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message 1: by Nadine in NY (last edited Dec 20, 2016 07:09AM) (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 1346 comments EDIT: I'm finished with all three challenges!!! 12/20/16


Last year was the first year I participated in a reading challenge, and I discovered I LOVE reading challenges, so this year I'm doing three.

Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge (completed in July)
Book Riot ReadHarder Challenge (in progress)
Around the Year in 52 Books (just started!)

message 2: by Nadine in NY (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 1346 comments My Popsugar Ultimate Reading Challenge list:


√ 1. A book based on a fairy tale - The Snow Child
√ 2. A National Book Award winner - The Round House
√ 3. A YA bestseller - The Rose Society
√ 4. A book you haven't read since high school - The Guns of Avalon
√ 5. A book set in your home state (NJ) - The Stranger
√ 6. A book translated to English - Nemesis
√ 7. A romance set in the future - Naked in Death
√ 8. A book set in Europe - Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
√ 9. A book under 150 pages - The Grownup
√ 10. A New York Times bestseller - My Name Is Lucy Barton
√ 11. A book that's becoming a movie this year - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
√ 12. A book recommended by someone you just met - The Sculptor
√ 13. A self-improvement book - The Art of Communicating
√ 14. A book you can finish in a day - I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
√ 15. A book written by a celebrity - Modern Romance
√ 16. A political memoir - Off the Sidelines: Raise Your Voice, Change the World by Kirsten Gillibrand, NY Senator
√ 17. A book at least 100 years older than you - The Woman in White
√ 18. A book that's more than 600 pages - Winter
√ 19. A book from Oprah's Book Club - The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
√ 20. A science-fiction novel - A Borrowed Man
√ 21. A book recommended by a family member - Roller Girl
√ 22. A graphic novel - The Complete Persepolis
√ 23. A book that is published in 2016 - The Winner's Kiss
√ 24. A book with a protagonist who has your occupation (engineer) - Devices and Desires
√ 25. A book that takes place during Summer - The Dream Thieves
√ 26. A book and its prequel - The Girl of Fire and Thorns and The Shadow Cats & The King's Guard
√ 27. A murder mystery - The Cuckoo's Calling
√ 28. A book written by a comedian - Yes Please
√ 29. A dystopian novel - The Children of Men
√ 30. A book with a blue cover - That Summer
√ 31. A book of poetry - Dog Songs
√ 32. The first book you see in a bookstore - The Past
√ 33. A classic from the 20th century - The Talented Mr. Ripley
√ 34. A book from the library - The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making
√ 35. An autobiography - Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir
√ 36. A book about a road trip - Sisters
√ 37. A book about a culture you're unfamiliar with - The Piano Teacher
√ 38. A satirical book - Breakfast of Champions
√ 39. A book that takes place on an island - A Superior Death
√ 40. A book that's guaranteed to bring you joy - A Lady Awakened

message 3: by Nadine in NY (last edited Dec 08, 2016 04:02AM) (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 1346 comments My 2016 Book Riot Read Harder Challenge (24/24)

✓ 1. Read a horror book - Warm Bodies
✓ 2. Read a non-fiction book about science - The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
✓ 3. Read a collection of essays - The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction
✓ 4. Read a book out loud to someone else - Raymie Nightingale
✓ 5. Read a middle grade novel - The Titan's Curse
✓ 6. Read a biography (not a memoir or autobiography) - Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
✓ 7. Read a dystopian or post-apocalyptic novel - Snow Crash
✓ 8. Read a book originally published in the decade you were born - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
✓ 9. Listen to an audiobook that has won an Audie Award - The Silkworm
√ 10. Read a book over 500 pages long - Heir of Fire
✓ 11. Read a book under 100 pages - A Dead Djinn in Cairo
✓ 12. Read a book by or about a person who identifies as transgender - The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust Act
✓ 13. Read a book that is set in the Middle East - Alif the Unseen
✓ 14. Read a book by an author who is from Southeast Asia - What Lies Between Us
✓ 15. Read a book of historical fiction that is set before 1900 - A Spy in the House
✓ 16. Read the first book in a series that is by an author of color - Sorcerer to the Crown (this was fantastic! I can't wait for the next one!)
✓ 17. Read a non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years - Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine
✓ 18. Read a book that was adapted into a movie, then watch the movie. Debate which is better - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (the movie was better)
✓ 19. Read a nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist issues - Men Explain Things to Me
✓ 20. Read a book about religion (fiction or nonfiction) - God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything
✓ 21. Read a book about politics in your country or another (fiction/nonfiction) - Between the World and Me
✓ 22. Read a food memoir - Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
✓ 23. Read a play - A Doll's House
✓ 24. Read a book with a main character that has a mental illness - Made You Up

message 4: by Nadine in NY (last edited Dec 20, 2016 07:11AM) (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 1346 comments And, finally, my Around the Year in 52 Books list:

Complete 52/52

✓ 1. A book you meant to read in 2015, but didn't - Altered Carbon
✓ 2. A book set in a different continent - Thérèse Raquin
✓ 3. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 (winner or nominated) - The Lake House
✓ 4. A book by an author you discovered in 2015 - Americanah
✓ 5. A book with a title beginning with the 1st letter of your name - North and South
✓ 6. The highest rated on your TBR - Queen of Shadows
✓ 7. A book about books - A Discovery of Witches
✓ 8. A classic book with less than 200 pages - The Hour of the Star
✓ 9. A book that was mentioned in another book - Tarzan of the Apes
✓ 10. A book by an author you feel you should have read by now - The Sign of Four
✓ 11. A book from the Rory Gilmore challenge - Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
✓ 12. A childhood classic - The Call of the Wild
✓ 13. Reader’s Choice - A Torch Against the Night
✓ 14. A book with one of the five W’s -or H in the title (Who/What/Where/When/Why/How) - What Alice Forgot
✓ 15. A book set in the past (more than 100 years ago) - An American in Scotland
✓ 16. A book from the top 100 mystery novels - A Study in Scarlet
✓ 17. A book with a beautiful cover - All In
✓ 18. A book on a summer/beach reading list - A Hundred Summers
✓ 19. A non-fiction book - The Earth Moved: On the Remarkable Achievements of Earthworms
✓ 20. A book with a first name in the title - The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker
✓ 21. A book from the Goodreads Recommendations page - Real Murders
✓ 22. The first book in a new to you series - The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
✓ 23. The next book in a series you are reading - The Last Star
✓ 24. A "between the numbers" book of a series (0.5, 1,5, 2.5, etc.) - The King's Guard
✓ 25. A book whose main character is in a profession that interests you - Lab Girl
✓ 26. A book everyone is talking about - The Nightingale
✓ 27. A book with a beautiful title (in your own opinion) - Snow Like Ashes
✓ 28. A biography, autobiography, or memoir - Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time
✓ 29. A book by an author who writes under more than one name - Career of Evil
✓ 30. A fairytale from a culture other than your own - The Princess on the Glass Hill from Andrew Lang's fairy tale books
✓ 31. A work of young adult fiction - Blue Lily, Lily Blue
✓ 32. A historical fiction book - Miss Wonderful
✓ 33. The 16th book on your TBR - The Thirteenth Tale (I think it's funny that I'll be reading a book with an ordinal number in the title for this prompt with an ordinal number - this really was the 16th book!)
✓ 34. A book about mental illness - The Silver Linings Playbook
✓ 35. An award winning book - Ancillary Justice
✓ 36. An identity book - a book about a different culture, religion or sexual orientation - The Bonesetter's Daughter
✓ 37. A book that you've seen the movie of but haven't read - The Lover
✓ 38. A book about an anti hero - Lolita
✓ 39. A previous suggestion that did not make it into the list (animal on cover / in title) - The Raven King
✓ 40. A novella from your favorite genre - The Monarch of the Glen
✓ 41. A book about a major world event (fiction or non-fiction) - The Complete Maus
✓ 42. A top 100 fantasy novel - The Well of Ascension
✓ 43. A book about a thing that goes bump in the night - Zone One
✓ 44. A book you're embarrassed to read in public - Anna and the French Kiss
✓ 45. A book related to a hobby or passion you have (okay, I cheated a little bit with this one, but this is the only TV show I make time to watch, so I figure it counts!) - Lucifer, Book One
✓ 46. A crime story - Smaller and Smaller Circles
✓ 47. A book with a type of food/drink in the title - Cocktail Hour Under the Tree of Forgetfulness
✓ 48. A dystopia - Feed
✓ 49. A book with a great opening line - The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
✓ 50. A book originally written in a language other than English - Seeking Whom He May Devour
✓ 51. A short story from a well-known author - one of the stories in Stars Above
✓ 52. A book published in 2016 - Fellside

message 5: by Sophie (new)

Sophie (sawphie) | 2920 comments What an impressive list Nadine!

Sorcerer to the Crown looks very intriguing, but I'm hesitant to add yet another series in my TBR...

Good luck with Thérèse Raquin, I had to read it for school and hated it! It's definitely not the best Zola IMO... I preferred Germinal or L'Assommoir (The Dram Shop).

message 6: by Nadine in NY (new)

Nadine in NY Jones | 1346 comments I'm about 80% done w Therese Raquin and I am not loving it! I'll be glad when I finish.

I loved Sorcerer to the Crown, but sometime I wait until a series is complete before I start, so I don't have to wait between volumes

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