday at 11:59pm EST. A new challenge will be posted by 8:00am EST on Monday, January 19.


  • Link up your January reviews/re-cap post/365 Days of YA Goodreads shelf no later than Saturday, January 31st at 11:59mp EST using the link below.
  • Please provide a DIRECT link to your post or Goodreads 365 Days of YA shelf.
  • Each person who links up their reviews/re-cap post/ Goodreads shelf will be entered into the January drawing for a copy of The Jewel.
  • Earn additional entries by submitting your photos in our weekly photo challenges posted on Kate’s Twitter and Instagram and Sarah’s Twitter and Instagram every Monday morning.
  • Five winners will be selected – US ONLY! For you international folks, stay tuned for our seasonal giveaways.



365 Days of YA Challenge: Favorite Snowy Day Reads

Happy Monday friends, and welcome to the first in a year-long series of  themed posts as part of the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge. A couple of times each month, Kate and I will share some fun bookish posts that will be perfectly timed for the season to inspire your challenge reading lists!

Hint: Make sure you read to the end of this post for a fun annoucement!


This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite snowy day reads, and if you head to Kate’s blog you can see books she’s paired with candles!


When I think of snowy days, I think of sitting by the fire, all bundled in blankets and reading a book! This time of year I typically gravitate towards fantasy YA, so todays post features a whole lot of fantasy, which is perfect for escaping the winter blues!

These first two series have books that were released in the winter months, and lucky for us, each happens to have a book coming out THIS year as well!


The Lunar ChroniclesFairest releases January 27th

 The Scarlet Series – Lion Heart releases May 19th

The next three series I selected are all favorites of mine and are a perfect way to escape into a different world. They also all feature some pretty pivotal scenes that took place in a snowy landscape, so it’s easy to get sucked right in when the snow is blowing and the wind is howling outside your window. If you live in an area that doesn’t get cold this time of year, then even better! You’ll get your dose of winter for sure.


Girl of Fire and Thorns series
The Grisha Trilogy
Throne of Glass series

Finally, my last group of books are all new releases this winter that I’m eagerly anticipating! I’ll be reading all of these very soon, so stay tuned for reviews!

SnowyDays3The Conspiracy of Us / The Sin Eater’s Daughter / The Winner’s Crime
A Wicked Thing / Red Queen / The Orphan Queen

Here’s hoping my snowy day list inspires you to add some to your Winter reading list! If you haven’t already, we’d love to have you join us for the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge!

Sign up here and join in the fun!


Each week Kate and I will be hosting a photo challenge on Twitter and Instagram that will earn you more entries into the monthly giveaways (US only) and seasonal giveaways (open internationally)! This week’s challenge runs until 11:59pm on Sunday, January 18th.

Theme for week of January 12th: Your January TBR

Just post a photo of all the books you plan to read in January, and make sure you tag it with the official #365DaysofYA hashtag to earn extra entries. In order to earn these extra entries into the giveaways, you must be signed up as an official challenge participant. Sign up here!

365 Days of YA Challenge: My January TBR

I’m happy to report that the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge is up to more than 30 participants! Kate and I are thrilled with all of the excitement and involvement we’ve seen already, and can’t wait to see where this challenge takes us. We have a lot of fun stuff planned…

  • Weekly photo challenges that will earn you extra entries in the monthly book giveaways & random surprise giveaways (both are US only and hosted by Epic Reads). Stay tuned….first one starts THIS Monday!
  • Seasonal giveaways hosted by Kate and I that are open internationally!
  • Monthly Twitter chats!
  • Monthly link-ups where you can share your reviews or progress reports for how you did that month!

So, if you haven’t already signed up, make sure you go here and join in the fun!


January is only the beginning of this year-long challenge…
so let’s get started and dominate!

Now that I say that though, I’m here to report that I’ll only be reading ONE book as part of the challenge for the month of January. My reading schedule is pretty jam-packed this month, BUT I did manage to make some time to read the much-anticipated debut novel from Victoria Aveyard, RED QUEEN!


source: goodreads

But…you guys….LOOK at the infographic below and see all of the amazing books YOU can read for January! Now remember, the great part about this challenge is that you can use this infographic to pick and choose what you want to do! So, for January, I decided to only focus on the SEASONAL challenge. But as you’ll find out next month, I’ll start to kick it up a notch and read some weekly series challenges and some of the suggested daily reads, although not in ONE day! I’m not THAT good!


click for larger view

 Now, after all that, don’t you want to join?! You know you do! Well, what are you waiting for? CLICK HERE and sign up now!

Join the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge

Myself and Kate over at Literary Kate are co-hosting the 365 Days of YA Reading Challenge!  This challenge is inspired by Epic Reads’ 365 Days of YA info graphic.  The best part about our challenge is that you can read as much or as little as you wish.  Do you have brand new releases that you’ve been dying to read?  What about the books that have been sitting on your shelves for a few years?  New and old titles are part of this challenge!

We’re so thrilled that Epic Reads will be partnering with us on this challenge for monthly book giveaways and periodic ARC giveaways (US ONLY). As an added bonus, Kate and I will also be offering four seasonal prize package giveaways that will be open internationally for those participating in the challenge.


Here’s an example of how you could custom build
your reading challenge!

As you can see on the graphic below the team over at Epic Reads offer reading suggestions for each day, week, month or for the entire Winter season. As part of this challenge I have chosen to focus on the SEASONAL suggestions and read those. So between January and March I will read Red Queen…BUT I’ll probably also add in a read of the Newsoul series (Incarnate, Asunder and Infinite) during week 12 as shown below. See, you can totally make this YOUR challenge based on your existing plans for the year.



  • Sign up for the challenge below and submit a link to your blog, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr etc. that contains a “To Be Read” list that matches up with the books found on the 365 Days of YA graphic (The individual titles are listed on the Epic Reads post as well).  You can also include your personal reading goals for this challenge (book a day, series a week, monthly picks etc.)
  • Keep track of what you read and at the end of each month post an update on your social media network of choice about what you read.  Feel free to include review links as well.
  • Submit a link to your update on the appropriate monthly link-up post here on the blog
  • Use the #365DaysofYA for any social media posts
  • Only books read in 2015 will count towards this challenge
  • Read the books in any order you like
  • Choose your own reading adventure!  This is YOUR challenge so make it fit what’s important to you!
  • Have fun and make new reading friends!
  • Contact Kate (Twitter: @literarykate) or Sarah (Twitter: @whatsarahread) if you have any questions. You can also email us at literaryexplorations@gmail.com OR whatsarahread@gmail.com.
We will also be hosting monthly Twitter chats with the #365DaysofYAChat.  We will post the dates and times when they become available!


Ready to jump into the challenge for January?  Sign-ups will close on the 31st.  Each month will have it’s own sign-up and wrap-up posts.