Past Challenges


Full House Reading Challenge 2016

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 Ruby
Had 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)
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
An autobiography:
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:

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 month of the year:
A title with the word “tree” in it:

September 1 – October 31, 2016
Dark Fantasy.
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”




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


Library 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!
Dark Fantasy.
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!

1. The Vanishing  by: Wendy Webb
2. The Shining  by: Stephen King
3. Rooms  by: Lauren Oliver
4. The Bad Seed  by: William March



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

Extra information
  • 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.
> 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!
Level 1Recruit (1 to 6 books)
Level 2Rebel (7 to 12 books)
Level 3Revolutionist (13 to 18 books)
Level 4Leader (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



A book with up or down (or equivalent): London Under  by: Peter Ackroyd
A book with something you’d find in your kitchen:  The Cutting Season  by: Attica Locke
A book with a party or celebration: A Feast for Crows  by: George R.R. Martin
A book with fire (or equivalent): Heat Wave  by: Richard Castle
A book with an emotion: Cry, the Beloved Country  by: Alan Paton
A book with lost or found (or equivalent: I Capture the Castle  by: Dodie Smith
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
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
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
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.
California:  Legend  by: Marie Lu, Living with the Dead  by: Kelley Armstrong
Florida:  Sever  by: Lauren DeStefano
Georgia:  Wool  by: Hugh Howey
Minnesota:  Arms Wide Open  by: Patricia Harman
Mississippi:  The Right to Bear Arms  by: Mike Foster
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
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee:  Flight Behavior  by: Barbara Kingsolver
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:
Dark Fantasy.

Here’s my list:

2. The Never List  by: Koethi Zan

4. 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:
Dark Fantasy.
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

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.

The Deets

  • 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

2. Fever by: Lauren DeStefano (Chemical Garden Trilogy: Book 2)
3. Fahrenheit 451 by: Ray Bradbury
4. The Maze Runner by: James Dashner




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 TaleFolkloreFantasyand 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.

1. Enchantment  by: Orson Scott Card  —  Folklore/Mythology/Fantasy
2. Cinder  by: Marissa Meyer (Lunar Chronicles, Book 1) —  Fairy tale
3. Torn  by: Amanda Hocking (Trylle Trilogy, Book 2)  —  Fantasy
4. Neverwhere  by: Neil Gaiman  —  Fantasy
5. 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:

Dark Fantasy.
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.
Short 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.
“The Haunting”


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
10. 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.

1. Inkheart by: Cornelia Funke
2. Inkspell by: Cornelia Funke
3. Inkdeath by: Cornelia Funke
4. Eragon by: Christopher Paolini
5. Eldest by: Christopher Paolini
6. Brisingr by: Christopher Paolini
7. 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
D – Dead Until Dark by: Charlaine Harris
R – River Secrets by: Shannon Hale
E – Eragon by: Christopher Paolini
A – 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.

1. Inkheart by: Cornelia Funke (Inkworld Trilogy)
2. Eragon by: Christopher Paolini (The Inheritance Cycle)
3. A Game of Thrones by: George R.R. Martin (A Song of Ice and Fire)
4. Dead Until Dark by: Charlaine Harris (Sookie Stackhouse Series)
5. Last Light by: Terri Blackstock (Restoration Series)
6. 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 the criteria) 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
3. Mystic and Rider  by: Sharon Shinn


1. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by: John Boyne
2. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by: Ann Brashares
3. The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by: E. Lockhart
4. The Truth-Teller’s Tale by: Sharon Shinn
5. Enna Burning by: Shannon Hale
6. Princess Academy by: Shannon Hale
7. The Golden Compass by: Philip Pullman
8. The Subtle Knife by: Philip Pullman
9. The Amber Spyglass by: Philip Pullman
10. Sabriel by: Garth Nix
11. Lirael by: Garth Nix
12. 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

1. Hood by: Stephen R. Lawhead (King Raven Trilogy)
2. The Golden Compass by: Philip Pullman (His Dark Materials)
3. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by: Ann Brashares
4. Sabriel by: Garth Nix (The Abhorsen Trilogy)
5. The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins
6. Graceling by: Kristen Cashore
7. ?
8. ?
9. ?
10. ?
11. ?
12. ?


1. The Secret Life of Bees by: Sue Kidd Monk 
2. My Name is Asher Lev by: Chaim Potok
12. The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald



January: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens 
February: The Bluest Eye by Toni MorrisonMarch: Cat’s Eye by Margaret AtwoodApril: Transformations by Anne Sexton
May: Other Voices, Other Rooms by Truman CapoteJune: Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyJuly: 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 Roth
November: Assorted Short Stories
December: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 
Classics Challenge 2008
The 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
The Eponymous Challenge 2008



Chunkster Challenge 2008

Ahab’s Wife, or The Star Gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

TBR Challenge 2008