Reading Challenges 2018

Here is a list of all the Reading Challenges I’m participating in this year, with links to my completed reviews (or appropriate updates) for each one!  This page will, of course, be updated throughout the year. (If I’ve read a book for a challenge, but not yet written about it, then the title isn’t hyperlinked)

Read Harder 2018 Challenge

  • A book published posthumously
  • A book of true crime: Hell’s Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men. By Harold Schechter
  • A classic of genre fiction
  • A comic written and drawn by the same person – Roller Girl, by Victoria Jamieson
  • A book set in or about one of the five BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China, or South Africa)
  • A book about nature
  • A western
  • A comic written or drawn by a person of color:
  • A book or colonial or postcolonial literature
  • A romance novel by or about a person of color – An Extraordinary Union, Alyssa Cole
  • A children’s classic published before 1980
  • A celebrity memoir – Just A Geek, Wil Wheaton
  • An Oprah Book Club selection
  • A book of social science
  • A one-sitting book – Percy Jackson and the Singer of Apollo, Rick Riordan
  • The first book in a new-to-you YA or middle grade series: Wren to the Rescue, by Sherwood Smith.
  • A sci-fi novel with a female protagonist by a female author
  • A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image – LumberJanes: Beware the Kitten Holy.
  • A book of genre fiction in translation
  • A book with a cover you hate
  • A mystery by a person of color or LGBTQ+ author
  • An essay anthology
  • A book with a female protagonist over the age of 60 – The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, by Jean E. Pendziwol
  • An assigned book you hated (or never finished)

WCCLS “Reading Ahead” Challenge

  • January: A book that appeared on a “Best Books of 2017” List: An Extraordinary Union, by Alyssa Cole.
  • February: Read a Book with a main character who doesn’t look or live like you: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. By Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • March: Read a book set in the decade in which you were born:  Tell The Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • April: Read a story that invokes the immigrant experience (fiction or non-fiction): Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat
  • May:  Read a book by an Oregon author
  • June: Read a book set in a place to which you always wanted to travel
  • July: Watch any movie based on a book.
  • August: Read a book you choose based on the cover.
  • September: Read a book that has been challenged or banned in any country.
  • October:  Read a biography/memoir of someone you admire.
  • November: Read a book that will teach you a brand-new skill or enhance a skill you already have.
  • December: Read something you’ve always wanted to read but never got around to.


The Classics Club

Books that I read (which may fit elsewhere as well) which are on my Classics Club List)

Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Books

Books Completed during the May Readathon:

  • When the Moon Is Low, by Nadia Hashimi
  • Lost and Found Cat: The True Story of Kunkish’s Incredible Journey, by Doug Kuntz
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory, by Edwidge Danticat

Book Completed during the October Readathon:


Bout of Books –

May Bout of Books:

Les Miserable Read-Along Updates

As of May I have fallen horribly behind in the Les Miserables Read-Along.  If I catch up, and if I write posts, then I’ll share them here.


Banned Books Week:

Every year I participate in Banned Books Week. When I actually get to that week you’ll get posts related to those Banned Book reads, but in the meantime, here are the books I’m reading in preperation!

  • This One Sumer, by Mariko Tamaki



50 Book Pledge  and GoodReads Challenge

Here are all the books I read this year that didn’t fit a different category!



There are some books that I tried to read, I really did…. But for whatever reason they ended up back on the shelf, or returned to the library, only partially read.

  • Wish You Were Here, Rita Mae Brown.