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 2019, pledging to read 150 books.

So far, I've read 92 books
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I've moved A Century of Books to its own page here now.


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

1. The Light over London by Julia Kelly. Finished February 5 (England)
2. A Chill in the Air by Iris Origo. Finished February 12 (Italy)
3. The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan. Finished March 14 (Ireland)
4. The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone. Finished May 2 (France)
5. Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly. Finished May 20 (Russia)


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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
Alternates:
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
2. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
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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
        The Map That Leads to You by J.P. Monninger. Finished May 22
    3. A book written by a musician
    4. A book you think should be turned into a movie
         Need to Know by Karen Cleveland. Finished January 25
    5. A book with at least one million ratings on Goodreads
    6. A book with a plant in the title or on the cover
        Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly. Finished May 20
    7. A reread of a favourite book
    8. A book about a hobby
        Stitches in Time by Hilda Kassell. Finished July 14
    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
        A Chill in the Air by Iris Origo. Finished February 12
    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
        Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht. Finished June 9
    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
         Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg. Finished February 20
    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"
         My Husband's Sweethearts by Bridget Ashe. Finished June 20
    23. A book set in Scandinavia
    24. A book that takes place in a single day
          The Paris Diversion by Chris Pavone
    25. A debut novel
         Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. Finished February 22
    26. A book that's published in 2019
         The Light over London by Julia Kelly. Finished February 5
    27. A book featuring an extinct or imaginary character
         If Cats Disappeared from the World by Genki Kawamura. Finished April 16
    28. A book recommended by a celebrity you admire
          Becoming by Michelle Obama (Barach Obama)
    29. A book with "love" in the title
         Love Letters to Baruch by Margaret Lawrence Greene, Finished June 29
    30. A book featuring an amateur detective
    31. A book about a family
          The McAvoy Sisters Book of Secrets by Molly Fader
    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
         Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke. Finished April 19
    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
         Come From Away by Genevieve Graham. Finished January 21
    36. A ghost story
         Ghost Riders by Sharon McCrumb. Finished January 16
    37. A book with a two-word title
          Last Things by Marissa Moss. Finished April 20
    38. A novel based on a true story
         The Red Daughter by John Burnham Schwartz. Finished May 7
    39. A book revolving around a puzzle or a game
    40. Your favorite prompt from a past POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
    ADVANCED
    41. A "cli-fi" (climate fiction) book
    42. A "choose-your-own-adventure" book
    43. An "own voices" book
        Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman. Finished July 18
    44. Read a book during the season it is set in
        August Heat by Andrea Camilleri. Finished July 3
    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
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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)
    Who Is Vera Kelly? by Rosalie Knecht. Finished June 9
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
    The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti. Finished July 25
5. A book by Shakespeare or inspired by Shakespeare
6. A book with a dual timeline
     Ghost Riders by Sharon McCrumb. Finished January 16
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
     Montaigne in Barn Boots by Michael Perry. Finished April 1
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
     Star-Crossed by Minnie Darke. Finished April 19
15. A book by an author from a Mediterranean country or set in a Mediterranean country
     A Chill in the Air by Iris Origo. Finished February 12
16. A book told from multiple perspectives
     Night of Miracles by Elizabeth Berg, Finished February 20
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
     Unto Us a Son Is Given by Donna Leon. Finished June 10
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
     Ten Miles Past Normal by Frances O'Roark Dowell. Finished July 2
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
     Waiting for Tom Hanks by KerryWinfrey. Finished June 15
35. A psychological thriller
     Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney. Finished February 22
36. A book featured on an NPR Best Books of the Year list
37. A book set in a school or a university
    What Happens Next by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff. Finished July 1
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
     Hum If You Don't Know the Words by Bianca Marais. Finished March 16
40. A book you stumbled upon
     Last Things by Marissa Moss. Finished April 20
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)
     That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay. Finished January 22
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
     The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns. Finished June 8
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
     The Light over London by Julia Kelly. Finished February 5
52. A book with a weird or intriguing title
     The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted by Elizabeth Berg. Finished March 2

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Gentle Spectrums 2019
Runs Feb 1, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020


Hosted here, this challenge has several categories to read books in. They are: 
1. Limitless Palette - Colours
* The Red Daughter by John Burnham Schwartz. Finished May 7
* The Woman in the White Kimono by Ana Johns. Finished June 8
2. Canadian
* 21 Things You May Not Know about The Indian Act by Bob Joseph. Finished April 3
3. Continents
4. Fashion and Decor
5. Educational
* Farsighted by Steven Johnson. Finished March 1
6. Hope and Triumph
* Before You Were Born by Deborah Kerbel, illustrated by Suzanne Del Rizzo. Finished April 30
* Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. Finished June 15
7. Animals
Queenie Quail Can't Keep Up by Jane Whittingham, illustrated by Emma Pedersen. Finished February 9
* A Catalog of Birds by Laura Harrington. Finished April 7
* Land Mammals and Sea Creatures by Jen Neale. Finished May 24
* The Wolf Wants In by Laura McHugh. Finished June 27
8. Natural Environment
9. The Arts
10. Toys and Hobbies
11. Healthfulness.
* Breathe In, Cash Out by Madeleine Henry. Finished June 2

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13th Annual Canadian Book Challenge

I'm definitely doing this challenge, as I'm the host this year.
1. What Happens Next by Susan Hughes, illustrated by Carey Sookocheff. Finished July 1
2. Peace River Country by Ralph Allen. Finished July 7
3. Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman. Finished July 18
4. My Puppy Patch by Theo Heras, illustrated by Alice Carter. Finished July 29
5. Beyond Fate by Margaret Visser. Finished on August 1

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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