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Nova Learns to Love Reading Again in 2018

2018 Category Challenge

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Edited: Jan 7, 8:38pm Top

I'm fairly new here so hopefully I'm doing this right...

In 2017 I spent a lot of time reading books I didn't really enjoy, to the point that I almost stopped reading completely near the end of the year (something I've always loved to do).

So my theme for 2018 is to reconnect with my love of reading. I'm going to fill my challenges up with books I really want to read, things new and things old, whatever strikes my fancy (and hopefully checks off a box or two on all these crazy challenges I'm doing). This will mostly be cozy mystery, historical fiction, anything foodie and small town...a lot of comfort stories. In addition to the category challenge (BINGO Dog, AlphaKIT and ColorCAT), I'm participating in the TBR 2018, ROOTS, 1001 Books, and Reading Through Time groups and I'll make this homebase for tracking everything. Hopefully I haven't overcommitted :)

Looking forward to meeting some new bookish friends, finding new authors I love, and learning to love reading again in 2018!!

Edited: Feb 18, 12:22pm Top

Currently Reading

Don Quixote
Aloha Wanderwell: Call to Adventure
Ego is the Enemy
Man in the High Castle
Without Reservations

Finished Reading

-- Fiction
1. Murder on the Orient Express finished 1/2/18, 4 stars
2. Voyage of the Narwhal finished 1/16/18, 4 stars
3. Partner-Protector by Julie Miller finished 1/21/18, 4.5 stars
4. Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon finished 1/27/18, 5 stars
5. It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips finished 2/4/18, 5 stars
6. Platinum Doll by Anne Girard finished 2/9/18, 5 stars
7. Foul Play by Janet Evanovich finished 2/17/18, 3.5 stars

-- Nonfiction
1. Mating in Captivity finished 1/7/18, 5 stars

Edited: Feb 18, 12:25pm Top


Books Read for this Challenge:

(1) Fits at least 2 KITS/CATS - Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett, read 1/16/18, 4 stars
(5) Unread 2017 Purchase - Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel, read 1/7/18, 5 stars
(6) New to You Author - Partner-Protector by Julie Miller, read 1/21/18, 4.5 stars
(9) Longtime TBR - It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, read 2/4/18, 5 stars
(10) Beautiful Cover - Platinum Doll by Anne Girard, read 2/9/18, 5 stars
(16) Humorous Book - Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon, read 1/27/18, 5 stars
(18) X in the Title - Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie, read 1/2/18, 4 stars

Edited: Jan 17, 10:31am Top


January/Black - Mating in Captivity finished 1/7/18, 5 stars, Voyage of the Narwhal finished 1/16/18, 4 stars
February/Brown - planned - Without Reservations: Travels of an Independent Woman
March/Green - planned - Every Living Thing
April/Yellow - - The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
May/Blue - planned - The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
June/Purple - A Room with A View
July/Pink - planned - Threads of Evidence
August/Grey - planned - The Summer Before the Dark
September/Metallic - planned - Glitz
October/Orange - planned - The Art of Learning
November/Red - planned - Very Valentine
December/White - planned - Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald


Edited: Feb 18, 12:24pm Top


Jan: V, M completed - Voyage of the Narwhal - read 1/16/18, 4 stars, completed - Murder on the Orient Express - read 1/2/18, 4 stars
Feb : P, J - completed It Had to be You by Susan Elizabeth Phillips - read 2/4/18, 5 stars , Foul Play by Janet Evanovich - read 2/17/18, 3.5 stars
Mar: F, I planned - Breath of Fire, planned - It Had to be You
Apr: Y, U planned - The Year of Pleasures, planned - The Unkillable Kitty O'Kane
May: Q, K planned - 1Q84, planned - The Dressmaker of Khair Khana
Jun: G, R planned - Game Changer, planned - A Room with A View
Jul: S, A planned - A is for Alibi by Sue Grafton, planned - Armed and Fabulous
Aug: O, D planned - The Impossible Bird by Patrick O'Leary, planned - Don Quixote
Sep: B, E planned - A Beautiful Poison, planned - Glitz by Elmore Leonard
Oct: N, L planned - No Angel, planned - Louisiana Longshot
Nov: T, H planned - Very Valentine by Adriana Trigiani, planned - The Hangman's Daughter
Dec: C, W planned - Conspiracy of Paper, planned - Where'd You Go, Bernadette?

Yearlong: X, Z planned - The Xibalba Murders, planned - Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald


Edited: Feb 4, 1:51pm Top

ROOTS 2018
Books read that I've owned since at least 2017

Physical Books
1. Murder on the Orient Express read 1/2/18, 4 stars
2. Partner-Protector read 1/21/18, 4.5 stars
3. It Had to be You read 2/4/18, 5 stars

1. Louisiana Longshot read 1/27/18, 5 stars

Edited: Feb 9, 4:38pm Top

Reading through Time Challenges

January: "Baby, It's Cold Out There!" - Voyage of the Narwhal read 1/16/18, 4 stars
February: "Going Hollywood" - Platinum Doll read 2/9/18, 5 stars
March: "Something Sporty"
April: "Clash of Cultures"
June: "Digging Up the Past"
July: "Nautical"


Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 2:56pm Top

Making Progress on 1001 BOOKS in 2018

Edited: Dec 29, 2017, 3:01pm Top

Book Club/Group/Buddy Reads of 2018

Dec 29, 2017, 3:23pm Top

>1 novawalsh:, it sounds like we have similar reading preferences so I will definitely pop in again to see what you've been reading. Good luck with finding the joy again.

Dec 29, 2017, 3:30pm Top

Welcome to the challenge - and just so you know, there's no wrong way of setting up your challenge. We are nothing but flexible here - anything to help make your reading enjoyable.

Dec 29, 2017, 3:32pm Top

Welcome! Read what you love, the heck with the whole 'you should read xxx' movement. Let your personal interest be your guide!

Dec 29, 2017, 4:08pm Top

Welcome! I note you've got Voyage of the Narwhal planned for January - I read that many years ago and thought it was very good (although it's pretty bleak). I hope you enjoy it (if 'enjoy' is quite the right word!).

Dec 29, 2017, 6:13pm Top

Welcome and have fun! Mamzel is quite right; the only rule here is that there are no rules! So feel free to change up your challenge any time :)

Dec 29, 2017, 10:03pm Top

Welcome to the challenge! Hope your 2018 is filled with great reads! Sounds like we share similar reading interests so I'm looking forward to seeing how you fill your categories.

Dec 29, 2017, 10:20pm Top

Thanks for all the warm welcomes and encouragement! Looking forward to this group and to reading again.

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Dec 30, 2017, 9:14pm Top

Welcome! I’ll be seeing you here and at the TBR challenge group. Hope you have a great reading year!

Dec 31, 2017, 11:20am Top

I see some good titles on your list so I'll bet you have a great year. Good luck!

Jan 4, 7:13pm Top

Welcome. I'll be following along both here and over at the Reading Through Time Challenge. Hope 2018 proves to be an excellent reading year for you.

Jan 5, 11:35pm Top

Welcome and have fun with your category reading!

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