2013 Challenges

Here's where you can keep track of how I'm doing on my 2013 reading challenges.  I've signed up for 5 (way too many), so please feel free to heckle me throughout the year in order to stir me on.

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Here are the countries we are visiting each month!
January: France ( Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas)
February: Sudan ( God Grew Tired of Us by John Bul Dau)
March:  Wales ( How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn)
April: South Pacific ( The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J Maarten Troost)
May: Belgium ( The Bridge of Years by May Sarton)
June: South Korea ( Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin)
July: Israel ( A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua)
August: Palestine
September: Brazil ( Brazil by John Updike)
October: China
November: Egypt
December: Argentina

Monthly Keyword Challenge: COMPLETE! (11/27/13)

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Read a book that contains one of the keywords for each month (listed here).
January: winter ( Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio)
February: heart ( Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad)
March: green/valley ( How Green Was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn)
April: home ( The Round House by Louise Erdrich)
May: world ( The World's Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne)
June: never ( I Never Promised You A Goodie Bag by Jennifer Gilbert)
July: take ( I'll Take What She Has by Samantha Wilde)
August: look ( Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin)
September: memory ( The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok)
October: haunt ( Help for the Haunted by John Searles)
November: thief ( The Thief of Auschwitz by Jon Clinch)
December: time ( Frozen In Time by Mitchell Zuckoff)

Hosted by My Reader's Block
I've been trying to read down my books at home as much as possible, and here's a challenge to motivate me!  I've signed up for Mount Blanc (at least 24 books from my TBR pile).
1. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
2. July 7th by Jill McCorkle
3. The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok

Foodies Read Challenge: COMPLETE! (6/6/13)

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I HEART FOOD BOOKS.  Especially food memoirs.  I figured this was the perfect opportunity to incorporate more of that into my reading.  I've signed up for Pastry Chef (4-8 books).
1. Paris, My Sweet by Amy Thomas
2. Yes, Chef by Marcus Samuelsson
3. Weelicious by Catherine McCord
4. Cooked by Michael Pollan

Audiobook Challenge: COMPLETE! (6/4/13)

I always listen to audiobooks on my way to work, so this is kind of a gimme (and the challenge I have the best chance of completing!).  I've signed up for Flirting (listening to at least 6 audiobooks).
1. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
2. Political Suicide by Michael Palmer
3. The Four Ms. Bradwells by Meg Waite Clayton
4. The Tiger's Wife by Tea Obreht
5. Don't Go by Lisa Scottoline
6. The Round House by Louise Erdrich


  1. Welcome to this year's Mt. TBR! so glad to have you climbing with us.

  2. I'm excited to climb too! Thanks for hosting :)

  3. Good luck! I have a list of challenges I plan to sign up for. I just signed up for the Mount TBR challenge.

  4. Good luck to you as well Kristie!

  5. What a great idea the foodies and audiobook challenge are. You just gave me some new ones I'll need to sign up for...I think I'm becoming a reading challenge addict! Good luck with the challenges.

    1. It is so hard NOT to be addicted! I had to stop myself at these five.

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