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message 1: by Susan C (last edited Mar 27, 2016 11:14AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments This is my space to keep track of my yearly, quarterly, and monthly reading challenges for 2016.

My goal for 2016 is to read 140 books. I will track this goal and my other reading challenges on my Personal Challenge thread.

Happy reading in 2016!

Link to my personal challenge


message 2: by Susan C (last edited Oct 14, 2016 02:11PM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments THE EVERY YEAR CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016


Your goal is to read a book published every year since you were born, or you can choose a year something special happened (e.g, you graduated, you got married, etc.) and read from that year.

This challenge will help us check out the literary styles from different years.

I choose 1998, which was the year I got married.

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 6 on the challenge discussion board.

✓ 1998 Standing in the Rainbow read 5/9/2016
✓ 1999 Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin read 1/6/2016
✓ 2000 Gathering Blue read 1/29/2016
✓ 2001 Summer Island read 6/1/2016
✓ 2002 Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal read 8/11/2016
✓ 2003 An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude read 3/23/2016
✓ 2004 Messenger read 3/28/2016
✓ 2005 The Tender Bar read 10/14/2016
✓ 2006 A Dirty Job read 1/1/2016
✓ 2007 World Without End read 2/2/2016
✓ 2008 Not Like My Mother: Becoming a Sane Parent After Growing Up in a Crazy Family read 2/29/2016
✓ 2009 Bird in Hand read 1/9/2015
✓ 2010 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life read 2/5/2016
✓ 2011 No Biking in the House Without a Helmet read 7/3/2016
✓ 2012 Little Night read 1/11/2016
✓ 2013 The Golem and the Jinni read 1/24/2016
✓ 2014 Everything I Never Told You read 1/7/2016
✓ 2015 Girl at War read 1/16/2016
✓ 2016 Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality read 9/30/2016

19/19
Challenge completed!


message 3: by Susan C (last edited Dec 21, 2016 06:55PM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments I SPY: BOOK TITLES EDITION
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016


Read a book that contains in its title a word that can be found in each of the classic book titles. The word needs to be there in its entirety; however, homographs (words that are spelled the same but mean different things) and words within words count. Articles (a, and, the) and any two letter words do not count.

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 82 on the challenge discussion board.

Here are the 25 books:
✓ 1. Of Mice and Men An Embarrassment of Mangoes: A Caribbean Interlude read 3/23/2016
✓ 2. A Tale of Two Cities The Thirteenth Tale read 5/6/2016
✓ 3. Gone with the Wind A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier read 6/9/2016
✓ 4. A Wrinkle in Time Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth read 2/13/2016
✓ 5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn The Tree of Hands read 12/21/2016
✓ 6. The Little Prince Little Lady, Big Apple read 1/3/2016
✓ 7. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass Ali in Wonderland read 8/14/2016
✓ 8. Brave New World Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City read 11/24/2016
✓ 9. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The Running Dream read 3/21/2016
✓ 10. The Joy Luck Club Lucky Us read 8/22/2016
✓ 11. The Diary of a Young Girl Girlchild read 1/19/2016
✓ 12. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Bird in Hand read 1/9/2016
✓ 13. The Book Thief The Little Paris Bookshop read 2/27/2016
✓ 14. The God of Small Things Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women read 10/27/2016
✓ 15. Around the World in 80 Days World Without End read 2/2/2016
✓ 16. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time A Dog's Journey read 1/26/2016
✓ 17. The Time Traveler's Wife A Tale for the Time Being read 7/17/2016
✓ 18. All Quiet on the Western Front All I Love and Know read 11/16/2016
✓ 19. The Old Man and the Sea A Man Called Ove read 1/27/2016
✓ 20. Where the Red Fern Grows Where We Belong read 3/6/2016
✓ 21. Island of the Blue Dolphins Gathering Blue read 1/29/2016
✓ 22. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank read 12/12/2016
✓ 23. Girl With a Pearl Earring Girl at War read 1/16/2016
✓ 24. The Call of the Wild Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic read 2/27/2016
✓ 25. The Good Earth A Good Hard Look read 10/16/2016

25/25
Challenge completed!


message 4: by Susan C (last edited Aug 20, 2016 11:59AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments AROUND THE WORLD IN BOOKS
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016


Read books written by authors from as many different countries as you can. The authors can have either been born there or lived there.

I'm in for 10...

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 79 on the challenge discussion board.

✓ 1. Croatia - Girl at War by Sara Nović read 1/16/2016
✓ 2. Nigeria - Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi read 1/26/2016 (she was born in Nigeria and lived there until age 4
✓ 3. Sweden - A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman read 1/27/2016
✓ 4. Iran - Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan read 2/13/2016
✓ 5. Germany - The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George read 2/27/2016
✓ 6. South Africa - The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay read 3/12/2016
✓ 7. Sierra Leone - A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah read 6/9/2016
✓ 8. Turkey - The King of Taksim Square by Emrah Serbes read 6/18/2016
✓ 9. France - The Other Story by Tatiana de Rosnay read 6/26/2016
✓ 10. India - A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry read 7/9/2016
✓ 11. Kenya - Coincidence by John Ironmonger read 8/15/2016

11/10 Challenge completed!

Possible authors:
Isabel Allende - Peru
Boris Kachka - Moldova
Javier Marías - Spain The Infatuations


Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments I may do what you did with the every year challenge, and start from 1998 (although I didn't get married that year, I graduated). Last year, finding a book worth reading for the year I was born (1980) was terrible...there was just nothing I was interested in.


message 6: by Susan C (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments Kadijah Michelle wrote: "I may do what you did with the every year challenge, and start from 1998 (although I didn't get married that year, I graduated). Last year, finding a book worth reading for the year I was born (198..."

I would have had to read way too many books for one challenge if I started with the year I was born (not saying what year that was.. lol). I was pleasantly surprised to see how many books on my TBR list could be used for this challenge. I'm also planning to set a goal for a personal challenge to reduce the size of my TBR list this year - so many books that have been on there for a long time that need to be read!


message 7: by Susan C (last edited Oct 21, 2016 12:15PM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments FROM FICTION TO REALITY
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016


We thought it'd be cool to learn more about the people, places, or time period in the fictional books we read! This challenge lets your fictional reading inspire you to read nonfiction books or vice versa.

You'll read books in pairs. Read any fiction book. Then, read a nonfiction book about any part of that fictional work. Or read a nonfiction book, then find a fictional work that's related to it.

If you were to read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, your nonfiction book could be about witches, boarding schools, alchemy, or anything else related to the world of Harry Potter.

If you were to read Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, you could read a fictional book that includes a submarine, takes place during WWII, or is about a ship that sinks.

Link to my post on the challenge

I'm going to do 5 pairs (10 books) for this challenge.

✓Non-fiction: Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End read 2/20/2016
✓ Fiction: A Dirty Job read 1/1/2016
Being Mortal is about end-of-life care. In A Dirty Job, Charlie is a Death Merchant.

✓ Non-fiction: Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art read 9/25/2016
✓ Fiction: The Improbability of Love read 5/28/16
Both books take place in the London art world

✓ Non-fiction: The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics read 6/19/2016
✓ Fiction: Necessary Lies read 2/25/2016]
The Speechwriter is a memoir of life as a speechwriter in South Carolina's Governor's office during Mark Sanford's term. Necessary Lies takes place in North Carolina in the 60's, and a shameful state policy in effect at the time plays a profound role in this book. The Carolina's and state politics are the ties between these two books.

✓ Non-fiction: Called for Life: How Loving Our Neighbor Led Us into the Heart of the Ebola Epidemic read 2/27/2016
✓ Fiction: The Power of One read 3/12/2016
Called for Life is the story of Dr. Kent Brantly, who contracted Ebola while on a medical mission in Liberia. The Power of One is a coming-of-age story that takes place in South Africa. The continent of Africa is the tie between these two books.

✓ Non-fiction: Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church read 8/14/2016
✓ Fiction: The Shelter Cycle read 4/24/2016
Both of these books have a central theme of cult-like religions

I am message 21 on the challenge discussion board.


5/5 pairs
10/10 books
Challenge completed!


message 8: by Susan C (last edited Dec 31, 2016 07:07AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments POPSUGAR 2016 READING CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016


This year, Popsugar has come out with a new Ultimate Reading Challenge for 2016. We know that a lot of our members had fun with last year's challenge, so we decided to make it an official group challenge this year.

The goal is to check off all of the tasks in a year, but if that's too much, feel free to set a smaller goal.

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 31 on the challenge discussion board.

✓ 1. A book based on a fairy tale Boy, Snow, Bird read 1/26/2016
✓ 2. A National Book Award winner The Echo Maker read 12/9/2016
✓ 3. A YA bestseller Eleanor & Park read 12/20/2016
✓ 4. A book you haven't read since high school The Catcher in the Rye read 3/20/2016
✓ 5. A book set in your home state The Opposite of Everyone read 11/26/2016
✓ 6. A book translated to English A Man Called Ove read 1/27/2016
7. A romance set in the future Naked in Death
✓ 8. A book set in Europe Orkney read 2/6/2016
✓ 9. A book that's under 150 pages Making Toast read 2/29/2016
✓ 10. A New York Times bestseller A Spool of Blue Thread read 4/10/2016
✓ 11. A book that's becoming a movie this year The Choice read 12/20/2016
✓ 12. A book recommended by someone you just met Little Black Lies read 3/13/2016
✓ 13. A self-improvement book 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life read 2/5/2016
✓ 14. A book you can finish in a day Girl at War read 1/16/2016
✓ 15. A book written by a celebrity Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography read 2/22/2016
✓ 16. A political memoir A Fighting Chance read 3/19/2016
✓ 17. A book at least 100 years older than you Twelve Years a Slave read 12/31/2016
✓ 18. A book that's more than 600 pages World Without End read 2/2/2016
✓ 19. A book from Oprah's Book Club A Fine Balance read 7/9/2016
✓ 20. A science-fiction novel John Dies at the End read 2/9/2016
✓ 21. A book recommended by a family member A Constellation of Vital Phenomena read 4/22/2016
✓ 22. A graphic novel Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened read 3/5/2016
✓ 23. A book that is published in 2016 Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality read 9/30/2016
24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation House of Lies???
✓ 25. A book that takes place during summer A Sudden Light read 4/14/2016
✓ 26. A book and its prequel Up at Butternut Lake read 1/19/2016 and Butternut Summer read 3/21/2016
✓ 27. A murder mystery Broken Harbour read 5/23/2016
✓ 28. A book written by a comedian Yes Please read 1/8/2016
✓ 29. A dystopian novel Gathering Blue read 1/29/2016
✓ 30. A book with a blue cover Little Night read 1/11/2016
✓ 31. A book of poetry Inside Out & Back Again read 12/22/2016
32. The first book you see in a bookstore Lum
✓ 33. A classic from the 20th century A Wrinkle in Time read 8/24/2016
✓ 34. A book from the library Little Lady, Big Apple read 1/3/2016
✓ 35. An autobiography My Story read 5/26/2016
✓ 36. A book about a road trip The Borrower read 10/3/2016
✓ 37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier read 6/9/2016
✓ 38. A satirical book A Dirty Job read 1/1/2016
✓ 39. A book that takes place on an island Burial Rites read 2/10/2016
✓ 40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy A Dog's Journey read 1/26/2016

37/40


message 9: by Susan C (last edited Dec 19, 2016 01:57PM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments THE TBR RANDOMISER CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1st - December 31st 2016


Brought back for another year because we know that sometimes it can be tough to choose what to read next.
Let Goodreads decide for you!

This was one of my favorite challenges for 2015, and fits in nicely with my personal goal to reduce the size of my existing TBR list. I'm going for 30 this year.

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 8 on the challenge discussion board

✓ 1. A Dog's Journey read 1/26/2016
✓ 2. The Fashion Police (aka Fashion, Lies, and Murder) read 7/31/2016
✓ 3. Bird in Hand read 1/9/2016
✓ 4. Necessary Lies read 2/25/2016
✓ 5. Girlchild read 1/19/2016
✓ 6. Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin read 1/6/2016
✓ 7. The Long and Faraway Gone read 7/23/2016
✓ 8. Shooting Kabul read 4/5/2016
✓ 9. Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge read 12/3/2016
10. Alice I Have Been (nook)
✓ 11. Where We Belong read 3/6/2016
✓ 12. Orkney read 2/6/2016
✓ 13. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty read 1/14/2016
✓ 14. The Speechwriter: A Brief Education in Politics read 6/19/2016
✓ 15. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't read 11/12/2016
✓ 16. A Mother's Day to Remember read 2/13/2016
17. Sugar Busters! Cut Sugar to Trim Fat (own)
✓ 18. Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City read 11/24/2016
✓ 19. The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness read 9/21/2016
✓ 20. The Road from Gap Creek read 6/10/2016
✓ 21. The Museum of Extraordinary Things read 12/10/2016
✓ 22. The Master's Muse read 8/3/2016
✓ 23. Life Among Giants read 6/25/2016
✓ 24. Frog Music read 9/27/2016
✓ 25. The Angry Woman Suite read 12/19/2016
✓ 26. The Other Story read 6/27/2016
✓ 27. Coincidence read 8/15/2016
✓ 28. The House of Rumour read 12/4/2016
✓ 29. 365 Thank Yous: The Year a Simple Act of Daily Gratitude Changed My Life 2/5/2016
✓ 30. Someone read 8/15/2016

28/30


message 10: by Susan C (last edited Sep 17, 2016 08:53AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments THE LISTOPIA CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1st - December 31st, 2016


Rules :
Choose your list (or multiple lists!) and the number of books you plan to read from each.
State your goals in your first post (posting a link to your lists is recommended*).
Any format of book, cross challenging etc. are all fine.
You can keep track in your Member's Corner or update here.
When you finish off a list, post your completed list here so we can all congratulate you!

* NOTE: Posting a link is not necessary, but it does help others find the list you are referring too if they want to check it out as well! If you do want to post a link, here are the instructions.
1. Find your list and copy the URL (which can be found at the top of your browser, in the box with the website address)
2. When posting your comment in the comment box, the code you use to add a link is this: (backspace all the *) <*a href="">Name of list here<*/a*>.
3. Paste the URL of your list between the two " in the first tag.

I'm signing up for 12 books - 4 lists, 3 books from each. In keeping with one of my personal goals to read books that have been on my TBR list for over a year, all books for this challenge will be currently on my TBR list (preference given to those on it over a year).

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 12 on the challenge discussion board

New York Times: 100 Notable Books of 2014
1. Everything I Never Told You read 1/7/2016
2. Boy, Snow, Bird read 1/21/2016
3. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End read 2/20/2016

** Nora Webster
** The Empathy Exams: Essays

What Women Born In The 1970s Read In 2015
1. Yes Please read 1/8/2016
2. After You read 1/25/2016
3. Necessary Lies read 2/26/2016

** The Husband's Secret
** Dark Places
** The Girl You Left Behind
** Us
A Spool of Blue Thread
** A Tale for the Time Being
** The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry
Descent
** The Museum of Extraordinary Things
** The Hypnotist's Love Story
** Night Film
** Broken Harbour (Dublin Murder Squad, #4)

No Young Adult Best Chic Lit Reads
1. Little Lady, Big Apple read 1/3/2016
2. Where We Belong read 3/6/2016
3. What Alice Forgot read 9/17/2016

** Seduction and Snacks (Chocolate Lovers, #1)
The Little Lady Agency and the Prince

Best Books of the Decade: 2000s
1. A Dirty Job read 1/1/2016
2. World Without End read 2/2/2016
3. The Thirteenth Tale read 5/6/2016

** The Corrections
The Year of Magical Thinking
** A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

12/12
Challenge completed!


message 11: by Kadijah Michelle (new)

Kadijah Michelle (kadmich) | 2176 comments Susan, glad to see you join:)

Since this is your one of your favorite, you could start your own Listopia with the books you plan to read. I would like to see next year's challenge be all from our member's Listopias.


message 12: by Susan C (last edited Jul 09, 2016 03:26PM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments A TO Z CHALLENGE -- CHARACTER EDITION
Duration: January 1, through December 31, 2016.



Read a book with a character to fit for each letter of the alphabet. You can use the first letters of character’s first or last name. You may only use one character per book, and you may use memoirs/biographies/autobiographies for this challenge.

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 25 on the challenge discussion board

✓ A - Amy from Yes Please read 1/8/2016
✓ B - Ben from Bird in Hand read 1/9/2016
✓ C - Charlie from A Dirty Job read 1/1/2016
✓ D - David from Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography read 2/22/2016
✓ E - Evelyn from The Engagements read 5/1/2016
✓ F - Fiona from The Running Dream read 3/21/2016
✓ G - Grit from Little Night read 1/11/2016
✓ H - Harry from Astonish Me read 1/16/2016
✓ I - Iannis from Corelli's Mandolin read 2/17/2016
✓ J - Janis from Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin read 1/6/2016
✓ K - Kira from Gathering Blue read 1/29/2016
✓ L - Lydia from Everything I Never Told You read 1/7/2016
✓ M - Melissa from Little Lady, Big Apple read 1/3/2016
✓ N - Natan from Burial Rites read 2/10/2016
✓ O - Ove from A Man Called Ove read 1/27/2016
✓ P - Philemon from World Without End read 2/2/2016
✓ Q - Detective Quigley from Broken Harbor read 5/23/2016
✓ R - Roger from A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty read 1/14/2016
✓ S - Snow from Boy, Snow, Bird read 1/21/2016
✓ T - Trent from A Dog's Journey read 1/26/2016
✓ U - Ula from A Constellation of Vital Phenomena read 4/22/2016
✓ V - Professor Von Vollensteen from The Power of One read 3/12/2016
✓ W - Walker from Up at Butternut Lake read 1/19/2016
✓ X - Xerxes from A Fine Balance read 7/9/2016
✓ Y - Yehudah from The Golem and the Jinni read 1/24/2016
✓ Z - Z. G. from Shanghai Girls read 3/10/2016

26/26 Challenge completed!


message 13: by Susan C (last edited Aug 24, 2016 04:57PM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments RECOMMENDED BY READING CHALLENGERS
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2016


Did you know our group has its very own Listopia Each member can add to the list and can vote for as many on the list as he or she would like. Note: if a book is not the first in a series and requires that one read the previous book(s) first, please do not add it to the list.

For this challenge, set a goal for how many of these books you would like to read. You know they'll be good because your fellow Reading Challengers have recommended them!

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 21 on the challenge discussion board

1. Yes Please read 1/8/2016
2. The Golem and the Jinni read 1/24/2016
3. Burial Rites read 2/10/2016
4. Corelli's Mandolin read 2/17/2016
5. The Power of One read 3/12/2016
6. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena read 4/22/2016
7. The Thirteenth Tale read 5/6/2016
8. A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier read 6/9/2016
9. A Fine Balance read 7/9/2016
10. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry read 7/22/2016
11. Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church read 8/14/2016
12. A Wrinkle in Time read 8/24/2016

12/10
Challenge completed!

Possible books:
** The Husband's Secret
** Dark Places
** The Storyteller
** The Silent Wife
** The Chemistry of Tears
** Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer
We are all completely beside ourselves
Career of Evil
So you've been publicly shamed

NOTE: Books with ** before them have been on my TBR list for over a year


message 14: by Susan C (last edited Dec 22, 2016 05:38AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments BOOK RIOT'S READ HARDER CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1st - December 31st 2016


Book Riot published a challenge for 2015, and because of how popular it was, we thought we would do it again in 2016! We've typed out the challenge for you below, but you can also check out the original Book Riot post here . The goal is to do all 24 tasks, but if that's a stretch for you, please feel free to set your own goal.

Link to my post on the challenge

I am message 49 on the challenge discussion board

✓ 1. Read a horror book NOS4A2 read 6/11/2016
2. Read a nonfiction book about science Brilliant Blunders: From Darwin to Einstein - Colossal Mistakes by Great Scientists That Changed Our Understanding of Life and the Universe
✓ 3. Read a collection of essays The Empathy Exams: Essays read 3/8/2016
✓ 4. Read a book out loud to someone else The Glass Case read 11/27/2016
✓ 5. Read a middle grade novel Shooting Kabul read 4/5/2016
✓ 6. Read a biography (not memoir or autobiography) Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin read 1/6/2016
✓ 7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel Gathering Blue read 1/29/2016
✓ 8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born The Catcher in the Rye read 3/20/2016
✓ 9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award Yes Please read 1/8/2016
✓ 10. Read a book over 500 pages long World Without End read 2/2/2016
✓ 11. Read a book under 100 pages Making Toast read 2/29/2016
✓ 12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender George read 12/14/2016
✓ 13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East Moth Smoke read 11/24/2016
✓ 14. Read a book by an author from Southeast Asia Inside Out & Back Again read 12/22/2016
✓ 15. Read a book of historical fiction set before 1900 Burial Rites read 2/10/2016
✓ 16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color Crazy Rich Asians read 12/17/2016
17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years Jane, the Fox, and Me? Lumberjanes
✓18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better. Corelli's Mandolin read 2/17/2016
✓ 19. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women read 10/27/2016
✓ 20. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction) Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth read 2/13/2016
✓ 21. Read a book about politics in your country or another (fiction or nonfiction) A Fighting Chance read 3/19/2016
✓ 22. Read a food memoir Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness read 11/4/2016
✓ 23. Read a play Hamilton: The Revolution read 12/18/2016
✓ 24. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness A Tale for the Time Being read 7/17/2016

21/24


message 15: by Susan C (last edited Mar 20, 2016 08:21AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments 1st quarter challenge
GROUP READS CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - March 31, 2016


For this challenge, we're going to read old group reads! This challenge was brought back at the suggestion of several members of the group.

1. Check out the list of all past group reads
2. Decide how many you'd like to read this quarter
3. Read!
4. Tell us what you thought of them in this thread.

I am number 34 on the challenge discussion group

✓ 1. The Golem and the Jinni read 1/24/2016
✓ 2. The Color Purple read 3/4/2016
✓ 3. The Catcher in the Rye read 3/20/2016

3/3
Challenge completed!


message 16: by Susan C (last edited Mar 10, 2016 11:30AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments 1st quarter challenge
Build your own box set

I am message 33 on the challenge discussion board

"Little" books
Books with the word "little" in the title
✓ 1. Little Lady, Big Apple read 1/3/2016
✓ 2. Little Night read 1/11/2016
✓ 3. The Little Paris Bookshop read 2/27/2016


First in the series
✓ 1. A Dirty Job (Grim Reaper #1) read 1/1/2016
✓ 2. Up at Butternut Lake (The Butternut Lake Trilogy, #1) read 1/19/2016
✓ 3. Shanghai Girls (Shanghai Girls #1) read 3/10/2016

6/6
Challenge completed!


message 17: by Susan C (last edited Jan 25, 2016 09:43AM) (new)

Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments MARATHON CHALLENGE

Duration: January 1 - January 31, 2016


Let's start the New Year off running! How many of us have a New Year's Resolution to read more books? How many of us set goals higher that we did last year? How many of us want to read that super long Penguin Classic that has been sitting on our book shelf, or spend long winter days on the couch with a pile of graphic novels? Let's start this New Year with a marathon of reading!

With long school breaks and snow days coming, pick a pile of books you feel you could snuggle up with. A nice long over 500 page book, a group of books under 100 pages, that book that has been on your TBR waiting to be read all day, or anything else you choose for yourself.

This is not a sprint, but a way to spend January in the pages! Pick the number of pages or books you would like to read in January and post them below. The goal is to get the New Year started fast! Who would have thought, with the snow coming, that you could do a marathon in January?

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1. A Dirty Job read 1/1/2016 ★★★★☆
2. Little Lady, Big Apple read 1/3/2016 ★★★★☆
3. Scars of Sweet Paradise: The Life and Times of Janis Joplin read 1/6/2016 ★★★☆☆
4. Everything I Never Told You read 1/7/2016 ★★★★☆
5. Yes Please read 1/8/2016 ★★★★☆
6. Bird in Hand read 1/9/2015 ★★★☆☆
7. Little Night read 1/11/2016 ★★★☆☆
8. A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty read 1/14/2016 ★★★★☆
9. Astonish Me read 1/16/2016 ★★★★☆
10. Girl at War read 1/16/2016 ★★★★★
11. Girlchild read 1/19/2016 ★★★☆☆
12. Up at Butternut Lake read 1/19/2016 ★★★☆☆
13. Boy, Snow, Bird read 1/21/2016 ★★★☆☆
14. The Golem and the Jinni read 1/24/2016 ★★★★☆

14/14
Challenge completed!


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Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge

Modern Mrs. Darcy posted a challenge: 12 books in 12 different categories over 12 months.

Link to my post on the challenge

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✓ 1. A Book Published this Year Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality read 9/30/3016
✓ 2. A Book You Can Finish in One Day Girl at War read 1/16/2016
✓ 3. A Book You Have Been Meaning to Read Bird in Hand read 1/9/2016
✓ 4. A Book Recommended by Your Local Librarian or Bookseller The Underdogs read 12/19/2016
✓ 5. A Book You Should Have Read in School The Catcher in the Rye read 3/20/2016
✓ 6. A Book Chosen For You by Your Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF A Constellation of Vital Phenomena read 4/22/2016
✓ 7. A Book Published Before You Were Born Twelve Years a Slave read 12/31/2016
✓ 8. A Book That Was Banned at Some Point The Color Purple read 3/4/2016
✓ 9. A Book You Previously Abandoned Kitchens of the Great Midwest read 11/20/2016
✓ 10. A Book You Own but Have Never Read The Golem and the Jinni read 1/24/2016
✓ 11. A Book the Intimidates You World Without End read 2/2/2016 (intimidates me due to it's length)
✓ 12. A Book You Have Read at Least Once The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank read 12/12/2016

12/12
Challenge completed!


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Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments February's theme is History, and for this months challenge we would like you to explore times gone by:

Duration: February 1 - February 29, 2016

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1. Read a book that takes place at beginning of the world.
about 4.500,000,000 years ago.

2. Read a book that takes place during the time of the dinosaurs.
about 250,000,000 to 65,000,000 years ago.

3. Read a book that takes place during the time after homo sapiens existed but B.C.E. (Before Common Era).
about 1,500,000 years ago to 0 A.D.

✓ 4. Read a book that takes place between supposed time of Jesus (start of Christianity) and the supposed time of Muhammad (start of Islam). This does not have to be religious, just in that time era.
about 0 A.D. to 700 A.D. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth read 2/16/2016

✓ 5. Read a book that takes place during the Dark or Middle Ages.
about 700 A.D. to 1500 A.D. World Without End read 2/2/2016

✓ 6. Read a book that takes place during rise of colonization around the world.
about 1500 A.D. to 1900 A.D. Burial Rites read 2/10/2016

7. Read any book that takes place in the Far East before Communism.
up to about 1950 A.D. The Painted Veil or The Orchid Tree

✓ 8. Read a book that takes place during the times of the World Wars.
1914 to 1945 Corelli's Mandolin read 2/17/2016

✓ 9. Read a book takes place during the time of the Cold War until the turn of the century.
1945 to 2000 Necessary Lies read 2/25/2016

5/5
Challenge completed!


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Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments Extra Day, Extra Reading
Duration Feb. 22, 2016 to Feb. 29, 2016


This year we have a leap day, and we thought it would be fun to have an extra special mini-challenge to celebrate the extra day we have this year!
Many of our yearly challenges require a book you can finish in one day (Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge), read a book under a 100 pages (Book Riot Read Harder Challenge), or a book that's under 150 pages (PopSugar Reading Challenge).

For this challenge, you are limited to just one book. We would like you to try and read the whole book in just one day! But you will actually have a week to finish this challenge because we understand that everyone has different reading speeds and not everyone will be able to complete the book on Feb. 29, 2016.
If you would like to participate, select the book you plan on reading and post it below. Then let us know when you finish. That's it!

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I am reading Not Like My Mother: Becoming a Sane Parent After Growing Up in a Crazy Family read 2/29/2016


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Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments March #readwomen Challenge:
Duration: March 1, 2016 to March 31. 2016


For this challenge we would like you to explore women writers and pick books only written by women:

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1. Re-read your favorite book.

✓ 2. Read a book new to you by an author you have previously read. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin read 3/6/2016

3. Read a book written by an author under 30. Maine

✓ 4. Read a book about the Eastern Cultures. Shanghai Girls by Lisa See read 3/10/2016

✓ 5. Read a book by an author that is not White. The Color Purple by Alice Walker read 3/4/2016

✓ 6. Read a book of essays. The Empathy Exams: Essays by Leslie Jamison read 3/8/2016

7. Read a comedy book.

✓ 8. Read a graphic novel written.. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh read 3/5/2016

9. Read a book about women during war.

10. Read a book about an LGBTQIA issue.

11. Read a book sci-fi/ fantasy book.

5/5
Challenge completed!


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Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments CHLOE'S 10 CHALLENGE
Duration: July 1 - September 30, 2016


This challenge was created by Chloe, who won the Create a 3rd Quarter Challenge competition. To celebrate 10,000 members, we're going to put a dent in our to-be-read lists by sorting our to-read shelf in 10 different ways.

To sort , go to My Books page, click your to-Read shelf and scroll to the bottom of the page where you'll see "sort" with a drop down box next to it.

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Link to my post on the challenge

In ascending order:
✓ 1. Sort by Title and read the 10th book down on your list. Ali in Wonderland read 8/14/2016
2. Sort by Author and read the 10th book down on your list. A Woman in Berlin: Eight Weeks in the Conquered City: A Diary
3. Sort by Number of pages and read the 10th book down on your list. Lying Awake
✓ 4. Sort by Date Added and read the 10th book down on your list. Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art read 9/25/2016
5. Sort by Random and read the 10th book down on your list. The History of History

In descending order:
6. Sort by Title and read the 10th book down on your list The Woman Lit By Fireflies
7. Sort by Author and read the 10th book down on your list. The Mapmaker's Wife: A True Tale of Love, Murder, and Survival in the Amazon
✓ 8. Sort by Average rating and read the 10th book down on your list. Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal read 8/11/2016
✓ 9. Sort by Date Added and read the 10th book down on your list. Nobody's Fool read 9/10/2016
✓ 10. Sort by Random and read the 10th book down on your list. Amity & Sorrow read 9/13/2016

5/5 Challenge completed!


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Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments Signs You’ve Found Your New Book Friend:
Duration August 1, 2016 - August 31, 2016


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1. Good friends speak a special dialect that is only understood between themselves...so do book lovers! We all have that special genre that creates that special speech pattern that only other lovers of that genre can understand. Choose a book from your favorite genre and see who else in the group loves that genre too.

2. Good friends can call each other at anytime of the day or the night...just the same way a good book is. Re-read one of your favorite books that is always on your shelf ready to read and see who loves the same book.

✓ 3. Good friends love all your statuses and will give you the highest approval ratings...just the as we do with our favorite books. Find a book that is highly rated by other members of the group (See our Recommended by 2016 Reading Challengers Listopia). Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church read 8/14/2016

✓ 4. Good friends share the same guilty pleasures...just like there are some books you can't help reading. Find a book you are reading just for the fun of it, and not because it is a great literary masterpiece, and see who shares your guilty pleasure.
Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal read 8/11/2016

5. Good friends will know each other’s wardrobes libraries inside and out...just like they will know each other's libraries. To find a book for this task, you must ask someone from this group to recommend a book to you that they own.

6. Good friends are also friends with all the other people close in your life...just the same way we do when we love a book, we read everything written by the same author. Read a book written by a favorite author and see who else loves that same author.

7. Good friends can discuss any topic freely including money, sex, religion, and family...just the same way a book can be written on any subject. Read a non-fiction on any subject that interests you and see who also shares your same interest.

8. Finally, good friends share wonderful memories...just like when we read a truly wonderful book. Read any book you have been longing to read and recommend it to another member of the group so that you can create a lasting memory together.

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Susan C (sacorwin) | 906 comments Race to the Finish
Duration October 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016


With the end of the year approaching, how close are you to completing you reading goal? Will a few short reads get you over the top, or do you have a long way to go? How many yearly challenges do you still have to complete?

For this challenge take a look at all of the goals you set for this year and decide what you can complete for 2016. Let us know what challenges you would like to complete and how many books you will need to complete each one.

I'm in! Here are the yearly challenges I have not completed. Alas, some of them, I don't think I'm going to complete - trying to be realistic :-)

Link to my post on the challenge


140 book reading goal: 114/140 = 26 to finish
October - 5 books
November - 10 books
December - 16 books

✓ Every Year Challenge 18/19 = 1 to finish
✓ 2005 The Tender Bar read 10/14/2016

✓ I-Spy: Book Titles Edition 19/25 = 6 to finish
✓ 5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn The Tree of Hands read 12/21/2016
✓ 8. Brave New World Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City read 11/24/2016
✓ 14. The God of Small Things Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women read 10/27/2016
✓ 18. All Quiet on the Western Front All I Love and Know read 11/16/2016
✓ 22. Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank read 12/12/2016
✓ 25. The Good Earth A Good Hard Look read 10/16/2016

Popsugar 2016 Reading Challenge 29/40 = 11 to finish - read 8
✓ 2. A National Book Award winner The Echo Maker read 12/9/2016
✓ 3. A YA bestseller Eleanor & Park read 12/20/2016
✓ 5. A book set in your home state The Opposite of Everyone read 11/26/2016
7. A romance set in the future
✓ 11. A book that's becoming a movie this year The Choice read 12/20/2016
✓ 17. A book at least 100 years older than you Twelve Years a Slave read 12/31/2016
✓ 21. A book recommended by a family member A Constellation of Vital Phenomena read 4/22/2016 (forgot to log earlier)
24. A book with a protagonist that has your occupation
✓ 31. A book of poetry Inside Out & Back Again read 12/22/2016
32. The first book you see in a bookstore
✓ 36. A book about a road trip The Borrower read 10/3/2016

TBR Randomiser Challenge 22/30 = 8 to finish - read 6
✓ 9. Last Car Over the Sagamore Bridge read 12/3/2016
10. Alice I Have Been
✓ 15. The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail - But Some Don't read 11/12/2016
17. Sugar Busters! Cut Sugar to Trim Fat (own)
✓ 18. Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War That Transformed New York City read 11/24/2016
✓ 21. The Museum of Extraordinary Things read 12/10/2016
✓ 25. The Angry Woman Suite read 12/19/2016
✓ 28. The House of Rumour read 12/4/2016

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 14/24 = 10 to finish - read 8
2. Read a nonfiction book about science
✓ 4. Read a book out loud to someone else The Glass Case read 11/27/2916
✓ 12. Read a book by or about a person that identifies as transgender George read 12/14/2016
✓ 13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East Moth Smoke read 11/24/2016
✓ 14. Read a book by an author from Southeast Asia Inside Out & Back Again read 12/22/2016
✓ 16. Read the first book in a series by a person of color Crazy Rich Asians read 12/17/2016
17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years
✓ 19. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes Crazy Salad: Some Things About Women read 10/27/2016
✓ 22. Read a food memoir Cooking as Fast as I Can: A Chef’s Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness read 11/4/2016
✓ 23. Read a play Hamilton: The Revolution read 12/18/2016

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge 7/12 = 5 to finish - read 5
✓ 4. A Book Recommended by Your Local Librarian or Bookseller read 12/19/2016
✓ 6. A Book Chosen For You by Your Spouse, Partner, Sibling, Child, or BFF A Constellation of Vital Phenomena read 4/22/2016 (forgot to log earlier)
✓ 7. A Book Published Before You Were Born Twelve Years a Slave read 12/31/2016
✓ 9. A Book You Previously Abandoned Kitchens of the Great Midwest 11/20/2016
✓ 12. A Book You Have Read at Least Once The Grass Is Always Greener over the Septic Tank read 12/12/2016

Since some books fit into more than one challenge, I'm committing to reading 30 books by the end of year.

31/30


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