2017 Reading Challenges

The Book Blog Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and involves posts that discuss topics related to blogging and reading.

Read Diverse 2017 is a challenge to read more books from under-represented authors. What I’ve read so far:

  • The Wangs versus the World by Jade Chang
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacquelyn Woodson
  • Finding Molly
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero
  • The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Leavers by Lisa Ko
  • The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vasquez
  • A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  • Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler
  • Goodbye, Vitamin by Rachel Khong
  • Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  • Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  • Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue
  • My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
  • Monstress Vol. 1 by Marjorie Liu
  • When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

My personal challenge, reading at least half of the 2017 Bailey’s Longlist:

Howling Frog is hosting Reading All Around the World, where you choose at least 50 countries and read books set in those countries and written by people who live there. See also The Reader’s Room for a month by month challenge.

  1. Bulgaria: The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova
  2. Canada: The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  3. Colombia: The Sound of Things Falling by Juan Gabriel Vásquez
  4. Ghana: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  5. Iran: The Last Days of Cafe Leila by Donia Bijan
  6. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  7. Nigeria: Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  8. Russia: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
  9. Scotland: The Long Drop by Denise Mina
  10. South Africa: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  11. Uganda: The Atlas of Forgotten Places by Jenny D. Williams
  12. Vietnam: The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Hibernator’s Library is hosting a read-along of Six Books to Help Understand Trump’s Win.  I’m aiming to read at least two:

746 Books once again hosted Twenty Books of Summer.  I read 15 books on my list from June to August and reviewed 9 (plus two reviews posted in September).

  1. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
  2. A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab
  3. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 
  4. A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
  5. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  6. Bloodchild by Octavia Butler
  7. Stay With Me by Ayobami Adebayo
  8. Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer
  9. Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor
  10. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  11. Reading the Bones by Sheila Finch
  12. Difficult Women by Roxane Gay
  13. Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions by Amy Stewart
  14. Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
  15. The Power by Naomi Alderman

The Back to the Classics Challenge involves reading 6-12 classics in different categories.  Books must be at least 50 years old.  Since I’m participating in other classics challenges, this one has plenty of overlap.  Here’s what I plan/hope to read:

  • A 19th Century Classic: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • A 20th Century Classic: Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  • A classic by a woman author: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
  • A classic in translation: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • A classic published before 1800.
  • A romance classic: Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Gothic or horror classic: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • A classic with a number in the title: 1984 by George Orwell
  • A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title: To Kill a Mockingbird  by Harper Lee
  • A classic set in a place you’d like to visit: Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
  • An award-winning classic. A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • A Russian Classic.

Roof Beam Reader is hosting a Classic Book a Month Club.  I plan to read the following books:

  • January: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • April: Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • May: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • September: Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather

The Classics Club is an ongoing challenge where I choose 50 classics to read from 2012-2017.  Sadly, we’re in the fifth year and I haven’t read quite as much as I planned. Completed to date: 33 read, 31 reviewed.

  1. Little Women — Louisa May Alcott
  2. Mansfield Park — Jane Austen
  3. Testament of Youth — Vera Brittain
  4. Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte
  5. The Good Earth — Pearl S. Buck
  6. Death Comes for the Archbishop — Willa Cather
  7. The Awakening — Kate Chopin
  8. The Moonstone — Wilkie Collins
  9. Over  Sea, Under Stone — Susan Cooper
  10. Don Quixote — Miguel de Cervantes
  11. Bleak House or Oliver Twist — Charles Dickens
  12. The Three Musketeers — Alexandre Dumas
  13. Daniel Deronda — George Eliot
  14. Light in August — William Faulkner
  15. Tender is the Night — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  16. North and South — Elizabeth Gaskell
  17. Cold Comfort Farm — Stella Gibbons
  18. The End of the Affair — Graham Greene
  19. A Raisin in the Sun — Lorraine Hansberry
  20. Far From the Madding Crowd — Thomas Hardy
  21. Les Miserables — Victor Hugo
  22. The Remains of the Day — Kazuo Ishiguro
  23. The Haunting of Hill House — Shirley Jackson
  24. We Have Always Lived in the Castle — Shirley Jackson
  25. The Portrait of a Lady — Henry James
  26. The Turn of the Screw — Henry James
  27. The Trumpeter of Krakow — Eric Kelly
  28. On the Road — Jack Kerouac
  29. Kim — Rudyard Kipling
  30. To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee
  31. The Phantom of the Opera — Gaston Leroux (read)
  32. Number the Stars — Lois Lowry
  33. Of Human Bondage — Somerset Maugham
  34. The Hero and the Crown — Robin McKinley
  35. Anne of Green Gables and Anne of Avonlea — L. M. Montgomery
  36. The Railway Children — E. Nesbit
  37. The Things They Carried — Tim O’Brien (1990)
  38. 1984 — George Orwell
  39. The Raven — Edgar Allen Poe
  40. The Catcher in the Rye — JD Salinger
  41. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn — Betty Smith
  42. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie — Muriel Spark
  43. East of Eden — John Steinbeck
  44. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer — Mark Twain (read)
  45. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — Mark Twain
  46. Cat’s Cradle — Kurt Vonnegut
  47. The Invisible Man — HG Wells
  48. The House of Mirth — Edith Wharton
  49. Leaves of Grass — Walt Whitman
  50. The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays — Oscar Wilde
  51. Orlando — Virginia Woolf

5 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenges

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  3. Ambitious book challenges. I do the Back to the Classics, and the Classics Club. (I try to pick books I own doing my own spin of Read Your Own Books, ha ha ha). I see many common books that I have read or intend to. In time, I’ll be reading your reviews. It’s nice to have found you.

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