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I was wondering if anyone here was doing any Reading Challenges?


Every year I do the general Goodreads challenge where you set a number goal for amount of books to read in a year. However, this year I'm also working on Book Riot's 2018 Read Harder Challenge and the Goodreads Ultimate Summer Reading Challenge. Though with the second one I'm going to mostly aim to do the Beginner level and see what I can manage to also fill in on the Expert level in the process, and what ones from BR's challenge might fit tasks on GR's challenge. Especially since as much as I'd love to read that many books in a month, I don't know if I'll be able.


At the moment I've mapped out possible book options for my Read Harder Challenge as follows:
Task 1: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Task 2: I'll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman's Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
Task 3: The Princess Bride by William Goldman OR Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte OR The Once and Future King by T.H. White
Task 4: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Task 5: The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Task 6: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer OR Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
Task 7: The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson OR Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt  OR Topaz by Beverly Jenkins 
Task 8: TBD
Task 9: Rebecca Roanhorse - Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™ (short story)
Task 10: An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
Task 11: The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett OR A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Task 12: Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah
Task 13: TBD
Task 14: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander OR The Courtiers: Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace by Lucy Worsley
Task 15: Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur OR The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman OR The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Task 16: The Tethered Mage by Melissa Caruso (still reading)
Task 17: Sunshine by Robin McKinley - COMPLETED
Task 18: TBD
Task 19: Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation by Ken Liu
Task 20: TBD
Task 21: TBD
Task 22: TBD
Task 23: TBD
Task 24: TBD

Any suggestions are welcome, of course. And the nice thing is if you struggle, you can check the GR Groups or Social Media or (in the case of the Read Harder Challenge) each task is linked to a page with some book ideas. So far for me in terms of finished I've only managed one, but going to remedy that soon.


Anyone else doing these types of things? What is your progress? What books are going to possibly fill your tasks? Or are you going to wing the choices?

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I haven't done a book challenge is SUCH a long time, but I decided I needed to start getting back into reading regularly again (I haven't read regularly since I was in HS and that's just shameful??). I went with Book Riot's challenge, 'cause they had helpful suggestions to go along with the challenge as well lol. So this is what I have so far! I'll add the next six in once I finish this first batch.


Task 1: 2666: A Novel by Roberto Bolano
Task 2: Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer 
Task 3: Frederica by Georgette Heyer
Task 4: octopus pie by Meredith Gran
Task 5: The Calcutta Chromosome by Amitav Ghosh
Task 6: The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elisabeth Tova Bailey


Caught my eye: The Spy Who Couldn't Spell by Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, Night Song by Beverly Jenkins, The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

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