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2019 Reading Challenges

Happy 2019 everyone!! I hope the new year treats you well.


I’ve signed up to a few reading challenges for the new year to help me tackle my TBR. I use Goodreads to track most of my challenges so you won’t see them here but I’ve included links.

Goodreads Challenge – 80 Books

I decided to read less than usual this year because I want to focus more on creating instead of spending all of my spare time reading. I would normally read about 100 books in a year and this year I’m aiming for 80. I must be the only book blogger trying to read less 😅

The Pagemaster – 4 to 6 Series

The aim of this challenge is to complete series I’ve already started. I’m terrible for starting series and never finishing them. I would be delighted if I managed to complete 6 series in 2019.

Cover Love – 61 to 100 Books

This challenge is kind of like a treasure hunt where you have to find items on books covers. The listed items include things such as a coffee cup, sword, boots and bats. Thinking about it now it’s amazing how many books just have people on the cover so this one might actually be tricky.

Mt. TBR 2019 – 20 Books

For this challenge you can only read books added to your TBR before Jan 2019. I plan on only reading books that I already own and not include ones that I added to my wishlist during the year. There are a bunch of different tasks to help you narrow down what books to read.

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2019 Elaine Howlin Literary Blog

Historical Fiction Reading Challenge – 25 Books

I’m tracking this one here on my blog. I really enjoy historical fiction but don’t read nearly enough so I’d like to up my count this year. I have some books I’d like to read listed in my announcement post.


Those are all of the year long challenges I’ve signed up to for 2019. I will be doing monthly, 3 month and 6 month ones as well cause I am crazy for reading challenges!!

Are you taking part in any reading challenges this year?

March Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession.


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The Romans did not number days of a month sequentially from the first through the last day. Instead, they counted back from three fixed points of the month: the Nones (5th or 7th, depending on the length of the month), the Ides (13th or 15th), and the Kalends (1st of the following month). The Ides occurred near the midpoint, on the 13th for most months, but on the 15th for March, May, July, and October. The Ides were supposed to be determined by the full moon, reflecting the lunar origin of the Roman calendar. On the earliest calendar, the Ides of March would have been the first full moon of the new year.

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In modern times, the Ides of March is best known as the date on which Julius Caesar was assassinated in 44 BC. Caesar was stabbed to death at a meeting of the Senate. As many as 60 conspirators, led by Brutus and Cassius, were involved. According to Plutarch, a seer had warned that harm would come to Caesar no later than the Ides of March. On his way to the Theatre of Pompey, where he would be assassinated, Caesar passed the seer and joked, “The Ides of March are come”, implying that the prophecy had not been fulfilled, to which the seer replied “Aye, Caesar; but not gone. Caesar’s death was a closing event in the crisis of the Roman Republic, and triggered the civil war that would result in the rise to sole power of his adopted heir Octavian (later known as Augustus)

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Duration
March 1st – 31st 2018

Rules
Read 2 to 6 books to complete the challenge

Tasks
1. Read a book tagged ‘historical’ or with time-travel.
2. Read a book with a male main character or male author.
3. Read a book set in Europe (or with a European character) or with a political theme.
4. Read a book with a theatre show in the story or begins with a letter in POMPEY.
5. Read a book with an author or character whose name has TWO letters from JULIUS CAESAR.
6. Read a book with a knife or sword on the cover or with a war in the story.

Chit Chat: The Year of Reading Dangerously

Last year was a great reading year. I read less than 2016 but I enjoyed my reading time more. I think I was putting pressure on myself to read as much as possible in 2016 and I took it easy in 2017. I was under no pressure at all to read the 154 books I read last year but I still want to set a lower goal for 2018. I want to spend more time on blogging and vlogging. It takes a good bit of time to draft a post and edit it and then video takes even longer. Editing a video until I’m happy with it takes a long ass time (especially with my slow laptop and constant cringing) but I really enjoy it and want to improve.

Cosy Reading Night 2017

2017 Wrap Up

Challenges Completed

I love joining reading challenges especially if you earn a badge or something like that from them. I completed way more than I’m going to mention here, these are just my favourites.

Annual – Around the World in 80 Books

This challenge had 80 tasks relating to various parts of the world plus a 13 book Spell it Out challenge. I completed 79 of the tasks and finished the spell it out challenge so I’m happy with that. See my books here.

Annual – Slayer Challenge

This challenge was pretty straightforward, the goal was to “slay” as many supernatural creatures as possible by reading books with them in it. I read 50 books for this. See my books here.

6 Month – Vampire Academy

This challenge was based on being a student in a vampire school not on the series by Richelle Mead. There were 6 modules with 6 tasks each giving a total of 36 tasks. I managed to read all 36 for this one. See my books here.

6 Month – Inferno

The theme for this challenge is that you’re trapped in hell and must read books to make your way through the nine circles of Hell, fight Lucifer and escape. There were 10 sections with 4 tasks in each totalling 40 which I completed. See my books here.

3 Month – Disney Villains

This challenge is centred around 5 Disney Villains with 7 tasks for each. I managed to complete about 30 of the 35 tasks. See my books here.

Most Popular Posts

This or That Book Tag

2018 A – Z Challenge

2017 Goodreads Challenge

1K Followers

The End of the Year Book Tag

Goals Achieved

For 2017 I really wanted to get my blog going properly. By that, I mean post regularly and actually have people read what I’m writing. To that end, I did an online course on blogging from Shaw Academy that really helped me understand what I needed to be doing, how to improve my posts and how to get people to see them. I also found this podcast, The Problogger Podcast. I learn something really helpful every time I listen to an episode. It’s invaluable if you’re a blogger. Thanks to both of those I was able to grow my audience to over 1K last year which I’m very happy about 🙂

1000 subscribers book blog

In 2017 I also started a YouTube channel with no clue what I was doing. I didn’t realise the amount of work that goes into doing video and how difficult it is to actually sit in front of the camera and speak. It’s surprisingly intimidating. I’m happy I started it even though I only put up like 3 videos and then just stopped. I have started up again with more knowledge of how it all works and a bit more confidence.

2018 Plans

Goals

I’m a big fan of monthly goals but never really do yearly ones. The end of the year just seems so far away and I just stop thinking about them. So these are more like guidelines or desires than actual set in stone goals.

Reading:

  • Read more Irish fiction (especially by female authors)
  • Read big books (over 500 pages)
  • Read more graphic novels
  • Read more new releases

YouTube:

  • Post weekly
  • Take part in at least 2 readathons
  • Take part in Vlogtober or Vlogmas

Blog:

  • Post twice a week
  • Reply to comments

Instagram:

  • Post four times a week
  • Make posts more personal

Reading Challenges

Annual

2018 A-Z Challenge

The Pop Sugar Challenge

Potions Class

An Unexpected Art Show

Mt TBR 2018

6 Months

Grimoire Book of Spells

Warehouse 13

3 Months

Sucker Punch


I’ll probably join loads more challenges during the year but these are what I’m doing at the moment.

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May’s Reading Challenge

This challenge was hosted on My Vampire Book Obsession and written by the wonderful Dee.

Duration: May 1st to May 31st

How It Works
Ten books each month is a lot, so there will be 5 different levels. So pick which level you want to do and that's how many items you will need to check off.

Levels:
Transitional - 2 books
Fledgling - 4 books
Vampire - 6 books
Master - 8 books
Vampire King or Queen - 10 book

1. May Day, the first of May is celebrated around the world. It has a number of meanings. In many other countries it is a celebration of spring and the coming of summer. It is celebrated with many spring flowers, many of them blooming right in your own backyard. To communist and socialist countries, it is a celebration for the workers. 
Read a book that takes place in spring or with a flower/s on the cover.

2. On May 5, 1862, the Mexican army defeated the French army at the Battle of Puebla. This single military battle signified defeat of a European colonial power, and a victory for the Mexican people. This single battle was the roots of Cinco de Mayo. 

Today, this holiday is celebrated by Mexicans, and especially the Hispanic community in the U.S. It is a time of song, dance, partying, and in general a time to be proud to be of Hispanic descent. 
Read a book with a celebration or a book set in Mexico.

3. International No Diet Day encourages us to appreciate the bodies we have. You could consider it a "Big" backlash against becoming little (err thin) people. This day is intended for us to appreciate the body we have. It encourages us to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes....... and that's okay.
Read a book with more than one paranormal species or a book with a (skinny) chick on the cover.

4. It's time to get out your sandals and flip flops. For today is No Socks Day. Go ahead..... free your toes of the confines of socks and stockings. Give those toes of yours a breath of fresh air. The creators of this day also profess that No Socks Day will reduce your laundry load, and therefore, is healthy for the environment.
Read a book with a vampire that does not sleep in a coffin or with a hot guy on the cover.

5. Clean Up Your Room Day is a day parents eagerly await........... and kids dread!

If you've got kids, it is very possible that their rooms are a vast wasteland, completely filled with "good stuff". "Messy" is too kind of an adjective to describe the conditions. Its impossible to walk through the room. Every dresser and shelf (and under the bed), is packed with everything imaginable. Dust has been piling up as long as your child has been around. Comfy, cozy, and quite livable to the child, its an everyday source of frustration for the "folks".
Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for a couple months.

6. Twilight Zone Day is mysterious, weird, surreal and perhaps a little scary. We can think of many other adjectives, but I think you get the picture. Every once in a while, you have a day like this. And, today is designed to be that day.
Read a book that you think is a little scary or a book with a dark cover.

7. No Dirty Dishes Day is a reprieve from the daily pile of dishes to wash and dry. Day after day, we do the daily chore of washing and drying dishes, then put them away in various cabinets and drawers. We perform this task after each and every meal, and often after snacks. Even putting them in and out of the dishwasher and running it, can be a chore.

You deserve a break from this routine. And, today is that day. The objective of this day is to have no dirty dishes. It is not intended to pile them up until tomorrow.
I would like to say....don't buy a book today, but we all know, I would fail. Read a book in which someone has to do a task or a book with a white cover.

8. This is a great day! It's World Goth Day.

As it should be, everyone who is into the Goth sub-culture, now has a day to celebrate who they are. Go out and embrace your inner and your outer Goth today.
Read a book with a vampire or a Steampunk book.

9. It's National Tap Dance Day. Today is a great day to dance the night away.... and the daytime, too!

This day was created in honor of the birthday of legendary tap dancer Bill "Bojangles" Robinson on May 25, 1878.
I think I'll wear my tap shoes today! Read a book that you think is fun or a book with a fun cover.

10. Today is Pack Rat Day. C'mon, admit it... .. you're a Pack Rat like the rest of us. If you are a Pack Rat, you're in good company. You might as well come out of hiding behind those piles of valuable "stuff", and celebrate this fun day.

Its really easy to let things pile up. After all, each item you acquire along the road of life may have value or serve some meaningful purpose. 'Ya just never know. Making the decision to discard something of even remotely questionable value, is difficult, if not impossible to do. We understand you perfectly. Why? Because most of us are pack rats.
Read a book with a pack or a book with an animal on the cover.

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How pretty is the heart for this challenge???? Love it!


Here are my selections, books and read dates.

01. Read a book that takes place in spring or with a flower/s on the cover. Bossypants 26/5/17

02. Read a book with a celebration. Unmasqued 1/5/17

03. Read a book with more than one paranormal species or a book with a (skinny) chick on the cover. Drink Deep 17/5/17

04. Read a book with a vampire that does not sleep in a coffin. Hard Bitten 11/5/17

05. Read a book that has been on your TBR pile for a couple months. Master of Seduction 4/5/17

06. Read a book with a dark cover. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children 15/5/17

07. Read a book in which someone has to do a task or a book with a white cover. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 10/5/17

08. Read a book with a vampire or a Steampunk book. The Greyfriar 22/5/17

09. Read a book that you think is fun. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency 9/5/17

10. Read a book with a pack or a book with an animal on the cover. The Handmaid’s Tale 26/5/17 I’m counting the bird as an animal

Unmasqued by Colette Gale Master of Seduction (Sea Wolves, #1) by Kinley MacGregor Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently #1) by Douglas Adams Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Hard Bitten (Chicagoland Vampires, #4) by Chloe Neill Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #1) by Ransom Riggs Drink Deep (Chicagoland Vampires, #5) by Chloe Neill The Greyfriar (Vampire Empire, #1) by Clay Griffith The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood Bossypants by Tina Fey