Tuesday, January 19, 2021

2021 Reading Challenges

Once again, I'm signing up for reading challenges that I may never finish. My thinking is...what's fun about not trying...again? I'll be tracking my challenge progress in the 2021 Reading Challenges page in the blog menu up top. 

First up, I'm joining the challenges I'm hosting myself. I'm pretty excited about this first one, new for this year. 

I'm hosting this one at Castle Macabre since it is horror. Here are the prompts and levels: 
  • Winter theme, or winter appearance on the cover (snow, ice, etc.)
    The Ascent, Ronald Malfi
  • Ghosts or spirits
  • Psychological
  • Monster or monsters
  • A body of water (featured in story, on cover, or in title)
    Cradle Lake, Ronald Malfi
  • Really scary book cover
  • Woman on cover
    Mexican Gothic, Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Written by a woman
  • Written by a best-selling horror author
  • Written by an indie author
  • Historical horror (must be an historical novel written by a contemporary author. Example: The Historian, Mexican Gothic, Interview with the Vampire
    The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova
  • Folk horror (Ideas: https://tinyurl.com/yy8jj56a)
Spooky: Read 6 books from 6 categories
Chilling: Read 12 Books from all 12 categories
Frightful: Read 2 books from each category for a total of 24 books
Horrifying: Read 3 books from each category for a total of 36 books

I'm doing the Chilling level. I've added a few of the books I'll be reading for this one (currently reading The Ascent). Full details and sign-up here.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: January - June 2021 (Reading schedule here)

Les Misèrables by Victor Hugo: July through December 2021 

Pretty self explanatory. I've compiled a list of movies/shows coming out this year (although that can change due to the current situation). 

My participation will be...

The Enthusiast: Read 1-3 books with movies/shows releasing in 2021
My tentative list - The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn, Wicked, Gregory Maguire, The Wheel of Time, Robert Jordan (first book in the series), Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, or Dune, Frank Herbert

Not Ready to Let Go: read at least one (1) book made into a movie or series in 2020
To be determined

Living in the Past: read at least one (1) book made into a movie in previous years
To be determined

The Movie Was Better (What!?): watch the movie(s) for the book(s) you read.
To be determined

The basic concept of this challenge is...
  • Go to your bookshelves, or stack on the floor, or on your nightstand, etc. Pick out a book that you've been wanting to read on a particular shelf.
  • Now continue down that line of books on the shelf (in order) until you have 12 books. (See my shelf for the 2021 challenge below as an example.) There are a total of 19 books in my chosen shelf. I have already read three of the books by Ronald Malfi so that brings my total to 16 books. That gives me four alternates.
Here's the picture of my chosen shelf

Now, on to challenges hosted by others...

My list:

5 points... Freebie, read any book of your choice with 200+ pages

The Ascent by Ronald Malfi

10 points... Read a book you have been meaning to re-read

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

10 points... Read the first book of a series you have never read before

The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

15 points... Read a book with a mostly green and/or pink colour cover art

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

20 points... Read a book with a male relationship word in the title, i.e. Father, Grandfather, Husband, Uncle, Brother, Son or Nephew.

Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu

20 points... Read a book set in a place that's on your bucket list of places to visit - Suggested by Carly

The Witch’s Trinity by Erika Mailman

25 points... Read a book that reminds you of 2020, for eg (but not limited to - home, lock, down, president, mask, etc.) You can be creative with it, but please let us know how it relates to 2020 if it isn't obvious) - Suggested by Deborah

Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

30 points... Read a book written by an LGBTQIA+ author. This can be an autobiography, memoir, or even a fiction...edit: or have an LGBTQIA+ theme.

The Vampire Armand by Anne Rice

30 points... Read a book with the name of a bird in the title, or the word bird/birds in the title.

The Owl Killers by Karen Maitland

35 points... Read a book where the protagonist has a questionable profession, for example, mafia don, assassin, govt agent gone rogue, etc...or edit: questionable way of life (an addict, a computer hacker, a vigilante, for example) - Suggested by Debdatta

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

This is a private Facebook group. You can check it out and join here. Next challenge starts July 1st.

My list (I may change some of these):

1. A 19th century classic: any book first published from 1800 to 1899
Uncle Silas by Sheridan Le Fanu

2. A 20th century classic: any book first published from 1900 to 1971. All books must have been published at least 50 years ago; the only exceptions are books which were written by 1971 and posthumously published.
Becoming a Writer by Dorothea Brande

3. A classic by a woman author.
If You Want to Write: A Book about Art, Independence and Spirit by Brenda Ueland

4. A classic in translation, meaning any book first published in a language that is not your primary language. You may read it in translation or in its original language, if you prefer.
Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

5. A classic by BIPOC author; that is, a non-white author.
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

6. A classic by a new-to-you author, i.e., an author whose work you have never read.
The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham

7. New-to-you classic by a favorite author -- a new book by an author whose works you have already read.
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby by Charles Dickens

8. A classic about an animal, or with an animal in the title. The animal can be real or metaphorical. (i.e., To Kill a Mockingbird).
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

9. A children's classic.
The Witchcraft of Salem Village by Shirley Jackson (Published March 12th 1963 by Random House Books for Young Readers)

10. A humorous or satirical classic. 
Emma by Jane Austen

11. A travel or adventure classic (fiction or non-fiction). It can be a travelogue or a classic in which the main character travels or has an adventure.
The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles

12. A classic play. Plays will only count in this category.
Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot

Books to be determined. 

I'm doing Fortnightly | 26 books One category from each topic--you can choose one wildcard

That's it! What challenges are you doing this year? Whatever they are, I wish you luck! Send some my way as well. I'm going to need it!

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  1. It's lonely and hard to read Les Miserables alone, which I was trying to do this month, so I'm going to join in the Gather Together and Read challenge. Now I don't have to think about it for a few more months! lol. Going to sign up now!

  2. I've read Les misérables a long time ago, I'll have to re-read at some time (Victor Hugo was my father's favourite writer). Good luck on your Back to the classics challenge, I've subscribed to one from The Classics club, it will be fun :)

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