By author you wish was better known: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by: Rachel Joyce Published in 2016: Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo Book from a series you love: Gemina by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (The Illuminae Files) Debut novel: An Ember in the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir Thought provoking book: Bone Gap by: Laura RubyHad laugh out loud moment(s): Women Are Scary by: Melanie Dale Book club worthy: The Icarus Girl by: Helen Oyeyemi Color word in title: Dragonfly in Amber by: Diana Gabaldon Author’s surname starts with same letter as yours: You didn’t want to put it down: Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff Way out of comfort zone: Family relationship word in title: The Zookeeper’s Wife by: Diane Ackerman Book you bought: The Name of the Wind by: Patrick Rothfuss Setting begins with B: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by: Rachel Joyce (Britain) Author outside own country: Liane Moriarty (Australia) Self challenge: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by: Joshua Hammer (Non-fiction) Memoir: First in a series: Boneshaker by: Cherie Priest (The Clockwork Century) You’d like to change the cover: The Secret History by: Donna Tartt (it looks boring!)
A dominant color on cover:The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah
New author to you: Ernest Cline (Ready Player One) Would make a good movie: Passenger by: Alexandra Brecken Library book: The 100 by: Kass Morgan Published in 2015: The Wrath and the Dawn by: Renee Ahdieh Been on TBR “forever”: Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline (since August 2012)
I’m also going to participate in the Ultimate Reading Challenge. It isn’t a sign up challenge, just a personal challenge to complete, but I will list out the categories and keep track of them on this post!
A book based on a fairy tale: The Wrath and the Dawn by: Renee Ahdieh (based on A Thousand and One Nights…maybe not technically a fairy tale, but close enough)
A National Book Award winner:
A YA bestseller: Passenger by: Alexandra Brecken
A book you haven’t read since high school:
A book set in your home state:
A book translated to English:
A romance set in the future: Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
A book set in Europe: The Zookeeper’s Wife by: Diane Ackerman (Poland)
A book that’s under 150 pages: The Bears on Hemlock Mountain by: Alice Dalgliesh (64 pages)
A New York Times bestseller: The Nightingale by: Kristen Hannah
A book that’s becoming a movie this year:
A book recommended by someone you just met: Illuminae by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff (does a recommendation from a new blog count?)
A self-improvement book: Women are Scary by: Melanie Dale
A book you can finish in a day:
A book written by a celebrity:
A political memoir:
A book at least 100 years older than you:
A book that’s more than 600 pages: Dragonfly in Amber by: Diana Gabaldon (743 pages)
A book from Oprah’s Book Club:
A science-fiction novel: Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline
A book recommended by a family member: The Secret History by: Donna Tartt (by my mom)
A graphic novel:
A book that is published in 2016: Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo
A book with a protagonist who has your occupation: Truly, Madly, Guilty by: Liane Moriarty (mom)
A book that takes place during Summer: Bone Gap by: Laura Ruby
A book and its prequel:
A murder mystery: Black Eyed Susans by: Julia Heaberlin
A book written by a comedian:
A dystopian novel: The 100 by: Kass Morgan
A book with a blue cover: Gemina by: Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
A book of poetry:
The first book you see in a bookstore:
A classic from the 20th century: The Eye of the World by: Patrick Rothfuss
A book from the library: Boneshaker by: Cherie Priest
A book about a road trip: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by: Rachel Joyce
A book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with: The Icarus Girl by: Helen Oyeyemi (Nigerian)
A satirical book:
A book that takes place on an island: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by: Kelli Estes (Orcas Island, WA, USA)
A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy:
What’s in a Name? 2016 The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories: A country:An item of clothing: The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by: Kelli Estes (this counts as a clothing item, right?) An item of furniture:A profession: The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by: Joshua HammerA month of the year:A title with the word “tree” in it:
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril XI September 1 – October 31, 2016 Mystery. Suspense. Thriller. Dark Fantasy. Gothic. Horror. Supernatural. Peril the First: 1. The Dead Girls of Hysteria Hall by: Katie Alender
2. Black-Eyed Susans by: Julia Heaberlin
4. You by: Caroline Kepnes
Peril of the Short Story:Shadows and Monsters: Stories for Halloween by: Grace A. Dow
Peril on the Screen: “The Gift”
What’s in a Name? 2015 The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories:
- A word including ‘ing’ in it:
The Shining by: Stephen King
- A colour:
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by: Leslye Walton
- A familial relation:
The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by: Piu Marie Eatwell
- A body of water:
The Lake House by: Kate Morton
- A city:
The Little Paris Bookshop by: Nina George
- An animal:
Bird Box by: Josh Malerman
Full House Reading Challenge 2015Library book: City of Savages by: Lee Kelly A top book of 2015 for you:The Martian by: Andy Weir You heard about the book online:Shadow and Bone by: Leigh Bardugo Set in the southern hemisphere:Life in Outer Space by: Melissa Keil (Australia) Published in 2015:Go Set a Watchman by: Harper Lee Novella:The Little Prince by: Antoine de Saint Exupery Setting that you now want to visit: Neverland in Alias Hook by: Lisa Jensen Award winning:A Dance with Dragons by: George R.R. Martin First in a series:The Rosie Project by: Graeme Simsion (Don Tillman series) A keeper: The Martian by: Andy Weir Author outside your own country: J.K. Rowling (The Casual Vacancy) Book by author you really like:The Hypnotist’s Love Story by: Liane Moriarty Published 2000-2013:Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by: Helen Simonson (2010) Outstanding hero/heroine: Kaz in Six of Crows by: Leigh Bardugo Won or borrowed:The Dead Zone by: Stephen King Book set in northern hemisphere:Someday, Someday, Maybe by: Lauren Graham (USA) Debut novel: The Girl on the Train by: Paula Hawkins Published pre-2000:The Dead Zone by: Stephen King (1980) Author new to you: Rosamund Hodge (Cruel Beauty) Second book or more in a series:First Frost by: Sarah Addison Allen (#2 in Waverly Family series) Been on your TBR list “forever”:The Shining by: Stephen King Published in 2014:Bird Box by: Josh Malerman Type of book you rarely or never read: Non-fiction historical like The Dead Duke, His Secret Wife, and the Missing Corpse by: Piu Marie Eatwell and The Devil in the White City by: Erik Larson You love the cover:Illusions of Fate by: Kiersten White
R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril X Without further ado, pick your poison, won’t you? September 1st is here, and we’re ready to begin! Mystery.
Supernatural. Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above. As time has wound on, we’ve discovered that simple rules are best: 1. Have fun reading (and watching).
2. Share that fun with others. There are multiple levels of participation (Perils) that allow you to be a part of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril without adding the burden of another commitment to your already busy lives. There is even a one book only option for those who feel that this sort of reading is not their cup of tea (or who have too many other commitments) but want to participate all the same. R.I.P. X officially runs from September 1st through October 31st.
It’s that time of year again! I am hardly on my blog anymore, but you can always count on me to join R.I.P. every year. I’m participating in Peril the First – read 4 books. I will read short stories from Shadows and Monsters by Grace A. Dow. And maybe this will be the year I actually watch a scary movie on Halloween like I always say I will!
The Vanishing by: Wendy Webb
The Shining by: Stephen King
Rooms by: Lauren Oliver
The Bad Seed by: William March2014:
Where Are You Reading Challenge 2014 I’m a geographer and a bookworm, so I’m super excited about this challenge!
How to get started
Set up a map under Google Maps (optional). It is easy to do! Every time you read a book in 2014, upload a cover picture to Picasa Web Albums (there may be other sites to use, feel free to use what works best for you).
The challenge runs from January to December. During this time you choose a book to read from each of the following categories:
A reference to time:
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by: Mark Haddon
A position of royalty: His Majesty’s Dragon by: Naomi Novik
A number written in letters: Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline
A forename or names: The Flight of Gemma Hardy by: Margot Livesey
A type of element or weather: Windhaven by: George R.R. Martin & Lisa Tuttle
- Books can be any format (print, audio, ebook).
- It’s preferred that the books don’t overlap with other challenges, but not a requirement at all.
- Books cannot overlap categories (for instance my first example, Eleven Minutes, could be used for category 1 or 3 but not both).
- Creativity for matching the categories is not only allowed, it’s encouraged!
- You don’t have to make your list of books beforehand, you can choose them as you go.
- You don’t have to read your chosen books in any particular order.
Dystopia Reading Challenge 2014Rules> The challenge will run from January 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014. Each month will have its own link form so you will be able to share your book reviews. You do not have to review the books you read to participate, but only those who read/reviewed at least one dystopian book will be able to participate in the giveaway (you can track your reading without the reviews with Goodreads, Shelfari etc.). > Books that count in this challenge must include any form of post-apocalyptic theme (book sites like Goodreads are good sources of genre information). The books must be full-length. > All formats allowed. > Rereads allowed (but not the same book five times in a year!). > It does not matter whether it’s a series or a stand-alone book. > If you are participating, grab the challenge button from below and post it on you blog. You can also make a post with the header (the code is also below). Please include the link back to this post so others will be able to participate as well. > If you will participate, put the sign-up link to your blog post (about the challenge) or blog (for the button) directly into the linky below. Sign-ups will be open until December 15, 2014. > You do not have to list your books in advance, go and do as you please. Read as many as you want and whenever you want, as long as you have fun! > Info about the giveaway will be available in December 2014.
> Do not cheat with books of other themes/genres/topics because I do check! LevelsLevel 1: Recruit (1 to 6 books) Level 2: Rebel (7 to 12 books) Level 3: Revolutionist (13 to 18 books) Level 4: Leader (19+ books) I’ve decided to try for Level 2: Rebel 1.
Dust by: Hugh Howey 2. Cress by: Marissa Meyer 3. California by: Edan Lepucki 4. The Age of Miracles by: Karen Thompson Walker 5. 6.
What’s in a Name 6A book with up or down (or equivalent):
London Under by: Peter AckroydA book with something you’d find in your kitchen: The Cutting Season by: Attica LockeA book with a party or celebration: A Feast for Crows by: George R.R. MartinA book with fire (or equivalent): Heat Wave by: Richard Castle A book with an emotion: Cry, the Beloved Country by: Alan PatonA book with lost or found (or equivalent: I Capture the Castle by: Dodie Smith ————————————————————————————————————
The Dystopia Challenge 2013 Read books set in dystopian settings, with totalitarian governments, or something more close-knit. The Dystopia Challenge includes Post-Apocalyptic themes as well. Level: Contagion (15 books) 1.
Matched by: Ally Condie 2. Scarlet by: Marissa Meyer 3. The Kill Order by: James Dashner 4. Ready Player One by: Ernest Cline 5. Breathe by: Sarah Crossan 6. Reached by: Ally Condie 7. The Stand by: Stephen King 8. The Road by: Cormac McCarthy 9. The Postman by: David Brin 10. Legend by: Marie Lu 11. Wool by: Hugh Howey 12. The Fifth Wave by: Rick Yancey 13. The Right to Bear Arms by: Mike Foster 14. Crossed by: Allie Condie 15. Prodigy by: Marie Lu ———————————————————————————————
50 States Challenge 2013 The goal of this challenge is to read books that are set in each of the fifty states. Your books can be of any genre and any format (ie. paperback, ebook, audiobook, etc.). No short stories. Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine. Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California: Legend by: Marie Lu, Living with the Dead by: Kelley Armstrong Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida: Sever by: Lauren DeStefano Georgia: Wool by: Hugh Howey Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas: Dark Places by: Gillian Flynn Kentucky Louisiana: The Cutting Season by: Attica Locke Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota: Arms Wide Open by: Patricia Harman Mississippi: The Right to Bear Arms by: Mike Foster Missouri: Gone Girl by: Gillian Flynn Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire: The Storyteller by: Jodi Picoult New Jersey New Mexico New York: The Last Camellia by: Sarah Jio North Carolina: The Kill Order by: James Dashner, The Lake by: AnnaLisa Grant North Dakota Ohio: The Last Runaway by: Tracy Chevalier Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee: Flight Behavior by: Barbara Kingsolver Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia: Fallout by: Mark Ethridge Wisconsin Wyoming ————————————————————————————————————
COMPLETED! October 31, 2013
It’s that time of year! And of course I’m lagging behind as usual. I haven’t been reading as much so I feel like I should stick with just 2 books, but this is a challenge after all! So I’m going to try Peril the First of the R.I.P. VIII Challenge! That’s 4 books by October 31 that include one of these genres:
Ashes on the Waves by: Mary Lindsey
It’s that time of year again! I’ve been looking forward to R.I.P. for months, but as always, was late signing up.
The event officially starts September 1st and runs through October 31st.
Here’s what it’s all about:
The purpose of R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril VII is to enjoy books and movies/television that could be classified (by you) as: Mystery.
Or anything sufficiently moody that shares a kinship with the above.
I’ll be participating in Peril the First and reading 4 books this year.
1. Jamaica Inn by: Daphne du Maurier
2. The Red Tree by: Caitlin Kiernan
The Graveyard Book by: Neil Gaiman
4. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by: Shirley Jackson
COMPLETED! MAY 31, 2012 The Dystopia Challenge 2012
What It’s All About
The Dystopia challenge is for those who love it and for those who have never tried it. From negative utopia to plain ol’ totalitarian, there’s much to love about Dystopia and many ways it can be written. If you’re not sure what it is check out Diva Schuylers’s post and learn all about it, but for a quick run down think of unpleasant living situations, pure dystopia being when an entity or social force is involved, but you can think outside the circle with this one. Here’s one of our Must Reads lists for some inspiration.
- Running Dates: 1st of January – 31st of December 2012
- When Can I Sign Up: All the way up to the last two weeks of December 2012!
- Crossover Genres: Our Dystopia challenge also includes Post-Apocalypse and Ecotopia (environmentally dystopian).
- Mr Linky: To use the Mr Linky you’ll need to click on the graphic then enter your link. These will be updated and posted into this page every couple of weeks or so.
- Further Details: Crossover challenges are fine, you can change levels at any time, this is eBook, short story, and graphic novel friendly, and you don’t need a blog to join in (read further for details).
Level: Asocial – read 5 books 1.
Divergent by: Veronica Roth 2. Fever by: Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden Trilogy: Book 2) 3. Fahrenheit 451 by: Ray Bradbury 4. The Maze Runner by: James Dashner 5. World War Z by: Max Brooks
COMPLETED! MAY 24, 2012 Wednesday, March 21st begins the sixth annual Once Upon a Time Challenge. This is a reading and viewing event that encompasses four broad categories: Fairy Tale, Folklore, Fantasyand Mythology, including the seemingly countless sub-genres and blending of genres that fall within this spectrum. The challenge continues through Tuesday, June 19th and allows for very minor (1 book only) participation as well as more immersion depending on your reading/viewing whims. The Once Upon a Time VI Challenge has a few rules: Rule #1: Have fun.Rule #2: HAVE FUN.Rule #3: Don’t keep the fun to yourself, share it with us, please!Rule #4: Do not be put off by the word “challenge”.
Read at least 5 books that fit somewhere within the Once Upon a Time categories. They might all be fantasy, or folklore, or fairy tales, or mythology…or your five books might be a combination from the four genres.
Enchantment by: Orson Scott Card — Folklore/Mythology/Fantasy
Cinder by: Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) — Fairy tale
Torn by: Amanda Hocking (Trylle Trilogy, Book 2) — Fantasy
Neverwhere by: Neil Gaiman — Fantasy
The Snow Child by: Eowyn Ivey — Fairy tale
The purpose of the R.I.P. Challenge is to enjoy books that could be classified as:Mystery.
Supernatural. September 1 – October 31 I will be participating in “Peril the First” – read 4 books, “Peril of the Short Story” – read a short story, and “Peril on the Screen” – watch a movie or TV show. Books:
The Woman in Black by: Susan Hill Handling the Undead by: John Ajvide Lindqvist The Moving Finger by: Agatha Christie The Lantern by: Deborah LawrensonShort Story:
“The Yellow Wallpaper” by: Charlotte Perkins Gilman – I read this in my Gothic Lit class in college. Recently I read a fellow blogger’s review and it made me want to go back and read this again. Movie:
TBR Challenge 2010
1. My Name is Asher Lev by: Chaim Potok
2. The Terror by: Dan Simmons
3. The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
4. The Pillars of the Earth by: Ken Follett
5. Adam by: Ted Dekker
6. Kiss by: Ted Dekker
7. Cloud Mountain by: Aimee E. Liu
8. Middlesex by: Jeffrey Eugenides
9. The Angel’s Game by: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Her Fearful Symmetry by: Audrey Niffenegger
11. 84, Charing Cross Road by: Helene Hanff
12. The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by: David Wroblewski
YA Challenge 2010
The Mini YA Reading Challenge – Read 12 Young Adult novels.
Inkheart by: Cornelia Funke
Inkspell by: Cornelia Funke
3. Inkdeath by: Cornelia Funke
4. Eragon by: Christopher Paolini
5. Eldest by: Christopher Paolini
6. Brisingr by: Christopher Paolini
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by: Gail Carson Levine
8. Deenie by: Judy Blume
9. The Subtle Knife by: Philip Pullman
10. The Amber Spyglass by: Philip Pullman
11. River Secrets by: Shannon Hale
What’s in a Name? 3 Challenge 2010
A book with a food in the title:
Five Quarters of the Orange by: Joanne Harris
A book with a body of water in the title: River Secrets by: Shannon Hale
A book with a title (queen, president) in the title:
The Two Princesses of Bamarre by: Gail Carson Levine
A book with a plant in the title: Girl in Hyacinth Blue by: Susan Vreeland
A book with a place name (city, country) in the title: Shanghai Girls by: Lisa See
A book with a music term in the title: Music for Chameleons by: Truman Capote
Read Your Name Challenge 2010
A – Adam by: Ted Dekker
N – Nineteen Minutes by: Jodi Picoult
Dead Until Dark by: Charlaine Harris
R – River Secrets by: Shannon Hale
E – Eragon by: Christopher Paolini
A Game of Thrones by: George R.R. Martin
First in a Series Challenge 2010
Fascinated – Read 6 novels that are first in a series.
Inkheart by: Cornelia Funke (Inkworld Trilogy)
2. Eragon by: Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle)
A Game of Thrones by: George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire)
Dead Until Dark by: Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Series)
Last Light by: Terri Blackstock (Restoration Series)
Ender’s Game by: Orson Scott Card (Ender Series)
Once Upon a Time IV 2010
Quest the Third: Fulfill the requirements for Quest the First (at least 5 books that fit somewhere within thecriteria) or AND top it off with a June reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream OR a viewing of one of the many theatrical versions of the play.
1. Wildwood Dancing by: Juliet Marillier
2. The Blue Sword by: Robin McKinley
Mystic and Rider by: Sharon Shinn
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by: John Boyne
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by: Ann Brashares
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by: E. Lockhart
The Truth-Teller’s Tale by: Sharon Shinn
5. Enna Burning by: Shannon Hale
Princess Academy by: Shannon Hale
The Golden Compass by: Philip Pullman
8. The Subtle Knife by: Philip Pullman
9. The Amber Spyglass by: Philip Pullman
Sabriel by: Garth Nix
Lirael by: Garth Nix
Abhorsen by: Garth Nix
1. A book with a “profession” in its title:
The Memory Keeper’s Daughterby: Kim Edwards
2. A book with a “time of day” in its title:
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by: John Berednt
3. A book with a “relative” in its title:
The Daughter of Time by: Josephine Tey
4. A book with a “body part” in its title: The Bone People by: Keri Hulme
5. A book with a “building” in its title:
The Shack by: William P. Young
6. A book with a “medical condition” in its title:
The Blind Assassin by: Margaret Atwood
Hood by: Stephen R. Lawhead (King Raven Trilogy)
The Golden Compass by: Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials)
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by: Ann Brashares
Sabriel by: Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy)5. The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins
Graceling by: Kristen Cashore
The Secret Life of Bees by: Sue Kidd Monk
2. My Name is Asher Lev by: Chaim Potok 3.
The Truth Teller’s Tale by: Sharon Shinn ) 4. The Gargoyle by: Andrew Davidson
The Woman in White by: Wilkie Collins
Austenland by: Shannon Hale
7. The Terror by: Dan Simmons
The Onion Girl by: Charles de Lint
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by: Kim Edwards
The Shack by: William P. Young
11. The Pillars of the Earth by: Ken Follett12. The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald
January: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens February: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison March: Cat’s Eye by Margaret AtwoodApril: Transformations by Anne Sexton May: Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman Capote June: Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy July: The Chocolate War by Robert CormierAugust: Maus I and II by Art Spiegelman
September: The Secret Lives of People in Love by Simon Van Booy
October:The Human Stain by Philip RothNovember: Assorted Short Stories December: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Classics Challenge 2008The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Emma by Jane Austen
BONUS: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
Chunkster Challenge 2008
Ahab’s Wife, or The Star Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund GreatExpectations by Charles Dickens Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
TBR Challenge 2008
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dracula by Bram Stoker The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd The Eyre Affair by Jasper FfordeMy Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyThe Truth Teller’s Tale by Sharon Shinn Marked: A House of Night Novel by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast Dragon’s Lair by Sharon Kay PenmanBonus:The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett