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message 1: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Dec 22, 2017 03:10PM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
AtY will be my main challenge for 2018 but as I’m slightly addicted to reading challenges I’ll add a few other challenges alongside.

I still haven’t entirely made up my mind whether I’ll do Book Riot, Popsugar or both. I’ll probably work on a plan for them both and decide then which to do. I also want to fit in a classics challenge that I started and didn’t finish in 2017.

And, I still can’t make up my mind whether to count books for multiple challenges. I did this in 2017 but it always felt slightly like cheating. On the other hand, if I do AtY, Popsugar and Book Riot that would be 126 books which gives me very little space for any side reads. Hmmm....decisions, decisions...

message 2: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Apr 02, 2018 03:55PM) (new)

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Book Riot
Progress: 5/20

1. A book published posthumously
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

2. A book of true crime
The Accountant's Story: Inside the Violent World of the Medellín Cartel by Roberto Escobar Gaviria

3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance)
The Spy Who Came In from the Cold by John le Carré
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

✔️ 4. A comic written and illustrated by the same person
Maus II: A Survivor's Tale: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman

5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

6. A book about nature
Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv

7. A western

8. A comic written or illustrated by a person of colour
The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature

10. A romance novel by or about a person of colour

✔️ 11. A children’s classic published before 1980
A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

12. A celebrity memoir

13. An Oprah Book Club selection

✔️14. A book of social science
Women & Power: A Manifesto by Mary Beard

✔️ 15. A one-sitting book
The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor by Gabriel García Márquez

16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series

17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

✔️ 18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image
Northern Lights: The Graphic Novel

19. A book of genre fiction in translation

20. A book with a cover you hate
Being There: Why Prioritizing Motherhood in the First Three Years Matters by Erica Komisar

21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author

22. An essay anthology
The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla

23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60
Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished)
The Duchess of Malfi by John Webster
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Selected Stories by Katherine Mansfield
(All DNF)

message 3: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Jun 23, 2018 04:19PM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
Back to the Classics challenge

Progress: 4/12

1. A 19th century classic - any book published between 1800 and 1899.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

✔️ 2. A 20th century classic - any book published between 1900 and 1968.
The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon

✔️ 3. A classic by a woman author.
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

4. A classic in translation. Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language.
Candide by Voltaire

5. A children's classic.

✔️6. A classic crime story, fiction or non-fiction.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

✔️ 7. A classic travel or journey narrative, fiction or non-fiction.
Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

✔️ 8. A classic with a single-word title.
Othello by William Shakespeare

9. A classic with a color in the title.

10. A classic by an author that's new to you.

11. A classic that scares you.

12. Re-read a favorite classic.
Dubliners by James Joyce

message 4: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Dec 22, 2017 02:57PM) (new)

Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
Around the World

If I actually get round to starting this in 2018...

message 5: by Bryony, Circumnavigation Mod (last edited Apr 23, 2018 04:30PM) (new)

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Everything else...

Guardian 100 greatest novels of all time

Read in 2017:
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll Three Men in a Boat (Three Men, #1) by Jerome K. Jerome The Call of the Wild by Jack London The Thirty-Nine Steps by John Buchan The Quiet American by Graham Greene One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez The BFG by Roald Dahl Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Read in 2018:
Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

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Bryony (bryony46) | 1081 comments Mod
I decided that I’d planned too many challenges for the year and I was putting myself under pressure to only read books that fitted one of my many challenges.

So, I decided to ditch Popsugar and focus on AtY and Book Riot. I liked the Popsugar prompts but I think the Book Riot ones will challenge me more so that helped me decide to go with Book Riot rather than Popsugar.

I’m still hoping to finish the Back to the Classics challenge as I do want to read more classics, but I’ll let myself overlap books for that one.

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