2017 Reading Challenges

As it’s nearing the end of the year, I thought now would be a good time to check on the progress of my reading challenges and see what books I still need to read. I took part in 3 reading challenges this year but I think I’ll reduce it to maybe 1 for 2018 as I don’t like feeling that I have to read a particular book – it ends up becoming a chore.

Read Harder Challenge 2017

Read a book about sportsThe Running Dream - Wendelin Van Draanen
Read a debut novelMy Name Is Leon - Kit de Waal
Read a book about booksThe Bookshop Book - Jen Campbell
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 narrativeThe Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shuklah (Editor)
Read an all-ages comicMs Marvel - G. Willow Wilson
Read a book published between 1900 and 1950Ulysses - James Joyce
Read a travel memoirNotes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
Read a book you've read beforeHarry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling
Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your locationHoly Island - L.J. Ross
Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
Read a fantasy novelSorcerer to the Crown - Zen Cho
Read a nonfiction book about technology
Read a book about warThe Chilbury Ladies' Choir - Jennifer Ryan
Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who
identifies as LGBTQ+
They Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera
Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your countryLady Chatterley's Lover - D.H. Lawrence
Read a classic by an author of colourThe Color Purple - Alice Walker
Read a superhero comic with a female leadMs Marvel - G. Willow Wilson
Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journeyThe Color Purple - Alice Walker
Read an LGBTQ+ romance novelSimon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertalli
Read a book published by a miropressNasty Women - 404 Ink
Read a collection of stories by a womanDifficult Women - Roxane Gay
Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than lovePoems - Rilke
Read a book wherein all POV characters are POCThe Color Purple - Alice Walker

I still have two books to read to complete this challenge but I have them chosen – Betty Boo by Claudia Pineiro and Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly.

Litsy Reading Challenge Bingo 2017

With an LGBTQ relationshipThe Color Purple - Alice Walker
Multiple perspectivesLife in a Fishbowl - Len Vlahos
Set in the 1970sNew Boy - Tracy Chevalier
POC memoirYou Can't Touch My Hair - Phoebe Robinson
Set in AfricaBorn A Crime - Trevor Noah
Freezer-worthy horrorThe Silent Companions - Laura Purcell
From the 'Rory Gilmore List'Lady Chatterley's Lover - D.H. Lawrence
Published 10 years agoHarry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - J.K. Rowling
By an indie publisherNasty Women - 404 Ink
About immigrationThe Good Immigrant - Nikesh Shukla (Editor)
With 'girl(s)' in the titleThe Roanoke Girls - Amy Engel
Judge by the coverThe Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
Recommended by...I Am the Messenger - Markus Zusak
Written by a WOCMy Name is Leon - Kit de Waal
On TBR over 1 yearHoly Island - L.J. Ross
Written by someone your own ageThey Both Die at the End - Adam Silvera
More than 400 pagesThe Nix - Nathan Hill
Based on a historical eventBog Child - Siobhan Dowd
Non-fiction: food/drink
Takes place over 150 years agoWar and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
Translated from another languageWar and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
About music/theatreMaskerade - Terry Pratchett
2016 award winnerA Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas
Starts with 'z'
Free spaceDifficult Women - Roxane Gay

Again, I have two books to read to finish this challenge. For ‘starts with a Z’, I’m going with The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman or Zorro by Isabel Allende. I’ll probably end up reading a short recipe book for the non-fiction: food/drink prompt!

Litsy A-Z Challenge – Author’s Surnames

AArden, K - The Bear and the Nightingale
BBlake, E - Frostblood
CCho, Z - Sorcerer to the Crown
DDe Waal, K - My Name Is Leon
EEngel, A - The Roanoke Girls
FFuller, C - Swimming Lessons
GGarber, S - Caraval
HHill, N - The Nix
JJordan, N - Carnivalesque
KKing, S - IT
LLee, Y.S - The Body at the Tower
MMoyes, J - Paris for One and Other Stories
NNeuvel, S - Sleeping Giants
OOrwell, G - Animal Farm
PPurcell, L - The Silent Companions
QQuigley, S - Thorn In My Side
RRyan, J - The Chilbury Ladies' Choir
SStrout, E - My Name Is Lucy Barton
TThomas, A - The Hate U Give
VVlahos, L - Life in a Fishbowl
WWalker, A - The Color Purple
YYap, F - Yesterday
ZZusak, M - I Am the Messenger

I have 3 books left to read but I’ve chosen them and have them sitting on my TBR pile. For I, U and X, I’ve chosen Eowyn Ivey’s To the Bright Edge of the World, Jane Urquhart’s Sanctuary Line, and Xinran’s Sky Burial

So I have 7 books to read to complete all 3 challenges. I’m definitely refraining from challenges next year as I want to read what appeals to me at the time. Are there any challenges you take part in and would you recommend them?


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