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2017 Reading Challenges

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Here are a some challenges I’m focusing on this year, even though I’m doing this halfway through the year. I will be updating this post as I read books and adding the reviews here too, so if you’d like to check out my Progress, come back to this post, which will be in the menu at the top of the blog. When I finish reading a book I’ll be linking the review here for each book, so if you click on the book cover it will take you to my review.


I find that it encourages me more than makes me feel pressured so I’m continuing with it this year. In 2016 I read 104 books, so this year I decided that I will try to read 150 books in 2017.

Progress: 180/150

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This challenge is hosted by WOAH! BAM! and runs from July 17, 2017 and ends December 31, 2017. You can read any type of books, re-reads and crossovers for other reading challenges. If you finish 30 books before 2018, You get 5 entries for the giveaway. If you read more than 30 books, additional 1 entry per book will be added. Also, It’s open Internationally, So everyone is eligible to join. #WBRC2017

Progress: 80/30

Books Read: 30145679 missperegrine_334x51851ZIt2z1IaL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ Tales-of-Zestiria-manga-JP 23305614 294104615b49dd5655d7fcabd83deed892b44e74 bgi 27158835 Vol_23_-_Alice 29283884 16058562 7091370 61i0Ow2sb9L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_  16146014 Volume_07 23395680 17571386 Vol_24_-_Alice 9781421580432_manga-tokyo-ghoul-8-primary 18143839 16130476 18775120 51lNym3JWmL._SX347_BO1,204,203,200_ 24519560 1017897 29358261 31443393 17333322 65111 3294085725205393 images aop 6676603 6339664 25814389 15739649 27406757 793216 10843755 22609567 23492416 92141 12998299 Blue-Lily-Lily-Blue Red_Queen_book_cover 35652776 32812981 3100159 31140391 2038020 65110 22546088 22447427  29451046 31294730 29742868 30257602 31918492 27406754 the_end 23776784 109073 383204 9781473666948 8070049 33358438 16100972 34455798 10838787 OP2 10944842 33646924 23046313 23050551 The_Selection 8908 780845 A Charlie Brown Christmas 33946263 29499077 31140447

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Louisa May Alcott Reading Challenge ::: JUNE 2017

This is a challenge that is all about reading Louisa May Alcott, hosted by In The Bookcase. Here is a List of Published titles by Louisa May Alcott. Any books by or About Alcott are welcome. My Goal will be to read 2 books.

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I am joining the 2017 10th Annual Graphic Novel & Manga Challenge, which is hosted by Nicola, for the first time this year. You must write a review and link to it for it to count towards the challenge. This Challenge Runs from January 1 – December 31, 2017

Modern Age: read and review 12 books during the year
Bronze Age: read and review 24 books during the year
Silver Age: read and review 52 books during the year
Golden Age: read and review 104 books during the year

I am setting my goal to the Golden Age level – 104 books. I love reading Manga, so I’m hoping this will encourage me to read and review more Manga.

Progress: 51/104

Books Read: pandorahearts_poster_image AngelBeats_vol01 51nmbWQUSXL._SX346_BO1,204,203,200_ 51NR6INDXqL._SX359_BO1,204,203,200_ 51VM8RJBxHL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ imagesP8R8JRA6 Volume_07 51U2W2boQlL._SX347_BO1,204,203,200_ Volume_09_English Case Study of Vanitas 1.jpeg 51ZIt2z1IaL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_ 5b49dd5655d7fcabd83deed892b44e74 bgi Tales-of-Zestiria-manga-JP 61i0Ow2sb9L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ bgi 16058562 16146014 18775120 17571386 18143839 Vol_23_-_Alice Vol_24_-_Alice aop 22609567 23492416 OP OP2 OP3 780845

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This is a challenge that is all about reading, watching & Reviewing Jane Austen, hosted by First Impressions Reviews. The Challenge runs from January 1 – December 31, 2017. Anything inspired by the author counts (film adaptations, spin-offs and of course the originals). There are also different Levels: Austen Adventurer — read/watch 3 items, Austen Aficionado — read/watch 6 items, Austen Addict — read/watch 12 items. I will probably be doing the Austen Addict level. I will be reading all six Jane Austen Novels.

Progress: 0/6

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Aussie Author Challenge 2017As an Australian I could not go past this reading challenge. This reading challenge is hosted by Booklover Book Reviews. The objective of this challenge is to showcase the quality and diversity of the books being produced by Australian authors. I have decided to aim for the Third challenge which is:

Read and review 12 titles written by Australian Authors of which at least 4 of those authors are female, at least 4 of those authors are male, and at least 4 of those authors are new to you; Fiction or non-fiction, at least 3 genres.

Progress: 7/12

Books Read: 33313082  51hkos5w5il-_sy445_ql70_ 23395680 3100159 2038020 23776784 31145148

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This challenge is hosted by Books and Chocolate. The goal of this challenge is to read twelve classic novels throughout the course of the year. The novels must fit into the twelve different challenge categories and be published before 1967, and post a review.

Progress: 8/12


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Books Read: 29410461 159069 2184447329242866 images 793216 12998299 A Christmas Carol

1. A 19th century classic – any book published between 1800 and 1899. – To be Read at Dusk by Charles

2.  A 20th century classic – any book published between 1900 and 1967. Just like last year, all books MUST have been published at least 50 years ago to qualify. The only exception is books written at least 50 years ago, but published later, such as posthumous publications – A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’ Engle

3.  A classic by a woman author. – Monday or Tuesday by Virginia Woolf

4.  A classic in translation.  Any book originally written published in a language other than your native language. Feel free to read the book in your language or the original language. (You can also read books in translation for any of the other categories). Modern translations are acceptable as long as the original work fits the guidelines for publications as explained in the challenge rules. – Stancliffe’s Hotel by Charlotte Bronte

5.  A classic originally published before 1800. Plays and epic poems are acceptable in this category. Translations can be modern in this category also.

6.  A romance classic. I’m pretty flexible here about the definition of romance. It can have a happy ending or a sad ending, as long as there is a strong romantic element to the plot. –

7.  A Gothic or horror classic. For a good definition of what makes a book Gothic, and an excellent list of possible reads, please see this list on Goodreads. – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

8.  A classic with a number in the title. Examples include A Tale of Two Cities, Three Men in a Boat, The Nine Tailors, Henry V, Fahrenheit 451, etc. An actual number is required — for example, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None would not qualify, but The Seven Dials Mystery would. 

9.  A classic about an animal or which includes the name of an animal in the title.  It can be an actual animal or a metaphor, or just the name in the title. Examples include To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, The Metamorphosis, White Fang, etc. If the animal is not obvious, please clarify it in your post. – Flush by Virginia Woolf

10. A classic set in a place you’d like to visit. It can be real or imaginary: The Wizard of Oz, Down and Out in Paris and London, Death on the Nile, etc. – Mrs Dalloway’s Party by Virginia Woolf

11. An award-winning classic. It could be the Newbery award, the Prix Goncourt, the Pulitzer Prize, the James Tait Award, etc. Any award, just mention in your blog post what award your choice received. It must be an actual award-winner; runners-up and nominees do not count. – Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

12. A Russian classic. 2017 will be the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, so read a classic by any Russian author. 

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Blogger Shame 2016

I have a load of books that I received for review and for one reason or another have either not read, not finished or reviewed yet. This is hosted Herding Cats & Burning Soup, and the only rule is that the review books need to be 4+ months past due. I hope to read & review 20 books that have been awaiting review.

Progress: 7/20

Books Read: 17290169 hipl 31523116 23776784 33646924 11356735 Dark Summer

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Gather Together and ReadThis challenge is hosted by Michelle @ Gather Together to Read. Mini-series, TV adaptions count as well. I’m going to do Level 2b: 4+ books from 2017 movie releases, 4+ books from books made into movies from previous years.

Progress: 11/10

Books Read: 51hkos5w5il-_sy445_ql70_ 22844191 113946 646195 missperegrine_334x518 30145679 7091370 29358261 17333322 6676603 it-9781501156687_lg

  1. Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey – 2017
  2. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire – 2005
  3. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – 2000
  4. Babe: The Gallant Pig – 1998
  5. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – 2016
  6. Disney Beauty & the Beast Novelisation – 2017
  7. The Carrie Diaries – 2013
  8. Suicide Squad – 2016
  9. Miss peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Graphic Novel – 2016
  10. The  Lightning Thief – 2010
  11. IT – 2017

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This challenge is hosted by Noonlight Reads. The goal is to read all of the Sherlock stories in order. The pace is set at one per week with three weeks allotted for each of the novels. The idea is: Read the stories in the order found on this Sherlock Holmes Timeline.

Progress: 0/60

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Books Read:

For the Cloak and Dagger challenge, you have to read mystery / crime / thriller / suspense books. I have an insane amount of mysteries to read, both review copies and piles on my to-read list. This is hosted by Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! and Booker T’s Farm. You can read any book that is from the mystery/suspense/thriller/crime genres. Any sub-genres are welcome as long as they incorporate one of these genres. #2017CloakDaggerChal. Levels: 5-15 books – Amateur sleuth, 16-25 books – Detective, 25-35 books – Inspector, 36-55 books – Special agent, 56+ books – Sherlock Holmes. I’m aiming for Special Agent.

Progress: 8/25

Books Read: 32560192 27222228 15739649 it-9781501156687_lg Jasper JonesMiss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children To Be read at dusk Lois the Witch

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R. A. Vucci is hosting Clocks,Cogs, and Mechanisms Reading Challenge. For those who have never experienced steampunk, a typical steampunk novel takes place in the Victorian era and involves lots of steam-powered technologies ahead of their time. There are variations and other time periods that fall into this category, but the Victorian era ones are the most common. Here are the levels to this challenge: Brass Gears: Read 1-3 books, Flight Goggles: Read 4-7 books, Button-up Boots: Read 8-11 books, Clockwork Corset: Read 12+ book. I’m aiming for Flight Goggles

Progress: 0/7

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The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge was originally created and hosted by Pearl’s World of Romance, passed on to Fatin at Romance Book Maven, then passed on to Brianna at The Book Vixen, Then it was Gone with the Words and Love at First Page‘s turn. and is now hosted by Andi’s ABCs. I will be going for a Grand Slam level.

Progress: 18/21


Currently Reading:

Books Read: untitled 30312837 18607160 25310356 33381465 32021893 23305614 27158835 7091370 16130476 15739649 10843755 35652776 16100972 If I was your Girl Everything Leads to You Vanilla 29863453

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Challenge hosted by Alexa Loves Books and Hello, Chelly. Fantasy is my favourite genre and I have so many fantasy novels on my TBR right now. I’m hoping to read at least 20 for this challenge. Although, I have about a million fantasy books on my TBR.

Progress: 20/20

Books Read: 22844191 32705058 34517640 29363501 17290169 13612965 33336580 17347389 23611997 missperegrine_334x518 30145679 32940857  6676603 17378508 it-9781501156687_lg 34455798 23776784 33358438 17378527 8070049

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Hosted by Passages to the Past. In this challenge, the goal is to indulge in some historical fiction in any subgenre.  For this challenge, I am going to meet the “Renaissance Reader” level, 10 books! 

Progress: 9/10

Books Read: 31523116 33313082 33638208 29242866 29283884 383204 Case Study of Vanitas 1.jpeg Vanitas Vanitas 29451046

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Katrina of Bookish Things & More is hosting the 2017 Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge. The aim is to read the number of your NetGalley and/or Edelweiss eARC’s from your chosen level. I’m choosing the Silver Level, which is 25 books.

Progress: 6/25

Books Read: 32560192 Antisocial The Last Portal Shelton in Love Prince Dark Summer

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Hosted at Becky’s Book Reviews. The goal is to read a minimum of four books form the Victorian era.

Progress: 4/10

Books Read: Cranford Lois the Witch To Be read at dusk A Christmas Carol

_ 1. A book under 200 pages – Lois the Witch by Elizabeth Gaskell
_ 2. A book over 400 pages
_ 3. A book that REALLY intimidates you
_ 4. A book you REALLY want to reread
_ 5. A new-to-you book by a FAVORITE author
_ 6. A book with illustrations
_ 7. A book that was originally published serially
_ 8. A book published between 1837-1849 – 
_ 9. A book published between 1850-1860 – 
_ 10. A book published between 1861-1870
_ 11. A book published between 1871-1880
_ 12. A book published between 1881-1890
_ 13. A book published between 1891-1901
_ 14. A book published between 1902-1999 with a Victorian setting
_ 15. A book published between 2000-2017 with a Victorian setting
_ 16. A book by Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
_ 17. A book by Wilkie Collins
_ 18. A book by Anthony Trollope
_ 19. A book by Elizabeth Gaskell – Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
_ 20. A book by George Eliot
_ 21. A book by a new-to-you male author – To be Read at Dusk by Charles Dickens
_ 22. A book by a new-to-you female author
_ 23. A book translated into English
_ 24. A fiction or nonfiction book about Queen Victoria
_ 25. A book that has been filmed as movie, miniseries, or television show
_ 26. A play OR a collection of short stories OR a collection of poems
_ 27. Biography, Autobiography, or NONFICTION book about the Victorian era
_ 28. Genre or Subgenre of your choice (mystery, suspense, romance, gothic, adventure, western, science fiction, fantasy)
_ 29. Book with a name as the title
_ 30. Book You’ve Started but Never Finished
_ 31. A Christian book fiction or nonfiction
_ 32. A children’s book –

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Okay, so I’m starting almost eight months into 2017, but I want something to help me try a whole bunch of new manga. I won’t be competing on MAL (MyAnimeList) but I can still track everything here. And while this is originally a bingo Challenge, as I’m not officially participating, I wont be doing the Bingo Challenge. Instead I’ll just be using the Categories, Which are:


  1. Read a one-shot – It must be a one chapter story, not one volume – Toki Doki
  2. Read a manga that is a collection of short stories – They can be a compilation by the same author or by different authors
  3. Read a web or 4-koma manga
  4. Read a manhua or a manhwa
  5. Read an award-winning manga – One Piece Volume 4-5-6 by Eiichiro Oda
  6. Read a gekiga manga – Use the relations in this club to find suggestions


  1. Read a manga by an author/artist you haven’t read before – Angel Beats1 by Jun Maeda
  2. Read a manga by one of your favourite authors/artists – The Case Study of Vanitas  by Jun Mochizuki
  3. Read a manga by a female author/artist – Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki
  4. Read a manga by a male author/artist – One Piece by Oda Eiichiro
  5. Read a manga by an author and artist duo – 2 different creators must be listed in the database for that title
  6. Read a manga written by someone from the Year 24 Group – Check the FAQ to see which authors belong to this group
  7. Read a manga serialized in a shoujo magazine
  8. Read a manga serialized in a shounen magazine
  9. Read a manga serialized in a josei magazine
  10. Read a manga serialized in a seinen magazine
  11. Read a manga published in the same magazine in which your favourite one was serialized
  12. Read a manga from a magazine with less than 250 titles listed in the database – Find how many titles each magazine has here


  1. Read a manga that started serialization the year you joined MAL
  2. Read a manga published between the 1970s and the 1980s – For this and the next three items the manga must have been completely published during the decade
  3. Read a manga published between the 1980s and the 1990s
  4. Read a manga published between the 1990s and the 2000s
  5. Read a manga published between the 2000s and the 2010s
  6. Read a manga that started publishing after 2010 – For this and the one below the manga can still be publishing or be completed
  7. Read a manga that started publishing last year


  1. Read a manga based on a one-shot that got serialized – You can find a list with some suggestions for this and the next item in the FAQ
  2. Read a manga one-shot that became a prototype for a longer series
  3. Read a manga that has been adapted to live action – You may use this club for ideas
  4. Read a manga that has not been adapted in any way
  5. Read a manga adapted from a video game, original anime or light novel – Tales Of Zestiria
  6. Read a manga that has inspired or been adapted to cd drama


  1. Read a manga with a score of or below 6.0 in MyAnimeList –
  2. Read a manga with a score of or above 8.0 in MyAnimeList
  3. Read a manga ranked in the top 1000
  4. Read a manga ranked between the top 1001 and top 10k
  5. Read a manga with less than 2000 completed members
  6. Choose a highly rated manga from another challenger who posted on the same page you signed up on – Highly rated is 8, 9 or 10. Make a note of which user you chose
  7. Read a manga with more users listed in Plan to Read than Completed


Tags, Themes & Demographics

  1. Read a manga with a main cast mostly of one gender – Needs 2 or more main characters of the same gender
  2. Read a manga with an adult MC – Character must be 18 or older
  3. Read a manga with a child MC – Character must be 12 or younger
  4. Read a manga with a non-human main character
  5. Read a manga that has a main character that is a professional in his field
  6. Read a manga that deals with something related to Japanese culture
  7. Read a manga that takes place in Japan
  8. Read a manga that takes place outside of Japan – A different country or geographical place. The place must be real
  9. Read a manga that combines a genre tag that you like AND one that you dislike
  10. Read a manga about food, music or art
  11. Read a manga centred around folklore or mythology
  12. Read a manga that has a main character of gender opposite to the demographic – For example male MC in female demographic, etc
  13. Read a manga based on real event or person
  14. Read a Romance, Slice of Life or Comedy manga
  15. Read a Drama, Action or Adventure manga
  16. Read a Super Powers, Fantasy or Supernatural manga
  17. Read a Sci-Fi, Space or Mecha manga
  18. Read a Sports, Martial Arts, Cars or Games manga
  19. Read a Dementia, Horror, Demons or Vampire manga
  20. Read a Mystery, Thriller or Psychological manga
  21. Read a Historical, Military or Police manga

Challenge & MAL related

  1. Read a manga recommended to you by another Manga Reading Challenge participant in the discussion thread
  2. Read a manga that another user has read for this challenge
  3. Read an active staff member’s favourite manga – Any listed in their profile. Remember they may change
  4. Read a manga that was recently reviewed – You have to start this one the same week it was reviewed
  5. Read a manga from the ones listed under manga relations in the Hidden Gems of Manga club
  6. Choose a manga from the predictive search using a generated random word – Use this site to generate a word.
  7. Read a manga suggested by Manga+ or by MAL


  1. Read a manga that starts with the same second letter of your username – Only letters. Exclude any numbers and/or special characters
  2. Choose a random trope from TVTropes and read a manga listed under the trope – You may click random several times. Unless a specific title/manga is referenced, you can use any from the franchise mentioned. If the page says that the trope/examples shouldn’t be used as one it won’t be valid. Remember to look for the area in the trope that says “Examples” -> “Anime and Manga”
  3. Read a manga that is related to something you previously read – For example a sequel, prequel, alternative setting or side story
  4. Read a manga series you can finish in one day – One-shots are excluded for this item

Progress: 6/70

Books Read: 51ZIt2z1IaL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_  AngelBeats_vol01 Case Study of Vanitas 1.jpeg untitled 7165204 cover 

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Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge

Over the course of seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, Rory Gilmore was seen reading 339 books on screen. Rory Gilmore is continually seen reading a wide array of books. I’mnot going to read all 339 books, so the books that I’ve will be crossed out and in bold, the books I’m not interested in reading I’m just going to cross out. And again, you can see the reviews by clicking on the covers below.

Progress: 24/339


Currently Reading: 2409331 14942

Book Read: 24220 10592 24178 6519719 6 3 113946 14870 22628 5297 20424161 18521 6324651 646195 

1. 1984 by George Orwell*
2. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain*
3. Alice Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
5. An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
6. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt
7. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy*
8. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank*
9. The Archidamian War by Donald Kagan
10. The Art of Fiction by Henry James
11. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
12. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner*
13. Atonement by Ian McEwan
14. Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy
15. The Awakening by Kate Chopin
16. Babe by Dick King-Smith
17. Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women by Susan Faludi 18. Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie
19. Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
20. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath*
21. Beloved by Toni Morrison*
22. Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney
23. The Bhagava Gita
24. The Bielski Brothers: The True Story of Three Men Who Defied the Nazis, Built a Village in the Forest, and Saved 1,200 Jews by Peter Duffy
25. Bitch in Praise of Difficult Women by Elizabeth Wurtzel
26. A Bolt from the Blue and Other Essays by Mary McCarthy
27. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley*
28. Brick Lane by Monica Ali
29. Bridgadoon by Alan Jay Lerner
30. Candide by Voltaire
31. The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
32. Carrie by Stephen King
33. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
34. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger*
35. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
36. The Children’s Hour by Lillian Hellman
37. Christine by Stephen King*
38. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
39. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess*
40. The Code of the Woosters by P.G. Wodehouse
41. The Collected Stories by Eudora Welty
42. A Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
43. Complete Novels by Dawn Powell
44. The Complete Poems by Anne Sexton
45. Complete Stories by Dorothy Parker*
46. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
47. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas*
48. Cousin Bette by Honore de Balzac
49. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky*
50. The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber
51. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
52. Cujo by Stephen King*
53. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – DNF
54. Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
55. David and Lisa by Dr Theodore Issac Rubin M.D
56. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens*
57. The Da Vinci -Code by Dan Brown*
58. Dead Souls by Nikolai Gogol
59. Demons by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
60. Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
61. Deenie by Judy Blume
62. The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America by Erik Larson
63. The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, Mick Mars and Nikki Sixx
64. The Divine Comedy by Dante
65. The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
66. Don Quixote by Cervantes*
67. Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhrv
68. Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson*
69. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
70. Eleanor Roosevelt by Blanche Wiesen Cook
71. The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
72. Ella Minnow Pea: A Novel in Letters by Mark Dunn
73. Eloise by Kay Thompson
74. Emily the Strange by Roger Reger*
75. Emma by Jane Austen*
76. Empire Falls by Richard Russo
77. Encyclopedia Brown: Boy Detective by Donald J. Sobol
78. Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
79. Ethics by Spinoza
80. Europe through the Back Door, 2003 by Rick Steves
81. Eva Luna by Isabel Allende
82. Everything Is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer
83. Extravagance by Gary Krist
84. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
85. Fahrenheit 9/11 by Michael Moore
86. The Fall of the Athenian Empire by Donald Kagan
87. Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World by Greg Critser
88. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
89. The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien*
90. Fiddler on the Roof by Joseph Stein*
91. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
92. Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce
93. Fletch by Gregory McDonald
94. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
95. The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem
96. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
97. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
98. Franny and Zooey by J. D. Salinger
99. Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers – DNF
100. Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut101. Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
102. George W. Bushism: The Slate Book of the Accidental Wit and Wisdom of our 43rd President by Jacob Weisberg
103. Gidget by Fredrick Kohner
104. Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen*
105. The Gnostic Gospels by Elaine Pagels
106. The Godfather: Book 1 by Mario Puzo
107. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
108. Goldilocks and the Three Bears by Alvin Granowsky*
109. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell*
110. The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
111. The Gospel According to Judy Bloom
112. The Graduate by Charles Webb
113. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck*
114. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
115. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens*
116. The Group by Mary McCarthy
117. Hamlet by William Shakespeare*
118. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling
119. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling
120. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
121. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
122. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry
123. Henry IV, part I by William Shakespeare
124. Henry IV, part II by William Shakespeare
125. Henry V by William Shakespeare
126. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
127. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
128. Holidays on Ice: Stories by David Sedaris
129. The Holy Barbarians by Lawrence Lipton
130. House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
131. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
132. How to Breathe Underwater by Julie Orringer
133. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
134. How the Light Gets In by M. J. Hyland
135. Howl by Allen Ginsberg*
136. The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo*
137. The Iliad by Homer
138. I’m With the Band by Pamela des Barres
139. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
140. Inferno by Dante
141. Inherit the Wind by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
142. Iron Weed by William J. Kennedy
143. It Takes a Village by Hillary Clinton
144. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Currently Reading
145. The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
146. Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
147. The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
148. The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
149. Just a Couple of Days by Tony Vigorito
150. The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar by Robert Alexander
151. Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain
152. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini*
153. Lady Chatterleys’ Lover by D. H. Lawrence
154. The Last Empire: Essays 1992-2000 by Gore Vidal
155. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman*
156. The Legend of Bagger Vance by Steven Pressfield
157. Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis
158. Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
159. Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken
160. Life of Pi by Yann Martel*
161. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens*
162. The Little Locksmith by Katharine Butler Hathaway
163. The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen*
164. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott*
165. Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton
166. Lord of the Flies by William Golding*
167. The Lottery: And Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
168. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold*
169. The Love Story by Erich Segal
170. Macbeth by William Shakespeare*
171. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert*
172. The Manticore by Robertson Davies
173. Marathon Man by William Goldman
174. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
175. Memoirs of a Dutiful Daughter by Simone de Beauvoir
176. Memoirs of General W. T. Sherman by William Tecumseh Sherman
177. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
178. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
179. Mencken’s Chrestomathy by H. R. Mencken
180. The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
181. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
182. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
183. The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
184. Moby Dick by Herman Melville*
185. The Mojo Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion by Jim Irvin
186. Moliere: A Biography by Hobart Chatfield Taylor
187. A Monetary History of the United States by Milton Friedman
188. Monsieur Proust by Celeste Albaret
189. A Month Of Sundays: Searching For The Spirit And My Sister by Julie Mars
190. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
191. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
192. Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
193. My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and It’s Aftermath by Seymour M. Hersh
194. My Life as Author and Editor by H. R. Mencken
195. My Life in Orange: Growing Up with the Guru by Tim Guest
196. Myra Waldo’s Travel and Motoring Guide to Europe, 1978 by Myra Waldo
197. My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult*
198. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
199. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
200. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
201. The Nanny Diaries by Emma McLaughlin
202. Nervous System: Or, Losing My Mind in Literature by Jan Lars Jensen
203. New Poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson
204. The New Way Things Work by David Macaulay
205. Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
206. Night by Elie Wiesel
207. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen*
208. The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism by William E. Cain, Laurie A. Finke, Barbara E. Johnson, John P. McGowan
209. Novels 1930-1942: Dance Night/Come Back to Sorrento, Turn, Magic Wheel/Angels on Toast/A Time to be Born by Dawn Powell
210. Notes of a Dirty Old Man by Charles Bukowski
211. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck*
212. Old School by Tobias Wolff
213. On the Road by Jack Kerouac
214. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey*
215. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
216. The Opposite of Fate: Memories of a Writing Life by Amy Tan
217. Oracle Night by Paul Auster
218. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
219. Othello by Shakespeare
220. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
221. The Outbreak of the Peloponnesian War by Donald Kagan
222. Out of Africa by Isac Dineson
223. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
224. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster*
225. The Peace of Nicias and the Sicilian Expedition by Donald Kagan
226. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
227. Peyton Place by Grace Metalious
228. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
229. Pigs at the Trough by Arianna Huffington
230. Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
231. Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain
232. The Polysyllabic Spree by Nick Hornby
233. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker*
234. The Portable Nietzche by Fredrich Nietzche
235. The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and the Education of Paul O’Neill by Ron Suskind
236. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen*
237. Property by Valerie Martin
238. Pushkin: A Biography by T. J. Binyon
239. Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
240. Quattrocento by James Mckean
241. A Quiet Storm by Rachel Howzell Hall
242. Rapunzel by Grimm Brothers*
243. The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe
244. The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
245. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi
246. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
247. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin
248. The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
249. Rescuing Patty Hearst: Memories From a Decade Gone Mad by Virginia Holman
250. The Return of the King by J. R. R. Tolkien
251. R Is for Ricochet by Sue Grafton
252. Rita Hayworth by Stephen King
253. Robert’s Rules of Order by Henry Robert
254. Roman Holiday by Edith Wharton
255. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
256. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
257. A Room with a View by E. M. Forster*
258. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
259. The Rough Guide to Europe, 2003 Edition
260. Sacred Time by Ursula Hegi
261. Sanctuary by William Faulkner
262. Savage Beauty: The Life of Edna St. Vincent Millay by Nancy Milford
263. Say Goodbye to Daisy Miller by Henry James
264. The Scarecrow of Oz by Frank L. Baum*
265. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne*
266. Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
267. The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
268. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
269. Secrets of the Flesh: A Life of Colette by Judith Thurman
270. Selected Hotels of Europe
271. Selected Letters of Dawn Powell: 1913-1965 by Dawn Powell
272. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
273. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
274. Several Biographies of Winston Churchill
275. Sexus by Henry Miller
276. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon*
277. Shane by Jack Shaefer
278. The Shining by Stephen King
279. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
280. S Is for Silence by Sue Grafton
281. Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut
282. Small Island by Andrea Levy
283. Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
284. Snow White and Rose Red by Grimm Brothers*
285. Social Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Lord and Peasant in the Making of the Modern World by Barrington Moore
286. The Song of Names by Norman Lebrecht
287. Song of the Simple Truth: The Complete Poems of Julia de Burgos by Julia de Burgos
288. The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker
289. Songbook by Nick Hornby
290. The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
291. Sonnets from the Portuegese by Elizabeth Barrett Browning
292. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
293. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
294. Speak, Memory by Vladimir Nabokov
295. Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
296. The Story of My Life by Helen Keller
297. A Streetcar Named Desiree by Tennessee Williams
298. Stuart Little by E. B. White*
299. Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
300. Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
301. Swimming with Giants: My Encounters with Whales, Dolphins and Seals by Anne Collett
302. Sybil by Flora Rheta Schreiber
303. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens*
304. Tender Is The Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald*
305. Term of Endearment by Larry McMurtry
306. Time and Again by Jack Finney
307. The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger*
308. To Have and Have Not by Ernest Hemingway
309. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee*
310. The Tragedy of Richard III by William Shakespeare
311. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
312. The Trial by Franz Kafka
313. The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson
314. Truth & Beauty: A Friendship by Ann Patchett
315. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
316. Ulysses by James Joyce
317. The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath 1950-1962 by Sylvia Plath
318. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
319. Unless by Carol Shields
320. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann
321. The Vanishing Newspaper by Philip Meyers
322. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
323. Velvet Underground’s The Velvet Underground and Nico (Thirty Three and a Third series) by Joe Harvard
324. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides*
325. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
326. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
327. Walt Disney’s Bambi by Felix Salten*
328. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy*
329. We Owe You Nothing – Punk Planet: The Collected Interviews edited by Daniel Sinker
330. What Colour is Your Parachute? 2005 by Richard Nelson Bolles
331. What Happened to Baby Jane by Henry Farrell
332. When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
333. Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson
334. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee*
335. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire
336. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum*
337. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte*
338. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
339. The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion 

8 thoughts on “2017 Reading Challenges

  1. Hi! I’m new to your blog. I’m amazing at all the books your reading this year and the epic challenges you’ve taken on.

    I might have to see if that Netgalley challenge is still available, because I’m constantly trying to catch up with all the (tons) of books I keep requesting from there. They just always look sooo tempting to read!

    I noticed that Little Women might be in your future at some point, and I wondered if you would be interested in joining the Louisa May Alcott challenge I’m hosting this month on my blog? (Well, you can choose any of Alcott’s books that you want.) Just thought I’d mention it!


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    1. Thank you! I’m probably being over ambitious, but I’m ok with that! I just couldn’t resist doing some of these!

      I also have to start reading up the books I have requested from Netgalley, I always end up requesting too many new titles. If you sign up for this challenge, Good Luck!

      I am Planning to read Little Women. I’ve been wanting to read it for a while, so I’ll definitely check out your Challenge. Thanks for stopping by & letting me know about the reading challenge.

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      1. Jade,
        Yay! I’m excited to hear that you’re going to be reading Little Women this month. Thanks for signing up for the challenge too! I so enjoy meeting new people who share similar reading interests — especially when it comes to my cherished favorites. 🙂

        I’m going to sign up for the Netgalley challenge as soon as I can. My feedback ratio on that website is horrible, I assure you. The challenge will hopefully inspire to get more done and review those books.

        I also noticed you’re doing a Jane Austen challenge… Sigh. It looks soooo tempting! I’ve never read any Austen yet (although I’m sure I would love it!), I just don’t know if I can squeeze it in with all the other classics I’m wanting to read this year. 🙂


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