Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Popsugar 24

 I will try Popsugar one more time.  This year's prompts don't seem to be as directed as in other years which makes it more appealing.  I am not a fan of feeling like a prompt is written to get you to read a specific book.  

The challenge has a page on Goodreads

Progress  0/ 50

  1. A book with the word "leap" in the title
  2. A bildungsroman
  3. A book about a 24-year-old
  4. A book about a writer
  5. A book about K-pop
  6. A book about pirates
  7. A book about women's sports and/or by a woman athlete
  8. A book by a blind or visually impaired author
  9. A book by a deaf or hard-of-hearing author
  10. A book by a self-published author
  11. A book from a genre you typically avoid
  12. A book from an animal's POV
  13. A book originally published under a pen name
  14. A book recommended by a bookseller
  15. A book recommended by a librarian
  16. A book set 24 years before you were born
  17. A book set in a travel destination on your bucket list
  18. A book set in space
  19. A book set in the future
  20. A book set in the snow
  21. A book that came out in a year that ends with "24"
  22. A book that centers on video games
  23. A book that features dragons
  24. A book that takes place over the course of 24 hours
  25. A book that was published 24 years ago
  26. A book that was turned into a musical
  27. A book where someone dies in the first chapter
  28. A book with a main character who's 42 years old
  29. A book with a neurodivergent main character
  30. A book with a one-word title you had to look up in a dictionary
  31. A book with a title that is a complete sentence
  32. A book with an enemies-to-lovers plot
  33. A book with an unreliable narrator
  34. A book with at least three POVs
  35. A book with magical realism
  36. A book written by an incarcerated or formerly incarcerated person
  37. A book written during NaNoWriMo
  38. A cozy fantasy book
  39. A fiction book by a trans or nonbinary author
  40. A horror book by a BIPOC author
  41. A memoir that explores queerness
  42. A nonfiction book about Indigenous people
  43. A second-chance romance
  44. An autobiography by a woman in rock 'n' roll
  45. An LGBTQ+ romance novel

Advanced Prompts

  1. A book in which a character sleeps for more than 24 hours
  2. A book with 24 letters in the title
  3. A collection of at least 24 poems
  4. The 24th book of an author
  5. A book that starts with the letter "X"

Reporters Challenge

 I found another fun one being hosted on Goodreads by  Ellie in the challenge factory section.  

Rules: For this challenge – Each book can only be used once (If it fits more than 1 category – choose one – as it can only be used in 1 of the categories)
The bonus rounds are just an added challenge to kick it up a notch!
The challenge runs from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2024.
You don’t have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year.
Books can be in any format – paper, ebooks, audio, etc.
Crossovers with other challenges are fine.
Most of all—have fun!

Who? What? Where? When? Why?
How? – 

Cub reporter: 5 books (1 from each category)
Columnist: 10 books (2 from each category)
News Anchor: 15 books (3 from each category)  <=  My Goal
Editor: 20 books (4 from each category)
Newspaper Mogul: 25 books (5 from each category)

Track progress on Goodreads

Progress:  0/15

1. Protagonist is established in their business or career
2. Any Character who is a dead person (ghost, skeleton, vampire, zombie, etc.)
3. A Main Character who works with animals (K9, trainer, vet, etc.)
4. A Protagonist who is involved in a love (dating) triangle
5. A Character who bakes

6. A number in the title
7. A color in the title
8. Title is at least five words
9. An anthology
10. Title is a play on words (ex: Mind Your Own Beeswax or Gluten for Punishment, etc.)

11. Set in a state that touches water (Ocean or Lake)
12. Set on an island
13. Set in a state starting with ‘M’
14. Set on a farm
15. Set on foreign soil (NOT America or England)

16. Set in the 1800s or earlier
17. Set in the 1900s
18. Set during spring
19. Set during summer
20. Set during a holiday

WHY (Motives)
21. Money/Greed
22. Jealousy
23. Revenge
24. To stop blackmail
25. To keep a secret/cover up

WHO – A book where you figured out who did it before the protagonist figured it out
WHAT – Title or Series title starts with the 1st letter of your last name
WHERE – Set in a fictional place you would love to live
WHEN – During a storm (doesn’t have to be whole story)
WHY – To kill a witness

Horoscope (from on-line or a newspaper or wherever)
Pick a horoscope from the 1st of any month. Then read a book that relates to that horoscope.
Example: Horoscope says – While you may feel the urge to put on a pair of boxing gloves and duke it out with your family, try putting on an oven mitt instead. Cooking a meal or performing other domestic chores will help take your mind off your troubles with your family.
For this horoscope, you could read a book about a boxer or a chef or a baker or a maid or a butler or a cleaner, etc. Something in the book must somehow relate to the horoscope.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Reading Through History

 Last year the hosts at Build Your Library chose a theme of Science.  This year it is History.  There are 40 prompts to use

Progress:   0/40

  1. A war story
  2. About a turning point in history
  3. A book about revolution
  4. A book by a favorite author
  5. About an inspiring person
  6. About civil rights
  7. About a woman who ruled
  8. A new release
  9. A book based on your family’s history or culture
  10. About royals
  11. A book set in the Southern Hemisphere
  12. A graphic novel
  13. A book set in your state/province/city
  14. A book based on mythology or folklore
  15. A non-fiction book
  16. A subgenre you don’t normally read (historical mystery, historical horror, etc.)
  17. A book set in the aftermath of a major event.
  18. A book set during Ancient times.
  19. About a journey or quest
  20. A book with the word “time” in the title
  21. About a disaster.
  22. A book published the year you were born
  23. An epistolary novel
  24. A book set in the Victorian era.
  25. About a poet or writer
  26. About a historical event that happened in your lifetime
  27. A book set in the Medieval Era.
  28. About a plague.
  29. An alternate history story
  30. About the Space Race
  31. A memoir or biography.
  32. About a major discovery or innovation.
  33. A classic.
  34. A book written from multiple perspectives
  35. A book with the word “history” in the title
  36. A book featuring time travel.
  37. A book set in more than one timeline.
  38. A book written by a BIPOC author
  39. A book about refugees
  40. A book about LGBTQIA+ history.

Robot Librarian

 Another Goodreads based challenge I have found is the Robot Librarian.  This is a series of prompts and has some advanced prompts that focus on Non fiction reading.  Looks like a nice small group so I look forward to interacting in the discussions there

Post reads by prompt on Goodreads

Progress:  0/54 

  1. Published anytime in 2024:
  2. Takes place at an amusement park, theme park, fair, or carnival:
  3. With/about a neurodivergent character:
  4. By an author with a color in their name (first or last):
  5. Essay Collection:
  6. Translated from another language:
  7. Transgender/non-binary character:
  8. Newbery Award winner:
  9. Flower in the title or on the cover:
  10. Novella:
  11. Author from Central or South America:
  12. Set in France:
  13. Originally published before you were born:
  14. From your favorite genre written by a BIPOC author:
  15. Book mentioned in a film, TV show, or streamed series:
  16. Main character over 60 years old:
  17. Poetry collection:
  18. By an author whose initials occur consecutively in the alphabet:
  19. Play or screenplay:
  20. About religion/spirituality or with a religious/spiritual main character:
  21. Graphic novel OR a book with pictures/photos/illustrations:
  22. By, about or featuring a soldier, knight or other individual serving in the armed forces:
  23. Adapted into a TV show or streamed series:
  24. Anthology or short story collection:
  25. Set in Africa:
  26. Set on a farm or ranch:
  27. Based on mythology other than Greek or Roman myth:
  28. One of the following words in the title: true, truth, lie(s), liar, or lying
  29. Car, plane, train, motorcycle or bicycle on the cover:
  30. About/taking place during a war that's NOT WWI or WWII:
  31. Building on the cover or the word house, castle, tower or other word for building in the title:
  32. Set in the 1970s:
  33. Advanced Challenge 1--The harder stuff
  34. Book revealed to be a literary hoax or forgery:
  35. Parody or satire:
  36. Book of letters and/or written in epistolary format:
  37. Title does NOT contain the letter E:
  38. Historical fantasy/Alternate history:
  39. By an author who has only written one book:
  40. Published posthumously:
  41. Bio of someone you are NOT fan of:
  42. Novelization of a film:
  43. Romance involving characters over 30 years old:
  44. Advanced challenge 2: Nonfiction (Dewey Decimal System):
  45. 000s--Computer sciences, library sciences, books of information, new media, books about books:
  46. 100s--Philosophy, psychology, metaphysics, occultism/ghost stories:
  47. 200s--Religion:
  48. 300s--Social science, true crime, law, finance, etiquette, folklore:
  49. 400s--Language:
  50. 500s--Earth science, biology, math, astronomy, fossils, plants, wild animals:
  51. 600s--Applied science, technology, health, domestic animals, cookbooks, family management:
  52. 700s--Arts and Recreation, crafts, film, music, photography, outdoor recreation:
  53. 800s--Literature, plays, poetry, literary criticism:
  54. 900s--History, travel, geography, genealogy:

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Read with Allison

Read with Allison is another prompt based challenge.  This has 52 prompts and is intended to be a book a week challenge

Facebook page is available

Progress:  0/52

  1. 2023 Bestseller
  2. Genre: Sci-Fi
  3. Five Star Prediction
  4. Set on a Different Continent
  5. Book in a Series
  6. Recommended by a Friend
  7. On Your TBR 2+ Years
  8. Book About Siblings
  9. More Than 300 Pages
  10. Book Featuring Nature
  11. Set in a State You'd Like to Live In
  12. Recommended on TikTok
  13. Four Words in Title
  14. Set in a Different Time Period
  15. Book You Already Own
  16. Green Cover
  17. Genre: Romance
  18. Book With a Map
  19. Banned Book
  20. Color in Title
  21. Genre: Celebrity Memoir
  22. Set in the Decade You Were Born
  23. Genre: Thriller
  24. About a Different Culture Than Your Own
  25. Childhood Favorite
  26. Book From a Subscription Box
  27. Book About a Road Trip
  28. Second Chance Author
  29. Listen To an Audiobook
  30. Title Starts With Letter 'D'
  31. Lowest Rated Book on Your TBR
  32. Protagonist With a Unique Occupation
  33. Set at a College
  34. Genre: Contemporary Fiction
  35. Mood Read
  36. Set in a Small Town
  37. Genre: Fantasy
  38. Library Book
  39. Book Featuring Technology
  40. Orange Font on Cover
  41. Debut Author
  42. Book With an Isolated Setting
  43. Genre: Mystery
  44. Book That Intimidates You
  45. Character's Name in Title
  46. Genre: Nonfiction
  47. Out of Your Comfort Zone
  48. Book Featuring Sports
  49. Holiday Themed Plot
  50. Book Everyone is Talking About
  51. 2024 New Release
  52. Red and Green on Cover

Disney Movie Challenge

 So if there's something I enjoy more than reading it's Disney.  I love the parks.  So when I found this challenge hosted by Shelf Reflection I couldn't resist.  What's one more in the grand list of too many.  

Progress: 0/55

  1. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)

    A book with a character whose name is a color

    A book with an apple on the cover

    Advanced: A book published in 1937 (the year the original movie came out)

  2. Pinocchio (1940)

    A book with ‘lie’ in the title

    A book with a star on the cover

    Advanced: A book about trafficking

  3. Fantasia (1940)

    A book with magic

    A book with a purple cover

    Advanced: A graphic novel

  4. Bambi (1942)

    A book that takes place in the woods

    A book about an orphan

    Advanced: A book with a John or Jane Doe

  5. Cinderella (1950)

    A book with a shoe on the cover

    A book with talking animals

    Advanced: A book with an evil stepmother

  6. Alice in Wonderland (1951)

    A book with a heart on the cover

    A book about time travel

    Advanced: A book with a tea party

  7. Peter Pan (1953)

    A book with pirates

    A book where a main character is a child

    Advanced: A book about lost boys

  8. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

    A book with a forbidden romance

    A book with ‘lady’ in the title

    Advanced: A book with ‘darling’ in the title (Lady’s family was the Darlings)

  9. Sleeping Beauty (1959)
    A book with a curse

    A book with a dragon

    Advanced: A book that takes place in January (the month the movie was released)

  10. 101 Dalmatians (1961)

    A book with a black and white cover

    A book where the ‘villain’ is a woman

    Advanced: A book with exactly 101 pages

  11. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

    A historical fiction novel

    A book with a knife or a sword on the cover

    Advanced: A book with a character who can see the future

  12. Mary Poppins (1964)

    A book with a nanny

    A book set in London

    Advanced: A book that takes place during the first ten years of the 20th century (the movie happens in 1910)

  13. Aristocats (1970)

    A book with a cat

    A book about social class differences

    Advanced: A book by an author with the initials TO or TM (for Thomas O’Malley)

  14. Robin Hood (1973)

    A book with a heist

    A book with an arrow on the cover

    Advanced: A book written by an author who sponsors a charity

  15. The Rescuers (1977)

    A book that is the first in a series (this was the first Disney animated feature to get a sequel)

    A book about a special gem or diamond

    Advanced: A book set in the bayou

  16. The Little Mermaid (1989)

    A book with a character who has red hair

    A book with a character who is stuck in a small town

    Advanced: A book with a character who can’t speak

  17. Beauty and the Beast (1991)

    An enemies to lovers book

    A book about books

    Advanced: A book with a character trapped in a house

  18. Aladdin (1992)

    A book with a yellow cover (jasmine is yellow)

    A book that takes place in India

    Advanced: A book about a Sikh

  19. The Lion King (1994)

    A book set in Africa

    A book with a character who has a prominent scar

    Advanced: A book with an evil uncle

  20. A Goofy Movie (1995)

    A funny book

    A book with a road trip

    Advanced: A book about a father/son relationship

  21. Pocahontas (1995)

    A book by an author named John

    A book about nature

    Advanced: A book written by an author with Native American heritage

  22. Toy Story (1995)

    A novella (because it’s a small story….)

    A book with ‘friend’ in the title

    Advanced: A book with a cowboy

  23. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

    A book with a character with a disability

    A book with a clock on the cover

    Advanced: A book written by an author with a disability

  24. Mulan (1998)

    A book set in China.

    A non-fiction book about gender.

    Advanced: A book set in ancient China.

  25. Tarzan (1999)

    A book with a character named Jane

    A book about a teacher

    Advanced: A book about a kid who was raised by something/someone unexpected

  26. Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

    A book with a king, queen, or emperor

    A book with a building project

    Advanced: A book set in Peru (cuz llamas…)

  27. Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001)

    A book with ‘lost’ in the title

    A book with an exploration

    Advanced: A book set in Atlanta

  28. Monsters, Inc (2001)

    A book about a kidnapping

    A book with a door on the cover

    Advanced: A book with someone screaming or laughing on the front

  29. Lilo & Stitch (2002)

    A book set in Hawaii

    A book with ‘family’ in the title

    Advanced: A modern day story with a creature from space

  30. Spirited Away (2002)

    A book with supernatural elements

    A book by a Japanese author

    Advanced: A book with a tunnel

  31. Treasure Planet (2002)

    A book with a hunt for treasure/money/an inheritance

    A book set in space

    Advanced: A book about linguistics

  32. Finding Nemo (2003)

    A book by an Australian author

    A book about memory

    Advanced: A book with a dentist

  33. The Incredibles (2004)

    A book with a character with a secret identity

    A book where the whole world is in danger

    Advanced: A middle grade book with a super hero

  34. Chicken Little (2005)

    A book where the main character is telling the truth but no one believes them

    A dystopian novel

    Advanced: A book with a character who wears glasses

  35. Cars (2006)

    A book with a car on the cover

    A book about a celebrity (can be fiction or nonfiction)

    Advanced: A book with a road sign on the cover

  36. Ratatouille (2007)

    A book about food

    A book set in Paris

    Advanced: A Parisian cookbook

  37. Wall-E (2008)

    A book with Artificial Intelligence

    A book with a green cover (cuz recycling…)

    Advanced: A book with no dialogue

  38. Up (2009)

    A book with a septuagenarian main character

    A book with ‘up’ in the title

    Advanced: A book written by an author at least 70 years wise

  39. The Princess and the Frog (2009)

    A book set in the Jim Crow era

    A book with an entrepreneurial female character

    Advanced: A book about a restaurant owner

  40. Tangled (2010)

    A book with an escape

    A book with ‘light’ in the title

    Advanced: A book published on or around the summer solstice (Rapunzel’s probable birthday)

  41. Gnomeo and Juliet (2011)

    A book based on a play

    A book about a neighbor

    Advanced: A retelling of Romeo and Juliet

  42. Brave (2012)

    A book set in Scotland

    A book with an arranged marriage

    Advanced: A book where the main character turns into someone or something else

  43. Wreck-It-Ralph (2012)

    A book about a video game or VR

    A book with candy on the cover

    Advanced: A book only sold in a digital format

  44. Frozen (2013)

    A book with snow

    A book about sisters

    Advanced: A book based on Scandinavian lore

  45. Big Hero 6 (2014)

    A book about technology

    A book with a number in the title

    Advanced: A book with ‘hero’ in the title

  46. Inside Out (2015)

    A book that makes you cry (or would if you did that kind of thing…)

    A book where the main character just moved to a new city

    Advanced: A nonfiction book about emotions

  47. The Good Dinosaur (2015)

    A book with a disappearance

    A book about a character overcoming a fear

    Advanced: A book that explores ‘what if’ a historical event never happened

  48. Zootopia (2016)

    A book that starts with the letter ‘Z’

    A book with a main character who is a police officer or detective

    Advanced: A book that will take you a long time to read; over 500 pages (cuz the Sloth…)

  49. Moana (2016)

    A book set on a boat

    A book about a native people

    Advanced: A book with a five letter title

  50. Coco (2017)

    A book set around Halloween

    A book with a musician

    Advanced: A book containing multiple languages

  51. Onward (2020)

    A book about brothers

    A book with a direction in the title (i.e. onward, forward, backward, right, left, etc)

    Advanced: A book with pants on the cover

  52. Soul (2020)

    A book written by a Black author

    A book about finding purpose in your life

    Advanced: A book about jazz

  53. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021)

    A book with mythical creatures

    A book with ‘the last’ in the title

    Advanced: A book with warring factions

  54. Encanto (2021)

    A book written by a Latinx author

    A book where a house has powers

    Advanced: A book translated from Spanish

  55. Luca (2021)

    A book set on a coast

    A book with a competition

    Advanced: A book about a fisherman

52 in 52 bingo style

 This is a straightforward bingo style challenge hosted by the 52in52 blog.  It sets you up to read 25 books that can be fiction or nonfiction.   The words are open to reader interpretation

Progress:  0/25 

  1. earth
  2. chef
  3. beautiful cover
  4. musician
  5. water
  6. dragons
  7. tell me a secret
  8. comedic
  9. ruins and artifacts
  10. seeds
  11. haunted
  12. cartography
  13. space
  14. deja vu
  15. wisdom
  16. one word title
  17. beach read
  18. steampunk
  19. shape shifters
  20. adventure
  21. fire
  22. artist
  23. ugly cover
  24. bibliophile
  25. air

Motif Madness

  I've decided to give another shot at the monthly motif challenge hosted at Chapter Adventure   I will attempt to read them in the month assigned but will still consider it successful if I complete all the motifs in the year depending on how my mood goes.


I have a Goodreads page here

Jan  Red carpet reads:   Read a book that has won an award or been nominated for one.⁠

Feb Dynamic Duos:  Read a book with a couple of characters that make the perfect pair- whether in business, friendship, or in love.⁠

Mar  Thrill Me: Read a thriller- Psychological thriller; Action thriller; Crime thriller; etc.⁠

Apr  Who's in Charge Here: Read a book where the character's involvement in Royalty, Government, a Kingdom, or any ruling body plays a roll.

May Face Off: Read a book with a face on the cover. Bonus points if you take a #bookface photo!⁠

Jun Comedy Club: Read a book that's guaranteed to make you laugh.⁠

Jul Creature Feature: Read a book with an animal in the story- real or mythica

Aug  Seasons Elements & Weather: Read a book where the season, weather, climate, or elements play a roll in the plot.⁠

Sep Story of Survival: Read a book where the character stays strong and survives something. ⁠

Oct wicked Good Reads: An ode to Girlxoxo's annual WGR event. Ghosts, Witches, Vampires, Creeptastic or Magical books

Nov An Oldie but a Goodie:Read a Historical Fiction book or a book published before 2000.⁠

Dec Cover Love: Read a book with a cover you love!⁠