2019 Reading Challenge

Every Year (as if you are a longtime reader of Multi-screen you know,) I do my own reading challenge in some way, shape or form. I have the main page in the menu above noting the year, to which when I change you know it won’t be long before the post comes out.

Unlike Goodreads, I don’t always just set a number of how many books I want to read. I don’t remember how many was my goal last year but I think it may have been 15, and I think I only came up one short. Some years Ii come up with a theme for instance one year I only read books in a series (which was 2013’s challenge. If I had at least 5 books of a series, I’d read through them in one shot)

I usually either write the review DIRECTLY to the years Challenge, or if a long enough review will post the title as the link. Any books I read in my 3 favorite series, the review goes on their page (which yes, I do link back to); otherwise the link may likely be for you to look it up on Amazon to purchase if you are interested as well if you want to read their version of what its about.

The reason I do my challenge each year is because I have a mountain of books in the living room, not only 2 book cases (4 feet high?) but some are sorted in into boxes to keep what I have of a series together. Others are in one big (tv?) box which is misc. books + janet Evanovich & Sue Grafton books. So most of my books are ‘to read’ with the books on the shelves being mostly reference sort of books. Except one shelf which is part ‘to read’ however that turns out as more of a suggestion, as I have to me in the mood for something so I usually end up rotating books. Making a mess of the living room figuring out what I want to read. And aside from what is on my short list of wants I try not to buy any more books unless its on that list or I read a number of books (at least 5) beforehand.

Each year I usually read at least one Janet Evanovich Stephanie Plum series book, and J.R. Ward  Black Dagger Brotherhood series book and can be pretty thick. (Plus like the one I am reading now… its a hardcover so not so easy the way I read in bed, as if I’m not reading during commercials or in waiting rooms, I’m usually hunkered down under the covers with my head on the pillow. So there’s a lot of rotisserie chicken going on between pages. (that of course because my right hip bothers me..it a hereditary thing)

anyway I hope you enjoy 2019’s selections and will check in with 2020’s.  …

mmmm just through of a little of my own psychology on myself….Maybe I’ll note a few of the books I want to get to in the new challenge NOW and maybe that will give me a push to get to them this year.



2019 Challenge

DNF= Did not finish

The Dragon of Krakow and other Polish stories Richard Monte

I have a bit of Polish decent in me, and my pop-pop died when I was still in grade (5) school so I never got to ask him to teach me Polish (would have come in handy with some of my friends around the neighborhood) as well as learning anything of what part we are from etc. My Grandfather or Pop-pop as I called him) would always tell me a story when I went to visit. It was the same story but I loved it. Not sure if he made it up himself or if it was something he learned as a kid. So anyway a pal got the book for me off my wishlist for my holiday gift. I guess in a sense I was hoping to find the story my Grandpa used to read to me. (Downloaded a couple of other polish stories on my kindle) I do hope somehow I will find it. I enjoyed the stories and would even read them to my little cousins (though I always hated reading out loud) Guess for that I’d have to re-read the story a few times beforehand. Its a small slim book order here

Traveler in the Dark -Deidre Gould (order)

Hottest Blood (Carried over from 2018) DNF

I don’t think I found one story interesting.
Ended up giving up and putting it in the give away box (mm maybe I’ll make it a bookcrossing book and release it somewhere)

This was basically bathroom fodder and should have left it as such. (Heck I should have flushed it if I didn’t think it would clog up the toilet)

Anthology of stories by various authors, however the stories were not interesting.

A little bit of runes

Supernatural: John Winchester’s Journal – Alex Irvine order

Selected Canterbury tales- Geoffrey Chaucer (still working on)

Plum Lucky Janet Evanovich (click link on wicked charms…both on same page)

Ghost of a Chance (A Chintz ‘N China Mystery by Yasmine Galenorn

Spiderwick Chronicles: Great Escape (was a nice short book I could read during my tag sale.

Wicked Charms by Janet Evanovich (on her page)

Witch Hunt by Devin O’Branagan

Toil and Trouble Augusten Burroughs (if link does not work, post may not yet be published)

All Hallows’ Evil (a susan Henshaw Mystery book #4) by Valerie Wolzien order October 1st – 27

( I previously Read a book of her’s called the Student Body in 2014)

Lover Unleashed (any notes yo will find on the series page (the books are noted in order) October 28 -…continued into Jan 2020


Read my Reading Challenge page for ways you can do your own challenges., as well as the

Challenge Archives

2013 Year of the Book series * 2014 Reading Room * 2015 Library on the Fly *

2016 Biblio Bound * 2017 -Got some serious reading to do * 2018 Fool for Ghouls * 2019 * 2020

You can also check out the book nook, click on the book nook tab in the menu, or hover for other book and series related pages