I thought I wasn’t going to do a reading challenge this year but this seemed right up my alley.
I did 27 out of 40 in my 2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. I think I did okay. I didn’t really pay it any mind. Then I realized that I didn’t really stick with it because instead of putting down titles and making it a point to read them to fulfill the conditions, I was trying to see if the books that I’ve been reading fit the bill. So it’s the other way around.
I’m not much for TBRs but this year, I want to actually challenge myself. So I checked out all the reading challenges out there – Book Riot, Pop Sugar, etc. – and decided to go with the Better World Books 2017 Reading Challenge. I’ve been a customer of this online bookseller for quite a while and I love the deals that I’ve gotten from them. Last year, I think I purchased a total of 36 books from them. And as a bonus, they match your purchase with a donation. Buy one book, they donate one book to an organization. Isn’t that a nice gesture.
This challenge has 25 items. Having put my Goodreads main goal to 25, this is perfect! Of course, I’ll try to read beyond that number but if I could complete this 25-item challenge, then that takes care of my Goodreads goal as well.
- A food memoir. The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Jennifer 8. Lee. (I’m a sucker for Chinese food, what can I say?)
A collection of short stories. Birthday by Koji Suzuki. A young adult novel. Caraval by Stephanie Garber. A book with a color in the title. Black Butler manga by Yana Toboso. A book that’s more than 100 years old. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (Of course.) A book you picked based on its cover. A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. A book set in a place you want to visit. A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab. (London.) A book based on a fairytale. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas.
- A National Book Award winner. Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman.
A book that takes place in a forest. Amazonia by James Rollins. A romance that takes place during travel. A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. Yeeesss…. A book under 200 pages. Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire. (169 pages.) A book over 400 pages. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. (647 pages.) A banned book. Jane Eyre.
- A nonfiction book about nature. I’m taking suggestions!
A fantasy novel. The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson. A book by a person of color. The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi. (half-Indian, half-Filipina) A book by a female writer. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
- A book of poetry. Not much for poetry but I’m taking suggestions.
A book set in Asia. Train Man by Hitori Nakano. (Japan) A book about immigrants. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol. A book about a historical event. Iron to Iron by Ryan Graudin. A book with a child narrator. A Silent Voice manga. A book translated from another languange. Spiral by Koji Suzuki. A book that’s been adapted into a movie (Bonus: Watch the movie and compare). Battle Royale by Koushun Takami.
I would also like to add that with the exception of two books (as of 1/6/2017) and those without titles yet (obviously), I have copies of these books in my possession whether they’re physical or digital. So in a way, this list is a “true” TBR! Yay, me! I will try not to change this list much but like I said, any of my Japanese fiction books can substitute for a couple of these items. We’ll see. This looks like a pretty solid list right now.
If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Also, I would like to see your challenge picks. Let’s cheer each other on!