Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Gingerbread Humor

In honor of my gingerbread door and window decorations, and the planned gingerbread door decoration to begin at the center tomorrow. Some old and new ones. 

Monday, December 4, 2023

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2024

 Another favorite up for next year. I always get as many books as possible for this one.

20th Century Reader - 2 books
Victorian Reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History - 25 books
Prehistoric - 50+ books

My Books:

Sunday, December 3, 2023

December Bookish Bingo

 Here is the new card.

*Note for the Listen to Podcast square: This could be a character listens to \ talks about \ creates a podcast OR you, the reader, listen to a book-related podcast.  

My books:

  1. The Seven Purposes--Margaret Cameron (1 square): E-Book
  2. The Shepherd, the Angel and Walter the Christmas Miracle Dog--Dave Barry (2 squares): Audiobook, Book Club Read
  3. The Lions of Little Rock--Kristin Levine (4 squares): Physical Book, Not in a Series, Historical Fiction, Lessons Learned
  4. Cold As Ice--Sarah Mlynowski (3 squares): In a Series, Royalty, Remake/Retelling
  5. Sherlock: The Great Game--Mark Gatiss (1 square): Listens to a Podcast

Saturday, December 2, 2023

2024 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

 Doing this one again.

The aim of the Nonfiction Reader Challenge is to encourage you to make nonfiction part of your reading experience during the year.


You can select, read and review a book from the categories listed below during the year for a total of up to 12 books; OR select, read and review any nonfiction book. A book may be in print, electronic or audio format.

Choose a goal:

Nonfiction Nipper: Read & review 3 books, from any 3 listed categories

Nonfiction Nibbler: Read & review 6 books, from any 6 listed categories

Nonfiction Nosher: Read & review 12 books, one for each category

Nonfiction Grazer: Read & review any nonfiction book. Set your own goal


  1. History
  2. Memoir/Biography
  3. True Crime
  4. Science
  5. Health
  6. Food
  7. Culture
  8. Transportation
  9. The Future
  10. Pets
  11. Architecture
  12. Published in 2024

Friday, December 1, 2023

2024 Build Your Library Reading Challenge

 This is the third year I will be participating in this one. This year's theme is "Reading Through History."

  1. War story:
  2. About a turning point in history:
  3. About revolution:
  4. By a favorite author:
  5. About an inspiring person:
  6. About civil rights:
  7. About a woman who ruled:
  8. A new release:
  9. Book based on your family's history or culture:
  10. About royals:
  11. Set in the Southern Hemisphere:
  12. Graphic novel:
  13. Set in your state/province/city:
  14. Based on mythology or folklore:
  15. Non-fiction book:
  16. Subgenre you don't normally read (historical mystery, historical horror, etc):
  17. Set in the aftermath of a major event:
  18. Set during ancient times:
  19. About a journey or quest:
  20. "Time" in the title:
  21. About a disaster:
  22. Published the year you were born:
  23. Epistolary novel:
  24. Set in the Victorian era:
  25. About a poet or writer:
  26. About a historical event that happened in your lifetime:
  27. Set in the Medieval era:
  28. About a plague:
  29. Alternate history story:
  30. About the Space Race:
  31. Memoir or biography:
  32. About a major discovery or invention:
  33. A classic:
  34. Book written from multiple perspectives:
  35. "History" in the title:
  36. Featuring time travel:
  37. Set in more than one timeline:
  38. By a BIPOC author:
  39. About refugees:
  40. About LGBTQIA+ history:

2024 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

 I always look forward to this one

  1. A book with the word "leap" in the title:
  2. A bildungsroman book:
  3. A book about a 24-year-old:
  4. A book about a writer:
  5. A book about K-Pop:
  6. A book about pirates:
  7. A book about women's sports and/or by a woman athlete:
  8. A book by a blind or visually impaired author:
  9. A book by a Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing author:
  10. A book by a self-published author:
  11. A book from a genre you typically avoid:
  12. A book from an animal's POV:
  13. A book originally published under a pen name:
  14. A book recommended by a bookseller:
  15. A book recommended by a librarian:
  16. A book set 24 years before you were born:
  17. A book set in a travel destination on your bucket list:
  18. A book set in space:
  19. A book set in the future:
  20. A book set in the snow:
  21. A book that came out in a year that ends with "24":
  22. A book that centers on video games:
  23. A book that features dragons:
  24. A book that takes place over the course of 24 hours:
  25. A book that was published 24 years ago (2000):
  26. A book that was turned into a musical:
  27. A book where someone dies in the first chapter:
  28. A book with a main character who's 42 years old:
  29. A book with a neurodivergent main character:
  30. A book with a one-word title you had to look up in a dictionary:
  31. A book with a title that is a complete sentence:
  32. A book with an enemies-to-lovers plot:
  33. A book with an unreliable narrator:
  34. A book with at least 3 POVs:
  35. A book with magical realism:
  36. A book written by an incarcerated or formerly incarcerated person:
  37. A book written during NaNoWriMo:
  38. A cozy fantasy book:
  39. A fiction book by a trans or nonbinary author:
  40. A horror book by a BIPOC author:
  41. A memoir that explores queerness:
  42. A nonfiction book about Indigenous people:
  43. A second-chance romance:
  44. An autobiography by a woman in rock 'n' roll:
  45. An LGBTQ+ romance novel:

  1. A book in which a character sleeps for more than 24 hours:
  2. A book with 24 letters in the title:
  3. A collection of at least 24 poems:
  4. The 24th book of an author:
  5. A book that starts with the letter "X":

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Book Challenge by Erin 20.0

This is hosted at a private Facebook group. This runs from January 1 to April 30, 2024.

NEW, for this VERY SPECIAL 20th CHALLENGE - There will be 20 book categories! But you still are only challenged to read 10 books. How will this work? There will be our always-present freebie category plus 19 categories, one from our previous 19 challenges. You will choose 10 books that suit 10 of the categories and that will be your preliminary list. So, if there’s a category that you’re not interested in reading, for BCBE20, you can just select to skip it because there are 19 other categories to choose.
  1. Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages
  2. Read a book that was made into a movie (from BCBE1)
  3. Read a book by a favourite author that is not a re-read (from BCBE2)
  4. Read a book of short stories (from BCBE3)
  5. Read a book with one of these seasonal words in the title: winter, summer, spring, autumn, or fall (from BCBE4)
  6. Read a historical fiction book (from BCBE5)
  7. Read a book set in your city/town/county/state/province (from BCBE6)
  8. Read a book with a non-human main character (from BCBE7)
  9. Read a book with the name of a character in its title (from BCBE8)
  10. Read a book (must be at least 2 words in the title) where each word in the title of the book begins with the same letter (from BCBE9); examples: Magpie Murders, Gone Girl, Peter Pan, Love’s Labor Lost; conjunctions and articles count; for example, if the title has “and” in the title, all of the other words must start with “A” to count; or if the title has “the” in it, all of the other words must start with “T”
  11. Read a book originally published over 100 years ago (from BCBE10)
  12. Read a book with a picture of a building (i.e. a house, a castle, a school, a hospital, etc.) on the cover (from BCBE11)
  13. Read a book that has won an Edgar award (from BCBE12) Please use this link: https://www.bookbrowse.com/.../book_award.../10/edgar-awards
  14. Read a (fiction or non-fiction) book with an immigrant as a main character (from BCBE13); Barnes and Noble booksellers has quite an extensive and helpful list of recommendations: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/.../immigr.../_/N-29Z8q8Z10xh
  15. Read a book by a LGBTIA+ author or main character (from BCBE14)
  16. Read a book with to, two, or too in the title (from BCBE15)
  17. Read a memoir, biography, or autobiography (from BCBE16)
  18. Read a book with one of these words in the title: book(s), bookshop, bookstore, library, librarian (from BCBE17)
  19. Read a book set in Australia or written by an Australian author (from BCBE18)
  20. Read a book with an animal on the cover or in the title (from BCBE19)