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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2018



Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
Dates: Throughout 2018

Guidelines (quoted from announcement/sign-up page):
  • Read at least one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month.
  • The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example: Your title could include the word 'icicle' or 'icing' even though the key word is 'ice.'
  • Key words can be tweaked. For example: You could read a book with "Bowler" or "Bonnet" for the key word 'Hat' and that would be just fine. If the key word is 'Family' then your title could include the word 'Sister' or 'Father.' If the key word is 'Food' then your title could include the word 'Cake.' 
  • You may sign up any time from now until November 1, 2018. But to complete the challenge you will need to read (or have already read) books with keywords from any months missed by the time of sign-up.
  • There will be a headquarters site with links for monthly reviews.
  • You don't need a blog to participate. 
  • Key word books should be read in the month with which they are associated. 

List of Monthly Key Words:



• See my original post about the challenge HERE.
• See the challenge announcement/sign-up post HERE.
• See the Challenge Headquarters page HERE.

MY READING LIST:

JAN:
• If Morning Ever Comes. Anne Tyler (See Review)

FEB:
• Miss Zukas and the Library Murders (Miss Zukas #1). Jo Dereske (See Review)

MAR:
Give the Boys a Great Big Hand (87th Precinct #11). Ed McBain (See Review)

APR:
Time Out of Joint. Philip K. Dick (See Review)

MAY:
JUN:
JUL:
AUG:
SEP:
OCT:
NOV:
DEC:


POSSIBLE  CHOICES  FOR  MAY:
  1. At the Mountains of Madness. H.P Lovecraft (1936; 130 pages) 
  2. Black Orchids (Nero Wolfe #9). Rex Stout (1942; about 200 pages) [for key word "Flower"]
  3. The Blue Flower. Penelope Fitzgerald (1995; 226 pages) 
  4. Fire on the Mountain. Edward Abbey (1962; 192 pages) 
  5. Fire on the Mountain. Anita Desai (1977; 162 pages)  
  6. Flowers for His Funeral (Mitchell & Markby #7). Ann Granger (1994; 288 pages) 
  7. Girl with a Pearl Earring. Tracy Chevalier  (1999; 240 pages)
  8. The Magic Mountain. Thomas Mann (1924; about 800 pages) 
  9. The Mountain: Stories. Paul Yoon (2017; 224 pages)  
  10. Never Go Back (Harry Barnett #3). Robert Goddard (2006; 402 pages) 
  11. Never Look Away. Linwood Barclay (2010; 425 pages) 
  12. Never Saw It Coming. Linwood Barclay (2010; 244 pages)
  13. The Pale Blue Eye. Louis Bayard (2006; 432 pages)
  14. The Pale Horse. Agatha Christie (1961; about 290 pages)
  15. Pale Horse, Pale Rider. Katherine Anne Porter (1939; 205 pages) 
  16. Pale View of the Hills. Kazuo Ishiguro (1982; 196 pages)
  17. Ready Player One. Ernest Cline (2011; 386 pages) 
  18. Ring Around the Sun. Clifford D. Simak (1952; 200 pages)  
  19. Time Travelers Never Die. Jack McDevitt (2009; 371 pages) 
  20. To Say Nothing of the Dog. Connie Willis  (1998; 493 pages) 
  21. We Never Talk About My Brother: Short Fiction. Peter S. Beagle  (2009; 219 pages) 



POSSIBLE  CHOICES  FOR  APRIL:
  1. The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion. Fannie Flagg (2013; 369 pages) 
  2. All Hallows' Eve. Charles Williams (1945; 273 pages)
  3. All Passion Spent. Vita Sackville-West (1931; 174 pages) 
  4. Alone of All Her Sex. Marina Warner (1976; 400 pages) 
  5. As She Climbed Across the Table. Jonathan Lethem (1997; 227 pages)
  6. Basket Case (Silver Six Crafting Mystery #1). Nancy Haddock (2015; 304 pages) 
  7. A Burnt-Out Case. Graham Greene (1960; 210 pages) 
  8. The Case of the Gilded Lily (Perry Mason #50). Erle Stanley Gardner (1956; 188 pages) 
  9. Clear Light of Day. Anita Desai (1980; 194 pages) 
  10. The Crossing Places (Ruth Galloway #1). Elly Griffiths (2009; 320 pages)
  11. The Egyptian Cross Mystery (Ellery Queen #5). Ellery Queen (1932; 320 pages)
  12. Goodbye to All That. Robert Graves (1929; 288 pages) 
  13. The Hanging Valley (Inspector Banks #4). Peter Robinson (1989; 324 pages) 
  14. How It All Began. Penelope Lively (2011; 229 pages) 
  15. Lily's Ghosts. Laura Ruby (2003; 258 pages) 
  16. Out of Circulation (Miss Zukas #5). Jo Dereske (1997; 212 pages) 
  17. Out of the Deep. Walter de la Mare (2017; 288 pages)
  18. Out of the Past (Miss Silver #23). Patricia Wentworth (1953; 267 pages) 
  19. Put Out More Flags. Evelyn Waugh (1942; 286 pages) 
  20. Rain and Other South Sea Stories. W. Somerset Maugham (1921; 166 pages) 
  21. Service of All the Dead (Chief Inspector Morse #4). Colin Dexter (1979; 340 pages) 
  22. Stay Out of the Basement (Goosebumps #2). R.L. Stine (1992; 144 pages)
  23. Summer Crossing. Truman Capote (2005; 142 pages) 
  24. Time Out of Joint. Philip K. Dick (1959; 240 pages)  


POSSIBLE  CHOICES  FOR  MARCH: 
  1. Anne of Green Gables. L.M. Montgomery  (1908; 200+ pages) 
  2. The Children of Green Knowe. L.M. Boston (1954; 192 pages) 
  3. The Door Into Summer. Robert A. Heinlein  (1957; 200 pages) 
  4. Eating People Is Wrong. Malcolm Bradbury  (1959; 300 pages)
  5. Give the Boys A Great Big Hand (87th Precinct #11). Ed McBain (1960; 204 pages)
  6. A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley #1). Elizabeth George  (1988; 400+ pages) 
  7. Green for Danger (Inspector Cockrill #2). Christianna Brand  (1944; 256 pages) 
  8. The Greengage Summer. Rumer Godden (1958; 196 pages)
  9. Thrush Green. "Miss Read"  (1959; 240 pages) 
  10. Voyage Into Violence (Mr. & Mrs. North #21). Frances & Richard Lockridge (1956; 223 pages) 
  11. The Wrong Box. Robert Louis Stevenson  (1889) 
...

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Picture Book Challenge

Host: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
Dates: January - December 2018

Click HERE to see my Challenge Update posts.

Guidelines:
  • Goal: To have adults read more picture books. 
  • Minimum number of books = 6.

Choose an Option:
  • Option 1: Read six picture books of your choice.
  • Option 2: Choose one author to focus on. Perhaps read through an entire author's work. 
  • Option 3: Read as few as six, or as many as you like, from the checklist below. (I'll probably be going with this option.)

Becky's Checklist:
_1. Title beginning with A
_2. Author beginning with A
_3. Title beginning with B
_4. Author beginning with B
_5. Title beginning with C
_6. Author beginning with C
_7. Title beginning with D
_8. Author beginning with D
_9. Title beginning with E
_10. Author beginning with E: Feathers for Lunch, by Lois Ehlert (1996; illus. by author)
_11. Title beginning with F
_12. Author beginning with F
_13. Title beginning with G
_14. Author beginning with G
_15. Title beginning with H
_16. Author beginning with H
_17. Title beginning with I
_18. Author beginning with I
_19. Title beginning with J
_20. Author beginning with J
_21. Title beginning with K
_22. Author beginning with K
_23. Title beginning with L
_24. Author beginning with L
_25. Title beginning with M
_26. Author beginning with M
_27. Title beginning with N
_28. Author beginning with N
_29. Title beginning with O
_30. Author beginning with O
_31. Title beginning with P
_32. Author beginning with P
_33. Title or Author beginning with Q
_34. Title beginning with R: The Rabbit and the Shadow, by Mélanie Rutten (2013; illus. by author)
_35. Author beginning with R
_36. Title beginning with S
_37. Author beginning with S
_38. Title beginning with T
_39. Author beginning with T
_40. Title or Author beginning with U: Umbrella, by Taro Yashima (1958; illus. by author)
_41. Title or Author beginning with V or W
_42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex”
_43. Title beginning with Y
_44. Author beginning with Y
_45. Title or Author beginning with Z
_46. An alphabet book
_47. A counting book
_48. A color word in the title
_49. A number word in the title
_50. Concept book of your choice – picture book
_51. Concept book of your choice – board book
_52. bedtime book – board book
_53. bedtime book – picture book
_54. book that rhymes – picture book
_55. book that rhymes – early reader OR board book
_56. holiday of your choice – board book or early reader
_57. holiday of your choice – picture book
_58. wordless picture book
_59. new to you author
_60. new to you illustrator
_61. favorite author
_62. favorite illustrator
_63. free choice
_64. fairy or folk tale adaptation
_65. fairy or folk tale traditional
_66. a title with the word “first” in it
_67. a book set in the state you live
_68. a book set in a place you’d like to visit
_69. a book set in an imaginary place
_70. a book set in the past – fiction or nonfiction
_71. a book set in the present
_72. picture book for older readers – fiction
_73. picture book for older readers – nonfiction
_74. early reader – fiction
_75. early reader – nonfiction
_76. picture book with photographs
_77. one word title
_78. long title (four or more words)
_79. oversized book
_80. tiny book
_81. a book about playing (hide and seek, tag, or peekaboo, etc.)
_82. a book about school
_83. a book about hobbies (art, dance, music, crafts, sports)
_84. a title that is a question
_85. a title that is an exclamation
_86. an award winner or an honor book
_87. a collection (of poems OR stories)
_88. a book with animals (fiction)
_89. a book with animals (nonfiction)
_90. a book about books or reading
_91. a book celebrating family
_92. first book in a series
_93. any book in a series
_94. book with an adventure or misadventure
_95. a book about a pet
_96. A title with the word “yes” or “no” in it
_97. A title with the word “big” or “little” in it
_98. a classic published before 1968
_99. a book you think should be considered a classic
_100. Out of print
_101. Library book
_102. Impulse Pick
_ 103. Board book published in 2018
_ 104. Picture book published in 2018


Monday, January 1, 2018

2018 Reading Challenge Announcements

As of January 1, 2018, this list is no longer being updated.
For a more recent version, see the list at A Little Reading.

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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.

Two more things. In general I'm not a fan of the "check list" type of reading challenge with a bunch of set categories — so I'll list a few, but maybe not every one of them. Also, I don't do a lot of social media hanging out, so if a challenge is being hosted primarily on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram, you probably won't find it on this list.

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

Challenges in red are ones I've signed up for.
  1. 2018 All About the Trope Challenge | Host: The Herd Presents
  2. 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge | Host: Escape with Dollycas
  3. 2018 A to Z Reading Challenge | Host: Megan and Crystal @ Ginger Mom
  4. Aussie Author Challenge 2018 | Host: Booklover Book Reviews
  5. Author Love Challenge 2018 | Host: Because Reading Is Better Than Real Life
  6. Back to the Classics Challenge 2018 | Host: Books and Chocolate
  7. Beat the Backlist 2018 | Host: Novel Knight
  8. Birth Year Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Hotchpot Cafe
  9. British Books Challenge 2018 | Host: Chelle @ Tales of Yesterday
  10. Charity Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  11. 2018 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge | Host: Host: Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!.
  12. 2018 Color Coded Reading Challenge | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  13. 2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge | Host: Andi's ABCs
  14. COYER Winter Switch | Hosts: Berls @ Fantasy Is More Fun; Michelle @ Because Reading; Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My!.
  15. Craving For Cozies 2018 | Host: Escape With Dollycas
  16. Creativity Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!
  17. Cruisin' Thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  18. 2018 Debut Author Reading Challenge | Host: Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl
  19. Epistolary Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!
  20. 2018 European Reading Challenge | Host: Rose City Reader
  21. Family Tree Reading Challenge | Host: Becky @ Becky's Book Reviews
  22. 2018 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge | Host: Celebrity Readers
  23. Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge 2018 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  24. Foodies Read 2018 | Host: Heather @ Based On a True Story
  25. Full House Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Kathryn T @ The Book Date
  26. 2018 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge | Host: Passages to the Past
  27. Humor Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!.
  28. Kitty Lit Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  29. Let's Read Indie 2018 Reading Challenge | Host: As Told By Tina
  30. LGBTQIA Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Moyas Buchgewimmel
  31. 2018 Literary Escapes Reading Challenge | Host: Escape With Dollycas
  32. Literary Loners Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!
  33. Literary Voyage Around the World Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Gathering Books.
  34. 2018 Memoir Reading Challenge | Host: Jamie @ Whatever I Think Of!.
  35. 2018 Middle Grade Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  36. Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  37. 2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge | Host: Kimberly Lynne @ girlxoxo.com
  38. Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  39. 2018 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge | Host: Bookish Things & More
  40. 2018 Newbery Reading Challenge | Host: Julie @ Smiling Shelves
  41. 2018 New Release Reading Challenge | Host: Lexxie @(un)Conventional Book Views. 
  42. 2018 Nonfiction Reading Challenge | Host: Doing Dewey
  43. The Official 2018 TBR Pile Reading Challenge | Host: Roof Beam Reader
  44. Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Katie Fitzgerald @ Read-at-Home Mom.
  45. 2018 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge | Host: Everyday Gyaan
  46. 2018 Paranormal Reading Challenge | Host: Whole Latte Ideas
  47. 2018 Picture Book Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  48. 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge | Host: Popsugar.com.
  49. The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  50. Reading Challenge Addicts 2018 | Host: Bev (of My Reader's Block) @ Reading Challenge Addict blog
  51. Reading Naturally Challenge 2018 | Host: Hotchpot Cafe
  52. 2018 Reading the Bible as Literature Event | Host: Roof Beam Reader
  53. 2018 Read It Again, Sam Reading Challenge | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block
  54. 2018 Read the Rainbow Reading Challenge | Host: Mia Sutton
  55. 2018 Reformation Reading Challenge | Host: Becky @ Operation Actually Read the Bible.
  56. 2018 Share-a-Tea Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  57. Strictly Print Reading Challenge | Host: Book Dragon's Lair
  58. 2018 Try Something New Challenge | Host: The Herd Presents
  59. Twelve Months of Books - A 2018 Reading Challenge | Host: Book Fifty
  60. 2018 Victorian Reading Challenge | Host: Becky's Book Reviews
  61. 2018 Victorian Reading Challenge | Host: Belle's Library
  62. Vintage Mystery Reading Challenge 2018: Just the Facts | Host: Bev @ My Reader's Block.
  63. 2018 What An Animal Reading Challenge | Host: Yvonne @ Socrates' Book Reviews
  64. What's In A Name 2018 | Host: Charlie @ The Worm Hole
  65. 2018 When Are You Reading? Challenge | Host: Sam @ Taking On a World of Words
  66. While I Was Reading 2018 Reading Challenge | Host: Ramona Mead @ While I Was Reading
  67. Wild Wild West Reading Challenge 2018 | Host: Nick Senger @ One Catholic Life
  68. 2018 Wish List Reading Challenge | Host: Elsa @ La Cercatrice di Storie
  69. 2018 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge | Host: Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf
  70. 2018 YA Reading Challenge | Host: Whole Latte Ideas