Friday, November 30, 2018

Taking up the Reading Challenge addiction in 2019!

Reading Challenge Addicts 2019 ... a Challenge where you declare all your reading challenges for the year.
This post is a work-in-progress(including some of my progress). :-)

I am going for the "Out of the World" level. This means I will have 16+ challenges entered and completed.

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2019 All About the Trope Challenge. The blog sponsoring this challenge is mainly romance books but all genres are welcome.
I have picked two tropes:
1) Enemies to Lovers.
2) Fake Relationships
This will be a most helpful challenge. I inherited many old historical romances ... usually well-written with historical details that it would actually be nice to not have lost ... I just want to lose anything with the forced seduction/rape trope. Let the sorting begin.



The goal of the 2019 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge is to read at least one book for each letter of the alphabet ... 26 "spoonfuls."
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Progress:
---"A" I am re-reading The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti ... page 19.
---"E" has now been read "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
---"L" ... on page 28 of The Lion Triumphant by Phillipa Carr (a pseudonym for Victoria Holt). The book is set in Elizabethan England to start with. There has been a lot of history thrown together pretty fast and I am thinking I might need to reread some sections in order to follow.
---"M" ... on page 150 of Mistress of the Morning Star by Elizabeth Lane. The book title and description seems as if there will be over-sexualized content and a love triangle ... but I am about a quarter of the way through and it has not moved there yet (a bit of hinting at it could move that way soon). There are so many historical figures ... the characters basically fall into true, true but we don't know the names and fiction. It would/will take a long time to figure out, from the list at the beginning of the book, which characters are true and which are not. This is a story before and after the time where the Aztecs were a bloody people, a story of Mayans and the tale of "La Malinche" and her master the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes. One thing I am getting is that Cortes' character may never truly give in to any emotions (love or otherwise).
---"P" ... on page 43 of Point Blank by Catherine Coulter. This an FBI Thriller and part of a large series. Some of the characters have little backstory, ridiculous names, moments of great one-liners, good plot ... the mixed enjoyment being mixed with annoyance is making this a hard read at times.
---"R" is Recipes for a Perfect Marriage. I am on page 146 ... a reread of a book that read thirteen years ago. The tales of two women's marriages and confusion/certainties about love.
---"U" is Unlock Your Faith-Power. It is a 300-some page Guideposts anthology with personal guides by Norman Vincent Peale. A lot of the stories are from famous people, including General Douglas MacArthur, Ed Sullivan, Jimmy Durante, Rosalind Russell and Helen Keller. I am on page 8.
---"W" ... on page 6 of Willow Hill by Phyllis A. Whitney. This is about the reactions when a "Negro" family moves into the neighborhood. Scholastic Book Services, 1947.

Read a book per month that ties in with the motif or theme. Join HERE.
For January, the theme is reading an author you haven't read before. I chose one I didn't get to last year ... "The Golden Journey" by Agnes Sligh Turnbull. FINISHED.



9 books with certain colors either in the title or the dominant cover color. Join HERE.
---For January's book with a blue cover, I am page 19 of reading The Long Accomplishment by Rick Moody. It is a memoir of struggles and hopes for the success of a second marriage. An odd thing about this book, is for a second I almost fully comprehended the weaknesses that cause repeated unfaithfulness ... the author was explaining that well.
I am reading an uncorrected digital galley ... the book come out in August.



This challenge is about reading books on creativity, art, crafts, writing, film making, photography, cosmetology, DIY, cooking, music and any other topic that helps you live a more creative life.
-----You can read as many or as few books as you want. Books can be rereads. Join HERE.
---I am on page 22 of Bored and Brilliant: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Spacing Out by Manoush Zomorodi. Letting one self actually take time to have a mind at rest can be a helpful thing for creativity!



One book per month and you can pick from a several keywords. Join HERE.
My first keyword for January is "Winter." I am on page 18 of The Winter People by Phyllis A Whitney. It is a romantic suspense.



12 genres, 12 months. Join HERE. :-)
For January, I am reading from the History and Biography genre.
---I have finished the first book ... After Diana: William, Harry, Charles, and the Royal House of Windsor by Christopher Andersen. I am counting 301 pages of reading (and not the lengthy appendices-type pages).
---Well, this is kind of backward. I am re-starting my read of the book previous to what I just read. I am now on page 16 of The Day Diana Died by Christopher Andersen. I think some of the material will read the same as the second book ... but that's okay.



The first book for me was a reread of The Reader by Bernhard Schlink ... it is mainly set in postwar Germany. The book is translated from German and was a selection of Oprah's Book Club. The book deals with guilt, dignity and freedom.
You can sign up for the challenge HERE. :-)



-----52 Books in 52 Weeks. Simple enough ... and the host blog includes a lot of activities for inspiration. :-) I have completed reading of 4 books in these first weeks of 2019.
-----The Audio Book Challenge at "Book Dragon's Lair."
-----A Book a Week with the Pingel Sisters
-----Brit Tripping. "Follow the Roman Road through England with the intent of reading a book from each of the 45 counties with a few extra trips to London."
-----A challenge to see how many pages I can read in 2019 because I intend to read many. As of January 15th, I am at 970 pages.



You can sign up HERE. :-)
---"A." I am on page 54 of "Albert Einstein by Arthur Beckhard. Being accepted to employments was many times difficult for young Albert, despite his obvious intelligence and  qualifications.
---"Y" I am on page 24 of "Yukon Alone" by John Balzar. It is about a grueling sled dog race.



A challenge that can be as simple as reading one book. I am not sure how many Jane Austen books I have ... that will somewhat determine how many I read.
Join HERE. :-)



You can join HERE. I am hoping to do a lot with this one.



You can join HERE. :-) I have a dozen audio books on my desk waiting to be "read."
---I am on Track 3, CD ONE of Children are from Heaven by John Gray(1999). Dr. Gray emphasizes cooperation versus obedience (this I picked up on quickly as I went to a Christian parenting conference last year that did the opposite).
---I am on Track 2, CD ONE of High Druid of Shannara: Jarka Ruus, read by Charles Keating. Thus far it is about a strong female leader.



You can join the challenge HERE. 
-----3 Reasons Why You Should Read More Classic Literature in 2019



You can join HERE.


I have inherited books, receive books for homeschooling and am a member of Netgalley. I have PLENTY of TBR to participate in more than one backlist challenge! You can join this challenge HERE. 
---I have restarted The Red Heart by James Alexander Thom. It is about a young Indian girl trying to figure out her identity during the time of the Revolutionary War. I get the feeling that east coast Indians are going to be fierce at times (as evidenced by what the pouch at the beginning of the story is made out of).



My goals:
-----Get my NetGalley percentage up to 80. This will take a lot as I joined back when it was just read whatever you want ... now I am playing catch-up to have a majority read. Plus, I like to keep my word even, even if it is just a vague commitment, so I will be tracking down, reading and reviewing any NetGalley book I ever requested.
-----Read four "hot" at the bookstores books each month. I am being a little lenient on myself with this goal in that I just have to reach the overall total by the end of the year.
-----Get as close to done as I can with one Challenge each month ... beyond excellent or FINISHED progress.
You can join HERE. :-) :-) :-)



I love discovering new music. This is one of the challenges that I am looking forward to most!
You can sign up HERE. 



Join HERE. 
Thus far, I have done a TON of literature discussion ... all at my husband who doesn't read much anymore ... poor Husband.



You can join HERE ... and thus ends my exhaustive list of reading challenges for 2019. Happy New Year!
---First read for this challenge is started! Definitely, a master choice. I am on page 12 of London by Edward Rutherford and it most certainly embodies historical fiction with a wide scope. The book is 1,000+ pages and covers pre-history to the twentieth century. I am currently reading the time of the Druids/Julius Caesar.
---I am also on page 6 of Cold Mountain. My mother loved the movie/book.

17 comments:

Bev Hankins said...

Thanks so much for joining me on the Color Coded and Monthly Key Word Challenges!

Kelly Mongan said...

Happy to see you'll be joining the Diversify Your Reading Challenge :) I can't believe you're going to do 16+ - I can barely keep track of 5! Love the sound of Alphabet Soup, though, so may try to squeeze that one in too.

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

I am looking forward to the challenges, Bev. 2019 should be a great year for reading! :-)

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

Kelly,
Alphabet Soup does sound fun. I am good at keeping track of stuff like this ... not always so good at actually recording the stuff I read and I usually let the whole thing go if Life gets in the way.

I want to get back to how I was as a youth, well I'm not that optimistic ... I used to be able to read a book in a day. We will see and it will be fun!

Robin McCormack said...

Wow, lots of fun challenges! You shouldn't have any problem reaching 52 Books. Glad you decided to join in. Happy Reading and Happy New Year~

Cleo @ Classical Carousel said...

Wow, you are the queen of challenges! That's great! I'm doing quite a few this year to push me to read more. Have fun with these and all the best in 2019!

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

Wow, that's a lot of challenges! Welcome to The Backlist Reader Challenge 2019! I wish you luck on all your challenges (and my hat's off to you for tackling so many!)

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

Robin,
I don't think I will have any problem reaching 52! :-) I read an article that, minus spending time on the internet, said it should actually be easy for people to reach 1,000 in a year. I don't know about myself reading THAT many but I would like to get the reading back up to 2 or 3 a week without neglecting other duties. I am at 1 book read into the New Year (plus spending time with family and being sleepy after holidays/yucky weather) ... a book every couple of days would be great.

Gilion Dumas said...

Thanks for joining the 2019 European reading Challenge! Happy reading!

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

Thank you for visiting, Cleo. I hope your new year, and new reading, is going well!

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

Lark, I hope you enjoy all of 2019's reading ... welcome to a new year! My reading has been going pretty well for the spare time I have. :-)

Melanie Simmons (mlsimmons) said...

I'm glad you joined us for the Audiobook Challenge this year. I hope you find some great reads/listens in 2019. Good luck on all of your challenges.

Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such said...

So many awesome challenges! Hadn't heard of some of them so trying to resist signing up for more. ha! Good luck with all of your goals!

THE BLUEST BUTTERFLY said...

Gilion, I hope your January reading has been fun. :-) I am starting with re-reading a book set in Germany for the European Reading Challenge.

CMash said...

Love it! Another Reading Challenge Addict!!!! GL with all of the ones you are participating in!!!!

Anna (herding cats-burning soup) said...

Fake romances are my absolute favorite trope. Good luck with all of your challenges! Thanks for joining in!

Book Dragon said...

Love your list of challenges!

Anyway you count pages should count. I'm wondering if amazon has them as public domain with a word count. Or have they been re-printed?

:-)



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