Reading Challenges 2015

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Last year I participated in seven reading challenges. This year I’m also participating in seven challenges–some of the same ones and a few new ones. I really enjoy trying to complete these challenges. I will post my challenge results from 2014 in a few days.

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2015 Audiobook Challenge

This challenge is hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs.

I participated in this reading (listening) challenge in 2014 and listened to 15 audiobooks. I had challenged myself to 5 – 10 audiobooks so I was really pleased I listened to that many more books.
This year I’m challenging myself to be a Binge Listener (20-30 audiobooks).
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2015 Cloak & Dagger Reading Challenge
This reading challenge is hosted by Amy @ A Bookish Girl. Check out her blog for more information.

I’ve fallen in love with mysteries again in the last few months. I used to read lots of mysteries so I’m really enjoying getting back into mysteries again. When I saw this reading challenge I decided to participate to encourage myself even more!

I’m going to try to read at least 15 books–the Flavia de Luce level.

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Goodreads Challenge

I plan to join the 2015 Goodreads Challenge. Last year I challenged myself to read 100 books and I read 102 books! This year I’m challenging myself to read 110 books.

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Library Challenge

I love libraries. When I was a child our local library was my favorite place to go on a Saturday morning. Every place we’ve moved through the years one of the first things I’ve done is get a library card.

However, in the last three years I’ve read e-books and though I’ve gotten a few e-books from my library I didn’t read paper books during that time unless they were nonfiction. Last fall I wanted to read newer books, but they were often too expensive. I decided to try getting the new books from the library and I’ve been reading “real” books as well as e-books since then.

I’m signing up for the Seasoned level– 17-22 books.

This challenge is hosted by Sheila @ the Book Journey blog. Check out the details on her blog.

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TBR Challenge

I have lots of books I’ve bought and haven’t read yet. In this challenge the idea is to pick one book each month, read it and review it on the third Wednesday of each month. This challenge is hosted by Wendy @ The Misadventures of Super Librarian. Wendy provides a list of the monthly dates and suggested themes. However, you can read any TBR book and post comments or a review.

Check out Wendy’s blog for more information
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TBR Pile Challenge

This challenge is hosted by the Bookish blog. The books for this challenge must have a copyright of 2014 or before. Check out their blog for more info.

There will be a wrap-up post on the 25th of every other month and read-alongs in the months without wrap-up posts. There are also give-aways so check out the Bookish blog to find out all about this challenge.

I’ve signed up for the 31-40 book level–Sweet Summer Fling.

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Ultimate Reading Challenge

Now this challenge sounds like a lot of fun! It is hosted by Popsugar. Popsugar isn’t a book review blog. They talk about a lot of other things than books, but they do have some posts about books. And the Ultimate Reading Challenge has a great list of genres, eras and lots 0f other fun types of books to read. I doubt I will get completely through the list (50 different types of books), but it will be fun to try. Be sure to check out the list on the Popsugar blog.

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I’m also participating in the Winter Coyer (Clean Out Your E-Reader) Challenge which runs from December 22, 2014 to March 6, 2015. I’ve already posted info and my sign-up for this challenge.

I might sign-up for another challenge or two, but this is what I’m planning for now. Check out my Reading Challenge Pages through the year (links at the top of my blog) for information about how I’m doing with these challenges.

Are you signing up for challenges for 2015? Which ones are you trying?

Happy 2015!

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Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful 2014 and will have a great 2015!

A quote for childhood and forever:

“From that time on, the world was hers for the reading. She would never be lonely again, never miss the lack of intimate friends. Books became her friends and there was one for every mood. There was poetry for quiet companionship. There was adventure when she tired of quiet hours. There would be love stories when she came into adolescence and when she wanted to feel a closeness to someone she could read a biography. On that day when she first knew she could read, she made a vow to read one book a day as long as she lived.”

― Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A favorite poem about books–

Books Fall Open
by David McCord

Books fall open, you fall in,
delighted where you’ve never been;
hear voices not once heard before,
reach world on world through door on door;
find unexpected keys to things locked up beyond imaginings.

What might you be, perhaps become,
because one book is somewhere?
Some wise delver into wisdom, wit,
and wherewithal has written it.
True books will venture, dare you out,
whisper secrets, maybe shout
across the gloom to you in need,
who hanker for a book to read.

And a quote for the New Year:

“So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.”

― Neil Gaiman

Here’s to lots of wonderful books and lots of time to read them.