Reading Challenge Progress

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

My Book Pledge 
I'm joining again for 2021, pledging to read 175 books.
I read 176 books in 2020 and earned 16 badges


So far I'm at 84 books
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I've moved A Century of Books to its own page here now.

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52 Book Club https://www.the52book.club/challenges/2021-reading-challenge/

1.       Set in a school
    Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. Finished February 17
2.       Featuring the legal profession
    Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory. Finished May 14
3.       A dual timeline
    The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. Finished February 12
4.       An author that is deceased
    Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles. Finished March 16
5.       Published by Penguin
     Armadillo by William Body. Finished January 7
6.       A character with the same name as a male family member
    The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf. Finished April 2 (Ben)
7.       An author with only 1 published book
    The Push by Ashley Audrain. Finished January 22
8.       A book set in the 900’s of the Dewey Decimal System
    Uncharted by Kim Brown Seely, Finished February 10
9.       Set in a Mediterranean country
   Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow. Finished January 3
10.   Related to the word “fire”
11.   Book with discussion questions inside
    The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque. Finished May 18
12.   Title starting with the letter D
    The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber, and Christine Trent. Finished February 21
13.   Includes an exotic animal
14.   Written by an author over 65 (when published)
    Snow by John Banville. Finished February 4
15.   A book mentioned in another book
16.   Set before the 17th Century
    Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr. Finished February 24
17.   A character “on the run”   
    Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh, finished January 3 (Refugee character)
18.   Author with a 9-letter last name
    What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. Finished January 5
19.   Book with a deckled edge
20.   Made into a TV series
21.   Book by Kristin Hannah
22.   A family saga
    Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice McFadden. Finished February 2
23.   An ending that surprises you
    The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Finished March 18
24.   A book you think they should read in schools
    Dig by A.S. King. Finished February 25
25.   A book with multiple character POV
    The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke. Finished February 13
26.   An author of color
    Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson. Finished March 27
27.   First chapter ends on an odd page number
    Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13
28.   Includes a historical event you know little about
    The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain. Finished January 20 (Pleiku in Vietnam War)
29.   Featuring the environment
30.   Watch out for dragons!
31.   Shares a similar title to another book
    The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz. Finished April 20
32.   A selfish character
    Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Finished January 28
33.   Featuring adoption
    Twenty-One Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Finished February 9
34.   A book you’d rate 5 stars
    Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. Finished February 5
35.   Set in a country that starts with the letter “S”
    The Good Doctor by Damon Galgut. Finished March 17 (South Africa)
36.   A nameless narrator
37.   An educational read
    Double-Running or Back-Stitch by Louisa F. Pesel. Finished May 6
38.   Recommended on BookBub
39.   An alternate history novel
40.   Found vie #bookstagram
41.   An endorsement by a famous author on the cover
    Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley. Finished January 16 (endorsement by Harlan Coben)
42.   An epistolary
43.   A character with a pet cat
    Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane. Finished February 16
44.   Includes a garden
    The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman. Finished March 8
45.   A coming of age novel
    Float Plan by Trish Doller. Finished February 27
46.   Winner of the National Book Award – any year
47.   A character with a disability
    Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol. Finished February 18
48.   A cover with a woman who is facing away
    Chances Are by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Finished March 25
49.   A flavour in the title
    Bitter Orange by Claire Fuller. Finished June 9
50.   A shoe on the cover
    Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. Finished April 29
51.   Published in 2021
    Little Snow Landscape by Robert Walser. Finished May 26
52.   Re-do of one of the previous 51 categories from this 2021 challenge
    Redo of 48 "A cover with a woman who is facing away": The Woman in Red by Diana Giovinazzo. Finished April 22

March Mini-Challenges:
* one book set in Ireland
Finbar's Hotel by Dermot Bolger, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'Connor, and Colm Toibin. Finished March 31
* one book related to the word "lucky"
Just Their Luck by L.A. Donahoe. Finished March 29

* one book published in spring (any year)
* one book with an author or character with a floral name
    Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory. Finished May 14
* one book with sunshine on the cover
    French Dirt by Richard Goodman. Finished May 30

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I haven't done these right from the first year, but I've done a fair number of them.And now I am hosting them.
This year I will try to go one better than last year for a nice round 30. 

I'll also participate and run the book club I'm doing this year. 
I meant to put up the post sooner, but it was only when I went to post my first book that I realized that I had not. 

1. When We Were Birds by Maria Mutch. Finished July 5
2. The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa. Finished July 10
3. The True Story of Ida Johnson by Sharon Riis. Finished July 28
4. Maria Chapdelaine by Louis Hémon. Finished August 1
5. The Girl who Rode a Shark by Ailsa Ross and Amy Blackwell. Finished August 23
6. The Swinging Bridge by Ramabai Espinet. Finished August 23
7. 1967: A Coming of Age Story by Richard Doornink. Finished August 25
8. The Afterlife of George Cartwright by John Steffler. Finished August 30
9. Roanoke Ridge by J.J. Dupuis. Finished August 31
10. Benjamin's Blue Feet by Sue Macartney. Finished September 3
11. Led Astray by Kelley Armstrong. Finished September 27
12. Once Removed by Andrew Unger. Finished September 29
13. Shape Up, Construction Trucks! by Victoria Allenby. Finished September 30
14. Starlight by Richard Wagamese. Finished October 1
15. The Wars by Timothy Findley. Finished October 8
16. Blue Sky Kingdom by Bruce Kirkby. Finished October 16
17. Summer Constellations by Alisha Sevigny. Finished October 27
18. Duck Days by Sara Leach. Finished October 31
19. Raven, Rabbit, Deer by Sue Farrell Holler, illustrated by Jennifer Faria. Finished November 4
20. Teaching Mrs. Muddle by Colleen Nelson, illustrated by Alice Carter. Finished November 5
21. The London Restoration by Rachel McMillan. Finished November 17
22. Snow Days by Deborah Kerbel and Miki Sato. Finished November 28
23. The Ever Open Door by Julie Band. Finished November 29
24. The Library Bus by Bahram Rahman, illustrated by Gabrielle Grimard. Finished November 30
25. A World of Mindfulness by editors and illustrators of Pajama Press. Finished December 2
26. Journey to the Hopewell Star by Hannah D. State. Finished December 4
27. Bomb Girls by Barbara Dickson. Finished December 8
28. The Rogue Wave by Paul Nicholas Mason. Finished December 12
29. Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh. Finished January 3
30. The Blondes by Emily Schultz. Finished January 4
31. Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13
32. The Push by Ashley Audrain. Finished January 22
33. Uncharted by Kim Brown Seely. Finished February 10
34. Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol. Finished February 18
35. The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber and Christine Trent. Finished February 21
36. Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr. Finished February 24
37. Season of Fury and Wonder by Sharon Butala. Finished March 28
38. Just Their Luck by L.A. Donahoe. Finished March 29
39. Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake. Finished April 2
40. Juliet's Answer by Glenn Dixon. Finished April 8
41. The Healing by Lynda Faye Schmidt. Finished April 27
42. Two White Queens and The One-Eyed Jack by Heidi Von Palleske. Finished May 12
43. How a Woman Becomes a Lake by Marjorie Celona. Finished May 20

For the Book Club, here is the overview post with the list of books for the year.
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Nerd Reading Challenge

https://www.thenerddaily.com/the-nerd-daily-2021-reading-challenge/

1.       An audiobook
2.       2020 Goodreads Choice Nominee
    The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Finished March 18 (Nominee in Historical Fiction)
3.       Gold on Cover
    The Brothers York by Thomas Penn. Finished March 5
4.       Two word title
    Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley. Finished January 16
5.       Author starting with E
     The Blondes by Emily Schultz. Finished January 4
6.       2021 Adaptation
7.       Part of a trilogy
8.       NYT Bestseller
     What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. Finished January 5
9.       An anthology
    The Usual Santas. Finished January 16
10.   Debut author
    The Push by Ashley Audrain. Finished January 22
11.   Released in April
    The Healing by Lynda Faye Schmidt. Finished April 27
12.   Protagonist starting with L
    Armadillo by William Boyd. Finished January 7
13.   Title starts with ‘G’ or ‘K’
    Gravity Is The Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty. Finished March 14
14.   Multiple perspectives
     Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow. Finished January 3
15.   Features travelling
    Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Finished January 10
16.   Standalone
    The Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain. Finished January 20
17.   Written by a queer author
18.   Recommended on social media
19.   Set in winter
    Snow by John Banville. Finished February 4
20.   A quest
    Uncharted by Kim Brown Seely. Finished February 10
21.   Bought based on cover
    Season of Fury and Wonder by Sharon Butala. Finished March 28
22.   SFF or Mystery
    The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber and Christine Trent. Finished February 21
23.   A new author to you   
      Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh. Finished January 3
24.   Between 460-495 pages
    Twenty-One Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Finished February 9 (475 pages)
25.   Food on the cover
26.   Bookstore recommendation
27.   Same first initial as you
    Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13
28.   Reviewed by Host in 2021
29.   Romance or YA
    The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke. Finished February 13
30.   Recommended by family
31.   A Book you never finished
32.   A dash of royalty
33.   Holiday event themed
34.   Author starting with N
    Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol. Finished February 18
35.   An emotion in title
36.   Released between 1991-2012
    The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman. Finished March 8 (2009)
37.   BIPOC author
    Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice McFadden. Finished February 2
38.   Set in the future
    Foe by Iain Reid. Finished March 6
39.   Flora or fauna on cover
    Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. Finished February 5
40.   Released in 2020
    Shiver by Allie Reynolds. Finished April 18
41.   Body part in title
    Two White Queens and The One-Eyed Jack by Heidi Von Palleske. Finished May 12
42.   Written by two authors
    Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite. Finished March 30
43.   A retelling
44.   Indie author
    Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake. Finished April 2
45.   Purchased years ago
    Breathless by Nancy K. Miller (bought in 2014)
46.   Pink cover
47.   Released in July
48.   Five word title
    The Dog Who Saved Me by Susan Wilson. Finished January 16
49.   Start a new series
    Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson. Finished April 4
50.   Protagonist starting with G
51.   A book gifted to you
52.   Recommended by a friend

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Books in Translation Reading Challenge

I'm going for the Linguist Level of a minimum of 10 books.

1.  Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Finished January 28 (translated from French)
2.  Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson. Finished April 4 (translated from French)
3.  Little Snow Landscape by Robert Walser. Finished May 26 (translated from German)
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European Reading Challenge. 
Hosted here: https://www.rosecityreader.com/p/2021-european-reading-challenge.html

Going for 5 star.
1.  Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow. Finished January 3 (Greece)
2.  What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. Finished January 5 (England)
3.  Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Finished January 28 (France) 
4.  Snow by John Banville. Finished February 4 (Ireland)
5.  Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake. Finished April 2 (Spain)
6.  Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson. Finished April 4 (Sweden)


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52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge. Hosted here: http://www.read52booksin52weeks.com/

 This will be my second year trying this challenge


1. Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh. Finished January 3 (Bingo and Alphabet)
2. Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow. Finished January 3 (Bingo and Alphabet)
3. The Blondes by Emily Schultz. Finished January 4 (Dusty)
4. What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. Finished January 5 (Chunky)
5. Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Finished January 10 (Bingo and Alphabet)
6. Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13 (Bingo)
7. Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley. Finished January 16 (Dusty)
8. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Finished January 28 (Bingo and Well Educated Mind)
9. Snow by John Banville. Finished February 4 (Bingo and Alphabet)
10. Improper Cross-Stitch by Haley Pierson-Cox. Finished February 6 (Bingo)
11. Twenty-One Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Finished February 9 (Alphabet)
12. Uncharted by Kim Brown Seely. Finished February 10 (Bingo)
13. The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. Finished February 12 (Dusty)
14. Breathless by Nancy K. Miller. Finished February 14 (Dusty)
15. Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. Finished February 17 (Bingo)
16. Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol. Finished February 18 (Dusty)
17. Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr. Finished February 24 (Dusty)
18. The Brothers York by Thomas Penn. Finished March 5 (Chunky)
19. Foe by Iain Reid. Finished March 6 (Dusty)
20. Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles. Finished March 16 (Alphabet)
21. The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Finished March 18 (Alphabet)
22. The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally. Finished March 21 (Chunky)
23. Chances Are by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Finished March 25 (Alphabet)
24. Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson. Finished March 27 (Alphabet)
25. Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite. Finished March 30 (Alphabet)
26. Finbar's Hotel by Dermot Bolger, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'Connor, and Colm Toibin. Finished March 31 (Alphabet)
27. Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake. Finished April 2 (Alphabet)
28. The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf. Finished April 2 (Bingo)
29. Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson. Finished April 4 (Bingo)
30. Everything at Last by Kimberly Lang. Finished April 7 (Alphabet)
31. Juliet's Answer by Glenn Dixon. Finished April 8 (Dusty)
32. The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths. Finished April 10 (Bingo)
33. Shiver by Allie Reynolds. Finished April 18 (Bingo)
34. The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz. Finished April 20 (Bingo)
35. Double-Running or Back-Stitch by Louisa F. Pesel. Finished May 6 (Bingo)
36. The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque. Finished May 18 (Bingo)
37. French Dirt by Richard Goodman. Finished May 30 (Dusty)
38. Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith. Finished June 5 (Alphabet)
39. Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade. Finished June 8 (Alphabet)
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The challenge has different parts you can participate with. I'm going to do the Bingo. Books here must be at least 100 pages.



Number in the title: Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh. Finished January 3
Alpha Males and Strong Heroines: Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow. Finished January 3
High Adventure: Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Finished January 10
Your Choice: Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13
Different Century: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Finished January 28
Detective: Snow by John Banville. Finished February 4
Cunning Capers: Improper Cross-Stitch by Haley Pierson-Cox. Finished February 6
Come Sail Away: Uncharted by Kim Brown Seely. Finished February 10
Antihero: Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. Finished February 17
Silence: The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf. Finished April 2
Translated: Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson. Finished April 4
Illusion: The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths. Finished April 10
Ice or Snow Bound: Shiver by Allie Reynolds. Finished April 18
On the Run: The Survivor by Gregg Hurwitz. Finished April 20
This is the Way: Double-Running or Back-Stitch by Louisa F. Pesel. Finished May 6
Out of This World: The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque. Finished May 18

The Nobel Prize Winners: 
Baby Steps:  2 Books
Toddler:  4 books
Adolescent:  6 Books
Teenager:  8 or more Books

I'm going for Baby Steps on this part.

The Well Educated Mind portion will help me tackle some of those classic titles on my shelves. The goal is to read 3 books in one of the categories

Category: Fiction
Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Finished January 28

Alphabet Soup


Since I'm planning a different challenge related to the alphabet for book titles, I'm going to do the location version of this challenge. 

Proof I Was Here by Becky Blake. Finished April 2 (Barcelona, Spain)
Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh, Finished January 3 (Calcutta)
D Finbar's Hotel by Dermot Bolger, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'Connor, and Colm Toibin. Finished March 31 (Dublin, Ireland)
E The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Finished March 18 (Elkins Park, PA)
F Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade. Finished June 8 (Fargrove, England)
G
H Dear Haiti, Love Alaine by Maika and Maritza Moulite. Finished March 30 (Haiti)
Snow by John Banville. Finished February 4 (Ireland)
J
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Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow. Finished January 3 (Lefkas)
M Everything at Last by Kimberly Lang. Finished April 7 (Magnolia Beach, Alabama)
N Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Finished January 10 (New Caledonia)
O
P Chances Are by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Finished March 25 (Pacific Bay, Oregon)
Q
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S  Twenty-One Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Finished February 9 (Seattle)
U Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith. Finished June 5 (Utina, Florida)
V Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson. Finished March 27 (Virginia)
W Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles. Finished March 16 (Wyvern's Cross)
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Y
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Dusty and Chunky
I'm going to skip the not buying books as I participate in some book subscriptions, but I will do the Dusty and the Chunky portions. Here are the levels: 
Dusty Books
 
Safe in the Harbor - 2 Books
Sail on Sweet Sister - 4 Books
Life in the Dark Water  - 6 Books
Beyond the Sea  - 8 Books
The Voyage  - 10 Books or more



Chunky Books - Come Sail Away 

The Tide is High  - 2 books
Down to the Water Line  - 4 books
Big Boat  - 6 books
 Big Ship Sailing  - 8 books
Mother Ocean  - 10 books or more

I'm going to go for The Voyage level for the Dusty portion, and the Down to the Water Line level for the Chunky portion. Chunky here consists of at least 500 pages. 

Dusty
1. The Blondes by Emily Schultz. Finished January 4 (Added to TBR list in 2012)
2. Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley. Finished January 16 (Added to TBR list in 2014)
3. The Secret Life of Violet Grant. Finished February 12 (Added to TBR list in August 2018)
4. Breathless by Nancy K. Miller. Finished February 14 (Added to TBR list in July 2014)
5. Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol. Finished February 18 (Added to TBR list in 2010)
6. Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr. Finished February 24 (Added to TBR list in December 2018)
7. Foe by Iain Reid. Finished March 6 (Added to TBR list in August 2018)
8. Juliet's Answer by Glenn Dixon. Finished April 8 (Added to TBR list in March 2017)
9. French Dirt by Richard Goodman. Finished May 30 (Added to TBR in February 2018)

Chunky
1. What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. Finished January 5 (518 pages)
2. The Brothers York by Thomas Penn. Finished March 5 (660 pages)
3. The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally. Finished March 21 (520 pages)

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Aussie Author Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted at: https://www.bookloverbookreviews.com/reading-challenges/aussie-author-challenge-2021-australian-writers-book-reviews

I'm going for the Wallaroo level again this year. 

WALLAROO
Read and review 6 books written by Australian authors, of which at least 2 of those authors are female, at least 2 of those authors are male, and at least 2 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 2 different genre.

1. Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13 (female, new to me)
2. The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke. Finished February 13 (female)
3. Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty. Finished March 14 (female, new to me)
4. The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally. Finished March 21 (male, new to me)
5. Shiver by Allie Reynolds. Finished March 18 (female, new to me)

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Pick Your Poison: 
Hosted here: http://gregoryroad.blogspot.com/2020/01/new-years-resolutions.html



There are a variety of levels. I'm going to aim for Fortnightly level


1.  Challenges: A Book about Overcoming Obstacles: Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh. Finished January 3 
2. Those Bodies: A Book with a Picture of the Ocean on the Cover: Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow. Finished January 3
3. TBR Burners: A Book That Has Been on Your TBR List More than a Year: The Blondes by Emily Schultz. Finished January 4
4. The Tools of Writing: A Paperback Book: What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. Finished January 5
5. That Creepy Feeling: A Book with an Insect on the Cover: Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Finished January 10
6. TBR Burners: Anything You Want: Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13
7. Picture This: A book by a journalist or news photographer. Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley. Finished January 16
8. Shapes and Colours: A Book with a Shape on the Cover that Reminds You of a Rorschach Test. The Push by Ashley Audrain. Finished January 22
9. Reflections: A Book with a Mirror on the Cover: The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson. Finished January 31
10. Weather: A Book with the word "Snow" in the title: Snow by John Banville. Finished February 4
12. Drinking Game: A Book Title That Could Be a Drinking Game: Twenty-One Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Finished February 9
13. Reflections: A Memoir: Uncharted by Kim Brown Seely. Finished February 10
14. Shh: A Book with the word "secret" in the title: The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. Finished February 12
15. Occupations: A Book Written by a College Professor: Breathless by Nancy K. Miller. Finished February 14
16. Wildcards: A Book by Two or More Authors: The Deadly Hours by Susanna Kearsley, C.S. Harris, Anna Lee Huber and Christine Trent. Finished February 21
17. Borrowing: A Book Borrowed from the Library: Dig by A.S. King. Finished February 25
18. Wildcard: A Book Published in 2021: Float Plan by Trish Doller. Finished February 27
19. Challenges: A Book Over 500 Pages: The Brothers York by Thomas Penn. Finished March 5
20. That Creepy Feeling: A Horror Story or Thriller. Foe by Iain Reid. Finished March 6
21. Shapes and Colors: A Book with a Primarily Black Cover: The Story Sisters by Alice Hoffman. Finished March 8
22. Favourites: A Book in Your Favourite Genre: Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty. Finished March 14
23. Borrowing: A Book Written by an Author with a Pseudonym: Malice Aforethought by Francis Iles. Finished March 16 
24. Where You Sleep at Night: A Book with the Word "House" in the title: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett. Finished March 18
25. Drinking Game: A Book with a Picture of an Alcoholic Beverage on the Cover: Finbar's Hotel by Dermot Bolger, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright, Hugo Hamilton, Jennifer Johnston, Joseph O'Connor, and Colm Toibin. Finished March 31
26. Ways to Die: A Book with a Knife on the Cover: Block 46 by Johana Gustawsson. Finished April 4
27. Shhh: A Book with a Peaceful Cover: Everything at Last by Kimberly Lang. Finished April 7
28. Those Bodies: A Book with a Dead Body on the Cover: The Blood Card by Elly Griffiths. Finished April 10
29. Make 'Em Laugh" A Book with a Pun in the Title: Worth the Weight by Mara Jacobs. Finished May 4
30. Crossing Boundaries: A Book about an Interracial Romance: Party of Two by Jasmine Guillory. Finished May 14
31. Occupations: A Book about a Scientist. The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque. Finished May 18
32. Borrowing: A Book with a Character from a Different Book: Crazy Stupid Bromance by Lyssa Kay Adams. Finished May 22 (This is the third in a series, so several characters were in the previous books)
33. Weather: A Book with a Picture of Clear Blue Sky on the Cover: Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith. Finished June 5

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What's in a Name Challenge


It is hosted: https://carolinabooknook.wordpress.com/2020/12/26/whats-in-a-name-2021-sign-up/

Choose 6 books that have titles that contain a:

* One / 1
     Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh. Finished January 3 
* Doubled word 
    Who Rescued Who by Victoria Schade. Finished June 8
* Reference to outer space
    The Last Stargazers by Emily Levesque. Finished May 18
* Possessive noun
    Swallow's Dance by Wendy Orr. Finished February 24
* Botanical word
    Heart of Palm by Laura Lee Smith. Finished June 5
* Article of clothing
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A-Z Reading Challenge

It is hosted: https://bookstacksngoldenmoms.com/2021-atoz-reading-challenge/

The challenge is to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet.

A Armadillo by William Boyd. Finished January 7
B The Blondes by Emily Schultz. Finished January 4
C Chances Are by Kellie Coates Gilbert. Finished March 25
D The Dog Who Saved Me by Susan Wilson. Finished January 16
E Everything At Last by Kimberly Lang. Finished April 7
F Float Plan by Trish Doller. Finished February 27
G Gravity Is the Thing by Jaclyn Moriarty. Finished March 14
H Hearts of Stone by Simon Scarrow. Finished January 3
I Improper Cross-Stitch by Haley Pierson-Cox. Finished February 6
J Juliet's Answer by Glenn Dixon. Finished April 8
K
The Lost Love Song by Minnie Darke. Finished February 13
M Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Finished January 10
N Nowhere Is a Place by Bernice McFadden. Finished February 2
O The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson. Finished January 31
P The Push by Ashley Audrain. Finished January 22
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R Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane. Finished February 16
S Starvation Lake by Bryan Gruley. Finished January 16
T Twenty-One Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Finished February 9
U The Usual Santas. Finished January 16
Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh, Finished January 3
W What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. Finished January 5
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Y Your Truth or Mine? by Trisha Sakhlecha. Finished March 14
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Here are the mini-challenges: 
JANUARY – A book you purchased in 2020 but didn’t read
    Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13

FEBRUARY – A book with non-romantic love (siblings, parent-child, friendships)
    Rules for Visiting by Jessica Francis Kane. Finished February 16
MARCH – A book written by a person of a different race than you
    Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson. Finished March 27
APRIL – A book with an Autistic main character (April is Autism Awareness)
MAY – A book about a nurse (Nat. Nurses Week 2021 is May 6-12)
JUNE – A co-written book (2 authors)
JULY – A Christmas book (Christmas in July!)
AUGUST – A book by an Indie author (self-published or independent)
SEPTEMBER – A memoir/biography
OCTOBER – A book written by a new-to-you author
NOVEMBER – A book outside your normal genre
DECEMBER – A backlist title (published BEFORE Jan 1, 2021)

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Book Bingo hosted here: https://carolinabooknook.wordpress.com/2021-challenges/book-bingo-2021/

Bingo card:


In Support of Indie Publishers:  Victory Colony, 1950 by Bhaswati Ghosh. Finished January 3
A Book You've Been Meaning to Read but Haven't: The Blondes by Emily Schultz. Finished January 4
The Start of a Series: What She Knew by Gilly MacMillan. Finished January 5 (Jim Clemo, #1)
Herstory: Miss Benson's Beetle by Rachel Joyce. Finished January 10
Your Choice: Her Aussie Holiday by Stefanie London. Finished January 13
A Book that Everyone Has Been Talking About. The Push by Ashley Audrain. Finished January 22
A Book Where a Dancer is a Protagonist: The Other Me by Saskia Sarginson. Finished January 31
Once Upon a Time: Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. Finished February 5
Hobby Lobby: Improper Cross-Stitch by Haley Pierson-Cox. Finished February 6
In Love with the Typography on the Cover: The Secret Life of Violet Grant by Beatriz Williams. Finished February 12
A Book by an Author from My Country: Midnight Cab by James W. Nichol. Finished February 18
A Book by a South Asian Author: Your Truth or Mine? by Trisha Sakhlecha. Finished March 14
Ravaged by War: The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally. Finished March 18
A Book Released in 2021: Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson. Finished March 27
Special Interest: Double-Running or Back-Stitch by Louisa F. Pesel. Finished May 6

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Colour Coded Reading Challenge
The challenge is hosted here: https://myreadersblock.blogspot.com/2020/10/color-coded-reading-challenge-2021.html

You have to read nine books in the following categories
* A book with "Blue" or any shade of Blue in the title or on the cover
* A book with "Red" or any shade of Red in the title or on the cover
    The Woman in Red by Diana Giovinazzo. Finished April 22
* A book with "Yellow" or any shade of Yellow in the title or on the cover
    Yellow Wife by Sadeqa Johnson. Finished March 27
* A book with "Green" or any shade of Green in the title or on the cover
* A book with "Brown" or any shade of Brown in the title or on the cover
* A book with "Black" or any shade of Black in the title or on the cover
* A book with "White" or any shade of white in the title or on the cover
    Two White Queens and The One-Eyed Jack by Heidi Von Palleske. Finished May 12
* A book with any other colour in the title or on the cover (Purple, Orange, Silver, Pink, etc.)
* A book with a word or image that implies colour in the title or on the cover (Rainbow, Polka-dot, Plaid, Shadow, Paint, Ink, etc.)
    The Blondes by Emily Schultz. Finished January 4

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I've long been a fan of the Novelist database and was excited when I found out they are having their first reading challenge this year. It's a great way to expose people to the ways they can use the database to find books, and I'm always up for a new challenge.

Novelist Reading Challenge 

Book Challenge Beginners  

  • Read an own voices memoir. (Tip: search for AP own voices AND GN autobiographies and memoirs to find titles) 
  • Read a novel with an unreliable narrator.  
  • Read a book described as being gritty, atmospheric, or having a strong sense of place.  Snow by John Banville. Finished February 4
  • Read a historical novel that takes place anytime except during World War II.  Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. Finished February 5
  • Read a romantic comedy by a BIPOC author.  Real Men Knit by Kwana Jackson. Finished April 29
  • Read a book recommended by a NoveList staff member.  (Tip: Browse through our NoveList Staff Faves Recommended Reads list)  Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield. Finished February 5 [on recommended list of Amie Reno]
  • Read a book recommended for fans of a TV show you like.  
  • Read a book that features a global pandemic.  
  • Read a book recommended by someone who works at your local library.  
  •  Read a book described as feel-good, heartwarming, or hopeful.  Twenty-One Wishes by Debbie Macomber. Finished February 9
  •  Read a graphic novel with minimally colored illustrations.  
  •  Listen to an audiobook featuring multiple narrators.  

Book Challenge Afficionados

  •  Read a locked room mystery.  
  •  Read an epistolary novel.  
  •  Read a short story collection written by a woman.  Season of Fury and Wonder by Sharon Butala. Finished March 28
  •  Read a speculative novel with the theme “Vengeance is mine.”  
  •  Read a novel by a trans author.  (Tip: Search AG transgender
  •  Read a book with an unconventional or nonlinear storyline.  Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. Finished February 17
  •  Read a book selected as a best of 2020 title by NoveList staff.  
  •  Read a book that is an adaptation, retelling, or spin-off of a classic.  
  •  Read a nonfiction book about antiracism.  
  •  Read a book about celebrating identity. (Tip: Search TH celebrating identity
  •  Read a book starring a main character with a disability.  Float Plan by Trish Doller. Finished February 27
  •  Read a book that has been or will be made into a movie.  Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Finished January 28


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4 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. Shonna, it is always my pleasure to have you as my guest and I love having you as a hostess already! Your minor changes push us in new ways and are refreshing to see. Thank you for allow me a way to comment. It lets me participate in the Canadiana and to congratulate you for great progress and creativity in "Gentle Spectrums"! Yours warmly, Carolyn.

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    1. Thanks Carolyn! I always enjoy participating in your challenge.

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