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ML Crazy4reading's CAT challenge 2019

2019 Category Challenge

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Edited: Mar 21, 7:46am Top

This is a work in progress. Not sure how many categories I will decide to have. I may add them as I read books. I will allow a book to be used for more than one category. Well I am slowly building this thread in to a relatively organized mess. I will upload a ticker hopefully this weekend, since I cannot access them while at work. Below is my reading buddy during the year. This is an old picture but I just love her look in this picture.

I am going to challenge myself this year. Last year my reading fell to the wayside. I didn't read as much as I wanted. I spent more of my time with my boyfriend and since we decided to take a break, again from being boyfriend and girlfriend I am going to get back to reading.

Well since we don't have enough challenge ideas right now, I thought I would share this with everyone. This popped up on my FB news feed this morning:

Bookstr reading Challenges

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List of books

1. The Secret of Shady Glen by Carolyn Keene
2. One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
3. Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

4. The Rosie Project By Graeme Simsion

5. A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
6. Cold Case by Linda Barnes

7. Longbourne by Jo Baker
8. Painting the town, an adventure in France by Disney

9. Little Glimpses of Good by Jim Howard
10. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
11. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

12. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain
13. Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey
14. The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel
15. Tall, Tatted, and Tempting by Tammy Falkner
16. Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

17. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie
18. Marley & Me by John Grogan
19. Dead is a state of Mind by Marlene Perez
20. Fantastic Beasts & Where to find them: The original screenplay by J. K Rowling
21. Dances with Wolves: the Illustrated screenplay & story behind the film by Kevin Costner

22. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

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Gifts received in 2018/2019

Santa Thing 2018 Gifts
1. Einstein's Dreams by Alan Lightman
2. A field Guide to getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
3. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
4. Fantastic Beasts The Crimes of Grindelwald by J.K. Rowling (favorite book received from Santa Thing this Christmas)

Books bought at the end of 2018 and through 2019

Books purchased in 2018/2019

1. The woman in the Window by A. J. Finn (B&N Purchase 12/20/18)
2. The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George (B&N Purchase 12/20/18)
3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (B&N Purchase 12/20/18)
4. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (B&N Purchase 12/20/18)
5. Emily Shadowhunter by Craig Zerf (Free boxed set for Kindle purchased 1/7/19)
6. Past Life Strife by Christina McMullen (free on Kindle purchased 1/7/19)
7. To Walk in the Sun by Jane Charles (free on Kindle purchased 1/7/19)

Edited: Jun 7, 12:36pm Top

2019 PopSugar Reading Challenge
(Thanks to Helen for transcribing the list!)

01 - A book becoming a movie in 2019
02 - A book that makes you nostalgic The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
03 - A book written by a musician (fiction or nonfiction)
04 - A book you think should be turned into a movie
05 - A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
06 - A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
07 - A reread of a favorite book
08 - A book about a hobby
09 - A book you meant to read in 2018
10 - A book with "pop", "sugar" or "challenge" in the title
11 - A book with an item of clothing or acceessory on the cover - The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
12 - a book inspired by mythology, legend or folklore
13 - A book published posthumously
14 - a book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
15 - A retelling of a classic
16 - A book with a question in the title
17 - A book set on a college or university campus
18 - a book about someone with a super power
19 - a book told from multiple POVs - One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
20 - a book set in space
21 - a book by two female authors - A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett
22 - A book with a title that contains "salty", "sweet", "bitter" or "spicy"
23 - A book set in Scandinavia
24 - a book that takes place in a single day
25 - a debut novel
26 - a book that's published in 2019
27 - a book featuring an extinct or imaginary creature
28 - a book recommended by a celebrity you admire
29 - a book with "love" in the title
30 - a book featuring an amateur detective - The Secret of Shady Glen by Carolyn Keene
31 - A book about a family
32 - A book written by an author from Asia, Africa or South America
33 - A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
34 - a book that includes a wedding - The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
35 - A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
36 - A ghost story
37 - a book with a two-word title
38 - A novel based on a true story
39 - A book revolving around a puzzle or game
40 - Your favorite prompt from a past Popsugar Reading Challenge

41 - A "cli fi" book
42 - A "choose-your-own-adventure" book
43 - An "own voices" book
44 - Read a book during the season it is set in
45 - A LitRPG book
46 - A book with no chapters / unusual chapter headings / unconventionally numbered chapters
47 & 48 - Two books that share the same title
49 - A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom
50 - A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent

BookRiot's 2019 Read Harder Challenge:
We’ll be publishing recommendations for each of the tasks in the coming months to help you complete this year’s Read Harder (links will be added to this post as the recommendations are posted).

An epistolary novel or collection of letters
An alternate history novel
A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018
A humor book
A book by a journalist or about journalism
A book by an AOC set in or about space
An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America
An #ownvoices book set in Oceania
A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
A book of manga
A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
A cozy mystery
A book of mythology or folklore
An historical romance by an AOC
A business book
A novel by a trans or nonbinary author
A book of nonviolent true crime
A book written in prison
A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009
A self-published book
A collection of poetry published since 2014

Bookstr Reading Challenges

The Color Coded Challenge https://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2018/10/color-coded-read-it-again-sam-2019-s...

Once again the categories will be more open--the color may either be named in the title or it may appear as the dominant color for the cover of the book. For "implies color" the image implying cover should dominate the cover--for instance a large rainbow, a field of flowers, or the image of a painter. Get ready for a rainbow of reading in 2019.

Here are the rules:

~Challenge runs from January 1 through December 31, 2019 and any book read after January 1 may count regardless of when you sign up. Sign-ups accepted until November 1, 2019.

~Read nine books in the following categories:
1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgandy, etc.) in the title/on the cover. - The Rosie Project, Buddha in the Attic, The Secret of Shady Glen
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
5. A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Beige, Sand, etc.) in the title/on the cover. The Buddha in the Attic,
6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc.) in the title/on the cover. A house in the Sky,
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc.) in the title/on the cover. One Week Girlfriend,
8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Magenta, Pink, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color in the title/on the cover (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Shadow, Paint, Ink, etc.). The Rosie Project,

Reading Women Challenge 2019 https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women-challenge-2019/

All books read for this challenge must be by or about women.

A mystery or thriller written by a woman of color

Check out our episode about mysteries and thrillers for some great options.

A book about a woman with a mental illness

A book by an author from Nigeria or New Zealand

A book about or set in Appalachia

Find out more about Appalachia on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s website.

For more inspiration, listen to our interview with fellow Appalachian Elizabeth Catte!

A children's book Nancy Drew Book

A multigenerational family saga

A book featuring a woman in science

A play

A novella

A novella is a text of written, fictional, narrative prose normally longer than a short story but shorter than a novel, somewhere between 17,500 and 40,000 words.

A book about a woman athlete

A book featuring a religion other than your own A house in the Sky

If you have no religion, then choose to read about whatever religion you like!

A Lambda Literary Award winner

Learn more about the Lambda Literary Awards on their website.

A myth retelling

Check out our crossover with Jean, the host of That’s Ancient History, for more inspiration. Jean also has a guide myth retellings over on her blog!

A translated book published before 1945

A book written by a South Asian author

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), a contiguous block of countries, started in 1985 with seven countries—Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka—and added Afghanistan as an eighth member in 2007.

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is an excellent resource for recommendations for this prompt.

A book by an Indigenous woman

This includes Native, First Nations, and Indigenous women from anywhere in the world.

A book from the 2018 Reading Women Award shortlist

2018 RWA Fiction Shortlist

2018 RWA Nonfiction Shortlist

A romance or love story

A book about nature

A historical fiction book

A book you bought or borrowed in 2019

A book you picked up because of the cover

Any book from a series One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

A young adult book by a woman of color


A book by Jesmyn Ward

A book by Jhumpa Lahiri

Beat the Backlist 2019

My goal for this challenge is 75 books




Edited: Jun 7, 12:56pm Top

CAT 1 - Book club reads

1. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka
2. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
3. A House in the Sky by Amanda Landhout & Sara Corbett
4. Longbourne by Jo Baker
5. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
6. Love & Ruin by Paula McLain

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CAT 2 - books made into movies/TV shows

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CAT 3 - E-books (that I own)

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CAT 4 - Mystery/Thriller/Suspense

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CAT 5 - Romance/Historical Romance

Prisoner of my Desire by Johanna Lindsey

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CAT 6 - Christian Fiction

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CAT 7 - Sci-Fi/Fantasy

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CAT 8 - Series

One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

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CAT 9 - ROOTS (Read Our Own Tomes Challenge)

1. The Secret of Shady Glen by Carolyn Keene
2. Cold Case by Linda Barnes
3. Painting the Town, An Adventure in France by Walt Disney
4. Little Glimpses of Good: Finding Hope in Every Today by Jim Howard
5. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Edited: Jan 13, 2:07pm Top

CAT 11 - BingoDOG

#4: The Secret of Shady Glen by Carolyn Keene
#11: One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

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CAT 12: Series CAT http://www.librarything.com/topic/298613

January: pamelad - Series in Translation - https://www.librarything.com/topic/299976

My read for this will be: The girl with the Dragon Tattoo By Stieg Larsson - This book has been on my TBR pile for a long time so I will finally start it this year. Not sure I will finish in January but at least I will start this series.

February: LibraryCin - YA/Children's
March: DeltaQueen50 - Series by a favorite author
April: clue - Series You've Been Meaning to Get Back To
May: sallylou61 - Newest book in a favorite series
June: MissWatson - Series that are definitely complete
July: LisaMorr - Genre: fantasy
August: EBT1002 - Series set in a country/region where you do not live
September: cyderry - Genre: Mystery (incl. culinary cozies with recipes, cozies by the sea)
October: LittleTaiko - Historical Series
November: majkia - Series with a female protagonist
December: The_Hibernator - Series that's new to you

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CAT 13 Scaredy KIT https://www.librarything.com/topic/297211

January - sturlington - NPR 100 Best Horror Stories List or 100 Killer Thrillers List - https://www.librarything.com/topic/300184#
February - mathgirl40 - The Corporeal Undead
March - LibraryCin - True Crime
April - DeltaQueen50 - Chills and Thrills with Modern Horror/Thrillers (2014 - 2019)
May - mstrust - Children's Horror (or Horrific Children)
June - virginiahomeschooler - Technothrillers
July - Vacation Month (read horror/thriller of your choice)
August - majkia - Gothic
September - The_Hibernator - Ghosts & Hauntings
October - KristelH - Monsters & Creatures
November - sturlington - Stephen King and Family
December - whitewavedarling - Small Press/Indie (or catch up on a previous category)

Edited: Dec 14, 2018, 2:49pm Top

CAT 14 Calendar CAT https://www.librarything.com/topic/298617

January: VivienneR - https://www.librarything.com/topic/299779

February: clue

March: LittleTaiko

April: majkia

May: DeltaQueen50

June: MissWatson

July: LadyoftheLodge

August: pamelad

September: The_Hibernator

October: LisaMorr

November: Kristelh

December: LibraryCin

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CAT 15 Random CAT https://www.librarything.com/topic/298608

January - rabbitprincess - Your name in print - https://www.librarything.com/topic/300247

Possible reads: Killing Monica or Where'd you go Bernadette or One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

1. One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

February - LisaMorr
March - RidgewayGirl
April - Chrischi_HH
May - MissWatson
June - EBT1002
July - sushicat
August - clue
September - Kristelh
October - LadyoftheLodge
November - DeltaQueen50
December - jonesli

Edited: Dec 18, 2018, 6:50am Top

CAT 16 TBR CAT https://www.librarything.com/topic/298605


January: dudes22 -- First in, last out - read one of the oldest members of your tbr - https://www.librarything.com/topic/300226#:

Prisoner of my desire by Johanna Lindsey (TBR list since Sept. 2008)

February: Helenliz -- A book you borrowed to read and still haven't got to

March: sallylou61 -- Book acquired on/for trips or for a special occasion

April: mathgirl40 -- Book originally acquired for an LT group read or challenge

May: LibraryCin -- Book that I keep looking at, but never manage to open

June: donan -- Book bullet (i.e. book suggested by someone else, not necessarily on LT)

July: LittleTaiko -- Book by an author with more than one book on your TBR shelf

August: The_Hibernator -- Book purchased with great excitement and with plans to read right away that is somehow still on my tbr a year later

September: Robertgreaves -- Classics I feel I should read

October: DeltaQueen50 -- Book purchased because of its visual appeal (striking cover or colors, beautiful edition, etc.)

November: MissWatson -- Book given to me as a gift

December: RidgewayGirl -- A book I bought because it was so cheap (library sale, remainder table, etc)

Dec 10, 2018, 11:53am Top

CAT 17 - The Official UN-official SFF KIT https://www.librarything.com/topic/299184

January: "Read an SFF you meant to read in 2018, but never started/completed" - hosted by fuzzi

February: "Colonization" hosted by majkia

March: "Mystery/police procedural/detective Science Fiction or Fantasy" hosted by owlie13

April: "Sword & Sorcery" hosted by Kristelh

May: "International Sci-Fi/Fantasy by Non-US/UK authors" hosted by whitewavedarling

June: "Road-trip" hosted by mathgirl40

July: "Space Opera" hosted by h-mb

August: "Alternate History" hosted by LisaMorr

September: "Series" hosted by Tanya-dogearedcopy

October: "Comedy" hosted by RobertGreaves

November: "Award Winners (Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy Award,...)" hosted by scaifea

December: "End-of-the-Year Wrap Up" hosted by DeltaQueen50

Dec 10, 2018, 12:33pm Top

Looks like you have your reading year planned out nicely. Good luck with your 2019 reading. :)

Dec 10, 2018, 12:52pm Top

>23 DeltaQueen50: Thanks! I am trying something new this year by doing more of the challenges in this group.

Dec 11, 2018, 3:25am Top

Nice set-up. Have a wonderful reading year!

Dec 11, 2018, 8:30am Top

>25 MissWatson: Thank you!! I plan too!

Dec 12, 2018, 3:32pm Top

Wishing you good luck with your challenges, including PopSugar. You have everything nicely organized.

Dec 12, 2018, 8:48pm Top

>27 This-n-That: Thanks. First time I have been this organized. Now I just need to get my books organized.

Dec 13, 2018, 6:23pm Top

Awww what an adorable reading buddy!

Dec 14, 2018, 8:49am Top

>29 rabbitprincess: Thank you! She is adorable and is my life. This past year I kind of ignored her and my reading. I missed both and so this year I am going to do what I enjoy doing!

Dec 14, 2018, 6:16pm Top

Looks like you are all ready to start your 2019 reading!

Dec 19, 2018, 1:14pm Top

>31 lkernagh: I am getting there. I just have to stop finding more challenges to try.

Dec 19, 2018, 1:16pm Top

>32 crazy4reading: I hear you on that one...

Dec 19, 2018, 1:18pm Top

>33 Helenliz: if you look at message >5 crazy4reading: I added more to that post today. I am not sure if I will be doing them but I want to have them just in case I get adventurous.

Dec 20, 2018, 2:23pm Top

Good luck with your 2019 reading!

Dec 20, 2018, 2:28pm Top

Dec 20, 2018, 5:25pm Top

I love your choice for book that makes you nostalgic. I remember reading The Outsiders over and over when I was 13-14. And then when the movie came out - loved it!
I may have to choose that book too, just to see what I think of it 30 years later!

Dec 21, 2018, 6:53am Top

>37 JayneCM: I love The Outsiders so much that when I read it I just remember watching the movie for the first time and makes me nostalgic for a much simpler life (without all this technology). I do think that this story could resonate with some of the youth of today especially if they come from a lower income area.

Dec 22, 2018, 3:50am Top

>38 crazy4reading: Maybe I should try and convince my 14 year old to read it and see what he thinks. I will have to try and find my copy from high school - it is around here somewhere!

Dec 23, 2018, 3:31pm Top

Great set-up! Love your doggy pal!

Dec 23, 2018, 4:21pm Top

Dec 31, 2018, 8:55am Top

I'm doing POPSugar too. Good luck. And happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2018, 11:51am Top

Dec 31, 2018, 2:54pm Top

Jan 1, 12:34am Top

>42 The_Hibernator: Thanks Rachel! I am giving the PopSugar Challenge a try this year. I just hope I can keep up with my challenges. Happy New Year to you too!

>43 thornton37814: Thanks Lori! Happy New Year to you too!

>44 tess_schoolmarm: Thanks Tess! Happy New Year to you too!

Jan 1, 2:22pm Top

Well I finished my first book of 2019!! I am trying to clear out books and started this one on 12/30/18. I had planned to finish it last night but had decided to catch up on NCIS LA (I am on season 7 now). I will be donating this book to our local school district. They keep a supply of books at the Ed Center for children to look through and read while their parents are completing their registrations.

#1. The Secret of Shady Glen by Carolyn Keene

I enjoyed this book. My sister used to read these books when we were young. I used to read the Hardy Boys. I read a few Nancy Drew books growing up. I found myself not wanting to put it down. These books are good ones for those that like reading and want something interesting to read.

4 stars

I will be reading Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka, One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy, Cold Case by Linda Barnes and some other Nancy Drew books.

Jan 1, 3:47pm Top

I read the Hardy Boys too and preferred them to Nancy Drew.

Jan 1, 5:02pm Top

>47 hailelib: I think the tv show also helped me like those books more. My sister and I also had the Bobbsey Twin books and I actually found them this summer while cleaning out my dad's house. I gave them to my sister because they were hers. I didn't find my Hardy Boys books or my sister's Nancy Drew books.

Jan 1, 6:51pm Top

>46 crazy4reading: I enjoyed The Buddha in the Attic - maybe more than I realized at the time of reading, because I find myself thinking about it often. The first person plural is not everyone's cup of tea, but it illustrates just how many individuals were affected. I hope you like it.

As I had a son, the Hardy Boys was part of my reading experience too!

Jan 1, 6:51pm Top

>46 crazy4reading: - I have such fond memories of reading Nancy Drew books. Bobbsey Twins too!

Jan 1, 8:31pm Top

>49 VivienneR: I am reading The Buddha in the Attic for my library book club this month. I need to start the book so I can have it finished by the third Wednesday. I always have mixed emotions about the books for book club. Sometimes they interest me and other times I have a hard time getting through them. I sometimes think I was like the 'boy' of the family.

>50 LittleTaiko: I wasn't an avid reader of these books when I was young but I remember my sister reading these books and not wanting to share them with me.

Jan 7, 9:23pm Top

Just a random contest to enter for some free books and tote bag:


Jan 13, 1:56pm Top

I finished another book last night.

#2. One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

I decided to read this book one day when I was at the library and started to look around for a book. I enjoyed this story. This is about two people that have some secrets. Drew asks the town girl to be his girlfriend for a week while he goes visits his family. Drew will pay Fable to do this for him. Fable lives with her mother and brother and she works to help support her family. Fable's mother is a drunk and cannot keep a job.

Drew is a jock and comes from a rich family, that has many secrets. Drew and Fable are cute together. It was a nice easy story to read.

4 stars

I am still reading Buddha in the attic by Julie Otsuka and a few other books. I need to finish the Buddha book before next Wednesday for book club.

Jan 17, 8:08am Top

Well another book completed last night!

#3. The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka

I didn't love nor hate this book. The reason I didn't love or hate this book is because it didn't have a story. This had many stories of the picture brides and what happened to them when they came to the west coast.

To see how they were treated not only by their husbands but also their employers, and people they met here. To think that we as a society treated and some still do treat people of different cultures so cruelly and with such disrespect for their well being. I like to think that we as a society have improved and aren't living in the 'dark ages'.

I am now interested in reading Julie's first book to see if I enjoy that one more since it has a story of just one family.

3 stars

Our book for February is The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion. I am also reading or will be reading the following books:

Me by Ricky Martin
Cold Case by Linda Barnes
Prisoner of My Desire by Johanna Lindsey

I know there are more I just cannot think of them right now.

Jan 17, 9:22pm Top

>54 crazy4reading: - Looking forward to learning what you (and your book club) think of The Rosie Project!

Jan 25, 12:44pm Top

>55 lkernagh: I just started the book this week. It seems interesting so far (only on Chapter 2) I will definitely post what our reactions are!

Jan 25, 12:45pm Top

Well I am slowly trudging along with my reading. I have been trying to read for about 30 minutes before going to bed but sometimes I am just too tired to concentrate. I do read while I am at the gym even if it is only for 10 minutes. It is surprising how much I can read while at the gym. I really thought I would be reading more this year but that hasn't been the case. I did get some reading in while I was at the roller rink with my boyfriend on Friday. I enjoyed watching him roller skate and really want to try it. I just need to get my foot taken care of and make sure the doctor will allow me to roller skate.

Jan 25, 6:07pm Top

>57 crazy4reading: Agreed, it's surprising how those little bits of reading time add up! Hope your foot is better soon so that you can roller skate. It sounds like a lot of fun :)

Feb 21, 6:50am Top

>58 rabbitprincess: Thanks! My foot is feeling better and I have 'roller skated' on carpet. I actually tried ice skating a few weeks ago and I did better than I expected. My boyfriend is great at both roller and ice skating and is taking his time in teaching me how to do both. I think I prefer roller skating over ice skating. I did go out on the rink last Friday. I just need to get my footing and stance correct to be able to roller skate around the whole rink. I feel for being 50 and trying to do both again is a huge accomplishment.

I finished a book this week. I am slowly getting back into reading. It is funny how I am so gun ho to read and then life just gets in the way.

#4. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

This book was read for my library book club this month. I enjoyed this book and found it a relaxing and fun read. I found myself laughing out loud sometimes. The main male character was very entertaining with his nuances and social interactions with the other characters.

Dr. Don Tillman is a geneticist that decides he wants to find a wife, and so he created a Wife Project with a questionnaire. Some of the answers that he would accept were very strict. One was about being on time. He didn't like anyone that was late, even just a few minutes. When I read that part it reminded me of some 'rules' or 'criteria' I had/have for the man I would like in my life, such as a non-smoker, one that doesn't need alcohol to have fun.

Rosie is the main female character and is a breath of fresh air. She is a smart, intelligent woman who has a mouth on her and isn't afraid to use it. She is very different from Don. She also wants to know who her father really is.

I look forward to reading the next book in this series.

5 stars

I am still reading Cold Case by Linda Barnes, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, and Prisoner of my Desire by Johanna Lindsey. Tonight I will also pick up my book club book A House in The Sky by Amanda Lindhout

Mar 21, 7:23am Top

I finished a book last night for book club. I finished it just before book club started. Here is my review.

#5. A House in the Sky by Amanda Landhout and Sara Corbett

I had a hard time getting into this book. The author did a great job of presenting the detail of the scenery of the places she visited. I felt that some of it was too much at times, I understand it was to get a better understanding of her and the people she interacted with. I also felt it was her way of admitting that she was a little naive in the way of life of the people she met in the countries she visited. The one part where she was unable to obtain a room because she was alone and wasn't traveling with someone and she wasn't married. I felt that she should have made a change and just pretend to be married to find a room.

Once I got to the part of her kidnapping I was engrossed and horrified by what she went through. Even though I have heard things like this happening in the news, fiction books etc., to actually read a personal account just made it more real.

I am glad our book club chose this book to read, even though non fiction is not one of my main genres to read.

4 stars

I am still reading The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton, Cold Case by Linda Barnes (I hope to finish both of these up this weekend), Prisoner of my Desire by Johanna Lindsey. I still need to start the Ricky Martin memoir ME.

Mar 21, 8:08am Top

I will be saying good bye to my reading buddy today. The other day I took Samantha for a short walk down our driveway. I kept telling her that we should turn around because I knew it would be too much for her. She is a stubborn Beagle and she pushed herself to far. As we started to head back to the house she had trouble walking. At first I thought she had just hurt her food but as we kept going she kept falling over. I tried helping her but she did not like me touching her back end. I gave her medicine that I have for her arthritis but that didn't seem to help. She is still dragging her back legs. She tries to put weight on them but falls over. This has been a hard decision because she has gone downhill the past few months.

Edited: Mar 21, 1:04pm Top

So sorry to read that you have to bid adieu to Samantha. A difficult decision but one that will bring peace to her. Take care of yourself through this sad process.

Mar 21, 2:18pm Top

So sorry to hear about your pup. :(

Mar 21, 2:26pm Top

So sorry about your dog.

Mar 21, 3:12pm Top

So very sorry to hear about the loss of your reading buddy. It's such a tough time.

Mar 21, 3:23pm Top

That's sad news. You need to make the right decision for her, no matter how hard it is for you to let her go.

Mar 21, 3:25pm Top

So sorry to hear about Samantha. You have my sympathy.

Mar 31, 10:53pm Top

So very sorry to learn the sad news about your canine companion. So hard to let them go.

Apr 11, 10:39pm Top

>62 DeltaQueen50:, >63 christina_reads:, >64 tess_schoolmarm:, >65 LittleTaiko:, >66 Helenliz:, >67 VivienneR:, >68 lkernagh: Thank you all for your kind words. I have my moments when I feel sad. I just try to remember all the good things we did together. I did finish some books last night and will post my reviews tomorrow. I want to get some reading in before falling asleep tonight.

Apr 12, 6:12am Top

Always sad to lose a friend and loyal companion. My sympathies for your loss.

Apr 17, 10:30pm Top

>70 AHS-Wolfy: Thank you.

Apr 17, 10:35pm Top

Well I am here to post some reviews. I didn't realize how far behind I am in posting in here.

#6. Cold Case by Linda Barnes

I enjoyed this story. When I picked this book up I did not realize it was part of a series. It was easy to follow even though it is #7 in this series.

Carlotta is a private detective. She used to be a police officer. This book finds her working with a high society family to prove that some notebooks are actual fakes of their dead daughter's work. I enjoyed the way the story line flowed and will look for more books by this author and in this series.

4 stars

#7. Longbourne by Jo Baker

I read this book for my library book club. It was an alright book. The characters and story did not engage me from the start. I found myself being drawn in for a little bit and then getting a little bored with the story line. I did listen to the audio version which could be some of the reason that I did not always enjoy the book.

I did also follow along with the book at times while listening and found that a better way to understand some of what was being spoken. I have read Pride and Prejudice and usually enjoy these stories involving the servants etc. Just not sure why this one didn't capture me from the start.

4 stars

#8 Painting The Town, An Adventure in France by Walt Disney

Cute story. A great book to read with you kids.

5 Stars

I am currently reading The Outsiders A Place for Us, which is our book club read. I am off the next couple of days and I am going to try and read more instead of watching tv.

May 25, 8:25pm Top

Wow! It has been a month since I have posted. A lot has been going on in my life right now. My father was recently diagnosed with mild to moderate Dementia. He is currently living with my sister and her family. I make trips out to her house to help with him and we both have been going on all his doctor appointments. His family doctor has stated that he cannot drive and he needs to surrender his driver's license, and that he is not allowed to live alone. My sister and I dropped everything when my father's doctor's office reached out to my sister and stated that one of us if not both of us should make it to this appointment, prior to his diagnosis. I am going to be 'dad sitting' for the next 20 days while my sister is visiting her one daughter who is finishing up her senior year in high school in France. I plan to bring some books out with me.

I did finish some books so I will try to post those reviews tonight or maybe sometime tomorrow.

May 28, 10:03am Top

Sorry to hear about your father but I'm glad that there are 2 of year to share the care.

May 28, 12:37pm Top

>74 tess_schoolmarm: Thanks. it does help but it is still very stressful. He definitely needs to be in a facility that can care for him with the dementia.

May 30, 12:18pm Top

Very sorry to hear about your dad. Some of my friend's parents have suffered from dementia and it was not an easy time for anybody in the family. I hope you are able to fit some self care and reading time into your life to help with the stress.

May 30, 3:46pm Top

>76 LittleTaiko: Thank you. I did get to read a little bit yesterday.

I am currently 'dad sitting' for the next couple of weeks. Yesterday I took my dad to my house because I have a class at night at the library. I am learning how to play American Mah Jong. I took my dad along so that he could sit and read the newspapers while I played a few games. He enjoyed himself. I am trying not to give up everything I like to do.

I still need to post my reviews for the books I finished.

May 30, 3:53pm Top

Here are some reviews for some books I recently finished:

#9. Little Glimpses of Good: Finding Hope in Every Today by Jim Howard

An uplifting book. Some positive messages. Lifted my spirits.

5 stars

#10. A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

I am only giving this book 3 stars because I just couldn't get into the characters. I had trouble keeping the characters straight along with trying to figure out what time period I was in. I felt the writing was a bit off for my liking.

When I started the book I really thought I was going to enjoy it but when I started the second chapter I was confused because I went from the wedding to her being a young girl. Other books that I have read similar to this style have also been hard to enjoy.

The ending had more of my interest than the book as a whole did.

3 stars

#11. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

I still love this book! This year I also watched the movie and was more aware of some differences between the book and the movie. Nothing too major but just subtle ones to me. This is a book I love to read. I decided to re-read it this year because of one of the challenges I am doing and it said to read a book that make you feel nostalgic and this one does just that.

5 stars

I am currently reading our book club book: Love and Ruin by Paula McLain. I am enjoying it so far. I am almost half way done the book.

Jun 4, 11:16pm Top

I finished a book today.

#12. Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

This is my second book by Paula McLain. I had listened to The Paris Wife. When I received this book for book club I didn't realize that both the books were about Hemingway and one of his wives. I enjoyed this book much more than The Paris Wife. One of the main reasons is I read this one and didn't listen to the audio. I felt this book flowed well too. I also remember that I didn't really care for the first wife in The Paris Wife.

Love and Ruin is a fictional take on Ernest Hemingway and his marriage to Martha Gellhorn. I am not familiar with Martha and Ernest and their life together. Reading this book I really enjoyed the interaction of Martha and Ernest. Ernest seemed a little narcissistic at times.

It is interesting how Paula was able to create such a story surrounding Martha and Ernest by the research she did and building her own ideas from that information. I felt drawn to these two from the beginning. I am glad our book club read this book.

4 stars

I am now going to read Prisoner of my Desire by Johanna Lindsey and The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Jun 7, 12:33pm Top

I finished a book last night.

#13. Prisoner of my Desire by Johanna Lindsey

I love Johanna Lindsey and she didn't disappoint with this book! The characters in this book were ones that I fell in love with right from the beginning. You have the Lady Rowena, her step brother Gilbert, the ruthless 'villain' Warrick and many more secondary characters that just complete the wonderful story that unfolds in Prisoner of My Desire.

Prisoner of My Desire is the story of Lady Rowena and Lord Warrick. Warrick is at war with Rowena's step brother Gilbert. Rowena becomes a prisoner of Lord Warrick after her brother leaves Rowena to face the devil of Fulkhurst.

The interaction of Rowena and Warrick is just enjoyable. You can feel the attraction just from Johanna's writing. I found myself laughing, fist pumping and crying at times. She is my favorite romance author!!

5 stars

I am still reading Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel. Not sure what else I will pick up to read.

Jun 7, 10:16pm Top

>78 crazy4reading: My daughters had both recommended The Outsiders to me and it's been sitting on my shelves a long time. I really should get to it!

Jun 8, 8:49am Top

>79 crazy4reading: I have the Paris Wife on my bookshelf; I need to get to it. I have also read McLain's Circling the Sun which my book club loved; but not me so much. I've done a lot of reading about Hemmingway, so I will take this book as a BB. I'm not a fan of his writing, though!

Jun 15, 8:11pm Top

Finished another book today:

#14. Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

I received this book as an Early Reviewer win and I just got around to reading this book. I kept putting it off because life got in the way or another book seemed more interesting. This time I picked this book up for a BINGO challenge I am doing and I am glad I chose this book to read for the free space.

This book started out slow for me until I really got to know the characters. You have this girl Lane who becomes an orphan after her mother's suicide, and learns that she has family in Kansas. So she is moved from New York to Kansas to live with her grandparents and cousin Allegra. Lane soon embraces the privilege of being a Roanoke Girl. Her grandparents have money and a nice farm in Rural Kansas. Allegra is thrilled to have Lane there and quickly shows her around the house and about all the other Roanoke girls.

Allegra introduces Lane to some guys Tommy and Cooper. You slowly learn there is a secret about the Roanoke Girls and family. I found myself not wanting to put the book down as I read this book.

This book is written from Lane's point of view and goes from the present to the past and also has small chapters about the other Roanoke Girls. This helped with understanding the girls and the tragic life some of them experienced. I found myself crying at times for Lane. She was a confused young lady coming back to Roanoke when Allegra went missing. When a book makes me cry it means I was drawn into the story from the beginning. Not all books can do that.

5 stars

I am currently reading: Tall, Tatted and Tempting by Tammy Falkner, so far I am enjoying it.

Jun 19, 9:38pm Top

Another book finished tonight:

#15. Tall, Tatted, and Tempting by Tammy Falkner

I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. You first meet the two main characters 'Kit' (not her real name) and Logan at a tattoo establishment. Logan is a guy who is deaf and typically just has sex with the women and then forgets about them. The way he meets Kit had me laughing.

I really enjoyed the whole story and will see if my library has these books either in e-book form or paperback. I want to see what happens with this story and also with the rest of the Reed brothers.

5 stars

Now I have to find a book to read. I am hoping to read Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris. I just have to find the book.

Jun 30, 12:31pm Top

Another book done:

#16. Dead ever after by Charlaine Harris

I am giving this book 4 stars. I enjoyed this book in the aspect that it was summing up Sookie's life and everything she has been through. I did feel that this book was a little blah compared to the other ones in the series. I enjoyed it and couldn't put it down easily. I felt it was blah because there wasn't as much drama between Sookie and the vampires. There was action and her life in danger but just not as intense.

I am glad I read the whole series and do plan to read the final book that reveals what happened after this book.

4 stars

I am currently reading The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie.

Jul 2, 9:50pm Top

Another book off the TBR stacks/shelves etc.

#17. The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

I enjoyed this story. Even though Miss Marple was not present during the whole story I quite enjoyed the other characters. The Moving Finger is a mystery of who is writing these anonymous letters to the residents of a quiet little town called Lymstock and who murdered the maid. I enjoyed the interaction of the out of town guests on holiday Jerry and Joanna Burton, brother and sister.

5 stars

I am currently reading Marley & Me by John Grogan.

Jul 3, 11:45am Top

>86 crazy4reading: One of my favorite Christie novels!

Jul 14, 12:38am Top

I finished another book late last night:

#18. Marley & Me by John Grogan

Having owned a dog I was familiar with somethings that happened in this book. I found the book entertaining and at times a little boring at times. Some of the antics that Marley got into had me laughing. I actually pictured my sister's dog. I knew this dog would have a sad ending and since I had to put my dog down this year it made me remember her last few days. If you have never owned a dog you will still enjoy this book.

4 stars

I am now reading Dead is a State of Mind by Marlene Perez.

Jul 17, 8:45am Top

Another book finished last night:

#19: Dead is a state of mind by Marlene Perez

I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice easy quick read. I do have to go back and read the first book in this series (I didn't realize this was part of a series. I also didn't realize this has paranormal creatures. I enjoyed the mystery and the snarky remarks by some of the characters. I really loved it when Penny punched the one guy. The way it was written in the book I laughed out loud, so glad I was home when I read that part.

5 stars

I am currently reading Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling I am loving this BINGO Challenge I am in on GR! I am finding books that I want to read but can never find a way to get them to fit into some challenges and don't read them. Now I just need to read more than one book at a time to get caught up on my goal!!

Jul 19, 11:25pm Top

I finished another book today:

#20. Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them: The Original Screenplay by J. K. Rowling

Well I am a huge Harry Potter fan and was thrilled when J. K Rowling came out with this book. I didn't realize at first that it was a screenplay. I still bought it and finally decided to read it! I loved it. I had actually seen the movie so as I was reading the story I could picture certain scenes. I loved meeting Newt and starting to see how the wizarding world is different from Hogwarts. I cannot wait to read the next book!

5 stars

I don't have another book picked out just yet. Just need to make my decision tomorrow.

Jul 21, 6:09pm Top

I finished another book today:

#21. Dances with Wolves: The illustrated screenplay and story behind the film by Kevin Costner

I don't remember seeing this movie nor reading the original book. I enjoyed reading this book and found it easy to understand the setting, time period and characters etc. I have always found history interesting when written in an understanding and entertaining way.

I enjoyed reading about the life of the Indians and how they treated the land and animals. I would love to watch this movie after reading this screenplay.

4 stars

I am also going to start reading: Puppies in the Pantry by Ben M. Baglio and The Cat Who Wished to be a Man by Lloyd Alexander. I am trying to clear some books off my shelves. I may even choose some more books to start reading

Aug 5, 7:55am Top

I finished a book this week:

#22. The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

I really enjoyed this book. I liked the concept of the letter writing for this book. I felt that I could really get to know the people better that way. I usually enjoy books that are set during the WWII era. I have always found that time interesting and to learn what the people went through. Those that were and weren't in the camps. This war was not just one thing happening in one area. It happened to everyone because of families they had in different countries.

I actually felt like I was there with the characters during this book.

5 stars

I am now reading:

Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly
Puppies in the Pantry by Ben. M. Baglio
Dead is so last year by Marlene Perez
Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy
Behold The Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue (Library book club read)

The last 3 are library books so I will need to get them finished fairly quickly or renew them before time runs out, expect for the book club book. I don't have to get that one done until our meeting in September.

Aug 6, 11:44am Top

>92 crazy4reading: I really loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society as well! Have you seen the movie? Not as good as the book, but still charming. I think it's on Netflix in the US.

Aug 7, 9:19am Top

>93 christina_reads: I will have to look for the movie!! I love watching movies that are based on books.

Aug 11, 12:05pm Top

I have finished two books this week. Here are the reviews:

#23. The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

I loved this book from the beginning. I found myself not wanting to put the book down. This is my first book by Michael Connelly and will definitely be looking for more of his books. This one is the first book in the Mickey Haller series. I love mystery books and ones with suspense always keep me glued to the pages.

5 stars

#24. Dead is the new black by Marlene Perez

Well I picked this book up from the library and finished it in one night. I couldn't put the book down once I started it. In this book you meet Daisy and her sister's Poppy and Rose and their mother. You also meet the other teens from Nightshade High School.

Nightshade is an old town with paranormal people and something strange is going on in the town. Samantha comes back from vacation and she is wearing all black. The cheerleaders all seem to be slowly dying.

Daisy's sisters are psychic the same as their mother. Daisy is the only one so far that hasn't seen her powers manifest so she believes she is a normal like her father, who disappeared. I enjoyed this book from the beginning and will be continuing this series.

5 stars

I am still reading:

Puppies in the pantry by Ben Baglio
Second chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Aug 11, 9:10pm Top

Okay I have been on a roll with reading this weekend. I finished another book today:

#25. Dead is so last year by Marlene Perez

I am enjoying this series a lot. This one has us back in Nightshade and more paranormal activity happens. The Giordano family return from vacation and have some excitement once they return.

This book is the 3rd in the series and I am loving as much as I have the other 2 books I have read. I will be looking for more in this series at my library.

5 stars

I am still reading:

Puppies in the pantry by Ben Baglio
Second Chance Boyfriend by Monica Murphy
Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

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