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Picking Favorites: Link Roundup for 1.07.2017


Naz has curated a list of short story collections/anthologies for your consideration and discusses some of the challenges/benefits of reading short stories.

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Goals for 2017

For this year, I have decided not to participate in any reading challenges except for one, which I don’t even really consider a challenge since it’s what I planned to do anyway. Let’s call it a reading community, shall we?

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Wrap Up: Reading Challenges 2012

Don’t worry; this post is going to be short. Mostly because I failed spectacularly at all the reading challenges I signed up for. I didn’t complete a single one. Not one! No, not even the Harry Potter one. Which is fine, really. I mean, I did read The Count of Monte Cristo, which was the biggie. And I got rid of a bunch of books on my shelf that I wasn’t going to read anyway, so you know.

That said, the one thing I wanted to do this past year was read more contemporary YA lit. I was so over fantasy and paranormal and dystopia. Obviously, I still read a few from each genre, but I got back to what I love reading. Very smart.

So next year, I am not doing any reading challenges. I’m just going to read what I want, when I want. Which is what I did anyway. That doesn’t mean I won’t sign up for something that completely pushes me out of my comfort zone (Tea & Books, for example, did help me commit to reading a big ‘un), but I’m going to keep my obligations to a minimum.

Good luck to everyone else on completing all of your challenges!

 

 

Reading Challenges 2012

My brain is so fried from grading that I am currently incapable of posting any reviews. I wish I were joking, but alas. Every time I think of writing a review, my brain just kind of shuts down, like, “Seriously? You want me to think right now? Do you know what I’ve been doing for the past three weeks?” And then I go take a nap.

So! I will post instead about the reading challenges I’m going to do next year.

At first, like Vasilly, I was all, “I’m not doing any challenges. Imma read what I wanna read.” But then I read this post she linked and had an a-ha moment. The issue for me wasn’t signing up for challenges; the issue was the type of challenges I signed up for. I mean, signing up for gimmes isn’t really challenging. Yes, I read almost exclusively YA so why sign up for a YA challenge? Same with the library book challenge, etc. Also, I was lowballing my numbers, which is not really a challenge either.

On the flip side, when I signed up for the Women Unbound challenge, that really pushed me to seek out and read books I might not have otherwise. So, with that in mind, I’m participating in the following challenges:

Off the Shelf: My bookshelves are ridiculously full of books I haven’t read yet. I mean, it’s kind of a problem. I really want to cull my shelves, especially since I’m moving this summer. So that means I’m going to do the Making a Dint level, 30 books.

  1. Fatherhood by Bill Cosby
  2. The Romantic Obsessions & Humiliations of Annie Sehlmeier by Louise Plummer
  3. The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi
  4. Jane by April Lindner
  5. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
  6. And This Is Laura by Ellen Conford
  7. Now and Zen by Linda Gerber
  8. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
  9. Kristy’s Great Idea by Raina Telgemeier

TV Reading Challenge: I love reading books that have been turned into other media, and I’m already planning to read The Count of Monte Cristo (see: Revenge on ABC), and this challenge will finally give me an excuse to read Peyton Place. Normally, I don’t list the books I’m reading in advance, but well, there go two right there. I’m doing the Series level, 3-4 books.

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  2. Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Tea & Books Reading Challenge: Since I was already planning on reading CoMC, which is a bazillion pages long, I thought this challenge, which focuses on books with more than 700 pages might be fun. Because I don’t really read long books, I’m going for the Chamomile Lover level, 2 books. Second book TBD, obvs.

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Classic Double Challenge: It’s possible that CoMC might also qualify for this challenge–as long as I can find a corresponding contemporary retelling. Can I just say I had a slight nerdgasm when I saw this challenge? SUCH A NERD. I’ll probably be taking most of my cues from the book From Hinton to Hamlet, but I could be lying. WE’LL SEE. I mean, Melissa has her own pretty comprehensive list up, so I may let that guide me. I’m doing Medium, 4 pairs of related books.

  1. The Count of Monte Cristo/Murder on the Orient Express/”Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption”

2012 Audiobook Challenge: I am all about some audiobooks, and this is kind of a gimme, except I’m going to push myself by signing up at the Going Steady level, which is 12 books. This year, I read ~8 books on audiobook, so that’s a good push. One book a month. I think I can handle that.

  1. Seriously…I’m Kidding by Ellen Degeneres
  2. Let It Go by T.D. Jakes
  3. Invisible by Pete Hautman
  4. Matilda by Roald Dahl
  5. Jeremy Brown: Secret Agent by Simon Cheshire
  6. Go the Fuck to Sleep by Adam Mansbach

And that’s it unless some super sexy challenge comes along in the next week or so. Oh, and the people who run the blog haven’t said whether or not it’s coming back, but I’m all aboard the People Of Color Reading Challenge train if it does. So I’ll just leave this here as a placeholder until it’s official.

And it’s back! I’m doing Level 5, 16-25 books.

  1. Fatherhood by Bill Cosby
  2. No Crystal Stair by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  3. Angry Management by Chris Crutcher
  4. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
  5. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
  6. Let It Go by T. D. Jakes
  7. Now and Zen by Linda Gerber
  8. Grace for President by Kelly DiPucchio
  9. Claudia and Mean Janine by Raina Telgemeier
  10. A La Carte by Tanita S. Davis

2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge

J. Kaye is hosting a YA Reading Challenge that runs Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2010, and since the bulk of my reading is YA lit, it seemed like a gimme to sign up.  Heck, it almost feels like cheating.

I’m going to go for the glory here, and do the 75 books, Super Size Me challenge.  I’ll list the books as I go because that is my style.

Ze List o’ Books

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as read by Jim Dale
  2. Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix
  3. Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
  4. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene
  5. The Diary of a Young Girl:  The Definitive Edition by Anne Frank
  6. Knocked Out by My Nunga-Nungas by Louise Rennison
  7. Tangled by Carolyn Mackler
  8. The Eternal Smile by Gene Luen Yang & Derek Kirk Kim
  9. The Skin I’m In by Sharon G. Flake
  10. Backtracked by Pedro de Alcantara
  11. My Life as a Rhombus by Varian Johnson
  12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  13. Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
  14. Kitty Kitty by Michele Jaffe
  15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows as read by Jim Dale
  16. Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
  17. Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon & Dean Hale, Nathan Hale
  18. Derby Girl by Shauna Cross
  19. Temping Fate by Esther M. Friesner
  20. Calamity Jack by Shannon & Dean Hale, Nathan Hale
  21. Icon: A Hero’s Welcome by Dwayne McDuffie
  22. Flight #116 Is Down by Caroline B. Cooney
  23. Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson
  24. Runaway by Meg Cabot
  25. Sharing Sam by Katherine Applegate
  26. Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess by George O’Connor
  27. Princess Ashley by Richard Peck
  28. Sunrise Over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers
  29. Life Is Funny by E. R. Frank
  30. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
  31. The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti
  32. Played by Dana Davidson
  33. Virgins by Caryl Rivers
  34. Alex Unlimited Volume 1: The Vosarak Code by Dan Jolley

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