2018 Reading Challenge Progress

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my 2018 shelf:
Dana's book recommendations, liked quotes, book clubs, book trivia, book lists (2018 shelf)


The Author Love Challenge

Commitment level: 5 books by James Baldwin

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. I Am Not Your Negro

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Back to the Classics Challenge

Commitment level: 6 books

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen (re-read a favorite classic)
  2. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle (children’s classic)
  3. The House of the Seven Gables, Nathaniel Hawthorne (19th-century classic)
  4. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (classic crime story)
  5. The Great Gatsby (20th-century classic)
  6. Book six

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British Books ChallengeBritish Books Challenge

Commitment level: 5 books

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  2. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie
  3. The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  4. First Among Sequels, Jasper Fforde
  5. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  6. One of Our Thursdays is Missing, Jasper Fforde
  7. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  8. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams
  9. Life, the Universe, and Everything, Douglas Adams
  10. So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, Douglas Adams

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Foodies Read Challenge

Foodies Read Challenge

Commitment level: 6 books (one every other month)
n.b.: This challenge does not have a specific commitment level, so I have set my own.

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. The Cooking Gene, Michael Twitty
  2. Salt Fat Acid Heat, Samin Nosrat
  3. The Sullivan Street Bakery Cookbook, Jim Lahey with Maya Joseph
  4. My Bread, Jim Lahey with Rick Flaste
  5. For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History, Sarah Rose

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Historical Fiction Challenge

Commitment level: 5 books (Victorian Reader). I may increase my commitment level if it looks like 10 books (Renaissance Reader) is in reach.

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood (1800’s Canada)
  2. In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner (1970’s Cambodia)
  3. The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton (17th-century Netherlands)
  4. The Movement of Stars, Amy Brill (19th century Nantucket)
  5. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (1970’s Vietnam)
  6. Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young (Viking era)
  7. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi (200+ years beginning in Gold Coast/Ghana)

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Literary Voyage Around the World

Commitment level: 25 books

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen (United Kingdom)
  2. Alias Grace, Margaret Atwood (Canada)
  3. In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner (Cambodia)
  4. The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton (Netherlands)
  5. Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie (Croatia)
  6. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen (Vietnam)
  7. Sky in the Deep, Adrienne Young (Norway)
  8. U2 by U2, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, Jr. (Ireland)
  9. For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History, Sarah Rose (China)
  10. Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi (Gold Coast/Ghana)

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Monthly Motif Challenge

Commitment level: 12 books

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. January: Diversify Your Reading—The Cooking Gene, Michael Twitty
  2. February: One Word—Stonewall, Martin Duberman
  3. March: Travel the World—The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton (Netherlands)
  4. April: Read Locally—The Movement of Stars, Amy Brill (Nantucket, MA.)
  5. May: Book to Screen—I Am Not Your Negro, James Baldwin (made into a documentary from Baldwin’s notes, which he titled Remember This House).
  6. June: Crack the Case—I’ll Be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
  7. July: Vacation Reads—Did not complete a book.
  8. August: Award Winners—Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi (National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, PEN/Hemingway Award for Best First Novel)
  9. September: Don’t Turn Out the Light—We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
  10. October: New or Old: An American Marriage, Tayari Jones (released in 2018)
  11. November: Family: Citizen Illegal, José Olivarez
  12. December: Wrapping It Up: There There, Tommy Orange (return to Diversify Your Reading motif)

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RIP ChallengeThe R. I. P. Challenge

Commitment level: Peril the First, four books

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson

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The Chronological Sherlock Holmes Challenge

The Chronological Sherlock Holmes Challenge

Commitment level: all four novels and 56 short stories

Challenge chronology can be found here. Review linkups can be found at this tag.

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Share a Tea ChallengeShare-a-Tea Reading Challenge

Commitment level: 10 books
n.b.: This challenge has no specific commitment level, so I am creating one based on how much tea I will probably drink and the typical weather in New England (I don’t drink as much tea in warm weather.)

Books I’m counting toward the challenge:

  1. Salt Fat Acid Heat, Samin Nosrat (I enjoyed at least one cup of Charles Dickens’s Black Tea Blend by Simpson & Vail as I read this book.)
  2. In the Shadow of the Banyan, Vaddey Ratner (countless cups of good old Bigelow’s Constant Comment and Simpson & Vail’s Jane Austen Black Tea Blend)

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2018 Where Am I Reading?

Settings and locations for all the books I read in 2018.

Take a look at my 2017 Reading Progress Page.