Bookish Challenges


I can't believe I am doing this...again!  Let's see how successful I will be.
Here is a list of the challenges I have joined this year. 

Hosted by Literary Escapism - you have to read so many new authors.  It seems that I am always reading new authors, so thought that this one would be easy to do.

I will read 30 new authors this year!

  1.  Diana Peterfreund - For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea
  2. Kate Evangelista - No Love Allowed
  3. Teri Wilson - Unleashing Mr. Darcy
  4. Deborah Blumenthal - Someone Else's Love Letter
  5. Jen Sincero - You are a Bad Ass 
  6. Saba Kapur - Lucky Me 
  7. Lauren Morrill - The Trouble with Destiny 
  8. Karen White - The Forgotten Room
  9. Beatriz Williams - The Forgotten Room
  10. Kelly McGonigal - The Upside of Stress
  11. Nat Luurtsema - GoldFish
  12. Christina Miller - Playlist for Life
  13. Kelsey Keating - A Stolen Kiss
  14.  Jo Knowles - Read Between the Lines
  15. Maya Rodale - Lady Bridget's Diary
  16. Maria Hamilton - Mr. Darcy and the Secret of a Gentleman
  17. Katie Cross - BonBons to Yoga Pants
  18. Kathleen Baldwin - A School for Unusual Girls
  19. C. C. Payne - The Thing about Leftovers
  20. Alice Chetwynd Ley - Letters for a Spy
  21. Stephanie Kate Strom - Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink
  22. Angie Stanton - Royally Lost
  23. Lucy Sykes - The Knockoff
  24. Jo Piazza - The Knockoff
  25.  Leigh Himes - The One that Got Away
  26. Liz Czukas - Top 10 Clues You're Clueless
  27. Barbara Metzger - Saved by Scandal
  28. Eilis O'Neal - The False Princess
  29. Shonda Rhimes - The Year of Yes
  30.  Laura Hile - Darcy by Any Other Name
  31. Emily Albright - The Heir and the Spare 
  32. Julianne Donaldson - Edenbrooke
  33. Jonah Lisa Dyer - The Season
  34. Joan Smith - Bath Scandal
  35. Karen Wasylowski - Darcy and Fitzwilliam

I Love Libraries Reading Challenge, library, books, Bea's Book Nook

Hosted by Bea's Book Nook - read books from the library - books, e-books or magazines - as long as it came from your local library.

I think I will be 
Young Adult
about this challenge - at least 24 books


  1.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  2. For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund
  3. Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund 
  4. The Siren by Keira Cass 
  5. You are a Bad Ass by Jen Sincero (I had to buy myself my own copy, though, because this book rocks!) 
  6. The Trouble with Destiny by Lauren Morrill 
  7. These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman 
  8. The Upside of Stress by Kelly McGonigal 
  9. Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles
  10. Queen by Kiera Cass
  11. The Thing about Leftovers by C. C. Payne
  12. Pilgrims Don't Wear Pink by Stephanie Kate Strom 
  13. Royally Lost by Angie Stanton
  14. The Knockoff by Lucy Sykes and Jo Piazza
  15. The One that Got Away by Leigh Himes
  16. Top 10 Clues You're Clueless by Liz Czukas
  17. Saved by Scandal by Barbara Metzger 
  18. Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
  19. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
  20. Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson
  21. The Season by Jonah Lisa Dyer
  22. The Crown by Kiera Cass
  23. Bath Scandal by Joan Smith
  24. Darcy and Fitzwilliam by Karen Wasylowski

Yup - I created another challenge!
Time to read some classics!
I want to read 5 classics this year!
  1.  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

and then....

lucky no15

Here are the 15 categories:
  1. **Chunky Brick: Grab that book with more than 500 pages that you’d always been afraid to tackle. You know you can do it! -  Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keyes
  2. Something New: Just purchased a book lately? Don’t let it buried in your stacks, read it now! 
  3. Something Borrowed: Read a book that you borrowed from someone else. Don’t make the owner waiting forever for you to finish it. (Books borrowed from friends, libraries, or even rental places, are allowed) TheFalse Princess by Eilis O'Neal
  4. It’s Been There Forever: Dig your TBR pile and read a book that has been there more than a year. It’s time for you to appreciate it :)
  5. **Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now :D - No Love Allowed by Kate Evangelista
  6. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents. 
  7. Favorite Color: Pick a book from your shelf which has your favorite color for its cover! Is it pink, red or black? You decide.
  8. First Initial: Read a book that has been written by an author whose first initial is the same with you (Example: My name is Astrid, and I can read anything written by Agatha Christie, Aesop, Arthur Conan Doyle, etc) 
  9. **Super Series: Read one (or more!) books that belong in a series, it can be trilogy, or tetralogy, or anything. - For Darkness Shows the Stars and Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund
  10. **Opposites Attract: Read a book that’s been written by a writer whose gender is different from your own. - A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  11. Randomly Picked: Ask someone else (a friend, your spouse, even your kids!) to randomly pick a book from your TBR pile. Don’t complain whatever they choose for you, just read it :) 
  12. Cover Lust: Grab a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover? 
  13. Who Are You Again?: You’ve never read a book from this author, maybe you haven’t even heard his/her name before. But who knows? Maybe he/she will become your new favorite author!
  14. One Word Only!: Read a book that only has one word for its title (number is allowed as long as it’s only consisted of one word, e.g: 1, 2, 11).
  15. Dream Destination: Read a book that has setting in a place you’ve never visited before – but would like to if you have a chance. Could be real places or even fictional!


  Musings of a Book Lover's Very Own Book Challenge!

Challenges for 2014
2014 Outside the Box Book Challenge

Here are the Categories 
(to see what you are getting yourself in to this year!)

Classics are the new blackMansfield Park by Jane Austen
It’s a serial thingThe Orchid Affair by Lauren Willig
Lost in translation – not sure on this one!
It’s about time! The Help by Kathryn Stockett
By the numbersMr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Weird Science!The Tapping Solution by Nick Ortner
I just love a good Duet The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
New Guy in Town – there are several to choose from...
Almost Human – This may be the one I won't be able to find
Chunkster-time!Possession by AS Byatt
Random Rescue – looking forward to rescuing a book for this one!
Under-Aged WriterEragon by Christopher Paolini
Time for exercise – gonna find one on yoga, I think
Make-Believe - Spook Country by William Gibson (I think)
I think I will go for Outside In - 11-13 Categories

Now - for the other Challenges I signed up for for 2014!

New Year's Resolution Reading Challenge by Joy's Book Club

I plan on being Passionate about my New Year's Resolution and read 4 books that will help me with my resolutions!

1. The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston

Review Pile Challenge - I have so many books that I need to review, and hopefully this will get me off my buttinksky and DO IT!  However, I think I will only be an Apprentice with up to 10 reviews!

1. The Undiscovered Goddess by Michelle Colston

Then....there is the Lucky No. 14 Challenge!  I think that I can fit some of the ones I want to do for my challenge in with this one!  Here goes nothin, right?!?  Here are the categories for this one:

Here are the 14 categories:
1. Visit The Country: Read a book that has setting in a country that you really want to visit in real life. Make sure the setting has a big role in the book and it can make you know a little bit more about your dream destination.
2. Cover Lust: Pick a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover?
3. Blame it on Bloggers: Read a book because you’ve read the sparkling reviews from other bloggers. Don’t forget to mention the blogger’s names too!
4. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents.
5. (Not So) Fresh From the Oven: Do you remember you bought/got a new released book last year but never had a chance to read it? Dig it from your pile and bring back the 2013.
6. First Letter’s Rule: Read a book which title begins with the same letter as your name (for me, Astrid means A, and I can read anything that started with the letter A). Remember: Articles like “a”, “an” or “the” doesn’t count :)
7. Once Upon a Time: Choose a book that’s been published for the first time before you were born (not necessarily has to be a classic book, just something a little bit older than you is okay. You can read the most recent edition if you want to)
8. Chunky Brick: Take a deep breath, and read a book that has more than 500 pages. Yep, the one that you’ve always been afraid of!
9.  Favorite Author: You like their books, but there are too many titles. This is your chance, choose a book that’s been written by your fave author but you haven’t got time to read it before.
10. It’s Been There Forever: Pick up a book that has been there on your shelf for more than a year, clean up the dust and start to read it now
11. Movies vs Books: You’ve seen the movie adaptation (or planned to see it soon) but never had time to read the book. It’s time to read it now, so you can compare the book vs the movie.
12. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now :D
13. Not My Cup of Tea: Reach out to a genre that you’ve never tried (or probably just disliked) before. Whether it’s a romance, horror or non fiction, maybe you will find a hidden gem!
14. Walking Down The Memory Lane: Ever had a book that you loved so much as a kid? Or a book that you wish you could read when you were just a child? Grab it now and prepare for a wonderful journey to the past Comic books or graphic novels are allowed!

1. My Summer in Europe by Marilyn Brant
2. Entwined by Heather Dixon
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green - who hasn't raved about this book?!
4. The Cupcake Queen by Heather Helper
5. Attempting Elizabeth by Jessica Grey
6. Keep your Mouth Shut and Wear Beige by Kathleen Gilles Seidel
7. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett
8. Possession by AS Byatt
9. Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
10. Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran
11. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (loved the movie, book has been sitting on my shelf for a while.
12. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (I got this from RAK a while ago, but haven't read it yet)The H
13. Spook Country by William Gibson
14. Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

That was Soooo Last year! - 2013 Challenges!

2013 Outside the Box Book Challenge!

There are THIRTEEN Categories to choose from...
4 Different Commitment Levels
and a Whole Lot of Fun!

I have started to list ones I want to read.  The links will take you to GoodReads, and I will post my Review after - once complete.  Thought that I should start plotting out my reading scheme for the year.  I just might try to do a few of the ones from last year too... just because!

#1   To the Screen- The Perks of Being a Wallflower (GR)- I will probably read this before it comes out on dvd... it never made it to the theatre in our small town...
#2   Another Voice - The Wedding Beat (GR)- I won this in a contest (Thanks to the ladies of Chick Lit is Not Dead) and saw a review that listed it as Guy Lit - when a Guy writes Chick Lit!
#3   Opposites Attract - I am going to read Robopocalypse (GR)- I couldn't get in to this one... a little TOO dark for me and I just don't need that in my life right now... So, looking for suggestions on a good mystery!
#4   5 Star Day - Matched by Allie Condie - Yah...not so much.  So many of the book bloggers taht I follow loved this book, but it fell flat for me!
#5   XyZ pdQ
#6   It’s my Birthday! - From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler, (GR)by E.L. Konigsburg,first published 1967. I chose this one not only because it was published in 1967, but it was referenced in 'Dash & Lily's Book of Dares'.
#7   From one place… Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (GR)by JK Rowling.  I actually have this one from the UK! and, yes, I have never read these... Actually, I have read one for this category - Millie's Fling was published first in the UK in 2001!
#8   It’s All About ME! The first memoir I read was Wild by Cheryl Strayed - about a young lady who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail.
#9   Visit an Old Friend - I am going with Emma (GR)from Jane Austen.  I read this one years ago and didn't really appreciate it then.  I am hoping that after this time, and my life is a little more calm, that I will have a greater appreciation for the story.
#10  Look at the pretty pictures! I might try Soulless (GR)... I will probably do both the graphic novel as well as the novel by Gail Carriger
#11  She made me do it! One book to look at is Level 2 (GR), as review by Perpetual Page-Turner! Her review captivated me!  The 5th Wave (GR) by Rick Yancey. Both Working for a Mandroid and ExLibris Kate LOVED gotta try it!
#12  I couldn’t help myself!
#13  To be or Not to be…

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Library Reading Challenge by My Book Dragon

I am going for Chapter Book status - humbling, I know, but there it is!  I happen to like Chapter Books!

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass
2. Wild by Cheryl Strayed (e-book, but still got it from the library.)
4. The Virgin Diet by JJ Virgin
5. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
6. 52 Small Changes by Brett Blumenthal
7. Matched by Ally Condie
8. The List by Siobhan Vivian
9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
10. Catching Fire by Suzanna Collins
11. Mockingjay by Suzanna Collins
12. The Elite by Kiera Cass

Wish List Challenge by UniFlame Creates

Here are MY books!
1. Wild by Cheryl Strayed
2. Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore
3. Don’t Expect Magic by Kathy McCullough
4. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
5. The List by Siobhan Vivian
6. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
7. My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison
8. Matched by Allyson Condie
9. Madame Bovary’s Daughter by Linda Urbach
10. Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
11. Greywalker by Kat Richardson- will have to find another book! Couldn't finish this one!
12. 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff
and the back-ups... not found at the library!
My Sparkling Misfortune by Laura Lond
The Goddess Test by Aimee Carter
A Summer in Europe by Marilyn Bryant
Never Sit Down in a Hoop Skirt, and other things I learned as a Southern Belle by Cricket Rumley
A Breathe of Eyre by Eve Marie Mont
Bumped by Megan McCafferty

2012's Undone Challenges below... 

I am leaving them up, because I do want to accomplish these one day!

All FIVE in ONE Place!  Here are the challenges that are fueling my 
TBR pile for 2012!

  1. Variation Stories: His Good Opinion by Nancy Kelley
  2. Sequel: Nachsturm Castle by Emily C.A. Snyder
  3. Jane Austen as a Fictional Character: Jane and the Prisoner of Wool House by Stephanie Barrons
  4. Paranormal: Austentatious by Alyssa Goodnight
  5. Modern Adaptation: A Modern Day Persuasion by Kaitlin Saunders
  6. Mystery: Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James
  7. Supporting Characters: Mr. Darcy's Little Sister by C. Allyn Pierson
  8. Books by Jane Austen: Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (League)
Dracula by Bram Stoker (League)
King Solomon’s Mine by H. Rider Haggard (League)
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (League)
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
The Diary of a Nobody by George Grossmith
The Final Problem by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (League)
The Invisibile Man by H.G. Wells (League)
The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux (League)
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (League)
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (League)

I will only be reading those that I have on my bookshelf or that I can check out from the library.  I will only need to read three of these to qualify, but I took the time to go through the different lists and grab ones I might be interested in!
1. Friendship Bread by Darien Gee on I'd Rather be at the Beach
2. Ferney by  on Diary of a Domestic Goddess
3. The Child Thief by Brom on Diary of a Domestic Goddess
4. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells on Hellen's Reading Corner
5. Waterfall by Lisa T Bergen on Christian Bookshelf 
6. Sisters by Danielle Steele on Passions of my Life  
7. Rippler by Cidney Swanson on Hardcover Feedback
8. Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr on Kingdom of the Night
9. Freedom's Landing by Anne McCaffrey on Jessie's Book Place 
10. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak on The Introverted Reader  
11. A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly on The Introverted Reader
12. Bag of Bones by Stephen King on Quixotic Magpie

13. Left Neglected by Lisa Genova on The Crazy Life of a Bookaholic 
14. Soulless by Gail Carriger on  Martha's Bookshelf
15. Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys on Knitting and Sundries 

1. Possession by A.S. Byatt
2. Impossible by Nancy Werlin
3. Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
4. A Vintage Affair by Isabel Wolff
5. The Unknown Ajax by Georgette Heyer
6. And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
8. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
9. Jane by April Lindner
10. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
11. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
12. The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman

A1. Persuading Annie by Melissa Nathan
A2. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
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