Reading Challenge

A-Z Challenge

  • !@$% is for (S)mythology by Jeremy Tarr (for fairy tale lovers)
  • # is for #13 Rue Therese by Elena Mauli Shapiro (pass on this one)
  • A is for At the Water’s Edge by Sarah Gruen (recommended for people who are fans of bored, rich heroines, Scotland, and WWII, but not as good as Water for Elephants)
  • B is for Birds Without Wings by Louis de Bernieres (for people who want to be transported to another time and place)
  • C is for The Commoner by John Burnham Schwartz (pass on this one)
  • D is for Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child by Bob Spitz (if you’re interested in the legendary cook)
  • E is for Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng (if you like suspense, drama, and/or character studies)
  • F is for The Family Tree by Carole Cadwalladr (for people who like family drama and the nature/nurture debate)
  • G is for Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl (if you like food)
  • H is for The House Girl by Tara Conklin (if you like American history and strong female protagonists)
  • I is for In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (if you like mystery/suspense)
  • J is for The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler (if you watched the movie–like me–or if you like examining the ways Austen still influences us)
  • K is for Karma Gone Bad: How I Learned to Love Mangos, Bollywood, and Water Buffalo by Jenny Feldon (if you like memoirs about travel and love a la Eat Pray Love)
  • L is for Lost in Translation by Nicole Mones (if you like your history and intrigue stories served with a side of romance–I highly recommend this book)
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  • N is for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (if you like your circuses with a healthy side of magic)
  • O is for One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (if you like sweeping family sagas with just a hint of magical realism)
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  • R is for Ragnarok by A.S. Byatt (if you like mythology adaptations)
  • S is for Sula by Toni Morrison
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Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017

  1. A book recommended by a librarian
  2. A book that’s been on your TBR list way too longThe Piano Teacher by Janice Y.K. Lee
  3. A book of lettersDaddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
  4. An audiobook
  5. A book by a person of colorSula by Toni Morrison
  6. A book with one of the four seasons in the title
  7. A book that’s a story within a story
  8. A book with multiple authorsBouchon Bakery by Thomas Keller & Sebastein Rouxel with Susie Heller, Matthew McDonald, Michael Ruhlman, & Amy Vogler
  9. An espionage thriller
  10. A book with a cat on the cover
  11. A book by an author who uses a pseudonymAlice in Wonderland & Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  12. A bestseller from a genre you don’t normally readThe Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
  13. A book by or about a person who has a disability
  14. A book involving travel
  15. A book with a subtitle
  16. A book that’s published in 2017The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O’Neill
  17. A book involving a mythical creature
  18. A book you’ve read before that never fails to make you smileThe Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  19. A book about food
  20. A book with career adviceNot That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham
  21. A book from a non-human perspective
  22. A steampunk novel
  23. A book with a red spineFirst Women: The Grace and Power of America’s First Ladies by Kate Andersen Brower
  24. A book set in the wilderness
  25. A book you loved as a child
  26. A book by an author from a country you’ve never visitedOne Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  27. A book with a title that’s a character’s nameEthan Frome by Edith Wharton
  28. A novel set during wartimeVictory of Eagles by Naomi Novik
  29. A book with an unreliable narrator
  30. A book with picturesFalling Upwards: How We Took to the Air by Richard Holmes
  31. A book where the main character is a different ethnicity from youMemoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  32. A book about an interesting woman
  33. A book set in two different time periods
  34. A book with a month or day of the week in the titleEnchanted August by Brenda Bowen
  35. A book set in a hotelThe Best Exotic Marigold Hotel by Deborah Moggach
  36. A book written by someone you admire
  37. A book that’s becoming a movie in 2017
  38. A book set around a holiday other than Christmas
  39. The first book in a series you haven’t read before
  40. A book you bought on a trip
  41. A book recommended by an author you love
  42. A bestseller from 2016
  43. A book with a family-member term in the title
  44. A book that takes place over a character’s life span
  45. A book about an immigrant or refugee
  46. A book from a genre/subgenre you’ve never heard of
  47. A book with an eccentric character
  48. A book that’s more than 800 pages
  49. A book you got from a used book saleFoundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov
  50. A book that’s mentioned in another book
  51. A book about a difficult topic
  52. A book based on mythologyRagnarok by A.S. Byatt