Since 2009 I have been participating in One Little Word by Ali Edwards. I've gone through a wide variety of words starting out with Strong, Remember, Organize, Brave, Faith, and Happy last year. This year I am taking my word to an entirely different place. For the last year I have toyed with the word "me" and I've realized I need more Me in my life. So when I sat down and started thinking of my word the first thing to hit me was
I feel it fits so well into the Me path I so desperately need to take.
: to produce small flashes of light
: to perform very well
: to be or become bright and lively
I know in the years we have lived in Maine I have let everyone and everything Dull my Sparkle. I can see it in everything and I don't want that for myself anymore. I don't want my girls growing up and thinking it's okay to let people dull your sparkle. So I am going to spend 2015 embracing my SPARKLE and letting it shine bright.
So as I was searching for Challenges I came across the Banned Books Challenge and who am I to turn down Banned books. So I knew this Banned Books Challenge over at Buckling Bookshelves was perfect for me.
RULES: Any book that has been banned or challenged counts. Books can be any format, any length, and can overlap with other challenges. Graphic novels, children's books, picture books are all fine -- any book that has been banned or challenged works for this challenge.
WHERE CAN I FIND BOOK SUGGESTIONS? There isn't one specific list to work from, but there are many different resources you can check out for ideas:
The ALA's lists of frequently challenged books. There are multiple lists split up by author, year, decade, and a separate list for classics, so there are a lot of options from all different genres.
GoodReads has several listopia lists on the subject -- this is particularly helpful for identifying books you already have on your shelves if you are a user of the site.
If you learn about a book getting challenged in the news, on a book blog, around the web, or wherever else you get your bookish news, it's fair game. One book that made headlines last year was The Miseducation of Cameron Post -- it doesn't need to make any of the big lists to count. And if you learn about a new incident, I'd love to hear about it!
LEVELS: Below are the levels you can choose from. Changing your mind is OK -- you can go up or down in level at any time. I said low-pressure, remember? I'm not the book police, I promise.
Making Waves: 1-2 Challenged Books Trouble-Maker: 3-5 Challenged Books Rabble-Rouser: 6-9 Challenged Books Rebel: 10-14 Challenged Books Leader of a Revolution: 15+ Challenged Books
So I am going to go with Trouble-Maker and let Miss Zee help since she loves her banned books too. 1. the handmaid"s tale 2. Fahrenheit 451 3. coraline 4. the absolutely true diary of apart time indian
I signed up this year for a Series challenge but like how this one sounds more. It gives me some flexibility with books that are not completely finished that I am reading so I signed up for this one over at Socrates' Book Reviews.
Choose a level....
Level 1 (Novice series reader) - Complete 1 series. Level 2 (Testing the waters) - Complete 2 series. Level 3 (Experienced) - Complete 3 series. Level 4 (Expert series reader) - Complete 4 or more series. I am going to start with Level 2 completing 2 Series. Georgina Kincaid Lonely Lace Courtney Crumrin Tantalize
Even though I am setting my Goodreads and Shelfari goal for 80. I am going to push past that with this challenge, hopefully I can make 100 and blow the 80 out of the water. It's going on at Book Dragon's Lair.
There are several levels to choose from Level 1: 100 minimum Level 2: 150 Level 3: 200 Level 4: 250 or more
I am going with Level 1 with 100 books I am at 92 so far
I loved doing the Bingo board this year and I don't know if I will black it out but I am two books away. So when I saw this board over at the Book Date I figured I would try it out for 2015.
1. Library Book 2. Novella 3. Author Outside your own Country 4. Won or Borrowed 5. 2nd book or more in a series ~ Secrets and Lace
1. A top book of 2015 for you
2. Setting that you now want to visit 3. Book by author you really like 4. Book set in Northern Hemisphere 5. Been on your TBR "forever" 1. You heard about the book online 2. Award winning 3. Free choice 4. Debut novel by author 5. Published in 2014
1. Set in the Southern Hemisphere
2. First in a series 3. Published 2000-2013 4. Published pre 2000 5. Type of book you rarely or never read 1. Published in 2015 2. A Keeper 3. Outstanding Hero or Heroine 4. Author new to you 5. You love the cover
I did this challenge from Bookish last year and loved it so much. It kept me more to my list (of course I did stray away from it because who wouldn't when so many great books keep coming out). But I did knock out around 40 books off my list. It might have been more but I don't remember off the top of my head. So I knew I had to do this challenge again. So if your TBR pile is as long as mine swing on over here and sign yourself up too.
How many books are you planning to read for this challenge?
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children
I am going to shoot for Sweet Summer Fling this time!!!!
Love me some library time and even though I signed up for a different Library challenge for Zee and myself, I am signing up for this one too. I think I will combine all of our books since we read most of them together for this one. Plus with our library looking at growing and it is one of the girls and my favorite places (yes, even though all of us own e-readers). I figured we would love this. We are constantly going in and finding a new audio book for while we are in the van, or even music cds for a break from the radio for awhile. The girls also love checking out movies, and Kyrie's new thing is graphic novels. She has blown through those lately and has even moved upstairs to the adult section with a few ya's or no not yet's from me. So if you want to join me hope on over here and sign up too.
1-5 check outs in 2015 – NOVICE
6-11 check outs in 2015 – ROOKIE
12- 16 check outs in 2015 – INTERMEDIATE
17 – 22 check outs in 2015 – SEASONED
23 – 27 check outs in 2015 – EXPERIENCED
28 + check outs in 2015 – GOING PRO!
I think we will shoot for intermediate with this one.
So I am going to keep two lists for this one for me and one for Miss Zee. We sure do love our library!!! The Challenge is hosted here
choose a level - you may move up as needed, just not down.
read books you checked out of the library
books may overlap with other challenges
any format allowed (print, ebook, audio)
reviews are not necessary but a list of books read is. (post with review linky is coming in January)
a blog is not necessary, just comment that you want to join in or link up another way
board book - 3
picture book - 6
early reader - 9 Zee and I will both shoot for 9 books to start with. I'm sure Zee will knock this out well before me
chapter book - 12
middle grades - 18
Young adult - 24
adult - 36
just insert IV - 50
So of course I forgot to keep up but we checked out a ton this year so I will try and update as best as I can 1. Old Mo 2. Happy Pig Day 3. City Dog, Country Frog 4. Pig Has A Plan 5. Let's Say HI to Friends Who Fly 6. In A People House 7. I Have A Garden 8. Glasses for D. W. 9. Princess Posey and the Tiny Treasure 10. Warriors Manga 11. Warriors Manga 12. Warriors Manga 13. Never girls 14. Geronimo Stilton 15. Thea Stilton 16. The Day the Crayons Came Back 17. Baby has a mustache 18. Ivy + Bean 19. Elephant and Piggie 20. The Bad Beginning 21. Pippi On Board
My List 1. The Book of Life 2. Smile 3. The Problem Child 4. The Wishing Spell 5. Seeds of Rebellion 6. Chasing Prophecy 7. Odd Apocalypse 8. Lies that Chelsea Handler Told Me 9. Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang 10. The Lonesome Gods 11. Coraline 12. Anya's Ghost 15. In Odd We Trust 16. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasure Vol 1 17. Odd is on Our Side 18. N.P. H. Choose Your Own Autobiography 19. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter Guilty Pleasure Vol 2 20. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter The First Death 21. Foiled 22. Courtney Crumrin & the Night Things 23. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian 24. American Vampire Vol 1 25. Out of the Easy 26. I WAs a Teenage Fairy 27. American Vampire Vol 2 28. True Blood All Together Now 29. Unwritten Vol 2 30. Fever Moon the Fear Dorcha 31. Unwritten Vol 3 32. Unwritten Vol 4 33. The Hobbit Graphic Novel 34. House of Odd 35. True Blood Tainted Love 36. Beautiful Creatures the Manga 37. The Imposters Daughter 38. Pink Smog 39. Awkward Family Photos 40. Courtney Crumrin & the Coven of Mystics 41. Blood Roses 42 Kalona's Fall 43. Courtney Crumrin & the Twilight Kingdom 44. Cursed Foiled Again 45.Courtney Crumrin's Monstrous Holiday 46. Through the Woods 47. Courtney Crumrin the Witch Next Door 48. The Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Vol 1 49. Courtney Crumrin The Final Spell 50. Guilty Pleasure 51. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Vol 2 52. The Laughing Corpse 53. A Game of Thrones Graphic Novel Vol 3 54. A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel 55. The Amulet of Samarkand The Graphic Novel 56. I Am Malala 57. Aesop's Fables 58. A Midsummer Night's Dream 59. Tantalize: Kieren's Story 60. The Witches 61. Psyche in a Dress 62. Milk Eggs Vodka 63. Olive Kitteridge 64. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story 65. How to (un)cage a Girl 66. Macbeth 67. The Christmas Box Miracle 68. The Christmas Box
It's getting close to the end of the year and it means it's time to pick my reading challenges, and my word of the year. I couldn't find the list I picked challenges from last year but I was able to find quite a few reading challenges on my own. So first I am going with Reading Challenge Addict hosted here.
I am a Reading Challenge Addict.
So we are challenging each of you who can also say that you also are a Reading Challenge Addict. How addicted are you?
Easy as Pie: 1-5 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
On the Roof: 6-10 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
In Flight: 11-15 Challenges (Entered & Completed)
Out of This World: 16+ Challenges (Entered & Completed)
Ok so counting my Goodreads and Shelfari I am entering 14 Challenges not counting this one. Wish me luck I might loose my mind.
Goodreads & Shelfari (I am counting these as 1 since they are just a certain number of books)