Reading and more of it: The 2020 Swords & Stars Reading Challenge

Seems that I will be joining a challenge after another to fulfill my 100 books to be read in 2020. The 2020 Swords & Stars Reading Challenge is hosted byMs Noseina Book.

Note: The following are the rules quote directly of landing page for the 2020 Swords & Stars Reading Challenge.

The purpose of this challenge is to celebrate the Science Fiction and Fantasy genres. This challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st (midnight). The rules are as follows:

  • The goal of this challenge is to read one book that matches up with each one of the challenges.
  • You must create a sign-up blog post/video/bookstagram post and link it back to this page.
  • If you do not have a blog, you can link up a Goodreads shelf of the books you completed/reviewed.
  • You can sign up anytime up to December 31st.
  • Books count as long as they are read in 2020. This can be any format (print, audiobook, etc) and any page length other than specified in the challenges.
  • Whatever Goodreads counts, will count in this challenge this includes graphic novels and novellas.
  • Please use #SwordsnStars for Social Media Updates and be sure to link up your sign-up posts & wrap-ups.

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The words of the bards: Poetry Reading Challenge 2020

As for my wish to turn 2020 and the new decade into enlightenment, I have decided to participate in Savvy Verse and Wit’s Poetry Reading Challenge 2020.

The reading options:

  • One of the easiest, and possibly most difficult, will be getting people to sign up to read a poem-a-day through the Academy of American Poets Poem-a-Day service. The challenge is to read a poem-a-day for a week once per month and write about which poems were your favourite and why. You can write up a short blurb on your Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or your blog. I’d love for you to share your experience in the comments each month.
  • Second, read at least 1 book of poetry (doesn’t have to be cover-to-cover) and write about your favourite poems and what you learned about yourself while reading those poems.
  • Third, if you want to go all out, feel free to read as many books of poetry as you can in one year and link to your reviews in the comments.

 

My preferences will be a blend of the first and second options; I will be reading poems for Poe, Dickinson, Shelley, and Lord Byron.

The Afterlife of my quest to examine my strength—or, The Afterlife Reading Challenge

Today marks the century of not blogging. The endless ‘to blog or not to blog’ dilemma must come to an end. Moreover, the fact of having a stalker (some men are mad, never takes no for an answer, never to understand: what is merely a pure friendship), which turned my life into the five stages of grief—to the understanding that I am too strong for this childish game.

2020 marks the beginning of a new decade, so I shall tickle the areas of fantasy and Gothic literature this year—like every day for my past 32 years on earth, which drew me to The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand realizing that I wish to read more concerning the afterlife—in the aspect of amusing fictional manner, not hellish fires.

Because of Cynthia Hand‘s The Afterlife of Holly Chase, I will start a challenge of reading books that include: ‘The Afterlife of’; with a character that is living in-between life and death, fulfilling an achievement following their afterlife; or the setting in the afterlife.

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Announcing: “The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-Along”

It has always drawn me to classics as for this year I have restarted my The Classics Club reading goals. Thus it is with utmost pleasure, I will join “The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-Along”

 

How to Participate in the 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-along

  • Get a copy of each of the four books listed below.
  • If you have your own blog, write a welcome post explaining why you are joining the read-along and what you hope to gain from it. Leave a link to your post in the comments section at the end of this post (One Catholic Life). If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your information in the comments section below as well.
  • Download the daily schedule: Nick’s Chapter a Day Reading Schedule 2019
  • Commit to reading a chapter a day. If you get behind or race ahead, no worries. Life happens.
  • If you feel like it, post a line a day from the current chapter on social media, using the hashtags listed below. I’ll be posting to Twitter and Facebook each day and I would love to read your thoughts, too. When you post, I would ask that you please respect the reading experience of those who may not know the full story. In other words, no spoilers!
  • You will find official 2019 read-along graphics at the bottom of this post. Feel free to use them on your website if you wish.
  • And be sure to subscribe to this blog to receive any read-along updates.

The goal of these chapter-a-day read-alongs is to encourage people to read books they might not otherwise read because of their length or age. With that in mind, I chose four classic novels that I think you’re really going to enjoy. Two of the novels are favourites of mine, and two of them are books I haven’t yet read by authors I like.
So, without further ado, here’s what’s on tap for 2019:

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. #quixotereadalong
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. #montecristoreadalong (Which I am excited for) 
  • Lilith by George MacDonald. #lilithreadalong
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. #curiosityshopreadalong

The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Reading Schedule

Here is the broad outline of the year:

  • Don Quixote: January 1 to May 8 (126 chapters plus 2 prologues = 128 days)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: May 9 to September 2 (117 chapters = 117 days)
  • Lilith: September 3 to October 19 (47 chapters = 47 days)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop: October 20 to December 31 (73 chapters = 73 days)

So, 128+117+47+73 = 365 days. You can download a pdf of the entire year’s schedule in detail here: Nick’s Chapter a Day Reading Schedule 2019.

 

To join this read-along, please visit One Catholic Life