2021 Reading Challenge Progress
Read a book from each of twelve regions around the world.
- January: Arctic & Antarctic: The Arctic Fury, Greer Macallister (Arctic Canada)
- February: Europe – West: The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel (England)
- March: Europe – East: Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy (Russia)
- April: Asia – North: Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (Japan, Korea)
- May: Asia – South: The Mountains Sing, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (Vietnam)
- June: Books Set on an Island: A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (Jamaica)
- July: Australia & New Zealand: In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson (Australia)
- August: Middle East: Salt Houses, Hala Alyan (Palestine, Kuwait, Jordan, Lebanon, and Israel)
- September: Africa: The Death of Vivek Oji, Akwaeke Emezi (Nigeria)
- October: South America
- November: North America
- December: Books Spanning Multiple Continents
Read Southern literature, either fiction or nonfiction. Level 2—Pull up a seat and stay a while! (Read 3-4 books)
- Petty: The Biography, Warren Zanes (Tom Petty is from Gainesville, FL. and strongly identified as a Southerner)
- Book 2
- Book 3
- Book 4
Read books set at least 20 years before the year in which they are published (that is my definition of historical fiction, not the challenge host’s). Renaissance Reader (10 books).
- The Arctic Fury, Greer Macallister (the 1850s, Victorian-era Arctic exploration)
- The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (1850s United States, mostly the South)
- The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel (1536-1540 England)
- Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell (1580s-1590s England)
- The Mountains Sing, Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai (1920s-1970s Vietnam)
- Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (1930s-1980s Japan/Korea)
- Fool, Christopher Moore (medieval Britain)
- A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James (1970s-1990s Jamaica and New York)
- The Serpent of Venice, Christopher Moore (medieval Venice)
- Salt Houses, Hala Alyan (1960s-2014 Middle East)
Read one book each month based on that month’s theme.
- January: Once Upon A Time. Read a book from the Fantasy, Fairytale, Mythology, or Folklore Sub Genres.—The Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead (speculative fiction/fantastic elements)
- February: Laughter and Love. Read a relationship story, romance, comedy, or feel-good contemporary.—If Beale Street Could Talk, James Baldwin (relationship/romance)
- March: Countries and Cultures. Read a book set in a country, or about a culture, that’s different than your own and that you’d like to learn more about.—Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
- April: Books on the Menu. Read a book that features food, restaurants, cafes, cooking, or baking, on the cover or in the story.—The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, Jennifer 8. Lee
- May: Magnificent Middle Grade. Read a Middle-Grade book – a book that is marketed toward ages 8-14.
- June: The Great Outdoors. Read a book featuring a garden, nature, country, or harvest setting or plot.—A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson (hiking the Appalachian Trail)
- July: Short But Fabulous. Read a novella, comic, graphic novel, manga, or short book of poetry.
- August: Bag of Tricks. Read a book featuring any kind of magic, illusion, superpowers, or enchantments.
- September: Back to School. Read a book with a school setting, featuring a student or educator OR read a book to educate yourself on a topic you’re interested in learning more about.
- October: Lurking in the Shadows. Read a book that has a gray, black, and/or white cover OR a book that shows a shadow on the cover.
- November: In the Library with the Candlestick. Read a mystery—cozy, detective, spies, true crime, whodunnit, or the like.
- December: That’s History. Read a historical fiction book or a book about a true historical event.
Map of settings for all the books I read in 2021.