2017 Reading Challenge.

This was previously attempted in 2016 (see here – I successfully read 10/12 books). I think my downfall was choosing books that I only part-way wanted to read. So we learn from that lesson and begin again. List idea taken from Modern Mrs. Darcy here.

  1. A Newbery Award winner or Honor book.
  2. A book in translation.
  3. A book that’s more than 500 pages.
  4. A book of poetry, a play, or an essay book.
  5. A book of any genre that addresses current events.
  6. An immigrant story.
  7. A book recommended by someone with great taste.
  8. A book about food / cooking.
  9. A book with an unreliable narrator.
  10. A book nominated for an award in 2017.
  11. A Pulitzer Prize or National Book Award Winner.
  12. A book with a reputation for being “un-put-down-able.”
  13. A book about dogs.
  14. A book set somewhere you’ve never been, but would like to visit.
  15. A book you chose for the cover.

Here’s what I’m thinking for each category:

  1. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (by E.L. Konigsburg)
  2. Silence (by Shusaku Endo)
  3. The Count of Monte Cristo (by Alexandre Dumas)
  4. The Givenness of Things (by Marilynne Robinson)
  5. I Am Malala (by Malala Yousafzai)
  6. Americanah (by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
  7. A Gentleman in Moscow (by A.W. Towles) or Commonwealth (by Ann Patchett) or Sons and Daughters of Ease and Plenty (by Ramona Ausubel)
  8. The Supper of the Lamb (by Robert Farrar Capon) or The Omnivore’s Dilemma (by Michael Pollan)
  9. Forty Rooms by Olga Grushin
  10. The Underground Railroad (by Colson Whitehead)
  11. Behind the Beautiful Forevers (by Katherine Boo)
  12. Big Little Lies (by Liane Moriarty)
  13. Bones Would Rain from the Sky (by Suzanne Clothier) or Being a Dog (by Alexandria Horowitz)
  14. The Shadow of the Wind (by Carlos Ruiz Zafon)
  15. The Shepherd’s Life (by James Rebanks)

I will be tracking my progress both on here and on my Goodreads account (2017 Reading List here).