Monday, November 30, 2020

Calendar of Crime 2021

 I will be doing this challenge again this year.   It is hosted by Bev at MyReadersBlock.   

This is a challenge I will fit books in as I read them rather than pre select the books.  There is a link up to post reviews each month and a summary wrapup is do at the end of the year.

Books I've read

  • Jan

  • Feb

  • Mar

  • Apr

  • May

  • June

  • July

  • Aug

  • Sept

  • Oct

  • Nov

  • Dec

While I Was Reading

 I am going to participate in this 12 prompt challenge hosted by Ramona Mead again this year.  

2021 Reading Challenge Categories

  1. A book published before 2000   
    • Idea:  
  2. An essay or short story collection
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  3. A book you’ve been looking forward to
    • Idea:  
  4. A book you’ve been avoiding
    • Idea:  
  5. A book of magical realism
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  6. A book with alliteration in the title
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  7. A book with food or drink on the cover
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  8. A cozy mystery
    • Idea:  
  9. A book with a dog on the cover
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  10. A memoir
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  11. A book by an author who has written more than 10 books
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  12. A debut novel
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Sunday, November 29, 2020

Monthly Key Word #MonthlyKeyWordGXO

 This is the 3rd challenge hosted at the GirlXOXO site.   It is based on selecting titles that contain one of the monthly key words or some close variation on that word.  It is open for interpretation.

JANUARY – End, Princess, Dance, Midnight, Court, Why, Winter, Story

FEBRUARY – Over, Edge, Rain, Blade, Red, Come, None, Glass

MARCH – Dear, Ink, Mercy, Fly, Lost, Never, Match, True

APRIL – Last, Watch, Save, Girl, Sun, Tell, Garden, Tomorrow

MAY – Away, Wait, Book, Raven, Lake, Angel, Nine, Island

JUNE – Beneath, Crown, Sing, Rule, Earth, Find, Happen, Cruel

JULY – Ever, Shine, Gone, Search, Wood, Under, Road, Like

AUGUST – One, Secret, Will, Tree, Blue, You, Flame, Thousand

SEPTEMBER – Country, House, Top, Man, Wild, Sweet, Once, Wake

OCTOBER – Fear, Night, Silent, Wicked, Hidden, Bones, Lied, Ghost

NOVEMBER – Again, Loud, Star, Stay, Air, When, Since, Race

DECEMBER – Cold, Room, Life, Bell, Kiss, Dream, Until, Drink

Monthly Motif #MonthlyMotifGXO


I am again going to try to complete the monthly motif challenge hosted by Kim and Tanya at GirlXOXO.    You try to read a book each month that fits into the chosen motif of the month

JANUARY-  Once Upon A Time. Read a book from the Fantasy, Fairytale, Mythology, or Folklore Sub Genres.

FEBRUARY- Laughter and Love. Read a relationship story, romance, comedy, or feel good contemporary.

MARCH- Countries and Cultures. Read a book set in a country, or about a culture, that’s different than your own and that you’d like to learn more about.

APRIL- Books on the Menu. Read a book that features food, restaurants, cafes, cooking, or baking, on the cover or in the story. 

MAY- Magnificent Middle Grade. Read a Middle Grade book – a book that is marketed toward ages 8-14.

 JUNE- The Great Outdoors. Read a book featuring a garden, nature, country, or harvest setting or plot.

JULY- Short But Fabulous. Read a novella, comic, graphic novel, manga, or short book of poetry. 

AUGUST- Bag of Tricks. Read a book featuring any kind of magic, illusion, super powers, or enchantments.

SEPTEMBER- Back to School. Read a book with a school setting, featuring a student or educator OR read a book to educate yourself on a topic you’re interested in learning more about.

OCTOBER- Lurking in the Shadows. Read a book that has a gray, black, and/or white cover OR a book that shows a shadow on the cover. 

NOVEMBER- In the Library with the Candlestick. Read a mystery- cozy, detective, spies, true crime, whodunnit, or the like.

DECEMBER- That’s History. Read a historical fiction book or a book about a true historical event.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Monthly Award Challenge #AwardReadingChallenge

 Once again I am going to try to do the monthly award challenge hosted at GirlXOXO.    I made most of the months last year so I am going to try to get all 12 in 2021.  













Memoir Challenge 2021


This one is hosted by Jamie at Whatever I Think Of.  

It's back, once again using a checklist. Some categories have been changed, however. To participate, you must read a minimum of five memoirs from any of the categories listed. One book can only count for one category. Re-reads are acceptable. You do not need a blog to participate. All book formats count. 

Need some reading ideas? Here are some lists to get ideas for reading:

    Here are the categories:

    1. _ Mental Illness Memoir
    2. _ Other Illness Memoir
    3. _ Political Memoir
    4. _ Food Memoir
    5. _ Animal Memoir
    6. _ Music Memoir
    7. _ Travel Memoir
    8. _ Written by a person of color
    9. _ Written by a woman
    10. _ Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA
    11. _ Written by an actor or a comedian
    12. _ Written by an author or journalist
    13. _ Written by any other celebrity
    14. _ Written by someone under 40
    15. _ Written by someone over 40
    16. _ Written by someone from a country different from your own
    17. _ One you find thought-provoking
    18. _ Made into a movie
    19. _ Graphic Novel memoir
    20. _ Bestselling memoir
    21. _ Humorous memoir
    22. _ Fictional memoir
    23. _ Won an Award
    24. _ Published in 2021
    25. _ Published in 2020 or earlier
    26. _ Under 300 pages
    27. _ Over 300 pages
    28. _ One you want to re-read
    29. _ On a favorite subject
    30. _ By a favorite celebrity
    31. _ Free choice
    32. _ Free choice
    33. _ Free choice

    Alphabet fun

     Once again I plan to participate in 2 A-Z tracking challenges for Titles and the one for Authors as well.  I will track them both on this combined tracking page.  

      First up is the A to Z challenge hosted by Crystal and Megan at Bookstacksngoldenmom  They also have monthly side challenges  Use #2021AtoZReadingChallenge on instagram

      • JANUARY – A book you purchased in 2020 but didn’t read
      • FEBRUARY – A book with non-romantic love (siblings, parent-child, friendships)
      • MARCH – A book written by a person of a different race than you
      • APRIL – A book with an Autistic main character (April is Autism Awareness)
      • MAY – A book about a nurse (Nat. Nurses Week 2021 is May 6-12)
      • JUNE – A co-written book (2 authors)
      • JULY – A Christmas book (Christmas in July!)
      • AUGUST – A book by an Indie author (self-published or independent)
      • SEPTEMBER – A memoir/biography
      • OCTOBER – A book written by a new-to-you author
      • NOVEMBER – A book outside your normal genre
      • DECEMBER – A backlist title (published BEFORE Jan 1, 2021)

      The other title and author based challenges are hosted by Dolly at EscapewithDollyCas   These are Alphabet Soup and Author Alphabet Soup.  

      • Read books starting with A to Z.  For the tougher letters (Q, X and Z)  you can count if they fall anywhere in the title. Exclude "the", "a" or "an" from beginning of title when assigning letters
      • Authors-  First, Middle or Last name counts
      •  Books can be from any Genre.  
      • Use #AlphabetSoupChallenge or #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge on social media
      • All formats of books acceptable
      • Cross overs with other challenges permissible
      • Runs Jan 1- Dec 31