Sunday, November 29, 2015


I'm doing the Picture Books Challenge again next year.  I'm trying to get 25 to complete this year's challenge and will try for the same next year.  The challenge is now hosted at Bea's Book Nook.

2016, I Love Picture Books Reading Challenge, Bea's Book Nook, picture books

For all of you of all ages who love picture books but find they don't qualify for your other challenges, or just want an excuse to read them. . .here's a challenge just for you!

Formerly hosted by 
Book Dragon's Lair. She's cutting back her challenge hosting for 2016 and passed the baton to me.

  • Challenge runs from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016. Sign up is now through December 1, 2016.
  • Read picture books.
  • Pick a number and go for it. Twelve too easy? Go for 20. Piece of cake? Go for 40.
  • Books you own and library check outs count. So do ebooks and re-reads.
  • Please post about the challenge and sign up with a direct link.
  • A blog is not necessary, just link to where you talk about the challenge or a dedicated public shelf at goodreads or LibraryThing.
  • Write a review - 2 sentences or an essay, whatever works for you, but there is a minimum of 2 sentences for your review. Not sure what to write? How about something like, "The characters were a delight but the artwork was dreary. It was disappointing." I'll post a link up post each month for those who want to share. Reviews are not necessary but would be nice so we know which ones to read ourselves. :)  

Here is what I am reading: 

Saturday, November 28, 2015


At last the Full House Challenge for 2016 is up.  I love doing this one. Sign up at this link.

Challenge Guidelines:

  • Challenge will run from Jan 1st to December 31st 2016
  • Write and publish a post stating your intention to participate. In the post please include the Challenge graphic and a link back to this post. Then link your intention post at the bottom of this post.  Make sure it is the actual post and not just a generic link to your blog.
  • Add your reviews back here on the link in this post. At the end of every three months there will be a U.S. $12 prize with a book of your choice from the Book Depository or U.S. Amazon voucher, for the entries. There will be a new linky then for the next quarter and so on to the end of December.
  • Reviews are not mandatory and if you prefer to keep a list of the books read and the category they cross off the card, then you can still enter for the completion of a Full House by linking to that list on the final linky or in a comment.
  • Jan - March Link Up
  • April - June Link Up
  • July - September Link Up
  • October - December Link Up
  • Each review can only be linked up once in the year. However it doesn't matter when you read the book in 2016 - which month, just link as you remember or have time. So if you read it in January you may not get around to linking it until say... May. That is fine.
  • Books may cross over from other challenges that you are doing. 
  • There will be a final post to link in a summary post for the challenge for those who have completed a full house. This will close on the 2nd January 2017  and a winner will be chosen using for a U.S. $30 prize which again can be used to buy books at the Book Depository or be received as an Amazon voucher.

                                Link Full House post here

    • Complete the card below.  You can do it in any order you wish.  You are allowed "one free exchange", if there is something on the square you really dislike you may change it to something of your choice. Once you have played this free choice that is it. Mention the exchange in the final summary post.
    Full House Reading Challenge Grid 2016

    * Self Challenge means setting a challenge for yourself for this square. For example I might set read a book my a male author, because I hardly ever do that. Or ...
    * Setting beginning with B. This can be a country, a state, a place, a street. Or it could be a beach or the bush or a bookshop. Long as a good part of the book is set there, the whole book might be, but it doesn't have to be.

    Here is What I Am Reading:
    1. Author You Wish Was More Well Known:
    2. Published in 2016:
    3. Book From Series You Love:
    4. Debut Novel:
    5. Thought-Provoking Book:
    6. Had Laugh-Out-Loud Moment(s):
    7. Book Club Worthy:
    8. Color Word in Title:
    9. Author With Same Last Initial as Yours:
    10. Didn't Want to Put It Down:
    11. Way Out of Comfort Zone:
    12. Family Relationship in Title:
    13. Book You Bought:
    14. Setting Begins With "B":
    15. Author Outside Your Own Country:
    16. Self-Challenge:
    17. Memoir:
    18. 1st in a  Series:
    19. You'd Like to Change the Cover:
    20. A Dominant Color on Cover:
    21. New Author to You:
    22. Would Make a Great Movie:
    23. Library Book:
    24. Published in 2015:
    25. Been on TBR "Forever":

    2016 Dystopia Reading Challenge

    The Dystopia Reading Challenege will be on again next year.  Tracy at Cornerfolds, who took over he challenge in midyear, will be hosting again, along with Claudia from My Soul-Called Life.  I'm going to try again, even though I didn't quite make the first level this year.  I hadn't read any books since September, but  had to call it finished since the year is winding down and I need to start wrapping up challenges.  I'm planning again to do the first level next year.  Sign up at the link above.

    Welcome back to the new and improved Dystopia Reading Challenge! Last year I picked up the challenge in the middle of the year with not much of a clue what I was doing. This year I am much more prepared, I assure you! I have an amazing new co-host, Claudia from My Soul Called Life, and I am super excited to see what the new year has to offer!

    You will find that a few things have changed (for the better) including:

    ✷ New Badges – These individual badges will be emailed personally to each participant once said participant has read and reviewed the highest number of books required for that specific level (see below). For example, in order to obtain the Recruit badge, you will need to have read and reviewed a total of 5 dystopian books. To receive the Rebel badge, you will need to have read and reviewed a total of 10 dystopian books; so on, and so on. You set your own personal goal and you decided how you want to display your badge (i.e. sidebar, reading challenge page, a blog post, etc.).

     Quarterly Giveaways – We will be hosting quarterly Giveaways! These Giveaways will be exclusive to all the Dystopia Reading Challenge participants. Further details will be provided in our Monthly Dystopia Newsletter

     Monthly Dystopia Prompts & Review Link-ups – Claudia and I truly love book blogging and bibliophiles, in general, and so we figured, what better way to share our love for all things dystopia then to participate in monthly dystopian prompts with all you lovely bookworms! That’s right! Each month we will include a dystopian prompt in our Monthly Dystopia Newsletter where you will be invited to participate! Please note that there are no obligations in this part of the challenge is ― it's completely optional. We strongly believe that reading challenges are meant to be fun and to help create a community that exchanges similar interests – like books, and in this case, repressive governments & revolutionists!

     Monthly Dystopia Newsletter – We will be emailing a monthly newsletter to every participant with exclusive content on our Giveaways, monthly dystopian prompts, upcoming dystopian book releases, book-turned-movie releases, challenge updates and so much more!

    Here is what I am reading:

    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

    Popsugar Reading Challenge 2016

    The Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge is on again for 2016.  I loved this one this year and am in again!  Sign up at the link in this paragraph.  A printable list is available at the link above. 

    Here is what I am reading:
    1. Based on a Fairy Tale:
    2. National Book Award Winner:
    3. YA Bestseller:
    4. Haven't Read Since High School:
    5. Set in Your Home State:
    6. Translated Into English:
    7. Romance Set in the Future:
    8. Set In Europe:
    9. Under 150 Pages:
    10. New York Times Best Seller:
    11. Becoming a Movie in 2016:
    12. Recommended by Someone You've Just Met:
    13. Self-Improvement Book:
    14. Can Finish in a Day:
    15. Written by a Celebrity:
    16. Political Memoir:
    17. At Least 100 Years Older Than You:
    18. More Than 600 Pages:
    19. From Oprah's Book Club:
    20. Science Fiction:
    21. Recommended by a Family Member:
    22. Graphic Novel:
    23. Published in 2016:
    24. Protagonist Who Has Your Occupation:
    25. Set During Summer:
    26. A Book and Its Prequel:
    27. Murder Mystery:
    28. Written by a Comedian:
    29. Dystopian Novel:
    30. Blue Cover:
    31. Book of Poetry:
    32. 1st Book You See in a Bookstore:
    33. 20th Century Classic:
    34. From the Library:
    35. Autobiography:
    36. Book About a Road Trip:
    37. Book About a Culture You're Unfamiliar With:
    38. Satirical Book:
    39. Takes Place on an Island:
    40. Guaranteed to Bring You Joy:

    Monday, November 23, 2015

    2016 Crafty Cozy Challenge!!

    Another new challenge for 2016.  This is hosted by Heather at Books Are Life--Vita Libri. It's her first time hosting a challenge.  I love Cozies so I need to sign up for this one.


    Welcome to the 2016 Crafty Cozy Challenge!!

    After book blogging and participating in reading challenges for a couple of years now, I have decided to host my very first reading challenge . . . so welcome to the 2016 Crafty Cozy Challenge!   I of course love to read and always like to start looking for unique, fun reading challenges about this time of year – something to expand my reading, a challenge to most importantly have fun with!  So here we go . . . I hope you will join me and most importantly have tons of fun along the way!!
    You may be asking yourself “what is a crafty cozy?”  A crafty cozy is any cozy mystery that is centered around the theme of crafts and crafting – i.e., stitching, knitting, crocheting, papercrafting, scrapbooking, painting, glassblowing, . . . if its any type of craft, it counts for this challenge.
    Here is how the challenge works:
    1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
    2. Sign up for the challenge using the link below. Please help spread the word about this challenge by writing a post on your blog.  Please write and publish a post on your blog stating your intent to participate.  In your post please somewhere include the challenge graphic and a link back directly to this post.
    3. Come back to the blog starting in January to post your reviews via a link in the post.  At the end of every month I will randomly choose 1 entry/review for a $5 Amazon gift voucher sent by email to the recipient.  There will be a new link for reviews posted every month.
    4. Crossovers from other challenges are absolutely alright!!
    5. Don’t stress . . . and have fun reading!
    Here is what I am reading:

    Christmas Reading Challenge

    One last challenge for 2015.  The Christmas Challenge at Reading Every Season.  I want to read some Christmas-themed books and will try to get at least five books for this one.

    I am really excited to announce the 2015 Christmas Reading Challenge! I have been looking forward to this reading challenge ever since I started the blog.

    This reading challenge will take place in the month of December. I will be also be hosting a Christmas themed readathon called
    Xmasathon which will run Dec 1 - 7 that will kick off the Christmas Reading Challenge.

    I am also hosting a seasonal 
    Winter Reading Challenge which runs Dec - Feb.
    How the Christmas Reading Challenge Works:
    • This is a design it yourself challenge. I want you to choose your own reading goals. This is a low pressure challenge meant to be fun.
    • The books can be any genre but must be holiday themed. While the name of the challenge is Christmas, books about other winter holidays will count. This includes Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Winter Solstice.
    • When you have reviewed a book, you are encouraged to come back to this post and add the link to your review in the comments.
    Additional Rules: 
    • This challenge runs Dec 1 - Dec 31.
    • You may sign up anytime during the challenge. 
    • I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want. 
    • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
    • You may reread books. 
    • The sign up page for the Xmasathon Christmas readathon is here
    • Use the hashtag #ChristmasRES
    • If you could be so kind, please place the Christmas Reading Challenge banner on your blog to help spread the word. 
    • Please link back to this blog, post about it on Facebook, Tweet about it, and so on to help spread the word.
    • You may sign up using your blog, Youtube channel, Goodreads, Twitter, etc. 

    Here is what I'm reading:

    Sunday, November 22, 2015

    2016 Literary Pickers Challenge

    Going to try this one again. Sign up at Delighted Reader.

    How keen of an observer are you? Good at finding important stuff? Or maybe not, but you just want to participate anyway? This challenge is just a fun way to see if you can find a list of items as you read no matter what romance style you pick up. The reader picks and chooses how many books and what list items they want to find. It can be a commitment to ten reads a year or a hundred. Everyone is welcome to participate.
    Level One – Treasure Hunter in Training- 10 items/10 places
    Level Two – Garage Sale Guru- 25 items/ 25 places
    Level Three -Professional Picker- 50 items/50 places
    1. Choose level and share in your initial post and/or below in the comments.
    2. Make initial challenge post and then update once a month. Leave blog links or update in comment section for our monthly reading challenge post. Tracking may be as simple or as elaborate as you wish to make it (list objects with books in running tally or just updating with new additions from that month).
    3. Start on or after January 1 and no later than November 1, 2016 – End before or on December 31of 2016.
    1. Qualifying books must be published (ARCs may be included),
      Be romance or have strong romance element.
      No restriction on sub-genre (Dystopian, Historical, Contemporary, LGBT, etc), reading level (YA, NA, or Adult), format (paper, e-book, audio), source (purchased, gifted or borrowed) or length of book.
      May be a re-read as long as it is started after Jan. 1
      Must be listed by Title and Author. Place in a series or connection to series would be good to know too.
      Books can count toward other reading challenges.
    2. Reader can count only one item per book even if book offers several items from the Scavenger Hunt list.
    3. Reader must have an on-line place to track for challenge whether it is on a blog or whether it is creating a specified ‘Literary Pickers’ Challenge shelf at a place like GoodReads or Shelfari as the point is for other readers be able to see what you are reading.Having a review and rating for each book completed would be great, but not required.
    4. Reader may choose a lower level to start and advance to an upper level if needed.
    Scavenger Hunt participants must work off the specified list, but if you found an object that is in the same spirit of the one on the list you can count it. Most of all just have fun and encourage each other on in reading and chatting about books.

    2016 Literary Pickers Challenge- Scavenger List

    Household Goods
    1. Ceiling Fan
    2. Portrait
    3. House Plant
    4. Pumpkin
    5. Candelabra
    6. Dead Bolt
    7. Grandfather Clock/Mantle Clock
    8. Window Blinds
    9. Microwave
    10. Table Cloth
    11. Razor
    12. Nail Polish
    13. Hand/Purse Mirror
    14. Coffee Table
    15. E-Reader
    16. Earbuds
    17. Window Shutters
    18. Sink
    19. Lawn Mower/Equipment
    20. Tile floor
    1. Hard Helmet
    2. Earring/s
    3. Head Band
    4. Flip Flops
    5. Motorcycle boots
    6. Belt
    7. Tattoo/Body Art
    8. Evening Gown/Dress
    9. Business Suit
    10. Cuff Links
    11. Space Suit
    12. Military Uniform
    13. Fisherman/Newsboy Cap
    14. Scarf
    15. Mask
    16. Bracelets/Cuffs
    17. Natty or Ugly Sweater
    18. Sunglasses
    19. Business Card/s
    20. Lingerie
    Work Tools/Weapons
    1. Rifle
    2. Saddle
    3. Whip
    4. Hammer
    5. Tool Belt/Box
    6. Briefcase/bag
    7. File Folder
    8. Work Gloves/Garden Gloves
    9. Cash Register
    10. Measuring Tape/Ruler
    11. Microscope
    12. Ingredients
    13. Sports Equipment
    14. Silencer for a gun
    15. Explosive
    16. Lock Picks
    17. Safe
    18. Photocopier
    19. Stamps
    20. Notebook/pad
    1. European Sports Car
    2. American Muscle Car
    3. Fighter Jet/Spacecraft
    4. Steam-Powered Vehicle
    5. Ice Skate/s
    6. Russia
    7. China
    8. India
    9. Spain
    10. Brazil
    11. Underwater
    12. Another planet
    13. Another Dimension/Parallel Earth
    14. Desert
    15. Tropical Island
    16. Place of Archeological Interest
    17. War Zone
    18. Cart/Wagon
    19. Camel/Donkey
    20. Sailboat
    Romantic Encounters
    1. Alien/Alien or Alien/Human
    2. With a Geek
    3. Male/Male or Female/Female
    4. Menage or Poly
    5. Love Triangle
    6. Arranged Marriage
    7. Fated Mate
    8. Fake Mates/Marriage of Convenience
    9. Reunion or Second Chance
    10. Blind Date/Dating Service
    11. Dominant/submissive or Master/slave
    12. Capture/captive
    13. One Night Stand
    14. Male/Female
    15. Older/Younger (5 years or more age difference)
    16. Highschool Sweethearts/Young Love
    17. Apocalyptic/Dystopian Romance
    18. Romance before 1950
    19. Older Couple (over 50)/Winter Romance
    20. Enemies to Lovers