Reading Challenge Progress 2024



So far I've read 40 books

17th Annual Canadian Reading Challenge

For the first half of the year, I completed the 17th Annual Canadian Reading Challenge that started in July. This is the whole year's challenge below.

1. This Spells Love by Kate Robb. Finished July 10
2. Double Negative by Susan Marshall. Finished July 17
3. Bookworm by Robin Yeatman. Finished July 30
4. A Flower is a Friend by Frieda Wishinsky and Karen Patkau. Finished August 2
5. The Forgotten Home Child by Genevieve Graham. Finished August 25
6. Clear Skies, No Wind, 100% Visibility by Theodora Armstrong. Finished September 22
7. The Imaginary Alphabet by Sylvie Daigneault. Finished September 23
8. Lone Wolf by Linwood Barclay. Finished September 25
9. All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay. Finished October 2
10. Cape Diamond by Ron Corbett. Finished October 13
11. Blood on a Saint by Anne Emery. Finished November 5
12. Bay Street by Philip Slayton. Finished November 15
13. A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley. Finished December 15
14. Look Up High! Things That Fly by Victoria Allenby. Finished December 18
15. Snowstorms & Sleigh Bells by Kelley Armstrong. Finished December 22
16. Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marissa Stapley. Finished January 15
17. It Happened One Christmas by Chantel Guertin. Finished January 16
18. Rules for Second Chances by Maggie North. Finished January 30
19. The Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton. Finished February 5
20. The Dragon Head of Hong Kong by Ian Hamilton. Finished February 9
21. Final Assignment by Linwood Barclay. Finished February 9
22. The Damage Done by Hilary Davidson. Finished March 19

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52 Book Club 2024 Challenge

1. Locked-room mystery
    The Clinic by Cate Quinn. Finished February 21
2. Bibliosmia: a smelly book
3. More than 40 chapters
    The Edge of the Water by Elizabeth George. Finished February 8
4. Lowercase letters on the spine
5. Magic realism
    I Am Homeless If This Is Not My Home by Lorrie Moore. Finished February 3
6. Women in STEM
7. At least 4 different POV
    If We Had Known by Elise Juska. Finished January 22
8. Features the ocean
9. A character-driven novel
10. Told in non-chronological order
    My Life as a Villainess by Laura Lippman. Finished February 25
11. Starting with the letter 'K'
12. Starting with the letter 'L'
    Love, Holly by Emily Stone. Finished March 12
13. An academic thriller
14. A grieving character
    In Desolate Heaven by Robert Edric. Finished January 9
15. Part of a duology
16. An omniscient narrator
17. Nominated for the Booker Prize
18. An apostrophe in the title
    The Merchant's House by Kate Ellis. Finished January 5
19. A buddy read
20. A revenge story
21. Written by a ghostwriter
22. A plot similar to another book
23. The other book with the similar plot
24. A cover without people on it
    The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns. Finished March 22
25. An author "everyone" has read but you
26. Hybrid genre
27. By a neurodivergent author
    Rules for Second Chances by Maggie North. Finished January 30
28. A yellow spine
    Anger Bang by Avery Flynn. Finished February 19
29. Published in a Year of the Dragon
    The Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton. Finished February 5 (published in 2012)
30. Picked without reading the blurb
    A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli. Finished March 18
31. Includes a personal phobia
32. Timeframe spans a week or less
    It Happened One Christmas by Chantel Guertin. Finished January 16
33. An abrupt ending
    Her Majesty's Royal Coven by Juno Dawson. Finished March 8
34. Set in a landlocked country
35. Title matches lyrics from a song
36. Has futuristic technology
37. A palindrome on the cover
38. Published by Hachette
39. Nonfiction recommended by a friend
40. Set during a holiday you don't celebrate
41. A sticker on the cover
42. Author debut in second half of 2024
43. About finding identity
44. Includes a wedding
    Three Holidays and a Wedding by Uzma Jalaluddin and Marisa Stapley. Finished January 15
45. Chapter headings have dates
    Don't Know Jack by Diane Capri. Finished February 9
46. Featuring indigenous culture
47. Self-insert by an author
48. The word "secret" in the title
    All Her Little Secrets by Wanda M. Morris. Finished January 8
49. Set in a city starting with the letter "M"
50. A musical instrument on the cover
51. Related to the word "wild"
52. Published in 2024
    The Trouble with You by Ellen Feldman. Finished January 19

Mini-Challenges
February
    * By a Black author in your favourite genre
    * Be Mine, Valentine
    * By an author born in a leap year
        Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell (born in 1944) Finished February 20

April
    * (Never gonna) Give you up
    * (Never gonna) Let you down
    * (Never gonna run around and) Desert you


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Girl XOXO Monthly Keyword Challenge

JAN - Secret, Heaven, True, House, Come, Only, Know, Winter
    The Merchant's House by Kate Ellis. Finished January 5
    All Her Secrets by Wanda M. Morris. Finished January 8
    In Desolate Heaven by Robert Edric. Finished January 9
    If We Had Known by Elise Juska. Finished January 22
FEB - Heir, Night, Bride, Down, Women, Hand, Teach, Guest
    Protecting the Heiress by Nana Malone. Finished February 6
    Night Diver by Elizabeth Lowell. Finished February 20
MAR - Story, Hunt, Plot, City, You, Cry, Another, Paint
    Hunting Season by Andrea Camilleri. Finished March 16
    The Plot is Murder by V.M. Burns. Finished March 22
APR - Darling, Funny, Familiar, Somewhere, List, Meet, Never, Word
MAY - Library, Dark, Drown, Ex, Iron, Done, Love, Stranger
JUN - Ink, Fragile, Road, Summer, Breath, Every, Push, Sorry
JUL - Mine, Again, Honey, Paradise, Still, Club, Train, Legend
AUG - School, Cut, Sky, Fate, Wing, Belong, Justice, Way
SEP - Twice, World, Man, Quiet, Sweet, Hold, Shallow, Invisible
OCT - Vampire, Here, Mist, Death, One, Missing, Bite, Witch
NOV - Spice, Life, Hello, Keep, Truly, Couple, Joy, Young
DEC - Snow, Season, Ice, Merry, White, Under, Mistletoe, Inn

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Novelist Reading Challenge

JANUARY - Start off the year exploring new authors by reading a 2023 debut. Novelist search "Debut              novel" in genre
    * You, Again by Kate Goldbeck. Finished January 2
FEBRUARY - Read a romance or love story starring Asian characters
MARCH - Read a book from the last five years that's been adapted into a movie or TV series. Novelist         search: "Page to Screen" in genre
APRIL - Discover the joy of communal reading! Read in a group of two or more
MAY - Read a standalone manga or the first volume of a manga series
JUNE - Keep it quick by reading a novella
JULY - Read a book set in Australia or New Zealand
AUGUST - Enjoy a mix of magic and macabre with a dark fantasy
SEPTEMBER - Get ready for the coziest season by reading a cosy mystery
OCTOBER - Embrace the scary by reading a creepy horror novel or ghost story
NOVEMBER - Read a novel by an indigenous author
DECEMBER - Wrap up the year by reading an award-winning novel from the last three years

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StoryGraph Reads the World 2024

1. Chile
2. Germany
3. Ghana
4. Indonesia
5. Jamaica
6. Lebanon
7. Poland
    A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli. Finished March 18
8. Sri Lanka
9. Sudan
10. Venezuela

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StoryGraph Genre Challenge 2024

1. A nonfiction book about food or drink
2. A historical novel set before 1900
3. A biography/memoir by/about a musician
4. Manga
5. A thriller or crime novel in translation
6. A nonfiction book about psychology
7. A science fiction or dystopian book by a woman or nonbinary author
8. A middle grade book with queer representation
9. A short story collection by a Black author
10. A debut literary or contemporary fiction novel
    * You, Again by Kate Goldbeck. Finished January 2 (contemporary fiction)

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January: Read a book with a year in the title
February: Read a cosy mystery
March: Read a book translated to English
    A Meal in Winter by Hubert Mingarelli, translated from French by Sam Taylor
April: Read the first book in a series
May: Read a book about music
June: Read a collection of poetry
July: Read a retelling of a classic or myth
August: Read a steamy romance
September: Read a book by an indigenous author
October: Read a book about magic
November: Read a book that was adapted into a movie or TV series
December: Read a book with a wintry setting
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