Here are my results for reading in 2021.
Friday, December 31, 2021
Decided to do this one again. Last year was my first time.
- Book with a red spine:
- Debut author:
- Bookstore recommendation:
- Title starts with F or S:
- Mystery or middle grade:
- NY Times bestseller:
- Set in summer:
- Bought based on cover:
- Recommended by family/friend:
- Part of a series: The Rivals--Daisy Whitney
- 2022 movie adaptation:
- Reviewed by Nerd Daily in 2022:
- Author starting with R:
- A retelling:
- YA or sci-fi:
- Released in February 2022:
- Under 350 pages:
- Four-word title:
- Fantasy or romance:
- A book you never finished:
- Purple on the cover:
- Recommended on social media:
- Protagonist starts with B:
- 2022 TV adaptation:
- An author new to you:
- Released in July 2022:
- #ownvoices author:
- A questionable cover:
- Author starting with G:
- A book gifted to you:
- Protagonist starting with T:
- In your TBR pile:
- Non-fiction or audiobook: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain
- #booktok recommendation:
- Bought based on cover:
- Setting: where you'd rather be:
- Written by a fave author:
- Features a journey:
- Start a new series: The Mockingbirds--Daisy Whitney
- Number in the title:
- Released before you were born:
- Picked at random:
- Quoted by an author you like:
- Illustrated cover:
- One-word title: Moloka'i--Alan Brennert
- Bought on holidays:
- Book with blue spine:
- Multiple perspectives:
- BIPOC author:
Thursday, December 30, 2021
This is my third time doing this challenge. In 2020, I picked Bakers'd Dozen as my goal, but upgraded to Fortnightly. I chose Fortnightly again in 2021, then just kept going to see much farther I could get with the list (I ended up covering all the categories, including all the Wildcard categories). This is how I will approach the challenge for 2022. (Click the link in the paragraph above to see a larger image of the categories graphic).
Book about women's issues:
Reread childhood favorite:
Book about a pandemic:
With new cases of the virus occurring, people are now being advised to avoid large gatherings on New Year's Eve. Just like last year, I'm prepared to stay home. Even before COVID hit, I had pretty much given up on going out for New Year's Eve. So I was somewhat prepared.
I don't think I'll be missing much by staying home. But I do hope it will be safer to go out to celebrations next year. I really did miss being out for Halloween this year. That's one I want to be out for. I have been hesitant this past year about such celebrations since I will not know who has been vaccinated or not, and may encounter people without masks. Like everyone else int the world, I'm awaiting the day this will no longer have to be true.
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
Monday, December 27, 2021
Sunday, December 26, 2021
Friday, December 24, 2021
It's now Christmas Eve and the world is facing nearly the same thing as last Christmas. The virus is still looming, with the new variant. Even though we now have vaccines, which we didn't have a year ago, there are still people refusing to get them. And now hospital workers are preparing once again to treat COVID patients.
I have been hesitant to get out, worrying over the size of the crowds and not knowing who has been fully vaccinated, and possibly seeing others without masks on. As much as I would have liked to see the the local production of Beauty and the Beast Jr., (which had been postponed from March of 2020 following the initial COVID shutdown), I was hesitant to do so. And I skipped going to the bar celebrations for Halloween since I had only received my booster less than two weeks prior. I don't count on going out for New Year's Eve, though, since I have not done so in years, even before the coronavirus hit. And I have nothing big planned for Christmas tomorrow, something that has been true for several years now, again even before COVID.
Now it seems we're heading into a two-year pandemic. Who knows how much longer this will go on.
Whatever you are celebrating, have a happy holiday, whatever you plan to do.
Thursday, December 23, 2021
I'm doing this one again, getting as many books as possible.
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.
Participants can read as many books as they want and are encouraged to visit as many European countries as possible. The Jet Setter Prize will go to the person who reads (and reviews) books from the greatest number of different countries (see below).
Not everyone wants to compete for a prize, review books, or read a lot of books. You can "complete" the challenge by reading one to five books from different countries. If you want to do more, read more books and compete for the prize.
To participate in the challenge, sign up at the levels below. If you want to go on to compete for the Prize, keep reading!
- 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.
I was sad to learn that the Reading Women podcast is ending this year and as such, so is the Reading Women challenge. I was glad to find this new one, by this Instagram user:
Wednesday, December 22, 2021
Another I am doing again next year, at Introverted Reader.
Definition of “The South”
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Doing this one again, getting as many books as possible.
- You can read a book that’s been translated from any language into the language of your choosing. The challenge is not limited to translations to or from English.
- You can read any genre
- You can read books meant for any age group
- Crossovers with other challenges are fine
- Any format that you choose is also acceptable
Monday, December 20, 2021
I missed there being a general challenge for reading romance last year. Now there are several offered for 2022, and it was hard deciding on one, but this is the one I chose.
January: Time Travel Romance: The Time Traveler's Wife--Audrey Niffenegger
February: Regency Romance
March: Discover a New Culture! – For this month, we recommend finding a romance that centers a culture that’s not your own.
April: Historical fiction other than Regency – For this month, we recommend finding a romance from a historical period you’d like to learn more about!
May: Celebrity Romance
June: LGBTQIA+ Romance
July: Shared Hobby Romance – A romance where the love interests share a hobby like reading, baking, etc.
August: Fantasy Romance
September: Retelling a Romance
October: Science Fiction Romance
November: 2022 Release
December: Winter Holiday Romance
I first did this one in 2020, but passed last year. Will get as many squares as possible.