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Reading Challenge 2019

December 1, 2019

I've never been able to complete a reading challenge before. It's obviously not because I don't read enough books, but because I get distracted and go on a reading spree of a particular genre and never quite make it through every genre every year (i.e business books...). But this year I found a list that not only inspired me but I knew I could do it! Some of these topics took some series Google work, finding just the right book that I wanted to read to fulfil the requirements. Some I have to say I stretched the definition a little bit (Stasiland by Anna Funder for True Crime is not wrong... but possibly not right either). Others made me laugh with glee when I realised which book would be perfect (The Rook by David O'Malley lost me some serious sleep). 

 

So here it is - my first ever completed reading challenge. If you feel like you have problems sticking to a challenge, don't worry - check out Georgia's 'How to Read More (The Definitive Guide)' which will be coming out later this month. 

 

Caveat: I didn't listen to an audio book because my life unfortunately does not lend itself to that style of listening but I hope to get to one over the summer break!

 

Thank you to pinglesisters.com for finally coming up with a list I liked!

 

 1. A Book With More Than 500 Pages - American Gods by Neil Gaiman

 2. Book You Haven’t Read by Author You Love - Wayward Son by Rainbow Rowell

 3. Goodreads winner in 2018 - Circe by Madeline Miller 

 4. You Can Read in a Day - Singing my Sister down by Margo Lanagan

 5. Book About a Difficult Topic - The Talking Cure by Gillian Straker

 6. Recommended by a Friend - The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

 7. Book That Will Make You Cry - Out of my Mind by Sharon Draper

 8. Book Published in 2009 - Soulless by Gail Carriger

 9. Book Becoming TV Series in 2019 - Caliban’s War by James A. S. Corey

 10. A Genre You Don’t Usually Read - Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

 11. Children’s Classic - A Dream of Sadler’s Wells by Lorna Hill

 12. Cover With Your Favourite Colour - Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

 13. Bought at a Thrift Store - most of them!

 14. Young Adult Fiction - Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina

 15. First Book in a Trilogy - Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel

 16. Second Book in a Trilogy - The Vanishing Stair by Maureen Johnson

 17. Third Book in a Trilogy - The Ruin and the Rising by Leigh Bardugo

 18. Dystopian Novel - Toll by Neal Shusterman

 19. Award-Winning Book - The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

 20. A Book from the Rory Gilmore Challenge - Sonnets by William Shakespeare

 21. Published the Decade Before You Were Born - The Gods Themselves by Issac Asimov

 22. Historical Fiction From A Favourite Time Period - Imprudence by Gail Carriger

 23. Classic You’ve Never Read - The Monkey’s Mask by Dorothy Porter

 24. A Book That Will Keep You Up All Night - The Rook by Daniel O’Malley

 25. 2018 bestseller - Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

 26. Nonfiction Book about Science - Illustrated Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben

 27. Listen to an Audiobook - Tried to but failed…

 28. Set in Your Home State - Man Shy by Frank Dalby Davidson

 29. You Once Started But Never Finished - A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

 30. With a One Word Title - Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

 31. A Fairy Tale Retelling - To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo

 32. Celebrity Book Club Pick - The Library Book by Susan Orlean

 33. A Book You Read in High School - Call of the Wild by Jack London

 34. Business or Personal Finance Book - Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

 35. Autobiography or Memoir - Girls at the Piano by Virginia Lloyd

 36. Book Set in Another Country - Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

 37. Reread a Favorite Book - Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

 38. Book by a Local Author - The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke

 39. Banned Book - I know why the caged bird sings by Maya Angelou

 40. Narrative Nonfiction - Girt by David Hunt

 41. On Your To-Read List the Longest - On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta

 42. A Book About Travel - Finding Gobi by Craig Borlase

 43. Popular Book You’ve Never Read - Woman in the Window by AJ Finn

 44. True Crime - Stasiland by Anna Funder

 45. Nonfiction Bestseller - Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

 46. Science Fiction - Tomorrow’s Kin by Nancy Dress

 47. A Book You Own But Haven’t Read - The Word for World is Forest by Ursula le Guin

 48. Recommended by a Local Librarian - The Library Book by Rebecca Gray

 49. 2019 New Release - There was still love by Favel Parrett

 50. The First Book in a Series - The Leviathan by James A. S. Corey

 51. Prettiest cover - The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking

 52. An Inspirational Story - Peak by Ericsson Anders

 

 

 

 

 

 

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