2013 Books About Books Reading Challenge | July Wrap-Up

As usual, we have our standard monthly wrap-up questions.

Please feel free to post a comment with responses to one, some, or all of these questions:

Which book(s) did you complete? What were your overall impressions?

How did your choice(s) inform your love or appreciation for books?

Would you recommend your book(s) to others? To whom would you recommend the book(s)? Why?

How were this month’s books similar to or different from past months?

Which books are you targeting next? What is appealing about them?

Have you noticed any themes with your picks? Is there a particular topic to which you are drawn? Why?

Are there any books you simply haven’t enjoyed or couldn’t finish? What about those books posed a challenge?

Happy Reading in August, everyone!

— Justice

2013 Books About Books Reading Challenge | April Wrap-Up

Dare I boast? I posted the wrap-up on time!

As usual, we have our standard monthly wrap-up questions. However, you’ll also see new questions in bold!

Please feel free to post a comment with responses to one, some, or all of these questions:

Which book(s) did you complete? What were your overall impressions?

How did your choice(s) inform your love or appreciation for books?

Would you recommend your book(s) to others? To whom would you recommend the book(s)? Why?

How were this month’s books similar to or different from past months?

Which books are you targeting next? What is appealing about them?

Have you noticed any themes with your picks? Is there a particular topic to which you are drawn? Why?

Are there any books you simply haven’t enjoyed or couldn’t finish? What about those books posed a challenge?

Happy Reading in May, everyone!

— Justice

2013 Books About Books Reading Challenge | March Wrap-Up

My apologies for the delay posting our wrap-up discussion for this past month! I was in Telluride this past weekend and have been gearing up for a writing conference this weekend.

Please feel free to post a comment with responses to one, some, or all of these questions:

Which book(s) did you complete? What were your overall impressions?

How did your choices inform your love or appreciation for books?

Would you recommend your books to others? To whom would you recommend the books? Why?

How were this month’s books similar to or different from past months?

Which books are you targeting next? What is appealing about them?

2013 Reading Challenges | Take Control of Your TBR Pile (March 2013)

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Okay, yes, the month is more than halfway over. That doesn’t mean I can’t catch up on my TBR pile!

The rules for the challenge are simple: read books published before March 2013 during the month of March. New releases and ARCs are not allowed. It’s a fairly self-explanatory challenge, and one that I believe will help me get on top of some of my other challenges for this year.

I won’t detail the books I’ve already finished (mostly of the audio variety), so here are the books I’m focusing on for the remainder of the month.

Audiobooks:

  • Obedience by Will Lavender
  • Dominance by Will Lavender

Ebooks:

  • The Burning Air by Erin Kelly
  • The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Books:

  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill

2013 Books About Books Reading Challenge | January/February Wrap-Up

My apologies for the delay posting our wrap-up discussion for this past month (and January)! I’ve been kind of down for the count with a really nasty head cold/respiratory infection/plague. I’ve mostly been watching a lot of Netflix and trying to stay on top of some work-related things so I don’t get insanely behind.

Please feel free to post a comment with responses to one, some, or all of these questions:

Which book(s) did you complete? What were your overall impressions?

How did your choices inform your love or appreciation for books?

Would you recommend your books to others? To whom would you recommend the books? Why?

Which books are you targeting next? What is appealing about them?

2013 Books About Books Reading Challenge | Sign-Up

Introducing the 2013 Books About Books Challenge!

I wanted to come up with a good challenge to host in 2013, but I wasn’t sufficiently inspired until late January. I finished Start Here: Read Your Way Into 25 Amazing Authors and realized that I love reading about…well, reading. I enjoy essays on authors and literature. I have a few books on my shelves that I haven’t picked up yet, and I really should. In addition, I have tons of books about writing books that I really need to divide and conquer (I think my desk shelf would really appreciate it). And don’t think fiction will be left out – just read the details below!

Reading Challenge Details

Levels

  • Flash fiction: 1-5 books
  • Short story: 6-10 books
  • Novella: 11-15 books
  • Novel: 16-20 books
  • Doorstopper: 21+ books

I’ll host a discussion at the end of every month for participants (and lurkers). So, sign up below (you can post a Goodreads/Twitter link if you don’t have your own blog) and let’s get started!

photo credit: Thomas Hawk via photopin cc

Read-a-Thon | A Winter’s Respite: Wrap-Up

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I didn’t read as much as I wanted to read this time around, but I did get in some good book time.

Just to recap, here’s where I said I would focus my reading time:

And what happened?

This read-a-thon was hosted by Seasons of Reading, a blog hosted by The True Book Addict. The purpose is a week of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries.” You can bet I’ll be participating again next year – this is one of my favorite annual reading events and such a great start to a new year!

Happy Reading!

Read-a-Thon | A Winter’s Respite: Starting Line

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I participated in A Winter’s Respite Read-a-Thon last year and enjoyed it! It’s nice to have a solid week of reading and see an active part of the book blogging community coming together. This read-a-thon is hosted by Seasons of Reading, a blog hosted by The True Book Addict. The purpose is a week of relaxed reading during which we can personally challenge ourselves and whittle away those ever looming TBR piles/shelves/libraries.”

So, what am I reading this week?

Happy Reading!

Weekly Recap | 2013 Reading Challenges

For this week, I decided to focus on solidifying the reading challenges I would complete this year.

Success! I checked out the bookmarks I’ve saved and pared down my potential challenges to a respectable, realistic nine challenges. Last year I attempted way, way too many different challenges. Many of them had very specific criteria or options, which I ultimately found way too restricting and frustrating. I settled for fewer challenges with (overall) more general rules. I also opted for a smaller goal number for many of the challenges; I don’t want to overwhelm myself (obligatory callback – or overcommit).

I’m excited to begin and see where the year takes me!

2013 Reading Challenges | Let’s Do This…Literature

I’m throwing my hat in the ring and participating in some reading challenges this year!

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The challenge: 2013 Audio Book Challenge
Hosted by: Teresa’s Reading Corner
Challenge overview: Listen to audio books (pretty self-explanatory)
Why?: I discovered I LOVE audio books in late 2011 – I listen while I’m driving and doing chores.
My goal: 24 audio books

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The challenge: 2013 Genre Variety Reading Challenge
Hosted by: A Daydreamer’s Thoughts
Challenge overview: Read a variety of different genres throughout the year
Why?: I like variety, and expanding my horizons in 2012 helped me find some amazing authors!
My goal: 12 books from different genres

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The challenge: 2013 EBook Challenge
Hosted by: Workaday Reads
Challenge overview: Read ebooks
Why?: I got a Kindle last year, and while I love the heft of a book in my hands, I can’t argue with the convenience the Kindle offers.
My goal: 25 ebooks

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The challenge: New Authors Challenge 2013
Hosted by: Literary Escapism
Challenge overview: Read books written by authors whose work you’ve never read before (do not have to be 2013 debut authors)
Why?: This was one of my favorite challenges last year, and I discovered a lot of new authors I’ll be reading again!
My goal: 12 books by new (to me) authors

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The challenge: 2013 Book to Movie Challenge
Hosted by: Doing Dewey
Challenge overview: Read books and then see the film adaptations
Why?: I like to have one purely “fun” challenge and I think this will be a great one to add to my repertoire.
My goal: 3 books/movies

Classics Challenge

The challenge: 2013 Classics Catch-up Challenge
Hosted by: Quirky Bookworm
Challenge overview: Read classics (from the list)
Why?: My classics challenge failed last year, but this list has a few that I’d love to attempt (again).
My goal: 6 classics

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The challenge: 2013 Southern Literature Reading Challenge
Hosted by: The Introverted Reader
Challenge overview: Read Southern books – taking place in the South, written by authors from the South, with a Southern vibe
Why?: This was one of my favorite challenges from 2012. Also, full disclosure: I’m Southern.
My goal: 4 Southern books

2013 2nds Challenge

The challenge: 2013 2nds Challenge
Hosted by: Darlene’s Book Nook
Challenge overview: Read follow-ups by an author you’ve only read once (or the second book in a series)
Why?: I found a bunch of new authors in 2012, so I’d like to revisit some of them!
My goal: 5 second helpings

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The challenge: 2013 Banned Books Challenge
Hosted by: Buckling Bookshelves
Challenge overview: Read books off the ALA’s frequently banned books
Why?: A world without Scout Finch is one in which I don’t want to live. Okay, I know she’s a fictional character and technically I’m already living in a world without Scout Finch, but you get what I mean.
My goal: 5 challenged books