Prepping for the Trip

Before any journey, comes preparation.  And while the only traveling I plan on doing is through the pages of books, a list of goals at least is necessary.  Or in this case, a list of reading challenges.

I will be tackling 2017 with a variety of challenges.  I’ve decided to not worry so much about the timing, and instead focus on checking off each task of each challenge I choose.  I will be documenting my journey both on this blog, with commentary and reviews, and on my Instagram, @apageinthelife.  And full disclosure: I will be counting books for multiple tasks and challenges.  I’ll categorize each book with the challenges and tasks it’s fulfilling.

First up is 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.

I wanted to do different styles of challenges so next up is:

My Soul Called Life’s 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

And the final challenge I am pursuing for myself in the coming year is Lone Star on a Lark’s Wheel of Time Read Along.  I’m going to be changing up the order for this one because I’ve read this series before and I prefer reading the prequel first.  However, in the read along, the prequel is after Knife of Dreams.  If you haven’t read the series before, I’d recommend following the 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

Because I’ll have my two kids in tow, I’ve also decided to drag them along for the ride with this 2017 Picture Book Reading Challenge.  There are three different options, including a bingo card for slightly older kids, but because my boys are 1 and (almost) 3, I’m going with the checklist.  This is a hefty list of 102 tasks, but it will be fun to see how many we can get through.

  • an alphabet book
  • a counting book
  • a concept book: shapes or numbers or opposites or colors
  • a book set on a farm or in the country
  • a book set in the city or in an urban area
  • a book set at the beach, in the ocean, or by a lake
  • a book with human characters
  • a book with animal characters
  • a bedtime book
  • a rhyming book
  • a book celebrating art
  • a book celebrating dance
  • a book celebrating music
  • a book celebrating family (parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, etc.)
  • a book about feelings, expressing feelings
  • a book with a twist (unexpected) ending
  • a book about pets (cats, dogs, fish)
  • a book celebrating libraries or reading
  • a book translated into English (originally published in another language/country)
  • a book about trains or planes
  • a book about cars or trucks
  • a book about starting school
  • a book about friendship (sharing, caring, forgiving)
  • a book about being ME, about being unique, special, loved, etc.
  • a fairy tale
  • a twisted (adapted) fairy tale
  • a book about a holiday
  • a new-to-you author
  • a new-to-you illustrator
  • a book about new experiences (dentist, doctor, sleepovers, movies, playing sports, learning to swim, etc.)
  • a series book
  • a book celebrating food (cooking, eating, trying new foods, eating healthy)
  • a book published before 1950
  • a book published in the 1950s
  • a book published in the 1960s
  • a book published in the 1970s
  • a book published in the 1980s
  • a book published in the 1990s
  • a book published in the 2000s
  • a book published 2010-2016
  • a book published in 2017
  • a book by Dr. Seuss
  • a book by Mo Willems
  • a book by Jan Thomas
  • a book by Eric Carle
  • a book by Laura Numeroff
  • a book by Patricia Polacco
  • a book by Jon Klassen
  • a book by Beatrix Potter
  • a book by Kevin Henkes
  • a book written or illustrated by LeUyen Pham
  • a Caldecott winner
  • a Caldecott honor
  • a picture book biography
  • a nonfiction picture book
  • a book from your childhood
  • a book you discovered as an adult
  • a book celebrating writing, being an author or illustrator
  • a library book
  • an audio book
  • a book about dinosaurs OR dragons
  • nonfiction book about animals (or animal)
  • a challenged book OR a controversial book
  • a book that makes you laugh
  • a book that makes you cry
  • hate the text, love the art
  • love the text, hate the art
  • a book with a great cover
  • a book with an ugly cover
  • a book about toys
  • a book about weather
  • a picture book for older readers
  • a book of jokes, riddles, tongue-twisters
  • a book about seasons
  • a song
  • a poetry book
  • a book by a celebrity
  • a book published in Australia
  • a book published in the UK
  • a book about science or math
  • a book about history or historical event
  • a book about sports
  • a book about celebrating birthdays
  • a book about a President or world leader
  • a book about another country
  • a book celebrating faith
  • a pop-up book, or, a book with cut-outs or flaps or fold-outs
  • a bilingual book
  • a television series that has been adapted to a book
  • a book that has been adapted to a television series
  • an adaptation of a myth or legend
  • a book about babies

I’m pretty excited about these challenges.  It’s going to be tough to get through them, but for now, my challenge will be to wait until January 1st to start!

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