2015 Reading Challenge Party, link up #1


here we go!.

the link up party is at the bottom of this post.

I have modified the list to suit my tastes this year, choosing about 30 of the 50 categories. reading 30 books in a year will be a challenge in itself for me as some years I may only read up to 5 books!. subject to how the year goes, next year I may challenge myself to complete the full list!.

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here is where I’m at –


‘A Story of Seven Summers’ by Hilary Burden.

I was reading a post on the Down to Earth forum about books we’re reading, and a couple of the ladies talked about 7 summers. I looked it up online and liked the description, so then checked the library system here in the city and luckily there was one copy available. I headed out the next morning and got it, and had the whole book read in 24hrs!. I’ve ticked off “a memoir” with this read. I’m saving “read a book in 24hrs” for another book, but if that doesnt happen, then I’ll use this in that category as well!.

I loved this book, it spoke very loudly to me, and I may even buy it. it is the story of an Australian woman who moves back home to Tasmania from the UK. she was in London at the same time as me and mentions events I was familiar with. the memoir is about her going to the land and how she manages during those first few years – a dream I share. I’d recommend this to anyone who has that dream of stepping into a more simpler way of life.


‘The Silk Thief’ by Deborah Challinor.

this is the 3rd book in a series of 4 and I love it. I read it in a couple of days, as I did the first 2 in the series late last year. this series tells the story of 4 convict women transported to Australia in the 19thC. book 3 continues the story and keeps you gripped wanting to know how things fare for the women. it is part love story, friendships, thriller and history all rolled into one.

I have ticked off ” a female author” with this, and highly recommend this series. the first two books are called ‘Behind the Sun’ and ‘Girl of Shadows’.


‘Tumbledown Manor’ by Helen Brown

I picked this up as the back sounded interesting – woman moves to the country and fixes an old house. something I’d love to do!. I found it an easy read, light and fluffy with several laughs thrown in for good measure. there were enough twists to keep you going, with a few ‘i didnt see that coming’ situations.

i ticked off ” a book based on its cover”. while I enjoyed the book, if I was stuck for shelf space, I wouldn’t loose sleep over getting rid of this book. in other words, I probably wouldn’t read it again!.

2015 reading challenge – my list – 4/31

A book with more than 500 pages

A classic romance ( pride and prejudice)

A book that became a movie ( Philomena)

A book published this year

A book with a number in the title

*A book by a female author – READ ( 3rd Deborah Challinor)

A book with a one word title

A book set in a different country ( Deborah Challinor)

A popular author’s first book

A nonfiction book ( JFK )

A book by an author you love but not read yet ( Lisa Jewell)

A Pulitzer prize winning book

A book based on a true story ( philomina)

A book at the bottom of your to read pile ( JFK)

A book more than 100 yrs old ( pride and prejudice)

*A book based entirely on its cover – READ (tumbledown manor)

*A memoir – READ ( 7 summers )

A book you can finish in a day

A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit

A book that came out the year you were born

A trilogy (Fiona mccallum series)

A book with a love triangle

A book with a colour in the title

A book by an author you’ve never read before (Fiona mccallum)

A book you own but never read  !!!!!!!

A book that takes place in your hometown

A book that was originally written in another language ( madame bovary ?)

*A book set at Christmas – READ ( an outlaws Christmas)

A book written by an author with your initials

A book based on or turned into a tv series ( masters of sex

A book you started but never finished ( masters of sex).



Welcome to the 2015 Reading Challenge Party based on the list devised by Popsugar.

Each fortnight we’ll share what we’ve read during the past two (or three!) weeks based on the categories set on the challenge list. We can use this link up to find more books to add to our reading pile, ask for ideas or suggestions for categories we may not be familiar with and read reviews of the books by participants. We might also gain a few more readers or cyber buddies along the way.

RULES (cos there needs to be a few!)

  • Link directly to your reading challenge post please.
  • Try to include photos of book covers, but if you can’t, at least give both the name and the author of the books you’re reviewing. Also indicate which category the book falls under ( feel free to double up, if you’re not a huge reader)
  • Keep a tally of how many you’ve read vs how many to go e.g. 3/50 (you don’t need to follow my format, i just want to keep a record of how I go with this challenge).
  • Take some time to check out the other blogs in the party and comment, you might gain a new cyber buddy!.
  • Remember to link back to this party in your post, and feel free to grab the button over there on the right hand side of the screen.
  • Links that do not follow the rules or appear to be spam will be deleted.


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