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2016 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge

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My goal in 2016 is to read 15 books-Medieval.
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The below post is from the original, courtesy of Passages to the Past. 
Each month, a new post dedicated to the HF Challenge will be created. To participate, you only have to follow the rules:
Everyone can participate, even those who don't have a blog (you can add your book title and thoughts in the comment section if you wish)Add the link(s) of your review(s) including your name and book title to the Mister Linky we’ll be adding to our monthly post (please, do not add your blog link, but the correct address that will guide us directly to your review)Any sub-genre of historical fiction is accepted (Historical Romance, Historical Mystery, Historical Fantasy, Young Adult, etc.)During the following 12 months you can choose one of the different reading levels:20th century Reader - 2 books
Victorian Reader - 5 books
Renaissance Reader - 10 books
Medieval - 15 books
Ancient History - 25 books
Prehistoric - 50+ boo…

2016 Southern Literature Reading Challenge

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I'm signing up for 1-2 books----C'mon In The House.

The first book I will be reading for this challenge is a collection of short stories by Eudora Welty.
The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty


The following is from the original post:

I'm hosting the Southern Literature Reading Challenge again this year. I love reading Southern Literature and I hope you do too!

The rules:

Read a book(s)--non-fiction or fiction of any genre, for any age group--written by an author from the South and set mostly in the South.

Definitions of the South are flexible, so I've decided to define it the way I want. That's the fun of hosting your own challenge, right? :-)

The states:
South Carolina
Georgia
Alabama
North Carolina
Virginia
Tennessee 
Mississippi
Louisiana
Kentucky 
West Virginia
Texas
Arkansas
Florida

Please keep in mind that this is a Southern literature challenge. It's possible to find books set in each of these states that are not Southern in nature or feeling. Use your best judgment when ch…

European Reading Challenge 2016

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I'm signing up again for the European Reading Challenge-a goal of 5 star Deluxe Entourage.

The rules are:
Welcome to the 2016 European Reading Challenge – where participants tour Europe through books.  And have a chance to win a prize.  Please join us for the Grand Tour!

THE GIST:The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. (See note about the UK, below)

WHAT COUNTS AS "EUROPE"?: For now, we will stick with the same list of 50 sovereign states that fall (at least partially) within the geographic territory of the continent of Europe and/or enjoy membership in international European organizations such as the Council of Europe. Th…

Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2015-Completed

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Historical Fiction Reading Challenge 2015-Completed

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2015 Chunkster Reading Challenge-Completed

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Merry Christmas!

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Blogger and Google Accounts

Blogger now requires a Google account in order to follow blogs under Blogger. If you follow me through Blogger, you will need an account and then re-follow my blog.
I read today in Blogger Buzz about this new rule!

(Review) Inheritance, Book Four by Christopher Paolini

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Publication Date: 2011.
Publisher: Doubleday.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Pages: 860.
Source: Self-purchase.
Rating: 3 stars for good.

Summary:
Eragon is the Dragon Rider and Saphira is the dragon.
In book one, Eragon found a blue stone. Saphira hatches and Eragon became her parent, friend, and later Dragon Rider. They are able to read each others thoughts and dreams.
In book four, they battle together to fight the enemy, King Galbatorix.

My Thoughts:
I've read book one Eragon. I have not read the second and third books, Eldest and Brisingr.
I loved Eragon, but I felt the Inheritance's best part was its last 300-400 pages. The first half of the book could have been summed up. I breezed through the first half of the book, but the last half was a page-turner. I love reading lengthy books, if the book holds my interest, and 860 pages was a tough go for me.
I felt the ending summed up well. It left me with the feeling there could be a book five. The ending gave hope and a feeling of …

2016 Mount TBR Reading Challenge

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Link for original posted challenge. 
Hosted by My Reader's Block. 


In 2016, I am signing up for Mount Vancouver at 36 books. I will write a 2nd post in the new year listing the 36 books for the challenge.
Thanks!

This will be the fourth year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge and I don't seem to be getting those mountains moved at all. Despite the fact that I will have knocked over 100 books off of my 2015 Mount TBR by the end of December, there are still whole mountain ranges waiting to be conquered. As fast as I read 'em and get them off the stacks, my bookaholic ways help me replace them.

So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books in the coming year. And you're invited to join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting in the wings for weeks....months...even years.

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from y…

2015 Southern Literature Reading Challenge-Completed

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2015 Southern Literature Reading Challenge Original post for the host site:
http://www.theintrovertedreader.com/2014/12/2015-southern-literature-reading.html

The rules are posted below:
Read a book(s)--non-fiction or fiction of any genre, for any age group--written by an author from the South and set mostly in the South.

Definitions of the South are flexible, so I've decided to define it the way I want. That's the fun of hosting your own challenge, right? :-)

The states:
South Carolina
Georgia
Alabama
North Carolina
Virginia
Tennessee 
Mississippi
Louisiana
Kentucky 
West Virginia
Texas
Arkansas
Florida

Please keep in mind that this is a Southern literature challenge. It's possible to find books set in each of these states that are not Southern in nature or feeling. Use your best judgment when choosing your books. 

I've had a few requests for a more difficult challenge, so I'm upping the levels a bit this year. I've tried to keep it accessible for everyone though. Let me know wha…

Back To The Classics Challenge 2015-Completed Challenge

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War Through The Generations Challenge 2015---Completed Challenge

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Fantasy Fiction Reading Challenge 2015---Completed Challenge

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The link to original post can be found here:
http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2014/12/fantasy-fiction-reading-challenge-2015.html
I've been looking for a fantasy fiction reading challenge to take part in for 2015. I've not found one, so I've created my own.
If you're interested in joining me there are minimal rules.
1. To read a list of fantasy fiction sub-genres: Wikipedia. 
2. Read at least 3 fantasy fiction books in 2015.
3. The challenge begins January 1, and ends December 31, 2015.
4. There is no Mr. Linky for the sign-up. In the comment section of this post, list both your intention of signing up for the challenge, and the future links to your reviews of books read.
5. You are welcome to copy the above illustration for the reading challenge and post on your blog.

The fantasy fiction books I plan to read in 2015 are:
1. Tolkien, A Dictionary by David Day.
2. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien.
3. Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin
4. Eragon by Christopher P…

European Reading Challenge 2015---Completed Challenge

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My link for first post.
http://impressionsinink.blogspot.com/2014/12/european-reading-challenge-2015.html
(Information listed below is from my original post). 
Rose City Reader is the host for the European Reading Challenge 2015. The challenge begins January 1 and ends December 31, 2015. To find out more information about the challenge and to sign-up: European Reading Challenge 2015.

I'm signing up to read:
(The following is copied and posted from the challenge, attribution to Rose City Reader.)

Five Star (Deluxe Entourage): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.


The gist: The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different coun…