Reading Challenge: Colors 2018

Books on bookshelf

I’m in a group on Goodreads that posts different reading challenges. As I was looking over the list this year, I saw the Color challenge. The idea is to read books that have certain colors on their covers. I’ve never done this challenge before, but it sounded like a fun one. Below are the prompts, followed by the books I read. I will update this post with books as I finish the challenge.

To see what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads.

UPDATE: I completed this challenge in October 2018.

1. Read a book with “White” or any shade of white in the cover – The Witch Elm by Tana French
2. Read a book with “Pink” or any shade of pink in the cover – Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
3. Read a book with “Red” or any shade of red in the cover – Tell Me You’re Mine by Elisabeth Norebäck
4. Read a book with “Orange” or any shade of orange in the cover – Our Little Secret by Roz Nay
5. Read a book with “Yellow” or any shade of yellow in the cover – The Birthday by Carol Wyer
6. Read a book with “Green” or any shade of green in the cover – The Legends of Eve by Anonymous
7. Read a book with “Light Blue” or any shade of light blue in the – The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
8. Read a book with “Dark Blue” or any shade of dark blue in the cover – The Classroom by A. L. Bird
9. Read a book with “Purple” or any shade of purple in the cover – The Lies We Told by Camilla Way
10. Read a book with “Brown” or any shade of brown in the cover – Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
11. Read a book with “Black” or any shade of black in the cover – The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
12. Read a book with a Metallic color in the cover – City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
13. Read a book with at least 5 colors on the cover – The Devourers by Indra Das
14. Read a book with a color in the title of the book – Red Alert by James Patterson
15. Read a book with a word describing colors in the title – The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

The Witch Elm by Tara FrenchJosh & Hazel's Guide to Not Dating by Christina LaurenTell Me You're Mine by Elisabeth NorebackOur Little Secret by Roz NayThe Birthday by Carol WyerThe Legends of Eve by AnonymousThe Four Tendencies by Gretchen RubinThe Classroom by A. L. BirdThe Lies We Told by Camilla WayAngela's Ashes by Frank McCourtThe Woman in the Window by A. J. FinnCity of Glass by Cassandra ClareThe Devourers by Indra DasRed Alert by James PattersonThe Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Reading Challenge: Modern Mrs. Darcy 2018

Books on bookshelf

The last few years, I have participated in the Modern Mrs. Darcy reading challenge. This year’s challenge has 12 prompts. Below are the challenge prompts, followed by the book I read. I will update this post with books as I finish the challenge.

To see what I’m reading, find me on Goodreads.

UPDATE: I finished this challenge in July 2018.

1. A classic you’ve been meaning to read – Dubliners by James Joyce
2. A book recommended by someone with great taste – Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
3. A book in translation – Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa
4. A book nominated for an award in 2018 – We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
5. A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection – Quirky Essays for Quikry People by Barbara Venkataraman
6. A book you can read in a day – C is for Corpse by Sue Grafton
7. A book that’s more than 500 pages – Feed by Mira Grant
8. A book by a favorite author – The Black Book by James Patterson
9. A book recommended by a librarian or indie bookseller – Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
10. A banned book – Carrie by Stephen King
11. A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction – Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling
12. A book by an author of a different race, ethnicity, or religion than your own – I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett

Reading Challenge: Read Harder 2018

Booksshelves

Book Riot does a reading challenge called Read Harder. I’ve never participated in their challenge before, so I though I’d give it a shot this year. This year’s challenge has 24 prompts. Below are the challenge prompts, followed by the book I read. I will update this post with books as I finish the challenge.

To see what I’m reading, find me on Goodreads.

UPDATE: I completed this challenge in July 2018.

1. A book published posthumously – A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
2. A book of true crime – Filthy Rich by James Patterson
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) – A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle
4. A comic written and drawn by the same person – See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai
5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) – Private Gold by James Patterson
6. A book about nature – Seeders by A. J. Colucci
7. A western – House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke
8. A comic written or drawn by a person of color – March: Book One by John Lewis
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature – The House of Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
10. A romance novel by or about a person of color – Misconceptions by Blu Daniels
11. A children’s classic published before 1980 – Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie
12. A celebrity memoir – The Art of Asking by Amanda Palmer
13. An Oprah Book Club selection – She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb
14. A book of social science – Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance
15. A one-sitting book – This is How It Ends by Eva Dolan
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series – Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author – Enclave by Ann Aguirre
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image – Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
19. A book of genre fiction in translation – The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
20. A book with a cover you hate – Pride, Prejudice and Jasmin Field by Melissa Nathan
21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author – When the Phoenix Rises by Nesly Clerge
22. An essay anthology – The Best American Essays, 2001 edited by Kathleen Norris
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 – Better Off Read by Nora Page
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

Reading Challenge: Popsugar 2018

Booksshelves

One of my favorite reading challenges is the one by Popsugar. I’ve participated in it the last few years, and, of course, wanted to do it again this year. This year’s challenge has 40 prompts, with an additional 10 prompts for the advanced option. Since I read a lot, I’m working on all 50 prompts. Below is the list of prompts, followed by the book I read. I will update this list as I continue to work on the challenge.

To see what I’m reading, find me on Goodreads.

UPDATE:
I completed this challenge in October 2018.

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen – Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
2. True crime – I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
3. The next book in a series you started – 16th Seduction by James Patterson
4. A book involving a heist – Heist by James Patterson
5. Nordic noir – The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
6. A novel based on a real person – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you – Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
8. A book with a time of day in the title – Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris
9. A book about a villain or antihero – Let’s Play Make Believe by James Patterson
10. A book about death or grief – Flight Season by Marie Marquardt
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist – Murder Games by James Patterson
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical – The Crucible by Arthur Miller
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – When the Dragon Roars by Nesly Clerge
15. A book about feminism – I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
16. A book about mental health – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift – I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
18. A book by two authors – Haunted by James Patterson and James O. Born
19. A book about or involving a sport – Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger
20. A book by a local author – Ever Present Danger by Kathy Herman
21. A book with your favorite color in the title – The Color Purple by Alice Walker
22. A book with alliteration in the title – Father Figure by James J. Cudney
23. A book about time travel – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
24. A book with a weather element in the title – Blood on Snow by Jo Nesbo
25. A book set at sea – Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
26. A book with an animal in the title – The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
27. A book set on a different planet – Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
28. A book with song lyrics in the titles – Friction by Sandra Brown
29. A book about or set in Halloween – Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
30. A book with characters who are twins – The Neighbor by Joseph Souza
31. A book mentioned in another book – Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
32. A book from a celebrity book club – Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman
33. A childhood classic you’ve never read – Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
34. A book that’s published in 2018 – Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner – Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
36. A book set in the decade you were born – ‘Salem’s Lot by Stephen King
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to – Daisy Miller and Other Stories by Henry James
38. A book with an ugly cover – Feed by M. T. Anderson
39. A book that involves a bookstore or a library – Color Me Murder by Krista Davis
40. You favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenges – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Advanced
41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school – Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
42. A cyberpunk book – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place – The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager
44. A book tied to your ancestry – The Loch by Steve Alten
45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title – Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke
46. An allegory – Life of Pi by Yann Martel
47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you – First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones
48. A microhistory – The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
49. A book about a problem facing society today – The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
50. A book recommended by someone else taking the PopSugar Reading Challenge – The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

Reading Challenge: A-Z 2018

Booksshelves

I’m in a group on Goodreads that posts different reading challenges. As I was looking over the list this year, I saw the A-Z challenge. It’s a pretty simple challenge, read a book for each letter of the alphabet. I’ve never done this challenge before, so this year I’m working on it. Below are the books I’ve read for this challenge, and I will update this post with books as I finish the challenge.

To see what else I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads.

UPDATE: I finished this challenge in May 2018.

A – Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
B – Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley
C – Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
D – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
E – The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery
F – The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
G – The Girls by Emma Cline
H – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I – I Hate Fairyland, Vol 1 by Skottie Young
J – Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
K – Killer Honeymoon by Traci Tyne Hilton
L – The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
M – M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
N – The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
O – O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
P – Paradise Lost by John Milton
Q – The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone
R – R is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
S – Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
T – Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
U – Unshelved by Bill Barnes
V – V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
W – The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
X – X by Sue Grafton
Y – Yesterday’s News by R. G. Belsky
Z – The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Reading Challenge: Genre Bingo 2018

This is a fun challenge. You can go to Bingo Card Generator to create a bingo card. The bingo card I’m using for 2018 is posted below. I hope to read a book for each of the genres listed, making a total of 24 books for this reading challenge.

UPDATE: I finished this challenge in June 2018.

Genre bingo card

Row 1:
Magical Realism – Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
Horror – Dark Corner by Brandon Massey
Dystopian – Delirium by Lauren Oliver
Classics – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Short stories or Novella – The Pearl by John Steinbeck

Row 2:
Science Fiction – Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Urban Fantasy – Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Science Nonfiction – A Bried History of Time by Stephen Hawking
Coming of Age – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Historical Nonfiction – Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Row 3:
Mystery or Thriller – Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine
Historical Romance – The Husband List by Janet Evanovich
FREE SPACE
YA Fantasy – Caraval by Stephanie Garber
Historical – The Long-Lost Secret Diary of the World’s Worst Dinosaur Hunter by Tim Collins

Row 4:
Graphic Novel – Blankets by Craig Thompson
Chick-Lit – Fly Away by Kristin Hannah
Tragedy – Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
Family Saga – Shelter by Jung Yun
Paranormal Romance – City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

Row 5:
Literary Fiction – Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
Humor – Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg
Adventure – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Epic/High Fantasy – Eragon by Christopher Paolini
Self-Help – The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

To find out more about what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads.

Reading Challenge: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters

Books about Monsters

One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to have read 20 books on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books about Monsters list by the end of the year. I’ve read a few of the books on this list, but a lot more look interesting. It’ll take me a while to get through the whole list, but I hope to get a good start on it this year. I will update this list as I finish reading books.

To check out what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads profile.

Aliens
✓1. The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
✓2. Dreamcatcher by Stephen King
✓3. In the After by Demitria Lunetta
✓4. The Lives of Tao by Wesley Chu
✓5. Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell

Biological Horrors
✓6. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
✓7. Breeding Ground by Sarah Pinborough
✓8. The Caretaker of Lorne Field by Dave Zeltserman
✓9. Clickers by J.F. Gonzalez
✓10. The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone
✓11. Jaws by Peter Benchley
✓12. The Loch by Steve Alten
✓13. Monster by Frank Peretti
✓14. The Montauk Monster by Hunter Shea
✓15. Parasite by Mira Grant
✓16. The Ruins by Scott Smith
✓17. Seeders by A.J. Colucci
✓18. Slither by Edward Lee
✓19. The Troop by Nick Cutter

Demons
20. Come Closer by Sara Gran
21. Evil Librarian by Michelle Knudsen
✓22. The Gates by John Connolly
23. Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger
24. Mister B. Gone by Clive Barker
25. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
26. Netherworld by Lisa Morton

Humans
27. Battle Royale by Koushun Takami
28. The Collector by John Fowles
29. Off Season by Jack Ketchum
✓30. Out by Natsuo Kirino
31. Perfect Days by Raphael Montes
32. Succulent Prey by Wrath James White
33. Survivor by J.F. Gonzalez
34. We Are Monsters by Brian Kirk

Vampires
35. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
✓36. Dark Corner by Brandon Massey
✓37. Fledgling by Octavia Butler
✓38. The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
39. Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist
40. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
41. The Night Wanderer by Drew Taylor Hayden
42. The Quick by Lauren Owen
✓43. The Passage by Justin Cronin
44. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro

Werewolves
✓45. Breed by Chase Novak
✓46. The Devourers by Indra Das
47. The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan
48. Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones
✓49. Red Moon by Benjamin Percy
✓50. Sharp Teeth by Toby Barlow
51. Wilding by Melanie Tem
52. The Wolf Gift by Anne Rice

Witches
53. A Choir of Ill Children by Tom Piccirilli
54. The Circle by Bentley Little
55. The Dead Path by Stephen M. Irwin
56. Gideon by Alex Gordon
57. Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
✓58. Labyrinth Lost by Zoraida Cordova
59. Nazareth Hill by Ramsey Campbell
✓60. Wytches Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder

Zombies
61. Dead of Night by Jonathan Maberry
✓62. Feed by Mira Grant
63. The First Days by Rhiannon Frater
64. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
65. Jesus Freaks by Andre Duza
66. The Missing by Sarah Langan
67. The Rising by Brian Keene
68. World War Z by Max Brooks
69. Zone One by Colson Whitehead

Various, Miscellaneous, and Sundry
70. Alice by Christina Henry
✓71. Bird Box by Josh Malerman
72. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
73. Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
74. Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes
75. Clay by David Almond
76. Dead Bitch Army by Andre Duza
77. The Devil in Silver by Victor Lavalle
✓78. Dweller by Jeff Strand
✓79. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
✓80. The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell
✓81. The Hollower by Mary SanGiovanni
✓82. John Dies at the End by David Wong
✓83. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
✓84. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
✓85. Monstress by Marjorie Liu
86. The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
87. North American Lake Monsters by Nathan Ballingrud
✓88. NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
✓89. Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Bryan K. Vaughn
90. Relic by Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child
91. The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
✓92. The Revenant Road by Michael Boatman
93. The Ritual by Adam Nevill
94. Roosevelt’s Beast by Louis Bayard
95. The Shapeshifters by Stefan Spjut
96. She Walks in Shadows by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (ed.)
✓97. Summer of Night by Dan Simmons
98. The Terror by Dan Simmons
✓99. Threshold by Caitlin Kiernan
100. Unnatural Creatures by Neil Gaiman et al.

Reading Challenge: Book Riot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books

Hilarious Books

One of my 2017 Reading Goals was to have read 25 books on Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books list by the end of the year. There are a lot of books on this list that sound really funny, so I thought, why not try to read them all. It’ll take me a while to get through the whole list, but I hope to get a good start on it this year. I will update this list as I finish reading books.

To check out what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads profile.

✓1. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
✓2. Has Anyone Seen My Pants by Sarah Colonna
✓3. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
✓4. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
✓5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
✓6. A Walk In The Woods by Bill Bryson
✓7. Heartburn by Nora Ephron
✓8. Varamo by César Aira
9. My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse
✓10. Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez
11. How To Be Black by Baratunde Thurston
✓12. Senselessness by Horatio Castellanos Moya
✓13. Texts from Jane Eyre: And Other Conversations with Your Favorite Literary Characters by Mallory Ortberg and Madeline Gobbo
✓14. See You Next Tuesday by Jane Mai
✓15. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
✓16. Bossypants by Tina Fey
✓17. Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
18. Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
✓19. Go the F**k To Sleep by Adam Mansbach
20. To Say Nothing Of The Dog by Connie Willis
✓21. Misconceptions by Blu Daniels
✓22. Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman
✓23. The Broke Diaries: The Completely True and Hilarious Misadventures of a Good Girl Gone Broke by Angela Nissel
✓24. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
25. A Bad Idea I’m About to Do: True Tales of Seriously Poor Judgment and Stunningly Awkward Adventure by Chris Gethard
26. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde
27. The Princess Bride by William Goldman
✓28. The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks
29. How to Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
30. Blonde Bombshell by Tom Holt
✓31. The Sellout by Paul Beatty
32. Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
✓33. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
✓34. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore
35. The Cry of the Sloth by Sam Savage
36. Company by Max Barry
✓37. You Can’t Touch My Hair And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
38. The Colour of Magic (Discworld #1) by Terry Pratchett
✓39. Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
✓40. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
✓41. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
42. Such A Pretty Fat: One Narcissist’s Quest to Discover if Her Life Makes Her Ass Look Big, or Why Pie is Not the Answer by Jen Lancaster
✓43. Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes
44. Home Land by Sam Lipsyte
45. Typical American by Gish Jen
46. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
47. I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley
48. Autobiography of a Fat Bride: True Tales of a Pretend Adulthood by Laurie Notaro
✓49. The Regional Office Is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
✓50. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari
✓51. Adulthood Is a Myth: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen
✓52. What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
53. Someone Could Get Hurt: A Memoir of Twenty-First-Century Parenthood by Drew Magary
54. The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine by Krissy Kneen
✓55. Killing Auntie by Andrzej Bursa
✓56. I Am Not Sidney Poitier by Percival Everett
✓57. Yes, Please by Amy Poehler
58. The Grass is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank by Erma Bombeck
59. Shrill by Lindy West
60. On Beauty by Zadie Smith
61. Running With Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
62. The Internet Is A Playground by David Thorne
✓63. A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
64. Blackass by A. Igoni Barrett
65. Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
✓66. I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young
67. Mother, Can You Not? by Kate Siegel
68. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
69. The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae
✓70. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding
71. It Gets Worse by Shane Dawson
72. Octopus Pie by Meredith Gran
73. Redshirts by John Scalzi
74. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
75. Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
✓76. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea by Chelsea Handler
✓77. Smashed, Squashed, Splattered, Chewed, Chunked and Spewed by Lance Carbuncle
✓78. The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
✓79. Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World’s Worst Dog by John Grogan
80. I Am America (And So Can You!) by Stephen Colbert
81. Dora: A Headcase by Lidia Yuknavitch
82. The Room by Jonas Karlsson
✓83. Florida Roadkill by Tim Dorsey
84. An Idiot Abroad: The Travel Diaries of Karl Pilkington by Karl Pilkington
85. The Gun Seller by Hugh Laurie
✓86. The Unabridged Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce
✓87. I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual by Luvvie Ajayi
88. Sick Puppy by Carl Hiaasen
89. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
90. Clown Girl by Monica Drake
91. This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
92. Oreo by Fran Ross
93. The Sugar Frosted Nutsack by Mark Leyner
✓94. Black Hole Blues by Patrick Wensink
95. The Road to Wellville by T.C. Boyle
✓96. The Assimilated Cuban’s Guide to Quantum Santeria by Carlos Hernandez
97. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
✓98. Job: A Comedy of Justice by Robert Heinlein
✓99. Ella Minnow Pea: A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable by Mark Dunn
✓100. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart

Reading Challenge: Modern Mrs. Darcy 2017

Books & Coffee

Last year I did the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge, and now I’m working on this year’s challenge as one of my 2017 reading goals. This year’s reading challenge includes two lists, each with 12 book prompts. One list is about reading for fun and the other is about reading for growth. The reading for fun challenge is for 12 books and the reading for growth challenge is for 14 books… one prompt is for three books instead of one. That’s a total of 26 books to read this year for this challenge. For info on books I’ve read and books I’m currently reading, check out my Goodreads profile. Below are the challenges, plus my book(s) for that prompt. I will update this list with a checkmark by the prompt as I finish reading books.

Update: Finished this reading challenge on 6/13/17.

MODERN MRS DARCY 2017 READING CHALLENGE
READING FOR FUN
1. A book you chose for the cover – Looking for Alaska by John Green
2. A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able – The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
3. A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
4. A book you’ve already read – Divergent by Veronica Roth
5. A juicy memoir – The Dirt by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars, Nikki Sixx.
6. A book about books or reading – The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan
7. A book in a genre you usually avoid – All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
8. A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read – Vinyl by Sophia Elaine Hanson
9. A book in the backlist of a new favorite author – What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
10. A book recommended by someone with great taste – In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
11. A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet – The Beach by Alex Garland
12. A book about a topic or subject you already love – Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

READING FOR GROWTH
1. A Newbery Award Winner or Honor Book – Holes by Louis Sachar
2. A book in translation – Candide by Voltaire
3. A book that’s more than 600 pages – The Host by Stephenie Meyer
4. A book of poetry, a play, or an essay collection – Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by Jack Thorne
5. A book of any genre that addresses current events – Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
6. An immigrant story – Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. A book published before you were born – The Art of War by Sun Tzu
8. Three books by the same author – The Games Hope to Die, and Zoo 2 by James Patterson
9. A book by an #ownvoices or #diversebooks author – The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
10. A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending – Atonement by Ian McEwan
11. A book nominated for an award in 2017 – The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
12. A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award winner – Ironweed by William Kennedy

Reading Challenge: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

Nancy Drew books

I loved Nancy Drew books when I was a kid. Now I’m rereading the Nancy Drew Mystery Stories books. This is the original series that gave Nancy Drew her start. These books started getting published in the 1930s, and continued into the early 1980s. The first book, The Secret of the Old Clock, was published in 1930 and the last book, Captive Witness, was published in 1981. The books had various authors, and starting in 1959, the earlier books were revised to portray a more up-to-date story. All 64 books were published under the pen name Carolyn Keene.

Reading these Nancy Drew books is part of my 2017 reading goals. For a peek at what I’ve read and what I’m currently reading, click over to Goodreads.

UPDATE: I finished this reading challenge in October 2017.

NANCY DREW MYSTERY STORIES
✓1. The Secret of the Old Clock
✓2. The Hidden Staircase
✓3. The Bungalow Mystery
✓4. The Mystery at Lilac Inn
✓5. The Secret at Shadow Ranch
✓6. The Secret of Red Gate Farm
✓7. The Clue in the Diary
✓8. Nancy’s Mysterious Letter
✓9. The Sign of the Twisted Candles
✓10. The Password to Larkspur Lane
✓11. The Clue of the Broken Locket
✓12. The Message in the Hollow Oak
✓13. The Mystery of the Ivory Charm
✓14. The Whispering Statue
✓15. The Haunted Bridge
✓16. The Clue of the Tapping Heels
✓17. The Mystery of the Brass-Bound Trunk
✓18. The Mystery at the Moss-Covered Mansion
✓19. The Quest of the Missing Map
✓20. The Clue in the Jewel Box
✓21. The Secret in the Old Attic
✓22. The Clue in the Crumbling Wall
✓23. The Mystery of the Tolling Bell
✓24. The Clue in the Old Album
✓25. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
✓26. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
✓27. The Secret of the Wooden Lady
✓28. The Clue of the Black Keys
✓29. The Mystery at the Ski Jump
✓30. The Clue of the Velvet Mask
✓31. The Ringmaster’s Secret
✓32. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
✓33. The Witch Tree Symbol
✓34. The Hidden Window Mystery
✓35. The Haunted Showboat
✓36. The Secret of the Golden Pavilion
✓37. The Clue in the Old Stagecoach
✓38. The Mystery of the Fire Dragon
✓39. The Clue of the Dancing Puppet
✓40. The Moonstone Castle Mystery
✓41. The Clue of the Whistling Bagpipes
✓42. The Phantom of Pine Hill
✓43. The Mystery of the 99 Steps
✓44. The Clue in the Crossword Cipher
✓45. The Spider Sapphire Mystery
✓46. The Invisible Intruder
✓47. The Mysterious Mannequin
✓48. The Crooked Banister
✓49. The Secret of Mirror Bay
✓50. The Double Jinx Mystery
✓51. Mystery of the Glowing Eye
✓52. The Secret of the Forgotten City
✓53. The Sky Phantom
✓54. The Strange Message in the Parchment
✓55. Mystery of Crocodile Island
✓56. The Thirteenth Pearl
✓57. The Triple Hoax
✓58. The Flying Saucer Mystery
✓59. The Secret in the Old Lace
✓60. The Greek Symbol Mystery
✓61. The Swami’s Ring
✓62. The Kachina Doll Mystery
✓63. The Twin Dilemma
✓64. Captive Witness