Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Reading Challenge

Popsugar's 2017 Reading Challenge went live in early December, and while I hadn't quite finished my 2016 challenge at that point, I immediately started compiling my list of titles to fulfill the 2017 categories.  I tried to do something a little different this year and, instead of just picking things all willy-nilly, tried very hard to stick mostly with books that were already on my to-read list and, whenever possible, that I already owned, or will own when they come out.  There were a few categories this wasn't possible for.  For example, I don't own any audiobooks, and if a book belongs to a genre I've never heard of, I probably don't have it on my list!  This is also the "Advanced" version of the challenge; Popsguar included 40 "normal" categories and then another 12 for people who wanted to go beyond that.  I'm going for the full 52.  (I read more than 170 books last year, so this shouldn't be an issue.) The general list is below, and I've underlined the books that I already own (or are on my auto-buy list) for easy notation, and made notes on the category where necessary, too!  I don't have quite every category penciled in yet, but I've got most of them.  What are you looking forward to reading in 2017?

-A book recommended by a librarian.  The Woman in Cabin 10, Ruth Ware--from Library Reads.

-A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long.  Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (added Dec. 2011)

-A book of letters.  The Color Purple, Alice Walker

-An audiobook.  The Nightingale, Kristin Hannah

-A book by a person of color.  The Stone Sky, N. K. Jemisin

-A book with one of the four seasons in the title. Devil in Spring, Lisa Kleypas

-A book that is a story within a story.  Afterworlds, Scott Westerfeld

-A book with multiple authors.  Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff and James Hall

-An espionage thriller.  Palace of Treason, Jason Matthews

-A book with a cat on the cover.  Silvern, Christina Farley

-A book by an author who uses a pseudonym.  Seven Minutes in Heaven, Eloisa James (Mary Bly)

-A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read.  Carrie, Steven King

-A book by or about a person who has a disability.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-TimeT, Mark Haddon

-A book involving travel.  SEAsoned, Victoria Allman

-A book with a subtitle.  Frozen in Time, Mitchell Zuckoff ("An Epic Story of Survival and a Modern Quest for Lost Heroes of World War II)

-A book that's published in 2017.  Given to the Sea, Mindy McGinnis

-A book involving a mythical creature.  Nice Dragons Finish Last, Rachel Aaron

-A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile.  Cress, Marissa Meyer

-A book about food.  In the Devil's Garden, Stewart Lee Allen

-A book with career advice.  Garlic and Sapphires, Ruth Reichl

-A book from a nonhuman perspective.

-A steampunk novel.  Boneshaker, Cherie Priest

-A book with a red spine.  The Magician's Lie, Greer Macallister

-A book set in the wilderness.

-A book you loved as a child.  Squire, Tamora Pierce

-A book by an author from a country you've never visited.  Mornings in Jenin, Susan Abulhawa (Palestine)

-A book with a title that's a character's name.  Mechanica, Betsy Cornwell

-A novel set during wartime.  Atonement, Ian McEwan

-A book with an unreliable narrator.

-A book with pictures.  No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain

-A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you.  A Disobedient Girl, Ru Freeman

-A book about an interesting woman.  Notorious RBG, Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

-A book set in two different time periods.  The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell

-A book with a month or day of the week in the title.  A June of Ordinary Murders, Conor Brady

-A book set in a hotel.  A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles

-A book written by someone you admire.  A Court of Wings and Ruin, S. J. Maas

-A book that's becoming a movie in 2017. Beauty and the Beast, Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont

-A book set around a holiday other than Christmas.

-The first book in a series you haven't read before.  Shadow and Bone, Leigh Bardugo

-A book you bought on a trip.  The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern

-A book recommended by an author you love.  The Lace Reader, Brunonia Barry (rec'd by Tamora Pierce)

-A bestseller from 2016.  Magic, Danielle Steel

-A book with a family-member term in the title.  Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Laini Taylor

-A book that takes place over a character's life span.  The Kitchen God's Wife, Amy Tan

-A book about an immigrant or refugee.  Stealing Buddha's Dinner, Bich Minh Nguyen

-A book from a genre/subgenre you've never heard of.  The Six-Gun Tarot, R. S. Belcher (Weird West)

-A book with an eccentric character.  Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

-A book that's more than 800 pages.  Voyager, Diana Galbadon

-A book you got from a used book sale.  Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

-A book that's been mentioned in another book.  Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift (mentioned as Gullible's Travels in Marissa Meyer's Heartless)

-A book about a difficult topic.  Rape is Rape, Jody Raphael

-A book based on mythology.  Olympos, Dan Simmons

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