Thursday, February 09, 2017

2017 Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge



I love a good mystery so I am going to go for Detective, which is to read 16-25 books.


Challenge Rules:
  • You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres.
  • You don’t need a blog to participate but you do need a place to post your reviews to link up. (blog, goodreads, booklikes, shelfari, etc.)
  • Make a goal post and link it back here with your goal for this challenge.
  • Books need to be novellas or novels, please no short stories. (At least 100 pages +)
  • Crossovers into other challenges  are fine.
  • The Challenge will  be from Jan. 1st to Dec. 31st. (Sign up ends April 15th)
There will be a monthly link up so that others can check out your progress and look at your reviews. At the halfway mark and at the end we will have a giveaway for those participating.
If you tweet about your progress or reviews please use the hashtag #2017CloakDaggerChal so others can see it.
Levels:
5-15 books – Amateur sleuth
16-25 books – Detective
26-35 books – Inspector
36 – 55 – Special agent
56+ books – Sherlock Holmes
I don’t know about you but I seem to gain more series than I finish, so  think I am going to make 2017 the year of finishing some series! 🙂 To help along with that Barb and Thought we would make a mini challenge within the Cloak and Dagger challenge.
Can you finish a series in a year? Or how about two or three series? The amount will be up to you! At the end of the year, we will have you link up the last book in the series or at least the last book that is out and published as it can be a series that is still going on. You can then sign up for the series ender giveaway for a $5 gift card. It’s a totally optional challenge, but we just wanted to try something different this year.
I will be keeping track of the books I read for this challenge here on this post. I have posted a link on my blog's sidebar for easy access to this post.
Keep Reading,
Amy


2017 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge



This challenge is hosted by Passages to the Past.

Here are the Reading Challenge details:

Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:
  • Everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)
  • Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)
  • Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)

During the following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:

20th century Reader - 2 books

Victorian Reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History - 25 books
Prehistoric - 50+ books

To join the challenge you only need to make a post about it, add your link in Mr. Linky below or just leave a link to your blog if you are not yet ready to post about it yet. If you don't have a blog you can just leave a comment for this post saying that you are joining.

The challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2017.

I look forward to having you join me in reading and enjoying the best in historical fiction over the 12 months.

Don't forget to grab the Reading Challenge Button to post on your blog. If you'd like a specific size, just let me know and I will send it over to you via email. Please share about the Reading Challenge to your fellow friends and readers using the hashtag below!


#2017HFReadingChallenge


If you have any questions or comments please email Amy at passagestothepast@gmail.com.

What books are you most looking forward to in 2017? 

I am hoping to read 5 historical fiction books this year so I chose the level of Victorian Reader as my goal to reach with this challenge.

I will keep track of my books read for this challenge on this post. I have placed a link back to here on my blog's sidebar for easy access to this post.

Keep Reading,
Amy

2017 Share-a-Tea Reading Challenge


I love tea and I love to read so this challenge hosted by Becky's Book Reviews seems like a perfect fit for me!

There are no levels to chose from in this challenge which is another thing I love about it, it is just about enjoying the books we read by slowing down and having a cup of tea along with it.

Here is what the challenge is about:

Love drinking tea? Love reading books? Love reading a book while drinking tea? Have I got a reading challenge for you! In 2017, I'll be hosting the Share-a-Tea Reading Challenge. You can start a little early, if you want, maybe considering it a 'trial period.' But it officially starts January 1, 2017 and officially ends December 31, 2017. 

Who can join? Anyone who enjoys reading. You don't need to have a blog. You don't need to have a twitter account.

Are coffee drinkers welcome? Well. You can still join in, I suppose. But you might be outnumbered by tea drinkers.

Which books count towards the challenge? Any book that you primarily read while drinking tea. Not every single page needs to have been read while drinking tea. (I'm not that strict!!!) But this challenge is all about celebrating SLOWING DOWN and SAVORING the moments.

How many books? Is there a set minimum? This challenge is about QUALITY and not quantity. It's not about reading fifty books or even twelve books. This is an anti-rush reading challenge. Enjoy where you are in a book, and, engage fully in it. Live in the book.

This challenge has a focus on SHARING. How can you share? Several ways:

1) When you sign up in a comment below, share one favorite tea and one favorite book. And if you've got one handy: a favorite quote.
2) If you write a post on your blog announcing the challenge (and making a place to keep track of what you've read), consider sharing a bit about yourself--your reading and drinking habits. You might consider a longer list of recommendations!
3) If you're on twitter, tweet me as often as you like. @blbooks OR @operationbible Tweet about favorite teas, favorite books, favorite authors, favorite quotes, what you're currently reading, what you've just finished reading, etc.
4) Consider adding me and fellow participants to your blogroll, and cheer on other participants by reading reviews and leaving comments.
5) At the end of each month, I'll publish a check-in post. You can leave comments sharing what you're reading, what you've read, tea recommendations, etc. Even if you haven't finished a book, you can share where you're at. Remember, it isn't about how many books you read per month!
6) I'll do my best to keep an ongoing list--either in this post--or on my sidebar--of participants of this challenge.  

Be aware that comment moderation is turned on. So if you sign up for the challenge, and don't see your comment published, it just means I haven't published it...yet. But I will.

Do ask questions if you have them. I'll do my best to answer them. 


Sounds like so much fun! I will be keeping track of my books and teas here on this post. I have posted a link to this post on my blog's sidebar for easy access.

Keep Reading,
Amy

Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge





This is a new reading challenge for 2017 and is also hosted by My Reader's Block. Here is a breakdown of the rules:

Brand new for 2017! My Reader's Block is proud to introduce the Follow the Clues Mystery Challenge. Since mysteries are my primary genre, I wanted to develop another mystery challenge that would be more all-encompassing. Unlike the variations of my yearly Vintage Mystery Challenge, this mystery challenge will have no publication date limits. If it's a mystery--it counts and it does not matter when it was published. Your goal? To follow a set of clues furnished by the mystery books you read to create a body of evidence to support a book court case. Each book clue should lead you to your next read. The connection can be anything at all from author names to motive for murder to type of mystery (police procedural, espionage, romantic thriller, etc) to an item on the cover, but you must be able to make your case to the jury on your detective logic. I would prefer that you not read eight books from the same author and use the author/series character/etc. as the clue link, however. 

Evidence Trail Example: if the first book I read is by Agatha Christie, then my next book could be Arrow Pointing Nowhere by Elizabeth Daly who has often been referred to as "Agatha Christie's favorite author." Using "Arrow" from the Daly book's title, then House of the Arrow by A.E.W. Mason (published in 1924) could be next and it might lead me to another book published in 1924...and so on. If you have doubts about whether your clue is convincing OR you need any clarification about the challenge at all, you may approach the bench with questions (phryne1969 AT gmail DOT com).

There are several levels of participation:
Infraction -- six books read in a single chain of evidence
Misdemeanor -- eight books read in a single chain of evidence
Felony -- ten books read in a single chain of evidence 
Capital Offence -- twelve books in a single chain of evidence 

Here are the rules in a nutshell:

~Challenge runs from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017. All books should be read during this time period. Sign up any time between now and November 1, 2017.  Any books read from January 1 on may count regardless of your sign-up date. If you have a blog, please post about the challenge. Then sign up via the linky below. And please make the url link to your Challenge post and not your home page. (Links that do not follow this rule will be removed.) If you do not have a blog, links to an online list (Goodreads, Library Thing, etc.) devoted to this challenge are also acceptable OR you may comment below to indicate your sign up.
~All books must be mysteries. Humor, romance, supernatural elements (etc) are welcome, but the books should be mysteries/crime/detective novels first.
~A full body of evidence must be read at the chosen level for a completed challenge and to be eligible for an end-of-year prize drawing.
~You are welcome to level up if you find that your evidence trail leads you to suspect a more serious crime. But no reduced sentences will be accepted (no leveling down). 
~A wrap-up post/comment/email will be requested that should include explanations of the clue links.
~Reviews are not mandatory, but a monthly link-up will be provided for those so inclined 
~A Headquarters link will appear on my sidebar after the beginning of the year--a place for review links and the year-end wrap-up. 

Prizes!
~All challengers who complete their level with readily explained clues will be eligible for an end-of-year prize drawing.
~Bonus prize for the challenger who provides the longest chain of evidence (most books read in a single trail of clues). In case of a tie, I will draw a winner from those who have completed the same amount.


I will be starting off with the Infraction level of participation which is to read six books in a sincle chain of evidence. This sounds like a really fun challenge so I am excited to see where it leads me.

I will be posting my chain of evidence here on this post and have posted a link on my blog's sidebar for easy access to this post.

Keep on Reading,
Amy

Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2017




I have signed up for this challenge in years past, but have always failed to reach the level I wanted. I am however determined to work on my TBR list this year so I am going to be adventurous and sign-up for Mt. Vancouver, which is to read 36 books from my TBR piles.

Here is a list of the rules for this challenge which is hosted by My Reader's Block: 

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s

Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s

Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

And the rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. If you find that you're on a mountain-climbing roll and want to tackle a taller mountain, then you are certainly welcome to upgrade.  All books counted for lower mountains carry over towards the new peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2017.

*You may sign up anytime from now until November 1st, 2017.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2017. No library books. 


*Rereads may count only in the following circumstances: If you did not own the book when you read it long ago and far away [based on your age, you can decide what that might mean--definitely not within the last five years...my arbitrary pick for a limit] and you bought the book pre-January 1, 2017 intending to reread it now that it's your very own.  [To clarify--the intention is to reduce the stack of books that you have bought for yourself or received as presents {birthday, Christmas, "just because," etc.}. Audiobooks and E-books may count if they are yours and they are one of your primary sources of backlogged books.]

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided that you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around.  I will trust you all on that. 

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, etc. OR remove it from your e-resources]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give a book at least 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller!  

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance (as incentive to really get those books taken care of) or to tally them as you climb.


*There will be quarterly check-ins and prize drawings! 


*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post a challenge sign up and link THAT post (not your home page) into the linky below. Non-bloggers, please leave a comment declaring your challenge level--OR, if you are a member of Goodreads, I will once again put together a group for the challenge there. Feel free to sign up HERE if that's where you want to participate. At the beginning of the year, I will update the sidebar link called Mount TBR Review Headquarters for current reviews and progress updates.

I plan on keeping track of the books I read for this challenge here on this post on which I have placed an easy link to on the sidebar of my blog.

Keep Reading,
Amy

The Fifth Edition of the "Women's Challenge"!



About this challenge hosted by Peek a Book:

Welcome to the fifth edition of the "Women Challenge"! 

This challenge will make us want to read more books of any kind written by women, so choose whatever you like and  Get Involved ! 
Set your level and, if you like, leave me a comment on this post listing your three favorite women writers, in order to suggest new names to other participants as well. 

Here are mine (they are just the first ones coming to my mind): 

* Grace Paley 
* Dorothy Parker 
* Elizabeth Gaskell
Rules:

* Anyone can join; 
* You do not need a blog to participate: if you are a non-blogger please leave a comment with a link (if you review elsewhere) to your review or with the list of the books you read and the level you choose; 
* Audio, e-books, bound books and re-reads are ok; 
Created to sign up post on your blog - if you want - and post the link here in the comments, so I will know That you're in; 
* Challenge goes from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2017; 
Please, write all the links to your reviews here in the comments .
Levels:

Level 1: BABY GIRL - read 5 books written by a woman author 
Level 2: GIRLS POWER - 6 to 15 read books written by a woman author 
Level 3: SUPER GIRL - read 16 to 20 books written by a woman author 
Level 4: WONDER wOMAN - read 20+ books written by a woman author 


It's never too late to join! 

Have fun and good luck! :)


I'm signing up for Level 2: Girls Power and will keep track of my progress on this challenge on this post on which I will place a link to on my blog's sidebar for easy access.

Keep Reading,
Amy

Better World Books 2017 Reading Challenge

Another new challenge for me this year is the 2017 Reading Challenge by Better World Books, I will attempt to read a book from each one of the categories listed below this year. 






I will keep track of my progress for this challenge on this post in which I have provided a quick link to on the sidebar of my blog.

Keep Reading,
Amy

Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge



The first book challenge I decided to do this year is Book Riot's Read Header Challenge. So I will try to read a book in each one of the 24 categories this year!



  1. Read a book about sports.
  2. Read a debut novel.
  3. Read a book about books.
  4. Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  5. Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigrationnarrative.
  6. Read an all-ages comic.
  7. Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  8. Read a travel memoir.
  9. Read a book you’ve read before.
  10. Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
  11. Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  12. Read a fantasy novel.
  13. Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  14. Read a book about war.
  15. Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  16. Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  17. Read a classic by an author of color.
  18. Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  19. Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey (From Daniel José Older, author of Salsa Nocturna, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, and YA novel Shadowshaper)
  20. Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel (From Sarah MacLean, author of ten bestselling historical romance novels)
  21. Read a book published by a micropress. (From Roxane Gay, bestselling author of AyitiAn Untamed StateBad Feminist, Marvel’s World of Wakanda, and the forthcoming Hunger and Difficult Women)
  22. Read a collection of stories by a woman. (From Celeste Ng, author Everything I Never Told You and the forthcoming Little Fires Everywhere)
  23. Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love. (From Ausma Zehanat Khan, author of the Esa Khattak/Rachel Getty mystery series, including The Unquiet DeadThe Language of Secrets, and the forthcoming Among the Ruins)
  24. Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color. (From Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of sci-fi novel Ascension)
I will keep track of the books I read for this challenge on this post on which I have provided an easy link to on the sidebar of this blog.

Keep reading,
Amy

Saturday, January 07, 2017

I'm Back....




2016 was quite the year and not always in a good way. 

Addie started walking!

Me and Jeremy got a divorce.
Then we started cohabitating again, but in separate beds, don't ask it is super complicated!

I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Degenerative Disc Disorder in my back, and Acute Joint Pain (particularly in my hips). I got a hospital bed, but sent that back missed my bed too much, plus it hurt my hips so much. Got a wheelchair, use it often around the house and out and about, it is a huge help with managing my fatigue and my pain. I spent the whole year basically figuring out what worked for me and what didn't and how to not overdo myself to much on my good days so I don't have to pay to badly for them on the next day. Google "spoonie" and you'll see what I'm talking about.

So with all this going on I just fit in blogging when I could which was not very often, but now that I understand the beast a bit better I am hoping I will be able to sneak in a bit more time to write. I will be reviewing books but sometimes it won't be a long review but instead just a couple sentences or maybe just a rating. Who knows everything is up in the air this year, but it will be fun along the way because I've missed you all and I've really just missed my fingers tapping away at the keys on the keyboard!

So I'm joining a few reading challenges this year and will be putting up sign-up posts for those in the next couple of days. I've been reading the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones, though I'm on a small break from it right now, but God is this girl hilarious so look for the post that I'm working on currently with some of my favorite quotes from the first four books in the series.

Well that was a lot, but it has been awhile, so an update was definitely needed. I'm looking forward to what 2017 has in store for me the good and the bad because I have so much to be grateful for, including all of you out there who read my words and make me feel apart of a loving community of bloggers and blog readers!

SO HERE'S TO 2017, LET'S ROCK IT!

Hugs,
Amy