2014 Reading Challenges

My progress towards the 2014 Reading Challenges I have signed up for is shown below:

Challenge #1Back to the Classics Challenge, hosted by Books and Chocolate

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Requirements to complete the challenge:

1. A 20th Century Classic: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

2. A 19th Century Classic: Middlemarch by George Eliot

3. A Classic by a Woman Author: My Antonia by Willa Cather

4. A Classic in Translation: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

5. A Wartime Classic: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

6. A Classic by an Author Who Is New To You: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Optional Categories:

1. An American Classic: White Fang by Jack London

2. A Classic Mystery, Suspense or Thriller

3. A Historical Fiction Classic.

4. A Classic That’s Been Adapted Into a Movie or TV Series.  

Challenge #2What’s in a Name, hosted by The Worm Hole

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Requirements to complete this challenge:

1. A reference to time:Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo

2. A position of royalty: The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

3. A number written in letters: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

4. A forename or names: Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende, Stella Bain by Anita Shreve, Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding, My Antonia by Willa Cather, and Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

5. A type or element of weather: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Challenge #3Audio Book Challenge, hosted by Teresa’s Reading Corner

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To complete this challenge, you must choose your “level” and read/listen to the specified number of Audio Books. I am signing up for Married, or I hope to listen to more than 25 Audio Books.

1. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

2. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

3. Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

4. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

5. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

6.Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo

7. Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

8. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

9. Dangerous Women edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois

10. Amped by Daniel H. Wilson

11. Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

12. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

13. Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass

14. The Longest Road by Philip Caputo

15. World War Z by Max Brooks

16. The Giver by Lois Lowry

17. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

18. Intuition by Allegra Goodman

19. True Believers by Kurt Andersen

20. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

21. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

22. A Little Bit Wicked by Kristen Chenoweth and Joni Rodgers

23. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

24. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

25. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

26. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

27. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

28. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

29. Duty by Robert M. Gates

30. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Challenge #4New Authors Challenge, hosted by Literary Escapism

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I am signing up to read books from 25 new authors.

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

2. Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld

3. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

4. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

5. The Pact by Jodi Picoult

6. Maya’s Notebook by Isabel Allende

7. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

8. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein

9. Little Bee by Chris Cleave

10.Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo

11. Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

12. Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

13. Middlemarch by George Eliot

14. The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

15. Dangerous Women edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois

16. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

17. Amped by Daniel H. Wilson

18. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

19. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

20. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

21. Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass

22. My Antonia by Willa Cather

23. Divergent by Veronica Roth

24. The Longest Road by Philip Caputo

25. World War Z by Max Brooks

26. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

27. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss

28. Intuition by Allegra Goodman

29. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg

30. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

31. A PhD Is Not Enough! by Peter J. Feibelman

32. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

33. A Little Bit Wicked by Kristen Chenoweth and Joni Rodgers

34. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

35. The Smart Way to your Ph.D. by Dora Farkas

36. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

37. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

38. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

39. Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

40. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

41. The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

42. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

43. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

43. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

43. The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley

44. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

45. Duty by Robert M. Gates

46. Chocolat by Joanne Harris

47. Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham

Challenge #5The Eclectic Reader, hosted by Book’d Out

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Select, read and review a book from each genre listed below during the year for a total of 12 books:

1. Award Winning: The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte, The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert A. Heinlein, Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo,  Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt, The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and Insurgent by Veronica Roth, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, World War Z by Max Brooks, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, In Cold Blood by Truman Capote, The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch, Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

2. True Crime (Non Fiction): In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

3. Romantic Comedy: Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

4. Alternate History Fiction: World War Z by Max Brooks

5. Graphic Novel

6. Cosy Mystery Fiction: The Bride Wore Size 12 by Meg Cabot

7. Gothic Fiction: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

8. War/Military Fiction: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

9. Anthology: Dangerous Women edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois

10. Medical Thriller Fiction: Cut to the Bone by Jefferson Bass

11. Travel (Non Fiction): The Longest Road by Philip Caputo

12. Published in 2014: Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Challenge #6Monthly Keyword Reading Challenge, hosted by Bookmark To Blog

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In this challenge I will attempt to read one book each month whose title includes one or more of the key words for that month:

Jan- Angel, Secret, Clock, Black, Day, Wild: The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Feb- Her, Life, Night, Red, Dark, Island: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

Mar- Forever, Inside, Storm, Sky, Flower, Stay: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity by Katherine Boo

Apr- Star, Light, Never, Princess, Break, Clear: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman

May- Dawn, Death, End, Lost, Beautiful, And: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed

Jun- Color, Beyond, Found, Place, Grave, Road: The Longest Road by Philip Caputo

Jul- Crash, Ship, Prince, Whisper, Sun, Of: Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Aug- Forgotten, Down, True, Run, Danger, Me: True Believers by Kurt Andersen

Sep- Number, Take, Shadow, Ice, Who, After: The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Oct- Ocean, Blood, Still, Out, The, Fate: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Nov- Into, Sound, Blue, House, My, Last: My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead

Dec- Kiss, Fire, Ruin, White, Promise, Infinity: The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley

Challenge #7Chunkster Challenge, hosted by Chunkster Reading Challenge

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In this challenge, the goal is to read an adult or YA book that is 450 pages or more. I will attempt to read 2 chunksters in 2014.

1. The Pact by Jodi Picoult (497 pages)

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (512 pages)

3.  Middlemarch by George Eliot (794 pages)

4. Dangerous Women edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois (736 pages)

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth (487 pages)

6. Insurgent by Veronica Roth (525 pages)

7. Allegiant by Veronica Roth (544 pages)

8. A Feast for Crows by George R. R. Martin (784 pages)

9. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (560 pages)

10. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (544 pages)

11. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (487 pages)

12. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (546 pages)

13. Duty by Robert M. Gates (640 pages)

Personal Reading Goals:

I will try to read 35 books in 2014. Of these 35 books, I’d like at least 5 to count toward finishing The Big Read List and/or 1001 Books To Read Before You Die.

1. The Call of the Wild by Jack London

2. The Club Dumas by Arturo Perez-Reverte

3.  Middlemarch by George Eliot

4. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

5. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

6. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

7. Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

8. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte

9. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

10. Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

11. The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

12. The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

13. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

 

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