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message 1: by Kara (last edited Dec 20, 2018 08:59AM) (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments THE LISTOPIA CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018


LIST ONE: Must Read Classics
At the start of 2018: 58

1. Hamlet
2. Crime and Punishment
3. Anne of Green Gables , finished 10/12, *****
4. Don Quixote
5. Emma , finished 12/3, ***

LIST TWO: Speculative Fiction by Authors of Color
At the start of 2018: 15 books

1. Zahrah the Windseeker , finished 2/23, ****
2. The House of the Spirits , finished 10/9, ****
3. Dawn , finished 2/10, ****
4. How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe , finished 9/30, ***
5. A Tale for the Time Being , 5/31, ****

LIST THREE: Best Science Books - Non-Fiction Only
At the start of 2018: 23 books

1. A Brief History of Time , finished 3/27, ****
2. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark , finished 7/17, ****
3. Last Chance to See , finished 9/27, ****
4. The Code Book: The Science of Secrecy from Ancient Egypt to Quantum Cryptography
5. Cosmos , finished 12/20, *****

COMPLETED: 10/15


message 2: by Kara (last edited Dec 26, 2018 01:21PM) (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments GENRE BINGO CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018




Graphic novel: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, finished 1/1, *****
Self help: What Color is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, finished 1/21, ***
Biography: My Own Words, finished 1/26, ****
Family saga: The Best We Could Do, finished 1/27, *****
Memoir: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, finished 2/2, ***
Dystopian: Iron Gold, finished 2/4, ****
Science fiction: Dawn, finished 2/10, ****
Historical: Homegoing, finished 2/20, *****
Adventure: Zahrah the Windseeker, finished 2/23, ****
Magical realism: Sing, Unburied, Sing, finished 3/3, *****
Urban fantasy: Beneath the Sugar Sky, finished 3/5, ****
Literary: Little Fires Everywhere, finished 3/20, *****
Historical non: The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies, finished 3/21, *****
YA: Illuminae, finished 3/26, ****
Science non: The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, finished 3/27, ****
Short stories/novella: The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown, finished 4/1, ****
Suspense: Before the Fall, finished 4/2, ***
Romance: Call Me by Your Name, finished 4/6, ****
Humor: The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests, finished 4/12, ****
Horror: Dread Nation, finished 4/15, ****
Space Opera: Space Opera :), finished 4/23, ***
Mystery/thriller: Daemon, finished 7/17, ***
Chick-lit: Crazy Rich Asians, finished 8/28, ****
Classic: Anne of Green Gables, finished 10/12, *****
Epic/high fantasy: Guards! Guards!, finished 12/24, ****
Dystopian: The Handmaid's Tale, finished 12/26, *****

COMPLETED: 25/25


message 3: by Kara (last edited Dec 26, 2018 01:22PM) (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments THE EVERY YEAR CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1, - December 31, 2018


1985: Brightness Falls from the Air, finished 12/19, *****
1986: Young Zaphod Plays It Safe, finished 11/1, ***
1987: Dawn, finished 2/10, ****
1988: Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, finished 12/1, ****
1989: Guards! Guards!, finished 12/24, ****
1990: Last Chance to See, finished 9/27, ****
1991: Boy's Life, finished 7/7, ***
1992: Soar with Your Strengths: A Simple Yet Revolutionary Philosophy of Business and Management, finished 7/5, *** (or 1995)
1993: Death: The High Cost of Living Collected, finished 7/7, ****
1994: The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability, finished 5/22, **
1995: The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, finished 7/15, ****
1996: The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, finished 3/27, ****
1997: The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence, finished 11/15, ***
1998: Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror, Vol. 1, finished 12/8, ****
1999: Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror, Vol. 3, finished 12/8, ****
2000: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, finished 5/25, ****
2001: Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, finished 4/21, ****
2002: Uzumaki, Vol. 2, finished 12/8, ****
2003: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, finished 1/21, ***
2004: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, finished 12/2, ****
2005: Zahrah the Windseeker, finished 2/23, ****
2006: Daemon, finished 7/17, ***
2007: Call Me by Your Name, finished 4/6, ****
2008: The Last Lecture, finished 3/6, ****
2009: When You Reach Me, 4/27, ****
2010: How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe, finished 9/30, ***
2011: Principles, finished 4/5, ***
2012: Rabid: A Cultural History of the World's Most Diabolical Virus, finished 11/17, **
2013: A Tale for the Time Being, finished 5/31, ****
2014: Citizen: An American Lyric, finished 2/5, *****
2015: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, finished 2/2, ***
2016: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, 1/1, *****
2017: The Best We Could Do, 1/27, *****
2018: Iron Gold, finished 2/4, ****

COMPLETED: 32/32


message 4: by Kara (last edited Nov 16, 2018 07:47AM) (new)


message 5: by Kara (last edited Dec 30, 2018 02:48PM) (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE 2018
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018


One of the most popular reading challenges is back! The 2018 Popsugar Reading Challenge contains 40 tasks to broaden your horizons and 10 additional book prompts for the “hardcore” readers out here!

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen book: Crazy Rich Asians, finished 8/28, ****
2. True crime The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, finished 4/23, ****
3. The next book in a series you started Beneath the Sugar Sky, finished 3/5, ****
4. A book involving a heist Zahrah the Windseeker, finished 2/23, **** (or #39)
5. Nordic noir The Snowman, finished 12/29, ***
6. A novel based on a real person A Tale for the Time Being, finished 5/31, ****
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you Call Me by Your Name, finished 4/6, ****
8. A book with a time of day in the title : Dawn, finished 2/10, ****
9. A book about a villain or antihero : I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, finished 9/20, ****
10. A book about death or grief Sing, Unburied, Sing, finished 3/2, *****
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym Brightness Falls from the Air, finished 12/19, *****
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist Homegoing, finished 2/20, *****
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical Emma, finished 12/3, ***
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you , What Color Is Your Parachute? 2017: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers, 1/21, **
15. A book about feminism One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, finished 6/2
16. A book about mental health How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child, finished 3/2, ****
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, 1/1, *****
18. A book by two authors My Own Words, 1/26, ****
19. A book about or involving a sport Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, 1/20, ***
20. A book by a local author The Knocking, finished 12/30, **
21. A book with your favorite color in the title Iron Gold, finished 2/4, ****
22. A book with alliteration in the title The Last Lecture, finished 3/6, ****
23. A book about time travel The Illustrated A Brief History of Time, finished 3/27, ****
24. A book with a weather element in the title Brain Storms: The Race to Unlock the Mysteries of Parkinson's Disease, finished 11/1, ****
25. A book set at sea Before the Fall, finished 4/2, ***
26. A book with an animal in the title The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown, finished 4/1, ****
27. A book set on a different planet Illuminae, finished 3/26, ****
28. A book with song lyrics in the titles : The Best We Could Do, 1/27, *****
29. A book about or set in Halloween Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, 7/1, ****
30. A book with characters who are twins The Martian Obelisk, finished 3/31, ****
31. A book mentioned in another book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't, finished 4/21, ****
32. A book from a celebrity book club Little Fires Everywhere, finished 3/20, *****
33. A childhood classic you’ve never read Anne of Green Gables, finished 10/12, *****
34. A book that’s published in 2018 Dread Nation, finished 4/15, ****
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life, finished 8/9, ****
36. A book set in the decade you were born Last Chance to See, finished 9/27, ****
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to Citizen: An American Lyric, finished 2/5, *****
38. A book with an ugly cover Principles, finished 4/5, ***
39. A book that involves a bookstore or a library The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies, finished 3/21, *****
40. You favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenges Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, 2/2, ***

COMPLETED: 40/40


message 6: by Kara (last edited Oct 09, 2018 09:31AM) (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments A-Z CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018


A: Citizen: An American Lyric, finished 2/5, *****
B: Beneath the Sugar Sky, finished 3/5, ****
C: The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, finished 4/23, ****
D: Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, finished 5/12, ****
E: We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, finished 3/10, *****
F: Little Fires Everywhere, finished 3/20, *****
G: Iron Gold, finished 2/5, ****
H: Homegoing, finished 2/20, *****
I: Illuminae, finished 3/26, ****
J: The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests, finished 4/12, ****
K: First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, finished 5/25, ****
L: The Last Lecture, finished 3/6, ****
M: The Weight of Memories, finished 3/11, ****
N: Call Me by Your Name, finished 4/6, ****
O: My Own Words, finished 1/26, ****
P: Principles, finished 4/5, ***
Q: The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, finished 10/9, ****
R: How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child, finished 3/2, ****
S: Sing, Unburied, Sing, finished 3/3, *****
T: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, finished 2/2, ***
U: Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, finished 1/20, ***
V: Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, finished 1/1, *****
W: The Best We Could Do, finished 1/27, *****
X: Dawn (Xenogenesis), finished 2/10, ****
Y: What Color Is Your Parachute?, finished 1/21, **
Z: Zahrah the Windseeker, finished 2/23, ****

COMPLETED: 26/26


message 7: by Kara (last edited Oct 13, 2018 10:46AM) (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments THE MEMBERS’ TASKS CHALLENGE
Duration: January 1 - December 31, 2018


I met my goal! But I'm going to keep going to see how far I get.

1. Adriana's task: Read a book where a character makes a big change or with a librarian as a main character: How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of a War Child, finished 3/2, ****

2. Amanda's task: Read a book which has been translated from another language: The Weight of Memories, finished 3/11, ****

3. Anna's task: Read a book where any character's name matches with any Disney character's name. The Moth Presents All These Wonders: True Stories about Facing the Unknown, finished 4/1, ****

4. Aparajita's task: Read a book written in a language that appears on the Indian currency, other than English. (Read a translation if you don't speak/read any of those languages).

5. April's task: Read a book that takes place in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. So You Want to Talk About Race, finished 6/13, *****

6. Blagica's task: Read a book that intimidates you or the biggest book on your TBR Pile.

7. Candiss' task: Read a work of epistolary fiction: Illuminae, finished 3/26, ****

8. Charity's task: Read a book about mental illness: Educated: A Memoir, finished 8/2, *****

9. Cheri's task: Read a book that is about or takes place in the Middle Ages.

10. Chloe's task: Read a book set in Canada or by a Canadian author. A Tale for the Time Being, finished 5/31, ****

11. Claire's task: Read a book about Pharaoh, a book set in Egypt, or a book about archaeology.

12. Daph's task: Read a book recommended by a friend or family member. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, finished 6/6, *****

13. Debra's task: Read a book about a serial killer or true crime. The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, finished 4/23, ****

14. Delitealex's task: Read a book with ghosts in it or read a horror book Sing, Unburied, Sing, finished 3/3, *****

15. Diana's task: Read a book by a Romanian author, about Romania's culture or about a famous Romanian.

16. D.G.'s task: Read a book with a Hispanic author, character, or setting The House of the Spirits , finished 10/9, ****

17. Eggp's task: Read a book with a friend or participate in a buddy read: Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, finished 2/2, ***

18. Gail W's task: Read a book by an Irish writer.

19. Gilraens's task: Read a by an author from one of those three countries (Netherlands, UK and New Zealand) or set in one of those countries. Space Opera, finished 4/23, ***

20. Gem's task: Read a book with a "6" (six) in the title or one that is set or published in 1966. Six of Crows, finished 9/21, ****

21. Greg's task: Read a book about the Vietnam War or about conscription. No-No Boy, finished 6/6, ****

22. Gretchen's task: Read a book featuring a main character who is an identical twin.

23. Hemangini's task: Read a book where a writer/author is the main protagonist.The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, 6/30, ****

24. Ilona's task: Read a book about fairy folklore.

25. Inkeri's task: Read a book about physics: A Brief History of Time, finished 3/27, ****

26. Jennifer B's task: Read a book about a big family. First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, finished 5/25, ****

27. Jennifer N’s task: Read a book where either the main character or the author has red hair. The Glass Castle, finished 8/31, ****

28. Jenny's task: Read a book about surgery or the history of medicine.Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic, finished 7/28, *****

29. Jessica's task: Read a book that takes place somewhere that begins with the letter M or someplace where the winters are very cold. Call Me by Your Name, finished 4/6, ****

30. Jill's task: Read a book that takes place where one of your ancestor's lived. Pachinko, finished 6/21, *****

31. Kadijah Michelle's task: Read a book about a Muslim woman.

32. Kristin's task: Read a cookbook with stories or a book about cooking.

33. Kylie's task: Read a book about someone who makes shoes, a book where shoes have an important role, or a (micro-)history of a shoe designer/brand.

34. Laura's task: Read a book set somewhere you have visited or lived. Warcross, finished 4/8, ****

35. Lauri's task: Read a book set in Hawaii or on a tropical island. Circe, finished 6/17, ****

36. Leona's task: Read a book about art: Leonardo da Vinci, finished 4/2, ***

37. Lindsay's task: Read a book about or featuring an animal. The Clay Girl, finished 7/19, ****

38. Lois' task: Read a story about a search for family history or discovering your past: The Best We Could Do, finished 1/27, *****

39. Mie's task: Read a book that includes or features a party. The Daily Show: An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests, finished 4/12, ****

40. Nikinnia's task: Read a book by an African American author, with an African American character or set in the South: Zahrah the Windseeker, finished 2/23, ****

41. Nikki's task: Read a book where the main character gets transported to a different time or place. The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, finished 5/12, *****

42. Rachael's task: Read a book published between 1990 and 1999. The Oz Principle: Getting Results Through Individual and Organizational Accountability, finished 5/22, **

43. Rebecca's task: Read a book where the main character enjoys creating art or is a teacher: My Own Words, finished 1/26, ****

44. Rique's task: Read a book, fiction or historical fiction, taking place anywhere from the Great Depression through WWII (1929-1945). The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine who Outwitted America's Enemies, finished 3/21, *****

45. Sarah's task: Read a book that is centered around the mafia/mob.

46. Sheila's task: Read a book about living in the intersection of 2 or more cultures: Homegoing, finished 2/20, *****

47. Susy's task: Read a book in your mother language/tongue. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, finished 1/20, ***

COMPLETED: 35/35


message 11: by Kara (last edited Apr 12, 2018 05:28AM) (new)


message 13: by Kara (last edited Dec 29, 2018 06:45PM) (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments BOOKRIOT'S 2018 READ HARDER CHALLENGE

1. A book published posthumously The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, 6/30, ****
2. A book of true crime The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives, 4/23, ****
3. A classic of genre fiction (i.e. mystery, sci fi/fantasy, romance) Brightness Falls from the Air, finished 12/19, *****
4. A comic written and drawn by the same person The Best We Could Do, finished 1/27, *****
5. A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa) The Lowland, finished 6/5, *****
6. A book about nature Last Chance to See, finished 9/27, ****
7. A western Dread Nation, finished 4/15, ****
8. A comic written or drawn by a person of color Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening, finished 1/1, *****
9. A book of colonial or postcolonial literature Homegoing, 2/20, *****
10. A romance novel by or about a person of color book: [Crazy Rich Asians|18158562], finished 8/28, ****
11. A children’s classic published before 1980 Anne of Green Gables, finished 10/12, *****
12. A celebrity memoir Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, finished 2/2, ***
13. An Oprah Book Club selection The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from Violence, finished 11/15, ***
14. A book of social science Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, finished 1/20, ***
15. A one-sitting book Reel Inequality: Hollywood Actors and Racism, finished 5/6, *****
16. The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series Illuminae, 3/26, ****
17. A sci fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author Dawn, finished 2/10, ****
18. A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood, finished 12/2, ****
19. A book of genre fiction in translation The House of the Spirits, finished 10/9, ****
20. A book with a cover you hate No-No Boy, finished 6/6, ****
21. A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror, Vol. 1
22. An essay anthology We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy, 3/10, *****
23. A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 My Own Words, finished 1/26, ****
24. An assigned book you hated (or never finished) Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE, unfinished, unrated

COMPLETED: 24/24


message 15: by Kara (last edited Aug 29, 2018 09:00AM) (new)

Kara (karaayako) | 3978 comments GOODREADS SUMMER READING CHALLENGE
Duration: June 1 - August 31


Summer-Related Tasks
1. Into the Great Wide Open: Read a book that takes place out in the great wide open. Record of a Spaceborn Few, finished 7/29, ***
2. Get Your Grill On: Read a book that features summer recipes or outdoor summer activities. Boy's Life, finished 7/7, ***
3. The Colors of Summer: Read a book that features a yellow, green, or sandy cover. The Lowland, finished 6/5, *****
4. Beach Bum: Read a book that could be considered a "beach read." Crazy Rich Asians, finished 8/28, ****
5. Sand Between My Toes: Read a book that takes place in or around a beach/ocean. Circe, finished 6/17, ****
6. Ocean Blue: Read a book that takes place on the water.
7. Hook 'Em: Read a book that features fishing or fishermen. Pachinko, finished 6/21, *****
8. Sports-a-holic: Read a book that features a popular summer sport.
9. Campfire Story: Read a book that scares the bejesus out of you. Daemon, finished 7/17, ***
10. One and Done: Read a book that you can finish in one day. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, finished 6/6, *****

Tasks to Stretch Your Comfort Zone
-- Let's Get It On: Read a book that features falling in or out of love.
-- Take Pride: Read a book written by an LGBTQIA author or that features an LGBTQIA character. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, 7/1, ****
-- Read the World: Read a book that takes place in a country--or focuses on a culture--other than your own. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, finished 6/2
-- Diversify Yourself: Read a book by an author of color. So You Want to Talk About Race, finished 6/13, *****
-- You Have a Lovely Accent: Read a book that was translated from another language. A River in Darkness: One Man's Escape from North Korea, finished 8/22, ****
-- Won't Be Long: Read a collection of short stories or essays. The Fire Next Time, finished 6/16, ****
-- Poet at Heart: Read a book of poetry
-- My, What Big Teeth You Have: Read a book that puts a spin on a well-known fairy tale.
-- High Noon: Read a classic or contemporary Western.
-- TBRing It: Read a book from the bottom of your TBR pile. No-No Boy, finished 6/6, ****
-- Unshelve It: Read a book that's been sitting on your Goodreads Shelves for a while. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, finished 7/15, ****
-- Childhood Reboot: Read a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure novel. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography, finished 8/5, ****
-- Listen to Me: Listen to an audiobook The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying, 6/30, ****

COMPLETED: 17/15


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