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Challenges | Ben Bova
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I don‘t know who I thought I was kidding when I said I would only do 3 challenges in 2020. 🙄😂

The illustrious @BarbaraTheBibliophage came up with this fun bingo card for memoirs and mysteries that doesn‘t look overly complicated, and I think I can find books on my tbr to fit them all. I‘m in!

#mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsmysteries

vivastory I'm joining too 👍 2h
vivastory What are your planned challenges for 2020? 2h
sprainedbrain @vivastory I am doing #ReadingWomen2020, #Booked2020, #ReadingEurope2020, and now this one. 😬 (edited) 2h
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vivastory Yikes! I'm doing this one & #Booked2020 & co-hosting #nyrbbookclub which probably will continue until at least fall 2020 2h
vivastory But you can definitely pull it off 👍 2h
sprainedbrain @vivastory this is actually quite a bit less than I‘ve done in 2019. I think I‘m going to finish all of them this year! 2h
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The lovely @BarbaraTheBibliophage and fellow #Booked2020 cohost has set up a Memoirs and Mystery Bingo Board game for 2020! I have quite a few of both genres on my TBR for next year so I‘ll join in!

The prompts are deliberately short and broad, so you can interpret as you prefer. Only rule is read from the genres. Head over to her page for all the info!

#mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsmysteries

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for sharing, A! 😘😘 15h
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Challenges | Ben Bova
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Two genres I want to read more of this year are memoirs and mysteries. When I started to make myself a pretty bingo card, I thought “let‘s make a challenge!” So, if you want to add another challenge, please come join me. The prompts are deliberately short and broad, so you can interpret as you prefer. Only rule is read from the genres.

#mandmchallenge2020 #memoirsmysteries

**sharing is appreciated, even if you aren‘t joining in**😘😘

Cinfhen I‘ll happily share 💕💕💕 16h
Librarybelle Oh! I‘m terrible at following through with challenges, including my own (🙄), but I‘m very intrigued! Thanks for the tag! 16h
Theeclecticreader This seems like fun! At rush of sounding stupid, what‘s a POC author? 16h
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @Theeclecticreader Thanks. That‘s a person of color who‘s an author. 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Thanks sweetie! 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Librarybelle Haha. Yes, I ditched one this year. Just lost focus ... 🤪 15h
Theeclecticreader @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thank you! Of course now that seems obvious 🙄 15h
4thhouseontheleft I‘ll give it a go! I listen to memoirs on audiobook frequently, so this may be doable for me! 15h
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! I'm in!📚 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Yay!! Hopefully it‘ll be easy to double up among challenges too! 👊🏻♥️📚 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TheSpineView Yay! Glad to have ya! Now I‘ve got to do some planning ... 15h
4thhouseontheleft I guess we can‘t start now, huh? 😂 I‘m listening to a great one for the celebrity prompt! 15h
Cathythoughts Thankyou! For the tag ! I‘ve taken a screenshot & I will join in ... mystery I love ... memoir will be a challenge ... One can but try 👍🏻❤️📚 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft ooooh I‘ve been wondering how that is. Does he narrate? (And, yeah ... you can‘t count it for 2020, darn it ...) 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cathythoughts No reason you couldn‘t do the whole thing with mysteries ... either way, it‘ll be fun to face the bingo card together! 15h
4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage It's a different narrator, but he does a fantastic job. 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft Thanks—I‘m looking forward to your full review! 15h
Megabooks I will share later today and then try to figure out if I could complete it with mostly memoirs. 😂😂 My mom pretty much only reads mysteries with the occasional historical fiction, but I only read them for challenges. I don‘t like whodunnits, but maybe I should try cozies? You‘ve certainly got me thinking, Barbara! 15h
Crazeedi I think ill add to my #booked2020! Thanks! I love both genres 15h
RedxoHearts This looks like a fun challenge for the new year! I can already think of several memoirs I've been meaning to read to fill the spots 15h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi Yay!! I love them too and read entirely too few mysteries this year! 14h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Megabooks Thanks for sharing whenever you have time. I think each prompt works for either genre, but maybe a cozy or two would stretch your reading year a bit. It‘s up to you! 😘 14h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @RedxoHearts Would love to have you!! ♥️😎📚 14h
vivastory This sounds great! I'm definitely interested! 14h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @vivastory Yay!! Hope it works for you! 14h
vivastory Would new series be a series that I've never read, or one that is relatively recent with just 2 or 3 titles? 14h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @vivastory It could be either. Whichever works for you! 13h
vivastory Great. Thanks for posting this! 13h
LeahBergen This sounds fun! I‘m changing up my challenges for the upcoming year and adding a few “personally tailored” ones like yours. I‘m challenging myself to read one Persephone book per month. 😄 13h
MrsV This looks so fun! I would love to do this! Room for another? 10h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @LeahBergen I change my challenges up every year—except #Booked! It just has to work for me. Your Persephone one sounds good—especially when there‘s a bunch of those books on your shelf! 8h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @MrsV Of *course* we have room! Glad to have you! 🎉♥️📚 8h
Crazeedi @Librarybelle me too but I'm going to try my best next year! 7h
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen This sounds good because I could read the Persephones I own and have an excuse to buy more. 😹 1h
rubyslippersreads @BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree with @MrsV and hope you have room for one more. 😊 1h
kspenmoll This looks like such fun as I enjoy both genres. Thanks Barbara! Would live to join in! (edited) 55m
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I‘m cleaning up the bottom of my Goodreads Want to Read shelf in preparation for the #Booked2020 #bottomofTBR prompt. Some of the books I added years ago are panned almost universally, with hilariously funny reviews. This is one of those books.

The one review on Litsy is also 👎 for terrible writing, so off the list it goes!

Northern Lights | Philip Pullman
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Cinfhen Ohhh, good to know!! I‘ve been wanting to try this series. What‘s new, Jenny??? 22h
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen not much. Passed my annual heart check-up, we're still having our kitchen extended, having my next infusion of Crohn's medicine on Friday, going to Prague next Sunday... you?! 21h
BarbaraBB You‘ve started already. I envy you, I have to finish #Reading USA2019 first! 21h
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jenniferw88 @BarbaraBB to be fair, I'm only on the planning stage... they are susceptible to change! 🤣 21h
BarbaraBB Haha I know what you mean. I am making plans too, will share them later 💕 21h
Cinfhen That sounds like lots going on!!! How long will you be in Prague for? Not much going on here. My friends daughter gave birth to triplets in September and the babies all came home last week so they are throwing a big bash on Monday. 💙💙💙 21h
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen 4 days! 19h
Librarybelle Looks like a great collection! 18h
StayCurious Haha awesome way to do the prompt. +2! 18h
erinachu Northern Lights is great!! 17h
4thhouseontheleft I‘ve been meaning to reread this series! 17h
TheEllieMo I have both those penguin series 😁 16h
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You | Caroline Kepnes
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I‘m so conflicted about this, I don‘t really know how to review it. On one hand, it was compulsory readable. I just couldn‘t stop. On the other hand, Joe‘s obsessiveness, jealousy, and sexism scared me so much, because that‘s real. It isn‘t a fictionalised monster, they are real problems in the world. And it made me so uncomfortable to read about. So yeah, not really sure how I feel right now.

#SocialMediaFocus last book for #Booked2019, tho! 🙌

4thhouseontheleft Great review! Congrats on finishing up the challenge! 1d
MicheleinPhilly I couldn‘t agree with you more. I enjoyed reading this book but the fetishization of Joe that I see all over the internet makes me want to puke. 1d
squirrelbrain I agree with your review - it made me quite uncomfortable.... 1d
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Christine Well said. 1d
batsy Yup, I agree. I felt the same. Compulsively readable and as a book I liked it a lot, but the way in which the book is talked about by fans is deeply unsettling. 1d
Cinfhen Congrats on completing #Booked2019 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉I approached YOU as a totally fictional story but I can see your point about Joe. (edited) 1d
Kalalalatja @batsy reading your comment makes me so happy, because I realise I wanted to use “compulsively”, not compulsory 😅 I knew it was wrong, I just couldn‘t remember the right word, so thanks! 12h
Kalalalatja @4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen thanks! Now I just have to start planning for #booked2020, but I‘m waiting to see which books I get for Christmas before I settle on anything 😄 12h
Kalalalatja @MicheleinPhilly @squirrelbrain @christine @batsy Joe gave me a big Incel-vibe, the way he blamed everybody else for everything and his misogynistic attitude. Just beyond creepy 12h
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Here‘s the final quarter completed. And with that, my #Booked2019 Reading Challenge is done. Thank you, ladies, for hosting! I‘ve read some great books!
Bring on #Booked2020 ! 🤓

Cinfhen Woohoo 🙌🏻 🎉💕great graphics and awesome books 3d
TrishB Well done 👍🏻 I still have one left! 3d
CarolynM Congratulations! 3d
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4thhouseontheleft Great job!! 🙌🏽🎉 3d
Sace 👏👏👏🎉🎉 I'm also impressed by the graphics. I am in awe of folks that include lots of book covers. It seems like a lot of work! (since the only thing I know how to do is collect screen shots 🤣) 3d
AmyG Congrats!!! 🎉 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Awesome job!! Enjoy the rest of the reading year with NO challenge pressure! 🎉🎉📚📚🤪🤪 3d
erzascarletbookgasm Thank you! I enjoyed this challenge. Next year will be my third year participating. 😘 @Cinfhen @TrishB @CarolynM @4thhouseontheleft @Sace @AmyG @BarbaraTheBibliophage exactly! 3d
Suet624 Congratulations! 2d
Cinfhen Yay!!!! A three-timer 😘🥳😆 2d
Cathythoughts Well done 👯‍♀️❤️ 2d
youneverarrived 🥳🥳🥳 2d
andrew61 Well done ☺ 7h
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The Gifted School | Bruce Holsinger
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#BookMail THANK YOU @Reviewsbylola and @Mdargusch for the wonderful books and beautiful bookmark ♥️I‘ve been wanting to read both books for months 🤗🤗🤗I really appreciate your generosity and of course friendship xx #LittensAreTheBest and both books will be used for challenges next year 💗📚💗

AmyG Severence is my book for #booked2020.... pink. (edited) 7d
Cinfhen And mine as well @AmyG 💗 7d
Reviewsbylola I hope you enjoy them! Sorry it took so long. @Mdargusch saved the day by mailing them for me. 🤣🤣🤣 6d
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Cinfhen Thanks @Mdargusch xx shipping hardcovers is no small expense 😛I‘m really excited for both books and the bookmark is already being put to use @Reviewsbylola 6d
Mdargusch I was getting worried that I did the address wrong because it was taking forever to get to you! 6d
Cinfhen Mail here can take forever 🙄 @Mdargusch 6d
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I think this, #Booked2020, and my Goodreads goal are going to be my only challenges next year. I will also participate as much as I can in #authoramonth .

From @MrBook :
It‘s simple: Every month read a book based on that month‘s theme. Share the book you read on the 29th of each month (Feb. has 29 in 2020 😆) with the #ReadWithMrBook and that month‘s hashtags—for example, January‘s is #1WordTitle.

HotMessJess Oooh can we pick our own themes too?! 1w
Bookzombie @HotMessJess For @MrBook ‘s challenge? I don‘t think so. 1w
HotMessJess @Bookzombie I clearly need to read instructions better hahaha 1w
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MrBook Thank you for sharing, @Bookzombie ! @HotMessJess 😂👏🏻 I know some SK books that qualify for a couple of these 😎🙌🏻. @joe_hill is a Litsy author too. (edited) 1w
Bookzombie @MrBook Welcome! 💗 7d
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