Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale: A #Resistance Read-Along - We start today! #13WLRP

Today's the day! Start reading The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. If you haven't signed up, you still can!

Sign up post and reading schedule are HERE

Let's show our resistance with reading!


Monday, January 23, 2017

The Handmaid's Tale - A #Resistance Read-Along #13WLRP

In light of recent events in our country, I had decided that I was going to read Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale and George Orwell's 1984 in the next couple of months. I had much interaction on Facebook about these titles and, as I've been wanting to read Atwood's book for a very long time, and the TV series is coming to Hulu soon, I decided to go for it and host a read-along next month. A bonus is that this book is on List 2 (#231 in the Going Further section) for the 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan challenge. So, it will allow participants of the challenge to mark one off their list for the perpetual challenge, and the yearly challenge.

Note: You do not have to be a challenge participant to join in on the read-along. That being said, I do hope you will take a look at the challenge and think about signing up.

This is not a very long book so there will be a simple read-along schedule. My copy is the 1998 Anchor Books trade paperback edition. Total pages, 311. That page count is including a 13 page Historical Notes section at the end of the book. Excluding those pages, the page count is 295.

Discussion will take place in our Gather Together and Read group on Facebook. I will also post a discussion post here on the blog for those who are not on Facebook. When/if you mention the read-along on social media, please use the hashtag #Resistance

  • Start reading on Febrary 1st
    Read through Chapter IX - Night (ending on page 147)
  • Midpoint discussion will be on February 15 in our discussion group on Facebook - there will be a post here for those who are not on Facebook.
  • Start reading section two on February 16
    Chapter X - Soul Scrolls (page 151) - read to the end of the book (you can elect, or not, to read the historical notes - we will probably discuss, as I'm sure they give insight into the book)
  • Discussion on section two/book as a whole on February 28 in our Facebook discussion group - there will be a post here for those who are not on Facebook.
You can sign-up by posting about it on your blog (or on social media) and adding your link in the Mister Linky widget below. Please use #Resistance when sharing about this read-along on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

2017 Book to Movie Reading Challenge #Book2MovieRC

I Googled it. I checked in my Facebook group for reading challenges. I checked A Novel Challenge. I checked GirlXOXO. It appears that no one is hosting a book to movie reading challenge this year. So, I shall host one!

According to my internet searching, it seems that there are over 30 books being made into movies this year. That seemed like a fairly accurate amount, but I'm sure there could be more. For this challenge, I'm going to go with that number. However, challenge participants are welcome to present any new ones they find for consideration.

The list of this year's book to movie releases:

A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness - Jan 6
Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterley - Jan 6
Live By Night, Dennis LeHayne - Jan 13
A Dog's Purpose, W. Bruce Cameron - Jan 27
Same Kind of Different As Me, Ron Hall and Denver Moore - Feb 3
Fifty Shades Darker, E.L. James - Feb 10
The Zookeeper's Wife, Diane Ackerman - March 31
Wonder, R.J. Palacio - April 7
Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver - April 7
The Lost City of Z, David Grann - April 21
The Circle, Dave Eggers - April 28
Break My Heart 1000 Times, Daniel Waters - May 4
The Dinner, Herman Koch - May 5
Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey - June 2
My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier - July 14
The Dark Tower, Stephen King - July 28
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L'Engle - July 28
IT, Stephen King - Sept 8
The Mountain Between Us, Charles Martin - Oct 20
Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews - Nov 10
Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie - Nov 22
A Century of November, W.D. Wetherell - Nov
All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven - 2017
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath - 2017
The Long Home, William Gay - 2017
Splinter Cell, Tom Clancy - 2017
An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir - 2017
Infinity: Chronicles of Nick, Sherrilyn Kenyon - 2017
The Breadwinner, Deborah Ellis - 2017
The Giant Under the Snow, John Gordon - 2017
Annihilation, Jeff Vandermeer - 2017
The House of Tomorrow, Peter Bognanni - 2017
Thank You for Your Service, David Finkel - 2017
Jungle: A Harrowing True Story of Survival, Yossi Ghinsberg - 2017
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls - 2017

Of course, there are also series and mini-series on television that are also being adapted from books. A couple of notable ones...Neil Gaiman's American Gods is coming to Starz some time this year. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events premieres on Netflix tomorrow, Jan 13. I'm sure there are more. 

The reason I mention television is because books made into TV series/mini-series are also eligible to be read for the challenge. 

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 2017 (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 2017, feel free to read it).

Level 2a: 1-3 books from 2017 movie releases, 1-3 books from books made into movies from previous years
Level 2b: 4+ books from 2017 movie releases, 4+ books from books made into movies from previous years

Here's a list of 2016 movies adapted from books. (Note: Some of the movies listed were moved to 2017)
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 retroactive to January 1, 2017 so any book you started between the first of January, and now, counts. End date is December 31, 2017.
  • Remember, TV series/mini-series count too.
  • Pick your level
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Monday, January 2, 2017

Join the 2017 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan Reading Challenge! #13WLRP

I created my new perpetual reading challenge, 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan back in September (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.

Here it is!


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 2017.

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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Fill out the linky by doing the following:
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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 2017 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.

  • The challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2017.
  • 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.

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

That's it! Happy Reading!


Friday, December 30, 2016

Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge #ReadYourShelf

Taking the lead from the awesome book bloggers/booktubers who created the #RYBSAT (Read-your-bookshelf-a-thon), I've decided to start this new challenge starting January 1, 2017!

Note: I made some changes to the rules so be sure to read through again if you've already visited this post.

Here's what you do:
  • Go to your bookshelves. 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 Melissa Marr's Graveminder as my first choice and then I go up the stack until I have twelve total so I would end up at up at The Owl Killers).

  • 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 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 2017
  • You can cross over books from your 12 books with other challenges. 
  • Just remember to stick to the guidelines above. 
  • Easy peasy!
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    Sunday, November 6, 2016

    The #StephenKing Challenge: Salem's Lot Read-Along - Discussion Four/Final Thoughts #TuesBookTalk

    Potential spoilers ahead if you have not read the book.

    Yes, I'm a week late with this. I apologize. My reading did not go as planned, as usual.

    What a book! I can't believe I waited so long to read this.

    I have to mention that I was listening to Bram Stoker's Dracula on audio in conjunction with reading this book (my second reading of Dracula) and I found it interesting to see where SK was inspired by Stoker's tale in his story.

    For instance, Susan is a kind of parallel with the three vampire women that live with Dracula in his castle. Wow...when Ben had to kill her...that was quite a moment.

    Barlow himself could be Dracula. The way SK describes him is fairly similar to how Stoker describes Dracula. Perhaps somehow Dracula did survive being killed. There have been many plausible reincarnations over the years. And so, Dracula takes on the alias Barlow. Outlandish? Not in my opinion.

    One of my most favorite parts was the end. I know that's kind of weird, but I liked the part where they were telling of occurrences in and around Jerusalem's Lot and then Ben and Mark go back and set fire to the town to draw the remaining vamps out of their hiding places. Do you think they were eventually able to get them all? I like to think so...and since there isn't a sequel (although you never know...look how long SK took to write a sequel to The Shining), perhaps they did.

    This really was a great book, and for being King's second published novel, I can see why his books led him to fame. He really is a genius storyteller and he knows how to deliver the scary, often in a subtle, sneaky way that you're not quite prepared for, but when it happens, it's golden.

    I'd like to thank those of you who read along with me and for hanging in there. I'll be sure to visit your posts/reply to the comments you've already left. 

    Now we can mark one more off our Stephen King Challenge lists!


    Thursday, October 27, 2016

    The #StephenKing Challenge: Salem's Lot Read-Along - Discussion Two/Three #TuesBookTalk

    Note: If you have not completely read sections 2 {pp 111 (Ch. 4, section 10 in Part one) - 218 (end of Ch. 9 in Part two)} and 3 {pp 219 (Chapter Ten - in Part two) - 328 (part three, Ch. 14, before section 4)}, please note that there are spoilers ahead.

    I fell way behind on this read-along and I apologize. I hope I'm not the only one! So, this post will cover sections 2 and 3 (see above). I will have the final discussion posted on Halloween (Oct. 31). What better day, I say!?

    I'm just going to start off by saying...Wow! That part when Matt and Susan are talking in his kitchen and he says, "There's someone upstairs" and then "I know my house...someone is in the guest bedroom..." Well, I started getting this funny feeling in the pit of my stomach. Then, when he goes upstairs and discovers Mike. Egads! That was probably the scariest part of the book for me so far. Whew! My skin was crawling with fear.

    I've mentioned that I've seen both television mini-series based on this book. The 1979 version which starred David Soul, and the 2004 version starring Rob Lowe. Previously, these were the only point of reference I had for this story...and I thought them pretty scary, especially the 1979 version. Not anymore. These two TV films do not hold a candle to this book. So, again, the book is better. As if we didn't know!

    Things really escalated in these two sections. People are dropping like flies, And Kurt Barlow. Did anyone else envision him as a Dracula-like figure? Totally! I just think the name "Kurt Barlow" is so weird. And I guess Straker is a kind of Renfield character, but a more tough, less sniveling one. Thank you for that, SK. I never could stand the Renfield character, to be honest. (I'm listening to Dracula on audio right now).

    The facepalm moment for me was when Susan decides to go to the Marsten House...alone. What a dummy. She is so set on proving her independence (my opinion) that she takes it to the ultimate limit, and it costs her life. But I guess it's kind of the theme of vampire novels (or at least Dracula-esque stories). There has to be a woman who is tragically lost to the vampire.

    So, those are my thoughts this week? What did you think? Are you enjoying the book as much as I am?

    I'm also sharing this discussion in the TuesBookTalk group on Goodreads.