2018 Reading Challenges

My sign-up post with full details on these 2018 Reading Challenges is here.

The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge
*Titles in red are completed.

My list:
1. The Terror, Dan Simmons
2. Rabbit, Run, John Updike  DNF
3. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn
4. The Vampire Armand, Anne Rice
5. Ombria in Shadow, Patricia A. McKillip
6. Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson
7. Villette, Charlotte Bronte
8. White Teeth, Zadie Smith
9. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
10. Finding Atlantis: A True Story of Genius, Madness, and an Extraordinary Quest for a Lost World, David King
11. King Arthur, Norma Lorre Goodrich
12. The Lambs of London, Peter Ackroyd

1. A Storm of Swords, George R.R. Martin
2. The Secret History, Donna Tartt

2018 Reading Challenge

Level 1: Book of the Month Club
1A book from Project Gutenberg
2A book that costs less than $5
3A Cozy Mystery
4A comedy or a satire book
5Read a book by Nora Roberts
6A book that has been turned into a movie or TV show
7A book on a best seller list
8A book under 300 pages
9A book that takes place around a holiday
10A book with a one word title
11A book you first read when you were a teenager
12A children's book
level 2: Casual Reader Club
13A book by a new author
14Reread a favorite book
15A book with a cover that's in your favorite color
16A book published in 1993
17A book recommended to you on social media or by a friend
18A book with a number in the title
19A book with pictures in it
20A retelling of a fairy tale
21A book that involves a mythical creature
22A book about witches
23A book by an author named Chris or Christopher
24A book you got from a used bookshop or site
Level 3: Dedicated Reader Club
25A book about space travel, aliens, or other planets
26A book with an animal in the title
27First in a series you've wanted to start
28A book with music or song in the title
29A book with a purple cover
30A cult classic
31A book about a Teacher
32An action adventure book
33A book that takes place before 1900
34A book about friendship
35A book by Michael Crichton
36A book about a Queen
Level 4: Speed Reader Club
37A book by Agatha Christie
38A book that takes place in Australia
39A book that has a title starting with the letter Y
40Read a compilation of short stories
41Read a book from the Guardian's 100 greatest Novel list
42A book with the word thief in the title
43A banned book
44A book published in 1968
45A book about a doctor
46A book involving food
47A book with a male main character
48A book by two or more authors
Level 5: Overachiever Club
49A book published the year one of your parents was born
50A book over 500 pages
51A book about traveling
52A book with a flower on the cover
53A Non-Fiction book
54A book that takes place during a war
55A book involving a culture different than your own
56A book that takes place in Canada
57A book that was originally published in a foreign language
58A book about a character who has your dream job
59A book with woman or girl in the title
60A book about a main character that has the same hair color as you

Constable level: 6 books - Golden card

1. Whose Body? (Lord Peter Wimsey #1), Dorothy L. Sayers (amateur detective) Kindle

For this one, I'm thinking...

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Annie Barrows (already on my book to movie list)
The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova (one of my favorite books and a reread)
Hotel Transylvania (Saint-Germain #1), Chelsea Quinn Yarbro 
84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff 

Creativity Reading Challenge 2018

Books on the writing craft...


Back to the Classics 2018
  • Complete six categories, and you get one entry in the drawing
  • Complete nine categories, and you get two entries in the drawing
  • Complete all twelve categories, and you get three entries in the drawing
And here are the categories for the 2018 Back to the Classics Challenge:

1. A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899. >>> Frankenstein, Mary Shelley

2. A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications. >>> Howard's End, E.M. Forster

3. A classic by a woman author. >>> Mary Barton Cranford, Elizabeth Gaskell

4. A classic in translation. Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories). Modern translations are acceptable as long as the original work fits the guidelines for publications as explained in the challenge rules.

5. A children's classic. Indulge your inner child and read that classic that you somehow missed years ago. Short stories are fine, but it must be a complete volume. Young adult and picture books don't count!

6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction. This can be a true crime story, mystery, detective novel, spy novel, etc., as long as a crime is an integral part of the story and it was published at least 50 years ago. Examples include The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, In Cold Blood, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, etc. The Haycraft-Queen Cornerstones list is an excellent source for suggestions.

7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction. The journey itself must be the major plot point -- not just the destination. Good examples include The Hobbit, Around the World in 80 Days, Unbeaten Tracks in Japan, Kon-Tiki, Travels with Charley, etc.

8. A classic with a single-word title. No articles please! Proper names are fine -- Emma, Germinal, Middlemarch, Kidnapped, etc.  >>> Villette, Charlotte Bronte

9. A classic with a color in the title. The Woman in White; Anne of Green Gables; The Red and the Black, and so on. (Silver, gold, etc. are acceptable. Basically, if it's a color in a Crayola box of crayons, it's fine!) >>> A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess  The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde

10. A classic by an author that's new to you. Choose an author you've never read before. >>> Rabbit, Run, John Updike  DNF, choosing something else.

11. A classic that scares you. Is there a classic you've been putting off forever? A really long book which intimidates you because of its sheer length? Now's the time to read it, and hopefully you'll be pleasantly surprised! >>> War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

12. Re-read a favorite classic. Like me, you probably have a lot of favorites -- choose one and read it again, then tell us why you love it so much.

Monthly Mix-Up Mania Challenge - April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2019

J - Jaws, Peter Benchley (2017)
A - American Gods, Neil Gaiman (2017)
N - Night Court, Erica Goss (2017 Review)
A - Alphabet of Thorn, Patricia A. McKillip (2017)
R - Black River, Dean Koontz (2017)

F - The Four Feathers, A.E.W. Mason (2017)
B - Bone White, Ronald Malfi (2017 Review
R - Disappearance at Devil's Rock, Paul Tremblay (2017)

M - The Murderer's Maid, Erika Mailman (2017 Review)
C - Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens (2017)
H - Hag-Seed, Margaret Atwood (2017)

P - Property, Valerie Martin (2017)
L - Little Girls, Ronald Malfi (2017 reread - Review)

M - My Cousin Rachel, Daphne Du Maurier (2017)



G - The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro (2017)
S - A Sound of Thunder, Ray Bradbury (2017)
T - The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood (2017 Remarks)

S - Stop Meowing and Go the F*ck to Sleep, Rosa Silva (2017 Review)
P - The Plantagenets, Dan Jones (2017)
M - Memnoch the Devil, Anne Rice (2017)
B - Breathe. Breath., Erin Sweet Al-Mehairi (2017 Review)

O - The Ornaments, Serafina Johns (2017 Review)
C - Kinship of Clover, Ellen Meeropol (2017 Review)
T - Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, Fannie Flagg (2017)
B - Blood Relatives, Ed McBain (2017)

B - The Bear, Claire Cameron (2017)

D - The Dinner, Herman Koch (2017)
C - The Competition, Donna Russo Morin (2017 Review)
B - The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (2017)
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