sabato 27 gennaio 2018

2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge


Dollycas at Escape With Dollycas Into a Good Book is hosting another A-Z Challenge in 2018.
The Alphabet Soup Challenge means that by December 31, 2018
your bowls must be full of one book for each letter of the Alphabet.
spoon
Each Letter Counts As 1 Spoonful
Details
This challenge will run from January 1st, 2018 until December 31st, 2018.
You can join anytime. You do not have to post a review of the book. Books can come from any genre.
You do not need to link up each spoonful.
Crossovers to other challenges are allowed and encouraged!
It’s an alphabet challenge!!! The challenge is to read one book that has a title starting with every letter of the alphabet.


Except For those pesky Q, X AND Z titles the word that starts with the challenge letter can be anywhere in the title.

So there are two different ways you can set up your own A-Z Reading Challenge.
A – How I plan to do it: Make a list on your blog from A-Z. Throughout the year, as you go along, add the books you are reading to the list. Towards the end of the year, you can check and see which letters you are missing and find books to fit.
OR
B – Make a list now of 26 books, picking one for each letter of the alphabet. For example: A – Assault and Beret by Jenn McKinlay B- Bookman Dead Style by Paige Shelton  C – Cold Pressed Murder by Kelly Lane   D – Dead Cold Brew by Cleo Coyle etc.
Books can be read in any order and all formats – print – e-book – audio – are acceptable for this challenge!

A

C
D
E
F: 
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

2018 LITERARY ESCAPES CHALLENGE




Try to read 1 book set in each of the 50 states + the District of Columbia. (51 Points). If you complete the challenge you earn 50 Bonus Points. You also can earn Bonus Points for books set in Counties around the world. 1 Bonus Point for each country. (No repeats – only 1 point can be earned for each country.)
Your books can be fiction or non-fiction and can be in any format, print, digital, audio. 

So how do you decide what state a book is categorized under?

1.  In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in.  (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)
2.  Non fiction reads categorize  in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.
3.  If the book goes from one state to another… go with the state that most of the time is spent.
The way you keep track is up to you. I like making the map to visualize where I have been and where I need to go but I also keep a list on Reading Challenges Page. Here is directions on how to create a map. – http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Google-Map. You do not have to just use Google Maps, you can use an map program you choose.
or just use this list
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut 
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
Prizes will be announced as we get closer to 2019

2018 Try Something New Challenge

This is replacing our "New to Me" challenge.
Exact same thing just a new name 


It's all about trying something new and is fairly flexible.

Examples:

First book in a series
Debut book
A new genre or trope.
A new to you author or series.
An author switching genres
A new book format
or unique storyline element.

Challenge Host: Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Dates of Challenge: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018

Level 1: 1-10 books
Level 2: 11- 20 books
Level 3: 21-40 books
Level 4: 41-60 books
Level 5: 61+ books

My choice is level 3

giovedì 25 gennaio 2018

A Series A Month 2018


hosted by DaniReviewsThings

The aim of A Series A Month is to read a series of two or more books each month. Each month’s series can be completed or ongoing as long as at least two books are out. Most importantly, the series should be new to you, meaning you have yet to read the first book. (There’s already another reading challenge for completing series.)

Giveaway To qualify, you will need to finish 12 series (see more about this below).
Grand prize: A 2018 release of your choice up to £20 and a feature on my blog
Runner up x2: A book of your choice up to £10 and a feature on my blog
Collect points for entries into a random draw at the end of the year. The more points you collect, the more chances you have to win!
  • 2 point for each novel in a series you read and review (Goodreads counts)
  • 1 point for each novella in a series you read
  • 5 bonus points for finishing a series of 4+ books
  • 5 bonus points for each extra series you read past the initial 12
  • 1 bonus point for each 100 pages over 400 pages

domenica 21 gennaio 2018

Mount TBR 2018 Challenge


Hosted by Bev at My Reader's Block

These are the different levels to the challenge:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s

Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s
Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2018. No library books.


My target is to reach Mt Ararat.
My Progress:

2018 The Backlist Reader Challenge


Dates of Challenge: 1 January, 2018 — 31 December, 2018
Challenge Sign-Up/Details: Click Here
A year-long challenge for all those older books that have been piling up on your TBR pile and list — not just the ones you own, but the ones you’ve been wanting to read for a while now. Social Media: #BacklistReader
My Goal: Complete 50 books 

The Rules

The rules are pretty simple. Only (1) and (2) are mandatory.
(1) To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2017 AND be on your TBR list or pile. In other words, you don’t have to own it. If it’s been on your list to read, and it’s older than 2016, it counts. Library books, books you picked up at a yard sale, books you borrowed from a friend, ebooks, print books, audiobooks — any book counts as long as it fits those two criteria.
(2) Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog or wherever you post your reviews. If you can, please include a link to this post! Then link your sign-up post where you see the “Add your link” button below. (Please link the actual goals/sign-up post, not your home page.)  You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read, or leave it up to your mood at the time — as long as they’re on your TBR list. You can sign up through December 1, 2017; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.
(3) Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky Actually, you can do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway (a $10 gift certificate.)  Reviews don’t have to be long, just a few sentences is fine. You can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you don’t have a blog.
(4) On or after the end of the year, post a wrap-up post to let us know how you did! I’ll create a link-up post for the wrap-up posts, too. Again, this one isn’t absolutely necessary, but I hope you’ll do it anyway, just for the fun of looking back and seeing your accomplishment!

2018 Paranormal Reading Challenge


This reading challenge includes all kinds of supernatural. This means you can read about vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, and even witches!

As always this is a challenge where you choose your own reading goals. It's low pressure so read as much or as little as you would like!

The Rules: 
  • This challenge begins January 1, 2018 and ends Dec 31, 2018.
  • You may sign up anytime during the year.
  • I won't be creating different levels. Read as little or as many books as you want.\
  • Books must be paranormal. This means the book has supernatural beings or elements but is set in our world. This includes vampires, werewolves, shapeshifters, ghosts, witches, wizards, psychic powers, magic, fairies, mermaids, angels, gods, etc. 
  • You may include books of any format including traditional books, ebooks, or audiobooks.
  • Books may be YA, adult, horror, romance, graphic novels, etc.
  • You may reread books.
  • Books may count towards other reading challenges.
Sign up here

2018 Color Coded Reading Challenge

This challenge is being hosted by My Reader's Block 

Here are the rules:
*Read nine books in the following categories.
  1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover.
  4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc)in the title/on the cover.
  6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover
  7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title/on the cover.
  8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
  9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).
* Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2018 will count

Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge


I love mystery and this challenge seems amazing.

hosted by My Reader's Block

My Reader’s Block is proud to introduce the second year of Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge. Since mysteries are my primary genre, I wanted to develop another mystery challenge that would be more all-encompassing. Unlike the variations of my yearly Vintage Mystery Challenge, this mystery challenge will have no publication date limits. If it’s a mystery–it counts and it does not matter when it was published. Your goal? To follow a set of clues furnished by the mystery books you read to create a body of evidence to support a book court case. Each book clue should lead you to your next read. The connection can be anything at all from author names to motive for murder to type of mystery (police procedural, espionage, romantic thriller, etc) to an item on the cover, but you must be able to make your case to the jury on your detective logic. I would prefer that you not read eight books from the same author and use the author/series character/etc. as the clue link, however.
There are several levels of participation:
Infraction — six books read in a single chain of evidence
Misdemeanor — eight books read in a single chain of evidence
Felony — ten books read in a single chain of evidence
Capital Offence — twelve books in a single chain of evidence
I'm signing up at the Felony Level

Craving For Cozies 2018 – Reading Challenge


The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2018
Rules
1. Choose the level you wish to participate:
Levels
  • Peckish – 1 – 10 Cozy Mysteries
  • Famished – 11 – 20 Cozy Mysteries
  • Yearning – 21 – 40 Cozy Mysteries
  • Starving  – 41 – 60 Cozy Mysteries
  • Ravenous – 61 – 80 Cozy Mysteries
  • Voracious – 81 – 100 Cozy Mysteries 
  • Completely Satiated – 101 or more
2. You can Feed Your Need To Read with print, digital or audio books.
3. You do not have to post a review but the authors would appreciate it if you did. If you need help just let me know. 
4. You do not need to have a blog to participate.
Just keep track any way you wish and enter a link below or sign up in the comment section. You can even set up a special shelf on Goodreads.com to help you keep track! Your can also participate via Facebook. You can find the Craving for Cozies Facebook Group here.
5.  If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. 
6. Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book for cozy giveaways and reviews. 
7. There is also Craving for Cozies Facebook Group. Everyone can share and discuss the cozies we are reading. Just click here to join.  I will also host some pop-up giveaways during the year. 
8. Please share with us the books you are reading all year long by leaving comments on this page or on the Event page on Facebook.
9. No matter how you enter or keep track when you complete this challenge please FILL OUT THIS FORM no later than January 15, 2019. 
10. HAVE FUN!! 
Sign up here
I'm going to sign up for Famished level

sabato 20 gennaio 2018

Cruisin' thru the Cozies 2018 Reading Challenge

It's the fourth year that I participate in this challenge, I love cozy mystery genre.


Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.

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.

Or

B) Read one book from these sub-genres:



- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
One from cozy mysteries based outside the US (example:  Belinda Lawrence series (British))
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

Here are the levels you can join for either A or B…

Level one (Snoop) - 
A) Read 10 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read one book in each of the above cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

Level two (Investigator) - 
A) Read 20 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) -
A) Read 30 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) - 
A)Read 40 cozy mysteries of your choice. 
B)Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)



Here are the rules...

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2018.

2. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

3. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, ebooks...it all counts!

4. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists. 

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that's fine too. Just leave us the link. I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up here.

5. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

6. I'm going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won't be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.
ADDENDUM:  (I'm adding one more thing for those who aren't sure they want to read some of the sub-genres.)

7.  If you can't find or don't want to read a certain sub-genre, you can switch it out for another one of your choice. However, this can only be done one time.

 I am shooting for Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire.
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