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Reading Challenges 2019

2019 EUROPEAN READING CHALLENGE

Hosted by Rose City Reader. January 1, 2019 to January 31, 2020
The idea is to read books by European authors or books set in European countries (no matter where the author comes from). The books can be anything – novels, short stories, memoirs, travel guides, cookbooks, biography, poetry, or any other genre. You can participate at different levels, but each book must be by a different author and set in a different country – it's supposed to be a tour. (See note about the UK, below.)

WHAT COUNTS AS "EUROPE"?: We stick with the standard list of 50 sovereign states that fall (at least partially) within the geographic territory of the continent of Europe and/or enjoy membership in international European organizations such as the Council of Europe. This list includes the obvious (the UK, France, Germany, and Italy), the really huge Russia, the tiny Vatican City, and the mixed bag of Baltic, Balkan, and former Soviet states.

Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Macedonia, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Vatican City. NOTE: Even after Brexit, the United Kingdom is still one country, in Europe, that includes England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. So one book from any one of these four counts as your one book for the United Kingdom.

This one is always a bit of a challenge for me, but that's the point. So once again I will try for FIVE STAR (DELUXE ENTOURAGE): Read at least five books by different European authors or books set in different European countries.

1. The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair [UK]
2. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman [The Netherlands]

2/5 as of 5/12/19


The 2019 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge in which we aim to read books released in 2019, hosted by (un)Conventional Bookworms.

I'm not sure how they do it at 120+ (!!!) new release reads per year, but they must not have the big problem I have--halfway through the year I always have to switch to the NEXT year. As I sign up for this, on Dec. 30, 2018, I have already read 40 books publishing in 2019, which I can't count toward my total as I read them in 2018. But even if I could, that would only get me to Level 3!

The Rules are:
Books have to be released and reviewed in 2019.
Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2018 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
The New Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2019

I am signing up for Level 2 again:
31-60 books per year – New Release Pro

1. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
2. War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between America and Hitler by John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro
3. Past Perfect Life by Elizabeth Eulberg
4. Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center 
5. Kingdom of Lies: Unnerving Adventures in the World of Cybercrime by Kate Fazzini
6. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki
7. The Last Book Party by Karen Dukess 
8. Magic for Liars by Sarah Gailey
9. This Was Our Pact by Ryan Andrews
10. The Right Sort of Man by Allison Montclair
11. Amazing Decisions: The Illustrated Guide to Improving Business Deals and Family Meals by Dan Ariely
12. Twenty-one Truths About Love: A Novel by Matthew Dicks
13. Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin
14. Molly: The True Story of the Amazing Dog Who Rescues Cats by Colin Butcher
15. Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight by Jackson Pearce
16. Campusland by Scott Johnston
17. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
18. Broke: Seven Stories of Resilience in a City of Broken Promises by Jodie Kirshner
19. Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson
20. Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper
21. Pippa by Design: A Story of Ballet and Costumes by Claudia Logan
22. The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D. by Nicholas Meyer
23. Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares by Aarti Shahani
24. Revolution of the Soul: Awaken to Love Through Raw Truth, Radical Healing, and Conscious Action by Seane Corn
25. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
26. Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
27. The Man That Got Away: A Constable Twitten Mystery 2 by Lynne Truss
28. Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden
29. Give and Take by Elly Swartz
30. The Grammarians: A Novel by Cathleen Schine
31. Trapeze by Leigh Ansell
32. King of the Mole People by Paul Gilligan
33. The Long Call by Ann Cleeves 

33/31 as of 5/12/19 DONE!


I was thrilled to find this new challenge! I have been kicking butt with audiobooks the last 3 years or so. I listened to 28 in 2018. It's hosted by both Hot Listens and Caffeinated Reviewer.

The Rules:
Runs January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019. You can join at any time.
The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2019 than you did in 2018.
Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
ANY genres count.
Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.

I'm signing up for :
My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30-49 which is Level 6. There's only one level above this!

1. Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks 
2. In Pieces by Sally Field  
3. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish 
4. The White Darkness by David Grann
5. All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation by Rebecca Traister
6. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land
7. The Lost Man by Jane Harper
8. The Incomplete Book of Running by Peter Sagal
9. The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution's Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life's Biggest Problems by Matt Simon 
10. In My Father's House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family by Fox Butterfield
11. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman 
12. Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule

12/30 by 5/14/19

I am so happy to find this challenge!

I’m not going to make any categories or levels for this challenge, as I want it to be a bit flexible. Read as many books as you feel like reading and yes, it can be children’s books, graphic novels, e-books, non-fiction, audio books, poetry and you-name-it. As it is a diversity reading challenge, it would be mean to exclude some types of reading materials, right?

Now, what is diversity you might ask? What I mean by diversity is, but not limited to;
People of colour/non-caucasian characters/authors
Native Americans and other indigenous people
LGBTQIA
Gender fluid/transgender people
Refugees
Religious minorities
Mental illnesses
Neurodiversity (like ADD and autism)
Feminist themes/issues
Physical/mental disabilities

The host doesn't specify if the book has to be about these diversities, if the author needs to fall into these categories, and if a character, if it must be a major character. So along with the no levels, there's also few rules. Which means I'm going to make some parameters for myself:
The diversity must be featured in the book. It doesn't need to be THE main character but it can't be a very minor character. Or it can be the author, especially for more non-narrative books. And I'm going to aim for 40. That's 1/3 of the books I plan to read this year. I counted last year and while there are some that are iffy, last year I read about 36 that fells into these categories. If I push myself just a little, this should be very do-able.

1. Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear by Kim Brooks (feminist issues)
2. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston (LGBTQIA + main character is half Mexican-American)
3. War in the Ring: Joe Louis, Max Schmeling, and the Fight between America and Hitler by John Florio and Ouisie Shapiro (people of color)
4. Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki (LGBTQIA)
5. The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish (people of color)
6. The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling by Jeanne Safer (Mental illnesses/neurodiversity)
7. Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin (feminist issues)
8. Ellie, Engineer: In the Spotlight by Jackson Pearce (feminist issues)
9. Maid: Hard Work, Low Pay, and a Mother's Will to Survive by Stephanie Land (feminist issues)
10. Broke: Seven Stories of Resilience in a City of Broken Promises by Jodie Kirshner (people of color)
11. Some Places More Than Others by Renée Watson (people of color)
12. Are You Listening? by Tillie Walden (LGBTQIA)
13. Give and Take by Elly Swartz (mental illness/hoarding)
14. In My Father's House: A New View of How Crime Runs in the Family by Fox Butterfield (mental illness)
15. Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman (mental illness)
16. Stranger Beside Me by Ann Rule (mental illness0

16/40 by 5/14/19

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