sabato 3 febbraio 2018

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!

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