Thursday, March 2, 2017

Announcing the Adventure of Reading Challenge!

*drumroll* I am here to announce the grand Adventure of Reading Challenge! (Henceforth to be known as ARC).

Now the point of this challenge is NOT to take the zing out of reading or add yet another thing to the to-do list. It's simply that, personally, I haven't been reading much this last year (for some very obvious reasons) and really want to get back in the habit. However, life is still very full and busy, so I'm trying to make it extremely doable. And fun. If you already have a tall reading list you can feel completely free to use any of those titles -- just using this as inspiration to actually get reading them. And you can definitely double this with other reading challenges (i.e. if you were already planning to read LOTR or something for a different challenge, etc).

If you have a blog and are able to do a quick review of each book, that'd be splendid and fantastic. (You can come back and leave your link on this post and I'll do a round-up post periodically with the links.) If you don't have a blog (or don't have time to put together a review or only want to review certain ones), that's absolutely and perfectly fine, too.

One last note, you don't have to have your whole list figured out to enter and you can definitely move up or down from one level to another as the year progresses. (See? We're keeping this very manageable. ;D)

The challenge runs through the end of the year and there are 3 levels:

Explorer: 3-5 books
Voyageur: 6-9 books
Wrangler: 10-12 books 
(Remember, this is all highly inspiring so I decided to just let loose and have fun with the names. ;))

And our buttons!


I'm actually going to start at the Explorer level and see how far I can jump by the end of the year (a lot will depend on which selections I end up going with). I'm also planning to start my western novel this year, so you'll notice a bunch of my reading selections are rather heavily slanted. ;)
So! Thus far, my list is as follows:

For Meredith's upcoming Beauty & The Beast Week

(Yes! Non-fiction is eligible as well)


Some Louis L'Amour
(Good recommendations anyone?) 

The Walt Longmire mystery series by Craig Johnson
(Which I CANNOT vouch for as yet... not having done much research on them ;P)

So there ye are!

Now I'm off to wash a tremendous load of dishes and try a new applesauce cake recipe I stumbled across yesterday. I can't wait to hear what you all think and do remember to share the buttons and also post about the challenge if you're interested!!

What think you? Would you like to join me?

(P.S. And what do you think of the new blog look? It's very new so I'm still getting used to it, but it's so spring-y and fresh and warm out this week, and I've sooooo been looking forward to spring arriving, that I had to do something. ;))


  1. I think I want to do this. I have lists all over the place (on library account,on Goodreads, in my bullet journal, in bookmarks) and then I pick what what I feel like reading. I think though that I can still be flexible with this.

  2. YAY!!!!!!

    This is so exciting!!! I'm taking a bit of a blogging break so I will put out my list of what I want to read in April, but I will grab a button!!! This is so exciting I can't stop smiling!!

    Oh you header, it took my breath away.


  3. Do I have Louis L'Amour suggestions?

    Yes . . . I have Louis L'Amour suggestions.




  4. Oooh, I totally want to join! I read a lot and have my challenge up on goodreads... but this might help give me the motivation to actually review the books I read.. :)

    What if we've already read some books this year, can we count those towards the ARC challenge?

    Also, I love the new blog look!

  5. I'm in! Working on a post about it, but for now, sign me up as a Wrangler. You know I tend to read as the winds of interest blow me, but for sure, I intend to read the following books:

    "Hood," "Scarlet," and "Tuck" by Stephen Lawhead
    "Swallows and Amazons" by Arthur Ransome
    "The Land of Stories" by Chris Colfer
    "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I'm planning to lead a Gatsby read-along this summer!

    As for Louis L'Amour, I loooooooooove Hondo. I've read it at least 3 times.

  6. What a great idea!
    I had promised myself; no reading challenges this year, but I'll have to break that for I do not want to miss this;)
    I will be wise like you and try to start out with the Explorer level

    And your new blog design is gorgeous! It just screams spring:)

  7. It looks like you have composed a nice list of books to read.

    I loved the book "Belle" by Cameron Dokey! I love her books.

    I would be curious to see your reviews of any Louis L'Amour books you read. I tried reading Hondo, but I never really got into it.

  8. I decided to only count books I started reading AFTER signing up for the challenge, so here is my first review: The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson. :-)

  9. Okay, I'm FINALLY here to "join in". ;)
    I think I'll choose the explorer level. I expect/plan to read more books this year than just that, but there ARE some particular ones I want to re-read, so I thought I'd use them for the challenge. :)
    Here they are:
    Catrin in Wales by Mabel Esther Allan
    Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
    Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
    A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

    I'm looking forward to what you think of "A Man Called Outlaw"!

  10. My second book read for the challenge is The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend by Glenn Frankel. My review is here.


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