Sunday, November 11, 2018

Reading Women Challenge 2019

This year was my first time doing this one, and I will be trying again next year, again completing as many of the categories as I can get to.

We've been fans of reading challenges for a while now and are quite excited to get to host our own. Reading challenges are a great way to read outside your comfort zone—and you get to do it with other bookish friends!
It officially begins January 1st, 2019 and ends December 31st, 2019.

Here’s the rundown: complete as many challenges as you can from the list below. If you have one book that covers two categories, feel free to count it for both. It's not a contest. Our goal is to encourage you to read widely (and fight the patriarchy, but that was probably a given), so just have fun with it! To help cheer you on, we’ll be hosting mini giveaways along the way. 
Be sure to share your progress, use the hashtag #ReadingWomenChallenge.

Need some recommendations? Scroll to the bottom of this page for a list of resources and join the Goodreads group.
My books for this one:

Friday, November 9, 2018

2019 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

Been waiting for this one.  It's one of my favorites. I will attempt the advanced prompts as well as the regular ones.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

12 Books of Christmas Challenge '18

I will be participating in this one, getting as many winter-holiday-themed as I can. I always try to squeeze such books in to get into the festive spirit.

I don't know about y'all, but when Christmas time comes around, I always get the urge to dive into cheesy Christmas stories. With that in mind, I'm pleased to announce the second annual 12 Books of Christmas Challenge. I realize September seems early to be thinking about reading Christmas books, but the publishers are already sending out Christmas ARCs (Advance Reader Copy), and I know there are bloggers out there who schedule their reading two months in advance. If you still have the urge to throw your pumpkin spice latte at me for bringing up Christmas before we've even celebrated Halloween, might I suggest donating a few dollars to me through my PayPal link so at least one of us can enjoy the PSL. 

The Rules

This is supposed to be a fun, light-hearted challenge, so the rules will be minimal. 
  1. Tell everybody about the 12 Books of Christmas Challenge (#12BooksOfXmas). 
  2. Build a blog post or create a Goodreads shelf of the books you intend to read for the challenge (you can see mine here.) You can read outside your list, this is just a starting point. Then come back and add your name to the link-up. (Be sure to visit the other bloggers to see what they'll be reading.) Bloggers, please link back to this page so others can find the sign-up if they wish to join. 
  3. Reviews must be posted between November 22 and December 24. The review link-up will open on November 22th. Bookmark this page to add your reviews as you get them posted. 
  4. Any winter holiday themed books count (i.e.: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa etc.) Check out the books we read and reviewed last year by clicking here.
  5. There are four achievement levels for this challenge, so read as few or as many books as you want. 
  6. Have fun!

My Books:

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Going Outside to Write

Even though I don't consider myself much of an outdoor person, I decided yesterday to try going outside to write. I took a walk to a local park surrounded by houses. Since it was a weekday and most kids were still in school, the park was mostly empty except for one woman and two small children. A resident across the street was washing her truck, with her dogs gathering around as she squirted the hose. And I spotted the mail truck parked by the park sidewalk at one point. 

I had been wanting to try something like this, having heard about it somewhere. I'm not sure exactly where I had heard about it, but here is an article I found on the subject (the  picture below is also from the link).

Since I use a desktop, I don't have to worry about the glare from a  screen while outside. I go, as the link says, the old-school way. I took a note book with me. That is always a good idea, even if you have a laptop. This will definitely cause less glare and will be easier to carry, depending on how far you have to walk.

I too sat at a park bench for most of the time I was there, changing benches once, then later sitting on the grass. Since the park wasn't busy, it was rather calming to be there, just sitting and trying to describe on paper all that I saw from the park. As I said, I had been wanting to try this at least once and felt yesterday as a good day. I'd felt less compelled to do so in the summertime because of the hot weather. Taking walks in the sinner is basically limited to around five or six PM when the weather starts to cool down. Now that it's getting darker earlier and less hot, taking walks must now be done before 4PM.

Overall, I'm glad to have tried this. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

2019 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge

Doing this one once again. Will count the first book that begins with each letter.

The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2019

your bowls must be filled by one book for each letter of the Alphabet.
You can drop the A’s and The’s from the book titles as shown below. 

The First Main Word Needs To Be
The Letter You Are Counting 

Except For those pesky Q, X, AND Z titles then the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.


Sunday, November 4, 2018

The 2019 Cayl Reading Challenge

Found this one today. It's a new one and has monthly categories.

January: Read a nonfiction novel
February: Read one book that is over ten years old
March: Read a book that’s been on your bookshelf for over a year
April: Read a Classic
May: Read a new release (any book from 2018/2019)
June: Read the last book in a series or finish a series
July: Choice between a contemporary or love story book
August: Read a book you know nothing about or something out of your comfort zone
September: Read a children’s book
October: Read a “spooky” book, be it a thriller, horror, or supernatural
November: Read the favorite book of someone close to you
December: Read the book that you’ve desperately wanted to read

Fall Back

I have to agree. It always takes some adjusting to the time change, but I hate the fact that it gets dark so early now, actually around 5PM rather than 4. But still hate that. Once the time change hits, I inevitably find myself wanting to go to bed as early as 7PM. I almost never get out on Friday nights during this time because the early dark makes me too tired. 

How do you feel about the time change?