Category Archives: Challenges
Every year I get excited about what will be that first book that I will be chatting about going into the new year. I make a big deal out of picking the book. It is usually a book I have wanted to read for awhile and for whatever reason, I just have not been able to make the time to read it.
This year I would love for you to join me in this tradition of picking the book that you will be reading into the new year. It can be a coveted book that you have been waiting to read, a guilty pleasure book, a re-read of a favorite that you want to explore once again… whatever you want.
Our posts of what we are reading will go live on January 1st. You do not need to be done with the book on January 1st, just reading it on January 1st and yes, you can start on the 31st and be reading into the New Year. I would like to link up all your posts here on the 1st as well so others can visit you and cheer you on! If you are interested, please feel out the short form below.
It’s that time of year again when I like to start to think about the challenges (reading or otherwise) for the new year. There’s something about knowing that there is a group of like minded people out there in the world all working towards the same challenge goals. As I start to see challenges popping up on the blogs it gets my spidey senses tingling and wondering what challenges I will offer here this coming year.
For the 4th year in a row I bring back the Where Are You Reading Challenge? I love this one! Back when I started this challenge in 2011,it seemed a natural challenge to have and seems to go along nicely with my meme, What Are You Reading?
What is the point of the challenge? To try to read a book that is mainly set in each of the 50 states and bonus books for outside the US.
For more details and ideas on how to keep track of your books, check the challenge page link here. To sign up for the challenge, use the link on the challenge page and add your link to your post (if you blog) or just add a comment below if you are not a blogger but wish to join in the challenge.
This Challenge is new, and one I have been thinking about for a few weeks now. For myself I have a lot of things I still want to do in my life. I have to believe I am not alone on this. :D Remember the things you had one hoped to do? Or…. the things that you keep saying “one day, I would like to try that”, or “one day I am going to do that!”
I think it is easy for us all to get caught up in our every day life and commitments and those “one day” items never come to pass. The last few years for myself, I have been challenging myself to reach new goals and try new things. Where once I often said, No, I can’t do that, I have really changed my tune and my response to a, “what if I can?”
Life is too short to not try the things we once hoped to so this challenge is for us to take 2014 as the year that we do take things off that bucket list. For more information on this challenge as well as some ideas to get the juices flowing for your list, check out the sign up link here. I think this is going to be a lot of fun, no pressure… just doing things we had always said we would like to.
Check out the information on this challenge here.
Hey read-a-thoners!!!! Watcha reading??? Are you getting a little hungry while reading?
My book club meets each month at someones home and we try to bring food to go with the book we just read. It is a lot of fun to see how creative we can get! For instance when we read the book ROOM by Emma Donoghue, there was Jack’s birthday cake as described in the book, Jack’s favorite meal of macaroni and cheese, ma’s favorite treat and on the creative side – we had pigs in a blanket renamed for the book “Jack in a rug”. (To get that one you have to have read the book).
Another example would be… say you are reading Chocolat. Well, of course you would be whipping up some tasting chocolat concoctions! Or… you are reading The 19th wife which has to do with Iowa and a funeral… you would always do funeral type foods that were popular in Iowa at the time….
Anyhoo.. for this mini challenge if you choose to accept it, I will be asking you to come up a menu to go along with your current read or one of the books in your reading pile for today. Now… imagine that you have friends coming over to discuss the book with you. You have prepared food and beverage items to go with your meeting (money…. is no object). And what I need to see from you is:
1. Book title and author
2. The menu, food, beverage, you can even go as far as background music, decorations…. have fun with this!
3. You will receive an additional entry if you create a drink to go with your book event and give it a name
4. While you are welcome to post your response in the comments below, you will receive an additional entry if you leave a comment AND link up to a post about this on your own blog. (Linky available below)
SO…. Swedish Chef…. what are they playing for?
A winner will be chosen at the end of this mini challenge time using Random.org and will be announced here that they have won a $20 Amazon gift card that will be sent by email today to the winner! **If more than 40 participate in this challenge, a runner up $10 Amazon card will be added.
Have fun! I can not wait to see what you come up with!
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Winners of this mini challenge are
$20 Amazon gift card to Jo Jo from Jojo’s Corner
$10 Amazon gift card to Melissa from Avid Reader’s Musings
The read-a-thon is coming!!! The read-a-thon is coming!!! April 27th is the read-a-thon!!! This is my FAVORITE read-a-thon each year and I am always thrilled if I can participate! Originally it looked like I would not be doing much of the read a thon as I was leaving town Saturday and doing a bike ride on the 28th. Well… life stuff has happened and now I will be in town and unfortunately skipping out on the bike ride due to other commitments, BUT that also means I will be around Saturday for the read-a-thon!!!
So what is the Dewey Read-A-Thon?
Well the event has a wonderful history, while by the time I became involved in this crazy world of book reviews, Dewey was gone, but I absolutely love the tradition that long-term book bloggers have kept going… passing the torch so to speak and keeping the candle over the memory of Dewey and this event eternally lit.
SO….. I am sharing ALL of this with you because it is not too late to join! It doesn’t matter if you can not do all 24 hours. Do what you can – and believe me, setting aside a day to enjoy books is wonderful! AND bloggers offer mini breaks where you can go and do challenges to take a little break and have a chance to win a prize! (I LOVE) the mini breaks
Join me, and many (currently over 300) other book bloggers and book lovers for this event! Check out details and sign up here!
February to me felt a little quick and not as awesome as my January was. It seemed between the back to back retreats in the beginning of the month, my new re-dedication to the gym, taking care of college son and his broken foot for a long weekend and handling all household things while Al (hubby) was gone for three weeks… took a toll on my reading.
Still… thankfully to the awesomeness of audio books, I can report something fairly decent:
That’s my month of reading. I think March will be better, it already feels like it is. :D Maybe it is the sunlight and melting snow that is making me optimistic.
SO how are you doing so far this year? Are you ahead of last year? Behind? Do you feel your reading style has changed over the past year?
3rd year running and OH I love this challenge! As the host of the weekly What Are you reading meme, I find it awesome that I get to host the WHERE Are You Reading Challenge each year. What is the point of this challenge? It is to try to read in each of the 50 States between January 1 2013 – December 31, 2013.
How do you decide what state a book is categorized under?
1. In a fiction read it would be the State or Country that the book spends the most time in. (Ie. If your main character is from Wisconsin but the book is all about his/her time in college in California – the books should categorize under California….)
2. Non fiction reads categorize in whatever State or Country it is about (Ie…. a book about fly fishing in Colorado is a Colorado point, and a book about women in Afghanistan is an Afghanistan point.
3. If the book goes from one state to another… go with the state that most of the time is spent.
How to get started
Set up a map under Google Maps. It is easy to do! Every time you read a book in 2012, upload a cover picture to Picasa Web Albums (there may be other sites to use, feel free to use what works best for you).
Grab the challenge button here for your posts and sidebar:
Do you have to have a blog to participate? No. You can do everything on the map above without linking the book to a review.
Do I have to have my post up by January 1st, 2012? No, but I would think you would want to get started right away at the beginning of the year. However, you will be able to sign up throughout January as well.
How will people see my map? There are a couple of possibilities. On your original challenge post you should have a link to your map. You could also put it on your side bar to draw interest to it (see mine on my left side bar) I will be linking my map to every review I will also set up a monthly link here to post updates if you wish.
I dont get it – I cant figure out how to use Google maps but I really want to participate! No worries! You are welcome to create a challenge post that lists the 50 states (as well as bonus out of USA spots) and then fill them in as you read in the areas.
Do audio books count? ABSOLUTELY!
Once you are ready and have your map set up please create a blog post (those who have blogs) using the Challenge picture of the map I provided above as well as link to this post so others may join in. Then come back and link that post here to Mr Linky (below) so I as well as other participants know that you are participating and we can pop in throughout the year to check out your map and how we are all doing. I will post a linky at the end of each month so participants can check in with their own post of how they are doing. I will offer a $10 amazon gift card to one lucky participant who does a check in post at the end of each month and links it.
This is actually a fun and easy challenge as all books you read qualify and it will be fun to see where you generally read books from as well as searching out books to fill in areas that you need.
For those who have covered the 50 states by the end of 2013, they will go into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Barnes and Noble or to Amazon. ** All other areas beyond the 50 states are bonus points and we will have a drawing using random.org for those who read 10 or more books throughout 2013 in that category.
You can see my map I worked on in 2011 here to see what the map looks like and how the pictures link to the reviews. (If you zoom in you will see the individual areas I read in and clicking on the blue pins will show you what book it was and clicking on the picture will take you to the post!
That’s it! Here is a link to tips on how to do it. Any other questions – please leave them in the comments section below.
I can’t wait to see WHERE You Are Reading!
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Another month, another recap. In January I felt like I rocked that month would a great start to the year. In February, I mellowed a bit but believed it was going to bounce back. Now here I am with a toe into April already and looking back at March as I type this with a mild curiosity.
How did I do?
For March I added 10 new books/audio to the map… however only three new states. :shock: Seem to have repeats in New York, Illinois, and Maine. GAH! For the first three months of the year I have in 18 of the 50 states. 6 books being outside the US.
Of those ten I wrote review for…. 7 were audio. I know. I can’t believe it myself… I need to sit down and READ. I am now at 21 audio books for the year.
I made no progress on the e-books challenge. I still have a partial one to read before I can count it.
Thanks to Pandemonium, I was able to add one Dystopia read to the mix giving me three for the year, balancing me well for the 11 I hope to read in 2012.
No progress made on the 2012 Recommended Reading Challenge.
I am hopeful that April will pick up steam. I am finishing my third book for this month today, and I have finished 3 audio as well so far this month.
How is April coming together for you? Is this a good reading month?
My third check in for my reading project of Jane Eyre. Now three weeks in, my goal being 70 pages a week, I have just crossed over the 210 page line. This report was due on the blog this past Sunday and I don’t know how I forgot… but yeah. I forgot.
Pages 141 – 210 reveals Jane and Rochester staring to get to know one another. There is the fire in his bedroom (I am still confused about that one) and Jane rushes in and saves his life which he is overly grateful…. and then the next day…
gone. (Please don’t let him be bipolar….. I dealt with that in Wuthering Heights with Kathryn and I was about to kill her myself in the end of that one!)
Then we move on to the fact that Rochester likes to party PARTY and he is gone for what is it, like two three weeks, hanging with friends about ten miles away which in this time, is like being in another country! When he does return, he brings the party with him and then all those people proceed to stay at his house for the next two weeks… (so odd… I would go nuts having company that long!)
Of course, now enters Miss Ingram. Some hot mama from another family who despite her loveliness, her lovely singing voice,tallness, gorgeous hair, AND her talent at a piano… still remains single.
I instantly do not like her.
Next to Imgram (I can not recall her first name right now… Jane looks plain. Plain Jane. I mean, seriously, Jane’s hair will never do what Imgram’s does….
To conclude my recap here – I am now beyond an odd fortune teller part where if I am getting that right… is Mt Rochester (and what sort of insecurity is that???? Spying on his guests!) and if it wasn’t him.. then I misunderstood that whole part.
I leave you with this…. I am into the book. I have another recap due on Sunday – pager 210 – 280. I did not have time today to put up a rating but know I would not put it down now…. I am invested and now I have to know what will happen with the snarly lipped Imgram and the shy plain Jane.
February sailed by didn’t it? With the nice numbers I put up in my January recap, I have to admit I was curious to see where I would land for February. February just felt off…. I felt too busy to read much and too tired to read in the free time I did have. Then I gave up and returned quite a few audio books that I didn’t get into…. total DNF.
So…. how did it line up?
I added 12 books to my 16 in January (Thank God for audio…. seriously!) but added only three new states to the Where Are You Reading Challenge… ugh… already duplicating states! I added no reads outside of the United States.
Of those 12, 6 were audio books. Busy lives people – I am telling you, audio is the fix you need!
2 books into the ebook challenge, sticking with my goal of reading all book club books this year on my Nook… 2 for 2
No progress made on the Dystopia challenge but I am craving the genre…. luckily Pandemonium sits on my kitchen table right now… hopefully being picked up this week.
No progress here either… and looking at this list again, I need to get a move on it as there are some great reads on here that have been on my shelf too long!
For the year I am at 4,587 pages and audio equals 5 days and 38 minutes which sounds scary…. like book coma scary, but remember that is mostly active audio time as in house cleaning, getting ready in the morning, cooking, and drive time.
While February this year was down from last February by 4 books.
SO how did your February come out?