I stumbled upon another challenge to add to my ever growing list for 2014. Full details and sign-up can be found at host Historical Tapestry's blog.
Basic Simple Rules:
Now to contemplate, how many historical fiction books will fit into my already over-scheduled reading plan? I think I will go Medieval with my guess and shoot for 15 historical fiction books.
I have a bit of an issue with 20-or-so books always seeming to be hanging about in my currently reading pile. While I do read multiple books at once I do have some that fall way behind and get long lost in the shuffle.
I have listed some of the books below that have been hanging out the longest on my currently reading pile. My hopes are to clean these off the list, moving them to the read pile so they don't find themselves still being currently read in 2015! They are on the fringe of anyone sane being able to still call them being currently read.
Criteria used for choosing books: have you been hanging around the list for over six months? 9 met this condition, select "read more" to see the list.
First off, these covers are stunning. They belong to the Legends of the Ancient North series printed by Penguin Classics. For older books that fall under the classic dead author category I lean towards books published by Penguin Classics or Oxford World's Classics. Yes, that is a personal preference.
This challenge is all about trying to get through the "classics" I missed (avoided) earlier in life. The word "classic" is highly subjective to each person, so for the purpose of this challenge the author has to no longer be among the living for the book to qualify. Sorry if you are an author among the living and think your work classifies as a classic, maybe so, but just not for this list.
My overall goal is to read a total of 75 books in 2014. Here is to hoping that participation in all the other challenges will help to quickly fill this list with reads. I set my 2013 goal at 75 books and at 11 days out I'm not sure I am going to be able to make the final push to finish up 10 more books. My currently reading pile stands at over 20, so you would think I could pull out a miracle and wrap a few of those up.
My rules: Date finished only needs to be in 2014, even if I started the reading prior.
Books will be added to the final list as completed following the linkity link...so read more.
In addition to participating in the Mount TBR challenge to attempt to save some of my limited funds from filling more of my book crannies I have decided to borrow a minimum of 24 books from the local library. This helps my pocketbook and helps keep their circulation numbers up, win-win situation. Lucky for me my local system has a decent selection and participates in a large portion of the ILL system, I have been able to stumble upon some books in rare circulation. Some of these are so fragile looking I've almost been afraid to read them.
I have a feeling I might blow right past this goal. I already have a list of holds scheduled for next year that almost equals 24. My problem sometimes is making it through all the reads before I need to return them. Especially with the new releases that can't be renewed and I have a few of those on hold. Murphy seems to have this rule that says the books all need to come in at the same time instead of slowly trickling in. Watch the read more link for the list.
Howling Frog Books is hosting an Arthurian Literature Challenge, being I am behind with my Book Club December reads that are Arthurian and the club has selected an Arthurian piece in the near future I will tackle this challenge.
The rule basics, sign-up and full details at Howling Frog's Blog:
My goal will be Paladin with 7 books, including a non-fiction work. See my thoughts for this level by following the read more link.
1. Pick one or more History books written by historian(s)—must be pure non-fiction; historical fiction is not allowed.
2. It has to be a work through investigation and researches, and not only collecting and listing historical data.
3. Biography is permitted, but not Autobiography, as I think autobiography lacks the objectivity of a history.
Pick Your Historian Level
List of books will be posted by 12-31-13 for this challenge after the read more link. I need to look through the history book I am eyeing for next year and decide which books count as scholarly history.
The lovely Sock Poppet at Play on booklikes created this additional fun and easy challenge for the year. She clearly is a bad influence ;)
Rules: This challenge is very simple. Read a book with a picture of something that starts with each letter of the alphabet on the cover.
A book can be used for more than one challenge, but can be used for only one letter in this challenge.
The lovely Sock Poppet at Play on booklikes created this fun and easy challenge for the year.
Rules: See each letter below, listed next to it is the reading guidelines. As you can see, many are very open for finding a book to fit the letter.
Any books used to complete this challenge can be used for any other challenges you may be doing, but each book can be used for only one of the categories in this challenge.
Goal: minimum of 26 books, one for each letter. I am thinking I will end up with about 63 books falling somewhere on this list. Some of the letters will come easy but I can anticipate a few giving me a bit more trouble.