For this one, I will read as many books as possible.
Ok, so here are the challenge details and rules….
Reading Challenge Details:
Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019 (books read prior to 1/1/2019 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2019.
The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
Use the hashtag #ContRom2019 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
To join this challenge, grab the 2019 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. This will be your “update post” when doing the monthly link up.
You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.
• First and foremost, have fun. Don't stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it's an accomplishment for you, then that's awesome. • The challenge will run from JANUARY 1, 2019 to APRIL 30, 2019. No books that are started before 12 a.m. on January 1 or finished after 11:59 p.m. on April 30 will count. (We live in different time zones – follow this according to your own time zone.) • Each book must be at least 200 pages long. Audio books are fine too. • A book can only be used for one category, and each category can only be completed once. If you want to switch the category of a book, or change the book you originally chose, no worries. • You can read your books in any order you choose. • Rereads can be used only once. If a book you love fits into a category, go ahead and visit it again. Read it in its entirety. But, only do this once for the challenge. • There will be a photo album for each category with links to books chosen. Please comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them. A comment can include a review, a rating, a recommendation…other readers want to hear what you thought of your choice. (If you need help with this, let me know…or there is a file attached to our group explaining what to do.) • There will be 10 book categories with a possibility of earning 200 points. That’s 10 books in four months. For some of you, this will be a BIG challenge; for others it will be easy peasy. It’s all for fun, remember! • Book categories will be posted December 1st to give you time to gather books in preparation. • After the categories are posted, please post a preliminary list with books of your choice according to their categories on the facebook group page by December 15th (if possible). If you need help with a particular category or want a book suggestion, we as a community of reading enthusiasts can help each other. (Late entries will still be accepted.) • The first three people who finish the challenge will be invited to contribute a category for the next challenge. The following will get a small prize from me (1st to complete 1st round; 1st to complete both rounds; and WILD CARD random draw – all who finish the 10 book challenge will qualify as an entry!) Plus, everyone who completes the challenge will gets all sorts of recognition and support! • Lastly, have fun. Don't stress. No one is being judged, graded, or penalized. Even if you finish only one book the entire challenge, if you enjoy it and it's an accomplishment for you, then that's awesome. Wait, I’ve read that somewhere before…Good luck!
Going to try this challenge now. It's an interesting topic. I will get as many books as possible. Links to suggestions are at the blog post (link below).
World At War Reading Challenge Host: Becky's Book Reviews Sign up here Duration: January - December 2019 Goal: Get at least one bingo! (more are welcome, of course!) Sign up in the comments! The rules:
Books, audio-books, e-books--all qualify
Books for any age group qualify--children's books/middle grade, young adult, adult
Rereads are allowed
Reviews are not required but if you do get the chance to review, please leave a link!
You can create a reading list if you want, but it's not a requirement
If you do make a list, consider adding a list of five books you'd recommend to others
"Nonfiction" includes biography, autobiography, memoirs, diaries, letters, etc. Also "general" nonfiction--focus on a subject instead of one individual. For the 1920s and 1930s, you might for example read about the Depression, FDR, the Dust Bowl, Prohibition, jazz, harlem renaissance, early film-making, organized crime, Scopes Trial, Hindenburg, 1936 Olympics, etc. Any subject will do essentially.
Fiction can be "general" fiction, or, from a genre. For example, the "any book published..." could be fiction or nonfiction for any age group and from any genre. And fiction set during the specified times could be historical fiction, historical romance, historical mystery, historical fantasy, historical science fiction. For example, Connie Willis has two books where characters from the future time-travel back to World War II. These would qualify.
The categories: _ Any book published 1914-1918 _ Any book published 1918-1924 _ Any book published 1925-1930 _ Any book published 1931-1938 _ Any book published 1939-1945 _ A nonfiction book about World War I _ A nonfiction book about 1910s and 20s _ A nonfiction book about 1920s and 30s _ A nonfiction book about 1930s _ A nonfiction book about World War II _ A fiction book set during World War I _ A fiction book set 1918-1924 _ A fiction book set in the 1920s _ A fiction book set in the 1930s X A fiction book set during World War II: Journey to Topaz--Yoshiki Uchida _ A book set in the United States or Canada _ A book set in England, Ireland, or Scotland _ A book set in Europe _ A book set in Asia or Middle East _ A book set elsewhere (a country/continent not already read for the challenge) _ A book focused on "the war" _ A book focused on "the homefront" _ Watch any movie released in 1940s _ Watch any movie released in the 1930s X Watch any movie about either war: The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
And I'm not sure when they'll get up. I've tried for many not to have any up until after Thanksgiving, and with me decorations don't get so elaborate.
Again, I don't yet know when any decorations will go up in my house. some people on my street already have the inflatable Santas and snowmen and reindeers on their lawns, as well as the lights hanging under the roof. One year there was no tree at all in my house, but I still felt in the spirit. One can feel that way without getting elaborate with decorations. At work, we are planning to get a tree up as soon as we can. And next week, I will be doing the paper-cup Christmas bells. Getting excited!
For now, I will be signing up for the genres of LGBTQ+, Feminism, and Banned Books. If the Dystopia one does not get offered and if the Retellings one I did this year does not appear for next year, I will be adding those as well.
I was surprised at how successful I was with my challenge and managed to read 27 of my original 57 books. That is way more back listed books than I have ever read in a year, though it may not sound like a lot, its 50%! I also concluded that there are quite a few back listed books that I am no longer interested in (which is the case with at least 10 of those 57 books.) Thus I’ve become quite brutal in my Keep or Skip efforts to clean out my TBR for this year’s Moody Reader Reading Challenge.
The Goals for the Challenge…
#1 – Target backlisted books I am excited to read soon.
#2 – Sort them into genres that I will focus on during the year.
#3 – Mix it up so there will be all sorts of books to fit every mood!
#4 – Change the list if I learn about a different book that I want to read soon.
What are your reading goals? You may want to read all the retellings you’ve never gotten to or have a list of second books in series that you want to MAKE sure to get to. You may be a fantasy lover who wants to try more contemporaries… whatever your genre or however many genres you make a list for you can have a moody list ready to go when you’re in the mood for a GREAT book!
That's the way it has been today where I live. I'd said yesterday that I planned on staying home most of the day today, especially since rain was predicted. But I did get out for a while, just avoiding Target and Kmart. I needed to mail some things. The Goodwill had a sale today, but it was surprising unbusy, probably because I got there after noon. I'd done the same last year on the day after Thanksgiving and the clothing racks had been ransacked, with clothes on the floor under the racks. Not as much this year. I did drive past Target both yesterday and today, and saw the parking lot full. It hasn't been raining too heavily today, just sprinkling a little off and on. But the roads and grounds are still wet and whether or not to go out in wet weather is always a question I have to ponder. But I stuck to my word to avoid Target today. I don't even even to know if it would really be like people think it will be:
I enjoyed this challenge this year (still reading) and will be in again, using the checklist option reading as many books as I can.
Girl reading a book by Federico Zandomeneghi
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up) 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 the checklist below Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read. _1. Title beginning with A _2. Author beginning with A _3. Title beginning with B _4. Author beginning with B _5. Title beginning with C _6. Author beginning with C _7. Title beginning with D _8. Author beginning with D _9. Title beginning with E _10. Author beginning with E _11. Title beginning with F _12. Author beginning with F _13. Title beginning with G _14. Author beginning with G _15. Title beginning with H _16. Author beginning with H _17. Title beginning with I _18. Author beginning with I _19. Title beginning with J _20. Author beginning with J _21. Title beginning with K _22. Author beginning with K _23. Title beginning with L _24. Author beginning with L _25. Title beginning with M _26. Author beginning with M _27. Title beginning with N _28. Author beginning with N _29. Title beginning with O _30. Author beginning with O: A Silent Voice, Volume 1--Yoshitoki Oima _31. Title beginning with P: Play Me--Laura Ruby _32. Author beginning with P _33. Title or Author beginning with Q _34. Title beginning with R _35. Author beginning with R _36. Title beginning with S _37. Author beginning with S _38. Title beginning with T _39. Author beginning with T _40. Title or Author beginning with U _41. Title or Author beginning with V or W _42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex” _43. Title beginning with Y _44. Author beginning with Y _45. Title or Author beginning with Z _ 46 children's book published in the 1860s _ 47. children's book published in the 1870s _ 48. children's book published in the 1880s _ 49. children's book published in the 1890s _ 50. children's book published in the 1900s _ 51. children's book published in the 1910s _ 52. children's book published in the 1920s _ 53. children's book published in the 1930s _ 54. children's book published in the 1940s _ 55. children's book published in the 1950s _ 56. children's book published in the 1960s _ 57. children's book published in the 1970s _ 58. children's book published in the 1980s _ 59. children's book published in the 1990s _ 60. children's book published in the 2000s _ 61. children's book published in the 2010s _ 62. children's book published in 2019 X 63. a Newbery Winner: Hello, Universe--Erin Entrada Kelly _ 64. a Newbery Honor _ 65. nonfiction _ 66. poetry _ 67. graphic novel X 68. first in a series: The Isle of the Lost--Melissa De La Cruz _ 69. any book in a series _ 70. last book in a series _ 71. science fiction _ 72. fantasy _ 73. mystery _ 74. animal fantasy _ 75. realistic/contemporary _ 76. coming of age _ 77. action, adventure _ 78. historical fiction _ 79. historical fiction, world war I X 80. historical fiction, world war II: Journey to Topaz--Yoshiki Uchida _ 81. historical fiction, civil rights _ 82. historical fiction, civil war _ 83. historical fiction, great depression _ 84. reread _ 85. library _ 86. free choice _ 87. another free choice _ 88. biography or autobiography _ 89.written in first person _ 90. written in third person _ 91. verse novel _ 92. illustrated "notebook" or diary _ 93. out of print _ 94. anniversary reprint of a children's book _ 95. favorite author _ 96. new-to-you author _ 97. YOUR pick for Newbery 2019 _ 98. multiple authors _ 99. happy, happy _ 100. oh the sads
I will be doing this one again. This time there are several options, and I will be choosing the checklist.
Victorian Reading Challenge Host: Becky's Book Reviews sign up here Duration: January - December 2019 Goal: Read a minimum of 4 Victorian books Option B: Checklist [Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.]
_ book that was originally published serially
_ book published between 1837-1840
_ book published between 1841-1850
_ book published between 1851-1860
_ book published between 1861-1870
_ book published between 1871-1880
_ book published between 1881-1890
_ book published between 1891-1901
_ a book of poems
_ a book of short stories
_ a play
_ a children's book
_ place name in the title
_ a character name in the title
_ a color in the title
_ a number in the title
_ A book published between 1902-1999 with a Victorian setting
_ A book published between 2000-2019 with a Victorian setting
_ nonfiction book about the Victorian era
_ nonfiction book about Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, or their children
At the last meeting of the writer's lab I have been attending, one of the members gave a critique of my whole story. The leader had the other members read and critique just the first 10 pages, as the entire document would be too long for the class to discuss. But this one member took time to provide feed back on the rest of the story as well. And for our next meeting (the lab was cancelled last week) we will be critiquing the first 75 pages of a story this same member has written. I got through it all in one night (the night before we were supposed to meet last week!) What he shared so far was good and now I want to read the rest. I am glad to have found this group.
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.