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Reading Challenges for 2014

By Joyweesemoll @joyweesemoll

Apparently, I’m in the mood for Reading Challenges since I intend to complete 7 this year. Here goes…

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First up is the challenge I’m already working on, The New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge. I listed my books for that challenge in my sign-up post. This challenge runs through January — there’s still plenty of time to choose a book that supports a New Year project, resolution, or goal and join us!

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Next is the 2014 Chunkster Reading Challenge hosted by Vasilly. To qualify as a chunkster for this challenge, a book needs to have 450 pages or more. We get to choose our own level. Since this is my first time, I’m not quite sure what number to pick. I know that I read at least two books last year that would qualify: Paris by Edward Rutherfurd and The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert. I know that I’ll be reading at least one more Edward Rutherfurd book this year in advance of a hoped-for trip to England in the fall. I suspect there will be other chunksters involved in my England reading. And, I do want this to be a challenge. So, I think I’ll go for four books and the first will likely be London by Edward Rutherfurd.

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Speaking of England, I’m going to join the British History Reading Challenge hosted by Annette at Impressions in Ink. It’s a simple challenge to read at least three books about British History in 2014. Historical fiction, like London by Edward Rutherfurd, counts.

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My reading themes for 2014 are England, memoirs, and writing books. Many of those books will be nonfiction, so I might as well join The Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted by Jen at The Introverted Reader. I’m going to join at the top level, Master, intending to read 16-20 nonfiction books in 2014. London won’t count for this, but all the books in my New Year’s Resolution Reading Challenge will.

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This will be my fourth year to join the Foodies Read Challenge hosted by Vicki. Last year, I managed the Chef de Cuisine level of 14 books. That included a number of books about France since France and food go so well together. England and food? Not so much. So, I’m going to reduce my level to Sous-Chef with the intention of reading 9 to 13 Foodie books in 2014.

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This is also my fourth year for the What’s in a Name Challenge, now with a new host, Charlie at The Worm Hole. I have yet to complete this challenge, but maybe this is my year. Here are the categories for 2014:

  • A reference to time (Eleven Minutes, Before Ever After)
  • A position of royalty (The People’s Queen, The Last Empress, The Curse Of The Pharaoh)
  • A number written in letters (The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, A Tale Of Two Cities)
  • A forename or names (Rebecca, Eleanor & Park, The Unfinished Work Of Elizabeth D.)
  • A type or element of weather (Gone With The Wind, Red Earth Pouring Rain)

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Watch late this summer for my announcement of the 2nd annual Back to School Reading Challenge (here are last year’s details, if you want to plan ahead) — we’ll be aiming to learn things from books in August and September.

What reading challenges are you tackling in 2014?

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