Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Reading Challenges

2017 Reading Challenges
17 Challenges for 2017

1.  Read at least ONE from each of the following categories:

A Classic 
     Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
     Any title by Willa Cather
     Any title by Edith Wharton
     The Good Earth - Pearl S. Buck
A Recent Classic
     One Hundred Years of Solitude - Marquez
A Memoir
     Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness - Sasha Martin
     The Storyteller's Daughter: One Woman's Return to Her Lost Homeland - Saira Shah
An Unread Newbery Award Winner
     .
A New-to-me Much-Talked-About Author
     Louise Erdrich
     Joe Hill
A Short Story Collection
     Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - The Thing Around Your Neck
     Lorrie Moore
     Alice Munro
     Jumpa Lahiri
     Mary Gaitskill (Bad Behavior)
     Neil Gaiman
     Alexie Sherman
     Manuel Gonzales (The Miniature Wife and Other Stories)
A New Mystery Series
     Em Hansen, Wyoming Geologist by Sarah Andrews
     Lacy Flint, London Detective Constable by S. J. Bolton
     Father John O'Malley & Vicky Holden, Priest & Arapahoe Lawyer by Margaret Coel
     Dianne Fallon, Georgia Museum Director by Beverly Connor
     Dr. Samantha Owens, Tennessee Medical Examiner by J. T. Ellison
     Erlendur, Iceland Inspector by Arnaldur Indridason
     Jonathan Payne & David Jones, ex-Special Forces by Chris Kuzneski
     Henry Hole, Oslo cop by Jo Nesbo
     Garrison Gage, ex-NYC cop now living in Oregon by Scott William Carter
     Leah Hudson, Agent of some sort by Andrew Downs
     Tracy Crosswhite, Seattle homicide detective by Robert Dugoni
     Elise Sanburg, Savannah homicide detective by Anne Frasier
     Jonathan Stride, Duluth Police Lieutenant by Brian Freeman
     Van Shaw, Army Ranger by Glen Erik Hamilton
     Jessica Blackwood, FBI Agent by Andrew Mayne
     Sydney Rose Parnell, Denver Railroad Police Special Agent by Barbara Nickless
     Genevieve Lenard, Insurance Investigator by Estelle Ryan
     Archie Lean, 1892 Portland, Maine Deputy Marshall by Kieran Shields
     Claire Codella - NYPD Detective by Carrie Smith
     Thomas Andreasson & Nora Linde, Swedish Police Detective & Lawyer by Viveca Sten
     Jessica Daniel, Manchester, England Detective Sergeant by Kerry Wilkinson
     Tony Wagner, Seminary student-cum-detective by Paula F. Winskye
     Chief Inspector Armand Gamache - Quebec by Louise Penny
A Middle Grade Novel
     The Secrets of Blueberries, Brothers, Moose & Me - Sara Nickerson
     Colin Fischer - Ashley Edward Miller
     Stella by Starlight - Sharon Draper
     The War that Saved My Life - Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
     Absolutely Truly - Heather Vogel Frederick
     All the Answers - Kate Messner
     Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
     Ms. Bixby's Last Day - John David Anderson
     Gertie's Leap to Greatness - Kate Beasley
     Root Beer Candy and Other Miracles - Shari Green
     Paper Wishes - Lois Sepahban
     Hour of the Bees - Lindsay Eager
     Blue Birds - Caroline Starr Rose
     A Tangle of Knots - Lisa Graff
     Paper Boy - Vince Vawter
     The Hidden Summer - Gin Phillips
     The Boy on the Porch - Sharon Creech
     Hokey Pokey - Jerry Spinelli
     Sure Signs of Crazy - Karen Harrington
     Navigating Early - Clare Vanderpool
     The Secret Tree - Natalie Standiford
     The Boy on the Wooden Box - Leon Leyson
     The Paper Cowboy - Kristin Levine
     Echo - Pam Munoz Ryan
     March: Book 1 - John Lewis
     House Arrest AND Rhyme Schemer by K. A. Holt
A Picture Book Biography:
     Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: a Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix - Gary Golio
     Thomas Jefferson Builds a Library - Barb Rosenstock
     Louisa May's Battle: How the Civil War Led to Little Women - Kathleen Krull
     Just Behave, Pablo Picasso - Jonah Winter
     The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Woman Changed a City Forever - Joseph H. Hopkins
     The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse - Patricia MacLachlan
     Papa is a Poet: A Story About Robert Frost - Natalie S. Bober
     For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson - Peggy Thomas

2.  Published in the Current Year - 2017
1.  The Warden's Daughter - Spinelli
2.  American Street - Zoboi
3.  The Dark Room - Moore
4.  In the Shadow of Lakecrest  - Blackwell
5.  Bellamy and the Brute - Michaels
6.  The Forgetting - Cameron
7.  A Merciful Death - Elliot
8.  Posted - Anderson
9.  Zenn Diagram  - Brant
10.  The Matchstick Castle - Graff
11.  Age of Order - North
12.  The Lost Causes - Etting & Schwartz
13.  The Hundredth Queen - King
14.  Down a Dark Road - Castillo
15.  The Girl in Green, The - Miller
16.  Colorless - Stradling

3.  Written before 2007 (over 10 years old)
1.  Echo Park - Harry Bosch #12 (Connelly) 2006
2.  Still Life  - Chief Inspector Armand Gamache #1 (Penny) 2005
3.  Immoral - Jonathan Stride #1 (Freeman) 2005
4.  The Plantation - Payne & Jones #1 (Chris Kuzneski) 2002
5.  Meet Josefina - Tripp (American Girls Josefina #1) 1997

4.  One-Word Titles
1.  Sixkill
2.  Moo
3.  Rewinder
4.  Immoral
5.  Passenger
6.  Posted 
7.  Colorless
8.  Outage

5.  Arizona, Maine, or Pennsylvania?
1.  Moo (Maine)
2.  Piper Green and the Fairy Tree (Maine)
3.  Wolf Hollow (Pennsylvania)

6.  YA
1.  The Leaving of Things (Antari) possibly considered adult, I disagree
2.  American Street (Zoboi)
3.  Rewinder (Battles)
4.  Bellamy and the Brute (Michaels)
5.  The Forgetting (Cameron)
6.  Tell Me Three Things (Buxbaum)
7.  Passenger (Bracken)
8.  This Savage Song (Schwab)
9.  Zenn Diagram  (Brant)
10.  Age of Order (North)
11.  The Lost Causes (Etting & Schwartz)
12.  The Hundredth Queen (King)
13.  The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland (Crane)
14.  The Serpent King (Zentner)
15.  Throne of Glass (Maas)
16.  Colorless (Stradling)
17.  Outage (Barr)

7.  Middle Grades
1.  Moo (Creech)
2.  House Arrest (Holt)
3.  The Magician's Elephant (DiCamillo) DNF
4  Wolf Hollow  (Wolk)
5.  The Warden's Daughter (Spinelli)
6.  Posted  (Anderson)
7.  The Matchstick Castle (Graff)
8.  Meet Josefina (Tripp)

7A. Early Chapter Books/Beginning Readers
1.  Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
2.  Mouse Scouts

8.  Historical Fiction
1.  Crow Hollow (Wallace) 1600s Massachusetts Bay Colony
2.  The Buried Book (Pulley) 1952 Michigan
3.  Wolf Hollow  (Wolk) 1940s rural PA
4.  The Warden's Daughter, The (Spinelli) 1959 Pennsylvania?
5.  Lyrebird Hill (Romer) alternating with present, 1898 Australia
6.  In the Shadow of Lakecrest  (Blackwell) 1928 Lake Michigan
7.  Meet Josefina (Tripp) 1820 Santa Fe NM

9.  CRF
1.  Moo (Creech)
2.  Piper Green and the Fairy Tree
3.  House Arrest (Holt)
4.  The Leaving of Things (Antari)
5.  Lyrebird Hill (Romer) alternating with 1898
6.  American Street (Zoboi)
7.  Tell Me Three Things  (Buxbaum)
8.  Posted  (Anderson)
9.  (sorta) The Matchstick Castle - Graff
10.  The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland (Crane)
11.  The Serpent King (Zentner)
12.  The Girl in Green (Miller) though in began in 1991

10.  Non Fiction (try at least one MEMOIR!)
1.

11.  Verse
1.  House Arrest

12.  Poetry  
1.  I've Lost My Hippopotamus (Prelutsky)

13.  Mystery
1.  Sixkill (#39 Spenser)
2.  Dead Connection (#1 Ellie Hatcher)
3.  The Gray and Guilty Sea (#1 Garrison Gage)
4.  Still Waters (#1 Sandhamm)
5.  The Buried Book (not a murder mystery)
6.  Echo Park (Harry Bosch #12)
7.  Kingdom Come (#1 Elizabeth Harris)
8.  Lyrebird Hill (not a murder mystery, or a series)
9.  Mourning Gloria  (#1 Leah Hudson)
10.  Still Life  (#1 Chief Inspector Armand Gamache)
11,  The Dark Room (#1 Gavin Cain, SF)
12.  Blood on the Tracks (#1 Sydney Rose Parnell)
13.  Seeds of Deception (#7.5 Kate Burkholder)
14.  Immoral (#1 Jonathan Stride)
15.  A Merciful Death (#1 Mercy Kilpatrick)
16.  My Sister's Grave (#1 Tracy Crosswhite, FBI)
15.  The Plantation (#1 Payne & Jones)
16.  Down a Dark Road  (#9 Kate Burkholder)
17.  Lost Girls (#3 Kim Stone)
18.  Escape Clause (#9 Virgil Flowers)

14.  Paranormal/Dystopia/Fantasy
1.  Rewinder
2.  Bellamy and the Brute
3.  The Forgetting
4.  Passenger (time travel)
5.  This Savage Song
6.  Venn Diagram  (just a touch of fantasy - getting feelings from touch)
7.  Age of Order
8.  The Lost Causes (again, just a touch of fanstasy- getting extrasensory from a drug)
9.  The Hundredth Queen
10.  Throne of Glass
11.  Colorless
12.  Outage

15.  Audio Books
1.  Sixkill - Parker
2.  The Gray and Guilty Sea - Nolte (pseud.) now using Carter
3.  The Magician's Elephant DNF
4.  Still Waters - Sten
5.  The Buried Book - Pulley
6.  Wolf Hollow  - Wolk
7.  The Warden's Daughter - Spinelli
8.  Echo Park Harry Bosch #12 - Connelly
9.  Kingdom Come - Jensen
10.   Lyrebird Hill - Romer (Read by Eloise Oxer)
11.  Still Life  - Penny
12,  The Dark Room - Moore
13.  Blood on the Tracks - Nickless
14.  Seeds of Deception - Castillo
15.  Rewinder - Battles
16.  Immoral - Freeman
17.  The Plantation - Kuzneski
18.  Down a Dark Road - Castillo
19.  Throne of Glass - Maas
20.  The Girl in Green - Miller
21.  Escape Clause - Sandford

16.  Books in a Series
1.   Sixkill (#39 Spenser) Robert B. Parker
2.  Piper Green and the Fairy Tree (Fairy Tree #1) - Potter
3.  Dead Connection (#1 Ellie Hatcher)
4.  The Gray and Guilty Sea (#1 Garrison Gage)
5.  Still Waters (#1 Sandhamm)
6.  Echo Park (#12 Harry Bosch)
7.  Kingdom Come (#1 Elizabeth Harris)
8.  Mouse Scouts (#1 Mouse Scouts)
9.  Mourning Gloria  (#1 Leah Hudson)
10.  Still Life  (#1 Chief Inspector Armand Gamache)
11.  The Dark Room (#1 Gavin Cain, SF Detective)
12.  Blood on the Tracks (#1 Sydney Rose Parnell)
13.  Seeds of Deception (#7.5 Kate Burkholder)
14.  Rewinder (Rewinder #1)
15.  The Forgetting (The Forgetting #1)
16.  Immoral (Jonathan Stride #1)
17.  A Merciful Death (#1 Mercy Kilpatrick)
18.  My Sister's Grave  (#1 Tracy Crosswhite, FBI)
19.  Passenger (#1 Passenger)
20  The Plantation (Payne & Jones #1)
21.  This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
22. Age of Order (Age of Order #1)
23.  The Hundredth Queen (The Hundredth Queen #1)
24.  Down a Dark Road (Kate Burkholder #9)
25.  Throne of Glass (Throne Of Glass #1)
26.  Meet Josefina (American Girls Josefina #1)
27.  Lost Girls (D.I. Kim Stone #3)
28.  Colorless (Colorless #1)
29.  Escape Clause (Virgil Flowers #9)
30.  Outage (Powerless Nation #1)

17.  Short Stories
1. "The Cell" from The Thing Around Your Neck

18.  Where in the World?
1.  The Leaving of Things, The (India) Antali
2.  Still Waters (Sweden)
3.  Lyrebird Hill  (Australia) Romer
4.  Still Life (Quebec, Canada)
5.  The Girl in Green (probably Iraq)
6.  Lost Girls (England)

19.  4.5 or 5 Stars
1.  Moo (4.5)
2.  Piper Green and the Fairy Tree (Fairy Tree #1) (5)
3.  House Arrest (5)
4.  The Buried Book (4.5)
5.  Wolf Hollow  (5)
6.  Kingdom Come (4.5)
7.  Lyrebird Hill (4.5)
8.  Mouse Scouts (5)
9.  The Dark Room (5)
10.  Rewinder (5)
11.  The Forgetting (4.5)
12.  Tell Me Three Things  (4.5)
13.  The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland (4.5)
14.  The Serpent King (5)
15.  The Girl in Green (5)
16.  Escape Clause (4.5)


I Love Picture Books
1.  The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles (Cuevas/Stead) 2016
2.  In Andal's House (Whelan/Hall) 2013
3.  Sonya's Chickens (Wahl) 2015
4.  Tucky Jo and Little Heart (Polacco) 2015
5.  School's First Day of School (Rex/Robinson) 2016
6.  The Great Spruce (Duvall/Gibbon) 2016
7.  The Wonderful Fluffy Little Squishy (Alemagna) 2014
8.  All Aboard! National Parks (Meyers) 2016 Board Book
9.  Mommies Say Shhh! (Polacco) 2005 Board Book
10.  Llama Llama Hoppity-Hop (Dewdney) 2012 Board Book
11.  Egg (Henkes) 2017
12.  A Hat for Mrs. Goldman (Edwards/Karas) 2016
13.  My Name is James Madison Hemings (Winter/Widener) 2016
14.  Maya's Blanket / La Manta de Maya (Brown/Diaz) 2015
15.  Library Mouse: A Museum Adventure (Kirk) 2012
16.  The Longest Night: A Passover Story (Snyder/Chien) 2013
17.  Billy's Booger (Joyce) 2015
19.  Why Is Art Full of Naked People and Other Vital Question about Art (Hodge/Goble) 2016
20.  20 Big Trucks in the Middle of the Street (Lee/Cyrus) 2013
21  Thunder Cake (Polacco) 1990
22.  Hello World: A Celebration of Languages & Curiosities (Litton) 2016
23.  What Degas Saw (Friedman/Pieropan) 2016
24.  Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt (Messner/Neal) 2015
25.  Pop's Bridge (Bunting/Payne) 2006
26.  Apples and Robins (Felix) 2013France/2016US
27.  Lilla's Sunflowers (Kosinski) 2016
28.  We're All Wonders (Palacio) 2017
29.  Hattie & Hudson (Van Dusen) 2017
30.  Shanghai Sukkah (Hyde/Tsong) 2015
31.  The Quest for Z: The True Story of Explorer Percy Fawcett and a Lost City in the Amazon (Pizzoli) 2017
32.  Stand Up and Sing: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice (Reich/Gustavson) 2017
34.  Lines, Bars and Circles: How William Playfair Invented Graphs  (Becker/Tremblay) 2017
35.  Karl, Get Out of the Garden: Carol Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything (Sanchez/Stock), 2017
36.  Snail Mail: With Pull-Out Postcards (King-Chai) 2016
37.  A Very Improbable Story (Einhorn/Gustavson) 2008
38.  Sona and the Wedding Game (Sheth/Jaeggi) 2015
39.  Lemonade in Winter: A Book About Two Kids Counting Money (Jenkins/Karas) 2012


Books Read in 2017
1.  Sixkill - Robert B. Parker  (2.5) 293 pgs.
2.  Moo - Sharon Creech (4.5) 288 pgs. (581 pgs. total)
3.  Piper Green and the Fairy Tree - Ellen Potter (5) 95 pgs. (676 pgs.)
4.  Dead Connection - Alafair Burke (4) 336 pgs. (1012 pgs.)
5.  Six of Crows - Leigh Bardugo (DNF/1) 151 of 465 pgs. (1163 pgs.)
6.  House Arrest - K. A. Holt (5) 304 pgs. (1467 pgs.)
7.  The Gray and Guilty Sea - Jack Nolte (pseud) now using Wm Scott Carter (4) 268 pgs. (1735 pgs)
8.  Crow Hollow - Michael Wallace (4) 335 pgs. (2070 pgs.)
9.  The Magician's Elephant - Kate DiCamillo (1/DNF) 80/201 pgs. (2150 pgs.)
10.  Still Waters - Viveca Sten (3) 287 pgs. (2437 pgs.)
11.  The Leaving of Things - Jay Antali (4) 368 pgs. (2805 pgs.)
12.  The Buried Book - D. M. Pulley (4.5) 412 pgs. (3217 pgs.)
13.  Wolf Hollow - Lauren Wolk (5) 304 pgs. (3621 pgs.)
14.  The Warden's Daughter - Jerry Spinelli (4) 352 pgs. (3973 pgs.)
15.  Echo Park (Harry Bosch #12) - Michael Connelly (4) 405 pgs. (4378 pgs.)
16.  Kingdom Come (Elizabeth Harris #1) - Jane Jensen (4.5) 304 pgs. (4682 pgs.)
17.  Lyrebird Hill  - Anna Romer (4.5) 416 pgs. (5098 pgs.)
18.  American Street - Ibi Zoboi (2 and 4)  336 pgs. (5434 pgs.)
19.  Mouse Scouts - Sarah Dillard (5) 118 pgs. (5552 pgs.)
20.  Mourning Gloria - Andrew Downs (3) 308 pgs. (5860 pgs.)
21.  Still Life (#1 Chief Inspector Armand Gamache) - Louise Penny (3) 312 pgs. (6172 pgs.)
22.  The Dark Room - Jonathan Moore (5) 294 pgs. (6466 pgs.)
23.  Blood on the Tracks (#1 Sydney Rose Parnell) - Barbara Nickless (4) 386 pgs. (6852 pgs.)
24.  Seeds of Deception - Linda Castillo (2) 74 pgs. (6926 pgs.)
25.  Rewinder (Rewinder #1) - Brent Battles (5) 272 pgs. (7198 pgs.)
26.  In the Shadow of Lakecrest - Elizabeth Blackwell (1) 282 pgs. (7480 pgs.)
27.  Bellamy and the Brute - Alicia Michaels (2.5) 300 pgs. (7780 pgs.)
28.  Immoral - Brian Freeman (3.9) 471 pgs. (8,251 pgs.)
29.  The Forgetting - Sharon Cameron (4.5) 416 pgs. (8667 pgs.)
30.  A Merciful Death - Kendra Elliott (4) 342 pgs. (9009 pgs.)
31.  Tell Me Three Things - Julie Buxbaum (4.5) 328 pgs. (9337 pgs.)
32.  My Sister's Grave - Robert Dugoni, (3) 416 pgs. (9753 pgs.)
33.  The Plantation - Chris Kuzneski (2) 432 pgs. (10,185 pgs.)
34.  Passenger - Alexandra Bracken (2.5) 498 pgs. (10,683 pgs.)
35.  Posted  - John David Anderson (4) 384 pgs. (11,067 pgs.)
36.  This Savage Song - Victoria Schwab (3) 427 pgs. (11,494 pgs.)
37.  Zenn Diagram  - Wendy Brant (3.5) 328 pgs. (11,822 pgs.)
38.  The Matchstick Castle - Keir Graff (2) 277 pgs. (12,099 pgs.)
39.  Age of Order - Julian North (3.5) (339 pgs.) 12,438 pgs.
40.  The Lost Causes (1) 344 pgs. (12,782 pgs.)
41.  The Hundredth Queen - King (4) 300 pgs. (13,082 pgs.)
42.  Down a Dark Road  - Linda Castillo (2.5) 320 pgs. (13,402 pgs.)
43.  The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland - Rebekah Crane (4.5) 260 pgs. (13,662 pgs.)
44.  The Serpent King, The- Jeff Zentner (5) 384 pgs. (14,046 pgs.)
45.  Throne of Glass - Sarah J. Maas (3.5)  audio 404 pgs. (14,450 pgs.)
46.  Meet Josefina - Valerie Tripp (4) book - 85 pgs.(14,535 pgs.)
47.  The Girl in Green - Derek B. Miller (5) audio - 336 pgs. (14,871 pgs.)
48.  Lost Girls (#3 Kim Stone) - Angela Marsons (4) ebk - 442 pgs. (15,313 pgs.)
49.  Colorless - Rita Stradling (3.5) ebk - 400 pgs. (15,713 pgs.)
50.  Escape Clause (#9 Virgil Flowers) - John Sandford (4.5) audio 400 pgs. (16,113 pgs.)
51.  Outage (Powerless Nation #1)  - Ellisa Barr (3.5) ebk - 218 pgs. (16,331 pgs.)
52.  Paintbrush -
53.  A Desperate Place for Dying (Garrison Gage #2) - Scott William Carter (audio)
54.  Dear America: Dawnie Rae Johnson - Andrea Davis Pinkney (audio)
55.  The Girl on the Bridge - James Hayman (audio) 3
56.  The Late Show - Michael Connelly (audio)  4
57.  The Fourth Monkey (4MK #1) - J D. Barker (ebk) 4.5
58.  Legend (4.5) audio
59.  Trail of Broken Wings (4) audio
60.  Seven Rules.... (5) ebk
61.   I've Lost My Hippopotamus- Jack Prelutsky (4) 144 pgs.

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