Another year, another list of Reading Challenges!  Before I start, I want to point everyone to a great resource for anyone interested in reading challenges: Novel Challenge compiles a huge list of all kinds of challenges. Many of these challenges came from that site and the rest I came across my just searching through blogs I follow.

Canadian Authors

(Personal Challenge) I need to read more of them.

  1. In Flanders Fields: 100 Years, Amanda Betts, ed.
  2. Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper, Jody Mitic
  3. The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, Wade Albert White
  4. Vimy, Pierre Berton

Sword and Laser

Complete!

Another personal challenge. Sword and Laser is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy book club and podcast. I’ve been listening to the podcast for a while, but have never really participated in the book club part of it.  This year, I plan to read at least one of the book club picks, at the same time as they do.

Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson 

 

To Be Read Challenges

TBR Pile Reading Challenge Host: Bookish LifestyleMount TBR 2016

Level: A Firm Handshake (1-10)

Mount TBR Reading Challenge Host: My Reader’s Block

Level: Pike’s Peak (12)

  1. Justine, Lawrence Durrell
  2. Operation Mincemeat, Ben MacIntyre
  3. Assault on Germany, Ken Ford
  4. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka
  5. Vimy, Pierre Berton

Read the books you Buy 2016Read the Books You Buy Reading Challenge

Host: Book Date

Level: Money Sitting on the Shelf (<20%)

And for the other side… here’s a way to read the new books I buy! I can’t seem to stop buying books… but I never read them. I’m not sure this challenge will help too much, so I’m aiming low. (In 2015 my percentage was 10% of 76 books purchased.)

Number of books purchased: 79 (as of August 16th. This does not bode well for our heroes.)

Books read: (6% or 11% by cost)

  1. Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson
  2. The Artist’s WayJulia Cameron
  3. Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper, Jody Mitic
  4. Somme, Lyn MacDonald
  5. The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, Wade Albert White
  6. Empires of the Dead, David Crane (review)

Backlist Books Reading Challenge

(Published 2014 and earlier)

Host: Pretty Deadly Reviewsbacklist-books

(List to follow as I read books… I’m too lazy to list them all right now. :) )

  1. The Long White Cloud – Gallipoli, Buket Uzuner (2013)
  2. Justine, Lawrence Durrell (1957)
  3. Operation Mincemeat, Ben MacIntyre (2011)
  4. Angel Killer, Andrew Maynes (2014)
  5. Talking About Detective Fiction, P. D. James (2009)
  6. The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron (1992)
  7. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, John Garth (2003)
  8. Somme, Lyn MacDonald (1983)
  9. Assault on Germany, Ken Ford (1994)
  10. Empires of the Dead, David Crane (review)
  11. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka
  12. Vimy, Pierre Berton

reading england iiReading England

Host: Behold the Stars

Level: One (1-3 Counties)

(List to follow as I read books… I’m too lazy to list them all right now. :) )

  1. Operation Mincemeat, Ben MacIntyre (London)
  2. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, John Garth (Oxford)

Books in Translation

Host: The Introverted Reader

Level: Conversationalist (4-6)

  1. The Long White Cloud – Gallipoli, Buket Uzuner
  2. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka

Books in Translation Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader

European Reading Challenge

Host: Rose City Reader

Level: *** (Business Traveller)ERC 2016

  1. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, John Garth (United Kingdom)
  2. Operation Mincemeat, Ben MacIntyre (Spain)
  3. In Flanders Fields: 100 Years, Amanda Betts, ed. (Belgium)
  4. The Long White Cloud – Gallipoli, Buket Uzuner (Turkey)
  5. Somme, Lyn MacDonald (France)
  6. Assault on Germany, Ken Ford (Germany)

New Author Challenge

Host: Literary EscapismNAC.2016.300px

  1. Buket Uzuner (The Long White Cloud – Gallipoli)
  2. Lawrence Durrell (Justine)
  3. Ben MacIntyre (Operation Mincemeat)
  4. Kim Stanley Robinson (Aurora)
  5. Andrew Mayne (Angel Killer)
  6. P. D. James (Talking About Detective Fiction)
  7. Julia Cameron (The Artist’s Way)
  8. John Garth (Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth)
  9. Jody Mitic (Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper)
  10. Lyn MacDonald (Somme)
  11. Ken Ford (Assault on Germany)
  12. Wade Albert White (The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes)
  13. David Crane (Empires of the Dead) (review)
  14. Franz Kafka (The Metamorphosis and Other Stories)
  15. Pierre Berton (Vimy)

World at War Reading Challenge

Host: Becky’s Book Reviews

This is a Bingo card type challenge. Check out the host’s blog for the card.

  1. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka
  2. In Flanders Fields: 100 Years, Amanda Betts, ed.
  3. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
  4. Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper, Jody Mitic
  5. The Long White Cloud – Gallipoli, Buket Uzuner
  6. Storm of Steel, Ernst Junger
  7. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, John Garth
  8. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald*
  9. The Antiquary, Sir Walter Scott
  10. The Home Front, Donald F. Ripley
  11. The House at Pooh Corner, A. A. Milne
  12. By-line, Ernest Hemingway
  13. The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
  14. Somme, Lyn MacDonald
  15. The Maltese Falcon (a re-watch to compare to the book)*
  16. A Shadow Out of Time, H. P. Lovecraft
  17. A Photographer’s Scrapbook, Louise Dahl-Wolfe
  18. Justine, Lawrence Durrell
  19. The Patrol, Ryan Flavelle
  20. All Quiet on the Western Front*
  21. Assignment in Brittany, Helen MacInnes
  22. Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre 
  23. Hornet Flight, Ken Follett
  24. The Sentimentalists, Johanna Skibsrud
  25. The Water Diviner*

Non-Fiction Reading Challenge

Host: The Introverted Reader

Level: Explorer (8-10)Nonfiction Reading Challenge hosted at The Introverted Reader

  1. Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre 
  2. In Flanders Fields: 100 Years, Amanda Betts, ed.
  3. Talking About Detective Fiction, P. D. James
  4. The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron
  5. Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, John Garth
  6. Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper, Jody Mitic
  7. SommeLyn MacDonald
  8. Assault on Germany, Ken Ford
  9. Empires of the Dead, David Crane (review)
  10. Vimy, Pierre Berton

Travel-the-World-in-Books-Reading-Challenge-200x200Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge

Host: Mom’s Small Victories

Goal: 10

  1. Afghanistan: Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper, Jody Mitic
  2. Belgium: In Flanders Fields: 100 Years, Amanda Betts, ed.
  3. Egypt: Justine, Lawrence Durrell
  4. England: Tolkien and the Great War: The Threshold of Middle-earth, John Garth
  5. France: Somme, Lyn MacDonald’
  6. Germany: Assault on Germany, Ken Ford
  7. Spain: Operation Mincemeat, Ben Macintyre 
  8. Turkey: The Long White Cloud – Gallipoli, Buket Uzuner
  9. USA: Angel Killer; Andrew Mayne

fof-button-2016Flights of Fantasy

Host: Alexa Loves Books

  1. (I’m not much of a fantasy person, really) 
  1. The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes, Wade Albert White
  2. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories, Franz Kafka

1001 Books to Read Before You Die

Host: My Reader’s Block

Read before 2016: 19

  1. Justine, Lawrence Durrell

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Chunkster Reading Challenge

Host: Chunkster Reading Challenge

(Over 450 pages)

  1. Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (501)

Corinne RodriguesOutdo Yourself Reading Challenge

Host: Corinne Rodrigues

Level: Getting My Heart Rate Up (1-5 more)

Goal: 2 more (23 total last year)

Progress: 16/25

 

Read One Million Pages

Host: My Reader’s Block8556634

I’m going to start this count a bit in the past. I could sit here and try to back date things for all time, but That’s crazy. I’ll start from when I started recording my reads on Goodreads.

Starting count: 32,000
This year: 4,560
Total: 36,560

charityreadingchallengeCharity Reading Challenge

Host: Becky’s Book Reviews

I came across this challenge and thought it was a really neat idea.  The point is to buy books from charity shops or sales (and read them, of course!) and/or donate money to charity per book you read.  I do sometimes purchase books at a little charity book stand at my grocery store, but I am doing the ‘donating’ thing.

I pledge to donate at least $1 per book I’ve read in 2016 to charity. It will either be to some kind of local literacy organization (only fitting, yeah?) or an organization supporting military veterans.  I’ll decide at the end of the year, based on what types of books I read. My goal is to read 25 books/donate $25.

Progress: 16 books (9 military non/fiction)
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Reading Challenges

Reading Challenge Addict: Host: Reading Challenge Addict

Level: In Flight (11-15)

2016 Challenge ChallengeHost: The Novel Orange

Level: Coo Coo For Cocoa Puffs (15)

Progress: 0/18

 

 

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