Reading Challenge Progress

Here's the tracking of the challenges I am participating in at the moment


50 Book Pledge

50BookPledge
I'm joining again for 2018, pledging to read 150 books.

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The following is a challenge that I am doing over several years

A Century of Books


The challenge is to read a book published in every year of the 20th century. 
I will be tracking this at this link

1928: Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm. Finished December 1, 2016
1937: They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer. Finished October 20, 2017
1952: Campbell's Kingdom by Hammond Innes. Finished September 3, 2017
1955 Red Lights by Simenon. Finished April 16, 2016
1956 Zama by Antonio Di Benedetto. Finished December 15, 2016
1957 On the Beach by Nevil Shute. Finished August 31, 2017
1970 A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill. Finished November 10, 2017
1972 Chase by Dean Koontz. Finished February 26, 2015
1978 Sitt Marie Rose by Etel Adnan. Finished February 1, 2015
1981 A Start in Life by Anita Brookner. Finished August 8, 2018
1985 Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd. Finished February 14, 2018
1991 The "Natural Inferiority" of Women, compiled by Tama Starr. Finished May 23, 2016
1993 Biografi by Lloyd Jones. Finished December 29, 2015
1994 Keeper 'n Me by Richard Wagamese. Finished January 11, 2015
1995 Sabriel by Garth Nix. Finished February 20, 2015
1997 Frameshift by Robert J. Sawyer. Finished March 14, 2015
1998 Götz and Meyer by David Albahari. Finished December 26, 2015

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I'll be back doing the European Reading Challenge again this year.
1. No One Is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel. Finished January 3 (Romania)
2. A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler. Finished January 9 (Austria)
3.The Hotel Tito by Ivana Bodrožić. Finished January 10 (Croatia)
4. The Second Winter by Craig Larsen. Finished January 20 (Denmark)
5. Elmet by Fiona Mozley. Finished January 29 (England)
6. A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany. Finished March 6 (Hungary)
7. Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone. Finished March 27 (Italy)
8. The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden. Finished April 8 (Russia)
9. Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr. Finished June 5 (Greece)
10. The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy. Finished August 30 (Ireland)
11. Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian. Finished September 16 (Turkey)
12. La Femme de Gilles by Madeleine Bourdouxhe. Finished September 28 (Belgium)
13. News of Our Loved Ones by Abigail DeWitt. Finished October 1 (France)

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I'm also doing the TBR Challenge this year, since I have way too many unread books.
My challenge page is here
1. Men and Dogs by Katie Crouch. Finished June 24
2. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Finished September 14
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12th Annual Canadian Reading Challenge
Hosted by Melwyk here
The challenge is to read 13 books, but since I almost made it to 50 last year, I'm going to aim for that.

1. The Tinsmith by Tim Bowling. Finished July 30
2. A World of Kindness by the Editors and Illustrators of Pajama Press. Finished August 19
3. Clean Sweep by Michael J. Clark. Finished August 22
4. Too Young to Escape by Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Finished October 19
5. Giraffe and Bird Together Again by Rebecca Bender. Finished October 26
6. Our New Kittens by Theo Heras, illustrated by Alice Carter. Finished October 27


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A new challenge for me for 2018
 PopSugar 2018 Reading Challenge

  • A book made into a movie you’ve already seen
  • True crime
    Hell's Princess by Harold Schechter. Finished October 2
  • The next book in a series you started
    The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley. Finished May 11
  • A book involving a heist
    Old Bones by Gwen Molnar. Finished February 25
  • Nordic noir
  • A novel based on a real person
    Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. Finished June 1
  • A book set in a country that fascinates you
    Sun Dog by Deborah Kerbel, illustrated by Suzanne del Rizzo. Finished May 13 (Canada)
  • A book with the time of day in the title
    My Twentieth Century Evening and Other Small Breakthroughs by Kazuo Ishiguro. Finished January 24
  • A book about a villain or antihero
  • A book about death or grief
    The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson. Finished April 11
  • A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym
  • A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist
    The Last Place You Look by Kristen Lepionka. Finished January 18
  • A book that is also a stage play or musical
  • A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you
    Things We Lost in the Fire by Mariana Enriquez. Finished February 18
  • A book about feminism
    We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • A book about mental health
    Small Things by Mel Tregonning. Finished February 16
  • A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift
    Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg. Finished January 4 (borrowed from the library)
  • A book by two authors
    Too Young to Escape by Van Ho and Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Finished October 19
  • A book about or involving a sport
    Smashed by Lisa Luedeke. Finished March 28 (field hockey)
  • A book by a local author
    Things To Do When It's Raining by Marissa Stapely. Finished April 26
  • A book with your favorite color in the title
    Beyond the Blue Moon 1 of 3 by Simon R. Green. Finished March 20
  • A book with alliteration in the title
    Missing Mike by Shari Green. Finished May 27
  • A book about time travel
  • A book with a weather element in the title
    The Prisoner of Snowflake Falls by John Lekich. Finished March 28
  • A book set at sea
    The Flooded Earth by Mardi McConnochie. Finished August 10
  • A book with an animal in the title
    Where's Bunny by Theo Helas. Finished February 28
  • A book set on a different planet
  • A book with song lyrics in the title
  • A book about or set on Halloween
  • A book with characters who are twins
    The Midnight Line by Lee Child. Finished April 30
  • A book mentioned in another book
  • A book from a celebrity book club
    Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd. Finished February 14 (David Bowie Book Club)
  • A childhood classic you’ve never read
  • A book that’s published in 2018
    Say My Name by Allegra Huston. Finished January 7
  • A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner
    Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate. Finished May 3
  • A book set in the decade you were born
    Fin & Lady by Cathleen Schine. Finished January 4 (set in the 1960s)
  • A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to
    No One Is Here Except All of Us by Ramona Ausubel. Finished January 3
  • A book with an ugly cover
    The Finest Supermarket in Kabul by Ele Pawelski. Finished January 26
  • A book that involves a bookstore or library
    How to Find Love in a Book Shop by Veronica Henry. Finished May 25
  • Your favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, or 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenges 
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  • A bestseller from the year you graduated high school
  • A cyberpunk book
  • A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place
  • A book tied to your ancestry
  • A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title
    Where the Wild Cherries Grow by Laura Madeleine. Finished September 29
  • An allegory
  • A book by an author with the same first or last name as you
  • A microhistory
  • A book about a problem facing society today
    Shrewed by Elizabeth Renzetti. Finished March 23
  • A book recommended by someone else taking the PopSugar Reading Challenge
Since the 40th prompt above referred to previous year's challenges, here are the prompts for those. I might do more than one. 

From 2015
  • A book with more than 500 pages
    Greeks Bearing Gifts by Philip Kerr. Finished June 5 (511 pages)
  • A classic romance
  • A book that became a movie
  • A book published this year
  • A book with a number in the title
    One Station Away by Olaf Olaffson. Finished June 23
  • A book written by someone under 30
  • A book with nonhuman characters
    Flo by Kyo Maclear. Finished February 7
  • A funny book
  • A book by a female author
    A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena. Finished January 14
  • A mystery or thriller
    The Marriage Pact by Michelle Richmond. Finished February 19
  • A book with a one-word title
    Elmet by Fiona Mozley. Finished January 29
  • A book of short stories
    McSweeney's 41. Finished April 24
  • A book set in a different country
    A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler. Finished January 9 (Austria)
  • A nonfiction book
    An Odyssey by Daniel Mendelsohn. Finished April 16
  • A popular author’s first book
  • A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
    Every Note Played by Lisa Genova. Finished June 28
  • A book a friend recommended
    Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor. Finished May 9
  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning book
    Less by Andrew Sean Greer. Finished April 27
  • A book based on a true story
    Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay. Finished May 13
  • A book at the bottom of your to-read list
    The Reverend Guppy's Aquarium by Philip Dodd. Finished May 15
  • A book your mom loves
  • A book that scares you
  • A book more than 100 years old
    Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott. Finished October 7
  • A book based entirely on its cover
    If You Knew Her by Emily Elgar. Finished May 5
  • A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
  • A memoir
    My Father, Maker of the Trees by Eric Irivuzumugabe. Finished July 27
  • A book you can finish in a day
    Mr Miracle by Debbie Macomber. Finished January 17
  • A book with antonyms in the title
  • A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
  • A book that came out the year you were born
  • A book with bad reviews
    Don't I Know You by Marni Jackson. Finished May 4
  • A trilogy
  • A book from your childhood
  • A book with a love triangle
    It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell. Finished May 25
  • A book set in the future
  • A book set in high school
    Here So Far Away by Hadley Dyer. Finished February 4
  • A book with a color in the title
  • A book that made you cry
    A Troublesome Boy by Paul Vasey. Finished March 28
  • A book with magic
    The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arde. Finished April 8
  • A graphic novel
    Roughneck by Jeff Lemire. Finished April 8
  • A book by an author you’ve never read before
    The Lying Game by Ruth Ware. Finished January 31 
  • A book you own but have never read
    The Hotel Tito by Ivana Bodrožić. Finished January 10
  • A book that takes place in your hometown
  • A book that was originally written in a different language
    A Crime in the Family by Sacha Batthyany. Finished March 6
  • A book set during Christmas
    Cowboy Boots for Christmas by Carolyn Browne. Finished June 16
  • A book written by an author with your same initials
  • A play
  • A banned book
  • A book based on or turned into a TV show
  • A book you started by never finished

From 2016
  • A book based on a fairy tale
  • 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
    Swimming to Elba by Silvia Avallone. Finished March 27
  • A romance set in the future
  • A book set in Europe
    The Second Winter by Craig Larsen. Finished January 20
  • A book that’s under 150 pages
    Wash On! by Michèle Marineau. Finished March 15
  • A New York Times bestseller
    The Alice Network by Kate Quinn. Finished June 22. See link
  • 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
    What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper. Finished February 2
  • A book written by a celebrity
    The Adventures of Slim & Howdy by Kix Brooks & Ronnie Dunn with Bill Fitzhugh
  • A political memoir
    A Higher Loyalty by James Comey. Finished May 21
  • 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
    Whisper by Lynette Noni. Finished June 9
  • A book recommended by a family member
  • A graphic novel
  • A book that is published in 2016
    Don't Tempt Me by Lori Foster. Finished February 25
  • A book with a protagonist who has your occupation
  • A book that takes place during summer
  • A book and its prequel
  • A murder mystery
    Poison by John Lescroart. Finished July 1
  • A book written by a comedian
  • A dystopian novel
    The Wolves of Winter by Tyrell Johnson. Finished March 23
  • A book with a blue cover
    The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. Finished March 26
  • A book of poetry
  • The first book you see in a bookstore
  • A classic from the 20th century
  • A book from the library
    Close to Home by Robert Dugoni. Finished March 3
  • An autobiography
  • A book about a road trip
    Let's Get Lost by Adi Alsaid. Finished March 25
  • 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
    A World of Kindness by the Editors and Illustrators of Pajama Press. Finished August 19

From 2017
  • A book recommended by a librarian
    Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohanesian. Finished September 16
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
    Montrose County bu Bill Greenwood. Finished May 23
  • A book of letters
    A Vicarage in the Blitz by Molly Rich. Finished Feb 22
  • An audiobook
    Promise Not to Tell by Jayne Ann Krentz. Finished May 29
  • A book by a person of color
  • A book with one of the four seasons in the title
    Winter Street by Elin Hilderbrand. Finished March 12
  • A book that is a story within a story
    Along the Infinite Sea by Beatriz Williams. Finished August 14
  • A book with multiple authors
  • An espionage thriller
    The Middleman by Olen Steinhauer. Finished October 5
  • A book with a cat on the cover
    Cat Flap by Alan S. Cowell. Finished October 18
  • A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
  • A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
  • A book by or about a person who has a disability
  • A book involving travel
    News of Our Loved Ones by Abigail DeWitt. Finished October 1
  • A book with a subtitle
    Confessions of a Funeral Director by Caleb Wilde. Finished June 15
  • A book that’s published in 2017
    The Seven Rules of Elvira Carr by Frances Maynard. Finished May 7
  • A book involving a mythical creature
  • A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
  • A book about food
  • A book with career advice
  • A book from a nonhuman perspective
  • A steampunk novel
  • A book with a red spine
    Oh My Stars by Sally Kilpatrick. Finished September 5
  • A book set in the wilderness
    The Vengeance of Mothers by Jim Fergus. Finished June 21
  • A book you loved as a child
  • A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
    The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy. Finished August 30 (Ireland)
  • A book with a title that’s a character’s name
  • A novel set during wartime
    Dreaming the Bull by Manda Scott. Finished August 20
  • A book with an unreliable narrator
    Bring Me Back by B.A. Paris. Finished August 22
  • A book with pictures
    Bat Citizens by Rob Laidlaw. Finished March 13
  • A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie. Finished September 14
  • A book about an interesting woman
    Every Last One by Anna Quindlen. Finished September 2
  • A book set in two different time periods
    The Life She Was Given by Ellen Marie Wiseman. Finished May 2
  • A book with a month or day of the week in the title
  • A book set in a hotel
  • A book written by someone you admire
  • A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
  • A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  • The first book in a series you haven’t read before
  • A book you bought on a trip
    Advanced
  • A book recommended by an author you love
  • A bestseller from 2016
  • A book with a family-member term in the title
    NemeSIS by Susan Marshall. Finished June 29
  • A book that takes place over a character’s life span
  • A book about an immigrant or refugee
  • A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of
  • A book with an eccentric character
    Clara Voyant by Rachelle Delaney. Finished April 28
  • A book that’s more than 800 pages
  • A book you got from a used book sale
  • A book that’s been mentioned in another book
  • A book about a difficult topic
    La Femme de Gilles by Madeleine Boursouxhe. Finished September 28
  • A book based on mythology
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Not exactly a book challenge, but I still feel it belongs here

David Bowie Book Club

I saw this article 
and couldn't resist

So I followed him on twitter and here is the first book.

January: Hawksmoor by Peter Ackroyd. Finished February 14
February: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.
March: Puckoon by Spike Milligan
April: Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
May: The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby
June:
July:
August:
September:
October:


3 comments:

  1. I like the way you have one place to keep track of all your challenges. If I were organized, I would copy you!

    You have reached the highest level for the European Reading Challenge, so congratulations on finishing! Although you may still be reading for the prize.

    If you are done, I don't know if you linked this post to the wrap up page (http://www.rosecityreader.com/2015/12/2016-european-reading-challenge-wrap-up.html). If you did, thank you and I apologize. I had a problem and lost all the links. Please visit the page again and re-link your post.

    If you had not posted your link on the wrap up page, please do when you finish. And I hope you sign up for the 2017 challenge. The sign up page is available now on www.rosecityreader.com.

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    1. Thanks Gilion. Being organized about keeping them in one place doesn't help me complete them, unfortunately. I will do a wrap-up post soon. And I'll definitely be back next year.

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  2. Hello,

    I'm wondering if you'd review my book which is Canadian Historical Fiction. It is called "The Displaced: Fall of a Fortress".

    Thank you

    Frieda Watt

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