Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Back to the Classics 2015 - another classics challenge

Karen over at Books and Chocolate is hosting Back to The Classics 2015. This certainly is not her first time hosting, but it is my first time participating and I am excited. 2015 is definitely the Year of Challenges for me and I am so pumped and ready to get this new year of awesome reading underway!

Basic run-down:
  1. All books must be read in 2015.  Books started prior to January 1, 2015, are not eligible.  Reviews must be linked by December 31, 2015. 
  2. All books must have been published 50 years ago or more. 1965 is the cut-off date.
  3. Ebooks and audiobooks are A-OK.
  4. Crossover between categories is NOT OK. Crossovers with other challenges you may be working on are fine, however.  
  5. Cut-off for sign up is March 31, 2015.
You can find the full list of rules and sign up here.

Here's my list:
1.  A 19th Century Classic -- Dracula, Bram Stoker
2.  A 20th Century Classic -- To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

3.  A Classic by a Woman Author -- Emma, Jane Austen

4.  A Classic in Translation -- Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy 
5.  A Very Long Classic Novel -- East of Eden, John Steinbeck

6.  A Classic Novella -- Animal Farm, George Orwell
7.  A Classic with a Person's Name in the Title --  Undecided
8.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic -- Catch-22, Joseph Heller

9.  A Forgotten Classic -- This Side of Paradise, F. Scott Fitzgerald

10.  A Nonfiction Classic -- Undecided
11.  A Classic Children's Book -- Anne of Green Gables – L. M. Montgomery
12.  A Classic Play -- Literally anything from Shakespeare… Or maybe something classical... another one Undecided.

So, that's my list, I promise to do as little editing as possible and to stick with it as it is now (edited June 2015 - I realized I had listed the same book under two categories, a no-no). Happy classics reading!

A Reader's Bill of Rights

Reader's Bill of Rights

  1. The Right to Not Read
  2. The Right to Skip Pages
  3. The Right to Not Finish
  4. The Right to Reread
  5. The Right To Read Anything
  6. The Right to Escapism
  7. The Right to Read Anywhere
  8. The Right to Browse
  9. The Right to Read Out Loud
  10. The Right to Not Defend Your Tastes
I found this lovely little list floating around the interweb. Unfortunately, I don't know where it originally came from, but if you do - please let me know so I can give credit where it's due.
I'll be keeping these points in mind in the coming new year. I hope you do too.
Happy New Year Reading Buddies!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Goals for 2015

Post more reviews: I think this is going to be on every (semi) blogger's list of goals. I've read so many books since starting this blog in August, but I've posted very few actual reviews. I'd like to post at least one review a week. Or do a few catch-up posts that have 3-4 mini reviews all stuffed together in one neat little package. I've seen post-it reviews around the blogosphere lately, maybe I'll do something like that. (Also, I'd like to blog more in general, more bookish topics, bookish finds, bookish discussions...)

Finish Series I've started: This one is self explanatory, I hope. Also, I'd like to Start new series I'm behind on: These are all the series that I've wanted to read, but for whatever reason, haven't yet gotten around to, for example: The Raven Boys, The Throne of Glass, Cinder, The Chaos Walking Trilogy, etc.
Organize my bookshelves: Seriously, those things are a mess. I can't find anything. There's no discernible order, or reason. They are overflowing. I buy new books and just pile them on so the unread books get forgotten in the back... Come to think of it, maybe the goal should be to acquire more bookshelves??
Read books I own: I am a bit unreasonable when it comes to buying books, it's much like an addiction really. I just cannot stop myself. I'd like to read a good chunk of the books I already own before buying new books this year. Of course, I always make exceptions for myself when it comes to book buying bans. Last year graphic novels, used books, and classics were all a-ok. This year, I'd like to shorten my list of exceptions to maybe just used books, or just comics. Or just the books I really, really, absolutely, MUST HAVE NOW. Sounds reasonable, no?

5. (edited* also 6, & 7)
Read at least 6 classics: I have done pretty poorly as far as reading the classics is concerned. I joined the Classics Club to help remedy that and hopefully in 2015, I won't just read the classics, but I'll actually participate in more discussions and post all the reviews that I mean to. **That seems more like three goals to me: Read 6 classics, Participate more in the Classics Club, Review more classics. Oh my, it is 3 goals.**

6. 8.*
Utilize my local library: This sort of goes with my "read books I own/buy less books" goal. Except that if I'm reading library books, I'm not really reading the books I own. I think I've created a conundrum for myself. Well, if I use the library more, at least I won't buy as many books, am I right?
7. 9.*
Be a better book-clubber: I love the convenience of online book clubs, but the ease of it has made it possibly too easy. I have joined so many book clubs and reading groups this past year, but my participation has been terrible. Without a physical meeting to attend I let my participation slip. A lot. I'd like to do better than a bi-monthly check-in in 2015. The Classics Club, The Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge Book Club, the I Like Big Books Book Club, the Hello, Hemlock (CanLit) Book Club,  the Novel Tea Book Club, the Close Reads CafĂ© Book Club all deserve better from me. [Also, if you are also a member of any of these clubs, let me know! :)]  
**This also goes for read-alongs and reading challenges - I knew my non-joiner tendencies from high school would haunt me for all eternity, when I sign up for these things, I want to actually follow through!** (Maybe, I should make it a goal to sign up for less things?? I need to start thinking smaller - this is the reason why goals fail!)

8. 10.*
The easiest, most obvious one of all: achieve my Goodreads Goal of reading 50 books in 2015.
I think this turned out to be a list of 15 goals instead of 10. But, at least I dream big, right? What are some of your bookish goals for 2015?