Can't resist a good challenge.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

2018 Reading Challenge Announcements

This is just a list of reading challenges announced (or in some cases, planned though not yet announced) for 2018, with links to blogs and sign-up pages.

Please NOTE: This list is NOT meant to be a complete list of ALL the reading challenges available for 2018. It's mainly just challenges that seem attractive to me. But I'm not necessarily recommending any of these — just keeping track.

For a more comprehensive, up-to-date list of 2018 Reading Challenges, you can check the A Novel Challenge website.

Challenges in red are ones I've signed up for.
  1. Charity Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  2. Creativity Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Whatever I Think Of!.
  3. Epistolary Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Whatever I Think Of!
  4. Humor Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Whatever I Think Of!.
  5. Kitty Lit Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  6. 2018 Memoir Reading Challenge | Host: Whatever I Think Of!.
  7. 2018 Middle Grade Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  8. 2018 Picture Book Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews.
  9. 2018 Share-a-Tea Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  10. Strictly Print Reading Challenge | Host: Book Dragon's Lair
  11. 2018 Victorian Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XII


Dates: September 1 through October 31, 2017
Hosted by: Estella's Revenge 

Guidelines:

✸ There are several different levels of participation:
  • Peril the First: Read four books of any length, from any of the challenge categories.
  • Peril the Second: Read two books of any length, from any category.
  • Peril the Third: Read one book of any length, from any category.
  • 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: This year the group will be reading Slade House by David Mitchell.
✸ Choose books from the following categories:
  • Mystery
  • Suspense
  • Thriller
  • Gothic
  • Horror
  • Dark Fantasy
  • 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 review site HERE.

MY BOOK LIST (books read, with links to any reviews/notes):
  1. An Echo of Murder (William Monk #23). Anne Perry / category: Mystery (detective fiction)
  2. See What I Have Done. Sarah Schmidt / category: Mystery (historical mystery fiction)
  3. The Body in the Library (Miss Marple #3). Agatha Christie / category: Mystery (mystery fiction - amateur detective) 
  4. The Graveyard Apartment. Mariko Koike; trans. by Deborah Boliver Boehm / category: Horror (haunted house)

MY SCREEN PERIL LIST, Part 1 (Movies):
  1. Nosferatu (1922; directed by F.W. Murnau)
  2. The Mummy (1932; the original with Karloff - I rewatch this one every year)
  3. The Wolf Man (1942; another rewatch of a favorite show) 
  4. The Relic (1997); directed by Peter Hyams, based on the thriller by Preston & Child)
  5. Return of the Fly (1959; also one I think I'd seen before, but I really had no memory of it)
  6. What Lies Beneath (2000; another favorite that I haven't seen in quite a while)



MY SCREEN PERIL LIST, Part 2 (TV Shows):
  1. Garage Sale Mysteries: The Art of Murder (2016)
  2. Garage Sale Mysteries: Murder by Text (2017) 



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Perilous Reading Possibilities:
  • Beyond the Ice Limit. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Blue Labyrinth. Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • The Book of Lost Things. John Connolly
  • The Colony. F.G. Cottam 
  • Doll Bones. Holly Black; illus. by Eliza Wheeler
  • The Girl on the Train. Paula Hawkins
  • The Haunted Hotel. Wilkie Collins 
  • Lovecraft Unbound. Ellen Datlow, ed.
  • The Midnight Side. Natasha Mostert
  • My Sister's Bones. Nuala Ellwood 
  • A Shadow on the Wall. Jonathan Aycliffe
  • Shadow Ritual. Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne
  • A Song of Shadows. John Connolly 
  • Strangers on a Train. Patricia Highsmith 
  • This House Is Haunted. John Boyne
  • When the Music's Over. Peter Robinson 

Screen Peril Possibilities:
  • The Conjuring 2 (2016 film)
  • Dream House (2011 film) 
  • The Gift (2015 film)
  • The Haunting (1963 film; I watch this every year) 
  • Heavenly Creatures (1994 film)
  • I Confess (1953 film; Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013 film) 
  • The Invisible Ray (1936 film) 
  • The Maze (1953 film)
  • Murder! (1930 film; Alfred Hitchcock)
  • Perception (TV series, 2012-15) 
  • Person of Interest (TV series, 2011-2016)
  • The Uninvited (1944 film; another one I watch every time RIP comes around) 
  • The Watcher in the Woods (1980 film)



Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Reading Challenge Addict: Keeping Track of My Challenges


Yes, I am a reading challenge addict. I'm a little embarrassed to admit that, but it's a reality and I have to face it. I always start out saying "only one or two this year," and inevitably end up signed up for a dozen or more (16 so far this year). So, I figure I might as well join the group and declare myself. Also hoping this will help me keep myself organized in 2017. (See my original blog post about the challenge HERE.)

My 2017 Reading Challenges:

Reading Goal: 2 books each in 17 categories
Books Read:  


Reading Goal: 50 books


Reading Goal: 50 books


Reading Goal: 12 books


Reading Goal: 2-6 books


Reading Goal: 10 books


Reading Goal: 4 books


Reading Goal: 5 books


Reading Goal: 12 books


Reading Goal: 15-20 books


Reading Goal: No set number of books


Reading Goal: 20 books 


Reading Goal: at least 6 books


Reading Goal: Peril the First (4 books)


Reading Goal: 1-5 books


Reading Goal: at least 6 books


Reading Goal: 6 books

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Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Picture Book Reading Challenge


Host: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
Dates: January - December 2017


As Becky says, the goal of this challenge is "To have adults read more picture books. To celebrate the fact that picture books are for everyone!" The minimum number of books to read is six.

There are several reading options for this challenge, including a bingo card, a checklist, and an A to Z option; I'm going with Becky's checklist of categories/subjects/varieties:

_  1. An alphabet book
_  2. A counting book
✓ 3. Concept book: shapes or numbers or opposites or colors: Numbers - What They Look Like and What They Do (A Little Golden Book), by Mary Reed and Edith Osswald; illus. by Violet LaMont (first pub. 1955)
_  4. a book set on a farm or in the country
_  5. a book set in the city or in an urban area
_  6. a book set at the beach, in the ocean, or by a lake
_  7. a book with human characters
_  8. a book with animal characters
_  9. a bedtime book
_  10. a rhyming book
_  11. a book celebrating art
_  12. a book celebrating dance
_  13. a book celebrating music
_  14. a book celebrating family (parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc.)
_  15. a book about feelings, expressing feelings
_  16. a book with a twist (unexpected) ending
17. a book about pets (cats, dogs, fish): My Kitten, by Margaret O'Hair; illus. by Tammie Lyon
_  18. a book celebrating libraries or reading
_  19. a book translated into English (originally published in another language/country)
_  20. Mother Goose related
_  21. a book about adoption
_  22. a book by Gail Gibbons
_  23. a book by Jon Scieszka
_  24. a book featured on Reading Rainbow
_  25. free choice
_  26. out of print
_  27. wordless picture book
_  28. a book by Margaret Wise Brown
_  29. a board book
_  30. a book about trains or planes
_  31. a book about cars or trucks
_  32. a book about starting school
_  33. a book about friendship (sharing, caring, forgiving)
_  34. a book about being ME, about being unique, special, loved, etc.
_  35. a fairy tale
_  36. a twisted (adapted) fairy tale
_  37. a book about a holiday
_  38. a new-to-you author
_  39. a new-to-you illustrator
_  40. a book about new experiences (dentist, doctor, sleepovers, movies, playing sports, learning to swim, etc.)
41. a series book: Arthur's Nose (Arthur Adventure Series). Marc Brown (first pub. 1976)
_ 42. a book celebrating food (cooking, eating, trying new foods, eating healthy)
43. a book published before 1950: Millions of Cats, written and illus. by Wanda Gág (pub. 1928)
_ 44. a book published in the 1950s
_ 45. a book published in the 1960s
_ 46. a book published in the 1970s
_ 47. a book published in the 1980s
_ 48. a book published in the 1990s
_ 49. a book published in the 2000s
_ 50. a book published 2010-2016
_ 51. a book published in 2017
_ 52. a book by Dr. Seuss
_ 53. a book by Mo Willems
_ 54. a book by Jan Thomas
_ 55. a book by Eric Carle
_ 56. a book by Laura Numeroff
_ 57. a book by Patricia Polacco
_ 58. a book by Jon Klassen
_ 59. a book by Beatrix Potter
_ 60. a book by Kevin Henkes
_ 61. a book written or illustrated by LeUyen Pham
62. a Caldecott winner: Time of Wonder, by Robert McCloskey (1958 Winner)
63. a Caldecott honor: The Garden of Abdul Gasazi, by Chris Van Allsburg (1980 Honor book)
_ 64. a picture book biography
_ 65. a nonfiction picture book
66. a book from your childhood: Nurse Nancy (Little Golden Book), written by Kathryn Jackson; illus. by Corinne Malvern (pub. ca. 1950)
_ 67. a book you discovered as an adult
_ 68. a book celebrating writing, being an author or illustrator
_ 69. a library book
_ 70. an audio book
_ 71. a book about dinosaurs OR dragons
_ 72. nonfiction book about animals (or animal)
_ 73. a challenged book OR a controversial book
_ 74. a book that makes you laugh
_ 75. a book that makes you cry
_ 76. hate the text, love the art
_ 77. love the text, hate the art
_ 78. a book with a great cover
_ 79. a book with an ugly cover
_ 80. a book about toys
_ 81. a book about weather
_ 82. a picture book for older readers
_ 83. a book of jokes, riddles, tongue-twisters
_ 84. a book about seasons
_ 85. a song
86. a poetry book: Dark Emperor & Other Poems of the Night, by Joyce Sidman; illus. by Rick Allen (pub. 2010)
_ 87. a book by a celebrity
_ 88. a book published in Australia
_ 89. a book published in the UK
_ 90. a book about science or math
_ 91. a book about history or historical event
_ 92. a book about sports
_ 93. a book about celebrating birthdays
_ 94. a book about a President or world leader
_ 95. a book about another country
_ 96. a book celebrating faith
_ 97. a pop-up book, or, a book with cut-outs or flaps or fold-outs
_ 98. a bilingual book
_ 99. a television series that has been adapted to a book
_ 100. a book that has been adapted to a television series
_ 101. an adaptation of a myth or legend
102. a book about babies: The New Baby (A Little Golden Book), by Ruth and Harold Shane; illus. by Eloise Wilkin (first pub. 1948)



Thursday, January 5, 2017

2017 New Authors Reading Challenge


Host: Literary Escapism
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017

Guidelines:
  • Read books by authors you've never read before.
  • Crossovers with other challenges are allowed.
  • You don't need a blog to participate.
  • Set your own goal. You can choose to read 15, 25, or 50 new authors.
✹ I'm hoping to read at least 15-20 new authors.

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge announcement page HERE.
● To add a review, find the submission form HERE.
● See my wrap-up post HERE.


MY READING LIST (books I've read, with links to reviews):
  1. David Baldacci: The Fix (Amos Decker #3). 
  2. Sandra Block: The Secret Room (Zoe Goldman #3). 
  3. Barbara Comyns: Our Spoons Came from Woolworths.
  4. Amy Engel: The Roanoke Girls.
  5. Siri Hustvedt: The Blazing World
  6. Mariko Koike: The Graveyard Apartment
  7. David Samuel Levinson: Tell Me How This Ends Well
  8. Tom McAllister: The Young Widower's Handbook: A Novel
  9. Sarah Schmidt: See What I Have Done
  10. Lisa Turner: Devil Sent the Rain.
  11. Larry Watson: As Good as Gone


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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge


Host: Passages to the Past
Dates: January 1 - December 31, 2017


I'm signing up at the Victorian Reader level (5 books).

● See my original post about the challenge HERE.
● See the challenge review pages: JAN, FEB, MAR, APR, MAY, JUN, JUL, AUG, SEP, OCT, NOV, DEC .

MY READING LIST (books I've read for the challenge, with links to reviews):

  1. As Good as Gone. Larry Watson (pub. 2016, set in 1960s)
  2. Magic by the Lake (Tales of Magic #3). Edward Eager (pub. 1957, set in early 1900s)
  3. An Echo of Murder (William Monk #23). Anne Perry (pub. 2017, set in 19th Century England
  4. See What I Have Done. Sarah Schmidt (pub. 2017, set in 1890s and early 20th Century Massachusetts
  5. Our Spoons Came from Woolworths. Barbara Comyns (pub. 1950, set in 1930s London


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