My Goodreads Challenge #3

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” 
― Oscar Wilde

   Welcome, Book-lovers! Today’s post is, yet again, another reading challenge! Who would have guessed it? Below is a challenge from a  Goodreads group (of course) named Around the World in 80 Books. Here are the rules as stated in the discussion thread.

Challenge dates: January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Genre: Any genre. Books chosen may be by setting or by native/resident author
Page length minimum: No minimum page lengthAre you trying to read more books from around the world but find yourself reading books from the same 10 countries? Well, it is time to broaden your horizons and break free from your comfort zones.In this challengeyou will be reading books from at least 5 different countries. How many countries you choose is up to you. You can pick up to 200 if you really feel ambitious (not advisable as you only have one year to complete the challenge). This feat has been successfully accomplished by at least two different people in the past, however, in our original ATW80challenge.Here is the catch: You will not be choosing your own destinations. The ATW80 Randomizer will choose your countries for you. You may trade in a country you do not want to read, but it will cost you an additional 5 countries. Once you have read all of the countries in your initial list, you may consult the Randomizer for a new list, if you choose.Books read for this challenge may also be counted in any of our other challenges on this site.How to Start: 
-Start your own topic in this thread with your name or nickname. 
-Request how many countries you would like to start with
-Start gophering and creating your reading list for 2018! 
   Now as you can see, this challenge can get pretty tricky… In fact, I did not even read the rules until after I read some books! I did not see the thread with the rules above and assumed you could read as many countries and as many books. Well, I was wrong! I used https://www.randomlists.com/random-country to randomize my countries and generated 15 different ones. I am counting the ones I have already used because…come on…
15 countries generated and books for each:
  1. Slovakia- Scent of the Unseen by Mila Haugová
  2. Norway- The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein
  3. Sri Lanka- A Disobedient Girl A Novel by Ru Freeman
  4. Bosnia and Herzegovina (How in the world am I going to find a book for this?…)
  5. The United StatesImage result for checkmark
  6. Laos (My chances of completing this challenge are just slowly decreasing…)
  7. The United Kingdom- Forbidden
  8. Mongolia
  9. Taiwan (was Lesotho) – Want (Want, #1)
  10. Ethiopia
  11. Poland- The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  12. Cuba- The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba...
  13. Rwanda- 100 Days
  14. Slovenia- The Feline Plague by Maja Novak
  15. Jamaica- How Stella Got Her Groove Back
My Read books:
  1. The United States- The Art of Starving (1/13/18)
  2. Puerto Rico- A Map for Wrecked Girls (1/15/18)
  3. Costa Rica- Costa Rica  (1/27/18)
  4. Australia/London – Stolen: A Letter to My Captor (1/29/18)
   I am really excited to start this list. I cannot wait to get out of my comfort zone and read books from countries I’ve never even heard of! I recommend anyone with or without Goodreads to join in on this challenge and set any goal you would like. The title of the challenge is Around the World in 80 Books, but you can even read 5! It is your personal goal, customize it.
   Thank you for reading.
Stay Informal,
Aishah
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My Goodreads Challenge #2

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” 
― Fran Lebowitz, The Fran Lebowitz Reader

   Good Evening Everyone! Hope you had a booktastic day. On my last post, I mentioned I will be posting more GoodReads challenges. I wasn’t kidding. Here is another yearly challenge by Young Adult Book Reading Challenges that I decided to embark upon. I will be adding books as I read them to this post, therefore, by the end of this year, this list will be complete.

Without further ado, here is the A-Z Reading Challenge 2018:

A- A Map for Wrecked Girls (1/19/18)
B- Burned (Burned, #1) (2/21/18)
C- Costa Rica (1/27/18)
D- Dope Sick (10/14/18)
E-Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
F-Feed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1) (10/7/18)
G-Gated (Gated, #1) (9/30/18)
H- The Turn of the Screw (1/13/18)
I- Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength
J- Just as Long as We're Together (1/13/18)
K- The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (2/2/18)
L- Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (1/27/18)
M- Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) (2/9/18)
N-
O-One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
P-
Q-
R-
S- Stolen: A Letter to My Captor (1/29/18)
T- The Art of Starving (1/15/18)
U-
V-
W- Who Moved My Cheese? (1/2/18)
Y-
Z-

Thank you for reading!

Stay Informal,

Aishah

My Goodreads Challenge #1

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” 

― George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

 

Good Morning Book-Gods! Smile and be happy and let that happiness spread everywhere you go. Life is a beautiful thing and you only have it once! This morning, one of the first things I did after taking my morning whiz (probably not something that everyone needed to know…) was pick up and finish readingA Map for Wrecked Girls by Jessica  Taylor.  I then rated and reviewed it on Goodreads and continued on to some group updates. Lately, I’ve been joining more and more groups on Goodreads because I love the satisfaction of having so many book-lovers surround me. It’s at an unhealthy level now… Through this, I found a yearly reading challenge by Addicted to Ya and proceeded to fill out the template as a plan of books I will read for each prompt. Now, if any of you have been with me since the bumpy begging of this blogging journey, you would know that my challenges, plans, and schedules, don’t always work as I imagine, BUT I am full of hope that I can make 2018 the year where that changes.

That aside, for the actual challenge. Here are the books I plan to read. Some are left blank as I will add them after I read a book that follows the guidelines, or if I find one in my TBR later in life. This list will be updated on this post and eventually, every book will be crossed out.  Also to clarify, the title is labeled “My Goodreads Challenge #1” just because there are about 5 other challenges I signed up or in the past few days (like I said… its gone wild.)

 

2018 Reading Challenge
January 1 – December 31

1. Read a fantasy novel
2. Read a dystopian novel– A Sound of Thunder (1/26/18)
3. Read a mystery/thriller novelStolen: A Letter to My Captor (1/29/18)
4. Read a historical fiction novel-All the Light We Cannot See
5. Read a contemporary/mental health novel-The Art of Starving (1/15/18)
6. Read a classic novel- The Turn of the Screw (1/13/18)
7. Read a graphic novel-Marbles: Mania, Depression,...
8. Listen to an audiobook- A Map for Wrecked Girls (1/19/18)
9. Read a standalone novel-The Darkest Corners
10. Start a series you’ve been eyeing for a whileFeed (Newsflesh Trilogy, #1)Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy, #2)Blackout (Newsflesh Trilogy, #3) (10/7/18)
11. Complete a series (or read its latest release)-  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingSpark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up
12. Reread a book you love-A Wrinkle in Time (A Wrinkl...
13. Read a diverse book-Love, Hate & Other Filters
14. Read a 2018 release-Layover
15. Read an author that’s new to youWho Moved My Cheese? (1/2/18)
16. Read a book by a favorite author that you haven’t read yet-Glass (Crank, #2)
17. Read a book that makes you laughThey Both Die at the End (2/6/18)
18. Read a tearjerker- Burned (Burned, #1) (2/21/18)
19. Read a book that scares you-
20. Read a book that features magic-
21. Read a book you abandoned in the past-
22. Read a book that is perfect for vacation-
23. Read a book with an OTP you can’t get enough of– Mockingjay (The Hunger Game... (2/9/18)
24. Read a book that features a kick-ass female heroine-
25. Read a book in one dayCosta Rica (1/27/18)
26. Read a book in which the MC has the same profession as you or your dream job-City Girl, Country Vet (Tal...
27. Read a book set in a cold climate-The Shining (The Shining, #1)
28. Read a book set in another country-My So-Called Bollywood Life
29. Read a book set somewhere you’d love to visit or relocate to-Before I Let Go
30. Read a book set in your state/territory-Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen
31. Read a book translated into EnglishThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing (2/2/18)
32. Read a book written by a foreign authorWe Should All Be Feminists (5/7/18)
33. Read a banned book-1984
34. Read a book by a young author (under 30)Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History (1/27/18)
35. Read a book recommended by a friend-Out of the Easy
36. Read a New York Times Bestseller (any month/year)-
37. Read a book that was a gift-Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
38. Read a book with a buddy on Goodreads- Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1) (2/21/18)
39. Read a book “everyone” has read but you-Harry Potter and the Sorcer...
40. Read a book that has been on your TBR for over two years-The Perks of Being a Wallfl...
41. Read a book with a captivating first lineGated (Gated, #1) (9/20/18)
42. Read a short story collection-Tales of the Unexpected
43. Read a book that is over 500 pages-Smoke (Burned, #2)
44. Read a book that was made into a movieTo All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1) (10/13/18)
45. Read a book that was adapted for a television series-The 100 (The 100, #1)
46. Read a book you chose because of the cover-I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
47. Read a book with your favorite color on the cover-Amal Unbound
48. Read a book with something edible on the cover-The Unexpected Everything
49. Read a book with an animal on the cover-
50. Read a book with a metallic/glossy cover-
51. Read a book with a number in the title-
52. Read a book with a color in the title-

 

I am thinking of updating this challenge once a month on this blog. Also, any of the books you see here are prone to be moved around and changed.

That is all for now!

Stay Informal,

Aishah