Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Book Challenge by Erin 16.0


Book Challenge by Erin 16.0 – Categories

• 5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages: The Mockingbirds--Daisy Whitney

• 10 points: Read a book that’s first word starts with the letter C (the articles A, An, or The are allowed): Castle Rackrent and The Absentee--Maria Edgeworth

• 10 points: Read a book published in 2020 or 2021; these two years have been tough on many of us, but let’s celebrate books that were introduced to us these years:

• 15 points: Read a book with the word one of the following words in the title: you, your, you’re, you’ll, you’ve, yourself: When It Happens to You--Molly Ringwald

• 20 points: Read a book set on an island: Moloka'i--Alan Brennert

• 20 points: Read a book from an indigenous or First Nations author; helpful link: You Don't Have to Say You Love Me--Sherman Alexie

• 25 points: (selected by Nancy) – Read a memoir, biography, or autobiography: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain
• 30 points: (selected by Vinay) – Read a book with one of these words in the title: Ace, King, Queen, Jack, or Joker; plural or possessive is okay (i.e. Aces or Ace’s) but variant of the word is not (i.e. can’t be kingdom or hijack); also, the word must be in the title of the book, not the author’s name (i.e. can’t be Jack Kerouac or Stephen King): The Red Queen--Philippa Gregory

• 30 points: (selected by Carly) – Read a book of poetry or a book written in verse: Glass--Ellen Hopkins

• 35 points: (selected by Kara Jo) – Read a book by Jane Austen, inspired by Jane Austen or a Jane Austen re-telling: Pride and Premeditation--Tirzah Price

Saturday, November 27, 2021

2022 Nonfiction Reader Challenge

 Doing this one again.


1. Social History

2. Popular Science

3. Language

4. Medical Memoir

5. Climate/Weather

6. Celebrity: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain

7. Reference

8. Geography

9. Linked to a podcast

10. Wild Animals

11. Economics

12. Published in 2022

Friday, November 26, 2021

2022 Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge

 Another of my favorites, also at GirlXOXO, is now up.

JAN – Last, Kingdom, Girl, Dark, When, Winter, Light, Window: When It Happens to You--Molly Ringwald

FEB – Midnight, Never, Into, Sun, Love, Good, Spell, Search

MAR – End, Fall, Loud, Queen, Woods, Nine, Beautiful, Crown

APR – Race, Now, Chose, While, Stop, Burn, Red, One

MAY – Thorn, Catch, Black, Under, City, Cloud, Sing, Legacy

JUN – Sea, You, Hate, Perfect, Shade, Until, Beach, Little

JUL – Star, Next, Infinity, Iron, Word, People, Rise, Clear

AUG – Breath, Case, Hundred, Day, Happy, Language, Stay, Lie

SEP – Bright, Here, Out, Life, Strange, Rule, Story, Salt

OCT – House, Bone, Haunt, Body, Blood, Witch, Murder, Mystery

NOV – Many, Boy, River, Fever, Down, Gold, Jade, Hill

DEC – Still, Cabin, Cafe, Night, Lake, By, Holiday, Fire

2022 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

 Another of my favorites, at GirlXOXO, is now up for next year.

JANUARY-  New To You. Celebrate the New Year with something new to you- a new genre, a new author, a new book series, a new book purchase, etc: Castle Rackrent and The Absentee--Maria Edgeworth

FEBRUARY- Girl Power. Highlighting Women! Female Authors, Fierce female characters, feminism, female body positivity, females in science/government, etc:

MARCH- Buzzed About Books. Read a book you saw buzzed about a lot in 2021 but haven’t gotten around to reading it yet:

APRIL- Books to Screen. Read a book that has a movie or TV adaptation made based on it. For an extra challenge, watch the show after reading the book:

MAY- Book Lovers Unite. Read a book set in a library or bookstore; with a librarian, author, or book loving character; OR a book with the word ‘BOOK’ in the title:

JUNE- Supporting PRIDE through books. Read a book by an author who is a member of the LGBTQIA+ community or a book featuring LGBTQIA+ character(s):

JULY- Summer Lovin’ – Having a Blast. This month it’s all about the beach reads, rom coms,  and/or love stories. Pick something fun and light-hearted:

AUGUST- Quick Lit. Novellas, Graphic Novels, Poetry Collections, books under 200 pages, one sitting reads:

SEPTEMBER- Title Play. Read a book with a clever title that uses a play on words, a pun, a joke, or titles that have double meanings:

OCTOBER- Murder or Magic. Read a murder mystery book or a magical realism book:

NOVEMBER- Books in Translation. Read any book that wasn’t originally written in your native language but has since been translated to it:

DECEMBER- The Fire is So Delightful. Read a book that has a fire, flames, candles, smoke, or burning in the title or on the cover:

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

2022 Four Moon Reading Challenge

 Here is a new one, just started this year at Four Moon Reviews:

1. A book about or involving a lie: The Rivals--Daisy Whitney

2. A book with a moon or stars on the cover

3. A book chosen by a child (this could be literally any book. Children's books, comic books etc.)

4. A book out of season (literally any book that takes place in a season you aren't in when you read it)

5. A book with less than 1000 ratings on GoodReads

6. A book with a beautiful cover: Moloka'i--Alan Brennert

7. A book with an insect on the cover

8. A book that looks like another book you've read (just a book that has a visual similarity to another book you've read at some point in time)

9. Read the first book in a trilogy (does not have to be the same trilogy as prompts 10 & 11)

10. Read the second book in a trilogy (does not have to be the same trilogy as prompts 9 & 11)

11. Read the third book in a trilogy ((does not have to be the same trilogy as prompts 9 & 10)

12. Has less than 3 colors on the cover

13. Newest book on your TBR shelf (the newest book you acquired as a gift  bought yourself or borrowed from the library)

14. On your bookshelf or TBR for 2+ years

15. A book involving a family (could involve any family dynamic): The Red Queen--Philippa Gregory

16. Written by an author you love

17. Written by an author you've never read before: Castle Rackrent and The Absentee--Maria Edgeworth

18. A book with a textured cover (where the cover has parts on it that are raised so you can feel them)

19. Flip A Coin (choose two books then flip a coin to see which one to read)

20. Has a number in the title

21. Has your favorite fictitious character in it (could be anything nonhuman that doesn't actually exist in the real world)

22. Read a book about adoption

23. Has your favorite color on the cover

24. Has an interesting title (any book where the title intrigues you)

25. Read a book then leave a review (literally any book where you leave a review, the review can be as long or as short as you want)

26. A book that fits a prompt for another reading challenge

27. A book featuring music

28. A book on a sensitive subject (this is any topic you believe is a sensitive subject, do not read something that is going to trigger you, this is just a reading challenge to try and help broaden your reading)

29. A book that has won the GoodReads Choice Awards (any year, any topic)

31. A book released 5+ years ago: The Mockingbirds--Daisy Whitney

32. Read a middle grade book

33. A book with an even number of pages

34. A book you bought because of social media

35. A book about or involving cooking: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain

36. A book with all the colors of the rainbow on the cover (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple)

37. A book with a 40+ year old main character

38. A book that has pictures

39. Has one of the four elements on the cover (earth, air, wind, fire; the sky would work for the air element)

40. A nonfiction book on a person or subject you know nothing about

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Staying Home for Thanksgiving

Once again, I will not be doing much for Thanksgiving this year. Even before COVID, my family began doing less and less on this holiday. The good thing is that there will be no leftovers. 

I always dread running out of food or other essentials just before Thanksgiving Day, as I fear the crowds in the stores of people getting food for the holiday the day before. And I don't plan on on going to stores for Black Friday, something that I have always avoided. No big plans for Christmas either, another holiday that my family has done less for in the past years, again even before COVID.

Whatever you have planned for this coming week, have a safe and happy holiday.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

While I Was Reading 2022 Challenge

 Doing this one again at Ramonamead.com

  1. A book with a question in the title: 
  2. A book of non-violent true crime:
  3. A book with a cover you don’t like. 
  4. A historical fiction novel not set in Europe: 
  5. A book with a character’s name in the title:
  6. A book featuring paranormal activity (fiction or non.):
  7. A book with a number in the title:
  8. A food-related memoir: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain
  9. A book that’s won an award:
  10. A middle grade novel:
  11. A book by an author who shares your zodiac sign:
  12. A book that’s a combination of genres:

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Booklist Queen’s 2022 Reading Challenge

 Another of my favorites.

  1. By an author you love:
  2. Goodreads Winner in 2021:
  3. Becoming a movie in 2022:
  4. Book with a twist:
  5. Speculative fiction:
  6. Bird on the cover:
  7. About a difficult choice:
  8. Published in 2012: When It Happens to You--Molly Ringwald
  9. Name in the title:
  10. Local author:
  11. Discussion-worthy book club book:
  12. 2021 Bestseller:
  13. Genre you usually don't read:
  14. Shakesperean play:
  15. With a two-word title:
  16. About a Muslim protagonist:
  17. Set in the 1980s:
  18. Asian American & Pacific Islander author:
  19. Bottom of TBR:
  20. Literary fiction:
  21. Recommended on Instagram:
  22. LGBTQ+ Book:
  23. Book everyone is talking about:
  24. Pulitzer Prize winner:
  25. Blue cover:
  26. Author with your initials:
  27. Epic adventure:
  28. Guilty pleasure read:
  29. Audiobook: Die, Snow White! Die, You D*** Fool!--Yuri Rasovsky
  30. Catchy title:
  31. About nature:
  32. Two books by the same author: The Mockingbirds--Daisy Whitney
  33. Two books by the same author: The Rivals--Daisy Whitney
  34. YA fantasy:
  35. Purchased at a bookstore:
  36. Family Drama:
  37. Classic you have avoided:
  38. Set in Africa:
  39. Recommended by a librarian:
  40. British author:
  41. Reread a favorite:
  42. Under 300 Pages:
  43. Spooky read:
  44. Nonfiction bestseller:
  45. Book about life:
  46. Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick:
  47. Makes you laugh:
  48. Historical novel:
  49. 2022 new release:
  50. Inspring memoir:
  51. Cozy mystery:
  52. Own but haven't read:

Monday, November 15, 2021

The Nerdy Bookworm 50 Books A Year Reading Challenge 2022

 Here is a new one at Emily the Nerdy Bookworm.


1.  2022 New Release

2.  A Reese Witherspoon BOTM pick (because Reese is my favorite actress).

3.  A romance book with enemies to lover's trope 

4.  Read a memoir: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain

5.  Read a book based on a tv series or movie adaptation (watch the show or movie after for fun)

6.  Read a book that was recommended to you

7.  Thriller novel 

8.  Book with two authors or more

9.  Graphic Novel

10. Hyped book that everyone is talking about

11. Book that has been on your TBR list a very long time

12. Goodreads 2021 Winner or Nominee

13. Book with less than 200 pages

14. Listen to an audiobook

15. New-to-you author

16. 2022 Bestseller

17. A book that makes you think and contemplate life

18. Highly anticipated read

19. Summer vibes/summer read

20.  Library book: Glass--Ellen Hopkins

21. A book where the cover caught your eye

22. A book by an auto-buy author of yours

23. Physical book on your bookshelf 

24. New York Times Nonfiction Bestseller

25. Read a holiday romance

26. Read a book that gives you fall and or creepy vibes

27. Read an office romance novel

28. Read a YA book

29. Read a book with a summer romance

30. Read a book that has the friend's to lovers trope

31. Read a book that has paranormal elements in it (witches, ghosts, vampires, etc.)

32. A book with the color pink on the cover

33. A book that has a cover you love

34. A book that is written in text messages, emails, or different forms of text.

35. A book that has mental health aspects to it

36. A book that has a place in the title imaginary or real (example Malibu Rising, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Beaches)

37. A coming of age story where the characters are in school: The Mockingbirds--Daisy Whitney

38. Dual timeline book

39. Book about family

40. Read a romance with a single parent in it

41. A book you bought from a bookstore: Castle Rackrent and The Absentee--Maria Edgeworth

42. Read a contemporary novel

43. Read a Young Adult Romance

44. A funny book

45.  A book with an animal in it

46. Book you meant to read last year but didn't

47. Book with a winter scene on the cover

48.  Read a classic

49.  Read any book from a series

50.  Free space/pick any book

Friday, November 12, 2021

What An Animal Reading Challenge 2022

 Another I have been doing. At Socrates's Book Reviews.

Welcome to the 2022 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, 2022 and end on December 31, 2022.

The rules are really simple. I am changing it up a little bit, though...read 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, werewolf...you get the idea...

3. Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

4. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.

My Books:

  1. The Twin Princes--Tedd Arnold

The 52 Book Club’s 2022 Reading Challenge

 Another favorite of mine, at the 52 Book Club.

  1. A second-person narrative:
  2. Featuring a library or bookstore:
  3. Title starting with "E":
  4. Title starting with "F":
  5. Chapters Have Titles: When It Happens to You--Molly Ringwald
  6. Household Object on the Cover:
  7. Non-Fiction Bestseller:
  8. Involving the Art World:
  9. Book That Sparks Joy:
  10. Book Based on a Real Person:
  11. Book with Fewer Than 2022 Goodreads ratings:
  12. Set on at Least Two Continents:
  13. Includes a Club:
  14. A Character With Superhuman Ability
  15. A Five-Syllable Title:
  16. Book You've Seen Someone Reading in a Public Place:
  17. A Book Picked Based on Its Spine:
  18. Jane Austen-Inspired: Pride and Premeditation--Tirzah Price
  19. Book That Has an Alternate Title:
  20. Related to the Word "Gold":
  21. Published by Simon & Schuster:
  22. An Unlikely Detective:
  23. Author with an X, Y, or Z In Their Name:
  24. Addresses a Specific Topic:
  25. A Wealthy Character:
  26. Has an "Author's Note": The Mockingbirds--Daisy Whitney
  27. Includes a Map: The Red Queen--Philippa Gregory
  28. Award-Winning Book From Your Country:
  29. Over 500 Pages Long:
  30. Audiobook Narrated by the Author:
  31. Technology-Themed:
  32. A Book That Intimidates You:
  33. A Bilingual Character: Moloka'i--Alan Brennert
  34. Author's Photo on the Back Cover:
  35. From the Villain's Perspective:
  36. Recommended by a Favorite Author:
  37. Set in a Rural Area:
  38. Don't Judge a Book by Its Cover!:
  39. A Middle-Grade Novel:
  40. Book With Photographs Inside:
  41. Involves A Second Chance:
  42. An Indie Read:
  43. Author Who's Published in More Than One Genre:
  44. Anthology:
  45. Book With illustrated People on the Cover:
  46. A Job in the Title:
  47. Read During the Month of November:
  48. Redo One of This Year's Prompts But With a Different Genre:
  49. Title Starts with the Same Letter as your First Name:
  50. Person of Color as the Main Character:
  51. The Word "Game" in the Title:
  52. Published in 2022:

2021 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge and Readathon

 It's Christmas reading once again. I will get at least two books, likely even more. 

It's that time of year again, and time to sign up for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge and Readathon co-event! 

Dates: November 22, 2021 through January 6, 2022

Three ways to participate:

  1. Challenge - Pick a level
  2. Readathon - read as much (or as little) as you want
  3. Participate in both!

Regarding the reading of Christmas books, for the readathon, you do not have to read only Christmas books. I am always reading regular genres along with Christmas books during the season. Please do try to read at least one though. 🎄

For the reading challenge, these must be Christmas novels, books about Christmas lore, a book of Christmas short stories or poems, books about Christmas crafts, children's books (we even have a level for them!), etc.

Reading Challenge Levels:
--Candy Cane: read 1 book
--Mistletoe: read 2-4 books
--Christmas Tree: read 5 or 6 books, or more (this is the fanatic level!)

Additional levels:

--Fa La La La Films: watch a bunch or a few Christmas movies...it's up to you!
--Visions of Sugar Plums: read books with your children this season and share what you read

*the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above

My Books:

  1. A Visit From St. Nicholas--Clement C. Moore (reread)
  2. A Lowcountry Christmas--Mary Alice Monroe
  3. A Christmas Carol--Charles Dickens
  4. Let It Snow--John Green
  5. The Christmas Barn--John and Jennifer Churchman
  6. Construction Site on Christmas Night--Sherri Duskey Rinker
  7. A Wish for Elves--Mark Goneya (reread)
  8. Jingle All the Way--Debbie Macomber
  9. All I Want for Christmas is Ewe--Rose Rossner
  10. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree--Robert Barry
  11. A Coronavirus Christmas--Shannon Jett
  12. Dewey's Christmas at the Library--Vicki Myron & Bret Witter
  13. The Eight Knights of Hanukkah--Leslie Kimmelman
  14. The Santa Suit--Mary Kay Andrews
  15. Super Santa: The Science of Christmas--Bruce Hale
  16. A Very Merry Little Christmas--Mary Engelbreit
  17. The Perfect Christmas--Debbie Macomber
  18. Santa in the City--Tiffany D. Jackson
  19. Pete the Cat's 12 Groovy Days of Christmas--Kimberly Dean
  20. A Gift From Bob--James Bowen
  21. Christmas Cookie Murder--Leslie Meier
Challenge completed on December 22

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2022

 Another I have done at Socrates' Book Reviews.

Welcome to the 12th annual Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge! I can't believe it's been 12 years already!  Once again, I'm giving challengers two options - one is to read only sub-genres and the other is to read cozy mysteries of your choice.

To find out exactly what a cozy mystery is, check out Cozy-Mystery.com. This site is dedicated to cozy mysteries and does a great job of defining them as well as giving a list of cozy mysteries. This challenge is NOT restricted to what is on their list, it's just to be used as a guideline in case you need some hints on what to read.

This year's cozy mystery reading challenge has two ways to participate and you can choose whichever suits you the best:

A) Read only cozy mysteries of your choice.

My Books:

  1. Pride and Premeditation--Tirzah Price

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

2022 Diversify Your Reading Challenge

 Will be doing this one again, at Mongan Moments.

  • January: Memoir/Autobiography: Kitchen Confidential--Anthony Bourdain
  • February: Romance
  • March: Fantasy
  • April: Mystery
  • May: History & Biography
  • June: Thriller
  • July: Contemporary Fiction
  • August: Young Adult
  • September: Literary Fiction
  • October: Historical Romance
  • November: Non-Fiction
  • December: Historical Fiction