Lady In Read Writes

Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be (am) too late!

By January 10, 2018 Books, Memes, Writing

Many of you must have thought of the Rabbit with his timepiece from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland as soon as you saw the title of this post. And you are not mistaken. Today’s post is about Alice (well, everything I can fit into one post that I am running late on….oh dear!)

Rabbit Alice

‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll tells the story of Alice who falls down a rabbit hole, into a land of wonders where she proceeds to wonder about everything, and everyone around. (And everyone there wonders too!)

Vintage Alice illustrationBefore I go into this post further, I have to admit, I do not recall reading the entire original book myself (maybe a really shortened version) and I do plan to read the original version this year (as part of one of my challenges, maybe!).

If you are like me, you can read it too – it is available to read free online in various versions and if you want the paper book, you can get those too – some of which I have mentioned below:


Some interesting facts about the book:

  • The story came about when a little girl named Alice Liddell asked Carroll to tell her a story during a boating trip.
  • Carroll took real-life inspiration for many characters in the book in addition to being inspired by Alice: one example is the dodo – he based that character upon himself.
  • If any of the other ideas for the title for this book had been picked instead, we would have been reading ‘Alice in Elfland’ or ‘Alice’s Adventures Underground’, (Actually, saw this on Amazon) or ‘Alice amongst the Fairies’. I am glad he went with the option we know it as today!
  • Lewis Carroll suffered from a rare neurological disease, that affects perception and size distortion. This was later called Alice In Wonderland Syndrome. His personal experience with it is of course visible in the book as Alice experiences numerous such incidents.
Lewis Carroll

By Reginald Southey [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

  • This series of books were banned in China in 1931; reason – animals should not use human language.
  • The author of The Brave New World, Aldous Huxley, was enlisted by Walt Disney to write a script for the movie (though Walt Disney thought it was ‘too literary’ and nothing of that script made it into the 1951 movie)
  • Carroll was one of the first authors to create a ‘franchise’ off of his book. He allowed her image to appear on cookie tins and other items; and also designed a stamp case. (need to check if there is anything like this available!)
  • The book has never been out of print since its first publication in 1865; and has since been published in 176 languages
  • The first movie version of the book was only 12 minutes long (one of the longest movies of that time) and made in 1903

My favorite character(s) in the book have to be Tweedledum and Tweedledee (in the same way that Thomson and Thompson are my favorites in the Tintin comics)!! And the book provides one with so many wonderful quotes, puns, riddles, and word-games that one cannot help but fall in love with it.

John Tenniel [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

“She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it).” 
— Lewis Carroll (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass)

How about you? Have you read the book? If yes, any favorite characters or quotes or memory of the book? Let me know in the comments!


This post goes towards UBC, Just Jot It January, ABC Wednesday‘s round 22 – letter A (my theme for ABC Wednesday’s Round 22, as you might have already guessed, is children’s books – I will pick one popular book – classic/modern/old/new… – and write about it – be it a backstory or facts or something else completely).

this post contains Amazon affiliate links

 

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Street (sm)Art

By January 9, 2018 Art, Travel

As we drove past the streets of quaint Winter Park, Florida, my eyes were drawn to this mural. I do not recall what the store was, or even the name of the street we were on, but I had to click a photo. Luckily, we had to stop for a red light ahead, and here is my click….

This fits perfectly into today’s prompt for the UBC (post a photo), and for RubyTuesdayToo.

this below is street art…so, you might wonder about the smart part of it.. 🙂 Here it is

I actually asked this puzzle to readers in my Liebster post here but am sure it got lost in the wordiness of the post.. so, here it is again.

One favorite question I was asked in an interview – You are given 10 bags of coins, each containing x number of coins (let us say, 500 coins each), but one bag contains coins that are fake. You only know that the fake coins weigh one gram lesser than the real coins. You are also handed a digital kitchen scale (with just one weighing pan/not a balance). How can you find out which bag contains the fake coins with just ONE weighing?  (Let me know – You can email me the answer –  vidya@ladyinreadwrites.com . and i will post it on my blog post later this week)That Random Street Art In Winter Park

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Children’s Book Reviews: Know-Nonsense Indeed

By January 8, 2018 Books, Reviews

rock can beA Rock Can Be (Millbrook Picture Books)
by Laura Purdie Salas (Author),‎ Violeta Dabija (Illustrator)

Just like the previous books in the series, ‘Water Can Be‘, and ‘A Leaf Can Be’, this book is simply magical. As before, Laura Purdie Salas and Violeta Dabija have unfailingly managed to create the wow factor with ease. Pithy text and beautiful illustrations blend seamlessly to show the reader that a rock is not just a rock, but can be so much more. At the same time, they continue to educate with the book using appended text to explain words in each page as needed, and with an appendix of useful and interesting information (history of hopscotch, anyone?). A gift for young and old (that rock-enthusiast in your family will appreciate this book, no matter the age).
Rating: A+
Reading Level: Ages 5 to 8
Reread Level: 5/5

Everybody's SomewhereEverybody’s Somewhere
by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Quarto Publishing Group – Seagrass Press

This book has colorful, adorable illustrations and rhyming text which make it easy reading. It will help those littles who worry when people they know and love are away, as well as wonder about other someones and somebodies like them who are well, somewhere else. It helps teach them that there are people just like us all over the world, make them familiar with concepts of time, place, and distance.

Notes: Amazon’s page for this has teaching points for teachers, parents, and caregivers from the publisher which will definitely be useful.

Rating: A
Reading Level: Ages 5 to 8
Reread Level: 4/5

WORLDS BIGGEST FARTThe World’s Biggest Fart:  Rafael Ordóñez Cuadrado, Laure du Fäy (Illustrated by)

While my daughter, who is almost 12 and my 15 yo teen found this book hilarious, I reacted like a typical adult (female) to this book with a ‘gross, enough already’ and hoped nobody gets any ideas from the book! Based on the previous statement, I would like to say that this book will be enjoyed by kids (and non-kids) of all ages who enjoy jokes of the bodily-noises kin. For the others, they will be mightily curious as to what this book is about while finding the humor corny (though not offensive).

Rating: B+ based on an A (from my kids) and B- (from me)
Reading Level: Ages 5 to 8
Reread Level: 4/5

The Know-Nonsense Guide To series by Heidi Fiedler (Author),‎ Brendan Kearney (Illustrator): The below three books in the series are all aimed at teaching concepts in a fun way. While my favorite one has to be the one about grammar solely based on its subject matter, each of them manage to cover a broad range of information in a 64 page illustrated book which is not overly wordy. The quirky illustrations and humorous examples help the reader understand the concepts in a totally fun way!

My thoughts on each of these books are below:

know nonsense guide grammarThe Know-Nonsense Guide to Grammar: An Awesomely Fun Guide to the Way We Use Words! (Know Nonsense Series)

This book teaches not only the basic rules of grammar, but also throws in a healthy dose of literary devices. I actually learned something new in this book (though I have always followed this rule without actually knowing it) – the sequence of adjectives in a sentence (when there are multiple adjectives).  This book will be a great classroom addition.

Rating: A
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12
Reread Level: 5/5

know nonsense guide measurementsThe Know-Nonsense Guide to Measurements: An Awesomely Fun Guide to How Things are Measured! (Know Nonsense Series)

Not confining itself to just the more common measurements of length, volume, mass, and time, this book also explores intensity (of sound, spice, windchill – to name a few). Again, the book teaches while entertaining using fun illustrations and cool definitions.

Rating: A
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12
Reread Level: 5/5

 

know nonsense guide money

The Know-Nonsense Guide to Money: An Awesomely Fun Guide to the World of Finance! (Know Nonsense Series)

Do you know your bitcoins? If your child (or a total newbie to money) asks to define what earning power means or how/why we need to budget, then this book will help!  It explores money in five sections: What is Money?, Earning, Saving, Spending, and Borrowing. A perfect introduction to the complex world of finance for anyone, and for teaching how to use money responsibly for the young ones!

Rating: A
Reading Level: Ages 8 to 12
Reread Level: 5/5

 

This post goes towards It’s Monday What Are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA at Teach Mentor Texts and for the Ultimate Blogging Challenge as well as Just Jot It January. This also goes towards the NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge.

Disclaimer:
Thank you to NetGalley and to the publishers for sending me a digital review copy of the books – A Rock Can Be, Everybody’s Somewhere, and The Know-Nonsense Guide To Money.
Thank you to Edelweiss and to the publishers for sending me a digital review copy of the books – Everybody’s Somewhere, The World’s Biggest Fart, The Know-Nonsense Guide To Measurements, and The Know-Nonsense Guide To Grammar.
I was not compensated for my reviews. My thoughts were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal opinions formed when I read these books.

Note: this post contains Amazon affiliate links. 

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Reading Challenges…..short stories read, and problem solving strategies

By January 7, 2018 Books, Reviews, Writing

Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me In 2018

The Card: 4 of Spades RANDOM CARD

The Selection:A View from the Bridge‘ by Cherokee Paul McDonald selected from the book ‘The Norton Sampler Short Essays for Composition’.

Reading this super short story made me marvel at how much can be said in just a couple of pages. While I wondered at how the little boy was left alone on the bridge, I also appreciated the independence (and thus confidence) this would build in him for later.  McDonald uses a combination of dialog and detailed descriptions to let the reader know what is happening, visualize what he is seeing (and be the eyes, for the boy and the reader), and to feel (irritation initially for how brusquely the author treats the little boy, sympathy for that boy, and later a little warming towards McDonald as he helps the boy in his fishing and describes the catch to him, and finally admiration for the boy himself).

This story taught me the importance of observation and of detail, and how important words are. At the same, this story does not fail to be emotionally appealing. The single line that caught my attention here: as McDonald starts describing the fish to the boy, he pauses to ask him “Do you know what I mean by colors?”.  And I learned a new figure of speech – metonymy!

It also made me wonder how I would describe any everyday object to someone who could not see it, or had only heard about it, and did not know what it was at all.

This also brings me to another book I read for the Strategic Reading Challenge – ‘The Book of Think’ on problem solving. This book is geared towards kids (and also can be read by adults to help explore problem solving’s basics) and a little dated in some of the examples it presents (1976) but it does help open up our mind about how we can look around us and at ourselves, observe more closely, and approach problems in different ways to help reach the solution.  This book, while being dated (which can’t be helped as was published in 1976), does have a cool variety of exercises that it prompts the reader to do, which will help increase our observation powers and problem solving abilities.

A writing prompt for you, my readers, based on this post:  Pick some everyday object (maybe a favorite jacket or your purse) and describe it with details so others can picture it as close to real as possible.

 

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Reading Challenges Week One Updates..

By January 6, 2018 Books, Reviews

So this is a quick update on my challenges, most of the reading is in progress, and reviews for the ones completed will be up tomorrow.  I will also put up suggestions for my reading challenges on Monday. Go ahead and sign up for the ones I am hosting, if you have not already. Check them out – #7 and 8 in the list below.

  1. Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me In 2018– Week One, using the random card generator, I got the 4 of Spades – which was the short story ‘The View from the Bridge’ by Cherokee Paul Donald. This was in a book I picked up at the library on a whim – ‘The Norton Sampler: Short Essays for Composition’ by Thomas Cooley.
  2. What’s in a Name 2018–  The first book I have picked to read will overlap with the Old School Kidlit challenge as well – ‘The Wind in the Willows’. Not yet started reading this one (or rereading since I read it when I was, well, years ago, I can’t recall)
  3. Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge – The first book I have picked to read, which will go with my Reading by the Month Challenge is ‘Twenty One Balloons’. I had this book in my own bookshelf forever now (picked at a library book sale) and finally will start on reading it.
  4. 2018 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge –  The first reviews for this – coming up with my Magic Monday blog post next week.
  5.  Strategic Reading Challenge. – The books I have lined up for this are in my google doc already. One overlaps with my Continental Reading Challenge. However, the first one I am reading is ‘The Book of Think (or How to Solve a Problem Twice Your Size)’
  6. Book Blog Discussion Challenge  – depending on the other books I finish, I will put up my post for this challenge.
  7.  Continental Reading Challenge – see #5
  8. Reading by the Month Reading Challenge  – see #2

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And the Liebster goes to….

By January 5, 2018 Everything Else

Thank you to Brenda Marie and to Roy Ackerman for awarding the Liebster to me! (displayed below) I love both their blogs and definitely thrilled that they thought I deserve this award. Thank you to UBC as well for being a wonderful support group, and introducing to so many bloggers, and some now friends.

Liebster Award

The rules for The Liebster Award are:

  • Acknowledge the blog(s) that gave it to you and display the award
  • Answer the 11 questions that the blogger gives you
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself
  • Nominate 11 blogs and notify them of their nomination
  • Give these blogs 11 questions to answer

Here are my answers to the 11 questions :

  1.  What made you start blogging? – I started blogging because I love writing but you can find more details in my About Me page!
  2. What do you do when you are bored? – This does not happen often but if it does, then I guess I read (which I am mostly already doing and hence not bored in the first place) or write or draw or binge-watch!!
  3. What is a long term goal of yours? – Someday, be able to publish in a nationally recognized magazine or paper; someday, publish a book (for children); well, that is enough for now 🙂
  4. What are your favorite  TV shows/ movies?  (not including the ones I watch and love because of my kids as well as not including any Bollywood related movies/TV shows)Movies – Some of my Hollywood favorites are Shawshank Redemption/Gone with the Wind/Arlington Road/Roman Holiday/Clueless/ Inception; TV Shows – US TV shows – The Flash/Arrow/Seinfeld/Jeopardy/Gilmore Girls
  5. What are your top three favorite songs of all time? Not including Bollywood songs, a random picking of three of my favorite songs (difficult to pick just three) – ‘Maria’ from the Sound of Music (sung by the Nuns),  ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ Justin Timberlake, ‘All I Want is You’ from Juno
  6. What is your goal for 2018? – To be healthier, wealthier, and wiser!! And I have a list of specific ways to get to that goal(s).
  7. Do you have any pets? – No pets.. Had a pair of love-birds that a friend left with us when they had to move (and sadly, I was the one to note when one of them died because a cat somehow got in to our balcony on the first floor– second floor in the US); and we kept gold-fish for a few months a couple of years ago.. here is a post about what happened to them
  8. What are you passionate about? – I am passionate about being fair, not wasting resources, my family, books, dancing, food….well, many things, in short.
  9. Do you speak any other languages besides English? –  I can speak four languages in total (English, my mother tongue – Tamil, Hindi (which is the national language of India), and Kannada (the language of the southern Indian state of Karnataka). I can also read and write all four of them with varying degrees of expertise. And hopefully add one more (at least) in the years to come. Part of my goals this year
  10. What would your ideal way to spend the weekend? – With family – doing something together; or if they are all off doing their own thing, then with a book.
  11. What is your favorite season? – No favorite season really; here in California, the weather does not change overly much through the year. But I loved the monsoon growing up in India and do love to watch the cherry blossoms in our neighborhood (March)

11 Random Facts: (and 11 more in my previous Liebster award post if you want to read them!)

  1. Like Roy before me, I cry at movies… and I recall my mom and brother watching me instead of the screen to see when the tears would start.. Now, it is not open season for tears, but my eyes glisten instead
  2. My favorite color is sunflower-yellow. I once paired a plain yellow tshirt with a plain yellow skirt and blinded everyone around!
  3. Dessert is my favorite meal of anyday.
  4. The first time I used the dishwasher, I ended up using regular dish detergent; and my husband returned home to a kitchen floor of soapsuds! To be fair to myself, we did not have a dishwasher at home growing up in India…
  5. This is the second time I have been nominated for the Liebster (excluding the fact that two people nominated me this time around). My first post is here (and I might have just used some of those random facts here as well).
  6. I love to dance, anytime, anywhere… dancing to ‘can’t stop the feeling’ which I was belting out while we waited in the early morning hours of a pre-debate tournament for my son’s debate team on the Berkeley campus (did I succeed in embarrassing my son? totally!)
  7. I love discovering new, obscure words – check out phrontistery (one of my favorite haunts online)
  8. My kids find it really funny that I am a memeaholic (I am talking about memes like ABC Wednesday, while they are picturing those funny, viral cat memes or such!)
  9. I was once chased by a langur across a park for what seemed like forever. He was half as big as me at least, at that time, he seemed way bigger to my maybe 8 year old self; and to be fair to the langur, I was carrying a banana and he stopped chasing me once I threw the banana at him.
  10. I love solving logic puzzles. One favorite question I was asked in an interview – You are given 10 bags of coins, each containing x number of coins (let us say, 500 coins each), but one bag contains coins that are fake. You only know that the fake coins weigh one gram lesser than the real coins. You are also handed a digital kitchen scale (with just one weighing pan/not a balance). How can you find out which bag contains the fake coins with just ONE weighing?  (Let me know – You can email me the answer –  vidya@ladyinreadwrites.com . and i will post it on my blog post on Monday)
  11. This is the second time I am writing a Liebster award related post. The first one was for my blogspot blog years ago.

The 11 blogs I am nominating (and adding one note here to my nominees, thanks to Lillian’s post, you all totally deserve the award, and I leave it up to you to continue the Liebster – not mandatory at all 🙂 )

  1. Jeanine at The Hygge Blog, where she blogs about, well, Hygge!! Check it out to learn more..
  2. Rachel at Rachel and Co, her goal setting posts totally rocked!
  3. Emily at More Coffee for Mama – her About Me page brought a smile to my face
  4. Lavanda at her lifestyle blog
  5. Marya at Beau Traveler blogging about, of course, traveling .. useful tips and destinations..
  6. Karina at Lovemade Handmade, where she blogs about her handmade projects (many sewing related ones that caught my attention due to my daughter’s interest in sewing)
  7. Agnes at Bits-en-Pieces where she writes about a little bit of this and a piece of that!
  8. Kate at Homebound But Hopeful – her words ‘blogging from the intersection where children’s literature and design meet’ caught my attention completely
  9. Lillian at Human in Recovery, where she writes about growth and healing
  10. Prerna at All She Things can be relied upon to give me tips on home decor, and style.
  11. Dee Jackson at her lifestyle blog; her posts inspire:)

My questions for them (borrowed shamelessly from my past Liebster post):

  1. If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be?
  2. What is your favorite food to eat?
  3. What advice would you give your younger self if you could go back in time ten years?
  4. What would be the first thing you’d do if you won the lottery?
  5. Night owl or early bird?
  6. What superpower would you like to have?
  7. Your favorite way to relax?
  8. eBook or the printed book or audio book or no books at all?
  9. What four words would you use to describe yourself?
  10. Who is the most influential person in your life?
  11. Do you make resolutions? If yes, what is your top resolution for 2018?

 

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Goals For The Year

By January 4, 2018 Everything Else, Learning, Memes, Writing

The past couple of years, I made and updated for myself a treasure map of goals to reach. While I did not yet reach them/achieve them fully, I did try to work towards (most of) them. And that point is why, at four days into this new year, I am planning my goals for this year. And reusing some of the ones from earlier, here are my 2018 goals – to be healthy, wealthy, and wise; and a 13 point list to help work towards them!! And if I am even halfway through some or most of them, that is still more than where I am at today and I will be happy…

  1. Exercise – I need to work on this seriously, so to break it down more specifically
    • Walk towards 10k steps everyday
    • Zumba twice a week (love dancing!)
    • Yoga once a week
  2. Hydrate
  3. Eat well (reduce dessert intake/plan and follow a weekly menu)
  4. Sleep – better sleep habits, as in the saying ‘Early to bed, early to rise, makes a (wo)man healthy, wealthy, and wise.’ So am going to work towards this habit and here are some tips I plan to use to achieve that.
  5. Spend wisely.
  6. Be in touch with family and friends more often than now
  7. Volunteer – at the shelter/soup-kitchen – with both my kids in scouting, I do get more opportunities to do this, so will work on doing it more often this year and do a RAK every week
  8. Start seriously working on my 52 week list made years ago (update as needed, but work towards checking it off)
  9. Read – My reading challenges, will hopefully take care of my reading goals
  10. Write –
    • in my journal everyday – just a line or two
    • poems – keeping a goal of six a month
    • posts on my blog – everyday during UBCs; and other months too if possible (excuse myself from this 5 days a month)
    • reviews that are overdue – book and product reviews I have been planning to complete
    • reviews for books that I read this year promptly
    • product reviews for products I truly enjoy using and know others will love too promptly
    • letters by hand – at least one a month
  11.  Learn – complete a course (even online) and earn a certificate, if possible
    • in something I love
    • in something that will be useful (even if I don’t love it!)
  12. Start learning a new language (Spanish might be a good choice as my son is learning it in high school now)
  13. Learn one new skill (need to figure out what) and relearn an older, left-in-the-sidelines one (drawing and painting)

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Leaping Zig-Zag into the New Year

By January 3, 2018 Memes, Writing

belly dancingLeap Into Love

She leaps gracefully
                Mimicking a dance
 She jumps joyfully
               Throwing him a glance
 Surprise him she does
               Puts him in a trance
 She zig-zags her way
               back to loyal fans
 Makes her final bow,
               bye-byes; lost his chance
 Maybe not! It’s her!!
               beckoning; Romance?

-Vidya Tiru/LadyInRead

A quadrille with the word leap; a poem that uses the word grace; a poem written using the invented form ‘zany zig-zag five‘ – this post is for dVerse Poets Quadrille Monday or maybe Poetic Tuesday (not sure if I can use it for both!!) and for ABC Wednesday‘s letter Z.

Quadrille: Rules of quadrille are quite simple:  write a poem, or short story in 44 words (excluding the title) with the specified word; this week’s quadrille word was Leap.

Zany zig-zag five: I found this in the poetrymagnumopus blog while looking for poetry forms starting with the letter Z to use for ABC Wednesday’s letter this week. On searching some more, I found the original poem written by the inventor of this form here.  Rules for this form: 5 syllable lines written in a zig-zag form that must contain movement and the words zig-zag must be mentioned; must also rhyme. For rhyming, I used the same scheme that Patricia used in her really wonderful poem – Shuffling Along.

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2018 Reading Challenges

By January 3, 2018 Books, Learning, Reviews


Today’s post is my list of reading challenges this year. Last year, I did not do as well on completing them but here I go again (and this year, I am hosting a couple of challenges as well so hoping you will join me in those as well). This also goes towards day 3 of UBC – a fun way to keep myself motivated to blog and to meet wonderful bloggers.

Reading challenges do inspire you to read (well, of course!) – over the past few years, joining these challenges meant I discovered new genres, widened my scope by reading out of my comfort zone and enjoyed great new books from around the world.

Here is my list of challenges

  1. Short Story Reading Challenge – Deal Me In 2018– From last year’s signup post – I love reading short stories for as long as I can remember. Some of my favorite authors include O’ Henry, H.H.Munro, Oscar Wilde, Poe, Hawthorne, as well as  Rabindranath Tagore and Munshi Premchand. My love of short stories will make this challenge a breeze, hopefully! — this challenge was gliding along smoothly for a while until at one point, it was like a brake was applied…This year, however, I am trying again – I am reusing my list from last year, only replacing the stories I read already with newer ones.  In the cases where I have picked an author, I will select a different short story by the same author if I had completed it last year.
  2. What’s in a Name 2018– This is a challenge I have participated in the past (failed at last year however:( ). Looking for books that satisfy this challenge is half the fun  And I hope to get a diverse set of books this year to read for the same.
  3. Old School Kidlit Reading Challenge – Kidlit is another of my evergreen favorites (since the time I was a kid!) and with my kids reading classics as part of their school reading, I am re-reading old favorites and discovering new ones so this challenge was one I definitely wanted to add to my list. And retrying this year after failing last time. There are no themes this time around just a goal for number of books. I am going to use the themes from last year as a guideline but with no specific month assigned to them and my goal is 6 books.
  4. 2018 NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge –  Redoing this one as well with hopes for success because I am still lagging behind in reviewing my NetGalley and Edelweiss books. Will aim for the Gold here this time – 50 books.
  5. Now, this challenge might be the challenging one for me to do and I will try to see how best I can work on this -my plan for this is currently at least pick two of the five choices provided per month. But it is definitely going to help broaden my reading – Strategic Reading Challenge.
  6. Book Blog Discussion Challenge – Having signed up for so many challenges, I decided this would be a good place to find others like me … so here is looking forward to this challenge as well. I will aim for the Discussion Dabbler Level for now.
  7. And last but not the least, my own challenges : Continental Reading Challenge
  8. And Reading by the Month Reading Challenge

You can also join in and read along in any or all of these reading challenges, just click on the links above for more information on the challenges themselves and to sign up.

2018 Reading Challenges, Here I come! And my list of books as well as progress will be tracked in this google spreadsheet.


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Continental Reading Challenge 2018

By January 1, 2018 Books

Continental Reading Challenge 2018 @LadyInReadWrites

I just could not help myself, once I got started, I had to put another one out there. Continental Reading Challenge 2018. I hope you join me as I traverse across the continents… Another reading challenge I am hosting is the Reading by the Month challenge – check it out too !

Level One: One book for each continent

Level Two: Two for each continent (or 14 in all but ensure they are spread across at least 5 continents with level one having been met)

Here are the rules:

  • The book can satisfy the condition for the continent if a) the author belongs to that continent; b) the book is set in that continent or c) you could also pick a book that is either set there for at least a major part of the book or has something that is unique to that continent- eg: penguins for Antarctica (Mr.Popper’s Penguins is one such example)…
  • There is no start and/or end date for when to join the challenge (latest date to enter a link is Dec 31th, 2018)
  • A book counts if you’ve read it in 2018, no matter when you join the challenge
  • If there are multiple settings in the book across continents, pick one continent to check off – ie a book counts for only one place
  • You can mark off on a map to make it more interesting as you travel across the world through your books
  • You can pick fiction or non-fiction. Books can be for kids, or for adults (so kids books, middle-grade, YA, and more).
  • Use a google map to pin the locations based on the books read – create your own book map. Mine was started a couple of years ago but sorely needs updates – link for my book map is here
  • And a bonus for reading one more book out of this world – maybe set in outer space or a fantasy land!!

Enter by signing up in below linky. For this challenge, I plan to put up a linky for completion at the end of every four months. Subscribe to receive updates on the challenge.  Use #ContinentalRead hashtag.

Towards day two of my UBC..

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