Challenges 2015

It never hurts to join a few challenges every year to boost your reading mood. Even though I didn’t always strive in every challenge I joined, at least I tried to do my best 🙂

This year, I decided to join the following challenges (and I may add some more throughout the year, we’ll see!!)

What’s In a Name- 2015

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This is always becoming one of my favorite challenges every year and I have joined the challenge for several years now. This year it’s hosted (again) by Charlie @ The Worm Hole, and consisted of six categories. Here we go:

  • A word including ‘ing’ in it (The Time Of Singing, Dancing To The Flute, Lex Trent Fighting With Fire) My examples are verbs but you can of course use other words.– Looking for Alibrandi (Melina Marchetta)
  • A colour (The Red Queen, White Truffles In Winter, On Gold Mountain) — Emerald City (Jennifer Egan)
  • A familial relation (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Dombey And Son, My Cousin Rachel) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves. — Pilate’s Wife (Antoinette Way)
  • A body of water (The River Of No Return, Black Lake, Beside The Sea) — The Lake of Dreams (Kim Edwards)
  • A city (Barcelona Shadows, Shanghai Girls, Under The Tripoli Sky) — The Alexandria Link (Steve Barry)
  • An animal (Black Swan Rising, The Leopard Unleashed, The Horse And His Boy) —The Cat’s Table (Michael Ondaatje)

I never failed this one so wish me luck again for this year!

New Author Reading Challenge (NARC) 2015

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I’ve never joined this one before, but I realized I love to try reading books from new (aka unknown) authors who I’ve never heard before, so I decided to join this challenge this year, hosted by Ren @ Ren’s Little Corner.

I want to try for Middle Level (15-30 books), and take the following extra challenges:

1. Whats In a Name (reading books that have “name” in their titles)- minimum of six books: The Einstein Girl (Philip Sington), Pilate’s Wife (Antoinette May), A Tale Dark and Grimm (Adam Gidwitz), Fatima’s Good Fortune (Joanne Dryansky), The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Jacquelinne Kelly), The Club Dumas (Arturo Perez-Reverte)

2. Genre 101: Reading books from the following genres:

Fantasy: The False Prince (Jennifer Nielsen), Thriller: Complicity (Iain Banks), Asian Lit: The Unknown Errors of Our Lives (Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni), Children Lit: Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of NIMH (Robert C. O’Brien), Mystery/Crime: The Twelfth Card (Jeffery Deaver), Young Adult: The House of The Scorpion (Nancy Farmer), Dystopia: Unwind (Neal Shusterman), Holiday: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus (L. Frank Baum), Classic: Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Hardy), Biography: Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography (Neil Patrick Harris), Adventure: The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle (Hugh Lofting), The Women Fiction: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood)

Looks like a lot of books to read, huh? I think I need more luck for this!

Gentle Spectrums 2015

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This cool challenge is hosted by Carolyn from Riedel Fascination. I was thinking to join this one since last year but hadn’t got a chance. I decided to give it a try this year, it looks like fun 🙂 There are two main challenges with different categories:

(A) Limitless Pallet – Read books with any color in the titles. I choose Colourful Level (10 colours), and plan to read these: Ruby Red (Kerstien Gier), Emerald Green (Kerstien Gier), Sapphire Blue (Kerstien Gier), Emerald City (Jennifer Egan), Charlie Boone and The Blue Boa (Jenny Nimmo), The Emerald Atlas (John Stephens), The Golden Ball (Agatha Christie), The Portrait in Sephia (Isabelle Alende), Ginger Pye (Eleanor Estes), Sapphire Battersea (Jacqueline Wilson), Emerald Star (Jacqueline Wilson), Scarlett Letter (Nathaniel Hawthorne)

(B) Gentle Subjects

1) Stones: Variations of the word, gems, jewellery, ruins, geological formations: The Moonstone (Wilkie Collins), Emerald City (Jennifer Egan), The Golden Ball and Other Stories (Agatha Christie)

2) Cheerful: Uplifting, positive messages;  conveys pleasant thoughts, images: Just As Long As We’re Together (Judy Blume)

3) Nations: Cultures, locations:  lakes, towns, even well-known places;  fictional included: The Taliban Cricket Club (Timeri N. Murari)

4) Plants: Trees, flowers, lawns, fields, grasses, grains, and gardening paraphernalia: Flora and Ulysses (Kate DiCamillo)

5) Water: Water bodies, proper names, closely-connected components:  taps, sinks, pools: The Lake of Dreams (Kim Edwards)

6) Space: The sky, its contents, spatial matter, concepts, tools.  Star Trek / Star Wars-related: Number The Stars (Lois Lowry)

7) Daunting: Any title that has you thinking:  “Oooo!  That does not sound good”!: Struck By Lightning (Chris Colfer)

8) Structures: A building, its rooms, proper names, any of a structure’s parts: 44 Scotland Street (Alexander McCall Smith)

9) Time: Any signifiers of time, like seasons.  Any unit-measurers, like watches and calendars: The Distant Hours (Kate Morton)

10) Humorous: Odd, or anything that gives you a grin.  I’ll accept a ‘pun laid on too thick’ grimace too!: Neil Patrick Harris Choose Your Own Autobiography (Neil Patrick Harris)

Phew, if I take a look at it, these all seem very ambitious for me!!! But who knows, maybe I finally can conquer a bit of my TBR???? (and of course add some new ones along the way haha)

Have a great 2015 peeps! Hope you all have fun with your reading challenges. Remember, reading is about joy, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself, kay? 🙂 Good luck!

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