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.  I’ll add links to each post here.

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.

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Brazil
  5. Canada
  6. Chile
  7. China
  8. Colombia
  9. Croatia
  10. Cuba
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Denmark
  13. Egypt
  14. El Salvador
  15. France
  16. Germany
  17. Ghana
  18. Greece
  19. Guatemala
  20. Haiti
  21. Hungary
  22. India
  23. Iran
  24. Ireland: The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
  25. Israel
  26. Italy
  27. Jamaica
  28. Japan
  29. Mexico
  30. Netherlands
  31. New Zealand
  32. Nigeria
  33. Norway
  34. Poland
  35. Portugal
  36. Romania
  37. Russia
  38. Singapore
  39. Slovakia
  40. South Africa
  41. South Korea
  42. Spain
  43. Sweden
  44. Switzerland
  45. Syria
  46. Thailand
  47. Turkey
  48. United Kingdom (UK)
  49. Venezuela
  50. Vietnam

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:

  • March-April: Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild
  • May-June: Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

The Read My Own Damn Books challenge, hosted by Estella’s Revenge, is aimed at reading books we already own.

  1. The Gathering by Anne Enright
  2. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  3. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami
  4. Homework by Margot Livesey
  5. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  6. San Miguel by TC Boyle
  7. Gilead by Maryanne Robinson
  8. Orlando by Virginia Woolf
  9. Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
  10. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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.  This club will host 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.  I’m more than halfway in, so my progress isn’t great, but I’m working on it!  Arguably some of these are a bit recent to be considered classics, but all are at least 25 years old.  Completed to date: 28 read, 26 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. The Raven — Edgar Allen Poe
  39. The Catcher in the Rye — JD Salinger
  40. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn — Betty Smith
  41. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie — Muriel Spark
  42. East of Eden — John Steinbeck
  43. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer — Mark Twain (read)
  44. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — Mark Twain
  45. Cat’s Cradle — Kurt Vonnegut
  46. The Invisible Man — HG Wells
  47. The House of Mirth — Edith Wharton
  48. Leaves of Grass — Walt Whitman
  49. The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays — Oscar Wilde
  50. Orlando — Virginia Woolf


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