Les Mis Read-Along Update

The Les Miserables read-along discussion over the first two volumes...Fantine and Cosette...will be posted around the end of September or October 1st. Sorry! Behind again. Such is life!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2018 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan Reading Challenge! #13WLRP

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We're back for year two! 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.


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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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:
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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 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, 2018.
  • 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

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2018 Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge #ReadYourShelf

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Here we are...year two! 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 last year. Thank you again!

An admission on my part. I failed miserably at this challenge in 2017. Which is why I adapted the rules a bit for this year. The new rule will be in bold, just so you know what I added.

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 Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch as my first choice and then I go up the stack until I have twelve total so I would end up at up at Alice Hoffman's The Marriage of Opposites).
  • You might notice that there are a couple of extra books at the top...Swann by Carol Shields and that top one is The Accidental Man by Iris Murdoch. 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 (there is probably no way I can read Atlas Shrugged in a month), 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 2018.
  • 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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Friday, December 29, 2017

2018 Book to Movie Reading Challenge #Book2MovieRC

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And we're back for our second year! Welcome, or welcome back to former participants!

I have found quite a many books which have been made into movies and are coming out in 2018. 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 releases:

Anthem (Based on Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet), Joanne Proulx - no specific date yet
Maze Runner: The Death Cure, James Dashner - Jan 12
12 Strong, Doug Stanton - Jan 19
The Leisure Seeker, Michael Zadoorian - Jan 19
Fifty Shades Freed, E.L. James - Feb 9
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer - Feb 23
The War with Grandpa, Robert Kimmel Smith - Feb 23
Death Wish, Brian Garfield - March
Red Sparrow, Jason Matthews - March 2
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeline L'Engle - March 9
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertelli - March 16
Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter - March 23
Robin Hood: Origins (prequel to The Adventures of Robin Hood), Roger Lancelyn Green - March 23
Anubis (based on The Anubis Tapestry: Between Twilights), Bruce Zick - March 23
Ready Player One, Ernest Cline - March 30
Hunting Christ, Ken Policard - no specific date yet
The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells - April 13
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Annie Barrows - April 19
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Maria Semple - May 11
Meg, Steve Alten - August 10
Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan - August 17
The Darkest Minds, Alexandra Bracken - Sept 14
The House with a Clock in Its Walls, John Bellairs - Sept 21
Boy Erased, Garrard Conley - Sept 28
First Man James R. Hansen - Oct 12
The Girl in the Spider's Web, David Lagercrantz - Oct 19
Bluebeard, Kurt Vonnegut - Oct 29
How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Dr. Seuss - Nov 9
Fantastic Beasts 2 (loosely based on the book), J.K. Rowling - Nov 16
All the Bright Places, Jennifer Niven - no specific date yet
I Heard You Paint Houses (retitled The Irishman), Charles Brandt - no specific date yet
Ophelia, Lisa Klein - no specific date yet

Books made into TV series/mini-series are also eligible to be read for the challenge. A few of the series/mini-series coming in 2018 are...

The Alienist, Caleb Carr - TNT, January (if you haven't read this one, read it! It's a good one)
The Terror, Dan Simmons - AMC, March 26
Howard's End, E.M. Forster - Starz, April 8
Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn - HBO, summer
The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson - Netflix, no date given
Good Omens, Terry Prachett and Neil Gaiman - Amazon Prime Video, no date given

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 2018 (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 2018, feel free to read it).

Level 2a: 1-3 books from 2018 movie releases, 1-3 books from books made into movies from previous years
Level 2b: 4+ books from 2018 movie releases, 4+ books from books made into movies from previous years

Here's a list of 2017 movies adapted from books. (Note: Some of the movies listed were moved to 2018).
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, 2018 so any book you started between the first of January, and now, counts. End date is December 31, 2018.
  • Remember, TV series/mini-series count too.
  • Pick your level
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Update on 2018 Reading Challenges

I will be hosting my yearly challenges again in 2018. Those are ...
  • the yearly challenge for the 13 Ways of Looking at the Lifetime Reading Plan perpetual challenge 
  • the Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge
  • Book to Movie Challenge
I'm running behind because of the busy holiday season, but hopefully after I get packages mailed tomorrow and Christmas cards sent I will be able to sit down and work on posts for these challenges. I hope you'll bear with me. For details on any of the challenges, including my long term and perpetual challenges, you can check in the sidebar. 

If you're on Goodreads, my reading group, Lit Collective is being overhauled. You might be interested, as the book is sometimes considered a "project" book because of its length.