5 Never-Ending Reading Challenges

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Until now all posts that we have done on reading challenges have been mostly yearly challenges, that is they begin is January and end in December. But I got wondering if those where the only type of challenges out there. Yes, there are those challenges with are for 5 years and such sometimes, but are there any challenges that run forever?

Most posts on this blog have come about because of a question and this post is no exception. :) My question led me on a hunt for never-ending challenges across the internet and I did find them, in a variety of genres and types. Here are 5 perpetual reading challenges that I wanted to get started on right away!

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Life as a Book Blogger with Rita of My Home of Books

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we have Rita who runs the My Home of Books blog answering our questions of life, blogging and books.

Rita does prefer mysteries, police procedurals, suspense thrillers, small-town romance, romantic suspense, and contemporary fiction. However she says, she is an eclectic reader at heart and will choose almost any book irrespective of its genre.
A wife, mother and grandmother, Rita when not reading or writing, loves to binge-watch a chosen a tv series via Netflix on her Kindle Fire. She owns several e-readers but her favorite is the Kindle Paperwhite. Her first and favorite mystery series is Nancy Drew. :)
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5 Classic Book Challenges for the Classic Junkie

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At some point in their lives everyone would have read at least one of the classics. But there are so many classics out there, books that should not be missed, books that must be read in this lifetime, books that just have to be on the bucket list and must be completed before doomsday.

That said, not only are we talking about a lot of books but also the additional challenge of the large number of new books being published everyday. We live in the constant reader dilemma of what to read, the olden golden classic or the squeaky spanky new paperback. I’d like to read both the Jane Austen and the Nicolas Sparks. But how do I make sure I don’t slip up on my plan?

It was this thought of making time for the classics that set me hunting for challenges to keep me on my chosen path. A plan and a group of people to guide and motivate me and keep me from going astray. Here are 5 remarkable challenges I found for the classic junkie. :)

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Life as a Book Blogger with Grace of Books of Love

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we interact with Grace Fonseca who runs the Books of Love book blog.

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Book Blogger, reader of all genres, from Romance to Young Adult and Urban Fantasy, Grace loves reading Romance, particularly Paranormal Romance and yet reads some new stuff every now and then.

Aside from books Grace loves to party and have fun. She also enjoys Starbucks coffee and has a fondness for animals.

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5 TBR Challenges to Help You Reduce Your To Read List

Photo Credit: Sweetaholic / Pixabay
Photo Credit: Sweetaholic / Pixabay

Most readers TBR piles are always over-flowing. I have racks filled with books to be read, piles sometimes so large it feels like I may get buried and never found if they topple someday. The task of reading them all seems insurmountable and the temptation to buy more to add to the pile just doesn’t help.

My TBR list gives me sleepless nights at times, and the guilt trips I have undertaken are innumerable. In a search to find a way to win this battle or even just make a sizable dent in the list, I went hunting for fellow readers who have the same problem and have found solutions.

Along the way I found challenges that seemed to be the perfect fit for my problem. These challenges are a great way to motivate and create a community that will help each other achieve their goal. Here are 5 challenges I found that I hope will help beat back that mountain of to-read books… (more…)

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10 Must Read Book Trilogies

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Last week I talked about Best-selling Book Series of All Time. All that searching and researching for various series and books got me thinking about Trilogies.

There are a lot of Trilogies out there and they are just one type of series, but what are the current best-selling trilogies? Which trilogies are a must read? Which ones should you not miss for sure? What trilogies should you be adding to your to-read-list?

To answer all these questions I did some more research and put together a list of 10 book trilogies you should not miss. Here’s the list, let me know your thoughts and favorites in comments. :)

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Life as a Book Blogger with Sheila of Book Journey

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we connect with the vivacious Sheila who runs the Book Journey blog.

Sheila’s description had me smiling and nodding when I saw her ‘About Me’ section which went like this:

078I believe in Living Life To The Fullest, Jesus and The Bible, laughing until my sides hurt, family first, making time for friends, working hard and playing hard, team sports, stretching myself to the limit, saying yes to good adventures, books that make me think and books that make me feel, if you are going for the ice cream cone – GO BIG, bucket lists, doing something new each day, believing in your dreams, reading in the sunshine, playing in the rain, the magical powers of CHOCOLATE, finding the opportunities in everything, learning something new, making memories, and curly fries are better than plain fries.

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10 Best-Selling Book Series Of All Time

Photo Credit: Canton Public Library
Photo Credit: Canton Public Library

What does Harry Potter, The Belgariad and Narnia have in common? Yes, they all belong to the fantasy genre but aside from that, they are all a series of books and best-sellers too!

Wikipedia defines a book series as “a sequence of books having certain characteristics in common that are formally identified together as a group.” Simply put a series is a collection of books that share a common setting, story, set of characters or timeline. A book series can be written in any genre, even non-fiction.

Some series have books that are stand alone and can be read in any order while other series books are so dependent on each other that you must read them in the right order, else you won’t enjoy them. There’s no upper limit to the number of books in a series either, some series have over 300 books!

Since books have been written in series since books existed, we got wondering about which series has sold the most number of books till date. Here are the series we found in the top 10 best-sellers…
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Life as a Book Blogger with Bieke of Istyria book blog

What is life like for a reviewer? What does it mean to be a book reviewer? How does book blogging impact their lives?… These questions tell a reviewer’s side of the story, and that is a side we hardly get to hear (compared to authors, that is). To bring a balance and to ask these and many more questions of book reviewers, we’ve started the weekly interview series – Life as a Book Blogger.

This week we connect with Bieke from Belgium who runs the Istyria book blog.

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Hi Bieke. Welcome to the Freado blog. Before we continue can you tell our readers how to pronounce your name? :)

Haha, sure! :D BIE = like the verb BE and KE = like ‘cup’ without P. Bieke. Got it? :P If not, just call me Bee.

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5 Unusual Libraries From Around the World

Libraries are one of the most favorite places of book lovers. The only other place that might come close is a book store. But libraries aren’t always just buildings filled with books, they can also have a weirdness and uniqueness not found anywhere else.

But how can a bunch of books be unusual? With that thought in mind I set of to find unusual libraries and found some that boggled my mind, yet made me smile. Take a look at some gems I found when looking for different and offbeat libraries. How many unusual libraries do you know of?

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