2019 Reading Challenge

Here we are at the start of another new year. So, the first thing to say is Happy New Year! The next thing to think about is, how my reading year went in 2018 and how it’s going to look in 2019. This time, I actually spent time to think about where I wanted my reading to go in 2019. Do I want to speed through 120 books I can barely remember the plot of in December? Am I taking part in every reading challenge under the sun? Time to find out. . .

I say this every year, but it doesn’t feel like a whole year has past since I put together my reading challenge for 2018. I spent the year in a flurry of books, travelling, reading, and buying books I could barely afford or house. In terms of my reading challenges, 2018 was pretty successful. I bossed a couple of the challenges, while others needed a lot more work. That was something I took into account when I thought about my 2019 reading challenge.

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The Common White Girl Checklist

This is a post I first published five whole years ago. My blog and I have both grown up a lot since then, so naturally, some of the answers were bound to change. In a small break from book content, I’m going to go way back, and re-evaluate my answers.

I find myself relating more and more to the Common White Girl Twitter account much more than I think should be healthy. So when they posted a personality quiz to see if you fit the bill and were REALLY one common white girl incarnate, I couldn’t resist taking it.

(Of course, in the five years since this was first posted, the term has now evolved into ‘basic bitch’. Language is a wonderful thing.)

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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Resolutions and Goals for 2018

I’ve been a book blogger for five and a half years now, but this will be my very first  time taking part in Top 10 Tuesday. That isn’t to say I haven’t come across the hugely popular series, though. I’ve seen it in its original guise, created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This year, it will be finding a new home with Jana from That Artsy Reader Girl, so if you’d also like to fill in some of the blanks you can find all of the topics on her blog.

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Tag Thursday: The Goodreads Tag

I first took this tag back in 2014, right before I took a year long hiatus from blogging. I still don’t think I’m ready to say why just yet. Now that Pretty Purple Polka Dots runs as a bona fide book blog, I thought it was the perfect chance to revisit.

I’m a faithful member of Goodreads. So, when I saw Sharon from Behind Green Eyes fill out a Goodreads tag post, I had to steal it fill it out too.

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Review: All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Challenge criteria: A book set in Europe

(Disclaimer: I won this book in a competition and was not asked to review it.)

Blurb: 

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighbourhood so she can memorise it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

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