giovedì 8 febbraio 2018

2018 AtoZ Reading Challenge

The goal of this challenge is to read a book for each letter of the alphabet. You get one freebie letter as well. There are monthly mini challenge and a kidlit version.


lunedì 5 febbraio 2018


Hosted by Book Date. 

RULES: This challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st, 2018.  Create a post committing to your participation.  Read and review books based on topics on the card below.  There will be a link every quarter for you to add your reviews as you go along.  The goal is to complete the full house card, with one free exchange if there is something on a square that you really dislike.

sabato 3 febbraio 2018

The Series That Never.. Ends Challenge 2018


You know what I am talking about…
those long series everyone raves about, but you have fallen behind.
Maybe you have read a few.
Maybe the author writes faster than superman.
Maybe you never heard about it until the series went viral.
Yeah, that series that has been hanging a noose around you neck …
getting tighter and tighter.
Now you can be the heroine/hero on Social Media
talking about the latest and greatest book that has come out and save everyone’s day!
Sign up here


Level One – 5-9 books – Surviving the Book Tsunami
Level Two – 10-15 books – Removing the Thorn From My Side
Level Three – 15 books or more – Goddess of Reading the Never Ending Series


* The minimum goal is 5 books.
* The books have to be in the same series and by the same author(s).
* Only romance series are accepted. Any sub-genre of romance accepted.
* Sign up between December 1, 2017- December 31, 2018.
My goal is to read:
Level One - 5 - 9 books Surviving the book Tsunami

2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge:

 Hosted by Somewhere Only We Know & Words Fueled by Love

Challenge Guidelines:
  1. This challenge will run from January 1, 2018 until December 31, 2018
  2. Anyone can enter. You don’t have to have a blog just as long as you review your books somewhere: on your blog if you have one, Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari, etc.
  3. Any genre, length, or format is acceptable as long as it is the last book in a series where all books in the series have been published and no more books are currently intended to be published in the series. If an author makes a decision somewhere during the year to add on to the series, we will count both the original last book in the series and the “new last” book in the series assuming the author isn’t going to write more than one additional book. Last book published in a series doesn’t count if more books are expected to be published.
  4. You can list your series enders ahead of time or do a singular wrap up post. If you decide to list them up front, feel free to change them throughout the year as necessary.
  5. When you sign up in the linky, please use the direct link to your post about joining the 2018 Series Enders Reading Challenge. If you don’t have a blog, please post about it on Facebook or Twitter and include that direct link as your sign up.
  6. You can sign up until December 15, 2018. This allows you to join the challenge at any time during the year.
  7. On the 25th of every month, we will post a wrap up on both Somewhere Only We Know and Words Fueled by Love with a giveaway and a place for you to link up your reviews for the month. The monthly giveaway will be open until the next wrap up post goes up (ex. From January 25th 2018, to February 25th 2018). For each link to a review, you will get an (1) entry into a drawing for that giveaway. This will be open internationally.
  8. Monthly giveaway prizes will be an e-gift card of your choice up to $5 (USD) from Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
  9. If you miss a wrap-up post and giveaway, you can link your review the next month. Please do not try to link to one review twice. We will be verifying these.
  10. December will be the wrap up for the entire year. All reviews linked from January through December will be entered into a Grand Prize giveaway. Also due to Christmas, the December wrap up will post on December 23rd and will be open until January 23rd.
  11. You don’t have to follow Somewhere Only We Know or Words Fueled by Love to participate in the challenge, but you do have to follow both of us in order to be entered in the giveaways.
Levels: (how many series enders you are planning to read)
Level 1: 1 – 5
Level 2: 5 – 10
Level 3: 10 – 15
Level 4: 15+

The level I am choosing is 5-10 books

52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge 2018

My fifth year participating… I am going to get to 52 books in 52 weeks again this year. Last year I have miserably failed.

                                                                      Hosted here

Are you ready for another round of Reading 52 books in 52 Weeks? Whether you are just joining in or continuing on for another round, the rules are very simple. The goal is to read one book (at least) a week for 52 weeks.  Then now is the time. The goal is to read 52 books. How you get there is up to you.
 To aid us in our reading adventures, we have several optional challenges which are listed in the link bar above:  A to ZDusty and/or Chunky and 52 Books Bingo, as well as our perpetual Well Educated Mind challenge.  We have monthly themes and author flavors listed along with a few readalongs and various mini challenges throughout the year to tickle your reading taste buds.  

  1. The challenge will run from January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018
  2. Our book weeks begin on Sunday.
  3. Participants may join at any time.
  4. All books are acceptable including comic books and graphic novels.
  5. All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
  6. Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2015.
  7. Books may overlap other challenges.
  8. Create an entry post linking to this blog.
  9. Sign up with Mr. Linky in the “I’m participating post” below this post.
  10. You don’t need a blog to participate. Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post.
  11. Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of the weekly post to link to reviews of your most current reads.
    Bingo Variety


    Dusty Books (the ones that have been on your shelf for a while)

    Safe in the Harbor - 2 Books
    Sail on Sweet Sister - 4 Books
    Life in the Dark Water  - 6 Books
    Beyond the Sea  - 8 Books
    The Voyage  - 10 Books or more 

    I'm going for "The Voyage - 10+ books" here.

    Chunky Books (500+ pages)

    The Tide is High  - 2 books
    Down to the Water Line  - 4 books
    Big Boat  - 6 books
    Big Ship Sailing  - 8 books
    Mother Ocean - 10 books or more

    I'm going for Down to the Water Line 4 books


    Well Educated Mind  (follow link for specifics) Perpetual Challenge



1. Don Quixote
2. Oliver Twist
3. Jane Eyre





1. Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Ernest
2. William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream
3. William Shakespeare Richard III 




Join us in the Agatha Christie Perpetual reading challenge  and read at least three of her books per year.  Read the books in chronological order as listed, group by detective or collection, or randomly if you choose. 

2018 Armchair Travels and Authors 

Year long reading challenge — Brit Tripping
An England mystery road trip
co-hosted by Sandy and Amy will begin in February 

January Journey across the silk road:
Asia - Haruki Murakimi and/or Miyuki Miyabe 

February tour along the Roman Roads:
United Kingdom - Agatha Christie and/or Christopher Brookmyre 

March footpaths from Dublin to Dorsey:
Ireland - Iris Murdoch and/or John Connolly

Backpack April coast to coast:
Iceland - Arnaldur Indriðason and/or Yrsa Sigurðardóttir 

May Cruise the fjords:
Scandinavia Peninsula - Karin Fossum and/or Jo Nesbo

June Sojourn by bike and barge:
Western Europe Low Countries - Georges Simenon and/or Renate Dorrestein

July Quest across the Alps:
Alpine Region - Umberto Eco and/or Simonetta Agnello Hornby

August trek around the Middle East:
Fertile Crescent - Naguib Mahfouz and/or Alia Mamdouh

Nomadic September in the Heat:
Sahara desert - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and/or Chinua Achebe

October Ramble:
North America - James Rollins and/or Sue Grafton

November Narration: Nonfiction November

Frosty December: Arctic Circle


Blossom Bookology

Like flowers, books have a language all their own and fill up our senses, each with their own essence.  Our Blossom Bookology reading challenge will take you around the world and engage your senses in a variety of ways.  Read a book with one or more of the following (but not limited too) and have fun exploring a variety of places and topics:  

One book per letter in the flower's name

Name of the flower in the title

Color of the flower in the title

Color of the flower on the cover 

 Takes place in flower's country of origin.

Plot includes cultural significance and/or symbolism 


Flowers of the Month

January --- Chrysanthemum

February -- Rose

March -- Clover 

April -- Mountain Aven

May -- Lily

June -- Tulip

July -- Edelweiss

August -- Jasmine 

September -- Lotus 

October -- Marigold 

November -- Daisy 

December -- Holly 


Brit Tripping 

Co hosted by Sandy and Amy

Beginning February 4, 2018 

This year we’ll 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. At the beginning of each week we’ll check in and post our route. Pack your bags and kindles and audiobooks and get ready to Brit Trip!

One of the challenges we discovered in planning was that the counties change frequently and in many places overlap with other counties and then there’s some disagreement on what is and isn’t a county. 

General rules:

  • Join in for as much as you want. This is supposed to be fun.
  • Let us know if you are in so we know who we are caravanning with!
  • Rereads are allowed.
  • No page number minimum.
  • Please follow us on Goodreads. We’ll be shelving our Brit Tripping reads on their own shelf. To see   what counties are included you need to go MumtoTwo’s page and click on SETTINGS next to the   search box and check the box for RECOMMENDER. Then at the bottom of the beige box click on   CLOSE.
  • The expected itinerary will be posted every Sunday.
  • The schedule for the year is posted below

Join a bus:

• The Detectives (Mystery reading)
• The Rebels (Mixed genre reading)

All those who join us for our adventures will earn a rank based on number of counties completed.

And the final level is The Bertram Wooster. That is earned by reading one book set in England of any genre but failing spectacularly at all other challenges. A good attitude must be maintained despite numerous hardships. Employing a Gentleman’s Gentleman is optional but encouraged. Bonus points awarded if you are accidentally engaged multiple times during the year.


Ermine Street
  • 2/04 - London (Scotland Yard)
  • 2/11 – Cambridgeshire
  • 2/18 – Huntingdonshire
  • 2/25 – Bedfordshire
  • 3/04 – Northampton shire and Rutland
  • 3/11 - Nottinghamshire
  • 3/18 - East and West Riding of Yorkshire
  • 3/25 – York

Dere Street
  • 4/01 – North Yorkshire
  • 4/08 – Durham
  • 4/15 – Tyne and Wear
  • 4/22 – Northumbria

Ichnield Way
  • 4/29 – Isle of Wight
  • 5/06 – Dorset
  • 5/13 – Hampshire
  • 5/20 – Berkshire
  • 5/27 – Buckinghamshire
  • 6/03 – Herefordshire
  • 6/10 – Essex
  • 6/17 – Suffolk
  • 6/24 - Norfolk

Fosse Way
  • 7/01 – Cornwall
  • 7/08 – Devon
  • 7/15 – Dorset
  • 7/22 – Gloucestershire
  • 7/29 – Derbyshire
  • 8/12 – Lincolnshire

Akemam Street
  • 8/19 – London
  • 8/26 – Oxfordshire
  • 9/02 – Wiltshire
  • 9/09 – Somerset

Watling Way
  • 09/16 – Kent
  • 09/23 – Sussex
  • 09/30 – Surrey
  • 10/07 – Spooky London
  • 10/14 – Worcestershire
  • 10/21 – Warwickshire
  • 10/28 – West Midlands
  • 11/04 – Staffordshire
  • 11/11 – Shropshire
  • 11/18 – Cheshire
  • 11/25 – Merseyside
  • 12/02 – Manchester
  • 12/09 – Lancashire
  • 12/16 – Cumbria

Christmas in London

We hope you enjoy traveling around England with us!

venerdì 2 febbraio 2018

2018 Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge

  1. A book published posthumously
  2. A book of true crime
  3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
  4. A comic written and drawn by the same person
  5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  6. A book about nature
  7. A western
  8. A comic written or drawn by a person of color
  9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
  10. A romance novel by or about a person of color
  11. A children’s classic published before 1980
  12. A celebrity memoir
  13. An Oprah Book Club selection
  14. A book of social science
  15. A one-sitting book
  16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
  17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
  19. A book of genre fiction in translation
  20. A book with a cover you hate
  21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  22. An essay anthology
  23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
  24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

2018 Reading Challenge

This challenge has some really intriguing categories, I could not help but try it

Hosted by Linz the Bookworm

This challenge is actually several challenges in one. The way it is designed is that you work through one level and then move on to the next. It's comprised of five different challenges of 12 books each, or 60 books total. We tried to arrange it in a way that shows what we thought would be the easiest in the first few levels, and then gradually gets harder. We also wanted to spread it out a bit, so the same types of challenges aren't in each level. 

Level 1: Book of the Month Club
1A book from Project Gutenberg
2A book that costs less than $5
3A Cozy Mystery
4A comedy or a satire book
5Read a book by Nora Roberts
6A book that has been turned into a movie or TV show
7A book on a best seller list
8A book under 300 pages
9A book that takes place around a holiday
10A book with a one word title
11A book you first read when you were a teenager
12A children's book
level 2: Casual Reader Club
13A book by a new author
14Reread a favorite book
15A book with a cover that's in your favorite color
16A book published in 1993
17A book recommended to you on social media or by a friend
18A book with a number in the title
19A book with pictures in it
20A retelling of a fairy tale
21A book that involves a mythical creature
22A book about witches
23A book by an author named Chris or Christopher
24A book you got from a used bookshop or site
Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club
25A book about space travel, aliens, or other planets
26A book with an animal in the title
27First in a series you've wanted to start
28A book with music or song in the title
29A book with a purple cover
30A cult classic
31A book about a Teacher
32An action adventure book
33A book that takes place before 1900
34A book about friendship
35A book by Michael Crichton
36A book about a Queen
Level 4: Speed Reader Club
37A book by Agatha Christie
38A book that takes place in Australia
39A book that has a title starting with the letter Y
40Read a compilation of short stories
41Read a book from the Guardian's 100 greatest Novel list
42A book with the word thief in the title
43A banned book
44A book published in 1968
45A book about a doctor
46A book involving food
47A book with a male main character
48A book by two or more authors
Level 5: Overachiever Club
49A book published the year one of your parents was born
50A book over 500 pages
51A book about traveling
52A book with a flower on the cover
53A Non-Fiction book
54A book that takes place during a war
55A book involving a culture different than your own
56A book that takes place in Canada
57A book that was originally published in a foreign language
58A book about a character who has your dream job
59A book with woman or girl in the title
60A book about a main character that has the same hair color as you

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