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2019 Diverse Reading Challenge

A few weeks ago an author I’ve previously read and is pretty much on my go-to pile (the amazing Robin Covington) posted on her facebook page about a reading challenge she wanted to undertake in 2019. The goal of the challenge is to expand the diversity of your reading choices by including more diverse authors and characters. While 18 books (1 for each character/author) will barely scratch the surface of the availability of diverse books – it will hopefully give me a starting point to consistently consider more diverse reading choices.

Here’s finding new authors to read and love in 2019!


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Dewey Decimal Reading Challenge

I’d like to thank Katie from Doing Dewey for the inspiration for this challenge. A week or so ago, I posted a question on twitter to ask if there were any blogs that did weekly non-fiction features – because recently I have found myself reading more and more non-fiction. Rather than gravitating towards the new release fiction section in the library, I’ve been browsing the non-fiction shelves looking for a book about whatever random topic catches my eye (and there have been some interesting ones that I’ve added to my shelves recently).

Anyways, while browsing Doing Dewey, I found that she had been working on a challenge, to read 100 non-fiction books, each one from a different class and division within the Dewey Decimal system. This caught my eye because I figured it would be a way to push me outside my comfort zone when it came to picking new books to read (even within non-fiction, I tend towards books in the 900 series, or biographies/autobiographies.

I’m declaring that I officially started the challenge March 1 – even if I’m just blogging about it now. I’ll be posting reviews for books on Friday’s, as part of Doing Dewey Non-Fiction Friday feature.

You can see my overall list of books read HERE

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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Dewey Decimal Reading Challenge


Classics Club – December Check-In

classics club check inI don’t normally do these posts (and I’ll readily admit that I’ve been really bad about working on this challenge), but when the update post showed up in my inbox this morning, I figured what the heck. Mostly because this month has actually been semi-successful on the reading/listening front when it comes to this challenge.

In the last two months, I’ve finished up the Lord of the Rings trilogy that I had listed in my classic scifi/fantasy category. however, I have to admit, I can’t say that I was a huge fan. I enjoyed the Hobbit, as well as the first book in the trilogy – but The Two Towers and Return of the King were just too much for me. I’ll be the horrible person who admits that they liked the movies better – in general, they flowed better. I’m almost halfway through listening to Brave New World (in my dystopia category). I should have it finished in the next couple of days. And to finish out the year, I have Slaughterhouse Five lined up for my next listen.

Overall Challenge Update: Overall I’ve read 14 of the 50 books in my original challenge (16 out of 52 if you consider the Lord of the Rings Trilogy as 3 books, not 1). Although, I am WAYYY behind on writing reviews, so that is going to be my goal for 2016 – getting caught up on those, as well as continuing to read my books. I do need to get my ass into gear because September 2017 is rapidly approaching and that is my end goal date.

Cheers to a solid 2015 reading year and looking forward to 2016!

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Posted by on December 16, 2015 in classics challenge


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The Classics Club – Classics Spin #9…the results are in…

classicsclubThe Results are in…

Last week I posted the 20 books that I had randomly selected for Classics Club Spin #9 – with the purpose of me picking up a book that had been on my Classics Challenge list that I was hesitant to read (although when it comes to classics in general, I sometimes struggle with them). Anyways, the results are in and the lucky number drawn was….2. Number 2 correlated to Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. On my list of classics, this fell under the sub-heading of Utopia/Dystopia Classics.

fahrenheit 451From the description:
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.

The classic dystopian novel of a post-literate future, Fahrenheit 451 stands alongside Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World as a prophetic account of Western civilization’s enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity.

Bradbury’s powerful and poetic prose combines with uncanny insight into the potential of technology to create a novel which, decades on from first publication, still has the power to dazzle and shock

Anyone interested in joining in with me while I read (or maybe listen to) Fahrenheit 451?


Posted by on April 6, 2015 in classics challenge


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The Classics Club – Classics Spin #9


The Classics Spin is a bi-monthly challenge hosted by The Classics Club to encourage individuals to read a random book off their pile for their classics challenge (a bit more about the challenge can be found HERE). The Classics Spin will run from April 6 (date of spin) until May 15th.

My 20 books are:
1. Brave New World
2. Fahrenheit 451
3. The Chrysalids
4. The Catcher in the Rye
5. The Two Towers
6. The War of the Worlds
7. Neuromancer
8. The Red Badge of Courage
9. Looking Backward
10. Invisible Man
11. The Iron Heel
12. Slaughterhouse-Five
13. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
14. Dandelion Wine
15. The Handmaid’s Tale
16. The Running Man
17. Little Women
18. A Room with a View
19. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
20. The Member of the Wedding

What number will be rolled?

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Posted by on April 1, 2015 in classics challenge


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2015 Challenge – French Bingo

french-bingo-2015-logo2Ok, so I totally admit it, I’m a sucker for reading challenges – because I find that they are normally a quick and easy way to make me broaden my reading horizons without going too too far out of my comfort zone (although sometimes I really do). And who knows – maybe I’ll find a new authors that I love. Anyways, while browsing/stalking some of the various blogs that I follow, I came across Words and Peace who is hosting a Reader’s version of Bingo with a French theme (she also hosted it last year – I think I signed up and then epically failed – as in didn’t read anything). So I thought what the heck.

The goal is simple – as with normal bingo – you need to make a straight of 5 books – either horizontally, vertically or on the diagonal. Each square on the card has a different twist on France and French books (writers from different time periods; different genres etc).

The card looks like this (if you click on the link, it should take you to the original challenge page):
french bingo

In order to complete a square – read a book that fits the requirements; post a review on your blog and then link back to the challenge – and voila!

I’m looking forward to checking this out – and hopefully getting a BINGO some time during the year.

Wish Me Luck…


Posted by on January 29, 2015 in Reading Challenges


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2015 First Book of the Year

first book of the year

Picking the first book to start in the new year is always a fun venture. Do I re-read a favorite that I have indulged in many times? A new book by a favorite author? A new release? Do I tackle one of the books loitering on my to-read pile or buy something brand spanking new? Those were just a few thoughts going through my mind as I considered how to approach this momentous task – because honestly, that first book of the year sets you up for your year or reading – if you start with a mediocre book, is that how your year is going to be? or vice versa, if you have a mind-blowing awesome book, then you are on track for a great year!

When I started considering the book I was going to start on the 1st (because that is how I decided to approach the task), I really only knew one thing – that the book somehow needed to find into one of the reading challenges I was doing in 2015.

the winter guestAfter much thought and consider, tossing and turning, I decided that my first book of 2015 would be The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff. This will be my first stand-alone novel by this author, although, I did read and enjoy her contribution to an anthology in 2014.

The Winter Guest – Pam Jenoff
World War 2 Historical Fiction
Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. The constant threat of arrest has made everyone in their village a spy, and turned neighbor against neighbor. Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn’t be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day.

Then Helena discovers an American paratrooper stranded outside their small mountain village, wounded, but alive. Risking the safety of herself and her family, she hides Sam—a Jew—but Helena’s concern for the American grows into something much deeper. Defying the perils that render a future together all but impossible, Sam and Helena make plans for the family to flee. But Helena is forced to contend with the jealousy her choices have sparked in Ruth, culminating in a singular act of betrayal that endangers them all—and setting in motion a chain of events that will reverberate across continents and decades.

I’m looking forward to reading and starting off 2015 in style.

What was/is your first book of 2015?


Posted by on January 2, 2015 in Reading Challenges