Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Introducing the Newbery Reading Challenge 2017

The Newbery Reading Challenge is on again and this year it includes the Caldecott Honor Books.

​Welcome to the fourth year of the Newbery Reading Challenge! Newbery and Caldecott books are fun to read - whether it's our first time experiencing them, or we're revisiting them from our childhood. If you want to challenge yourself to read more Newbery and Caldecott books this year, then you have found the right place!

Here are the rules
Each book you read is worth points. You get:
  • 3 points for a Newbery Medal Winner
  • 2 points for a Newbery Honor Book
  • 1 point for a Caldecott Book (Both Medal winners and Honor books are worth a point this year!)

In addition to that, you pick a level to aim for:
  • L'Engle: 15 - 29 points
  • Spinelli: 30 - 44 points
  • Avi: 45 - 59 points
  • Lowry: 60 - 74 points
  • Konigsburg: 75+ points

You can get to this level with any combination of points you want. You can read all Newbery Medal winners. You can throw in a few Honor Books. If you want, you can even read 75 Caldecott Medal winners! How you get to your point level is totally up to you.

Also, anywhere in the point range for your level counts as completing that level. So for example, if you signed up for the Avi level and read 46 points' worth of books, then you have completed that level!

List of Newbery Medal Winners & Honor Books
List of Caldecott Medal Winners & Honor Books

Challenge Guidelines:
  • Rereads count (because you were probably a kid when you read it last, and your perspective on the story just might have changed since then).
  • Audiobooks and ebooks count.
  • And paper books count, too. :)
  • All books must be read between January 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017. Books begun before January 1 don’t count.
  • Books can be used for other challenges as well.
  • You don’t have to have a blog to participate. You can link up reviews from Amazon, Goodreads, etc., or just hang out with us in the comments!
  • Reviews are encouraged, but not necessary. There will be a headquarters page for you to link up your reviews if you want to share your thoughts.
  • Choose your point level. You can always aim for a higher point level, but you can't move to a lower one.

Here is what I am reading:

The 2017 Paranormal Reading

Whole Latte Books is hosting this challenge, formerly the Reading Bites Challenge.

New for 2017!
I've decided to make some changes to what has been known as The Reading Bites Challenge and expand it to all paranormal creatures! This year it's called the 2017 Paranormal Reading Challenge! This means you can read about vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, and even witches!

As always this is a challenge where you choose your own reading goals. It's low pressure so read as much or as little as you would like!

The Rules:
This challenge begins January 1, 2017 and ends Dec 31, 2017.
You may sign up anytime during the year.
I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want.
Books must be paranormal. This means the book has supernatural beings or elements but is set in our world. This includes vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, witches, wizards, psychic powers, magic, fairies, mermaids, angels, gods, etc.
You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
Books may be YA, adult, horror, romance, graphic novels, etc.
You may reread books.
Books may count towards other reading challenges.
Use the hashtag #2017ParanormalChallenge
If you could be so kind, please place the 2017 Paranormal 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.

Here is what I am reading:

2017 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge

I will be doing this one again. I'm still working on this year's challenge and have already read more then 40 books, so I think I can get that many next year, or close to it. Click here to sign up.


I can’t believe it’s already time to sign up for 2017. I hope everyone who participated last year read a lot of great mystery, suspense, and thrillers. I know I did and I found a lot of new series! This year Barb @ BookerTsfarm and I have decided to add a few things to the challenge. Hope you will join us!

I read more mysteries this year than I have in a while, so I think I am a bit addicted. I can tell my reading mood has changed over the last couple of years and it’s landed on mysteries and horror. So I read almost 100 mysteries of some type this year!!

This year Barb and I have decided to open up a facebook group for all of us who are addicted to mysteries as we thought it would be fun to chat now and then about those mysteries we are reading. You read a really good one and want to give it a shout out, or if your curious to see what everyone is reading, or want to tease us with a tidbit from your current read, or just general chatter.  Here is the groups link: It’s a closed group so just ask to join and we shall let you in.

Challenge Rules:

You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up. (blog, goodreads, booklikes, shelfari, etc.)
Make a goal post and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
Books need to be novellas or novels, please no short stories. (At least 100 pages +)
Crossovers into other challenges  are fine.
The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends April 15th)
There will be a monthly link up so that others can check out your progress and look at your reviews. At the halfway mark and at the end we will have a giveaway for those participating.

If you tweet about your progress or reviews please use the hashtag #2017CloakDaggerChal so others can see it.


5-15 books – Amateur sleuth

16-25 books – Detective

26-35 books – Inspector

36 – 55 – Special agent

56+ books – Sherlock Holmes

Here is what I am reading:

Where Will We Be in Five Years?

Stephanie Faris (and others) wrote this on her blog today as the question of the day at the Insecure Writers' Support Group (I'm still pondering whether to join the group or not).

Where Do You See Yourself in 5 Years?

I've often dreaded hearing questions such as "Where do you see yourself in five years?" because nothing is certain.  But now that I'm in the process of writing a memoir, I hope one day to see it in print.  It's been less than a year since I started and some of the people I sent it to have yet to say whether they've finished reading it. And if they have finished, to hear what they think.   But if my memoir doesn't make it, then I'm hoping to write something that might just make it. But I think I should try to finish the memoir and see if anyone is interested in publishing it.  Less than a year isn't a lot of time to try sending it to publishers, but I hope not to spend more than five years on it! I definitely don't want to spend ten or more on the thing, though it's never certain how long it will take some people to write something they feel is worthy of publishing.

How long did those of you who have had book published spend working on the thing on average?

Monday, December 5, 2016 Which Archetype Is Your Male Protagonist?

Which Archetype Is Your Male Protagonist? - Writer's

Here is the full article, but the one I want to focus on is this:

The Shy Geek
This reclusive character tends to keep himself to himself. He likes to be alone, leads a solitary existence and is shy when faced with social situations. This character is one who readers get to know because of his desire to understand himself better, to change who he is, and to get to grips with his emotions. He is usually clever and thoughtful though when written in a negative way can be neurotic, psychotic and frightening.
I was glad to have seen this since I am going to attempt to create one such character.  The above description is synonymous with the terms "loner" or "introvert," which I have already noted in what little I have attempted as of yet. I may have been a girl :-), but the loner stereotype is something I can identify with, and definitely with being an introvert as well.

This is all I will say right now. I've only worked a little so far on this idea I'm trying to write (what with my still trying to revise and finish my memoir). But I was see this article, and especially this one section because it will be helpful for what I am attempting.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

The GWB 2017 Book Bingo

Just now found this one at The Grand World of Books. I will try to complete as many squares as I can.


Here is what I am reading:

Back to the Classics 2017

It's back. I will try to complete all 12 categories once again. Click here to sign up and see more details.

The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read 12 books to participate in this s

  • Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
  • Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
  • Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing
And here are the categories for the 2016 Back to the Classics Challenge:

1.  A 19th Century Classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.

2.  A 20th Century Classic - any book published between 1900 and 1967. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications.

3.  A classic by a woman author

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories).

5.  A classic published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category also.

An romance classic. I'm pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot.

7.  A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two CitiesThree Men in a Boat, Slaughterhouse Five, Fahrenheit 451, etc.

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  It an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc. 

10. A classic set in a place you'd like to visit. It can be real or imaginary:The Wizard of Oz, Down and Out in Paris and London, Death on the Nile, etc.

11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received.

12. A Russian Classic2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author.