So yesterday, I posted the categories and my choices for what I’m calling my “primary reading challenge.” I also mentioned that I was actually doing multiple challenges and would do a follow-up post on that today.
I was tempted to use a Who-What-Where-Why-When-How organization for this post, but actually 3 of those questions are self-evident, and the fourth is pretty darn easy to answer as well.
Who? Me. When? 2019. Where? Wherever I happen to be.
See how easy that was?
The How? question is also pretty easy to answer, even though it’ll take a lot more words. My personal rules are that any book I read can count towards checking off a single category in any or all of the 3 challenge lists, so my plans totally capitalize on that by carrying most titles across multiple challenges. If I’ve tallied up my spreadsheet* correctly, I think I’ve found a way to cover these 126 compiled categories with 67 books.
Here’s the PopSugar list, with boldface indicating books that didn’t appear on yesterday’s list.
- Becoming a movie in 2019: The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
- Makes me nostalgic: Becoming by Michelle Obama
- Written by a musician: Mo Meta Blues by Questlove
- Think should be turned into a movie: 11/22/63 by Stephen King**
- 1Mil+ ratings on Goodreads: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Plant in title or on cover: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
- Reread a favorite book: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- About a hobby: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
- Meant to read in 2018: Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
- With “pop,” “sugar,” or “challenge” in the title: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
- Item of clothing or accessory on the cover: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
- Inspired by mythology, legend, or folklore: Circe by Madeline Miller
- Published posthumously: Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man by Joseph Heller
- See someone reading on TV or in a movie: Watership Down by Richard Adams
- Retelling of a classic: Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
- Question in the title: Who Thought this was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
- Set on a college or university campus: Secret History by Donna Tartt
- About someone with a superpower: Ms. Marvel, vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson
- Told from multiple character POVs: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
- Set in space: The Martian by Andy Weir
- By two female authors: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows
- Title containing “salty,” “sweet,” “bitter,” or “spicy”: All that is Bitter and Sweet by Ashley Judd
- Set in Scandinavia: Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder
- Takes place in a single day: Ulysses by James Joyce
- Debut novel: Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
- Published in 2019: TBD
- Featuring an extinct or imaginary creature: Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
- Recommended by a celebrity I admire: Eloquent Rage by Brittney Cooper
- With “love” in the title: Love is a Mix Tape by Rob Sheffield
- Featuring an amateur detective: Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart
- About a family: Wild Swans by Jung Chang
- By an author from Asia, Africa, or South America: Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela
- With a zodiac sign or astrology term in the title: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton
- Includes a wedding: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
- Author whose first & last names start with the same letter: Winter by Marissa Meyer
- Ghost story: Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jessmyn Ward
- Two-word title: The Road by Cormac McCarthy
- Based on a true story: Schindler’s List by Thomas Keneally
- Revolving around a puzzle or game: An Unwelcome Quest by Scott Meyer
- Favorite prompt from past challenge: Watchmen by Alan Moore
- Climate fiction: The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
- “Choose-your-own-adventure”: Romeo and/or Juliet by Ryan North
- #ownvoices: Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea by Sergio Ramirez
- Read a book during the season it’s set in: Hygge: The Danish Art of Happiness by Marie Turell Soderberg
- LitRPG: Off to be the Wizard by Scott Meyer
- No chapters/unusual chapter headings/unconventionally numbered chapters: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
- Two books with same title, 1: Spell or High Water by Scott Meyer
- Two books with same title, 2: Spell or High Water by ReGina Welling, Erin Lynn, et al.
- Book that has inspired a common idiom or phrase: Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
- Set in an abbey, cloister, monastery, vicarage, or convent: Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross
And, finally, here’s my choices for Book Riot’s Read Harder challenge. Again, I’m using boldface to indicate new titles that haven’t yet been listed–either yesterday, or above in the PopSugar list.
- Epistolary novel: The Martian by Andy Weir
- Alternate history novel: 11/22/63 by Stephen King
- Book by a woman and/or author of color (AOC) that won a literary award in 2018: The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke by Jeffrey C. Stewart
- Humour book: Less by Andrew Sean Greer
- By a journalist or about journalism: Who Thought this was a Good Idea? by Alyssa Mastromonaco
- By an AOC set in or about space: Binti by Nnedi Oforafor
- An #ownvoices book set in Mexico or Central America: Margarita, How Beautiful the Sea by Sergio Ramirez
- An #ownvoices book set in Oceania: The Swan Book by Alexis Wright
- Book published prior to 2019 with fewer than 100 Goodreads reviews: All the Twists of the Tongue by Cathleen Allyn Conway
- Translated book written and/or translated by a woman: House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
- Manga: Barefoot Gen, vol. 1 by Keiji Nakazawa
- Animal or inanimate object is POV character: Watership Down by Richard Adams
- By or about someone that identifies as neurodiverse: Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
- Cozy mystery: Let’s Play Dead by Sheila Connolly
- Mythology or folklore: Circe by Madeline Miller
- Historical romance by an AOC: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
- Business book: Freakonomics by Steven Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner
- Trans or nonbinary author: Believe Me by Eddie Izzard
- Nonviolent true crime: Caveat Emptor: The Secret Life of an American Art Forger by Ken Perenyi
- Written in prison: Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
- Comic by a LGBTQIA creator: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
- Children’s or middle grade book that has won a diversity award since 2009: As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
- Self-published book: TBD
- Collection of poetry published since 2014: Obsidian Blues by Herman Beavers
All this leaves is the question of Why? I’m doing this: the one question that doesn’t have a straightforward answer. However, it’s late, I just got home from rehearsal, and I need to get some sleep before work tomorrow. Besides, this post is already like 6 miles long or something.
Guess I’ll be explaining Why? tomorrow….
* Of course there’s a spreadsheet. Feel free to pop on over whenever you want to see how the project’s unfolding.
** Yeah: turns out it’s already been done. I don’t pay attention to Hulu, okay?!?
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