Friday, December 30, 2022

2022 Yearly Challenges - Wrap-Up Post

This is the wrap-up post for the 2022 yearly challenges...
2022 Book to Movie, 2022 Read Your (Book) Shelf, and the 1000 Books Project: Classic Fantasy 2022.

I'm posting the links to the 2022 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 2022 challenges:

2022 Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge

2022 Book to Movie Reading Challenge

1000 Books Project: Classic Fantasy 2022

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

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

2023 Read Your Shelf Challenge

2023 Book to Movie (and TV) Reading Challenge

1000 Books Project: Banned Books 2023

Here's to a new year of reading!

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2023 Read Your Shelf Challenge

Here comes 2023 and Read Your Shelf is back for another year, and another update. I haven't quite been able to get this challenge to work for me over the years and then I came upon this article on Book Riot, 

Basically, the premise is to take one shelf on your bookshelf (or some other designated place where you can place books for this challenge) and think of it as your "holds shelf." If you buy or receive a book you haven’t read, it automatically goes onto that shelf. (I've been building my shelf for 2023 by placing there all the books I purchased or received as gifts in 2022, plus books I purchased in 2021 or earlier that have been stacked in my bedroom.)

My "Holds Shelf"

For this challenge, you will only read the books on your holds shelf. When you have read one of the books, you put it back on one of your other shelves (think of it as "main circulation"). By design, there is no room in main circulation for this new book (probably not the case in some instances) so you must take a book from main circulation and place it on your holds shelf.

If you want, you can leave some space on your holds shelf for any new books you might receive or buy, just be sure to set a number of spaces available so you don't go over. Remember, the ultimate goal is to read books you already own. Not only are you reading newer books you were excited about when you bought them, but you're knocking out books that have been languishing on your shelves for years. 

From the original post (linked above): "This revolving door system has turned my bookshelves into my own mini library. Each time I finish a book I own, I return it to main circulation, and then I get to spend a few minutes browsing the stacks. I pick out a new book I’m excited about reading, and get the satisfaction of putting that book on hold (i.e. on my TBR shelf).

The best part: eventually all the unread books in my house will either get cycled onto the holds shelf, or I’ll realize there aren’t any unread books left in mai
n circulation that I still want to read, in which case, I’ll donate them."

Fun! I hope you think so too.

So, the goal of this yearly challenge is to see how many books you can get through on your holds shelf, and your "main circulation," by keeping track of how many you read from each. You can set a personal goal of a set number, or just see how far you get. There's no winning or losing here. It's all in fun. 
  • Challenge runs January 1, 2023 to December 31, 2023
  • You can use books from your holds shelf for other challenges (this will give you even more incentive to get them read!)
  • Hashtag for social media #ReadYourShelf
  • Any questions? Leave me a comment below, or contact me via the button in the sidebar.

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

2023 Book to Movie (and TV) Reading Challenge

Welcome to year seven of the Book to Movie (and TV) Challenge! Movies are coming out in theaters again, then making their way to streaming in record time, often simultaneously. There are also excellent movies and series offered on the various streaming services. How can we ever keep up?!

Let's see what books are coming to the screen in 2023. As usual, these releases are subject to change.

The info below comes from Booklist Queen. As she states on her site, "movie release dates are still shifting constantly. I’d love to say that this is the definitive list of books being made into movies in 2023, but let’s face it. No one can foresee what the future will hold."

I'm going to follow somewhat closely to her method of posting the books to movies. The first list are movies with definitive 2023 release dates, and the second list are most likely 2023 book adaptations. If you would like to see her list of movies under development, visit her original post here and scroll down to the end of the post. 

Legend: Movies = M, Streaming series = S, Streaming movie = SM (these will only be indicated if I know for sure which format the adaptation is.)

M: The Lying Life of Adults, Elena Ferrante (Jan 4)
S: The Witching Hour, Anne Rice (Mayfair Witches, Jan 5)
M, SM: The Pale Blue Eye, Louis Bayard (Jan 6)
A Man Called Ove, Fredrik Backman (A Man Called Otto, Jan 13)
Wellmania, Brigid Delaney (Jan 15)
S: The Screaming Staircase, Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co., Jan 27)
M: The Cabin at the End of the World, Paul Tremblay (Knock at the Cabin, Feb 3)
Text for You, Sofie Cramer (It's All Coming Back to Me, Feb 10)
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume (April 28)
M: Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson (June 30)
M: American Prometheus, Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin (Oppenheimer, July 21)
M: The Trench, Steve Alten (MEG 2: The Trench, Aug 4)
M: Dracula, Bram Stoker (The Last Voyage of the Demeter, Aug 11)
M: Hallowe'en Party, Agatha Christie (A Haunting in Venice, Sept 15)
The Exorcist, William Peter Blatty (Untitled, Oct 13)
M: Dune, Frank Herbert (Dune: Part 2, Nov 3)
M: The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, Suzanne Collins (Nov 17)
M: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl (Wonka, Dec 15)
M: The Color Purple, Alice Walker (Dec 20)

Books Becoming Movies In 2023 (Hopefully)

Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman
Blackout, Dhonielle Clayton, Et. Al.
Daisy Jones & The Six, Taylor Jenkins Reid
Evidence of Love, John Bloom and Jim Atkinson (Adaptation title, Love and Death)
Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
The Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe
High in the Clouds, Paul McCartney, Philip Ardagh, and Geoff Dunbar
Killers of the Flower Moon, David Grann
The Last Thing He Told Me, Laura Dave
Leave the World Behind, Rumaan Alam
Lessons in Chemistry, Bonnie Garmus
The Magician's Elephant, Kate DiCamillo
The Marsh King's Daughter, Karen Dionne
The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah
Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan (Adaptation title, Percy Jackson and the Olympians)
Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie (Adaptation title, Peter Pan & Wendy) 
The Power, Naomi Alderman
Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston
'Salem's Lot, Stephen King
Shriver, Chris Belden
Spaceman of Bohemia, Jaroslav Kalfar
The Field Guide, Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black (Adaptation title, The Spiderwick Chronicles)
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu
Triptych, Karin Slaughter (Adaptation title, Will Trent)
Troubled Blood, Robert Galbraith
Turtles All the Way Down, John Green
Uglies, Scott Westerfeld
White Bird, R.J. Palacio
Wicked, Gregory Maguire

These are by no means exhaustive lists. If you find out about any I haven't mentioned, leave me a comment and I'll add to the list.

Main Levels

The Enthusiast: read 1-3 books
First One to the Theater: read 4+ books

Read only books being made into movies for release in 2023 (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 2023, feel free to read it).

Additional Levels

Not Ready to Let Go: read at least one (1) book made into a movie or series in 2022

Here's a list of 2022 movies adapted from books. (Note: Some of the movies listed may have been moved to 2023).

Living in the Past: read at least one (1) book made into a movie in previous years

You can Google for previous years, or check Goodreads lists.

The Movie Was Better (What?!): watch the movie(s) for the book(s) you read.

*the additional levels are optional, you still must complete one of the main reading levels above

Additional Guidelines
  • The books you read can count for other challenges. Ebooks, audiobooks, and traditional formats all count.
  • The start date is January 1, 2023. End date is December 31, 2023.
  • Remember, TV series/mini-series count too.
  • Pick your level (and additional levels, if you like)
  • Sign up below and grab the button (top of post). 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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Thursday, December 15, 2022

1000 Books Project: Banned Books 2023

Challenge Backstory:
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 read-along challenge, or project, if you will.

Sadly, the 2022 1000 Books Project was a bust, at least for me. I'm still reading The Once and Future King (gradually), and I had to give up on the Gormenghast Trilogy and set it aside for another day. I guess those selections were just too daunting for my 2022. What about you? If you participated, did you finish? 

Taking into consideration the above, I decided to try to make things a bit easier for 2023. We will read four much shorter books (instead of chunksters), meaning books at around 400 pages or less. One book each quarter. And the theme this year is Banned Books. There has been so much going on in the past couple of years regarding the banning and challenging of books, with actual libraries having to close down due to lack of funding from city governments who object to diverse and/or boundary challenging reading material. Any way I can raise awareness about this issue...I'm going to do it. 

And so, without further ado, here are our reading selections for 2023...

January, February, March - in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27

The Night Trilogy: Night, Dawn, The Accident (The Night Trilogy #1-3)
by Elie Wiesel, Marion Wiesel (Translator)

Reference: Page 851-852 in 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

April, May, June 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Reference: Page 398 - 399 in 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

July, August, September - in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month in September

Reference: Page 16 in 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

October, November, December

Beloved by Toni Morrison
Strangely enough, I have seen this book on some horror recommendation lists so I thought this would be a good read for October (and going into November/December, if needed)

Reference: Page 569-570 in 1000 Books to Read Before You Die

Watch for the reading schedule for our first read-along, The Night Trilogy, which I will have posted on January 1st, or there about. 

If you're joining us, please leave a comment below (and a link, if you post about it on your blog or social media). 

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