Monday, November 30, 2020

Diversify your reading challenge #DYRC21

 The Diversify your reading challenge #DYRC21  is hosted by Kelly Mongan, on her Mongan Moments blog.  This is made up of 12 monthly genre prompts and then 4 bonus prompts.  This is a new challenge for me in 2021

Our quarterly bonus challenge is a great way to explore some new books, without an emphasis on genre:

  • Q1 (Jan-Mar): Award Winner
  • Q2 (April-Jun): Translated Text
  • Q3 (Jul-Sep): Banned Book
  • Q4 (Oct-Dec): 2021 Best Seller

She has a variety of infographics you can use to track it in whatever format you are most interested in, including checklist and bingo cards.  Join me in expanding your genres, check it out here.  

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

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

Books Completed 10/12

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

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.

    READ:  The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

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

    READ:  In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

    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.

    1. Chorus Lines, Caviar and Corpses by Mary McHugh-  RUSSIA
    2. A Burning by Megha Majumdar  - INDIA


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

    1. Triple Chocolate Cheesecake by Joanne Fluke
    2. The Corpse Who Knew Too Much by Debra Sennefelder
    3. Scam Chowder by Maya Corrigan
    4. Toasting Up Trouble by Linda Wiken

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

    IDEA: D: A Tale of Two Worlds

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

    IDEA:  The Secret Garden

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

    IDEA: The Very Best of Robert Service

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

    IDEA: Binti (Binti, #1)

    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.

    IDEA: Good Girls Lie

    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. 

    IDEA: Snowblind (Dark Iceland #1)

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

    IDEA: cozy TBD

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

    IDEA: The Woman Before Wallis

    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.  

    Jan IDEA: The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton Costa Book Award for First Novel (2018),

    Feb IDEA: Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys   won  California Young Readers Medal for Young Adult (2018)

    Mar IDEA: One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus South Carolina Book Award Young Adult (2020),

    Apr IDEA:  Becoming Mrs. Lewis: The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis by Patti Callahan  won 2020 Alabama Fiction Award

    May IDEA:  TBD 

    Jun IDEA:  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)  by Marissa Meyer won Golden Duck Award 2013

    Jul IDEA:  The Hate U Give (The Hate U Give, #1) by Angie Thomas Walden Award in 2018

    Aug IDEA:  Binti (Binti, #1)  by Nnedi Okorafor  Hugo winner 2016

    Sep IDEA:  Big Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty  Davitt 2015

    Oct IDEA:  A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James won Booker 2015

    Nov IDEA:  TBD

    Dec IDEA:  Goodreads winner TBD

    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

      A to Z Tracking 

      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

      •  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
      • Authors-  First, Middle or Last name counts  

      Beat the Backlist 2021



       I am going to do this prompt based challenge again in 2021. It is hosted by Austine and Katie on Novelknight blog.   You don't have to own the book and can borrow etc.   There is a 24 or 52 prompt list.  They have created a bingo card or a regular checklist for whichever format you prefer to track using.  

      Status:   29/52 books completed

      1. more than one author IDEA:  21st Birthday
      2. dragons OR lizards IDEA:  Highfire
      3. √ it’s on a ship! 
      4. purple cover IDEA:  To Fudge or Not to Fudge
      5. √ set in a major city 
      6. book you forgot you had IDEA:  The Light Between Oceans
      7.  caused a major book hangover
      8.   multiple points of view  
      9.   book you’re giving another chance 
      10.   quest to find lost/hidden object 
      11.   chapter title page has art 
      12. kept you up late reading IDEA:  All By Myself, Alone
      13. picked by a friend/trusted reviewer IDEA:  In the Woods
      14. √ non-human character
      15. √ first line is less than 10 words 
      16. banned book IDEA:  Revenge of the Living Dummy
      17. √  cover features your favorite color prominently 
        • READ Dry by Augusten Burroughs
      18. all about music IDEA:  The Black Swan of Paris
      19.   character lets out a breath they didn’t realize they were holding
      20. genre you never/rarely read IDEA:  SpaceMan (Spaceman Chronicles, #1)
      21. √ standalone 
      22. lost royalty IDEA:  Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1)
      23. √ cover with your country’s flag colors 
      24. √ written in letters or diary entries 
      25. √ book centered around politics 
      26. features a carnival or circus IDEA:  The Haunting at Bonaventure Circus
      27. snake on the cover IDEA:  City of the Beasts/Serpent & Dove
      28. on the Indie Bestseller list in 2020 or earlier IDEA:  Mexican Gothic
      29. √ historical with a twist
      30. √ character has a dream scene 
      31.   set in autumn 
      32. based on non-Greek/Roman mythology IDEA:  The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, #1)
      33.  non-binary protagonist 
      34. a book with illustrations IDEA:  Disney's Land
      35. √ WTF plot twist IDEA
      36. second book in a duology IDEA:  One of Us Is Next (One of Us Is Lying, #2)
      37. non-fairytale re-telling 
      38. from your 2020 backlist TBR IDEA:  Beartown (Beartown, #1)
      39. √ book where the woods/forest are important 
      40.  √ black and white 
      41.  √ novella 
      42. √  person on the cover 
      43. anthology IDEA: Mirror, Mirror
      44. √ has a map 
      45.  √ book about bones OR “bone” in the titl
      46. good book, bad cover IDEA:  Nothing to See Here
      47. brings out the geek in you IDEA:  The Square Root of Murder
      48. bought it for the cover IDEA:  
      49. book written in verse IDEA:  Steampunk: Poe
      50. includes a 2nd person point of view IDEA:  The Night Circus
      51.  √ author has a book releasing in 2021
      52. √ mentions a pineapple