Reading Challenges

In the past, I have just haphazardly read. Picking up any book I wished. Sometimes, just reading the next book cued on my Kindle, but this year, I thought it would be fun to participate in a reading challenge.

General Reading Challenges


The Goodreads Reading Challenge is a challenge I have always participated in, since all I have to do is just read any old book. 


2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Sam has read 119 books toward her goal of 260 books.
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The Alphabet Soup Challenge is to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet. There is a little wiggle room with the more difficult letters (Q, X, Z), but otherwise, just 26 books – one for each letter of the alphabet. 


I have completed 22/26 for this challenge. I have a "J" book planned (Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore), as well as a "V" book (The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes). I am sort of struggling with "Q" and "X", so if you have any suggestions, feel free to tell me in the comments.



The Reading Without Walls Challenge 2017


This one is pretty easy. I read a lot of books that qualify for #1, and I got a graphic novel I really want to read from BEA for #3. I am not sure about #2, but I will keep thinking about it.
  1. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore - ★★★★1/2
  2. TBD
  3. The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne - graphic novel


Debut Authors Reading Challenge 2017


The Debut Author Challenge is to read as many middle grades, young adult, and new adult books by 2017 debut authors. I have a lot of Swanky Seventeens on my TBR, so I am looking forward to this one. 


I am actually doing really well with this challenge. I have been requesting a lot of debuts, and I have not been disappointed.



TITLEAUTHORRATING
A Lesson in Falling Diana Gallagher★★★★
Seeking Mansfield Kate Watson★★★★
You're Welcome, Universe Whitney Gardner★★★★
Poison's Kiss Breeana Shields★★★★ 1/2
Seven Days of You Cecilia Vinese★★★★
Definition of Indefinable Things Whitney Taylor★★★★
Maud Melanie Fishbane★★★★
The Heartbeats of Wing Jones Katherine Webber★★★★ 1/2
Zenn Diagram Wendy Brant★★★★
The Last Thing You Said Sara Biren★★★★
Grendel's Guide to Love and War AE Kaplan★★★★
Girl Out of Water Laura Silverman★★★★
Daughter of the Pirate King Tricia Levenseller★★★★★
At First Blush Beth Ellyn Summer★★★★ 1/2
When Dimple Met Rishi Sandhya Menon★★★★★
It Started with Goodbye Christina June★★★★
The Duke of Bannerman Prep Katie Nelson★★★★
The Traitor's Kiss Erin Beaty★★★★
Songs About a Girl Chris Russell★★★★
Perennials: A Novel Mandy Berman★★★
Follow Me Back AV Geiger★★★★
Saints and Misfits SK Ali★★★★
One of Us is LyingKaren M. McManus★★★★★
If Birds Fly BackCarlie Sorosiak★★★★★
More of MeKathryn Evans★★★ 1/2
Amish Guys Don't CallDebby Dodds★★★
That Thing We Call a HeartSheba Karim★★★★
Aftercare InstructionsBonnie Pipkin★★★★ 1/2
The Waking LandCallie Bates★★★
Kissing Max HoldenKaty Upperman★★★★


Bookish Bingo 2017


For Bookish Bingo, the goal is pretty much like regular bingo. Each box has a description, and you want to read a book that fits that description to get 5 in a row. I am so in love with this challenge. It changes every three months and speaks to my inner bingo self.


Spring Bingo - Final


I am a little disappointed that I did not fill the board, but I really don't read scary books. =(





2017 Diverse Books Reading Challenge


I joined the 2017 Diverse Books Reading Challenge hosted by Chasing Fairytales and Read.Sleep.Repeat, because I think it is good to expose myself to different types of books in order to learn new things. I like to read books with MCs who are different from me, and these mini challenges looked like a fun facet to the overall challenge.

MONTHLY CHALLENGEBOOKRATING
JANUARY:
diverse folklore/mythology
Poison's Kiss
by Breeana Shields
★★★★1/2
FEBURARY:
POC Main Character / Biracial / Multiracial
The Radius of Us 
by Marie Marquardt
★★★★★
MARCH:
Main characters with a disability
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
by Karole Cozzo
★★★★1/2
APRIL:
Mental health
Aftermath
by Clara Kensie
★★★★1/2
MAY:
Religious diversity
Saints and Misfits
by SK Ali
★★★★
JUNE:
Sexuality/Gender identity
Gracefully Grayson
by Ami Polonsky
★★★★
JULY:
Sexuality/Gender identity
AUGUST:
Non-western setting
SEPTEMBER:
#ownvoices
OCTOBER:
Instsectionality
NOVEMBER:
Diverse retellings
DECEMBER:
2017 releases

Other diverse reads:

TITLEAUTHORRATING
Words in Deep Blue: DepressionCath Crowley★★★★★
Spellbook of the Lost and Found: Bisexual MCs, lesbian MCMoira Fowley-Doyle★★★★★
I Believe in a Thing Called Love: POC, #OwnVoicesMaureen Goo★★★★
Stand-Off: DepressionAndrew Smith★★★1/2
Ramona Blue: GLBT, socioeconomic, #OwnVoicesJulie Murphy★★★★
Goodbye Days: DepressionJeff Zentner★★★★1/2
Optimists Die First: mental healthSusin Nielsen★★★★★
When Dimple Met Rishi: POCs, #OwnVoicesSandhya Menon★★★★★
Noteworthy: GLBT, POC, socioeconomicRiley Redgate★★★★
Girl Out of Water: Amputee/POCLaura Silverman★★★★
Things I Should Have Known: Autism, GLBTClaire LeZebnik★★★★1/2
The Girl with the Red Balloon: Jewish MCKatherine Locke★★★★
The Upside of Unrequited: GLBT, mental healthBecky Albertalli★★★★
Heartbeats of Wing Jones: POC, socioeconomicKatherine Webber★★★★1/2
You're Welcome Universe: POC/Deaf MCWhitney Gardner★★★★
Definitions of Indefinable Things: mental healthWhitney Taylor★★★★
Follow Me Back: mental healthAV Geiger★★★★
Love and First Sight: DisabilitiesJosh Sundquist★★★★1/2
Labyrinth Lost: GLBT, POC, #OwnVoicesZoraida Cordova★★★★
The One Memory of Flora Banks: AmnesiaEmily Barr★★★★
Everything All at Once: mental healthKatrina Leo★★★★ 1/2
Wayfarer: POCAlexandra Bracken★★★ 1/2
The Unlikelies: POCCarrie Firestone★★★ 1/2
That Thing We Call a Heart: POC, #OwnVoicesSheba Karim★★★★
Internet Famous: POC, AutismDanika Stone★★★★
If Birds Fly Back: POCCarlie Sorosiak★★★★★
The Authentics: POC, #OwnVoicesAbdi Nazemian★★★★ 1/2
Wonder: person with congenital disabilityR.J. Palacio★★★★★
Wild Beauty: POC, GLBTAnna-Marie McLemore★★★★ 1/2
Wrong For You: POC, religious diversityJenny Proctor★★★ 1/2

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge


The last challenge I signed up for is Monthly Motif Reading Challenge. This challenge is similar to many challenges in that you are given a theme to guide your book choice, but it differs, as you have to follow the specific theme for each month. I signed up for this with the intention of doing an Instagram post for each book, but it has turned out to be a mix of Instagram, GoodReads reviews, and blog posts. 

JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading

Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.

FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller

Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You 

MARCH – Time Traveler
Read a book set in a different dimension, a book in which time travel is involved or a dystopian or science fiction book where reality looks very different than what we’re used to.
The Girl with the Red Balloon (review will post closer to publication)

APRIL – Award Winners

Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.
I selected Stand-Off by Andrew Smith, as Smith was a Printz award winner. 

MAY – Book to Movie or Audio

Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.
I chose Wonder by R.J. Palacio, because I have been wanting to read it for a while now, and the trailer for this movie is amazing.

JUNE – Destination Unknown

Read a book in which the character(s) take a trip, travel somewhere, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something.
I read I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski, which was a fun trip through Europe. 

JULY – Believe the Unbelievable

This month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.

AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & Weather

Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.

SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & Frightful

Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!

OCTOBER– Games, Challenges, & Contests
Read a book that involves a game of some sort. Video games, war games, psychological mess-with-your-mind games, characters who participate in a contest, or a story in which the character takes on a challenge.

NOVEMBER – Last Chance
Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to all year but haven’t yet or read the last book in a series you started.

DECEMBER – Picking Favorites

Read a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.

Are you participating in any reading challenges? 
Do you have any suggested books for my challenges?
Let us know in the comments!

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