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message 1: by NancyJ (last edited Dec 31, 2018 11:51PM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4978 comments My major challenge this year was to read books on the PBS's The Great American Read list, based on the May - October 2018 PBS project. I had many challenges linked to this list, primarily related to breadth, variety and diversity.

Books read on the list in 2018:
Favorite discoveries (books I would not have read without the challenge):

*Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
*Lonesome Dove
*A Prayer for Owen Meany

Great American Read Genre Diversity Challenge:
American Classics (and historical fiction)- To Kill a Mockingbird, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, more.
Russian classic - War and Peace (currently reading)
Western (Adventure/Historical fiction)- Lonesome Dove
Horror - Frankenstein Read
Sci-fi - Sirens of Titan, Ready Player One
Speculative/Dystopian -Handmaid's Tale
Romance -Pride and Prejudice
Mystery - And Then There Were None
Historical fiction (part fantasy) - Outlander #6 - A Breath of Snow and Ashes
Fantasy (currently reading) - Narnia, Fellowship of the rings
YA - Looking for Alaska
Children - Ghost
Children's Classic - The Lion the Witch the Wardrobe

Outside Comfort Zone and Diversity challenges:
Religious theme - A Prayer for Owen Meany
Race/Immigrant experience/international - Americanah
Race/African American - The Color Purple, Their Eyes were Watching God
LGBTQ - Tales of the City
Differing abilities - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime

Three Century challenge:
1800s Frankenstein (1818), Pride and Prejudice
1900s A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), plus others
2000s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (2003), others

Three Country Challenge:
US - The Color Purple +
UK - Pride and Prejudice +
Nigeria - Americanah
Russia - currently reading War and Peace

Other Challenges
GAR literacy promotion activities
Read the Winner of the Great American Read (To Kill a Mockingbird)

TBR shelf clean out
The Light Between Oceans
All the Light we Cannot See
Storied Life of AJ Fikry
Handmaid's Tale
The Color Purple

message 2: by KateNZ (new)

KateNZ | 2211 comments Great challenges, Nancy! Looking forward to seeing what your 2019 aims are

message 3: by NancyJ (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4978 comments Me too! For one thing, I've won a lot of free books and I really need to read them and write reviews! Ladder to the Sky and Storyteller's Secret are high on the list.

I look forward to the PBT challenges

message 4: by Amy (new)

Amy | 8278 comments Nancy, I hope to read those same two in 2019 too, sooner rather than later.

message 5: by NancyJ (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4978 comments Amy wrote: "Nancy, I hope to read those same two in 2019 too, sooner rather than later."

Maybe a buddy read.

message 6: by Amy (new)

Amy | 8278 comments Nancy, Love your new picture!

message 7: by NancyJ (last edited Dec 17, 2018 10:04PM) (new)

NancyJ (nancyjjj) | 4978 comments Amy wrote: "Nancy, Love your new picture!"

Thanks, it made me laugh, and it's bright. The picture icons are too small for me to see clearly, so I go by color.

edit = I changed it again. I'm a little old to be struggling with identity issues, but...

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