domenica 27 gennaio 2019

Memoir Reading Challenge 2019

Read a minimum of 5 books from the categories

Here are the categories:
 _Mental Illness Memoir
_Other Illness Memoir
 _Political Memoir
_Food Memoir
_Animal Memoir
 _Music Memoir
_Travel Memoir
 _Written by a person of color
 _Written by a woman
_Written by a person who identifies as LGBTQIA
_Written by an actor or a comedian
_Written by an author or journalist
_Written by any other celebrit
y _Written by someone under 40
_Written by someone over 40
_Written by someone from a country different from your own
 _Memoir of high school or college events
_One you find thought-provoking
_Made into a movie
 _Graphic Novel memoir
_Bestselling memoir
_Humorous memoir
_Fictional memoir
 _Published in 2019
 _Published in 2018 or earlier
 _Under 300 pages
 _One you want to re-read
 _Subject of your choice
_Author of your choice
_Free choice
_Free choice
_Free choice

giovedì 24 gennaio 2019

Victorian Reading Challenge 2019

Duration: January - December 2019
Goal: Read a minimum of 4 Victorian books

  1. _ A book that was originally published serially
  2. _ book published between 1837-1840  Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  3. _ book published between 1841-1850 David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  4. _ book published between 1851-1860  The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  5. _ book published between 1861-1870 Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  6. _ book published between 1871-1880 Far From the Maddding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
  7. _ book published between 1881-1890 The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
  8. _ book published between 1891-1901 Dracula by Bram Stoker
  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

  • I'll have quarterly check-in posts. I'll be posting check-in posts March 25, June 24, September 23, and December 30. You may leave links to your reviews on any of those four posts. If you want to share your review with me BEFORE that, AND if you have twitter, feel free to tweet me a link @blbooks.
  • 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.]
  • 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.  

lunedì 21 gennaio 2019

2019 Georgian Reading Challenge

Host: Becky's Book Reviews (sign up here
Duration: December 1, 2018 - December 31, 2019
# of books: minimum four

Georgian Era can be defined as either 1714-1830 OR 1744-1837. You may choose how you want to define it in terms of the reading challenge. It covers the reigns of George I, George II, George III, and George IV of England. (If you go with the later definition, it also includes the oh-so-brief reign of William IV.) This includes the REGENCY PERIOD but is more inclusive.

There will be seven check-in posts. February 16, 2019; April 6, 2019; May 18, 2019; July 6, 2019; September 7, 2019; November 2, 2019. December 28, 2019.

Family Tree Reading Challenge 2019

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

There 3 options and I've chosen Option B -- A Life in Books

Choose one family member to honor. Read books to represent his/her life. Read as many books as you like. 

Children's books: birth year + 12
teen years: birth year + 18
twenties: birth year + 29
thirties: birth year + 39
forties: birth year + 49

I've chosen my grandfather, he was born in 1919

World At War Reading Challenge 2019

Host: Becky's Book Reviews
Sign up here 
Duration: January - December 2019
Goal: Get at least one bingo! (more are welcome, of course!)

The categories:

_ Any book published 1914-1918
_ Any book published 1918-1924
_ Any book published 1925-1930
_ Any book published 1931-1938
_ Any book published 1939-1945
_ A nonfiction book about World War I
_ A nonfiction book about 1910s and 20s
_ A nonfiction book about 1920s and 30s
_ A nonfiction book about 1930s
_ A nonfiction book about World War II
_ A fiction book set during World War I
_ A fiction book set 1918-1924
_ A fiction book set in the 1920s
_ A fiction book set in the 1930s
_ A fiction book set during World War II
_ A book set in the United States or Canada
_ A book set in England, Ireland, or Scotland
_ A book set in Europe
_ A book set in Asia or Middle East
_ A book set elsewhere (a country/continent not already read for the challenge)
_ A book focused on "the war"
_ A book focused on "the homefront"
_ Watch any movie released in 1940s 
_ Watch any movie released in the 1930s
_ Watch any movie about either war 

domenica 20 gennaio 2019

2019RC You Read How Many Books?

Guidelines are pretty simple. You'll have all year to read your books so go ahead and stretch yourself.

1. Choose a Level
  • Board Books: 12 (basically one a month)
  • Picture Books: 24
  • Chapter Books: 52 (basically one a week)
  • Middle Grade: 78
  • Teen: 104 
  • Young Adult: 156
  • Adult: 208 or more (basically four or more a week)
2. You may move up a level but not down. 
3. You don’t need a blog to participate. Feel free to link to a Goodreads shelf or another public profile where everyone can see your books. 
4. Reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. There will be a link up for reviews if you wish to post them. Edit: a list of books read ;-) You can make a list of books you want to read and change them if you'd like.
5. All formats allowed as long as the book has an isbn or equivalent and can be purchased/borrowed, the book counts. 
6. Individual short stories in a collection and individual books of the Bible do not count. 
7. Crossovers from other challenges count. 
8. Books started before January 1st, 2019 don’t count. 

I choose Young Adult Level

sabato 19 gennaio 2019

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2019

This is my  sixth year joining this challenge. I've never been able to complete every month even though I've been very close (except last two years)

Hosted by Bev @ My Reader's Block

snow, winter, year, jewel, hat, dance, top, car, why
red, love, heart, rose, candy, hope, bottom, walk, who
shamrock, luck, Irish/Ireland, pot, gold, faith, emerald, carry, what
shower, time, bunny/hare, basket, cross, hunt, parade, all, where
mother, daisy, memorial/memory, you, mountain, day, wind, sky, when
dress, father, man, woman, flag, happy, some, bride, how
fire, work/s, stream, lake, field, family, cloud, bear, because
sand, swim, hot, ride, there, few, sad, camera, they
book, here, back, school, speak, train, leave, paper, them
fall, wolf, ghost, witch, halloween, scare, night, creature, he
leaves or leaf, thanks, food, family, share, dream, live, have, she
star, night, Christmas, angel, gift/present, tree, wise, dear, it

giovedì 17 gennaio 2019

The Purrfect Reading Challenge 2019

Hosted at Socrates' Book Reviews. For more information and to sign up, click here 

This one is all about cat mysteries!
Here are the levels you can choose from:

Purring - Read 1-10 cat mysteries
Kneading - Read 11-20 cat mysteries
Meowing - Read 21-30 cat mysteries
Catnip - Go crazy and read at least 31 and go as high as you'd like - the sky is the limit!


1. Any book read for this challenge has to be a mystery and have a cat that plays a major role in the book.
2. You may make a list of books at the beginning of the challenge or you can just list them as you find them.
3. Book titles may be swapped out at anytime for those who make a list in advance.
4. Crossovers with other challenges are permitted and encouraged.
5. You don't have to have a blog or write a review, but you can if you want to.
 If you don't have a blog, just post in the comment section that you'd like to join. You can post your books in there. I also have a Cat Mystery group on Goodreads and you can join over there. The link is 
6. Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks) 
7. To sign up, choose one of the levels from the above list and use the Mister Linky. There will be links for reviews and wrap posts later. 

I'm going for purring, I hope to read 1-10 books.

mercoledì 16 gennaio 2019

2019 Color Coded Reading Challenge

This challenge is being hosted by My Reader's Block 

Here are the rules:
*Read nine books in the following categories.
  1. A book with “Blue” or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  2. A book with “Red” or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc) in the title/on the cover. Seeing Red by Dana Dratch
  3. A book with “Yellow” or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.)in the title/on the cover. Galliano Gold by Traci Andrighetti
  4. A book with “Green” or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title/on the cover.
  5. A book with “Brown” or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc)in the title/on the cover.
  6. A book with “Black” or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title/on the cover
  7. A book with “White” or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)in the title/on the cover.
  8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.).
  9. A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).
* Any book read from January 1 through December 31, 2019 will count

2019 Oldie But A Goodie Challenge

This is a challenge hosted by Renee at Addicted to Romance

This challenge is to try out those books that were published before 2010. This challenge is to be centered around historical romance.  There are many wonderful romance that have become forgotten or not top priority. This is a way for those to discover those hidden gems. Any of these books can be from your aging TBR pile or they can be recently added to your wishlists. Any historical romance published before 2010 counts.

  • Choose at least 5 books…Minimum.
  • Only romance books, and must have been published before 2008.
  • Must be a historical romance, but no limits to any time period or sub genre.
  • Click HERE to sign up!!!

  • 5-10 Books-The Newbie Looking For Swoon Worthy Adventure.
  • 11-20-Seeking Passion on the High Seas.
  • 30-45- The Pirate, Scot, and Duchess of Love
  • 50-100+ Full Era Traveler of Romance and Passion.

I have chosen Seeking Passion on the High Seas

Craving For Cozies 2019 – Reading Challenge

The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019
1. Choose the level you wish to participate:
  • Peckish – 1 – 25 Cozy Mysteries
  • Famished – 26 – 51 Cozy Mysteries
  • Yearning –  51-75 Cozy Mysteries-
  • Starving  – 76-100 Cozy Mysteries
  • Ravenous – 101-125 Cozy Mysteries
  • Voracious – 126-150 Cozy Mysteries 
  • Overindulged – 151-200 Cozy Mysteries
  • Pigged out- 201 or more Cozy Mysteries
You can always go up a level but you can’t go down. 

2. You can Feed Your Need To Read with print, digital or audio books.
3. You do not have to post a review but the authors would appreciate it if you did. If you need help just let me know. 
4. You do not need to have a blog to participate.If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. 
5.  Join the Craving for Cozies Facebook Group here and share your progress with everyone. 
6. Follow Escape With Dollycas Into A Good Book for cozy giveaways and reviews.  
7. You can keep track any way you wish. You can even set up a special shelf on to help you keep track!  It is super easy, Just click the MY BOOKS tab at the top of the page. When that page opens just click – ADD A SHELF in the left-hand sidebar. Title it Craving for Cozies Challenge and you are all set. 
8. HAVE FUN!! 
Sign up here
I'm going to sign up for Famished level

martedì 15 gennaio 2019

Cruisin' thru the Cozies 2019 Reading Challenge

It's the fifth year that I participate in this challenge, I love cozy mystery genre.

Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge is hosted by Yvonne at Socrates' Book Reviews.

This year's cozy mystery reading challenge has two ways to participate and you can choose whichever suits you the best:

A) Read only cozy mysteries of your choice.


B) Read one book from these sub-genres:

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)
One from cozy mysteries based outside the US (example:  Belinda Lawrence series (British))
- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)
- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)
- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)
- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

Here are the levels you can join for either A or B…

Level one (Snoop) - 
A) Read 10 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read one book in each of the above cozy sub-genres (total of 10 books)

Level two (Investigator) - 
A) Read 20 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read all the books in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 20)

Level three (Super Sleuth) -
A) Read 30 cozy mysteries of your choice.
B) Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 10 cozy books of your choice (total of 30 books)

Level four (Sleuth Extraordinaire) - 
A)Read 40 cozy mysteries of your choice. 
B)Read two books from each sub-genre in level one plus an additional 20 cozy books of your choice (total of 40 books)

Here are the rules...

1. The challenge runs from January 1, 2019 and ends December 31, 2019.

2. You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

3. Books can be in any format - paper, audio, all counts!

4. You don't have to post a review, but I'm sure others would love to know about the books you are reading and may even want to add it to their reading lists. 

NOTE: If you don't have a blog and want to participate, that's fine. You don't have to have a blog, just post in the comments section as you finish books. If you belong to a site like Goodreads and review the books there, that's fine too. Just leave us the link. I also have a group for this challenge on Goodreads and you can sign up here.

5. If you do have a blog, take the button above, put it on your blog and post about the challenge. Then add your name to Mr. Linky. Please use the link of your challenge post, not the link to your home page.

6. I'm going to have one link for signing up, one link for completed reviews and one link for your wrap up posts. I won't be having a monthly link, just one for all reviews read for this challenge.
ADDENDUM:  (I'm adding one more thing for those who aren't sure they want to read some of the sub-genres.)

7.  If you can't find or don't want to read a certain sub-genre, you can switch it out for another one of your choice. However, this can only be done one time.

 I am shooting for Level 4 – Sleuth Extraordinaire.

domenica 13 gennaio 2019

2019 TBR Pile Challenge

I love this challenge and I hope to complete it this year. 

Hosted by RoofBeamReader

The goal of this challenge is to read 12 books from your TBR pile which you already own for at least a year now. Two alternate books can be chosen to replace any books in the challenge that are just "unfinishable". All of these books must be reviewed and linked back to the original post.  

For a full explanation of the rules for this challenge, check it out here.

My list

1. Salt to the Sea Ruta Sepetys
2. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
3. The Girl on the Cliff Lucinda Riley
4. Tess of the D'Ubervilles - Thomas Hardy
5. Middlemarch - George Eliot
6. The Homecoming of Samuel Lake Jenny Wingfield
7. At the King's Command - Susan Wiggs
8. A Spool of Blue Thread Anne Tyler
9. The Forgotten Garden Kate Morton
10. The House of the Spirits Isabel Allende
11. Murder at the Vicarage - Agatha Christie
12. The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins


1. Room - Emma Donoghue
2. The Clock Winder- Anne Tyler
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