2016 Book Challenge


We all need to get out of our comfort zone once in a while.  I’m an avid reader, and tend to pick-up the same things to read, because that’s my comfort zone.  So, here is a challenge I found on-line which will force me to expand my horizons.  So, I’m challenging you to do the same!  I’m going to track my progress here.

So, the challenge is to read a book from each of these categories:

  • based on a fairy tale
  • national book award winner
  • YA bestseller (The Gridley Girls, which wasn’t meant to be YA but is, plus I didn’t finish it; The Woman in the Mirror)
  • you haven’t read since high school
  • set in your home state (Chicago Blues – well, my adopted home state and I didn’t finish this one; Boy, 9, Missing)
  • translated to English (The Locust and the Bird, originally written in Arabic; Rage, originally written in Polish)
  • set in the future
  • set in Europe (Lilac Girls, The Secret of the Blue Trunk, Only in Naples)
  • under 150 pages
  • New York Times bestseller (The Beauty of the End)
  • becoming a movie this year
  • recommended by someone you just met (Finding Libbie)
  • self-improvement book
  • you can finish in a day (Pancakes in Paris)
  • written by a celebrity
  • political memoir
  • at least 100 years older than you
  • more than 600 pages
  • from Oprah’s Book Club
  • science-fiction novel (The Beast of Barcroft)
  • recommended by a family member friend (All the Missing Girls)
  • graphic novel
  • published in 2016 (all the books from NetGalley)
  • with a protagonist who has your occupation
  • that takes place during summer (The Girl Who Chased the Moon, The Girls)
  • original and the prequel
  • murder mystery (Missing Pieces)
  • written by a comedian
  • dystopian novel
  • with a blue cover (Grace’s Table, The Girl Who Chased the Moon)
  • book of poetry
  • first book you see in a bookstore
  • classic from the 20th century (Zane Grey, which I will be reading into the 22nd Century)
  • from the library
  • autobiography (Catch Me if You Can)
  • about a road trip (Descent had large portion, but it was not the main theme)
  • about a culture you’re unfamiliar with (As the Poppies Bloomed – but to be fair, I didn’t finish this; Rupee Millionaires; Only in Naples; We Are Not Such Things)
  • satirical book (Beige Soup, Wangs Vs. The World)
  • takes place on an island (The Girl Who Wrote in Silk)
  • that’s guaranteed to bring you joy

The ones that don’t fit anywhere:  

  • Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage
  • The Widow (a murder is involved, but it’s not the central part of the story)
  • Try Not to Breathe (the victim was left for dead, but didn’t die)
  • An Invisible Client
  • The Restaurant Critic’s Wife
  • No One Knows
  • The Girl from Home
  • Before the Fall
  • The Butterfly Garden
  • The A to Z of You and Me
  • The Lie
  • Magruder’s Curiosity Cabinet
  • The Last Time She Saw Him
  • Like I Used to Dance
  • Scapegoat
  • Someone’s Daughter:  In Search of Justice for Jane Doe
  • Murder in Missoula
  • The Girl from the Sea
  • Cooking for Picasso
  • God of Internet
  • Time and Regret
  • The Buried Book
  • Fractured

Happy Reading!


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