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2015 Genre Decades Reading Challenge
I'm excited to host the Genre Decades Reading Challenge. Here's how it works:1) Choose a decade. I'd recommend starting with one. If you finish you can always come back for another! You will be reading TEN books. One book for each year of the decade you choose. You may choose to sign up for more than one decade from the start. But it's ten books per decade you choose. So it would be committing to twenty books if you choose two. 2) Choose your genre. Or genres. You may choose up to five genres for a single decade. (Two books per genre.) It is up to you if you want a single genre or multiple genres. Genre is different from audience. So if you choose fantasy, you may read fantasy for children, young adults, or adults. But "young adult" is not in and of itself a genre. You can definitely make this challenge your own. For example:sci-fi from the seventiesfantasy from the eighties historical fiction from the thirtiesmysteries from the fiftiesromances from the fortiesparanormal from the nineties3) If you want to make the challenge more difficult, you might consider reading one book per genre per year of your decade. So minimum of ten books, maximum of fifty.4) Up to five rereads are allowed per decade. I love to reread I do. But part of a challenge is to discover new books and new authors. 5) Reviews are not required. But. They are fun to read! So if you do blog your reviews, you may share links. You may give updates on your progress by leaving comments if you do not have a blog. Definitely let me know when you finish the challenge. I'd love to see your finished list. 6) Sign up in the comments on this post. © 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book ReviewsIf you're reading this on a site (other than Becky's Book Reviews or Becky's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.
Ten Library Books I'm Thankful To Have Read This Year
Happy Thanksgiving! I thought I would share the top ten library books I'm thankful to have read this past year. If you love the library, you might want to create a top ten list of your own! I'd love to read your list if you do make one!1. The Night Gardener. Jonathan Auxier. 2014. Abrams. 350 pages. [Source: Library] I love and adore Jonathan Auxier's The Night Gardener. Love and adore is probably even an understatement. I read this one twice this year. I have a review here at Becky's Book Reviews and a review at Operation Actually Read Bible. Here's how this one begins:The calendar said early March, but the smell in the air said late October. A crisp sun shone over Cellar Hollow, melting the final bits of ice from the bare trees. Steam rose from the soil like a phantom, carrying with it a whisper of autumn smoke that had been lying dormant in the frosty underground. Squinting through the trees, you could just make out the winding path that ran from the village all the way to the woods in the south. People seldom traveled in that direction, but on this March-morning-that-felt-like-October, a horse and cart rattled down the road. It was a fish cart with a broken back wheel and no fish. Riding atop the bench were two children, a girl and a boy, both with striking red hair. The girl was named Molly, and the boy, her brother, was Kip. And they were riding to their deaths. This, at least, was what Molly had been told by no fewer than a dozen people as they traveled from farm to farm in search of the Windsor estate. 2. Goodnight, Mr. Tom. Michelle Magorian. 1981. HarperCollins. 320 pages. [Source: Library] I checked out the book and the movie from the library. Both are highly recommended!!!3. Unbroken. Laura Hillenbrand. 2010. Random House. 473 pages. [Source: Library]This memoir is so intense and compelling!!!4. Bridge to Haven. Francine Rivers. 2014. Tyndale House. 468 pages. [Source: Library]Historical fiction set in the 1950s. Would love to see this as a movie!!! 5. The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights. Steve Sheinkin. 2014. Roaring Brook. 208 pages. [Source: Library]Love this nonfiction title! 6. Poem Depot: Aisles of Smiles. Douglas Florian. 2014. Penguin. 160 pages. [Source: Library]Without a doubt my favorite poetry book of the year!!! 7. Frozen in Time. Mitchell Zuckoff. 2013. Harper. 391 pages. [Source: Library] Yes, it's more nonfiction! And, yes, it's set during World War II. 8. The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson. 2013. Simon & Schuster. 240 pages. [Source: Library]More World War II. But it's so good. A Holocaust book for the audience of Number the Stars perhaps. 9. The Midnight Library. Kazuno Kohara. 2014. Roaring Brook. 32 pages. [Source: Library]There is something oh-so-magical about this picture book. It just captured my heart.10. A Snicker of Magic. Natalie Lloyd. 2014. Scholastic. 320 pages. [Source: Library]It wasn't easy choosing the final book. Hence why there will be honorable mentions!Honorable Mentions: Bo at Ballard Creek. Kirkpatrick Hill. Illustrated by LeUyen Pham. 2013. Henry Holt. 288 pages. [Source: Library]Free to Fall. Lauren Miller. 2014. HarperCollins. 480 pages. [Source: Library] Kiss of Deception. (The Remnant Chronicles #1) Mary E. Pearson. 2014. Henry Holt. 489 pages. [Source: Library]Absolutely Almost. Lisa Graff. 2014. Penguin. 304 pages [Source: Library]© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book ReviewsIf you're reading this on a site (other than Becky's Book Reviews or Becky's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.
2015 Challenges: Birthday Month Reading Challenge
Host: You, Me, and a Cup of TeaName: 2015 Birthday Month Reading Challenge (sign up here) Dates: January - December 2015# of Books: 12Note to self: remember to leave links to reviews on her linkies post. January:February:March:April:May:June:July:August:September:October:November:December:Ideas for each month:JanuaryJ.R.R. TolkienWilkie CollinsFebruaryCharles DickensVictor HugoMo WillemsMarchDr. SeussLois LowryAprilMargaret OliphantAnthony TrollopeBeverly ClearyCharlotte BronteNgaio MarshMayJerome K. JeromePat Frank (Alas, Babylon)Arthur Conan DoyleJuneDorothy SayersThomas HardyJulyJosephine TeyErle Stanley GardnerCandice F. RansomJoan BauerAugust Georgette HeyerOrson Scott Card E. NesbitKenneth OppelCynthia Harrod-EaglesP.L. TraversDiana Wynne JonesSeptemberElizabeth GaskellAgatha ChristieRoald DahlGail Carson LevineOctoberJulie Andrews EdwardsKaren CushmanLois LenskyShel SilversteinLaurie Halse AndersonElizabeth Cody KimmelKatherine PatersonNovemberC.S. LewisNeil GaimanAstrid LindgrenFrances Hodgson BurnettMark TwainGeorge EliotL.M. MontgomeryLouisa May AlcottNeal ShustermanDecemberAviCarol Ryrie BrinkRudyard KiplingMercer MayerRex StoutGeorge MacDonald© 2014 Becky Laney of Becky's Book ReviewsIf you're reading this on a site (other than Becky's Book Reviews or Becky's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.
- Nov 30, 2014 Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- Nov 30, 2014 Library Loot: Fifth Trip in November
- Nov 29, 2014 2015 Challenges: Cloak & Dagger Mystery Challenge
- Nov 29, 2014 Week in Review: November 23-29
- Nov 28, 2014 Reread #48 A Christmas Carol
- Nov 28, 2014 2015 Genre Decades Reading Challenge
- Nov 27, 2014 Ten Library Books I'm Thankful To Have Read This Year
- Nov 27, 2014 The Magic City (1910)
- Nov 26, 2014 The Enchanted Castle (1907)
- Nov 25, 2014 2015 Challenges: Birthday Month Reading Challenge
- Nov 25, 2014 2015 Challenges: Hard Core Re-reading Challenge
- Nov 25, 2014 What's On Your Nightstand (November)
- Nov 25, 2014 Mortal Heart (2014)
- Nov 24, 2014 2015 Challenges: TBR Pile
- Nov 24, 2014 The Man Who Invented Christmas (2008)
- Nov 23, 2014 Perpetual Challenge: Victorian Bingo
- Nov 23, 2014 Library Loot: Fourth Trip in November
- Nov 23, 2014 2015 Challenges: Alphabet Soup
- Nov 23, 2014 2015 Challenges: Victorian Bingo
- Nov 23, 2014 2015 Challenges: Vintage Mystery Bingo
- Nov 23, 2014 2015 Challenges: Newbery Reading Challenge
- Nov 23, 2014 Challenge Completed: Vintage Mystery Bingo
- Nov 23, 2014 Where There's A Will (1940)
- Nov 22, 2014 Week in Review: November 16-22
- Nov 21, 2014 Reread #47 Black Beauty