What is Simply...Challenging?

In brief, Simply...Challenging is my challenge blog. Here, I'm only listing the reading (and 1 writing) challenges I am/have taken part in, as well as book lists for each. My reviews are posted at Goodreads. Yes, it seems weird, but right now, it works for me. ;)


Hello! ;)

My reading choices - and thus my reviews - are subjective and emotional.  Unless there are glaringly obvious grammar or spelling errors, I'll rarely remark on such technical terms.  I read to be instructed and entertained.  If a book fails to live up to one (or both!) of these "ideals", then, to me, the book has fallen short of it's purpose.  However, that is my opinion.  What I find disagreable or lacking in a book may be just what another reader is searching for or enjoys.

I define myself as an eclectic reader, though with qualifications.  The majority of my reading consists of the heavy (non-fiction), the fluff (romance and mysteries), and the kidlit (picture books to juvenile fiction/non-fiction).  From time to time, I indulge in classical, ya and fantasy and it's only on rare occasions do I acknowledge science fiction, horror, westerns and (shudder) literary fiction.

While I've attempting blogging in the past (my current foray is in the genealogy blogosphere) and actually had a review/bookish blog at one point (which is dying a slow death...), I've found that it tends not to be updated after the first few months.

So while I'm blogging here at Simply...Challenging, it's all about (guess) reading challenges and accompanying lists (lists make the world go 'round! ;) I'll be posting reviews (I'm getting better at it!) through my account at GoodReads (you can find me there as Gwnhwyfer - feel free to send me a friend request!). Why would two locations work better than one? I don't know, but it has for the past 6 months, so I'm sticking with it!

Thanks for visiting and happy reading!
Jenn ;)

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My Challenge "Rules" for 2011

I've found quite a few (to say the least!) reading challenges in which I'd like to take part - and from there, have discovered quite a few books to read!

However, since these are suppose to be reading challenges, I'm adding a few overall twists of my own...

1.  Books can only count for up to two (2) challenges, one from (for the lack of better terminology) category A and one from category B (lists below).  Though they can be listed for less (i.e. only one challenge), they cannot be listed for more.

Category A Challenges include:
  • 100+ Reading Challenge
  • Read to Me Picture Book Challenge
  • Support Your Local Library Challenge
Category B Challenges include:
  • everything else!