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. 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Daring Greatly - Brene Brown

I don't even know where to start. Amazing and insightful can't begin to describe how wonderful this book is.  I have learned that some of my behaviors - such as perfectionism, being always seen as competent, and having all the answers - are actually rooted in fear.  Dr. Brown does a great job at communicating how to extend lovingkindness to ourselves and to others at a very deep level and in a non-threatening way.  I plan to listen to it again.   

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Progress and New Starts

For the past week, I have been reading "The Light Shall Set You Free".  The first four chapters were boring to get through.  I was almost to the point where I was going to chuck it all and just read the bullet points at the end of each chapter.  Then I got to the 5th Chapter, which is on Chakras and it got better.  Now I was actually learning something.  I am presently on the 6th chapter which is on Dimensions of consciousness.  Very good.  I'm starting to understand the hoopla around this book.

Three new starts: 1) Denise Linn's book "Soul Coaching: 28 Days To Discover Your Authentic Self".  I will be chronicling my progress on this book on my other blog "Kissing the Limitless"  The book has guided instructions on what to do each day, and several levels of commitments.  I'll be going for the "Playing all Out" level as frequently as it makes sense to do so.

2) Jamie Sams' book "The 13 Original Clan Mothers", which the Divine Feminine group at the Crystal Garden will be reading together over the next year.  We began last Thursday, reading the chapter on the August Moon.  Each chapter highlights one of the 13 Original Clan Mothers, which are representative of various aspects of the feminine principle.  

I really resonated with "She Who Heals", the clan mother for August. She is the Intuitive Healer, Midwife, Herbalist. Keeper of the Healing Arts. The Singer of the Death Song and keeper of the Life and Death Mysteries. There was a lovely story about a woman giving birth and her reconnecting with her own soul.  It's given me plenty to think about and I plan to enjoy re-reading this chapter a few times before the group meets again in late September for the next chapter.

3) Brene Brown's "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead". I watched Oprah's Life Class this past Monday, and I was left really wanting to read her new book.  Then Audible came along offering a heck of a deal - $9.95 per month for the next 6 months - and I succumbed.  Damn it, Audible! You know I'm weak!!!  

I bought it Thursday and plan to start reading on Tuesday on my drive to and from work, and then make really great progress on my road trip of next weekend.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Reading for Fun!

Going to start reading for fun again. Interesting stories, thrillers, cozy mysteries...

I have A LOT of kindle books:
 And another 750 or so nookbooks, not to mention physical books.  This is my next read: