Library Love Challenge

2018Library Love Challenge

Posting 2018’s Library Love results
then it’s off to sign up for 2019 !
I am a total library lifelong patron of books, ebook loans, audio downloads,
and audiobook loans.  Plus the many services offered.
As well, I suggest books for purchase, and often request books
before the library has ordered new releases.
though I set my anticipated Library Love use at 100 items
I am delighted it is currently at 111!
and I still have several on hand yet to read – happy!
Find my library reading goodreads shelf for titles.

Are  you a library patron?
What features attract you to your library?
Are the staff personable?  available?  helpful?
Do you go there as first response or last recourse?

I’d love to know about your library experiences!


Do join the discussion in comments and see where libraries
fit in our lives!

        Thanks for “checking out” my library love post
and sharing your thoughts with us today 😉

Audios Anyone…?



Annual signup for the Audiobook Challenge
is now OPEN 
with a goodreads group option as well
Are you an audiobook listener?
Have you enjoyed the benefits of listening to your reading
are you hesistant to try?
Maybe you did try and it doesn’t fit your reading interests.

Well, the Audiobook Challenge for 2019
may be an option with various levels of participation
From the Newbie intro of 1-5 “giving it a try”
through to Marathoner at 50+ as a challenge
there are options for anyone willing to try audio listening .

I’m back for more.  I do love the versatility of audios.
I can keep doing my work or travel or create
all while enjoying a story or gaining info on a variety of topics.
So, I’m challenging myself to up my 2018’s  90 +
[ this year’s listening ]
which keeps me going as a Marathoner.

Let me know your audiobook responses in comments
and if you’ll join the Challenge for 2019, at which level.
I love hearing from you!
Happy Listening!

2018-Discussion-Challenge feed your fiction addiction - it starts at midnight

One additional NOTE –
It’s the time of year for challenge signups
so I’m making it known the 2019 Discussion Challenge
is one I’ll be participating in by offering you, my readers, that opportunity
of discussion on the majority of my posting.
I love to hear your thoughts and the Discussion Challenge
makes each of my readers aware they are welcome to take time
to share thoughts, reactions, responses, suggestions, ideas at FHC.
You’re Welcome Here!

Find more Discussion posts or to signup your blog
Check in at Nicole’s FYFA
and Shannon’s It Starts at Midnight




Christmas Spirit Reading 2018 to Begin…

2018 Christmas SPirit Reading Challenge

The FuN is Back !
Beginning Monday November 19.2018
Hosted by Michelle at truexmasspirit blog  to signup
Running until January 6 2019
All about reading Christmas in any genre
Candy Cane = 1 book read
Mistletoe = 2-4 books read
Christmas Tree = 5-6 books read
watching Christmas movies for FaLaLaLaLa +
Visions of Sugar Plums = reading with wee ones !



If you are restricted to a shorter reading time,
Michelle has that covered with a Christmas Spirit Readathon
beginning November 19th and ending December 2nd.
All the details HERE

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Easy enough to  begin with the #CSReadathon
then continue on with the full length
Christmas Reading Challenge
as they both begin November 19th.

Follow the links for full info
and add your participation to
this annual Seasonal Festivity.

Find us via #CSReadathon on social media Twitter,
Goodreads GroupPinterest board, FB Group, Instagram

I’m In!  and tracking my reads right Here beginning Monday November 19th.
Share yours by signing in and add your Christmas Spirit !

#CSReadathon 2018 Progress . . .

Final Week – completions for Dec 2 end and wrapup

Visions of Sugar Plum  reading of
You’re Doing That in the Talent Show?!
and some Fa la La la Christmas movie watching of
Mole’s Christmas Welcome from The Wind in the Willows
Alistair Sim
in an animated Christmas Carol
and the delighted discovery of A Cosmic Christmas movie on youtube

Rhys Bowen’s The Twelve Clues of  Christmas entertained me while I worked
online during the week along with a holiday Under a Maui Moon by Robin Jones Gunn
And a return to spend a pleasureable summertime in Ireland with old friends –
Summer at the Garden Cafe
by Felicity Hayes-McCoy
then back to wintry delights for a Holiday Homecoming by Jillian Hart

Definitely a successful #CSReadathon for 2018
Thanks to Michelle for hosting !


~ First Week ~ 8 completions ~

Christmas Tree level = 5-6 books ~ now completed

Four stories included in The Mistletoe Murder definitely held surprise endings!
No Ordinary Noel offered diversity in situation and voice – new to me author + narrator.
Knock, Knock You’re Dead by MC Beaton surprised me by her ability to put everything needed for a mystery into such a short piece of writing.  Hadn’t heard of this Hamish story before and happy to have found it at my library’s online site.
Plum Pudding Murder‘s cover caught my attention and the recipes added to the holiday appeal.  Part of the multiple mystery series by Minnesotan author, Joanne Fluke.
Holly Blues had the addition of suspense to this Texan mystery of Susan Wittig Albert.
A Quilt for Christmas,  a Civil war story by new to me author, Sandra Dallas, held additional historical interest of slaves in their attempts to be free and depicted women as they struggled to maintain diminishing daily life .
Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Tree classic of 1850 seemed unusual, moving from an account of gift giving celebrations to superstitions and supernatural stories of the area.
L.M.Montgomery’s heartwarming story of family on the Canadian prairies offered a happy note of Christmas past via Christmas at Red Butte.

A majority of my reads are audios allowing me to catch up with online work and wrapping up challenges etc before year end.  Thanks Giving for that option !
* I’ve also updated the goodreads I SPY CHALLENGE  for this new year of reading.
~ It begins this December 1st.
I’d love to see which books you SPY !
~ * ~

More Festive FuN queued for week two . . .

Ten Lords a leaping cc benison audio

Canadian authored by C.C. Benison of the Father Christmas Mysteries
set in an English village – 2 more in series follow.

How’s your #CSReadathon lining up ?

I look forward to hearing how it’s going – which FaLaLaLaLa movies have you watched?
I’ll have to get a list of possibilities from you in comments.
If you care to share – Thanks for inspiring!


Sharing with Kathryn at The Book Date
Find more reading each week  and add your own week’s readinglink .

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Beautiful Covers Challenge #HoHoHo2018

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An added perk of the 2018 #HoHoHo Readathon?
It offers several Christmas themed challenges.
Book Dust Magic Irena’s Beautiful Covers Challenge
encourages participants to  show off festive covers we admire
and that we have personally photographed.

Here are a few that I pulled off my bookshelves
{plus two from my online ereading where tangible books aren’t in hand}
I hope you’re inspired and will show off your holiday book beauties !


Definitely festive for the wee ones sharing our celebrations!


Dickens’ Christmas Classic


Beautiful short story collection reminder of the Angels’ presence


Romantic holiday festivities in this audio of Doc Martin series episodes


Depicting the warmth and invitation of home , welcoming wreath above
and full exterior festive decor on this holiday enovel cover shot of a library download.


pd james mistletoe murder and other stories

enovel mystery reading cover shot from library


I hope you’ve enjoyed my few samples of festive holiday covers.
Which covers appeal most to you?  Are you drawn to particular cover styles?
art – photography – characters – graphics – etc ?

If you’ll be stalking your shelves or library and joining us for the various
Christmas Challenges , I hope to Celebrate with you soon …

Remembrance Day 2018 – Armistice 100

The 100th Remembrance of Armistice of  the First World War
Sunday November 11th

I’m inspired by this Canadian story of Calgary’s Cathedral Church of the Redeemer
and it’s world wide response of 7000+ poppies.


Many more stories unfolding as this momentous weekend progresses
and we’d love to hear more of this inspiration.
Feel free to add yours in comments and continue the thoughts on
this momentous occasion. . .

November: Month of Reading Challenges


Time for annual Christmas Readathons
preparation of our reading selections.

Kim’s signups at the Caffeinated Reviewer for
HOHOHORAT which begins November 9 – 18th

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Tweeting #HoHoHoRAT

Michelle’s 2018 Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge
at truexmasspirit blog
is set to begin Nov 19th until January 6 2019
covering the Twelve Days of Christmas

2018 Christmas SPirit Reading Challenge

Along with a special Christmas Spirit Readathon
November 19 to December 2nd 2018
Hosted by Michelle at her Seasons of Reading blog

2018 cmas spirit readathon

Be sure to check them out for all the info on participation .

Fellow participants tweeting #CSReadathon

Looking forward to seeing what Christmas intros you bring to us
HapPy Christmas Readers!

We’ll look forward to hearing them in comments . . .