Reading Challenges Update: Jan – March

Winter has come and gone…well, hopefully it is gone…and it is time to do a quarterly update of the three year-long reading challenge I am participating in this year!

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My goal for NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist challenge is to read at least 24 books off of my massive TBR list! I am not quite as far as I would like to be in this challenge, but I’m hoping to play catch-up in April and May.

This is what I have read for this challenge from Jan – March:

Favorite: The Underground Railroad

Least Favorite: Year of No Sugar

Total Read: 6/24 books  – 25% Complete. ON SCHEDULE!

 

Diversity Bingo 2017

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This is definitely my favorite challenge of the year! Here is what I read from Jan – March:

Favorite: The Hate U Give

Least Favorite: Of Fire and Stars

Total Read: 9/36 books – 25% Complete. ON SCHEDULE!

 

Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017

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Popsugar always has a fun 52-week reading challenge that I like to do. Last year I failed miserably at completing the challenge, and I am hoping to do better in 2017! Here is my progress so far:

  • A book that has been on your TBR list for way too long: Dawn by Elie Wiesel. 

  • A book that is a story within a story: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. 

  • An espionage thriller: The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie

  • A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin.

  • A book with a subtitle: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family or Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance.

  • A book that’s published in 2017: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab.

  • A book about food: A Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub.

  • A book with a red spine: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.
  • A book with a title that’s a character’s name: Ms. Marvel, Volumes 2 – 5.

  • A book with an unreliable narrator: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda.

  • A book with pictures: Why I March: Images from the Women’s March Around the World by Abrams Image, New York

  • A book about a difficult topic: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 

Favorite: A Conjuring of Light

Least Favorite: A Year of No Sugar

Total Read: 12/52 – 23% Complete. BEHIND SCHEDULE (but not by much!)

 

 

#DAReadaThon Wrap Up

This was such a fun readathon, and a great way to kick off a new year! Although I wasn’t able to read a book from each of the seven prompts – I never really thought I could read that much in two weeks, anyway – I am quite proud of the progress I made.

Thank you, Aentee @ReadatMidnight for hosting the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon!

 

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I choose a story by Elie Wiesel since our family is Jewish. Review here.

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This was the first time that I have read a fiction book featuring a transgender character. This was an excellent read. Review here.

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I did not read a book for this category. Although almost all of the books that I selected could be considered #OwnVoices, with the exception of Ms. Marvel. I’m not sure if/how superhero books could be classified as #OwnVoices, but the writer is Muslim.

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I hope this isn’t bending the rules, but since these comics were so short, I counted four of them towards one prompt. The Ms. Marvel series keeps getting better and better! Review here.

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Reading a book from a teen boy’s perspective is definitely outside of my usual book choices, and I’m really glad I stepped outside of my “comfort zone” to read this one! Review here.

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I don’t know about stunning the internet, but this Newbery Honor Book definitely lives up to the hype! Review here.

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I did not read a book for this category.

Final Points:

  • 1,251 pages = 125 house points
  • 5 books completed = 25 house points
  • 5 book reviews posted = 25 house points
  • 4 tweets = 4 house points
  • Total House Points: 179 house points for Ravenclaw!

Dumbledore’s Army Readathon #DAReadAThon

I am quite excited – and probably a bit overly optimistic – about the Dumbledore’s Army Readathon, hosted by Aentee @ReadatMidnight.

What: #DAReadAThon is a Harry Potter themed readathon, focusing on diverse (especially #ownvoices) books.

When: The readathon will begin Sunday 1st January and conclude Sunday 15th January, midnight to midnight – wherever in the world you’re based.

Who: Anyone can join, although it would be easier for you to write-up your reviews and sign up posts if you had a platform such as a blog or a booktube. If you have a twitter or instagram account, please join in on the #DAReadAThon hashtag! You don’t have to be familiar with Harry Potter to join, but the prompts will make more sense to you.

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and here is my TBR list for the prompts!

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I haven’t read any fiction stories featuring a trans character yet, and George has been on my shelf for months waiting to be read!

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A memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, in graphic novel form!

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At first, I was going to choose We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie for this prompt. Then I realized that the books I already plan to read on our drive home from Florida after New Year’s Day would work for this one as well! Since they are relatively short, I am going to count Ms. Marvel, Volumes 2 – 5 for this category.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian also happens to be my book club’s pick for January!

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I’m hoping to read Fangirl over the next few days – although that may be wishful thinking – and planned on following it up with this one!

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So many to choose from!

Diversity Bingo 2017 Reading Challenge

 

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#DiversityBingo2017 starts on January 1, 2017, and this is definitely the challenge I am looking forward to the most in the new year!

The goal of the challenge is to cover all of the squares during 2017. Although I don’t have books chosen for all of the categories yet – and some of my book selections might change categories – I do have a few in mind already.

My Progress

MC of Color in SFF – Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Review here.

Black MC (Own Voices) – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Review here.

Indigenous MC (Own Voices) – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Review here.

PoC on the Cover – Ms. Marvel, Volumes 2 – 5 by G. Willow Wilson. Review here.

Practicing Jewish MC – Dawn by Elie Wiesel. Review here.

Bisexual MC (Own Voices) – Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. Review here.

Book by Author of Color – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Review here.

D/dEAF/Hard of Hearing MC – El Deafo by Cece Bell. Review here.

Own Voices (Transgender) – George by Alex Gino. Review here.

Diverse Reading Suggestions

MC W/an Under-represented Body Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan

MC of Color in SFFAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

West Asian Setting – The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Non-Binary MC (Own Voices) – Every Day by David Levithan

Neuro-Diverse MC – Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

Own Voices Latinx MC – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

Diverse Non-fictionBorn A Crime by Trevor Noah

LGBTQIA+ MC of ColorCrooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo or Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Non-western real world setting – The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa

Book by Author of Color – Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

D/dEAF/Hard of Hearing MCEl Deafo by Cece Bell

Immigrants and Refugee MC The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

MC W/Chronic PainSix of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Contemporary World Arranged MarriageWhen Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Hijabi MC (Own Voices) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

2017 TBR Challenges – Beat the Backlist!

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I will be participating in NovelKnight’s Beat the Backlist Hogwarts House Challenge for 2017! In addition, each year I always participate in the TBR Group Challenge at Library Thing.

My minimum goal for 2017 is the first 24 books on this list. Quite a few of them are definitely large, chunky books…I’m looking at you George R.R. Martin and Ron Chernow!

I happen to have a few themes for 2017. The two biggest themes are Agatha Christie and Series reads. In 2017, I plan on starting my goal of reading all of Agatha Christie’s books in order of publication; I only listed the first 8 on this post, but consider all of them on my backlist (except for the 5-6 I have already read)!

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My second theme of 2017 is to tackle a few series that I have been meaning to read for a while: Game of Thrones, Divergent, and Throne of Glass, to name a few.

I also have quite a few books on the list that further my goal of reading more diversely in 2017: George, Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, The Sympathizer, Timekeeper are just a few that fulfill that category.

And finally, quite a few books make an appearance by authors I have read in the past and loved, and want to read more of their work.  Jacqueline Winspear, Agatha Christie, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Neil Gaiman and Gregory Maguire all fit into that category.

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As for the Hogwarts House Mini Challenge, I am a proud Ravenclaw!

The Top 24 TBR/Beat the Backlist Books:

  1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie – Review Coming Soon!
  2. The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  3. The Murder on the Links by Agatha Christie
  4. The Man in the Brown Suit by Agatha Christie
  5. The Secret of Chimneys by Agatha Christie
  6. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie
  7. The Big Four by Agatha Christie
  8. The Mystery of the Blue Train by Agatha Christie
  9. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  10. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  11. A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  12. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  13. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin Review here.
  14. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  15. Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  16. Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  17. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  18. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  19. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  20. Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
  21. John Adams by David McCullough
  22. George by Alex Gino Review here.
  23. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead Review here.
  24. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Extra Credit:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  • Landline by Rainbow Rowell
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas
  • Swallow by Sefi Atta
  • Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub Review here.
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Native Son by Richard Wright
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
  • A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  • The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
  • Rising Strong by Brene Brown
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman
  • The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Vicious by VE Schwab
  • Son of a Witch by Gregory Maguire
  • A Lion Among Men by Gregory Maguire
  • Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland
  • Paganism: An Introduction to Earth-Centered Religions by River and Joyce Higginbotham
  • The White Goddess by Robert Graves
  • The War of the End of the World by Mario Vargas Llosa
  • An Incomplete Revenge by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Among the Mad by Jacqueline Winspear
  • The Mapping of Love and Death by Jacqueline Winspear
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  • The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Are you going to try the BTB challenge? What’s on your list?

2017 PopSugar Reading Challenge

I participated in POPSUGAR’S reading challenge this year purely for fun, without truly aiming to complete the challenge. I’m quite happy with how many categories I have been able to cross off; I will be posting my wrap-up closer to the end of the year.

I have already decided to participate in the POPSUGAR 2017 reading challenge, which they have made even more challenging by adding additional categories! For those who want to participate, there is also a very active Goodreads group dedicated to the challenge.

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And here are just a few books I’m thinking about reading for this challenge:

  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – a book more than 800 pages
  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi – a book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  • The Whole30 by Melissa Hartwig – a book about food
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – a story within a story

I haven’t gotten any further than that so far!

Books Completed for the 2017 PopSugar Challenge

Total Completed: 12/52 (Last updated 2 April)

  • A book recommended by a librarian:
  • A book that has been on your TBR list for way too long: Dawn by Elie Wiesel. Review here.
  • A book of letters:
  • An audiobook:
  • A book by a person of color:
  • A book with one of the four seasons in the title:
  • A book that is a story within a story: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Review here.
  • A book with multiple authors:
  • An espionage thriller: The Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  • A book with a cat on the cover:
  • A book by an author who uses a pseudonym:
  • A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Review here.
  • A book by or about a person who has a disability:
  • A book involving travel:
  • A book with a subtitle: Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family or Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance. Review here.
  • A book that’s published in 2017: A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab. Review here.
  • A book involving a mythical creature:
  • A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile:
  • A book about food: A Year of No Sugar by Eve O. Schaub. Review here.
  • A book with career advice:
  • A book from a nonhuman perspective:
  • A steampunk novel:
  • A book with a red spine: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Review here.
  • A book set in the wilderness:
  • A book you loved as a child:
  • A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited:
  • A book with a title that’s a character’s name: Ms. Marvel, Volumes 2 – 5. Review here.
  • A novel set during wartime:
  • A book with an unreliable narrator: The Perfect Stranger by Megan Miranda.
  • A book with pictures: Why I March: Images from the Women’s March Around the World by Abrams Image, New York
  • A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you:
  • A book about an interesting woman:
  • A book set in two different time periods:
  • A book with a month or day of the week in the title:
  • A book set in a hotel:
  • A book written by someone you admire:
  • A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017:
  • A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  • The first book in a series you haven’t read before:
  • A book you bought on a trip:

Advanced:

  • A book recommended by an author you love:
  • A bestseller from 2016:
  • A book with a family-member term in the title:
  • A book that takes place over a character’s lifespan:
  • A book about an immigrant or refugee:
  • A book from a genre/subgenre you have never heard of:
  • A book with an eccentric character:
  • A book that’s more than 800 pages:
  • A book you got from a used book sale:
  • A book that’s been mentioned in another book:
  • A book about a difficult topic: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Review here.
  • A book based on mythology:

Do you plan on participating in the 2017 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge? Do you have any recommendations for the reading prompts?

#DiversityDecBingo Challenge

Happy December 1st!! Oh wait…that ship has sailed, it’s already December 2nd! Happy December 2nd!!

If you can’t tell, my life is running a day or two behind schedule at the moment. And therefore, so are my blog posts!

 

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I recently saw that Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks , as well as a few other bloggers, are hosting a Diversity December Bingo Reading Challenge, and I decided to participate!

This is how #DiversityDecBingo works: participants choose one line on the Bingo sheet – horizontal, vertical, or diagonal – and read one book from each category on that line. Once you finish your 5-book challenge, you are entered into a giveaway! You can follow the challenge by tracking the #DiversityDecBingo hashtag,

MY #DiversityDecBingo TBR

I have decided to do one of the vertical columns.

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These are the books I have selected for the challenge:

  • PoC Superheroes: Ms. Marvel, Volume 1 by G. Willow Wilson
  • Diverse Non-fiction: The Algebra of Infinite Justice by Arundhati Roy
  • #OwnVoices: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • SFF w/LGBTQIA+ Main Character: Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova, or Timekeeper by Tara Sim.
  • Neurodiversity: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

I hope you will consider joining myself and others on this fun literary challenge! It will be a month full of reading books by marginalized authors and/or marginalized characters.