A Recap of the Year So Far

Everyone in the house has been sick in seemingly endless cycle for the past month or so, so I have been inordinately bad at posting regularly.  I’ve therefore decided to do a brief recap of the books I’ve read so far this year and what challenges they’re counting towards.

Pucked by Helen Hunting: Read Harder – about sports; PopSugar – genre not normally read

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: Read Harder – fantasy novel; PopSugar – 1st book in a new series, with eccentric character

The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan: PopSugar – audiobook, season in title, about mythological creature, set in hotel, based on mythology

The Crown by Kiera Cass

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

The Rose Society by Marie Lu

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst: Read Harder – debut novel, YA novel by LGBTQ+ author; LHBTQ+ romance novel; Keyword – January (Of)

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon: Read Harder – by an immigrant/immigration narrative, all POV characters of col0r; PopSugar – by person of color, main character of color, about refugee/immigrant

Bossypants by Tina Fey: PopSugar – recommended by author (Amy Poehler), mentioned in another book (Yes, Please)

Yes, Please by Amy Poehler: PopSugar – by someone you admire

1984 by George Orwell: Read Harder – published between 1900-1950, banned (in Soviet Union); PopSugar – on TBR list, unreliable narrator, about difficult topic

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger: PopSugar – steampunk novel, from genre never heard of

Save Me by Jenny Elliott

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand: PopSugar – multiple authors, title of character’s name, about an interesting woman

And here is where I currently stand on the reading challenges so far:

Book Riot’s Read Harder 2017:

  • Read a book about sports.
  • Read a debut novel.
  • Read a book about books.
  • Read a book set in Central or South America, written by a Central or South American author.
  • Read a book by an immigrant or with a central immigration narrative.
  • Read an all-ages comic.
  • Read a book published between 1900 and 1950.
  • Read a travel memoir.
  • Read a book you’ve read before.
  • Read a book that is set within 100 miles of your location.
  • Read a book that is set more than 5000 miles from your location.
  • Read a fantasy novel.
  • Read a nonfiction book about technology.
  • Read a book about war.
  • Read a YA or middle grade novel by an author who identifies as LGBTQ+.
  • Read a book that has been banned or frequently challenged in your country.
  • Read a classic by an author of color.
  • Read a superhero comic with a female lead.
  • Read a book in which a character of color goes on a spiritual journey.
  • Read an LGBTQ+ romance novel.
  • Read a book published by a micropress.
  • Read a collection of stories by a woman.
  • Read a collection of poetry in translation on a theme other than love.
  • Read a book wherein all point-of-view characters are people of color.

Keyword Reading Challenge 2017:

  • January: Court, Fall, Of, Way, Deep, Thousand
  • February: And, Rose, Promise, Every, Deception, Blazing
  • March: Shall, Go, By, Silence, Her, Saga
  • April: From, Trigger, Tale, His, Crown, Mist
  • May: Four, Wind, All, Fury, Days, Shade
  • June: Without, Know, Good, Watch, One, Have
  • July: Before, Final, All, Freedom, Life, Dream
  • August: Sun, Infinite, Big, My, Wherever, Most
  • September: Sand, From, Between, Ever, Reasons, Clash
  • October: Darker, You, Ashes, Out, House, Sea
  • November: Place, War, Heart, Why, Give, Meet
  • December: Forget, Twilight, Only, Crystal, On, Will

Wheel of Time Read Along

  • New Spring (prequel)
  • The Eye of the World
  • The Great Hunt
  • The Dragon Reborn
  • The Shadow Rising
  • The Fires of Heaven
  • Lord of Chaos
  • A Crown of Swords
  • The Path of Daggers
  • Winter’s Heart
  • Crossroads of Twilight
  • Knife of Dreams
  • The Gathering Storm
  • Towers of Midnight
  • A Memory of Light

PopSugar Reading Challenge 2017:

  • A book recommended by a librarian
  • A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
  • A book of letters
  • An audiobook
  • A book by a person of color
  • A book with one of the four seasons in the title
  • A book that is a story within a story
  • A book with multiple authors
  • An espionage thriller
  • A book with a car on the cover
  • A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
  • A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
  • A book by or about a person who has a disability
  • A book involving travel
  • A book with a subtitle
  • A book that’s published in 2017
  • A book involving a mythical creature
  • A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
  • A book about food
  • A book with career advice
  • A book from a nonhuman perspective
  • A steampunk novel
  • A book with a red spine
  • A book set in the wilderness
  • A book you loved as a child
  • A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
  • A book with a title that’s a character’s name
  • A novel set during wartime
  • A book with an unreliable narrator
  • A book with pictures
  • A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
  • A book about an interesting woman
  • A book set in two different time periods
  • A book with a month or day of the week in the title
  • A book set in a hotel
  • A book written by someone you admire
  • A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
  • A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  • The first book in a series you haven’t read before
  • A book you bought on a trip
  • A book recommended by an author you love
  • A bestseller from 2016
  • A book with a family member term in the title
  • A book that takes place over a character’s life span
  • A book about an immigrant or refugee
  • A book from a genre/subgenre that you’ve never heard of
  • A book with an eccentric character
  • A book that’s more than 800 pages
  • A book you got from a used book sale
  • A book that’s been mentioned in another book
  • A book about a difficult topic
  • A book based on mythology
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