Monday, November 19, 2018

2019 Charity Reading Challenge (sign up)

Charity Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here)
Duration: January-December 2019
# of books: You decide

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Read for a good cause! Buy books at a charity shop, or, even a friends of the library book sale, or, donate a certain percentage of money for each book you read for the challenge. You can choose your own goal of how many books to read, what charity you'll be donating money towards, how much money, etc. (For example, you might want to donate $1 for each paperback you read, or, $3 for every hardback you read. You can work out the details yourself.)

Rules:

  • Books and audio books, so long as purchased from a charity shop (or library book sale), count. E-books count if you donate a certain percentage of money to the charity of your choice. (You may read ANY book you choose if you donate your set amount.) Brand new books, old-and tattered out-of-print books. Both are welcome!
  • You do not need a blog to participate. You can comment on this post or any challenge-related post to update others on your progress. 
  • Any qualifying book finished in 2019 can count towards the challenge.
  • Books can be of any length and be written for any audience. This challenge does not exclude picture books. 
  • Qualifying books can be books you've intended to read for ages, or, impulse buys!(Who goes into a charity shop with a list?!)
  • No list is required, but, you can make one as you go if you like. The fun thing about this challenge is that everyone's list is going to be unique!
  • You may read for more than one charity if you like.
© 2018 Becky Laney of Becky's Book Reviews

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2019 Victorian Reading Challenge

Victorian Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews
sign up here
Duration: January - December 2019
Goal: Read a minimum of 4 Victorian books

IF you love Victorian literature AND you happen to love tea...consider joining my Share-a-Tea reading challenge

Sign up by leaving a comment. No blog is required. But if you do have a blog, please leave a link. (If you have a goodreads profile AND if you review regularly on goodreads, then you may leave that as well.)

I will be posting check-in posts on March 2, May 11, July 20, September 28, and December 14th. (The posts are already scheduled.)

There will be a few options this year.

Option A:  2019 Bingo CARD. Make a bingo by reading five books. Vertical. Horizontal. Diagonal.

Option B: Checklist [Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.]

  1. _ book that was originally published serially
  2. _ book published between 1837-1840
  3. _ book published between 1841-1850
  4. _ book published between 1851-1860
  5. _ book published between 1861-1870
  6. _ book published between 1871-1880
  7. _ book published between 1881-1890
  8. _ book published between 1891-1901
  9. _ a book of poems
  10. _ a book of short stories
  11. _ a play
  12. _ a children's book
  13. _  place name in the title
  14. _ a character name in the title
  15. _ a color in the title
  16. _ a number in the title
  17. _  A book published between 1902-1999 with a Victorian setting
  18. _ A book published between 2000-2019 with a Victorian setting
  19. _ nonfiction book about the Victorian era
  20. _ nonfiction book about Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, or their children
Option C: Choose one author to read exclusively for this challenge; perhaps challenge yourself to read chronologically OR to read through an entire series in one year.

Option D: Choose ONE decade to explore in depth. Try to read at least one book per year of your decade. 

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Classics Club CC Spin #19

My List of 20. The lucky spin number will be announced Tuesday, November 27th on the Classics Club blog.  We'll have until January 31, 2019 to complete our books.


1. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819
2. Can You Forgive Her? Anthony Trollope. 1865.
3. Princess Bride. William Goldman. 1973.
4. Mules and Men. Zora Neale Hurston. 1935.
5. Arabian Nights, Anonymous (800)
6. The Forsyte Saga by John Galsworthy (1921)
7. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Betty Smith. 1943.
8. Katherine. Anya Seton. 1954.
9. Bostonians. Henry James. 1886.
10. Shirley by Charlotte Bronte (1849)
11. Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell 1853.
12. Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins. 1870.
13. Raintree County by Ross Lockridge Jr. (1948)
14. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackery (1847)
15. Don Quixote. Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1605)
16. The Wanderer by Fanny Burney. 1814.
17. Gone With The Wind. Margaret Mitchell (1936)
18. The Sunne in Splendour. Sharon Kay Penman. 1982.
19. The Pickwick Papers. Charles Dickens (1837)
20.  The Three Musketeers. Alexandre Dumas. Richard Pevear, translator. 1844/2006.


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2019 Middle Grade Reading Challenge

Girl reading a book by Federico Zandomeneghi

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Duration: January - December 2019
# of books: minimum of 6

Option 1: Read six middle grade books of your choice.
Option 2: Choose one author to focus on. Perhaps read through an entire author's work.
Option 3: Read as few as six, or as many as you like, from the checklist below

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. If you list the books you read, that may help other people decide what to read.

 _1. Title beginning with A
_2. Author beginning with A
_3. Title beginning with B
_4. Author beginning with B
_5. Title beginning with C
_6. Author beginning with C
_7. Title beginning with D
_8. Author beginning with D
_9. Title beginning with E
_10. Author beginning with E
_11. Title beginning with F
_12. Author beginning with F
_13. Title beginning with G
_14. Author beginning with G
_15. Title beginning with H
_16. Author beginning with H
_17. Title beginning with I
_18. Author beginning with I
_19. Title beginning with J
_20. Author beginning with J
_21. Title beginning with K
_22. Author beginning with K
_23. Title beginning with L
_24. Author beginning with L
_25. Title beginning with M
_26. Author beginning with M
_27. Title beginning with N
_28. Author beginning with N
_29. Title beginning with O
_30. Author beginning with O
_31. Title beginning with P
_32. Author beginning with P
_33. Title or Author beginning with Q
_34. Title beginning with R
_35. Author beginning with R
_36. Title beginning with S
_37. Author beginning with S
_38. Title beginning with T
_39. Author beginning with T
_40. Title or Author beginning with U
_41. Title or Author beginning with V or W
_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 children's book published in the 1860s
_ 47. children's book published in the 1870s
_ 48. children's book published in the 1880s
_ 49. children's book published in the 1890s
_ 50. children's book published in the 1900s
_ 51. children's book published in the 1910s
_ 52. children's book published in the 1920s
_ 53. children's book published in the 1930s
_ 54. children's book published in the 1940s
_ 55. children's book published in the 1950s
_ 56. children's book published in the 1960s
_ 57. children's book published in the 1970s
_ 58. children's book published in the 1980s
_ 59. children's book published in the 1990s
_ 60. children's book published in the 2000s
_ 61. children's book published in the 2010s
_ 62. children's book published in 2019
_ 63. a Newbery Winner
_ 64. a Newbery Honor
_ 65. nonfiction
_ 66. poetry
_ 67. graphic novel
_ 68. first in a series
_ 69. any book in a series
_ 70. last book in a series
_ 71. science fiction
_ 72. fantasy
_ 73. mystery
_ 74. animal fantasy
_ 75. realistic/contemporary
_ 76. coming of age
_ 77. action, adventure
_ 78. historical fiction
_ 79. historical fiction, world war I
_ 80. historical fiction, world war II
_ 81. historical fiction, civil rights
_ 82. historical fiction, civil war
_ 83. historical fiction, great depression
_ 84. reread
_ 85. library
_ 86. free choice
_ 87. another free choice
_ 88. biography or autobiography
_ 89.written in first person
_ 90. written in third person
_ 91. verse novel
_ 92. illustrated "notebook" or diary
_ 93. out of print
_ 94. anniversary reprint of a children's book
_ 95. favorite author
_ 96. new-to-you author
_ 97. YOUR pick for Newbery 2019
_ 98. multiple authors
_ 99. happy, happy
_ 100. oh the sads

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2019 Reading Challenges: My Sign Up, Family Tree Reading Challenge

Family Tree Reading Challenge
Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up)
Dates: January - December 2019
# of books: minimum 3

I am doing my own unique option. A check-list option.

Second Great-Grandparents 
(1863, 1867, 1867, 1872, 1876, 1877, 1864, 1864, 1858, 1866, 1870, 1874, 1856, 1858, 1873, 1882)

1. _ historical fiction set in the 1860s
2. _ historical fiction set in the 1870s
3. _ historical fiction set in the 1880s
4. _ a children's book published in the 1860s
5. _ a children's book published in the 1870s
6. _ a children's book published in the 1880s
7. _ a book published in the 1880s
8. _ a book published in the 1890s
9. _ a book published in the 1900s
10. _ a book set in Texas
11. _ a book set in Tennessee
12. _ a book set in Virginia
13. _ a book set in Arkansas
14. _ a book set in Georgia
15. _ a book set in Kentucky
16. _ a book set in North Carolina
Great-Grandparents 
(1896, 1894, 1906, 1907, 1897, 1899, 1892, 1904)

17. _ historical fiction set in the 1890s
18. _ historical fiction set in the 1900s
19. _ historical fiction set in the 1910s
20. _ nonfiction book about World War I
21. _ nonfiction book about the 1910s, 1920s or 1930s
22. _ a children's book published in the 1890s
23. _ a children's book published in the 1900s
24. _ a children's book published in the 1910s
25. _ a book published in the 1910s
26. _ a book published in the 1920s
27. _ a book published in the 1930s
28. _ a book published in the 1940s
29. _ a book published in the 1950s
30. _ a book set in Texas
31. _ a book set in Oklahoma
32. _ a book set in Arkansas
33. _ a book set in Tennessee

Grandparents
 (1918, 1931, 1918, 1924)
34. _ historical fiction set in the 1920s
35. _ historical fiction set in the 1930s
36. _ historical fiction set in the 1940s
37. _ nonfiction book about World War II
38. _ nonfiction book about the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
39. _ a children's book published in the 1920s
40. _ a children's book published in the 1930s
41. _ a children's book published in the 1940s
42. _ a book published in the 1930s
43. _ a book published in the 1940s
44. _ a book published in the 1950s
45. _ a book published in the 1960s
46. _ a book set in Texas
47. _ a book set in Oklahoma

Parents 
(1951, 1955)
48. _ historical fiction set in the 1950s
49. _ historical fiction set in the 1960s
50. _ historical fiction set in the 1970s
51. _ children's book published in the 1950s
52. _ children's book published in the 1960s
53. _ nonfiction book about the 1960s or 1970s
54. _ a book published in the 1970s
55. _ a book published in the 1980s
56. _ a book published in the 1990s
57. _ a book set in Texas

Sisters and Cousins 
(1974, 1976, 1978, 1978, 1973, 1974, 1969, 1974)
58. _ children's book published in the 1970s
59. _ children's book published in the 1980s
60. _ young adult book published in the 1980s
61. _ young adult book published in the 1990s
62. _ a book published in the 1990s
63. _ a book published in the 2000s
64. _ a book published in the 2010s
65. _ a book set in Texas

Feel free to copy/paste this. You can replace the _ with an X or a ✔ (copy/paste it) when you finish reading a book. 

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Review Policy

I am interested in reviewing books and audio books. This blog focuses on books written for middle grade on up (essentially 10 to a 110). I review middle grade fiction and young adult fiction (aka tween and teen).

I also review adult books.

I read in a variety of genres including realistic fiction, historical fiction, mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, literary fiction, and chick lit. (I've read one western to date.)

I read a few poetry books, a few short story collections, a few graphic novels, a few nonfiction books.

I am especially fond of:

  • Regency romances (including Austen prequels/sequels)
  • Historical fiction set in the Tudor dynasty
  • Historical fiction and nonfiction set during World War II
  • Jewish fiction/nonfiction
  • dystopias
  • apocalyptic fiction
  • science fiction (especially if it involves time travel and alternate realities)
  • fantasy
  • multicultural books and international books

I am not a fan of:

  • sports books
  • horse books
  • dog books if the dog dies (same goes with most pets actually except maybe fish)
  • westerns (if it's a pioneer story with women and children, then maybe)
  • extremely violent books with blood, blood, and more blood

I am more interested in strong characters, well-written, fleshed-out, human characters. Plot is secondary to me in a way. I have to care about the characters in order to care about the plot. That being said, compelling storytelling is something that I love. I love to become absorbed in what I'm reading.

If you're interested in sending me a review copy of your book, I'm happy to hear from you. Email me at laney_po AT yahoo DOT com.

You should know several things before you contact me:

1) I do not guarantee a review of your book. I am just agreeing to consider it for review.
2) I give all books at least fifty pages.
3) I am not promising anyone (author or publisher) a positive review in exchange for a review copy. That's not how I work.
4) In all of my reviews I strive for honesty. My reviews are my opinions--so yes, they are subjective--you should know my blog will feature both negative and positive reviews.
5) I do not guarantee that I will get to your book immediately. I've got so many books I'm trying to read and review, I can't promise to get to any one book in a given time frame.
6) Emailing me every other week to see if I've read your book won't help me get to it any faster. Though if you want to email me to check and see if it arrived safely, then that's fine!

Authors, publishers. I am interested in interviewing authors and participating in blog tours. (All I ask is that I receive a review copy of the author's latest book beforehand so the interview will be productive. If the book is part of a series, I'd like to review the whole series.) Contact me if you're interested.

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