Friday, October 15, 2021

Nonfiction November 2021


Reading Challenge Name:  Nonfiction November

Hosted By:  Katie @Doing Dewey, Rennie @What's Nonfiction?, Veronica @The Thousand Book Project, Christopher @Plucked From the Stacks, and Jaymi @The OC Book Girl

Duration:  November 1, 2021 - December 3, 2021


Good morning everyone! I’m super excited to be able to announce Nonfiction November today. We have all sorts of fun events planned for you. Rennie of What’s Nonfiction and I will be returning as hosts, but we also have three new hosts who I’m thrilled to have joining us. Veronica at The Thousand Book Project is one of the bloggers I’ve been following for the longest and already has some great nonfiction reviews you should check out. Christopher at Plucked From the Stacks has added an intersting new discussion prompt for you, which I think will be a lot of fun. Jaymi at The OC Book Girl will be running the Instagram photo challenge & giveaway and also made our snazzy new graphics, which you can grab for your posts from this google drive folder. The format is the usual one, with Instagram challenges happening daily and one discussion prompt posted each week on Monday. We’ll be using the normal hashtag as well, #NonficNov.

If you’d like to join us, we’d love it if you’d share a sign-up post on your blog or social media to spread the word. We can’t wait to chat about nonfiction with all of you in November!

Event Schedule

Week 1: (November 1-5) – Your Year in Nonfiction with Rennie at What’s Nonfiction: Take a look back at your year of nonfiction and reflect on the following questions – What was your favorite nonfiction read of the year? Do you have a particular topic you’ve been attracted to more this year? What nonfiction book have you recommended the most? What are you hoping to get out of participating in Nonfiction November?  

Week 2: (November 8-12) – Book Pairing  with Katie at Doing Dewey: This week, pair up a nonfiction book with a fiction title. It can be a “If you loved this book, read this!” or just two titles that you think would go well together. Maybe it’s a historical novel and you’d like to get the real history by reading a nonfiction version of the story. 

Week 3: (November 15-19) – Be/Ask/Become the Expert with Veronica at The Thousand Book Project: Three ways to join in this week! You can either share 3 or more books on a single topic that you have read and can recommend (be the expert), you can put the call out for good nonfiction on a specific topic that you have been dying to read (ask the expert), or you can create your own list of books on a topic that you’d like to read (become the expert). 

Week 4: (November 22-26) – Stranger Than Fiction with Christopher at Plucked from the StacksThis week we’re focusing on all the great nonfiction books that *almost* don’t seem real. A sports biography involving overcoming massive obstacles, a profile on a bizarre scam, a look into the natural wonders in our world—basically, if it makes your jaw drop, you can highlight it for this week’s topic.

Week 5: (November 29-December 3) — New to My TBR with Jaymi at The OC Book Girl: It’s been a month full of amazing nonfiction books! Which ones have made it onto your TBR? Be sure to link back to the original blogger who posted about that book! 

🎉Instagram Nonfiction Book Party 🎉 – This year we’re excited to have a new host for our Instagram friends with giveaways, daily photo challenges and more! Jaymi over at @theocbookgirl is running the monthlong Instagram festivities. If you’re interested in participating in Nonfiction November on your page AND on Instagram, follow along with Jaymi’s Instagram at for all the details!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

2021-2022 Ten Pins Reading Game


Reading Challenge Name:  2021-2022 Ten Pins Reading Game

Hosted By:  Rick @RickMillsProject

Duration:  October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022 (reading done from January 1, 2021 counts)


How to:

  • Rent some ugly shoes, watch us spray them with some WD-40.
  • Grab a slice of greasy pizza and a beer.
  • You start with ten pins. The goal is to knock them all over. Each pin knocked over will be replaced by your book title(s) in the table above. Knock over a pin by any one of these methods:

    • Exact method: Read a book with that number in its title. Some numbers are difficult to find, so try these alternate methods...

    • Addition: This requires reading two books, each with a number in the title, the sum being the desired pin number.
      Example: Knock over pin 6 by reading Double Sin by Agatha Christie and Fourth Side of the Triangle by Ellery Queen (2 + 4 = 6). See sample for pin 6 below.

    • Subtraction: This requires reading two books, each with a number in the title, the difference being the desired pin number.
      Example: Knock over pin 2 by reading Seven Were Veiled by Kathleen Moore Knight and Five Little Peppers by Margaret Sidney (7 - 5 = 2) See sample for pin 2 below.

    • Multiply: This requires reading two books, each with a number in the title, which multiply to the desired pin number.

    • Divide: This requires reading two books, each with a number in the title, which divide to the desired pin number.

    • Author Name: The number is part of the author's name: "Sr." counts for 1, "Jr." counts for 2, or a Roman numeral suffix: III, IV, etc.

    • Wild Card: Read a book with a zero or eleven or greater in the title. This book may be used to knock over any pin of your choice. See the sample for PIn 8 below.

  • Submit the scorecard (once for each pin).


  1. This seasonal game is open October 1 2021 - March 31 2022 (alternates with Abra Cadavers).
  2. Any genre may be read.
  3. Any reading done from Jan 1 2021 to March 31 2022 qualifies. Can't remember? Check your Medical Examiner clipboard or Six Shooter Gallery!
  4. You may use each book only once (exception: if title has two numbers in it, you may use it twice).
  5. You can change or rearrange your books/pins. You may find you need to in order to get all the pins down. Just submit the form for the pin again, the new info will replace the old info. Well, not immediately. As soon as I update the page.
  6. You can use books already used by others.
  7. You can use each of the methods as much as you like.
  8. Print books, audio books, radio dramatizations, short stories, or e-books may be used.
  9. Bloggers are welcome to any images for your blog.
Pinsome acceptable word forms *
11, one, once, first, single, only, I
22, two, twice, second, both, double, II, duo, pair
33, three, thrice, third, triple, III, triangle, trio
44, four, fourth, quadruple, IV, square, rectangle, quartet
55, five, fifth, V, pentagram, pentagon, quintet
66, six, sixth, VI, hexagon, sextet
77, seven, seventh, VII
88, eight, eighth, VIII, octogon
99, nine, ninth, IX
Wild Cardszero or any number eleven or greater

* There may be others. Also see this list on Goodreads and this list on LibraryThing.


  • Questions? Email me at Thank you for participating!

Friday, September 3, 2021

Fall Into Reading Challenge 2021

Reading Challenge Name:  Fall Into Reading Challenge 2021

Welcome Post:

Hosted By:  Tia at Tia and All the Books, Kelly at Cozy Reader Kelly, Angie at Literary Labors, and Rainey at Rainey Day Reads

Duration:  September 1, 2021 - November 30, 2021


Prompt-based challenge with two levels (15 prompts and 24 prompts).  One book can be used for multiple prompts.  All details can be found in the welcome post/video.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge 2021


Reading Challenge Name:  Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge 2021

Hosted By:  Anne @Modern Mrs. Darcy

Duration:  2021


Copying and pasting text from this website didn't work very well.  See the welcome post for all details.

Mount TBR Challenge 2021

Reading Challenge Name:  Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2021

Hosted By:  Bev @ My Reader's Block

Duration:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021


January 2021 kicks off the tenth year for the Mount TBR Reading Challenge and, despite climbing like mad and conquering Mount Everest on the regular each year, I still have mountain ranges to climb. And miles of bookcases to read before I sleep (or something like that). I just can't resist a good old fashioned used bookstore (though they are become rarer and rarer) or the community Hoosier Hills Food Bank Book Sale which adds to the mountains as fast as I knock books off. And, somehow, despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled both my trips to my favorite used bookstore and the community book sale, my mountain range seems to be just as vast as ever. 

So, once again, I plan to concentrate on reading primarily from my own books in the coming year. Perhaps this year I will actually plant a flag on Mount Olympus...but my declared goal will remain Mount Everest. Please join me in knocking out some of those books that have been waiting for attention for weeks...months...even years.

Challenge Levels:

Pike's Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancounver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro*: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s (*aka Cerro El Toro in South America)
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

The Rules:
*Once you choose your challenge level, you are locked in for at least that many books. You are welcome to voyage further and conquer taller mountains after your commitment is met. All books from lower mountains carry over towards the next peak.

*Challenge runs from January 1 to December 31, 2021

*You may sign up at any time--no matter when you see this challenge. All qualifying books read after January 1st count.

*Books must be owned by you prior to January 1, 2021--items requested or ordered prior to January 1, may count even if they arrive in the new year. No library books~. If you're looking for a library book challenge or one that counts books on your non-owned TBR list, then please see Mount TBR's sister challenge: the Virtual Mount TBR Challenge.
   ~The ONLY exception to the library rule: If you own the book in any form and have a reason to check out a version from the library instead, then you may count it. For example--if you own a hard copy, but are planning on taking a trip where listening to the audio version would be a great way to knock out a book while you drive, then by all means check out the audio version and have a wonderful trip! Please check with me if you have questions.

*Rules for Rereads: Any reread may count, regardless of how long you've owned it, provided you have not counted it for a previous Mount TBR Challenge.

*Audiobooks and E-books may count provided they are yours prior to January 1. ARCs are also fine.

*You may count any "currently reading" book that you begin prior to January 1--provided you had 50% or more of the book left to finish when January 1 rolled around. I will trust you all on that. The only exception is if you have participated in Mount TBR in 2020 and were unable to finish the book in time for the final Check-in Post. Then--if you finish the book post-January 1, you may count it as your first step of the new challenge.

*You may count "Did Not Finish" books provided they meet your own standard for such things, you do not plan to ever finish it, and you move it off your mountain [give it away, sell it, remove from e-resources, etc.]. For example, my personal rule (unless it's a very short book) is to give it 100 pages. If I decide I just can't finish it and won't ever, then off the mountain it goes and I count it as a victory--the stack is smaller!

*Books may be used to count for other challenges as well.

*Feel free to submit your list in advance or to tally them as you climb. 

*A blog and reviews are not necessary to participate. If you have a blog, then please post about the challenge and link that post (not your home page) in the form below. My link provider has limited the number of link "parties" I can have open at a time--so I will be using Google forms for all my sign-up links this year. Non-bloggers may enter their names only without a blog link OR members of Goodreads are welcome to join the Goodreads group HERE

*If you post on Facebook, Instagram, or other social media to log a book, please use #MountTBR2021.

* As I have in the past, I will have a headquarters link in the left hand side-bar which will offer links to this original post, monthly review links, and the final wrap-up. I will update it at the beginning of the new year The Headquarters will also have a link to a list of our climbing crew with their commitments. 

Happy climbing!


NetGalley and Edelweiss 2021 Reading Challenge


Reading Challenge Name:  NetGalley & Edelweiss 2021 Reading Challenge

Duration:  January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2021


I'm happy to announce that I've taken over the Netgalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge from Tina at Reading Between the Pages.  I'm always feeling like my Netgalley and Edelweiss shelves are getting out of hand and thought this challenge would help me out alot.  So, although it's the eighth annual challenge, for me it's my first :) Keep reading for all the info...

Welcome to the eighth annual
NetGalley and Edelweiss Reading Challenge!

What the challenge is all about…

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the number of NetGalley/Edelweiss books sitting on your shelf to be read?
Have you lost your 80% rating and would love to get it back?
Do you want to challenge yourself to read more NetGalley/Edelweiss books?
Do you need extra inspiration to achieve that next badge?

If the answer is “YES” to any of these questions then this is the challenge for you!

Challenge guidelines… 

  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2021 – December 31, 2021. There is no deadline to sign up.
  • Everyone is welcome to participate – you do not need to have a blog.
  • Any genre, release date, length, etc. counts – it just needs to be a book from NetGalley or Edelweiss.
  • Books can count for more than one challenge that you are participating in.
  • The first day of each month I will post a monthly “link-up” for you to link your reviews. If you forget one month, no worries, just catch up the next month.
  • Questions: Feel free to leave a comment below.

The Levels…

Bronze – 10 Books

Silver – 25 Books

Gold – 50 Books

Platinum – 75 Books

Diamond – 100 Books

To sign-up…

  • Make a blog post stating the level you intend to read in 2020 and link that blog post to Mr. Linky below.  The first Link should be your name, the url should be the direct link to that blog post, not your main blog page.
  • If you do not have a blog then state your reading level in the comments below and how you will be sharing your book reviews.
  • Last but not least, be sure to come back every month and link in those reviews. This is really the hardest part – remember to do the monthly “link-ups”! 

Xanadu Reading Challenge

Reading Challenge Name:  Xanadu Reading Challenge

Welcome Post:

Hosted By:  Notes From Xanadu

Duration:  2021


Challenge consists of monthly themes, subcategories, and reading suggestions.  Text cannot be copied and pasted from website—see welcome post for challenge details.