Reading Challenges

I am a sucker for a reading challenge, and will basically decide to tackle just about any one that comes my way, regardless of how insane doing more than one reading challenge in a year actually is. I also read about 150 books a year, so with that in mind, it's not quite as insane (I just need to be better at keeping track of challenge books and working on the challenges throughout the year.) I thought it would be a good idea to have all of my reading challenges tracking in one spot. So, here we go.

2016 Challenges

Book Bingo

I got the idea for Book Bingo from Stephanie over at Thoughts From the Midwest book blog, she'd posted about it last year, and I joined in the fun. This year I decided to make my own bingo card, which requires fewer books be read, but also has stricter guidelines for what types of books are read. This should be a relatively easy challenge to complete since many of these categories will also fulfill requirements on other challenges I'm undertaking. 



A book based on a fairytale -->
A National Book Award winner -->
A YA bestseller -->
A book you haven't read since high school -->
A book set in your home state -->
A book translated to English -->
A book set in the future -->
A book set in Europe --> The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A book that's under 150 pages -->
A New York Times bestseller -->
A book that's becoming a movie this year -->
A book recommended by someone you just met -->
A self-improvement book -->
A book you can finish in a day -->
A book written by a celebrity -->
A political memoir -->
A book at least 100 years older than you -->
A book that's more than 600 pages -->
A book from Oprah's Book Club -->
A science fiction novel -->
A book recommended by a family member -->
A graphic novel -->
A book that is published in 2016 --> Ask a Queer Chick by Lindsay King-Miller
A book with a protagonist who has your occupation (stay at home mom, blogger, or proofreader) -->
A book that takes place during summer -->
A book and it's prequel -->
A murder mystery -->
A book written by a comedian -->
A dystopian novel -->
A book with a blue cover -->
A book of poetry --> 
The first book you see in a bookstore -->
A classic from the 20th century -->
A book from the library -->
An autobiography --> 
A book about a road trip -->
A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with -->
A satirical book --> 
A book that takes place on an island --> 
A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy --> 


Read a horror book -->
Read a nonfiction book about science -->
Read a collection of essays -->
Read a book out loud to someone else -->
Read a middle grade novel -->
Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography) -->
Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel -->
Read a book originally published in the decade you were born -->
Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award --> 
Read a book over 500 pages long -->
Read a book under 100 pages long --> 
Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender --> 
Read a book that is set in the Middle East --> 
Read a book that is by an author from Southeast Asia --> 
Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900 --> 
Read the first book in a series by a person of color --> 
Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years --> 
Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better --> 
Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes --> 
Read a book about religion (fiction or non-fiction) -->
Read a book about politics, in your country or another (fiction or non-fiction) --> 
Read a food memoir -->
Read a play -->
Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness -->

A-Z Title Challenge

I think this one is pretty self-explanatory. I'm striving to read a book that starts with each letter of the alphabet (excepting titles that start with "The" or "A"). I know there are going to be a couple difficult letters in there, but I'm going to give it a shot. 

A --> Alistair Grim's Odd Aquaticum by Gregory Funaro
B --> 
C --> 
D --> 
E --> 
F --> 
G --> The Gift of a Charm by Melissa Hill
H -->
I -->
J -->
K -->
L -->
M -->
N --> The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
O -->
P -->
Q -->
R -->
S -->
T -->
U -->
V -->
W -->
X -->
Y -->
Z -->

Bookish Lifestyle's TBR Pile Reading Challenge
There are 6 Levels to this Challenge:
1-10 A Firm Handshake
11-20 A Friendly Hug
21-30 First Kiss
31-40 Sweet Summer Fling
41-50 Could This Be Love?
50+ Married with Children

I'm striving for Married with Children but will settle for Sweet Summer Fling as my alternate.

Platypire Reviews Diversity Challenge


The Platypire's are challenging readers and bloggers particularly to add more diversity into their reading. I personally don't notice whether or not the books I read are diverse, so this is something I'm definitely going to have to work on. Because I'm doing a million and a half challenges this year, I'm making my goal intermediate status. I will strive for excellence, but this, I believe, is attainable within the parameters of all my other challenges.

 
Progress: 
1 - Ask a Queer Chick by Lindsay King-Miller (LGBTQ+)
2 - The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan (Set in Africa, I'm assuming the characters are black based on story theme.)

2015 Challenges

Book Bingo

This is my current standing on my 2015 Book Bingo challenge. I will finish my TBR pile requirement before the year is up, and I've already selected the final two books for my 5 book series box. I am open to suggestions for a trilogy and a steampunk novel however, as I do intend to continue this challenge in the new year until it's finished.



A book with more than 500 pages --> The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur
A classic romance -->
A book that became a movie --> The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
A book published this year --> Taming Me by Alexandrea Weis
A book with a number in the title --> 
A book written by someone under 30 --> 
A book with nonhuman characters --> Redemption by Mary Reason Theriot
A funny book --> 
A book by a female author --> The Story of Lansing Lotte by L.B. Dunbar
A mystery or thriller --> House of Harwood by Olivia Batker Pritzker
A book with a one-word title --> Aflame by Penelope Douglas
A book of short stories -->
A book set in a different country --> The Art of Baking Blind by Sarah Vaughan
A nonfiction book --> The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
A popular author's first book -->
A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet --> The Art of Sin by Alexandrea Weis
A book a friend recommended -->
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book -->
A book based on a true story --> Last Chance Mustang by Mitchell Bornstein
A book at the bottom of your to-read list -->
A book your mom loves -->
A book that scares you -->
A book more than 100 years old -->
A book based entirely on it's cover --> The Last Bookaneer by Matthew Pearl
A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't -->
A memoir --> The Year My Mother Came Back by Alice Eve Cohen
A book you can finish in a day --> Zombie Reign by Tim Miller
A book with antonyms in the title -->
A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit --> Seduced by Voodoo by Mary Reason Theriot
A book that came out the year you were born -->
A book with bad reviews -->
A trilogy -->
A book from your childhood --> Karen's Witch by Ann M. Martin
A book with a love triangle --> Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
A book set in the future --> Outlier: Rebellion by Daryl Banner
A book set in high school --> Misconduct by Penelope Douglas
A book with a color in the title --> Bitter Melon by Elvis Alves (Review to come)
A book that made you cry --> Touch Screen by L.B. Dunbar
A book with magic --> Destiny's Flame by D.S. Schmeckpeper
A graphic novel --> Batman Vol. 5: Zero Year - Dark City by Scott Snyder
A book by an author you've never read before --> Trail of the Raven, Haiti by Chip Davis
A book you own but have never read --> Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
A book that takes place in your hometown (Cottonwood Falls, KS or Claflin, KS) -->
A book that was originally written in a different language --> Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland
A book set during Christmas --> Christmas in Paradise by Kathi Daley
A book written by an author with your same initials --> Midnight Moonrising by K.S. Haigwood and Anne Conley
A play --> A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
A banned book -->
A book based on or turned into a TV show -->
A book you started but never finished -->

So that's where I stand on all of my current and upcoming reading challenges. I'm going to try to remember to update this page every time I mark another book off the list (I can't guarantee I'll do a very good job of that though.) If you have a book that would fulfill one of my missing categories, please be sure to mention that in your audition as it will likely improve the chances of me choosing to read your book. - Katie 

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