Wednesday, November 27, 2019

1000 Books Project: Non-Fiction 2020


I picked up a copy of James Mustich's amazing 1000 Books to Read Before You Die: A Life Changing List and upon looking through it, I realized it really is a well-rounded reading recommendation book. I was pleased to discover I have read quite a few of the books he lists, and that many of them are on my personal reading lists (and they are books I own). So, to ever expand my reading horizons, and include others in the journey, I decided to create a new read-along challenge, or project, if you will.

The project consists of a year long schedule of quarterly read-alongs, this year focusing on non-fiction.

Schedule

First Quarter (Jan, Feb, March) - The Histories, Herodotus
Second Quarter (April, May, June) - The Sagas of Icelanders (preface by Jane Smiley)
Third Quarter (July, Aug, Sept) - In Cold Blood, Truman Capote (in honor of Banned Books Week in September.)
Fourth Quarter (Oct, Nov, Dec) - Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown (in honor of National American Indian Heritage Month in November.)

Watch for the reading schedule for our first read-along, The Histories which I will have posted on January 1st.

If you would like to join us, sign up below...and spread the word. Thanks!

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Book Jar/Book List Challenge - Randomize Your Reading 2020 #Bookjar


I originally created this challenge last year as a personal challenge. As I was thinking ahead to my 2020 reading, I realized I had not done so well keeping up with it. So I thought, maybe by creating a challenge for all to participate, it would hold me more accountable. We shall see.

First, an explanation (some history) on why I created this challenge in the first place...


One of my biggest problems is thinking about the long term and perpetual challenges (many hosted by me) I take part in. I find I'm not making much headway and I started thinking of a solution.

Here is a list of those long term and perpetual challenges:

13 Ways of Looking at the Lifetime Reading Plan
The Classics Club


My other dilemma is my massive home library of over 3000 books. I know I'll never read them all, but I know there is a way to read more of them (I mostly read from my own books, but I'm always buying new ones...I'm sure many can relate).

I had been kicking around the idea of a book jar for years, but then it dawned on me. Why not include in the book jar only the books on my lists for the above long term and perpetual challenges? So that's exactly what I did.


Book Jar portion of the challenge
  • Find the books you want to list - perhaps books from long-term challenges, as mentioned above, or even a yearly challenge you've signed up for, have picked your books, but want to read more randomly.
  • List your books on paper. I created a Word doc, added titles, printed them out, cut each title into a strip, folded up and placed in a jar. I know it seems like a lot of work, but drawing slips of paper from a jar makes me feel like a kid again.
  • Draw one book per month
  • Three draws allowed, in case you're just not in the mood for that one, or you can't find the book (or maybe your hold hasn't come in at the library).
  • That's it! Easy!
Book List portion of the challenge

To tackle the second part of my dilemma, this is where the Book List portion comes in. In my case, I have a book catalogue (see image in challenge button - that's one page from my catalogue) which I use to keep track of the books I own. It is arranged by author last name, alphabetically. Each letter has it's own section and I number each book. What I do is randomly select a letter of the alphabet (1-26) and then randomly select a number from the section of that letter. So, if the letter 'A' has 115 titles, I would randomly select from 1 - 115. (I use Random.org for this.)
  • You may have a book catalogue like me, or maybe you have a Goodreads list, or a list somewhere else. Whatever your list, get the total number of books, say 95 books, plug in 1 - 95 in the randomizer and Voila!
  • Draw one book per month
  • Three draws allowed, in case I'm just not in the mood for that one, or I can't find the book (same as book jar guideline above). 
Final challenge parameters
  • You can do both Book Jar and Book List, or do one or the other. If you do both, that will be 24 books in a year. If you do just one, 12 books in a year.
  • I will do a post at the beginning of each month sharing the books I've drawn for myself. Participants can share their random read picks in the comments. Also, every month after January, in the month beginning post, we can share how we did with the previous month's choice(s), share review links, etc.
  • Challenge runs January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Let me know if you have any questions. Sign up below!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Stephen King Challenge - Doctor Sleep #Read-Along


Stephen King Challenge participants, join us for a Doctor Sleep read-along during Something Wicked Fall at Castle Macabre. We just started reading September 1st so there's still time to join in.


Get all the details for the read-along, and the entire Something Wicked Fall event here.

Hope you will join us!


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Monday, December 31, 2018

2018 Yearly Challenges - Wrap-Up Post

I've decided it's much easier to do one wrap up post for the three yearly challenges I host. I hope this works okay for everyone.

I'm posting the links to those challenges below. If you completed the challenge (or even if you didn't) and you post a wrap-up, please link up in the original linky on the challenge sign up post. When you put your name/blog name, just add "wrap-up." Like so: truebookaddict/wrap-up

Here are the links to the 2018 challenges:


Be sure to leave a comment on the post so I know you added your wrap-up. 


My yearly challenge stats for these three challenges:

While I didn't do so hot with the Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge or the Yearly 13 Ways challenge, I kind of kicked butt with the Book To Movie Challenge.

I only managed to read four (well, really three) for the Read Your Shelf Challenge, as follows:

(books without reviews are linked to my Goodreads challenge page)

Don't Look Back by Karen Fossum (Did not review)

Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin (Did not review)

Rabbit, Run by John Updike (DNF - I tried. I really did. Read all about it here)

The Treatment by Mo Hayder (Did not review)

I finished two for the yearly 13 Ways challenge, which actually qualifies me for completing the Novice level. lol

I read...

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (Banned Books Week write-up)

Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson (did not review)

As I said, I read quite a few for the Book To Movie Challenge. I'm pretty sure I met the criteria for at least one of the levels.

I read...

The Ritual by Adam Nevill

Howard's End by E. M. Forster

The Treatment by Mo Hayder

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

My Goodreads Challenge page


In case you missed the sign-up for this year's yearly challenges, you can find them below.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

2019 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan Reading Challenge! #13WLRP


We're back for year three! I created the perpetual reading challenge, 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan back in September 2017 (read all the details and sign-up here), and I promised to offer a yearly challenge to assist us in meeting our reading goals and staying accountable with the perpetual challenge.

Details...

1. Be sure to sign up for the 13WLRP perpetual challenge.

I will be hosting these year long challenges annually so you will be able to mark a lot of books off your lists.

2. Pick a reading level.

Decide how many books from the lists you want to read in 2019.

13Ways Challenge Novice: 1 to 3 books
13Ways Challenge Eager Reader : 4 to 8 books
13Ways Challenge Buff: 9 to 13 books
13Ways Challenge Devotee: 14 to 18
13Ways Challenge Diehard Reader: More than 19

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Please show your support and help spread the word by including the challenge button in your posts. You can also add the button in your sidebar. Thanks!

4. Register for this challenge in the Linky below.

Fill out the linky by doing the following:
Link title: Name and blog title (e.g. Michelle @ True Book Addict)
URL: Link to your Challenge Post, not your blog
If you ever have any difficulties using the form, or any other questions, don’t hesitate to email me. There's a contact me button in the sidebar.

5. Each time you read a book (and review, if you review) you can add your review to the 13 Ways Challenge review page.

Add your review on the 13 Ways Challenge review page and cross another book off your list for this challenge! Well done!

When sharing your reviews or discussing this challenge on Twitter, use the hashtag #13WLRP

6. Write a wrap-up post

I'll write up a wrap-up post at the end of 2019 and there will be a linky to link your wrap-up posts. If you finish before the end of the year, you can share your wrap-up link in the comments below.

GUIDELINES
  • The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2019.
  • You can make a pre-selected list of books, or make it up along the way.
  • Crossing over with other challenges is encouraged!
  • Any book format - print, audio, ebook - is allowed.
RESOURCES

The two lists we are reading from can be found in the sidebar, or access here:
13 Ways Challenge - List 1
13 Ways Challenge - List 2

Sign up below:

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2019 Book to Movie Reading Challenge #Book2MovieRC


Here we are...our third year! Welcome to any newcomers and welcome back to former participants!

I have found quite a list of books which have been made into movies and are coming out in 2019. I'm sure there could be more. If you notice I'm missing any on the list, leave me a comment and I'll add it to the list.

The list of this year's book to movie (TV/Streaming series) releases:

Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett (Amazon Prime series - first half of 2019)
The Rhythm Section, Mark Burnell (February 2019)
Chaos Walking (The Knife of Never Letting Go), Patrick Ness (March 2019)
Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple (March 2019)
Greyhound (The Good Shepherd), C.S. Forester (March 2019)
Five Feet Apart, Rachael Lippincott (March 2019)
The Informer (Three Seconds), Anders Roslund and Börge Hellström (March 2019)
The Best of Enemies, Osha Gray Davidson (April 2019)
Pet Sematary, Stephen King (April 2019)
The Aftermath, Rhidian Brook (April 2019)
The Sun is Also a Star, Nicola Yoon (May 2019)
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer (August 2019)
IT (Chapter 2), Stephen King (September 2019)
The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn (October 2019)
The Kitchen, DC Comics (October 2019)
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (October 2019)
The Good Liar, Nicholas Searle (November 2019)
Catch-22, Joseph Heller (Hulu Limited Series - Spring 2019)
Motherless Brooklyn, Jonathan Lethem
Cats: The Musical! (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats), T.S. Eliot (December 2019)
Call of the Wild, Jack London (December 2019)
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (December 2019)
All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven 
The Turning (The Turn of the Screw), Henry James
The Watchmen, Alan Moore (HBO series)
After, Anna Todd (April 2019)
A Dog’s Way Home, W. Bruce Cameron (January 2019)
The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion (May 2019)
Native Son, Richard Wright (January 2019)
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (January 2019)

Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches has been made into a series, I believe in the UK, but I have the streaming horror service, Shudder and according to them, it will be available there on January 19. Squee!

Again, if you find out about any I haven't mentioned, leave me a comment and I'll add to the list.

There are multiple levels for this challenge:

Level 1a: read 1-3 books
Level 1b: read 4+ books


Read only books being made into movies for release in 2019 (you are not required to only read from the list above. As I stated, if you find another movie or TV series/mini-series based on a book coming out in 2019, feel free to read it).

Level 2a: 1-3 books from 2019 movie releases, 1-3 books from books made into movies from previous years
Level 2b: 4+ books from 2019 movie releases, 4+ books from books made into movies from previous years


Here's a list of 2018 movies adapted from books. (Note: Some of the movies listed may have been moved to 2019).
You can also Google for previous years, or check Goodreads lists.

Level 3a: read 1-3 books from any release year, watch 1-3 movies from any release year
Level 3b: read 4+ books from any release year, watch 4+ movies from any release year


Note: Movies watched must be the movie adaptation of the book(s) you read.
  • The books you read can count for other challenges. Ebooks, audiobooks, and traditional formats all count.
  • The start date is January 1, 2019 so any book you started between the first of January, and now, counts. End date is December 31, 2019.
  • Remember, TV series/mini-series count too.
  • Pick your level
  • Sign up below and grab a button (below the linky). I hope you will join me!
  • If you have any questions, click the contact me button in the sidebar, or leave a comment.


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2019 Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge #ReadYourShelf


Year three! Once again, a shout out to the awesome book bloggers/booktubers who created the #RYBSAT (Read-your-bookshelf-a-thon), which I adapted this challenge from in 2017.

An admission on my part. I failed miserably at this challenge (AGAIN) in 2018. I'm hoping I will get it right this year. If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!

Here's what you do:
  • Go to your bookshelves, or stack on the floor, or on your nightstand, etc. Pick out a book that you've been wanting to read on a particular shelf.
  • Now continue down that line of books on the shelf (in order) until you have 12 books. (Here's an example image - most of my books are stacked instead of shelved traditionally because I have so many!) So, I choose Christina Baker Kline's Orphan Train as my first choice and then I go up the stack until I have twelve total so I would end up at up at Summers' Vampires and Vampirism.
  • You might notice that there are a couple of extra books at the top...Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi and the top one is The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius. These are alternate titles. I found that part of the reason I failed at this challenge is that I didn't have any options for alternates, which I now feel is essential, especially if your sequence of books has more than one by the same author. I'm limiting the alternates to a three book maximum.
  • You will then read your 12 books over the next twelve months, one book each month. You can read them in order (forward or reverse), or you can plug 1 - 12 (or 1 through your total number including alternates, if any) into a randomizer each month to pick your title for the month. The point is that you're not specifically choosing the book each month. It's chosen for you, either by ordered reading, or random choice.
  • If you find that one of the books is part of a series and you've already read it, I will allow a substitution of another book from the series. However, if you find this happening (a whole series, several by the same author, etc) in the stack/shelf you chose, and you don't like it, I would suggest picking a different stack/shelf.
  • What an awesome way to tackle books gathering dust on your bookshelves. Right?
  • Challenge runs January through December of 2019.
  • You can cross over books from your 12 books with other challenges.
  • Just remember to stick to the guidelines above.
  • Easy peasy!
ADDENDUM ONE: If you find yourself unable to finish one of your books in a month's time (I recently experienced this with a book I've found will take me a bit longer to finish, as I need to read it in doses), as long as you finish it during the challenge dates (January - December of current year), it counts. So, with the alternate reads option, and this addition, I think things should be much easier. 

ADDENDUM TWO:  If you start the challenge late, mid-year, etc., you can read the number of books coinciding with the remaining months in the year. For example, if you start in June, you would pick a shelf (or section of shelf) with seven books (and 2 or 3 alternates) to give you your seven books for the remainder of the challenge dates parameters.

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