2016 Reading Challenges

In 2016 I’m easing up on challenges while I work on finishing my masters degree (and reading more books just for fun).  Here are the challenges I plan to participate in.

Children’s Classics by Women Authors:

  1. Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill by Maud Hart Lovelace (1942)
  2. Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  3. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren (1950)
  4. The Railway Children by E. Nesbit (1906)
  5. Mary Poppins Comes Back by P.L. Travers (1935)
  6. All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor (1951)
  7. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild

Twenty Books of Summer:

  1. League of Dragons by Naomi Novik
  2. The Big Sheep by Robert Kroese
  3. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
  4. Eventide by Kent Haruf
  5. The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan
  6. Whom the Gods Love by Kate Ross
  7. Some Possible Solutions by Helen Phillips
  8. A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton
  9. The Cold Between by Elizabeth Bonesteel
  10. Calamity by Brandon Sanderson
  11. The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  12. The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
  13. Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
  14. The Girl with All the Gifts by M. R. Carey
  15. Ghost Talkers by Mary Robinette Kowal
  16. The Glorious Heresies by Lisa McInerney
  17. Blacklands by Belinda Bauer
  18. This Must be the Place by Maggie O’Farrell
  19. The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz
  20. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

The Book Blog Discussion Challenge is hosted by Feed Your Fiction Addiction and involves posts that discuss topics related to blogging and reading.  Here’s what I’ve posted so far:

  • When Life Gets Busy
  • Reading the Bailey’s Prize Longlist
  • Putting More Time into My Blog
  • 20 B00ks of Summer

For The Winter Scavenger Hunt I’ve committed to reading these books:

My own personal challenge has been reading from the list of Bailey’s Prize longlist nominees.  Here’s what I’ve read so far:

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: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • A 20th Century classic: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  • A classic in translation: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • A classic by a woman author: Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
  • A classic by a non-white author: A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
  • A classic that’s been banned or censored: Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger
  • A classic I read in high school or college: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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, 25 reviewed.

  1. The House of the Spirits — Isabel Allende (1982) (read)
  2. Mansfield Park — Jane Austen
  3. Tuck Everlasting — Natalie Babbit (1975)
  4. Jane Eyre — Charlotte Bronte
  5. The Good Earth — Pearl S. Buck
  6. The Awakening — Kate Chopin
  7. The Moonstone — Wilkie Collins
  8. Over  Sea, Under Stone — Susan Cooper
  9. Don Quixote — Miguel de Cervantes
  10. Bleak House or Oliver Twist — Charles Dickens
  11. The Three Musketeers — Alexandre Dumas
  12. Daniel Deronda — George Eliot
  13. Light in August — William Faulkner
  14. Tender is the Night — F. Scott Fitzgerald
  15. North and South — Elizabeth Gaskell
  16. Cold Comfort Farm — Stella Gibbons
  17. The End of the Affair — Graham Greene
  18. Far From the Madding Crowd — Thomas Hardy
  19. Les Miserables — Victor Hugo
  20. The Remains of the Day — Kazuo Ishiguro
  21. The Haunting of Hill House — Shirley Jackson
  22. We Have Always Lived in the Castle — Shirley Jackson
  23. The Portrait of a Lady — Henry James
  24. The Turn of the Screw — Henry James
  25. The Trumpeter of Krakow — Eric Kelly
  26. On the Road — Jack Kerouac
  27. Kim — Rudyard Kipling
  28. To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee
  29. The Phantom of the Opera — Gaston Leroux (read)
  30. Number the Stars — Lois Lowry
  31. Of Human Bondage — Somerset Maugham
  32. The Hero and the Crown — Robin McKinley
  33. Song of Solomon — Toni Morrison (1977)
  34. The Things They Carried — Tim O’Brien (1990)
  35. Bridge to Terabithia– Katherine Paterson (1977) (read)
  36. The Raven — Edgar Allen Poe
  37. The Catcher in the Rye — JD Salinger
  38. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn — Betty Smith
  39. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie — Muriel Spark
  40. Angle of Repose — Wallace Stegner (1971)
  41. East of Eden — John Steinbeck
  42. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer — Mark Twain (read)
  43. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn — Mark Twain
  44. Cat’s Cradle — Kurt Vonnegut
  45. The Color Purple — Alice Walker (1982)
  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. Mrs. Dalloway — Virginia Woolf

Finally, the Classics Club is hosting the 2016 Women’s Classic Literature Event, another challenge with obvious crossover.  Here are some of the books I’m planning to read:

  1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  2. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
  3. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
  4. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  5. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  6. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
  7. Testament of Youth by Vera Brittain
  8. Pavilion of Women by Pearl S. Buck
  9. Ethan Frome or The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton
  10. Silas Marner or The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot

 

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