Reading Challenge Progress

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

50 Book Pledge
I'm joining again for 2019, pledging to read 150 books.

So far, I've read 8 books
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 I plan to get more serious about this in 2019 and really go after these books rather than just getting them by chance as I have been doing up to now.

1928: Schlump by Hans Herbert Grimm. Finished December 1, 2016
1937: They Found Him Dead by Georgette Heyer. Finished October 20, 2017
1948: Lost Time by Josef Czapski
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
1963 The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin. Finished December 27, 2018
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
1996 White Rabbit by Kate Phillips. Finished December 3, 2018
1997 Frameshift by Robert J. Sawyer. Finished March 14, 2015
1998 Götz and Meyer by David Albahari. Finished December 26, 2015

I'll be back doing the European Reading Challenge again this year. It is hosted by Rose City Reader.


I did 9 of my 12 books last year, so will join again and tackle them more diligently this year. This is hosted by Roof Beam Reader

A few of them are carryovers from 2018, and others are long-term TBRs. Here is my sign-up post

1. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Paker
2. Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien
3. Memoirs of an Infantry Officer by Siegfried Sassoon
4. A Princess of Roumania by Paul Park
5. The Half Brother by Lars Saabye Christensen
6. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
7. The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
8. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
9. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
10. Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson
11. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
12. The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
12th Annual Canadian Reading Challenge. This challenge runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019
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
7. His Whole Life by Elizabeth Hay. Finished November 18
8. Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life by Beverley Brenna. Finished November 29
9. Half Spent Was the Night by Ami McKay. Finished January 2
10. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny. Finished January 15

Trying this again, as I didn't finish the 2018 one. I'm going to add the titles to each category as I identify one that suits it, hoping that that will assist in my organization.

  • 1. A book being made into a movie in 2019.
        The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    2. A book that makes you nostalgic
    3. A book written by a musician
    4. A book you think should be turned into a movie
    5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
    6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
    7. A reread of a favourite book
    8. A book about a hobby
    9. A book you meant to read in 2018|
    10. A book with "pop," "sugar," or "challenge" in the title
    11. A book with an item of clothing or accessory on the cover|
         Murder, Magic and What We Wore by Kelly Jones. Finished January 7
    12. A book inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore
          Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
    13. A book published posthumously
    14. A book you see someone reading on TV or in a movie
    15. A retelling of a classic|
    16. A book with a question in the title
    17. A book set on a college or university campus
          The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    18. A book about someone with a superpower
    19. A book told from multiple character POVs
    20. A book set in space
    21. A book by two female authors
         Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss. Finished January 4
    22. A book with a title that contains "salty," "sweet," "bitter," or "spicy"
    23. A book set in Scandinavia
    24. A book that takes place in a single day
          The Dinner by Herman Koch
    25. A debut novel
          Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
    26. A book that's published in 2019
    27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary character
    28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
          Becoming by Michelle Obama (Barach Obama)
    29. A book with "love" in the title
    30. A book featuring an amateur detective
    31. A book about a family
          Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
    32. A book written by an author from Asia, Africa, or South America
         My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Finished January 1
    33. A book with a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title
    34. A book that includes a wedding
          Penguin Days by Sara Leach. Finished January 1
    35. A book by an author whose first and last names start with the same letter
         The Mothers by Brit Bennett
    36. A ghost story
    37. A book with a two-word title
          There There by Tommy Orange
    38. A novel based on a true story
    39. A book revolving around a puzzle or a game
    40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
    41. A "cli-fi" (climate fiction) book
    42. A "choose-your-own-adventure" book
    43. An "own voices" book
    44. Read a book during the season it is set in
    45. A LitRPG book
    46. A book with no chapters, unusual chapter headings, or unconventionally numbered chapters
    47. Two books that share the same title (1)
    48. Two books that share the same title (2)
    49. A book that has inspired a common phrase or idiom (e.g. Big Brother from 1984)
    50. A book set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent.
I haven't done this one before, but it was posted in a group on Facebook and I thought it sounded interesting. Again, I will try to identify some books that fit and add them in once I've done that.

1. A book that was nominated for or won an award in a genre you enjoy
2. A book with one of the 5 Ws in the title (Who, What, Where, When, or Why)
3. A book where the author's name contains A, T, and Y
    My Sister, The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite. Finished January 1
4. A book with a criminal character
5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
6. A book with a dual timeline
7. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: book 1
8. 2 books related to the same topic, genre, or theme: book 2
9. A book from one of the top money-making genres (romance/erotica, crime/mystery, religious/inspirational, science fiction/fantasy, or horror)
     Misadventures of a City Girl by Meredith Wild and Chelle Bliss. Finished January 4
10. A book featuring an historical figure
11. A book related to one of the 12 Zodiac Chinese Animals (title, cover, or subject)
12. A book about reading, books, or an author
13. A book that is included on a New York Public Library Staff Picks list
14. A book with a title, subtitle, or cover relating to an astronomical term
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country
16. A book told from multiple perspectives
17. A book of speculative fiction (fantasy, scifi, horror, dystopian)
     Half Spent Was the Night by Ami McKay. Finished January 2
18. A book related to one of the elements on the periodic table
19. A book by an author who has more than one book on your TBR list
20. A book featuring indigenous people of a country
21. A book from one of the polarizing or close call votes
22. A book with a number in the title or on the cover
23. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Old
24. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something New
25. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Borrowed
26. 4 books inspired by the wedding rhyme: Book #1 Something Blue
27. A book off of the 1001 books to read before you die list
28. A book related to something cold
29. A book published before 1950
30. A book featuring an elderly character
31. A children's classic you've never read
32. A book with more than 500 pages
33. A book you have owned for at least a year, but have not read yet
34. A book with a person's name in the title
35. A psychological thriller
36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list
37. A book set in a school or a university
38. A book not written in traditional novel format (poetry, essay, epistolary, graphic novel)
39. A book with a strong sense of place or where the author brings the location/setting to life
40. A book you stumbled upon
41. A book from the 2018 GR Choice Awards
42. A book with a monster or "monstrous" character
43. A book related to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
44. A book related in some way to a tv show/series or movie you enjoyed
45. A multi-generational saga
46. A book with a (mostly) black cover
47. A book related to food (title, cover, plot)
48. A book that was a finalist or winner for the National Book Award for any year
49. A book written by a Far East Asian author or set in a Far East Asian country
50. A book that includes a journey (physical, health, or spiritual)
     Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo by Boris Fishman. Finished January 10
51. A book published in 2019
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title



  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 ( 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

    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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