Monday, February 6, 2017

2017 Reading Challenges #DiverseReads2017

I've always liked participating in reading challenges. There are so many book recommendations out there and so much to choose from, that the framework of a challenge can help me decide on my next book when I'm pulled in 10 different directions. Here are the challenges I decided to join this year - so far.  I'm always open to more. What are your favorite reading challenges? 

Mid-continent Public Library Winter Reading Challenge - Read to Reel


Runs from January 15th to March 15th. Any five books will qualify but this year they are challenging readers to read books that have made it to the screen - big or small. I have already read my five for this challenge - and still need to go pick up my coffee cup - but none of the books I read fit the category this year. This is the third year I've participated in this challenge. 

What's in a Name? 2017 - Hosted by The Worm Hole

2 out of 6 read

This is one of my favorite reading challenges - even though I think I've only finished it once. Doh! You'd think I could manage reading six books but at some point in the year, I forget to stay on top of finding books that fit the categories. Maybe this year will be different!  

This year's categories are:

1) A number in numbers
2) A building
          Cards from Khloe’s Flower Shop by Isabella Louise Anderson
3) A title which has an ‘X’ somewhere in it
4) A compass direction
5) An item/items of cutlery
6) A title in which at least two words share the same first letter – alliteration
          Lost Under a Ladder by Linda O. Johnson

2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge

0 out of 12 read 

Studies have shown that the more fiction you read, the more empathetic you are. The world desperately needs more empathy and love right now. And my own view is that it's even better if you read a diversity of characters and viewpoints. I encourage everyone to read more diversely - and I'll start with myself by joining this challenge. The challenge doesn't define exactly what you should read or even how many books but they do have monthly mini-challenges to help you along. Since I'm starting late, I took the months out of the list and am just using the categories for inspiration. 

1) Stories based on/ inspired by diverse folktales/culture/mythology
2) POC/ Biracial/ Multiracial Main Character/Lead
3) Disability
4) Mental Health 
5) Religious Diversity
6) Sexuality and Gender Identity
7) Non Western Setting
8) Ownvoices
9) Intersectionality
10) Diverse Retelling
11) 2017 Releases
12) Freebie Category 

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