2019 Reading Challenges

Book Challenge by Erin 10.0 – Categories
January - April 2019

5 points: Freebie – Read a book that is at least 200 pages - Orphan Train by Christina Baker Cline
• 10 points: Read a book that was made into a movie - The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
• 10 points: Read a book that is set in Europe - The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
• 15 points: Read a book that was a Newberry Award winner (medal winner or honor book); this link should help: The Giver by Lois Lowry (Winner, 1994)
• 20 points: Read a book that is a friend or family member’s favourite...or the favourite book by another participant in this challenge - Joy in the Morning by Betty Smith (one of my mom’s favorites)
• 20 points: Read a book originally published over 100 years ago - Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
• 25 points: Read a book with six words (and only six words) in the title - The King of Bones and Ashes by J.D. Horn
• 30 points: Read a book with a compass or cardinal direction in the title - Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
• 30 points: Read a book that was originally published in a different language than your own - The Twelve Caesars by Suetonius, Robert Graves (Translation)
• 35 points: Read a book that begins with the letter “N” - Necroscope by Brian Lumley

BA General Requirements:

History - Complete 3 tasks
• Read non-fiction book with a genre of history
• Read a HF book which takes place during a war.
Read a HF book which features a trip by train.
• Read a HF book which is part of a series (can be anywhere in the series)
Read biography or memoir
• Read a HF book with a monk, nun or priest as a main character.
• Read a HF book a noble title (king, duchess, etc) in the title
• Read a HF which was published in 2018
• Read a HF book which features a main character that works with their hands.
• Read a HF fiction book that has been a group read in Historical Fictionistas. Group Reads

Language, Arts and Athletics – Complete 3 tasks
• Read two books that have been translated that were originally written in the same language (does not have to be the same author or translator)
• Read a book about books.
• Read a non-fiction book about language, art or athletics
• Read a biography about an artist, musician or actor
• Read a non-fiction work about an artistic pursuit (hobby where you create something)
• Read a book where a main character works in a music store, bookstore, library or art gallery.
• Read a book which features a sporting event as part of the plot.
• Read a book which has an art-related word in the title (painting, sculpture, brush)

Literature - Complete 3 tasks
• Re-read a classic that you had to read at high school or university (this might be a chance to actually finish one that you may have skimmed)
• Read a play or a book of poetry
• Read an epistolary novel (series of letters/diary entries, etc)
• Read a book where the main character makes their living related to writing.
• Read a book with a genre tag of bookclub
• Read a book with multiple narrators.
• Read a book with someone reading, writing or carrying a book on the cover.
• Read a book that has won a literary award. Literary Awards

Science & Mathematics – Complete 3 tasks:
• Read a book with a number in the title or subtitle (not related to the number in a series)
• Read a book which takes place in outer space or has characters that are astronauts
• Read a book has a title that contains a word related to weather (storm, wind, hurricane, etc)
• Read a book with an animal on the cover
• Read a book where a character uses math as part of their job (accounting, banker, finance)
• Read a book which features a scientific discovery
• Read a book where the internet or computers play a central role in the plot
• Read a book where a main character is a doctor or a nurse
• Read a non-fiction book related to a science or math topic

Social Sciences – Complete 3 tasks
• Read a biography of a 18th century world leader (president, prime minister, royalty)
• Read a book where a main character works at a school.
• Read a book about a relationship with people from different cultures
• Read a book which features a religion different than your own.
• Read a book with a genre of philosophy.
• Read a book featuring a criminal or civil trial
• Read a book featuring some form of communication on the cover (letter, phone, etc)
• Read a book featured on Best Social Science Fiction listopia

BA Requirements

-Read a non-fiction book about a historical event and/or place
-Read a biography of a historical figure
-Read 2 books from The Idiot’s Guide to the Ultimate Reading List - Historical Fiction
-Read a book that has been a group read for Historical Fictionistas.Group Reads
-Read a book with strong historical basis but which features either 1) time travel, 2) alternate history or 3) historical fantasy
-Read a book that features a lost society or empire. (Roman Empire, Ottoman Empire, Incas, Mayans)
-Read a historical fiction novel about an event historians disagree about (i.e the Princes in the Tower, the death of the Romanovs (Anastasia), etc.)
-Read a book from long list of nominees for a 2018 HWA Crown
-Read a book with dual timelines.
-Read a book about the history of where you live or about a historical figure who either was born where you live or dwelled there. Please be specific (i.e. State/Territory, County or City)


Science and Mathematics tasks :

Social Sciences tasks :

Language tasks :

History tasks :
1. Read biography or memoir - Eleanor of Aquitaine: A Biography, Marion Meade
2. Read a HF book which features a trip by train - Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

Literature tasks :

History tasks :

Book list (top to bottom)
Read one book per month (there are two alternates on my list, just in case).
  1. The Twelve Caesars, Suetonius, Robert Graves (Translation)
  2. Floating Staircase, Ronald Malfi
  3. Vampires and Vampirism, Montague Summers
  4. Florence and Giles, John Harding
  5. The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy and Anthony Shaffer
  6. The Children of Henry VIII, Alison Weir
  7. Bellman and Black, Diane Setterfield 
  8. The Fall, Bethany Griffin
  9. The Three Theban Plays, Sophocles
  10. The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton
  11. The Tumbling Turner Sisters, Juliette Fay
  12. The Secret History of the World, Mark Booth
  13. Queen Hereafter, Susan Fraser King
  14. Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline

Level of participation -
Level 2a: 1-3 books from 2019 movie releases, 1-3 books from books made into movies from previous years (TV shows/series also count)

Titles I'm considering reading...

Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt
The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (I was supposed to read this for the last Classics Club spin. doh!)
Cats: The Musical! (Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats), T.S. Eliot
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
Finish IT before the second film comes out in September.

Books completed:

2019 13 Ways of Looking at The Lifetime Reading Plan Yearly Reading Challenge

This is the yearly challenge to help tick off books on the list for the perpetual 13 Ways Challenge.

Level of participation - 
13Ways Challenge Novice: 1 to 3 books


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