CELEBRATION OF COLOR CHALLENGE: This is a challenge I set up for myself, which included colors in the covers of books: red, blue, yellow, white, black, green, orange, pink, purple, brown, plus a book with the word “color” in the title and one by an author of color. This made an even dozen books. I began back in August of 2020 and finished in January of 2021.

I joined THE CLASSICS CLUB in April of 2021 and challenged myself to read five classics by the end of the year. I read: The Secret Garden, The Wide Sargasso Sea, The Secret History, Don Quixote, and Ethan Frome. The last book was also a Page Tuners Book Club selection.

During the summer of 2021, I challenged myself to read four books set in or about New York. I called it the NYC SUMMER CHALLENGE. I read: The Social Graces by Renee Rosen, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, My Epic Spring Break (Up) by Kristin Rockaway, and The Overdue Life of Amy Tyler by Kelly Harms. I enjoyed them all reviewed or used them all on PWR. To find out more about these books, just type in the title in the search box on the home page.

I am currently finishing the last book of my INSPIRATIONAL BOOKS CHALLENGE where I challenged myself to read seven inspirational books by the end of the year. I finished: Searching for God or Something by Donald Miller, Christmas is Always by Dale Evans Rogers, My Favorite Christmas Story by Roy Rogers, Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller (I really like his books.), Keep Moving by Maggie Smith, and Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist. I will finish the seventh book, A Child in Winter by Thomas Hoffman, a book about Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany (which falls on January 6th) on the sixth day of the New Year.

This is the only book I did not complete.

In 2021 I began “Project L’Engle,” an in-depth study of the life and works of one of my favorite authors and “writing mentors.” I have learned a great deal about writing and life in general from my attempts to read everything Madeline L’Engle wrote and was written about her. I had no idea what I was setting myself up for, and naturally, did not complete this study/challenge. I will drop the challenge to read everything, but I will continue my study of her both to enjoy her books and to grow as a human being.

A lovely book about L’Engle’s spiritual influence on family, friends, and readers which I read in 2021.

My reading challenges spurred me on to read more and, I think, to enjoy reading more too. As the old song goes, “It was a very good year.”

ON TO 2022…


Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 plus years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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