Reading Challenges

In the past, I have just haphazardly read. Picking up any book I wished. Sometimes, just reading the next book cued on my Kindle, but this year, I thought it would be fun to participate in a reading challenge.

General Reading Challenges

The Goodreads Reading Challenge is a challenge I have always participated in, since all I have to do is just read any old book. 

2017 Reading Challenge

2017 Reading Challenge
Sam has read 119 books toward her goal of 260 books.

The Alphabet Soup Challenge is to read a book starting with each letter of the alphabet. There is a little wiggle room with the more difficult letters (Q, X, Z), but otherwise, just 26 books – one for each letter of the alphabet. 

I have completed 22/26 for this challenge. I have a "J" book planned (Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore), as well as a "V" book (The Victoria in My Head by Janelle Milanes). I am sort of struggling with "Q" and "X", so if you have any suggestions, feel free to tell me in the comments.

The Debut Author Challenge is to read as many middle grades, young adult, and new adult books by 2017 debut authors. I have a lot of Swanky Seventeens on my TBR, so I am looking forward to this one. 

I am actually doing really well with this challenge. I have been requesting a lot of debuts, and I have not been disappointed.

A Lesson in Falling Diana Gallagher
Seeking Mansfield Kate Watson
You're Welcome, Universe Whitney Gardner
Poison's Kiss Breeana Shields★ 1/2
Seven Days of You Cecilia Vinese
Definition of Indefinable Things Whitney Taylor
Maud Melanie Fishbane
The Heartbeats of Wing Jones Katherine Webber★ 1/2
Zenn Diagram Wendy Brant
The Last Thing You Said Sara Biren
Grendel's Guide to Love and War AE Kaplan
Girl Out of Water Laura Silverman
Daughter of the Pirate King Tricia Levenseller
At First Blush Beth Ellyn Summer★ 1/2
When Dimple Met Rishi Sandhya Menon
It Started with Goodbye Christina June
The Duke of Bannerman Prep Katie Nelson
The Traitor's Kiss Erin Beaty
Songs About a Girl Chris Russell
Perennials: A Novel Mandy Berman
Follow Me Back AV Geiger
Saints and Misfits SK Ali
One of Us is LyingKaren M. McManus

Bookish Bingo Spring 2017

For Bookish Bingo, the goal is pretty much like regular bingo. Each box has a description, and you want to read a book that fits that description to get 5 in a row. I am so in love with this challenge. It changes every three months and speaks to my inner bingo self.

So far....

I plan to read Witchtown by Cory Putnam Oakes for the "witches" box, but I am having trouble with the other blanks (scary, adapted to TV/movie). Any suggestions, please feel free to add them to the comments. 

2017 Diverse Books Reading Challenge

I joined the 2017 Diverse Books Reading Challenge hosted by Chasing Fairytales and Read.Sleep.Repeat, because I think it is good to expose myself to different types of books in order to learn new things. I like to read books with MCs who are different from me, and these mini challenges looked like a fun facet to the overall challenge.

diverse folklore/mythology
Poison's Kiss
by Breeana Shields
POC Main Character / Biracial / Multiracial
The Radius of Us 
by Marie Marquardt
Main characters with a disability
How to Keep Rolling After a Fall
by Karole Cozzo
Mental health
by Clara Kensie
Religious diversity
Saints and Misfits
by SK Ali
Sexuality/Gender identity
Sexuality/Gender identity
Non-western setting
Diverse retellings
2017 releases

Other diverse reads:

Words in Deep Blue: DepressionCath Crowley
Spellbook of the Lost and Found: Bisexual MCs, lesbian MCMoira Fowley-Doyle
I Believe in a Thing Called Love: POC, #OwnVoicesMaureen Goo
Stand-Off: DepressionAndrew Smith★1/2
Ramona Blue: GLBT, socioeconomic, #OwnVoicesJulie Murphy
Goodbye Days: DepressionJeff Zentner★1/2
Optimists Die First: mental healthSusin Nielsen
When Dimple Met Rishi: POCs, #OwnVoicesSandhya Menon
Noteworthy: GLBT, POC, socioeconomicRiley Redgate
Girl Out of Water: Amputee/POCLaura Silverman
Things I Should Have Known: Autism, GLBTClaire LeZebnik★1/2
The Girl with the Red Balloon: Jewish MCKatherine Locke
The Upside of Unrequited: GLBT, mental healthBecky Albertalli
Heartbeats of Wing Jones: POC, socioeconomicKatherine Webber★1/2
You're Welcome Universe: POC/Deaf MCWhitney Gardner
Definitions of Indefinable Things: mental healthWhitney Taylor
Follow Me Back: mental healthAV Geiger
Love and First Sight: DisabilitiesJosh Sundquist★1/2
Labyrinth Lost: GLBT, POC, #OwnVoicesZoraida Cordova
The One Memory of Flora Banks: AmnesiaEmily Barr

Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

The last challenge I signed up for is Monthly Motif Reading Challenge. This challenge is similar to many challenges in that you are given a theme to guide your book choice, but it differs, as you have to follow the specific theme for each month. I signed up for this with the intention of doing an Instagram post for each book, but it has turned out to be a mix of Instagram, GoodReads reviews, and blog posts. 

JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading

Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.

FEBRUARY – Undercover Thriller

Read a book involving spies, detectives, private investigators, or a character in disguise
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You 

MARCH – Time Traveler
Read a book set in a different dimension, a book in which time travel is involved or a dystopian or science fiction book where reality looks very different than what we’re used to.
The Girl with the Red Balloon (review will post closer to publication)

APRIL – Award Winners

Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.
I selected Stand-Off by Andrew Smith, as Smith was a Printz award winner. 

MAY – Book to Movie or Audio

Read a book that has a movie based off of it. For an extra challenge, see the movie or listen to the audio book as well.

JUNE – Destination Unknown

Read a book in which the character(s) take a trip, travel somewhere, go on a quest, or find themselves on a journey toward something.

JULY – Believe the Unbelievable

This month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.

AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & Weather

Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.

SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & Frightful

Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!

OCTOBER– Games, Challenges, & Contests
Read a book that involves a game of some sort. Video games, war games, psychological mess-with-your-mind games, characters who participate in a contest, or a story in which the character takes on a challenge.

NOVEMBER – Last Chance
Read a book you’ve been meaning to get to all year but haven’t yet or read the last book in a series you started.

DECEMBER – Picking Favorites

Read a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.

Are you participating in any reading challenges? Do you have any suggested books for my challenges?
Let us know in the comments!

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