Thursday, January 24, 2013

Soundtrack and Reading Challenges 2013

In this post: Booking Through Thursday and Thursday Thirteen

Do you ever try to pair music with the book you’re reading? Play the movie soundtrack while reading the original book? Find mood music that fits with your story?
Music is one love of my life that's rather separate from reading. The only time the two were together was when I provided (played) piano music to a reading in church long time ago. If I played a soundtrack while reading the original book my impulse would be to try to listen to the music while concentrating on the reading and I can not do both so it's a no for all three questions. I can multi-task in 3 different languages and 2 dialects, but music and reading at the same time is my limit.

Thursday 13: Reading Challenges for 2013
I am having fun browsing reading challenges around. I am focusing in only one right now, the Just For Fun Reading Challenge, and I know I can not do all of these, but I can't help putting a list together. They look so much fun, yes, just when I need to sort out stock market stuff they all pop up; the temptation is tough. Anyway, details, rules, gift certificates and sign-ups are on the links. 

1. A-Z  "Simply read a book for each letter of the alphabet, using the book title."

2. Around the World  You 'read books that take place around the globe, has scenes set in different countries, or whose author is from a different country. Use each country only once.'

3 Winter Wonderland Spell  Main feature of this challenge looks like a game, and I like that. It directs you to "pick a word relating to winter and use the acronym to choose the books you'll be reading this month. One book for each letter. The length of the word you choose will determine your challenge level. You can use the book title, author, or series name." This is an example they showed on their site:

Use one of these or come up with your own!:
Cold, Snow, Sleigh, Winter, Freezing, Snowman, Wonderland

C- The Crossing by Joy Nash
O- Point Of Retreat by Colleen Hoover
L- Lethal Rider by Larissa Ione
D- The Starboard Sea by Amber Dermont

4. Debut Author makes me curious; interesting this one

5. Outdo Yourself  is reading more books than you did last year!

6. The Embarrassment of Riches "encourages you to read books in your To Be Read (TBR) pile that you owned prior to January 1, 2013."  This challenge will do my books some good. I buy each one of them.

7. Foodies "decide how many food books you would like to read during 2013. A food book is a book that is centered around food and/or drinks. This could be a cookbook, a food biography or memoir, or a non-fiction book focused around a specific food, wine, chef or restaurant. You can also include fictional stories in which food plays a major role." I'm considering this since I'm fond of eating.

8. Operation Deepen Faith  "is a wonderful challenge that offers several options for deepening your faith! Again, there are no strict guidelines or commitments to make – choose what you like then delve in. This is an awesome challenge for anyone who is serious about growing in their faith!" Ah... I'll pass this to Mama.

9. Off the Shelf "encourages you to read the books off your own shelves (2012 or earlier) that have gone unread for too long." Aha, I have several of those books. The dusty ones on the shelf.

10. Nerdy Non-fiction  I'm no nerd but this should be convenient for me. Loads of non-fiction at my fingertips. There's a list of non-fiction categories on the link. They encourage you to read a minimum number of books in at least 2 to 3 categories. It will be nice if they have Anthropology, Archeology, Forensic Psychology or any of Stephen Hawking books.

11. What an Animal  encourages you to read at least 6 books that have an animal in the book title, animal on the book cover, an animal that plays a major role in the book and the main character as an (or turns into)  animal.

12. The Classics "the point of this challenge is to read at least ONE classic novel in 2013." Sounds easy peasy to me. I got many classics after all.

13. Eclectic this one has an aim to push you outside your comfort zone by reading up to 12 books during the year from 12 different categories. I have been eyeing this challenge since 2012 but it looks like I'm going to pass 2013 as I struggle with Dystopian, Urban Fantasy or LGBT, and they're part of the requirements. Maybe for 2014 then.


  1. I don't listen to music while I am reading, I like it quiet and peaceful.

  2. Great answer about music. I don't love music while I read. I can tune out background noise fairly well while I read, but I don't seek out music or songs that might fit books.
    2 Kids and Tired Books BTT

  3. I share that problem of listening to music while reading. I just can't do it.

  4. I like to just concentrate on my reading.

  5. Oh, if only I didn't already have a massive TBR list to get through - I'd love to do a challenge or two!

    It'd be nifty if some readers decided to use my books for a couple of these. I'd be over the moon! LOL!

    Happy TT to you! :)

  6. Great list, Hazel. I don't listen to music while I'm reading either. Too distracting. I have to have it peaceful and quiet around me. Happy Thursday.

  7. There just isn't enough hours in the day.... sigh.
    Interesting list. Happy T13!

  8. what a cool list of challenges! love it and might even have to consider fitting my reading into one of these challenges. just finished a book and am looking for a new one ... maybe one of these challenges will help direct my choice ... hmmm ...

  9. I love music as well and I can multi-task but not when it comes to reading!

  10. I'm working on reading a little more this year! I just bought 4 new books to take on vacation with me! Great list! Here from Thursday Thirteen!



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