Saturday, June 24, 2017

Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge

by Andrea Renee Cox


Are you a fan of reading challenges?

In the last couple of years, I have become quite an avid fan of them. They are fantastic for discovering new-to-you authors or genres you've never tried before. The thing I really love about them is seeing which of the books in my towers and piles will work for each category.



I've finally decided to design my very first reading challenge, and you're the first to learn the categories here on Writing to Inspire.

This reading challenge will be for the second half of 2017, and since autumn is smack in the middle of these months, I've titled it "Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge." Because summer's also in there, I've created levels with a beach theme. This challenge is active from July through December of this year.

To keep track of who's participating and how many books they sign up for, I'll be editing this article to include the participants' names and number of books they're aiming for (I'm going ahead and marking myself down to give you an example of what this will look like). To get your name on the list, leave me a comment letting me know that you're in and how many books you're striving to read for this challenge.

Once the challenge gets going, make sure to leave another comment once a month or so to update me on how many books you've read toward the challenge, that way I can update your entry in the reading challenge.

There are four different levels for this challenge:

Testing the Water - 6 books (1 per month)
Wading In - 12 books (2 per month)
Swimming to the Buoy - 18 books (3 per month)
Open-Water Swimming - 24 books (4 per month)

For the first three levels, you can choose any of the categories to reach your number of books. For the largest level, all the categories must be completed.


Here are the twenty-four categories for the
Autumn 2017 Reading Challenge:

1. A book that was turned into a movie
2. A book set in Germany
3. A book that's over 400 pages
4. A book with only two colors on the cover
5. A book whose cover has the author's name in larger print than the title
6. A book featuring a road trip
7. A book that takes place on a boat
8. A book about brothers
9. A borrowed book
10. A book with a quilt on the cover
11. A book with "daughter" in the title
12. A book with jewelry on the cover
13. A book that made you laugh out loud
14. A book with a wedding dress on the cover
15. A book that takes place in two or more time periods
16. A book with yellow lettering on the cover
17. A book with a POV character with a diverse cultural background
18. A book with stars on the cover
19. A book written by a new-to-you author
20. A book with an eccentric character
21. A book with a theme of "trust"
22. A book with a two-word title
23. A book written by one of your favorite authors
24. A book you read without first reading the back cover

Here's a picture version of the categories. Feel free to save it to your computer for future reference. I'll also have it on my Reading Challenges Pinterest board if you want to share it with your friends.




Participants

Testing the Water
Dawn C. 2/6
Olivia R. 0/6
Tina 2/6
Carolyn V. 0/6

Wading In
Victoria M. 0/12
Dana 0/12
Loraine E. 0/12
Rebekah M. 4/12

Swimming to the Buoy
Kellyn R. 0/18
Rebecca T. 4/18
Rosalyn 0/18

Open-Water Swimming
Andrea C. 3/24
Hannah G. 2/24
Debbie C. 0/24



Which level are you in for?

Which categories are the most intriguing to you?

Have you ever before participated in a reading challenge?



Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back and tell me which books you've read for the categories. I can't wait to hear which ones you enjoy the most!

You can also find it in the right-hand sidebar of my website for the rest of the year.



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67 comments:

  1. Hi Andrea ... it's Kell from CBG. ;) I've never done a reading challenge before, but I believe I'll 'swim to the buoy.'

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    1. Will add you to the Buoy category. Thanks for joining in! Reading challenges are such a blast.

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  2. Like Kellyn, I've never done a reading challenge like this. Can I up my goal if I decide to later?

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    1. Yes, upping one's goal is definitely allowed. Where would you like to start?

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    2. sign me up for 6 right now. I'm not sure how busy I'll be, but it sounds like fun. Hopefully I can get to the next level before the end of the year, but we'll see.

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    3. Will do! I'm so glad you're joining in, Rebekah. I think this is going to be so fun!

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  3. Hi Andrea... I've never done a book challenge before and didn't expect to ever do one. I read books for pleasure now and then, as you know, but certainly not on any regular schedule. However, it sounds fun! Count me in! I'll have to go slow, so I'll be TESTING THE WATER!

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    1. Oh wow! Mom, you just surprised me. :) Thanks for joining in on the challenge. I hope you have fun with it!

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  4. Ooh fun! I'll join for "Wading In" as I'll be really busy this next half of the year and might not be able to get books for as many of the challenge criteria. :) It's been a while since I've participated in someone else's reading challenge, so this will be a blast! :D

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    1. I'm glad you're joining in, Vee. I hope this challenge will be some much needed relaxation for you in your busy second half of the year.

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  5. I'll join for "Testing the Water" :) I love reading challenges!!

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    1. Thanks for joining in, Olivia! I hope you'll find a lot of the categories interesting.

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  6. I will be joining you for Open-Water Swimming. :)

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    1. I was hoping you would. Thanks, Hannah!

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  7. Well now, this is more than a read a number of books challenge, I love the catagories. I have never done a book challenge either but going to try swimming for the buoy. Can I up it later if I see I am going to have the time? Thank you for this fun adventure.

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I tried hard to make it extra fun with interesting categories. Yes, you can up your level at any time. Happy reading!

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  8. Is it too late to sign up. If not I am in for 24

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    1. Debbie, you're right on time. Yes, the challenge starts on July 1 and goes through December 31. Any book you finish on or after July first and on or before December 31 counts toward this challenge. Thanks for joining in!

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  9. Hi, I've never done a reading challenge before, but I'd love to participate in this one! I'm trying for the "Swimming for the Buoy" level.
    Thanks!
    Rosalyn

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    1. Welcome, Rosalyn! What a beautiful name! I'm actually reading a book right now with a lead character by the name of Rosalyn (The Captain's Daughter by Jennifer Delamere).

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  10. Hi Andrea,
    I'd like to join the challenge. I read a lot, but never have chosen books base on a category. So... I'll try the Wading In (is that the 12 books?)
    In His arms, Dana

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    1. Dana, you've understood correctly; Wading In is the 12-book level. I'll mark you down for that one. Choosing books based on a category is such fun, and it gets even more interesting for those categories that you won't know until you read a book that matches (such as one that "made you laugh out loud"). Sometimes I end up having to read extra books until I find one that qualifies, but I'm typically glad about that because it means my to-be-read pile shrinks a little more. Happy reading!

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  11. Hi Andrea! I have never done a reading challenge before. I participate in the reading challenge on Goodreads each year, but this is different. I am going to go slow since it is a new adventure for me and I write reviews for the books I read. I will start out with Testing the Water--6 books. The categories are all interesting.
    blessings, Tina


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    1. Thanks for jumping in there, Tina! I hope you really enjoy it. I am glad you like the categories. It was fun thinking up a wide variety of them.

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  12. Hi Andrea! This sounds like fun. Might have a slow beginning due to the move but I'll go Wading In and up it later if it looks like I can hit more.

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    1. Loraine, I'm praying your move goes smoothly. Thanks for your enthusiasm about my first attempt at hosting a reading challenge. I'm loving the turnout so far!

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  13. I am also a member of good reads and have joined in on challenges; mainly this last year. I will try this also; and attempt 'testing the water' I have three in mind; especially want to read a 'road trip' and may find it challenging for getting three more off my TBR shelf, preferably

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    1. Carolyn, welcome to the challenge fun! It's neat you've already picked out three categories. I hope your TBR shelf shrinks more than expected through this challenge.

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  14. is this challenge shown on good reads; maybe, I overlooked it.

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    1. It is not on Goodreads. It is hosted here on this page of my website. There is a quick link to it in the right-hand side of the page; that will stay there for the rest of the year for quick access to update via a comment when you have completed the categories. You can post updates once a week, month, whatever works for you. Once you update me via the comments, I'll update the numbers by your name up in the article under "Participants." Thanks!

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  15. thanks, Andrea; so, I'm on the right track now; and signed up here on your blog. I'm starting my first book.

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  16. I completed my first book! :) It was #14 A book with a wedding dress on the cover.
    Are we supposed to tell you the titles, or just the categories, or just that we read another book?

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    1. I would love to hear the titles too! I think that's half the fun, to see what everyone's been reading. Thanks for asking, Rebekah!

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    2. My book was "A Wedding Disaster . . . Or Was It?"

      I was thinking. :) Could you maybe do a separate page on your blog that has all the categories and then when people tell you the title and category, you can add it to the page. That way if others are looking for books in certain categories, they might find something. Oh, and my sister suggested doing some sort of linky where everyone can link to their reviews of the books they read if they want to.

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    3. Rebekah, I was already thinking of adding the covers of our books to the end of the article as we finish them. As for the review links, are you able to copy/paste it into a comment? I think that would work well.

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    4. Oh, that's a good idea. :) Here's my link.
      https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2049054004

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  17. Finished my second book. (I don't usually have this much time to read, so don't expect a new book read every two days!)
    "The Mayo Brothers" #8 category (book about brothers)
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2051190378

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  18. I finished my first book.
    Bringing Maggie Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer
    #21 "trust"
    Five stars
    Review to come on this blog soon. :)

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  19. I finished my first book... A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd. #9 category - A borrowed book. It was enjoyable!

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    1. Great job, Mom! Think you'll squeeze in a bonus book this month? There are still a few weeks left. :)

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  20. 3rd book completed. "The Wonderful Voyage" for #7 that takes place on a boat.
    https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2056022496

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    1. Cruising right along, aren't you? Well done!

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  21. I have been very remiss in posting my books here so I will add several now.
    "A Land of Silence" by Tessa Ashfar #19
    "In the Field of Grace" by Tessa Ashfar #1
    "Promise Me This" by Cathy Gohlke #7 at least part of this was on a boat
    "Mary Magdalene" by Dana Wallis Taylor #22
    Now to get reviews written and posted.

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    1. Wow! Lots of books read already. Great job, Rebecca! I'll get your entry updated right away.

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  22. Andrea, I have finished two books and working on my third one.

    1..The Man She Knew by Loree Lough, #4 & #23.
    2..The Captivation Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller, #16, #21 & #23.
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Great job, Tina! You've read your first two books quickly. Each book may only be counted for one category. Which categories would you like to use for these first two books?

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    2. Andrea, oops, sorry.
      Hmm, for The Man She Knew, #23..favorite author,
      and for The Captivating Lady Charlotte, #21...trust.
      Blessings, Tina

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  23. Andrea,
    I have a question. Two of the categories are specific to where the book takes place, #6(a road trip) & #7(takes place on a boat)...I was wondering if I/we can expand on the place(s)? Example, instead of on a boat, replace it with on a plane,(which would include the "road trip" as well, to a plane trip)? Does that make sense?
    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Tina, thank you for asking. Part of the challenge of doing a reading challenge is finding books that fit the categories. For the boat one, I would accept any type of boat (cruise liner, canoe, steam ship, kayak, raft, etc.). The entire book doesn't have to take place on the boat. It can be just a few scenes.

      The road trip one should include traveling on the road in some fashion. It could be as simple as a person traveled by road to visit a relative, or it could be a cross-country road trip. A road trip book I enjoyed was To Dance with Dolphins by Bonnie Leon. Have you read that one yet?

      I'll keep plane rides in mind for a future challenge, though. That sounds like a fun category!

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    2. Andrea, thank you for clarifying. I don't know if there will be a boat ride in the book or not as I have only read about a third of it so far.

      No, I have not read To Dance with Dolphins by Bonnie Leon. I have read her Touching The Clouds #1 Alaskan Skies series and hope to read the others in the series.
      Blessings, Tina

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    3. That's one of the fun parts of some of the categories, I think, to see if books you read will fit even if at first they didn't seem like they would. I hope you're enjoying the books you're discovering for this challenge!

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  24. I finished my second book today.
    Hearts Awakening by Delia Parr
    #8 brothers
    Two stars

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  25. Book 3
    Grounded Hearts by Jeanne M. Dickson
    #22 two-word title
    One star (sensuality, crude jokes, and theme of intentional sin)

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  26. 12. Laugh out loud: Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
    19. New author: Countdown by Heather Woodhaven

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    1. I've heard of Daddy-Long-Legs, but I haven't read it yet. Is it worth the time?

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  27. Book 4: Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
    #19 New-to-me author
    Review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2064411959

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    1. Great job, Rebekah! You're on pace to finish all 24 categories. You go, girl!

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    2. :) Thanks. I was going to ask you to move me to Wading In because I've Tested the Waters and they're just fine. :) I've started another book for this and have about 8 more picked out. Once I've neared the goal for the second group, I'm hoping to move up again.

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    3. Sure thing! I got your name moved to the Wading In section. Great job!

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  28. Completed Book #2
    FALSE IDENTITY by Jennifer Youngblood and Sandra Poole
    #22 A book with a two-word title
    It kept me turning page after page!

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    1. So proud of you, Mom! Two books in the first month? Look at you! :) Now I'm curious to see how many books you end up with. Perhaps it will be more than six.

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  29. Book 4
    For Such a Time by Kate Breslin
    #9 borrowed book
    I got this one from the library.
    Rating: 2 stars
    (innuendo, expletives, romance felt forced, random POVs)

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  30. Andrea,
    Book 3...Turbulence by Alana Terry #19, new-to-me author.
    Book 4...To Wager Her Heart by Tamera Alexander, #23, favorite author.

    blessings, Tina

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    1. Cruising right along, Tina. Great job!

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