Monday, December 17, 2018

Birth Year Reading Challenge

I seem to have developed a new compulsion - signing up for reading challenges!
But this new one is intriguing, hosted by "Hotchpot Cafe".
When I checked the books published the year I was born, I was amazed at how many classics were published and how many I hadn't read.
So, I am aiming to read as many as I can for this year. (and there are even prizes!)


1. Join anytime before March 1, 2019. The challenge ends at midnight EST on December 31, 2019.

2. If you're a prior participant in the BYRC and have already mined out the books from your birth year, you may substitute the birth year of a close family member as your year of choice. One year per participant per challenge, please.

3. Books may come from your TBR pile or list, but they don’t have to.

4. Overlaps with other challenges are allowed and encouraged.

5. Change your book list at any time.

6. Reviews and reactions are encouraged, but you don’t need to have a blog to participate.

7. All genres and formats are eligible. If it’s a book, it counts. But for the book to count toward the Grand Prize and the Barnburner Prize, it must be 100 or more pages long.

8. One candle is awarded for each qualifying book you read. There is no limit on how few or how many candles you can earn.

9. Candles will be tracked at a “Progress & Reviews page” in the sidebar.

10. After you sign up, tell your friends! A sign-up post on your own blog would be very nice. Feel free to borrow the button for display on your blog, also.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

VIRTUAL Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019

This new challenge is just what I need to spur me on to read those books that I keep returning to the library unread as I have too many I want to read and then run out of time. I keep a record of those that have been recommended and then I return.
Bev at "My Reader's Block" is hosting the VirtualMount TBR Reading Chaqllenge - the sister of the Mount TBR Challenge I have already signed up for. These are two good companion challenges - hopefully I will clear a lot of my TBR books. I am aiming for at least 26 each.(so I plan to climb Mt. Crumpit!)


a Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge Books for all those folks with mile-long "wish-list" of TBRs who would like a chance to climb as well. The strategy and general set-up is the same--except you don't have to own the books. Heard about a great book from a friend, took note of the title, and then never got around to reading it? Saw a book online that you thought sounded intriguing but you keep putting off ordering it up from the library? You borrowed a book from somebody and need an extra push to read it and return it? This is the place for you!

Challenges Levels:
Mount Rum Doodle: Read 12 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Crumpit: Read 24 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Munch: Read 36 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
White Plume Mountain: Read 48 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Stormness Head: Read 60 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Mindolluin: Read 75 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Seleya: Read 100 books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library
Mount Olympus: Read 150+ books from your Virtual TBR/Wish List/Library

[In keeping with the virtual nature of the challenge, all mountains are fictional (references in comment below). How many do you recognize? The only one shared by both TBR challenges is Olympus--both fictional and on Mars. However, since I don't know actual heights, I have arbitrarily assigned the levels.]

The Rules:
~Once you choose your challenge level you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you are on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a "taller" mountain, then you are welcome to upgrade. All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

~Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019. You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided you have 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you on that.

~[UPDATE] Just to be clear: this challenge is only for books you do not own. They may be borrowed from the library, a friend, found on a free e-book site (like Project Gutenberg), or anywhere else that allows you to temporarily checkout the book. Also--unlike Mount TBR, there is no date limit on your wish list. If you see a book online that strikes your fancy after January 1 and you just have to go get it from the library, then it absolutely counts. 

~Rereads may count if you have not read it within the last five years [my arbitrary pick for a limit].

~You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things; you do not plan to ever finish it; and you move it off your mountain. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at leas 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as another step on the hike.

~Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

~There will be a year-end check points and prize drawing! [Since I'm adding an extra challenge to my round-up, I'm going to have to reduce the number of check points/prizes on all my challenges. I wish I could afford to give you all prizes!]

~A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign-up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers please leave a comment declaring your challenge level--OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will offer this challenge there as well. Feel free to sign up HERE if that's where you want to participate.

Friday, December 14, 2018

HSLBINGO Reading Challenge

I love the idea of a bingo-style reading challenge and chose this one from Amy of HSL - the choices are varied and interesting. This challenge will dove well with my other challenges.
I do hope to read all of books!


If you, too, are looking for a way to organize your (endless) reading lists for 2019, consider our Reading Challenge Bingo — it’s flexible enough to work for you and your younger readers and a fun way to keep track of what you’re reading throughout the year. You can be as ambitious as you like: Complete the whole card by reading 25 books, or just complete a row or two.

 Scroll to the bottom of this post if you want to download a PDF copy for yourself.

2019 Review Writing Challenge

I just discovered this challenge at "Feeding Your Addiction" (where you can find the master list of challenges!).
I like the idea of challenging myself to write more reviews. Now I may do 10 or so for WOW! Women on Writing, but I'd like to do more.

So for this challenge, I plan to write a review a week, of books that I read for other challenges.
That means 52 reviews for the year.

Are you like me and sometimes the writing mojo leaves
you when you have to write a review?
Well, last year I challenged myself to write 50 reviews.
This year let’s make it 75!
Now I want to challenge you and me to write those reviews!


Set a goal of how many reviews you want to write in 2019.


Post them on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble or your own blog.


January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019

Sign Up   HERE

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

52 Books in 52 Weeks

This is another favourite challenge - the 52 Books in 52 Weeks hosted by Liz Mannegren at MommyMannegren

Here are the guidelines
The goals for this challenge are simple: stretch yourself out of your regular reading habits, read more, and have fun with it! While there are no “rules” to this challenge, here are a few helpful notes to keep in mind as you get started:
1. Don’t stress about whether or not you get through all 52 categories. The goal is simply to read more. (Whatever that looks like FOR YOU.) Set a goal for yourself and see if you can reach it.
2. Venture out of your usual section of the library/bookstore. As tempting as it may be to slot your regular reading into every category, use this as an opportunity to branch out a little too. These categories are a great way to uncover new authors and genres that you might not otherwise read.
3. Interpret the categories in whatever way you like. Feel free to use the fullness of your creativity and imagination as you pick books for each category. If you think a book fits a certain category, then it does!
4. Read books you like! This isn’t meant to be a stressful challenge. Due to our natural reading preferences some of the categories will be more difficult to complete than others — but just have fun with it! Do a little research and find books that not only fit that category but that you’ll also enjoy reading.
5. Join the Facebook Group. The Facebook group is the perfect place to meet fellow readers and discuss the books we’re reading. We help each other out with ideas for different categories, share reviews, and talk about all things books! (Plus, it’ll help you out with this year’s category “A book suggested by someone else in the challenge.”)
Here are the categories:
  1. Published in 2019:
  2. An Author You've Never Heard of Before:
  3. Book You've Read Before:
  4. With a Strong Female Lead:
  5. A Play:
  6. Set in the Southern USA:
  7. Memoir on Someone You Admire:
  8. Set in the Victorian Era:
  9. Character With a Career You Wish You Had:
  10. A Plant on the Cover:
  11. Published the Year You Graduated School:
  12. Graphic Novel:
  13. Featuring Music:
  14. An Ugly Cover:
  15. Teen as Main Character:
  16. Retelling of a Well-Known Story:
  17. Set During a Holiday:
  18. Picked Out for You By Someone Else:
  19. Gothic Fiction Novel:
  20. Book About Time Travel:
  21. Title That Starts With the Letter "J":
  22. Fantasy Novel:
  23. True Crime Novel:
  24. Self-Published Book:
  25. Name of a Color in the Title:
  26. One-Word Title:
  27. Book That Makes You Mad:
  28. Discusses Mental Health:
  29. Published by HarperCollins:
  30. Author Who Uses Initials:
  31. Book That Everyone's Talking About:
  32. A Western:
  33. Book About a Cult:
  34. Nominated for (But Didn't Win) the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards:
  35. Sports-Related Book:
  36. Humorous Novel:
  37. Set in South America:
  38. Allegorical Book:
  39. Military-Related (Fiction or Nonfiction):
  40. Character Who is an Immigrant:
  41. Book Suggested by Someone Else in the Challenge:
  42. A Family Member's Favorite Book:
  43. Children's Book:
  44. Author Who uses a Pseudonym:
  45. A "Beach-Read":
  46. First Book You See in a Bookstore or Library:
  47. Set in a Country You've Visited:
  48. Set in a Post-Apocalyptic World:
  49. A Speed Read:
  50. A Fairy Tale:
  51. Book About Organized Crime/the Mob:
  52. An Audiobook:

PopSugar 2019 Reading Challenge

I have thoroughly enjoyed the 2018 PopSugar Challenge. It was a challenge at times to find just the right book, but it forced me to expand my reading. So I am already looking forward to the 2019 version. This time I hope to do the advanced list as well.
I did not participate much in the Goodreads' discussions but I hope to do that more next year.

Here's the details and a link to the printable.

For the Love of eBooks Reading Challenge

Although I prefer to hold a print book when I read, I do enjoy reading ebooks. I belong to Bookbub and Freebooksy and have a very full Kindle! But I have discovered some wonderful writers and read some great series.
So I plan to join in with this challenge and just enjoy reading more ebooks.

Here are the guidelines from Tina from "As Told by Tina"

For The Love Of eBooks Reading Challenge Details:
  • For The Love Of EBooks starts on January 1st to December 31st and you can sign up any time.
  • Every book must be an eBook. (EBooks, eARCs, library eBooks etc.)
  • All genres count.
  • Re-Reading and crossovers for other challenges are encouraged.
  • You don’t need to be a blogger to join. You can just share that you are joining on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Just spread the word.
  • If you are a blogger, I’d love for you to make a sign up post (you can include other challenges you’re joining too, I don’t mind), just to help spread the word.
  • Use the hash tag #ForTheLoveOfBooks19 to keep up with everyone’s progress.
  • I’ll have a link up open every last Wednesday of the month, so you can link up your reviews. (I’m not sure if I’ll have a prize yet due to my current financial situation).
For The Love Of Ebooks Level Details:
  • Phase 1 – 1-10
  • Phase 2 – 11-20
  • Phase 3 – 21-30
  • Phase 4- 31-40
  • Phase 5- 40+