18/75 complete!

I am one book ahead on my annual goal. At one point, I was three books ahead. I am falling a little behind, but I’m still ahead of where I need to be to meet my goal. I anticipated the chance that I’d fall behind with everything going on this week. I may be able to finish a book this weekend, but I may not. I have that small cushion, so I’m ok, either way.

8/75, 11% done

I am back on track.  Actually, a book ahead of being on track!  I feel like I am making progress.  I haven’t figured out what I am going to start next, though.  I am in Goodread challenges for the next couple of months, and they require me to read at least a book a week.  That’ll keep me on track!

Cleaning up the started books pile

As many of you know, I always have multiple books going at a time. Starting February 1, I am doing two goodreads challenges where the book doesn’t count toward the challenge unless it’s started on February 1 or later. The challenges cover several months, so I want all my books to count for the challenge, so I’m waiting to start new books. I don’t want to fall behind on my annual challenge, though. I am going to try to clean up my “currently reading” list on Goodreads.

I think I can get at least two or three of these done by the first.

Good vs Evil Challenge

Another group challenge that I am going to be working on will run from February 1 to May 31.  It is several challenges and we have to keep track of points as a team.  It’s always challenging to track and post, and I always miss points on this one, but it’s still fun to be involved in the process.


Join us February 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019 for an epic battle between good and evil.

Turmoil has engulfed the Book Republic. In a period of intense civil war, Superman, Luke Skywalker, and Iron Man team up and battle the evil forces of Khan, Magneto, and Voldemort.

Each side is armed with their choice of the best books (and some of the worst). Innocent civilians like Aunt May, Vicki Vale, and Tara Maclay have been caught in the crossfire, trying to go about their reading lives.

In a last ditch effort to end the war with minimal bloodshed, reading challenges have been created. Lines have been drawn. Whose side will you be on?

Unleash your inner super hero or villain! Join us for four months of epic battles, challenges to test your courage, and lots of fun.

This theme will be a points-based theme for all of you ready to don your super-suits. If you don’t want to track points, you will be playing the role of a civilian. These innocent bystanders will not be tracking points but will still be eligible to collect badges.

Group challenge starting February 1 (Uno)

I am joining a group challenge that runs February 1-April 30.  We work together playing “Uno” hands against other teams.  We get points for each book we read that fulfills the criteria.  Since I am considered a slow to medium speed reader, I was placed on a team with faster readers and slower readers to even out the number of books each team normally reads per month.

I love working on the group challenges since it helps keep me on track for my annual goal.  Being accountable to a team pushes me forward.  The hard part for me is that the books don’t count if I start reading them before February 1 and I usually log my books as I open them the first time.  I can’t do that for this challenge.

I have played this game before, and the challenge to this is to keep track of ALL of the characters and locations as I am reading.  It is fun, and especially fun to work as a team to get all of the cards completed.  Here are the things I need to look for.

O (Zero)
Read a book that:
– has a 0 or Zero in the title
– has a title starting with Z
– has an author first name or surname starts with Z
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with Z
– is set in a place name starting with Z
– is a “stand-alone” book (i.e. not part of a series)

1 (One)
Read a book that:
– has a 1 or One in the title
– has a title starting with O
– has an author first name or surname starts with O
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with O
– is set in a place name starting with O
– is book 1 in a series

2 (Two)
Read a book that:
– has a 2 or Two in the title
– has a title starting with T
– has an author first name or surname starts with T
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with T
– is set in a place name starting with T
– is book 2 in a series

3 (Three)
Read a book that:
– has a 3 or Three in the title
– has a title starting with H
– has an author first name or surname starts with H
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with H
– is set in a place name starting with H
– is book 3 in a series

4 (Four)
Read a book that:
– has a 4 or Four in the title
– has a title starting with F
– has an author first name or surname starts with F
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with F
– is set in a place name starting with F
– is book 4 in a series

5 (Five)
Read a book that:
– has a 5 or Five in the title
– has a title starting with I
– has an author first name or surname starts with I
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with I
– is set in a place name starting with I
– is book 5 in a series

6 (Six)
Read a book that:
– has a 6 or Six in the title
– has a title starting with S
– has an author first name or surname starts with S
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with S
– is set in a place name starting with S
– is book 6 in a series

7 (Seven)
Read a book that:
– has a 7 or Seven in the title
– has a title starting with V
– has an author first name or surname starts with V
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with V
– is set in a place name starting with V
– is book 7 in a series

8 (Eight)
Read a book that:
– has an 8 or Eight in the title
– has a title starting with E
– has an author first name or surname starts with E
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with E
– is set in a place name starting with E
– is book 8 in a series

9 (Nine)
Read a book that:
– has a 9 or Nine in the title
– has a title starting with N
– has an author first name or surname starts with N
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with N
– is set in a place name starting with N
– is book 9 in a series

Skip
Read a book that:
– has a title starting with K or P
– has an author first name or surname starts with K or P
– has a character with a first name, surname or nickname starting with K or P
– is set in a place name starting with K or P
OR you can choose to “skip” reading a book for this cards (and get no points for this card)

Draw 2
Use the same book for two cards in this hand (and get points for both cards)

Reverse
One member of your team must read a book another team member has already read

Wild
Read a book that can fit for any of the cards in that SAME hand (i.e. you are duplicating one of the cards in that same hand)

Wild draw four
Read a book that can fit for any of the colored cards you have that month (i.e. you are duplicating one of your colored cards. Each colored card can only be duplicated once)

Colored cards
Special colored cards will be randomly provided each month. for these cards you need to read for the card number (as above) and the book must also have a colored cover for the color specified (blue, red, yellow or green)