Sunday, February 3, 2019

Reading challenges as writing prompts

So - why have I been posting all these writing prompts here?

The first rule of good writing is "READ!" Read good literature, read bad literature, read more, read everything!

Also, when I was reading these reading challenge lists, I got inspired. It felt like a list of books I WANT TO WRITE.

Instead of "read a comic written and drawn by the same person", I start thinking about writing and drawing a comic book."

"A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries" How would a story set in Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa look... hmm...

"A book about nature" What would that be? How would my Walden be? Maybe some sort of combination of Walden, Blue Castle and Two Little Savages... written from the point of view of Valancy and Barney's daughter... maybe add a bit of The Bear And The Nightingale to it... I like Vasilissa. She reminds me of myself when I was little.

"A western". Karl May never visited the American West.

A book of colonial or postcolonial literature. My first thought was "how could I write this, I'm not from a formerly colonized country." But then I realised that I most certainly am :-D Finland was colonized by the Swedes from 13th century and by the Russians from 1809 to 1917. I can most certainly write postcolonial literature!

On top of this, I am inspired by the books I write... I was thinking of writing fan fiction of all the books I read, but... I have read like a book a day since I started this, and I have no time for writing :-D
Uh, I know... excuses, excuses. If I spend less time writing on my blog and more time writing, I would have all the time needed :-D After all, I am not reading 24/7. (or 16/7) I COULD give writing a couple of hours every day, after all, I do think of me as a writer.

There was a blonde woman named, Cindy, that was in deep financial problems.
So she got on her knees and prayed "Dear God, please let me win the lottery. I really need your help or I'll loose my car, the house, and everything else."
She doesn't win.
The next day she prays to God "God! I really really need your help! I'll loose my car, the house, and everything else."
Once again, she doesn't win.
The next day she says the same prayer; then God speaks to her " Cindy! work with me here, BUY A TICKET!!"
God tells me "Ket! Work with me here! WRITE THE BOOK!"

Saturday, January 26, 2019

More reading challenges!

An original myth rather than mytho-fiction (time to read the originals, not retellings)
Something that has won three awards since its release
A book from the point of view of something other than a human (or humanoid)
A book not from a first world country
A book your parent loved when they were your age
A current bestselling children's book
A classic from a genre you haven't explored

You can choose your books by the title, cover or theme of the book


A book with a title with color 
For example "The Red Carnelian" or "Frankling in the Dark"

Valuables, equipment for treasure or adventure; very broad possibilities.

For example "The Amulet" or "The Alchemist"


Happy feelings, drink, food, exercise, medicine, energy: you decide!

Any animals, birds, fish, insects, not just mammals


(07)  THE ARTS

We needn’t stop at sewing and knitting. We can expand to curtains, doilies, linen, and quilts!

Books by and about Canadians and Canada and closely-associated attributes.

Historic things, places, or heroes. Fifty year-old books or settings too.

Anything to do with three. Title with the number three, the authors third book, a trilogy... 

Choose at least one book from each of the following categories:
1) The word ‘the’ used twice (The Secret By The Lake; The End Of The Day)
2) A fruit or vegetable (The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society; The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake)
3) A shape (The Ninth Circle, The Square Root Of Summer, Circle Of Friends)
4) A title that begins with Z – can be after ‘The’ or ‘A’ (Zen In The Art Of Writing; The Zookeeper’s Wife, Zelda)
5) A nationality (Anna And The French Kiss; How To Be A Kosovan Bride; Norwegian Wood)
6) A season (White Truffles In Winter; The Spring Of Kasper Meier; The Summer Queen; Before I Fall; The Autumn Throne)

The Book-A-Shelf Reading Challenge 2016

A - a book with an apocalyptical theme
B - a bestseller
C - a book with a cat in the cover
D - a diary
E - a book with an element in the title
F - a book you got for free
G - a ghost story
H - a book set in hot country
I - a book with an industrial theme
J - a junior novel
K - a bookw here no-one gets killed
L - a book from a list
M - a book with a month in the title
N - a book with your name in the title
O - a book with an orange title or cover
P - a poetry book
Q - a book with a question in the title
R - a rare book
S - a sci-fi book
T - a book with traveling in it
U - a book with an unhappy ending
V - a violent book
W - a book with water
X - an author with an X in their name
Y - a book by an author who was younger than you when it was published
Z - a Zombie version of a classic (or just a zombie book)

A literary Map Chain Challenge

Pick one of your favorite authors and write his/her name on the Literature Map
You get a "map" with authors who are more or less similar to that author. The names closest are most similar to the author.
Pick one of the names and read a book by that author.
Then insert his/her name in the map and choose the next author.
Continue until you have read 10, 15 or 25 books, according to what you choose in the beginning of the challenge.
Don't read the same author twice!

My 25 books chain:

1. Terry Pratchett - Night Watch
2. Neil Gaiman - Anansi Boys
3. Jim Butcher - Storm Front
4. Patrick Rothfuss - The Name of the Wind
5. Scott Lynch - The Lies of Locke Lamora
6. R. Scott Bakker - The Darkness That Comes Before
7. Greg Keys - The Briar King
8. Jane Yolen - The Devil's Arithmetic
9. Patricia McKillip - Winter Rose
10. Katherine Kurtz - Deryni Rising
11. Judith Tarr - Household Gods
12. Naomi Novik - His Majesty's Dragon
13. V. E. Schwab - A Darker Shade of Magic
14. Helen Oyeyemi - Boy, Snow, Bird
15. Paul Yoon - Snow Hunters
16. Joy Williams - The Quick and The Dead
17. Lorrie Moore - A Gate At The Stairs
18. Mary Gaitskill - The Mare
19. Pat Califia - Doc and Fluff: The Dystopian Tale of a Girl and Her Biker
20. Ellen Gilchrist - The Anna Papers
21. Scott Ferrell - The Gatekeeper
22. Persimmon Blackbridge - Prozac Highway
23. Ashley Warlick - The Arrangement
24. Laura Greenwood - The Dryad's Pawprint
25. Coe Booth - Tyrell

Interesting chain...

Friday, January 25, 2019

Reading Challenge - Around the World in books

Around the world in 80 books

Choose 80 countries around the world, pick 10 from Europe, Asia, Africa, North America (including Central America and West Indies) and Central America, South-America and Australia/Oceania, and the rest where you want - don't read more than 1 book from each country.
Choose a book written by an author from that country. If you can't find anything in language you can read, choose a book placed in that country.

Read the World Challenge
7 Continents in 52 weeks

Idän Pikajuna kirjallisuushaaste (Orient Express reading challenge)

Read books according to the Orient Express stops. You can choose books that happen in the city of the stop or the author is from that city, you can choose yourself how your book is connected to the city. It can be fiction or non-fiction, children's book, adult book, graphic novel, poetry, what ever you define as a book.

The Stops:


If you manage to read 1 book, you are still in Paris
2 books - great! You arrived to Strasbourg!
3-4: going fine, you have left the country!
5-6: Well done! Budapest, maybe even Bukarest, you aren't a tourist anymore
7 books - Wonderful! You are in Varna! Visiting places most people don't even know about!
8 and more - You are at home on the road

Read the books in any order, but if you read them in the "right" order from Paris to Istanbul, you get extra credit :-)

P.S. Varna might be hard to find books of, so you can choose to read a book placed in Bulgaria or at Black Sea.

You can also read books about Orient Express to get more points :-D
For example:
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
The Woman on the Orient Express by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
Orient Express by Graham Greene

European Reading Challenge

Read one book set in a European country or by an author from these countries:
Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City.

The books can be anything, but each book must be by a different author and set in different country.

Armchair Travel

January Journey across the silk road:

February tour along the Roman Roads

March footpaths from Dublin to Dorsey

Backpack April coast to coast:

May Cruise the fjords:

June Sojourn by bike and barge:

July Quest across the Alps:

August trek around the Middle East:

Nomadic September in the Heat:

October spooktacular

November Narration: Nonfiction November

Frosty December

They also have the Brit Tripping

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Reading Challenge - Rory Gilmore book list

1. 1984 by George Orwell

2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

3. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

6. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt

7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan

10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James

11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu

12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

13. Atonement by Ian McEwan

14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

16. Babe by Dick King-Smith

17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi

18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie

19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

21. Beloved by Toni Morrison

22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney

23. The Bhagava Gita

24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy

25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel

26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy

27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali

29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner

30. Candide by Voltaire

31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer

32. Carrie by Stephen King

33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

35. Charlotte's Web by E. B. White

36. The Children's Hour by Lillian Hellman

37. Christine by Stephen King

38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse

41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty

42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare

43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell

44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton

45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker

46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac

49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller

52. Cujo by Stephen King

53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende

55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D

56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown

58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol

59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

61. Deenie by Judy Blume

62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson

63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx

64. The Divine Comedy by Dante

65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells

66. Don Quixote by Cervantes

67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv

68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe

70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook

71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe

72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn

73. Eloise by Kay Thompson

74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger

75. Emma by Jane Austen

76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo

77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol

78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

79. Ethics by Spinoza

80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves

81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende

82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer

83. Extravagance by Gary Krist

84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore

86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan

87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser

88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein

91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

92. Finnegan's Wake by James Joyce

93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald

94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem

96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger

99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut

101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler

102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg

103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner

104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels

106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo

107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky

109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford

111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom

112. The Graduate by Charles Webb

113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

116. The Group by Mary McCarthy

117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare

118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling

119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling

120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers

121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry

123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare

124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare

125. Henry V by William Shakespeare

126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris

129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton

130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III

131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer

133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland

135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg

136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

137. The Iliad by Homer

138. I'm With the Band by Pamela des Barres

139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

140. Inferno by Dante

141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee

142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy

143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Rodham Clinton

144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare

147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain

148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito

150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander

151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain

152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

153. Lady Chatterleys' Lover by D. H. Lawrence

154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal

155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield

157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis

158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken

160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens

162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway

163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen

164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton

166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding

167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson

168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

169. The Love Story by Erich Segal

170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare

171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies

173. Marathon Man by William Goldman

174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov

175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir

176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman

177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer

179. Mencken's Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken

180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare

181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson

184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville

185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin

186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor

187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman

188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret

189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars

190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall

193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It's Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh

194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken

195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest

196. Myra Waldo's Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo

197. My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer

199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco

200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin

202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen

203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson

204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay

205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich

206. Night by Elie Wiesel

207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan

209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell

210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski

211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

212. Old School by Tobias Wolff

213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey

215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan

217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster

218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

219. Othello by Shakespeare

220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens

221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan

222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson

223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster

225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan

226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious

228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington

230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain

232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby

233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker

234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche

235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O'Neill by Ron Suskind

236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

237. Property by Valerie Martin

238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon

239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

240. Quattrocento by James Mckean

241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall

242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers

243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe

244. The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham

245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin

248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman

250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien

251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton

252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King

253. Robert's Rules of Order by Henry Robert

254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton

255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

256. A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf

257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster

258. Rosemary's Baby by Ira Levin

259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition

260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi

261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner

262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford

263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James

264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum

265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand

267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman

270. Selected Hotels of Europe

271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell

272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles

274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill

275. Sexus by Henry Miller

276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

277. Shane by Jack Shaefer

278. The Shining by Stephen King

279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton

281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut

282. Small Island by Andrea Levy

283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway

284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers

285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore

286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht

287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos

288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

289. Songbook by Nick Hornby

290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

292. Sophie's Choice by William Styron

293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov

295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller

297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams

298. Stuart Little by E. B. White

299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

300. Swann's Way by Marcel Proust

301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett

302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber

303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry

306. Time and Again by Jack Finney

307. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway

309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare

311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

312. The Trial by Franz Kafka

313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett

315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

316. Ulysses by James Joyce

317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath

318. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

319. Unless by Carol Shields

320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann

321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers

322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

323. Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard

324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau

327. Walt Disney's Bambi by Felix Salten

328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker

330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles

331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell

332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka

333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

334. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee

335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum

337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Reading Challenge 2019 - part 4 - I like big challenges...

Other challenges I'm fascinated by:

Read Harder Challenge

An epistolary novel or collection of letters
An alternate history novel
A book by a woman and/or AOC (Author of Color) that won a literary award in 2018
A humor book
A book by a journalist or about journalism
A book by an AOC set in or about space
An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America
An #ownvoices book set in Oceania
A book published prior to January 1, 2019, with fewer than 100 reviews on Goodreads
A translated book written by and/or translated by a woman
A book of manga
A book in which an animal or inanimate object is a point-of-view character
A book by or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse
A cozy mystery
A book of mythology or folklore
An historical romance by an AOC
A business book
A novel by a trans or nonbinary author
A book of nonviolent true crime
A book written in prison
A comic by an LGBTQIA creator
A children’s or middle grade book (not YA) that has won a diversity award since 2009
A self-published book
A collection of poetry published since 2014


A book published posthumously
A book of true crime
A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
A comic written and drawn by the same person
A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
A book about nature
A western
A comic written or drawn by a person of color
A book of colonial or postcolonial literature
A romance novel by or about a person of color
A children’s classic published before 1980
A celebrity memoir
An Oprah Book Club selection
A book of social science
A one-sitting book
The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series
A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
A book of genre fiction in translation
A book with a cover you hate
A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
An essay anthology
A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

2017 challenge

Read a book about sports.
Read a debut novel.
Read a book about books.
Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
Read an all-ages comic.
Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
Read a travel memoir.
Read a book you’ve read before.
Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
Read a fantasy novel.
Read a nonfiction book about technology.
Read a book about war.
Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
Read a classic by an author of color.
Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey
Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel
Read a book published by a micropress.
Read a collection of stories by a woman.
Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.


Read a horror book
Read a nonfiction book about science
Read a collection of essays
Read a book out loud to someone else
Read a middle grade novel
Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography)
Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award
Read a book over 500 pages long
Read a book under 100 pages long
Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender
Read a book that is set in the Middle East
Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia
Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900
Read the first book in a series by a person of color
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, watch the movie - debate which is better
Read a nonfiction book about feminism
Read a book about religion
Read a book about politics
Read a food memoir
Read a play
Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness


A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
A book published by an indie press
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
A book that takes place in Asia
A book by an author from Africa
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
A microhistory
A YA novel
A sci-fi novel
A romance novel
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
An audiobook
A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you
A book that was originally published in another language
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure
A book published before 1850
A book published this year
A self-improvement book

Around the year in 52 books

2019 challenge

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy
2. A book with one of the 5 W's in the title (Who, What, Where, When, Why)
3. A book where the author’s name contains A, T, and Y
4. A book with a criminal character (i.e. assassin, pirate, thief, robber, scoundrel etc)
5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
6. A book with a dual timeline
7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #1
8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: Book #2
9. A book from one of the top 5 money making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy or horror)
10. A book featuring an historical figure
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, subject)
12. A book about reading, books or an author/writer
13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list
14. A book with a title, subtitle or cover relating to an astronomical term
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country
16. A book told from multiple perspectives
17. A speculative fiction (i.e. fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopia)
18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table of elements
19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR
20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes
22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #2 Something New
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #3 Something Borrowed
26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #4 Something Blue
27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
28. A book related to something cold (i.e. theme, title, author, cover, etc.)
29. A book published before 1950
30. A book featuring an elderly character
31. A children’s classic you’ve never read
32. A book with more than 500 pages
33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet
34. A book with a person's name in the title
35. A psychological thriller
36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list
37. A book set in a school or university
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel, etc)
39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
40. A book you stumbled upon
41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards
42. A book with a monster or "monstrous" character
43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) [fiction or nonfiction]
44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed (same topic, same era, book appeared in the show/movie, etc.)
45. A multi-generational saga
46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
47. A book related to food (i.e. title, cover, plot, etc.)
48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year
49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)
51. A book published in 2019
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title

The 2018 List

1. A book with the letters A, T & Y in the title
2. A book from the first 10 books added to your To Be Read list
3. A book from the 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards (link)
4. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #1 Earth (in title, cover, content, setting, author...)
5. A book about or inspired by real events
6. A book originally written in a language other than English
7. A gothic novel
8. An "own voices" book*
9. A book with a body part in the title (heart, bones, teeth, skin, blood, etc)
10. An author's debut book (their first book to be published)
11. A literary fiction
12. A book set in Africa or South America
13. A book with a plot centered around a secret (forbidden love, spies, secret societies, etc)
14. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #2 Fire
15. A book with an unique format/writing structure
16. A narrative nonfiction
17. A book you expect to make you laugh
18. A book with a location in the title
19. A book nominated for the Edgar Award or by a Grand master author (books & authors)
20. A book rated 5 stars by at least one of your friends
21. A book written in first person perspective
22. A book you have high expectations or hope for
23. A medical or legal thriller
24. A book with a map
25. A book with an antagonist/villain point of view
26. A book with a text only cover
27. A book about surviving a hardship (war, famine, major disasters, serious illness, etc)
28. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #3 Water
29. A book with a "Clue" weapon on the cover or title (lead pipe, revolver, rope, candlestick, dagger, wrench)
30. A short book
31. A book set in a country you'd like to visit but have never been to
32. An alternate history book
33. A book connected (title, cover, content) to a word "born" in the same year as you (link)
34. A suggestion from the AtY 2018 polls, that didn't win but was polarizing or a close-call (link)
35. A book featuring a murder
36. A book published in the last 3 years (2016, 2017, 2018) by an author you haven't read before
37. A Women's Prize for Fiction winner or nominee (link1, link2)
38. A science book or a science fiction book
39. A book with a form of punctuation in the title
40. A book from Amazon's 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime list (link)
41. A book by an author with the same first and last initials
42. A book that takes place on, in, or underwater
43. A book with a title that is a whole sentence
44. A ghost story
45. A book that intimidates/ scares you
46. 4 books linked by the 4 elements: Book #4 Air
47. A book where the main character (or author) is of a different ethnic origin, religion, or sexual identity than your own
48. A book related to one of the 7 deadly sins (pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath, sloth)
49. A book from one of the Goodreads Best Books of the Month lists (link)
50. A book with a warm atmosphere (centered on family, friendship, love or summer)
51. An award-winning short story or short story collection
52. A book published in 2018

The 2017 List

1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016 (link)
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view)
3. A book you meant to read in 2016
4. A title that doesn't contain the letter "E"
5. A historical fiction
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title
8. A book written by a person of color
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list
10. A dual-timeline novel
11. A category from another challenge
12. A book based on a myth
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
14. A book with a strong female character
15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland)
16. A mystery
17. A book with illustrations
18. A really long book (600+ pages)
19. A New York Times best-seller
20. A book that you've owned for a while but haven't gotten around to reading
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you've already read
22. A book by an author you haven't read before
23. A book from the BBC "The Big Read" list (link)
24. A book written by at least two authors
25. A book about a famous historical figure
26. An adventure book
27. A book by one of your favorite authors
28. A non-fiction
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) - check all the editions
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link)
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle)
33. A magical realism novel
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link)
37. A book you choose randomly
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature
39. An epistolary fiction
40. A book published in 2017
41. A book with an unreliable narrator
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold)
44. A recommendation from "What Should I Read Next" (link)
45. A book with a one-word title
46. A time travel novel
47. A past suggestion that didn't win (link)
48. A banned book
49. A book from someone else's bookshelf
50. A Penguin Modern Classic - any edition
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays)
52. A book set in a fictional location

The 2016 List

1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't
2. A book set in a different continent
3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated)
4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015
5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name
6. The highest rated on your TBR
7. A book about books
8. A classic book with less than 200 pages
9. A book that was mentioned in another book
10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now
11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge
12. A childhood classic
13. Reader’s Choice
14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How)
15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago)
16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels
17. A book with a beautiful cover
18. A book on a summer/beach reading list
19. A non-fiction book
20. A book with a first name in the title
21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page
22. The first book in a new to you series
23. The next book in a series you are reading
24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.)
25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you
26. A book everyone is talking about
27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion)
28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir
29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name
30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own
31. A work of young adult fiction
32. A historical fiction book
33. The 16th book on your TBR
34. A book about mental illness
35. An award winning book
36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation
37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read
38. A book about an anti hero
39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list
40. A novella from your favorite genre
41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction)
42. A top 100 fantasy novel
43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night
44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public
45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have
46. A crime story
47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title
48. A dystopia
49. A book with a great opening line
50. A book originally written in a language other than English
51. A short story from a well-known author
52. A book published in 2016

Bookish's 2019 Reading Challenge: 52 ways to #KillYourTBR

A book you bought for the cover
A book by an author you’ve met
A book you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet
A book that is under 220 pages
A book that came out the year you were born
A book whose title uses alliteration
A book in your best friend’s favorite genre
A book from an independent publisher
A book you borrowed from the library
A book featuring a fictional language
A novel that includes a recipe (Bonus points for making the recipe)
A book won in a BookishFirst raffle
A book about going on a quest
A book set in a city you’ve visited
A book with a dust jacket
A book by two or more authors
A book that is over 1000 pages
A book that’s been out for less than a month
A book with a name in the title
A book from a genre you want to read more of
A book written by a Native American author
A book with an asexual character
A book you were given as a gift
A book translated from Spanish
An award-winning graphic novel
A book featuring a false confession
A book you meant to read in 2018
A book featuring a memorable cat
A book set in South America
A book with a cover you kind of hate (but a story you love)
A book by an author you’ve never heard of before
A book of short stories
A book featuring a nonbinary protagonist
A book you’ve been waiting for forever
A book about intersectional feminism
A book with a place in the title
A book bought at your local bookstore
A book by an author you’re thankful for
A book with gorgeous descriptions
A book signed by the author
A book set in Africa
A book about mental health
A book written by an immigrant
A retelling
A book about incarceration
A book recommended by an author
A book with a person of color on the cover
A book by an author who uses a pen name
A book whose title includes a verb
A book recommended by a librarian
A book being adapted in 2019
A book you found in a Little Free Library

2018 challenge

1. A book whose title uses alliteration
2. A book written by a trans author
3. A book you regret not reading last year
4. A book with the moon or stars on the cover
5. The first book in a series
6.  A novel told in verse
7. A book published the year you were born
8. A book featuring a character with a disability
9. A book you picked up based on the title
10. A book recommended by a librarian
11. A book won in a BookishFirst raffle
12. A book told through letters
13. A book from an independent publisher
14. A book with an LGBTQ romance
15. A book with a five-word title
16. A book that has been translated
17. An #ownvoices book
18. A book whose cover features nature
19. A book written by an immigrant
20. A book you’ve lied about reading
21. A book that has fewer than 200 pages
22. A book whose title begins with K, Q, J, X, or Z
23. A book given to you by a friend
24. A book you bought for the cover
25. A book written by an author who wrote one of your favorite 2017 books
26. A graphic memoir
27. A book that addresses mental illness
28. Listen to an audiobook
29. A book with a one-word title
30. A book by an author from your state
31. A book whose cover is your favorite color
32. A collection of short stories from a genre you are unfamiliar with
33. An author’s debut book
34. A book with a pun in the title
35. A book with a biracial main character
36. A book by an author who uses a pen name
37. A book with an LGBTQ character on the cover
38. A book inspired by Asian mythology or folklore
39. A book with a number in the title
40. A book by a South American author
41. A book whose cover uses three or fewer colors
42. A book that explores the concept of beauty
43. A book about intersectional feminism
44. A book that has more than 500 pages
45. A book with an animal on the cover
46. A book with a character’s name in the title
47. A book set in a country you’ve never been to
48. A novel inspired by true events
49. A book written by a Native American author
50. A book with a character of color on the cover
51. A book that has been banned in your state
52. A book whose title includes an ampersand

2017 Challenge

January: Read a book that supports your New Year’s resolution
February: Read a love story
March: Read a book published the decade you were born
April: Read a National Book Award winner
May: Read a book about mental health
June: Read a book set outside of your home country
July: Read a book about an overlooked figure in history
August: Read a collection of essays or short stories
September: Read an entire series
October: Read a book that scares you
November: Read a graphic novel or comic book
December: Read a book about belief

2016 challenge

January: Read whatever you want
February: Read books you’re embarrassed you haven’t read yet
March: Read based on the cover
April: Read the genre you own the least of
May: Read the classics
June: Read the adaptations (or the origin of adaptation)
July: Read diversely (how ever you choose to understand "diverse")
August: Read chronologically (by the year published)
September: Read the books with the least number of pages
October: Read books people gave or lent you
November: Reread the books you can’t remember
December: Read what other people recommend

Nerd Daily reading challenge


2019 film adaptation
female author
four word title
store recommended
debut author
person on cover
over 450 pages
author starting with S
short stories/poetry
set in the past
released last year
bought based on review
an audiobook
about friendship
goodreads choice winner
bought on holidays
recommended by us (Nerd Daily)
an autobiography
reread a favourite
written by two authors
male protagonist
a blue cover
a book gifted to you
New York Times bestseller
originally published in another language
a mystery/thriller
recommended by a friend
a retelling
released between 2010-2018
a book featuring a holiday
protagonist starting with T
bought based on a cover
2019 TV adaptation
an anthology
released in march
start a new series
a book you never finished
a name in title
author starting with C
a white cover
one word title
recommneded by family
a secondhand book
Pulitzer prize winner
self-published author
set in a different country
a book older than you
male author
under 200 pages


under 200 pages
New York Times bestseller
author starting with T
2018 film adaptation
older than 20 years
reread a favorite
Goodreads choice winner
written by two authors
time travel
male author
young adult novel
a number in the title
start a new series
an autobiography
short stories
recommended by family
a red cover
set in the past
a book you never finished
three word title
recommended by us (Nerd Daily)
about family
female author
bought during a holiday
animal on cover
author starting with R
under $15
a book gifted to you
over 400 pages
selected by cover
year you were born
adapted into a TV series
set in different country
Pulitzer prize winner
colour in title
a retelling
bookstore recommended
bought based on review
a classic
debut author
a black cover
a name in title
a mystery/thriller
released last year
an audiobook
features a holiday
recommended by a friend
male protagonist


Over 700 pages
a book you never finished
a classic
released in 2017
an autobiography
2017 movie adaptation
a retelling
mystery thriller
male author
true story
one word title
ugly cover
reread a favorite
over 10 years old
number in title
white spine
on Rory Gilmore's reading list
LGBTQ protagonist
start a new series
a book suggested by a family member
a New York Times bestseller
short stories
blue cover
set in a place you want to visit
female author
a book released the year you were born
Australian author
number in title
author starting with S
free choice
contains magic
colour in title
different country
author with same initials
set in the past
multiple authors
no people on cover
has a season in title
cover in fave colour
contains pictures
written by a celebrity
pick a book based on its front cover
a book a friend loves
a Pulitzer prize winner
author with the same name as yours
by an author you've never read
set in the present
contains your passion
received as a gift
a book you swore you wouldn't read

The Perks of Being Noura's reading challenge 2019

Becoming a movie in 2019
Book released in 2019
By a female author
By a male author
Mental Health
Recommended by a friend
Book Club book
Recommended by a favorite celebrity
Backlist book (any book published before 2019)
Goodreads Awards winner
Book from a jar
Murder Mystery
Young Adult
Middle Grade
One word title
Sci-fi / Dystopia
Graphic Novel
New York times bestseller
Author’s first book
Published the year you were born
A book your parent loves
Pick a book with your eyes closed
Takes place in the future
By an author with your initial
Set on a different planet
Story within a story
Around the world: Pick a country and dive into a book either written about it or by an author from that country.
Self help
Chick lit
Recommended by a favorite author
Historical fiction
Diverse reads
A Play
Read…If you liked…:
Book recommended to your Hogwarts house
Magical book
Short book
At the bottom of your TBR
Based on the cover


Book before movie
Young adult books
Books recommended by a friend(s)
Comics, Graphic novels or Manga
Books by female authors
Books by male authors
Diverse books
Books published in 2018
Contemporary / Romance books
Book club books
Murder & Mystery books
Banned books
Books by favorite authors
Crazy plot twists
Historical fiction / Time travel books
Mental health representation
A dose of happiness
Summer reads
Laugh out loud books
Fairy tales
Books to get you through your quarter / mid life crisis
Winter reads
Short reads
Feminist reads
New genre
Villains & anti-heroes
500 pages or more
Published the year you were born
Suspense / Psychological thrillers
Non fiction books
Classics for kids
Originally in a foreign language
Self help books
Quick reads
Hogwarts house reads:
- Gryffindor:
- Ravenclaw:
- Hufflepuff:
- Slytherin:
Around the world
Books that have been on your shelf for ages
New to you authors
Childhood favorites

Scale it Simple's book challenge

A Full Year of Reading Ideas

A horror
A ghost story
A pocket book
Re-read your favorite book
A book about a different culture
A book under 200 pages
A book over 500 pages
A collection of short stories
Based on a historic event
Celebrity memoir
Set in the 70's
A gifted book
About a famous artist
About a politician
A book about someone who is dead
A book published in 2017
A book about World War II
A book about healthy eating
A book that was also a play
Published the year you were born
A book with a beautiful cover
A book about relationships
A banned book
A graphic novel
A lesser known book
A book started but never finished
A romance
Set in a fictional town
Set in a foreign country
A fantasy
Made into a movie
A series
Your favorite childhood book
Recommended by a friend
A new release
To build confidence
To build self-love
Spirituality book
An 18th century classic
A new skill
Financial help
A comedy
A biography
A true story
A local story
A book set in the future
A self-improvement book
A New York Times bestseller
A book from Oprah's Book Club
A murder mystery
A book about family

 The Ultimate 2018 Reading Challenge

A book published the year you were born
A book originally written in a different language
A book with textured pages
A book written by a child author
A book you can read in one sitting
A book your friends read in high school but you didn't
A debut novel
A deceased author's last book
A book that you judged by its cover
A book you traded for another book
A comedy book
A book with characters a different religion than you
A book with food in the title
An audio book from the best narrated audio book list
A book set in the mountains
A book with royalty in it
A book about healing
A book with a character's name you'd never give your kid
A book by a prolific author
A book with a one word title
A novella
A book set where a friend lives
A book that starts with the first letter of your first name
A book with a spine of your favorite color
A book with dust on it
A book with a tree on the cover
A book recommended by a stranger
A book off of a friend's shelf
A graphic novel
A book by an author with an unusual name
2018 best seller
A book someone gave you
A book with a yellow cover
A book in which someone made the best of a situation
A book written as a journal
A book based in the Southwest USA
An apocalyptic book
A book by an author you enjoy
A book by an author from Australia
A true story about survival
A book with an animal you never had as a pet
A book with no cuss words
A book about siblings
A book with a list price of $5 or less
A book you choose with your eyes closed
A book that takes place on a different planet
A book that is reflective
A book with a musical instrument on the cover
A book with an astronomy term in the title

2018 Reading Challenge

Level 1: Book of the Month Club 
1 A book from Project Gutenberg 
2 A book that costs less than $5 
3 A Cozy Mystery 
4 A comedy or a satire book 
5 Read a book by Nora Roberts 
6 A book that has been turned into a movie or TV show 
7 A book on a best seller list 
8 A book under 300 pages 
9 A book that takes place around a holiday 
10 A book with a one word title 
11 A book you first read when you were a teenager 
12 A children's book 

level 2: Casual Reader Club 
13 A book by a new author 
14 Reread a favorite book 
15 A book with a cover that's in your favorite color 
16 A book published in 1993 
17 A book recommended to you on social media or by a friend 
18 A book with a number in the title 
19 A book with pictures in it 
20 A retelling of a fairy tale 
21 A book that involves a mythical creature 
22 A book about witches 
23 A book by an author named Chris or Christopher 
24 A book you got from a used bookshop or site 

Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club 
25 A book about space travel, aliens, or other planets 
26 A book with an animal in the title 
27 First in a series you've wanted to start 
28 A book with music or song in the title 
29 A book with a purple cover 
30 A cult classic 
31 A book about a Teacher 
32 An action adventure book 
33 A book that takes place before 1900 
34 A book about friendship 
35 A book by Michael Crichton 
36 A book about a Queen 

Level 4: Speed Reader Club 
37 A book by Agatha Christie 
38 A book that takes place in Australia 
39 A book that has a title starting with the letter Y 
40 Read a compilation of short stories 
41 Read a book from the Guardian's 100 greatest Novel list 
42 A book with the word thief in the title 
43 A banned book 
44 A book published in 1968 
45 A book about a doctor 
46 A book involving food 
47 A book with a male main character 
48 A book by two or more authors 

Level 5: Overachiever Club 
49 A book published the year one of your parents was born 
50 A book over 500 pages 
51 A book about traveling 
52 A book with a flower on the cover 
53 A Non-Fiction book 
54 A book that takes place during a war 
55 A book involving a culture different than your own 
56 A book that takes place in Canada 
57 A book that was originally published in a foreign language 
58 A book about a character who has your dream job 
59 A book with woman or girl in the title 
60 A book about a main character that has the same hair color as you

52 books in 52 weeks by mommymannegren

A book by a Canadian author
A childhood favorite
A classic novel
A mystery novel
A book you have been meaning to read but haven't read
A science fiction novel
An adventure / espionage novel
A biography
A book that challenges your viewpoint
The first book in a trilogy
A book with over 600 pages
A book you can read in a day
A book that has won a Pulitzer Prize
Any book from the 2017 Goodreadds' Choice Awards
A book that has been made into a movie
A book chosen solely by its cover
A book on theology
A celebrity memoir
A book with a six word title
A book set in a country you want to visit
A book that makes you laugh out loud
A book you read in school
A book with a green spine
A book with a character that shares your name
A book published in 2018
A book recommended by a friend
A book recommended by a librarian
A book written by an author under 30
A book written before 1920
A book that makes you cry
An e-book
A book with bad reviews
A YA bestseller
A book set in Africa
A book by Agatha Christie
A historical non-fiction book
A book that inspires you
A short story
A book that has been on the NYT bestseller list for more than 10 weeks
A political book
A book by a Scandinavian author
A book with non-human charaacters
A book about a topic you are passionate about
A book set in the Middle East
A book already in your bookshelf
A book that was once banned
A book originally published in the year you were born
A book about travel
A foreign book translated into English
A book with the letter "Y" in the title
A book with food on the cover
A book about a current world issue

Written or set in the 14th century
Biography or memoir
Foodie book
Book to movie adaptation
Feminist author
Written or set in the 18th century
Micro history
Written or set in the 15th century
Free Space
Science fiction
Self help
Nobel Prize winner
Written or set in the 17th century
Indie author
Written or set in the 16th century
Comic or Graphic novel
Author with your initials
Amateur detective
Ancient civilizations
Elephant on the cover
New to you author
Set on an island
Involves time travel
Color in the title
Female judge
Number in the title
Character with a disability
A ghost in the house
Red shoe on the cover
Strange or unusual
Silk Road
Xrime other than murder
First person POV
Size in the title

A Book A Week with the Pingel Sisters

 1. A Book With More Than 500 Pages
 2. Book You Haven’t Read by Author You Love
 3. Goodreads winner in 2018
 4. You Can Read in a Day
 5. Book About a Difficult Topic
 6. Recommended by a Friend
 7. Book That Will Make You Cry
 8. Book Published in 2009
 9. Book Becoming Movie in 2019
 10. A Genre You Don’t Usually Read
 11. Children’s Classic
 12. Cover With Your Favorite Color
 13. Bought at a Thrift Store
 14. Young Adult Fiction
 15. First Book in a Trilogy
 16. Second Book in a Trilogy
 17. Third Book in a Trilogy
 18. Dystopian Novel
 19. Award-Winning Book
 20. A Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge
 21. Published the Decade Before You Were Born
 22. Historical Fiction From A Favorite Time Period
 23. Classic You’ve Never Read
 24. A Book That Will Keep You Up All Night
 25. 2018 bestseller
 26. Nonfiction Book about Science
 27. Listen to an Audiobook
 28. Set in Your Home State
 29. You Once Started But Never Finished
 30. With a One Word Title
 31. A Fairy Tale Retelling
 32. Celebrity Book Club Pick
 33. A Book You Read in High School
 34. Business or Personal Finance Book
 35. Autobiography or Memoir
 36. Book Set in Another Country
 37. Reread a Favorite Book
 38. Book by a Local Author
 39. Banned Book
 40. Narrative Nonfiction
 41. On Your To-Read List the Longest
 42. A Book About Travel
 43. Popular Book You’ve Never Read
 44. True Crime
 45. Nonfiction Bestseller
 46. Science Fiction Novel
 47. A Book You Own But Haven’t Read
 48. Recommended by a Local Librarian
 49. 2019 New Release
 50. The First Book in a Series
 51. Prettiest cover
 52. An Inspirational Story

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Reading challenges 2019 - part 3

I am participating in GoodReads' 2019 Reading Challenge, and they have these challenges within the challenge.

I'm doing the Listopia challenge

1. Best Steampunk books
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest
Perdido Street Station by China Miéville
The Time Machine by H.G.Wells

2. Best Talking-Animal Books
The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
Stuart Little by E.B.White
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Bunnicula by James and Deborah Howe
The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

3. Top 100 Middle School Must-Reads
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The Outsiders by S.E.Hinton
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell

4. 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D.Salinger
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

5. Favorite Magical Realism Novels
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Another challenge posted there is the Read and Go Challenge
Here's the 2018 challenge and here's the 2019

The idea with this is to not just read, but read, be inspired and go out and do something.
Like, read a novel set in the woods and then go to the woods.
Read a novel involving a creative outlet, and then go and try your hands on that
Read a novel featuring food and try that food. Try the recipes.
And so on and so forth.

A novel set in the woods
The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin

A novel involving a creative outlet
The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos
(Oscar Hijuelos was not a musician, but he was always interested in music and played several instruments, guitar the best.)

A novel featuring food you have not tried
Recipes for Love and Murder by Sally Andrew

A novel involving a train ride
Steam by Terry Pratchett

A graphic novel
The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar

A novel involving ghosts
The Doll in the Garden by Mary Downing Hahn

A novel featuring a zoo, animal shelter or sanctuary
Monster Mission by Eva Ibbotson

A novel set on a bus
Tuntematon Selja by Rauha S. Virtanen

A novel where a main character seeks self-improvement

A novel featuring a bike ride

A novel set in or involving something industrial (factory, etc.)

A novel involving a plane ride

A novel set in a snow land

A novel set in a country other than your own

A novel featuring a garden

A novel set in a museum

A novel set in a hotel

A novel featuring an instrument you wish you could play

A novel involving an escape

A novel set underground or underwater

A novel involving a road trip

A novel depicting a sci-fi technology that now exists

A novel set in a city within 100 miles of your own
Jungfrustenen by Michael Mortimer

Bonus category: A novel set in your home town.
Borgmästaren by Tina Westerlund


January: What’s on Your Bucket List?

February: Under the Bigtop (A day at the Circus)

March: Let’s Dance

April: Go Fly a Kite

May: It’s Like Riding a Bike

June: Go Take a Hike

July: Bullseye! Hit that Target

August: Totally Starstruck

September: Get Back in the Saddle

It Must Be Magic

Life is a Work of Art

Let the Music Play

then there's the color challenge

1. Read a book with "White" or any shade of white in the cover (ivory, cream, bone, etc...).
2. Read a book with "Pink" or any shade of pink in the cover (rose, magenta, salmon, etc...).
3. Read a book with "Red" or any shade of red in the cover (maroon, brick, scarlet, etc...).
4. Read a book with "Orange" or any shade of orange in the cover (apricot, ginger, carrot, etc...).
5. Read a book with "Yellow" or any shade of yellow in the cover (blond, chartreuse, canary, etc...).
6. Read a book with "Green" or any shade of green in the cover (sage, lime, jade, etc...).
7. Read a book with "Light Blue" or any shade of light blue in the cover (teal, sky, cerulean, etc...).
8. Read a book with "Dark Blue" or any shade of dark blue in the cover (indigo, denim, navy, etc...).
9. Read a book with "Purple" or any shade of purple in the cover (lavender, plum, orchid, etc...).
10. Read a book with "Brown" or any shade of brown in the cover (tan, mahogany, coffee, etc...).
11. Read a book with "Black" or any shade of black in the cover (grey, slate, coal, etc...).
12. Read a book with a Metallic color in the cover (gold, silver, bronze, etc...).
13. Read a book with at least 5 colors on the cover.
14. Read a book with a geometric pattern on the cover (rainbows, stripes, polka dots, floral pattern, mosaic, etc...).
15. Read a book with an ugly (to you) cover.

16. Read a book with two or more color words in the title (yellow gold, black & white, etc...)
17. Read a book with the word “Color” in the title.
18. Read a book with a word describing color in the title (rainbow, stripes, polka dots, shiny, mosaic, etc...)

There's also the Color Coded Reading Challenge

1. A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue (Turquoise, Aquamarine, Navy, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
2. A book with "Red" or any shade of Red (Scarlet, Crimson, Burgundy, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
3. A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow (Gold, Lemon, Maize, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
4. A book with "Green" or any shade of Green (Emerald, Lime, Jade, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
5. A book with  "Brown" or any shade of Brown (Tan, Beige, Sand, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
6. A book with "Black" or any shade of Black (Jet, Ebony, Charcoal, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
7. A book with "White" or any shade of White (Ivory, Eggshell, Cream, etc.) in the title/on the cover.
8. A book with any other color in the title/on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Magenta, Pink, etc.).
9. A book with a word that implies color in the title/on the cover (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Shadow, Paint, Ink, etc.).

I'll get 61 more books from this (not doing the color challenge, though I'm sure I can do that with all the books I'm going to read this year.)

Monday, January 21, 2019

Reading challenges 2019 - Diversity

2017 YA Diversity Reading Challenge

1. A book written by or about a person of Hispanic origin.
I think Isabel Allende passes... I need to read her The Eagle and The Jaguar series

2. A book in which a character suffers from Mental Illness.
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
I don't know if it really fits the category, but someone with mental illness said it does, so I'll accept it. I find it interesting and want to read it.

3. A book with an LGBTQIA main character.
Clariel, Garth Nix
Peter Darling by Austin Chant

4. A book written by an author of colour.
Les arbres en parlent encore by Calixthe Beyala

5. A book with a person of colour on the cover.
Kindred by Octavia Butler

6. A book in which the main character or Secondary Character has a Disability.
Emma and I by Sheila Hocken

7. A book written by or about someone on the Autism Spectrum.
Stieg Larsson's Millennium series

8. A Contemporary book with a person of colour on the cover.
Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros

9. A Graphic novel featuring protagonists of colour.
The Rabbi's Cat by Joan Sfar

10. A Romance novel with main character of colour.
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

11. A Science fiction or fantasy with female main character of colour.
Cindy Pon; Silver Phoenix

12. A Memoir or biography by or about a diverse author.
Becoming by Michelle Obama

2018 Diversity Reading Challenge

1. A book written by or about a person of Hispanic origin
2. A book in which a character suffers from mental illness
3. A book written by or about someone on the spectrum

4. A book with an African-American young woman as a main character
Sula by Toni Morrison

5. A book containing an Asian main character

6. A book with an illustrator of color
March Forward, Girl: From Young Warrior to Little Rock Nine  by Melba Pattillo Beals

7. A book with an LGBT main character
8. A graphic novel

9. A book with a Muslim main character
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

10. A book written by or for African American young men
It's hard to find a book that's not depressive, and I don't want to read depressive books. :-(

11. A book in which the author or main character has a physical disability

12. A book about children during the Holocaust
Frankly, I don't want to read about children during the Holocaust.

2019 Diversity Reading Challenge

JANUARY – diverse folktales/culture/mythology; or diverse retelling; or non-western setting
FEBRUARY – poc: Black/African American
MARCH – #ownvoices; or gender: female authors in male-dominated genres/non-fiction
APRIL – poc: West Asian/South Asian (From Turkey to India)
MAY – poc: East Asian/Southeast Asian/Pacific Islander
JUNE – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
JULY – LGBT+ pride summer: sexuality and gender identity
AUGUST – mental health/addiction
SEPTEMBER – poc: hispanic/latinx
OCTOBER – physical/sensory/cognitive/intellectual/developmental disabilities
NOVEMBER – poc: Native American
DECEMBER – religious minorities

Rebel Women Lit Diversity Reading Challenge
I really like this challenge, but it's a bit too challenging for me. I can't find many of these books. :-(

Light Reader's Plan

A novel with an LGBTQIA+ main character
For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu

A book written by an author who is Indigenous, Native American, or First Nation
The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

A book that deals with gentrification
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

A book with a neurodiverse main character of colour (own voices)
A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

A chick-lit featuring persons of colour (own voices)
The Mistress of Spices by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

A memoir written by a woman of colour
Becoming by Michelle Obama

A debut novel written by a person of colour
The Girl King, by Mimi Yu

A book with an elderly main character
Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

A book inspired by traditional African beliefs
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

A recent poetry collection written by a woman of colour
Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw

A book set in a Caribbean country (own voices)
Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

A book under 200 pages by a person of colour
Sula by Toni Morrison (Actually, it has 208 pages. Close enough)

Avid Reader's Plan addition

A book with a hijabi main character (own voices)
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

A speculative fiction written by a Caribbean author
Crystal Rain by Tobias S. Buckell

A book written by a woman of colour about feminism
Les arbres en parlent encore by Calixthe Beyala

A book from Rebel Women Lit's 2017 Reading List
Nnedi Okorafor; Akata Witch

A book about an arranged marriage
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

* A book with a main character who has a physical disability (own voices)

A book that makes visible the experience of Latinxdad folks
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

* A book that takes place in North-East Asia (own voices)
(Mongolia, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan)

* A book written by a trans or non-binary author of colour

* A book with a fat main character (own voices)

An anthology written or edited by a woman of colour
New Suns By Nisi Shawl

A book with a cover that screams #BlackGirlMagic
Shadowshaper by Daniel José Older

The Committed Reader's Plan addition

* A satirical book written by a person of colour

* A non-fiction book about a topic that interests you

* A dystopian written by a woman of colour

* A book written by a person of colour about a memory alternating, mind alternating or virtual reality
sci-fi/fantasy experience

A New York Times Bestseller written by a person of colour
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

* A horror written by a person of colour

* A translated work written by a person of colour

* A poetry collection written or edited by an LGBTQIA+ person of colour

* A mystery/thriller written by a woman of colour

A book which explores poverty and wealth distribution among people of colour
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

* A Lambda Literary Award winning novel

A book from Well-Read Black Girl's 2017 reading list
L.Penelope; Song of Blood and Stone

* A graphic novel featuring a person of colour

A fairy tale or classical retelling written by a person of colour
Tahereh Mafi;  Furthermore

A book with an asexual main character (own voices)
Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn

A book that takes place in South-East Asia (own voices)
(Indochina, East Indies, Nusantara)
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai

A book featuring people of colour in STEM
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

A book, written by a black woman, that has a colour in the title
Fuchsia by Mahtem Shiferraw

* A book with a developing country, city, or town in the title

* A book written by a POC, that takes place within a 24 hour period

* A book with black artists, dancers or musicians (own voices)

* A book with an intersex main character

A book with persons of colour who are siblings
Pride by Ibi Zoboi

A book written by a person of colour that was mentioned or seen on a TV show
Michelle Obama: Becoming
(I think Nnedi Okoraforäs Binti was seen read by someone in some TV show, too.)

A book inspired by Caribbean folklore (own voices)
Falling in Love with Hominids by Nalo Hopkinson

A YA written by a Korean or Korean-American woman
Prophecy by Ellen Oh

A book set in a non-English speaking Caribbean country (own voices)
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

A book with a practicing Muslim, Jewish or Hindu (ie non-Christian) main character (own voices)
Does My Head Look Big In This? by Randa Abdel-Fattah

The Obsessive Reader's Plan addition

A book, written by a person of colour, set in a country you've always wanted to visit
The Book of Salt by Monique Truong
Ladivine by Marie NDiaye
Black Girl in Paris by Shay Youngblood

A book that challenges rape culture
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson

A trilogy written by a person of colour
N.K. Jemisin Inheritance trilogy

A book released by a publishing house that is owned or managed by a woman
Run Alice, Run by Lynn Michell

A Shakespeare retelling written by a POC
Dream of Perpetual Motion by Dexter Palmer

A book written by a POC and published during the year you were born
Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

A classic novel written by a person of colour
Anything by Alexandre Dumas

A superhero comic or graphic novel with a female lead
Nofret by Sussi Bech - I don't know if it's a superhero graphic novel, but it's a graphic novel - or a comic book - with a female lead.

A book written by a famous black woman whose work you haven't read before
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

A book about an immigrant or refugee
Possessing the Secret of Joy by Alice Walker

A romance novel written by a woman of colour
Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope

A book about a character whose sexuality is outed without permission
“Speak No Evil” by Uzodinma Iweala

If you find it hard to read, here's the categories:
Romance with a trans MC
non-binary MC (own voices)
Science Fiction Fantasy with disabled MC
Practicing Jewish MC
Indian MC (own voices)
Displaced MC
MC with an underrepresented body
Neuro-diverse MC (own voices)
Retelling with a LGBTQIA+ MC
Bisexual MC (own voices)
MC with an invisible disability
MC with anaphylactic allergy
MC of color in SFF
Own Voices Latinx MC
Free Choice
Non-Western (real world) setting
Own Voices
MC with Chronic Pain
West Asian setting (Turkey, Arabian peninsula, Levant, Mesopotamia, Caucasus)
Arab MC (own voices)
MC with wheelchair
Book by author of color
Biracial MC (own voices)
Pansexual MC (own voices)
Black MC (own voices)
MC on the ACE spectrum (asexual)
LGBTQIA+ MC of color
Visually impaired MC
book set in Central America
Contemporary world, arranged marriage
indigenous MC (own voices)
diverse non-fiction
POC on the cover
deaf/Deaf/hoh (hard of hearing) MC
Immigrant or refugee MC
Hijabi MC (own voices)

Some books that might fit some of the categories:

Babel-17 by Samuel R. Delany
Not Your Sidekick by C.B.Lee
Life, Animated by Ron Suskind
Unbowed by Wangari Maathai
Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini
Patricia Bell-Scott; The Firebrand and the First Lady
Labyrinth Lost  by Zoraida Cordova
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris