Sunday, December 30, 2018

2019 Reading Challenges

With my job it does get harder and harder to do book challenges. Unless someone did a book challenge that was Read As Much As Possible Published by a Single Publisher. Alas, that one doesn't exist. But I did find a new one to do this year! And some old reliables.


Hosted by Rose City Reader. January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020
The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. (See note about the UK, below.)

WHAT COUNTS AS "EUROPE"?: We stick with the standard list of 50 sovereign states that fall (at least partially) within the geographic territory of the continent of Europe and/or enjoy membership in international European organizations such as the Council of Europe. This list includes the obvious (the UK, France, Germany, and Italy), the really huge Russia, the tiny Vatican City, and the mixed bag of Baltic, Balkan, and former Soviet states.

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City. NOTE: Even after Brexit, the United Kingdom is still one country, in Europe, that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. So one book from any one of these four counts as your one book for the United Kingdom.

This one is always a bit of a challenge for me, but that's the point. So once again I will try for FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.

2019 New Release Challenge

The 2019 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2019, hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms.

I'm not sure how they do it at 120+ (!!!) new release reads per year, but they must not have the big problem I have--halfway through the year I always have to switch to the NEXT year. As I sign up for this, on Dec. 30, 2018, I have already read 40 books publishing in 2019, which I can't count toward my total as I read them in 2018. But even if I could, that would only get me to Level 3!

The Rules are:
Books have to be released and reviewed in 2019.
Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2018 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2019

I am signing up for Level 2 again:
31-60 books per year – New Release Pro

The 2019 Audiobook Challenge

I was thrilled to find this new challenge! I have been kicking butt with audiobooks the last 3 years or so. I listened to 28 in 2018. It's hosted by both Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer.

The Rules:
Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
ANY genres count.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

I'm signing up for :
My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-49 which is Level 6. There's only one level above this!

2019 Diversity Reading Challenge
I am so happy to find this challenge!

I’m not going to make any categories or levels for this challenge, as I want it to be a bit flexible. Read as many books as you feel like reading and yes, it can be children’s books, graphic novels, e-books, non-fiction, audio books, poetry and you-name-it. As it is a diversity reading challenge, it would be mean to exclude some types of reading materials, right?

Now, what is diversity you might ask? What I mean by diversity is, but not limited to;
People of colour/non-caucasian characters/authors
Native Americans and other indigenous people
Gender fluid/transgender people
Religious minorities
Mental illnesses
Neurodiversity (like ADD and autism)
Feminist themes/issues
Physical/mental disabilities

The host doesn't specify if the book has to be about these diversities, if the author needs to fall into these categories, and if a character, if it must be a major character. So along with the no levels, there's also few rules. Which means I'm going to make some parameters for myself:
The diversity must be featured in the book. It doesn't need to be THE main character but it can't be a very minor character. Or it can be the author, especially for more non-narrative books. And I'm going to aim for 40. That's 1/3 of the books I plan to read this year. I counted last year and while there are some that are iffy, last year I read about 36 that fells into these categories. If I push myself just a little, this should be very do-able.

I am not going to do my self-made Books I Want to Read challenge. The last couple of years I've had trouble making the list as well as done dismally getting to them. That's just not a priority for me right now. I'll read what I read and hopefully I can get to a couple I really want to, but it just doesn't burn me up if I don't.

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