I’m still winding down a couple of reading challenges for this year and since the year isn’t over I’m not calling either one of them done yet.

That doesn’t stop me from planning for and looking forward to some 2015 challenges and events.

First up is the next Bout of Books!! January 5th through January 11th

Bout of Books

I’ve been a big fan of this reading event ever since the first time I participated. Three times a year Bout of Books asks participants to devote more time than normal to reading. How can that not be a great thing??

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, January 5th and runs through Sunday, January 11th in whatever time zone you are in. Bout of Books is low-pressure, and the only reading competition is between you and your usual number of books read in a week. There are challenges, giveaways, and a grand prize, but all of these are completely optional. For all Bout of Books 12 information and updates, be sure to visit the Bout of Books blog. - From the Bout of Books team

I love that it’s a low key read-a-thon and look forward to saying ‘not this week, I’m getting extra reading time instead’.

FYI Bout of Books will happen again May 11-17 and August 17-23 so mark your calendars and join in!

Next is my favorite Reading Challenge and the one I have done every year since it first started.

The Eighth Annual What’s in a Name Challenge

Charlie at The Worm Hole hosts this one.

For the What’s in a Name Challenge participants are asked to read books whose titles fit a selection of categories. It’s not a huge commitment and I usually manage to check off most of the categories randomly without even trying. There are usually a couple of categories that I end up needing to actively search for a book but that’s always a fun search and I’ve found some real gems along the way. It’s how I ended up reading The Scent of Rain and Lighting this year for a weather term.

The 2015 categories are as follows:

The basics
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):

  • A word including ‘ing’ in it (The Time Of Singing, Dancing To The Flute, Lex Trent Fighting With Fire) My examples are verbs but you can of course use other words.
  • A colour (The Red Queen, White Truffles In Winter, On Gold Mountain)
  • A familial relation (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Dombey And Son, My Cousin Rachel) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves.
  • A body of water (The River Of No Return, Black Lake, Beside The Sea)
  • A city (Barcelona Shadows, Shanghai Girls, Under The Tripoli Sky)
  • An animal (Black Swan Rising, The Leopard Unleashed, The Horse And His Boy)

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.

For more details check out the sign up post at The Worm Hole.

Finally I’m checking off a bucket list item in 2015. I have never attended any type of book conference or destination event. One annual event that has always sounded perfect for me is the Left Coast Crime Annual Mystery Convention held somewhere in the western US. In 2015 the convention will be here in Portland. I pretty much have to go, right?


They’re calling the 2015 event Crimelandia which for those of us who are fans of the show Portlandia is just about perfect. Two of the guest of honor are two of my favorite mystery thriller writers, Chelsea Cain and Timothy Hallinan.

The event will be March 12-15 and I’m getting just a bit giddy with excitement. You needed an excuse to visit Portland, didn’t you? Check out the Crimelandia website and join me!

Do you have any big book related challenges or events in your 2015 plans??

Hope you’re having a great weekend!