2020 Reading Challenges

Monday, December 23, 2019

Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge

My third and final Book Challenge with GirlXOXO - Kim and Tanya!

Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge



Here's the scoop:

HOW IT WORKS

~ This is a monthly challenge that runs all year long from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
~ Six “key words” are given for each month. Your task is to read 1 book that includes one or more of the key words in the title.
~ The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word ‘snowing’ or ‘snowflake’ even though the key word is ‘snow.’
~ Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read “Cinder” or “Ashes” for the key word ‘Fire’. If the key word is ‘family’ then your title could include the word ‘sister’ or ‘mother.’ If the key word is ‘food’ then your title could include the word ‘cake.’ Use your best judgement and have fun with it!
~ Please link back to Girlxoxo, Tanya, or Kim any time you post about the challenge on your blog so that we can follow along with your progress!!
~ If you post what you’ve read to social media please use the hashtag #MonthlyKeyWordGXO .
~ New This Year: A check in post will be published at the end of each month where you can see what we read for the challenge and comment with the book you chose and a link to your review.

MONTHLY KEY WORDS

JANUARY – Water, This, Hello, Sun, New, Six
     In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
FEBRUARY – Girl, Any, Love, Red, Note, Throne
     Believe Me: A Memoir of Love, Death and Jazz Chickens by Eddie Izzard (Audio?)
MARCH – Dream, Day, In, House, Luck, Friend
      Glass Houses by Louise Penny
APRIL – Lost, Below, City, Jewel, Night, My
      The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
MAY – Sky, Name, Blue, Book, Enchant, Is
       Confession with Blue Horses by Sophie Hardach
JUNE – And, Beach, Number, Wish, Down, Word
        Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo
JULY – Boy, Last, Day, Into, Dear, Summer
         Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
AUGUST – Kiss, Flower, When, Happy, North, Right
         To be determined
SEPTEMBER – Star, Cry, She, Window, Forever, Eye
          The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern
OCTOBER – Haunt, Around, Shadow, Grave, Murder, Deep
           To be determined
NOVEMBER – Look, Forest, Out, Color, Lock, Now
          To be determined
DECEMBER – Sword, Magic, Fly, Of, Silver, Crown
          East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Sound like fun?  Head on over to their website and sign up!!!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge 2020

Here is another challenge I'm interested in!! It is again lead by GIRLXOXO:

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge 2020



Rules from their website:

HOW IT WORKS

~ This is a monthly challenge that runs all year long from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
~ A Motif, or theme, is given for each month. Your task is to read 1 book that fits the motif for that month.
~ Post what you’ve read to social media using the hashtag #MonthlyMotifGXO.
~ Please link back to Girlxoxo, Tanya, or Kim any time you post about the challenge so that we can follow along with your progress!!
~ New This Year: A check in post will be published at the end of each month where you can see what we read for the challenge and comment with the book you chose and a link to your review.

Head on over to their website - look at the motif assigned to each month - sign up - and have fun!!!!!

Here is my book list for 2020:

JANUARY-Winter Wonderland - In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson
                      Focusing on ‘wonderland’, set in a truly wonderful place.

FEBRUARY- Seeing Red - The Line that Held Us by David Joy
                      Read a book with a red-ish cover.

MARCH-Sub-Genre Sound Off  - Glass Houses by Louise Penny
                     Choose a sub-genre of your favorite genre.

APRIL- Classics or Currents - The Nanny by Gilly MacMillan (9-2019)
                     Read a book published between April 2019 and April 2020.

MAY- Author Intro - Confession with Blue Horses by Sophie Hardach 
                    Read a book written by an author never read before.

JUNE- Name or Number - Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Fiction)
                    Read a book in which a number is part of the title. 

JULY- Around or Out of this World - The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty (AU Author)
                    Read a book written by an author from another country.

AUGUST- Creature Feature - The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (YA-werewolf)
                    Read a book with a creature of some kind in the story.

SEPTEMBER- When Text Just Isn’t Enough - Wesley the Owl... by Stacey O'Brien (NF)
                    Read a book that includes more than just text - illustrations.

OCTOBER- Thrills and Chills - The Witch Elm: A Novel by Tana French (Thriller)
                   Mystery Thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat!

NOVEMBER- Dynamic Duos - TO BE DETERMINED
Read a book with a couple of characters that make the perfect pair whether in business or in love. (Ex. Sherlock & Watson, Elizabeth & Darcy)

DECEMBER- Sugar, Spice, Everything Nice - Finding Home by Tammy Grace (Romance)
                     Holiday or winter themed reads - romances - feel good read.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Monthly Book Award Reading Challenge

Another challenge I'm interested in - this one being lead by GIRLXOXO:

Monthly Book Award Reading Challenge - 2020


Book Awards Reading Challenge graphic

Rules from their website:

HOW IT WORKS:


  • This is a MONTHLY challenge that runs all year long from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
  • Your task is to read at least 1 book each month that has WON a book award in that month.
  • EXCEPT December. Read ANY book award winner.
  • Post what you’ve read anywhere online – your blog, Goodreads and social media using the hashtag #GXOAwardReadingChallenge
  • Come back to our check-in post published at the beginning of each month, and which will also be linked here, to leave a comment with a link to where you’ve posted or tell us in the comments about the book(s) you chose to read.

So if you like reading challenges - and book awards - head on over and sign up for this great challenge.

Here is my book list for 2020:

JAN:   2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal - Fiction Completed 1-4-2020
                            The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
FEB:   2019 Southern Book Prize - Fiction
                            The Line that Held Us by David Joy
MAR: 2007 Nat'l Book Critics Circle - Fiction
                            The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz
APR:  2019 Edgar Award - Best Novel
                            Down the River unto the Sea by Walter Mosley
MAY: 2017 Bram Stoker Award - Fiction Collection
                            Strange Weather by Joe Hill
JUN:  1997 Locus Award - Fantasy Novel
                            A Game of Thrones by George Martin
JUL:  1988 RITA (Golden Medallion) - Single Title
                            Twilight Whispers by Barbara Delinsky
AUG: 2009 Hugo Award - Best Novel
                            The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
SEP:  2018 Dragon Con Award - Best Horror Novel - Sleeping Beauties
                            Stephen King/Owen King
OCT: 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature
                            Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
NOV: 1992 National Book Awards - Fiction
                            All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
DEC: 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards - Mystery & Thriller
                            Into the Water by Paula Hawkins

Saturday, November 30, 2019

2020 Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge

2020 Ultimate Popsugar Reading Challenge

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2020 Challenge - Regular prompts
1. A book that's published in 2020
2. A book by a trans or nonbinary author
3. A book with a great first line
4. A book about a book club
5. A book set in a city that has hosted the Olympics
6. A bildungsroman
7. The first book you touch on a shelf with your eyes closed
8. A book with an upside-down image on the cover
9. A book with a map
10. A book recommended by your favorite blog, vlog, podcast, or online book club
11. An anthology
12. A book that passes the Bechdel test
13. A book with the same title as a movie or TV show but is unrelated to it
14. A book by an author with flora or fauna in their name
15. A book about or involving social media
16. A book that has a book on the cover
17. A medical thriller
18. A book with a made-up language
19. A book set in a country beginning with "C"
20. A book you picked because the title caught your attention
21. A book published the month of your birthday
22. A book about or by a woman in STEM
23. A book that won an award in 2019 - 
The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai - Read 1-4-2020
24. A book on a subject you know nothing about
25. A book with only words on the cover, no images or graphics
26. A book with a pun in the title
27. A book featuring one of the seven deadly sins
28. A book with a robot, cyborg, or AI character
29. A book with a bird on the cover
30. A fiction or nonfiction book about a world leader
31. A book with "gold," "silver," or "bronze" in the title
32. A book by a WOC
33. A book with at least a four-star rating on Goodreads
34. A book you meant to read in 2019
35. A book with a three-word title
36. A book with a pink cover
37. A Western
38. A book by or about a journalist
39. Read a banned book during Banned Books Week
40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge

2020 Challenge - Advanced prompts
1. A book written by an author in their 20s
2. A book with "20" or "twenty" in the title
3. A book with a character with a vision impairment or enhancement (a nod to 20/20 vision)
4. A book set in the 1920s
5. A book set in Japan, host of the 2020 Olympics
6. A book by an author who has written more than 20 books
7. A book with more than 20 letters in its title
8. A book published in the 20th century
9. A book from a series with more than 20 books
10. A book with a main character in their 20s

Hello and Welcome


Hello and Welcome to my Blog! 

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Kara and I’m a bibliophile. To be honest, I’m returning to the world of books after a long hiatus. As a child, I was a voracious reader. I was able to travel to wonderful places, make new friends, and enter a world of pure imagination through the pages of books. I remember the local town library was in this old Victorian house, divided into 2 sides – the children’s side and the adult side with a beautiful open room separating the two. My favorite section was the stack located in the far back corner on the adult side. It housed many treasured books featuring true stories of animals. I can’t remember the names of all the books, but they were my favorite growing up.

As an adult, my tastes changed. Being a single mother of 4, I was drawn into the world of romance novels. I always had my nose stuck in a romance. Johanna Lindsey was my first introduction into that world when someone gave me the book “Shanna.” I was fascinated. I even started a blog “World According to Books” were I reviewed books and participated in a few challenges. After a couple of years binging on romance, I randomly picked up a John Grisham book, “The Firm.” My eyes were opened to Legal Thrillers, moving on to other mysteries and suspense novels. But then life happened and I somehow got distracted from my love of reading.

Fast forward to today. I’m focusing more on myself lately, pursuing what brings me joy and happiness. It took me a long time to realize that being true to myself was more important and brought more fulfillment in my life than trying to “fit in” and follow the crowd. I unpacked my camera (I love photography – and along with reading – it was pushed aside), and dusted off my bookshelves and began living again. I’ve created a bucket list (https://bucketlist.org/list/KaraT/) of all the things I want to accomplish and places I want to see.  

I am so excited to see what 2020 brings. I wanted to start this blog to help me keep track of my reading challenges, but my hope is that it will turn into to something so much more – a way to connect to other readers, a chance to learn about blogging and improve my skills (I have a plan for a future blog about my travels), and to get back into to my love of reading!! 

Hope to see you around the blogosphere and Happy Reading!!!!

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Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge

My third and final Book Challenge with GirlXOXO - Kim and Tanya! Monthly Key Word Reading Challenge Here's the scoop: HOW IT WOR...