Saturday, September 17, 2016

Kicking off a new site and a new reading challenge! #Gather2Read

Anyone who knows me knows that I am very active in the book blogging community. I have been book blogging for seven years (now 14!) at True Book Addict. Since then I've added a sister blog, Castle Macabre, a year round Christmas blog, Yuletide Spirit. I host four seasonal read-a-thons and two special read-a-thons yearly at Seasons of Reading (and a companion Facebook group), I have a read-along group on Goodreads TuesBookTalk, AND I host several perpetual/long-term reading challenges (and a yearly Christmas reading challenge). Whew!

I've been thinking for a while now about starting a new site that would gather together all of my perpetual/long-term challenges in one place, to make things easier on me, and on participants. At the same time, I had been reading some from two books: 13 Ways of Looking at the Novel by Jane Smiley and The New Lifetime Reading Plan by Clifton Fadiman and John S. Major. As I was looking at the lists in both books, I thought that these lists would make for an awesome reading challenge. And so, 13 Ways of Looking at the Lifetime Reading Plan was born! You can get full details on the challenge at this post.
(Challenge is no longer public. You can still participate if you like, or if you are already, if you want to make it a personal challenge, as I did.)

I'm also going to be kicking off a new yearly challenge. I was inspired to create it by a readathon someone told me about. Stay tuned for the official post. It will kick off on January 1, 2017.

So, this community will (hopefully) bring together everyone who is participating in my various challenges, and newcomers with the new 13 Ways and the to-be-announced yearly reading challenge. To keep things going as a community, I will host read-alongs periodically to coincide with one of the challenges. For instance, I'll be hosting a read-along right here in October of Stephen King's Salem's Lot, which will go along with my Stephen King challenge.

I'd like to officially welcome you to our new community! Take a look around and see what's what. All challenge details are in the sidebar menu. If you haven't already, I hope you will consider joining me for one (or more) of my challenges, and, of course, for the one I'm most excited about at the moment...the 13 Ways challenge!

Our site hashtag #Gather2Read

If you ever have any questions, leave me a comment or click the contact me button in the sidebar.

I'm so excited about this! How about you?


  1. Looks very nice!!! You did a great job and hopefully it is easier for you to have everything in one place lol.

  2. Nice to see this all take shape so beautifully! I know I will want to get more done on your Michener perpetual challenge, which I began last year. I am nearly finished with his novel on Poland and his other books beckon on my TBR! :)

  3. Congrats on the new site! I don't know how you manage to stay organized with all of your different blogs! Looking forward to the Salem's Lot read-a-long!

  4. Oooo, what a nice site! This will be fun. (And tonight I shall look over my copy of Fadiman and see how I'm doing...)

  5. Looks good and I like the idea of everything gathered for you in one place!


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