Saturday, December 15, 2018

2019 Audiobook Challenge


The annual audiobook challenge at Hot Listens is up. I've found myself listening to fewer audiobooks per month, thus not making it to 25 to 30 this year, so I decided to do one or two audiobooks per month for next year.


Audiobook Challenge 2019
The Audiobook Challenge is back for 2019!
Join Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer for the 7th year of audiobook fun.
Audiobooks are great for those times you want to read but can’t for some reason like driving, doing chores, working out, or just relaxing.
I hope all those new and old junkies can join us once again for The 2019 Audiobook Challenge.
Listening has never been better! Thanks to the continued popularity of Audiobooks just about everything is being published on audio…YAY!
We will hold 2 updates with giveaways. First update will be June 30th, 2019 and the final update will be Dec 15, 2019.
There has never been a better time for reading with our ears 🙂

My Audiobooks:




Friday, December 14, 2018

Fish Bowl Snowmen Craft



This was our art project this week. The bottom photo is my snowman, taken at home. Below is a Youtube video providing instructions:



Quiz: What Color Christmas Tree

You Should Have a Purple Christmas Tree (quiz here)

For you, the holidays represent a time of creativity and expression.
There's no way you'd do something bland simply for tradition's sake.

You are an independent person, and you definitely do the holidays your own way.
And you're decadent enough to go way over the top with any unusual holiday ideas you have.

Your purple tree would look great with: Purple lights and ornaments

You should spend Christmas Eve watching: A Christmas Story

What you should bake for Santa: "Kitchen sink" cookies - with a ton of things in them

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On;ly 11 days till christmas and no decorations at home have gone up. But in the last few your we have tended to keep Christmas low-key. That doesn't mean the spirit isn't there however. I believe you can have the spirit, without a lot of decorations. We have a tree up at work, though, with the paper cup bells we made last week. 

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Quiz: The Gingerbread Cookie Test

You Are Kind and Caring (click here for quiz)


You're the type of person who just naturally appreciates and respects others. You think ill of very few people.

You are naturally open minded and nonjudgmental. You're a good listener, and you end up hearing many secrets.

You reach out to everyone during the holidays, and your acts of kindness and generosity are remembered throughout the year.
You are easily touched this time of year. Even the right holiday card or little gift can move you.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Book Riot’s 2019 Read Harder Challenge

The fifth annual Book Riot Read Harder Challenge is here.

  1. A epistolary novel or collection of letters
  2. An alternate history novel
  3. A book by a woman and/or AOC that won a literary award in 2018
  4. A humor book
  5. A book by a journalist or about journalism
  6. A book by an AOC set in or about space
  7. An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America
  8. An #ownvoices book set in Oceania
  9. A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
  10. A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
  11. A book of manga
  12. A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
  13. A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
  14. A cozy mystery
  15. A book of mythology or folklore
  16. An historical romance by an AOC
  17. A business book
  18. A novel by a trans or nonbinary author
  19. A book of nonviolent true crime
  20. A book written in prison
  21. A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
  22. A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009
  23. A self-published book
  24. A collection of poetry published since 2014

The 2019 Reading Challenge@ Modern Mrs. Darcy

This is my third time doing this one.



  1. Book You've Been Meaning to Read:
  2. About a Topic That Fascinates You:
  3. Book in the Backlist of a Favorite Author:
  4. Recommended by Someone With Great Taste:
  5. Three Books by the Same Author:
  6. Book You Chose For the Cover:
  7. By an Author Who is New to You:
  8. Book in Translation:
  9. Book Outside Your (Genre) Comfort Zone:
  10. Book Published Before You Were Born:

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

2019 Literary Loners Reading Challenge

Mayor Sonni at Readeroplis is now hosting this challenge which I began at my blog in 2016. 


The overall goal of the r
eading challenge is to read books connected with loners, outcasts, recluses, wallflowers, and introverts. The challenge will run from January 1 to December 31, 2019. There are no reading levels. You decide how many books to read.

There are three reading options for this challenge. You can choose any or all of them.
  • Read books featuring a character identified as a loner, outcast, recluse, wallflower, or introvert. This can be a main or secondary character.
  • Read works written by writers known to be outcasts, recluses, wallflowers, or introverts.
  • Read books about real people known to be outcasts, recluses, wallflowers, or introverts.


 The new host has also provided a list of suggestions for books at this link.

My books:


Monday, December 10, 2018

2019 Retellings Reading Challenge

A new challenge for reading retellings at Cornerfolds. I think I can get between 10 and 20, more if time permits



Retellings Reading Challenge


THE GUIDELINES
  • This challenge will run from January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019.
  • Books must be read and reviewed in 2019. (You don't have to review books to count towards your goal, but you do have to review them if you want them to count as giveaway entries.)
  • Audiobooks, e-books, re-reads, short stories, novellas, and graphic novels all count, and you can read adult, YA, and middle grade books for this challenge.
  • It's also totally fine to use books from this challenge to fulfill other reading challenges and vice versa. 
  • ALL retellings count! 
  • You don't have to be a book blogger to participate! You can link up and track your progress on Goodreads, Instagram, Youtube, or wherever you share books!
  • Sign up below with your post, shelf, etc. and leave a comment letting me know what your personal goal is. 
  • Link up your reviews each quarter on the post provided! (Bookmark this page to make sure you don't miss a link-up!) 

CHALLENGE LEVELS
  • Silent Assassin: 1-5 Retellings
  • Warrior Princess: 6-10 Retellings
  • Elemental Witch: 11-15 Retellings
  • High Fae: 16-20 Retellings
  • Fairest of them All: 21-25+ Retellings

My Books for This One:



2019 Island Reader Reading Challenge

You know what time it is! A new year is approaching which means it’s time for a new reading challenge!
I always have a fun time creating this yearly list and I’m always happy to hear when fellow readers are participating as well. This year, we have 12 books and I hope it is just as challenging and fun as previous years.

I would love it if you all would join me once again. To participate, simply click HERE to download and print a copy of the challenge.

  1. Your Favorite Book Turned Movie:
  2. A Book Set in Your Hometown:
  3. A Foodie Romance:
  4. A College Romance:
  5. Paperback That Costs Less Than $5:
  6. A Banned Book:
  7. A Book You Started But Never Finished:
  8. A Book You Borrow From a Friend:
  9. A Goodreads Choice Winner:
  10. Reread a Book You First Read in High School:
  11. A SciFi/Futuristic Romance Novel:

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Quiz:The Present Wrapping Oracle

You Are Confident


You are a sneaky gift giver. You're good at throwing people off the trail of what you're really giving them.

You are spontaneous and impulsive. You tend to do things quickly, and you're quite impatient.

You are somewhat organized, but you always feel like you could be doing a bit better! You have high standards for yourself.

Your style of dress is whimsical and inspired. You love to play around with different looks.

52 Books Bingo

This one is at 52 Books in 52 Weeks. This is my first time doing this one. I will fill as many of the squares as I can get.




  • Page limit - at least 150 pages.
  • Categories are open for interpretation.
  • Each category may be fiction or nonfiction.
  • All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, library books, etc.
  • Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2019.
  • No double counting - one book read per square.

My books:

2019 EUROPEAN READING CHALLENGE

I will get as many books for this one as possible. Click to see more.



January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020

Welcome to the 2019 European Reading Challenge – where participants tour Europe through books. And have a chance to win a prize. Please join us for the Grand Tour! This is the eight year for this challenge, so a big THANK YOU to past participants and new for keeping it going so long.

THE GIST: The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. (See note about the UK, below.)

WHAT COUNTS AS "EUROPE"?: We stick with the standard list of 50 sovereign states that fall (at least partially) within the geographic territory of the continent of Europe and/or enjoy membership in international European organizations such as the Council of Europe. This list includes the obvious (the UK, France, Germany, and Italy), the really huge Russia, the tiny Vatican City, and the mixed bag of Baltic, Balkan, and former Soviet states.

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

NOTE: Even after Brexit, the United Kingdom is still one country, in Europe, that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. So one book from any one of these four counts as your one book for the United Kingdom. I'm not going to be a stickler about it because challenges should be about fun not about rules. However, when it comes to winning the Jet Setter prize, only one book from one of the UK countries will count.

LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION

  • FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.
  • FOUR STAR (HONEYMOONER): Read four qualifying books.
  • THREE STAR (BUSINESS TRAVELER): Read three qualifying books.
  • TWO STAR (ADVENTURER): Read two qualifying books.
  • ONE STAR (PENSIONE WEEKENDER): Read just one qualifying book.


Here is what I am reading:

Back to the Classics 2019

Once again, all categories are optional and I will get as many as possible. Click to see more.



1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800 and 1899.

2. 20th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1900 and 1969. All books in this category must have been published at least 50 years ago. The only exceptions are books that were published posthumously but were written at least 50 years ago. 

3. Classic by a Female Author.

4. Classic in Translation. Any classic originally written in a novel other than your native language. You may read the book in your native language, or its original language (or a third language for all you polyglots!) Modern translations are acceptable, as long as the book was originally published at least 50 years ago. Books in translation are acceptable in all other categories as well.

5. Classic Comedy. Any comedy or humorous work. Humor is very subjective, so if you think Crime and Punishment is hilarious, go ahead and use it, but if it's a work that's traditionally not considered humorous, please tell us why in your post. 

6. Classic Tragedy. Tragedies traditionally have a sad ending, but just like the comedies, this is up for the reader to interpret. 

7. Very Long Classic. Any classic single work 500 pages or longer, not including introductions or end notes. Omnibus editions of multiple works do not count. Since page counts can vary depending on the edition, average the page count of various editions to determine the length.

8. Classic Novella. Any work of narrative fiction shorter than 250 pages. 

9. Classic From the Americas (includes the Caribbean). Includes classic set in either continent or the Caribbean, or by an author originally from one of those countries. Examples include Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (United States); Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys (Jamaica); or One Hundred Years of Solitude (Columbia/South America). 

10. Classic From Africa, Asia, or Oceania (includes Australia). Any classic set in one of those contents or islands, or by an author from these countries. Examples include Palace Walk by Naguib Mahfouz (Egypt); The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki (Japan); On the Beach by Nevile Shute (Australia); Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Nigeria). 

11. Classic From a Place You've Lived. Read locally! Any classic set in a city, county, state or country in which you've lived. Choices for me include Giant by Edna Ferber (Texas); Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser (Chicago); and Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann (Germany). 

12. Classic Play. Any play written or performed at least 50 years ago. Plays are eligible for this category only.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

12th Annual Graphic Novels and Manga Reading Challenge

This challenge is at its Facebook group once again. I will try to get at least 12, the most number of graphic novels I seem to get to each year.


The Graphic Novels and Manga reading Challenge is now in its 12th year and sign-ups are open!
Write a sign-up post on your blog, goodreads, facebook, etc and link to it here.
What counts: graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books or combinations of text and bubbles all in the same book. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable. 
My personal criteria are if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts. I also feel many picture books and zines fall under this criteria as well. I'm not going to be the comic police but if you are unsure, just ask.
You must write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. Reviews may be posted on your blog or goodreads or similar places. Several reviews may be gathered and posted in one link on your blog, but each book must be reviewed individually and linked here to count. Do not post your actual review here on the group.
Here is how the Challenge plays out:
runs from Jan.1 - Dec. 31, 2019
Levels
Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that's only 1 book a month)
Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year (Can you handle 2 books a month.)
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year (Are you up to a book a week!)
Golden Age: read and review 104 books during the year (Are you addicted? 2 books a week!)
Diamond Age: read and review 208 books during the year (4 books a week!)

My Books:

Friday, December 7, 2018

2019 Newbery Challenge

I'm in again and will go for the first level, over if time permits.


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Welcome to another 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.)

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, 2019, and December 31, 2019. Books begun before January 1 don’t count.
  • Books can be used for other challenges as well.
  • Reviews are encouraged, but not necessary.
  • Choose your point level. You can always aim for a higher point level, but you can't move to a lower one.

My Books for This One:

SpaceTime Reading Challenge

I want to try reading more sci-fi, so I will sign up for this new challenge. I will try for the first level.

spacetime reads

How the SpaceTime Reading Challenge works

You choose your book, from any part of the science fiction genre universe – hard scifi, military, scifi romance, space opera, first contact, time travel, whatever.  It’s up to you.  You add the book to your list of books read, with a review, as short or long as you like.  Make your own rules about ‘only Hugo winners’, or ‘only space opera’…  as you wish.
  • You can read any book that is from the science fiction/time-travel 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 (even one-liners) to link up. (blog, Goodreads, booklikes, LibraryThing, 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,  although anthologies count if they meet the page guideline. (At least 100 pages +)
  • Crossovers into other challenges are fine.
  • The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st.  Sign-up closes 30th November 2019.
My Books:

Thursday, December 6, 2018

2019 DYSTOPIA READING CHALLENGE

I missed seeing the sign up for this one last year at a new blog (the original host had announced she wouldn't be doing this one anymore) and kept tract of my dystopia reads through Moody Reading this year. I am so glad to join the Dystopia challenge for 2019. I will try for the first level, reading more if time permits.




THE GUIDELINES

  • This challenge will run from January 1, 2019- December 31, 2019.
  • You can join at anytime before December 1, 2019.
  • Books must be read and reviewed in 2019.
  • Audiobooks, re-reads, short stories, and crossovers are fine.
  • You don't have to be a book blogger to participate! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, Youtube, etc.
  • Sign up below with your post, shelf, etc. and leave a comment letting us know what your personal goal is. 
  • Link up your reviews on the bi-annual post we'll provide!
  • Use the hashtag #2019DystopiaReads to share your bingo boards, reviews, and chat with others on Twitter (and Instagram if you use that as well) doing the challenge!


Here is what I am reading:




Wednesday, December 5, 2018

2019 Reading Challenge@ Yellow Book Road

I will now be doing this one at this blog.



  1. Book 100+ Years Older Than You:
  2. Written the Year You Were Born:
  3. Funny Book:
  4. Banned Book:
  5. Children's Book:
  6. Book Based Entirely on Its Cover:
  7. Non-Fiction Book:
  8. In a Genre You Usually Don't Read:
  9. Murder Mystery:
  10. Local Author:
  11. Classic:
  12. Re-Read One of Your Top Three Books:

Cloak and Dagger 2019

Been waiting for this one. Will get as many mysteries as I can next year.

I can’t believe it’s time for another sign up!  I hope everyone who participated this year read a lot of great mystery, suspense, and thrillers. I know I did and I found a lot of new series!
I don’t know about you but I have plans to real lots of mysteries, especially cozies because I made a list of all the series I have going in the cozy mystery genre and OMG! I need to widdle that list down and catch up on some series! It may just be the YEAR OF THE COZY! 🙂 Can’t wait to see what sort of mystery/thriller plans you have for 2019!
We still have our facebook group so if you haven’t joined we would love for you too!  Here is the groups link:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/350512171977943/ 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.
My books:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Reading Challenge 2019@ A Book A Week with the Pingel Sisters

This is another tempting challenge. I love the checklist type ones.
(Click for the rest of the list; I will add categories as I come to them)


  1. Book With More Than 500 pages
  2. Book You Haven't Read by an Author You Love
  3. Goodreads Winner in 2018
  4. You Can Read in a Day
  5. Book About a Difficult Topic
  6. Recommended by A Friend
  7. Book That Will Make You Cry
  8. Book Published in 2009
  9. Becoming a Movie in 2019
  10. Genre You Usually Don't Read

ROYAL READING CHALLENGE 2019

This one was first hosted at She's Got Books on Her Mind in 2016 and is returning after a three-year absence. I will get as many books as I can for this.

Read books that have a royal theme.

Examples: Books that center around anyone with a royal title (Prince, Princess, Queen, Duke, etc.), knights, castles, kingdoms, or heroic quests. 

  • You can read any type of books for this challenge. Picture books, graphic novels, manga, and audio books are allowed in this challenge.
  • Re-reads are allowed as long as you don't use the same book twice.
  • You may join whether or not you have a blog. You can join through Goodreads, twitter, or any other appropriate site. 
  • Every month there will be a wrap-up post available. You can add reviews, discussions, and view other readers progresses through that post. If you want you can just comment what you've read as well. 
  • You can use books you've read for other challenges for this challenge. 
  • Knight: 1-3 books
  • Baron or Baroness: 4-6 books
  • Earl or Countess: 7-9 books
  • Duke or Duchess: 10-12 books
  • Prince or Princess: 13- 15 books
  • King or Queen: 15+ books
 My Books:


Monday, December 3, 2018

2019 Reading Challenge@Linz The Bookworm

Here is next year's list. I don't know how many I'll get this time, but will do as many as I can, as always.



Level 1: Book of the Month Club

 1.) A book with a red cover
 2.) Read a YA fiction
 3.) A book under 300 pages
 4.) A book you got for free
 5.) Reread the first book of a series you love
 6.) Read a book that takes place during the summer
7.) A book whose title starts with the letter M
8.) Read a romance novel
9.) A book that has been turned into a TV Show or Movie
10.) A book with a title done in alliteration (example: Pride and Prejudice)
11.) A New York Times Best Seller (Past or Present)
12.) Free Space- Pick any book!

Level 2: Casual Reader Club

 13.) A book by John Grisham
 14.) Read a Fantasy novel
15.) Read a book with a color in the title
16.) Reread a book you have recommended to someone else
17.) Read a detective novel
18.) A book with a number in the title
19.) Read a book about dragons
20.) Read a book published by Penguin Random House
21.) Read a book found on Project Gutenberg
22.) A book about an artist (fictional or real)
23.) A book that was published in 1999
24.) Free Space- Pick any book!

Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club

25.) Read book 1 in a trilogy
26.) Read book 2 in the same trilogy
27.) Read book 3 in the same trilogy
28.) Read a book recommended by a friend on Social Media
29.) A book about a Librarian
30.) A book about breaking a code or a treasure hunt
31.) Read a book by Brandon Sanderson
32.) Read a book that takes place in a large city
33.) A book suggested by https://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/
34.) A book for under $3.00
35.) A book with exactly three words in the title
36.) Free Space- Pick any book!

Level 4: Speed-Reader Club

37.) A book over 500 pages
38.) A book about time travel
39.) A book with a form of weather in the title
40.) Read a book published in 1969
41.) A book authored by a Catherine/Katherine or variant
42.) A book by Anne Rice
43.) A book from Time's All-time top 100 book list (find it here)
44.) Read a coming of age novel
45.) A book involving mythology
46.) Read a self-published book
47.) A book with the word dream in the title
48.) Free Space- Pick any book!

Level 5: Overachiever Club

49.) Read a book on a banned book list
50.) The most recent book in a series you haven't finished
51.) A book that you judged by its cover (either positively or negatively)
52.) A book that takes place in your home state
53.) A book that takes place before 1965
54.) Read a biography
55.) Read a book you've previously abandoned
56.) A book about a real or fictional politician
57.) A book set in Asia
58.) A book with a tree or forest on the cover
59.) A book with the letter Z in the title
60.) Free Space- Pick any book!