Saturday, March 31, 2018

First Quarter Challenge Check-ins (Or Check-ups!)


A Century of Books
Host: Stuck in a Book and The Captive Reader  About the challenge
Dates: They're aiming for a year; I'm aiming for a year plus a little wiggle room; let's say 18 mos.
My century: 1918-2017

I've read 1918, 1923, 1924, 1929, 1931, 1951, 1956, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1991, 2010


Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge (2018)
Host: Escape with Dollycas (sign up here)
January 2018 - December 2018
# of books: 26+ I am going to try for 4 bowls of soup

Bowl #1 I need these letters: E, F, H, J, K, Q, R, U, X, and Y. (Board books and picture books)
Bowl #2 I need G, I, N, O, P, R, T, U, W, X, Y, and Z. (Children's and MG)
Bowl #3 I need B, E, G, I, K, N, O, P, Q, T, U, V, X, Y, and Z. (YA and Adult)
Bowl #4 I need A, B, C, D, E, G, H, I, J, K, N, O, P, Q, U, V, W, Y, and Z. (Christian Authors)


Author Love Challenge
Because Reading (sign up)
January - December 2018
My goal to read Anthony Trollope chronologically. I started this project in 2017.

I've read exactly one book. I feel like I've been reading Orley Farm FOREVER.

1. Framley Parsonage. Anthony Trollope. 1861. 573 pages. [Source: Bought]

Back to the Classics 2018
Host: Books and Chocolate (sign up)
January - December 2018
# of books: 6 - 12

I need:
_ 20th century classic
_ classic travel or journey narrative
_ classic with a single-word title
_ classic with a color in the title
_ a classic that scares you

Charity Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: January-December 2018
# of books: You decide
I've read NINE books so far. Not bad.

2018 Dread and Read Challenge
Host: Hotchpot Cafe (sign up) Be sure to link to all book reviews.
Dates: January - December 2018
# of books: I'm aiming for 4

I'm listening to Old Curiosity Shop.
I am reading Crime and Punishment.

Family Tree Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
January - December 2018
# of books: I'm aiming for twelve

I've read 7 books so far! 1951, 2009, 2011, 1918, 1931, 1918, 1924.


Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January 2018 - December 2018
Inspiration: It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between. If that is too much for you, you should at least read one old one to every three new ones. C.S. Lewis
# of books: readers decide

I've read 150 books in all. 90 new books. 60 old books. I would call this a GOOD BALANCE. 



Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: January - December 2018
Goal: To read books with CATS
# of books: minimum of 3

I've read  30 books!!!!!

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2018
# of books: minimum of 6

I've only read 12 books.

Newbery Reading Challenge 2018
Host: Smiling Shelves (sign-up)
January - December 2018
# of Books: I'm aiming for Spinelli. 30-44 points. 3 pts for each Newbery Medal; 2 pts for each Newbery Honor; 1 pt for Caldecott Medal or Honor.
 I've read three books and earned 7 points.

Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge
Host: Read-at-Home-Mom (sign up)
Check in at the end of each month with a list of what you've read and links to any reviews you have posted. When you post on social media, tag your posts with #OldSchoolKidlit2018
January - December 2018
# of books: 42
I've read 9 books so far.

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2018
Goal: To have adults read more picture books. To celebrate the fact that picture books are for everyone! Families are, of course, welcome to join in!
# of books: minimum of 6
I'm signing up for Option 3.


I still need:
_2. Author beginning with A
_ 4. Author beginning with B
_5. Title beginning with C
_9. Title beginning with E
_11. Title beginning with F
_12. Author beginning with F
_14. Author beginning with G
_15. Title beginning with H
_18. Author beginning with I
_19. Title beginning with J
_20. Author beginning with J
_21. Title beginning with K
_24. Author beginning with L
_26. Author beginning with M
_27. Title beginning with N
_28. Author beginning with N
_30. Author beginning with O
_32. Author beginning with P
_34. Title beginning with R
_35. Author beginning with R
_37. Author beginning with S
_39. Author beginning with T
_40. Title or Author beginning with U
_42. Title or Author beginning with X or “Ex”
_43. Title beginning with Y
_44. Author beginning with Y
_45. Title or Author beginning with Z
_46. An alphabet book
_47. A counting book
_49. A number word in the title
_50. Concept book of your choice— picture book
_51. Concept book of your choice — board book
_52. bedtime book —board book
_53. bedtime book — picture book
_56. holiday of your choice — board book or early reader
_57. holiday of your choice — picture book
_58. wordless picture book
_59. new to you author
_60. new to you illustrator
_61. favorite author
_62. favorite illustrator
_63. free choice
_64. fairy or folk tale adaptation
_65. fairy or folk tale traditional
_66. a title with the word “first” in it
_67. a book set in the state you live
_68. a book set in a place you’d like to visit
_69. a book set in an imaginary place
_71. a book set in the present
_75. early reader — nonfiction
_79. oversized book
_80. tiny book
_82. a book about school
 _89. a book with animals (nonfiction)
_90. a book about books or reading
_91. a book celebrating family
_92. first book in a series
_93. any book in a series
_98. a classic published before 1968
_99. a book you think should be considered a classic
_100. Out of print
_101. Library book
_102. Impulse Pick
_ 103. Board book published in 2018
_ 104. Picture book published in 2018


Read It Again, Sam
Host: My Reader's Block (sign up here)
Dates: January - December 2018
# of books: A Trip Down Memory Lane: Reread 12 books

I've read  NINE books


Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: January - December 2018
# of books: minimum of 2

I've read NINE books.

The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge
Host: Adam (Roof Beam Reader) sign up here
Dates: January 2018 - December 2018
# of Books: 12 (+2 alternates)

I've read two books. I'm currently reading two more books on the list. Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope and Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories: 1909-1922.

Victorian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews
Duration: January - December 2018
Goal: Read a minimum of 4 Victorian books
I've read six books so far.

Vintage Mystery Challenge: Just the Facts, Ma'am
Host: My Reader's Block (sign up here)
January - December 2018
# of books: my goal is CONSTABLE. 6 books -- one from each category.
 I've read THREE books so far. I need a WHO, a WHEN, a WHERE, and a WHY.



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1 comments:

Kelly-Belly 12:54 PM  

I am really glad I read Crime and Punishment. The main thing I took away was that one single life is important. Even if it is the life of a vile old woman.

I tried to read The Brothers Karamazov but didn't make it.

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