Readathons and Reading Challenges (2019) | where the bookish community unites together!

IF at first you don’t succeed at maintaining your objectives and goals of reading challenges and/or readathons per year – each New Year is a new chapter of HOPE!

I cannot say the years of 2013-2017 yielded the best results for what I was hoping to accomplish per reading challenge I attempted, but throughout my eagerness to read new authors & stories, I had the best of intentions at heart. I simply ran out of the hours necessary to complete the challenges per month and whilst I had twelve months in 2014 to play with, I must confess they evaporated before I could even pick up a farthing of the stories I aimed to have read! Therefore, I am re-defining this section of my blog as re-focusing on personal reading challenges with a few added challenges which truly interest me! This worked for me during [2018] and it is a tread I intend to maintain in [2019] and beyond!

Uniquely enough, this declaration from last year still resonates with me now. I’ve been undergoing a Renaissance on my blog to downgrade from my commitments in blog tours and/or review requests (from authors/publishers) to a more manageable level of interest to where I can not only re-address the challenges I set for myself in INSPY & Classical Literature but feel a better freedom to explore writing Features & Memes, participate in book blogosphere and/or #booktube events (ie. reading challenges and/or readathons or readalongs) whilst also finding more dexterity of interests in my own readerly life!!

I’ve been striving for a better *balance!* if you will – between the reader I was prior to being a book blogger and the reader I’ve developed into as a book blogger. Life is a wicked #awesomesauce journey but without balance we can feel like we’re losing ground on what we want to be doing! Thereby, I’m capitalising on what I accomplished in [2017] by looking forward to re-participating in new events throughout the year whilst selecting those yearly challenges which befits me right now as a reader whose a book blogger.

I want [2019] to be the year I finally *get it!* right as a reader whose constantly expanding her literary horizons and finding herself a guilt-free reader once her backlogue of reviews is erased! Wouldn’t that be lovely!? Ahh,… a New Year, full of stories and bookish memories – eek! I literally can’t wait to DIVE IN!

{ written: December, 2018}

Master List of [2019] Reading Challenges | links to more Lists

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Read-A-Longs (RALs), Readathons,
and Reading Challenges

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Archive of Past RALs & Challenges:

{ 2013 } { 2014 } {2015} {2017} {2018}

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2019 Reading Challenges & Readathons

~ let the journey begin! +

to make this more interesting this year, I also joined the #Librarything group: [2019] Category challenge which is in effect a personal guide towards what I will be reading throughout the year! come geek out with me!

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tCC | the Classics Club 2018/23

tCC | the Classics Club 2018/23

Host: The Classics Club
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Progress: 1/369 (0%)
6 August, 2018 — 6 August, 2023
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  1. The Ghost Stories of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton
  2. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

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I’ve been tracking how much #HistoricalFiction I am reading on Jorie Loves A Story for a few years now, however, I haven’t had the joy of participating in this challenge directly [2018]. I am sharing my reviews as they alight on my blog through the monthly link exchange via passagestothepast.com whilst following behind those shares with my own visits to the book bloggers and readers who are sharing their insightful Historical ruminations on the stories they are reading themselves. I look forward to seeing what everyone else is reading and getting to visit bloggers I might not have visited if we hadn’t participated in the same challenge.

On a personal note, I hadn’t realised how much Historical Fiction I read per year until I became a book blogger as I noted I truly do feel these are the stories I am most addicted to reading! There is something to be said for disappearing through time – travelling through countries and eras, alighting where a writer’s character has taken us to traverse and seeing the world a bit differently for our time spent with a character whose journey is moving alongside History’s known time-line.

Be sure to see which stories of #HistoricalFiction I read during [2018]!!

Hosted by Passages to the Past | Info Page

I always attempt the Pre-Historic Challenge | reading more than 50+ as I quite literally *devour!* Historical Fiction throughout the year – one year, I might see if I can read 250+ HistFic novels but I have the tendency of averaging somewhere between 150 to 200 novels per year! The only difference being – their not all Historical Fiction! (smiles) I’m shooting for at least 75 Historicals in 2019! Even though, yes, technically I set the bar higher to reach at 100!

2019 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

Host: Passages to the Past
My Summary Post
Progress: 8/100 (8%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
In Progress

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Kindly visit with me this year, as this list of stories populates & share your comments & thoughts
with me as I continue to discover the Historical authors I love reading!

  1. Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley
  2. Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo
  3. The Mariage of Miss Jane Austen by Collins Hemingway
  4. The Gift of the Seer by K.B. Laugheed
  5. The Chef's Secret by Crystal King
  6. We Shall See The Sky Sparkling by Susana Aikin
  7. The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
  8. Claiming My Place by Planaria Price
  9. The Chef's Secret by Gina Marie Guadagnino
  10. The Girl From Oto by Amy Maroney

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I started working on my reading list for this INSPY Fiction Challenge in [2013] however, I haven’t made much progress with my readings until now. I went conservative and approximated I’d read [210] novels by the authors I’ve chosen to read as some of their stories are short stories in anthologies and not every author will have five novels published. Therefore, I estimated I might be able to read [three] novels per each author on my List. I might read more by some of the authors or less if there are only a few published whilst I’m focusing on their back-list and front-list releases.

As I re-set my Classics Club List to reflect a new beginning of August, 2018 and ending in 2023, I’ve decided to re-set this challenge to run side by side my Classics Club readings as the two were meant to be synchronised from the beginning!

70 Authors Challenge

Host: Jorie Loves A Story (personal challenge)
My Summary Post
Progress: 2/210 (1%)
6 August, 2018 — 6 August, 2023
In Progress

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  1. A Reason to Stay by Kellie Coates Gilbert
  2. #SummerReads | Jorie endeavours to read a heap of #INSPY Lit (whilst consuming copious amounts of #AudioReads!) and re-tackles her #20BooksOfSummer challenge of [2017]!

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#BeatTheBacklist 2019

#BeatTheBacklist 2019

Host: A Novel Knight
My Summary Post
Progress: 9/100 (9%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
In Progress

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  1. Waltzing with the Earl by Catherine Tinley
  2. The Rancher's Fake Fiancee by Amy Vastine
  3. No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford
  4. The Stars May Rise and Fall by Estella Mirai
  5. Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo
  6. The Rancher's Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart
  7. The Mariage of Miss Jane Austen by Collins Hemingway
  8. Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood
  9. Dominic's Ghosts by Michael Williams
  10. The Girl From Oto by Amy Maroney

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2019 Retellings Reading Challenge

Host: Cornerfolds
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Progress: 0/45 (0%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
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Retelling Reading Challenge Bingo Card
created by Cornerfolds (blog) and is used with permission.

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After having spent October planning my #Mythothon selections for November and realising I needed more time to read the stories (during #Mythothon, 2.0 I shall do better!) – I was happily charmed to see this readathon happening during 2019! It literally came at the best possible time as I *knew!* I would be reading a heap more Mythos this New Year! I can’t wait to see where the stories lead me and which Mythological origins I find are my beloved favourites!!

I decided to attempt Fairest of them All (21-25+ read) as I’m reading my selections from #Mythothon 1.0 and am eagerly awaiting #Mythothon 2.0 (tentatively in September) thereby I know I’ll be reading *loads!* of retellings based off Myths; giving me a bit of an edge on seeking out some of the choices for this readathon. However, in recent years I’ve noticed I read quite a rather diverse group of re-tellings per annum and am encouraged by what I shall be seeking out in 2019!! Even if I end the year as a High Fae (16-20 read), I’ll be wicked happy!

None yet!

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2019 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge

Host: Pop Sugar
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Progress: 2/50 (4%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
In Progress

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  1. The Stars May Rise and Fall by Estella Mirai
  2. Silver Hollow by Jennifer Silverwood

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#LibraryLoveChallenge 2019

Host: angelsguiltypleasures.com
My Summary Post
Progress: 0/60 (0%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
In Progress

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GOAL: Library Card on Fire | 60+ books / audiobooks borrowed

None yet!

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#2019NewReleaseChallenge

Host: unconventional bookworms
My Summary Post
Progress: 11/75 (15%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
In Progress

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and is used with permission.

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Being a book blogger, I’ve had the chance to *devour!* a lot of lovely new releases per year whilst hosting blog tours and/or accepting books for review directly from authors & publishers. However, as I move towards my Sixth Year as a Book Blogger in March, 2019 – the second half of my Renaissance on Jorie Loves A Story is shifting towards reading more new releases (by print or audiobook) through my local libraries and/or by listening to audiobooks via Scribd / Audible as well. I want to maintain my Scribd subscription in 2019 but I’m hoping by mid-year I might be able to re-acquire my Audible script as well as between the two scripts, I’d have all the audiobooks I’d ever desire to listen to in combination with my libraries who have OverDrive access.

Ergo, I was contemplating – should I go with a reachable goal of New Release Pro (31-60 books read) which is not just doable its below my yearly average! OR, should I really max out my girth of readerly bliss this year and strive towards New Release Veteran (61-100 books read) which is honestly a more realistic goal?

Locking in my choice of : New Release Veteran for the win! (smiles with mirth)

I will be tracking my reviews for this challenge monthly and sharing them quarterly with the hosts of the challenge! I can’t wait to see where this leads me and which stories will become my favourites of the year!!

  1. Winning the Cowboy's Heart by Karen Rock
  2. The Gift of the Seer by K.B. Laugheed
  3. The Chef's Secret by Crystal King
  4. His Honor, Her Family by Tara Randel
  5. After the Rain by Brandy Bruce
  6. Standing Up Against Hate by Mary Cronk Farrell
  7. We Shall See The Sky Sparkling by Susana Aikin
  8. Bridge to Burn by Rachel Amphlett
  9. The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
  10. Carrying the Greek Tycoon's Baby by Jennifer Faye
  11. The Chef's Secret by Gina Marie Guadagnino
  12. Being A Witch And Other Things I Didn't Ask For by Sara Pascoe

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2019 Audiobook Challenge

Host: Co-hosted by Caffeinated Reviewer and Hot Listens
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Progress: 5/30 (17%)
1 January, 2019 — 1 December, 2019
In Progress

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Ever since I first started truly listening to audiobooks in [2016] I’ve been wicked addicted to them! However, if you look back at my blog’s archives most of the audiobooks I’ve been able to listen to were for review or blog tours. I would love to expand on this new bookish joy of mine to be more inclusive of audiobooks I’ve either won in an audio bookaway, purchased myself or have access to by having subscriptions to Scribd and/or Audible. I also want to check-out more audiobooks from my local libraries which have access to OverDrive.

All things considered, I’d love to attempt to listen to a certain amount of audiobooks over and beyond the ones I might seek for review purposes. Therefore, I’m taking this challenge a bit differently – I’ll count every audiobook I listen to throughout the year for the challenge but I’m hoping at the end of December I’ll have at least the Binge Listener amount (20-30) audiobooks I’ve consumed ‘more than’ the grand total of audiobooks I’ve heard!

Co-Hosted by Caffeinated Bookreviewer | Hot Listens | Info Page

  1. Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo
  2. The Chef's Secret by Crystal King
  3. Bridge to Burn by Rachel Amphlett
  4. The Moon Sister by Lucinda Riley
  5. Claiming My Place by Planaria Price
  6. Being A Witch And Other Things I Didn't Ask For by Sara Pascoe

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2019 A Classic A Month Reading Challenge

Host: The Perks of Being Noura
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Progress: 0/12 (0%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
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I’ve been seriously attempting to read more Classics since I first joined The Classics Club – however, it would appear I had an #epicfail first five years, which is why this past August [2018] I decided to re-queue my tCC List to re-start in 2018 and end in 2023, I’ve found a weight of failure lift from my shoulders. If my health hadn’t been as afflicted as it become this Autumn and early Winter, I would have put a small dent in the stories I wanted to be reading! Starting of course with finishing Jane Eyre which is why my *first!* selection in January is going to be EYRE! From there?

I would imagine I might select a few Classic Science Fiction stories for participating in the readathon #VintageSciFiMonth (during January) but outside of that secondary focus in January, I will simply see what interests me throughout the year as each new month arrives! I decided to shoot for a solid 12 Classics – one per month, but if one month I read extra Classics or one month I read none, it will be interesting to see how many are read by next New Year’s Eve!

None yet!

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2019 Backlogue Reviews

Host: Herding Cats & Burning Soup
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Progress: 0/128 (0%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
In Progress

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Officially known as “Blogger Shame Challenge” | on #JLASblog “2019 Backlogue Reviews”

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herding cats

It wasn’t until I saw this tweet did I understand where the Info Page went!
I feel so bad for the blogger as losing so much of your blog has to be heart wrenching!

I’ve been trying to erase my backlogue of reviews since [2016] – the following year was incredible I even had focus at all considering it was the first year after my father’s stroke and his hospitalisation. Throughout [2018] I struggled with my personal health and wellness, to where it really was getting me down, especially in the Spring & Autumn months where it felt like I was perpetually dealing with one affliction after another. My migraines were also a big issue in [2017/18] which set me back quite a bit as well. Prior to [2016] it was more or less due to ‘life and tides’ – regularly bits and bobbles which can disrupt a reader’s life and thereby, moving into [2019] I have a lovely stack of books (and a few audiobooks!) I need to re-address for review purposes!

I’ve never lost my itch to read or listen to the stories – I only accept stories I truly want to read and therefore, this is one of my most critical focuses for [2019] as I’d like to have a clean slate. It would be lovely to drop the guilt and finally stand on solid ground. It will most likely be a surprise to the authors along the journey I take into the backlogue, but I’d rather be seriously late like Alice’s rabbit than to never have the chance to read them.

I also elected to change how the challenge will be seen on my blog throughout the year as ‘Blogger Shame’ I think would be anxiety triggering as I have ENOUGH guilt on my heart just for falling behind *each year!* with either the same stack of books or adding several to the load. I am hoping the bloggers participating will check-in with each other and we can all rally + cheer for each other to read more of our backlogue whilst making [2019] a rather pro-positive year for us all.

Backlogue List | on my blog | on LibraryThing *still modifying/editing

None yet!

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#NonFicReads19

Host: Doing Dewey
My Summary Post
Progress: 2/50 (4%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 December, 2019
In Progress

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[a guide for reading diversely throughout the year – provided by Doing Dewey]

January – Biracial Awareness
February – Black History Month
March – Women’s History Month
April –  Arab Heritage Month
May – Asian/Pacific Islander History Month
​June – LGBT Pride Summer
July – LGBT Pride Summer
August – Mental Health Awareness
September – Hispanic History Month
October – Physical Disability Awareness Month
November – Native American History Month
​December – Religious Minorities

Twitter Chats | you know Jorie loves them!

Feb 3rd at 1pm EST/10am PST –
Introductions, how you’re planning your challenge, what books you’re most excited to read, etc

June 16th at 1pm EST/10am PST –
check in, how’s your challenge going, favorite book read so far, any changes to your plans, etc

Dec 15th at 1pm EST/10am PST –
wrap-up, how did it go, favorite books read, any changes in how you feel about nonfiction, etc

Hosted by Doing Dewey | Info Page

I literally was seeking out a reading challenge focused on #NonFic | #NonFiction reads as I have quite a heap of lovelies in my [Backlogue] but I also, have found selections over the years I never had the pleasure of actually reading! I wanted to find reading challenges this year which would allow me to not just remain accountable of my reading goals but to move through a) the stories I never the chance to read previously and b) make enroads towards finishing [2019] with a clean slate in regards to past owed reviews.

Outside of this purpose, I want to use the guide Katie @ Doing Dewey provided to seek out titles that would carry me further along with my #diverselit wanderings. I also want to engage and visit with other Non-Fiction readers – seeing what they’re reading and sharing our Non-Fiction adventures throughout the year. The fact there are three planned Twitter chats is beyond #awesomesauce and I am looking forward to the linky shares each month as well!

  1. Standing Up Against Hate by Mary Cronk Farrell
  2. Claiming My Place by Planaria Price

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I’m still sorting out what I want to do throughout [2019] in regards to RALs and Challenges overall – as I tried to participate in several during [past years] finding the hours ran out before I could address them properly. Therefore, this is an evolving list of the challenges I’ll be participating in as I am truly trying to focus on my main three interests this year: Classical Lit, INSPY Fiction and my Backlogue of Reviews. There will be a few overlaps between them, I am sure, however, these are the stories which interest me the most to focus on this year in-between the rest of the stories I’ll be drawn towards reading outside of these concentrations.

Monthly Readathons | Readalongs | and other monthly on the spur challenges

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JANUARY

#commonorbit RAL co-hosting with Lisa | deargeekplace.com
First chapter break: 13th January for the Twitter chat

#octoberdaye RAL [Rosemary & Rue, book one] co-hosting with Lou | @foxesfairytale
Book One deadline: 25th January (or thereabouts)

#ReadingValdemar RAL co-hosted by Jackie (Info Page) + Melanie (Info Page)
1st Novel: Arrows of the Queen (via audiobook) by 14th of January (or thereabouts)
2nd Novel: Arrows Flight by 25th January (or thereabouts)

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#LateAThon

Host: Howling Libraries
My Summary Post
Progress: 2/13 (15%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 January, 2019
Failed

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ALL of these count for my #2019BacklogueReview showcases:

  • Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde | #ContemporaryJanuary
  • The Last Letter by Kathleen Shoop
  • Trans-Continental: Girl in the Gears by E. Chris Garrison, narrated by ? (audiobook)
  • Trans-Continental: Mississippi Queen by E. Chris Garrison
  • Far Orbit: Apogee (anthology) edited by Bascomb James
  • 2016 Nebula Awards Showcase (anthology) published by Prometheus Books
  • The Robot in the Next Cubicle by Larry Boyer
  • Almost a Millennium by Jeanbill
  • All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray
  • Twelfth Night at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray
  • A Turn of Light by Julie E. Czerneda

And, the lovely Mysteries I was attempting to read for #cloakanddaggerchristmas before my illness took over the joy of being able to read! If your sick at Christmas and can barely enjoy *food* its extremely difficult to read | blog!

  • The Butterfly Conspiracy (A Merriweather and Royston Mystery) by Vivian Conroy
  • Murder at the Mill (an Iris Grey Mystery) by M.B. Shaw
  • See Also Proof (a Marjorie Trumaine Mystery) by Larry D. Sweazy
  • As Death Draws Near (a Lady Darby Mystery) by Anna Lee Huber
  • A Nest of Vipers (Ruritanian Rogues series) by Richard Storry (on audiobook)
  • Death on the River (a Tara Thrope Mystery) by Clare Chase (on audiobook)
  • The Tesla Gate (series of the same name) by John D. Mimms (on audiobook)

+/- a few others,…

  • The Rancher’s Fake Fiancée by Amy Vastine | #ContemporaryJanuary

  1. The Rancher's Fake Fiancee by Amy Vastine
  2. Lost in the Light by Mary Castillo

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Just when I thought I couldn’t find ONE more event or reason to READ more books during *January* – I saw this tweet whilst listening to a Year in Review (on a world scale) for 2018 as I await the best part of #NewYearsEve : the ball dropping in Times Square! All the joyful expressions of goodwill – its a magical time of the year where the “best of us” is shown and how we all embark together into a New Year – with Hope, Optimism and the Joy of a ‘new chapter’,…

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#ContemporaryJanuary

Host: The Bookish Chick and Classy Book Reviews
My Summary Post
Progress: 4/13 (31%)
1 January, 2019 — 31 January, 2019
Failed

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Contemporary January is co-hosted by:
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#ContemporaryJanuary | selections:

The PoetX – RAL with Fanna (@fanatality) +Amber (@BooksofAmber)
To All The Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han
P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – RAL with Fanna
Pride (carry-over from #Mythothon)
A Woman of Fortune by Kellie Coates Gilbert (#lateathon, #2019BacklogueReviews)

*previously mentioned:
Worthy by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Rancher’s Fake Fiancée by Amy Vastine

  1. The Rancher's Fake Fiancee by Amy Vastine
  2. No Safe Place by Sherri Shackelford
  3. The Stars May Rise and Fall by Estella Mirai
  4. The Rancher's Homecoming by Anna J. Stewart

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FEBRUARY

#spacebornfew RAL co-hosting with Lisa | deargeekplace.com

#octoberdaye RAL [TBA, book two] co-hosting with Lou | @foxesfairytale
Book Two deadline: 25th February (or thereabouts)

#ReadingValdemar RAL co-hosted by Jackie (Info Page) + Melanie (Info Page)
3rd Novel: Arrows Fall by 1st February (or thereabouts)
4th Novel: Magic’s Pawn by 25th February (or thereabouts)

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MARCH

Not #Mythothon, but #Hamilton? Count me in!

#octoberdaye RAL [TBA, book three] co-hosting with Lou | @foxesfairytale
Book Three deadline: 25th March (or thereabouts)

#ReadingValdemar RAL co-hosted by Jackie (Info Page) + Melanie (Info Page)
5th Novel: Magic’s Promise by 11th March (or thereabouts)
6th Novel: Magic’s Price by 25th February (or thereabouts)

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JULY

The Christian & Clean Fiction Summer Reading Safari

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AUGUST

#AustenInAugust

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SEPTEMBER

#Mythothon, 2.0

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NOVEMBER

#RRSciFiMonth

#NovNov (Novella November) | #NonFicNov (Non-Fiction November)

the Thanksgiving Readathon

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DECEMBER

#cloakanddaggerchristmas | #cozmas

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In addition to continuing to a supportive team member of the #blogging4books community, I regretted I had an #epicfail attempt @ the 365 Day Comment Challenge in [2018] – I just couldn’t stay connected to the challenge & ironically, only a few people visited me in the initial weeks of the challenge – so apparently, it didn’t work overall for a lot of bloggers! It wasn’t until I saw this lovely post about a NEW comment exchange challenge for [2019] I felt like I had finally found a better fit for me regarding this kind of book blogosphere event! Clearly, there are others who’d rather take a different approach to the same idea! Happily I’ll be joining this lovely challenge instead!

Comment 4 Comment Challenge 2019 | #C4CC | Info Page

I also signed on for the Bloggers Comment Junction which works under the same principles of visiting | chattering | commenting & engaging with fellow book bloggers whilst you are engaging with them as they visit your own blog as well. #winwin

I’ve always wanted conversations under my posts and it has taken me awhile to find readers & bloggers who want to actively communicate with me on my posts. I have a well read blog & do receive comments (privately) but I am hoping I can continue to build a community of chatters who love sharing our bookish lives whilst having open-minded discussions about what we’re reading. For this reason, my blog is OPEN to new commentary – just scroll the archives – as well as open discussions, whether we agree / disagree or have neutral opinions – all convos are welcome!

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5 responses to “Readathons and Reading Challenges (2019) | where the bookish community unites together!

  1. HOLY BUCKETS JORIE.

    I mean. I knew that you were participating in challenges. But I. Had. No. Idea. I am just blown away by the magnitude of what you are taking on!!! How many books do you read in a month? I feel like “I devour books” seems to be an understatement for your voracious reading.

    Good luck with all these challenges!! I love RALs and reading challenges, but I try to be very particular about what I participate in. I find that I am more successful with RALs which have a lot of interaction and structure, but I am the opposite when it comes to reading challenges. I want to read at my own pace when trying to meet those challenges. I prefer things like PopSugar where I can read these books when and where I want to, and I don’t need to interact with other people. It’s a weird dichotomy.

    I’m SUPER excited to see both #ReadingValdemar and #ThanksgivingReadathon on your lists for this year! I hope you’ll be providing feedback throughout. It’s obvious that you have a lot of experience with RALs and I’d love any ideas to improve both of these as we go. The title of my day job is “Continuous Improvement Consultant”, so you know where I stand on feedback.

    So many challenges! Which ones are you most excited to participate in? Why?

    • Hallo, Hallo Destiny!

      You’re quite welcome! I really liked the sound of #LateAThon – as I noticed a lot of us are rowing the same boat. We’re all trying to take the next year as the year we conquered our backlogues and end up with a clean slate before another year fades past us. One thing I noticed last July, mini-readathons or monthly ones really help me focus. They allow me the time to binge read and to get things done that I might otherwise have put off for later. This on top of the premise behind your readathon, I knew I wanted to become a part of it!! I can’t wait to use the tag on Twitter and to help rally others along, too! Thanks for hosting!

      And, thanks for enjoying the challenges I selected! They were each one step towards redirecting my reading life to a better balance of self-discovery.

    • Hallo, Hallo Melanie,

      I wanted to wait til I knew a bit more about what I wanted to listen to in the New Year – I took some time the other day to check on the selections at my local libraries – as I have three library cards as they allow us to check-out their audiobooks via Overdrive as well as the print books in their collections. The blessing was finding that I now have more than enough audiobooks to sample and listen to throughout the coming twelve months! In fact, I am almost considering not having Scribd back for a full year but perhaps for six months as there is just more variety of audiobooks available right now at these libraries where I won’t not want for many outside what they are offering.

      Thanks for visiting and finding out what I’m working on this year – between this page and my LibraryThing Category Challenge, I really believe it is going to be a wonderful year of readerly joy! I wish you a lot of lovely hours where the narrators enrich your experience of the stories!! Many happy returns this New Year’s Eve!!

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