2022 Reading Challenge discussion

76 views
ARCHIVE 2013 > Robyn's Space

Comments Showing 1-16 of 16 (16 new)    post a comment »
dateDown arrow    newest »

message 1: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Here is my little space to hold all of the challenges I sign up for. No reviews, just a list of the challenges and *hopefully completed* books


message 2: by Robyn (last edited Jun 14, 2013 06:10PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Every Year Challenge
Duration: January - December 2013

This challenge will last the entire year. Your goal is to read a book published every year since you were born, or you can choose a year something special happened (ex: marriage, child was born) and read from those years.

Starting from 2002 - High School Graduation
2002 - The Dark Room: A Novel
2003 -
2004 - Heart on My Sleeve
2005 - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
2006 -
2007 - The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
2008 -
2009 - Shanghai Girls
2010 - Matched
2011 - Lover Unleashed
2012 - City of Lost Souls
2013 -

Progress: 8/12


message 3: by Robyn (last edited May 31, 2013 08:27PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments monthly group reads and buddy reads that catch my eye:

January - Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue) Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer

February - The Color Purple by Alice Walker The Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lois Lowry

March - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

April - Lover At Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #11) by J.R. Ward

May - Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Shanghai Girls by Lisa See The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1) by Patrick Ness

June - The Princess Bride  by William Goldman The Shack Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by Wm. Paul Young Bridget Jones's Diary (Bridget Jones, #1) by Helen Fielding


message 4: by Robyn (last edited Jun 23, 2013 02:13AM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments The Lets Turn Pages Challenge
Duration January 1 – December 31, 2013

GOAL: No Goal, Just Curious How Many Pages I actually Read...

January
1. City of Lost Souls 535 pages Animal Farm 112 pages Free Will 83 pages Lover Unleashed 537 pagesParasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures 334 pages The Perks of Being a Wallflower 213 pages

February
The Color Purple 295 pages The Giver192 pages Heart on My Sleeve 240 pages

March
The Gunslinger 224 pages Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 258 pages Matched 369 pages The Dark Room: A Novel 288 pages Me Talk Pretty One Day 272 pgs

April
Room 321 pages Lover Reborn 572 pages A Stolen Life 273 pages Speak 208 pages Blindness 326 pages

May
Gone Girl 465 pages The Great Gatsby216 pages Shanghai Girls 309 pages

June
Before I Fall 470 pages The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity 248 pages Where We Belong 372 pages The Princess Bride 283 pages

Progress: 8015/12000


message 5: by Robyn (last edited Jan 27, 2013 07:19PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments It's All About the Oscars and Hollywood Challenge
Duration: January 1, 2013 - March 31, 2013

GOAL: 5

1. Reviews will make or break a movie in Hollywood – Read a book with a Goodreads rating of 4 or more stars

2. Word of mouth, "You have to see this movie!" - Read a book recommended to you by a friend

3. The longest movie ever made is called "Modern times Forever." Its a whopping 240 hours long! - Read a long book (500+ pages) - City of Lost Souls 535 pages

4. Hollywood is in L.A. - Read a book whose author's name (first or surname) begins with L or A

5. Many great movies started out as books - Read a book that was adapted into a movie

6. It’s award season. Here come the Oscars! - Read a book that has won a major literary award (Man Booker, Pulitzer, Nobel Prize in Literature, etc.)

7. Roll out the red carpet - Read a book whose cover is red or whose title is written in red

8. Hollywood is known for its sex, drugs, rock and roll - Read a book that features sex, drugs and/or rock and roll

9. Movies weren't always in colour?! - Read a book whose cover is mainly black and/or white

10. Paparazzi are always spying on celebs - Read a book in which the main character is a spy or is being spied on

11. Every celeb has an autobiography nowadays - Read an autobiography by a celebrity or other well-known person

12. They pay him how much per movie?! - Read a book in which the main character is rich or comes into a large sum of money

13. She dating who!? They broke up?! Celeb relationships are everywhere you look. - Read a book in which a relationship ends or a new relationship begins - Lover Unleashed

14. Movie stars travel worldwide to promote their latest film - Read a book set in a country you would like to visit or have visited (not your home country)

15. Celebs are obsessed with technology such as Facebook and Twitter - Read a book that heavily features social networking or technology

16. Every actor/actress dreams of having the star role - Read a book in which the main character has the same first or surname as you

17. February 14th is Valentine's day. Studios release several romantic movies this time of year - Read a book from the romance genre

18. Martha Stewart, Lindsay Lohan, 50cent. They've all spent time in the slammer. - Read a book that is set in a prison or in which the main character is a criminal or police officer

19. Harry Potter, The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings, Shrek. There are many great movie series! - Read a book from a series

20. Headlines! Celebs are always in the news - Look through a newspaper and find a book review. Read the book that has been reviewed

21. Lots of books have been made in TV series too. - Read a book that has been made into a TV series or mini series

22. No matter what the movie is about there's always a bad guy - Read a book in which the main character is a villain or perceived as a villain - Animal Farm The name Napoleon even sounds villainous

23. Oscars speeches have to be short and snappy with a maximum length of 45 seconds - Read a short book (no more than 100 pages) - Free Will 83 pages

24. I'd like to thank my mom and dad... - Read a book that features a child/parent relationship

25. Paranormal Activity, The Omen, The Exorcist. Some films will give you nightmares - Read a book from the horror genreParasite Rex : Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures

26. Cut! And that's a wrap - Read the last book in a series





message 6: by Robyn (last edited Mar 01, 2013 07:54PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments All About Cupid Challenge
Duration: February 1 - February 28, 2013

Tasks:
1. It Takes Two To Tango: Read 2 books from the same Romance Series (This can include Inspirational, Contemporary or Historical Romance).
2. The Heart of the Matter: Read a book that either has a heart on the cover or "Heart" in the title. Or read a book by your favorite author or your all-time favorite book. Heart on My Sleeve
3. The Color of Love: Read a book that has a title that contains the colors: Red, Pink, White, or Ivory. (Can include any shade of the above colors like blush pink, crimson, rose, scarlet)
4. Covers of Color: Read a book that has a cover that is mostly Red or Pink.
5. The Month of Marriage: Read a book that was released in June of a previous year. Or if you are married, read a book that was released in the month and year you were married in.
6. Breaking Up is Hard to Do: Read a book in which the main characters are a couple in the beginning but end up going their separate ways. Or read a book that you thought you would have liked and actually hated.
7. Holy Matrimony: Read a book that has a bride on the cover, has marriage or wedding or a variation of one of these words in the title, has June in the title, or has wedding rings on the front cover.
8. Cupid's Arrows: Read a book that is either set in an age in which bows and arrows were used in combat or is about Native American Indians.
9. Be My Valentine: Read a book that has Chocolate or Flowers (or a type of flower like roses or lilies) in the title.
10. A Date with Prince Charming: Read a book that has a place to go on a date in the title (ex. Movies, beach, dinner, etc.) or that has a Knight or Prince as the leading male character.





message 7: by Robyn (last edited May 31, 2013 08:50PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Books completed in January :
City of Lost Souls (The Mortal Instruments, #5) by Cassandra Clare Animal Farm by George Orwell
Free Will by Sam Harris Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9) by J.R. Ward Parasite Rex (with a New Epilogue) Inside the Bizarre World of Nature's Most Dangerous Creatures by Carl Zimmer The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

6 books
1,814 pages read

productive month! i will be over my goal if i can keep this up


Books completed in February:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker The Giver (The Giver, #1) by Lois Lowry Heart on My Sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger

3 books only 727 pages this month

far less productive but looking forward to march and spring break, less school books more me books!

Books completed in March:
The Gunslinger (The Dark Tower, #1) by Stephen King Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie The Dark Room A Novel by Rachel Seiffert Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
1.411 pages read this month
Much more productive month then February because of spring break. Best book of the month was Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Worst was The Dark Room

Books Completed in April:
Room by Emma Donoghue Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10) by J.R. Ward A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson Blindness (Blindness, #1) by José Saramago
1700 pages read this month!
Best book of the month - Blindness
Worst book - A Stolen Life, although it was still good just not as good as the others.

Books completed in May:
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
only 990 pages this month. such a busy month : (
Best book: gone girl
Worst book: before i fall... have about 30 pages left, difficult to get through


message 8: by Robyn (last edited Mar 24, 2013 06:32PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments AWARDS COVER HUNT
Duration: March 1 - March 31, 2013

1. The Heisman Trophy is given to the most outstanding player in college football. Read a book with has something related to sports on its cover.

2. MacArthur Genius Grants (formally The MacArthur Fellows Program) are awarded to people who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work" in any field. Read a book with someone you consider to be a genius on its cover (the person can be fictional or real).

3. Grammy Awards are given by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences to music artists. Read a book with something related to music on its cover.

4. The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration awarded for valour "in the face of the enemy" to members of the armed forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories. Read a book with something related to the military on its cover.

5. The Villa Romana Prize is a German art prize. Read a book with an artist's name in the title or a piece of artwork on the cover.

6. The European Inventor Award is awarded to inventors "who have made a significant contribution to innovation, economy and society in Europe." Read a book with an innovative cover. (This one's very open to interpretation!) Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie

7. The Pritzker Architecture Prize is given to an architect who demonstrates "talent, vision, and commitment." Read a book with a building on its cover. The Dark Room A Novel by Rachel Seiffert

8. The winner of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is given the title of Best in Show. Read a book with a dog on its cover.

9. The People's Hundred Flower Award is the Chinese equivalent of the Golden Globes. Read a book with flowers on its cover. - Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

10. The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards recognizes outstanding chefs. Read a book with food on its cover.

11. The winner of the premier series of of NASCAR gets the Sprint Cup Trophy. Read a book with a form of transportation on its cover.

12. The Merlin Award is an award given to magicians. Read a book with something you consider magical on its cover.





message 9: by Alessia (new)

Alessia (allieonthemoon) | 157 comments I absolutely love your counters! Great idea!


message 10: by Robyn (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Thanks Alessia, I think half the fun is organizing and updating my counters plus it gives me a visual idea of where I stand. happy reading!


message 11: by Robyn (last edited Apr 20, 2013 08:54PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments THE POEM TYPES MINI CHALLENGE
Duration: April 1 - April 30, 2013

This challenge is inspired by poetry, but no you don't need to read books of poetry for this one. You can read any type of book you want that suits the task.

1. Sonnets contain a rhyming scheme. Read a book with a title that contains two words that rhyme with each other (you can include the series name).

2. Haikus are best known for their brevity. Read a book under 100 pages.

3. Limericks are short, humorous poems. Read a book with "humor" listed as a genre.

4. Epic poems celebrate heroes. A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard




message 12: by Robyn (last edited Apr 26, 2013 04:18PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments THE WORD PLAY CHALLENGE
Duration: April 1 - April 30, 2013

Our theme for April is poetry, so we thought we should have some fun with words for this challenge.

1. Palindrome. Read a book with a palindrome in its title, subtitle, or series name (a word that can be read both backwards and forward like “sagas” or “mom”) OR a character or author with a palindromic name (like Ana, Anna, or Hannah). Examples: High Noon, Anna Karenina, and author Kristin Hannah

2. Onomatopoeia. Read a book with an onomatopoeia in its title (a word that imitates the sound made like “pop” or “meow”). Examples: Thud!, Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang

3. Alliteration. Read a book whose title contains alliteration of some sort (words that begin with the same or similar sounds). Examples: The Lies of Locke Lamora, Pride and Prejudice

4. Anagram. Read a book that you can, using the first letters of the title, spell a word from. You do not need to use all of the letters, and they do not need to be in order. Examples: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (DEAD), In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin (HALF or LOAF or FLAT, etc.)

5. Homophone. Read a book with a title containing a homophone (a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning) Examples: Cannery Row (row a boat versus a row of chairs), The Handmaid's Tale (tale versus tail)

6. Pidgin. Read a book in which the characters speak in some sort of slang. Examples: Honolulu (Hawaiian creole pidgin), Ender's Game (Battle School slang), The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10) by J.R. Ward They speak in the old language off and on throughout the series

7. Pseudonym. Read a book by an author who has assumed a pen name under which the book was published. Examples: Ayn Rand (Alisa Zinov'yevna Rosenbaum), George Orwell (Eric Arthur Blair), Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson)

8. Translations. Read a book originally published in a language that is not your native tongue. Blindness by José Saramago





message 13: by Robyn (last edited Jun 23, 2013 02:15AM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments ZARA'S INSPIRED SURVIVAL CHALLENGE
Duration: April 1 - June 30, 2013

Rules
Each book read for this challenge must fit into one of the three following categories:

1. Hard to get into books - Find books that you have either struggled to begin or finish in the past and turn to them again and resolve to completely finish them this time;
2. Mammoth books - If reading books in excess of 500 pages long would be an enormous challenge for you, then resolve to read such a book for this challenge;
3. TBR books - Read books that have either been on your GR TBR shelf the longest or that you've had at home on your bookshelves the longest. Remember, these books still need to provide some form of challenge for you.

Levels
Major: 1-3 books
Double Major: 4-6 books
Masters: 7-12 books
PhD: 12+ books

1. Lover Reborn (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #10) by J.R. Ward mammoth book for me, 572 pages
2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald books that are hard to get into. tried this one in high school... didn't make it far. still didn't love it but happy i read it before seeing the movie.
3. The Princess Bride  by William Goldman Tried to read this book years ago. twice actually. Finally picked it up and read the whole thing. Liked it, didn't love it only because of the constant comparrisons in my mind to the movie.





message 14: by Robyn (last edited May 26, 2013 11:33PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments May Spell-Out Challenge:
Duration: May 1 - May 31, 2013

What do you first think of when you hear about the month of May? Choose a word or more than one word to spell out this month. You can use the title of the book (excluding A, An, and The),the first or last initial of the author, or the first letter in the name of the main character (first or last initial)

W
A - Amy in Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
R
M - May from Shanghai Girls

Progress: 2/4
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn Shanghai Girls by Lisa See


message 15: by Robyn (last edited May 26, 2013 11:49PM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Mini-challenge:
Duration: May 1 - May 31, 2013

1) Read a book from the decade you were born.
2) Read a book from the decade of your favorite band's first album. - Vampire Weekend, 2000's Shanghai Girls
3) Read a book from the decade your favorite author was born.
4) Decade of choice 2010's - Gone Girl

GOAL: All 4
Progress: 2/4
Shanghai Girls by Lisa See Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn


message 16: by Robyn (last edited Jun 23, 2013 02:15AM) (new)

Robyn | -15 comments Different cultures have different colors to symbolize royalty. In the West, it's purple or "royal blue." In China, it's yellow. For Aztecs, the color red was a symbol of authority.

For June's challenge, read one book for each color (purple, blue, yellow, red). The book's cover must be more than 50% that color.

yellow - Where We Belong
red - The Princess Bride
blue - The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity
if I have time
purple - ?

The Shack Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by Wm. Paul Young Where We Belong by Emily Giffin The Princess Bride  by William Goldman


back to top