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2020 Mid-Year Challenge Updates


OMG it’s June and we are halfway through the year.  It’s been a slow year for reading/listening for me.  Once the COVID-19 hit and we where put into the stay-at-home order I went into a slump.  Some people didn’t and read more, but me I just couldn’t stick with anything.


I’m doing well on some of my challenges and others I’ve boomed so far this year.


How about you? How are you doing on your challenges? Did the COVID-19 affect your reading?

Take a look at my Mid-Year Updates:



My goal is Overdrive Junk 36+.  As you can see I’ve only done 11 out of my 36 and I’ve saved a total of $258.61 from Jan. to June.  I’m glad that my library has a wonderful online selection even though I haven’t been using it much this year. How much have you saved?  Want to join the challenge?  Check it out here!


  1. Side Jobs by Jim Butcher
  2. Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep (Audio)
  3. Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley (Audio)
  4. Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost (Audio)
  5. Perfect Mate by Jennifer Ashley (Audio)
  6. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher (Audio)
  7. Cold Days by Jim Butcher (Audio)
  8. Wolf Trouble by Paige Tyler (Audio)
  9. Wild Cat by Jennifer Estep (Audio)
  10. The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston (Audio)
  11. Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian (Audio)






My goal is Bing Listener 20-30.  I’ve passed that goal and am now shooting for Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+.  Interested in joining the challenge?  Check out all the details here.


  1. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  2. Kill The Queen by Jennifer Estep
  3. Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost
  4. Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  5. Dragon Actually by G.A. Aiken (Re-listen)
  6. About a Dragon by G.A. Aiken (Re-listen)
  7. What a Dragon Should Know by G.A. Aiken (Re-listen)
  8. Pride Mates by Jennifer Ashley
  9. Primal Bonds by Jennifer Ashley
  10. Hard Mated by Jennifer Ashley
  11. Twice Tempted by Jeaniene Frost
  12. Everlasting Bad Boys
  13. Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  14. Perfect Mate by Jennifer Ashley
  15. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  16. Bodyguard by Jennifer Ashley
  17. Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  18. Silver Borne by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  19. River Marked by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  20. Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  21. Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs (Re-listen)
  22. Love and Other Wild Things by Molly Harper
  23. Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
  24. Cold Days by Jim Butcher
  25. Even Tree Nymphs Get The Blues by Molly Harper
  26. Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurenston
  27. Selkies are a Girl’s Best Friend by Molly Harper
  28. Wolf Trouble by Paige Tayler
  29. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs
  30. The Main Event by Shelly Laurenston (Re-listen)
  31. The Beast in Him by Shelly Laurenston (Re-listen)
  32. Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian
  33. Dark Arts and a Daiquiri by Annette Marie 






My goal is New Release Newbie 1-30. If you’re interested in this challenge you can get the details here.


  1. Battle Bond by Lindsay Buroker
  2. Badger to the Bone by Shelly Laurentson
  3. Of Flame and Fury by Cecy Robson
  4. Suddenly Psychic by Elizabeth Hunter
  5. Grave Magic Bounty by Shannon Mayer
  6. Sinister Magic by Lindsay Buroker
  7. Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft by Mandy M. Roth
  8. Iron Master by Jennifer Ashley
  9. Rescued by the Alien Pirate by Celia Kyle
  10. Pack of Lies by Hailey Edwards
  11. How to Love Your Elf by Kerreyln Sparks
  12. Blood & Ash by Deborah Wilde
  13. Sweep with Me by Ilona Andrews
  14. Tangled Truths by Lindsay Buroker






My goal is 12 books on my shelf. I finally picked up 1 out of my goal of 12.  I own the physical book, but picked up the audio at my library.  For a list of the books on my shelf unread click here.  For the sign-up page and details click here.


  1. Born of Darkness by Lara Adrian (Audio)






My goal is to finish all the reviews for books I read in 2019.  I’ve done 23 reviews so far.  For details on this challenge click here.


  1. Sentinel (Galactic Gladiators; House Of Rone, #1)
  2. Defender (Galactic Gladiators: House Of Rone, #2)
  3. Hero (Galactic Gladiators, #3)
  4. Protector (Galactic Gladiators, #4)
  5. Champion (Galactic Gladiators, #5)
  6. Barbarian (Galactic Gladiators, #6)
  7. Beast (Galactic Gladiators, #7)
  8. Rogue: Information Rogue / Desert Rogue (Galactic Gladiators, #8)
  9. Guardian (Galactic Gladiators, #9)
  10. Cyborg (Galactic Gladiators, #10)
  11. Redeeming Zorus (Cyborg Seduction, #6)
  12. Taunting Krell (Cyborg Seduction, #7)
  13. Haunting Blackie (Cyborg Seduction, #8)
  14. Loving Deviant (Cyborg Seduction, #9)
  15. Claimed: Brides of the Kindred Book 1
  16. Hunted (Brides of the Kindred, #2)
  17. Melting Iron (Cyborg Seduction, #3)
  18. Touching Ice (Cyborg Seduction, #4)
  19. No Getting Over a Cowboy (Wrangler’s Creek, #2)
  20. Just Like a Cowboy (Wrangler’s Creek, #2.5)
  21. Branded as Trouble (Wrangler’s Creek, #3)
  22. Pulled by the Tail: Celestial Mates (Tail and Claw #2)
  23. Heat Exchange (Boston Fire, #1)
  24. Star Witch (The Lazy Girl’s Guide To Magic, #2)
  25. Controlled Burn (Boston Fire, #2)






My goal is Discussion Dabbler 1 – 10 discussions.  I’ve passed my goal of 10.  We will see how many more I do this year.  If you’r interested in this challenge you can check it out here.


  1. Book Tag: 20 Questions
  2. The Calendar Book Tag
  3. TTT: What Do You Read In Winter?
  4. The Valentine’s Day Book Tag
  5. 25 Questions Tag – Facts About Me
  6. TTT: Books I Bought Because They Were On Sale
  7. Library Lovers Book Tag!
  8. The #StayAtHome Diaries Tag!
  9. Romance Reader Book Tag
  10. The Burnish Bookish Questions: The Quarantine Edition
  11. Lay out the Beach Towel – It’s Summer Book Tag!
  12. TTT: Lines That Grabbed/Opening Lines
  13. TTT: Books I’ve Added to my TBR and Forgotten Why



I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!


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Reading progress update: I've read 30 out of 352 pages.
The Spectators - Jennifer duBois

In this book there are two narrators, telling two different stories.


Semi is the former lover of the subject of the book, and tells the story of New York from the eyes of a gay man in the 70s and 80s as the AIDS epidemic ravaged the LGBT world. He is a fantastic narrator and I love his portions. He is funny, engaging, sardonic and paints a vivid picture.


When we come to Cel, the present day publicist of the subject of the book. She lacks any personality whatsoever. I find myself getting very bored when she starts telling the story.

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2019 End of Year Challenge Updates


It’s the end of 2019.  It’s time to showcase my Challenge’s and how well I did or didn’t do.  I picked challenges that would help me use my library or read the books I have sitting on my bookshelf and/or eReader.  The only one that focuses on New Releases is the New Releases Challenge.  I also put next to each challenge recommend or not.  Plus I’ll share with you the challenges I signed up to do in 2020 or plan to sign up for.


Recommend Challenge: First off is the Goodreads Reading Challenge. My goal is 150. Same goal I keep each year. I surpassed this goal and am still reading into the new year.


2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Angela (Angel's Guilty Pleasures) has completed her goal of reading 150 books in 2019!






Recommend Challenge: The Audiobook Challenge I set my goal at Stenographer (can listen while multitasking) 10-15. I surpassed my goal and listened to 45 audiobooks in 2019. Challenge Page.


  1. Light My Fire
  2. Last Dragon Standing
  3. The Dragon Who Loved Me
  4. How To Drive a Dragon Crazy
  5. Moonshadow
  6. Smooth-Talking Cowboy
  7. A Tale of Two Dragons
  8. Feel the Burn
  9. Untamed Cowboy
  10. Hot and Badgered
  11. Good Time Cowboy
  12. Hard Riding Cowboy
  13. Masques
  14. Run to Ground
  15. Snowed in with the Cowboy
  16. On the Chase
  17. Bring the Heat
  18. Raor
  19. Wolfsbane
  20. Survive the Night
  21. The Guardians
  22. Sterling
  23. Through the Fire
  24. Lionheart
  25. Sapphire Flames
  26. Wolf Rain
  27. Steal the Dragon
  28. Sweep of the Blade
  29. Trace of Magic
  30. Between Jobs
  31. Bite Me
  32. Three Mages and a Margarita
  33. Between Shifts
  34. Archangel’s War
  35. Wolf With Benefits
  36. Those Texas Nights
  37. No Getting Over A Cowboy
  38. Branded As Trouble
  39. Unbroken Cowboy
  40. Lone Star Cowboy
  41. Just Like a Cowboy
  42. When Demons Walk
  43. The Blacksmith Queen
  44. Heat Exchange
  45. Controlled Burn





Recommend Challenge: For The Backlist Reader Challenge all the books have to be published before 2018.  I set my goal at 30+ backlist books and I read 101, surpassing it by a lot.  For a full list of books read visit here.  




Not Recommend Challenge: For The Love Ebooks 2019 Reading Challenge this was a new challenge for me.  My goal is Phase 3: 21-30. I surpassed this one by a lot.  My total of eBooks read in 2019 is 103.  To see a list of all the eBooks I read visit here.  (I was looking for something to help me read the books I bought or picked up as freebies in eBooks, but this challenge didn’t help me focus on that. It’s all ebooks.)




Recommend Challenge: For the Library Love Challenge I did Overdrive Junkie 36+.  I read and/or listened to 43 books from my local library. Challenge Page.


  1. Smooth-Talking Cowboy (Audio)
  2. Untamed Cowboy (Audio)
  3. Widow’s Web
  4. Small Favor
  5. Good Time Cowboy (Audio)
  6. Hard Riding Cowboy
  7. Burn Bright
  8. Deadly Sting
  9. Kiss of Venom
  10. Midnight Wolf
  11. Wake a Sleeping Tiger
  12. Run to Ground (Audio)
  13. Snowed in with the Cowboy (Audio)
  14. Under Wraps
  15. Mail Order Cowboy
  16. On the Chase (Audio)
  17. Roar (Audio)
  18. Heart of Venom
  19. Survive the Night (Audio)
  20. Turn Coat
  21. Chocolate a la Murder
  22. Urban Enemies 
  23. Broken Soul
  24. Cowboy Wolf Trouble
  25. The Spider
  26. Through The Fire (Audio)
  27. Dark Heir
  28. Changes
  29. Between Jobs (Audio)
  30. Between Shifts (Audio)
  31. Redeeming Zorus
  32. Stealing Coal
  33. Taunting Krell
  34. Haunting Blackie 
  35. Archangel’s War (Audio)
  36. Those Texas Nights (Audio)
  37. Melting Iron
  38. Touching Ice
  39. No getting Over a Cowboy (Audio)
  40. Branded as Trouble (Audio)
  41. Unbroken Cowboy (Audio)
  42. Controlled Burn (Audio)
  43. Heat Exchange (Audio)





Recommend Challenge: The New Release Challenge my goal is 1-30 books per year (New Release Newbie).  I read and/or listened to 27 new releases in 2019.  To see a full list of the 2019 New Releases I read visit here.




Not Recommend Challenge: The Print Only 2019 Reading Challenge is a new challenge for me.  My goal is 11-20 – 1st Edition and I added an additional challenge to myself for this one to read all the books on my bookshelf that I’ve bought or won, but haven’t read yet.  I read 14 physical books.  3 where on my bookshelf and the rest I borrowed from my library.  You can see a list of my books I had on my challenge to read and the ones I did read for this challenge by visiting here.



Last up is the Discussion Challenge:



Recommend Challenge: My goal for this challenge is 1-10 – Discussion Dabbler.  I did 37 posts for this challenge.  You can check them all out by visiting here.



2020 Challenges


For 2020 I’ll be doing the library love since I host.  I’ll be signing up for the goodreads reading challenge, audiobook challenge, new release challenge, and the discussion challenge.  Feel free to check out the challenges and join any or all. 





How did you do this year (2019) on your challenges?  What challenges are your favorites?  Which do you recommend?  I like challenges and keeping track of my reading.  It’s interesting to look back and see how I read; ebooks vs physical vs audio or what genres I like more or do I enjoy more New Releases to the Backlist Titles, etc…  What’s your thoughts?





I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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Angel’s Monthly Wrap Up – April 2018



April was a nice month. I got to spend more time outside. Which I truly love. My flower garden is doing spectacular this year too. I bought a bunch of new flowers to try out. My son helped me pick out the flowers. The blue flower plant is the one he really wanted, since blue is his favorite color. As you can see I got them planted and they are doing spectacular in the garden. My rose bush is also coming back to life thanks to the Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed All Purpose Plant Food I got to spray on my plants.




I also bought some set cushions for my plastic chairs outside. Now everyone has a comfortable place to sit and enjoy the backyard and garden.



April Surprise Email Subscriber Giveaway – Jerry M won a $5 Amazon GC
April Book of Choice Hop – Gaby N. picked eCopy of Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Raining Romance Book Hop – Nikki picked paperback copy of Midnight Heat by Sarah Grimm



April is National Library Week. I do so love my library. Their where several great posts this month featuring libraries, apps, and more. I did a post over at Bea’s Book Nook for her Libraries Around The World feature! This Month, Angel’s Guilty Pleasures & Millbrae, CA, stop on by and check it out.  


Their where also several great April Discussion Topics linked up and featured this month hosted by Feed your Fiction Addiction and It Starts at Midnight. My favorite ones are all the different Library posts. I hope you will hop on over and check out all the great discussions!



  • Win one of two complete sets of Faith Hunter’s Jane Yellowrock novels! Click Here
  • Enter to win a Piper J Drake Gift Basket (print copies of Extreme Honor and Hidden Impact, sports bag, fun Piper J Drake and Corbin swag) Click Here
  • Paperback of Blood Heart by Lexi C. Foss Click Here
  • $10 Amazon GC, ECopy of Murder, She Knit Click Here
  • $10 Amazon, an ecopy of both the books Click Here











April Library Love



Discussion ChallengeGOAL: My level will be 11-20 – Creative Conversationalist


Completed 19 out of 20


Try Something New: My Goal: Level 3: 21-40 books

  1. Pure Heat ~ Author/Series
  2. The One You Want ~ Series
  3. Carrots ~ Author/Series
  4. Cowboy SEAL Homecoming ~ Author/Series
  5. Kiss of Pride ~ Author/Series
  6. A Charming Crime ~ Author/Series
  7. How to Date a Dragon ~ Series
  8. A Taste for a Mate ~ Author/Series
  9. You’ve Got Tail ~ Author/Series
  10. Vampire’s Kiss ~ Author/Series
  11. One Wilde Night ~ Author/Series
  12. Memory Zero ~ Series
  13. The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum ~ Author/Series
  14. Blades of Magic ~ Author/Series
  15. Reckless in Texas – Author/Series
  16. Hot and Badgered – Series
  17. Soul Thing – Author/Series
  18. Dragons Among Them – Series/Author


Audiobook Challenge: My Goal: Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30

  1. The Hotter You Burn
  2. Branded by Fire
  3. Hostage to Pleasure
  4. Carrots
  5. The Closer You Come
  6. The One You Want
  7. Magic Breaks
  8. Magic Stars
  9. Magic Binds
  10. The Harder You Fall
  11. Kiss of Pride
  12. Can’t Hardly Breathe
  13. How to Date Your Dragon
  14. A Taste for a Mate
  15. Can’t Let Go
  16. Clean Sweep
  17. Bonds of Justice
  18. Dead Heat
  19. Blaze of Memory
  20. Magic Shifts
  21. Fire Touched
  22. Play of Passion
  23. Night Broken
  24. Dead Heat
  25. Kiss of Snow
  26. Heart of Obsidian
  27. Wild Embrace
  28. Wild Invitation 


Library Love Challenge: My Goal: Library Card on Fire: Read 60+ books

  1. Midnight Marked
  2. Pure Heat
  3. Hostage to Pleasure – Audio
  4. Banded by Fire – Audio
  5. Can’t Let Go – Audio
  6. Can’t Hardly Breath – Audio
  7. Fuel For Fire
  8. Blood Bound
  9. Bonds of Justice – Audio
  10. Blaze of Memory – Audio
  11. Memory Zone
  12. Play of Passion – Audio
  13. The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum
  14. Blades Of Illusion
  15. Runaway Vampire
  16. Kiss of Snow – Audio
  17. Reckless in Texas 
  18. Heart of Obsidian – Audio
  19. Silence Fallen
  20. Hot and Badgered
  21. Generation 18
  22. Shield of Winter – Audio


The Series That Never… Ends Challenge: My Goal: Level One – 5-9 books – Surviving the Book Tsunami

I picked the Charley Davidson Series (13 books/9 to read) for this challenge. I haven’t read or listen to any of the books I have left in the series, yet!


Goodreads Challenge

GOAL: 150 – Read 65 Books


March Take Control of Your TBR Pile

GOAL: 10 books – Read 12 




Make sure to double check $ pricing. Some books are still free while others are back to their original or sale price. All links lead to Amazon. When you do purchases a book or product through our posts it helps the blog with no added cost to you. All proceeds from the affiliate links support this blog and are used to fund the giveaway’s. It’s all completely anonymous. All support is approached. Thank you!


My Nook, Books, and More I won the March New Release Giveaway Hop and I picked Born of Darkness in paperback. I also won a $20 Amazon GC from Caffeinated Reviewer during the Diversity Hop & $30 Amazon GC from Author Dixie Lee Brown during the Blurb Blitz Tour for Heart of a SEAL, check out her book.




Thank you to the publishers, tour hosts, and authors.


Author ARC’s: Sevan by Mandy M. Roth, Wyvern’s Mate by Deborah Cooke, Wicked Witchcraft by Ella Summers (Newsletter Novella), Twelve Dancing Angels by Ella Summers (Newsletter Novella), Fighting for Everyone by Laura Kay






Amazon Free – Rebel Cowboy, Sinful Intent, The Montana Bride, Witched At Birth, Serious Leigh, Accidental Leigh




Amazon Bought – Desert Roots ($.99c deal), Psychic’s Spell, Untitled Hidden Legacy Novella #1 (Pre-Order), Chocolate With A Side of Murder ($.99c deal), How to Break an Undead Heart, How to Claim an Undead Soul, How to Save an Undead Life, Rome’s Chance



Nook –  Planet Dragos (Pre-Order)




Audiobook – Silence Fallen (1 Credit), Magic Bleeds (1 Credit)




Movies – Thor: Dark World, Doctor Strange, Strictly Ballroom




Wild Invitation, Generation 18, Wild Embrace, Hot and Badgered, Silence Fallen, Soul Thing, How to Break an Undead Heart, Dragons Among Them, Newsletter Exclusives: Volume 1 by Nalini Singh, Heart of Obsidian, Reckless in Texas, Shield of Winter





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I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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It’s March & Take Control Of Your TBR Pile Challenge Has Begun!


Well it’s March and the TBR Take Control Challenge has started. If you would like to join or want more information then stop on by the Caffeinated Reviewer, Click Here,  to check it out.




I deiced to go with books in my box of books or ones I picked up at the library to read for this challenge. I’m planning on listen to or read 10 books from my TBR pile, Goodreads TBR List!


Here are some books/audios I picked out on my list. 


  1. The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter
  2. Tempted & Taken by Rhenna Morgan
  3. Night Myst by Yasmine Galenorn
  4. Hot Pursuit by Julie Ann Walker
  5. Into The Fire by Jeaniene Frost
  6. Fury On Fire by Sophie Jordan
  7. Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  8. Race The Darkness by Abbie Roads
  9. Dragons Among Them by Kyra Jacobs
  10. Runaway Vampire by Lynsay Sands


Now I might add others or not even get to these, but this is what I set up for my goal to get me started.





I was born and raised in Northern Indiana. I’m an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, dog owner, animal, and book lover. I’m the owner, reviewer, and mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy. My favorite shifters are dragons!

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