Monday, December 4, 2017

2018 Reading Challenge 52 Books in 52 Weeks

 Ok, so I'm not a mom! LOL But this challenge has some great categories and I'm joining!

Calico skirts nestled amongst whistling prairie grasses. The warm glow of a snowy lamp post beckoning from a forest of fur coats. Red sand dunes, sweet cherry cordial, and bosom buddies. These are the memories of my childhood: countless hours cozied up under blankets, the scent of ink and paper tickling nostrils, and imagination soaring within the boundless scope of an author’s world.
The books may change as we grow older but the love doesn’t.
So for 2018, I have created a reading challenge: 52 books in 52 weeks. Fifty-two weeks of diverse genres and new reads. And I challenge YOU, my lovely readers, to participate along with me.
In the graphic below (free printable at bottom of page!) there are fifty-two different book categories. Ranging from “a short story,” to “a book with bad reviews,” and “a book with a green spine” — find a book that meets the criteria and check it off! The goal is to stretch ourselves to beyond our regular reading comfortability and grab the lonely books we normally pass by; to read bigger, bolder, and more.

Here are the categories (a printable list is available at the link):
  1. By a Canadian Author: Surfacing--Margaret Atwood
  2. Childhood Favorite: Little Women--Louisa May Alcott
  3. Novel Considered a "Classic": The Red Pony--John Steinbeck
  4. Mystery Novel: Mum's the Word--Kate Collins
  5. Book You've Been Meaning to Read But Haven't Got To: Every Soul a Star--Wendy Mass
  6. Science Fiction Novel: The Future of Us--Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
  7. Adventure/Espionage Novel: Havana Bay--Martin Cruz Smith
  8. Biography: Blues Legacies and Black Feminism--Angela Y. Davis
  9. Book That Challenges Your Viewpoint: Candy: A Century of Panic and Pleasure--Samira Kawash
  10. 1st Book in a Trilogy: Children of Blood and Bone--Tomi Adeyemi
  11. Over 600 Pages: Barnaby Rudge--Charles Dickens
  12. Book You Can Read in a Day: The Acorn People--Ron Jones
  13. Has Won a  Pulitzer Prize (Any Year): The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao--Junot Diaz
  14. Any Book From the 2017 Good Reads Choice Awards: Sing, Unburied, Sing--Jesmyn Ward
  15. Made into a Movie: Ready Player One--Ernest Cline
  16. Chosen Solely By Its Cover: Sunny Side Up--Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm
  17. Book on Theology: Eat the Cookie, Buy the Shoes--Joyce Meyer
  18. Celebrity Memoir: Rod: The Autobiography--Rod Stewart
  19. Six-Word Title: A Court of Thorns and Roses--Sarah J. Maas
  20. Set in a Country You Want to Visit: Stranded With the Prince--Dana Marton
  21. Book That Makes You Laugh Out Loud: Grandpa's Teeth--Rod Clement
  22. Book You Read in School: All Quiet on the Western Front--Erich Maria Remarque
  23. Book With a Green Spine: The Broken Road--Richard Paul Evans
  24. Book With a Character Who Shares Your Name: Tuesday Nights in 1980--Molly Prentiss
  25. Published in 2018: America is Not the Heart--Elaine Castillo
  26. Book Recommended by a Friend: The Best of Me--Nicholas Sparks
  27. Book Recommended by a Librarian: The Glass Eye--Jeannie Vanasco
  28. Written by an Author Under 30: Breakthrough--Jack Andraka
  29. Written Before 1920: Dr Wortle's School--Anthony Trollope
  30. Makes You Cry: Wintergirls--Laurie Halse Anderson
  31. E-Book: Sailing Alone Around the World--Joshua Slocum
  32. Book With Bad Reviews: The Handmaid's Tale--Margaret Atwood
  33. YA Bestseller: Turtles All the Way Down--John Green
  34. Set in Africa: Born a Crime--Trevor Noah
  35. Book by Agatha Christie: Murder at the Vicarage
  36. Historical Nonfiction Book: Night--Elie Wiesel
  37. Book That Inspires You: Prozac Nation--Elizabeth Wurtzel (re-read)
  38. A Short Story: The Women on the Wall--Wallace Stegner
  39. Been on the NY Times Bestseller for More Than 10 Weeks: Crazy Rich Asians--Kevin Kwan 
  40. Political Book (Fiction or Nonfiction): Settle For More--Megyn Kelly
  41. Scandinavian Author: A Man Called Ove--Fredrik Backman
  42. Non-Human Characters: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH--Robert C. O'Brien
  43. About a Topic You're Passionate About: Darkness Visible--William Styron
  44. Set in the Middle East: The Temporary Bride--Jennifer Klinec
  45. Already in Your Bookshelf: The World's Strongest Librarian--Josh Hanagarne
  46. Book That Was Once Banned: The Namesake--Jhumpa Lahiri
  47. Originally Published the Year You Were Born: Hotel For Dogs--Lois Duncan
  48. Book About Travel: A Time for Us--Christine Holden
  49. Translated Into English: Metamorphoses--Ovid
  50. Letter "Y" Somewhere in the Title: Y is for Yesterday--Sue Grafton
  51. Food on the Cover:  The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop and cafe--Mary Simses
  52. About a Current World Issue: Small Great Things--Jodi Picoult (Racism)

Challenge completed on November 4

1 comment:

Elephant's Child said...

Fifty-two books in a year is a challenge I easily meet. Some of the categories might stretch me though. Category 18 for one. My interest in celebrities is low.