2017 Reading Challenges in Review

I’m back! Sorry for about the long absence. Storytimes stopped for the winter session, I crammed in the last March book before flying out to the in-laws for Christmas, and then I went out of the country for 2ish weeks. So not a lot of time to blog (although I didn’t read anything aside from the March books anyway).

I did pretty well on my reading challenges this year (although I don’t think I was the greatest at blogging about them all). I had grand plans to read on the plane and in the car while on my trip, to finish up Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge, but that didn’t happen. In the end, I completed the PopSugar and Modern Mrs. Darcy challenges. I almost finished Book Riot, but did not read “A book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author,” “A travel memoir,” or “A classic by an author of color.”

Popsugar Reading Challenge:

A book recommended by a librarian After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
A book of letters I Hate Everyone But You by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
An audiobook Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
A book by a person of color Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
A book with one of the four seasons in the title That Summer by Lauren Willig
A book that is a story within a story Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A book with multiple authors The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig
An espionage thriller Mr. Churchill’s Secretary by Susan Ella MacNeal
A book with a cat on the cover Audacity Jones to the Rescue by Kirby Larson
A book by an author who uses a pseudonym Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen
A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
A book by or about a person who has a disability The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A book involving travel The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith
A book with a subtitleA book with a subtitle Little Boxes: 12 Writers on Television edited by Caroline Casey
A book that’s published in 2017 On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen
A book involving a mythical creature My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen
A book about food The Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Standhal
A book with career advice Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
A book from a nonhuman perspective Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan
A steampunk novel Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson
A book with a red spine Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
A book set in the wilderness The Poet’s Dog by Cynthia MacLachlan
A book you loved as a child Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
A book with a title that’s a character’s name George by Alex Gino
A novel set during wartime When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi
A book with an unreliable narrator Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
A book with pictures The Marvels by Brian Selznick
A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
A book about an interesting woman One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
A book set in two different time periods The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A book with a month or day of the week in the title The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
A book set in a hotel A True Home by Kallie George
A book written by someone you admire The English Wife by Lauren Willig
A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017 Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka
A book set around a holiday other than Christmas The Mark of the Midnight Manzanilla by Lauren Willig
The first book in a series you haven’t read before Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
A book you bought on a trip I’ve Got your Number by Sophie Kinsella

Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge:

Put the Oomph Back in Your Reading Life
A book you chose for the cover Rebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson
A book with a reputation for being un-put-down-able My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
A book set somewhere you’ve never been but would like to visit Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
A book you’ve already read I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
A juicy memoir Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
A book about books or reading Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell
A book in a genre you usually avoid Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka
A book you don’t want to admit you’re dying to read On her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service by Rhys Bowen
A book in the backlist of a new favorite author Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A book recommended by someone with great taste The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
A book you were excited to buy or borrow but haven’t read yet Crowned and Dangerous by Rhys Bowen
A book about a topic or subject you already love Rebel Magisters by Shanna Swendson
Stretch Yourself in 2017
A Newbery Award winner or Honor Book The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
A book in translation Load Poems Like Guns: : Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan edited by Farzana Marie
A book that’s more than 600 pages The Marvels by Brian Selznick
A book of poetry, a play or an essay collection Poisoned Apples: Poems for You My Pretty by Christine Heppermann
A book of any genre that addresses current events One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter by Scaachi Koul
An immigrant story When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi
A book published before you were born Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
Three books by the same author Maybe in Another Life, After I Do, and The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
A book by #ownvoices or #diversebooks author Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
A book with an unreliable narrator or ambiguous ending Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
A book nominated for an award in 2017 George by Alex Gino
A Pulitizer Prize or National Book Award winner March: Book 3 by John Lewis

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge:

A book about sports Spinning by Tillie Walden
A debut novel The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
A book about books The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
A book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras (what I planned to read)
A book about an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative When the Moon is Low by Nadia Hashimi
An all ages comic Amulet: The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
A book published between 1900 and 1950 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
A travel memoir Paris in Love by Eloisa James (DNF in time)
A book you’ve read before I’ve Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella
A book that is set within 100 miles of your location The Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Standhal
A book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan
A fantasy novel My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
A nonfiction book about technology Dear Data by Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec
A book about war The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
A YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ The Marvels by Brian Selznick
A book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country George by Alex Gino
A classic by an author of color Indigo by Beverly Jenkins (DNF in time)
A superhero comic with a female lead Wonder Woman Vol. 1: The Lies by Greg Rucka
A book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey March: Book 1 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell
An LGBTQ romance novel The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Reid Jenkis
A book published by a micropress Little Boxes edited by Caroline Casey
A collection of stories by a woman One Day We’ll All Be Dead and None of this Will Matter by Saachi Koul
A collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love Load Poems Like Guns: Women’s Poetry from Herat, Afghanistan edited by Farzana Marie
A book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han
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