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After many years of not participating in reading challenges, last year I jumped on board with Random House’s Reading Bingo challenge. This is definitely the kind of challenge I can get behind, because it allowed me to read what I already read, instead of requiring me to find a dozen books about nautical vampire unicorns. (Actually, I kind of think I would TOTALLY love a dozen books about nautical vampire unicorns. Can someone pretty please write those for me to read?)

And so, I did pretty darn good, if I do say so myself, with the Reading Bingo challenge. See, here’s my score card:

2014 Reading Bingo

I read the following for each marked off square:

The Green Gables Readalong

This year I am going to be participating in two challenges… though one of them isn’t really a challenge and something I would love doing anyway. It’s Lindsay‘s Green Gables Readalong, where each month we read one of the eight books in L.M. Montgomery’s charming Anne of Green Gables series.

While I’ve read these books countless times, there are some that I haven’t picked up in over a decade. There are others (I’m looking at you, lovely Rilla of Ingleside!) that I am completely obsessed with and read on a yearly basis. But this sounded like the perfect opportunity to spend some time with Anne Shirley and her family, as well as enjoy it with some other readers on social media.

You should totally join in on this with us. Seriously.

Reading Bingo – The 2015 Edition

This year’s Reading Bingo Challenge was just announced today and it looks like it’s going to be awesome as well. It’s focusing on Canadian books and authors, which should make it very interesting – maybe it’ll make me finally attempt something by Margaret Atwood, or one of the Giller books (which I don’t think I’ve ever read at all).

Also, there are a bunch of squares that can be used for the Green Gables Readalong. Say what? Let’s see, we’ve got A book set on the East Coast (um all of them), A book by L.M. Montgomery (again, all of them) and A Canadian novel that was adapted for screen (Anne of Green Gables, definitely). And I supposed you COULD do A book by a Canadian author (but not Margaret Atwood) as well, even though one of the other squares is specifically for L.M. Montgomery.

So I’m planning on getting some Marshal McLuhan, maybe some Murdoch mysteries, and some Will Ferguson in there as well. You know. Awesome Canadian stuff.

Again, you should join us on this. It looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun, and it definitely has the opportunity to expand one’s reading selection. (And, if you join in, you can totally follow along with the fun on twitter with the #ReadingBingo hash tag. Woo!

What about you?

Are you joining in on any reading challenges this year?

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 9:05 pm January 13, 2015.
Category: Challenges

  • Mona (Moxie-Dude)

    Oh I love this! Thanks for sharing! I especially love the descriptions.

  • raidergirl3

    I saw those Bingo Reading challenges last year, and they didn’t appeal, but that Canadian one has me a bit excited!
    As for the Green Gables Readalong – how fun! I might join in later, or just chat along as I just reread the first three books last fall. It started with an audiobook of Anne of GG read by Colleen Winton, which I cannot recommend enough! Like yourself, I’ve read and adored the books many, many times, but listening brought a whole new enjoyment to the books.I didn’t get the Winton editions (which were just released last year) for the Avonlea and Island books, and they were still good, but I imagine they could be fabulous.

    I’ll look to listen along to the other books that I can find on audio. The books are just so wonderful. (I end up gushing like Anne might)

  • Kyla @ Mommy’s Weird

    THIS IS AWESOME! Sharing with my Book Group.

  • Natalie McKay

    lol the Anne of Green Gables read along sounds like fun. I have yet to read the last book!

  • Kailana

    I bombed on reading challenges last year, but I would love to read the Anne series. I actually meant to do that last year and started off well… And then fizzled… I haven’t really noticed you listening to audiobooks, but Anne of Green Gables on audio is good!

  • Courtney Wilson

    I’ve started listening to audiobooks – got an account with Scribd, and they have a pretty good selection all things considered. :) I’ve heard good things about Anne on audio books, but I think this is one that I need to actually read just for the sake of nostalgia. :) (Also, you and I still need to do the readalong of Sara Douglass’s Starman book.)

  • Courtney Wilson

    BUT that’s my FAVOURITE one! It’s lovely and wonderful and very much a coming of age story both of Anne’s daughter and of Canada in general really. And it shows what rural life was in Canada during WWI, which is absolutely wonderfully written. Love that one so much!

  • Courtney Wilson

    Woohoo! Hope they join in! :)

  • Courtney Wilson

    Hahaha, I totally gush like Anne all the time. :) In fact, I find that half of the way I describe stuff is so influenced by the Anne of Green Gables books. Hope you join in with us for the later books. :)

  • Courtney Wilson

    Definitely! Hope you join in! :)