Signing Up For - Victorian Bingo, Reading England, Around the World in 12 Books & European Reading Challenges
I love bingo challenges! And the Victorian Reading Challenge, hosted by Becky's Book Reviews, is right up my alley. Victorian Lit was one of my absolute favorite classes in college (I was an English minor, so there were plenty of literature classes to choose from). Despite my Classics Club list, I haven't been reading nearly as many classics as I'd like. This challenge seems like a good remedy for that! Here's the bingo card. You need to get a bingo going horizontally, vertically, diagonally, or all four corners plus the center.
To go hand-in-hand with that, I'm also signing up for the Reading England challenge hosted by Behold the Stars. Just over 25% of the books I read last year were set in the UK. And that wasn't even intentional! The point of this challenge is to read books set in the different counties of England. I'm signing up for Level Two, which is 4 - 6 counties. I'm hoping to go over that, but I'll set my sights realistically to begin with.
And continuing with the theme, I'm signing up for the European Reading Challenge hosted by Rose City Reader. (Really I think I'm just a sucker for challenges that involve maps in the background. :) This is my third year participating in this challenge, and I always enjoy it. I read a lot of books set in the UK, France, and Italy. I'm signing up for the Five Star (Deluxe Entourage) level, which means I need to read 5 books. And since they need to be set in different countries, I'm hoping that will get me into some of the other European countries I don't visit as often.
And now to move outside of Europe. . . I definitely need this challenge in my reading life. Around the World in 12 Books is hosted by Giraffe Days. I'm signing up for the Seasoned Traveller level, which means I need to read 12 books altogether, each one set in a different country. I also need to make sure I read a book set in each of the continents as part of my total of 12 books. I really enjoyed this challenge last year because it definitely took me outside of my reading comfort zone. We all need that every once in awhile!
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