Monday, December 27, 2021

2022 Read Your (Book) Shelf Challenge

Welcome to the 2022 new and updated Read Your (Book) Shelf reading challenge! It's year six and this challenge was originally inspired by the #RYBSAT (Read-your-bookshelf-a-thon) which I found on Twitter back in 2017. As this challenge has been updated, if you have not previously participated, and you would like to learn about the previous format, you can read about it on last year's challenge post here.

Now...on to the new details/guidelines!

I'm assuming you own at least one bookshelf, correct? Well, if so, this challenge is for you! 

Here's what you do:
  • Count your bookshelves. As an example, I counted mine. I have 21 (yes, that is correct!). 
  • Depending on how many shelves you have, you will randomly pick one book from each bookshelf to total 12 books for the year. Ideally, reading one book for each month of the year, though you can decide how you want to read them. You can even choose all 12 books at once if you want to plan ahead for the year. The ultimate goal is 12 books in a year.
  • If you have less than 12 bookshelves, you can break it up how you like. For instance, say you have six (6) bookshelves. Then you would choose two books from each shelf to total the 12 books. If you only have one bookshelf, then you just randomly choose a book from that shelf each month. 
  • In the case of having more than 12 bookshelves: I have 21 so I plan to assign a number to each shelf, and then randomly choose a shelf each month using an online randomizer (or you can pick from a hat, or whatever works). 
  • You can choose three (3) times from each shelf, just in case you really aren't feeling the book you've chosen, or your first choice was part of a series you've already read, or in the middle of a series you haven't started. 
  • If you start the challenge late, mid-year, etc., you can read the number of books coinciding with the remaining months in the year, or if you're ambitious and/or a fast reader, you can still go for the 12 books.
  • What an awesome way to tackle books gathering dust on your bookshelves. Right?
  • Challenge runs January through December of 2022.
  • You can cross over books from your 12 books with other challenges.
  • Just remember to stick to the guidelines above.
  • Easy peasy! 
  • 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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Friday, December 24, 2021

2022 Book to Movie (and TV) Reading Challenge

Here we are at year 6! Things still aren't quite back to normal, though I have been seeing more films at the theater than last year. Still, I'm liking the movies having simultaneous releases on streaming and at the theater. At least we have more options (if we are a subscriber of the service that offers the films). Time will tell if things are going to be bad again. I just want it to be over for good, but sadly, I'm not sure things will ever be the same again. You know one thing that doesn't change? READING! That is the beauty of the written word. We can read anywhere, and if we're stuck at home, reading is a constant companion. It certainly doesn't get shut down because of a virus. Go, READING! 

So, let's see what books are coming to the screen in 2022. As things have been going, these releases are subject to change.

The info below comes from the Bibliofile. A note from the site: "...this list only includes titles that have been affirmatively announced for 2022 or where there’s a high likelihood of it being released (such as if it’s in the process of filming). I’ll of course be updating this list as titles get slated into release dates or other announcements are made."

Legend: Movies = M, Streaming series = S, Streaming movie = SM

M: Deep Water, Patricia Highsmith (Jan 14)
M: Redeeming Love, Francine Rivers (Jan 21)
M: The Black Phone, Joe Hill-from 20th Century Ghosts (Jan 28)
M: Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie (Feb 22)
M: Mrs Harris Goes to Paris, Paul Gallico (Mar 4)
SM: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens (June 24)
M: White Bird: A Wonder Story, R.J. Palacio (Sept 16)
M: Salem's Lot, Stephen King (Sept 9)
M: The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah (Dec 23)
M: The Wonder, Emma Donoghue (2022)
M: Blonde, Joyce Carol Oates (2022)
M: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikrey, Gabrielle Zevin
SM: Persuasion, Jane Austen (2022 estimated)
M: The School for Good and Evil, Soman Chainani (2022)
M: The Stars at Noon, Denis Johnson (2022)
SM: Luckiest Girl Alive, Jessica Knoll (2022)
SM: Peter Pan & Wendy, J.M. Barrie (2022)
SM: White Noise, Don Delillo (2022)
SM: All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (2022)
M: Pinnochio, Carlo Collodi - stop motion animated (2022)
S: The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien - this is a prequel (2022) 
SM: Pinnochio, Carlo Collodi - live action (2022)
S: The Power, Naomi Alderman (2022 estimated)
S: Anatomy of a Scandal, Sarah Vaughan (2022)
S: Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney (2022)
S: The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger (2022)
S: House of the Dragon/Fire and Blood, George R. R. Martin (2022)
S: A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness - Season 3 (2022)
S: Bridgerton, Julia Quinn - Season 2 (2022)
S: Kindred, Octavia E. Butler (2022 or 2023 estimated)

This is by no means an exhaustive list. 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 2022 (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 2022, 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 2021

Here's a list of 2021 movies adapted from books. (Note: Some of the movies listed may have been moved to 2022).

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, 2022. End date is December 31, 2022.
  • 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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Monday, December 20, 2021

1000 Books Project: Classic Fantasy 2022

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.

Note: 2021 was French Classics. I managed to finish The Count of Monte Cristo, but Les Miserables proved too daunting after finishing the Dumas book so I'm working on finishing it gradually. It happens. I'm sure you can relate.

Without further ado, the project for 2022 is Classic Fantasy. Particularly...

The Once and Future King by T.H. White: January - June 2022
From 1000 Books to Read Before You Die...

King Arthur and his court have provided our literature with what may be its richest vein of story. A simple list of the names it encompasses--Arthur and Merlyn, Guenever and Lancelot, Avalon and Camelot--conjures a magical spell of adventure, intrigue, and nobility. No narrative enchanter has made more of its power than T.H. White. In the four novels--The Sword in the Stone (1938), The Queen of Air and Darkness (1939), The Ill-Made Knight (1940), and The Candle in the Wind (1958)--collected under the title The Once and Future King, White mined the ore of Arthurian tradition and infused it with both erudition and imagination to create a fresh treasury of humor, romance, fantasy, and tragedy.


The Gormenghast Trilogy: Titus Groan/Gormenghast/Titus Alone by Mervyn Peake: July through December 2022

From 1000 Books to Read Before You Die...

The Other Side of Tolkien

Mervyn Peake lurks in the shadows of literature like a forgotten enchanter obscured by the main action of a fantasy sequence. In the royalty of the genre, one might even see him as J.R.R. Tolkien's dispossessed brother, ruling a realm wilder than the one the creator of The Lord of the Rings commanded. The difference is evident in their prose: Tolkien's writing is sturdy and occasionally poetic, but it pales next to Peake's idiosyncratic, virtuosic style. And where the former's heart lay with salt-of-the-earth types like Bilbo Baggins, the latter's allegiance was to eccentrics, artists, and rebels. Tolkien endorsed systems, hierarchies, and loyalties within both, while Peake railed against not only duties but against governance itself. But anyone of an expressive temperament or taste--admiring, say, the caricatural genius of Dickens and the inherent fatedness of Melville, or possessing a fondness for the Gothic or the baroque--will wander into Peake's imaginative realm with wonder, and likely to return to it again and again.

Watch for the reading schedule for our first read-along, The Once and Future King, 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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