2014 Book Challenges


British Books Challenge 2014
While I didn't complete the Challenge in 2013, though 9 out of 12 was pretty good, I've signed up again.  It was interesting to discover how many non-British authors have British characters in their books or use Great Britain as their setting.
January Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by R Joyce
February ugghh completely forgot it this month :(
March A Week in Winter Maeve Binchy
April Death of a Scriptwriter M C Beaton
May The House of Special Purpose Johon Boyne
June The Murder at the Vicarage Christie

Around The World in 12 Books My curiosity was really peeked when I saw this challenge hosted by Shannon from Giraffe Days. You can choose your level of travel from Happy Camper to Seasoned Traveller; which I am going to attempt.  For this challenge I have to read 12 books, each set in a DIFFERENT country.  I have to include at least one set in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, South America, Australia and the Middle
1. England Ten Lords a Leaping C.C. Bennison
 2a. Switzerland  The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner 
2b. Bhutan The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner 
2c. Moldova The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner 
2d. Qatar The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner 
2e. India The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner 
2f. Thailand The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner 
2g. Iceland The Geography of Bliss Eric Weiner 
3. Ireland A Week in Winter Maeve Binchy
4. Denmark The Keeper of Lost Causes J. Aulder-Olsen
**Afghanistan Bones of the Lost
**India A Life Less Ordinary
**Germany The Scribe

What's In a Name This year's 5 categories seem a bit easier
A position of royalty King and Maxwell
A reference to time A Week in Winter
A number written in letters Ten Lords a Leaping
A forename or names The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
A type or element of weather
A subject in school (Bonus)

http://bookmark2blog.blogspot.com/2013/11/2014-monthly-motif-reading-challenge.htmlThe Monthly Motif Challenge In this challenge each month you have to choose a book to match that month's theme
Jan- Around the World Ten Lords a Leaping
Feb- Award Winner The Geography of Bliss
Mar- Fairy Tales or Fairy Creatures Book of a Thousand Days
Apr Short & Sweet **The First
May- Mystery Mayham and Murder*Bones of The Lost
June A Long Journey**Company of Liars
July- Assassians
Sep Book to Movie   
Oct The Witching Hour Death of a Witch MC Beaton
Nov An Oldie but a Goodie
Dec That's a Wrap

2014 Eclectic Reader ChallengeI really enjoyed this challenge last year.  I discovered authors I would not have chosen with not regrets. This year's categories are just as interesting. For 2014 I'm going to have to cross into the NON-FICTION side of things as well as try a Graphic Novel, I wonder how retaining that may be different and easier than reading. I think I'll be using GoodReads' Listopia for suggestions again. :

Award Winning The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry Seraphina Sharp Objects
True Crime (Non Fiction) The Witness Wore Red
Romantic Comedy Heart and Soul
Alternate History Fiction 
Graphic Novel 
Cozy Mystery Fiction The All-Girls Filling Station's Last Reunion
Gothic Fiction The Miniaturist
War/Military Fiction Code Name Verity
Anthology The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
Medical Thriller Fiction Bones Never Lie
Travel (Non Fiction) The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
Published in 2014 Not my Father's Son

Jumble Your Genres
For this challenge, the goal is to mix up the genres/categories we read. We have all had those times when we have gotten stuck in the genre/category we are currently reading and read nothing else for a while.
January- Young Adult ~ Birthmarked by C. O'Brien & Seraphina by R Hartman.
February - Contemporary The Witness Wore Red
March- Urban Fantasy Cry Wolf by P. Briggs
April- Middle Grade May- Dystopian June- High Fantasy July- Adult August- Paranormal  Infamous September- Romance  Snobbery With Violence October- Sci-Fi November- Historical Fiction  Cemetery Dance
December- New Adult Not My Father's Son

The Color Coded Reading Challenge:
Simply put over the year read 9 books with one of these color words in its title:
Any shade of Blue A Beautiful Blue Death)
Any shade of Red The Witness Wore Red by R Musser
Any shade of Yellow The Yellow Wall Paper and Other Stories
Any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc)
Any shade of Brown Chocolate Covered Murder by L Meier
Any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc)
Any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc)
Any other color in the title (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, Magneta, etc.)**Peaches for Father Francis
A word that implies color (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Paisley, Stripe, etc.)

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