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Challenging Myself in the Year 2019

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Content in this Post:
Rambling Introduction
2019 Christian Greats Challenge
The Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019
Back to the Classics 2019
2019 Library Love Challenge
Creativity Reading Challenge
2019 Book Blog Discussion
My Personal Bucket List for 2019

There are so many interesting reading challenges for the new year. I am tempted to participate in several of them. However, I am certain that I want to be whittling down the steadily growing pile in my book shelves; so I’ve decided to pick the challenges that will help me with this process. I already have, on my Classics Club list, books that I own — save three or four. I figured I would choose my challenges wisely and not too enthusiastically only to find myself getting stuck mid-way!

I have also decided to participate in a couple of challenges that encourage more blogging. I find it interesting to work with prompts. Sometimes, after a long day at work, when you just want to sit down in front of the computer and experience silence, your mind is a blank. Challenges like these might get the wheels turning!

Also, right at the bottom of this post is My Personal Bucket List for 2019.

2019 Christian Greats Challenge: I love that this challenge will help me get to many of the books on my Classics Club list; not to forget that these are books I’ve been longing to read for years but have not got around to them yet. They’ll likely be filling in my TBR list as well! There are 10 categorical books for the challenge. I’m not sure how many I’ll be able to list down here, but I’ll be linking to posts on them as and when I complete them.

  1. a book on early church history (up to about 500 A.D.) – Confessions of Saint Augustine
  2. a book about a prominent Christian who was born between 500 A.D. & 1900 – Hudson Taylor by Janet & Geoff Benge
  3. a Christian allegory – one of the Narnia books or A Pilgrim’s Progress (re-read) or one of George MacDonald’s works
  4. a book on apologetics – Beyond Opinion by Ravi Zacharias
  5. a philosophical book by a Christian author – Wisdom of the Sadhu: The Teachings of Sadhu Sundarsingh
  6. a missionary biography or a biography of a prominent Christian – No One Else by Augustine Jebakumar
  7. a seasonal book – Secret Power by D L Moody
  8. a novel with a Christian theme – Ben-Hur (re-read)
  9. a good old detective or mystery novel – probably a Father Brown mystery by G.K. Chesterton
  10. a substitute (choose one more book from any category or one of the authors mentioned) – Mere Christianity by C S Lewis

The Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019: I’ve tried participating in this one several times before, but since working again, I haven’t really managed even level one! I hope to do so next year, especially as I’ve been reading in the past couple of months again. Granted, they’ve mostly been e-books. But that’s a start! I’m going with Pike’s Peak (again), level one.

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Back to the Classics 2019: Another one I’ve participated in a few times in the past. I have managed to do fairly well in my book, but it’s been two or three years since I last gave it a chance. This will help me immensely with my home TBR and Classics Club list! I’ve decided to go with six books, level one.

  1. 19th century classic –
  2. 20th century classic –
  3. classic by a female author –
  4. classic in translation –
  5. classic comedy –
  6. classic play –

2019 Library Love Challenge: Now that our school library is fully functional, I’ve been taking out books. I think challenge ideal at the moment.

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Creativity Reading Challenge: I’ve got four e-books on singing in my Classics Club list. I think this challenge perfect for me to get these books done next year.

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2019 Book Blog Discussion: I think this a good way to link up with others who are into this challenge for the discussion. I am looking at level one, aiming for 1-10 discussion posts – the discussion dabbler.

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My Personal Bucket List for 2019: I have a few things I would really like to do in the new year. There is so much that I have neglected for work, and currently, I feel like I might like to commit to something small at the very least. I am not sure how much I might be able to accomplish, if I manage to do anything at all, but I’ll just put these down anyway.

  1. make a water-colour painting worth framing
  2. complete two small cross-stitch projects
  3. learn five piano pieces of my choice by heart
  4. build a repertoire of at least seven violin-soprano duets with my violinist husband
  5. complete grade 3 & 4 music theory
  6. write a short Biblical musical over the summer break
  7. bring my weight down to 64kgs or less
  8. bake something for and with my boys at least one Saturday a month
  9. read at least two whole novels with my boys
  10. complete the reading challenges I have signed up for

 

That is it for now. But I intend keeping this post updated with any further challenges I intend joining, and, of course, I hope to be filling in all those blank spaces!

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12 thoughts on “Challenging Myself in the Year 2019”

  1. You’ve chosen some wonderful challenges. I participate in Back to the Classics every year; I have really been mulling over the Book Discussion Challenge; and I do love the idea of a personal bucket list. Your personal list tells me that you’re a creative soul. I used to cross stitch; I wish I had the time to start it again.

    Best of luck to you, Risa, in all your challenges!!

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    1. I like blogging because of the opportunity it offers for discussions. But I find, quite often, that I complete discussions in my head and then fail to get them down as a blog post!! I figured this challenge would spur me on!

      I didn’t think of my bucket list in quite that manner, but I see what you mean. I long for the creative stuff that my life is currently lacking due to want of time!

      Thank you, Cleo!! 🙂

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      1. Wow, I must have been sleeping. I can’t believe I missed those Christian Greats …. I became so focussed on your bucket list and was pondering one for myself, lol! 😀 I’ve read Confessions twice and am struggling through City of God now. They are such different books! I’m going to start reading Phantases by MacDonald but I don’t think it will count for a category in this challenge. I don’t think this particular book of his is an allegory but I’ll have to see after I finish.

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      2. I added in the Christian Greats only today, Cleo, and just reposted the whole thing. I wasn’t keen on creating a separate post for it in case I get lost!!

        I began Confessions many years ago, and liked it very well. But for some reason or another I wasn’t able to continue. I am looking forward to reading it! I’ve tried Phantastes before. Somehow I wasn’t able to get into it. I’m not even sure I do want to give it another chance…

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  2. First of all…I love the bucket list idea. Some people think new year resolutions are silly b/c we break them, but they have helped me tremendously. Each year I add to them. It is a matter of personal and individual will. Bucket lists are great ideas for goals to work toward; and if you just do it (if I may borrow from Nike), you will achieve many of them.

    Secondly, Augustine’s Confessions is one of my favorites of all time. Yes, it is a commitment to read, but such an essential work. I think you will appreciate it.

    Best of luck to all of these challenges!

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    1. Yes. I’m thinking I might have to remind myself of them. Give myself a monthly goal to achieve at least one of them. That way, I might meet all my expectations for the new year!! 😀

      Confessions — endorsed by Cleo and by you. Definitely upping this on my reading list!

      Thank you, Ruth! 🙂

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  3. Great to have you joining in the Christian Greats challenge, Risa. You have some interesting books there & some I haven’t heard of – I always like that!! I think I’ll probably be reading Mere Christianity. I read Confessions a couple of years ago & enjoyed it also. I like your bucket list idea. I have lots of intentions but they tend to stay in my head or I forget about them & I think actually putting them in writing would be helpful – like doing a book challenge.

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    1. Hi there, Carol! Many of these books have been on my shelves for way too long. This challenge you’re hosting is a very good thing for me, and I’m excited about it! A couple of these books are by Indian missionaries who work/ed in areas of high persecution in our country. Their lives are incredibly inspiring.

      The bucket list is something new for me this year. I’ve been looking up bullet journalling, and have come to the conclusion that these goals need to have a monthly slot as well in order for me to achieve them. Makes completing them even more thrilling! Let’s see how it goes …

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