Book Challenge by Erin 6.0

While there are still lots of books to be read in 2016, it’s also time to start thinking about this awesome reading challenge that starts on January 1st, 2017.Book Challenge By Erin 6.0

These are the rules for Erin’s Book Challenge 6.0:

  • The challenge runs 1/1/2017 to 4/30/17 and requires participants to read 10 books in 4 months for a maximum total of 200 points.
  • Each book (or its audiobook equivalent) must be at least 200 pages long.
  • Rereads can be used only once.
  • Each book can only represent one category. No doubling up.
  • Read the books in any order you choose.
  • The challenge is run on the Facebook page. Erin creates photo albums for each category based on every participant’s TBR submission. Comment on the photo for each of your books when you finish reading them – include a review, a rating or a recommendation so other readers can hear what you thought of your choice.

The Categories and My TBR

  1. 5 points:  200+ page freebie: Sisters, One, Two, Three/ Nancy Star
  2. 10 points: Title starts with the letter “W”: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours/ Helen Oyeyemi
  3. 10 points: Six-word title: A Tale for the Time Being/ Ruth Ozeki
  4. 15 points: Mostly green cover: We Are The Ants/ Shaun David Hutchinson
  5. 20 points: Homonym in the title: I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings/ Maya Angelou (Homonym – Know/No)
  6. 20 points: Favorite author: Paris for One/ JoJo Moyes
  7. 25 points: Set in New York City: Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close/ Jonathan Safran Foer
  8. 30 points:  A “Rory Gilmore” book: Everything Is Illuminated/ Jonathan Safran Foer
  9. 30 points: Genre that you rarely read: Saint Anything/ Sarah Dessen YA/ Teen Fiction
  10. 35 points: Time travel:  Slaughterhouse Five/ Kurt Vonnegut


There’s still time to sign up for this challenge if you’d like to ring in 2017 with some fellow bookworms. Are you in?

Add Some Fairy Dust

By nature, we are visual people. We communicate with words but even then, it is to paint a picture so someone else can see what we see. Art is still our most effective medium and the ability to sketch an idea in a way so others can see your vision can make the difference for any presentation, whether for work or to win an argument.

Christopher Hart’s Doodletopia Fairies is one of a series of books designed to teach you how to draw, design and create your own super-magical and beautiful animated characters.  Doodletopia Fairies

I am not a professional animator, nor do I draw a lot of fairies but the book offers a lot of instruction on how to design and step-by-step instruction on drawing various kinds of characters in different poses – boy and girl fairies, good and bad fairies, fairies in flight, elegant ones, woodland ones, the hopeless romantic and many more. Each character is presented in two ways:

  • the finished look that you can use as a reference and
  • a template for the beginner to learn the basic shapes involved and put their own spin on the drawing to create a brand new animated figure.

    Sample Page – draw a gloomy fairy
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Sample page – draw an enchanted fairy

And if that weren’t enough, each character is also presented with laugh-out-loud advice and insightful tips so the process of learning to sketch the figures is a fun-filled learning experience.

If you’ve been thinking about practicing your art skills (and I think you should), a traceable book like this one might be a great place to start. Short of signing up for an expensive course, who better to teach you the art of doodling than the world’s bestselling author of drawing and cartooning books, Christopher Hart?

I got a free copy of Doodletopia Fairies from Blogging for Books in order to complete this review.