Thursday, January 12, 2017

Picture Book Reading Challenge

Original artwork by Charles Haigh-Wood (1856-1927)

Becky's Book Reviews is hosting this fun little challenge. I have three kids and love reading challenges so what could better than revisiting old favourites from my childhood, and checking out new ones alongside my children? Not a thing :)

We are going for the whole shebang! We have chosen the checklist option, where we pick books that fufill each of the 102 categories.

We began the challenge at the start of the month even though I didn't get around to posting my sign up post until now.

As we stand now:

8 out of 102 read

_ 1. An alphabet book
_ 2. A counting book
_ 3. Concept book: shapes or numbers or opposites or colors
4. a book set on a farm or in the country
Beatrice's Goat by Page McBrier
_ 5. a book set in the city or in an urban area
6. a book set at the beach, in the ocean, or by a lake
Are You the Pirate Captain by Gareth P. Jones and Garry Patterson
_ 7. a book with human characters
_ 8. a book with animal characters
_ 9. a bedtime book
10. a rhyming book
Without Wings, Mother, How Can I Fly? by Norma Farber
_ 11. a book celebrating art
_ 12. a book celebrating dance
_ 13. a book celebrating music
_ 14. a book celebrating family (parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc.)
_ 15. a book about feelings, expressing feelings
_ 16. a book with a twist (unexpected) ending
_ 17. a book about pets (cats, dogs, fish)
_ 18. a book celebrating libraries or reading
19. a book translated into English (originally published in another language/country)
The Happy Troll by Max Bolliger
_ 20 Mother Goose related
_ 21 a book about adoption
_ 22 a book by Gail Gibbons
_ 23 a book by Jon Scieszka
_ 24 a book featured on Reading Rainbow
_ 25 free choice
_ 26 out of print
_ 27 wordless picture book
_ 28 a book by Margaret Wise Brown
_ 29 a board book
_ 30. a book about trains or planes
_ 31. a book about cars or trucks
_ 32. a book about starting school
_ 33. a book about friendship (sharing, caring, forgiving)
_ 34. a book about being ME, about being unique, special, loved, etc.
_ 35. a fairy tale
_ 36. a twisted (adapted) fairy tale
_ 37. a book about a holiday
_ 38. a new-to-you author
_ 39. a new-to-you illustrator
40. a book about new experiences (dentist, doctor, sleepovers, movies, playing sports, learning to swim, etc.)
Subway Mouse by Barbara Reid
41. a series book
The Super Red Racer: Junior Discovers Work by Dave Ramsey
_ 42. a book celebrating food (cooking, eating, trying new foods, eating healthy)
_ 43. a book published before 1950
_ 44. a book published in the 1950s
_ 45. a book published in the 1960s
_ 46. a book published in the 1970s
_ 47. a book published in the 1980s
_ 48. a book published in the 1990s
_ 49. a book published in the 2000s
_ 50. a book published 2010-2016
_ 51. a book published in 2017
_ 52. a book by Dr. Seuss
_ 53. a book by Mo Willems
_ 54. a book by Jan Thomas
_ 55. a book by Eric Carle
_ 56. a book by Laura Numeroff
_ 57. a book by Patricia Polacco
_ 58. a book by Jon Klassen
_ 59. a book by Beatrix Potter
_ 60. a book by Kevin Henkes
_ 61. a book written or illustrated by LeUyen Pham
_ 62. a Caldecott winner
_ 63.  a Caldecott honor
_ 64. a picture book biography
_ 65. a nonfiction picture book
_ 66. a book from your childhood
67. a book you discovered as an adult
The Quiet Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott
_ 68. a book celebrating writing, being an author or illustrator
_ 69. a library book
_ 70. an audio book
_ 71.  a book about dinosaurs OR dragons
_ 72. nonfiction book about animals (or animal)
_ 73. a challenged book OR a controversial book
_ 74. a book that makes you laugh
_ 75. a book that makes you cry
_ 76. hate the text, love the art
_ 77. love the text, hate the art
78. a book with a great cover
The Barefoot Book of Children by Tessa Strickland, Kate DePalma, David Dean
_ 79. a book with an ugly cover
_ 80. a book about toys
_ 81. a book about weather
_ 82. a picture book for older readers
_ 83. a book of jokes, riddles, tongue-twisters
_ 84. a book about seasons
_ 85. a song
_ 86. a poetry book
_ 87. a book by a celebrity
_ 88.  a book published in Australia
_ 89. a book published in the UK
_ 90. a book about science or math
_ 91. a book about history or historical event
_ 92. a book about sports
_ 93. a book about celebrating birthdays
_ 94. a book about a President or world leader
_ 95. a book about another country
_ 96. a book celebrating faith
_ 97. a pop-up book, or, a book with cut-outs or flaps or fold-outs
_ 98. a bilingual book
_ 99.  a television series that has been adapted to a book
_ 100. a book that has been adapted to a television series
_ 101. an adaptation of a myth or legend
_ 102. a book about babies

Serious About Series Reading Challenge

I loooove books that are in a series. I read very quickly. Sometimes it is so quickly that when I get to the end of a book I feel sad that I have had so short a time with the characters and the story's setting. That's why series are so great, I get to stay immersed in the world for a longer period of time. I love books series so much that I decided that I wanted to give myself a challenge in reading them, and I thought maybe others would like to join me.

The guidelines/rules for this challenge are as follows:
  • The challenge lasts 50 weeks, from January 12, 2017 - December 29, 2017, and you can join any time during the year
  • Read books that are within any series 
    • A series for this challenge is any run of books with 2 or more that follow each other in a storyline.
    • Books that are first books in a series with more books planned count
  • Rereads count
  • All formats of books (ebooks, audiobooks, paper books, ARCs) count

There are also levels:
  • Seriously Enamored: 10 books read (that's 1 book every 5 weeks)
  • Seriously Committed: 25 books read (that's 1 book every 2 weeks)
  • Seriously Addicted: 50 books read (that's 1 book a week)

Sign up with your name and the level you have chosen in the comments below and I'll add you to the list of participants. I'll post an update post every other month at the end of the month where everyone can share their progress. Everyone who posts an update will have their name entered in a draw for a $5.00 Amazon gift card. Anyone who participates in at least 3 of the updates will have their name entered for the grand prize of a $15.00 Amazon gift card at the end of the challenge . The first update thread will be posted on February 21, 2017.

If you have any questions please email me at uncertainsomewhere @

Feel free to grab the button below for your own blog if you are taking part.

Happy Reading everyone. Enjoy those series!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017

Once again I am diving into this challenge. This year they have two levels of books, and I have decided to do both the base list and the advanced list, bringing my total number of books to be read for this challenge up to 52.

If you want to take part in this challenge go to this page. There is also a Goodreads group devoted to the challenge if you'd like to have company along the way. I'll be there as well as posting my updates here.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Bout of Books - Wrap Up Post

Whew! I made it through the whole week with Bout of Books! Yesterday was the last day and it ended up being the day I was able to get the most pages read. My goal was 100 pages minimum a day, which I exceeded all 7 days, and my total goal was 700 pages and I ended up reading 1.5 times that. Whooo! Nothing like a challenge to keep me focused and start my new year of reading off right.

In the end:

Pages Read Today: 254
Total Pages Read: 1051

Books Read Today: 5, Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood by Anna Eastland and others, Mass Education by Adam Thomé, Theology of the Body in Simple Language adapted by Philokalia Books, Don't Kill the Birthday Girl by Sandra Beasley, and some of my Bible
Books Finished Today: 1, Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood
Total Books Finished: 4

Books Read with the Kids Today: 2, I started reading 2 graphic novels today with Tobias and Linus for our Graphic Novel Reading Challenge. Tobias and I started with A Bag of Marbles by Joseph Joffo and Linus got sucked in as he heard it and was pretty soon leaning over my shoulder reading along with us. This story is based on a true story and the subject matter is heavy so after we finished the first part we started another graphic novel, this time a fiction one, Space Dumplins by Craig Thompson.
Total Books Read with the Kids: 19

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Bout of Books - Day 6 Challenge

Today we did our last round of Christmas celebrating for a while. Three family members came for a visit and we had a great visit. I also managed to get some reading in before they got here, and then some reading with the boys in after they left.

Today's stats:

Pages Read Today: 128
Total Pages Read: 797

Books Read Today: 2, Spilled Milk by K.L. Randis, and The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
Books Finished Today: 1 Spilled Milk
Total Books Finished: 3

Books Read with the Kids Today: 3
Total Books Read with the Kids: 17

Bout of Books - Day 5 Challenge

Another day, another challenge. Today's challenge is "If you like this, try this" so for my contribution: If you like Historical Fiction try The Midwife of Venice. It's also a great choice for those who like dramatic stories that feature midwives, such as fans of The Birth House.

I once again did all of my reading when I couldn't sleep during the night last night. The day got busy though and I didn't get any more done once it was daylight, except for the books I read to the boys at bedtime. I am a breath away from my goal of 700 pages for the week though, so it wasn't a loss overall.

Today's stats:

Pages Read Today: 158
Total Pages Read: 669

Books Read Today: 2, Spilled Milk by K.L. Randis, and The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 2

Books Read with the Kids Today: 3
Total Books Read with the Kids: 14

Friday, January 6, 2017

Bout of Books 18 - Day 4 Challenge

We are officially more than halfway through Bout of Books 18. I am having a great time and I am so glad I joined.

Today's challenge prompt is Book Spine Poetry. I've never done this before but I attempted it today:

Today I started exploring the world of Kindle Unlimited. I've seen it advertised every time I'm on Amazon get more books but I'd never jumped in. There was a book I wanted to read that was available for free to subscribers so I started my 30 day free trial. I ended up downloading 10 books (the max that you're allowed at one time) and I think I'm hooked. That's just what I needed... more books that weren't ones that I already need to read from my shelves. Ah well, I am very glad I started reading the one that made me jump (Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood, a compilation by five Catholic bloggers), and I think that Kindle Unlimited may be my newest best book friend.

Pages Read Today: 121
Total Pages Read: 511

Books Read Today: 3, Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood by Anna Eastland and others, Spilled Milk by K.L. Randis, The Pale Horseman by Bernard Cornwell
Books Finished Today: 0
Total Books Finished: 2

Books Read with the Kids Today: 3
Total Books Read with the Kids: 11