Thursday, November 29, 2018

Reading Challenge Addict

I am definitely a Reading Challenge Addict.

This challenge will actually be my "central sorting station" as I work
through the many challenges I plan to participate in, in 2019. Being
 retired certainly has its benefits - I read every day.

Here are the guidelines:(Check here to sign up!)
How addicted are you? 
  • Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • In Flight: 11-15 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
  • Out of This World: 16+ Challenges (Entered & Completed)
We're not making this a difficult challenge, actually, it's going 
to be very simple!
  1. Each edition of the challenge will run January 1- December 31.
  2. Write a starting post joining the challenge 
  3. Track all of your challenge accomplishments.
  4. Comment like crazy and offer support for your fellow addicts.
  5. Have FUN!

Challenges I have signed up for (as well as the link to the post 
I created for it)

8. 2019 Picture Book Reading Challenge

11. Diversify Your Reading Challenge

12. Learn Something New 2019 Reading Challenge

13. Connect Five Books Reading Challenge

16. Virtual Mount TBR Reading Challenge

17. 2019 Writing Review Challenge

18. The 2019 Resist Reading Challenge

19.Beyond the Bookends

20. While I was Reading 2019

21. Bookish Resolutions Challenge

22. Good Rules Reading Challenge

23. Modern Mrs. Darcy's Reading Challenge

24. Non-Fiction Book Bingo 2019 Challenge

I am also hosting my own challenge this year - the Jane Austen Book Club Challenge

I will be "Out of the World" if I complete all these challenges! 
Looking forward to reading in 2019!

Monday, November 19, 2018

2019 Charity Reading Challenge

"Becky's Book Reviews" is hosting the 2019 Charity Reading Challenge - where as we read, we are helping different charities. I love this idea. i already buy many books at Goodwill or St. Vincent De Paul's, 2 thrift shops. i plan to continue to do so next year.

Here's the guidelines.

Charity Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: January-December 2019
# of books: You decide

Sign up by leaving a comment.

Read for a good cause! Buy books at a charity shop, or, even a friends of the library book sale, or, donate a certain percentage of money for each book you read for the challenge. You can choose your own goal of how many books to read, what charity you'll be donating money towards, how much money, etc. (For example, you might want to donate $1 for each paperback you read, or, $3 for every hardback you read. You can work out the details yourself.)


  • Books and audio books, so long as purchased from a charity shop (or library book sale), count. E-books count if you donate a certain percentage of money to the charity of your choice. (You may read ANY book you choose if you donate your set amount.) Brand new books, old-and tattered out-of-print books. Both are welcome!
  • You do not need a blog to participate. You can comment on this post or any challenge-related post to update others on your progress. 
  • Any qualifying book finished in 2019 can count towards the challenge.
  • Books can be of any length and be written for any audience. This challenge does not exclude picture books. 
  • Qualifying books can be books you've intended to read for ages, or, impulse buys!(Who goes into a charity shop with a list?!)
  • No list is required, but, you can make one as you go if you like. The fun thing about this challenge is that everyone's list is going to be unique!
  • You may read for more than one charity if you like.

Middle Grade Reading Challenge

There are 2 reading challenge hosted at "Becky's Book Reviews - that involves reading middle grade and picture books . As I am working on writing a middle grade novel and as well writing picture books,  these challenges will allow me to read mentor texts and improve my writing.
I plan to  read as many MG novels as I can.

Here are the guidelines for the Middle Grade Challenge:

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (signup)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: minimum of 6

Option 1: Read six middle grade books of your choice.
Option 2: Choose one author to focus on. Perhaps read through an entire author's work. 
Option 3: Read as few as six, or as many as you like, from their  checklist

Here are the guidelines for the Picture book Challenge:

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2019
Goal: To have adults read more picture books. To celebrate the fact that picture books are for everyone! Families are, of course, welcome to join in!
# of books: minimum of 6

Option 1: Read six picture books of your choice.
Option 2: Read at least six books from their checklist(s) .

ABC Wednesday - T is for Thanks

This week at ABC Wednesday, T gets the nod.
This week is also Thanksgiving in the US.

So - T is for Thanks and Thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

The 2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge has now been posted at Girl XOXO.
 I am thoroughly enjoying it this year - only one more motif to do!

Here are the motifs for next year:

2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

JANUARY – New to You Author
Read a book by an author whose writing you’ve never read before.
FEBRUARY – Cover Love
Yes. We’re giving you permission to judge a book by its cover and read a book with a cover that really caught your eye.
MARCH – Royalty, Kingdoms, Empires, Governments
Read a book in which the character is involved in a ruling or governing body in some way.
APRIL – Crack the Case
Read a mystery, detective story, true crime, cozy mystery, or book involving a puzzle to solve.
MAY – One Sitting Reads
Read something that is short enough you could get through it in one sitting- try a graphic novel, comic book, short story, essay, or short collection of poetry.
JUNE – Diversify Your Reading
Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own or read about a culture you want to learn more about.
JULY – Through The Years
Read a book involving time travel, a book with a ‘time’ setting such as The Great Gatsby (20s), read a historical fiction/nonfiction, or choose a book published in your birth year.
AUGUST – Mode of Transportation
Read a book where the mode of transportation plays a role in the story (ex. Murder on the Orient Express or The Boys in the Boat)
SEPTEMBER – Animal, Number, Color, Name
One of those things needs to be in the title of the book you choose (ex. Water for Elephants, Red Queen, Fahrenheit 451, Rebecca, Harry Potter)
OCTOBER – Tricks and Trades
Read a book set in a theater, an amusement park, a circus, or a book involving magic, illusions, or characters with special powers.
NOVEMBER – Seasons, Elements, and Weather
Embrace a winter wonderland setting, pick a beach read, or read about a natural disaster. As long as a season, element, or the weather plays a key role in the story or is part of the title, it counts. (ex. Little Fires Everywhere, The Snow Child, On The Island)
DECEMBER – Last Chance
Finally read that one book that you’ve been meaning to get to all year long.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019

There are way too many TBR books on my shelves and in some boxes in the basement. I really need to read more or give them away! So, I've decided to take part in this challenge, hosted at "My Reader's Block" and get as many of my TBR books read as possible.
I hope to read 52 books - a book a week: therefore I hope to achieve at least Mt. Ararat

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

The Rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly 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 sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2019.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2019. No library books~. If you're looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see my new Virtual Mount TBR Challenge (click the link). 

    ~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a valid reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. I have, in the last couple years, allowed this when individuals have made requests. For example--if you own the hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! Please check with me if you wonder whether a library substitution is acceptable.

*REVISED REREAD RULE: Any reread may count, regardless of how long you've owned it prior to 2019, provided you have not read it in last five years (my arbitrary time limit) and have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.

* Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.] 

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that. The only exception to this rule is if you have participated in Mount TBR the previous year and were unable to finish the book in time for the Final Check-in Post. Then--if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.

*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 [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 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 a victory--the stack is smaller! 

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

Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2019

I plan to participate in this reading challenge again in 2019. I enjoyed it immensely, especially finding a book that would fit one of the key words each month. I used books on my kindle to search for titles and it made it a bot easier (as well as lots of choices)
The challenge is being hosted at "My Reader's Block".

Here are the guidelines.
*The challenge runs from January 1 to December 31st, 2019. You may sign-up at any time until November 1, 2019. But to complete the challenge you will need to read (or have already read) books with keywords from any months missed by the time of sign-up. 

*The object is to read one book each month--ideally during that month. However, I know that life can get in the way and some folks may not see this challenge until a couple (or several) months have gone by. So, if you get behind or if you sign up later in 2019, you are welcome to post any catch-up reads while the most current month's linky is open. Just be sure to identify your post appropriately. For instance, if posting January's key word (at any time): Bev (Why Didn't They Ask Evans?) January.

*However, our time machine only works one way--to the past. Please do not read ahead and post books for future key words until that month's linky is up or later.

*Key words may be tweaked. If the key word is dance, you may use dancing or danced. You may also be more creative and use "tango" or "ballet" or "waltz."

*Link up below to participate. I will also post a new headquarters site by the beginning of January where this original post and the monthly review links will be housed.

*No blog? No problem! If you have a Goodreads/Library Thing shelf or other link to post, you should be able to link that as well. You may also just add a comment telling me you'll be participating. When the monthly review post goes up, you may then comment with your book and keyword. 

Memoir Reading Challenge 2019

I have always enjoyed reading biographies and memoir. I am looking forward to taking part in this reading challenge again next year, although I hope to read more than 5 memoirs.
This challenge is being hosted at "Whatever I Think Of".

Here's some guidelines:
To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed. One book can only count for one category. Re-reads are acceptable. You do not need a blog to participate. All book formats count. 

Other Rules:

  • Books must be read on or after January 1, 2019 to count.
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2019.
  • Books may cross over to other challenges in which you are participating. 
  • Books must be labeled as memoirs to count. 
Here are the categories:

  1. _Mental Illness Memoir
  2. _Other Illness Memoir
  3. _Political Memoir
  4. _Food Memoir
  5. _Animal Memoir
  6. _Music Memoir
  7. _Travel Memoir
  8. _Written by a person of color
  9. _Written by a woman
  10. _Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA
  11. _Written by an actor or a comedian
  12. _Written by an author or journalist
  13. _Written by any other celebrity
  14. _Written by someone under 40
  15. _Written by someone over 40
  16. _Written by someone from a country different from your own
  17. _Memoir of high school or college events
  18. _One you find thought-provoking
  19. _Made into a movie
  20. _Graphic Novel memoir
  21. _Bestselling memoir
  22. _Humorous memoir
  23. _Fictional memoir
  24. _Published in 2019
  25. _Published in 2018 or earlier
  26. _Under 300 pages
  27. _One you want to re-read
  28. _Subject of your choice
  29. _Author of your choice
  30. _Free choice
  31. _Free choice
  32. _Free choice

Creativity Reading Challenge 2019

The past few years I have participated in a number of reading challenges but usally wait til the end of December before I post about all the challenges I plan to do.
But I like the idea of creating a post for each challenge and then keeping track of what I read.

This challenge is hosted by Jamie Ghione and you can check it out here.
There are so many books about creativity and I hope to read much more next year.

Here are the guidelines.

This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life. 

Challenge Guidelines

Begins January 1, 2019 and ends Dec 31, 2019. 
·                     Books may be nonfiction, memoir, how to, self help, coffee table books, instructional, picture books, and even fictional if they are about people who are creative.
·                     You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks or audiobooks
·                     Books may count towards other reading challenges in which you are participating

Books I read for the challenge: