I participated in three separate reading challenges in 2017. Luckily, several of the books I read fulfilled the requirements for multiple challenges, so that helped immensely. I am still working on the 2017 European Reading challenge, as that one runs from January 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, so a recap will be posted in late January. The Bestsellers Seller Code 100 reading challenge is ongoing – we’re a little better than a quarter through the 100 books.
Even though there are 3 days left in 2017, I am done with the 26-Book 2017 Reading Challenge. I fulfilled 23 of the 26 “categories” in the challenge – I ran out of time and was unable to complete the first 3 in the challenge.
Here’s the list, along with the books I read to complete the categories.
- A book you read in school
- A book from your childhood
- A book published over 100 years ago
- A book published in the last year – The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero, by Timothy Egan, published 03/01/2016 (02/24/17)
- A non-fiction book – Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Plans for Looking and Feeling Great, by Lindsay S. Nixon (04/16/2017)
- A book written by a male author – The Last Child, by John Hunt (01/05/2017)
- A book written by a female author – Three Sisters, Three Queens, by Philippa Gregory (04/08/2017)
- A book by someone who isn’t a writer (think Paul Kalathani or Richard Branson) – Here’s The Story, by Maureen McCormick (05/16/17)
- A book that became/is becoming a film – One Day, by David Nicholls (02/27/2017)
- A book published in the 20th Century – The Horse Whisperer, by Nicholas Evans (03/02/2017)
- A book set in your hometown/region – Fountain of Youth, by Jim Gullo (08/20/2017)
- A book with someone’s name in the title – Olive Kitteridge, by Elizabeth Strout (02/12/2017)
- A book with a number in the title – Sisters One, Two, Three, by Nancy Star (01/08/2017)
- A book with a character with your first name – World War Z, by Max Brooks (05/10/2017)
- A book someone else recommended to you – The Other Einstein, by Marie Benedict (07/07/2017)
- A book with over 500 pages – The Wilderness Warrior: Theodore Roosevelt and the Crusade for America, 1858 – 1919, by Douglas Brinkley (03/23/2017)
- A book you can finish in a day – Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modern Bestiary, by David Sedaris (09/11/17)
- A previously banned book – The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein (08/11/2017)
- A book with a one-word title – Cashelmara, by Susan Howatch (11/25/17)
- A book translated from another language – The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, by Stieg Larsson (01/20/17)
- A book that will improve a specific area of your life – How to Get Out of Debt, Stay Out of Debt, and Live Prosperously*: Based on the Proven Principles and Techniques of Debtors Anonymous, by Jerrold Mundis (06/27/2017)
- A memoir or journal – Tell My Sons: A Father’s Last Letters, by Mark M Weber (10/12/2017)
- A book written by someone younger than you – The Cuckoo’s Calling, by Robert Galbraith (10/07/2017)
- A book set somewhere you’ll be visiting this year – Official Tour Book Yellowstone National Park (07/02/2017)
- An award-winning book – The Orphan Master’s Son, by Adam Johnson (04/03/17), Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (2013)
- A self-published book – The Mill River Recluse, by Darcie Chan (01/13/2017)
While this was fun, I don’t think I will participate again in 2018. I have a couple of other challenges in mind, which I will post about later on.
Did you join any reading challenges in 2017? If so, how did you do?