Category: challenges

My Ten Books of Summer

Posted June 16, 2015 by Lory in challenges, lists / 32 Comments
My Ten Books of Summer

  My Book Strings alerted me to this challenge, instigated by Cathy of 746 Books. It’s very simple: make a list of 10 (or 20, if you’re feeling brave) books that you want to read between June 1 and September 4. There are no other rules or incentives, making it a very self-imposed challenge. Like […]

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Classics Club: One year update

Posted May 18, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 10 Comments
Classics Club: One year update

Just over a year ago, I joined the Classics Club with the goal of knocking 50 classics off my personal list within 5 years. How am I doing? Pretty well, since I’ve read and blogged about nine books so far. Some were titles that I’ve been thinking of for years, others were new discoveries, but […]

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Once Upon a Time challenge

Posted March 22, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 16 Comments
Once Upon a Time challenge

I said I wasn’t going to join any more challenges, but I couldn’t resist this one: Once Upon a Time, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings. It only runs for three months, so I have the rest of the year to catch up on other reading, right? There are many different options for joining this fantasy […]

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Put the Library on Hold: End-of-month review

Posted January 31, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 22 Comments
Put the Library on Hold: End-of-month review

It’s the end of my library-free month, when I tried to read exclusively from books I had already on my own shelves. And I did read all ten of the books I had earmarked for this month, at least in part. I read only the first third of the omnibus The Papers of Samuel Marchbanks, […]

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Put the Library on Hold: Mid-month check-in

Posted January 15, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 12 Comments
Put the Library on Hold: Mid-month check-in

It’s the middle of January, and as promised here is a status update on my Put the Library on Hold challenge. So far I’ve read five of the books lurking on my shelves, a nice mix of fiction, non-fiction, new-to-me books and rereads (see the original post for which ones). They have all been wonderful, […]

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Checking Out My Own Shelves: A New Reading Year

Posted January 1, 2015 by Lory in challenges / 40 Comments
Checking Out My Own Shelves: A New Reading Year

Happy New Year, everyone! Sheila at Book Journey is hosting a “First Book of the Year” linkup to show how we’re starting our reading year. I thought this was a fun idea, so here’s a picture of me with my first book of 2015, Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen (Thomas Dunne Books, 2014). It’s a […]

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Posted December 28, 2014 by Lory in challenges / 12 Comments
Back to the Classics Challenge

I heard about the Back to the Classics challenge too late to join last year, so I was glad when Karen of Books and Chocolate decided to host it again. Visit the sign-up post for the full rules, but basically the idea is to read and post about 6-12 classics (pre-1965) in different categories during […]

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Joining the Classics Club

Posted May 12, 2014 by Lory in challenges / 5 Comments
Joining the Classics Club

For some company in my quest to expand my reading horizons, I’m joining The Classics Club — an online community that encourages bloggers to read and blog about classic fiction. The challenge is to make a personal list of at least 50 classics (the definition of which is up to you) and read and post […]

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