Reading Challenge Progress 2022

This page is to centralize all the various reading challenges that I am taking part in and track where I am in them. 

I use reading challenges to expand my reading horizons, by trying new authors and genres, and to add an element of serendipity and fun to my reading. Finding a book that fits a challenge can be a challenge in and of itself, and that is part of the fun. 

Books read: 87

Here are the challenges that I am doing this year.

I've moved A Century of Books to its own page here now.

15th Annual Canadian Reading Challenge.

This is a challenge that runs July 1st to June 30th and is hosted by me (so naturally I have to participate). It also feeds into my passion for Canadian books and my goal to make others realize just how many good authors we have in our country. 

1. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch. Finished July 1st
2. Followers by Raziel Reid. Finished July 4
3. All The Devils Are Here by Louise Penny. Finished July 17th.
4. Cuckoo's Flight by Wendy Orr. Finished August 1
5. The Wild Heavens by Sarah Louise Butler. Finished August 13
6. Crossing the City by Michel Tremblay. Finished August 24
7. By the Light of the Crescent Moon by Ailsa Keppie. Finished August 26
8. Sunny Days by Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato. Finished September 1
9. Listen Up! Train Song by Victoria Allenby. Finished September 1
10. Outside, You Notice by Erin Alladin, illustrated by Andrea Blinick. Finished September 3
11. On the Line by Kari-Lynn Winters, illustrated by Scot Ritchie. Finished September 6
12. Last Impressions by Joseph Kertes. Finished September 6
13. Harley the Hero by Peggy Collins. Finished September 6
14. Molly of the Mall by Heidi L.M. Jacobs. Finished September 17
15. Hunted by the Sky by Tanaz Bhathena. Finished September 27
16. The Cow Said Boo! by Lana Button and Alice Carter. Finished September 30
17. Hello, Dark by Wai Mei Wong and Tamara Campeau. Finished October 9
18. What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad. Finished October 18
19. Crow by Amy Spurway. Finished October 28
20. Dirty Work by Anna Maxymiw. Finished December 16
21. Letters Across the Sea by Genevieve Graham. Finished December 24
22. Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. Finished January 24
23. Stars in the Junkyard by Sharon Berg. Finished March 28
24. The Doll's Alphabet by Camilla Grudova. Finished April 5
25. Find You First by Linwood Barclay. Finished May 6
26. Our Animal Hearts by Dania Tomlinson. Finished May 12
27. Animal Person: Stories by Alexander MacLeod. Finished June 6
28. Every Summer After by Carley Fortune. Finished June 8


16th Annual Canadian Reading Challenge

1. Where Have You Been Bobby Marr by Morris Dalla Costa. Finished July 15
2. Windy Days by Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato. Finished September 5
3. This is the Boat that Ben Built by Jen Lynn Bailey and Maggie Zeng. Finished September 25
4. Animals Move by Jane Whittingham. Finished October 1
5. Birds on Wishbone Street by Suzanne Del Rizzo. Finished October 6
6. Act of God by Jill Ciment. Finished October 15
7. A Sky-Blue Bench by Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Peggy Collins. Finished November 15
8. Dinos Driving by Lynn Leitch and Scot Ritchie. Finished November 20
9. Bear Has a Belly by Jane Whittingham. Finished November 23
10. The Witch of Babylon by D.J. McIntosh. Finished November 26
11. Let's Add Up! by Victoria Allenby, illustrated by Maggie Zeng. Finished November 27

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52 Book Club Reading Challenge 2022

1. A second-person narrative
    Lipstick and Lies by Lesley Grant-Adamson. Finished September 21
2. Featuring a library or bookstore
    Book Lovers by Emily Henry. Finished April 1
3. Title starting with the letter “e”

4. Title starting with the letter “f”
    For the Wolf by Hannah Whitten. Finished March 22
5. Chapters have titles
    The Family Man by Elinor Lipman. Finished January 26
6. Household object on the cover
    Changing Habits by Debbie Macomber. Finished September 12
7. A non-fiction bestseller

8. Involving the art world
    A House Among the Trees by Julia Glass. Finished May 4
9. A book that sparks joy
    The Lonely Fajita by Abigail Mann. Finished April 10
10. A book based on a real person
    Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. Finished January 24 
11. A book with less than 2022 Goodreads ratings
    Rabbit Ears edited by Joel Allegretti. Finished January 12 (9 ratings at time of review)  
12. Set on at least two continents
    Die For You by Lisa Unger. Finished January 15 (New York City and Prague)  
13. Includes a club
    Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel. Finished March 2
14. A character with superhuman ability
    Queen of Dragons by Shana Abe. Finished February 4
15. A five-syllable titles
    So Say The Fallen by Stuart Neville. Finished February 12
16. A book you’ve seen someone reading in a public place

17. A book picked based on its spine
    The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman. Finished April 21
18. Jane-Austen-inspired

19. A book that has an alternate titles
    The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell. Finished February 25 (alternate title: Bone China)
20. Related to the world “gold”
    The Other's Gold by Elizabeth Ames. Finished September 22
21. Published by Simon & Schuster
    Behind Every Lie by Christina McDonald. Finished February 2
22. An unlikely detective
    The Book of Cold Cases by Simone St. James. Finished May 22
23. Author with an X, Y, or Z in their name
    Sea Wife by Amity Gaige. Finished June 28
24. Addresses a specific topic

25. A wealthy character
    Leave Me By Dying by Rosemary Aubert. Finished April 8
26. Has an “Author’s Note”
    The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher. Finished May 14
27. Includes a map
    A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz. Finished January 28
28. Award-winning book from your country

29. Over 500 pages long
    Find You First by Linwood Barclay. Finished May 6
30. Audiobook is narrated by the author

31. Technology-themed

32. A book that intimidates you

33. A bilingual character
    I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Finished February 28
34. An author’s photo on the back cover
    Stars in the Junkyard by Sharon Berg. Finished March 28
35. From the villain’s perspective

36. Recommended by a favourite author

37. Set in a rural area
    The Beacon by Susan Hill. Finished April 24
38. Don’t judge a book by its cover!
    The Heart of the Deal by Lindsay MacMillan. Finished May 18
39. A middle-grade novel

40. A book with photographs inside
    An Emotional Education by The School of Life. Finished March 15
41. Involves a second chance
    The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor. Finished April 13
42. An indie read

43. Author who’s published in more than one genre

44. An anthology

45. A book with illustrated people on cover
    Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond. Finished May 16
46. A job title in the title
    The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns. Finished August 28
47. Read during the month of November
    The Witch of Babylon by D.J. McIntosh. Finished November 26
48. Redo one of this year’s prompts but with a different genre

49. Book title starts with the same letter as your first name
    Sight by Adrienne Maria Vrettos. Finished February 16
50. A person of colour as the main character

51. The word “game” in the title
    Rules of the Game by Lori Wilde. Finished May 29
52. Published in 2022.
    Lucy Checks In by Dee Ernst. Finished April 4

Mini-Challenges
February
* Second in a series
    So Say the Fallen by Stuart Neville. Finished February 12.
* A title with the same word twice
* Mirror, Mirror on the wall

March
* Character who works in math or sciences
* Circle on the cover
* Pi or Pie

April
* Rain on cover
* Comical Read
* Foolish Character

June
* Planes, Trains, and Automobiles
* Suitcase of the Cover
* Set in a Place You Wish You Were Vacationing

Summer Genre Challenge (June 21-Sept 22)
Includes the following genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Sci-Fi, Children's Story, Young Adult, Mystery, Memoir/Biography, Romance, Classic, Thriller, True Crime, Non-Fiction, Adventure, Self-Help, Poetry, and Other

Mystery: Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman. Finished June 23
Adventure: Sea Wife by Amity Gaige. Finished June 28
Fantasy: An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard. Finished August 15
Historical Fiction: Mary Coin by Marisa Silver. Finished August 31
Romance: A Family for Christmas by Helen Scott Taylor. Finished September 2
Children's: Windy Days by Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato. Finished September 5

October
* Related to the word "Dark"
* A Psychological Thriller
* Local Legends The Second Chance Inn by Susan Hatler. Finished October 9

November
* Dessert on the cover
* Let's Party
* Related to the word "gift"

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European Reading Challenge


The goal is to read 5 books set in different European countries. The challenge is hosted here

1. Cold to the Touch by Frances Fyfield. Finished January 10. (England)
2. Lucy Checks In by Dee Ernst. Finished April 4 (France)
3. The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor. Finished April 13 (Ireland)

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The TBR 22 in '22 Reading Challenge


This challenge is hosted here

The aim of this challenge is to read books you already own to clear them off your shelves and make room for new ones. I certainly have a lot of books on my shelves unread, so this is a perfect challenge for me to join.

1. Die For You by Lisa Unger. Finished January 15
2. Queen of Dragons by Shana Abe. Finished February 4
3. So Say the Fallen by Stuart Neville. Finished February 12
4. The Turning by Time Winton. Finished February 23
5. I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Finished February 28
6. The Girl in the Woods by Gregg Olsen. Finished April 25
8. Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman. Finished June 23
9. Where Have You Been Bobby Marr by Morris Dalla Costa. Finished July 15
10. Tomb Song by Julian Herbert. Finished July 29
11. Granma Nineteen and the Soviet's Secret by Ondjaki. Finished August 4
12. The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook. Finished September 4
13. Act of God by Jill Ciment. Finished October 15
14. Boots Under Her Bed by Jodi Thomas, Jo Goodman, Kaki Warner, and Alison Kent. Finished October 20
15. The Cat, the Lady and the Liar by Leann Sweeney. Finished October 25
16. The Witch of Babylon by D.J. McIntosh. Finished November 26
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What's In a Name Challenge

I've done this challenge a few times. It is hosted here

This challenge has six prompts and you have to read a book to match each to complete it. For 2022, the prompts are: 

* Compound word
    Stars in the Junkyard by Sharon Berg. Finished March 28
* Speed
    The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook. Finished September 4
* Person and their description
* Mythical being
    Queen of Dragons by Shana Abe. Finished February 4
* Season
    Every Summer After by Carley Fortune. Finished June 8
* Colour

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Alphabet Challenge. This isn't one hosted anywhere. I'm just trying to read titles starting with every letter of the alphabet, in order.

A The Apothecary's Curse by Barbara Barnett. Finished January 3
B Between a Book and a Hard Place by Denise Swanson. Finished January 5
C Cold to the Touch by Frances Fyfield. Finished January 10
D Die for You by Lisa Unger. Finished January 15
E Everyone Knows Your Mother is a Witch by Rivka Galchen. Finished January 24
F The Family Man by Elinor Lipman. Finished January 26
G The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer Smith. Finished February 16
H The House of Whispers by Laura Purcell. Finished February 25
I I Found You by Lisa Jewell. Finished February 28
J Juniper Lemon's Happiness Index by Julie Israel. Finished March 2
K Kym by Joyce Stranger. Finished March 26
L Lucy Checks In by Dee Ernst. Finished April 4
M The Mountains Wild by Sarah Stewart Taylor. Finished April 13
N The Needle by Francis King. Finished April 29
O Our Animal Hearts by Dania Tomlinson. Finished May 12
P The Paris Bookseller by Kerri Maher. Finished May 14
Q Queerly Beloved by Susie Dumond. Finished May 16
R Rules of the Game by Lori Wilde. Finished May 29
S Sea Wife by Amity Gaige. Finished June 28
T Tomb Song by Julian Herbert. Finished July 29
U An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard. Finished August 10
V The Vet's Daughter by Barbara Comyns. Finished August 28
W The Wildwater Walking Club by Claire Cook. Finished September 4
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