Sunday, 30 December 2012

Dive Into Poetry Challenge 2013

Since I'm doing nonfiction books this year I was really excited to see a poetry reading challenge. (Now I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a memoir challenge!) But only two books? Really? This challenge is hosted by Savvy Verse & Wit. And unlike the other reading challenges it has additional non-reading challenges. Here's more info:

Rules for the Dive Into Poetry Challenge 2013:

1. Create a post on your blog stating your intention to read poetry in 2013 and sign up in Mr. Linky. If you don’t have a blog, simply leave a comment about reading poetry in 2013.

2. Choose one of the following options to complete the challenge:

Read and review up to 2 books of poetry throughout 2013 and leave the full link to each review in Mr. Linky.

Participate in at least 3 Virtual Poetry Circles throughout the year.

Sign up to feature poetry on your blog for April’s National Poetry Month as part of Savvy Verse & Wit’s Blog Tour.

Feature one poet per month on your own blog.

Or some combination of the above.

3. Complete your goals between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013.

Romance Reading Challenge 2013

I've been waiting for a romance reading challenge that wasn't subgenre specfic. I was hoping it would be for more than just 5 books but maybe I'll find another one after this or just read more than five books. This romance reading challenge is hosted by The Bookworm. Here's more info:

I started the Romance Reading Challenge in 2008 and I always enjoy hosting it. I want to say a big "thank you!" to all who join, it's a nice thing to see this challenge generate interest and inspire people to read a little romance.

 Without further ado, here are the rules:

 1. The challenge runs from January 1st, 2013 through December 31st, 2013.

 2. "Romance" isn't limited to steamy Harlequin novels. There is a huge selection of books in this category such as contemporary romance, historical romance, romantic suspense and paranormal romance to name a few. As long as the story has romantic love between the two main characters your selection will fit this challenge. The novels do not need to have a happy ending either, there can also be unrequited love.

 3. Choose at least 5 novels to read. You can change your choices at any time. Crossovers between other challenges are fine. All kinds of books count, ebooks and audiobooks too. If you are looking for suggested reading see Best Romance Novels Today or Romance Novels on Wiki or check out Amazon and Barnes and Noble. In my opinion, you can't go wrong with Jane Austen, Nicholas Sparks and Nora Roberts, to name a few.

 4. Read your book selections at your own pace in 2012 then post the link to your review(s). You don't need to have a blog, posting your reviews on Goodreads and LibraryThing counts as well. If you do have a blog and are joining us, please consider linking back to this post either with text or with one of the buttons provided below to help spread the word.

 I hope you will join us! Happy reading :)

2013 Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge

What’s your reading goal for 2013? If it’s to read more books, then this is the reading challenge for you! There have been almost 400 readers who wanted to outdo themselves so far. Are you up for the challenge?

Reading Challenge Details: Runs January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013 (books read prior to 1/1/2013 do not count towards the challenge).

You can join at anytime. Sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.

The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2013 than you did in 2012. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down.

Books can be any format (bound, ebook, audio).

Novellas that are at least 100 pages in length, as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.

Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

Grab the reading challenge button and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads or LibraryThing.

Levels: Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books

Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books

Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books

I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

2013 Nerdy Non-fiction Reading Challenge

Yes! Another nonfiction challenge! Here's more info about this challenge:

Welcome to the 2013 Nerdy Non-Fiction Challenge!!

Last year I got the urge to read more non-fiction books after all that dystopian and fantasy I read, so I created this challenge to help motivate me to do just that in 2013.

If you want to participate, feel free. If there's another non-fiction challenge going on that you would rather do, then go for it! My goal here is really just to encourage you all to read more non-fiction this year. I'm hoping to pick at least 10 of the categories and read both an adult and a children's book in each category. We'll see how it goes.

Geek: 4-6 books in at least 2-3 different categories
Dork: 7-10 books in at least 4-5 different categories
Dweeb: 11- 14 books in at least 6-7 different categories
Nerd: 15+ books in at least 8+ different categories

* Health, Medicine, Fitness, Wellness * History- US, World, European, etc. * Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy * Technology, Engineering, Computers, etc. * Business, Finance, Management * Sports, Adventure * Food- Cookbooks, Cooks, Vegan Vegetarianism, etc. * Autobiography, Biography, Memoir * Art, Photography, Architecture * Music, Film, TV * Self Improvement, Self Help, How To * Home, Garden * Science-Nature, Weather, Biology, Geology * Anthropology, Archaeology * Animals-Insects, Mammals, Dinosaurs, etc. * Family, Relationships, Parenting, Dating, Love * Crime, Law * Poetry, Theatre * Politics, Government, Current Affairs * Literary Criticism/Theory * Cultural Studies * Travel * Crafts

 * It is not necessary to pick your categories ahead of time, but try not to read more than two books in each category so you can broaden your horizons.
 * The categories I listed are just suggestions. If you have a different category you'd like to add, let me know!
 * When you write about the challenge or read/review a book, come back here and link up or leave a comment and tell me what you read and what you thought of it.
 * If you're participating in a different non-fiction challenge, please feel free to still link up. It's always fun to see what other people have read in the different non-fiction categories.

2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge

This is another one of my favorite reading challenges! Here is more info on the challenge:

Welcome to the 2013 Paranormal Reading Challenge hosted by Megan Likes Books and Auntie Spinelli Reads! This is my first time EVER hosting anything, so I'm quite excited! The lovely Megan came up with the idea for this, so all credit goes to her (well, I made the purty button!). There are so many awesome sub-genres of paranormal books, that it's easy to find one you like and stick with it. So that's why I decided to make a reading challenge with the goal of reading about all kinds of paranormal creatures.

The goal is to read at least one book featuring each of the following paranormal creatures:
Demons W
Other (ie: sirens, unicorns, centaurs, timetravel etc.)

1. This challenge runs from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013.
2. You must have a blog to able to participate, since reviews must be added to the linky.
3. When you sign up with the linky, please put the link to your post about joining the Paranormal Reading Challenge.
4. You're welcome to list your books beforehand or just add as you go.
5.Sign-ups are open until December 1, 2013
6. At the beginning of each month, I will post a kick-start post, each month featuring a different category of paranormal creature. This post will also include a linky to include your reviews from that month.
7. Each review you link will qualify you for an entry into the monthy giveaway and if your review includes the feature paranormal creature of that month, you get a bonus entry.
8. Each book can only count for one category, even if it contains more than one paranormal creature. For example, Twilight contains both vampires and werewolves, but you can't use it for both the vampires and werewolves/shifters categories.
9. Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered into a grand prize giveaway at the end of the year.
10. If you read multiple books from one category, feel free to add them to the linkies. Don't stop at just one!
11. Book can count for other challenges.

Each month, we'll be featuring one of the creatures on the list at both Megan Likes Books and Auntie Spinelli Reads.
January - Vampires
February - Angels/Nephilim
March - Fey
April - Demons
May - Aliens
June - Zombies
July - Witches and Wizards
August - Mermaids
September - Dragons
October - Ghosts
November - Werewolves/Shape-shifters
December - Other

2013 Book to Movie Challenge

This is always my favorite challenge of all! Here's info about this challenge:

Alright folks! Today we have another exciting new first for Doing Dewey! I will be hosting my first ever reading challenge, the 2013 Book to Movie Challenge. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to review books and the movies which they’ve been made into. It’s a tough job, but someone has to let us book lovers know which movies are going to fulfill our dreams of watching our favorite books come to life and which movies are going to ruthlessly shatter those dreams!

To enter, just click through to the linky at the bottom of this post and link to a post on your blog mentioning the challenge and the challenge level you’re attempting. You can change challenge levels at any time and the challenge levels are as follows:

Movie Fan - read 3 books and watch their movies
Movie Devotee - read 6 books and watch their movies
Movie Lover - read 9 books and watch their movies
Movie Aficionado - read 12 books and watch their movies

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Credit for the logo, to which I artistically added writing, goes to the Ozark Dale County Public Library.

2013 Essay Reading Challenge

Why was my Books Read list so low this past year? Because I read far more nonfiction than I did fiction but rarely included those books in my Books Read list. So in 2013 I will counting and posting reviews of nonfiction books as well! Here is more info about the first challenge I have signed up for (Note I will count it by books of essays not by individual essays):

Welcome to the fifth annual Essay Reading Challenge! If you’re an avid essay reader, or just want to expand your reading horizons a bit, this is the challenge for you. If you’re thinking, “What would I read?” – check out this post: Recommended Reading for the Essay Challenge – and “Why read essays?” 

 ~ This challenge runs from January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.

 ~ If you read a book of essays, that book can also apply to any other challenges you are working on.

 ~ To sign up, choose a goal of reading 10, 20, or 30 essays, and then write a challenge post.

 ~ Copy your challenge post’s link into the Mr. Linky on this main challenge page.

 ~ You don’t have to list your essays ahead of time – just have fun reading throughout the year.

 ~ This main challenge page will stay in my header for the whole year. Come back and link any reviews you write.

 ~ In the past, I have offered a giveaway prize for participants. Since our financial situation is still uncertain, I have decided not to offer a giveaway this year.

Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Most Beautiful Christmas Tree Ever!

This is from Pinterest and was shared with me on Facebook. It's the best tree ever! (In case you can't tell, it's made out of books.)