Diversity Reading Challenge

I'm adding one more reading challenge for next year, the 2022 Diversity Reading Challenge hosted at Celebrity Readers. The basic goal is to read diverse books. The author or the main character – or one of the leads, who preferably has a POV – has to belong to a diverse group. According to the definition of We Need Diverse Books: “We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, Native, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities*, and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.*We subscribe to a broad definition of disability, which includes but is not limited to physical, sensory, cognitive, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, chronic conditions, and mental illnesses (this may also include addiction). Furthermore, we subscribe to a social model of disability, which presents disability as created by barriers in the social environment, due to lack of equal access, stereotyping, and other forms of marginalization.” The mini-challenge involves monthly themes: JANUARY – diverse folktales/culture/mythology; or diverse retelling; or non-western settingPride,...
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COYER Winter

COYER Winter starts today. COYER is hosted by Berls and Michelle @Because Reading Is Better than Real Life, Stephanie @ Once Upon a Chapter, and Lillian @ Mom With a Reading Problem. Head to any of their blogs or https://www.becausereading.com/its-happening-again-coyer-2022/ for more information. As always, the hashtag is #COYER. COYER is always a little tough for me. There are rules and different ways of participating, but I'm going to give it another shot this year since it is such a great community. Winter runs January through March and it has rather strict rules. Every book you read MUST be in an electronic format – meaning eBook or Audiobook. The books must be FREE or NEARLY FREE! This includes review books, tour books, NetGalley, Edelweiss, etc. What’s nearly free? No more than $3 for eBooks and no more than $5 for Audiobooks (or the equivalent in your currency). Library books, borrowed books, or Kindle Unlimited, Amazon Prime books, and Audible Plus Catalog books do not qualify.Review &...
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Uncorked Reading Challenge

This will be my first year doing the Uncorked Reading Challenge hosted by Christine at The Uncorked Librarian. Each month has a theme and a bonus challenge. You read as much or as little as you like. The hashtag is #UncorkedReading2022. January: Time Travel Books Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu KawaguchiThe First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North January Bonus Challenge: Books we love but critics don’t February: Books set in or about South Africa A Beautiful Place to Die by Malla Nunn February Bonus Challenge: Books from your hometown, state, country, or where your ancestors are from A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette (set in Ohio) March: Wine books/Books set on a vineyard Wine for Normal People by Elizabeth Schneider March Bonus Challenge: Books with your favorite color in the title April: Baltic books The Dogs of Riga by Henning Mankell April Bonus Challenge: Books with your favorite foods May: Hiking books Enjoy the View by Sarah Morgenthaler May Bonus Challenge: Books by an author you think you don’t like...
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Cruisin’ thru the Cozies Reading Challenge 2022

I'm joining the Cruisin' thru the Cozies Reading Challenge for 2022 hosted by Yvonne at Socrates Book Reviews. I'm aiming at being a snoop, reading 10 cozy mysteries, one from each of the categories below. One from culinary - Hot and Sour Suspects by Vivien Chien (Chinese restaurant)One from animal related One from craft related One from paranormal One from cozy mysteries based outside the US - The Windsor Knot by SJ Bennett (England)One career-based cozy mystery - Body at Buccaneer’s Bay by Josh Lanyon (bookstore owner)One holiday based One travel mystery One historical mystery One is your choice! - A Deadly Inside Scoop by Abby Collette ...
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2022 Nonfiction Reading Challenge

I’m joining the Nonfiction Reader Challenge hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out again this year. The hashtag is #ReadNonFicChal. The challenge is to read nonfiction books from twelve different categories. I’m going with the Nonfiction Nipper option reading three from any three categories. The categories are: 1. Social History 2. Popular Science 3. Language 4. Medical Memoir 5. Climate/Weather 6. Celebrity 7. Reference 8. Geography: On the Trail of Sherlock Homes by Stephen Browning 9. Linked to a podcast: Wine for Normal People by Elizabeth Schneider 10. Wild Animals 11. Economics 12. Published in 2022 ...
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Completed Reading Challenges

I did complete a few reading challenges this year. For the Nonfiction Reader Challenge hosted by Shelleyrae at Book’d Out, I read three books in three different categories. All three were interesting, but Four Hundred Souls was excellent. Essay Collection – White Negroes by Lauren Michele JacksonInventions – Strange Frequencies by Peter BebergalPublished in 2021 – Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain I completed all twelve months for the Calendar of Crime challenge hosted by Bev at My Reader’s Block. January – The Old Fox Deceiv’d by Martha Grimes (takes place in January)February – God Rest Ye, Royal Gentleman by Ryhs Bowen (couple on cover)March – Premeditated Mortar by Kate Carlisle (title has word starting with “M”)April – The Three Locks by Bonnie MacBird (church/minister/religion has major role)May – Moonflower Murders by Anthony Horowitz (title has word starting with “M”)June – A Murder is Announced by Agatha Christie (original publication month)July – Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garrett (takes place in US)August – Shucked Apart by Barbara Ross (month related item on cover – beach/water)September – The Inspector of Strange and Unexplained Deaths...
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