Reading Challenges Part 2

When I did my original post for my reading challenges, I planned to stop at six. I like even numbers and I was trying not to sign up for too many reading challenge this year. But my plan and what happens are not always the same thing. So, without any further ado or whining, these are my add on writing challenges.

Lady Detectives Reading Challenge

Goal: I am going for Jessica- Reading 7+ books

Rules: “I’m keeping this pretty laidback. Wanna read ebooks? Cool. Wanna listen to audiobooks? Cool. Wanna read YA? Cool. So long as it matches the theme of a lady detective being one of the primary characters, I’m good with audio, digital, graphic, YA… whatever.”

Thoughts: This first challenge that broke through my no more barrier is courtesy of my older sister. Since I was the one who suggested this challenge, I think it wouldn’t go over well if I didn’t sign up. I am very excited about this challenge and can’t wait to get reading.🙂

Anne of Green Gables Reading Challenge

Goal: Read the whole series and bonus points if I can read two other books by L. M. Montgomery

Rules: “I’m going to keep it really simple. All you have to do is complete books 1-8 between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. I’m not setting a schedule, just read at your own pace. Any format is acceptable (hard copy, e-book, audiobook). Crossovers to other challenges are allowed encouraged, and totally expected.”

Thoughts: I love Anne of Green Gables! This series amongst my all time favorites and helped foster my love of reading. The relationship between the two leads is full of fun and sparking comments putting it right up there with Pride and Prejudice for me. (Which is a BIG statement)

I am not going to promise no more challenges, because so far that hasn’t worked for me. If I have anymore, I will add them onto this post with a note.

Happy Reading,

-Rebecca

Book Challenges 2016

2015 has breezed by faster than I thought would be possible. With two years of marriage under my belt and a healthy dose of crazy work schedule I am planning on being a lot more serious about my challenges with year.

Last year I did not keep up and my total lack of responsibility not only with  my own challenges, but the ones I signed up for is shameful. But it is a whole new year with no mistakes in it yet. (Bonus points to you if caught the reference. ) I am going to enjoy my shiny fresh start with some pretty high goals and hopefully my new planner can help me keep track of it all.

These are my challenges for the new year and you can check out all of the books on my read list here. Disclaimer: I do not personally recommend every book I read. Just because I finished it does not mean I liked/loved the book. Only that I endured to the end for better or worse.

 

2016 Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks

 Goal: it is exactly what it sounds like. Read a book a week for the year of 2016.

Rules: All books are acceptable, aside from Children’s books. Rereads are allowed. You can also count books from other challenges.

Thoughts: This is a pretty bold challenge for me. As I already mentioned, this past year I did not keep track of what I read or how I was doing on my challenges. If I don’t get every week, but I get every other week, this still meant I got some good quality reading in.

What Would Jane Do Reading Challenge 2016

Goal: Jane’s Wisdom: Read 3-5 books and watch 3-5 movies

Rules: The books can be either hers or a variation, sequel and/or books that use her as a fictional character, in this one I will also accept non-fiction books about Jane Austen as well. The movies are ones based off of her books or that use her books as a key element (Pride and Prejudice or Jane Austen Book Club for example) These books can crossover with other challenges.

Thoughts: This challenge is one I am personally hosting and I really look forward to digging back into some Jane Austen.

(Fairytale) Retelling challenge 2016 | Sign up post

Goal: Goose Girl: 5 – 9 books.

Rules: The goal is to read fairytale retellings, but if you want you can also pick other retellings. Think about mythology, myths, legends and folk tales. You can read Middle Grade, Young Adult and Adult books for this challenge. Obviously, the book doesn’t have to be published in 2016 and re-reads count. Physical, e-books, Audio books and novella’s all count. Cross-linking your books from/with other challenges count.

Thoughts: Fairytales!!!! I love fairytales as I am sure you could guess from my blog name. I can’t wait to dig into some retellings and go back over some favorites.

Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Reading Challenge 2016

Goal: Flight goggles: 4-6 books

Rules: You can count books like “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells and other books that are considered precursors to steampunk, I have no problem with you counting graphic novels like Full Metal Alchemist. They do not have to be on a paper to count, your ebooks count as well.
You can also count these books towards other challenges.

Thoughts: This is another challenge I am running. Steampunk books are awesome, but it isn’t always easy to find the true diamonds in this often overlooked genre. Looking for good ones is a mind field filled with  bodice rippers (which isn’t really my thing), bad writing, and good concepts and stories left without the proper exploration. I am really hoping to find some new books this year.

2016 Dystopian Reading Challenge

Goal: Revolutionist: 11-15

Rules: This challenge will run from January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at anytime before October 15, 2016. Books must be read and reviewed in 2016. Audiobooks, re-reads, short stories, and crossovers are fine. You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Booklikes, etc.

Thoughts: I don’t usually sign up for challenges that require book reviews so this is a big step for me. I am really hoping that I can keep up with this and it will stretch me. I have wanted to start reviewing books that this is a good start and experience.

2016 Annual Graphic Novel/Manga Reading Challenge

Goal: Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year (that’s only 1 book a month)

Rules:   What counts:  graphic novels, collected trade editions, manga, comic strip collections, comic books or combinations of text and bubbles all in the same book. In print or digital. Anything else you feel is suitable.  My personal criteria is if it has either frames OR speech bubbles it counts. You must write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. Reviews may be posted on your blog or goodreads or similar places. Several reviews may be gathered and posted in one link on your blog, but each book must be linked back here in the monthly linkies to count. Come back every month to record your progress.

Thoughts: As I said on the one before, I don’t usually do ones that require a review. But it will be interesting since graphic novels are going to require more than just the story line. I will also be reviewing the art style as well.

 

Well that is the last challenge on my list for this year. Wish me luck and I hope you have an amazing year of reading ahead.  Happy Reading!!

-Rebecca

What Would Jane Do Reading Challenge 2016

I am a huge fan of Jane Austen’s books, the movie remakes and several spin offs inspired by them. This challenge is one that is perfect for all of the lovers of Jane Austen’s literature or people who want to be. I’ve been reading Austen for a long time and truly love her work, but I have not read them in a while. (Yes that means I did not follow through with reading all the books in 2015. But 2016 is a whole new year.)

This challenge will run from January 1st-December 31st 2016.

Sign-up is from now until Sept. 30th, 2016

The books you read can count for other challenges. E-books and audio books count in addition to regular ones.

Just Austen- Books only Written by Jane Austen herself

Levels:

A Touch of Pride: Read 1-3 books

Learning Sense: Read 4+ books

Jane Austen and Beyond- Books written by Jane and books that include variation of one of her works, sequels and/or books that use her as a fictional character.

Levels:

Expanding Emmagination: Read 1-3 books by Jane Austen and 1-3 books that fall into one or all of the other categories.

Jane’s Persuasion: Read 4+ books by Jane Austen and 4+ books from the other categories

There are two final levels of dedication that go above and beyond all the other ones. The books can be either hers or a variation, sequel and/or books that use her as a fictional character, in this one I will also accept non-fiction books about Jane Austen as well. The movies are ones based off of her books or that use her books as a key element (Pride and Prejudice or Jane Austen Book Club for example)

Levels:

Jane’s Wisdom: Read 3-5 books and watch 3-5 movies

What Would Jane Do Official Challenge: Read 8+ books and watch 8+ movies.

I am going for Jane’s Wisdom, but if I can I would love to achieve What Would Jane Do Official Challenge level. I am really excited about this challenge and going back through these books. I may even post a review or two of looking through the books with fresh eyes.

To join please comment below with what you are doing and a link back to your blog post. Check back in occasionally and update me on how you are doing. 🙂
Happy Reading!!

Clocks, Cogs and Mechanisms Reading Challenge 2016

This challenge was created back in 2012 for all the lovers of steampunk fiction that couldn’t find a reading challenge to match.  After missing a year, I brought it back for 2015.  The year didn’t go as planned for me and I didn’t do check-ins or or follow up posts on my blog, my goal is to do a lot better this  year.  Thank you for everyone who participated in 2015, I really hope you enjoyed reading Steampunk as much as I do.

Steampunk in case you did not know is an up and coming genre of fiction that takes place in older time periods, typically Victorian and involves lots of steam-powered technology. If you want some more information about steampunk follow the link for more information: Steampunk
This challenge runs from January 1st – December 31st.  Sign up ends September 30th, 2016.

What do I let count as steampunk?
You can count books like “The Time Machine” by H.G. Wells and other books that are considered precursors to steampunk, I have no problem with you counting graphic novels like Full Metal Alchemist.

They do not have to be on a paper to count, your ebooks count as well.
You can also count these books towards other challenges.

Brass Gears: Read 1-3 steampunk books
Flight goggles: 4-6 books
Button-up boots: 7-12 books
Clockwork Corset: 13+ books

I would like to go for Clockwork Corset, but I don’t want to take on more than I can handle. I am going to do at least brass gears and see if I can work my way up to the levels.

Sign up below by posting and leaving a link back to your blog. I hope you have a wonderful time with this challenge!
Happy Reading!!!

One Year Ago

Dear Blogosphere,

Before I go any further I want to formally apologize for going almost a full year without posting anything on my undecorated blog walls. I have no excuse to give but that of a complete and total lack of blog direction. I have a hard time finding a blog title that suits all of my multidimensional needs without the name already being taken. Side thought, don’t you hate when you come up with a completely brilliant blog name and the web address is taken by someone who hasn’t posted even once? Other side thought, I apologize if someone looked at my blog and was sad to find only a few rough posts and then nothing.

When I was a teenager I had a blog on homeschool blogger that I posted on all the time. But as I got older my posting dwindled until the blog died. Later on I moved to blogger, created a new blog and managed to keep it alive for most of a year, but the honeymoon with blogging was long over. I was looking for the thrill of that first blog and it was not working. A year or so passed and I was ready to start again. This time my brave sister set up a lovely blog for me with everything customized and my own paid for web address. For the whole of that year it sat neglected. I wanted for each of my posts to be brilliant and because of that I wrote nothing.

From these failures I am reminded of some very important things. I am human, imperfect and incapable of a flawless post. I talk too much, go on rabbit trails, make really lame jokes, and try too hard to sound clever. Just because my new blog was shinier, did not mean I was going to take better care of it. In fact it was its very own source of neglect. So here is my goal and a deal I made with my husband. I have one year. One year to make this blog that I threw together just for reading challenges work. My posts don’t have to be perfect or supremely clever, but they do have to be me. I have to put time and effort into it, and if at the end of 2016 I have been faithful I will upgrade my blog and make the financial investment.

Why am I telling the world this? Accountability. Not just from my readers, currently non-existent though you may be, but also from myself when I check my blog and see this post. So please bear with my weird, random, and sometimes awkwardly conveyed posts as I learn how to express all the things in my head and heart.

Thank you,

Rebecca Vucci

 

Challenges 2015

Thursday begins a new year and I am so excited about everything that I am going to be doing. Each year a flood of reading challenges pop up and I go through them deciding which ones I want to take on. Year after year I find myself signing up for more challenges than I have time to complete, this year I have limited myself to five reading challenges plus a few other non-reading challenges.

Reading Challenges:

Challenge One: Graphic Novel Reading Challenge

I am going for the easiest level – Modern Age –   The goal is to read and review twelve graphic novels. I have never actually done a challenge that include reviews so this is going to be new for me.

Challenge Two: (Fairytale) Retelling reading challenge 2015

I am going for level one – Prince Charming – The goal is to read 1-4 retold fairy tales. If I can I plan on reading many more than this base level but I promised myself not to bite off more than I can chew this year.

Challenge Three: 2015 Reading Challenge

This is a challenge that my mom found online and sent to me. I am really excited because this challenge has a large variety of books. It has a printable that comes with it to help you keep track of what you’ve read.

Challenge Four: Clocks, Cogs, and Mechanisms Reading Challenge

I am the host blog for this steampunk reading challenge. I love steampunk novels and any excuse to read a steampunk novel is a good one to me. I am going for level one – Brass Gear – The goal is to read 1-3 steampunk novels. If all goes well I will make it eventually all the way up to level – Clockwork Corset- (Read 13+ novels)

Challenge Five: What Would Jane Do Reading Challenge

I am also the host for this reading challenge. I am doing the third category level – Jane’s Wisdom – Read 3-5 books and watch 3-5 movies.

To keep up with what books I have read this year you can follow this link to my reading list. I will update it as a read books and it will include links to reviews I post for any of the titles.

Other Challenges

My husband will be creating two challenges very soon, one for art and the other for gaming. I will update with my goals for those challenges after they are posted.

 

Let me know if you have any amazing challenges you are joining this year.

Happy Reading!

– Mrs. Vucci

A Year To Grow

Each new year people make their lists of all the things they plan on changing in their lives starting January first. I have found myself part of that crowd time and time again. This is how it always goes, I start out really excited and working hard towards my goals and then somewhere around February I find myself losing steam. I decided that I needed to go about things differently this year. About three weeks ago I started working on making my new years changes now so that I don’t have quite so dramatic a change at the beginning. I created a couple of rules for myself this new year to help me.

Rule Number One: Don’t Take Myself Too Seriously

It is really easy to get focused so intently on my list of changes, improvements, and goals that I don’t give myself any leeway for life to happen. I am human and I have a limited amount of time to accomplish everything that I want to each day. This means I don’t always have time to read a new book, learn a new skill or eat the way that I want. Big changes will take time to become habit.

Rule Number Two: Don’t Underestimate What I Can Do

Even though I don’t want to  take myself to seriously, I don’t plan on limiting myself either. The moment I tell myself that I can’t or something is impossible, I create boundaries for how much I can grow.

Rule Number Three: Don’t Give up

Whenever I get off track or get overwhelmed it is really easy to get frustrated and scrap everything by saying I will do better next year. I am going to get discouraged, sometimes I don’t feel like my exercise is making a difference, my art isn’t getting any better, I never get past the twelfth chapter on my novels, I can’t find any new books to read, or whatever it is that is bothering me. Even when I am overwhelmed I need to remember I have goals to achieve that won’t wait for me to feel like it.

Now that you know my rules, let me tell you a few of my personal goals for this year.

1. Complete my five reading challenges

2. Finish writing at least one novel

3. Create on original piece of art each month no matter how bad it looks

4. Successfully keep up with my blog by posting at least once every other week. My ultimate goal is to post multiple times a week eventually, it just takes time to work up to that level.

I have a lot more goals, some of them are just an idea of something I want to achieve that I haven’t even figured out the details for.  I am making a list of everything I want to achieve over the next year and I am going to write it out on paper on hang it on the wall. When ever I need to remember everything I am working for it is there to remind me.

What are some of the goals that you are planning on achieving this new year? How do you stay inspired when ever motivation is gone?

Have an amazing new year!

-Mrs. Vucci