Yes, I’m doing the PopSugar Reading Challenge again this year. It helped me last year to have a list of books to read, and I got a lot of the books finished (but not all). I’m so glad I did that, so I’m trying it again.
1. A book recommended by a librarian
I have no decision on what to read for this yet. When I go to the library next time, I’ll ask my favorite librarian to recommend a book.
UPDATE, January 23, 2017 – I asked a librarian for a recommendation yesterday. He recommended anything by Malcolm Gladwell, and mentioned this book as one of his favorites. I identify with the idea of battling giants because of the work I do to help families at FightCPS.
2. A book that’s been on your TBR list for way too long
This was on my 2016 list and I didn’t get to it. Also, A Thousand Splendid Suns was the first book I ever added to my TBR list at Goodreads.com – way back in January, 2012.
3. A book of letters
A book full of letters to author Juliet Ashton from the residents of Guernsey, an island near England.
4. An audiobook
This is easy. I listen to audiobooks all the time. I get them from Audible, where I subscribe for 2 credits per month.
5. A book by a person of color
I’ve got this covered. I also have a list of children’s literature I’ll be reading this year – and this book is on that list.
6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title
I intended to read this last summer. Hopefully I’ll get into it in 2017.
I read this while I was traveling in January. I started it while on the plane to Texas, and finished it while driving home. It was a comfort to read, each night before sleeping… on my Kindle.
7. A book that is a story within a story
I have no idea what to read for this goal. I’ll have to ask around to see if I can get some recommendations. Maybe someone on the PopSugar Reading Challenge Goodreads Group can help me.
8. A book with multiple authors
Again – I’ll decide later!
9. An espionage thriller
I read an excerpt from this book a long time ago, so I know it is a page-turner. To get through this long list of books, I’ll need page-turners. Thus, it is an easy choice!
10. A book with a cat on the cover
This book is on my children’s literature reading list. It comes highly recommended, and the cat is gorgeous.
11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
This book is a collection of the short fiction of James Tiptree Jr. – a popular science fiction author whose real name was Alice Bradley Sheldon.
12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally read
From the “Mysteries and Thrillers” genre – here we go again. I didn’t get this one read during 2016, so I’ll try to make room for it in my life during 2017.
13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
I’ve had this on my TBR list practically forever and have two copies of the book. One is here at my desk. I must read.
14. A book involving travel
This was on my 2016 list – and I didn’t read it. So strange. So – maybe in 2017.
15. A book with a subtitle
I still want to finish reading this. I enjoyed what I’ve read so far.
16. A book that’s published in 2017
I will decide later, after I see more of what’s published in 2017.
17. A book involving a mythical creature
A thoroughly modern weather scientist named Victoria meets Norse gods while stationed on an island near Norway. Okay, I’ll try it. It took a while to find something suitable. I am avoiding dragons.
18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smile
Don’t know………. yet.
19. A book about food
I want to finish reading this – even though I’ll probably never be able to eat like this man does.
20. A book with career advice
Because it is on my bookshelf . . .
21. A book from a nonhuman perspective
I love the cover art.
22. A steampunk novel
After having read Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, I do not think I can read another modern-day steampunk novel. It is a favorite of those who love the steampunk genre… but definitely, not my thing. I liked (even loved) Westerfeld’s Uglies series, but Leviathan was not a happy read for me. So . . . for this challenge, I chose a classic of the steam era – which combines travel by train, steamship, sailing boat, sledge and elephant. Sounds like fun. This might take the “punk” out of steampunk, but if so, so be it.
23. A book with a red spine
When I find one I’ll let you know.
24. A book set in the wilderness
I’ve read the three books in her Julie of the Wolves series, but not this one. This will help me along with my goal of reading Newbery Honor Books.
25. A book you loved as a child
I don’t often re-read a book because there are so many other books calling to me – but I’ve already decided to re-read this one for the Children’s Literature Challenge, so I’m listing it here too.
26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
I thought about reading this book last year – but didn’t do it. Maybe in ’17. The author is from Finland.
27. A book with a title that’s a character’s name
I love the cover art of old Rip walking out of the Catskills after his extended sleep.
28. A novel set during wartime
Another must-read classic that I haven’t read yet.
29. A book with an unreliable narrator
I hope this book qualifies. I’ve been wanting to read it for a long time now. It is described as a “penetrating novel of an intellectual whose moral compass goes haywire.” Sounds fairly unreliable to me.
30. A book with pictures
I plan to be reading this biography of a graffiti artist.
31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
I still haven’t read this – it was on my list last year. She’s Cuban. I have a copy of the book on the table across the room.
32. A book about an interesting woman
This is fiction about a woman without a memory. It is romantic suspense.
33. A book set in two different time periods
Not sure yet what I’ll choose for this. However – I’m reading one like this right now… it is called Shadow Over Avalon. I’m hoping to finish it before the end of 2016.
34. A book with a month or day of the week in the title
This is a children’s novel on the Newbery list. I choose this book for one very important reason – I already have a copy.
35. A book set in a hotel
What else – but Hotel, by Arthur Hailey… said to be a page-turner. I hope so.
36. A book written by someone you admire
I’ll try to get to this one again. I didn’t get to read it in 2016.
37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
I have no idea what books will be movies in 2017.
38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
It is hard to find a book about another holiday – unless you like Halloween.
39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before
Pass for now.
40. A book you bought on a trip
I’ll let you know after I buy it.
UPDATE – While traveling through Texas in January, I bought a devotional – Too Blessed to be Stressed– three minute devotions for women.
41. A book recommended by an author you love
Not sure yet what I’ll choose.
42. A bestseller from 2016
Based on a World War II maritime tragedy, as told by four fictional teenagers.
43. A book with a family-member term in the title
44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span
45. A book about an immigrant or refugee
46. A book from a genre/sub-genre that you’ve never heard of
47. A book with an eccentric character
48. A book that’s more than 800 pages
49. A book you got from a used book sale
50. A book that’s mentioned in another book
I finished reading The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains in January. (It was on my 2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge List.) Lovely book. This cowboy adventure morphed into a cowboy romance with his sweetheart, Molly Wood, trying to encourage her cowboy to read. One book she suggested, Emma, by Jane Austen, was definitely not a favorite of his. In fact, he pretty much refused to read it after getting a little taste of Jane Austen. However I’m reading it – and enjoying it somewhat. Emma is a meddler in the romances of others, and seems rather ignorant too… but she’s only seventeen. She’ll learn. I’m writing this as I’m 17% into it via Kindle.
51. A book about a difficult topic
A near-fatal, traumatic car accident brings greater faith to a woman’s life. (Christian memoir)
52. A book based on mythology
Happy reading, everybody!
Here’s the link to the PopSugar Reading Challenge for 2017.
The entire list for the PopSugar Reading Challenge, 2017, in case you need it…
This book doesn’t fit into any of the empty categories, but I want to read it. A captain. Year 1970. Gives a ride on his horse (I guess) to a girl going from Wichita Falls to San Antonio. I must read.