Reading Challenges 2017

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 26/26 for this challenge.  I am grateful for the allowances granted for "X" and "Y".

The Reading Quest

The Reading Quest is a video game based reading challenge hosted by Read at Midnight, which sounds like a whole lot of fun. It runs August 13th - September 10th, and I will be playing as a Mage. I am very much in the planning stages, so I will have to update as I figure it all out.

A book with a one word titleNothing by Annie Barrows1022
A book that contains magicMurder, Magic, and What We Wore by Kelly Jones1030
A book based on mythologyStarcrossed by Josephine Angelini1048
A book set in a different worldOne Dark Throne by Kendare Blake1046
The first book in a seriesPlay On by Michelle Smith
GrindLord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare1070
ExpansionPretty Face by Lucy Parker1022
Mini GameThe Julian Chapter by R.J. Palacio108
Time WarpThe Door to January by Gillian French1025
Open WorldWhen I Cast Your Shadow by Sarah Porter1038

The Reading Without Walls Challenge 2017

This one is pretty easy. I read a lot of books that qualify for #1, and I got a graphic novel I really want to read from BEA for #3. For #2, the book I read featured a lot about improv, which I really didn't know anything about. I found it quite informative.
  1. Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore - ★★★★1/2
  2. A Messy, Beautiful Life by Sara Jade Alan - ★★★★1/2 
  3. The Wendy Project by Melissa Jane Osborne (graphic novel) - ★★★★ 

Debut Authors Reading Challenge 2017

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★★★★★
If Birds Fly BackCarlie Sorosiak★★★★★
More of MeKathryn Evans★★★ 1/2
Amish Guys Don't CallDebby Dodds★★★
That Thing We Call a HeartSheba Karim★★★★
Aftercare InstructionsBonnie Pipkin★★★★ 1/2
The Waking LandCallie Bates★★★
Kissing Max HoldenKaty Upperman★★★★
The Wendy ProjectMelissa Jane Osborne★★★★
Love and Other Alien ExperiencesKerry Winfrey★★★★ 1/2
Wesley James Ruined My LifeJennifer Honeybourn★★★★
Wicked Like a WildfireLana Popović★★★★ 1/2
The Door to JanuaryGillian French★★★
You Don't Know Me But I Know YouRebecca Barrow★★★ 1/2
The Luster of Lost ThingsSophie Chen Keller★★★★
Kiss Me in New YorkCatherine Rider★★★★
The Epic Crush of Genie LoF.C. Yee★★★★ 1/2
Speak Easy, Speak LoveMcKelle George★★★★ 1/2
A Short History of the Girl Next StoreJared Reck★★★★★
The Victoria in My HeadJanelle Milanes★★★★
A Messy, Beautiful LifeSara Jade Alan★★★★ 1/2
Everything Must GoJenny Davis★★★★
The House at 758Katheryn Berla★★★★ 1/2
I NeverLaura Hopper★★★★
Now Is EverythingAmy Giles★★★★ 1/2
The Truth Beneath the LiesAmanda Searcy★★★★ 1/2
Down and AcrossArvin Ahmadi★★★★ 1/2
The Love Letters of Abelard & LilyLaura Creedle★★★★

Bookish Bingo 2017

For Bookish Bingo at Pretty Deadly Blog, 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.

Spring Bingo - Final

I am a little disappointed that I did not fill the board, but I really don't read scary books. =(

Summer Bingo - final

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
Gracefully Grayson
by Ami Polonsky
Sexuality/Gender identity
Seven Ways We Lie
by Riley Redgate
Non-western setting
I am a failure!!!
The Epic Crush of Genie Lo
by F.C. Yee
Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel
by Sara Farizan
Diverse retellings
Not Now, Not Ever
Lily Anderson
★★★★ 1/2
2017 releases
Turtles All the Way Down
John Green
★★★★ 1/2

Other diverse reads:

Words in Deep Blue: Mental healthCath 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: Mental healthAndrew Smith★★★1/2
Ramona Blue: GLBT, socioeconomic, #OwnVoicesJulie Murphy★★★★
Goodbye Days: Mental healthJeff 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★★★★
Everything All at Once: Mental healthKatrina Leo★★★★ 1/2
Wayfarer: POCAlexandra Bracken★★★ 1/2
The Unlikelies: POCCarrie Firestone★★★ 1/2
That Thing We Call a Heart: POC, #OwnVoicesSheba Karim★★★★
Internet Famous: POC, AutismDanika Stone★★★★
If Birds Fly Back: POCCarlie Sorosiak★★★★★
The Authentics: POC, #OwnVoicesAbdi Nazemian★★★★ 1/2
Wonder: Person with congenital disabilityR.J. Palacio★★★★★
Wild Beauty: POC, GLBTAnna-Marie McLemore★★★★ 1/2
Wrong For You: POC, religious diversityJenny Proctor★★★ 1/2
Love and Other Alien Experiences: Mental healthKerry Winfrey★★★★ 1/2
Sparks of Light: POC, mental healthJanet B. Taylor★★★★ 1/2
Piglettes: Religious diversity/POCClémentine Beauvais★★★★
All Things New: Mental healthLauren Miller★★★★
How to Disappear: Mental healthSharon Huss Roat★★★★ 1/2
Tied Up in You: POCErin Fletcher★★★ 1/2
Wicked Like a Wildfire: POC, GLBTLana Popović★★★★ 1/2
The Art of Feeling: Mental healthLaura Tims★★★★★
The Dazzling Heights: POC, GLBTKatharine McGee★★★★ 1/2
Dress Codes for Small Towns: GLBTCourtney Stevens★★★★ 1/2
When We Collided: Mental illnessEmery Lord★★★★
Restored: POCsKate Canterbary★★★★
Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love: POCsSavenaz Tash★★★★★
A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares: POCs, mental illnessKrystal Sutherland★★★★ 1/2
Lord of Shadows: POCs, GLBT, neurodiversityCassandra Clare★★★★
You Don't Know Me But I Know You: POCsRebecca Barrow★★★ 1/2
Feral Youth: POCs, GLBTShaun David Hutchinson★★★★
Nowhere But Here: DiabeticRenee Carlino★★★★
Play On: Depression, GLBTMichelle Smith★★★★
The Date to Save: POCsStephanie Kate Strohm★★★★ 1/2
Flow: POCsKennedy Ryan★★★ 1/2
Autoboyography: GLBT, Religious diversityChristina Lauren★★★★★
Speak Easy, Speak Love: POCsMcKelle George★★★★ 1/2
Liars and Losers Like Us: POCs, mental healthAmi Allen-Vath★★★ 1/2
Salvaged: POCs, mental healthJay Crownover★★★★
The Victoria in My Head: POCs, GLBTJanelle Milanes★★★★
Drag Teen: GLBTJeffery Self★★★ 1/2
Top Ten: GLBT, anxietyKatie Cotungo★★★★ 1/2
Kids Like Us: NeurodiversityHilary Reyl★★★★
Warcross: POCsMarie Lu★★★★★
Everything Must Go:
POC, GLBT, Religious Diversity
Jenny Davis★★★★
The House at 758:
Religious Diversity, Mental health
Katheryn Berla★★★★ 1/2
Crazy Rich Asians: POCsKevin Kwan★★★★
My New Crush Gave to Me:
POCs, Religious diversity
Shani Petroff★★★★★
The Midnight Star: POCsMarie Lu★★★★
Here We Are Now: POCs, Religious diversityJasmine Kwaga★★★
Saving Red: Mental HealthSonya Sones★★★★
Crooked Kingdom: POCs, Disabilities, GLBTLeigh Bardugo★★★★ 1/2
Shiny Broken Pieces: POCs, Mental healthCharaipotra, Clayton★★★★
The Chaos of Standing Still: POCs, Mental healthJessica Brody★★★ 1/2
Not Now, Not Ever: POCsLily Anderson★★★★ 1/2
Honor: POCsJay Crownover★★★ 1/2
Kat and Meg Conquer the World: POC, Mental health, NeurodiversityAnna Priemaza★★★★
The First to Know: POCAbigail Johnson★★★★ 1/2
Wish You Were Mine: Mental HealthTara Sivec★★★ 1/2
The Truth Beneath the Lies: POCsAmanda Searcy★★★★ 1/2
All About Mia: POCsLisa Williamson★★★ 1/2
Ready to Fall: Religious minority, Mental healthMarcella Pixley★★★★
Good and Gone: Mental HealthMegan Frazer Blackmore★★★★
This is Not the End: People with disabilitiesChandler Baker★★★★
RIP Eliza Hart: Religious minority, POC, Mental healthAlyssa B. Sheinmel★★★★ 1/2
A Crazy Kind of Love: POC, DiabeticMary Ann Marlow★★★★
Like a River Glorious: POCRae Carson★★★★ 1/2
Down and Across: POC, Religious minority, Mental health, GLBTArvin Ahmadi★★★★ 1/2
Here, There, Everywhere: POCJulia Durango, Tyler Terrones★★★★
The Sweetheart Sham: GLBTDanielle Ellison★★★ 1/2
The Love Letters of Abelard & Lily: NeurodiversityLaura Creedle★★★★
Breaking the Ice: POC, Neurodiversity, Severe allergiesJulie Cross★★★★
Whichwood: POCsTahereh Mafi★★★★
The Speaker: POCs, GLBTTraci Chee★★★★ 1/2
Together at Midnight: NeurodiversityJennifer Castle★★★★
A Taxonomy of Love: NeurodiversityRachael Allen★★★★★
Sightwitch: POCSusan Dennard★★★★
I Hate Everyone But You: Religious minority, Mental health, GLBTGabby Dunn, Allison Raskin★★★

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 

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.
Stand-Off by Andrew Smith (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.
I chose Wonder by R.J. Palacio, because I have been wanting to read it for a while now, and the trailer for this movie is amazing.

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.
I read I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski, which was a fun trip through Europe. 

JULY – Believe the Unbelievable

This month it’s all about fantasy. Epic fantasy, urban fantasy, fairytales, magic, etc.
I read Sparks of Light by Janet B. Taylor, which was a time traveling fantasy.

AUGUST – Seasons, Elements, & Weather

Read a book in which the season, the elements, or the weather plays a role in the story.
I read One Snowy Night by Jill Shalvis, where the bulk of the story takes place with the hero and heroine stuck in a snow storm. 

SEPTEMBER – Creepy, Chilling, & Frightful

Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal hauntings, murder mysteries, weird and scary creatures- it’s up to you!
I read Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather, which has ghosts, witches, and impending doom aboard the Titanic.

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.
I read Warcross by Marie Lu, which involves a video game of epic proportions.

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.
I read Windfall by Jennifer E. Smith. I finally got this book from the library!

DECEMBER – Picking Favorites

Read a book by one of your favorite authors or read a book that Girlxoxo has recommended this year.
I love John Green, and even though the internet had me worried, I loved Turtles All the Way Down. 

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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