2016 Reading Challenge. Are You Up For It?


Last year (2015) I manged to complete my Goodreads, Reading Challenge 2015, ploughing my way through 33 books; fiction, non-fiction and even some graphic novels for the first time. Check out what I read last year below using their nifty Reading Challenge Widget which I displayed on this very blog for all to see. I’ve upped my goal by 2 books to 35 for the year and I am once again keeping tabs on myself via Goodreads.

If you fancy taking a simple challenge yourself, check out this Pinterest page above with some excellent prompts for what to read in 2016.

Remember to check in here to see how I’m doing throughout the year.

Read what you love, love what you read.

 

2015 reading chalenge boks part 1 reading challenge books part 2

 

Are You Up for the Challenge?


reading challenges

It is traditional for people to make New Year’s resolutions at the start of a new year and I am as guilty as the next person in not always managing to adhere to these worthy pledges for the entire 12 months. That said, last year I pledged to read 30 books and tracked my progress on Goodreads, using their nifty Reading Challenge Widget which I displayed on this very blog for all to see. I didn’t quite make my target, just coming up short by a few books (I managed 25). This year I am aiming to repeat the process, I’ve upped my goal by 1 book to 31 for the year and I am once again keeping tabs on myself via Goodreads.

If you fancy taking a simple challenge yourself, check out this Pinterest page with literally dozens of sites offering a multitude of different reading challenges to suit all abilities, tastes and interests.

Remember to check in here to see how I’m doing throughout the year.

Read what you love, love what you read.

Dogs in Fiction


dog booksThere are many inspirations for writing but some seem to crop up more than others. Animals and dogs in particular have provided the narrative drive for countless novels and short stories. Having recently rescued a four-year old miniature bull terrier ourselves, I started to reflect on all the stories I knew where a dog was the driving force.

Check out the links below for a veritable panoply of canine fiction; classic, modern and contemporary.

The Dog and the Novel: Loyal Companions by Beth Carswell from Abe Books.

Great “Dog” books from Goodreads’ Listopia.

Amazon’s Listmania selection of lists of dogs in fiction books.

Reading Bugs Dog Book lists, from picture books all the way to adult fiction.

Website of the Week: Listopia from Goodreads


Goodreads ListopiaListopia: Check out this incredible selection of reading lists from Goodreads. This excellent site allows readers to explore the world of books and share their opinions with others anywhere! Find your interest, choose a list and get lost in the incredible array of books on offer.