giovedì 18 gennaio 2018

2018 Reading Challenge: Historical Fiction

Hosted by Amy over at Passages to the Past

  • Everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section back at Passages to the Past if you wish)
  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky added each month at Passages to the Past (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide readers directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)

The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2017 and there are six different levels to choose from:

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

I'm signing up at the Ancient History level (25 books)

What's in a Name 2018

Charlie at The Worm Hole is hosting the eleventh annual What’s In A Name challenge, originally started by Annie, then handed to Beth Fish Reads and now continued by Charlie. For full details go to the sign-up post
The basics
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Charlie’s examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!):
  • The word ‘the’ used twice (The Secret By The Lake; The End Of The Day, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time)
  • A fruit or vegetable (The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society; The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake)
  • A shape (The Ninth Circle, The Square Root Of Summer, Circle Of Friends)
  • A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zen In The Art Of Writing; The Zookeeper’s Wife, Zelda)
  • A nationality (Anna And The French Kiss; How To Be A Kosovan Bride; Norwegian Wood)
  • A season (White Truffles In Winter; The Spring Of Kasper Meier; The Summer Queen; Before I Fall; The Autumn Throne)
My list

mercoledì 17 gennaio 2018

Victorian Reading Challenge 2018

Duration: January - December 2018
Goal: Read a minimum of 4 Victorian books

  1. _ A book that was originally published serially
  2. _ book published between 1837-1840  Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  3. _ book published between 1841-1850 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  4. _ book published between 1851-1860  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  5. _ book published between 1861-1870 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  6. _ book published between 1871-1880 Far From the Maddding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  7. _ book published between 1881-1890 The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  8. _ book published between 1891-1901 Dracula by Bram Stoker
  9. _ nonfiction published between 1837-1860
  10. _ nonfiction published between 1861-1901 
  11. _ A book published between 1902-1999 with a Victorian setting
  12. _ A book published between 2000-2018 with a Victorian setting 
  13. _ A fiction or nonfiction book about Queen Victoria
  14. _ Biography of a Victorian
  15. _ Nonfiction book about the Victorian era
  16. _ free choice
  17. _ place name in the title 
  18. _ character name in the title Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  19. _ book in a series
  20. _ drama or melodrama
  21. _ gothic, suspense, mystery
  22. _ romance or historical
  23. _ comedy 
  24. _ science fiction or fantasy The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  25. _ adventure, crime, western
  26. _ poetry collection OR story collection 
  27. _ happily ever after
  28. _ unhappily ever after 
  29. _ children's book
  30. _ translated into English from another language
  31. _ a book under 250 pages
  32. _ book over 500 pages 
  33. _ a book over 800 pages Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
  34. _ A book that has been filmed as movie, miniseries, or television show
  35. _ memorable heroine
  36. _ memorable hero
  37. _ British author
  38. _ Irish author OR Irish setting
  39. _ Scottish author OR Scottish setting Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  40. _ American author The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  41. _ reread
  42. _ book with a subtitle (the longer the better!)

  • I'll have quarterly check-in posts. I'll be posting check-in posts March 25, June 24, September 23, and December 30. You may leave links to your reviews on any of those four posts. If you want to share your review with me BEFORE that, AND if you have twitter, feel free to tweet me a link @blbooks.

    Option A.  Read alphabetically A-Z with authors OR titles OR a blend of authors/titles. I've decided that from now on X in reading challenges stands for multiple authors. I'm flipping my "x" to a "+".

    Option B. Choose one author to read exclusively for this challenge; perhaps challenge yourself to read chronologically OR to read through an entire series in one year.

    Option C. Do as many books from the checklist as you can.

    Option D. Make the challenge completely your own and read as YOUR whimsy dictates.
I am choosing Option C.

lunedì 15 gennaio 2018

2018 TBR Pile Challenge

I love this challenge and I'm very happy that  Roof Beam Reader has brought back it after a two year hiatus.

The goal of this challenge is to read 12 books from your TBR pile which you already own for at least a year now. Two alternate books can be chosen to replace any books in the challenge that are just "unfinishable". All of these books must be reviewed and linked back to the original post.  

For a full explanation of the rules for this challenge, check it out here.

My list

1. The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
2. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
3. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
4. Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
5. Middlemarch - George Eliot
6. We were the Mulvaneys - Joyce Carol Oates
7. A Hundred Summers - Beatriz Williams
8. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak
9. Insurgent - Veronica Roth
10. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini 
11. Life After Life - Kate Atkinson
12. The olf of Wall Street - Jordan Belfort


1. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
2. The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

venerdì 12 gennaio 2018

2018 Oldie But A Goodie Challenge

This is a challenge hosted by Renee at Addicted to Romance

This challenge is to try out those books that were published before 2008. This challenge is to be centered around historical romance.  There are many wonderful romance that have become forgotten or not top priority. This is a way for those to discover those hidden gems. Any of these books can be from your aging TBR pile or they can be recently added to your wishlists. Any historical romance published before 2008 counts.

  • Choose at least 5 books…Minimum.
  • Only romance books, and must have been published before 2008.
  • Must be a historical romance, but no limits to any time period or sub genre.
  • Click HERE to sign up!!!

  • 5-10 Books-The Newbie Looking For Swoon Worthy Adventure.
  • 11-20-Seeking Passion on the High Seas.
  • 30-45- The Pirate, Scot, and Duchess of Love
  • 50-100+ Full Era Traveler of Romance and Passion.

I have chosen Seeking Passion on the High Seas

2018 Witches and Witchcraft Reading Challenge

  • Low commitment…you can sign up to read just ONE book as an INITIATE!!!
  • Participants who choose to link up reviews will be entered for the end of year prize!!

  • Challenge Rules:

    • This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2018– Dec 31, 2018. 
    • Grab the reading challenge button (code & button below) and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate- you could track your progress and post reviews on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, etc.
    • Any full length book that includes a witch as a main character or includes major witchcraft elements counts. They may be fiction or non-fiction. However, they should not be reference books which are not read cover to cover-I will leave this to your discretion.
    • Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).
    • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
    • You can list your books in advance or just put them in a wrap-up post. If you list them, feel free to change them as the mood takes you.
    • When you sign up in the linky put the direct link to your post about joining the 2018 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge, not just a link to your blog.
    • You can move up levels, but no moving down.
    • Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2018, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
    • Have some Witchy Good Fun !!!

    Initiate: Read 1 – 5 Witchy Books
    Maiden: Read 6 – 10 Witchy Books
    Mother: Read 11 – 15 Witchy Books
    Crone: Read 16 – 20 Witchy Books

    Witchy book of choice up to $10 from The Book Depository!
    Participants who have officially signed up by linking up a sign-up post declaring their level will be given one entry for every review they link up. The more reviews you write and link up, the more entries in the contest! Link up your reviews on that month’s Review Link Up Post. Winner will be chosen on Jan 15th 2019 to give everyone a chance to link up their end of year reviews. All Review Link Up Posts can be accessed from my menu bar under my header!

    I will join at Initiate level, I hope to move up levels

    martedì 9 gennaio 2018

    Monthly Key Word Challenge 2018

    This is my  fifth year joining this challenge. I've never been able to complete every month even though I've been very close (except last year). Now this year I'm back to try this challenge again. I was disappointed to see that My Soul Called Life's blog had disappeared, but I'm glad to see My Reader's Block take over the challenge. 

    white, ice, year, baby, hat, dance, top, road, if
    Ideas:   Just One Year by Gayle Forman, The Ice Princess by Camilla Lackberg, Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

    pink, snow, heart, arrow, point, right, holiday, walk, and
    Ideas: Girl in Snow by Danya Kukafka, Deepest Roots of the Heart by Chautona Havig

    green, luck, great, shout, hope, wrong, rope, carry, into

    clear, rain, lily, basket, out, gather, valley, all, cross

    pearl, flower, clasp, pale, mountain, one, never, dog, around

    bell, bird, town, live, river, none, some, bride, when

    blue, water, desert, apple, many, wood, stay, cabin, between

    yellow, sun, beach, boat, house, few, help, camera, above

    always, fall, sleep, school, teach, call, leave, chase, below

    black, mask, ghost, witch, castle, midnight, haunt, mystery

    brown, thanks, food, family, table, dream, laugh, town, over

    red, present, Christmas, party, give, under, tree, sing, bell
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