Fortunately, I didn't enter any reading challenges in 2013. Given how hectic this year has been (finishing up our first full year of homeschooling and buying a house/moving), I doubt I would have finished them. Looking back through my Goodreads list, I still managed to read 17 books, not including all the books I read with the kids for homeschooling and such. Not too shabby!
Cutting Your Grocery Bill in Half
by Steve & Annette Economides
America's Cheapest Family
by Steve & Annette Economides
The MoneySmart Family System
by Steve & Annette Economides (I met my budgeting resolution last year with the help of the Economides family!)
by Stephenie Meyer (finally finished that series... still haven't seen the movies)
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
by Rachel Joyce
Bebe Day by Day: 100 Keys to French Parenting
by Pamela Druckerman
French Twist: An American Mom's Experiment in Parisian Parenting
by Catherine Crawford (another theme... not sure I agree with the French parenting style but I did glean a few things from these two)
The Secrets of Happy Families
by Bruce Feiler
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand
by Helen Simonson
I Could Pee on This: And Other Poems by Cats
by Francesco Marciuliano
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer
The Secret Keeper
by Kate Morton
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
by Cheryl Strayed
The Witch's Daughte
r by Paula Brackston
The Language of Flowers
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Shoemaker's Wife
by Adriana Trigiani
The Tree Shepherd's Daughter
by Gillian Summers
18) More Rainbow Fairy Magic books then you can shake a stick at... but that starts getting into books read with the kids.
For 2014, I am in two book clubs so that should keep me busy. I have
The Bean Trees
by Barbara Kingsolver and
A Moveable Feast
by Ernest Hemingway teed up to meet those obligations in January. I have decided to tackle two reading challenges this year. I enjoyed the
in 2012 so will join it again this year, now hosted by The Worm Hole. The 2014 categories are:
- A reference to time (Eleven Minutes, Before Ever After)
- A position of royalty (The People’s Queen, The Last Empress, The Curse Of The Pharaoh)
- A number written in letters (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, A Tale Of Two Cities)
- A forename or names (Rebecca, Eleanor & Park, The Unfinished Work Of Elizabeth D.)
- A type or element of weather (Gone With The Wind, Red Earth Pouring Rain)
I was tempted by
but was a bit intimidated by 25 books since my book club books may or may not fit all the categories of the challenge. That could result in a challenge that just isn't feasible for someone with my limited reading time. I know! I know! I should find more time to read but I want to set achievable goals. So instead I selected the
as my second challenge for 2014. The 2014 categories are:
- A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc) in the title.
- A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgundy, etc) in the title.
- A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title.
- A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc) in the title.
- A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Chocolate, Beige, etc) in the title.
- A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc) in the title.
- A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc) in the title.
- A book with any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magenta, etc.).
- A book with a word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.).
Of course, neither of the books for my January book club meetings meet either of the challenges. (sigh) Not an auspicious start but I have faith that I can meet both of these challenges this year. Are you planning to sign up for any reading challenges this year? Which ones?