domenica 31 dicembre 2017

Monthly Key Word Challenge 2018

Avevo perso di vista questa sfida dopo che era cambiato l'host, ma quest'anno voglio riprovarla.
Ospitata da "My reader's block".

Your task is to read at least one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month. 
* The title you choose can be a variation on one of the key words. For example- your title could include the word 'icicle' or 'icing' even though the key word is 'ice.'
*Key words can be tweaked. For example- You could read a book with "Bowler" or "Bonnet" for the key word 'Hat' and that would be just fine. If the key word is 'Family' then your title could include the word 'Sister' or 'Father.'If the key word is 'Food' then your title could include the word 'Cake.'


Libri letti:

JAN: white, ice, year, baby, hat, dance, top, road, if
        L'ultimo lenzuolo bianco (Farhad Bitani)
FEB: pink, snow, heart, arrow, point, righ, holiday, walk, and
           Cuore (Edmondo De Amicis)
MAR: green, luck, great, shout, hope, wrong, rope, carry, into
        Anna dei tetti verdi (Lucy Maud Montgomery)
APR: clear, rain, lily, basket, out, gather, valley, all cross
        La mia Africa (Karen Blixen)
MAY: pearl, flower, clasp, pale, mountain, one, never, dog, around
        Cuore di cane (Bulgakov)
JUN: bell, bird, town, live, river, none, some, bride, when
        Sul filo del rasoio / Keeper of the bride (Tess Gerritsen)
        Cronache di piccoli miracoli / The Mill River recluse (Darcie Chan)
JUL: blue, water, desert, apple, many, wood/s, stay, cabin, between
        Dentro l'acqua (Paula Hawkins)
AUG: yellow, sun, beach, boat, house, few, help, camera, above
        La casa tonda (Louise Erdrich)
        The help (Kathryn Stockett)
SEP: always, dall, sleep, school, teach, call, leave, chase, below
        Haunted is always in fashion (Rose Pressey)
OCT: black, mask, ghost, witch, castle, moon, night, haunt, mystery
        La notte dei desideri (Michael Ende)
NOV: brown, thanks, food, family, table, dream, laugh, town, over
DEC: red, present, christmas, party, give, tree, sing, bell, under
        Fuga dal Natale / Skipping Christmas (John Grisham)

Kitty lit reading challenge 2018

Eh, questa sfida l'ho scoperta per caso e non potevo farmela scappare! Leggere almeno 3 libri con gatti. Ospitata da "Becky's book reviews".

Duration: January - December 2018 
Goal: To read books with CATS 
# of books: minimum of 3 

What books count towards the reading challenge? 
Board books 
Picture Books 
Early Readers 
Early Chapter Books 
Chapter Books 
Graphic Novels 
Middle Grade Books 
Young Adult Books 
Adult Books 
Short Stories 


Libri letti:

  1. A spasso con Bob (James Bowen)
  2. L'uomo che metteva in ordine il mondo (Fredrik Backman)
  3. Haunted is always in fashion (Rose Pressey)
  4. La notte dei desideri (Michael Ende)
  5. Il gatto che vedeva rosso (Lilian Jackson Braun)

What’s In A Name 2018

Ci riprovo... sfida ospitata da "The worm hole".

The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories. (Examples of books you could choose are in brackets – translations and other languages most definitely count!): 
- The word ‘the’ used twice (The Secret By The Lake; The End Of The Day, The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time) 
- A fruit or vegetable (The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society; The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake) 
- A shape (The Ninth Circle, The Square Root Of Summer, Circle Of Friends) 
- A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zen In The Art Of Writing; The Zookeeper’s Wife, Zelda) 
- A nationality (Anna And The French Kiss; How To Be A Kosovan Bride; Norwegian Wood) 
- A season (White Truffles In Winter; The Spring Of Kasper Meier; The Summer Queen; Before I Fall; The Autumn Throne) 

As usual I’ve tried to include some easy categories and some not so. Remember the titles I’ve given here are only examples, you can by all means use them if you want to but it’s not necessary. There are plenty of other books that will fit the categories and you may have some in mind already or even some on your shelves you can read.


Libri letti:

- A shape --> Cuore (De Amicis)
- A title that begins with Z --> Zo' (Antonio Ferrara)
- A nationality -->
- A season -->

Birth Year Reading Challenge 2018

Sfida nuova, ospitata dal blog "Hotchpot cafe". Si tratta di leggere libri pubblicati nel proprio anno di nascita. Non ho idea di cosa sia stato scritto nel 1973.. ma sono curiosa... Non ci sono quantità minime di libri da leggere...


Libri letti:

  1. Momo (Michael Ende)

Popsugar reading challenge 2018

Anche quest'anno mi segno i punti della Popsugar challenge. Come le due precedenti edizioni, non credo la completerò, ma ci sono suggerimenti interessanti.

- a book made into a movie you've already seen --> Assassinio sull'Orient Express (Agatha Christie)
- true crime
- the next book in a series you started -->Jane e il mistero del reverendo (Stephanie Barron)
- a book involving a heist
- nordic noir
- a novel based on a real person --> A spasso con Bob (James Bowen)
- a book set in a country that fascinates you
- a book with a time of day in the title
- a book about a villain or antiehero --> Il treno d'Istanbul (Graham Greene)
- a book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym --> La mia Africa (Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen)
- a book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
- a book that is also a stage play or musical
- a book by an author of a different ethnicity than you --> L'ultimo lenzuolo bianco (Farhad Bitani)
- a book about feminism
- a book about mental health
- a book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift --> Zo' (Antonio Ferrara)
- a book by two authors
- a book about or involving a sport
- a book by a local author --> 
- a book with your favourite color in the title
- a book with alliteration in the title--> Cave canem (Danila Comastri Montanari)
- a book about time travel
- a book with a weather element in the title --> vento dell'est (M. M. Kaye)
- a book set at sea --> vetro (Giuseppe Furno)
- a book with an animal in the title --> cuore di cane (Bulgakov)
- a book set on a different planet
- a book with song lyrics in the title
- a book about or set on Halloween
- a book with characters who are twins
- a book mentioned in another book
- a book from a celebrity book club --> Grandi speranze (Charles Dickens)
- a childhood classic you've never read --> Cuore (De Amicis)
- a book that's published in 2018 --> Il tatuatore di Auschwitz (Heather Morris)
- a past Goodreads Choice Awards winner --> The help (Kathryn Stockett)
- a book set in the decade you were born --> Momo (Michael Ende)
- a book you meant to read in 2017 but didn't get to
- a book with an ugly cover
- a book that involves a bookstore or library
- your favourite prompt from the 2015, 2016 or 2017 Popsugar reading challenges --> a book with a cat on the cover --> Haunted is always in fashion (Rose Pressey)

- a bestseller from the year you graduated high school
- a cyberpunk book
- a book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
- a book tied to your ancestry --> Uno sterminio di stelle (Loriano Macchiavelli)
- a book with fruit or vegetable in the title --> Il rosso vivo del rabarbaro (Audur Ava Olafsdottir)
- an allegory
- a book by an author with the same first or last name as you
- a book about a problem facing society today --> le vedove del giovedì (Claudia Pineiro)
- a book recommended by someone else taking the popsugar reading challenge --> Dentro l'acqua (Paula Hawkins)

Back to the Classics 2018

Sfida ospitata da "Books and chocolate".
The challenge will be exactly the same as last year, 12 classic books, but with slightly different categories. You do not have to read all 12 books to participate in this challenge! 
Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing 
Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing 
Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing 

And here are the categories for the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge: 

1.  A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899. 

2.  A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications. 

3.  A classic by a woman author.  

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories). Modern translations are acceptable as long as the original work fits the guidelines for publications as explained in the challenge rules. 

5. A children's classic. Indulge your inner child and read that classic that you somehow missed years ago. Short stories are fine, but it must be a complete volume. Young adult and picture books don't count! 

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. This can be a true crime story, mystery, detective novel, spy novel, etc., as long as a crime is an integral part of the story and it was published at least 50 years ago. Examples include The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, In Cold Blood, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, etc.  The Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones list is an excellent source for suggestions.  

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. The journey itself must be the major plot point -- not just the destination. Good examples include The Hobbit, Around the World in 80 Days, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, Kon-Tiki, Travels with Charley, etc.  

8. A classic with a single-word title. No articles please! Proper names are fine -- Emma, Germinal, Middlemarch, Kidnapped, etc. 

9. A classic with a color in the title. The Woman in White; Anne of Green Gables; The Red and the Black, and so on. (Silver, gold, etc. are acceptable. Basically, if it's a color in a Crayola box of crayons, it's fine!) 

10. A classic by an author that's new to you. Choose an author you've never read before. 

11. A classic that scares you. Is there a classic you've been putting off forever? A really long book which intimidates you because of its sheer length? Now's the time to read it, and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised! 

12. Re-read a favorite classic. Like me, you probably have a lot of favorites -- choose one and read it again, then tell us why you love it so much.  

 All books must be read in 2018. 
All books must have been written at least 50 years ago; therefore, books must have been written by 1968 to qualify for this challenge. The ONLY exceptions are books published posthumously. 
Recent translations of classics are acceptable. 
E-books and audiobooks are eligible! You may also count books that you read for other challenges. 
Books may NOT cross over within this challenge. You must read a different book for EACH category, or it doesn't count.  
Multiple books by the same author are also acceptable.  
Children's classics are acceptable, but please, no more than 3 total for the challenge; and please, no picture books. 
Single short stories and short poems do not count, but you may use full-length narrative poems like The Odyssey and short story collections like The Canterbury Tales, as long as it is the entire book.


Libri letti:

1.  A 19th century classic --> Grandi speranze (Charles Dickens)

2.  A 20th century classic -->

3.  A classic by a woman author -->

4.  A classic in translation --> La mia Africa (Karen Blixen)

5. A children's classic -->

6.  A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction --> Assassinio sull'Orient Express (Agatha Christie)

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction --> Il treno d'Istanbul (Graham Greene)

8. A classic with a single-word title --> Cuore (De Amicis)

9. A classic with a color in the title --> Anna dei tetti verdi (L. M. Montgomery)

10. A classic by an author that's new to you --> Cuore di cane (Bulgakov)

11. A classic that scares you -->

12. Re-read a favorite classic --> Vento dell'est (M. M. Kaye)


Primo livello completato a maggio (libri: 12 - 8 - 9 - 7 - 4 - 10)

Full house reading challenge 2018

Ospitata da The book date.
Challenge will run from Jan 1st to December 31st 2018

3. Over 500 pages --> Vento dell'est (M. M. Kaye)
4. Setting in library or  bookshop
6. Last book added to your TBR (as of the time you fulfil this one)--> Il tatuatore di Auschwitz (Heather Morris)
8. Fantasy --> Momo (Michael Ende)
9. Coming of Age theme --> Anna dei tetti verdi (L. M. Montgomery)
12. Has big plot twist --> Vetro (Giuseppe Furno)
14. Book to improve your life
15. Redemption theme --> A spasso con Bob (James Bowen)
17. Under 250 pages --> Cuore di cane (Bulgakov)
18. New to you author from another country --> le vedove del giovedì (Claudia Pineiro)
19. From a favorite series of yours --> Il gatto che vedeva rosso (Lilian Jacson Braun)
21. Non fiction hobby book --> Vendere handmade (Francesca Baldassarri)
22. Children's book ( could be a picture book if wished) --> Cuore (De Amicis)
23. Book chosen randomly from TBR shelf. You might like to do it with your eyes closed from an actual shelf. Or check your TBR on Goodreads, see how many there are and put that number into Or whatever method you think of. --> The help (Kathryn Stockett)
24. Memoir or Autobiography --> L'ultimo lenzuolo bianco (Farhad Bitani)

*Dual time line is where a book has a story going say in the present and one going back in history sometime. So two stories going on but usually interlinked. 
*NF = non fiction.
*Coming of Age theme = Where a character through the challenges faced in the story grows from those teen years into adulthood, or steps quite a bit further towards it.

2018 European reading challenge

Sfida ospitata da Rose city reader

The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. 

WHAT COUNTS AS "EUROPE"?: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

* FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.
FOUR STAR (HONEYMOONER): Read four qualifying books.
THREE STAR (BUSINESS TRAVELER): Read three qualifying books.
TWO STAR (ADVENTURER): Read two qualifying books.
ONE STAR (PENSIONE WEEKENDER): Read just one qualifying book.

Read all books between January 1, 2018 and January 31, 2019. I like having 13 months so there is extra time to finish after the holidays. 


Libri letti:
  1. Poland --> Il tatuatore di Auschwitz (Heather Morris)
  2. United Kingdom --> A spasso con Bob (James Bowen)
  3. Italy --> Vetro (Giuseppe Furno)
  4. Sweden --> L'uomo che metteva in ordine il mondo (Fredrik Backman)
  5. Russia --> Cuore di cane (Bulgakov)
  6. Iceland --> Il rosso vivo del rabarbaro (Audur Ava Oalfsdottir)

2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

Non mi perdo la sfida ospitata dal blog!

JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading
Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.

Read a book with a one word title.

MARCH – Travel the World
Read a book set in a different country than your own, written by an author from another country than your own, or a book in which the characters travel.

APRIL – Read Locally
Read a book set in your country, state, town, village (or has a main character from your home town, country, etc)

MAY- Book to Screen
Read a book that’s been made into a movie or a TV show.

JUNE- Crack the Case
Mysteries, True Crime, Who Dunnit’s.

JULY – Vacation Reads
Read a book you think is a perfect vacation read and tell us why.

AUGUST- Award Winners
Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.

SEPTEMBER- Don’t Turn Out The Light
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, horror novels.

OCTOBER- New or Old
Choose a new release from 2018 or a book known as a classic.

Books where family dynamics play a big role in the story

DECEMBER- Wrapping It Up
Winter or holiday themed books or books with snow, ice, etc in the title or books set in winter OR read a book with a theme from any of the months in this challenge (could be a theme you didn’t do, or one you want to do again).


Libri letti:

sabato 30 dicembre 2017

2018 Cruisin' Thru The Cozies Reading Challenge

Sfida ospitata da Socrate's book review. Quest'anno ci sono due modalità di partecipazione: una, leggendo 10 cozy mistery a proprio piacimento; l'altra, leggendo un libro per ognuna delle categorie indicate. (10 libri è il primo livello; il secondo livello contempla 20 libri, il terzo 30, ecc.)

This year's cozy mystery reading challenge has two ways to participate and you can choose whichever suits you the best:

A) Read only cozy mysteries of your choice.


B) Read one book from these sub-genres:

- One from culinary (anything dealing with food:  restaurants, baked goods, etc.)
- One from animal related (cats, dogs, birds, etc.)
- One from craft related (any kind of hobbies - knitting, crocheting, scrapbooking, etc.)
- One from paranormal (witches, vampires, etc.)

- One from cozy mysteries based outside the US (example:  Belinda Lawrence series (British))

- One career-based cozy mystery (housekeeping, wedding planner, etc.)

- One holiday based (set during any holiday - Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentines, etc.)

- One travel mystery (character could be on a cruise, touring another area, etc.)

- One historical mystery (any mystery not set in the present)
- One is your choice!  (freebie!)

The challenge runs from January 1, 2018 and ends December 31, 2018.

You don't have to choose your books in advance. If you do, you can change your list at any time during the year. Books can overlap with other challenges.

Books can be in any format - paper, audio, all counts!


Libri letti:

2018 What An Animal Reading Challenge

Anche quest'anno partecipo alla sfida ospitata da Socrate's book review

The challenge will begin on January 1, 2018 and end on December 31, 2018.

Any book read for this challenge has to have an animal that plays a major role in the book (which could be fiction or non-fiction.) It also counts if a main character is (or turns into) an animal (define that however you'd like). 

In the past, books would qualify if an animal is in the title or on the cover, but that alone no longer qualifies. This challenge is for books related to animals and just because they are in the title or on the cover, doesn't mean it's about an animal. 

These are the levels.

Level 1 - Read 6 books --> completed 29/09/2018

Level 2 - Read 7-12

Level 3 - Read 13-20 

Level 4 - Read 21 or more

The animal can be any type of animal (real or fictitious)--dog, cat, monkey, wolf, snake, insect, hedgehog, aardvark...dragon, mermaid, centaur, vampire, get the idea...

Challenge runs from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018.

Books can be fiction or nonfiction.

Books can be in any format of your choice (print, audio, ebooks)


Libri letti:

2017 reading challenges

E siamo arrivati a fine dicembre, è ora di fare il punto della situazione delle sfide 2017. Sapevo in partenza di aver esagerato, e sapevo quindi che alcune non le avrei finite. Mi dispiace invece di essere indietrissimo con le recensioni, così, pur avendo letto i libri, alcuni non verranno linkati nel blog che ha lanciato la sfida... pazienza. Sono, in generale, indietrissimo con le recensioni.. sigh..

* European reading challenges --> ho letto abbastanza in fretta 4 dei libri, poi mi sono incredibilmente arenata sul quinto Stato. Alla fine comunque l'ho completata nel periodo natalizio.

* Blogger shame review challenge --> tragedia. Parto sempre con le migliori intenzioni ma questa sfida non riesco a portarla a termine. Forse perchè non ricordo bene i dettagli di libri letti molto tempo prima.. sigh.. Non ho recensito nemmeno uno dei libri rimasti indietro!! E quest'anno se ne aggiungeranno altri... sigh sigh...

* What an animal reading challenge --> ho puntato come sempre al primo livello, leggere 6 libri e l'ho completato nel corso dell'estate. Poi ho letto altri libri arrivando ad un totale di 8.

* The purrfect reading challenge --> ho puntato al primo livello, leggere da 1 a 10 libri e ne ho letti solo due. In realtà pensavo di leggerne molti di più...

* Cruisin' thru the cozies reading challenge --> nuova sfida che mi è sembrata carina. Ho puntato al primo livello, un libro per ogni categoria. Purtroppo ne ho letti solo sei.

The classic book-a-month club --> in teoria, lo scopo di questo "club" era anche discutere il libro tra i partecipanti, ma ammetto di aver trovato un po' di difficoltà per la lingua. Conosco l'inglese, ma non da fare discussioni complesse e già dal primo mese ho visto che alcuni dei partecipanti erano piuttosto forbiti ed istruiti, così mi sono limitata a leggere il libro. A febbraio, provando a collegarmi al sito della sfida, ho scoperto che era diventato un blog chiuso, ad invito. Ho così deciso di NON proseguire oltre la mia permanenza. Non capisco le ragioni dietro ad una scelta simile; se fai una sfida pubblica, non puoi pretendere che gli altri si iscrivano a wordpress per proseguire la sfida. L'ho trovato un comportamento di dubbio gusto, ma amen, di sfide ne avevo tante altre da seguire.

* Back to the classic challenge --> anche questa è una nuova sfida che si incrociava con la book monthly classic. Sono partita scegliendo il primo livello, leggere 6 libri classici e l'ho completato in agosto. Sinceramente pensavo di riuscire a leggerli tutti e dodici, ma va beh.

* Full house reading challenge --> quest'anno ce l'ho fatta, l'ho completata a metà dicembre ma ce l'ho fatta. 

* What's in a name reading challenge --> sono arrivata a 5 libri su 6. Il sesto è in lettura, ma non lo finirò sicuramente entro domani sera.. peccato...

Russian literature reading challenge --> visto che è l'anno dei classici ho inserito all'ultimo anche questa sfida. Ho puntato comunque al primo livello e l'ho raggiunto in fretta. Pensavo avrei raggiunto anche il secondo e invece mi sono fermata a 3 libri.

* Women challenge --> come sempre ho puntato al terzo livello, anche se l'ho sorpassato presto e sono arrivata a 27 libri letti.

* New author challenge --> mi sono iscritta tardi perchè me ne stavo dimenticando.. comunque ho optato per 20 nuovi autori quest'anno. Alla fine ne ho letti 27.

* Popsugar reading challenge --> beh, questa sfida so sempre in partenza che non la completerò, perchè praticamente si tratterebbe di leggere 52 libri e molti non si incastrano con le altre sfide. Comunque ho letto 24 libri su 40 della parte "normale" e 5 libri su 12 della parte "advanced"

Sfide su più anni:
* around Italy reading challenge --> per la mia "auto sfida", a pochi giorni dalla scadenza, avendo ancora 13 regioni da completare, ho deciso di spostare la scadenza dall'originario 23 maggio 2017 al 23 maggio 2019. Evidentemente preferisco leggere libri stranieri... Infatti, nel corso del 2017 non ho letto nessun libro delle regioni che mi mancano

* around the world in 80 books --> nel corso del 2017 ho letto 7 libri (Yemen, Ukraine, Congo Kinshasa, Kirghizistan, Australia, Russia, Finland) che mi fanno raggiungere un totale di 39 Stati visitati e 41 mancanti (scad. 15 ottobre 2018). Sinceramente credo che mi toccherà allungare di qualche anno anche questa sfida...

* book around the States --> nessun limite per il completamento di questa sfida, ma ho deciso di interromperla. Non perchè non sia interessante, ma forse non è proprio una delle mie priorità.