Hello from the throes of Carolyn’s challenge extravaganza! Not the trio I launch February 1, 2014. The slough in which this year will find me competing! With myself. That’s the form of competition I love. Okay, I don’t mind a smidgen if I blow ranks out of the water and turn heads. Multiple challenges are very much like a chess game: seeing how many one book will fit. If it were about who reads fastest or has time to read most, it wouldn’t be fun. There is skill, planning, and selection involved and I’ve taken to these festivities like a duck to water. Watch my posts and cheer me on, will you? :)
I aim to finish what I start. To succeed to the tune of 30-40, picky groups wouldn’t do. Thus I strode past “key word” types before. This will be my third year playing literary games however, so I stopped to examine them. Neither the key words nor motifs are difficult. They are expansive, granting much choice. I’m excited to dive in. My mind is whirling with what I might include in these remarkably inventive categories. Happy new year, lady of “Key Word” and “Monthly Motif“! I’d love to know if you picked them out of a pail, or sat down to brainstorm.
JAN– ANGEL, Secret, Clock, Black, Day, Wild
FEB– Her, Life, Night, Red, Dark, ISLAND
MAR– Forever, Inside, Storm, Sky, FLOWER, Stay
APR– Star, Light, Never, Princess, Break, Clear
MAY– Dawn, Death, End, Lost, Beautiful, AND
JUN– Colour, Beyond, Found, Place, Grave, Road
JUL– Crash, Ship, Prince, Whisper, Sun, Of
AUG– Forgotten, Down, True, Run, Danger, Me
SEP– Number, Take, Shadow, Ice, Who, After
OCT– Ocean, Blood, Still, Out, The, Fate
NOV– Into, Sound, Blue, House, My, Last
DEC– Kiss, Fire, Ruin, White, Promise, Infinity.
Jan – Around The World
Different country than that in which you live, author from a different country.
Feb – Award Winner
Read a book that has won recognition or a literary award.
Mar – Fairy tales or fairy creatures
Read a fairy tale, a re-telling, or a book with fey/fairies in it.
Apr – Short & Sweet
Read a collection of short stories or anthologies.
May – Mystery, Murder, & Mayhem
A mystery, dies of mysterious causes, a mystery must be solved.
June – A Long Journey
Characters take a trip, go on a quest, are on a journey toward something.
July – Assassins, Warriors, & Rebels
Main character is one of these things, or fights against one of these things.
Aug – Alternate Reality
Set in the future, another planet, another dimension, in an unknown world.
Sep – Book To Film
Has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie as well.
Oct – The Witching Hour
This year include a ‘witchy’ book in your scary reads – about or has witches.
Nov – An oldie but a goodie!
Published before 2000 you’ve wanted to read. Or pick a book set in the past.
Dec – That’s a wrap!
Finish a series you’ve been meaning to finish, or the next book in a series.
“The Man In The Brown Suit” Agatha Christie 1924
“A Jest Of God” Margaret Laurence 1966
“The Gift Of The Frost Fairy” Sheila J. Bleeks 1976
“The Tomorrow-Tamer” Margaret Laurence 1963
“The Quicksilver Pool” Phyllis A. Whitney 1955
“What The Witch Left” Ruth Chew 1973
“Le Premier Nöel De La Famille LaTaupe” Russell Hoban 1969
This young lady in the United States came up with a concept I like very much. At first, I mistook “Middle” to mean ‘middle grade age’. I looked again but passed, perceiving chunkster-length. I considered thrice and understood. It features books from average size to low-range chunkster. I have ample candidates for 300-450 pages and delightedly join ‘Rachel’s’ fold. Please watch for those candidates I add: “Leafing Through“.
Leafing Through 05
Cruising Through 10
Fly Through Pages 15
Never Stop Reading 20
“The Curse Of The Pharaohs” Elizabeth Peters 1981
“Come Like Shadows” Welwyn Wilton Katz 1993
“The Vines Of Yarrabee” Dorothy Eden 1969