Thursday, November 30, 2017

2018 Reading Challenge@ Linz the Bookworm

I will be doing as many of the categories on this one as I can. I seriously don't think I'll get all of them and some seem a little hard for me. But the blogger said we can skip around if we wish.

In 2016 I tried a couple of reading challenges that were floating around the internet, I did okay with them. What I really liked was the idea of challenging myself to read different things. It sort of made me plan out what I had to read. In 2017, I made my own reading challenge. I was pretty proud of it, and it can be seen here. I think that I definitely learned a lot, but ultimately I took on way too much with it and it needed some fine-tuning. Throughout it all, my amazing friend Tress was trying to do the challenge right alongside me. While 2017 is not over yet, I'll be honest and admit I'm not even going to finish half of it. That's okay though because what it did do was give me a lot of ideas for 2018. I started out this list just consulting with Tress on her thoughts on 2017's list. What ended up happening is we ended up collaborating on a massive reading challenge the past couple of weeks. Tress has been talking to a lot of members on a website called Dragonmount that we're both apart of (her far more than I am. I've never been outside the Mafia game thread there) about my previous reading challenge. I think She may have even referenced it on her own blog which can be found here. I'm incredibly proud of the work we put into this, and I think it's going to be a lot of fun. Before I show off the challenge, I want to explain it a bit.

This challenge is actually several challenges in one. The way it is designed is that you work through one level and then move on to the next. It's comprised of five different challenges of 12 books each, or 60 books total. We tried to arrange it in a way that shows what we thought would be the easiest in the first few levels, and then gradually gets harder. We also wanted to spread it out a bit, so the same types of challenges aren't in each level. Ultimately, I think we both wanted a challenge that's going to really make us have to think ahead and plan to complete it. Tress and I are both really into organization and bullet journaling, so for us, this is just an extension of that. I'm not sure what goals Tress has set for herself within the challenge, but my goals are to work it in order and try to see how far I can get. Last year, I kind of read a book and then tried to fit it into a category on the challenge. This year, I'd like to plan ahead and see if I can read more because of it. I've already got some books in mind for some of the items, so I'm really excited to see what I can accomplish on this list.

2018 Reading Challenge
Level 1: Book of the Month Club
1A book from Project Gutenberg:
Sailing Alone Around the World--Joshua Slocum
2A book that costs less than $5:
The Zone of Interest--Martin Amis
3A Cozy Mystery:
Mum's the Word--Kate Collins
4A comedy or a satire book:
Binge--Tyler Oakley
5Read a book by Nora Roberts:
Irish Dreams
6A book that has been turned into a movie or TV show: Lord of the Flies--William GoldingX
7A book on a best seller list:
Born a Crime--Trevor Noah
8A book under 300 pages:
The Ice Queen--Alice Hoffman
9A book that takes place around a holiday:
Love Walked In--Marisa de los Santos
10A book with a one word title:
Loved--P.C. Cast
11A book you first read when you were a teenager:
Little Women--Louisa May Alcott
12A children's book:
Castle in the Mist--Amy Ephron 
level 2: Casual Reader Club
13A book by a new author:
Children of Blood and Bone--Tomi Adeyemi
14Reread a favorite book:
Prozac Nation--Elizabeth Wurtzel
15A book with a cover that's in your favorite color:
The Last Letter From Your Lover--Jojo Moyes
16A book published in 1993:
Girl, Interrupted--Susanna Kaysen
17A book recommended to you on social media or by a friend:The Best of Me--Nicholas SparksX
18A book with a number in the title:
32 Yolks--Eric Ripert
19A book with pictures in it:
The Acorn People--Ron Jones
20A retelling of a fairy tale: A Court of Mist and Fury--Sarah J. MaasX
21A book that involves a mythical creature:
Carmilla--J. Sheridan Le Fanu
22A book about witches:
The Alchemyst--Michael Scott
23A book by an author named Chris or Christopher:
Charles I--Christopher Hibbert
24A book you got from a used bookshop or site:
The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and Cafe--Mary Simses
Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club
25A book about space travel, aliens, or other planets: Zita the Spacegirl--Ben HatkeX
26A book with an animal in the title:
The Red Pony-John Steinbeck
27First in a series you've wanted to start:
A Court of Thorns and Roses--Sarah J. Maas
28A book with music or song in the title:
She's Come Undone--Wally Lamb
29A book with a purple cover:
Jazz--Toni Morrison
30A cult classic:
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy--Douglas Adams
31A book about a Teacher:
My Teacher is an Alien--Bruce Coville
32An action adventure book:
Havana Bay--Martin Cruz Smith
33A book that takes place before 1900:
Barnaby Rudge--Charles Dickens
34A book about friendship:
Black and White--Paul Volponi
35A book by Michael Crichton:
Pirate Latitudes
36A book about a Queen:
Victoria--Daisy Goodwin
Level 4: Speed Reader Club
37A book by Agatha Christie:
Murder at the Vicarage
38A book that takes place in Australia:
Three Wishes--Lianne Moriarty
39A book that has a title starting with the letter Y: Y is for Yesterday--Sue GraftonX
40Read a compilation of short stories:
The Last of the Menu Girls--Denise Chavez
41Read a book from the Guardian's 100 greatest Novel list
42A book with the word thief in the title:
Thief of Words--John Jaffe
43A banned book:
The Namesake--Jhumpa Lahiri
44A book published in 1968
45A book about a doctor:
Pandora's Daughter--Iris Johansen
46A book involving food:
Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant--Anne Tyler
47A book with a male main character:
Banana Twist--Florence Parry Heide

A book by two or more authors:
I Hate Everyone But You--Gaby Dunn & Allison Raskin
Level 5: Overachiever Club
49A book published the year one of your parents was born:
The Door in the Wall--Marguerite de Angeli
50A book over 500 pages:
Ready Player One--Ernest Cline
51A book about traveling:
The Gathering of Zion--Wallace Stegner
52A book with a flower on the cover:
Girls in White Dresses--Jennifer Close
53A Non-Fiction book:
Hunger of Memory--Richard Rodriguez
54A book that takes place during a war:
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas--John Boyne
55A book involving a culture different than your own:
Night--Elie Wiesel
56A book that takes place in Canada:
Surfacing--Margaret Atwood
57A book that was originally published in a foreign language: Metamorphoses--OvidX
58A book about a character who has your dream job:
Small Great Things--Jodi Picoult
59A book with woman or girl in the title: Wintergirls--Laurie Halse AndersonX
60A book about a main character that has the same hair color as you:
Nightshade--Andrea Cremer

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