Can't resist a good challenge.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2015 Women's Fiction Reading Challenge


Hosted by: Kathryn T @ Book Date
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2015 (sign-ups are open until mid-October)

Kathryn T. is hosting this reading challenge for readers who enjoy women's fiction. As she defines it, women's fiction is "mainly written for women (although that doesn't stop men reading them)." It "may contain elements of romance but the book mainly centres around the development of women or a woman throughout the book. Women centered books, that might focus on the issues relating to women, it may be a mainstream novel, slightly less or slightly more."

But she also says that each challenge participant should define the term for herself (or himself), and use that as a guide. She includes a definition from the Romance Writers of America organization that says women's fiction is:
"...about a woman on the brink of life change and personal growth. Her journey details emotional reflection and action that transforms her and her relationships with others, and includes a hopeful/upbeat ending with regard to her romantic relationship.
...and I think I can pretty much go along with that, except for the part about the hopeful/upbeat ending -- personally, I don't think that's an absolute requirement (nice, but not necessary). I've read plenty of books that I'd label as "women's fiction" that had more ambiguous endings, as well as some that didn't involve actual romantic relationships at all. So, I guess my definition will be a little broader than most.

More Guidelines:
  • Crossovers with other challenges are OK.
  • All formats are allowed.
  • Blogs are not required (you can set up a GoodReads shelf for the challenge, if you prefer) 
Challenge Levels:
  1. Motivated = 1-5 books
  2. Savvy = 6-10 books
  3. Classy = 11-20 books
  4. Go-getter = 20-30 books
  5. Fearless = 30+ books

I'm signing up at the first ("Motivated") level, and hope to read more than one book.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement page HERE.
● See the link for reviews HERE.

MY READING LIST (book I've read, with links to reviews):
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POSSIBILITIES:
  • All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West
  • The Debut. Anita Brookner
  • Dreams of Joy. Lisa See
  • The Elm Creek Quilters series, by Jennifer Chiaverini
  • The Evolution of Jane. Catherine Schine 
  • Leaving Home. Anita Brookner
  • Lolly Willowes. Sylvia Townsend Warner
  • Nora Webster. Colm Toibin
  • The Pull of the Moon. Elizabeth Berg
  • The Radiant Way. Margaret Drabble 
  • The Rector's Daughter. F.M. Mayor
  • The Road to Lichfield. Penelope Lively
  • Sarah's Key. Tatiana de Rosnay
  • The Seven Sisters. Margaret Drabble
  • Shanghai Girls. Lisa See
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs. Anna Quindlen
  • The Summerhouse. Jude Deveraux 
  • Tapestry of Fortunes. Elizabeth Berg 
  • Visitors. Anita Brookner
  • The Weight of Water. Anita Shreve
  • What We Keep. Elizabeth Berg
  • While I Was Gone. Sue Miller
  • A Wreath of Roses. Elizabeth Taylor



Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Read Scotland 2015


Hosted by: Peggy Ann @ Peggy Ann's Post
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2015

Guidelines:
  • Read and review books written by Scottish authors (by birth or immigration), or about or set in Scotland.
  • All genres and formats are allowed.
  • Books may count for other challenges.
  • You don't need a blog to participate.

Challenge levels:
  1. Just A Keek (a little look): 1-4 books
  2. The Highlander: 5-8 books
  3. The Hebridean: 9-12 books
  4. Ben Nevis: 13-24 books
  5. Back O' Beyond: 25+ books

I'm signing up at the first level (Just a Keek), and hope to read four books.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement page HERE.
● See the challenge group at GoodReads HERE.

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
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4.

Monday, December 1, 2014

2015 Sci-Fi Experience


Dates: December 2014 and January 2015
Hosted by: Carl V. Anderson @ Stainless Steel Droppings

Not a challenge. Only goal is to have fun reading/viewing just as much sci-fi as you feel like.

● See my original post about the event HERE.
● See the announcement post HERE.
● See the review page HERE.

MY READING LIST (what I read, with links to reviews or discussions):
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2.
3.

MY VIEWING LIST (what I watched, with links to reviews or discussions):
1.
2.
3.

2015 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge


Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2015
Hosted by: Amy @ A Bookish Girl

Guidelines (quoted from the announcement page):
  • You can read any novel, short story or author just so that the genre is mystery/crime/thriller.
  • 1 novel counts as 1 novel( 1 novel is anything over 100 pages) of course but you will have to read 5 short stories to count as 1 novel.
  • There will be a monthly post for you to add a link or links to your post showing the progress that you have made so far. There will be two link-ups on each reading challenge post, one is a text link-up for those of you who are participating without a blog/through Goodreads/or through another way and then a thumbnail link-up for those of you that are participating from a blog.
  • There will be a book giveaway each month and for initially signing up.
Levels:
Read a certain number of books and at the end of the challenge, you'll receive a rank (there's a secret prize for the participant who reads the most books):
  1. 5 books = Inspector Lestrade
  2. 10 books = Amelia Peabody
  3. 15 books = Flavia de Luce
  4. 20 books = Inspector Ian Rutledge
  5. 25 books = Detective Simon Ziele
  6. 30 books = Miss Marple
  7. 35 books = Hercule Poirot
  8. 40+ books = Sherlock Holmes
I'll be shooting for the third level (Flavia de Luce), so I'm hoping to read at least 15 books that qualify.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement post HERE.
● See the challenge review/report page HERE.

MY READING LIST (books read, with links to reviews):
1.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

2015 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge


Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2015
Hosted by: The Book Vixen

Guidelines (quoted from the challenge announcement page):
  • The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more in 2015 than you did in 2014. 
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio). 
  • Books can be any genre (fiction, nonfiction, romance, mystery, etc.). 
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge. 
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed. 
  • See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself. 
  • Runs January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 (books read prior to 1/1/2015 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime before 9/30/2015. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.
Levels:
  1. Getting My Heart Rate Up: read 1–5 more books (or 250–1,499 more pages)
  2. Out of Breath: read 6–10 more books (or 1,500–2,749 more pages) 
  3. Breaking a Sweat: read 11–15 more books (or 2,750–3,999 more pages) 
  4. I’m on Fire!: read 16+ more books (or 4,000+ more pages) 

I'm signing up at the "Getting My Heart Rate Up" level, so I'll be trying for 1-5 more books than I read in 2014.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement post HERE.
● See the challenge review link HERE.

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
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Friday, November 28, 2014

2015 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge


Dates: January 1 to December 31, 2015
Hosted by: Dollycas @ Escape with Dollycas into a Good Book

Guidelines:
  • Read one book for each letter of the alphabet (by book titles)
  • All genres, and all formats are allowed
  • Crossovers with other challenges are OK
  • Re-reads are allowed
  • Reviews are not required
  • You don't need a blog to participate
  • Make your list at the beginning of the challenge, or add titles as you read them

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
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F:
G:
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Monday, September 1, 2014

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril / IX


Dates: September 1 through October 31, 2014
Hosted by: Carl V. Anderson at Stainless Steel Droppings

Guidelines:

✸ There are several different levels of participation:
  • Peril the First: Read four books of any length, from any subgenre you choose.
  • Peril the Second: Read two books of any length, from any subgenre you choose.
  • Peril the Third: Read one book of any length, from any subgenre you choose.
  • Peril of the Short Story: An extra option, for those who want to read shorter works.
  • Peril on the Screen: Another extra option, for those who like to watch scary or suspenseful fare on the large or small screen.
  • Peril of the Group Read: A third extra -- see announcement page for info.
✸ Choose your books from the following subgenres:
  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Dark Fantasy
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Supernatural
✷ I'm signing up at the Peril the First level (four books), and I'll be combining that with Peril on the Screen and possibly Peril of the Short Story.

See my original post about the Challenge here.
See the Challenge announcement page here.
See the Challenge review page here


MY BOOK LIST (books read; with links to reviews):
  1. Peter Pan Must Die. John Verdon (thriller)
  2. The Mist in the Mirror. Susan Hill (ghost story) 
  3. The Celtic Dagger. Jill Paterson (mystery)
  4. Children of the Revolution. Peter Robinson (police procedural)
  5. The Dirty Book Murder. Thomas Shawver (bibliomystery)

MY SHORT STORY LIST (with links to reviews):
  1. "The Bus Conductor." E.F. Benson (ghost story)


MY SCREEN PERIL LIST, Part I (Movies):
  1. 13 Ghosts (1960)
  2. Fragile (2005)
  3. The Haunting (1963) 
  4. Insidious (2010)
  5. Laura (1944)
  6. Madhouse (1974)
  7. The Vampire Bat (1933)

MY SCREEN PERIL LIST, Part II (TV Shows):
  1. Agatha Christie's Marple: Endless Night (2014; Season 6/ Episode 3) 
  2. Agatha Christie's Marple: Greenshaw's Folly (2014; Season 6/ Episode 2) 
  3. Agatha Christie's Marple: A Caribbean Mystery (2014; Season 6/ Episode 1)
  4. Cold Case Files: The Black Dahlia (2006; Season 5/Episode 16) 
  5. Inspector Lewis: Entry Wounds (2014; Season 8/ Episode 1) 
  6. Inspector Lewis: The Lions of Nemea (2014; Season 8/ Episode 2)
  7. Midsomer Murders: Death in the Slow Lane (2011; Season 14/Episode 1) 
  8. Midsomer Murders: Death in Chorus (2006; Season 9/Episode 7)
  9. Midsomer Murders: Country Matters (2006; Season 9/Episode 6)
  10. Midsomer Murders: Four Funerals and a Wedding (2006; Season 9/ Episode 5)
  11. Midsomer Murders: Down Among the Dead Men (2006; Season 9/ Episode 4)
  12. Midsomer Murders: Vixen's Run (2006; Season 9/ Episode 3)
  13. Midsomer Murders: Dead Letters (2006; Season 9/ Episode 2)
  14. Midsomer Murders: The House in the Woods (2005; Season 9/ Episode 1)
  15. The Rockford Files: Tall Woman in Red Wagon (1974; Season 1/Episode 5)
  16. The Rockford Files: This Case Is Closed (1974; Season 1/Episode 6) 
  17. The Rockford Files: The Big Ripoff (1974; Season 1/Episode 7)
  18. The Rockford Files: Find Me If You Can (1974; Season 1/ Episode 8)




Sunday, March 23, 2014

Once Upon a Time VIII


Dates: 21 March - 21 June, 2014
Hosted by: Carl V. Anderson @ Stainless Steel Droppings

Guidelines (quoted from the challenge announcement page):
  • Readings should come from these four genres: fantasy, fairy tale, folklore and mythology
  • Participants can choose one or more of the following levels (or Quests):
  1. The Journey - Read at least one book from any of the four genres. No need to commit to any set number of books.
  2. Quest the First - Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time III criteria. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
  3. Quest the Second - Read at least one book from each of the four categories. In this quest you will be reading 4 books total: one fantasy, one folklore, one fairy tale, and one mythology.
  4. Quest the Third - Fulfill the requirements for the Journey, or Quest the First or Quest the Second, AND top it off with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR a viewing of one of the many theatrical versions of the play.
  5. Short Story Quest - This quest involves the reading of one or more short stories that fit within at least one of the four genres during the course of the weekend. Ideally you would post about your short story readings on Sundays or Mondays, but this is not strictly necessary.
  6. Quest on the Screen - To participate in this quest simply let the other participants know about the films and/or television shows that you feel fit into the definitions of fantasy, fairy tales, folklore or mythology that you are enjoying during the challenge.


✸ I'm signing up at the "Journey" level, so I'll be reading at least one book, but (as usual) hope to read a few more.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
~ See the challenge review page HERE.

MY READING LIST (books read, with links to reviews):
  1. While Beauty Slept. Elizabeth Blackwell
  2. The Thief of Always. Clive Barker


LIST OF POSSIBLE CHOICES:

Bedknob and Broomstick. Mary Norton
The Bell at Sealey Head
. Patricia A. McKillip  
Black Light. Elizabeth Hand
The Book of Lost Things
. John Connolly
The Castle of Llyr. Lloyd Alexander
The Children of Llyr. Evangeline Walton
The City of Dreaming Books. Walter Moers
The Crystal Cave. Mary Stewart
Elidor. Alan Garner
The Eyre Affair. Jasper Fforde
The Fairy-Tale Detectives (Sisters Grimm #1). Michael Buckley
Five Children and It. E. Nesbit
The Halloween Tree. Ray Bradbury
Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Rachel Field
Inkheart. Cornelia Funke 
James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories. Susanna Clarke
Luka and the Fire of Life. Salman Rushdie
The Mabinogion.
The Magic City. E. Nesbit 
The Magic of Finkleton. K.C. Hilton 
Magic or Not? Edward Eager
Mary Poppins Comes Back. Pamela L. Travers
The Mennyms.  Sylvia Waugh 
Miss Hickory. Carolyn Sherwin Bailey
The Mists of Avalon. Marion Zimmer Bradley 
The Moon of Gomrath: A Tale of Alderley. Alan Garner
The Mysterious Benedict Society. Trenton Lee Stewart
Mythago Wood. Robert Holdstock  
The Other Book. Philip Womack 
The Phantom Tollbooth. Norton Juster 
Photographing Fairies. Steve Szilagyi 
The Prince of Mist. Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Princess and the Goblin. George MacDonald
The Red Pyramid. Rick Riordan 
Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper 
Stuart Little. E.B. White 
The Thief of Always. Clive Barker 
The Trumpet of the Swan. E.B. White 
The Well-Wishers. Edward Eager 
While Beauty Slept. Elizabeth Blackwell 
The Wind in the Willows. Kenneth Grahame

Friday, January 17, 2014

2014 Chunkster Reading Challenge

http://www.chunksterchallenge.blogspot.com/2013/12/2014-chunkster-challenge-sign-ups.html

**Challenge completed (well, almost)**
See my wrap-up post HERE

Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2014
Hosted by: Vassily (of Thoughts of an Eclectic Reader)

Guidelines:
  • A chunkster is any book (adult or YA) with 450 or more pages.
  • Both fiction and nonfiction are allowed.
  • Audio books and e-books are allowed. Graphic novels are not.
  • Essay, short story, and poetry collections are allowed but must be read in their entirety to count. 
  • Books may crossover with other challenges. 
  • Anyone can join. 
  • You don’t have to list your books ahead of time. 
  • There are no set levels; participants can determine their own level to aim for. 

✵ I'm setting myself a goal of two books for the challenge.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See my wrap-up post HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
~ See the challenge review link page HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. Ten Lords A-Leaping. C.C. Benison (490 pages)


POSSIBILITIES:
  • The Book of the Dead. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child (454 pages
  • The Children's Book. A.S. Byatt (675 pages)  
  • A Gentle Madness. Nicholas A. Basbanes (638 pages
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire. Stieg Larsson (503 pages
  • Inkheart. Cornelia Funke (500+ pages
  • Jane Eyre. Charlotte Brontë (450+ pages)
  • The Land of Painted Caves. Jean M. Auel (757 pages
  • The Map of Time. Felix J. Palma (613 pages
  • The Peabody Sisters. Megan Marshall (602 pages
  • The Secret History. Donna Tartt (522 pages
  • The Secret Keeper. Kate Morton (496 pages
  • Ten Lords A-Leaping. C.C. Benison (490 pages)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2014

http://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/search/label/Mount%20TBR%20Challenge

Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2014
Hosted by: Bev @ MY READER'S BLOCK

Guidelines (quoted from the challenge announcement page):
  • Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2014. 
  • You may sign up anytime from now until November 30th, 2014. 
  • Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade. All books counted for lower mountains may carry over towards the new peak.
  • Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2014. 
  • No ARCs (none), no library books. 
  • No rereads. 
  • Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books. 
  • Books may be used to count for other challenges as well. 
  • Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb. 
  • There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings! A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. 
  • There will be a GoodReads group for the challenge, and a site for reviews. 
Levels:
  1. Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
  2. Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
  3. Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
  4. Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
  5. Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
  6. El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
  7. Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
  8. Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

❋ I'm signing up at the "Pike's Peak" level, so I'll be trying for twelve books.  

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
~ See the Mount TBR Challenge Review Headquarters HERE.
~ See the March Checkpoint Page HERE.
~ See Checkpoint Number Two HERE.
~ See Checkpoint Number Three HERE

MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. The Only Problem. Muriel Spark 
  2. The Lady in the Lake. Raymond Chandler
  3. The High Window. Raymond Chandler
  4. The Quilter's Apprentice. Jennifer Chiaverini
  5. The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

POSSIBILITIES:
  1. Afternoon Men. Anthony Powell 
  2. The Art of Mending. Elizabeth Berg  
  3. The Cabinet of Curiosities. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  4. The Children's Book. A.S. Byatt 
  5. The Chrysalids. John Wyndham 
  6. The Conjurer's Bird. Martin Davies 
  7. The Crystal Cave. Mary Stewart 
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick 
  9. Appointment in Samara. John O'Hara 
  10. The Dud Avocado. Elaine Dundy 
  11. The Family Man. Elinor Lipman
  12. Flaubert's Parrot. Julian Barnes 
  13. Framed in Lace. Monica Ferris
  14. The Ghost Writer. Philip Roth
  15. The Glass Room. Simon Mawer
  16. Invitation to the Waltz. Rosamond Lehmann 
  17. July and August. Nancy Clark 
  18. Just Kids. Patti Smith 
  19. Labyrinth. Kate Mosse 
  20. Los Alamos. Joseph Kanon 
  21. The Middle Age of Mrs. Eliot. Angus Wilson 
  22. The Mists of Avalon. Marion Zimmer Bradley 
  23. The Nautical Chart. Arturo Pérez-Reverte
  24. Patterns in the Carpet. Margaret Drabble
  25. The Public Image. Muriel Spark
  26. The Rector of Justin. Louis Auchincloss
  27. The Road to Lichfield. Penelope Lively
  28. The Sea. John Banville
  29. The Sign of the Book. John Dunning 
  30. Silver on the Tree. Susan Cooper 
  31. The Wapshot Chronicle. John Cheever
  32. The Winthrop Covenant. Louis Auchincloss

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2014


Dates: 1 January - 31 December, 2014
Hosted by: The Introverted Reader

Guidelines: (quoted from challenge announcement page) "Read any non-fiction book(s), adult or young adult. That's it. You can choose anything. Memoirs? Yes. History? Yes. Travel? Yes. You get the idea? Absolutely anything that is classified as non-fiction counts for this challenge."
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • You don't need a blog to participate.
  • There will be a link for reviews.
  • Sign up anytime during the year.

Levels:
  1. Dilettante -- Read 1-5 non-fiction books
  2. Explorer -- Read 6-10
  3. Seeker -- Read 11-15
  4. Master -- Read 16-20 

 ** I'm signing up at the "Dilettante" level, so I'll be reading 1-5 books.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement/sign-up page HERE.
~ See the review link-up page HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
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4.
5.

POSSIBILITIES: 
  • 1959: The Year Everything Changed. Fred Kaplan (history)
  • Books: A Memoir. Larry McMurtry (autobiography) 
  • The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Erik Larson (history/true crime)
  • A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books. Nicholas A. Basbanes (reading/book collecting)
  • In Cold Blood. Truman Capote (true crime) 
  • Just Kids. Patti Smith (memoir)
  • The Library at Night. Alberto Manguel (reading and books)
  • Manhattan '45. Jan Morris (history) 
  • Old Books, Rare Friends: Two Literary Sleuths and Their Shared Passion. Madeleine B. Stern and Leona Rostenberg (book collecting) 
  • The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws. Margaret Drabble (family history) 
  • The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm. Juliet Nicolson (history) 
  • The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels. Janet Martin Soskice (history)