My Personal Reading Challenge


My Mother and I have created this Challenge for ourselves to complete in 2016.

I am not limiting myself to these books in 2016 as I have read a couple that doesn’t fit the categories already

The Categories can include whole series or single books

The Categories are:
1. Western History
2. New Release
3. Novel by a famous person (that isn’t famous for being an author)
4. Non-Fiction
5. Classic Novel
6. Murder Mystery
7. Book rated in the top 50 for 2015
8. Kids book (more than 30 pages)
9. A book that was made into a movie
10. Fantasy
11. Australian History
12. Book that was made into a TV show

So that’s the categories, I’ll duplicate the list below and indicate which i have finished


11. Fantasy
The Watersong Series by Amanda Hocking
Series consists of Wake, Lullaby, Tidal and Elegy

1. Western History
Traitor’s Gate by Michael Ridpath


6. Murder Mystery

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie


11. Australian History
Where The Outback Drovers Ride by Bruce Simpson


9. A book that was made into a movie

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
Series consists of:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


2. New Release
This Is Where The World Ends by Amy Zhang


8. Kids book (more than 30 pages)
Part of the Rondo Series by Emily Rodda

  • The Key to Rondo 
  • The Wizard of Rondo

4. Non-Fiction
Harry Potter: The Character Vault by Jody Revenson


7. Book Rated in the Top 50 for 2015 
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff


12. Book that was made into a TV Show
City of Bones by Cassandra Clare


5. Classic Novel
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien


Categories not yet completed:

I will also post under each option that I’m thinking about for each category

3. Novel by a famous person (that isn’t famous for being an author)

  • Elixir by Hilary Duff
  • The Truth About Diamonds by Nicole Richie




Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) – Alwyn Hamilton Review


Title: Rebel of the Sands
Series Name: Rebel of the Sands
Book Number: 1st book in series
 Alwyn Hamilton
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult
Publication Date:
March 8th, 2016
Faber & Faber
5 Star

Goodreads Synopsis:

She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.


First review, where do I start??

Firstly I love a book with a strong female character who is breaking away from what she knows.

So Amani was a favourite character for me!

This was definitely a book full of twists and turns! Whilst reading I was constantly trying to think of what was going to happen next but I was never right, which I love.

There are a lot of dark concepts flying around in this book and definitely more than enough monsters hiding the dark! The world that Alwyn Hamilton created in this book was unreal, so much so that I could imagine it every step of the way. However she left enough description unwritten about certain things, like the monsters, this made you fear them as a reader and fear for the characters encountering them.

I also loved the romance that came through is this novel as our Blue Eyed Bandit (Amani) met a foreigner nicknamed the Eastern Snake.

Word also has it that this book will be the first book of a Trilogy! That will definitely be a purchase I don’t even have to think about. Can’t Wait!

“A new dawn, a new desert”

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