2015 was an extremely successful year, for both of us, and it marked the one year anniversary for Brewing Up Books. We decided to compile a brief post to serve as our year in review, in celebration of many more to come!
Unfortunately, I didn’t meet all of my goals for Day 2 simply due to time constraints. I’m trying not to beat myself up over it though, because the motto of the week is “flailing, not failing.” Even though Day 2 came to a bit of a disappointing end, I’m determined to try that much harder for the remainder of the week!
Day 3, on the other hand, was much more successful – I managed to meet all of my goals, and I finished my final summer reading book for school!
The Bout of Books read-a-thon is organized by Amanda @ On a Book Bender and Kelly @ Reading the Paranormal. It is a week long read-a-thon that begins 12:01am Monday, August 17th and runs through Sunday, August 23rd in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 14 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. – From the Bout of Books team
So technically its the first date of March but I’m still catching up on school school and dealing with some issues but hopefully I will be more on track come this month.
Literary Challenge Review: Beowulf
Goodreads Summary: The national bestseller and winner of the Whitbread Award. Composed toward the end of the first millennium, Beowulf is the classic Northern epic of a hero’s triumphs as a young warrior and his fated death as a defender of his people. The poem is about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on, physically and psychically exposed in the exhausted aftermath. It is not hard to draw parallels in this story to the historical curve of consciousness in the twentieth century, but the poem also transcends such considerations, telling us psychological and spiritual truths that are permanent and liberating.
Title: The Annotated Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Publisher: The Modern Library Classics
Publish Date: October 10, 2000
Genres: Classic, High School
January: Dracula, by Bram Stocker
Original Publication Date: May 26, 1897
Publisher: Constable & Robinson
Dracula is a 1897 Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker.
Dracula was my first classic novel that I read (well, actually listened to) for the classic challenge. The book is told through letters that each of main characters have written. Through these letters, Count Dracula is portrayed as a mysterious man. Continue reading
As the year comes to a close, we both came to the shocking realization that we’ve allowed our classics on our TBR shelf to get a bit out of hand. To provide ourselves with some incentive to get a head start on these, we’ve decided to join the Grown-Up YA’s 2015 Classics Challenge. To participate in the challenge, each of us will pre-select one classic to read per month. We’ll have to stick to this schedule throughout the year to successfully complete the challenge. Wish us luck! Continue reading
Considering that both of us struggle with our TBR Piles and our addiction to buying books (it’s definitely gotten out of hand!), we decided to join this challenge to help reduce the number of unread books filling our shelves. Now if only we’ll be able to stick to this…
Sarah and I have been dying for a little healthy competition between the two of us! Ok, maybe I should speak for myself. Anyway, we stumbled across a similar challenge on It’s All About Books and immediately fell in love with the concept (you can check out the original post that served as our inspiration here). We’ve decided to add a bit of our own twist creating our own 2015 challenge…The Out-Of-Hand TBR Challenge!
This is one of the most difficult reading challenges that we’ve stumbled across for 2015, so, of course, we’ve decided to give it a try. This could end very poorly, but here we go! This challenge was created by Fanda at Fanda Classiclit (http://klasikfanda.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/literary-movement-reading-challenge.html).