Thursday, January 05, 2017

Reading Challenges for 2017 | The List

My master reading list for 2016 - Reading Challenges for 2017 | The List - A Simpler Grace

Well, it's that time of year again when I get to plan out my reading challenges for 2017! One of my goals this year was to broaden my spectrum by reading more books written by people of color and on subjects or genres that I don't normally read. This year, it's all about diversification.

As I have for the last several years, I'll be participating in the Popsugar Reading Challenge again, which is always so fun with some great prompts to broaden your reading repertoire. I'm also going to jump in on the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, which encourages you to diversify your reading. On top of these, I'm going to finish the two mini-challenges I started when I began in my 101 in 1001. One last mini-challenge I'm tossing at myself this year is adding five ancient classic works or Greek mythology books, as I hinted I might do in my November coffee date post.

That's a whole lot of reading! So without further adieu, here's the master list. As far as the total count of books I'd like to read in 2017 Goodreads challenge, I'm going to set my number at 150 and see if I can beat that again. :)

Popsugar Reading Challenge (Count: 52/52)
  1. A book recommended by a librarian - Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)
  2. A book that's been on your TBR list for way too long - Middlesex (Jeffrey Eugenides)
  3. A book of letters - Letters to Jackie (Ellen Fitzpatrick)
  4. An audiobook - Us (David Nicholls)
  5. A book by a person of color - After the Quake (Haruki Murakami)
  6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title - The Winter People (Jennifer McMahon)
  7. A book that is a story within a story - The Princess Bride (William Goldman)
  8. A book with multiple authors - Will Grayson, Will Grayson (John Green and David Levithan)
  9. An espionage thriller - The Bourne Identity (Robert Ludlum)
  10. A book with a cat on the cover - A Street Cat Named Bob (James Bowen)
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym - The Cuckoo's Calling (Robert Galbraith or J.K. Rowling)
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don't normally read - The Selection (Kiera Cass)
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability - The Story of My Life (Helen Keller)
  14. A book involving travel - The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger)
  15. A book with a subtitle - Tess of the D'Ubervilles (Thomas Hardy)
  16. A book that's published in 2017 - My Last Lament (James William Brown)
  17. A book involving a mythical creature - The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)
  18. A book you've read before that never fails to make you smile - A Round-Heeled Woman (Jane Juska)
  19. A book about food - Life From Scratch (Sasha Martin)
  20. A book with career advice - Quiet (Susan Cain)
  21. A book from a nonhuman perspective - The Tale of Despereaux (Kate DiCamillo)
  22. A steampunk novel - Leviathan (Scott Westerfeld)
  23. A book with a red spine - Midnight's Children (Salman Rushdie)
  24. A book set in the wilderness - A Walk in the Woods (Bill Bryson)
  25. A book you loved as a child - Anne of Green Gables (L.M. Montgomery)
  26. A book by an author from a country you've never visited - The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
  27. A book with a title that's a character's name - Bobby Kennedy (Larry Tye)
  28. A novel set during wartime - Matterhorn (Karl Marlantes)
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator - The Great Gatsby (F. Scott Fitzgerald)
  30. A book with pictures - Supergods (Grant Morrison)
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you - The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
  32. A book about an interesting woman - Forward (Abby Wambach)
  33. A book set in two different time periods - Cloud Atlas (David Mitchell)
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title - The Hunt for Red October (Tom Clancy)
  35. A book set in a hotel - At Bertram's Hotel (Agatha Christie)
  36. A book written by someone you admire - The Inner Circle (Brad Meltzer)
  37. A book that's becoming a movie in 2017 - Ready Player One (Ernest Cline)
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas - The Intercept (Dick Wolf)
  39. The first book in a series you haven't read before - The Giver (Lois Lowry)
  40. A book you bought on a trip - Swann's Way (Marcel Proust)
  41. A book recommended by an author you love - American Gods (Neil Gaiman)
  42. A bestseller from 2016 - The Magnolia Story (Chip Gaines & Joanna Gaines)
  43. A book with a family member term in the title - Cleopatra's Daughter (Michelle Moran)
  44. A book that takes place over a character's lifespan - Jim Henson: The Biography (Brian Jay Jones)
  45. A book about an immigrant or refugee - Out of Place (Edward W. Said)
  46. A book from a genre/sub-genre that you've never heard of - The Eyre Affair (Jasper Fforde)
  47. A book with an eccentric character - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs)
  48. A book that's more than 800 pages - Gone With the Wind (Margaret Mitchell)
  49. A book you got from a used book sale - Angels and Demons (Dan Brown)
  50. A book that's been mentioned in another book - Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman)
  51. A book about a difficult topic - Future Sex (Emily Witt)
  52. A book based on mythology - Persephone (Kaitlin Bevis)
Completing 2016 Books (Count: 41/41)
In addition to this year's reading challenge, I'm also planning on completing the books I didn't read from last year's challenge.  You can follow my progress by visiting last year's "The List" page.

Completing 2015 Books (Count: 50/50)
I have one book leftover from this challenge that I'm going to be reading this year. You can see the books I read in 2015 on "The List" page.

Book Riot Read Harder Challenge (Count: 24/24)
  1. A book about sports - The Sports Gene (David Epstein)
  2. A debut novel - The Time Machine (H.G. Wells)
  3. A book about books - The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)
  4. A book set in Central or South America by a local author - Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
  5. A book by an immigrant - Interpreter of Maladies (Jhumpa Lahiri)
  6. An all-ages comic - Dirt Candy (Amanda Cohen)
  7. A book published between 1900 and 1950 - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Betty Smith)
  8. A travel memoir - A Year in Provence (Peter Mayle)
  9. A book you've read before - All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr)
  10. A book that is set within a hundred miles of your location - The Fifth Assassin (Brad Meltzer)
  11. A book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location - Facing the Wave (Gretel Ehrlich)
  12. A fantasy novel - The Magicians (Lev Grossman)
  13. A nonfiction book about technology - Lights Out (Ted Koppel)
  14. A book about war - Band of Brothers (Stephen E. Ambrose)
  15. A YA or middle-grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+ - We Are the Ants (Shaun David Hutchinson)
  16. A book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky)
  17. A classic by an author of color - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou)
  18. A superhero comic with a female lead - Ms. Marvel Infinite #1
  19. A book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey - If the Oceans Were Ink (Carla Power)
  20. An LGBTQ+ romance novel - Under the Udala Trees (Chinelo Okparanta)
  21. A book published by a micropress - The German Girl (Armando Lucas Correa)
  22. A collection of stories by a woman - Runaway (Alice Munro)
  23. A collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love - Collected Poems (Joseph Brodsky)
  24. A book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color - The Cutting Season (Attica Locke)
10 Books from the Back to University Reading List (Count: 10/10)
One of the goals in my 101 in 1001 challenge was to read ten books from the Back to University list. This is a list compiled by Sanne from BooksandQuills containing all the books she was assigned to read in her university career, both undergrad and when she got her masters degree.  
10 Books I Loved as a Child (Count: 10/10)
As another goal in my 101 in 1001, I wanted to read ten books I loved as a child.  I'm hoping to knock quite a few of them off the list this year.
  1. The Peter Rabbit Series (Beatrix Potter)
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
  3. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)
  4. Tuck Everlasting (Natalie Babbitt)
  5. Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Paterson)
  6. The Indian in the Cupboard (Lynne Reid Banks)
  7. James and the Giant Peach (Roald Dahl)
  8. Charlotte's Web (E.B. White)
  9. The Outsiders (S.E. Hinton)
  10. Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
5 Ancient Classic & Greek Mythology Works (5/5)
There ya have it, folks!  The master list I'll be working on this year, with a few extra books tossed in here and there as I find them.  If you want to follow along, you can find me on Goodreads or watch for my bookshelf photos on Instagram.  I use #ASGbookshelf when I post!

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  1. Oh gosh, you have SO many great ones. Here are the ones I have read & LOVED that are on your list (I can hardly wait to hear what you think about them once you read them!).
    - A Magnolia Story (I recommend audiobook since its read by Chip and Jo!)
    - I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (also recommend audiobook; read by author and her voice is so poetic and beautiful!)
    - Quiet changed the way I look at my introverted self and helped me become more confident in who I am as an introvert. It was such an important read for me! And SO interesting!
    - Tale of Despereaux (the movie doesn't come close to the quality of the writing. A sweet, fun tale)
    - A Walk in the Woods (audiobook was great. There are some hilarious parts that just flowed really well for comedic quality on audiobook. I am not sure if it was read by the author by the narrator was perfect for the story. It got a little slow towards the second half for me but overall an enjoyable read).
    - A Tree Grows in Brooklyn ( I read this Jan 2016 and I kept thinking "how in the world have I not read this before?" It is SO GOOOOOD!)

  2. Oh, I want to read A Magnolia Story so bad, but haven't picked it up yet! It's going to be a big year for reading! :)