Sunday, November 18, 2018

2019 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

One of my favorite challenges is now up for next year!

JANUARY – New to You Author. Read a book by an author whose writing you’ve never read before.

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.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


I will be doing this one again. I didn't get very many books this year, but still want to try again.

The #LetsReadIndie Reading challenge is back in 2019! Join me in 2019 on the journey of discovering new indie books and authors. It doesn’t matter if you are new to the indie world or an avid indie reader. Join me today! 
#LetsReadIndie was created with the idea of getting more people to read indie authors. Indie books have the reputation for “not being as good” as traditional published books. Through my journey of reading indie books, I’ve discovered some amazing books and authors and I’m hoping you will too.

challenge details

  • #LetsReadIndie begins on January 1 – December 31. You may sign up at anytime. 
  • All books for this challenge must be indie or published by indie publishers. 
  • All formats count (ARCs, audio, physical, eBooks). 
  • All genres count (even picture books!)
  • Re-Reads and crossovers from other challenges are totally okay! 
  • You do not have to be a blogger to join the challenge! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram etc. 
  • Use #LetsReadIndie19 so we can keep track of our progress! 
  • If you are a blogger, I’d love if you could make a post to help spread the word. You can also grab the button below to post on your blog. If you aren’t a blogger, you can help by spread the word on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
  • You don’t have to write a review for every single indie book you read but reviews are definitely encouraged. Every last Monday of the month I’ll have a link up for your reviews. 


  • 1-9 – Rookie 
  • 10-19 – Semi – Pro
  • 20-29 – Professional 
  • 30-39 – Veteran 
  • 40-49 – Expert 
  • 50+ – Master 

My books:

Friday, November 16, 2018

Family Tree Reading Challenge 2019

Family Tree Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up
Dates: January - December 2019
# of books: minimum 3

Love reading? Love family? Love researching family history? Want a family-friendly reading challenge?  

I will be reading from the following family birth years (will try to get at least three books form each year): 



2019 Reading Challenge 52 Books in 52 Weeks

Excited to do this one again!

  1. Published in 2019:
  2. An Author You've Never Heard of Before:
  3. Book You've Read Before:
  4. With a Strong Female Lead:
  5. A Play:
  6. Set in the Southern USA:
  7. Memoir on Someone You Admire:
  8. Set in the Victorian Era:
  9. Character With a Career You Wish You Had:
  10. A Plant on the Cover:
  11. Published the Year You Graduated School:
  12. Graphic Novel:
  13. Featuring Music:
  14. An Ugly Cover:
  15. Teen as Main Character:
  16. Retelling of a Well-Known Story:
  17. Set During a Holiday:
  18. Picked Out for You By Someone Else:
  19. Gothic Fiction Novel:
  20. Book About Time Travel:
  21. Title That Starts With the Letter "J":
  22. Fantasy Novel:
  23. True Crime Novel:
  24. Self-Published Book:
  25. Name of a Color in the Title:
  26. One-Word Title:
  27. Book That Makes You Mad:
  28. Discusses Mental Health:
  29. Published by HarperCollins:
  30. Author Who Uses Initials:
  31. Book That Everyone's Talking About:
  32. A Western:
  33. Book About a Cult:
  34. Nominated for (But Didn't Win) the 2018 Goodreads Choice Awards:
  35. Sports-Related Book:
  36. Humorous Novel:
  37. Set in South America:
  38. Allegorical Book:
  39. Military-Related (Fiction or Nonfiction):
  40. Character Who is an Immigrant:
  41. Book Suggested by Someone Else in the Challenge:
  42. A Family Member's Favorite Book:
  43. Children's Book:
  44. Author Who uses a Pseudonym:
  45. A "Beach-Read":
  46. First Book You See in a Bookstore or Library:
  47. Set in a Country You've Visited:
  48. Set in a Post-Apocalyptic World:
  49. A Speed Read:
  50. A Fairy Tale:
  51. Book About Organized Crime/the Mob:
  52. An Audiobook:

Less Than a Week Till Thanksgiving

What do you plan to do for Thanksgiving? It seems every year the holiday gets ignored, according the the media. There doesn't appear to be many Thanksgiving decorations in stores. But do people really decorate for the holiday? Some maybe. I happened to spot two blow-up turkeys on the lawns near my friend's house as I was driving her home from our writers' lab (it got cancelled this week, BTW). These same two lawns had been decorated by blow-up pumpkins last month. I now expect to see blow-up Santas, snowmen or reindeer on these lawns come December. But doesn't everyone expect that?

But I don't see too many of the inflatable turkeys, certainly not as many as I see of pumpkins or Santa. However, upon finding this craft project, I asked if we could do it for art class this month. It will be for this coming week.

Now that seems like a great way to celebrate the holiday. And today is our potluck for Thanksgiving. We decided to have it today, since the holiday is next week and we will be closed then. Also, my boss suspected many people would be gone next week, so we chose not to have it the day before. I made butterscotch haystacks for the party (I had seen there recipe on the bag of butterscotch chips). I didn't get around to taking any pictures, sorry.

Last year I had wanted to make these paper-cup bells for our class, but didn't get around to doing them (long story). So now I want to do them this year, and decided to wait until December. It was on the same site that I found the turkey project and decided it would be fun. Now those who make one can out it on their tables or something at home. And I look forward to both crafts in the coming months.

And I won't even get started on the day after Thanksgiving, suffice it say I won't be heading to Target or Kmart at 4AM, let alone won't be waiting in line around the store, trying to be first. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2019

Will be trying this one again, aiming for level 1, as far as I have gotten for this year.

I’m back again with the Purrfect Reading Challenge. Two of my favorite things are cats and mysteries. So, I combined them for the *purrfect* reading challenge. It's very simple, this challenge is all about reading mysteries that have cats as the main characters. Here are a few examples...

Joe Grey Mysteries by Shirley Rousseau Murphy
Midnight Louie Mysteries by Carole Nelson Douglas
A Cats In Trouble Mysteries by Leann Sweeney
A Klepto Cat Mysteries by Patricia Fry
Black Cat Bookshop Mysteries by Ali Brandon
Cat Who Mysteries by Lilian Jackson Braun
Cat in the Stacks Mysteries by Miranda James
Bookmobile Cat Mysteries by Laurie Cass
Theda Krakow Mysteries by Clea Simon
Black Cat Mysteries by Elaine Faber

This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens more. You can find a list here, but you aren't limited to just these choices. If you find others, that's great.

Here are the levels you can choose from:

Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading - Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing - Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip - Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you'd like - the sky is the limit!

My Books:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

2019 What An Animal Reading Challenge

I have been doing this one for several years now and will be in again.

Welcome to the 2019 What an Animal Reading Challenge. I began hosting this challenge in 2010, when I took it over from Kristi at Passion for the Page. I love reading books that feature animals and am going to host this one again. I hope you will join me. 

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2019 and end on December 31, 2019.

The rules are really simple. I am changing it up a little bit, on...

1. Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.) It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like). In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies. This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal. 

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20 

Level 4 - Read 21 or more

2. The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, get the idea...

My books for this one: