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2016 (Blended) Reading Challenge

I will be merging the Read Harder and #BustleReads challenges, since several of the prompts overlap (or I can make them overlap). And whenever possible, I believe I'll throw in a dash of the Mount TBR challenge and read as many books as possible from the huge stash of unread books that I currently own.

However, I will be skipping the audio book since I am literally incapable of following along when being read to. I can't even follow catalogue descriptions Josh tries to read to me, let alone whole novels. And the one over 500 pgs, because I did that last round and want to actually finish the challenge this time. I'll also merge whichever prompts I can since I have a ton of books here at the house to work through. So considering that I really need to finish a few books not on this list, I'm shooting for a goal of 35 this year.

My 2016 Challenge

TBR Count: 14

1. Horror book (combining w/'Read a book adapted into a movie. Watch the movie. Debate which is better.' because I'm choosing Dracula, by Bram Stoker.) [TBR]

2. Non-fiction book about science - A Briefer History of Time, by Stephen Hawking & Leonard Mlodinow

3. Collection of essays - Decoding Your Dog: Explaining Common Dog Behaviors and How to Prevent or Change Unwanted Ones, by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

4. Read a children's book aloud to someone else - First Look and Find: Disney Winnie the Pooh, by John Kurtz (Illustrator)

5. Biography (not memoir or autobiography) - Mother Teresa: A Life Inspired, Wyatt North [TBR]

6. Post-Apocalyptic novel written by a woman - Becoming Human, by Eliza Green [TBR] (NOT recommended)

7. Originally published the decade you were born

8. Under 100 pgs Punch
Lines: Humerus Art, by George D. Wachob

9. A book by or about a person who identifies as transgender Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt [TBR]

10. Set in the Middle East/Written by a woman under 25 - I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

11. Set in Southeast Asia

12. Historical fiction set before 1900/About politics (fiction or nonfiction)/About Women in war/Over 500 pgs - Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2), by Diana Gabaldon [TBR]

13. The first book in a series by a PoC

14. Non-superhero comic that debuted in the last three years - How to Pass as Human, by Nic Kelman

15. Nonfiction book about feminism or dealing with feminist themes

16. About religion (fiction or nonfiction) - An Amish Cradle, by collected authors

17. Memoir by someone who identifies as LGBTQIA - Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography [TBR]

18. Main character has mental illness/Contemporary collection of poetry Ariel, by Sylvia Plath

19. About an Indigenous culture/Non-western history - Shamans Through Time, by Jeremy Narby & Francis Huxley [TBR]

20. Graphic novel written by a woman - Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened [TBR]

21. About an immigrant or refugee in the US - Cesar Millan's Short Guide to a Happy Dog: 98 Essential Tips and Techniques

22. Reread favorite book from childhood

23. Feminist sci-fi novel -- Kindred, by Octavia E. Butler (2017)

24. Set in Africa, by an Author from Africa

25. Book in translation - Night, by Elie Wiesel

26. Modernist woman writer

27. The Martian, by Andy Weir [TBR]

28. The Walking Dead: Compendium One, by Robert Kirkman [TBR]


29. Navy SEAL Dogs: My Tale of Training Canines for Combat, by Mike Ritlan

30. AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, by David Miller

31. Cesar's Rules: Your Way to Train a Well-Behaved Dog , by Cesar Millan & Melissa Jo Peltier

32. Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life, by Suzanne Woods Fisher

33. Voyager, by Diana Gabaldon [TBR]

34. Drums of Autumn, by Diana Gabaldon [TBR]

35. The Fiery Cross, by Diana Gabaldon [TBR]

36. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Managing Your Money, by Robert K. Heady & Christy Heady w/Hugo Ottolenghi


( 5 comments — Leave a comment )
Jan. 11th, 2016 07:51 am (UTC)
Do you want recommendations for some of these? Because I've got a few :) Otherwise just ignore the rest of this comment, because you know I can't help myself ;)

2. Non-fiction book about science
"What If" by Randall Munroe - the author of the XKCD web-comic. Literally laugh out loud funny - and very educational at the same time.

3. Collection of essays
"What If" would double for this challenge :) Another favourite essay collection of mine is "Ex Libris" by Anne Fadiman - I love essays about books :)

7. Post-Apocalyptic novel written by a woman
"Feed" by Mira Grant. Loooooove this book!

10. A book by or about a person who identifies as transgender
"Gracefully Grayson" by Ami Polonsky. I read this in 2014 and absolutely adored it.

13. Historical fiction set before 1900
"Pope Joan" by Donna Cross

17. About religion (fiction or nonfiction)
I have a bunch of books about or featuring Christianity. Would be happy to recommend you some if you're interested, but unfortunately have ready way too few books about other religions. I'll have to remedy that.

31. Book in translation
I know of a bunch of Danish books that have been translated into English, if you're interested :)

32. Contemporary collection of poetry
Not sure how contemporary is has to be, but I LOVE Bub Bridger's poetry. Her collection "Up Here on the Hill" is from 1989.
Jan. 11th, 2016 03:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much! By all means, rec away, & I appreciate it! Although I'm also sticking to my goal of trying to first read books I already have at the house (or ebooks I have collected for free through BoobBub). If I don't have one that fits though, I'll be heading to the library.

I know I have a lot of religious books. Josh & I have collected several about Christianity (mostly Unity in particular), Buddhism, and paganism, and then I inherited lots of books from my mom & Grandma (which I still haven't even gone through yet). I kind of wanted to learn more about either Sufism or Islam, but besides Rumi's poetry, I don't have any about those two.

I also won the poetry collection Ariel from Dewey's Read-a-Thon, but I don't think that counts as contemporary either. I'm going to shoot for one published in the last 5 yrs, I think.

Thanks again! I think I'll add a 'book recs' tag and try to check out your recommendations later if I can't find them for free now. :)
Jan. 14th, 2016 09:23 am (UTC)
Focusing on books you already own is a brilliant idea! I ought to do the same :-P
Jan. 11th, 2016 02:28 pm (UTC)
Jeffrey Eugenedes' book, MIDDLESEX was a fab book about transgender. I highly recommend it if you haven't already checked it out.
Hooked me in right away.

Jan. 11th, 2016 03:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I don't believe I own that one, but I'll see if the library carries it.
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