2015 Reading Challenges

My progress towards the 2015 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 19th Century Classic — any book published between 1800 and 1899.

2.  A 20th Century Classic — any book published between 1900 and 1965. 

3.  A Classic by a Woman Author.

4.  A Classic in Translation.

5.  A Very Long Classic Novel — a single work of 500 pages or longer, regular-sized print.  This does not include omnibus editions combined into one book, or short story collections. 

6.  A Classic Novella — any work shorter than 250 pages.  For a list of suggestions, check out this list of World’s Greatest Novellas from Goodreads.

7.  A Classic with a Person’s Name in the Title.

8.  A Humorous or Satirical Classic.

9.  A Forgotten Classic.  This could be a lesser-known work by a famous author, or a classic that nobody reads any more.  If you look on Goodreads, this book will most likely have less than 1000 ratings.

10.  A Nonfiction Classic.  A memoir, biography, essays, travel, this can be any nonfiction work that’s considered a classic, or a nonfiction work by a classic author.

11.  A Classic Children’s Book.

12.  A Classic Play.  Your choice, any classic play, as long as it was published or performed before 1965.

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

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Requirements to complete this challenge:

1. A word including ‘ing’ in it: Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese, and Writing Science by Joshua Schimel

2. A color: My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

3. A familial relation (Daughter Of Smoke And Bone, Dombey And Son, My Cousin Rachel) By all means include in-laws, step, and halves.

4. A body of water (The River Of No Return, Black Lake, Beside The Sea)

5. A city: The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann, and Buddhaland Brooklyn by Richard C. Morais

6. An animal: The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Challenge #3Around the World in 12 Books, hosted by Giraffe Days

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I am signing up for the “Seasoned Traveler” level, or I hope to read at least 12 books set in a different country (excluding the United States).

1. The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann (Sweden)

2. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (South Africa)

3. Three Junes by Julia Glass (Greece, Scotland, US)

4. The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness (England)

5. Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (Italy, US, Scotland, England)

6. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (England)

7. Rick Steves’ Germany 2015 by Rick Steves (Germany)

8. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)

9. Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver (England)

10. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (Ethiopia, US)

11. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion (Australia, US)

12. Buddhaland Brooklyn by Richard C. Morais (Japan, US)

Challenge #4Books in Translation, hosted by The Introverted Reader

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I am signing up for the “bilingual” level, or I hope to read 7-9 books translated to English from another language.

1. Ripper by Isabel Allende (translated from Spanish)

2. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (translated from Turkish)

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

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Requirements to complete the challenge:

1. Retellings The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

2. A book set in a country starting with the letter S: The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann (Sweden), Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Three Junes by Julia Glass (Scotland)

3. PI Crime (fiction featuring a private investigator)

4. A novel published before you were born

5. Contemporary romance: The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

6. Fiction for foodies (fiction featuring food/food related business)

7. Microhistory (Non Fiction)

8. Science Fiction set in space

9. Sports: Friday Night Lights by H. G. Bissinger

10. Featuring diversity: See Challenge #6 below!

11. Epistolary Fiction: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

12. Middle Grade/YA Adventure: The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

Challenge #6Diversity on the Shelf, hosted by My Little Pocketbooks

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I am signing up for the “3rd shelf” level, or I hope to read 13-18 books that are written by or are about a person of color.

1. Ripper by Isabel Allende

2. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

3. The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez

4. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk

5. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

6. The Known World by Edward P. Jones

7. Buddhaland Brooklyn by Richard C. Morais

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Challenge #7Chunkster Challenge, hosted by Chunkster Reading Challenge

2015 Chunkster Challenge 2

In this challenge, the goal is to read a book that is 450 pages or more. I will attempt to read 10 chunksters in 2015.

1. Ripper by Isabel Allende (496 pages)

2. Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela (625 pages)

3. Rick Steves’ Germany 2015 by Rick Steves (1040 pages)

4. My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk (450 pages)

5. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese (658 pages)

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Personal Reading Goals:

I will try to read 52 books in 2015. Of these 52 books, I’d like at least 10 to count toward finishing The Big Read List and/or 1001 Books To Read Before You Die.

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