Sunday, January 3, 2016

I have been reading, I have not been blogging

But perhaps I should.  I'm not committing to daily posts, but quite possibly I can check in once a week and post about what I'm reading and what I think about the book I'm reading.  Will post challenges I join on the side.  Continuing with the yearly 52 books Goodreads Challenge in 2016.  Will add an Audiobook Challenge - I have tons of audiobooks.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Chomping at the bit!

Really want to get started on my books! So excited about the new year, it's like opening a present!

First book of 2013 will be... (Drum Roll Please...)

My best friend will be reading this book also, and since it's never happened that we've read the same book at the same time, I figured it would be a fun thing to do.
Also planning to read this book, which is probably what I wanted most for Christmas/ my birthday:
New translation by Stephen Mitchell and awesome doesn't even begin to describe it!
This one has snuck in to be read in January also - I purchased it as an audio book for I think $2 as one of Audible's Daily Deals.
Brene Brown! You can't go wrong with her!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Reading Challenges for 2014

I am trying something different for 2014.  Instead of joining challenges and finding books that would fit with those challenges from my TBR pile, I decided to select 52 books from my TBR stack that I REALLY want to read, and select my challenge(s) from that listing.  These will be the Reading Challenges I plan to participate in:

The ever-popular and completely eclectic yearly TBR challenge from Bookish.

I selected the "Sweet Summer Fling" level of 31-40 books, even though I average 75 books a year, because I can always move up a level later in the year.

Why stress myself right out of the gate?

Cozy mysteries are a particular favorite genre of mine and each year I participate in the "Reading through the Cozies" challenge which, this year is hosted at Goodreads.

Super Sleuth level of 13+ cozy mysteries, which comes to about one a month.

A few months ago I renewed my Audible membership at a fantastic price for 6 months.  This has also entitled me to purchase some of their "Daily Deals" which are audio books usually for less than $5.  Considering I already have 5 audiobooks in a TBR pile, I might as well join this challenge, hosted by Hot Listens.

I've selected the Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) level of 10-15 audiobooks.

I am VERY excited about this challenge! FINALLY - a challenge that allows me to incorporate all the Astrology - Shamanic - New Age books I love to read!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to Riedel Fascination for hosting this challenge!

Shooting for "The Soul" level of 31-40 books!

Another challenge I participate in regularly is The Chunkster Challenge.  A chunkster is defined as a book with at least 450 pages.  This year, though, there aren't any levels.  At the present time I have 6 books that are chunksters in my 2014 pile, not counting audiobooks, which are allowed for the first time in the challenge.

I'm going to play it safe and say I will read 8 chunkstes in 2014.  I read 13 chunksters in 2013, but no, I am not doing 14 in 2014!

For fun, I decided to join Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf's Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge.  I

At the Maiden level of 6-10 books.  I like supernatural books, but finding specific ones with witches or witchcraft might pose a challenge. 

6 challenges in total - enough for one person to keep track of!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

2014 Reading

Fallen down on a lot of my challenges - except for the one where I plan to read 52 books each year.  I've been keeping that one consistently for decades now.  Stay tuned. I will soon post my 2014 reading goals!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Did not like!

I've decided to give up on Denise Linn's book "Soul Coaching: 28 Days To Discover Your Authentic Self".  The constant de-cluttering exercises, when I have already done so much in this area, were distracting and turned me off.  After nearly two weeks of trying to garner some enthusiasm for the book, and coming up empty, I decided to simply stop.